Ford F-Series gets overhaul
The good news is the Ford F-Series pickup truck remains the top-selling new vehicle - car or truck - in the United States this year.
Pundits peddle revisionism in attacking automakers
WASHINGTON - The Mob of Pundits (MOP) is out to lynch the domestic automobile industry.
UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS
Jim Miller puts the "blues" in bluegrass, and breaks with the instrumental tradition by using drums instead of bass. But bluegrass fans will still enjoy the sounds and feelings on "Halfway Man," the 2007 album from Miller's Bemidji band, Blew Munday.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Completely random slice of pop culture
This is going to sound kind of random, but when I went to Best Buy on Nov. 18 to purchase the new Butch Walker album, I found only one copy of "Sycamore Meadows" (much better than zero copies, though!). Meanwhile, the store had about two dozen copies of Nickelback's new album, which also came out that day.
The Brainerd High School Choirs will perform holiday concerts at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd.
Goodies a good part of holiday
It is difficult to believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are in the countdown for Christmas.
THEFT - Received a report of a party not getting a buffalo head, wild boar, mink, sharp-tailed grouse and a ruffed grouse he left for mounting and for which he paid $1,900.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Gordy Schulke, a longtime Baxter resident, recalled his World War II service in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Fueling feathered furnaces
So far this fall, the feathered creatures that dwell in our fields and forests have been spared the bitter cold and deep snow. But we all know that can change in an instant.
PUBLIC ASSIST - Received a report from a woman Wednesday who said that between 1-4 p.m. on Monday her dogs scratched her windows and tore the plastic off the windows.
Planning commission to meet Wednesday
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at city hall.
December plant tips
- The Norfolk Island pine is a popular houseplant that can work as a tabletop Christmas tree. The branches and needles are not very strong so only small ornaments can be used. The plant likes a sunny spot, warm temperatures, high humidity and to be kept uniformly moist.
Picking the perfect tree
Dear Master Gardener:
Lighting the way in winter
During the long dark spells of winter, your home's lighting takes on added importance. And when it comes to creative choices, there are many possibilities.
Self-guided - and selfless
A remodeled farm house and an arts and crafts home will be among five homes featured in the third annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday in Pierz.
Wallpaper can pack a punch at a low cost
Interior designer Mallory Mathison sees it all the time: Clients hear the word "wallpaper" and cringe, fearing it will make their home look dated and boring.
LOCAL HOUSING BRIEFS
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity recently received a $15,000 donation from the Greater Lakes Area Realtors Foundation.
Lakes Area Senior Activity Center
AARP seeking tax aide volunteers
The Brainerd lakes area AARP Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers to help the elderly and low- to middle-income individuals prepare their 2008 tax returns.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1948) - Brainerd and vicinity was caught in a rain, sleet and light snow storm which swept into the state Sunday. Temperatures remained with a low of 18 degrees.
KSTP makes layoffs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Employees at KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities say up to 18 staffers are being eliminated at the station.
This is so serioius it scares me.
Fire damages Pelican Lake cabin
Fire heavily damaged a cabin Thursday on the shores of Pelican Lake in Mission Township.
The Brainerd Warrior dance team will host a dance invitational Saturday at the Brainerd High School that will include three classes of teams.
District facility needs detailed
From roof replacements to parking lots to air handling units - the Brainerd School Board's Facilities Committee Thursday got a glimpse of what the building needs are in its schools.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
First-grade teaching assistant Kathy Stenson helped Karlee Scholar glue her Christmas ornament Wednesday at Baxter Elementary School. Baxter first-graders have been making ornaments for the past 14 years each December before the holiday break. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Lawmakers differ in approach to $5.2 deficit
Brainerd area lawmakers issued sobering predictions for the upcoming legislative session as they awaited Thursday's announcement by state officials of a two-year economic projection.
Cold time on the roof
Nisswa firefighters checked the roof of a house in which a small fire was reported about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Edward Township, along the shores of Pelican Lake. Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike said the fire was started by heating coils in the roof of the house's observatory. There were no injuries and very little damage, Geike said. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Klobuchar tours area renewable energy firms
BAXTER - Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listened to Brainerd lakes area entrepreneurs discuss their renewable energy businesses and shared her own tale of unsuccessful attempts to burn garbage over a Bunsen burner in a seventh-grade science project.
A grandchild calls asking for money to fix a car, get out of jail or to leave a foreign country.
DULUTH - Two friends have purchased the light tower next to Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge for $31,000.
"If we have a catastrophic failure of one of these car companies, in this tender environment for the economy, it's a huge blow. It could trigger a depression."
Woman dies in Gull Lake area crash
A 41-year-old Nisswa woman died Thursday night when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway, hit a tree and rolled, according to the State Patrol.
A story on Page 1A of Tuesday's Dispatch incorrectly stated the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum and Library had newspapers dating back to 1972 available for view. The library's newspapers go back to 1872.
