Candidates air differences
When Brainerd residents living in south Brainerd go to the polls Nov. 2, they will get to choose between two political newcomers and a council veteran for their representative on the Brainerd City Council.
Council candidates debate Baxter land development
Four of the five Baxter City Council candidates squared off Monday night, offering voters reasons to elect or re-elect them to the city council.
Council itself a big issue
Reversing dysfunction on the current council was a strong theme among candidates for the Brainerd City Council at-large seats.
Hasskamp hopes to be new voice of the Cuyuna Range
Challenger Kris Hasskamp, seeking a seat representing Crow Wing County District 5, had the microphone to herself during Monday's candidate's forum.
Scheeler and Tautges envision county's future
Land use was a running theme Monday for the Crow Wing County District 1 commissioner candidates during a televised candidate's forum.
Sykes, Goedker oppose local tax, emphasize safety
Brainerd Ward 3 candidates Jim Sykes and Kevin Goedker identified as many areas of broad agreement as they did differences at Monday's candidate's forum at Brainerd High School.
Olson, Roelofs discuss golf course, Wal-Mart, smoking
Baxter mayoral candidates Darrel Olson and Jim Roelofs both said at Monday's candidate's forum that they support a local option sales tax in the city.
MOTLEY --One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on Cass County Road 33, three miles west of Highway 64 near Motley.
ASSAULT -- A 19-year-old man was arrested for second-degree assault about 8:45 p.m. Monday outside St. Joseph's Medical Center after he attempted to stab another man during a confrontation.
Ross E. Fleck, 29, and Sara J. Clough, 23, both of Brainerd.
Linked by cyberspace
Thanks to computers and the Internet, Central Lakes College students have more communication options.
Brainerd Zonta Club celebrates golden anniversary
The Brainerd Zonta Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Get dressed for Halloween success
This is the year Frodo took down the Terminator and Paris Hilton partied with the peons.
Byway group, Army Corps of Engineers to join forces
Nov. 3, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will become official partners. After more than two years of meetings between Ray Nelson, Crosslake USACE manager, and the PBSBA Board, the agreements are ready to be signed.
Lunchtime seminar on low-cost or free software set in Staples
STAPLES -- Central Lakes College in Staples will show participants how to avoid "sticker shock" when buying software for a personal computer.
CLC's Paulson honored with a state award
Nancy Paulson, director of human resources at Central Lakes College, received the 2004 All Star Award by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Nisswa families overwhelmed by community support
The weather didn't entirely cooperate, but that didn't stop about 2,000 people from visiting the Red Barn Corn Maze east of Brainerd Saturday to raise funds for three Nisswa children affected by various medical conditions.
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River Public Library and Cricket Crafts will present a Haunted Forest and Enchanted Woods Halloween fund-raiser 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Fox retires from Central Lakes College Foundation Board
Ed Fox has retired from the Central Lakes College Foundation Board after many years of service to both the Brainerd Technical College and the CLC Foundation boards.
Robert Danzl Scholarship Fund totals $63,337
The sixth Robert Danzl Memorial Golf Tournament at Pine Meadows in Brainerd in September has raised to $63,337.60 the amount in the Robert Danzl Scholarship Fund with the Central Lakes College Foundation.
Knandel to teach balsam wreath class
STAPLES -- Living Legacy Gardens at the Central Lakes College Agriculture Center will conduct a class on constructing and decorating a balsam wreath 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4.
Mille Lacs Lake Lions sponsor scholarships
GARRISON -- The Mille Lacs Lake Lions are sponsoring three scholarships of $1,000 each for non-traditional students.
Couple from area killed in Wisconsin plane crash
A central Minnesota couple died in a plane crash before noon Tuesday in a heavily wooded area in Marion, Wis., about 70 miles north of Madison, Wis.
Crow Wing County voter registration is on upswing
Crow Wing County has 34,990 registered voters heading into Tuesday's election day, a figure Deputy Auditor Debby Erickson said is close to the usual peak number the county sees during an election year.
