Employers boost payrolls
WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers added a solid 94,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent and wages grew briskly, encouraging signs the nation's employment climate is holding up in the face of turbulence in the housing and credit markets.
Prudent buyers are irate at mortgage bailout
When Casey Johnson and his wife moved to San Diego three years ago, they couldn't find a home in their price range. So they did what they thought was the sensible thing.
Be prepared to wait for chance to benefit from interest rate freeze
WASHINGTON - Be ready to wait if you want to get information from a toll-free hot line about freezing the interest rate on your subprime mortgage.
THE OFFICE PARTY
NEW YORK (AP) - OK, you still haven't gotten around to planning that holiday party for your small business. That actually may be more of a blessing than a tragedy - many of your fellow procrastinators have found that last-minute parties can be more pleasant, comfortable and fun than a more formal catered affair.
A downtown celebration
An Old Fashioned Downtown Celebration was planned Saturday in downtown Brainerd, complete with free horse-drawn trolley rides.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
Paul Bunyan wrestling
Details on the finals of the Paul Bunyan wrestling invitational at Brainerd High school.
Connecting with kids
This retired Brainerd teacher found a way to engage his students. Learn more in Everyday People.
That flashing red light means pull over and STOP
Question: A recent article by you about what to do if stopped by police came out about the same time as the news was reporting a man impersonating an officer and stopping people right here in Minnesota. I heard officers on the news saying not to stop and to continue driving to a safe or well-lit place if at night, and to call 911 to verify if the person stopping you is a real officer. Is that really what we should be doing?
The Christmas tree as renewable resource
WASHINGTON - If you're trying to decide whether to buy a real or artificial Christmas tree, consider the environment.
PEQUOT LAKES MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
The following students have been named to the honor roll at Pequot Lakes:
Breast cancer survivor support group
The December breast cancer survivor support groups will have a combined meeting and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the home of Kathy Buxton. All breast cancer survivors are invited. There will be car-pool gathering in the Kohl's parking lot at 11 a.m. for all who wish to meet and travel together. RSVP by calling Kathy at 829-6205 on or before Wednesday. Any questions call Pat at 829-1683 or Donna at 825-9109.
How to host a holiday open house from the heart
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - We do a holiday open house each year because our house simply couldn't accommodate our friends and family if they all arrived and left at the same time.
PEQUOT LAKES HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
The following students have been named to the honor roll at Pequot Lakes High School.
Giving the gift of mentoring
One hundred days have passed by with a torrent pace. Monday, Dec. 10, marks the conclusion of Kinship's 100 Mentors 100 Day recruitment campaign and at this time over 70 residents from the Brainerd lakes area have stepped forward to make a difference in a child's life.
FORESTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
The following students have been named to the honor roll at Forestview middle School:
This was Brainerd
80 years ago (1927) - A little controversy between the Imgrund Motor Company and the Northwestern Oil Co. regarding bowling supremacy was decided Wednesday in a 10 pin game when the Imgrund boys won two games out of three.
Coping with grief and loss during the holidays
The holiday season is supposed to bring excited anticipation and joy to children's faces, and movies like the popular Home Alone series exemplify this.
WITH THE MILITARY
Army National Guard Pfc. Sunnie L. Kahlhamer, granddaughter of Jim Anderson, Little Falls, recently graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., to be a member of the Army National Guard or Reserve Split-option Program.
Living within means
I heard the mantra enough as a child, even as a college student. But I guess Dad was right. Money doesn't grow on trees!
Did you know?
For many, incomes have not kept pace with the increased cost of living. Today's essentials - gasoline, groceries, heating fuel - have skyrocketed in price the past five years.
Cass Board extends timber contracts
WALKER - The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to extend by one harvest season all timber sale contracts purchased prior to Oct. 18, 2007, and to permit Weyerhaeuser to sell all its timber sale contracts to other loggers.
Reciting ABCs of activities funding
When it comes to funding high school athletics for a district in financial straits, there is no easy solution unless Microsoft's Bill Gates were a Brainerd Warrior girls' soccer fan.
Advertising for chloride treatment of Cass roads gets go-ahead
WALKER - The Cass County Board on Tuesday authorized County Engineer David Enblom to advertise for chloride treatment on county roads. A three-year contract is expected to be signed with the low bidder for either calcium or magnesium chloride.
Cass courthouse holiday hours set
WALKER - Cass County Courthouse will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Jan. 1.
A cure for the cuts?
Facing approximately $860,000 in reductions in athletics and activities in 2008-09, the Brainerd School Board will hear a report from administrators Monday about the community's interest in helping maintain programs by raising funds.
The Gregory Park skating rink will open from 1-5 p.m. Sunday for the Christmas celebration at the park.
Were trying to proceed cautiously because this is not the only arena where students will be affected by our cuts.
Vivian Halsted Jensen
MANKATO - Vivian Halsted Jensen, of Mankato, Minn., formerly of Brainerd, and more recently Plymouth, died Dec. 5, 2007, at ISJ Hospice, Mankato, Minn., after a brief illness.
Patricia A. Bombenger
In memory of Patricia A. Bombenger
Clifford D. Wederstrom
McGREGOR - Clifford D. Wederstrom, 78, of McGregor, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at his residence.
Lester 'Dop' Lind
Lester "Dop" Lind, 88, of Brainerd, died at his home Friday, Dec. 7, 2007.