Singing for a cause
Brainerd High School's Windfall performed Thursday during the 15th annual Lakes Area Radiothon to End Child Abuse being broadcast live from the Westgate Mall.
League to discuss school finance reform
The League of Women Voters Brainerd Lakes Area will meet at noon Thursday at the Brainerd Public Library.
Local officials brace themselves - deficit
A budget deficit of $5.27 billion over the next 2-1/2 years looms over the state of Minnesota.
Logging truck blamed for power outage
A logging truck snared a guy wire supporting a power pole Wednesday afternoon near Pillager, causing a power outage that affected about 500 people.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 4 - 40 years ago (1968) - Competing against 49 schools from Minnesota, North and South Dakota, the Brainerd High School "A" debate team won second place in a contest at Concordia College, Moorhead. This weekend the local "A" and "B" teams participate at the University of Minnesota.
Reaction emphasizes differing approaches - deficit
In a philosophical debate that may mirror potential conflicts during the next Legislature, Brainerd area lawmakers discussed what should be on or off the proverbial table when they grapple with the two-year budget deficit of $5.27 billion that was announced Thursday.
ST. PAUL- Digging out of Minnesota's $5.27 billion deficit begins before sunrise on Friday.
Lakes area firms making layoffs
The Brainerd lakes area is not immune to the nationwide recession.
LITTLE FALLS - Johanna H. Muggli, 91-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg, Minn., with Rev. Raymond Donnay officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 1-3 p.m. at St. Otto's Care Center Chapel in Little Falls and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Sacred Hear Catholic Church in Flensburg.
DODGE CENTER - The memorial service for Beth Carolyn Hartung of Dodge Center, Minn., will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at the First Congregational Church in Mantorville, Minn.
Crystal M. Wilcox
AITKIN - Crystal Marie Wilcox, 23, of Aitkin, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in Pine County as a result of a car accident. She was born Nov. 12, 1985, in Aitkin to Bruce Wilcox and Marcia Hills. She was a 2004 graduate of Brainerd High School and then attended Mankato State University. She was a manager at The Junction south of Aitkin and was involved with CAM's Ride, a bike rally for autism.
Dale Kenneth Westerlund, age 86, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS - Chester "Chet" E. Billing, 68-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Pastor Nate Bjorge officiating. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at the church.
Elgyn 'Al' Gabel
FRIDLEY - Elgyn "Al" Gabel, 83, of Fridley, formerly of Roseville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.
Greg R. Knudson, age 50, of Plymouth/ Brainerd, Minn., passed away Nov. 30, 2008. Survived by daughters, Jacki (Aaron) Kolkman and Kati Knudson; grandchildren, Kaylee Knudson, Allison and Jackson Kolkman; parents, Robert and Loretta Knudson; sisters, Janet (Rick) Swanson and Karen Lander; brother, Gary Knudson; former wife and mother of his children, Kelly; other relatives and dear friends.
Charles E. Nieman
LITTLE FALLS - Charles Edward Nieman, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, was born July 26, 1930, to William and Lena (Zarns) Nieman in Round Prairie, Minn.
LITTLE FALLS - Raymond Tchida, 90-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. Services, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls, Minn.
LITTLE FALLS - Mary J. Brenny, age 86, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at the Diamond Willows Home in Little Falls after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.
Robert E. Parrish
BAXTER - Robert E. Parrish, age 89, resident of Baxter, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. He was born Aug. 14, 1919, in South Dakota. Bob married Elaine Huseby in Brainerd on April 5, 1947. He had owned Bob's Super Valu in Nisswa. Bob was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Elks. He had served in the U.S. Army.
BREEZY POINT - Patricia Funk, age 77, of Breezy Point, passed away Wednesday evening at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Richard Ervin Knudsen, age 64, resident of rural Brainerd, formerly of Milroy, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.
Della Shanks, age 83, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER - Pauline Renn, 49, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. She was born April 21, 1959, to Herman and Luella Stephan.
RANDALL - Paul Grey, 80-year-old resident of Randall, Minn., died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at his home in Randall.
NISSWA - Laura M. Starkey, age 68, resident of Nisswa, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
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The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed the phone number for PORT Group Homes in a letter to the editor in Wednesday's paper. The correct number is 828-6274.
When the sheriff says stay off the lakes until frozen or no unnecessary driving during blizzards or no driving ATVs carelessly or underage driving and no drinking and driving, then listen and obey. When the fire chief says we should install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers and no smoking in bed, then listen and obey. When the DNR says wear life jackets and don't drink alcoholic beverages on the water or while hunting then listen and obey. But the most selfish and rebellious thing harming everyone is using cell phones and text messaging while driving - how tragic.
A team of centrists
Barack Obama's announcement of his national security team immediately prompted questions about whether he had created a "team of rivals" who would spend as much time feuding as formulating policy.
OTHER OPINION: ABUSE
Vulnerable: If you look this word up in a thesaurus it means helpless, powerless, in a weak position.
