Flower Cars were designed for funerals
What kind of 1957 vehicle has a rear quarter panel that is 5-feet-9 inches long, was once an Oldsmobile station wagon and has a stainless steel pickup-like bed?
A 'friend base' at the Ox
If a book is someday written on Ded Walleye's rise to rock stardom, it will have to include a chapter on the Blue Ox. A lot of the most memorable moments in the career of the Fargo, N.D., four-piece have occurred in and around the Brainerd bar.
Reality bites the dust in Dispatch TV show poll
Dispatch Interactive pollsters agreed with a recent national poll that voted the reality genre off the TV island. The two new reality series, Martha Stewart's "Apprentice" spinoff and Amy Grant's "Three Wishes," received a grand total of zero votes in the poll asking which new series people are looking forward to.
Minery teaches tap and choreography to Music General students
Guest tap instructor Mike Minery conducted a tap workshop and choreography classes Aug. 10-13 at Brainerd's Music General studios.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
To navigate this fair, you gotta be crafty
Rumy from South America played pipes Saturday in Carlos Wayra's booth during the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair.
It's the people who give the Blue Ox its character
It's a shame that the filmmakers of 1996's "Fargo" movie opted not to shoot footage in Brainerd's Blue Ox. It was, and still is, ready-made for a movie about homey and homely Minnesotans. (Instead, only the name Blue Ox was used in "Fargo," and no, the bar doesn't earn royalties from DVD sales, although owner Rick Madges said he appreciates the publicity.)
"Brush Strokes," an exhibit of 40 paintings by Duluth's Edna Blanchard, will be featured through Oct. 26 at Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.
Moore the merrier
Enjoy taste of fresh tomatoes all winter
When bushels of fresh tomatoes show up at roadside markets and farmers' markets, I like to buy a couple bushels to can.
Versatile apples star in dessert
Here's a recipe for an easy apple dessert, a variation of a familiar idea that first appeals with its gentle aroma of spices. Then there's the topping, a crunchy layer combining oats, dried fruit and nuts, and underneath, juicy apples, full of flavor.
People who enjoy breakfast usually have a favorite food they look forward to, something they'd happily nosh any time of day. When pressed, they might confess they do eat it any time of day.
The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Northland Arboretum conference room to discuss the wastewater treatment facility concept plan.
The Brainerd Fire Department at 6:57 p.m. Thursday responded to a report of a gas leak behind a stove in an apartment in the 900 block of South Eighth Street in Brainerd.
The Brainerd Character Initiative Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Jacen P. Gondringer, 25, and Valine M. Thesing, 22, both of Brainerd.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
Jeremy Perlinger joined the Chad Schwendeman Marketing Team of Tower Real Estate, Inc. as a buyer's specialist.
A treehouse in the woods
HACKENSACK -- People visiting Skip and Cher Baumhoefner's retirement home on Trillium Lake in rural Hackensack in Cass County will not find a typical home.
Like old times, only better
They met while both were serving in the Army in Salzburg, Austria, shortly after World War II ended.
WADENA -- Six alternative films will be screened at Wadena's art deco style Cozy Theatre this weekend as part of the Whiskey Creek Film Festival.
Katrina survivor starts over in Brainerd
New Orleans native Jean Tracy was ready to start a new life, it's just that she'd rather have done it without a push from Hurricane Katrina. And she didn't know it would be in Brainerd.
Tribe enables United Way to keep on truckin' for victims
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe came to the rescue of the Crow Wing County United Way Wednesday with a $9,000 contribution to pay toward the cost of trucking 75 tons of donated clothes to Hurricane Katrina victims.
Point of view
These colorful awnings are on a building west of Brainerd. Find the answer Sunday.
Brainerd homecoming candidates prepare for coronation
The Brainerd High School homecoming candidates are Joetta Johnson (front row left), Ryan Mckay, Tom Sheveland, Bryan Seipp, Ella Strother, Paige Olson; Britta Parsons (middle row left), Tessa Helland, Aani Rangen, Emily Lorenz, Hannah Fossum, Tara Moen, Ryan Peltoma, Joey Anhalt; Pete Larson (back row left), Jake Iten, Carl Sneep and Mitch Yager. Coronation will be 7 p.m. Monday at the high school.
"I did what I had to do to defend myself. I would do what I had to do to stay alive."
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes School Board will meet in an emergency session at 5 p.m. Thursday in the high school gathering room.
