The following area students graduated from Southwest State University and earned bachelor of science degrees: Heidi Lockwood, Aitkin, earned a degree in accounting; Renae Anderson Barnaby, Linda Bylander and Casey Stewart Trandem, all of Baxter, element
'Tis the season
Josh (left) and Bob Smith of Barnesville searched through the Norway pine section of the Love Lake Christmas Tree Farm for a holiday selection Sunday. (Dispatch Photos by Steve Kohls)
Brainerd dance team earns fourth place at invitational
The Brainerd High School Warrior Dance Team took fourth place Saturday at an invitational at Apple Valley High School in the high kick division.
The META 5 Displaced Homemaker Program will conduct a free series of six progressive classes designed for personal growth on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Little Falls man flees from police
LITTLE FALLS -- A 25-year-old Little Falls man was arrested after fleeing officers early today, the Little Falls Police Department said.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 8 - 60 years ago (1943) - War dads of the Brainerd area have been invited to attend a national meeting of American War Dads to be held in Minneapolis, Dec. 10.
Baxter soldier serving in Bosnia seeks donations for an impoverished school
When you grow up in Minnesota with access to everything -- stores full of toys and games, schools equipped with technology and rich with supplies -- it can be hard to imagine a child growing up in 2003 who wishes for basic necessities, like school books and running water.
Ann M. Wisslead
AITKIN -- Ann M. Wisslead, age 89, of Aitkin, formerly of Hemet, Calif., died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Aitkin, Minn.
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Catherine M. Meyer
LITTLE FALLS -- Catherine M. Meyer, 97 year old resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away early Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 2003, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements for Catherine M. Meyer are pending with Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, Minn.
Raymond J. Chelar
OUTING -- Raymond J. Chelar, age 82, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. Services will be private by the family. Willim-Northland Funeral Home of Pine River in charge of arrangements.
Edward A. Miller
Edward A. Miller, age 89, of Brainerd, went to his eternal home in heaven on Dec. 2, 2003. Preceded in death by beloved wife, Toni Ann; son Mark; and sisters Virginia Carlson and Dorothy Erickson. Survived by daughters Sandra (Jerry) Gustafson, Minneapolis, Sharon (Bruce) Isebrand, Brainerd; son Dick (Diane) Miller, Brainerd; daughter-in-law Renee Miller, Minneapolis; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
CROSBY -- Walter Haag, age 71 of Crosby, died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born on Nov. 11, 1932, in Dean Lake Township to Leonard and Lucy (Evans) Haag. He was retired from the Minnesota Department of Transportation with 27 years of service, serving at the Elk River, Brainerd and Aitkin stations.
John A. Hayes
MOTLEY -- John A. Hayes, age 76, of Motley, died Friday evening, Dec. 5, 2003, at his home. Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Brenny Funeral Home, Staples.
Agnes J. Schommer
HILLMAN -- Agnes J. Schommer, age 81, of Hillman, Minn., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at her home in Richardson Township, Morrison County, Minn. Funeral services are pending with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz.
Hulda S. Maki
LITTLE FALLS -- Hulda S. Maki, 86 year old resident of Little Falls, formerly of Cloquet, Minn., passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Funeral services for Hulda S. Maki will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Robin K. Nice officiating.
Bravo on your diversity series, "The Changing Face of Brainerd." Thank you for highlighting the good reality of racial diversity in our community, world and lives. How do we grow together as a changing and more diverse community unless we come to appreciate and respect the story of racially diverse cultures and people here and also our own experiences as people within the global community?
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Remember the troops
Holiday time can be so joyous, but it can also be terribly sad. Reading an e-mail from an employee and friend who is stationed in Iraq put it all in perspective for us here at the Quarterdeck's Boathouse. Tim, who is with the National Guard's 142nd engineering unit, left his bartending position in January and was since posted in several towns in Iraq where the unit has been busy reconstructing damaged facilities. We correspond often and his Dec. 3 e-mail touched us to tears. In part, he states:
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The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity boys' hockey team defeated St. Paul Johnson 3-2 Saturday.
Warrior boys outshot again but win
Getting outshot is one thing the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team hopes doesn't become a habit.
Grizzlies lose close one to Red Lake Falls
CrosbY -- Tom Weimer and Brandon Laffin scored goals as the Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Grizzlies lost 3-2 to Red Lake Falls in boys' hockey Saturday.
Pioneers, Foley tie for title
FOLEY -- The Pierz Pioneers tied Foley 29-29 in the championship meet of the Falcons' dual wrestling tournament Saturday.
Pequot girls defeat Litchfield
PEQUOT LAKES -- Behind 18 points from forward Teresa Parker and 15 from point guard Flecia Foster, the Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team defeated Litchfield 50-36 in a non-conference game Saturday.
Spartans defeat Raider women, 76-60
FERGUS FALLS -- Bobbi Van Wechel's game-high 25 points weren't enough as the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team lost to Fergus Falls 76-60 Saturday.
Raider men upend Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team pulled off a great road win Saturday by defeating the Fergus Falls Spartans 78-75.
Rubin champ at Blue Earth
BLUE EARTH -- Nate Rubin won all three matches to earn an individual championship and help the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team to third-place at the Dick Maher Invitational Saturday.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter storm watch tuesday and tuesday night southeast...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch far southwest and west central tuesday and tuesday night...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy...Breezy and colder. Areas of fog east this morning. Areas of snow west spreading east late. Highs in the upper 20s northwest to the upper 30s far southeast.
Weather drawing by Danielle Sarff in the Riverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer.
State forecast for Iowa
oday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Occasional light snow east with 1 to 4 inches accumulation.
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