Drivers still seek horsepower, not fuel efficiency
WASHINGTON -- People seldom say what they mean, and seldom do what they say. Take the matter of consumer response to rising gasoline prices.
Guzzlers and sippers: All over the road map
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Most automobile executives attending the 2005 Frankfurt International Auto Show, which ends Sunday, agree that the world has reached the Era of Diminishing Returns in crude oil production.
Segway owners say devices are future of urban transport
WASHINGTON -- Itsi Atkins, who brags that he was the second person to own a Segway in Manhattan, came to the nation's capital this week with five of the battery-powered two-wheelers. Not just any Segways, either.
FARGO, N.D. -- Minnesota Public Radio and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Guild will sponsor the 25th annual Young Artists Solo Competition Jan. 7 at the Hvidsten Hall of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Former Minnesotan Michael Johnson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium as part of the Grassroots Concert series.
Russell Sharon's art will be on display starting Oct. 15 at the Great River Arts Center.
Dave Mordal will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Scott Hansen's Comedy Gallery at the Rail in downtown Brainerd.
10 reasons to 'Frolic'
The singers and dancers in "Geritol Frolics" may be old, but they're also good.
Brains of the project
Brainerd High School junior Jeff Schuety was named this school year's first Fine Arts Student of the Week for his work in the Brainonian, the high school's yearbook.
Mankato poet John Calvin Rezmerski will present the program "The Varieties of Repetition" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd Public Library as part of a Heartland Poets meeting.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
'Firefly' makes thrilling jump to the big screen
There aren't many moments in "Serenity" that are truly original. Visual and stylistic homages peppered throughout writer-director Joss Whedon's space romp call to mind:
Try using leftover chicken in enchiladas
While I was paging through my cookbooks one evening, I found a recipe for Chicken Enchiladas that sounded so good.
Lake Shore woman releases cookbook
Kay Favreau-Dickie, Lake Shore, has released "County Fare," a cookbook of prize-winning recipes from her own recipe files and those from the blue-ribbon collections of her friends.
Building with stone
It's abundant, cheap and lasts for thousands of years. So why don't more people build with stone?
Angela and Kenneth Kjeldergaard, Staples, a boy, Alexander Wayne, 6 pounds, 7.5 ounces, Sept. 24, 2005.
Abear, Polly A. and Robert M.
Always a good read
Feeling a bit bookish? Check out the Dispatch's book page every Thursday in the Entertainment section. It's filled with features, reviews and best-seller lists.
Eagles vs. Warriors
The Brainerd Warrior football team hopes to get back in the win column Friday against the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles.
Clint and Staci (Sedahl) Headley, Brainerd, a girl, Mallori MaryAnn, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, Sept. 26, 2005. Grandparents are Shirley and Geoff Williams, Brainerd, Steve Sedahl, Plymouth, Kris Kuelbs, Eden Prairie, and Ron and June Headley, McGregor. Great-grandparents are Bruce Nelson, Wadena, and the late MaryAnn Nelson, the late Loren and Georgia Sedahl, Cleo Kuelbs, Brainerd, and the late Jim Kuelbs, the late George and Mabel Williams, Bill and Loretta Christenson, Motley, and Inez Headley (Bill Faber), and the late James Headley.
Remove stubborn water rings from wood
A reader e-mailed us asking how to remove stubborn water rings from wood furniture, so we contacted Hardwood Artisans, which makes and sells wood furniture.
Museum marks 30 years
LITTLE FALLS -- The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum that overlooks the Mississippi River in Little Falls may be only 30 years old this year, but the artifacts and items inside the building are much older.
Ready to Roll cuts cleanup
Dutch Boy's Ready to Roll paint containers make the most common do-it-yourself project even easier.
Hook won't let you down
Smarter than your average hook, the new Clever Hook from Linden Sweden knows just how to grip your hanging items.
Store items in extra big bags
Imagine your basic plastic sandwich bag blown up two feet so you can store blankets, toys, coats or whatever. How convenient is that?
'Mold remediation' is a term worth knowing
Chances are you've never heard of "mold remediation." Most homeowners haven't.
Why no water?
The first thing you should check is the faucet spout. Unscrew the aerator tip to remove it and turn on the water. If water comes out it means your culprit is a clogged aerator. Clean it with vinegar and a toothbrush.