Crow Wing County Fair Association meeting set Nov. 3
The Crow Wing County Fair Association's annual meeting will be Nov. 3.
COMING FRIDAY IN HOUSING
The owners call their hexagon-shaped home on Trillium Lake in rural
C-I enrollment is rising again
Will the students return to C-I?
Rules apparently cooled students on homecoming event
The lip-sync contest traditionally hosted during Homecoming Week at Brainerd High School has been canceled, BHS principal Steve Razidlo said Wednesday.
AITKIN -- The city of Aitkin will mark a $2 million renovation of its downtown Thursday with morning ceremonies, Mayor J. Mark Wedel said.
A mallard preened itself in the Mississippi River Wednesday in Brainerd.
COMING FRIDAY IN SPORTS
Look for a preview of Friday's football game
Effort begins at CLC to keep Opatz
Many faculty and staff members at Central Lakes College have initiated a grassroots effort to hire CLC interim president Joe Opatz as a permanent replacement.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - The Brainerd City Council adopted its 1986 budget and tax levy with disbursements totaling $3,262,620. That figure represents an increase of about 12.88 percent over 1985 outlays.
Rally Up-North raises funds for Camp Confidence
A reported 650 people recently hopped on their motorcycles in the third annual Rally Up-North event and rode about 110 miles in the Brainerd lakes area to support programs at the Confidence Learning Center in East Gull Lake.
State lawmakers will discuss the last
Point of view
Looks like a size 50, maybe 60 (above). Find the answer Friday.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 16 - 40 years ago (1965) - Light snow is expected for sections of northern Minnesota tonight. Temperatures down in the mid 30s were predicted tonight.
Glen R. St. Cyr
HILLMAN -- Glen R. St. Cyr, 64, of Hillman, Minn., formerly of Fridley, Minn., passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn. Funeral services for Glen St. Cyr will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lakeview Community Church, Hillman, Minn., with the Rev. David Gouldin officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeview Community Church. Arrangements are with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, Minn. Memorials preferred to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation or donor's choice.
Emily E. Scepurek
BOWLUS -- Emily E. Scepurek, age 88, of Bowlus, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn.
Corilynn M. Babineau
BAXTER Corilynn Marie Babineau, 34, resident of Baxter, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Corilynn was born May 5, 1971, in Brainerd to Lonny and Diane (Petersen) Thiery.
LIVINGSTON, Mont. -- Betty Juan Lind Townsend, 75, of Livingston, Mont., died Sept. 10, 2005, at Livingston Memorial Hospital. Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory. At her request, no services are planned.
Clarence J. Meronek
WALKER -- Clarence James Meronek, age 94, formerly of Kenosha, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in Walker, Minn. Clarence moved from Kenosha to Backus, Minn., in 2000 to be close to his daughter. He was born Nov. 7, 1910, in Fancher, Wis., to August and Mary Meronek. Clarence married Angeline Banasik Aug. 5, 1933, at St. Casimers Catholic Church in Kenosha. He worked at American Brass in Kenosha for 10 years then in 1941 he went to work for Ladish, also in Kenosha, until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kenosha where he was an usher for 50 years.
Jack E. Kingsley
HILL CITY -- Jack E. Kingsley, age 45, of Hill City, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005.
Donald R. Elling
AITKIN -- Donald R. Elling, age 73, of Aitkin, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Warren B. Brown
Warren B. Brown, age 80, of Brainerd, died early Thursday morning, Sept. 15, 2005, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Care Center. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
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Enoch Paul Bushfan
Enoch Paul Bushfan, age 61, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2005.
Corilynn M. Babineau
BAXTER -- Corilynn Marie Babineau, 34, resident of Baxter, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Corilynn was born May 5, 1971, in Brainerd to Lonny and Diane (Petersen) Thiery.
Helen M. Johnson
ANOKA -- Helen M. Johnson, age 89, of Anoka, and formerly of McGregor, died on Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hope Lutheran Church in Andover. Visitation will be one hour before the services. Graveside services will be on Thursday at the Lakeview Cemetery (Rat Lake) at 4 p.m. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Janice D. Babinski
NAPLES, Fla. -- Janice Dee Babinski, 42, resident of Naples, Fla., formerly of Minneapolis and Nisswa, Minn., died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, in Naples as the result of an accident. Janice was born Sept. 12, 1962, in St. Paul.