The saddest walk of all
Erika Dalquist's mother, Colleen (left); brother, Steve; father, Duane; and brother, Tom, followed Pastor Kathy Ingbritsen with Erika Dalquist's casket Monday at the Randall City Cemetery.
Local officials celebrate groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Crow Wing County Community Services Building began Monday next to rumbling trucks and rising steel for the nearby Judicial Center along Laurel Street in Brainerd.
Cold night in Pierz
Pierz Pioneer football fans Joanie Watercott (left) and Patty Bednar bundled up to watch the Pioneers host Pine River-Backus on a chilly Tuesday night in Pierz.
COMING WEDNESDAY IN NEIGHBORS
A-mazing corn maze
Carving out a slice of fun
LITTLE FALLS -- Sixteen pumpkins. Sixteen adults.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 26 - 40 years ago (1964) - Final plans have been announced for the formal dedication of the new Brainerd Junior College building Sunday afternoon.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed the amount of the Minnesota state budget shortfall that was dealt with during the last legislative session in a story on District 12A House candidate Paul Gazelka in Tuesday's Voter's Guide. The correct amount was $4.5 billion. The Dispatch also incorrectly stated Gazelka had not signed the no new taxes pledge. He has signed the pledge.
Sluss agrees with many of governor's ideas
Crow Wing County Commissioner Terry Sluss agrees with many of Gov. Pawlenty's ideas on combating methamphetamine.
County regulates sales of ingredients for meth
Businesses in Crow Wing County have until the first of the year to put certain drugs or products related to methamphetamine manufacturing behind counters.
8 area volunteers to be honored
Eight Brainerd lakes area residents will be honored for their volunteerism and service to community Thursday at the sixth annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet at Madden's Resort Town Hall in East Gull Lake.
The Northland Arboretum annual meeting will be 7 p.m. Friday.
LF Wal-Mart might go super size
LITTLE FALLS -- A Wal-Mart Super Center now may be making its way into Little Falls.
County, Fitzpatrick reach settlement
A financial settlement was reached Tuesday in the legal dispute between Crow Wing County and Brainerd attorney Tom Fitzpatrick.
CROSSLAKE -- Deanna Engen, curator of the Crosslake Area Historical Society, recently presented a copy of "A Taste of History" to Mary Lou Moudry, executive director of the Crow Wing County Historical Society.
Paring the budget
For nearly six hours, Crow Wing County commissioners looked at ways to cut the proposed 2005 budget.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - St. Joseph's Medical Center will again offer to fluoroscope candy and other treats collected by children on Halloween.
Funding for snowmobile safety efforts approved
Crow Wing County commissioners agreed to spend $9,281 in an effort to make snowmobile trails safer.
Friends and volunteers of the Northland Arboretum have created a haunted trail through the woods at the arboretum.
"You are going to have to get some pretty sharp knives out then."
COMING THURSDAY IN ENTERTAINMENT
Editor in chief
Country has flu vaccines ready
Guarding against a flu outbreak, Crow Wing County commissioners approved a plan to have medicines ready for potential flu victims.
'Bunny' Humphrey Ostlund
"Bunny" Humphrey Ostlund, age 75, of Brainerd, died suddenly on Friday, Oct. 22, 2004. Memorial services were Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with the Rev. Andy Smith of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd officiating.
Tommie L. Chapman
AITKIN -- Tommie L. Chapman, 66, of Aitkin, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at his residence. He was born Feb. 28, 2004, in Norwood, Colo., to Raymond and Ila (McCann) Chapman. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and enjoyed golf, fishing and white-water rafting. He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy, and his parents. He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Chapman-Brown and Stacie Chapman-Brown; and a sister, Carol Streat, besides other relatives and friends.
Stanley L. Stanley Sr.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Stanley Lewis Stanley Sr., 66, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at the V.A. Hospital in Topeka. He now rests with the Lord in eternal peace.