Burton joins state real estate foundation staff
Michael Burton of Nisswa joined the Minnesota Real Estate Foundation, a supporting organization of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, as a real estate officer.
Kitchen safety tips
Be careful in your home, especially in the kitchen, where carelessness can result in burns.
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
Point of view
This historic item (above) is not heard as much as it used to be. Find the answer Sunday. Thursday's photo (left) showed the Brainerd Area Civic Center. Do you have an idea or photo for a Point of View quiz? Send your suggestions or photos to email@example.com.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 7 - 60 years ago (1945) - Brainerd and Crow Wing county contributed 23,700 pounds of waste paper and 4,000 pounds of tin cans in the final salvage harvest.
Point of view
Thousands of people walk through the doors of this building each year.
Fall river scene
The sun peeked through the clouds for a brief time on the Mississippi River Wednesday afternoon.
Cupcakes and congratulations
Colorfully frosted chocolate cupcakes were on hand at Thursday's Crow Wing County Board meeting in recognition of Board Chairman Gary Walters' 40th birthday.
Tribe wants to work with others
Representatives of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe spoke Thursday night at a Rosenmeier Center Forum at Central Lakes College in Brainerd to ask communities to work together with the band to make the world a better place.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 6 - 30 years ago (1975) - Brainerd has been turned down in its request for federal grants to construct a multi-purpose civic center and to install a water and sewer system in southeast Brainerd.
Car seat clinic planned at Mills GM center
The Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition is sponsoring a child car seat clinic from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Mills GM Service Center in Baxter.
BHS sophomore is honored volunteer
Brainerd High School sophomore Michael McColgan was named the 2005 Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year Wednesday.
Brainerd organizing code review Task Force
The Brainerd City Council is seeking applicants for an Ordinance Review Task Force. Seven citizens are needed to provide recommendations to the city council on zoning ordinances and municipal code requirements and the ordinance and code enforcement process. Two Planning Commission and two city council members are also part of the task force.
Probe leads to murder charges
More than nine months after Bonita Thoms' body was found submerged in a bathtub at her northeast Crow Wing County home a 35-year-old Boy River man was arrested for her murder Thursday.
Riverside students get in the 'Chicken Soup'
To the casual observer at Riverside Elementary School, it may appear the second-, third- and fourth-grade students are particularly attentive listeners during classroom storytime.
Thursday is National Depression Screening Day, and Northern Pines Mental Health Center will offer free depression screenings from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Brainerd Public Library.
Koering chosen to represent U.S. in exchange program
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, will represent the United States in an exchange program to Brazil where he will meet with political, business and civic leaders.
"The effort to understand what happened in 1918 has taken on a new urgency."
Budget questions surface
There were more questions than answers Thursday as Crow Wing County commissioners took a brief look at the budget they expect to examine in depth later this month.
The amount of money raised for Faith in Action at a chain saw contest in Hackensack was listed incorrectly in a headline on Page 1N Wednesday. Faith in Action will receive the remainder of the $48,000 raised after the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce's expenses.
Wadena council to look at Wal-Mart request
The Wadena City Council, at its next meeting, will consider a series of requests related to a proposed Wal-Mart that would be built along U.S. 71 near Pamida. The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Car sinks in Baxter parking lot
BAXTER -- Shawn McKay, who works at Clearwire Wireless Broadband in the Grizzly's Center in Baxter, planned to drive to the garbage bin in the center's parking lot Wednesday morning but he never made it.
County to offer flu clinic
Crow Wing County Health Department will be offering a flu clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Jesse F. Hallett Library in Crosby.
Mimi G. Ward
ONEONTA, Ala. -- Mimi G. Ward, nee: Gallivan, age 54, of Oneonta, Ala., formerly of St. Paul and Bonita Springs, Fla., died suddenly in her home on Oct. 4, 2005. Survived by husband of 18 years, John; stepsons, Todd H. (Lindy), John L. Jr. (Sarah), Bradley F. (Missy); grandchildren, Laurel, T.J., Hailey, Lindsay, Elizabeth and Lucy; brothers, Bob Gallivan Jr. (Barbara), Pat (Sandy) and Tim (Carol); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
James 'Jim' Lee
PALISADE -- James "Jim" Lee, age 58, of Palisade, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, at his home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wyanett Evangelical Free Church, east of Princeton on Highway 95. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Interment will be in Beery Cemetery, Princeton.