Thank you for the refreshing article in Mondays paper "Everyday People -- Keith Larson." It was nice to read about something that was not political trash talking, finger-pointing, or complaining. Just an all-American young man with a good head on his shoulders and parents involved in their son's passions. Hats off to Keith and his family!
OTHER OPINION: INTERNET
That Internet purchase could soon cost a little more.
Open Forum: EPA unions call for end to fluoridation
Eleven Environmental Protection Agency unions have called for an immediate cessation of water fluoridation and a full Congressional hearing on fluoride's cancer-causing risks to people. Dr. William Hirzy, a Washington, D.C. EPA scientist, is spearheading the action.
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Sen. Mark Dayton
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Sunday's Dispatch had enrollment figures for 15 of 17 area schools. It would have really been nice if Crosby-Ironton's figures would have been included. Since enrollment has been an important issue at C-I, it would appear that the administration could manage to put those figures together without too much difficulty. People in C-I want to know what is going on.
Preparing for the future
As the fall season approaches many of us become busy with preparations for the winter months to come.
Still solid as a rock
CUSHING -- This winter, Solid Rock Bible Camp on the east side of Lake Alexander will be nearly unrecognizable to the thousands of people who have camped there in the last 66 years.
Trinity Lutheran Church celebrates $2.2 million project
Pastor Dave Holte of Trinity Lutheran Church offered a short prayer Sunday at groundbreaking ceremonies for the south Brainerd church's $2.2 million addition and renovation project. Clowns who performed at the Rally Sunday services were among the congregation members present for the ceremony.
St. Agatha's guild will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cathy Flansburg's.
Warrior swimmers overwhelm Flyers
When an established swimming and diving team like Brainerd takes on a fledgling program like Little Falls the Warriors usually put their top performers in events other than their specialty.
No. 1 with a spike
Like any good coach, Central Lakes College volleyball coach Jane Peterson doesn't put a lot of stock into polls. To her, it only matters where her team finishes at the end of the season.
Olson leads Warriors to second straight win
LITTLE FALLS -- Paige Olson had a solid all-around game for the Warriors, finishing with 15 digs, two ace serves, 14 kills and four blocks to lead the Brainerd volleyball team to its second win of the season with a 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16 defeat of the Little Falls Flyers.
Spuds not averse to putting in late hours
The Brainerd Warriors football team hopes Friday night lights don't turn into Saturday morning lights.
BHS' Collins makes plays in both nets
BAXTER -- Josiah Collins was a one-man win-streak wrecker Tuesday at Southdale Field.
Perham edges Staples-Motley
LITTLE FALLS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals cross country team and Perham Yellowjackets are no strangers to each other or to stiff competition. The two programs duel each other on an annual basis for the Section 6, Class 1A crown and a trip to the state meet.
Cards sweep Wadena-DC, Crosby-Ironton
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals tennis team made short work out both the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers, winning both matches 7-0 in a triangular Thursday.
Warriors remain unbeaten with win over Flyers
Belle Prairie -- Brainerd's Kelly Rosenthal left Thursday's girls' soccer game against Little Falls with a hat trick and assist as the undefeated Warriors beat the Flyers 7-1.
Upcoming sporting events
West Central Division series finals this weekend at BIR
Brainerd International Raceway will host the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series finals Friday through Sunday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
As a freshman Jessica Reese qualified for the state Class 2A swimming and diving meet in two events and one relay.
A step toward the elite
LITTLE FALLS -- Brainerd cross country runner Justin Tyner doesn't want to be compared to former Warrior great Justin Grunewald.
Flyer girls lose to Otters
FERGUS FALLS -- Kendra Hilmerson had the only Little Falls goal and Flyers keeper Christy Sitzman made 21 saves in a 3-1 loss to Fergus Falls in Central Lakes Conference girls' soccer Tuesday.
Riding a bike
Weather drawing by Dylan Scarlett of Mrs. Shanoff's second grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 75 to 85.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Becoming mostly cloudy north...Partly cloudy south. Highs
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance for a shower or thunderstorm northwest. Highs in the low to mid 70s.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy north and central with isolated
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms
Sun is rising
Hannah Munsch of Ms. Hemstad's third grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...A little light rain ending early southeast....Then turning partly cloudy. Sunny to partly cloudy north and west. Highs in the 70s. Cooler 60s near the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
Dense fog advisory for much of southwestern iowa until 9 am cdt...
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly sunny east...Mostly sunny west. Breezy and warm. Highs from around 80 east central...To the lower 90s west central.
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