PINE RIVER -- Violet McAllister, age 79, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home in Pine River.
LEADER Bernice Shake, age 92, of Leader, died at her home Sunday morning, Oct. 24, 2004. Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Swan Valley Lutheran Church in Leader. Relatives will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 5-8 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Phyllis LaBorde Gustafson
CROSSLAKE -- Phyllis Elaine (Olander) LaBorde Gustafson, age 78, of Crosslake, died on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester with family at her side. She was born on Nov. 24, 1925, to Olaf and Elda (Foote) Olander in Perry Lake Township near Crosby, Minn. She married George L. LaBorde Sr. on Sept. 18, 1943. In addition to raising her eight children and George's brother, Clarence, Phyllis was a dietary manager at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for 25 years. After retirement, she worked in the office at the Emily Charter School for eight years. She married Vincent A. Gustafson on Jan. 12, 2000. She was a member of the Dietary Managers Association.
Phyllis E. LaBorde Gustafson
CROSSLAKE -- Phyllis E. LaBorde Gustafson, age 78, of Crosslake, died on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
PINE RIVER -- Marilyn Proffitt, age 69, of Pine River, died Oct. 26, 2004. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Earl E. Sullivan
Earl E. Sullivan, age 75, lifetime resident of Brainerd, went to be with his beloved wife Marcella Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, after a brief struggle with cancer. Earl was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Brainerd to Edward T. and Anna C. (Borg) Sullivan. He was a loving father and devoted husband of Marcella who died in April 1996. Earl retired from the railroad and later from Potlatch after 29 years of service.
PINE RIVER -- Frances Gardner, age 95, of Pine River, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Frances was born on Feb. 7, 1909, in rural Pequot Lakes to Frank and Malinda Hagen. When Frances was very young, her mother, Malinda, died and her father later married Myra Dillard, who raised her and became her mother. She was a member of the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church.
Kenneth W. Olson
LEADER -- Kenneth W. Olson, age 83, of Leader, died Saturday morning, Oct. 23, 2004, at the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in Swan Valley Lutheran Church in Leader. Burial will follow in the Swan Valley Cemetery south of town. Relatives will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Joseph E. High
A memorial service for Joseph E. High, 34, Peterborough, England, who died Oct. 14, 2004, of cancer, will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Club in Brainerd.
Mary Heenan Carey
FARIBAULT -- Mary (Mrs. Harold) Carey, age 94, of Faribault, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, in Faribault.
Virginia M. Lenihan
AITKIN -- Virginia M. Lenihan, 82, of Aitkin, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Maurice H. Trask
NISSWA -- Maurice H. Trask, 88, of Nisswa, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
Union member upset with Teamsters
Politics today can be a hot topic for a lot of people. I am typically a quiet person when it comes to politics. I enjoy doing my own research, by reading up on all the presidential candidates and then making my own informed decision on election day.
OTHER OPINION: REHNQUIST
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's hospitalization was not the usual sort of October surprise. But the 80-year-old jurist's thyroid cancer is a jolting reminder, if one is needed, that shaping the federal judiciary -- most notably the Supreme Court -- is one of the momentous things presidents do.
Open Forum: Kerry is counting on ignorance
Have you seen the John Kerry commercial in which George Bush pledges to help seniors on Medicare and "the very next day imposes a 17 percent premium increase -- the biggest in history"? That ad will surely gain him many votes among the uninformed.
Poisonous fogs of war
Whether one looks back to soldiers exposed to radiation in World War II, to Agent Orange in Vietnam or to possible environmental poisons in the 1991 war in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. government hasn't always given military veterans the healthcare and attention they deserve. Two recent studies show that the problem continues.
On radio and television
Fanning the flames of fandom
A good column either entertains or angers its readers or makes them laugh or cry.
