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Unions wary of Northwest CFO
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Neal Cohen was a magnet for worker anger when he was chief financial officer at US Airways. Now he holds the same position at Northwest Airlines Corp., and workers there are watching him closely.
Nature Vision Inc. recently appointed Steve Knight as chief operations officer.
Boat dealership to open in Baxter
The beginning stages of construction have begun on Whitefish Lodge & Suites near Crosslake Town Square with an opening date expected next summer. The hotel is expected to include an indoor swimming pool and wading pool, along with a lower level banquet facility that can seat about 275. A nearby restaurant is expected on a separate lot.
Baxter City Council
1. Call meeting to order.
Going for five in a row
The Minnesota Vikings will try to win their fifth game in a row and keep their playoff hopes alive when they play the Detroit Lions Sunday.
Forestview Middle School
The following students have been named to the honor roll at Forestview Middle School:
Sen. Mark Dayton
The name of Lowell Elementary School in Brainerd was misspelled in a headline and story on Friday.
Jason and Naomi (Jones) Stenberg, Baxter, a girl, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Nov. 15, 2005.
She wears many hats
A woman at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa keeps everything at the church going.
Find out what movies are opening this weekend in area theaters and read reviews of recent releases.
Brainerd City Council
1. Call to order.
First home on the block
In 1892, one home occupied the 500 block of Fifth Street in Brainerd.
Kaitlyn Schnagl (left), Abby Rees, Bethany and Gabriel Swim and Dalton Jobe were among the 325 Lowell Elementary School students and staff members who read for 2,006 seconds Friday.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 4 - 30 years ago (1975) - Bob Elg's 706 series, earning him a spot in the very select 700 club grouping in Brainerd, warmed things up at La Guyal Lanes Wednesday in all star league play. Elg joins Curly Olson in the 700 department.
Finding a Christmas tree
Fake, faux, pre-lit, artificial: Whatever you call it, more and more of us are forgoing the pleasure of dragging home a real Christmas tree. More than 70 percent of the U.S. households that put up a tree choose a specimen born of factory, not farm. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 8 percent of American households will purchase a fake tree in 2005, a number that sounds low until you realize that artificial trees can last for five to 10 years or more.
This Christmas season, give a child in need the gift of yourself
It is the time of year when most folks are caught up in the chaos of Christmas - searching for sales, planning parties and hustling off from one holiday activity to another.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY - Marcie Larsen, 829-6212, firstname.lastname@example.org
Help children cope with stress during holidays
We know adults have many different stressors in their daily lives. Developing good stress management skills is one of the best ways adults can counteract the ill effects stress can create. This is especially true when the stressors themselves can't be changed.
Point of view
This is a place of worship in Brainerd. Where is it?
Pets of the Week
Blackie is a 6-year-old, neutered, male poodle mix.
Collecting toys for kids
Rachel Converse with 3WI Radio and Joe Hall of the Marine Corps League waved to motorists on Washington Street Friday as they raised money and collected toys for the Toys for Kids drive.
Terry and Linda Prettyman
Click to shop
Pricier gas costs this holiday shopping season might help online retailers.
Residents ask why budget is rising
WALKER - About a dozen taxpayers attended the Cass County truth-in-taxation meeting Thursday night at the courthouse in Walker.
"He was one of those young men that you could tell he had a mission in his life and spark in his eye. He wanted to be a Marine, that's what really drove him ..."
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 2 - 60 years ago (1945) - The Christmas tree industry in the Crow Wing and Cass County areas will be greater this year than at any time during the war. Homer Whiting, state forestry supervisor said that to date more than 15,000 tags for trees have been issued at his office.
Happy homecoming kicks off Tuesday
The celebration area families have waited for is just days away.
YMCA to host Supper with Santa on Friday
The Brainerd Family YMCA will conduct its second annual Supper with Santa from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.
A singles dance, open to all area singles and sponsored by Lakes Area Singles, is scheduled from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Brainerd American Legion.
Township wants to ban development until comprehensive plan is complete
WALKER - Fairview Township wants to place a moratorium on new development until that township's comprehensive plan is completed, currently projected to be the fall of 2006. Zoning in that township is under Cass County regulations.
