CROSBY - At the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, they are getting used to people who need to take a second look upon entering the building.
Proud of expansion
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center board chairman Roger Twigg (left) talked with Dr. Monica Goodwin, family physician, and Tom Reek, chief executive officer. The medical center recently completed a campus expansion project it began in 2005 and will host an open house on Dec. 21. Brainerd Dispatch/Renee Richardson
BAXTER - Heidi Brenna recently joined Widseth Smith Nolting's architectural team as project manager.
Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners
Cass County Board of Commissioners
The Brainerd Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Tom and Heather Nixon, Deerwood, a girl, Kirsten Lynn, 7 pounds, 10.5 ounces, Dec. 9, 2008. Grandparents are Bonnie Nixon and Jim Belfiori, Deerwood, Cab and Susan Nixon, Nisswa, and Cliff and Mary Monette, Bruno. Great-grandparents are Gloria Bisek, Crosby, and Jane Nixon, Florida.
Baxter City Council
The American Legion Auxiliary will have a soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Post, 708 Front Street. Cost is $5. Call 829-2249 for take-out orders.
PROPERTY DAMAGE - Douglas Brackin, Fifty Lakes, Thursday reported hitting a deer with his vehicle.
Little Falls City Council
A chance to give yourself as a Christmas present
This is the time of year when we are reminded that it is better to give than to receive. As we get caught up in the frantic pace of Christmas shopping we forget that giving doesn't have to mean spending money. It also means giving of our self.
Meaningful and affordable children's gifts
As a gift-giver, sometimes it's hard to know what to give, and how much. But gift-giving's core isn't about spending. It's really about the relationship between the giver and the receiver. It's an exchange that reflects what you know about each other - shared history, personalities, and interests.
No need to dream about a white Christmas now
The first major winter storm of the season was expected to make its grand entrance into the Brainerd lakes area Saturday and the storm will be followed by frigid below zero temperatures.
Christmas Extravaganza at Lowell School
Ethan Goodrow meticulously placed each sprinkle onto the gingerbread cookies he made Thursday night at the Lowell School Christmas Extravaganza. Cookie making was just one of many Christmas themed stations that students and their families could visit. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
THE LESSONS LINGER: REMEMBERING THE DEPRESSION
Gifts - a checkerboard or dolls - arrived at Christmastime to a family that had love to spare but little money.
You didn't think you were poor. Everybody was in the same boat. We were warm. We weren't hungry. We were loved. What more do you need?
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - 20 years ago (1988) - Dutch Cragun, a Gull Lake resorter, sounded like a kid with a new toy on Christmas morning. Cragun, the Ski Gull president, was happy to report Saturday that Ski Gull's snowmaking equipment was in operation.
Headlines hinted that trouble was brewing
In the summer and early fall of 1929, Ty Cobb made baseball headlines and an Evanston, Ill., police chief promised to arrest any woman who walked the streets in a backless bathing suit.
Eugene W. Modl
BAXTER - Eugene W. Modl, of Baxter, Minn., went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 11, 2008. He was born to Francis and Andrew Modl in Eau Claire, Wis., Aug. 11, 1924.
Lauretta F. Oddson
PEQUOT LAKES - Lauretta Frances Oddson, age 103, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Dec. 10, 2008, at home. She was born Aug. 31, 1905, in St. Paul to Daniel and Harriet Cunningham.
BAXTER - Gaberiel Marlin James Patrick, one-month-old, Baxter, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born Nov. 10, 2008.
CROSBY - Melville Norlander, age 83, of Irondale Township died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born July 14, 1925, in Cornwall, Pa., to Gustaf and Gurlyn (Treloar) Norlander.
RANDALL - Paul Grey, 80-year-old resident of Randall, Minn., died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at his home in Randall.
Gay Zelinske, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd surrounded by family at the age of 87. Gay was born May 12, 1921, in Milton Township of Dodge County, Minn., to Charles and Jenny (Rose) Zelinske. He married Kathleen Andrist on Nov. 28, 1939. They moved to Brainerd following their marriage.
Edward L. Matuska
CROSBY - Edward Luke Matuska, age 102, Crosby, died Dec. 10, 2008, in Crosby. He was born July 11, 1906, in Silver Lake, Minn., to James and Mary (Ruzciska) Mutuska. He graduated from the McLeod County School in 1921. He was U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was a master auto body and fender man by trade.
John T. Anderson
John T. Anderson, 71, St. Cloud
John P. Miller Sr.
DES MOINES, Iowa - John P. Miller Sr., Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of Crosby, Minn., died Dec. 1, 2008, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Duane Schwendeman, age 76, of Brainerd, passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Funeral services with military honors will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter. Friends may call for one hour prior to services at the Chapel.
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A scandal waiting to happen
WASHINGTON - Rod Blagojevich was a scandal waiting to happen.
The article Ten ways to help the economy in the Dec. 3 Dispatch was an excellent reminder to us of how each one of us may help. May we have more similar articles?
Muzzleloaders took 33 deer - up from 15 last year - during the 11th annual hunt at Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd.
