Toyota Corolla is the Camry's mini-me
What's better than America's best-selling car, the Toyota Camry? These days, it just might be a baby Camry.
The Staples-Motley Area Arts Council's 2008-09 season will include six shows.
More dirty jobs and Iraq talk with Geoff Elvee
The best song on Geoff Elvee's second album will give you shivers of home-state pride as he drops Minnesota references from pelicans to the IDS Center. It certainly sets a more upbeat mood than "The Heroes Always Die" from his 2005 debut, "It's About Time."
THIS AUTHOR HAS SPIRIT
THIS AUTHOR HAS
Book it to the fair
Bookin' It in downtown Little Falls will host book signings by three authors Saturday as part of the annual Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair.
Author of "Spirits in the Grass"
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Completely random slice of pop culture
This is going to sound kind of random, but I hope "Journey to the Center of the Earth" gets a sequel.
An apple a day
The recipe this week for sugar-free apple pie comes to you from my sister Judy's kitchen. Being a diabetic prompts her to try numerous sugar-free recipes. She even put me to the "taste test," which I failed. She had made apple pies, which were sitting on her counter.
Chelsea Tow and Joshua Beber, Lake Shore, a girl, Alivia JoAnn Beber, 7 pounds, 9 ounces, Aug. 21, 2008. Grandparents are Brenda Tow, Brainerd, Barry Tow, Merrifield, David Beber, Merrifield, and Laurie and John Dalzell, Brainerd.
Because of incorrect information provided to the Dispatch, a Page 5A accident story in Sunday's edition incorrectly stated Michael J. Hartman, a motorcycle drive who struck a 9-year-old bicyclist Friday in Lake Shore, was not injured. Hartman, 47, Pine River, and his passenger, Joni C. Nelson, 53, Lake Shore, were both injured and treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
THEFT - Paul Dorff, 28000 block of Northern Lights Drive, Garrison, Wednesday reported the theft of a burlap tree from his yard.
THEFT - Farrah Frink reported Friday someone stole her wallet from her vehicle while it was parked on the 800 block of Oak Street.
CROSSLAKE - The Community Clothes Closet in the lower level of Lakes State Bank in Crosslake has re-opened after its summer closing.
PETS OF THE WEEK
Bree is Heartland Animal Rescue Team's longest resident. She's a friendly 3-year-old female cat who's already been spayed. Brainerd Dispatch/Heidi Lake
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
Saying goodbye - and looking ahead
And so here we are once again, preparing to bid farewell to the salsa colors and tangy fragrances of summer, the lazy lawn chair evenings, dips in the pool and tending the garden.
A stroke of genius
STAPLES - Think Tiger Woods is tough golf competition? Try out-putting a robot.
Shades of a summer sunset
Do you have a recent scenic picture that shows the beauty of the lakes area? Send it to email@example.com for possible publication in the Neighbors section. Be sure to include your name, where you are from, a brief description of the photo and when and where it was taken.
Keeping 'the drive' alive
In 1999 and 2000, just as the world entered a new millennium, the American Recreation Coalition took a new view of America. The nation's vast and marvelous public lands, which cover nearly a third of our nation, became regarded as America's Natural Health and Fitness Center.
Go to Any Length
Brooke Nelson of Baxter won her age division in the recent Minnesota Elks State Soccer Shootout.
Softball's ageless wonders
Members of the Ageless Wonders softball team are Jim Hegstrom (front, left), Jack Phillips, Frank Fussy, Lyle MacIver, Mel Jackson, Colton Krusel, Del Seehaver, Gary Kramer (back, left), Terry Ellevold, John Kersting, John Swanson, Randall Bundy, Marty Bisson, Miles Miller, Ken Laporte, Dwight Thiesse and Verna Schultz. Not pictured: Ed Fox and Arnold "Casey" Stengel. Additional retirees are welcome to play at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Memorial Park across from the Wausau Paper plant in Brainerd.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Do you have a treasured photo? Send us your favorite family photographs, including a brief description of the photo and when it was taken, for possible publication in the Neighbors section. Submit your recent photos to: kathi.nagorski@brainerd dispatch.com or drop them off at the Dispatch.
