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.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 251, a year ago 141.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 450. Last Friday: 0. Year ago Friday: 531. Thursday actual: 467.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lakes area nursing home statistics
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Kathryn M. Mc Geary
FREDERICK, Md. -- Kathryn M. Mc Geary, 69, Frederick, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick.
Betty Jane Smith
McGREGOR -- Betty Jane Smith, 81, McGregor, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, in Palm Springs, Calif.
Pearl J. Forsberg
MINNEAPOLIS -- Pearl Josephine Forsberg, 92, Minneapolis, formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002.
Glenn R. Aleshire
LITTLE FALLS -- Glenn R. Aleshire, 71, Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Harry Leroy Mains
ONAMIA -- Harry Leroy Mains, 85, Onamia, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at the Mille Lacs hospital in Onamia.
Dayton F. Ford
PARK RAPIDS -- Dayton F. Ford, 68, Park Rapids, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002.
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.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Kelly Bies and Michael Tuchscherer were married July 20, 2002, at St. Patrick's Church in Hudson, Wis., with Father Ryan Erickson officiating.
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:
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.
Dick and Bette Speed, Baxter, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Dec. 8, 1962.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
In four years the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball program has developed four 1,000-point scorers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?).
Local sports shorts
The Central Lakes College Raiders will add seven people to their hall of fame Feb. 15.
Wolverine wrestler focused on winning at state
Peter Hayes started this season like he finished last season.
Area events Saturday
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
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.
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.
Marshall Faulk could make his first start in a month Sunday for St. Louis against Kansas City.
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.
Vikes vs. Pack
MINNESOTA (3-9) AT GREEN BAY (9-3)
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.
Jensen secures Mavs' victory
MANKATO (AP) -- Jason Jensen made 23 saves to lead Minnesota State, Mankato past Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 Friday night.
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.
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.
Trees go up
Weather drawing by Chris Hastad in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny central and south. Becoming partly cloudy north. Highs in the upper 30s north to upper 40s south.
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.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from the teens northeast to the upper 30s southwest.
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.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Victims of clergy abuse
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