Potlatch heats up mill again
Potlatch is now heating the mill, one of the first steps in putting the mill back together after it was mothballed for the long haul when the mill closed in May.
Brian Lehman has been named business manager for Evergreen Press, the publishers of Lake Country Journal Magazine, Brainerd.
Done with PANACHE
BAXTER -- Panache Salon and Spa opened quietly in Baxter nearly a year ago and is continuing to build its upscale salon experience.
The Emily Wesleyan Church puppet team will present "Nathan and the Neon Nightlight" at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 during worship service. "Nathan and the Neon Nightlight" is a musical that tells the between-the-lines version of the Christmas story. It presents the message of Jesus Christ. Emily Wesleyan Church is on Highway 6 north of County Road 1 in Emily.
Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against St. Cloud diocese, priest
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A former parishioner at St. John Cantius Catholic Church has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the St. Cloud Diocese and the Rev. Donald Rieder.
Student has no problem fasting for Muslim holy month
DULUTH (AP) -- At first impression, 14-year-old Jonas Feroz is just like any other eighth-grade Woodland Middle School student. He totes a bulging binder of schoolwork. He practices conjugating verbs in Mrs. Crosby's Spanish class and is eager to see his friends at lunch.
Forget me not
Preparations for Christmas are in full gear at our home.
Brainerd church marks 120th anniversary
The congregation at Temple Baptist Church in Brainerd was treated to bluegrass gospel music and a history lesson last Sunday in celebration of its 120th anniversary.
School lunch menus
Child in need
Paul wants to go fishing. He tells us that fishing is one of his favorite things to do. But it's something that doesn't happen very often for him.
Family Links serves children with mental health needs, their families
This community resource serves families of children with mental health needs, and assists anyone with questions about children's mental health, and children's emotional or behavioral issues and disorders.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 135, a year ago 277.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 450. Last Thursday: 0. Year ago Thursday: 811. Wednesday actual: 798.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 450. Last Friday: 0. Year ago Friday: 531. Thursday actual: 467.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 251, a year ago 141.
Three people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Thursday on Washington Street, at Northwest Eighth Street.
Crow Wing sheriff
Randy and Nicole Buranen, Baxter, a girl, Kasandra Paige, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, Nov. 13, 2002. Grandparents are Earle and Sandy Johnson, Baxter.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
High school's building trades classes learn all about construction
Each year Brainerd High School students have an opportunity to build a home from the ground up.
Like son, like father
Parents and teen-agers do not always speak the same language, but a Brainerd man and his son found a shared bond bridges the generation gap in an unexpected way.
Visit nursing homes; don't rely on reports, one administrator says
Most health care deficiencies found in lakes area nursing homes were potentially minimally harmful and were corrected.
Bake 'em, take 'em
For those who enjoy Christmas cookies without the messy kitchen, this Community Education class is the perfect solution. Look for the story in Sunday's People/Plus.
Cass to host regional jail meeting
WALKER -- In an effort to reach an agreement either with counties to the north or south, Cass County will host a regional jail meeting Monday at the Association of Minnesota Counties conference in Duluth on this issue.
Fish house bound
Raymond Hollingsworth drove an all-terrain vehicle on North Long Lake's Merrifield Bay while his wife held on to the trailer en route to their fish house Friday. Hollingsworth said they were going to move the fish house because the fish weren't biting. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Get help choosing a nursing home
Choosing a nursing home for a loved one may be one of the most stressful decisions a family makes, but newly released government data could help.
The Brainerd and Nisswa police departments will join about 350 other law enforcement agencies across Minnesota this Christmas holiday to target impaired driving as part of the Safe and Sober campaign.
Brainerd Marine Corps League Detachment members Don Skillings (left) and Dale Modine were among the detachment members firing a 21-gun salute during the annual Pearl Harbor Day parade and ceremony Saturday in Brainerd.
Paula Montgomery helped her daughter, first-grader Katie Montgomery, tie a gift box at the Lowell Elementary School Family Christmas Extravaganza Thursday at the school. The event was sponsored by the PTA and the Lowell Care Team Teachers and featured making place mats for nursing homes, listening to Christmas books, baking cookies and face painting.