City grass ordinance adjusted again
Brainerd's ordinance regulating the growth of grass and weeds got another tweak Monday.
Reporters, activists revel in excitement
ST. PAUL - National political conventions are a political junkie's dream, but that never stopped political reporters from finding items to grouse about.
Plan to control deer damage with bow hunting nixed
BAXTER - A Baxter city council member motioned Tuesday to amend the hunting ordinance to allow for bow hunting near Camp Vanasek but the rest of the council did not support the change.
6 arrested in Cass Lake shooting
Six people were arrested and four remain in custody following a shooting Saturday in Cass Lake that left two men hospitalized.
Rain can't cloud first day of school
Some wore raincoats, others came equipped with umbrellas or simply made a mad dash to the front door as students across the Brainerd lakes area returned to school in the rain Tuesday morning.
Sheriffs' group begins scholarship program
Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel and Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher have announced the commencement of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship program for 2008.
Cass eyes levy with increase of 3.9%
WALKER- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to set the preliminary 2009 property tax levy at $19,985,613. That is 3.9 percent over the 2008 levy.
Jessica's fight for life ends
Jessica Lindsey, the 6-year-old Brainerd girl hospitalized after being pulled unconscious Aug. 24 from Whipple Lake in Baxter, has died.
So much for summer
Many students who ran into Riverside Elementary School on the first day of school Tuesday in Brainerd went to great lengths to avoid the rain - wearing ponchos, holding umbrellas or hoisting their backpacks over their heads. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
Former Gov. Arne Carlson disagrees with choice of Palin
If Sen. John McCain's aim was to shore up his conservative base by selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running-mate he appeared to have hit the mark with many delegates and alternates.
Cass will host hearing on land use ordinance changes
WALKER - Cass County Board will host a public hearing at the regular 9 a.m. county board meeting Nov. 18 at the courthouse in Walker on changes to the land use ordinance and subdivision and platting ordinance.
"Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys."
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 4 - 60 years ago (1948) - Frank and Gene Wright, having emerged victorious from their semifinal matches, will face each other in a 36-hole duel at the Brainerd golf course tomorrow to decide the 1948 club championship.
Lottery for deer hunters
For most deer hunters in the Brainerd lakes area, Thursday is the last day to get in on the lottery for a doe tag.
Little Falls delegate is behind GOP ticket
ST. PAUL - Sen. John McCain wasn't Perry Nouis' first choice for president but the Little Falls businessman is enthusiastically supporting him now.
Briefly renting homes to vacationers is an issue at development
WALKER - As it has become harder for investment property owners to re-sell homes they purchased, they have turned to a different way to get a return on their investment that has neighbors appealing to the county board for answers.
Walking students remain a safety concern
The yellow school buses lumbering along area roadways were an obvious signal to passing motorists Tuesday that most students in the Brainerd lakes area have returned to school.
Pine River woman earns guest seat
ST. PAUL - Danielle Sonenstahl's political activism involved a roundabout journey, but it landed the 20-year-old Pine River college student a guest seat at the first day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
"He told them he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war."
Absentee ballots available for Cass residents
Absentee ballots for the Sept. 9, statewide primary election are now available. Absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 general election will be available no later than Oct. 3.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 4 - 40 years ago (1968) - The Lake Hubert railroad station, the last open-waiting area station of its kind in the United States, is moving from its old site to about two blocks west to a permanent site. It will become a permanent historical feature of the community.
There are a few McCain-Pawlenty shirts left
ST. PAUL - Since today's Republican National Convention souvenirs will be tomorrow's historical curios Pady Regnier of Excelsior could argue that she's selling little pieces of history.
BAXTER - Jessica Lindsey, age 6, of Baxter, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at Minneapolis Children's Medical Center in Minneapolis. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
James E. Lick
James E. Lick, age 51, of Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at his home. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Church in Brainerd with Maj. Jeff Strickler officiating. Friends may visit at the church during the hour prior to services. Interment with full military honors will follow at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Terryl L. Whirley
Terryl L. Whirley, 61, of Brainerd, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at his home in Brainerd.
