2009 Mazda CX-7 takes sporty route
Don't be fooled by the looks of the 2009 Mazda CX-7. While it rides higher off the pavement than a sports car does, and it has a tall roof with a 58.6-cubic-foot cargo area in back, it's surprisingly agile on the road.
WASHINGTON - I was the laughingstock at a recent gathering of Washington-area automotive journalists. Most of them showed up in the latest, fastest cars with the most horsepower. I arrived at the event at suburban River Farm in a propane-powered Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Parents can set limits for teens
DETROIT - So you think junior is a little too lead-footed when he drives the family car? Starting next year, Ford Motor Co. will give you the power to do something about it.
The New York Theatre Ballet will launch the Lakes Area Concert Association season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak St., in Brainerd.
PEQUOT LAKES - Michigan folk singer Claudia Schmidt will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium in the first show of the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
For week of Oct. 16-22; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Better with age
A lot has changed in the 21 years since "Geritol Frolics" began - it moved from Central Lakes College to the general community and from director Bob Dryden to Ed Yunker. The cast isn't as big as it used to be, although it's still a popular draw among theater-goers.
FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Completely random slice of pop culture
This is going to sound kind of random, but 2008 looks like a comeback year for "Star Wars" storytelling.
Chew on this chewy, tasty cookie recipe
As I sat and enjoyed a glass of juice and a dish of ice cream after donating blood for the Red Cross Blood Drive, a volunteer came around with a platter full of delicious-looking cookies. I choose the oatmeal raisin. It was the best.
Crow Wing court
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Clinton and Gina Fletcher, Emily, a boy, Daniel Anthony, 7 pounds, 5 ounces, Oct. 1, 2008. Grandparents are Dan and Marie Fletcher, Emily, and Mary Garcia, Crosby, and the late Justiliano Garcia.
CRASHES - No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision at 3:47 p.m. Monday on Golf Course Drive and Excelsior Road.
A Baxter woman injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday at Elder Drive and Highway 210 in Baxter was reported in critical condition Tuesday at St. Cloud Hospital.
In the fall of 2007, an estimated 7,000 lesser scaup and an unknown number of coots on Lake Winnibigoshish died from eating snails that were infected with parasitic trematodes. The DNR surveys of Winnie this summer revealed the presence of the faucet snail, Bithynia tentaculata, the invasive species that carries the parasite that can infect and kill ducks.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
Ah-Gwah-Ching plan continues to expand
WALKER - Opening a new clinic at Hackensack has not lessened the need for a critical access hospital and clinic at Ah-Gwah-Ching, according to Michael Hedrix, vice-president for Essential Community Hospitals and Clinics, hospital lead provider.
Fall colors in May
Do you have a recent scenic picture that shows the beauty of the lakes area? Send it to email@example.com for possible publication in the Neighbors section. Be sure to include your name, where you are from, a brief description of the photo and when and where it was taken.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Ron Carlson submitted this photograph of his son, Geoff Carlson, 22, water skiing on Lake Shamineau.
Aitkin girls 2nd in tennis tournament
Aitkin's Kelsey Klucas (left), Alice Browning, Ellen Raushel and Allie Carlson gathered around the Gobblers' award for finishing second in the Section 7-1A team tennis tournament Saturday.
All signs point to Jay Cooke
The sights and sounds - and signs - all lend to the experience that is Jay Cooke State Park on Highway 210 near Carlton. Jay Cooke is featured today on Page 1A in the sixth of a series of stories on area state parks. For additional Dispatch photos from Jay Cooke State Park, go to spotted.brainerddispatch.com.
Go to Any Length
PETS OF THE WEEK
Quinton is a 12-week-old male kitten who is full of personality and loves to play. Brainerd Dispatch/Heidi Lake
Heartland Hospice of Brainerd coordinated an adventure for two local women - for an adventure of a lifetime on the cool waters of Lake Mille Lacs.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - Steve Lundstam collects vintage boats and the one he pilots on Gull Lake is his latest acquisition. The excursion yacht had motored on ocean waters as well as Rainy Lake under the two previous owners.
