Hickory may be the next big thing in rustic furniture
NISSWA -- Jay Dailey first started making furniture after school with his father, Archie, when he was barely a teenager.
Roy Abbott, principal at Architecture One in Brainerd, is retiring.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Michael Elmo Blood, 34, Litchfield, was ordered to serve an additional 90 days jail for violating probation he is serving for two counts of felony second-degree burglary and one count of felony third-degree burglary. He will be allowed to work sentence to serve in lieu of paying fines.
Parents' crusade sheds light on dangers
WASHINGTON -- Seven years ago, Mark Miller's 13-year-old son Matt, who loved to ride bikes and play video games and excelled at making origami animals, hanged himself in his bedroom closet. His parents were devastated -- and mystified.
CHILD IN NEED
Slowly, but surely our number of children waiting for partners in the Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Crosby areas are seeing positive outcomes.
Movement seeks to give grandparents a voice in election
She spoiled you, gave you home-baked cookies and kept your secrets. Now grandma's taking on the political process in your behalf.
Inmate: 'It's an epidemic'
Justin Nelson looks like a university student. He follows state politics. And he has been a meth addict since he was about 14 years old. Now he is in jail on charges of meth manufacturing. He said programs like DARE don't work. Even the prison system isn't working.
Pepfest replaces parade
The tradition of a homecoming parade each fall at Brainerd High School has quietly come to an end.
GARRISON -- The Mille Lacs Lions will serve their annual spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Garrison VFW.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Road detours -- a fact of life that are fast becoming a Brainerd tradition -- came under fire from residents who complained that, with each trip to town, "you have to find a new road to take."
PERSPECTIVES of METH USERS from INSIDE THE JAIL
Nobody knows methamphetamine as intimately as a user.
Oil price rises despite loans from reserve
The price of crude oil rose to a record high Friday even as the Bush administration agreed to tap the nation's emergency oil stockpile because of supply problems caused by Hurricane Ivan.
United Way putting focus on programs
The Crow Wing County United Way, taking its cue from the national organization, is changing the way it does business.
Woman: 'You want to get high, high,high'
Six women, wearing orange, jail-issued outfits resembling hospital scrubs, sit down at two long folding tables in the Crow Wing County Jail recreation room.
Well, hello, Terry
Baxter Elementary Principal Terry Hermanson dressed as Dolly Parton Friday and played the guitar while he handed out treats to students at the school.
Rebates fuel sales, frazzle buyers
Paul Saffo is a futurist with a headache.
Roman H. Smieja
LITTLE FALLS -- Roman H. Smieja, age 82, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Royalton, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Helen M. Anderson
SILVER BAY -- Helen M. Anderson, age 77, of Silver Bay, Minn., formerly of Palisade and Aitkin, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minn.
FLENSBURG -- Walter Wotzka, 89, died Sept. 24, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center, Little Falls.
Louis 'Louie' F. Andres
LITTLE FALLS -- Louis "Louie" F. Andres, 53-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at St. James Catholic Church in Randall, Minn., with the Rev. Leo Moenkedick officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. There will be a private visitation for family only.
Donald E. Wilber
CROSBY -- Donald E. Wilber, age 80, Crosby, died Sept. 24, 2004, at his daughter's home in Champlin. Services at later date. Arrangements are with Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Lorraine V. Schuett
LITTLE FALLS Lorraine V. Schuett, age 78, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
I'm wondering if the Brainerd School District couldn't find a centrally located piece of property to build a new school instead of in Baxter where it's not convenient to anyone who lives east of Brainerd? Do they think about the traffic created for the intersection of 48 and College Road? Is there anyone on the board who voted for this school that lives east of Brainerd? If so do they have kids that'll go to this school? Is it convenient? I'm not pleased with the location. It's going to be inconvenient to drop my kid off or pick him up.
OUR OPINION: STEVE ESSER
Steve Esser's selection as Brainerd Citizen of the Year is evidence that loudness alone doesn't translate into leadership.
Open Forum: Annexation questions to be answered Thursday
The director of State of Minnesota Municipal Boundary Adjustments Christine Scottillo will do a presentation Thursday, Sept. 30, from 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Hunting stand rules have changed on Consolidated Conservation Lands
The 2004 deer seasons began last week with the archery opener and hunters throughout Minnesota are placing treestands in hopes of intercepting a big buck.
Deep Portage Learning Center near Hackensack has two fall programs for outdoorsmen.
Early youth antlerless deer season on tap for northwestern Minnesota
Minnesota's first youth antlerless deer season is scheduled for Oct. 23-24 in Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall and Pennington counties.
Know the rules when you are hunting or riding ATV's
As hunting season gears up statewide, hunters and OHV operators are reminded to know all laws for the areas where they hunt and ride. Laws have changed this year and vary depending on land ownership.
