Wausau Paper officials optimistic about 2006
The year since Wausau Paper began operating the Brainerd mill has been one of mixed success, and company officers are optimistic for 2006.
Economic development program seeks retired business executives
All Cass County businesses soon will have additional resources available for technical business advice through the Cass County Economic Development Corp.'s partnership with the Service Corps of Retired Executives Association.
The Brainerd Family YMCA Group Fitness instructor team attended a three-day, 30-hour training session to become certified Group Power instructors.
Businesses on the move
Several area businesses are making moves.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
A special thanks to the Sertoma Club for providing the large flags for the welcome home of the local troops.
14 shopping days til Christmas
Lori Smedstad of Aitkin was Christmas shopping for family and friends Saturday at Norsemen Products in the Westgate Mall in Brainerd-Baxter. Brainerd Dispatch/Tim Fiebiger
Initiative to help Minnesotans reduce heating costs
Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined Gary Cerny of CenterPoint Energy to announce a conservation initiative that will help Minnesotans reduce their heating costs this season.
The city of Brainerd is asking all businesses, rental property owners and owner-occupied homeowners to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter.
Sixth-grade field trip canceled
A Central Lakes College play that has won international recognition is not quite prime time for Forestview Middle School sixth-graders.
Friends, family to gather to honor Little Falls Marine
LITTLE FALLS (AP) - Friends and family will gather Sunday and Monday to remember a Little Falls Marine who was killed in Iraq.
Relatives anxious over man's disappearance
AITKIN - The disappearance of Wally Morgan Thompson of Brainerd has been a disturbing and upsetting time for Thompson's sister, Mary Jo Delaney, who was living with Thompson at the time he went missing.
Point of view
This window display is in downtown Brainerd. Where is it? Find the answer Monday.
Pets of the week
Gus is a black and white male kitten that was brought in as a stray. He loves to snuggle with the other cats. He'd make a wonderful addition to a family that will give him the love he deserves.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 11 - 40 years ago (1965) - A group of Nisswa fifth- and sixth-graders, under the direction of Miss Constance Bryant, faculty member, will present a program over the Walker and Alexandria TV stations this Monday. The program will include both instrumental and vocal music.
PEQUOT LAKES - Collaboration between Cass and Crow Wing counties may extend to the Judicial Center going up in Brainerd.
"I talked about how Jerry not only impacted our community and school but also the surrounding community. Jerry's name is synonymous with Pillager."
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities recognized Joe Opatz, president of Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, for legislation he sponsored as a state representative to change statutory language that eliminates outdated terms.
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Lorraine J. Hagen
PEQUOT LAKES - Lorraine J. Hagen, age 81, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Pleasant Hill Community Church, rural Pequot Lakes. Burial will follow services in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Willim-St. Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes.
Harry N. Gottsch Sr.
PALISADE - Harry Nelson Gottsch Sr., 70, of Palisade, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud. He was born Feb. 28, 1935, in Waterberry, Neb., to Frank and Edna (Imm) Gottsch. He left school at an early age to help out at home, but later attended carpentry school at Brainerd Technical School.
Helen Blair, of Brainerd, died Thursday evening, Dec. 8, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Lloyd Andrew Olson
OAK LAWN TOWNSHIP - Lloyd Andrew Olson, 83, of Oak Lawn Township, died Dec. 8, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born on Oct. 5, 1922, in Cuyuna to Andrew and Florence (Rassat) Olson.
Herbert B. Anderson
PALISADE - Herbert B. Anderson, age 87, died Dec. 7, 2005, at the Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
I read with concern the efforts by the city of Brainerd and Baxter to establish a sales tax for public improvements.
I'm all for neighborhood elementary schools, but why do we need to pay a principal $90,000 to operate a school of 120 pupils? We need to look at changing the balance of administration. We have elementary schools with 500-600 students and one principal while there are schools with 100-250 pupils with one principal. What is wrong with that picture?
I can tell it's going to be one of those days where speed and efficiency elude me.
Saving the land for all
Following an agreement signed on Nov. 29, the largest working forest easement in Minnesota history is now located in Crow Wing County.
Technology, kids and the outdoors do not mix, so choices must be made
Darn near have the whole TV remote, DVD, VCR thing figured out. I've even mastered the options on my cell phone. Yet I keep falling farther and farther behind in the dizzying world of technology.
New law requires sticker to ride snowmobile trails
Minnesota snowmobilers are now required to have a sticker to operate on any state or grant-in-aid trail in Minnesota. The new law took effect Oct. 1.
Hunting over food plots is just as unethical as hunting over bait
Chris Niskanen's article in the Nov. 27 Brainerd Dispatch regarding illegal deer baiting correctly identified the probable reasons Minnesota hunters bait deer. However, I suggest a broader issue was left unexamined.
Loss of 950 acres of Morrison County public hunting land will be missed
It's with mixed emotions that I write about the Brainerd Lakes Forest Legacy project. I'm elated that 4,800 acres of Crow Wing County land will remain open to the public. But while researching the story I learned that 950 acres in Morrison County are being closed.