Otters at play
Young otters played Monday night along the shore of the Crow Wing River. The five could be seen splashing and diving amid the branches of a downed tree. Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey
Man gets 27 months in intentional crash case
William Robert Fearing, 20, was sentenced Friday to 27 months in prison for holding his ex-girlfriend and their child against their will in a vehicle that he intentionally crashed.
CLC leads state system in enrollment growth
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, leads the state in enrollment growth among the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, CLC said in a news release.
Brainerd Dispatch readers pay tribute to breast cancer survivors. A portion of Friday's newspaper will be printed on pink paper.
Business owners sound off on C-I school referendum
IRONTON - Bay Lake Marine owner Todd Kukowski supports the Crosby-Ironton School District, but he said he cannot support its upcoming operating levy referendum.
Crow Wing County Landfill sees savings, potential profit in waste
Recently, the Crow Wing County Landfill received approval from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for a full-scale leachate recirculation operation at its facility.
BRIDGING THE TRAIL
BAXTER - It just got a little easier to use the Paul Bunyan Trail in Baxter.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 15 - 80 years ago (1928) - On time all the time with "pay day" overalls. Cut big and roomy all over. All sizes, $1.29. J.C. Penney Co.
In a Brainerd School Board story on Page 1A Tuesday, board member Molly Kurtzman's name was misspelled.
Mission Fire and Rescue Department will host its fifth annual Haunted Hayride Oct. 25 at Mission Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. There will be a not-too-scary 20-minute Trail of Terror at 6 p.m. Later the trail is revamped for an adult hayride that begins at 8 p.m.
Serpent Lake issue disputed
Organizers behind a Serpent Lake Improvement District got caught up in a policy discussion at the Crow Wing County Board meeting Tuesday that had them considering withdrawing their application.
COMING FRIDAY IN HOUSING
Four homes are dressed for Christmas for Nisswa's annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
The scent was unequivocal.
Oberstar comments on economic bailout, other key election issues
Later in the day after the bridge ceremony, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., who's running for re-election against Republican Michael Cummins, a Brook Park real estate broker, talked to a Dispatch reporter about the federal government's rescue of financial institutions, the Iraq war, transportation and the upcoming election.
Board votes to keep human rights group at current numbers
The Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission will retain its members.
Due to incorrect information provided the Dispatch, stories on Page 6A in Tuesday's and Wednesday's paper about an ATV crash Saturday in Barrows incorrectly listed one of the injured as Robert Reed, 43 Brainerd. The victim is Robb Reed. Reed remained in critical condition Wednesday at St. Cloud Hospital.
LWV forum to feature area candidates
The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area has announced details of its Tuesday candidate forum at the Brainerd High School Little Theatre that will include Brainerd, Baxter and Crow Wing County.
County open house planned Wednesday
In April, 1,970 random county residents received a questionnaire. The next step in the public participation process is the open house. Public input and participation are an important part of the planning process, Region Five reported. The purpose of the open house is to introduce hazard mitigation planning to the public, answer questions about the process and to seek out those interested in participating in the process.
Eleanore R. Schrader
Eleanore Rose Schrader, age 88, resident of Brainerd, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at her home. She was born March 28, 1920, in St. Mathias Township to Herbert and Agnes (DeRosier) Flansburg.
Randall Gary Thoe
BACKUS - Randy Thoe, age 60, resident of Backus, formerly of Brainerd, died of a heart attack on Oct. 12, 2008, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born on Oct. 27, 1947, in Brainerd, Minn., to Jacob Raymond and Dorothy (Wicklander) Thoe.
Dorothy P. McFarlane
March 27, 1917 - Oct. 12, 2008
Willard M. Hagman
AITKIN - Willard M. Hagman, age 85, of Aitkin, completed his final mission on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Ingeborg E. Stevens
LAKE VILLA, Ill. - Ingeborg E. Stevens, 69, Lake Villa, Ill., passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS - Edwin Quarnstrom, 99-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. A funeral service for Edwin Quarnstrom will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and one hour prior to the service Friday in our chapel.
