'Sisterhood' launches jewelry venture
Making beaded jewelry started as a hobby for Kay Aarrestad, but the pastime quickly took over her life and consumed her sister and best friend as well.
Parking is free in the downtown
More parking is available for customers in downtown Brainerd because of the enforcement of the parking ordinance.
Wal-Mart continues to work on its super center
The Wal-Mart Super Center is expected to begin taking shape next spring. Keith Morris, Wal-Mart Stores community affairs manager, said the company is working on state permit issues before they will be getting a building permit.
BAXTER -- Karen Harvey has joined the marketing team of Widseth Smith Nolting engineering and architectural firm.
The birthday of birthdays
December is the month when we remember and celebrate the birthday of our Savior and Lord, The Lord Jesus Christ.
While sorting out extra papers on my desk this month I came across a special paper from our youngest grandson. It was titled, "A Christmas Wish List."
Episcopal Church faces change, potential chaos over gay issue
In the month since becoming the first Christian denomination to consecrate an openly gay bishop, the Episcopal Church has been gripped by unprecedented tumult.
For gift-giving with substance, consider 2003's notable religious books
Holiday shoppers in bookstores are often attracted to nostalgic froth or pretty coffee-table tomes. But for recipients who'd enjoy substance, the seasonally apt gift might well be a good religious book.
L.D. Kramer will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Iron Range Christian Center.
Glitz comes to Bible for teen girls
"Question: I know you aren't supposed to have 'it' before you're married, but is it OK to think about 'it'? I talk about 'it' with my friends; is that wrong?
He heads group starting a contemporary church
Armed with a laptop, a cell phone and a cup of Sumatra coffee, Mark Bjorlo takes a seat in a sunny booth at Coco Moon in downtown Brainerd.
School lunch menus
Monday B Pop tart, cheese stick or yogurt, fruit, milk. LCheese-A Dia, Chicken noodle soup, baby carrots/dip, apple milk.
Child in need
The fighting and killing continues in Iraq and we see all these little children hungry and needing so much care.
Pets of the Week
Mason is a male black Lab, approximately 11 months old, who has had basic obedience training, is house trained, likes to ride in the car and go for walks. He also is good with children, other dogs and cats. He is not gun-shy and loves water.
Manage family stress through the holidays
"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
BURGLARY -- It was reported today a construction trailer at Start to Finish Remodelers, 2307 Hillcrest Drive, was broken into.
Post office lobby hours expanded Dec. 13, 20
Brainerd Postmaster Warren D. McQuay announced expanded lobby counter service hours Dec. 13 and 20 for Christmas mailers' convenience.
I. Chairperson calls the meeting to order and takes roll.
ONIGUM -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 200 at the Onigum Road in Cass County.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Poinsettia plants can cause bad holiday reaction
You might want to think twice before bringing a colorful poinsettia plant to cheer a friend during the holidays.
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Mental health educational class offered in January
An education course, "Visions for Tomorrow," for parents and children who have been diagnosed with a mental health or brain disorder will be offered at no charge from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 with continuation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1. at the TCC building in Brainerd.
Victims of clergy abuse
No flu shots available in Crow Wing until Wednesday
The Crow Wing County Health Department gave its last 300 flu shots within a three-hour period Friday and is out of the flu vaccine until Wednesday, said Joyce Mueller, the county's disease prevention and control manager.
WIZARDS and WEDDINGS
LITTLE FALLS -- Ruby red slippers, rainbow ribbons, lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!
Natural gas prices going up this month
CenterPoint Energy Minnegasco announced its December billing price and stated annual natural gas bills are still expected to be about 11 percent higher than last year.
Furnishing from scratch
So, you're at Square One as you begin furnishing a new home.
Smitten with an old house
INDIANAPOLIS -- The moment he walked into the dilapidated century-old house, a drafty two-story riddled with fallen plaster, burst water pipes and outdated wiring, Aaron Bailey was smitten.
