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Northern Designs Party Store gains new owner, plans move to new location
Katie Hower, Aitkin, went from a college intern at a downtown Brainerd business to its owner.
Silver Creek Traders owners like partnership with Reed's Sporting Goods in Baxter
While Silver Creek Traders features items for inside the home, the business found a partnership in the outdoors.
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
Crisis nursery, child care program to help
* A parent with a current mental health crisis.
CHILD IN NEED Last in line
The conversations at the family's dinner table centered on the outing that the fourth-grader had been on the previous evening with her Kinship Partner.
The location of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra's Little Falls concert was incorrect in Thursday's Dispatch. The HSO will perform 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls. Tickets are $8 (adults), $5 (students and seniors), $18 (family) and $14 (adult pair).
Man arrested in meth bust
MERRIFIELD -- A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday after the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant at a rural Merrifield residence.
Brainerd Post Office offers extended holiday hours
The Brainerd Post Office has announced expanded lobby counter service hours on Dec. 11 and 18 for Christmas mailers.
Setting an example of giving
Baxter fourth-graders Maci Barnes (left) Jenna Lamb and Chloe Miller watched their teacher Bob Johnson give blood Friday at Baxter Elementary School. Hosted by Bob and Jeanne Johnson's fourth-grade class, the school's first blood drive was held. Team teachers, the Johnsons emphasized the need for blood after reading the story about Sarah Higginbotham, a Brainerd mother who was flown to the Twin cities following the birth of her daughter.
Mill is back in operation
Wausau Paper's Brainerd Mill is producing paper.
Teachers step up to the challenge
Stop in at Riverside Elementary School in Brainerd during the noon hour and you're apt to find the music playing loudly in the gym and the pitter-patter of dozens of feet walking in unison.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - A blast of arctic air began developing through Minnesota to day, brining with it gusty winds and wind chills of around 45 below.
High school works to cool tension
After what the principal described as three "fairly dramatic" fights that broke out between a small group of students in the hallways between classes at Brainerd High School this week, school administrators are working with the students and their families to attempt to resolve the tense situation.
MnDOT raises funds for the soup kitchen
BAXTER -- Minnesota Department of Transportation employees in the Baxter office raised $273 Wednesday in a fund-raising effort for the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd.
Kiwanis honors leader for active club role
Kiwanis president Christine Kellett-Sawdey was selected by the club for a top honor.
'TIS THE SEASON
BURNSVILLE -- Evelyn Tanner, age 57, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, November 29, 2004, at her home. She was born September 7, 1947, in rural Pine River to Marion and Rita (Bush) Harris. Evelyn attended Pine River High School and after graduation she moved to the Twin Cities where she lived until her death. She is survived by her mother, Rita Harris, of Yuma, Ariz.; five brothers, Gilbert Harris and Victor Harris, both of Brainerd, Bill Harris, of Monticello, James Harris, of Avondale, Ariz., and Timothy Harris, of Zimmerman; four sisters, Mary Ann Ulrich, of Milbank, S.D., Pat Kicker, of Baxter, Vivian Toavs, of Richmond, and Clara Ball, of Las Vegas; many nieces and nephews; and companion, Donald Oliverson. Her father passed away earlier.
PIERZ -- Arnold Thomas, age 82, of Pierz, Minn., passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, Minn.
Velda W. Swanson
SARTELL -- Velda W. Swanson, 82-year-old resident of Sartell, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at her home following a three-year battle with cancer. Funeral services for Velda W. Swanson will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in St. Cloud with the Rev. Steven Holmgren and the Rev. Art Cotant officiating. Burial will be in the Maywood Cemetery near Foley, Minn. Friends may call Monday from 9-11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in St. Cloud. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Wilfred 'Will' Benedict Leyendecker
CROSSLAKE -- Wilfred "Will" Benedict Leyendecker was born on October 20, 1921, at Eden Valley, Minn., the son of Robert and Margaret (Schommer) Leyendecker. He was called from this life Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, 2004, at his home in Crosslake. He had attained the age of 83 years, one month and 11 days.
R. Arthur Norr
LITTLE FALLS -- R. Arthur Norr, 74-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls with the funeral service following at 7 p.m. with Pastor Donald Norr officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Janet W. Laughlin
CROSSLAKE -- Janet W. Laughlin, age 83 years, died Nov. 29, 2004. Beloved wife of the late Parnell "Ted." Dear mother of Linda (Jim) Zimmer, Pat (Suzi), Mark (Gayle), Mike, Jim (Lisa), Eileen (Rob) Noblet, and Mary (Gus) Alters. Further survived by 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Memorial funeral mass will be Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 9100 93rd Ave., North, Brooklyn Park. The family will receive relatives and friends Monday from 9-10 a.m. at the church. Jan was a former resident of Crosslake and was a former city clerk of Crosslake, retiring in 1983. Jan enjoyed her family, traveling, crossword puzzles and playing poker with her friends.
