One more option for lakes area diners coming
Another restaurant -- Prairie Bay -- is coming to Baxter.
Westwood Professional Services Inc., with offices in Brainerd, recently hired Timothy Ramerth to lead its Brainerd civil engineering services.
Nor-son builds on its diversity
BAXTER -- Ensconced in an unadorned and relatively small office, Bob Sweeney may not be the typical chief executive officer.
How to ease the financial pressure
Q: My wife and I recently purchased a house for $419,000 with a 10 percent down payment. We have no other debt, but feel that we may have purchased a house that is more than we can handle comfortably. I'm in sales so my income is variable. My base pay is $60,000 with the potential to earn another $60,000 in commissions. But my company provides information technology consulting, and we have noticed a distinct increase in competition that has affected all of our reps. My wife, meanwhile, has not worked outside the home in nine years. We have three kids, 12, 9 and 7. Since our last child was born, we have moved four times and we would prefer not to move the kids again. We also want one of us to have the financial flexibility to be available to the children. What can we do to achieve more financial comfort?
Market slide prompts questions about recovery
The bull stumbled Friday.
Correction / clarification
In the Aug. 31 Biz Buzz, Greg Mangan's name was misspelled. Mangan is Graphic Packaging Inc. operations director in Crosby.
ATEK Manufacturing completes purchase of Acrometal
ATEK Manufacturing, a contract manufacturing and assembly company headquartered in Brainerd, announced the completion of the acquisition of Acrometal, another Brainerd-based company.
College eating 101
Everything changes when high school students become college freshmen, but those changes don't have to include an expanded waistline.
School voucher plan moves ahead in Congress, narrowly
WASHINGTON -- School-choice supporters hope they're halfway toward a landmark voucher plan for poor students, but critics pledge a fierce fight to keep public money out of private education.
Backpack ruling sends a clear message
It is the first day of school, and my daughter will need a new backpack.
VOLUNTEER AGENCY OF THE MONTH
The School Volunteer Services Program is a community service of volunteer support for teachers, administrators and staff in School District No. 1
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Marcie Leibold 829-6212
Now is the time to volunteer
It is so hard to believe that the kids went back to school this week! Where did the summer go? It seems we all are super busy in the summertime around here.
Youth Volunteer of the month
Caitlin Cross, 8th Grade
Adult Volunteer of the month
SHOPPERS GONE WILD: It takes planning
Call me an Extreme Shopper. I've crisscrossed the United States in search of outlets more elusive than the Yeti, scaled sales that are the retail equivalent of Everest and Kilimanjaro. When it comes to scheduling recreational activities or vacations, shopping isn't an optional side trip or rainy-day pastime -- it's the main event. Once I've bagged my bargains, then I might check out the destination's cultural offerings, but only after I've exhausted the retail possibilities.
1. Call to order.
Kelsie Rude and Justin Abbott, Ironton, a boy, Dylan Roy, 6 pounds, 5 ounces, Aug. 15, 2003. Grandparents are Bonnie Rude, Brainerd, Richard Rude, Montana, and Rob and Kris Abbott, Ironton. Great-grandparents are Virginia Day, Brainerd, and Donald Fletcher, Emily.
The Brainerd Fire Department Friday responded to two fire drills at schools in Brainerd.
Azinger penalized 2 strokes; Howell leads Canadian Open
HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) -- Paul Azinger lost two strokes and a lofty spot on the Canadian Open leaderboard in the second television-related ruling of his career.
At Hamilton Golf & Country Club
Brain surgery is back as mental illness treatment
To break the maddening cycle of their own thoughts, some psychiatric patients have had wires surgically implanted inside their brains. Others have surgeons burn tiny holes in the middle of their brains, for the same purpose. The procedures are a last resort, an attempt to fix stubborn mental problems by operating directly on the neural circuitry itself. And now, a small cadre of doctors is starting to spread the word: Brain surgery, for some severe mood and anxiety disorders, is a viable treatment.
Victims of clergy abuse
HIV -- It hasn't gone away
LOS ANGELES -- Marco Correa's wake-up call came last spring when a friend was diagnosed with AIDS. "He was this very cheerful person, and then all of a sudden he started getting sick," said the 27-year-old Los Angeles businessman. "They diagnosed him, and that opened my eyes."
Chemical dependency and AA groups
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
FDA approves birth-control pill designed for fewer periods
WASHINGTON -- A new birth-control pill named Seasonale promises to reduce the frequency of women's periods, from every month to four times a year.
Other therapies for easing OCD
At some point in life, almost everyone develops an odd ritual: checking the mirror continually, brushing teeth four times in the morning, repeating a private prayer or mantra for good luck. In about two out of 100 cases, the habit spins out of control, becoming a full-blown compulsion, feeding on itself and consuming hours of each day.
