Consumer prices surge in September by the largest amount in 25 years
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices surged in September by the largest amount in more than 25 years as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita sent energy prices soaring at the fastest pace on record.
The healing house
A 120-year-old north Brainerd brick house supports six different businesses that share a common theme and serves as a home at the same time.
Boomers use early retirement as springboard to new careers
CHICAGO -- Dreams of a more satisfying life helped spur Dale Vnuk to choose a new career after more than a quarter-century in the same line of work.
Cass County EDC annual meeting planned Nov. 3
WALKER -- The Cass County Economic Development Corp. annual dinner meeting will be Nov. 3 at Northern Lights Casino and Hotel, Walker.
DEERWOOD -- Julie Holmvig relocated from the Brainerd office of Deerwood Bank to the Deerwood office in October.
Commissioner's Board Room
Monday -- 4 p.m., Certificate of Survey Task Force, Commissioners' Room; 7 p.m., Central Minnesota Community Corrections Advisory Board, Brainerd Police Department Meeting Room.
PIERZ -- A 40-year-old Pierz man was found dead several hours after he lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving Friday in Buh Township in Morrison County, the Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a call at 6:27 p.m. Friday to the 800 block of Third Avenue to a downed power line.
CHILD IN NEED Help wanted
If this were in the Classified section, would it grab your attention? If it does, let me introduce you to Mark and Derek who are waiting for partners.
COMING MONDAY IN SPORTS
Central Lakes College golfer Theo Frentzos showed why he is a contender for an
Forums to feature school board candidates Monday, Tuesday
Two separate forums will be conducted this week for candidates for the Brainerd and Pequot Lakes school boards.
Firewood becomes hot-selling item
With natural gas prices expected to skyrocket, firewood has become a hot commodity this fall.
More people seek help to pay heating bills this winter
Lutheran Social Services already is seeing an increase in the number of people who need help paying their heating bills this winter.
People may want to cross their fingers in hopes that Mother Nature brings balmy temperatures this winter since natural gas prices are expected to remain higher than ever.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - Brainerd High School will be featured on a WCCO television program Oct. 20. BHS will be one of three schools featured on "High School Year Book Special," a continuing series of programs highlighting the achievements of young people throughout the state.
60 percent of county residents are overweight
Crow Wing County is battling the bulge in an effort to decrease obesity, a condition being called an epidemic in the United States.
Washington Street detour planned this week
The eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 210 will be closed between 13th Street and Eighth Street in Brainerd starting Monday to allow maintenance crews to complete repairs to the roadway, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
COMING THURSDAY IN ENTERTAINMENT
Check out reviews of the hottest video and computer games every Thursday in the Entertainment section.
Point of view
This location south of Brainerd (above) can provide you with answers. Find the answer Monday.
Take your own steps to lower heating costs
* Seal attic bypasses. Only 20 percent of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Reduce energy use by up to 30 percent by investing a few hundred dollars in insulation.
EAST GULL LAKE -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday at the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association fall conference at Madden's Resort on Gull Lake.
Nathan Thom planned to be an auto mechanic, but a summer job at a fish hatchery led him to quite a different career.
Ruth M. Hyland
HACKENSACK -- Ruth M. Hyland, 92, of Hackensack, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born Dec. 21, 1912, in Whitby Island, Wash., to Charles and Karen Green. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Mary Parrish, of Hackensack; two sons, John Hyland of Lewisburg, Kan., and Gary Hyland of Hackensack; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Floyd, and one son, William, died earlier.
Doris V. Gamble
JENKINS -- Doris V. Gamble, age 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd. A memorial service for Doris will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at Willim-St. Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes. The Rev. Dr. David N. Stevens from Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, will officiate.
Robert E. Engelhart
TACOMA, Wash. -- Robert E. (Bob) Engelhart died Oct. 8, 2005, in Tacoma, Wash., at 76 years of age.
Elmer F. Nagel
LITTLE FALLS -- Elmer F. Nagel, 84-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Pierz, Minn., died Wednesday, Oct. 12, at his home in Little Falls, Minn.
BROOKLYN CENTER -- Oswald Laing, age 90, formerly of Lake Shore, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at the Maranatha Care Center in Brooklyn Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Marlys Hayes, 63-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn., and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
Open Forum: Discovering CLC's 'gem' of a theater
Kudos to the theater department of Central Lakes College on their current presentation of "Inherit the Wind", the story of the 1920s trial of the biology teacher in Tennessee who broke the law prohibiting mention of Charles Darwin and his work. It was very well done and, of course, very thought provoking!
Gazelka, Pawlenty and their Republican cohorts did not do citizens any favors by refusing to really fix the tax situation -- instead of raising the state income tax on the wealthy, they stuck it to all on the property tax, the most regressive form, at the behest of the Taxpayers League. Perhaps the insurance and investment business is good, but those of us not prospering as well as they are will remember at election time who our real friends are. Vote Republicans out!