Kenneth E. Gangestad
FORT RIPLEY -- Kenneth Earl Gangestad, age 77, resident of Fort Ripley, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at St. Cloud Hospital. Kenneth was born on May 24, 1927, in Armstrong, Iowa, to Elmer and Odelia (Lowenberg) Gangestad. He married Leona DeRosier on June 21, 1950.
Now that the elections are done, a few observations can be made. Bob Olson's direction to the others in his foursome couldn't have been more overt, and that's why they lost. I think what Bob was looking for in running mates anyway was someone to siphon votes away from other candidates, ensuring his victory, like he did last time he ran. And it worked. Can't wait to see who Bob's sacrificial lambs will be in the 2008 election. Oh well, at least we don't have to live under the autocracy of the foursome, led by the dictatorship that is Bob.
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OUR OPINION: CORRECTIONS
Central Minnesota Community Corrections' current fiscal mess appears to be an example of a good idea poorly executed.
Open Forum: Exsted will serve with honesty, integrity
As a member of the Baxter Police Department, I would like to publicly thank the members of the Baxter City Council for your willingness to make the hard decision of who would become the next Baxter police chief.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota appealed the July 30 ruling that limits where ATVs can be operated in the Chippewa and Superior national forests.
Duck hunting season ends on slow note
Duck season in Minnesota ended Nov. 23 and most ducks were either long gone in search of warmer climes or still on the northern plains, which were snowless until Thanksgiving weekend.
Finally! Mariah gets to see the dancing northern lights
"Hurry!" I told my daughter Mariah.
Remember, safety comes first on first ice
First ice is always the best time to fish in winter. But always use caution when you venture onto the ice for the first time.
Late-season duck hunt
On Nov. 23, we hunted ducks on the last day of the season, something I hadn't done for many years.
90th birthday - Robert Janes
Robert Janes, Brainerd, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the First Congregational Church, Juniper and Fifth streets, Brainerd. He was born Dec. 11, 1914, in St. Paul.
Three generations - Schaffer
Three generations recently gathered were Quincee Hines Schaffer, Paityn Schaffer and Iris Schaffer, daughters; Lea Schaffer, mother; Pam Shellum and Teri Kinney, aunts; and Betty "B.J." "Betty Boop" Chapman, grandmother.
Engagement announced - Brooke Freeburg and Peter Kremer
Brooke Freeburg and Peter Kremer announce their engagement. Parents are Jon and Yvonne Freeburg, Brainerd, and Kathy and Paul Kremer, Brainerd. An April 10, 2005, wedding is planned in Brainerd.
JOAKIM AND YVETTE MONSTAD
Yvette Anderson and Joakim Monstad were married July 9, 2004, at Langoy Kystkulturcentre in Bergen, Norway, with Heather Kidd officiating.
IAN AND MEGAN HENDRIX
Megan Anderson and Ian Hendrix were married July 15, 2004, in Minneapolis.
Wedding planned - Lecia Lentz and Matthew Parker
Lecia Lentz and Matthew Parker announce their engagement. Parents are Donald and Kay Lentz, Menomonie, Wis., and Patrick and Twyila Parker, Baxter. A Dec. 18 wedding is planned at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wis.
Wedding planned - Brenda "Bren" K. Whirley and Rex A. Ficek
Brenda "Bren" K. Whirley and Rex A. Ficek announce their engagement. Parents are Ernie Zentkowski, Chula Vista, Calif., and the late Helen Zentkowski, and Pete and Mary Ficek, New England, N.D. A mid-winter wedding is being planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
1ST LT. BRENT K. AND DIALA E. GALLANT
Diala E. Lehman and 1st Lt. Brent K. Gallant, U.S. Air Force, Ga., were married Oct. 23, 2004, during a sunset wedding on Moonspinner Beach in Panama City, Fla.
Engagement announced - Kelly Sue Jelencich and Jeffery Quinn Klein
Kelly Sue Jelencich and Jeffery Quinn Klein announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Marsha Jelencich, Cuyuna, and Dorothy Klein, Sleepy Eye, and the late Bill Klein. An April 2005 wedding is planned in Sleepy Eye with a local reception to follow.
60th anniversary and 80th birthday - Walter and Juanita Graf
Walter and Juanita Graf will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and Walter's 80th birthday with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11, with a program at noon, at Ossipee Community Church, about 15 miles north of Brainerd on Highway 3 or 13 miles south of Crosslake. No gifts please. They were married Dec. 9, 1944.