Spicer hopes Bunyan departure won't take wind out of his sales
BAXTER -- Twenty feet into the air, ospreys appear to fight a strong headwind on a warm summer afternoon, but the view is an artful illusion.
Accident near Pine River kills one
PINE RIVER -- One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday on Highway 371, two miles south of Pine River.
A Minnesota comedian is coming to Pequot Lakes.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 7 - 60 years ago (1943) - Dispatch Headline! -- ITALY SURRENDERS: - General Eisenhower announces fall of axis nation.
Day of honor
LITTLE FALLS --World War II veteran Joseph L. Masog Sr. of Little Falls went from having no medals to a chest-full after a short Friday ceremony in the Morrison County Government Center.
City council member blames staffers for $180,000 he says has been lost
Part of Monday's Brainerd budget discussion will include an accusation by one council member that city staffers have lost $180,000 in 2003 -- money the council member said could've been used instead of a tax levy.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency seeks public comment on a required five-year review of the Ritari Post & Pole Superfund site in Wadena County. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports the site cleanup plan and is participating in the review.
LITTLE FALLS -- Myrtle Swenson, age 84, of Little Falls, Minn., and formerly of Pike Creek Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6., 2003, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Be
Jean C. Lindstrom
IRONTON -- Jean C. Lindstrom, age 67, of Ironton and Fort Myers, Fla., died on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at her home in Ironton. She was born in Minneapolis on Oct. 24, 1935, to Jerry and Anna (Madzey) Koltyk. She was a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood.
Virginia Jones Smith
Service and interment of cremains of Virginia Jones Smith, 77, of Cumberland, Wis., formerly of Brainerd, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements by Skinner Funeral Home.
Alma E. Woitalla
HARDING -- Alma E. Woitalla, age 75, of Harding, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at her home.
Kermit R. Aase
Kermit R. Aase, 89, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Dorothy M. Bianchi
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Dorothy M. (nee Joki) Bianchi, age 71, of Falcon Heights, died on Aug. 28, 200
Charles D. DeYoe
MERRIFIELD -- Charles D. DeYoe, age 64, of Merrifield, Minn., formerly of Brooklyn Park. Preceded in death by his father, T. Douglas. Survived by loving wife, Mary, of 43 years; daughters, Teresa (Steve) Dempsey, Beth (Chris) Limmer; grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler; mother, Donna. Also survived by siblings, Ken (Pam), Maryanne (Ward) Reis; brother-in-law, John (Susie) Anderson; nieces, nephews and many friends. Services were Saturday at Brooklyn United Methodist Church, Noble Ave. and Brooklyn Blvd. Interment was at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake, Minn.
Ann E. Shaw
Ann E. Shaw, age 79, of Brainerd, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at her residence. Arrangements are with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
Hard timer - Dispatch Editorial
Movie star Charles Bronson was not just another pretty face. In fact, it was a pretty ugly face.
Many people think the country was correct to invade Iraq to free the people. They should stand up to protest the loss of our own freedoms.
The Sept. 4 guest editorial by Wal-Mart's public relations person asked about the Cub Foods store expansion in the area and why CRD didn't protest that. Those stores are no where near the size of the proposed superstore, have a local owner and pay their employees much more than Wal-Mart and offer great benefits. Can Wal-Mart say any of that?
Sept. 6 -- Early Canada goose season opens
Hooking mortality is an angling reality
I was walleye fishing the other night when my partner began to strip line from his reel and carefully feed it out the end of his rod. We were backtrolling. Dragging leeches. He'd had a hit. And now, as we waited for the fish to swallow the bait, we wondered aloud what it might be. Walleye? Another rock bass? Maybe nothing?
Fall Walleye Classic promises a day of fun on Pelican Lake
Walleye fishermen throughout Minnesota and beyond are gearing up for the second annual Brainerd Walleye Alliance Fall Walleye Classic.
Decline of purple martins has few sure answers
When I was a girl Helen McCarthy, our neighbor, had a big white birdhouse attached to the top a tall pole. Whenever Stephen and I played in our dinky backyard that flowed into Helen's we'd be dive-bombed by the birds. The acrobatic avians swooped close to our heads as we shrieked and ran around in circles. We were clueless as to why the kamikaze birds were so ardent in their attack. The more we squealed and flailed our arms, the wilder the scene.
Secrets of a river smallmouth guru
Dave Genz has a secret. Minnesota's ice-fishing guru's favorite fish isn't the bluegill, walleye or perch. Genz is hooked on smallmouth bass, particularly Mississippi River smallies. Forget the ice. He's chasing them now.
Bowhunters prepare for archery '03 deer opener
In September leaves begin to change color, game birds and animals become more active and the Minnesota woods become home away from home for 70,000 archers in pursuit of whitetail deer.
