Strange delivery van proves unfamiliar to all but the owner
Classic car enthusiasts are known to envy rare vehicles parked at businesses or residences.
The First Thursday series will feature northern Minnesota author Mark Munger 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Brainerd Public Library.
FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK - A quick study
With less than two months of experience at the Fifth Street Journal, Brainerd High School senior Erika Villella already has proven to be an asset to the team.
BHS choirs to perform fall concert Friday
The Brainerd High School choirs will present their annual fall concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, in Brainerd.
Our picks for this weekend and the week ahead
Audiences no doubt will be screaming, but whether it's with terror or laughter remains to be seen. Patrick Spradlin directs "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and midnight Saturday in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Tickets are $5 for the public and free for CLC students.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
On Tuesday, vote Pryor and McCallister
When it comes to boosting concert ticket sales, DVD rental profits and television ratings, there's nothing like a contentious presidential race.
Crockpot ribs are scrumptious
Over the weekend I was in the mood to try a new recipe in my crockpot so I got out my cookbooks and picked a recipe for Tangy Crockpot Ribs that really talked to me.
Crow Wing sheriff
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
The Aitkin County Sheriff's Department said firefighters found no fire upon arrival at the house.
John Albert Larson, 56, Brainerd, was sentenced for gross misdemeanor DUI to 30 days jail, placed on three years supervised probation and fined $900.
RIVERTON -- The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a gas leak about 3 a.m. Wednesday at AcroTech Midwest Inc. in Riverton.
Montgomery Richard Chapman, 50, Minneapolis, was sentenced for felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony fleeing a police officer to 26 months in prison and fined $50.
The driver, Brenda Balaski, 37, Garrison, was transported to Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia and then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital, where Thursday she was reported in serious condition.
One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday on James Street at Northwest Fourth Street in Brainerd.
Area real estate agents and brokers have the opportunity to attend a special session from 5-6 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker that will cover economic development and the JOBZ program in Cass County.
Buyin bulbs in bulk
Mass plantings of bulbs take fair amounts of money as well as time to plant, but there are ways of lowering the per-bulb cost.
The house the Hunts built
PINE RIVER -- Creating a small community where residents can live and work off the land while protecting the environment is one of the goals Lynn and Paul Hunt of Pine River have for their research campus.
Halloween man strikes again
BAXTER -- It's that time of year again, and Bob Musielewicz of Baxter is ready for Halloween -- and the hundreds of trick-or-treaters who will inevitably end up in his driveway Sunday.
Mark Groettum, the Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District, will appear in Little Falls and Baxter on Sunday.
Jann Northway was a 'special person'
Jann Northway, 54, was remembered Wednesday as a talented artist, an avid runner and above all, a woman devoted to her family and friends.
To his children, Ed Northway 'our rock'
To his five children, Ed Northway represented honor, strength and someone who was capable of anything.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Camp Ripley bowhunters enjoyed a tremendous two days of success the past weekend, harvesting 20 percent deer, Henry Wulf of Brainerd, regional game manager for the DNR reports.
Kiwanis Club celebrates 50 years
From donating milk money to elementary students to building a community park, the Brainerd Kiwanis Club has accomplished many service projects in the community in the last 50 years.
Distinguished service honored
She only may be 14, but Caitlin Cross has been a community volunteer since she was 4, when she helped make chili for the second annual United Way Chili Cook-Off.
AREA HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
Start Halloween early and enjoy games and fun with Girl Scouts Troops 393 and 576 from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln School Gym, 604 S. 6th St., Brainerd.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Developers of a $10 million expansion at the Westgate Mall reported that 70 percent of the new space was leased as construction got under way this week. When completed, the expanded mall will more than double the area it has available to lease.
Lakes area development trends are focus of BLADC luncheon
Sheila Haverkamp, BLADC executive director, said Gillaspy's presentation on demographic trends will include information on future effects for the economy, neighborhoods, schools and the work force. A model of the Crow Wing County master building project in downtown Brainerd will be on display.
Northways plane crash victims
Ed and Jann Northway of Nisswa died Tuesday when their Cessna 210 crashed in a heavily wooded area in Waushara County, about 70 miles north of Madison, Wis. They were the only ones in the aircraft.
The Brainerd School District Finance/Insurance Committee will meet 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the district office at 300 Quince St. to hear a 2003-2004 audit report.
Planned developments draw concerned crowd
Few Crow Wing County meetings attract so many residents that portable walls need to be removed to make more room. But that's what happened Wednesday night.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly identified a speaker at a joint Crow Wing County Board and Planning Commission meeting on Page 5A Thursday. The speaker was Bob Tyson of Good Ol' Days Resort.