Raising taxes, raising voices
There were raised voices, finger-pointing and many questions at Crow Wing County's truth-in-taxation hearing Thursday night in Brainerd.
Attorney's right to practice law in federal district court suspended
WALKER - The latest in Bonnie and James Willhite's series of civil lawsuits over the boundary between their Cass County property and their neighbor's has landed their attorney, David VanSickle, with a suspension of his right to practice law in federal district court.
War on meth cited for levy increases
LITTLE FALLS - The fight to end the war on methamphetamine is one of the main reasons why taxpayers in Morrison County are seeing an increase in their proposed 2006 property taxes.
County attorney deciding whether
to file charges in deer hunter's death
Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said Friday he hopes to have a decision soon about whether charges will be filed in the shooting death of a Pequot Lakes deer hunter.
"That's all it seems we are working for - the increases to stay in our house. ... We got there a long time ago when they couldn't give the property away. It used to be where you could live over there.""
Pre-bid conference slated for firms interested in building facility in Backus
WALKER - Any engineering and contracting firms wishing to bid to design and build the Cass County Land Department and Service Center building in Backus must attend a 10 a.m. Dec. 28 pre-bid conference at Backus City Hall.
Manning the phones for a good cause
Volunteers Mike McDonald (left), Gene Pagels and Dick Sundberg from Thrivent Financial answered phones during the 12th annual "Radiothon to End Child Abuse" Thursday at the Westgate Mall in Baxter. The event is a joint effort between BL broadcasting stations WJJY, B-93.3, The Power Loon, Cool 103.5 and child protection agencies from Crow Wing, Cass and Aitkin counties. Organizers hope to raise more than $90,000 during the 24-hour event. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
State leaders consider offers to keep Ford in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS - If only they could pass a law making people want to buy the Ford Ranger.
Corrections issues are battleground
Central Minnesota Community Corrections continues to be the battleground for area counties trying to find a balance between troubled juveniles' needs and the costs of operating a juvenile facility in Brainerd.
Little Falls Marine killed in Iraq
Anthony McElveen was proud to be a U.S. Marine serving in his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Line the streets
The boys are (almost) back in town.
Injured pilot listed in good condition
The pilot injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was listed Thursday in good condition at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Walker urges Congress to pass Dru's Law
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The mother of Dru Sjodin says she is frustrated that Congress has not yet passed a law creating a national database of sex offenders.
The Brainerd School Board curriculum committee will meet at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak St., Brainerd.
Biff Ulm, vice president of Crossing Arts Alliance, arranged portraits for the upcoming photography exhibit, "Faces - A Portrait of our Community," Thursday at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. The exhibit, featuring more than 600 portraits of lakes area residents, will open with a reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Franklin Arts Center. The exhibit will run through December. Brainerd Dispatch/Nels Norquist
The McKnight Foundation is investing $3 million in communities that prioritize their youngest children.
Point of view
This is the entrance to a place where people find enjoyment . What is it? Find the answer Sunday.
STAPLES - Mildred (Johnson) Hayenga, age 95, of Staples, formerly of Lowry, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 2, 2005, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending and entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
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Brandon D. Brown
Brandon David Brown, 18-year-old resident of Brainerd, Minn., passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Hillman, Minn., with Father David Gallus, OSC, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel of Pierz, Minn., and an hour prior to mass on Saturday at St. Rita's. Arrangements are with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel of Pierz.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle for Rosalia "Rose" McDermond, age 97, of Grey Eagle, who died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at the Melrose Area Hospital. The Rev. Arlie Sowada will officiate with interment following in the parish cemetery.
LITTLE FALLS - Gladys Thelen, 82-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Randall, Minn., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn.
Andrew Kne, age 81, of rural Brainerd, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Kris McKusky officiating. Friends may visit at the church during the hour prior to services. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Clara H. Zimmermann
Clara Helen Zimmermann, age 94, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Clara was born on March 27, 1911, to John and Elizabeth (Waletzko) Goike in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. Clara married Frank Mankowski on Feb. 14, 1936. She married Bill Zimmermann on Nov. 4, 1967. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Clara had more than 2,500 hours and 186 months in volunteer honors at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Leona 'Sundae' Spilman
DULUTH - Leona "Sundae" V. Spilman, age 74, of Duluth, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Oscar E. Schmidt
LITTLE FALLS - Oscar E. Schmidt, age 65, of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Randall, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, at the Lutheran Care Center.