Parks have a case of mixed signals
At least 30 national parks sprout cellphone towers and antennas, a new government survey shows, and some environmentalists fear a forest of steel and concrete will spring up unless the National Park Service cracks down.
Sept. 25 -- Duck, woodcock hunting opens (duck season 9 a.m. opener)
Monitoring the monarch
Monarch butterflies have had a special place in my heart for many years. Whenever I see a magnificent "flutter by" I'm reminded of when a friend and I would eagerly anticipate the soft summer days of August.
Pro walleye fishermen from 22 states and Canada will descend on the Mississippi River at Moline, Ill. Sept. 29-Oct. 2 to compete in the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship.
Hawk Ridge recognized by Audubon Minnesota as important bird area
Audubon Minnesota has recognized Duluth's Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve as an "Important Bird Area," the first such recognition for any site in Minnesota. To commemorate the occasion, Sept. 17 was proclaimed "Hawk Ridge Day" by Herb Bergson, mayor of Duluth.
Special regulations, guiding ethics are hot topics among area anglers
Recently I attended an open house at the DNR's Brainerd office on proposed regulations for Pelican Lake. As a fishing guide I'm concerned about the future of our area waters and wanted to hear what people had to say about the proposed regulations.
45th anniversary - Karen and Ben Baloun
Karen and Ben Baloun, Pequot Lakes, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Oct. 3, 1959, in Motley.
ANDREW AND RENEE HOLTHAUS
Renee Schilling and Andrew Holthaus were married June 25, 2004, at Holy Family Parish in Belle Prairie with Father William Bouk III officiating.
50th anniversary - Edward and Hattie Sunde
Edward and Hattie Sunde, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. The event is hosted by their family. They were married Oct. 9, 1954, in Brainerd.
Engagement announced - Kimberly Mulroy and Adam Pickar
Kimberly Mulroy and Adam Pickar announce their engagement. Parents are Allen and Glenda Mulroy, Fort Ripley, and Terry and Rhonda Pickar, Fort Ripley. An Aug. 20, 2005, wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
PAUL AND SARAH ROSEKRANS
Sarah Dosh and Paul Rosekrans were married Aug. 7, 2004, at St. Mathias Park with Judge Paske officiating.
Wedding planned - Cassandra Kay Yaunick and Jess Dean Feierabend
Cassandra Kay Yaunick and Jess Dean Feierabend announce their engagement. Parents are Cammy and Dan Yaunick, Brainerd, and Art Feierabend, Pillager, and Audrey Feierabend, Brainerd. An October wedding is planned at the Northland Arboretum.
Marcella Masters, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a gathering of family and friends from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the St. Francis Church basement. No gifts please. She was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Langdon, N.D.
Chuck and Pat Nelson, Browerville, formerly of Baxter, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 19, 1964, in Brainerd.
Veta Hardy, Pine River, recently celebrated her 95th birthday with her family and friends. She was born Sept. 25, 1909.
ERIC AND CASSY BOCK
Cassy Peterson and Eric Bock were married July 10, 2004, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd with Richard D. Tetzlaff officiating.
Warren and Helen Probst recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 18, 1954, in Brainerd. Card shower requested by their children to: 4476 State Hwy 210, Baxter, MN 56425.
Engagement announced - Melanie Gaalswyk and Andrew Lund
Melanie Gaalswyk and Andrew Lund announce their engagement. Parents are Neal and Kathy Gaalswyk, East Gull Lake, and Eric and Cheri Lund, Salina, Kan. A New Year's Eve wedding is planned.
Helen Serdahl will celebrate her 90th birthday Wednesday. She was born Sept. 29, 1914.
50th anniversary - Milo and Carmen Van Horn
Milo and Carmen Van Horn, Carlisle, Wyo., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 2 at Devils Tower Junction, nine miles south of Hulett, Wyo., on Hwy. 14. No gifts please.
Wedding planned - Dorothy Smude and Steven Cronin
Dorothy Smude and Steven Cronin announce their engagement. Parents are Randolph and Deborah Smude, Brainerd, and Norbert and Darlene Cronin, Nisswa. An Oct. 23 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church.
MICHAEL AND TRACI BANCE
Traci Kaminski and Michael Bance were married July 10, 2004, at The Journey in Nisswa with Pastor Jon Stoe officiating.
25th anniversary - Bruce and Mary Crocker
Bruce and Mary Crocker, Baxter, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a belated dinner with their family at Ted and Gen's in Aldrich. They were married June 16, 1979, in Staples.
Wedding planned - Kristine Young and Chad Burgwald
Kristine Young and Chad Burgwald announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Edie Hindman, Lake Shore, and Mark and Jodie Young, Indianola, Iowa, and Denny and Leann Burgwald, Crosby. An Oct. 9 wedding is planned in Nisswa.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Sye Anderson of Brainerd finished 10th in the Wissota Sprint Car feature Sept. 18 at the 12th annual Wissota Western 100 at Brown County Speedway.
