Minnesota's jobs picture brightening
Economic experts continue to say the economy is turning around. The state recently reported the October employment numbers jumped by the highest amount in almost four years as the unemployment rate remained steady. The state's seasonally adjusted monthly employment increased by 8,500, the biggest jump since February 2000, well before the onset of the recent recession, The Department of Employment and Economic Development reported.
John Adair worked with wood for 15 years creating custom-made furniture, but he began to burn out on the job.
AITKIN -- Aitkin dentist Bill Stein was inducted as a fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 74th annual convocation in San Francisco in October.
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SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 850. Last Friday: 942. Year Ago Friday: 533. Thursday actual: 718.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 104, a year ago 123.
ASSAULT -- A 20-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct and assault Friday for allegedly pushing a 19-year-old woman at a parking lot in northeast Brainerd. The man is being housed at the Crow Wing County Jail.
Anthony and Susan (Hawkins) Erholtz, Baxter, a boy, Matthew Anthony, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, Nov. 11, 2003. Grandparents are Dave and Kathy Erholtz, Duluth, and Jerome and Dorothy Hawkins, West St. Paul.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday Commissioners' Room Courthouse
Synthetic cholesterol may reverse heart disease
A synthetic form of "good cholesterol" has been shown to quickly shrink blockages clogging coronary arteries, offering for the first time the possibility of a drug that could actually rapidly reverse heart disease, researchers reported Tuesday.
Electronic patient files may reduce care errors
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Randy Cooper looks forward to the day he'll see his patients from home.
COMPETING DIETS - Good carb vs. bad carb
The heated conversation around America's water coolers these days is often about losing weight. Aside from the water in the cooler, there is little agreement about the best foods for dropping pounds.
Nurses blame crisis on TV's 'ER'
Policy-makers have spent years debating the causes of the nationwide shortage of registered nurses, a problem that has been repeatedly shown to harm patients.
Sedatives may increase risk of falls for senior citizens
Older women who regularly take Valium, Xanax or Librium may risk physical decline that can set them up for falls and a downward spiral to disability, hospitalization and death.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - The first major snowstorm of the season slashed through Minnesota causing hazardous driving. Some schools closed early as snow and high winds whipped through the Brainerd area.
North Ambulance Medical Transportation Services, which provides service to more than 50 communities in Minnesota and western Wisc
Morrison County vision event set Dec. 3
Morrison County, with the assistance of the Initiative Foundation and the Region 5 Development Commission, continues the process to update its comprehensive land use plan.
Sculptor can't wait to turn giant pieces of redwood into art
It all starts with a piece of wood -- the trunk of a tree, the base of a stump, a twisted branch.
Garrison group putting 'Faith In Action'
GARRISON -- A Faith In Action chapter has been established in the Garrison area.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions at noon today. Find out if the Vikings can end their losing streak in Sports Monday.
Wilbur L. Meacham
HAVASU CITY, Ariz. -- Wilbur Louis Meacham, 78, of Emily, died on Nov. 16, 2003, at his residence in Havasu City, Ariz. He was born on April 8, 1925, in Osseo, Minn., to Emerson and Mayme (Rhodes) Meacham. He was a resident of Ou
Wilhelmina 'Minnie' Ullmann
PIERZ -- Wilhelmina "Minnie" Ullmann, 91-year-old resident of Pierz, Minn., died Nov. 20, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
Patricia D. Miers
PIERZ -- The Jerome G. Miers family will celebrate the life of Patricia Dorothy Miers with family and friends at a memorial service at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chapel on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at 3 p.m. with a dinner celebration following in the lower level.
Esther J. Foss
WADENA -- Esther Josephine Nelson was born to her parents Otto and Gertie (Anderson) Nelson on Dec. 14, 1915, in Brainerd, Minn. She passed away on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at the Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. Esther was a resident of Humphrey Manor for many years.
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Loren E. Bohlke
NISSWA -- Loren E. Bohlke, 87, Nisswa, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd.
Vanja A. Burbank
CROSBY -- Vanja A. Burbank, 66, of Crosby, died on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
Jerome E. Bednar
SOUTH LONG LAKE -- Jerome E. Bednar, age 75, of South Long Lake, rural Brainerd, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003.
Burton F. Dahlquist
GARRISON -- Burton F. Dahlquist, age 66, of Garrison, died on Friday, Nov. 21, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Sidonia Hagstrom, age 78, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born March 25, 1925, in Lake Lillian, Minn., to Ott
The disturbing spread of meth labs
This editorial was published Tuesday in The Free Press of Mankato.
Last week's Open Forum article did have one accurate sentence; "The record of the Staples-Motley runners is truly extraordinary by any measure." Instead of defaming Mr. Mattila it would behoove you to ask what it is that sets them apart from other teams instead of drawing unfair conclusions.
