'Spunk' helps overcome penny-pinching
WASHINGTON - Somewhere between birth and what is now the possible demise of the domestic automobile industry, "American" became a bad word.
Reluctance to help Detroit reeks of class bias
WASHINGTON - It has happened repeatedly in the last several weeks - well-paid, well-known journalists questioning the wisdom of "bailing out Detroit," of helping an industry whose union-represented workers have substantially better wages and benefits than other manual or skilled laborers, or, more precisely, who are better compensated than their nonunion counterparts working at foreign-owned rival companies building cars and trucks in the United States.
"Merrick's Eleventh Hour," the latest romantic suspense novel by Brainerd author Wendy Rosnau, is available.
UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS
FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Developing a love affair
For Lorraine Embretson, passion for photography began in the darkroom
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas Around the World at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls.
Craving cut-out cookies at Christmas
When I was a little girl, I remember going to Grandma's house, and there on the kitchen counter would sit her old-fashioned glass cookie jar. A favorite of Grandma's was frosted cut-out ginger cookies. My sisters and I to this day still enjoy grandma's recipe, especially at Christmastime. These cut-out cookies are a fun recipe my grandkids can help decorate.
Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen fundraiser
A Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen fundraiser dinner will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Prairie Bay in Baxter. Cost is $20 per plate. All proceeds will benefit the soup kitchen. Call Prairie Bay at 824-6444 for reservations.
Brainerd Family YMCA kicks off its Y Partners campaign
The Brainerd Family YMCA has kicked off its eighth annual Y Partners Support Campaign with a goal of $20,000.
James and Deborah (Hernandez) Nysather, San Francisco, a boy, Harry James, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, Dec. 4, 2008. Grandparents are Ricardo Hernandez, San Francisco, Carolina Hernandez, San Francisco, the late Harry Nysather, and Louise Nysather, Brainerd.
Hayley Edwards (Merriman), Hillman, a boy, Mason James Merriman, 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces, Nov. 18, 2008. Grandparents are Stacy and Art Steele, Clearwater, and Jim Merriman and Stephanie Olsrud, Coon Rapids.
Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers receives award
Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers, Pequot Lakes, was awarded the fifth annual Crow Wing Power Touchstone Energy Community Award.
BURGLARY - Ronald Manger, 17000 block of Crow Wing County Road 1, Fifty Lakes, Tuesday reported his pole barn broken into.
Cancer support group to meet
CROSBY - Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Riverwood Healthcare Center sponsor a monthly cancer support group. December's meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in CRMC's MIMIS Conference Room.
Helping anglers get ready for the ice-fishing season
With the recent cold spell and snow, anglers in Minnesota are slowly starting to gather on the frozen water.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
The Bee-Nay-She Council Bird Club invites volunteers in the Brainerd, Aitkin and Crosby areas to join citizen scientists across the western hemisphere and participate in Audubon's 109th annual Christmas Bird Count.
OH, CHRISTMAS TREES
Do you have a recent scenic picture that shows the beauty of the lakes area? Send it to email@example.com for possible publication in the Neighbors section. Be sure to include your name, where you are from, a brief description of the photo and when and where it was taken.
Go to Any Length
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Do you have a treasured photo? Send us your favorite family photographs, including a brief description of the photo and when it was taken, for possible publication in the Neighbors section. Submit your recent photos to: kathi.nagorski@ brainerddispatch. com or drop them off at the Dispatch.
Brainerd area fish, wildlife and forestry offices in Brainerd will sponsor an informational and public input meeting from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 16 in Room C236 at Central Lakes College to review language in the recently passed Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment, and more specifically, the Outdoor Heritage Fund portion of the amendment.
Explore the lore: Jingling all the way to the Byway
'Tis the season for songs about jingle bells, the sounds of jingle bells in the air - and the creation of a Byway jingle.
PETS OF THE WEEK
Milly (left) and Wendy are 12-week-old female kittens available for adoption at Heartland Animal Rescue Team. The shelter currently has many kittens to choose from.Brainerd Dispatch/Heidi Lake
Teens recognized for lifesaving efforts
WALKER - Nine Walker-area teens were boating and tubing at the north end of Walker Bay of Leech Lake late afternoon Aug. 16 when a big wave from a boat wake knocked Heather Felix of Walker into the water and knocked her unconscious.