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Beverly I. McConkey
COHASSET - Beverly "Bev" Irene McConkey, 73, of Cohasset, Minn., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, Minn.
George M. Satovich
George M. Satovich, age 66, died peacefully at home on Oct. 7, 2008. Preceded by parents, George and Matilda Satovich; and younger brother, Jeff. Survived by children, Michael (Sandy) Satovich, Michelle (Ted) Arbeiter, Maria (Jeff) Olson, Matthew (Shannon) Satovich; and six grandchildren. He will be deeply missed and forever loved by his family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Catholic Church of St. Gerard, 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, Minn. Visitation one hour prior to and after services, memorials preferred. Committal service, 5:15 p.m., Lakewood Cemetery, Crosby, Minn. All are welcome.
Dennis L. Welcome
REMER - Dennis L. Welcome, age 66, of Remer, formerly of Palisade and the Twin Cities, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Walls work. The walls in Israel have kept dangerous homicide bombers out of Israel. Walls can succeed in keeping dangerous people and illegal immigrants out of the USA.
Dear Dispatch, as a courtesy to your readers, would you please place a plea to the public for the organization of support groups from those suffering with pain and confusion over the current financial crisis? Our local retirees are suffering with facing losing a great percentage of their hard-earned life savings and the difficult decision of returning to work. Some would just like to know that they are not alone in their suffering.
McCain losing potential voters
UPPER DUBLIN, Pa. - Last April, on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, voters in this Philadelphia suburb were finding plenty of fault with both Barack Obama and John McCain. Many were preparing to - and soon did - vote for Hillary Clinton, helping her to a decisive victory in Pennsylvania.
Open Forum: Change won't come from McCain
There is nothing inherently bad or evil about democratic capitalism. However, in the absence of appropriate constraints or regulations, the elements of greed and avarice in human behavior will abuse the system every time.
What do you think?
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The Brainerd Sports Boosters Club will not meet Thursday because of teacher conventions.
Timing is right for Nelson, Warriors
BAXTER - Britta Nelson's punctuality produced two goals and kept the Brainerd Warriors' season alive Tuesday.
Salo sails into section semis
Brainerd freshman Mikinzee Salo was the only Warrior to advance in tennis tourney.
BHS' Salo 4th in Section 8-2A
GRAND FORKS - It was the farthest Mikinzee Salo had ever advanced in the post season, but the journey ended Wednesday.
Raiders rally over Rainy River
INTERNATIONAL FALLS - Alexa Hoffman dropped 12 kills and Shayna Foote contributed 20 set assists to lift the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 3-1 victory over Rainy River in North Division volleyball Tuesday.
Winless Flyers fall to Storm 41-9
SAUK RAPIDS - The Little Falls Flyers finished the regular season 0-8 after falling to the Sauk Rapids Storm 41-9 Wednesday in Central Lakes Conference football.
Brainerd girls second, boys fourth; LF girls, boys 5th
ST. CLOUD - Anna Gessell, Hannah McAlister and Rebecca Yeh finished in the top 15 to earn all-Central Lakes Conference honors and place the Brainerd Warriors girls' cross country team in second Tuesday.
Patriots swamped by Lakers
PEQUOT LAKES - The Pequot Lakes Patriots ended the regular season on a sour note Wednesday falling to the Lakeview Lakers 21-12.
Warriors playing for playoff position
With the Central Lakes Conference championship out of their grasp the Brainerd Warriors will play for a high seed in Section 8-5A as they end the regular season Wednesday with a home game against the Sartell Sabres.
Warriors slice through Sabres
If the Brainerd Warriors took anything away from a 31-29 loss to Fergus Falls last week it was the momentum generated by a 22-point fourth quarter.
Three Gobblers, two Patriots head to state
VIRGINIA - Kelsey Klucas is headed back to the Class 1A state girls' tennis tournament and she's not alone.
C-I stumps Gobblers
CROSBY - For the first time since 2004 the Stump Trophy is in the possession of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers as they defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 34-13 Wednesday in Great Polar Alliance football.
