The following area students were named to the national honor roll: Aitkin -- Andrew Beaufeaux
CLC golfers open with 2 victories
HOPKINS -- The Central Lakes College men's and women's teams opened the season by winning the Minneapolis Invitational at Meadow Brook Golf Course Saturday.
Counting by hand
Road construction may be to blame for a computer outage at Washington Middle School today, the first day of school.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - Picnics and politics will be combined this Labor Day at more than 150 AFL-CIO-sponsored rallies and marches throughout the United States. Here in Brainerd union members will gather at the Little Pine Resort to hear speeches, play games and enjoy good food.
District employee withdraws candidacy because of law
A custodian at Washington Middle School filed Friday for the Brainerd School Board, only to withdraw his bid for a seat on the board today.
Three for the ride
Teala, Domanic and Dulton Pierce of rural Brainerd rode Poncho around the yard Saturday at Braford's Crazy Horse Ranch east of Brainerd during an annual gathering over the Labor Day weekend. Family and friends of the Brafords camped and went trail riding to mark the end of summer. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Crash kills Pine River resident
NIMROD -- One person is dead following a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on Cass County Road 20, near the Wadena County line.
August rainfall was only .35"
Despite a wet start, the summer of 2003 will go down as one of the driest in recent memory in the view of Brainerd-based DNR program forester Mark Mortensen. Mortensen has worked in the area since 1974.
Pequot Lakes residents are attempting to open the city's first library. Read more about this story in Wednesday's Neighbors section.
Dear Abby: Don't fret about the tense first days as a 6th-grader
With a sigh of relief, sixth-grader Abby Hradsky mastered her locker combination on the first try this morning at Washington Middle School.
Ambulance policy for games explained
When Sartell football player Zach Helgerson suffered a neck injury toward the end of Friday's Brainerd-Sartell high school football game, there wasn't an ambulance stationed at Adamson Field.
Mrs. Charles (Bertha) Stetler passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. She was born Dec. 7, 1917, in South Dakota to Albert and Lydia Miller.
LITTLE FALLS -- William Vavra, age 93, formerly of Culdrum Township north of Swanville, died Sept. 1, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
ST. PAUL -- Jerome F. Kremer, 63, of St. Paul, former Backus resident, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at United Hospital, St. Paul. Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Ryan Johnson, age 25, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, as the result of an automobile accident. Born June 16, 1978, in Brainerd to Dwight and Debbie Johnson. He is survived by his wife,
LITTLE FALLS -- Esther T. Nelson, 93-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., mother of Elda Mae "Bunny" Johnston and Kenneth Peterson died Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
CROSSLAKE -- Ralph E. Turbes, age 76, of Crosslake, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 3003, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
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Eugene W. Durham
JENKINS -- Eugene W. Durham, 69, of Jenkins, died Friday, Aug. 29, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Bertha Litke, 88-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements for Bertha are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
LITTLE FALLS -- Albert Helmerick, 100-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Randall, Minn., died Monday, Sept. 1, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements for Albert are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapels in Little Falls, Minn.
Lawrence 'Larry' Wenzel
BROWERVILLE -- Lawrence "Larry" Wenzel, age 66, of Browerville, died Sept. 2, 2003, at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Randall.
Judging campaign financing
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
School rating system is still incomplete
The following editorial was published Aug. 26 in the Austin Daily Herald.
OTHER OPINIONS Factory jobs
Manufacturing is the problem child of the U.S. economy. Of the 3.1 million jobs lost since President Bush took office, 2.5 million have been in manufacturing.
Try to get through
As the father of two daughters, both of whom have kept the telecommunications industry alive and well for the past two decades, I am probably the only man in America who thinks the new "Do Not Call" registry should be disconnected.
Running with the wheels
North Central Motor Speedway drivers Dave Mass (left), and Keith Kern roll their wheels in front of the grandstand at the beginning of Sunday's Mighty Ax Nationals at the speedway. Kern went on to win the event. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
First year of Grass Drags a learning experience
The first Race of Champions Grass Drags at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds over the Labor Day weekend was conducted with about 60 drivers and 500 fans basking in near-perfect weather conditions.
New faces win Saturday
Grandstands were filled to capacity Saturday night as 133 cars kicked off the Mighty Ax Nationals at North Central Speedway.
Paulson wins Top Comp at BIR; Westra takes Super Comp
With one points race left on the 2003 schedule, drag racers competing in Brainerd International Raceway's Contingency Points Series slugged it out last weekend as they positioned themselves for the last race Sept. 26-28.
Mass appeal Brainerd driver Dave Mass among the winners on last day of NCS season
BARROWS -- North Central Speedway ended its season with a bang Sunday as it hosted the Wissota sprint cars and the Mighty Ax Nationals.
Fargo picked for hunting summit
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota tentatively agreed to hold their hunting summit in Fargo.
Groups back timber plans
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Both environmentalists and the timber industry oppose a U.S. Forest Service plan for managing the Chippewa and Superior national forests over the next 15 years -- but for different reasons.
Minnesota tourist attractions report spotty performance
As the peak tourism season wrapped up Labor Day weekend, Minnesota's tourism attractions reported spotty performance that was hurt by a sluggish national economy and lingering fears of terrorism.
Duluth hit by costly lawsuits
DULUTH (AP) -- The city of Duluth stands out among other large Minnesota cities in recent years on being sued by people who were hurt or killed on park and recreation lands.
Two new schools
ELK RIVER (AP) -- Opening one new high school would be a big deal in most school districts. Elk River is about to get two.
More testing of senior drivers pushed
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- A day after an elderly couple was killed when their car collided with one driven by an 88-year-old woman, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee has called for more testing of senior drivers.
2003 State Fair finishes second in total attendance
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- This year's State Fair finished second in attendance to the record Great Minnesota Get-Together in 2001.
CLC wins opener
DULUTH -- A 28-yard touchdown pass from Brian Larson to Daryl Burch, with 8:16 remaining, lifted the Central Lakes College Raiders football team to an 8-0 season-opening victory over Itasca at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Saturday.
Area events Tuesday
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
Gaborik in Slovakia preparing for possible holdout
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- As the Minnesota Wild prepare for their fourth season, one of the biggest stars of last season's improbable playoff run, Marian Gaborik, is preparing to play in the league opener for Dukla Trencin of the Slovakian Elite League.
Twins acquire veteran pitcher Jesse Orosco
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins acquired 46-year-old pitcher Jesse Orosco in an effort to deepen their pitching staff after lefthander J.C. Romero struggled in an 11-10 loss to Texas on Sunday.
No holiday for Twins pitchers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With 25 games left in the season, the Minnesota Twins pitching staff is struggling.
Lynx ousted from playoffs by Sparks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Sparks needed every bit of cushion their 15-point lead provided in the second half against the Minnesota Lynx.
Gophers' running back trio finally healthy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's trio of talented running backs has been talked about since last year. And on Saturday night, the three were finally seen in action together.
Packers provide exciting start to Vikings' season
EDEN PRAIRIE -- As if the start of a new season wasn't enough motivation, the Minnesota Vikings' September schedule is sure to stoke things up.
Weather drawing by Kelsey Zuk in the Whittier Summer School class of Mrs. Zauhar.
State forecast for minnesota
Today...Mostly sunny and warm
State forecast for north dakota
Wind advisory north central north dakota today...
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west and north...Partly cloudy southeast. Highs from the upper 70s far north...To near 90 southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Tonight...Partly cloudy north. Chance of rain showers far northwest. Mostly clear south. Valley fog southwest late. Lows in the lower 40s far north to near 60 far southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s.
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