Q & A
Q. Mabel asks: I recently purchased a new home and desire to have the washing machine moved into the detached garage where the dryer is currently located. The problem is that the floor level in the garage is approximately four and one half feet below the level of the house floor which is located about 36 feet away. I understand that it would be impossible for the discharge of water from the washing machine into a sewer connection under the house uphill and 36 feet away. Is there any solution to this problem? Thanks for any suggestions that you may have.
Solutions to common problems
Worried about that fateful night when you will be stopped by a policeman and given a ticket because your taillight is out? Want to know an easy way to prevent that?
Tips to paint wood windows
Painting wood windows can be a tough job, especially keeping paint off the glass. Masking tape takes time to install and can be a mess to remove. Removal of paint with a razor blade is dangerous and can damage the freshly painted finish.
Experts explain how to install double glass French doors
Q. Lori asks: We would like some information regarding the best way to install double glass French doors. We have been told that sealing on the inside is the best way, and another person told us that sealing on the outside is the best way. Which is correct?
Don't be sketchy about house drawings
To many would-be homebuilders, construction documents -- blueprints -- are as close as they ever get to hieroglyphics.
Gail Hradsky joined Kirk Sieckert at Optimum Mortgage Services, Inc. in Baxter.
Cass to get new phone system in courthouse
WALKER -- Cass County will try phasing in a new automated telephone system at the courthouse in 2004, with the hope, if the system works, that the receptionist-switchboard operator position can be phased out in 2005.
Pequot to host candlelight vigil
The city of Pequot Lakes will host a community candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the trailside park building in downtown Pequot Lakes.
State tickets to be issued for violations
For now, Brainerd will adhere to an opinion from the Minnesota attorney general's office and stop writing administrative tickets for traffic violations.
Samuelson may seek Walz seat
Don Samuelson of Brainerd, a longtime area lawmaker, has set up a volunteer committee for a possible bid for the House District 12A seat now held by Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd.
Cass provides funding for headwaters board one last time
WALKER -- The Cass County Board Thursday authorized paying the county's $1,500 annual support for Mississippi Headwaters Board in 2004, with a recommendation MHB seek legislation to permit an exit strategy before 2005.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 7 - 30 years ago (1973) - Unable to hold early six- and seven-point leads, Coach Jerry Vanek, Brainerd High School Warriors, broke out of a 31- all tie for a 10-straight point spree and rallied for a 56-45 triumph over Crosby-Ironton.
Even senior center can't elude controversies
Controversy and conflict appear to have been brewing at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd, culminating with the expected resignation of the executive director and a lively membership meeting two weeks ago that involved shouting and the call for the removal of four board members.
Rescue workers walked off Pelican Lake Friday afternoon after investigating a potential drowning. After about an hour of searching, dive team members were relieved to get a radio call that two people had gotten off the lake safely after their ATV went through the ice. (Dispatch Photos by Nels Norquist)
Cass officials will stay out of lot line disputes
WALKER -- Cass County has declined to become involved in property owners' lot line boundary disputes and will encourage affected landowners to work out their differences privately or through a petition to their township.
The Crow Wing County Board conducted its truth in taxation public hearing Thursday.
Cass will fund half-time 4-H coordinator
WALKER -- Cass County commissioners Thursday signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota Extension Service to fund a half-time 4-H program coordinator, but declined to fund a horticulture program coordinator position, despite appeals from master gardeners.
Area counties join Cass in regional jail agreement
WALKER -- Beltrami, Itasca and Wadena counties signed an agreement Cass County initiated, calling for site selection and related management structure for a potential regional county jail within 90 days.
Peace group, city of Brainerd pursue settlement
A settlement may be in the offing in the dispute that resulted when the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace was prohibited from marching in the Brainerd Fourth of July parade.
Cass seeks speed surveys on three county roads
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Thursday to ask the Minnesota Department of Transporta-tion to conduct a speed survey on Cass County Roads 168, 107 and 105.
Cass may take legal action against firm that printed plat book
WALKER -- The Cass County Board Thursday offered 4-H full support from County Attorney Earl Maus to represent 4-H in legal claims concerning the recently published Cass County plat book.
