Five area students participated in the fall 2004 student teaching program through Bemidji State University. Lorna Bendson, Motley, is student teaching biology and life science at Pine River High School under the supervision of Randy Robb and Nate Merseth. She is a senior majoring in science education.
They recall role of blimps in World War II
Legend has it that when the American blimp was present in World War II the Americans never lost a single ship that was being convoyed.
The dream and the reality
One way to start figuring out what to do in your bonus decades is to ask yourself what made you happiest in the past.
THE AGE EDGE
WASHINGTON -- There are some workplaces where age is considered an asset. In the White House, for example. Dick Cheney is a good spokesman for why bosses should hire the older man -- or woman.
Toward a new concept of senior citizenship
Members of the baby-boom generation, who benefited from Dr. Spock in their childhood and Dr. Lamaze in their childbearing years, have a new physician activist to help transform their old age. Dr. William Thomas, a self-described "radical geriatrician," says boomers soon will be gearing up for a revolution to change society one more time.
How to handle sick and dying patients with care
Some memories of losing our loved ones seem frozen in one key, in one set of grim colors. The end of my sister's life is such a memory.
Blimp men Without knowing it at the time, lakes area men had a lot in common in World War II
Yibby Knudsen of Brainerd discussed his experiences in World War II. Knudsen was a non-commissioned officer on a blimp
Retirees feel the squeeze Employers making health-care cuts
It's been a difficult year for Estella Hyde.
BURGLARIES -- Loren Larson, Pine River, Friday reported his cabin broken into.
Donald William Tessmer, 29, Walker, was sentenced for an amended gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI to two days jail and 28 days electronic home monitoring, fined $1,000, ordered to pay $360 probation fee and placed on three years supervised probation.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - It's hardly the most ideal week for outdoor construction work, but the ground has been broken for the Westgate Mall. One of these days the sun will stay out and construction will pick up and a bunch of gleaming new stores will await shoppers.
Highway 371 detour lifted in Morrison County
BAXTER -- Highway 371 between Morrison County Highway 46 and Morrison County Highway 47 in Fort Ripley reopened to traffic Friday the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
County planner Bonnie Finnerty resigns post
Peter Herlofsky Jr., Crow Wing County administrator, received a letter last week he said he hoped was not true.
Four calls, four emergencies
A missing 5-year-old. A missing woman from an adult group home. A robbery. An accident involving a squad car.
Alleged counterfeiter will face felony charges
A 27-year-old Richmond man arrested after passing fake $100 bills at area convenience stores will face a felony charge in Crow Wing County.
Election is eye-opener for Amity scholars
For three Amity Scholars from Peru, Togo and Germany who are studying and helping to teach language courses at Brainerd High School, the 2004 presidential election has been an eye-opening experience on U.S. soil.
Fire chief finalists named
Six Minnesota firefighters, including two Brainerd firefighters, are finalists in the search for a Brainerd fire chief.
"Where's the next generation of poll workers? We need passion about this whole process and civic participation."
Both DFL and GOP party officials in Crow Wing County expressed concern about the number of campaign signs that have been stolen or damaged this political season.
Brainerd narrows city planner candidates
The city of Brainerd's search for a new city planner has been narrowed to three candidates.
Area DFLers will meet at the Last Turn Grille in Brainerd from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. today to watch election results. The restaurant is at 216 S. Eighth St.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - Football honors went to the Brainerd High School Warriors here Friday night with their 27-23 victory over Elk River for the Class 8AA title.
A super (hero) Halloween
There were a lot of witches and angels walking the streets of Brainerd Sunday, as well as many zombies, princesses and clowns.
LF school district debt-free
After five long years and a gruesome $7.5 million in budget cuts, the Little Falls School District is officially out of statutory operating debt.
A cool time for a hot drink
Kayla Rubbelke, a Brainerd Warriors football cheerleader, (right) drank hot chocolate in an attempt to warm up from the bone-chilling winds during the Section 8, Class 5A semifinals Saturday at Don Adamson Field as fellow cheerleader Falynn Lane cheered. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood
Woman sentenced for drug trafficking
WALKER -- Salina Kay Goodwin, 20, Minneapolis, who pleaded guilty in connection with drug trafficking from the Twin Cities to Cass County, received a downward sentencing departure in Cass County District Court Oct. 25.
Dorothy R. Christopherson
IRONTON -- Dorothy R. Christopherson, age 70, of Ironton, died on Oct. 29, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident. She was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Graceville, Minn., to Joseph and Marie Jensen. She married Cleon "Chris" Christopherson on July 1, 1953, in Wheaton, Minn.
Ronald M. Holmquist
GARRISON -- Ronald M. Holmquist, 69, Garrison, died on Oct. 31, 2004, at his home. He was born March 10, 1935, in Minneapolis. He was a member of the Brainerd Area Musicians Union. He played in the area at many weddings and clubs.
Curtis E. Wilson
BIG LAKE -- Curtis Edwin Wilson, age 84, of Big Lake, Minn., died Friday night, Oct. 29, 2004, at the Staples Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Casino Assembly of God Church north of Pillager. Relatives will receive friends and neighbors at the church after 2 p.m. Monday.