Beatrice P. Wels
PINE RIVER - Beatrice Pansey Wels, age 100, of Pine River, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, Pine River.
Jessica R. Lindsey
Jessica Rychel Lindsey, 6, of Brainerd, earned her heavenly wings on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at Minneapolis Children's Medical Center in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with the Rev. Dan Werthman officiating. Friends may visit on Friday, Sept. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, and at the church on Saturday during the hour prior to services. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
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Gary A. Bramer
VERNDALE - Gary Alan Bramer was born on Nov. 23, 1954, to Clarence and Florence (Bloom) Bramer at Wesley Hospital in Wadena. He passed away from cancer, at the age of 53, on Aug. 30, 2008, at his home in rural Verndale.
Bruce N. Tower Sr.
CUSHING - Bruce N. Tower Sr., age 75, of Cushing, Minn., died suddenly while enjoying Fish Trap Lake on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. Preceded in death by sister, Nancy Beach.
Brenda L. Leino
DEERWOOD - Brenda L. Leino (Everson), age 43, of Deerwood, died on Sept. 1, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a 2-1/2 year battle with colon cancer.
Kimberly S. Jolls
NISSWA - Kimberly Sue Jolls, age 41, of Nisswa, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at her home, following a long struggle with lupus. Memorial services will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at 7 p.m. at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Gladys Wrobel-Fallon-Jackson-Muehlbauer, lifelong resident of Brainerd, age 80, passed away peacefully in her home. Cared for by her loving family, her soul began its journey to meet God Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at 8:40 p.m.
Gloria A. Sandstrom
Gloria Almeda Sandstrom, age 83, resident of Brainerd since 1950, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. Gloria was born April 30, 1925, in Trade Lake, Wis., to Hugo and Ida (Dahlberg) Johnson. She married Harold Johnson in Lindstrom, Minn., on June 13, 1944. Gloria was a member of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Cecil C. Heidelberger
AITKIN - Cecil C. Heidelberger, age 87, of rural Aitkin, formerly of McGregor and Andover, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at his home.
Mina M. Bartels
GEORGE, Iowa - Mina Marie Bartels, age 73, died Aug. 29, 2008, at her home in Meadowbrook Township near Leader, Minn., with her children at her side.
I am tired of the perpetual self-proclaimed expert on school finance and operations again critizing those lawmakers who want to help improve Minnesota's infrastructure - which includes education.
Bush packed the baggage, but McCain must carry it
WASHINGTON - Hurricane Gustav has spared Republicans one potential problem - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney skipped Monday's first session of the Republican National Convention to remain on hurricane watch in Washington. Tying Bush, Cheney and their dreadful approval ratings around the neck of this year's Republican ticket has been the Democrats' dream all year.
Palin is in for a rude awakening
ST. PAUL - Over the next few weeks, starting Wednesday night with her acceptance speech, then with her first solo campaign trips, her first news conferences and interviews and finally her Oct. 2 debate with Democrat Joe Biden, Sarah Palin will be tested as never before. Nothing she has experienced in her hometown of Wasilla, where she was mayor, or her state capital of Juneau can really prepare her for this.
I don't know how many people can't read signs but the stop sign by the SA station in northeast Brainerd has been changed to a no-left turn. I see cars that turn left all the time. Please for your safety read the signs. I also think the police should give out tickets for people not doing the right thing. Also the turn by Sawmill Inn, people will back up traffic by trying to turn left there also. Read the signs.
OTHER OPINION: Democrats
For all the talk of watershed and history, the themes that Democrats presented to America at the convention that ended Thursday, and that they hope will carry them back to the White House, aren't all that different from the arguments they made to the nation in 2004.
Alexandria beats Little Falls
BELLE PRAIRIE - Brittan Conley scored the only goal as the Little Falls Flyers girls' soccer team lost to the Alexandria Cardinals 6-1 Tuesday.
Pierz posts sweep of C-I
PIERZ - Gabrielle Boser tallied 14 set assists, five kills and five ace serves as the Pierz Pioneers swept the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 3-0 Tuesday in non-conference volleyball.