A change in plans
The drive from Brainerd to Deerwood - on Highway 18 and then Highway 6, near Bay Lake - was a blur. And the road seemed to go on and on and on.
Running gamut of ice-fishing gimmicks
It's almost time to pack up the deer hunting equipment and focus on the ice fishing.
Bud and Donnie (Lofgren) Smilonich, 2524 Woodridge Lane, Brainerd, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 10 with a private family celebration in Sauk Rapids. They were married Dec. 10, 1948, in Brainerd.
Katie Baratto and Kendall Sawyer were married May 24, 2008, at an outdoor service at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake with Bob DeYoung officiating.
Five generations recently gathered were Charlotte Bistodeau, daughter, St. Cloud; Jason Bistodeau, father, St. Cloud; Cindy Bistodeau, grandmother, Emily; Joan Novak, great-grandmother, Baxter; and Charlotte Troyanek, great-great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Bob and Bonnie Pickar, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Bada Bing's Club and Restaurant. The event is hosted by their children and grandchildren. They were married Dec. 20, 1958, in Brainerd.
Brooke Lundquist and Adam Beebe announce their engagement. Parents are Peggy Craig, Minnetonka, and David Lundquist, Deephaven, and Kerry and Mary Beebe, Baxter. A Dec. 31 wedding is planned at Mount Olivet Church in Minneapolis.
Cassandra Hill and Jason Moe were married May 17, 2008, at the Lakes Area Christian Church in Brainerd with Douglas Hill officiating.
Lauren Sedahl and Adam Bourassa announce their engagement. Parents are Geoff and Shirley Williams, Brainerd, and Dan and Dianne Bourassa, Pillager. A Jan. 24, 2009, wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with a reception to follow at the Brainerd Armory.
Kayla Frank and Derek Pallansch were married Oct. 4, 2008, at Lord of Life Church in Baxter with Erika Nilsen officiating.
Sara Hemquist and Dr. Patrick L. Goebel were married Sept. 27, 2008, at Voyageur Environmental Center in Mound with Pastor David Holte officiating.
Peeters at home in Raiders uniform
Central Lakes College was not what C.J. Peeters wanted, but it may have been what he needed.
Staples-Motley remains unbeaten
STAPLES - Nikki Pearson and Brooke Simonson both scored 22 points as Staples-Motley beat Cass Lake-Bena 69-50 in non-conference play Friday.
Armstrong outscores Flying Warriors
The Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors had their two-game win streak snapped Friday by the Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons 4-1 in non-conference play at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Aitkin earns split at Milaca triangular
MILACA - Aitkin had four wrestlers win two matches at the Milaca triangular Friday.
Flyers' Berglund makes things happen on both ends of rink
Izaak Berglund has the green light to ignite the red light.
Warriors open by sweeping Willmar
WILLMAR - The 200 medley relay swam the fourth-fastest time in school history and the Brainerd Warriors won all 12 events in a season-opening 104-74 Central Lakes Conference meet Friday.
3-pointer at the buzzer dooms Brainerd
SAUK RAPIDS - Sauk Rapids' Tyler Stein drained one of his four 3-pointers with the final buzzer sounding to steal a 58-57 Central Lakes Conference victory from the Brainerd Warriors Friday.
Sophomore girls fall
The Brainerd sophomore girls basketball team lost to Willmar 55-35 on Thursday.
S-M'S Nikki Pearson picks apart defenses
Opponents beware: Nikki Pearson is on the attack.
Flyers run record to 4-0
LITTLE FALLS - Ben Nelson scored two goals and had an assist that led the undefeated Little Falls Flyers to a 4-3 win against the Alexandria Cardinals in a Central Lakes Conference and Section 6-1A game Friday.
Glover leads Raiders to victory
WORTHINGTON - Bam Glover scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Central Lakes College Raiders past Minnesota West 76-47 in non-conference play Friday.
Tabery, W-DC downs Pillager 81-30
WADENA - Donny Tabery tallied 17 points and nine assists to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to an 81-30 non-conference victory over the Pillager Huskies Friday.
Bluejays peck out win over CLC
WORTHINGTON - Stephanie Neugebauer scored 16 points and Brittany Miller tallied nine in the Central Lakes College Raiders 63-41 loss to the Minnesota West Bluejays in non-division women's basketball Friday.
Pierz to honor boys' basketball greats Tuesday
PIERZ - The Pierz boys' basketball team will play its first home game Tuesday against the Zimmerman Thunder.
Four Warriors advance to semifinals
Four Brainerd Warriors were among 20 area wrestlers who advanced to Saturday's semifinals in the Paul Bunyan Invitational at Brainerd High School.
State forecast for Minnesota
Blizzard warning far northwest tonight through 6 am
Waiting for more snow
Weather drawing by Zachary Strong in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in the mid
State forecast for S.D.
Blizzard warning west...Central...And northeast for tonight through sunday evening...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for northwest wisconsin mainly saturday night through monday morning...
State forecast for N.D.
.Blizzard warning northwest this afternoon...Southwest and
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