Johannes joins Tom's TV
Poker becomes a hot hand for gaming industry
WASHINGTON -- Jan Edward Helfeld moves along the bar at the Hawk and Dove, a popular after-work watering hole on Capitol Hill, scanning his quarry.
Totally Kidz, a children's clothing and toy shop with new and used items, opened recently on Front Street in Brainerd.
Progress on display in Cass County JOBZ initiative provides impetus
WALKER -- Three businesses will open new facilities in Walker and Pine River this fall because of the state's JOBZ initiative.
Retirement savings: Timing is everything
Plenty of attention has been given to the problems of investing in IRAs (and 401(k)s, which is where a lot of the assets in IRAs originate), and about figuring out how much money you have to take out each year after you turn 70 1/2 to comply with the law.
In a story on Page 5A Wednesday, the Dispatch incorrectly detailed the truancy policy agreed to last week by the Crow Wing County Board and the Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes school districts. Elementary students will be referred to the county attorney's office for truancy when they are absent seven or more school days and the absences are not excused by the parent and the school principal. Secondary students (7-12) would be referred to the county attorney's office for truancy if they miss one or more class periods on seven different school days during a school year, and the absence is not excused by both the parent and the school principal.
James Robert Holtorf, 36, Wadena, was sentenced for felony failure to notify a change in circumstances as a predatory sex offender to 15 months prison and fined $50.
One man was arrested Thursday and two men were arrested Friday in Todd and Morrison counties for being in possession of stolen property and the burglary of several homes in both counties, the Todd County Sheriff's Office reported.
Monday -- 5 p.m. Crow Wing County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, county administrator's office.
Two people were killed and two people were seriously injured and airlifted to St. Cloud hospital following a two-vehicle accident early Saturday, the State Patrol reported.
CHILD IN NEED
The task of writing about a child waiting for a mentor at Kinship Partners each week is rotated among the six staff members. Today is my turn.
Concern about methamphetamine use among children and adolescents in Crow Wing County increasing
A recent survey completed in Crow Wing County indicates an increasing concern about the growing use and impact on the county from methamphetamine use.
ASK A TROOPER What about add-on lights?
(The conflict is that this person got pulled over by a trooper. The trooper insisted that the light was illegal. He told the driver that it must be removed. The driver has not removed it yet. Also, he has not been stopped again for it since then. If it is illegal, wouldn't he or others be stopped for it constantly? It seems as if more and more trucks have added lights on the back, especially the ones that fit into their receiver hitch. Shouldn't a receiver light and a light bar be considered one and the same?)
Brainerd firefighters Bob Anderson (left), Aaron Johnson and Garrett Lee stood atop a Brainerd Fire truck while Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc and firefighters Kevin Stunek and Kurt Doree remembered the victims of 9/11. The Brainerd VFW Post 1647 and the American Legion Post 255 color guards shared in the "We Will remember " ceremony Saturday.
Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., has announced that $700,232 in federal grants will be given to tribal police agencies in Minnesota from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services through the U.S. Department of Justice.
Genesis likely to yield useful data despite crash
Most of the contents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Genesis space probe appear to be intact and usable despite the craft's crash landing in the Utah desert, researchers said Friday.
Help planned for workers Group responds to AcroTech plant closing
There was a feeling of deja vu Friday as a small group gathered to coordinate a community response to AcroTech Midwest's planned closing this winter.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - City meets country, or so it seemed when area businessmen and women attended the Agribusiness Appreciation Day at the Dick and Phyllis Henze beef farm near St. Mathias.
Unfriendly skies Airlines face traumatic shakeout
Three years after terrorists used jetliners as weapons and sent commercial aviation into its worst slump ever, the airline industry remains mired in red ink and is facing dramatic change.
Teachers harassed with letters, roadkill
Two Brainerd High School students have been suspended for 10 days after they apparently placed animal roadkill on teachers' lawns this summer and sent harassing letters, it was learned Friday.
Arrest made in murder
Solid police work led to the arrest Friday of a Blaine man in connection with the murder of a Minneapolis woman whose body was found Monday in a Morrison County quarry, said Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Richard M. Davidson, 58-year-old resident of Pequot Lakes, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Northland Meadows in Pequot Lakes.
John 'Jack' Skochenski
HARDING -- John "Jack" Skochenski, age 78, a resident of Harding, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ella Rebischke Johnson, 93-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls, Minn. Friends may call from 2-3 p.m. at the church on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
Eldon George Grater was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Manhattan, Kan., to Fred and Caroline (Weidner) Grater. He grew up and graduated high school in Riley, Kan. He enlisted in the Navy and served overseas from 1951-1954, during the Korean conflict. He was united in marriage to Barbara Pikula in Brainerd June 7, 1958. After living in St. Louis, Mo., for a time, the couple moved to Brainerd, where Eldon worked as a millwright at Potlatch for 34 years. Eldon was a family man, who loved spending time with his grandkids. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and "tinkering." He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. He coached youth baseball in Brainerd for 21 years and was a member of the American Legion.
Ethel Torkelson, age 81, of Backus, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
GARRISON -- William Yezek, age 93, of Garrison, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Father Henry Arnold Miller
ONAMIA -- Crosier Father Henry Arnold Miller, OSC, age 87, a resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn.