Snyder, W-DC clipped
FARGO, N.D. - Riley Snyder rushed for 186 yards on 32 carries and Aaron Kern carried the ball 18 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 18-13 loss to the West Central Knights Wednesday at the Fargodome.
Tigers blanked on the road
BARNESVILLE - Ben Kline threw for 163 yards on 12-of-28 passing in the Pine River-Backus Tigers 46-0 Northern Plains loss to Barnesville-Rothsay Wednesday.
Cardinals come back to beat Pequot Lakes 3-1
STAPLES - Brooke Simonson recorded 16 set assists, 12 digs and five kills to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals past Pequot Lakes 3-1 in Mid-State Conference volleyball Tuesday.
Warriors earn No. 3 seed in Section 8-5A
The Brainerd Warriors will get the third seed in the Section 8-5A playoffs and host No. 6 Elk River in the opening round at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The matchup: BHS vs. Sartell
Brainerd Warriors (5-2)
Cowboys round up Cardinals
FARGO, N.D. - Brandon Wing scored two fourth quarter touchdowns in the Staples-Motley Cardinals 38-20 loss to the Breckenridge Cowboys Wednesday at the Fargodome.
Brainerd falls to Fergus, finishes regular season 3-19
FERGUS FALLS - The Brainerd Warriors closed their regular season with a 3-0 Central Lakes Conference loss to Fergus Falls Tuesday.
VIRGINIA - Lacey Lindahl had 21 set assists for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a 3-0 non-conference loss to Virginia Wednesday.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Freshman golfer Tyler Monda was one of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux Club Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 6-12.
Tetrick, Pierz pound HL-W
PIERZ - The Pierz Pioneers closed out their regular season with a convincing 41-14 victory over the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers in Central Minnesota Conference football.
Osakis knocks off Pillager 30-20
OSAKIS - Sean Nokken, Shawn Baron and Justin Ringer scored touchdowns for Pillager as the Huskies fell to the Osakis Silverstreaks 30-20 in non-conference football Wednesday.
Pierz girls second at Howard Lake Invite
HOWARD LAKE - Mariah Hoheisel ran a fourth-place time of 16:37 to lead the Pierz Pioneers girls' cross country team to second at the Howard Lake-Waverly Invite Tuesday.
Moenkedick, Pirates cruise
CHOKIO - The Verndale Pirates capped off a flawless regular season with Wednesday's 31-6 defeat of Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross.
Tech swims past Warriors
ST. CLOUD - Siri Smith won the 100-yard backstroke and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay, but the Brainerd Warrior swimming and diving team was unable to overcome the CLC leading St. Cloud Tech Tigers as they lost 106-80 Tuesday.
Tech eliminates BHS from playoffs
ST. CLOUD - The St. Cloud Tech Tigers were one goal better than the Brainerd Warriors boys' soccer team all season.
Three Cardinals advance to state
FARGO, N.D. - Staples-Motley's Abby Edin captured the singles championship and the Cardinals' Skye Coughlin-Emma Koskiniemi finished second in the Section 6-1A individual tennis tournament Tuesday.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy west. Partly cloudy and breezy east. Highs in the 50s.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny in the morning...With clouds increasing from
Weather drawing by Jordan Gulbranson of Mr. Martin's fifth-grade class at Forestview school.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny. Breezy central and east. Highs 45 to 55.
I love fall
Weather drawing by Alexis Menghini of Mrs. Larson's second-grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy and rainy in the morning...With clouds and rain
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers south...Possibly mixed with
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Rain south in the morning...With a chance of rain in the afternoon. Rain likely southeast in the afternoon. Rain north central and northeast in the morning...Then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Partly to mostly cloudy northwest. Highs from the mid 50s north...To the upper 50s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny northwest. Mostly sunny this morning elsewhere...Then becoming partly sunny. Highs from the upper 40s north...To the upper 50s south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Freeze warning southeast early this morning...
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Light rain ending far southeast this morning. Otherwise
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