Speaker: School funding changes will alter outstate revenue flow
Minnesota school funding changes have raised concerns about the stability of revenue for outstate schools, a lobbyist for the Minnesota Rural Education Association said Thursday at a League of Women Voters meeting at the Brainerd Public Library.
Cass OKs ordinance changes to allow outlots to be subdivided and developed with conditions
WALKER -- The Cass County Board approved changes to the Subdivision Ordinance Thursday that will allow people to subdivide and develop outlots if they go through the platting process, including public hearings before the planning commission.
City's gifts of ham, turkey to employees set for review
The gift of a Christmas ham or turkey to city employees will be reviewed by the Brainerd City Council on Monday.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 6 - 60 years ago (1942) - Brainerd Warriors opened their season Friday night with a 25-23 win over Wadena before a large crowd at the Washington School. Jim Erickson dropped in the clinching bucket.
Cass hears ATV enforcement proposal
WALKER -- Cass County Land Commissioner Norm Moody Thursday informed the county board the DNR is looking at providing enforcement for all-terrain vehicle operations on public lands.
Authorities fear violence in Leech Lake tribal election
CASS LAKE (AP) -- Fearing violence could result from recall petitions and the election of a Leech Lake tribal leader, a group of law enforcement officials in northern Minnesota has asked the U.S. attorney for help.
A better life
A Pequot Lakes man is looking for five people in low-income jobs who want to better their lives. Read more about this story in Monday's Dispatch.
Cass asked to consider retirements instead of cuts
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Thursday asked for a report on the number of county employees eligible to retire within the next five years and how offering an early retirement package to those people might save the county money in 2003.
Cass County board changes meeting dates
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Thursday to change some meeting dates, times and locations and set holiday hours for county offices.
No citizens attend Crow Wing taxation meeting
The Crow Wing County Board and staff waited.
Lakes area nursing home statistics
Alcohol source sought in Cass Lake killing
CASS LAKE (AP) -- Investigators are trying to find out who furnished alcohol to the 16-year-old boys accused in the beating death of a blind Cass Lake man.
Alvin Norum, a member of the Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255, saluted the VFW Post No. 1657 color guard as it marched down Laurel Street in Brainerd during the annual Pearl Harbor Day Parade Saturday. Randy Lane carried the U.S. flag and Harry Ruikka carried the post's banner.
Assignment: Bake cookies, clean up, take home treats
From sugar cookies and cream bonbons to the traditional Finnish jam-filled cookie to many other scrumptious Christmas cookies that are made every year -- kitchens become a mess.
County employee to get $140,000 to settle complaint
Marlene Segler will receive $140,000 from Crow Wing County as part of a settlement agreement between the two parties, it was learned today.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 8 - 30 years ago (1972) - Stewart C. Mills, Sr., was honored yesterday by a group of business associates at ceremonies during a luncheon at Holiday Inn in commemoration of Mills 50th Anniversary of doing business in Brainerd.
Life Long Learning
A pilot program in the Brainerd lakes area is attempting to bring the community together -- online and at seven locations throughout the Brainerd-Nisswa area.
Kathryn M. Mc Geary
FREDERICK, Md. -- Kathryn M. Mc Geary, 69, Frederick, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick.
Harry Leroy Mains
ONAMIA -- Harry Leroy Mains, 85, Onamia, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at the Mille Lacs hospital in Onamia.
Glenn R. Aleshire
LITTLE FALLS -- Glenn R. Aleshire, 71, Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Edward J. Kuffel
LITTLE FALLS -- Edward John Kuffel, 89, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Stephen J. Batters
FORT RIPLEY -- Stephen J. Batters, 42, Fort Ripley, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at home in Fort Ripley as the result of a tree trimming accident.
Dayton F. Ford
PARK RAPIDS -- Dayton F. Ford, 68, Park Rapids, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002.
Pearl J. Forsberg
MINNEAPOLIS -- Pearl Josephine Forsberg, 92, Minneapolis, formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002.
Betty Jane Smith
McGREGOR -- Betty Jane Smith, 81, McGregor, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, in Palm Springs, Calif.