Cornelia S. Kriska
ROSEVILLE - Cornelia S. (Stumpf) Kriska, age 90, formerly of Little Falls, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Roseville.
BUFFALO - Vera Booth, age 89, of Buffalo, died Nov. 30, 2005. She was a former resident of Deerwood and a member of Salem Lutheran Church.
OUR OPINION: HOMECOMING
They're coming home.
Pequot school budget figures addressed
I would like to clarify information that was included in an Open Forum letter published in the Brainerd Dispatch on Dec. 1, 2005, regarding operating costs per student for the Pequot Lakes School District.
Open Forum: We're all in this war together
When I joined the military in 1942, things were in desperate straits: Most of our Navy's capital ships were either in the mud in Pearl Harbor or on the bottom of the ocean; we had lost the Philippines; the Japanese were threatening Australia; the Germans controlled the whole of Europe plus North Africa; England had lost Singapore plus two of their battleships (to air power); the Russians were encountering terrible losses.
To Gov. Pawlenty and Gov. hopeful Mike Hatch:
What do you think?
Write us a letter or send us an e-mail
Regarding the Vox Pop article "C-I folks need to wake up" on Nov. 30, unfortunately Crosby isn't the only town with superintendent issues. Ask the majority of Pequot Lakes School District's employees what it is like working with/for Percy (Lingen)?
OUR OPINION: TERRELL OWENS
When Sen. Arlen Specter raised the possibility of a congressional investigation into the Philadelphia Eagles disciplinary action toward wide receiver Terrell Owens the first question that occurred to us was "Haven't you got anything else to do?"
NORTH COUNTRY QUESTION OF THE WEEK
When do snowmobile trails open in Minnesota?
A deer worthy of mounting
In 16 years of deer hunting, 28-year-old Doug Farrand of Brainerd had never shot a deer worthy of mounting. Soon, however, Farrand will have quite a bit more than a shoulder mounted deer in his house.
Conservation group closes on deal to preserve land
LAKEVILLE (AP) - About 475 acres of land along the Vermillion River is being preserved, now that a national conservation group has closed on the $2.46 million deal.
More thoughts on deer carcass disposal, baiting
A few last thoughts on the firearms deer season, which closed statewide last Sunday, and then it's on to December bowhunting, the best season of all, of which nothing will be written.
Antler point restrictions in western Minnesota subject of DNR survey
The DNR will survey hunters in Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Lyon and Lincoln counties to gauge support for regulations that would restrict the harvest of bucks with fewer than four antler points on one side.
Youth snowmobile training offered
BAXTER - The Baxter Snowmobile Club will provide youth snowmobile operator training in January. Students should be 12.
Plan under way to restore Canadian waterfowl habitat
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The government of Canada and the province of Manitoba have announced the launching of a three-year pilot project for a conservation program that could revitalize sagging duck production in prairie Canada.
Please pass the salt
After weeks of unseasonably warm weather, rain pummeled the ground and turned to ice as temperatures slid below the freezing mark. Rain drops still in the air switched to ice pellets and later, snowflakes.
Deer hunters to rank management options in survey
The DNR is asking deer hunters statewide to rank potential regulations changes in a survey mailed recently in cooperation with the University of Minnesota.
NORTH COUNTRY CALENDAR
Shop till you drop or hunt
till you drop, take your pick
The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday by retailers trying to get out of the red and into the black.
Kristi Kay Johnson and Richard Ray Lundsten
Kristi Kay Johnson and Richard Ray Lundsten announce their engagement. A Dec. 17 wedding is planned in Pillager.
Eric and Katie Williamson
Katie Majka and Eric Williamson were married Sept. 24, 2005, with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Toni Nemeth and Ryan Wehner
Toni Nemeth and Ryan Wehner announce their engagement. Parents are Jeff and Yolanda Miles, Fort Ripley, and Bruce and Marietta, Harne, Pillager, and Monica and Richard Wehner, Austin. A Sept. 15, 2007, wedding is planned at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.