Proctor holds off late Ranger comeback
PROCTOR -- Brandon Laffin and Ryan Taggart each scored on short touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, but the eighth-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers couldn't upset top-seeded Proctor losing the Section 7, Class 3A quarterfinal game 27-14 Tuesday.
Fisher's 97-yard TD sparks Pirates
VERNDALE -- Tyler Fisher set a school-record with a 97 yard touchdown as the No. 1 seeded Verndale Pirates defeated the eighth seeded Eagle Valley Rebels 34-0 in the Section 4, Nine-Man quarterfinals Tuesday.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Upcoming sporting events
Otters swim past Warriors in final dual meet of the season
Brainerd Warrior girl swimmers and divers are used to winning.
Cards crash W-DC
STAPLES -- Andy Mertens and Jake Wagner rushed for two touchdowns and Joe Smith found Jordan Amundson for a 30-yard touchdown pass Tuesday as the second-seeded Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated seventh-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek 47-16 in a Section 6, Class 3A quarterfinal football victory.
Rikala scores Aitkin's lone touchdown in loss
INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- Aitkin's Jason Rikala scored on a 34-yard run in the first quarter for the Gobblers in a 57-6 loss to the International Falls Broncos in a Section 7, Class 3A quarterfinal game Tuesday.
Huskies bow out of playoffs in Section 6
BROWERVILLE -- The top seeded Browerville Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and went on to post a 47-13 victory over the eighth seeded Pillager Huskies in a Section 6, Class 1A quarterfinal round playoff game Tuesday.
S-M wins subsection playoff opener
STAPLES -- Led by Melissa Roberts' six kills and six blocks, the Staples-Motley Cardinals volleyball team swept the New York Mills Eagles 25-14, 25-13, 25-23 for a South Subsection 8, Class 2A opening round win Monday.
The top-seeded Brainerd Warriors will host No. 4 Moorhead 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Section 8, Class 5A football playoffs at Adamson Field.
Warriors fall in finale
The Brainerd Warriors volleyball team got a sneak peek of its first round playoff opponent Monday and the Warriors may not like what they saw.
One fine line
PIERZ -- While position players grab headlines and receive accolades, lineman simply go about their business.
In the Brainerd Lakes area
Pequot Lakes knocked out of playoffs by Perham
PERHAM -- Matt Fraser scored on a four-yard touchdown run and Chris Durham followed with a 2-yard scoring run of his own, but the third-seeded Perham Yellowjackets eliminated the sixth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots 32-14 in Section 8, Class 3A football quarterfinals Tuesday.
Rocori defeats Flyers
COLD SPRING -- Jake Kluver threw two touchdown passes as the seventh-seeded Little Falls Flyers lost to the No. 2 Rocori Spartans 43-12 in the Section 8, Class 4A football quarterfinals Tuesday.
COMING THURSDAY IN SPORTS
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Widely scattered showers statewide
Scattered rain and thunderstorms splash nation's central states, Gulf and Pacific coasts
A warm front threatened to spark showers and thunderstorms early Tuesday across parts of the Gulf Coast, Midwest and Ohio and Tennessee valleys, while heavy rain buffeted the Pacific Coast.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy with areas of drizzle and fog. Highs in the lower
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...A chance of showers and patchy fog west and central this
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy with areas of light showers...Sprinkles and drizzle. Highs in the upper 40s to upper 50s.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms southeast. A chance
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Cloudy. Areas of fog along with a chance of light rain
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy. Rain likely west half in the afternoon. A chance for showers central. Highs in the 50s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny west to cloudy east. Areas of morning fog statewide...With patchy drizzle southeast. Highs in the 50s east and 60s west.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny west. Mostly cloudy east...With a slight chance of light showers through midday. Highs from the lower 50s northeast...To the mid 60s southwest.
Weather drawing by Ben Froemming of Mrs. Staples' first grade class at Whittier school.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers west. A chance of
Weather drawing by Monica Holbrook of Mrs. Larson's fifth grade class at Harrison school.
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