The only candidate for governor who promised "no new taxes," is the one Minnesota elected. Now he has a $4 billion deficit to work with.
Have you ever been cruising down the highway at the speed limit, only to have a car come up on your bumper, ride your tail for a while, and then go roaring by you in a "no passing" zone? If you notice, it is more than likely a yo
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St. Joe's should stop buying houses
Few people have more respect than I have for the quality of Brainerd area health care. From births to ear tubes, tonsilectomies to orthopedic surgery, braces to oral surgery to emergency room care, my family and I have received the benefits. The presence of St. Joseph's Medical Center is an important reason why some of the best and the brightest practice medicine here. So it is not due to a lack of appreciation that the following comments are made.
Somalis are a patient people. Those who have immigrated to the United State have endured much, including civil war, refugee camps, and separation from loved ones. So it's not surprising that they easily forgave the scrawling of a racial epithet on their community center in St. Cloud recently.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
Problem beavers become more common as population rises
There might be more beavers in Minnesota today than at any other time in state history. Minnesotans who live near water commonly must deal with beavers that cut trees and dam streams, leading to changes in water levels.
A lifetime of finding and caring for cats
Last week I wrote about the "unofficial" pets my brother Stephen and I adopted as children. While having an "official" pet like a hamster, cat or dog was not an option, I still longed for one.
Trout Unlimited to meet Dec. 18
The Paul Bunyan Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Brainerd Public Library large meeting room.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME ICE FISHING?
Because it doesn't have an official opening day, ice fishing season catches many of us unprepared. One day you're sitting on a deer stand in the middle of the woods, the next you're sitting on an overturned pail in the middle of the lake.
Deer harvest to be about same as '01
Preliminary counts show Minnesota's 2002 firearms deer harvest will be about the same as last year, said Steve Merchant, DNR forest wildlife program leader.
Give the gift of boating safety
They say that the best gift is one that recipients would love to have but wouldn't spend the money to buy for themselves. But what holiday gift can be purchased for the outdoors enthusiast who already has every fishing lure and boating gadget imaginable?
Manufacturing downturn hits entire state
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota has lost more than 54,000 jobs since the recession began last March. Manufacturing accounts for nearly two-thirds of them. Companies have laid off workers by the hundreds and by the handful.
Kelly Bies and Michael Tuchscherer were married July 20, 2002, at St. Patrick's Church in Hudson, Wis., with Father Ryan Erickson officiating.
Stacy Wynn and Cory Feggestad announce their engagement. Parents are Keith and Cheryl Wynn, Deerwood, and Hal and Linda Feggestad, Milton, Wis., and Barb Feggestad, Milton. An Aug. 30, 2003, wedding is planned in Crosby.
Kristina Diane Hennum and Timothy John Ogren announce their engagement. Parents are Doug and Jenny Hennum, Pillager, and Dennis and Jay Ogren, Pillager. A Dec. 21 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Brainerd Community Education Youth Development and Fun 'N' Friends would like to thank the following community volunteers for sharing their time, talents and skills with our children at the "Magical Morning" activity held on Dec. 2 at the Brainerd High School:
Dick and Bette Speed, Baxter, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Dec. 8, 1962.
Lorraine Harrison will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Good Samaritan. If you cannot attend, please send a card. She was born Dec. 14, 1917.
Missy Chitwood and Nathan Laposky were married June 22, 2002, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus with Jeffrey Broom and Mark Erickson officiating.
State tobacco funds lawsuit allowed to proceed
HASTINGS (AP) -- A Dakota County judge denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that has blocked Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota from spending the $412 million it was awarded in the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement.
Attorney accused of aiding terrorists says she was framed
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The attorney accused of smuggling a message from an Egyptian terrorist out of the federal prison hospital in Rochester says she's become a "poster child" for an assault on civil liberties.
Unions give no confidence vote to two officials
AUSTIN (AP) -- Four unions representing Austin School District employees have given a vote of "no confidence" to two top district administrators.
In four years, Ventura rarely budged -- and agenda was hurt
ST. PAUL -- Four years ago, when a man best known as a former pro wrestler took control of Minnesota government, he offered reassurance to citizens afraid of what he might do.