The Grand National Walleye Cup will visit Gull Lake this weekend for its state championship tournament.
Carrie Koering-Ferguson and Daniel Allord were married June 14, 2003, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Fort Ripley with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Molly McCullough and Brent Marohn
Molly McCullough and Brent Marohn announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Kathy McCullough, Plymouth, and Chuck and Brenda Marohn, Baxter. An Oct. 4 wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Little Church in Plymouth.
Nicole Converse and Matthew Livengood were married July 12, 2003, at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, Ind., with Pastor Brent Aucoin officiating.
Amy Ackerlund and Kristopher Waldorf
Amy Ackerlund and Kristopher Waldorf announce their engagement. Parents are Susan Severno, Des Moines, Iowa, and David Ackerlund, Minburn, Iowa, and Robert and Patricia Waldorf, Brainerd. A Sept. 27 wedding is planned in Des Moines, Iowa.
Photos are stacking up
The Dispatch asks that anyone who has submitted a photo within the last year for the bu
Joe and Ann Lanz
Joe and Ann Lanz, Nisswa, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 9, 1958, in Canoga Park, Calif.
Eldo and Borghild "Bugs" Schmidt
Eldo and Borghild "Bugs" Schmidt, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family at the Midgard Lodge in Pequot Lakes. They were married Sept. 12, 1953, in Minneapolis.
Jill Redebaugh and Jesse Harvey
Jill Redebaugh and Jesse Harvey announce their engagement. Parents are Dr. John and Mary Sue Redebaugh, Pequot Lakes, and Mark and Janet Harvey, Owatonna. An Oct. 4 wedding is planned at St. Christopher's in Nisswa.
Crystal Cherne and Daniel Branham were married April 26, 2003, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Jennifer Lee Mihelich and Daniel Richard Andrus
Jennifer Lee Mihelich and Daniel Richard Andrus announce their engagement.
Auto racing scoreboard
After Friday qualifying; finals Sunday
Jensen family tradition continues at NCS
It wouldn't quite be a Saturday night at North Central Speedway without a Jensen racing around the oval track.
Tom Thompson wins track title
Tom Thompson of Brainerd won the Wissota Late Model track championship at Viking Speedway in Alexandria this season.
Nadeau returns to track where he was injured
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Jerry Nadeau returned to the hospital where he spent more than three tense weeks in May, this time to thank the people who put him "back together" after a crash.
Attorney general investigates equity stripping allegations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Debra and Gary Johnson got into financial trouble and their St. Paul home went into foreclosure, they considered selling the property to recoup about $30,000 in equity that had built up.
Landslide hits Crookston
CROOKSTON (AP) -- Mayor Don Osborne declared a state of emergency Friday in this small west-central Minnesota town after a huge fault line opened up earlier this week, leading to the evacuation of at least seven homes and one business.
Wal-Mart won't sell guns at its first St. Paul store
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Saying it wants to be a good neighbor, Wal-Mart has promised that it won't sell guns or ammunition at its first store in St. Paul.
Initial state jobless claims show first decline in six months
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Initial unemployment claims in Minnesota declined by 7.6 percent in August, compare to a year earlier, marking the first drop in initial claims since February.
Union advises clerical workers at the University of Minnesota to go on strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A union that represents 1,900 clerical workers at the University of Minnesota said members should reject the school's final contract offer and go on strike.
Brainerd passing attack strong in first 2 games
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors have passed for 100 yards and have involved several receivers in their first two games.
BHS sweeps Bemidji meet
BEMIDJI -- An individual victory by Justin Grunewald and five top-10 finishes for the Brainerd girls' cross country team led to a Warrior sweep at the Bemidji invitational Friday.
Hornets sting First Baptist
BAXTER -- Justin McGuire and Brandon Courts each scored goals for the Lake Region Christian School Hornets in a 2-0 victory over First Baptist-Rosemount Friday in boys' soccer.
Cardinals' Palmer in a class by herself
Every time Staples-Motley senior Abby Palmer dives into a pool, chances are a record will fall.
Cory Umland leads Pirates past Ashby
ASHBY -- Cory Umland ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 34-12 Verndale Pirate victory over Ashby in Pheasant Conference football Thursday.
Detroit Lakes escapes Flyers' upset bid
DETROIT LAKES -- Tony Parker scored on a 76-yard pass reception from Jon Schulz in the first quarter but the Little Falls Flyers lost to the Detroit Lakes Lakers 28-7 in Central Lakes Conference football Friday.
Deer River man claims state horseshoe title
GENOLA -- Gerald Stangland of Deer River captured the men's title, upsetting 22-time state champion Dale Lipovsky of Apple Valley in the Minnesota State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament over the Labor Day weekend.
Flyers soaring after Even performance
Christian Even had a second quarter he may never forget.
