Nothing beats holiday cookies hot and fresh from the oven
The holidays wouldn't be complete without a brimming platter of Christmas cookies.
Keep in touch with your state legislators
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Quincy D. Thomas, 29, and Joni M. Maurer, 21, both of Faribault.
Alguire, Cheri A. and Todd L.
Rhea Pickar, Brainerd, a boy, Andrew James, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, Nov. 25, 2003. Grandparents are Terry and Rhonda Pickar, Fort Ripley.
Flu clinic for high risk people only
The Crow Wing County Health Department today announced its final flu clinic Friday will be for high risk people only because of overwhelming demand for the flu vaccine.
CLC to honor first Staples campus director
STAPLES -- Central Lakes College will pay posthumous tribute to its first Staples campus director, Michael J. Matanich, with the placement of a plaque featuring his likeness on Dec. 19.
Three soldiers serving in Bosnia are new fathers
CAMP MORGAN, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Staff Sgt. Randy Woodward's pinning of his NATO Non-Article 5 Medal by Multinational Brigade (North) Commander Brig. Gen. Richard Nash on Nov. 22 here was extra special.
They pay the price to live in Duluth
DULUTH (AP) -- Whether you're the chief executive of a company, a computer programmer or teller in the Duluth area, chances are you're not making as much money as your counterparts in the rest of Minnesota or the nation.
Aitkin County couple gets Farm Bureau honorary life memberships
Norman and Dorothy Wright of Aitkin County received the honorary life membership award at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's 85th annual meeting awards banquet last month in Bloomington.
Staples campus of CLC recognizes students who finished fall programs
STAPLES -- The Staples campus of Central Lakes College hosted more than 100 friends and relatives of 40 fall program graduates recently at a celebration for those completing their studies in five college programs.
HACKENSACK -- Upcoming programs offered at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve include soap making, bird watching and snowshoeing.
Crestliner, Arctic Cat donate to CLC program
Two Minnesota leaders in the recreational vehicle industry play an important role in training students at Central Lakes College.
Kent Johnson's plunge through the ice of Gull Lake in 2000 to be re-enacted on Outdoor Life Network
Like most people who have gone through the ice in a vehicle, Kent Johnson would rather not re-live the incident.
Little Falls center that helps abuse victims finds unique way to raise funds
Collecting pop cans or soup labels may be ways for a few organizations to make extra money.
Variety is the spice of life for art, design students
STAPLES -- Communication Art and Design reflects the technological changes that are rapidly altering the information landscape.
U of M Dairy Days to be held in Little Falls
University of Minnesota Dairy Days will be held in eight locations around Minnesota the first two weeks of January, including Jan. 16 at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.
Franz earns national honor
Women Work!, a national network for women's employment, announced that Lucy Franz of Central Lakes College was selected as one of the 25 Women of Triumph.
Students complete heavy equipment internships and CLC training program
The Central Lakes College fall term celebration of Staples campus program completion included 31 Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance students.
Registration is open for the Brainerd Family YMCA's School's Out Day Camp, a safe, supervised full day of fun and friends for kids on school break.
'Cold' but cool
In the album: "Cold Weather" Brenda Weiler makes an eclectic departure from her coffeeshop favorites. Read a review of the album Thursday in the Tempo section.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 11 - 30 years ago (1973) - Mrs. Lia Frey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Frey of Crosby, made her opera debut recently with the Stadt Theater in Bern, Switzerland, singing the role of Helena in the opera, "Midsummer Night's Dream."
In light of a Level 3 sex offender who moved to Brainerd Dec. 1, the Brainerd Police Department met Tuesday with concerned parents and teachers at Lincoln Elementary School to discuss safety tips for children.
Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood area churches will perform their annual Christmas cantata this weekend to help raise money for a mission trip to Honduras. Look for the story Friday in the Religion section.
DON'T TRUST ICE
Despite a few days of cold temperatures, people shouldn't be too trusting of ice conditions just yet.
Guard troops from Brainerd to join search for Dru
Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard 194th Armor, which is headquartered in Brainerd, will participate in the search for Dru Sjodin this weekend.
Mother of two is latest in family to battle genetic heart disease
A genetic heart disease has stalked a lakes area family, and the latest victim is a 38-year-old mother of two from Baxter.
Gunman fatally shot by Wadena police officer
A 43-year-old man who died Tuesday after being shot by a Wadena police officer has been identified as Kenneth Lloyd Lessley.
Aitkin County among communities selected for Early Childhood Initiative
The McKnight Foundation and Minnesota Initiative Foundation have announced the selection of 12 additional communities that will participate in the statewide Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative.
A Page 1A story in Friday's Dispatch should have said members of the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd elected one incumbent and three new members to their board. Three incumbents were not re-elected.
Highway work zone safety efforts honored
The Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists presented Anderson Brothers, Brainerd; Geyer Signal, St. Cloud; and Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3 office with a Work Zone Safety Award for their excellent communication with area businesses during the recent Highway 210 reconstruction project in Baxter/Brainerd.