Residents flood Great Lakes Aquarium open house
DULUTH (AP) -- More than 1,400 people flooded the Great Lakes Aquarium for a free tour and to offer ideas on how to save the struggling attraction.
Pawlenty: Deficit doesn't have to derail road plan
ST. PAUL -- Despite a deep budget pothole, Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty said Friday he still expects to push a major road package next session that would rely heavily on borrowing to get dirt moving soon.
Holiday lights turned off at Minnesota Zoo
APPLE VALLEY (AP) -- Budget cuts are keeping the Minnesota Zoo in the dark this holiday season.
Ventura asks Barkley to get facts before resigning early
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura wants interim Sen. Dean Barkley to find out what benefit, if any, there would be to Sen.-elect Norm Coleman if Barkley resigned a few days early.
Election judge burned 17 ballots
AUSTIN (AP) -- A southern Minnesota election judge burned 17 election ballots in her fireplace at home after apparently misunderstanding some comments from the city clerk, according to a recount report in a state Senate race.
Barkley to meet with Ventura over possibility of resigning early
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Interim Sen. Dean Barkley said he hoped to meet Friday with Gov. Jesse Ventura to discuss the possibility he would resign early to give Republican Sen.-elect Norm Coleman a seniority advantage.
Mondale campaign reports $1 million surplus
WASHINGTON -- Federal Election Commission reports show that Walter Mondale's Senate campaign finished the race with a surplus of nearly $1 million, and that the campaign of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone spent a Minnesota record $12.57 million in this year's Senate race.
Teachers urge state to keep time-out rooms
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state education department is rethinking its proposal to ban locked time-out rooms in public schools after hearing from teachers who say the ban would be restrictive and harmful.
Bad budget news in hand, now it's down to work
ST. PAUL -- Legislators began searching under every rock in state government Thursday for ways to get at a $4.56 billion projected deficit within the no-new-taxes parameter set by the incoming governor.
Health officials prepare for severe flu season
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Health Department has predicted a severe flu season with a 30 percent drop in the number of Minnesotans vaccinated against influenza.
Patriots sneak past Pillager
PILLAGER -- Andrew Christenson and Cody Nelson combined for 27 points to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots past the Pillager Huskies 54-52 in a non-conference boys' basketball game Thursday.
Raiders women outmatched
MANKATO -- Bethany Lutheran's Kayla Jacobs scored 24 points to lead the Vikings over Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team 98-60 Friday in CLC's season opener.
Brainerd gymnasts outscore Sauk Rapids
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team improved its record to 2-0 with a 139.25 to 128.25 victory over the Sauk Rapids Storm Thursday in Central Lakes Conference action.
Unbeaten Gophers didn't go to a bowl in '41
University of Minnesota football critics grumble that the Gophers have earned their third bowl bid in four years because they squashed cupcakes like Southwest Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Buffalo (isn't that a high school near Monticello?).
Willmar gymnasts defeat Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals knocked off the Little Falls Flyers 138.325 to 126.25 in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet Thursday.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
In four years the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball program has developed four 1,000-point scorers.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd defeated Sauk Rapids 126.15 to 108.75 in junior varsity gymnastics Thursday.
Brainerd foursome spells doom for Little Falls girls
LITTLE FALLS -- Brainerd's Brooke Rollins dropped 16 points on Little Falls to lead the Warriors past the Flyers 65-45 Friday night in a Central Lakes Conference game.
Warrior girls blanked by Bemidji 5-0
Youth and experience collided when the Brainerd Warriors and Bemidji Lumberjacks squared off in girls' hockey Thursday.
Wolverine wrestler focused on winning at state
Peter Hayes started this season like he finished last season.
Brainerd hands Apollo 7-0 setback
The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles and Brainerd Warriors can bring out the worst in each other in boys' hockey.
Hoheisel lifts Huskies to overtime win
PILLAGER -- Pillager's Whitney Hoheisel lit up the scoreboard with 17 points and Jessie VanVickle added 10 as the Huskies edged out the Henning Hornets 41-39 in overtime Friday.