Dwayne D. Allord
LITTLE FALLS -- Dwayne D. Allord, 51-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, in Neoga, Ill. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, Minn., with the Rev. Robert Franks officiating. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. on Monday at the church.
Margaret P. Swenson
NEW HOPE -- Margaret P. Swenson, age 101, born in Stillwater, Minn., died Oct. 2, 2005, in St. Therese Home, New Hope, Minn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley G. Swenson.
Nancy H. Nickel
Nancy Helen Nickel, 55, Brainerd, passed away on Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born to Allie and Mildred (Dey) Austin in Brainerd on Feb. 20, 1950.
Joseph J. Muehlbauer
LITTLE FALLS -- Joseph John Muehlbauer, age 85, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, at his residence. Private family services will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
ONAMIA -- Daniel Litke, 58-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia with the Rev. Greg Poser, OSC, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Onamia. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at Holy Cross Catholic Center in Onamia. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Onamia.
Beverly J. Tholen
GRAND RAPIDS -- Beverly Jean Tholen died Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in Grand Rapids.
Robert W. Stelzner
Robert W. Stelzner, 89, Brainerd, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, at his home in Brainerd.
James C. Thompson
MOTLEY -- James C. Thompson, age 54, of Motley, died at home on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2005, after a battle with cancer. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples. There will be a time for visitation on Friday night from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home as well.
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Elsie H. Stensrud
Elsie H. Stensrud, age 98, lifelong Brainerd area resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
How sad it is to hear of all the meth and other drug users (including alcohol). But how wonderful to hear of those who have been completely delivered of their addictions by truly accepting Jesus into their hearts and lives because Jesus is the only way to be free. He is the answer to every problem. We pray everyone asks Him to save them.
OUR OPINION: HARRIET MIERS
Predictions of a political Armageddon were plentiful as President George W. Bush prepared to announce his choice to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court. Both sides were dug in for a long protracted struggle, the experts speculated.
OUR OPINION: JOE OPATZ
It's heartening Central Lakes College staff and faculty have been so impressed with Central Lakes College's interim president, Joe Opatz, that they wanted to keep him in that post. Good public servants should be appreciated and encouraged to continue their service.
What do you think?
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I was a Democrat once...for a long time, a large part of my life. But in those days, its leaders didn't belong to the "blame America first" crowd. Its leaders were men like Harry Truman, who understood the challenges of our times. They didn't reserve all their indignation for America. They knew the difference between freedom and tyranny and they stood up for one and damned the other.
Open Forum: Make sure to vote in local elections Nov. 8
In a year when there are no statewide elections -- for governor or president or U.S, Senate, for example -- doesn't it seem easy for voters to get a sense that the local elections taking place are not worth their time?
Creation and evolution
Many recent articles concerning the debate over what is taught in schools are titled "creationism vs. evolution."
PINE RIVER -- Professor Steve Paulson of Luther Seminary will present a WordAlone informational meeting from 1-7 p.m. Oct. 15 at First Lutheran Church, 309 Second St. N., Pine River.
Sharing the pope's message
When Christopher West discovered Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body in 1993, he knew he had to dedicate his life to spreading the pope's thoughts on love and sex.
About 130 people gathered at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter for last weekend's Crop Walk.
Remember who created the beauty we all enjoy
As I write this the weather is beginning to cool, days are becoming shorter and thoughts of autumn are coming to mind.
Better than a tie
Brainerd swimmer Brianna Elg placed fourth in the 200-yard individual medley Thursday at the Brainerd pool. Additional photo Page 2B.
Program uses motorsports as a vehicle to educate students
Teenage drivers' first encounter with a law enforcement officer usually isn't positive. They might be stopped for speeding, screeching their tires or something more serious, like driving under the influence.
Larson's loss doesn't make Spike TV cut
Brock Larson thought his bout Monday against Jon Fitch on "Ultimate Fight Night 2" would be televised by Spike TV.
Warriors lose regular-season finale
Brainerd's Natalie Reponen gave Brainerd its only victory.