Study details students' use of alcohol
Did you know that 21 percent of sixth-graders in the Brainerd School District have tried alcohol? And that more than half of the ninth-graders and three-fourths of the high school seniors in Brainerd have tried alcohol.
The Brainerd Family YMCA next swim lesson schedule is available at the YMCA and on the Web at brainerdlakesymca.org.
TAKING THAT FIRST STEP
Shoveling sidewalks, bagging groceries, busing tables, pumping gas.
This was Brainerd
Koering cites impact of cuts on local units
The first tangible effects of Minnesota's expected $5.27 billion deficit in the next two years may hit Main Street in the next few weeks if local government aid payments are unalloted by the governor, Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, said Wednesday afternoon.
The Brainerd outdoor skating rinks' warming houses will open at 5 p.m. Friday at Gregory Park, 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at Bane Park and 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Mill Avenue Park.
This was Brainerd
December 10 - 60 years ago (1948) - Temperatures dropped to minus 20 degrees in Brainerd last night from a high Thursday of 11 degrees.
We need a Christmas miracle.
Schultz resigns; panel to look at candidates
Crosslake has a vacancy to fill on its city council.
Brainerd curriculum/activities meeting scheduled for Tuesday
The Brainerd School Board Curriculum/Student Activities Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak St., Brainerd.
Always wear life jackets and take along an Eagle Scout.
Priest in trouble with county for Garrison center
GARRISON - Despite claims that his land does not fall under county or state authority, an Itasca County priest faces misdemeanor criminal charges for not getting permits for a resource center he is building in Garrison Township.
LITTLE FALLS - Members of the Central Minnesota Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died.
Cass sheriff's deputy faces felony charges
WALKER - Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Holmes Karbowski, 77, Bena, was arraigned earlier this month in Cass County District Court on two felony theft counts and one of presenting false claims to a public officer or body.
Brainerd Red Cross office needs rescue
The American Red Cross North Star Chapter is hoping for a Christmas miracle that will save its Brainerd office.
Alternative fuels company receives Initiative Foundation financing
The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation recently announced plans to provide funding support to Oak Creek Pellets.
Dawn Meyer, wonderful mother of twins, age 45, of Shoreview, Minn., graduated from Pillager High School, died Dec. 8, 2008. Preceded in death by parents, Mac and Sallie Goble. Survived by husband, Mark; children, Sarah and Phillip; brother, Jack Goble.
David L. Erie
David Lee Erie was born May 12, 1952, in Minneapolis, the son of Lee and Kathryn Erie. He grew up in Garrison, Minn., where he lived for several years.
Luella I. Schultz
PEQUOT LAKES - Luella Ida Schultz, 85, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Funeral services for Luella will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, Minn., with the Rev. Frank Milo officiating.
Arthur D. Lindroth
Arthur DuWayne Lindroth, age 81, of Brainerd, died on Dec. 8, 2008, at his home.
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George H. Amundson
McGREGOR - George H. Amundson, age 71, of McGregor, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
E. Harry Norr
GOLDEN VALLEY - E. Harry Norr, 95-year-old resident of Golden Valley, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at the Colonial Acres Assisted Living in Golden Valley.
Agatha M. Johnson
Agatha M. Johnson, 86-year-old resident of Brainerd, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 3-6 p.m. at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
James R. Coleman
James R. Coleman, 73, Brainerd, passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born in Detroit on April 28, 1935, to Charles and Marian Coleman.
Della Shanks, age 83, resident of Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born March 29, 1925, in Nokay Lake Township to Wesley and Gina (Pedersen) Swartout.
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Donald 'Tiny' Spencer
PILLAGER - Donald C. "Tiny" Spencer, 46, of Pillager, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. Services for Tiny will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the Merrifield Community Church of the Nazarene in Merrifield, Minn. Friends are welcome to gather one hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
BAXTER - Kelly Long, age 31, resident of Baxter, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. She was born April 30, 1977, in Brainerd to Michael Murphy and Lucy Ulm. She married Shawn Long on June 26, 1999, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Kelly was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She was also an avid gardener and a loving wife and mother.
In its first major effort to revive our moribund economy, the government borrowed billions from China and others. The funds were used to send checks of up to $600 to taxpayers. People either saved the money or went to Wal-Mart and Target to buy imports, thus returning the funds to our Asian creditors. Our government is still on the hook for the loans plus interest, although we did create some low paying retail jobs.