KRIS AND JACKI EWERT
Jaclyn Tautges and Kristopher Ewert were married Oct. 8, 2005, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Andrew R. Smith and the Rev. Margaret Guelker officiating.
CHAD AND DANA SIMONS
Dana Renneker and Chad Simons were married July 23, 2005, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids with Pastor John Sippola officiating.
NICK HOFMANN AND CARRIE
Carrie VanHorn and Nick Hofmann were married May 21, 2005, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake.
Jessica Johnson and Joshua Johnson
Jessica Johnson and Joshua Johnson announce their engagement. Parents are Roy and Cheryl Johnson, Grand Rapids, and Jim and Joan Johnson, Brainerd. A June 9, 2006, wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Brainerd.
Len and Opal Lander
Len and Opal Lander, Brainerd, will celebrate their 55th anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 18 at First Baptist Church in Baxter. The event will be hosted by their children. They were married Dec. 20, 1950, in Hallock.
Jessica Gray and Eric Gangl
Jessica Gray and Eric Gangl announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Cathy Gray, Brainerd, and Tom and Robin Gangl, Nashwauk. A May 6, 2006, is planned at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd.
We are God's church
I had an incredible evening Wednesday, Nov. 23, as many from the Christian community in the lakes area gathered at Forestview Middle School in Baxter for our first ecumenical Thanksgiving celebration.
LINCOLN - "The Gospel According to Scrooge," written by James Schumacher, will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 and 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church. The church is at 1354 320th St. (County Road 3), approximately eight miles south of Motley just off Highway 10 (about a block east of the intersections of Highways 10 and 3).
Dispatch names All-Area football team
Six Brainerd Warriors and four Pierz Pioneers highlight the 2005 Brainerd Dispatch All-Area football team.
Bye says hello to the back of the net
LITTLE FALLS - Brainerd's Jessica Bye opened the Central Lakes Conference girls' hockey game against Little Falls with four goals and later added an assist as Bye and the Warriors beat the Flyers 8-1 Thursday.
Man in the middle
Scott Saehr never coveted the spotlight, but his play on the football field made it impossible to avoid him.
Pond hockey programs offered in Baxter
Various pond hockey programs are being offered by the Baxter Parks and Recreation Department this winter.
Otters welcome themselves to new conference
Hannah Draxten started the girls' basketball season where she left off last year.
Rally cry: 'Let's get it fixed in 2006'
It's been eight months since the Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water Rally took place in St. Paul. Another rally is scheduled for April 22. Before we look ahead, let's review what the first rally accomplished.
Last year's gymnastic season was an anomaly for the Brainerd Warriors.
On radio and television:
Kopp leads VHS past Northland
VERNDALE - Verndale's Wayne Kopp scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Pirates to a 73-65 non-conference boys' basketball victory Friday.
In the Brainerd lakes area:
Lundgren's double-double leads C-I to win
CROSBY - Chelsea Lundgren scored 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to help the Crosby-Ironton Rangers beat the Greenway Raiders 74-23 Thursday in non-conference play.
Warriors play well, but unable to overcome Forest Lake
When a hockey team outshoots its opponent 30-13 one might expect that team had skated to a dominant win.
Rochester edges Raiders in overtime
ROCHESTER - Chris Beckley had 20 points, Joe Kavanaugh 12 and Nick Otterson 10 as the Central Lakes College Raiders lost to Rochester 72-68 in overtime in men's college basketball Friday.
Rosecrans' 21 points not enough for CLC
ROCHESTER - Despite Kim Rosecrans' 21-point performance, the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team fell to Rochester 69-59 Friday.
Flyers' wings clipped in season opener
ALEXANDRIA - Little Falls gymnast Brianna Sanoski won the floor exercise by posting a score of 8.45 and placed third in the all-around with a 31.6 as the Flyers lost to the Alexandria Cardinals 126.7-111.7 Thursday in the season and Central Lakes Conference opener.