Number of minorities at CLC stays steady
The number of minority students at Central Lakes College, which has campuses in Brainerd and Staples, has remained steady the past few years.
CROSSLAKE -- Normajean Strommen, wife of Bishop Peter Strommen of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, will lead an Advent prayer retreat noon to 3 p.m. Monday at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
OFFICE WILL REMAIN DOWNTOWN
Construction costs that were higher than expected convinced the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce to keep its Brainerd office at its current location under the historic water tower.
Toys being collected for Toys for Kids program
The Heartland Detachment of the Marines Corps League of Brainerd will sponsor the 2003 Toys for Kids program through Dec. 19.
What started as a hobby for one has developed into a business for three women. Read about their jewelry venture in Sunday's business section.
Brainerd School District's minority population rises slowly in past four years
The number of minority students in the Brainerd School District has risen slowly in the past four years, but still makes up less than 3.4 percent of the student population.
A Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention organizational meeting is planned for 10 a.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter.
Mixed race family encounters racism, but focuses on positives
Rich and Melanie Quillin and their two children live, work and play in Brainerd.
A meeting notice listed on Page 5A of Thursday's Dispatch should have stated the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.
Minority numbers up at CLC, school district
The number of minority students in the Brainerd School District and at Central Lakes College gradually is increasing.
Cass board to meet with area legislators Jan. 20
WALKER -- The Cass County Board has invited state Sen. Carrie Ruud and Reps. Larry Howes and Doug Fuller to meet with the board at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at the courthouse in Walker.
Mrs. Claus to visit Weyerhaeuser Museum today
LITTLE FALLS -- Mrs. Claus will appear 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.
Shirley A. Smart Caughron
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Shirley A. Smart Caughron, age 63, of Albuquerque, N.M., went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 20, 2003.
Marian T. LaFleur (Dille)
PILLAGER -- Marian Terry LaFleur (Dille), 67, of Pillager, Minn., formerly of Minneapolis, died on Dec. 2, 2003.
CROSSLAKE -- Bill Coffman, age 87, of Crosslake, died Dec. 4, 2003, at his home. Bill was born Feb. 13, 1916, in Minneapolis to the late Harry and Florence (Motzko) Coffman. He graduated from Washburn High School then the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a degree in architecture.
HACKENSACK -- Helen Huff, age 85, of Hackensack, passed away Dec. 4, 2003, at her home. Helen was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Marseilles, Ill., to Edward and Louise (Morris) Leibold. She is survived by her son, John Huff of Hackensack. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. No services will be held. Arrangements by Kline Funeral Home of Pine River.
ST. CLOUD -- Caroline Ligman, 90 year old resident of St. Cloud, Minn., formerly of Lastrup, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Country Manor Nursing Home in St. Cloud, Minn.
Henry L. Neubarth
BAXTER -- Henry L. Neubarth, 83, of Baxter, formerly of South St. Paul, died. Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Raymond J. Chelar
OUTING -- Raymond J. Chelar, age 82, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. Willim-Northland Funeral Home of Pine River is in charge of arrangements.
Mary M. Swanstrom
MORTON, Ill. -- Mary M. Swanstrom, 84, of Morton, Ill., formerly of Pequot Lakes, Minn., died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, Ill.
Caroline C. Ligman
SARTELL -- Caroline C. Ligman, 90-year-old resident of Sartell, Minn., formerly of Lastrup, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Country Manor Health Care Home in Sartell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Lastrup with the Rev. Roger Toennes officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Shelley-Virnig Chapel in Pierz.
Lois M. Hoskins
BAXTER -- Lois M. Hoskins, age 62, of Baxter, lost her battle with cancer Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Lois was born on Nov. 15, 1941, in Onamia, Minn. She graduated from Onamia High School in 1959 and worked for Prudential Insurance before beginning a rewarding career as a mom.
William 'Bill' Coffman
CROSSLAKE -- William "Bill" Coffman of Crosslake died Dec. 4, 2003, at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.