OUR OPINION: MYEARS PLEA
There's no penalty that would be sufficient for the brutal slaying of Erika Dalquist. Twenty-seven-year-old William Myears of Brainerd pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder Thursday and was sentenced to nearly 21 years in prison with the last one-third of that term possibly served on supervised probation.
Life will never be the same for humans and their pets in hurricane ravaged areas
"If I don't make it, will you take my PaPa Jack?"
WATCH THE BIRDIE
McGREGOR -- Even veteran birders might be surprised by what they'll learn in Birdwatching 101.
15 -- Pheasant hunting opener
The Nokasippi River Watershed Team has conducted a survey of all property owners in the watershed, which extends from Deerwood to Fort Ripley.
From Iraq to Camp Ripley Wounded former soldier participates in disabled veterans hunt
CAMP RIPLEY -- Jim Vandenheuvel was back in camo last week, but this time it was orange hunter, not military. He shouldered a gun again, but a Savage .410 shotgun, not a Squad Automatic Weapon.
Man's best friend...especially when it's my dog
Fall has arrived and with it another hunting season. Across the region bird hunters are marshalling the strength and patience to deal with the most trying challenge of all -- other people's dogs.
A primer on sustainable landscaping
Sustainable landscaping is a concept that focuses on the resources needed to install and maintain a planted area -- finding and using ways to conserve water, chemicals and natural resources, such as soil and rain. It also seeks to reduce labor.
In October there's so much to do in so little time
Oh, how I wish October was 90 days long. I absolutely go crazy this time of year. There are so many things to pack into such a small time frame that it just doesn't seem fair.
Wildlife biologists work to control the deer population
"Put your chest on the deer. Reach out and hold the legs. Never let go of the hooves." Bill McShea, a wildlife biologist at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is instructing a handful of assistants in the art of subduing a wild white-tailed deer.
80th birthday - Charley Long
There will be a surprise 80th birthday celebration for Charley Long at the Jenkins VFW 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Jamie and Tara Villnow
Tara Brodmarkle and Jamie Villnow were married July 30, 2005, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd with Judge David Ten Eyck officiating.
40th anniversary - Emil and Maxine (Micki) Hines
Emil and Maxine (Micki) Hines will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house beginning at 4 p.m. with a dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Old Waterfall in Brainerd. The event is hosted by Jason and Kelly Hines. They were married Oct. 16, 1965.
BARTON AND DANAH KLINGELHOFER
Danah Jensen and Barton Klingelhofer were married May 21, 2005, at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Father Paul Fruth officiating.
Shawn and Carrie Rakowski Van
Carrie Van Sickle and Shawn Rakowski were married July 23, 2005, with the Rev. Julian Avelsgard officiating.
NICHOLAS AND ALISHA M. ZIKA
Alisha M. Santi and Nicholas Zika were married June 18, 2005, at Bemidji Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji with Craig Haberman officiating.
LUKE AND AMANDA KLINGELHOFER
Amanda Ruzynski and Luke Klingelhofer were married Aug. 20, 2005, at St. John's Catholic Church in Duluth with Father Bill Fournier officiating.
Wedding planned - Tena Johnson and Preston Pettis
Tena Johnson and Preston Pettis announce their engagement. Parents are Tim and Dena Johnson, Brainerd, and Dave and Diane Pettis, Osceola, Wis. A Dec. 31 wedding is planned in the Brainerd lakes area.
90th birthday - Bettie Crose
Bettie Crose will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house luncheon from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Log Church in Crosslake. No gifts please.
DUSTIN AND RACHEL CHRISTENSEN
Rachel Lindberg and Dustin Christensen were married Sept. 19, 2005, at Gooseberry Falls with Pastor Jim Rogers officiating.
Engagement announced - Devan Preimesberger and Kyle Bartels
Devan Preimesberger and Kyle Bartels announce their engagement. Parents are Kim Preimesberger, Crosby, and Mark Preimesberger and Holly Huseth, Shakopee, and Dan and Kelly Bartels, Deerwood. A Feb. 11, 2006, wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby.
Wedding planned - Tabetha Marie Blazek and Joseph Roy Nelson
Tabetha Marie Blazek and Joseph Roy Nelson announce their engagement. Parents are Kenny and Tammy Blazek, Brainerd, and Tony and Karin Nelson, Deerwood. An Oct. 29 wedding is planned at Heritage Assembly of God.
Warriors put on a good road show
WILLMAR -- After losing two road games, Brainerd Warriors football coach Ron Stolski wondered how his team would respond following Friday's two-hour-plus bus trip to Willmar.
Crookston halts W-DC comeback
WADENA -- Evan Lachowitzer rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries in the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 28-19 Northern Lakes Conference loss to Crookston Friday.
Ottertail Central kennels Huskies
BATTLE LAKE -- Pillager's Travis Dixon rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown and Jake Eastman rushed for 42 yards and a score in the Huskies' 48-16 Prairie North Conference loss to Ottertail Central Friday.
Eleven-team collegiate volleyball meet at CLC
The nation's top-ranked Division III women's volleyball team from Central Lakes College will host a one-day tournament Thursday at the Brainerd High School gym.