New chief - Dispatch Editorial
It's a familiar story in the Brainerd lakes area. A young woman moves away from the small town where she grew up. She pursues her education, works at an exciting job in Minneapolis, but eventually decides to move back to her hometown and re-establish her roots.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
The DNR's Heritage Enhancement Fund, which includes revenues from a portion of the sales tax from state lottery sales, has contributed $476,000 to help fund the following projects:
A SEASON COMING IN FOR A LANDING
A lone mallard landed on an area pond last week. Minnesota's duck season closes Tuesday, Nov. 25, and by all reports it was a mixed bag. A good wild rice crop brought more ducks to the area than in recent seasons and some hunters had good shooting. But actual harvest numbers won't be available until next spring. (Dispatch Photo by Nels Norquist)
Potlatch land lease program will continue to grow in lakes area
Two years ago this month Potlatch Corp., which owns 360,000 acres in Minnesota, began leasing its lands to private parties. Leaseholders have exclusive year-round access to the lands, though others still can get on the land with permissi
Early buck makes opening day memorable for father and son
Like everyone else who walked into the woods that frigid morning two weeks ago, my son and I had high hopes for the deer season. There were good numbers of deer and we had an extra management tag. Over the years, however, I've learned you cannot count on DNR reports and assessments. A buck can come out of nowhere and make your season great, or you might not see a deer.
No-waste holiday: A great gift for Mother Nature
Gobble, gobble, gobble.
CWD testing could just be thin disguise for more DNR bureaucracy
What is the motivation behind testing our wild deer herd for CWD? It's generated by an assumption that an infected elk near Aitkin could have passed the disease to wild deer. But after killing a large number of deer around Aitkin not a single case of CWD was found.
50th anniversary - Keith and Marge Smith
Keith and Marge Smith will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their children on the Minnesota Zephyr. They were married Nov. 28, 1953, in Brainerd.
102nd birthday - Emma Kletschka
Emma Kletschka, Lake Hubert, recently celebrated her 102nd birthday with an open house at her son Dr. Harold Kletschka's home in Golden Valley. She was born Nov. 3, 1901.
Wedding planned - Carrie Kavanaugh and David Cowell
Carrie Kavanaugh and David Cowell announce their engagement. Parents are Tim and Connie Kavanaugh, Elk River, and Tom and Sandy Cowell, Brainerd. A Dec. 13 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church.
Amy Pflepsen and Derick Christensen were married July 19, 2003, at their home in Pequot Lakes with Edward Koehler officiating.
Engagement announced - Powell-Lockwood
Natasha Roseann Powell and Dustin Scott Lockwood announce their engagement. Parents are Howard and Dawn Powell, Backus, and Kevin and Lila Lockwood, Baxter. A May 22, 2004, wedding is planned in Nisswa.
Cynthia McGuire and Chad Mueller were married June 21, 2003, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Jamestown, N.D., with Pastor Don Crippen officiating.
Joni Maurer and Quincy Thomas were married Oct. 4, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Baxter with Pastor David Grotzke officiating.
Erin Dorr and Doug Hedquist were married Oct. 18, 2003, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa with Pastor Kurt Weid officiating.
Engagement announced - Sarah Penfield and Darren Larson
Sarah Penfield and Darren Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Roland and Carol Penfield, Staples, and Robert and Angela Larson, Parkers Prairie. A Feb. 28, 2004, wedding is planned at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.
Kelly Hartness and Timothy Horak were married Sept. 6, 2003, at an outdoor ceremony on Gull Lake.
Brainerd senior is believed to be the first Warrior cross country runner to sign with a Division I school.
Brainerd Warriors cross country runner Justin Grunewald's senior season has read like a checklist.
Local sports shorts
St. Cloud Apollo defeated Brainerd 204-153, 199-183 and 175-167 Saturday at Little Falls Bowling Center to end the Warriors' bid for a state tournament berth.
Creating the ultimate volleyball team
Almost every barley-breath, cheese-puff stained sports fan has dreams of being a pro team's general manager.
Women's college basketball
Brainerd Daily Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Team
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Team:
Stick with MP3 on digital conversion
From time to time, I'm wrong. Usually, when I'm wrong in print, it involves an opinion, which is always open to argument and further refinement. But now and then, to my shame, I blow it on a fact.
Limited laptop may be good to give away
Would you want a laptop that displays only two colors, gray and black? What about one that can't play MP3 music files or run the latest games?
SPAM'S NEW FRONTIERS
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Three years ago, Adam Kalsey set up a Web log to share his thoughts about online business and the digital revolution. Like countless other "bloggers," he lets his readers post comments on his entries.
LOS ANGELES -- The recording industry, it seems, doesn't hate absolutely everything about illicit music downloading.
Social sites clicking with investors
Plenty of people make friends online, but will their Internet hangouts make money?
State forecast for iowa
...Winter storm watch tonight into sunday evening northwest third...
Weather drawing by Destiny Mankowski in the RIverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer
State forecast for north dakota
...Snow advisory far south central today...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch much of west central tonight through sunday night...
State forecast South Dakota
Winter storm warning east central late this afternoon through sunday...
State forecast for minnesota
...Winter storm warning tonight through sunday night northeast...
With the military
Army Reserve Pvt. Kelly J. Feia, daughter of Phyllis Feia, Little Falls, recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Alpha Chapter will meet at the Masonic Hall Monday. A Scandinavian dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 7:30 p.m.. The Veterans Service Officer will be the speaker for the evening.
Thank you to all our daycare parents for honoring us with their nomination for Childcare Providers of the Year. Thank you to Crow Wing County and the Licensed Childcare Association for giving us this great honor. Thank you to the Brainerd Jaycees, The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, and Brainerd Community Action.
Victims of clergy abuse
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