There's someplace like home
BAXTER -- An upscale 54-room hotel with a niche in extended-stay travelers was added to area lodging options this month.
Schwan's tweaking name as part of its 2003 reorganization
MARSHALL (AP) -- Schwan's Sales Enterprises Inc. is starting 2003 with a new name.
Movie Gallery turns up all over town
It seems the Movie Gallery name is showing up repeatedly in Brainerd.
Bob Wallenius has been named a graphic designer with Evergreen Press, publishers of Lake Country Journal Magazine, Brainerd.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 1,600. Last Friday: 467. Year ago Friday: 484. Thursday actual: 543.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 410, a year ago 295.
A special meeting of the Baxter EDA will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday. The regular meeting of the Baxter City Council will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Baxter City Hall, 50 Memorywood Drive N.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
ONAMIA -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 169, 12 miles north of Onamia.
Pillager school board Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday Superintendent's office
Board of County Commissioners Crow Wing County, Minnesota Dec. 17, 2002, Commissioners' room in courthouse
State health officials outline smallpox preparations
MINNEAPOLIS -- As many as 10,000 Minnesota health care workers will be vaccinated after Jan. 24 in preparation for a possible smallpox attack, state health officials said Friday.
Koering objects to medical data collection
Sen.-elect Paul Koering on Friday stated his objection to a Minnesota Department of Health rule that permits the department to collect personal medical data from patients at Minnesota hospitals, HMOs, and insurance companies without the patients' consent.
A whole lot of toys for kids
Heartland Detachment Marine Corps League members Jim Shubert (left) and Ken Magloughlin filled bags with toys for needy families Friday at the Brainerd National Guard Armory. The Toys For Kids project has collected enough toys for 1,200 or more children to receive gifts this Christmas. Donations are accepted at several drop-off points around the Brainerd area. (Dispatch Photo by Nels Norquist)
The Brainerd School District's Legislative Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the district office to discuss legislative issues with Senator Elect Paul Koering and representatives Greg Blaine and Dale Walz.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1972) - Checks have been received throughout Crow Wing County in the grand total amount of $397,498 as part of the federal government's revenue sharing program. Brainerd's check arrived at city hall in the amount of $41,576.
St. Francis school fourth-graders were treated to a limousine ride and lunch at Wendy's in Brainerd Friday. The class of 14 students raised nearly $3,000, the highest of any class, in their annual fund-raising marathon. The money raised is used to help pay for computers, scholarships and many other expenses. (Dispatch Photo by Nels Norquist)
The Dispatch incorrectly listed the name of the person who is collecting donations for a reward for information regarding the disappearance of Erika Dalquist. Contributions can be sent to Jan Loftis, at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 7, Pillager, Minn., 56473, or by calling (218) 746-3131.
The Vikings will try to break their long road losing streak against New Orleans today. Read about it in Sports Monday.
Getting ready for growth
As a growing outstate regional center, lakes area residents can expect a future with a more urban environment and greater spending to protect natural resources.
No clues found
A search of a stock pond Friday in Morrison County turned up no clues into the disappearance of Erika Dalquist, the 21-year-old Brainerd girl missing since Oct. 30.
Amid crisis, opportunity
BAXTER -- They didn't exactly say it was no problem but Crow Wing County's five legislators agreed that Minnesota's $4.5 billion budget deficit is an opportunity to redefine government.
Nine residents seeking Pequot Lakes council seats
PEQUOT LAKES -- Nine residents are vying for two seats on the Pequot Lakes City Council.
Housing identified as vital need as 5-county area grows
Bob Hutton's discussion in October with a state demographer about growth in the five-county area gave him a surprise when it pinpointed an area need that jumped off the page.
Jerry Buscher, 64, Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at his home.
Tom L. Hanson
AITKIN -- Tom L. Hanson, 28, Aitkin, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, in Aitkin.
LITTLE FALLS -- Constance Mowers, 82, Little Falls, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 at her home.
Laura D. Vogt
NEWELL, S.D. -- Laura D. Vogt, 97, Newell, S.D., and formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at the Sturgis Long Term Care Center in Sturgis, S.D.
John T. Vagle
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- John T. Vagle, 93, Great Falls, Mont., formerly of Verndale, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Benesis Hospital in Great Falls, Mont.
CROSSLAKE -- Michael Seibert, 57, Crosslake, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at his home.
Step down Mr. Kissinger
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Where has Christmas gone? The city of Brainerd has said "no more turkey or ham for Christmas" for their employees, because they don't have the money. These employees work their butts off. I personally don't work for the city, and I don't think I would want to.
Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, soon to again be Senate Majority Leader, has long softened his old-fashioned conservatism with a winning smile and glib sociability. But now he has let slip just how old-fashioned he is.
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What's new in the ice fishing world
Ice fishing once was the forgotten season.
Craftsman makes handmade muzzleloaders
FRENCH RIVER (AP) -- Gray November light passes through panes of glass, illuminating Brent Gurtek's workbench.
Sassy chipmunks quiet down come winter
Where's the winter white?
The Professional Walleye Trail has announced a new award to honor the memory of Norb Wallock, a touring pro who died of cancer in September.
Jim and Shan Eisler, East Gull Lake, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at home with friends and family.