Kenneth C. St. Marie
Kenneth C. St. Marie, 86, Sauk Rapids
Carl M. Carlson
AITKIN -- Carl M. Carlson, age 90, of Aitkin, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Pearl Malmborg Leathers
FOLEY -- Pearl Malmborg Leathers, age 85, of the Foley Nursing Center, Foley, died there Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, Foley. The Rev. Tim Wittwe
Margaret Ische, age 87, Brainerd, formerly of St. Paul, died Dec. 5, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Marlyn Rae Luschen
Marlyn Rae Luschen, 67-year-old resident of Hillman, Minn., passed away Dec. 4, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Pierz, Minn., with the Rev. Joe Boeringa officiating. Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel of Pierz.
Margaret Ische, age 87, Brainerd, formerly of St. Paul, died Dec. 5, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. Margaret was born on Dec. 13, 1916, in Winthrop to the late Herman and Hilda (Wiese) Ellig. She grew up in the Montevideo area.
A global economy
The ill-advised steel tariffs President George Bush imposed last March bit the dust Thursday and the U.S. economy will be better off for it.
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The best stewards
My proposal to repeal parts of the all-terrain vehicle bill which passed during the 2003 legislative session has quickly become a politically hot topic. However, I am pleased by the number of constituent calls I've already received on this issue. It shows that this law needs further examination and some refining.
The charge that the nation's college professors have a liberal slant is one that's been around for awhile and is probably not without some merit. That, in and of itself, might not be a serious problem as long as professors allow students to profess their beliefs without fear of reprisal.
I called the Brainerd mayor and asked why there were no Christmas lights up in Brainerd or Gregory Park. The mayor said he didn't notice, and he thought he decorated the north side good enough. I told the mayor his house looked very nice but my
As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend comes to a close I sit and reflect on all the things that I have
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
DNR studies Mille Lacs hooking mortality rate
A hooking mortality study on Mille Lacs last summer revealed that the death rate for walleyes caught-and-released is 6 percent -- close to what the DNR had previously estimated.
Muskies chapter coming on strong
Less than a year ago the Brainerd Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc. was on life support. Membership had dropped to a mere half-dozen and the parent organization threatened to pull the plug.
A new club formed to support and offer family-oriented ATV activities had its second meeting on Nov. 29 at the Hallett Library in Crosby.
2003 deer hunt was a dream season for most
With a generous amount of antlerless permits and a burgeoning deer herd, most Minnesota deer hunters enjoyed a banner year. Early reports indicate that more deer have been harvested this year than ever in Minnesota.
If only the old deer stand could talk
While attempting to photograph deer on a recent gloomy November morning, I found the fallen remains of an ancient deer stand.
'Bite of the century' for Mille Lacs anglers is a memory
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Water is even more important to wildlife in winter in state
Water, water, everywhere,
Amy Brink and Michael Tschider were married Aug. 23, 2003, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D., with Pastor Charles Olmstead officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Leah Marie Bacon, Diane Marie Wedan, Marlyn Marie Wedan and Helen Marie Strang.
Kathryn Lindahl and Matthew Vesely were married Aug. 2, 2003, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Ken Abramson officiating.
Amy Otteson and Derek Hendrickson announce their engagement. Parents are Craig and Sandy Otteson, Staples, and Carl and Michele Hendrickson, Brainerd. A Dec. 27 wedding is planned at Sacred Heart Church of Staples.
Jessica Pallow and Kurt Waytashek were married May 3, 2003, at St. Mary's Church in Little Falls with Nicholas Landsberger officiating.
The Mission Fire Department held a drill Oct. 26 on County Road 11 to provide training on incident command, mass casualties and fire suppression with mutual aid provided by other area fire departments.
December Youth Volunteer of the Month
Brianna Hudrlik and Luke Millsop were married July 26, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby with Father Howard Eisel and the Rev. Deacon Phil Mayer officiating.
December Adult Volunteer of the Month
Jessica Wiese and Michael Dieter were married Sept. 27, 2003, at Lutheran Church of the Cross with Pastor Christian Meier officiating.