Radiothon host sacrifices hair
It was a spur of the moment decision, an on-air challenge during the Radiothon to End Child Abuse that WJJY morning co-host Nancy Carlson never thought she'd have to fulfill.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 10 - 40 years ago (1963) - Plans are moving forward at the Northwest Paper Company here to begin operation with their new off-machine coater early next month. Construction work is nearing completion on the new addition which will house the coater.
C-I school referendum Tuesday
Residents in the Crosby-Ironton School District are being asked to cast their votes between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday on a referendum that would increase the district's general education revenue.
Marcella 'Sally' J. (Skiba) Henry
Marcella "Sally" June (Skiba) Henry, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at her home in Brainerd. She was born in Brainerd on Jan. 18, 1930, to Leo and Christine (Ellstrom) Skiba. She attended Brainerd High School until 1946 when the family moved to Crookston, Minn. She graduated in 1948 from Crookston Central High School.
A. Donald Anderson
ST. CLOUD -- A. Donald Anderson, age 89, resident of St. Cloud, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at the Country Manor in Sartell, Minn. Mr. Anderson was born in Brainerd April 28, 1914, to Albert O. and Ellen (Soderlund) Anderson. He had owned and published the Hendricks (MN) Pioneer Newspaper. He married Ione Cass in Brainerd on June 2, 1939.
Raymond A. Klaas
AITKIN -- Raymond A. Klaas, age 72, of Aitkin, formerly of St. Paul Park, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at his home.
Myron 'Mick' D. Newman
LITTLE FALLS -- Myron "Mick" D. Newman, age 71 of Belle Prairie Township, Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at his home following a courageous battle with ALS. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Friends may call from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Harvey 'Harv' P. Berry
STERLING, Alaska -- Harvey "Harv" Paul Berry, 59, Sterling, Alaska, and formerly of Brainerd, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, of a heart attack at his home.
Norma A. VanSteenwyk
AITKIN -- Norma Anna VanSteenwyk, 94, of Aitkin, and formerly of Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, in Marantha Care Center, Brooklyn Center.
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LITTLE FALLS -- Myron Newman, 71 year old resident of Little Falls, Minn., died today, Dec. 9, 2003, at his home in Little Falls, Minn. Arrangements for Myron are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.
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A recent news article about the local senior center has probably caused concern among a lot of folks.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed a mailing address for a National Guard soldier who's from the Brainerd area in Monday's newspaper. The correct address is Pfc. Dauk, Timothy N. c/o 142 D ECB (HV), Unit #92658, APO AE 09323-2658.
The Dispatch ran a guest column by Brainerd City Council member Gary Scheeler in the Nov. 30 newspaper that incorrectly stated the nature of a Brainerd City Council motion made by Bob Olson. Olson's motion was to direct City Engineer Jeff Hulsether and to compile costs for the sidewalk replacement on North Fourth and H streets to compare with another sidewalk project.
Jurors, those ordinary men and women who are chosen at random to serve the public, are seldom given the credit they deserve. Pulled from their normal jobs and routines, they're asked to decide guilt or innocence in a variety of cases ranging from the sensational to the mundane.
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BHS skiers sweep Apollo meet
ST. CLOUD -- Derrek Matson and Christina Roberts led a Brainerd Nordic skiing stampede at the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational Tuesday.
Schedule leaves BHS gymnasts swamped
After its season-opening meet was postponed Dec. 4, the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team is anxious to start tumbling, vaulting, swinging on the uneven bars and balancing on the beam for keeps.
Brainerd wrestlers split
SAUK RAPIDS -- Jake Patnode picked up two pins as the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team beat the Sauk Rapids Storm 45-18 and lost to the Foley Falcons 30-28 at the Sauk Rapids triangular Tuesday.
Huskies win opener for their new coach
NEVIS -- Ben Stoll's 17 points and Joe Kavanaugh's 11 helped Jerry Fornshell win his first game as head coach as the Pillager Huskies collected a 65-52 victory over Nevis in non-conference boys' basketball Tuesday.
Wadena-DC grapplers stung by Frazee
FRAZEE -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines won only three matches in a 59-15 loss to the Class 1A top-ranked Frazee Hornets in high school wrestling Tuesday.
Hat trick a treat for BHS
Zack Lundbohm is equally comfortable swinging a golf club or shooting a puck with a hockey stick.
Pequot Lakes tames Griz
CROSBY -- Pequot Lakes scored four goals in the second period and cruised past the Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Grizzlies 8-2 in boys' hockey Tuesday.
Pierz matmen sweep quad
HINCKLEY -- With three pins from Nathan Britz and Craig Luberts, the Pierz Pioneers wrestling team dominated the Hinckley-Finlayson quadrangular Tuesday.
Former Brainerd Warrior swimmer Cori Severson of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the Titan Invitational Jan. 6 at Oshkosh, Wis.