Park Rapids trumps Cards
PARK RAPIDS -- Staples-Motley's Brenda Dailey had 15 kills and 20 blocks as the Cardinals lost to Park Rapids 17-25, 27-25, 25-17, 25-21 in Mid-State Conference volleyball Tuesday.
Brainerd, Little Falls and Staples-Motley will be among 22 teams that will compete in the 33rd annual Lions Cross Country Meet of Champions Saturday at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.
Area runners compete in Twin Cities Marathon
Place, name, location, division place, time
Family ties that bind
Josiah Collins, who has five shutouts this season, stood with his father and head coach Cahil Collins. Despite an occasional disagreement on the field, the two have made the father-son relationship work.
Severson, Borden, Ranger teams win
BAY LAKE --McLean Severson and Andrea Borden won individual titles and the Crosby-Ironton Ranger boys' and girls' cross country teams swept their invitational Thursday.
Brainerd, Apollo tie
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warrior boys' soccer team withstood cold and windy conditions Thursday to come away with a 1-1 Central Lakes Conference tie against St. Cloud Apollo.
Brainerd rallies past Bemidji
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Warriors won a Section 8, Class 3A volleyball matchup Thursday by rallying for an 18-25, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13 victory over the Bemidji Lumberjacks.
Warrior JV swim team dominates
Brainerd swimmer Dayna Raboin won the 500-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke and the Warriors won 10 of 12 events to beat the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 106-76 Thursday.
W-DC defeats Cards for 15th win
STAPLES -- Jessica Davis had 10 kills for Wadena-Deer Creek and Kasey Theisen had 24 set assists as the Wolverines cruised past the Staples-Motley Cardinals 25-11, 25-9, 25-15 Tuesday in Mid-State Conference play.
Duck opener was hit or miss
Depending on who you talk to the Oct. 1 duck opener was either the best in five years or the same old hum-drum event we've grown accustomed to in recent years.
CLC digs playing defense
Defense wins championships. It's an overused clich, but it's one Central Lakes College volleyball coach Jane Peterson takes to heart.
Whose defense will step up?
In a 32-point loss at St. Cloud Tech last week the Brainerd Warriors had 20 first downs and 314 total yards.
Plucky Gobblers get past Patriots
SARTELL -- Aitkin's No. 1 doubles team of Kari Johnson and Emily Eisenbraun helped lead a sweep of the doubles competition as the fifth-seeded Gobblers beat the No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots 5-2 in the opening round of the South Subsection 7, Class 1A tennis tournament Wednesday.
Hats off to Uphoff
BAXTER -- Danielle Uphoff spent her final regular-season home game receiving gifts from teammates.
Otters squirrel past Flyers
FERGUS FALLS -- Liz Underwood's goal in the second half was enough to lead the Fergus Falls Otters over the Little Falls Flyers 1-0 Thursday in Central Lakes Conference girls' soccer.
Rangers advance in subsection
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton's Betsy Wehseler and Farrah Steinke swept their No. 1 doubles match to eliminate the Mora Mustangs in a 6-1 South Subsection 7, Class 1A girls' tennis victory Thursday.
State forecast for South Dakota
Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs from the upper 40s northeast to the upper 60s southwest.
The pumpkin patch
Weather drawing by Dalton Engholm in Miss Schultz' third grade at Eagle View Elementary in Pequot Lakes.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Freeze warning early this morning over the west and portions of
State forecast for Minnesota
Freeze warning tonight over the west and part of the south...
State forecast for N.D.
Freeze warning tonight southeast...
State forecast for S.D.
Freeze warning in effect central and east late thursday evening through friday morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
...Freeze warning until 9 am cdt southeast and east central...
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Colder. Cloudy far north...Partly cloudy elsewhere. Highs
Wisconsin state forecast
Frost advisory portions of west central and northwest wisconsin until 9 am...
Leaves are turning color
Weather drawing by Kacey Finch of Mr. Meyer's fourth grade class at Lowell school.
Harvest of rain
An antique threshing machine was surrounded by water Thursday in a field near Highway 25 north of Pierz. The area received heavy rains Wednesday night.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Much colder. Brisk. Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for rain or snow showers far north. Highs in the 40s north and west to the low to mid 50s south and east.
State forecast for Iowa
...Freeze warning across the western third until 9 am...
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