Warriors record third-straight shutout
Three straight shutouts.
Gobblers remain perfect in conference
RUSH CITY -- Kyle Mlynar scored on an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Aitkin Gobblers' 13-0 win over the Rush City Tigers to seal a Great River Conference victory Friday.
Jordan takes third at Wissota 100
Troy Jordan led an entourage of Brainerd area stock car racers by finishing third in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature Sept. 18 during the 19th annual Wissota 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
Bend it like Bell
While he hasn't yet reached David Beckham status, Eric Bell has earned the respect of Central Lakes Conference boys' soccer coaches.
Brainerd's Thiesse back on track
Brainerd's Erick Thiesse and hundreds of fans at the 19th annual Wissota 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., will remember the first Wissota Super Stock heat race Sept. 17.
Virginia runs over Crosby-Ironton
VIRGINIA-- Brandon Laffin rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and finished with 19 carries for 98 yards in the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 40-19 loss to the Virginia Blue Devils in Sea Range Conference football Friday.
Racefreex wraps up successful first year
For the last 20 weeks, the Racefreex Motoplex in its inaugural season has conducted 50 motocross races in four hours every Friday night and that makes Craig Johnson proud.
BHS offense makes quiet but strong impact
SAUK RAPIDS -- It takes a prodigious defensive effort to outdo what the Brainerd Warriors offense did Friday.
Pioneers romp past Maple Lake
PIERZ -- Christian Even ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pierz Pioneers to a 46-28 blowout of the Maple Lake Irish in Central Minnesota Conference football Friday.
Another TV headache for area fans
Say those two dreaded words to a cable TV operator and they begin to tremble.
Apollo takes advantage of Flyers' mistakes
LITTLE FALLS -- Mistakes happen. But in football, too many mistakes usually spells disaster.
Lake of the Woods capsizes PR-B
BAUDETTE -- The scoring opportunities were few for the Pine River-Backus Tigers, who lost to Lake of the Woods 18-0 in North Star Conference football Friday.
CLC still perfect in division play
HIBBING -- Shannon McCarthy led the charge for the Central Lakes College Raiders with 11 kills and four ace serves in a 30-10, 30-19, 30-23 North Division volleyball win over the Hibbing Cardinals Friday.
In the first men's golf league championship at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's Sept. 16, Northern Investments beat Tower Mortgage 23.5-20.5 to claim the title.
On ground or by air
STAPLES -- Big plays win football games and the Staples-Motley Cardinals had a warehouse of them Friday.
Upcoming sporting events
Pirates squash Eagle Valley 44-0
VERNDALE -- Tyler Fisher collected 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Verndale Pirates 44-0 rout of the Eagle Valley Rebels in Pheasant Conference North Division football Friday.
Mills edges Pillager
PILLAGER -- In its closest contest of the season, the Pillager Huskies almost came away with their first win of the season but fell short to New York Mills 28-24 in Prairie Conference North football Friday.
Pioneer making history
She's only a junior and already Jamie Talberg is considered one of the best distance runners in Pierz Pioneers history.
Employers get message on instant messaging
Jonathan Anderson and Varghese George take opposite approaches to workplace use of instant messaging, an electronic method for exchanging quick text messages between colleagues.
A new wrinkle in garment bags
We think of it as the weekend wedding kit, what the modern pal needs to see himself through a chums rehearsal dinner, a brunch or two and the Big Event:
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Favorite Vacation Photo
Gary Tastad of Nisswa recently vacationed in the Cayman Islands with the Minnesota School of Diving. This is a photo of a 330-foot Russian war ship that sunk near Cayman Brac. It is the only Russian ship in the Western Hemisphere that can be reached by divers. "Seeing this ship in the warm waters of the Caribbean was a very unique and chilling experience," Tastad said.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs from the mid 60s to the low 70s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s northeast to the mid 80s southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Sunny. Highs from the mid 60s northeast to the mid 70s
Doing handstands over a nice day
Weather drawing by Amber Bandel in the Lowell fifth grade of Mrs. Gardner.
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Sunny. Highs 75 east to 85 west.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s northeast to the upper
We applaud and say thank you to all the individuals who worked on the Riverside Drive project. Starting with Duane Blanck and his crew who held many pre-construction meetings to hopefully satisfy the residents living along this road. Also Widseth-Smith-Nolting architects, St. Louis Company contractors, Anderson Brothers, Brainerd's Public Utilities, telephone, gas, cable crews, mail carriers, (and paper), and landscapers.
A reception will be held to honor Mary Andrews Spilman, the Rebekah State Assembly president for 2004-2005, from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Salvation Army Hall, 208 S. 5th St., Brainerd. There will be a short program presented at 1 p.m.
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
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