Weeks before the holidays are difficult for those still grieving
For some, as the song goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. But for those grieving the loss of a loved one, the sights, sounds and traditions of the season are ongoing and painful reminders of how life has changed. Experts say individuals experiencing such challenges often face the holidays with anxiety and sadness. And while people of any age can suffer holiday blues, seasonal celebrations can be particularly difficult for older adults, according to the American Geriatrics Society and its Foundation for Health in Aging.
STAPLES - Marlene Dawn Hansell, age 73, of Staples, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
OUR OPINION: BRIGHT LIGHTS
All it needed was a little snow.
This is Minnesota. It's December. There's supposed to be snow everywhere, including the roads. Winter roads are not summer roads. It's possible to drive through snow. Been doing it for 30 years. There are cars in the ditches. I've seen them there in the summer, too. Perhaps it could possibly be human error?
Open Forum: Even snowbirds can be mentors
Kinship Partners is nearing the end of the time to meet its goal of adding 100 adult partners. About four years ago I became a partner to an 8 year-old boy. I worried about what we would do together once a week but with the support of my wife, Mavis, that has become an opportunity rather than a problem. There are no perfect parents and no perfect kids and that is true for Kinship Partners, too, but we sense we are helping each other to become what we are intended to be.
DNR issues ice warning for state's aerated lakes
The Minnesota DNR warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that have aeration systems operating on them.
AREA FISHING REPORT
Ice is limited on most of the big lakes, but the bays and small lakes have 5 to 6 inches on them. Walleyes are being caught on Round Lake and North Long Lake in 18 feet of water. Upper Gull Lake and Jones' Bay on Pelican Lake are producing panfish and a few walleyes in shallower water. Fish houses have started being pulled out onto these areas, but with the additional snow this week, caution is advised due to the potential of slush.
Trails and tribulations
A note to Minnesota snowmobile enthusiasts: Early snow doesn't necessarily equate to snowmobiling, at least not on state trails.
On thin ice
The water was like glass. But it wasn't ice. Not yet, anyway.
Minnesota anglers should be aware of changes in fishing regulations when new rules are published Monday in the State Register.
Let it snow, let it snow - or maybe no
The snow is a welcomed sight for many and a disappointment to others. We need the snow - it's Minnesota, right?
BRYAN AND BETHANY SHELSTAD
Bethany Zaske and Bryan Shelstad were married Aug. 25, 2007, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River with Father Bruce Engen officiating.
DAN AND TARA BLONIGEN
Tara Thompson and Dan Blonigen were married Sept. 8, 2007, at the home of the bride's parents in Brainerd with the Rev. Dean Norman officiating.
Wally Stucke, Baxter, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise party from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd.
David Kneeland, Deerwood, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Scott and Jan Kneeland's home in Deerwood.
TIMOTHY AND AMANDA JENSEN
Amanda Layne Ferrari and Timothy Duane Jensen were married Sept. 15, 2007, at the Crow Wing State Park in Brainerd with Judge David Ten Eyck officiating.
LRCS loses to Chisago Lakes
BAXTER - Jack Czeczok dumped in nine points to lead the Lake Region Christian School Hornets as they fell 41-35 to Chisago Lakes in their opening game Friday.
Mehr makes mark
It was a rollercoaster first week for Emily Mehr.
Unable to come back to the mat
Tyler Jensen hasn't had the most enjoyable senior year.
Brainerd YMCA Dolphins vs. Itasca YMCA Sea Turtles at Grand Rapids, Dec. 1
Senior Justin Grunewald of Brainerd is one of 63 student-athletes from the University of Minnesota who have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the fall season.
Stein leads Flyers
PARK RAPIDS - Teri Stein won two events and the all-around title to help the Little Falls Flyers to a 120.9 to 104.45 victory over Park Rapids in non-conference gymnastics Friday.
CLC rolls over Riverland 89-75
The Central Lakes College men's basketball team flew out of the gates on its way to an 89-75 victory over the Riverland Blue Devils on Friday.
Harrison has his way at Wadena-Deer Creek
Nic Harrison opened this season just like he expected - with a win.
Huskey dispels hot stove league rumor
The hot stove league at Major League Baseball's winter meetings was cooking this past week with rumors of trades and proposed trades.
Raiders fall short
The Central Lakes College women's basketball team began a new era Friday night with its best performance of the season.
AREA GIRLS' BASKETBALL
WADENA - Cassie Pearson scored 17 points and Katie Zetah 15 for the Staples-Motley Cardinals as they defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 57-43 in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Apple goes Widget crazy: When will it end?
It's a given that, at this time of year, gadgets and gizmos are the desirable goodies, but widgets - defined by some dictionaries as gadgets - have morphed into something much more, thanks to Apple.
E-books, slow to catch on in mainstream, are a hit in niches
NEW YORK - For a decade now, publishers have been hoping to wean readers off books and move them to electronic versions, which are much cheaper to produce and distribute.
A must-read for book lovers?
For more than a decade, inventors have tried to come up with a high-tech version of that most sacred of analog content systems, the book.
State forecast for Minnesota
...Snow advisory for extreme southwest this afternoon and tonight...
State forecast for South Dakota
Heavy snow warning southwest today...
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny north to mostly cloudy south. A slight chance
State forecast for Iowa
...Heavy snow warning in effect this afternoon through tonight for
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of afternoon light snow southwest. Highs from the single digits above zero northwest to the lower 20s southeast.
Let it snow
Weather drawing by Mykaela Pulak of Mrs. Meyers third-grade class at Riverside school.
Northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin zone forecasts
-koochiching-northern st. Louis-including the cities of...International falls...Ely 851 am cst sat dec 8 2007
The Nation's Weather
A trough of low pressure will sweep into the West Saturday, bringing more rain into Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico.
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