Lakes Financial builds on Legacy lead
Lakes Financial Services scored a 25.5-18.5 victory over Dutch's Duffers Aug. 28 to increase its lead in the men's league standings at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Flyers win in final event
SAUK CENTRE - Little Falls' 400-yard free relay of Whitney Weisz, Megan Voss, Brittany Then and Molly Binger was first to give the Flyers the victory in the final event in the Sauk Centre triangular Tuesday.
Shawn Chambers shot a 4-over-par 76 on the Lakes and Woods Courses at Grand View Lodge's The Pines to capture the gross title during the second annual club championship at the Nisswa resort.
Bell's goals beat Alex
ALEXANDRIA - Grant Bell scored two goals as the Little Falls Flyers defeated Alexandria 2-1 on Tuesday in Central Lakes Conference play.
Panthers defeat W-DC
WADENA - Wadena-Deer Creek's Katie Anderson and Elizabeth Clinter won singles matches as the Wolverines fell to Park Rapids 5-2 Tuesday in Mid-State Conference girls' tennis.
Tech nips Brainerd
BAXTER - Jake Williams had the only Brainerd goal but the Warriors managed only one more shot on goal in a 2-1 Central Lakes Conference loss to the St. Cloud Tech Tigers Tuesday at Southdale Field.
Rangers sweep doubles from New York Mills
CROSBY -The Crosby-Ironton Rangers won all three doubles matches and went on to a 5-2 victory over New York Mills in non-conference play Tuesday.
Former NBA coach Hubie Brown to be at Cass Lake
CASS LAKE - Hubie Brown, two-time NBA Coach of the Year and one of the leading coaching clinicians in the world, will make his first trip to Minnesota for two events this fall.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
John Haberman, a 2006 Brainerd High School graduate, will be the starting quarterback at St. Olaf College when the Oles open their season 1 p.m. at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Otters spoil Warrior coach's debut
Jared Diem wanted to vomit.
Rosenthal going out with burst
Jennifer Beilke and Danielle Uphoff were two of the most gifted offensive players in Brainerd Warrior girls' soccer history.
Nelson's goal lifts Warriors
ST. CLOUD - A late Britta Nelson goal was the difference for the Brainerd girls' soccer team as the Warriors squeezed past Central Lakes Conference rival St. Cloud Tech 2-1 Tuesday night at St. Cloud State University.
Landecker paces field; Cardinals 2nd
WADENA - Naomi Landecker won the individual title in the girls' division of the Wadena-Deer Creek Invite Tuesday with a time of 15:04.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy. Numerous showers central and north. Scattered
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy north... Sunny south. Highs in the lower 60s
Two for monkey bars
Weather drawing by Hannah True and Caitlin Middleton in the Riverside third grade of Mrs. Meyer.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy east and central. Rain. Then becoming partly cloudy
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Rain south and east. A chance of showers in portions of the west and northeast. A few thunderstorms southeast where rain may be heavy at times in the afternoon. Partly cloudy north. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly sunny northwest. Mostly cloudy southeast. Scattered
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy west and central...Partly cloudy east. Isolated showers in the morning north...Then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms west and north central this afternoon. Highs in the mid to upper 60s north...To lower to mid 70s south.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy northwest...Mostly sunny elsewhere. A slight chance of afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms extreme west. Breezy to windy west. Highs 65 to 75.
August rainfall falls short
The spring and early summer precipitation enjoyed by Brainerd area residents was lacking in August.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy north and west. Cooler. A few morning showers south. Highs from the mid 60s to lower 70s. Tonight...Partly cloudy north with patchy fog late northwest. Showers becoming likely late far south. Lows from the upper 30s to low 40s north to the low to mid 50s south. Thursday...Rain south and much of east. A chance of showers portions southwest through northeast. Partly cloudy northwest. Highs mainly in the 60s.
State forecast for Minnesota
Thursday...Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of rain far southeast. Highs in
Weather drawing by Cody Christensen of Ms. Hemstad's third-grade class at Baxter school.
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