Sister Cecilia Schreiner
LITTLE FALLS -- Sister Cecilia Schreiner, age 92, of the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Clare Resident/St. Francis Convent in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Beverly J. Weizenegger
BAXTER -- Beverly Jane Weizenegger, age 79, of Baxter, Minn., and Green Valley, Ariz., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at home with her family. Memorial services will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation also will be held the hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Maurice H. Trask
Maurice H. Trask, 88, a lifetime resident of the Brainerd and Nisswa area, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Jess A. Miller
McGREGOR -- Jess A. Miller, 83, of McGregor, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, in Evergreen Terrace, Grand Rapids, Minn.
Darwin L. Lambrecht
LONG PRAIRIE -- Darwin L. Lambrecht, age 46, of Long Prairie, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley-Gibson Funeral Chapel in Swanville.
Darwin 'Buzz' L. Lambrecht
LONG PRAIRIE -- Darwin "Buzz" L. Lambrecht, 46-year-old resident of Long Prairie, Minn., died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Swanville, Minn. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Swanville. Arrangements are with the Shelley-Gibson Funeral Chapel in Swanville.
David J. Gunderson Sr.
BLAINE David Julian Gunderson Sr., 62, of Blaine, died Oct. 25, 2004, with his loving family by his side.
Lavonne A. Bell Smith
Lavonne Alice Bell Smith was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Maynard, Iowa, to Melford Allen Bell and Ruby Helen Jennison Bell.
PINE RIVER -- Violet McAllister, age 79, of Pine River, formerly of Backus, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. She was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Backus to Robert Bruce and Jessie Bartlett.
Danny W. Johnsrud
GARRISON -- Danny W. Johnsrud, age 58, of Garrison, formerly of Aitkin and the Kimberly area, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Terrell K. McDougle
SOUTH WHITLEY, Ind. -- Terrell K. McDougle, 63, South Whitley, Ind., died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.
Ed and Jann Northway
NISSWA -- Ed and Jann Northway, residents of Nisswa, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, in Wisconsin.
Carrie B. Strait
LITTLE FALLS -- Carrie Barbara Strait, age 96, of Little Falls, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Marilyn Hovland Proffitt
PINE RIVER -- Marilyn Hovland Proffitt, age 69, Pine River, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at home surrounded by her loving family. She fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She is now residing at home with her heavenly Father. Marilyn was born July 20, 1935, at her grandmother's farm in Elizabeth, Minn., to Henry and Emelia (Zimmerman) Hovland. She attended country school in Elizabeth and went on to graduate early from Pelican Rapids. She graduated from Moorhead State University and taught school in Glenwood. On May 31, 1958, she married Kenneth Dean Proffitt. They spent their life together ministering to numerous congregations as pastor and wife. Marilyn also taught school during their years together. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, sewing and especially helping others. Marilyn was known by many as an encourager through her example, prayers, cards and letters.
Zelma N. Olson
PEQUOT LAKES -- Zelma N. Olson, age 97, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with Willim-St. Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes.
Open Forum: Feed the deer and squirrels
Each year since I can remember we have harvested the seeds from the pumpkins we carve for Halloween. When dried they make a delicious snack, and cracking them slows you down to perhaps enjoy life a little more. Now for the deer and squirrels, you don't have do any of the washing and drying bit for them. Just wrap the seeds and the carvings in a napkin and throw it all in any wooded area. If you don't carve the pumpkin, throw the whole pumpkin in the woods. The animals will know how to harvest what is edible.
Open Forum: Big industry wins again
I was alarmed nine years ago when they found deformed frogs in southern Minnesota. MPCA said at the time that they would study the frogs, water, etc. to see what caused the frogs' deformities. No information that I was aware of came out in all these past nine years until this summer when more deformed frogs were found.
OTHER OPINION: SCIENCE
And you thought frogs were slimy. They're nothing next to government officials whose allegiances lie with corporations over citizens.
Open Forum: Learn about Baxter sales tax
First, the chamber wants to congratulate the city of Baxter for taking the lead in an attempt to address the need for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. We hope their efforts encourage discussion with other governmental jurisdictions to find a regional, intergovernmental solution to wastewater, water and fire services. For example, in 2003, the chamber surveyed its members in Baxter and Brainerd and asked if the two cities should explore a joint utility commission for water and wastewater. An overwhelming 93 percent of those who responded said yes, a joint commission was preferred.