Puck stops here
Goaltending is one of the deepest positions on a Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team that appears to have the depth to contend for postseason honors.
Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball coach Carl Hendrickson will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen located at 923 Oak St. behind the Triangle Store and Temple Baptist Church.
She's not shy about shooting
Whether she likes it or not, Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball player Bobbi VanWechel is the team's go-to player.
Cardinals grab first victory of season
STAPLES -- Michelle Honek scored 12 points and Stephanie Jares added 10 in a 65-25 Staples-Motley Cardinals victory over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder in non-conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
Warriors do the goalie shuffle
Goalies are like quarterbacks. They often get too much credit when a team wins and too much blame when a team loses or changes goalies in the middle of a game.
Holiday concert slated Monday in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- An "Evening of Holiday Sounds" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls.
Anything for a laugh
In sports -- like Hollywood and like life -- it all boils down to the story, Jeff Cesario says.
For week of Dec. 11-17; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
It's all funny
Jeff Cesario finds just about everything humorous. For example:
The Fargo, N.D., foursome performs at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Prime Time in Breezy Point. Admission is free.
Jeff of all trades
Jeff Cesario has worked in a variety of entertainment fields over the years. Here are a few oddities from his resume:
String ensembles to perform concert Friday at St. Francis Convent
LITTLE FALLS -- St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls will present a concert by two string ensembles at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.
Great River String Ensemble to perform Saturday
CROSBY -- The Great River String Ensemble will present Part One of George Fredrick Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby.
Nimrod author to sign books Saturday
NIMROD -- Nimrod author Jerry Mevissen will sign copies of his book, "The Nimrod Chronicles," from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Book World in Brainerd/Baxter.
Folk singer Brenda Weiler gets mysterious on 'Cold Weather'
Spinning the opening track on "Cold Weather," a listener can't accuse Brenda Weiler of false advertising. "Faucet," with backing instrumentation that sounds like thunderstorms and rattling tools, is a chilly song that makes a listener want to hide under a half dozen blankets.
C-I student musicians to stage Christmas concert Tuesday
CROSBY -- Crosby Ironton vocal groups will present their holiday concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Mayberry Auditorium.
Clemens cited for her dedication to working on the BHS yearbook
Brainerd High School senior Becca Clemens' strongest skill on her work on the Brainonian is also her greatest weakness.
Tuba Christmas scheduled Saturday at Westgate Mall
The Central Lakes College Music Department will present its 12th annual Tuba Christmas at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Kmart in the Westgate Mall in Brainerd.
BHS musicians to present Christmas concerts Sunday
Members of the Brainerd High School Vocal Music Department will present their annual Christmas concert at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at Washington Middle School's Tornstrom Auditorium.
Public radio stations to air Concordia Christmas concert
Minnesota Public Radio stations, including KBPR 90.7 FM, Brainerd, will air the Concordia College Christmas concert, "Joy of Heaven to Earth Come Down," at 4 p.m. Dec. 29.
The Madhatters Theatre Group will present "Nunsense" April 15-18 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Auditions will be held in late January. Susan Mohs, veteran Madhatter director, will return and Joyce Jampsa will produce. For more information, call (218) 632-5463.
Prepare for the final chapter of the "The Lord of the Rings" saga with a preview of "The Return of the King."
An evening on Bay Lake.
Cass deals with troublesome dam
HACKENSACK -- Cass County owns one dam. It controls water flow from Ten Mile and Birch lakes through the Boy River into Poquet and Pleasant lakes.
Parents visit C-I kindergartners to help them reach literacy goals
CROSBY -- Improving literacy is the Crosby-Ironton School District's goal for the 2003-2004 school year.
Township encounters problem with highway access
OUTING -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation's policy to minimize the number of accesses on to state highways for safety reasons actually will create new safety hazards in Outing, in the view of Crooked Lake Town Supervisor Bill Korman.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter storm warning extreme southeast today...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning for most of western...Central and northeast today...
State forecast for Iowa
Winter weather advisory today east...
Weather drawing by Ben Brodmarkle of Mrs. Wig's third grade class at Garfield school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy west with flurries. Partly cloudy east. Highs
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with light snow or flurries. Highs
Flakes in the sky
Weather drawing by Macy Kramer of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy south and partly cloudy north. Chance of light snow or flurries south. Highs from 5 to 10 above far northeast...To the mid 20s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy west half. Clear skies becoming partly cloudy east. Highs from near 10 above far northeast to around 30 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Lake effect snow warning in effect for parts of the superior snow belt today and this evening...
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries in
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Clear to partly cloudy. Continued cold. Highs from 5 above
Book club to meet
The Brainerd Public Library's Minnesota Author Book Club will be discussing "Iron Lake" by William Kent Krueger 7 p.m. Thursday in the library's large meeting room.
The Friday dinner will be Nedra's fish fry. The VFW will be open at noon Sunday for Vikings' football.
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