Cynthia A. Rutherford
Cynthia Ann Rutherford, age 51, of Brainerd, died Aug. 24, 2004, unexpectedly at home. Cindy has finally found her peace with God. She was an avid gardener and had a passion for frog collectables and agates. She loved the outdoors especially fishing at the Gull River Dam -- her favorite spot. She will be greatly missed by her companion of nine years Mark Wilfehrt, her neighbors and friends. Because Cindy had a special place in her heart for children, memorials are preferred to the Brainerd Public Library or Nisswa Community Children's Library.
Open Forum: Let's return to a civil discourse on the issues
After the fiasco at the Republican National Convention the other night with the Zell Miller keynote speech, I feel very sorry for, and much embarrassment for the Republican Party. My sense of embarrassment for them was heightened even more when I learned on Washington Week in Review on PBS that the Republican Convention Committee had a copy of Mr. Miller's speech for three weeks before the convention. Was it a shame no one proofread it? It couldn't really be the way they intended to further their party's cause, is it?
OUR OPINION: GOING TO CLASS
Gov. Tim Pawlenty knows how to get teenagers' attention -- just jingle those car keys.
Because our school days are short and every minute is important, Id like to ask the handful of churches that insist on having religious education on Wednesday afternoons during the school day: Why cant it be scheduled for after school or evenings like the majority of the churches? Why create a conflicting choice for families? Students miss up to two hours a day on those early release days and thats a significant loss of teaching time. Once gone, it cannot be regained.
LCC wraps up successful season
As the afternoon dwindled on Labor Day the final rounds were fired at the Lakeshore Conservation Club and another successful season was over.
Apply now for goose hunting permits at Lac qui Parle
Hunters wishing to reserve a goose hunting station in the controlled hunting zone at Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area must submit an application by Sept. 15.
Sept. 15 -- Lac qui Parle controlled hunt blind application deadline
LEECH LAKE CONCERN Multiple approaches needed to improve Leech Lake walleye fishing
Controlling cormorants, stocking walleyes, changing fishing regulations and conserving and restoring habitat are needed to improve walleye fishing on Leech Lake, the DNR said.
Tall shaggy mane mushrooms are delightful find at summer's end
Because of surgical complications it was a slow summer for me. I took only a smattering of photos, but as my health improved my interest in taking snapshots did too. The appearance of multitudes of mushrooms really kicked me into gear.
"Ducks and rice pickers will be happy this year," said Dave Kanz, DNR assistant area wildlife manager in Aitkin. "That's because the wild rice crop is looking good over much of the region this rice season. Water levels are very low, which is optimal for rice production."
Jigs, minnows move to front of fishing arsenal
If you want to experience some good fishing this is when you should make time to get out on the water.
Field set for upcoming PWT Championship
The field is set for the 2004 PWT Championship, scheduled for Sept. 17-19 on the Keweenaw Waterway at Houghton, Mich.
Unseasonably cold, wet weather this spring caused Minnesota's pheasant counts to drop 47 percent from 2003, according to the DNR. Overall, the counts indicate pheasant populations will be close to the 10-year average.
Low tide is high time for clamming
Wilfredo Gonzales stands in knee-high salt water in a postcard-pretty cove just off Mason's Island in Stonington, Conn. He is holding a long-handled rake with curved tines at the end that looks like it came from a garden. Gonzales plunges the rake into the water and scrapes it across the mucky bottom. He scoops up a fist-size clam, smiles and drops it into a net held by a friend.
Tuning up Pre-season shooting practice is necessary first step to successful hunting season
WEALTHWOOD -- In 34 years of hunting I've learned that I can't get too much pre-season shooting practice. Some guys can uncase their guns for the first time all year on opening day and shoot great. But for me wingshooting is always a challenge. If I'm to achieve any semblance of competence in the field I better shoot as many practice rounds as possible before going after wild birds.
Engagement announced - Megan Korte and Dan Moddes
Megan Korte and Dan Moddes announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Pam Korte, Brainerd, and Carol Moddes, Brainerd, and the late Thomas Moddes. A June 18 wedding is planned at St. Francis in Brainerd.
40th anniversary - Roger and Connie Barnett
Roger and Connie Barnett will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 18 at their home at 14038 Five Mile Road, Brainerd. They were married Sept. 12, 1964. The event will be hosted by Todd and Theresa Barnett. For more information, call 839-4380.
50th anniversary - Richard "Chub" and Lorna Klein
Richard "Chub" and Lorna Klein, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 26 at their daughter's home, 7654 County Road 9 (five miles south from the intersection of Highway 18 and 25 to County Road 9, then one mile south, house on the left). No gifts please, but if you'd like to bring a copy of a picture of them or write about a special moment to be used in a memory book for them, it would be appreciated. The event will be hosted by their children.
MICHAEL AND AMY KRAY
Amy Marie Boelter and Michael Edward Kray were married May 15, 2004, at the Community Covenant Church in Brainerd with Pastors George Klippenes and Jeffery Klippenes.