Staples-Motley girls win by 40 points
STAPLES -- Staples-Motley's Kim Mosack scored 15 points and Michelle Honek 14 as the Cardinals thumped Wadena-Deer Creek 62-22 in girls' basketball Thursday.
Pierz wrestlers pound Royalton
PIERZ -- Defending state champion Craig Luberts pinned Greg Borash as the Pierz Pioneers romped to a 70-9 victory over Royalton Thursday in high school wrestling.
W-DC boys skate past Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Brandon Currie, Mike Mays and Andrew Murray led the Wolverines past the Pequot Lakes Patriots 8-1 in boys' hockey Thursday.
Meyer leads Pierz past Royals
PIERZ -- Pierz's Nate Meyer poured in 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Poepping added 10 more and seven rebounds to lead the Pioneers past the Royalton Royals 53-47 in non-conference action Friday.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Warriors come from behind to beat Sartell
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors rallied from a 29-25 halftime deficit to defeat the Sartell Sabres 56-48 in the Central Lakes Conference opener for both teams Friday.
North Central sprucing up
North Central Speedway continues to improve.
Local sports shorts
The Central Lakes College Raiders will add seven people to their hall of fame Feb. 15.
Flyers drown in hail of shots
LITTLE FALLS -- The Morris-Benson Storm lived up to their nickname, downing Little Falls 6-1 Friday behind 33 shots on goal.
Turnovers, rebounding doom CLC men
MANKATO -- The Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team turned the ball over 34 times and gave up 25 offensive rebounds as the Bethany Lutheran Vikings beat the Raiders 56-48 Friday.
Area events Saturday
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Marshall Faulk could make his first start in a month Sunday for St. Louis against Kansas City.
Garnett powers Wolves
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- When Kevin Garnett skipped college and turned pro, he triggered a flood of talented, immature teenagers onto nearly every roster in the NBA.
Vikes vs. Pack
MINNESOTA (3-9) AT GREEN BAY (9-3)
Jensen secures Mavs' victory
MANKATO (AP) -- Jason Jensen made 23 saves to lead Minnesota State, Mankato past Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 Friday night.
Are Vikings ready to sh-sh-shiver?
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chris Hovan insists he's going to keep trash-talking Brett Favre as he triumphantly did three weeks ago. The Green Bay quarterback isn't so sure he's going to return the favor.
Bennett nears 1,000-yard mark
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Individual feats, as Minnesota coach Mike Tice likes to say, often get lost when you're losing.
Former Viking David Palmer arrested on drug charges
David Palmer, a star on Alabama's 1992 national championship team and a Minnesota Vikings player for seven seasons, has been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in Fultondale, Ala.
Rebounding worries Monson
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota coach Dan Monson has a big concern heading into the unbeaten Golden Gophers' first road game at Nebraska on Sunday.
Flames tie Wild
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- So far, so good for interim Calgary Flames coach Al MacNeil.
Minnesota state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy west. Increasing cloudiness east. Highs from the lower 20s northeast to the middle 30s southwest.
Weather drawing by Abby Selisker of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny and warmer. Highs from the lower 30s northeast to the upper 40s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy central and north with flurries or snow showers possible. Becoming partly cloudy south. Colder with highs from 15 north to the upper 30s southwest.
Trees go up
Weather drawing by Chris Hastad in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny northeast to mostly sunny southwest. Highs from the lower 30s far north...To the lower 40s far south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Increasing clouds west late. Warmer with highs from the 30s east to the lower 50s west.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny central and south. Becoming partly cloudy north. Highs in the upper 30s north to upper 40s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny and a little warmer. Scattered flurries this morning north. Highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from the teens northeast to the upper 30s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Areas of light snow showers or flurries north. Highs from the mid 20s north...To the mid to upper 30s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny and breezy. Highs from around 30 northeast to the lower 40s southwest.
Victims of clergy abuse
The Brainerd American Legion will serve roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost: $6.50. To go orders are welcome at 829-2249. There will be no dinner on Dec. 18 because the cook will be on a cruise.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 47.5; and Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 46.5. East-West: Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 40.5; and Mark Anderson and Joe Heal, 38.5. Play at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
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