Not to worry -- the end is near
WASHINGTON -- Americans are in the grip of a monster case of Pre-Election Anxiety Disorder. No one is talking about voter apathy anymore, because the opposite is more likely the case. People care too much. They're losing sleep. They're having bad dreams about unfavorable tracking polls.
OTHER OPINION: WELLSTONE
Where should the partisanship stop and the statesmanship begin?
Time has run out
Time has run out for Dispatch readers who would like to write letters to the editor on politics. No letters relating to the upcoming elections will be printed after today. The deadline for those letters to arrive at the Dispatch was Wednesday.
In Congress, religion drives divide
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress have become increasingly polarized over such issues as stem cell research, same-sex marriage and abortion, much like their constituents. But the division among policymakers is more pronounced and influenced by religious ideology, according to a study of congressional voting patterns over the last quarter-century.
What really is at stake
I don't know how many times I have started to write this column on the Christian implications in the current campaign trying hard to live up to my belief that God is neither Republican nor Democrat. It is deadline time so here it goes.
BAXTER -- Rod Imsande, a young husband and father who was diagnosed a year ago with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), will speak at 6 p.m. Monday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Teamwork on the bench
Behind every head coach is a dedicated and loyal assistant coach.
Brainerd students competed in the Area 5 Special Olympics bowling meet Oct. 20 at Little Falls.
Upcoming sporting events
Wolverines clip Cardinals
WADENA -- Alyssa Hay had 11 kills and Kasey Theisen dished out 31 set assists as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines downed the Staples-Motley Cardinals 25-16, 27-25, 26-24 in a South Subsection 8, Class 2A quarterfinal volleyball playoff game Thursday.
Pierz boys end 25-year drought
BECKER -- It's been a long time coming as the Pierz Pioneers boys' cross country team finished second at the Section 5, Class 1A meet Thursday, making it the first Pierz boys' team to qualify for state since 1979.
Auctions highlight Nunnink benefit
About 2,000 people attended a benefit last weekend for lakes area children suffering from severe burns, a rare neurologic disorder and an aggressive form of cancer.
State trip a tradition for Peterson
For one it's become a tradition.
Upcoming sporting events In the Brainerd Lakes area:
Cross country running
Staples-Motley will get a chance to defend state titles
MORRIS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' cross country team will go after its second straight Class 1A state title as it won the Section 6 meet Thursday in dominating fashion, scoring 41 points and beating runner-up Perham by 14.
Pequot Lakes sweeps Rangers in subsection quarterfinal
DEER RIVER -- Kristen Willer had 10 kills and 10 digs to lead the fourth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 25-7, 25-12, 25-15 victory over the No. 5 Crosby-Ironton Rangers in the West Subsection 7, Class 2A quarterfinals Wednesday.
Tough trek to title
Central Lakes College volleyball coach Jane Peterson has been in do-or-die positions before.
BHS well-rested after bye
Brainerd Warriors football coach Ron Stolski doesn't advocate a playoff system where the top seed or seeds in a section receive first-round byes.
C-I teams state-bound
HAWLEY -- Crosby-Ironton's Kim Beaman captured the Section 8, Class 1A girls individual cross country title at the Hawley Golf Club Thursday and the Ranger girls' won the team title with 32 points.
Flyers' Stoltman edges Warriors' Woodard
Cross country runners Chris Woodard of Brainerd and Jon Stoltman of Little Falls have gone back and forth at each other all season and the Section 8, Class 2A meet wasn't any different.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
The number of football players at big schools who play both ways is dwindling because the talent pool from which to choose is larger and more skilled.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Dense fog advisory early this morning portions of south and
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Windy at times. A chance of showers and
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy with areas of morning fog. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms north. A chance of more thunderstorms this afternoon west and north. Highs from the low to mid 60s north to the mid 70s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Rain likely north and a chance of rain south. Areas of morning fog and patchy drizzle. Highs from the mid 50s to the lower 60s.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Dense fog advisory until 10 am cdt east...
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Cloudy. Areas of drizzle and fog in the morning. Scattered
Weather drawing by Emily Danielson of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Cloudy east with scattered showers and thunderstorms and areas of drizzle and fog this morning. Mostly cloudy west with areas of morning fog. Highs from around 60 far north to near 70 south.
Halloween is near
Weather drawing by Jordan Kleist of Mrs. Minerich's second grade class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Dense fog advisory central through northeast this morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
...Dense fog advisory for western and north central north dakota
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Areas of
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