Foreign exchange student bags buck
Luck of the hunter is a fickle thing, but every once in awhile success smiles upon a young man and concedes, "this is too good to not let happen."
Promote or perish is the way of the world in fishing, too
I was leaving Westside Cafe last week after wolfing down three eggs, toast and bacon with my father-in-law, Lewis, and Butch Blasing, a member of my guide team, when I ran into a couple of local businessmen.
Holly Schellin and Mike Woelfel were married July 16, 2005, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Jennifer Peterson and Bradley Thesing announce their engagement. Parents are Gerald and Dorothy Peterson, Baxter, and Greg and JoAnne Thesing, Fort Ripley. An April 22, 2006, wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Vi Livingston will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house luncheon from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. No gifts please. She was born Dec. 18, 1915.
Lana Steiff and Andy Erickson announce their engagement. Parents are Alan and Julie Steiff, Brainerd, and Randy and Connie Erickson, International Falls. An April 29, 2006, wedding is planned at First Presbyterian Church.
Bethani Baker and Ryan Burggraff announce their engagement. Parents are Joe and Peggy Baker, Fort Ripley, and Dave and Donna Burggraff, Brainerd. A June 24, 2006, wedding is planned at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul.
Irvin and Addie Olson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 26, 1955, in Hewitt.
Emily Beckmann and Tim Gilbertson announce their engagement. Parents are Jim Beckmann, Baxter, and Nancy Beckmann, Brainerd, and Margie Winner, Lees Summit, Mo., and the late Charles Gilbertson, Olathe, Kan. A Dec. 17 wedding is planned in Olathe.
Sarah Weinand and Josh Rosvold were married June 18, 2005, at The Journey Church in Nisswa with Pastor Scott Pederson officiating.
Alyson A. Aakhus and Eric W. Swanson announce their engagement. Parents are James Aakhus, Victoria, and Mary and John Olson, Bemidji, and Richard and Cheryl Swanson, Sioux Falls, S.D. An April 14, 2007, wedding is planned in Minneapolis.
Kameron Babin and Chad Genz were married Sept. 10, 2005, at Our Savior's Church in Outing with the Rev. Robert Alle officiating.
Upcoming sporting events
Bunyan Invitational has share of surprises
If the success he had in football carries over onto the wrestling mat Kyle Girtz is going to have one successful wrestling season.
Szymanski saves the way for Patriots
It's hard to top the way Bryce Szymanski started the boys' hockey season.
A "Dine with the Warriors" fund-raiser is scheduled 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Culver's of Baxter.
Meyer makes the most of her minutes
The Pierz Pioneers girls' basketball team has a new philosophy this season - quality, not quantity.
Ely nips Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin
CROSBY- Zach Engen opened the scoring for Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin and added two assists as the Grizzlies lost to Ely 5-4 in boys' hockey Tuesday.
Denied! S-M's Peterson still stuck on 599
STAPLES - Lynn Peterson waited seven months to win his 600th career game, so one more day won't hurt.
Rangers defeat Lakers
CROSBY-IRONTON - Trevor Dickie led the Rangers with 14 points in their 52-45 victory over Detroit Lakes in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Community mourns loss of 'Mr. Pillager'
Every community needs a Jerry Fornshell.
Stanfield's 21 points help Warriors defeat Otters
FERGUS FALLS - Landon Stanfield scored 21 points and had six assists to help the Brainerd Warriors defeat the Fergus Falls Otters 63-49 in Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Cardinals get the best of Wolverines
WADENA - Chelsea Einerwold scored 15 points and Sam Rosenthal added 10 in leading the Staples-Motley Cardinals past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 53-44 in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Scrapbooking goes digital
CONCORD, N.H. - Wendy Armstrong won't confess how much money she used to spend on scrapbooking supplies, but she does admit nearly kicking her daughter out of her nursery to make more room for the piles of paper and decorative doodads.
Xbox 360 delivers, for all types of gamers
It only took Microsoft Corp. two tries to get it right in the video game console business.
Two video projectors break new ground
NEW YORK - For most people, video projectors are something to covet rather than to buy: They're good for office conference rooms, but too pricey for what they do to justify buying for the home.
Momentum grows for tech platform to meld wireless and wireline services
NEW YORK - As easy as it is to connect these days by Internet, cellular, Wi-Fi and plain old telephones, the networks that make all that possible can't communicate well with one another.
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Bring on more snow
Weather drawing by Mackenzie Dondelinger in the Lowell School fourth-grade class of Mr. Meyer.
Wisconsin state forecast
Lake effect snow advisory from late this afternoon through much of sunday morning for parts of the lake superior snowbelt...
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Decreasing clouds west and central. Scattered snow or rain
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Cloudy with a chance of snow. Snow possibly mixed with rain
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy. Chance
State forecast for S.D.
Wind advisory west today...
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Lakes Area will meet at 6 p.m. Monday upstairs at the American Legion in Brainerd. All mothers of children in the armed forces are welcome to attend.
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