BriAnne Erpelding and Jacob Zauhar announce their engagement.
Kari Kapsner and Steven 'Dave' Mitchell were married Oct. 17, 2002, at Kiwanis Park with Darrell M. Paske officiating.
Jennifer Heise and Jim Ernster were married Aug. 3, 2002, at St. Thomas of the Pines in East Gull Lake with Father Bill Skarich officiating.
Mandi Durr and Capt. Michael Stachour, United States Army, originally from Brainerd, announce their engagement.
Kelli Waldeland and Paul Kuehl were married Aug. 10, 2002, at Camrose Hill Flower Garden in Stillwater.
Amy Gray and Grant Ellingson were married Oct. 19, 2002, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd with Father Glenn Derby officiating.
Maijaliisa Rene Korpela and James Edward Boileau Jr. were married July 6, 2002, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth with the Rev. Aaron Kramer and Father Dale Nau officiating.
Priyadarshini Ann Schellin and Sgt. Leonard Allan Muehr announce their engagement.
Anton and Anona Mogensen, Baxter, will celebrate their 50th anniversary Friday.
Jamie Nelson and Jared Forbord announce their engagement.
Jessica Steinhorst and Tim Larson were married Sept. 21, 2002, at United Methodist Church in Alexandria with Pastor Dan Clites officiating.
Woman gets two-year jail term in fire deaths of three boys
GLENCOE (AP) -- A Hutchinson woman was sentenced to two years in jail Friday for the deaths of her son and two other boys in a house fire that broke out when she was out selling marijuana.
Flyer wrestlers win two dual meets
PRINCETON -- The Little Falls Flyers won two of three meets at the Princeton quadrangular Friday, defeating Benilde-St. Margaret's 66-7 and Princeton 42-33 and losing to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 33-31.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Jaran Sharp is only a sophomore and has much to learn.
Local sports short
Brainerd boys' basketball player Jake Phillips has been named Central Lakes Conference player of the week ending Dec. 7.
Area events Saturday
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
LITTLE FALLS -- One year of varsity experience is a commodity the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team has and the Little Falls Flyers need.
Cardinals pick up first win over Tigers
PINE RIVER -- Aaron Kelly's 20 points and 10 Staples-Motley three-point baskets led the Cardinals past the Pine River-Backus Tigers 66-37 Friday in Mid-State Conference boys basketball.
Central Lakes College basketball
Who said a victory had to be pretty?
Missed free throws contribute to overtime loss
If only the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team had a time machine, maybe it could have reversed the outcome of Friday's 76-72 overtime loss to the Ridgewater Warriors.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Michelle Honek started the girls' basketball season slowly but now she's on fire.
Smetana double trouble for Park Rapids
CROSBY -- Whitney Smetana recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Kim Rosecrans added 14 points to lead the Crosby-Ironton Rangers past the Park Rapids Panthers 42-37 Friday in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball.
Detroit Lakes shuts out Grizzlies
CROSBY -- Detroit Lakes scored often and early in a 12-0 victory over the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies in boys' hockey Friday.
The waiting game
Andy Pickar had to wait more than four hours to wrestle his first match Friday night in the Paul Bunyan Invitational at Brainerd High School.
Surgery could keep Wild's Muckalt out for remainder of season
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Minnesota Wild forward Bill Muckalt could miss the rest of the season after he has surgery on his shoulder, the team announced.
Players miffed at who was fined and who wasn't
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The bad blood between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers didn't die down any when the NFL finally handed down fines for their brawl last week.
Gophers win, force 24 turnovers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota continues to pile up the points, but first-year coach Pam Borton is more impressed with how the No. 12 Gophers are playing defense.
Deuce is loose
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Saints coach Jim Haslett is enjoying the nip that fall has finally added to New Orleans' air. He's eating well, sleeping well. He likes his team's practices, and loves the games.
St. Cloud, Denver end in 1-1 tie
ST. CLOUD -- Jon Cullen scored with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to force an extra period in St. Cloud State's 1-1 tie with Denver Friday night.
Gophers' Bauer perfect off the bench
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Michael Bauer is adjusting to his new role as Minnesota's sixth man just fine.
Changes to veterans committee bolster Oliva's hopes for Hall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Minnesota Twins star Tony Oliva said more players on the Hall of Fame's veterans committee gives him a better chance of finally being chosen.
Minnesota state forecast
Dense fog advisory extreme southeast until mid morning...
Where's the snow?
Weather drawing by Steven Croak of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of morning fog...Then becoming partly or mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny and unseasonably warm. Highs from the upper 40s northeast to around 60 parts of the southwest and south central.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from around 45 northeast to near 60 far southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory east until mid morning...
Child in need
When friends meet, a common greeting is "What's new? What have you been doing?" And the frequent response is, "I've been SO busy!"
All the staff at Lakes Area Community Outreach Program and Rock Sober are thankful for the donation that Fast Cash in Brainerd donated for our drop-in center for youth.
On behalf of 10 very happy children, we would like to thank Dolly and Larry Collette, Rod and Avis Converse, and Jim and Joan Johnson.
The Brainerd American Legion monthly pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 22. Regular and potato pancakes, French toast, two kinds of sausage, scrambled eggs, apple sauce, juice and coffee will be served.
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