Powerful Storm blank Flyers 32-0
SAUK RAPIDS -- Dusty Parker threw for 111 yards on 12 of 22 passing but couldn't find the end zone as the Little Falls Flyers were blanked by Sauk Rapids-Rice 32-0 in Central Lakes Conference football Friday.
Onamia outguns Gobblers 35-6
AITKIN -- Tom Stromberg's 37-yard touchdown pass from Connor Butenhoff was the lone Aitkin Gobbler highlight in a 35-6 Great River Conference loss to Onamia Friday.
Cardinals give thanks for Pilgrim
There was a Pilgrim-age to the Crookston Pirates' end zone Oct. 7.
Upcoming sporting events
Anderson helps Tigers tame Bears
PINE RIVER -- Alan Anderson waited.
A complete Kneisl completes W-DC
It's difficult to say if Nikki Kneisl is more respected by her teammates or feared by opponents.
Deer River keeps Rangers winless
CROSBY -- Jared Mattson was 11-for-15 passing for 130 yards with eight passes going to Garrett Jarvela for 105 yards and a touchdown in Crosby-Ironton's 49-7 loss to Deer River Friday.
Ramey returns to familiar territory
WILLMAR -- A familiar face, wearing Brainerd Warrior colors, seemed out of place on the far sideline Friday at Willmar.
Brainerd Parks and Recreation will sponsor adult broomball at Gold Medal Arena this winter.
Cardinals crush Park Rapids in conference play
STAPLES -- Beau Pilgrim didn't put up the same numbers as he did a week ago, but it was still enough to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a 48-6 rout of Park Rapids Friday in Northern Lakes Conference football.
Oliphant to be inducted into hall of fame
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Crosby-Ironton High School graduate Jeff Oliphant is one of seven individuals who will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Bluegold Hall of Fame Oct. 22.
Patriots unable to fend off Warroad
WARROAD -- Kris Durham's 1-yard sneak gave the Pequot Lakes Patriots a 6-0 lead but the Warroad Warriors came back to win the Northern Lakes Conference football game 12-6 Friday.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 ...Pierz wins 19 in a row
PIERZ -- Chuck Boser and the Pierz defense helped the Pioneers football team make it 19 straight victories as it crushed the Kimball Cubs 47-0 Friday in Central Minnesota Conference football.
Hornets eliminated from tournament
BAXTER -- Aaron Kampa stopped 17 shots, but one got by and that one helped Fourth Baptist eliminate the Lake Region Christian Hornets 1-0 in two overtimes from the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools state tournament Friday.
Wehseler-Steinke win subsection title
PINE CITY -- The Crosby-Ironton tandem of Betsy Wehseler and Farrah Steinke won the Subsection 7, Class 1A doubles title Friday by beating Pine City's Jenna Olson-Megan Carlson 6-2, 6-4.
Snowmobiler Shootout returns Oct. 22 to BIR
American Snowmobiler magazine will run its premier snowmobile drag race at Brainerd International Raceway Saturday, highlighting modified sleds on asphalt.
Crank it up: Design of $100 laptop for the world's children unveiled
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The $100 laptop computers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers want to get into the hands of the world's children would be durable, flexible and self-reliant.
Recording Web radio, TiVo style but not TiVo quality
NEW YORK -- Want to take your favorite radio shows with you on your portable music player?
Google growing into multifaceted juggernaut
SAN FRANCISCO -- In just seven years, Google Inc. has morphed from a bare-bones online search engine into a technological octopus that seems to sprout another intriguing tentacle every other week.
Techies take on Hurricane Katrina
Hours after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast and knocked out telecommunications across much of the region, Mac Dearman visited shelters in northern Louisiana to connect telephones.
Mother, teen find common waters on Caribbean cruise
Every summer my son and I -- just the two of us -- take a vacation from school, work and strict rules.
Get your Favorite Vacation Photo published in Dispatch
Merry Stern of Brainerd recently vacationed on the north shore of Lake Superior and hiked the Superior Trail. "The fall colors were fantastic," Stern said. They hiked eight miles from Sonju Lake to Finland through beautiful maple forests.
Haunting time of year
Weather drawing by Kerstin Martin in the Nisswa School second-grade class of Mrs. Olson/Mrs. Maurer.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s northeast to upper 70s
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Sunny. Windy west and central. Highs from the upper 50s far
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy northeast. Otherwise mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 50s north to the mid 60s south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Sunny. Windy west into central. Highs from 65 to 70 northeast...To the lower 80s southwest.
We would like to thank the following businesses for donating items for the silent auction or door prizes for our first Classic Bash benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Over $600.00 was raised to help find a cure.
Rays Promenaders will have a square dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Baxter Elementary School Cafeteria. Plus instruction will start the night followed by Mainstream at 8 p.m. Roger MacNeil will be the caller. It will be Hat Night so wear your favorite hat. There will be a finger food potluck following the dance. All area dancers welcome to attend.
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