Buy General Motors, really
At the moment, D.C. and Detroit are brooding on a Morton's Fork: Watch the American automakers auger in and take hundreds of thousands of jobs with them, or bail out these failed and incorrigible companies whose management so richly deserves whatever hell (flying coach?) awaits them.
Amazingly, our three federal representatives, Coleman, Klobuchar, and Oberstar, all eventually fell into line on the $700 billion bailout. ($2,300 per person. If your children or grandparents dont have the $2,300, youll have to come up with their share also. This automatically means higher taxes - no choice.)
OTHER OPINION: WEDNESDAYS
Is Wednesday still "church night" in Minnesota? Well, that depends on whom you ask.
Holdovers may need to be challenged
WASHINGTON - In the two most crucial areas facing his presidency, national security and economic policy, Barack Obama has opted for continuity, not change. That is reassuring to many in the short term, but it entails long-term risks.
Crackdown on terrorists needed
With each passing day, suspicions of a Pakistani link to the slaughter of 174 people, including six Americans, in Mumbai grow stronger - and more plausible.
"The Very Important Christmas Pageant" Sunday school program and potluck will be 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes.
Church tries to keep up with need
DEERWOOD - It all started in a small closet in the back of Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.
Fergus Falls hands Raiders first loss
FERGUS FALLS - Despite a near triple-double by C.J. Peeters, the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, 84-75, to the Fergus Falls Spartans.
Skog scores 25 points in Lake Region loss
HUTCHINSON - Levi Skog poured in 25 points and Jake Jensen tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds in the Lake Region Christian Hornets 84-69 boys' basketball loss to Maplewood Academy on Tuesday.
Ruttger 63rd in Midwest event
Brainerd's Thomas Ruttger placed 63rd out of 249 runners in the Footlocker Midwest Cross Country Championships Nov. 29 at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside.
B-H-V tramples Parkers Prairie
BERTHA - The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders had four wrestlers score pins in their 45-23 win over the Parkers Prairie Panthers in Park Region wrestling Thursday.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
The deadline to register for the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's youth pond hockey program is Dec. 12.
Warriors look for a good year on the mats
In 2007-08 the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team forged its best season since 2004-05 when it went 9-4 in dual meets and sent five individuals to state.
Lighting edge past Lakers 5-4
BREEZY POINT - Collin Burke scored his second goal of the game with 33 seconds remaining to help the Northern Lakes Lightning to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Thursday.
All-CLC teams announced for fall sports
All-Central Lakes Conference teams in five fall sports have been announced.
Warriors have talent to return to state
Even though the Brainerd Warrior girls' Alpine skiing team competed in the predominantly metro Section 5 last season it managed to advance to state.
McAllister places second
ST. CLOUD - Brainerd's Hannah McAllister finished second in the season-opening St. Cloud Tech Invite on Thursday at Riverside Park.
Brainerd has varsity spots that need filling
Graduating four skiers from last season leaves the Brainerd Warrior boys' Alpine team several spots to fill this winter.
Brainerd opens with win
WILLMAR - Sam Smith won the uneven bars and floor exercise, as well as the all-around title, as the Brainerd Warriors opened the season Thursday with a 137.6-135.325 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Willmar Cardinals.
Flying Warriors win 10-2
LITTLE FALLS - Nicole Godbout's hat trick sparked the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors to a 10-2 non-conference victory over the Morris-Benson Storm on Thursday at Exchange Arena.
Top teams slated for W-DC tourney
WADENA - The epicenter of northern Minnesota wrestling will be in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School gym beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
How area teams shape up
Coaches: Dan Stifter
AREA GIRLS' BASKETBALL
AITKIN - Emily Mehr had 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Aitkin Gobblers outscored Moose Lake-Willow River 65-39 in non-conference play Thursday.
Co-head coaches: Mike Boran, 11th season, Jim Kath, fourth season
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Siri Smith was named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warrior girls' swimming and diving team at its recent banquet.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow or flurries. Highs
Brainerd area forecast
Thursday...Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries. Highs 15 to 20. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Wisconsin state forecast
Lake effect snow warning for ashland and iron counties through mid afternoon...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory ashland and iron counties tonight through saturday evening...
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Breezy. Highs from the mid teens northeast to the lower 20s south.
Is this in our future?
Weather drawing by Austin Drewer in the Garfield second grade of Olson-Morgan.
A windy day walking the dog
Weather drawing by Ashley Putz in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 15 to 25.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Continued cold...Mostly cloudy...And breezy with
The Nation's Weather
Lake-effect snow was expected in Michigan, Ohio and upstate New York on Friday. Some areas of Upper Michigan and New York's Syracuse area were to receive up to a foot of snow. Scattered flurries and snow showers were forecast for the northern Ohio Valley, parts of Pennsylvania and New York.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered flurries east this morning...And
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered flurries. Highs in the upper teens
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Cloudy with light snow likely. Becoming breezy with areas
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