When passing through Pequot Lakes on Sunday, I was surprised to see two flags in the city park. Only one was half staff - the other was not. That one happened to be on the veterans memorial. With the long history of sacrifice to our country by our millions of veterans, couldn't someone take an extra couple of minutes to show some well-deserved respect and lower both flags.
OUR OPINION: CORRUPTION
If the charges are true, the political corruption committed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is among the most brazenly crooked acts in American politics.
Well, we have reached the closing of the year. It has been an interesting time -- the worst of times and the best of times. We saw the stock market reach record high, the fastest and worst drop on record, and also one of the largest gains ever. I haven't heard of anyone jumping out of the window on Wall Street but the bottom probably isn't here yet.
Dinh-o-mite: Goalie stonewalls Alex
Nhi Dinh stopped every shot but one.
Spuds heat up in second half
The Moorhead Spuds closed out the first half with an 11-0 run and went on to defeat the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team 53-42 Tuesday at Brainerd High School.
Albany 38, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 34
Area riders fare well at Hill City
Round I of the ISOC Minnesota Regional series was raced Dec. 5-6 at Park-X in Hill City.
Cardinals snag conference win
CROSBY - Brooke Simonson scored 20 points for the Staples-Motley Cardinals in a 65-54 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
Smith, Warriors top Sabres
SARTELL - Sam Smith scored a 35.675 to win the all-around and help the Brainerd Warriors to a 137.525-128.825 Central Lakes Conference gymnastics victory over Sartell Tuesday.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Ski Gull Alpine Team's 2009 registration has begun.
Warriors fall in opener
ALEXANDRIA - Brainerd's Kyle Crocker scored 14 points and Ben Gervais tallied 11, but the Alexandria Cardinals had four players score in double figures leading to a 61-44 Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball victory Tuesday.
Brainerd girls win invite
ST. CLOUD - Brainerd's Hannah McAllister, Tina Borgstrom, Amanda Finstad and Jenna Ruzich combined for a time of 13:33 to win the St. Cloud Apollo Nordic ski invite Tuesday.
LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS
Brainerd Warriors dance team coach Cindy Clough will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins at noon Thursday at the Moose Lodge.
Pierz wins big over C-I
PIERZ - Pierz's John Omann and Sean Huls both improved to 4-0 with victories in Tuesday's 55-6 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a wrestling matchup of Section 6-1A teams.
Flyers edge Cathedral
LITTLE FALLS - Izaac Berglund scored the game-winning power-play goal in overtime, off assists from Ben Hanowski and Adam Dougherty, as the third-ranked Little Falls Flyers boys' hockey team improved to 3-0 with a 5-4 win over fifth-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday.
Thesing thriving as team leader
Emily Thesing will have to shoulder much of the load initially for the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team.
Cards blank Warriors 2-0
You can lead a game in hits but you still have to score.
Warriors set to make waves
With 18 seniors back the Brainerd Warrior boys' swimming and diving team has a bull's-eye on its back.
Pierz erupts in overtime for 76-67 win
LITTLE FALLS - Breck Weber scored 22 and Tyler Monson added 20 as the Pierz Pioneers opened their season with a 76-67 overtime win over the Little Falls Flyers Tuesday.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy...Breezy and warmer. Slight chance of light snow far north central and northeast. Highs from the mid 20s far northeast...To the lower to mid 40s west.
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Breezy. Snow likely northeastern
Sertoma's Winter Wonderland
Weather drawing by Alex Haapajoki in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy. Chance of rain or snow
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. Light snow likely northwest in the afternoon. A chance of light snow west central. Highs from the upper teens north...To the lower 20s southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries north and east. A
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Cloudy...Snow northwest. Snow developing central and south.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy. Becoming breezy west. Areas of light snow or light rain west through far south...Possibly mixed with light freezing rain far southeast in the morning. A chance of light snow northeast. Highs 25 to 30 far northeast...To near 40 southwest and south central.
Let it snow, let it snow
Weather drawing by Lucas Edevold in the 3-4 Multiage class of Eagle View Elementray, Pequot Lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy.
State forecast for N.D.
.Today...Variable cloudiness with scattered light snow showers.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers near the lake superior snowbelt. Scattered flurries northwest. Highs from the mid teens west central...To the mid 20s southeast. Temperatures falling in the afternoon.
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