Haberkorn's 22 paces Gobblers
AITKIN -- Aitkin's Roman Haberkorn scored 22 points to lead the Gobblers boys' basketball team to a 65-35 win over the Pine River-Backus Tigers Friday.
Albany cools Pequot's hot shooters
ALBANY -- The Albany Huskies jumped out to a 27-12 halftime lead and cruised past the Pequot Lakes Patriots 63-29 in a non-conference girls basketball game Friday.
Blue Devils overpowered
WADENA -- The Mound-Westonka White Hawks outshot the Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Blue Devils 76-4 and posted a 9-1 victory in non-conference girls' hockey Friday.
Holznagel, Rehberger lead Warriors past Flyers
LITTLE FALLS -- Erin Holznagel had two goals and three assists and Abby Rehberger added two goals with two assists as the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team shut out the Little Falls Flyers 8-0 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
PAUL BUNYAN BOWL
Area events Friday
This Twins and Vikes fan misses the good ol' days
I concur with Lou Holtz's assumption that you haven't done anything meaningful today if you talk about what you did yesterday.
Flyers soar past Morris-Benson
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls junior forward Steven Festler tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Flyers to a 7-1 victory over Morris-Benson in boys' hockey Friday.
For much of his basketball career, Nate Miller has heard the whispers.
Aitkin grapplers split
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers wrestling team registered six pins in a 63-13 triumph over Virginia while falling to Milaca 50-15 in a triangular wrestling meet on Friday.
Hoheisel, Buckingham propel Pillager past Pirates
PILLAGER -- Whitney Hoheisel's 11 points and Tara Buckingham's 10 lifted the Pillager Huskies over the Verndale Pirates Thursday in girls' basketball.
The Brainerd Basketball Association will hold tryouts for 7th and 8th grade traveling basketball teams Monday at the Brainerd High School gym. The 7th grade sign up is a 6:45 p.m. and starts at 7 p.m. The 8th grade sign up is at 7:45 p.m. and starts at 8 p.m.
Rebels ruin Griz opener
MOOSE LAKE -- Chris Boike had a goal and two assists and Brandon Laffin recorded a goal and an assist as the Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Grizzlies boys' hockey team opened the season with an 8-3 loss to the Mosse Lake-Willow River Rebels Thursday.
Cold shooting dooms Warriors once again
Every basketball team goes through a shooting slump in the season. As long as the slump doesn't happen come playoff time, most teams survive and move on.
Warrior girls ski team wins invite; boys take second
ST. CLOUD -- With four individuals in the top 10, the Brainerd Warrior girls' Nordic ski team won the season-opening St. Cloud Tech Invitational Thursday.
Book provides inside look at Herb Brooks
Ross Bernstein spent time with Herb Brooks at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame golf tournament in Eveleth on Aug. 10, the day before Brooks died in a one-car accident on his return to St. Paul.
Can they win?
Weather drawing by Jacob Zelinske in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy. Becoming partly cloudy late this afternoon.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Cloudy and windy east. Becoming partly sunny
Nice day to walk
Weather drawing by Jessica Walters in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west. Mostly cloudy east...A few flurries far southeast early. Highs in the 20s east and central...To the upper 30s far southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered show showers northwest. Highs in the mid 30s to low 40s.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Becoming windy west. Highs from the upper
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny west. Cloudy central and east this
State forecast for South Dakota
Rest of today...Considerable clouds east...With areas of fog and a few midday flurries southeast. Partly to mostly cloudy central and west. Windy east and warmer west. Highs in the 30s east to the around 60 southwest.
State forecast for iowa
...Winter weather advisory this morning for much of central and
State forecast for minnesota
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers or
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the 30s.
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The Christmas luncheon of the Brainerd Garden Club will be noon Friday at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Hostesses for the potluck luncheon will be board members. Installation of officers and a gift exchange will follow. The program will be "The Christmas Story" presented by Maxine Russell.
Truth in Taxation hearing Monday
The Brainerd truth in taxation public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Brainerd City Hall.
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