Warriors' 'D' rises to challenge
ALEXANDRIA -- Brainerd Warriors defensive coordinator Steve Nunnink must have been beaming.
Pierz netters fall in four sets
BELGRADE -- Sarah Kahl had eight kills as the Pierz Pioneers dropped a Central Minnesota Conference volleyball match against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday.
Area events Saturday
C-I loses to Greenway 28-13
COLERAINE -- Brandon Laffin's 9-yard touchdown run and Wayne Ward's 1-yard plunge highlighted an otherwise long Friday night for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a 28-13 Sea Range Conference football loss to Greenway Friday,
Craig Luberts powers Pierz to victory
BELGRADE -- Pierz Pioneers senior halfback Craig Luberts scored three touchdowns and had 196 total yards in a 52-19 Central Minnesota Conference football triumph over the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars Friday.
Cards tame Wolverines
STAPLES -- Opportunity knocked for two teams, but only one opened the door Friday in a Northern Lakes Conference football game.
Minnesota graduate donates $35 million
MINNEAPOLIS -- A University of Minnesota graduate pledged $35 million Friday to match donations for the construction of a new football stadium -- the largest single gift in the university's 152-year history.
Twins to raise most ticket prices
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins will raise ticket prices for 2004 in each seating category except the upper deck general admission area, a bank of more than 10,000 seats that will remain at $6.
Lyon sees both sides of Vikings-Packers rivalry
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Billy Lyon might have the best perspective on the Chris Hovan-Brett Favre rivalry now that he's joined the Minnesota Vikings after five seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
NFC NORTH Glance
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers:
Vikes vs. Pack might turn into Hovan vs. Favre
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A sideline scuffle that resulted in fines to six players wasn't even the headline act the last time the Minnesota Vikings played the Green Bay Packers.
Steady Dixon not forgotten
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Teammates have come and gone and, in some cases, come back again, but big Dave Dixon is still here -- playing right guard for the Minnesota Vikings.
Gophers go for 2-0 start against lowly Troy State
MINNEAPOLIS -- Troy State is used to the abuse.
Rincon, Guzman bail out Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Juan Rincon wasn't expecting to pitch, not with Johan Santana in the game.
Windows: Insecure by design
Between the Blaster worm and the Sobig virus, it's been a long two weeks for Windows users. But nobody with a Mac or a Linux PC has had to lose a moment of sleep over these outbreaks -- just like in earlier "malware" epidemics.
Students' laptops vulnerable to theft, damage
With Labor Day on the horizon, it won't be long before students head back to classrooms for another year of learning.
Looking out for broadband users
We've all heard about practicing safe sex. But safe broadband?
Personal finance software More options, less typing
Your choice of new personal finance software is likely to hinge on your three key questions: Do you already track your finances on your computer? How much investment analysis do you want to do? How much do you want to rely on Microsoft?
The new wave of learning
Gregg Ramsay is a busy man. He's director of online education at Capitol College in Laurel, Md., where he teaches computer programming and software engineering. He teaches ethics and labor history at Pace University in New York. There's the other work of a professor: attending faculty meetings, advising students.
Used laptops offer plenty of bargains
Buying a new notebook computer to use for e-mail and school was too expensive a proposition for student Vinod Abrams. But it turns out that plunking down $1,200 to get the latest and fastest laptop was not necessary.
Big time file swappers still at large
Evidence is popping up that the record industry has millions of Internet music pirates on the run -- but not the heavy-duty song swappers the industry has vowed to prosecute.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 80s northeast to near 100 west.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Warm south with highs from the upper 70s northeast to the mid 90s west central.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny and hot. Highs in the 90s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the 80s to low 90s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the low to mid 80s.
Henri weakens, sparing most of Florida from heavy rain; Tropical Storm Isabel forms
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Henri weakened into a tropical depression Saturday and spared most of Florida the heavy rain the already saturated state had feared.
Southern California brush fire, fanned by erratic winds, threatens about 1,500 homes
A brush fire fueled by erratic winds threatened about 1,500 homes east of Los Angeles Saturday, while in central Oregon, another wildfire raged in dense, beetle-ravaged pines after jumping firefighters' containment lines.
Take care of the flowers
Weather drawing by Shaye Blessing of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Four missing as most powerful storm in 50 years hits Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The most powerful hurricane to hit Bermuda in 50 years slammed into the British territory, unleashing deadly winds that split trees and swept trucks off roads. Four people were missing and feared dead as the storm roared northward into the Atlantic.
The Weather Elsewhere
Please note change of location for this meeting only. The Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Hosts for the evening are Mary Swanson and Jan Broughton. Special presentation will feature David Moe speaking on "Wild Mushrooms." Lakes and Woods is affiliated with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. Non-members are welcome. If you have questions, call Gerry Delaney at work, 927-2200 or at home, 927-6237, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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