Wedding planned - Rose Marie Ebnet and Josh Benjamin Henderson
Rose Marie Ebnet and Josh Benjamin Henderson announce their engagement. Parents are Mary Ebnet, Pequot Lakes, and Dr. Benjamin and Audrey Henderson, Mobridge, S.D. A Jan. 1, 2005, wedding is planned at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake.
Four generations - Frank
Four generations recently gathered were Colton Frank, son; Jeremy Frank, father; John Frank, grandfather; and Gerald Frank, great-grandfather.
Festler, Lickteig lead Little Falls
WILLMAR -- Steven Festler had a hat trick and added two assists and teammate Mikael Lickteig added two goals and three assists for the Little Falls Flyers in a 6-2 Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey victory over the Willmar Cardinals Friday.
Area top 10
Dispatch All-Area Football Team
The 2004 Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Football Team consists of 20 seniors and two juniors.
Flyers win again
Cold Spring -- Jason Brill won by pin and five Flyers won by major decision as Little Falls improved to 3-0 with a 34-24 victory over Rocori in Central Lakes Conference wrestling Friday.
Shooting woes bury CLC
You've got to shoot the ball to win basketball games. Even more importantly, you have to make those shots.
Bramer leads Verndale
PINE RIVER -- Andy Bramer led all scorers with 19 points and David Cannon added 12 for the Verndale Pirates in a 53-46 boys' basketball victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers Friday.
Pequot Lakes dismantles Eveleth-Gilbert 52-11
EVELETH -- The unbeaten and sixth-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots allowed one point in three quarters on their way to a 52-11 girls' basketball victory over Eveleth-Gilbert Friday.
Tech tumbles past Flyers
ST. CLOUD -- Little Falls junior Danielle Atkinson won three events and the all-around title but the St. Cloud Tech Tigers defeated the Flyers 134.9 to 129.675 in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics opener Friday.
No getting Even
His given name is Christian Even.
Women's college basketball
Ski Gull Alpine team's 2004-05 registration has begun.
Big honors for BHS' big man
Pete Hiltner has had a gigantic offseason.
Dynamic duo dominates
There were two glaring differences between the Central Lakes College and the Minneapolis Marauders women's basketball teams.
Making a list ... surfing the Web, listening to music and more
Many people don't use a handheld organizer for anything but tracking their calendar appointments and contacts lists. For them, there's no reason to spend more than $100, in the form of Palm's Zire 21. This small device, with its unremarkable 16 shades of gray display, won't spark any gadget hound's envy, but it will do those tasks with minimum fuss.
Three-point shopping for a personal computer
WASHINGTON -- The last time I browsed the selection of desktops in a computer store, I came down with a case of instant deja vu. Each time I'd spot a thoughtful feature on one company's PC -- say, both USB and FireWire ports on the front or a full set of memory-card slots -- I would look at the machine to its right or left and spot the exact same item.
Send your Favorite Vacation Photo
Favorite Vacation Photo
Deanna Hoffman of Brainerd submitted this photo of one of her favorite spots, Yoho Provincial Park in Canada.
Travel Deals: The week's best bargains around the globe
* TravelCell is offering a free global cell phone rental for a week or a free companion phone with each paid rental, on orders placed by Jan. 31. The phones typically rent for $29.99 a week. Calls cost extra. Order at 877-CELL-PHONE, www.travelcell.com. Use promo code COM1104 for free companion phone, FWF1104 for free week's rental.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Warmer. Highs around 40 northeast to the mid
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the 40s north to the 50s south.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly sunny. Scattered flurries northwest. Highs from the
'Tis the season
Cool weather drawing by Dana Willilams in the Nisswa fourth grade of Ms. Ziegler.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Areas of light rain and snow across the north this morning. Highs from the upper 30s far north... To the 40s elsewhere.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Winter storm watch late saturday night through sunday night
Adult volunteer of the month - Miranda Anderson
Miranda and her husband are mentors to an 8-year-old boy and have made a significant difference in the life of this youngster; she has also chaired Taste of the Lakes for the past two years. Miranda is the first person to volunteer for whatever task needs to be done. She is the epitome of what volunteerism is about.
Youth volunteer of the month
Volunteer of the Month: Katelyn Burgstaler
WITH THE MILITARY
Army National Guard Pfc. Emily E. Goff, daughter of Julie M. and Mark E. Goff, Motley, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Nancy Witta, lobbyist for the League of Women Voters Minnesota, will speak at noon.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Marcie Larsen 829-6212, email@example.com
Infertility support group
Thank yo to the people of Brainerd from all of the Nuninks.
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