50th anniversary - Orville "Sam" and Lorraine Otto
Orville "Sam" and Lorraine Otto, Wenatchee, Wash., formerly of Merrifield, will celebrate their 50th wedding annviversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Kube's in Norwood-Young America. Sam worked for the Crow Wing County Highway Department. They were married Nov. 4, 1954, in Mayer.
Wedding planned - Shawna Pietig and Marc Williams
Shawna Pietig and Marc Williams announce their engagement. Parents are Dale and Jan Pietig, Nisswa, and Gary and Bonnie Williams, Willmar. A Dec. 10 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
30th anniversary - Bruce and Shelley Eide
Bruce and Shelley Eide, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 31, 1974, in Brainerd.
Engagement announced - Adam Eric Kronstedt and Charlene Marie LeDoux
Adam Eric Kronstedt and Charlene Marie LeDoux announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and Mary Kronstedt, Brainerd, and Pam and Glen Beebe, Hutchinson. A January wedding is planned in Florida.
25th anniversary - Wade and Mel Arnold
Wade and Mel Arnold, Nisswa, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Sept. 14, 1979, in Nisswa.
DUSTIN AND NATASHA LOCKWOOD
Natasha Powell and Dustin Lockwood were married May 22, 2004, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastor Jim Rogers officiating.
CHAN AND TONYA KRAUSE
Tonya Plante and Chan Krause were married June 5, 2004, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastor David Uhrich officiating.
Carl and Kristin Fumarola
Kristin Gettelman and Carl Fumarola were married Aug. 7, 2004, at Harrington Farm in Princeton, Mass., with the Rev. Dennis James Robinson officiating.
Central Lakes College volleyball player Lane tenCate just gave opponents another thing to worry about.
PILLAGER -- Things started bad and progressed to disastrous for the Pillager Huskies football team Friday.
Who would play quarterback was a concern when the Brainerd Warriors opened the football season.
Gull Lake Croquet Association conducted its final week of the regular season at Madden's Resort and Conference Center.
Pirates cruise past Ashby
ASHBY -- Verndale quarterback Isaac Johnson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Pirates past Ashby 38-6 Friday .
Anderson, PR-B run over CL-B
CASS LAKE -- Led by Alan Anderson's 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the Pine River-Backus Tigers downed the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers 28-7 Friday in North Star Conference football.
Stoltman's latest trick: Winning
Jonathon Stoltman enjoys extreme sports.
If defense wins championships the Brainerd Warriors are headed toward one.
WARRIOR CROSS COUNTRY
Boys' team scores -- 1-Moorhead 32, 2-Brainerd 47, 3-Grand Rapids 86, 4-Crosby-Ironton 94, 5-Bemidji 112, 6-Trek North 188
Burman sparks Gobblers to win
Aitkin -- Aitkin's Brian Burman threw for two touchdowns and 251 yards to lead the Gobblers to a 17-6 Great River Conference football win over the Ogilvie Bears Friday.
Beaman making her mark
Kim Beaman liked her cantaloupe.
Upcoming sporting events
Flyers sputter against Sartell
SARTELL -- The Sartell Sabres scored 28 second-quarter points to down the Little Falls Flyers 42-6 in Central Lakes Conference football Friday.
Green Wave flies past Cardinals
EAST GRAND FORKS -- Andy Mertens rushed 37 times for 203 yards and a touchdown for the Staples-Motley Cardinals in a 36-30 loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave in Northern Lakes Conference football Friday.
Pioneers fall short against Rockford
ROCKFORD -- Two failed two-point conversions and one missed extra-point kick by the Pierz Pioneers helped lead to a 27-26 loss to the Rockford Rockets in Central Minnesota Conference football Friday.
Comeback falls short for W-DC
WADENA -- Steve Cooney returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and Tyler Wolden caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to force overtime for Wadena-Deer Creek but the Wolverines ended up losing 27-21 to the Warroad Warriors in Northern Lakes Conference football Friday.
Owners jumped at chance to field team in Brainerd
Harold "Skip" and Pamela Marr enjoyed the Brainerd lakes area so much on a visit they decided if a business opportunity ever arose in the area they would snap it up.
Critics: Game ratings don't do enough to protect kids
Video-game violence has been an issue since the game Death Race was introduced during the 1970s.
Apple unveils long-awaited new version of iMac
Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited iMac G5, an all-in-one device that hides its computing guts behind a thin screen perched on an aluminum foot.
Varying opinions: Shopping - Male vs. Female
"We just had to pay $50 in excess baggage fees," he said as he sat down. "When we started, we didn't have excess baggage. Now we do. All from shopping!"
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Some rain, some sun
Weather drawing by Markielly Wolf in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today..Scattered morning showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers or thunderstorms in northern and central wisconsin. Highs in the 70s north to lower 80s south. Cooler near lake superior.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Clear to partly cloudy west. Decreasing clouds east with scattered thunderstorms ending early. Highs from 70 to 75 northeast to 80 to 85 south and west.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy this morning with isolated showers or a
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Isolated morning showers...Otherwise partly to mostly
Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. Lakes Area will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the back room at the Brainerd American Legion.
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
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