Melton W. Wilson
MOTLEY -- Melton W. Wilson, 77, Motley, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
Herman J. Jamma
Herman J. Jamma, 85-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at the St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierz with the Rev. Gerald A. Dalseth officiating.
Gladys (Anderson) Carlson
AITKIN -- Gladys Esther Cecelia (Anderson) Carlson, age 92, of Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Alfred W. Gaede
Alfred W. Gaede, age 94, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Tripoli, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 30, at his home. Funeral services are pending with the Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli, Iowa. Local arrangements with the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Michael (Howard) Dickey
ST. CLOUD -- Michael (Howard) Dickey, age 59, of St. Cloud, Minn., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital after a long battle with Addison's Disease. Services not set. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
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Marvin P. Swehla
MOTLEY -- Marvin Paul Swehla, age 74, of rural Motley, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at his home. Services will be Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Staples Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Relatives will receive friends on Tuesday at the church before services.
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A informal chat with Yasser Arafat
On Oct. 11, I dined with Yasser Arafat in his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He seemed in good health and excellent humor, high-spirited and joking. There was no intimation of the current illness that has the world wondering if the longtime Israeli-Palestinian stalemate is about to change.
OTHER OPINION: CASSINI
Cassini, the elaborate NASA space probe that dipped into the coral-orange atmosphere of the giant Saturnian moon Titan last week, is an advertisement for cooperative science. It's unlikely that Cassini's explorations will be able to live up to the hopes of cosmos buffs who have long postulated that Titan, because of its thick atmosphere, is the most likely body in the solar system to harbor life outside Earth. At minus 290 degrees, Titan is much too cold to support any kind of organism we know.
Time to fix a Capitol eyesore
Yes, both candidates have lived in Washington for some time now. But how closely has either of them looked at the core of their city in the past few years -- at how ugly it has become?
Open Forum: Couple's generosity is appreciated
To the Brainerd couple who donated $415,000 to Camp Cuyuna, God bless you and your generosity. I was so saddened to read about the dire situation of the scout camp, but felt powerless to help. Your contribution will never be able to be measured as this monetary gift will go on giving indefinitely. You have renewed my faith in humankind.
Pequot's doubles team posts solid finish
MINNEAPOLIS -- Val Meschke and Kayla Lenz of Pequot Lakes finished the second day of the Class 1A state tennis tournament 1-1 Saturday at the Nicollet Tennis Club.
Upcoming sporting events
Raiders blanked at Rochester, finish 2-7
ROCHESTER -- Rochester shrugged off a major distraction and played a solid overall team game to beat the Central Lakes College Raiders 23-0 in community college football Saturday.
Four individuals, one relay make all-conference
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team enjoyed five All-Central Lakes Conference performances Saturday and finished sixth with 257 points.
Cards cruise past Albany
STAPLES -- With blood splattered about his face and still dripping from his finger, Jake Wagner stood on the south end of the Staples-Motley Cardinals football field wearing a satisfied look.
ROCHESTER -- The Central Lakes College Raiders football team ended its season with a 26-0 loss to Rochester Community College Saturday. The Raiders finished 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the South Division.
Not a dry eye at benefit for Steve Nunnink
A gentleman who recently moved to Brainerd approached me at Saturday's benefit for Steve Nunnink and said, "I'm impressed."
Prince breaks 1,000-yard mark against Spuds
Whenever the Brainerd Warriors have a back rush for 1,000 yards they usually go deep into the postseason.
Open skating has been scheduled at Brainerd Area Civic Center each Sunday in November.
Raiders win state, head to regions
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team is no stranger to success, which is why it's no surprise it won the Minnesota Community College state tournament Sunday.
Pierz trips up Hawley
HAWLEY -- Hawley just couldn't hang on Saturday and, afterward, Greg Martodam couldn't bring himself to let go.
Pirates advance to Section 4 final
VERNDALE -- Even when things didn't go right for the Verndale Pirates they did.
Trailing deep into the third quarter for the first time this season the Brainerd Warriors were faced with a decision.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy northeast. Cloudy with a chance for light rain northwest and central. Occasional rain south. Highs from the mid 40s to the low 50s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west...Cloudy becoming sunny in the east. Areas of morning fog northeast. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s east...In mid 50s central and west.
Weather drawing by Kiley Anderson of Mrs. Olson's second grade class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly sunny west. Light rain ending east this morning and
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Rain. Highs in the mid 40s northwest to mid 50s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly sunny. Highs 50 to 55.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Cloudy with areas of light drizzle and fog in the morning
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Areas of light rain and drizzle diminishing this morning central and east. Becoming partly cloudy west late. Highs in the mid 40s to around 50.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Occasional rain south. A chance of rain central. Mostly
School is cool as the air
Weather drawing by Megan Hintz of Mrs. Headlee's fourth grade class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy. Becoming partly cloudy west in the afternoon. Occasional rain showers southeast...With a chance of showers central and north. Highs in the lower to mid 40s.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy west. Mostly cloudy east with isolated
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