Pettit helps Wolverines past Eveleth-Gilbert
EVELETH - Jascha Pettit had one goal and two assists to help the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' hockey team to a 6-2 victory over Eveleth-Gilbert Friday.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Several area high school teams have been honored for their fall accomplishments in the classroom by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association.
Mehr, Aitkin celebrate first win in two seasons
AITKIN - For the first time in two seasons the Aitkin Gobblers girls' basketball team celebrated a victory, beating Rush City 45-29 in Great River Conference action Friday.
Little Falls splits; Gobblers lose pair
AITKIN - Jason Brill had two pins for Little Falls as the Flyers went 1-1 at Friday's season-opening Aitkin wrestling triangular.
He spends his days on eBay
NISSWA - When Brett Toman goes to work, he walks to a little room just off the kitchen and laundry area and begins his day on eBay.
eBay do's and don'ts
eBay's tag line is "whatever it is, you can get it here."
Podcasts converted to text for better searching
BOSTON - Suddenly the universe of downloadable audio files known as podcasts seems as enormous as the Internet. Name a topic - from the weather in Asuncion to the ZigBee wireless technology - and there is a podcast about it.
Gaming for GREEN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johnathan Wendel's blue eyes stare raptly at the computer screen, his long, thin fingers gliding the mouse side to side as he moves through dark corridors of a video game where a lethal opponent lurks. Before long, seemingly without effort, he has annihilated his foe.
Portable music players inspire new wave of DJs
CHICAGO - The jukebox at the bar Brian Toro manages isn't gathering dust just yet - but it may only be a matter of time.
Search engines and ad services illustrate podcast explosion
BOSTON - Why would BBN Technologies Inc., which specializes in serving such cloak-and-dagger customers as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, launch a free Web site for searching podcasts?
Video cameras for kids a mixed bag
NEW YORK - As toy manufacturers try to please gadget-hungry kids with consumer electronics that don't constitute a major investment, parents may wonder about product quality.
eBay compared to giant flea market
What do county jails, island retreats, concert tickets and collectible dolls have in common?
Travelers spending Christmas away from home
NEW YORK - Every year at Christmas, Santa pays a visit to the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine.
Tour stitches together six resorts in one day
PARK CITY, Utah - Midway on a tour of six Utah resorts in one day, a backcountry guide bounds across the Highway to Heaven, a 500-yard ski traverse, followed by the group of skiers he is leading.
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State forecast for Minnesota
Snow advisory southwest and south central this afternoon and
Storm Epsilon reaches hurricane strength; no threat to land
MIAMI (AP) - Epsilon strengthened into a record 14th hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday - two days after the 2005 season officially ended.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Light snow in the morning east...Ending in the afternoon. Patchy freezing drizzle possible over the southeast through the morning. Highs from around 10 northeast to near 35 southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy with occasional light snow or flurries. Highs
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy with snow likely southwest and extreme south
Wisconsin state forecast
Lake effect snow advisory for the lake superior snowbelt today...
State forecast for Iowa
...Snow advisory today from southwest through east central iowa...
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy north with some flurries. Light snow likely
'Tis the season
Weather drawing by Anna Guida in the Nisswa School second-grade class of Mrs. Olson/Mrs. Maurer.
Rain in Southern California, snow in Great Lakes region
Heavy rain fell in parts of Southern California on Friday, with areas north of Los Angeles seeing up to an inch.
State forecast for Iowa
Snow advisory in effect from 3 pm today to 3 am saturday north
Ready for winter
Weather drawing by Colleen Tschida of Ms. Schultz's third grade class at Eagle View school.
State forecast for S.D.
Snow advisory east central this afternoon and friday night...
Wisconsin state forecast.
Snow advisory today and tonight portions of south...
Senior dances slated
Senior dances will be 1-4 p.m. Monday in McGregor with music by Gary Martin; and 1-4 p.m. Friday at the Pequot Lakes Senior Center for the Christmas party with gift exchange. Music will be by Roman and Don.
Thank you to Youth As Resources, Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center, local VFW, Zonta and Thrivent 30100, as well as many individuals, who made our fund-raisers successful. This allowed Girl Scout Troop 576 to get to Atlanta for the National Girl Scout Convention. It was very informative as well as exciting for all of us.
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