1953 Chevy Bel Air is no secret for guessers
Terry Conradt of Crosslake knew last week's Guess the Vehicle, a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door sedan, up and down and sideways.
Lost in translation
Two-thirds of the way through "Spanglish," John Clasky (Adam Sandler) tells his Hispanic maid Flor Moreno (Paz Vega), "It's nice to meet you." The two had interacted throughout the movie up to that point, but now that Flor has mastered the English language, they have had their first in-depth conversation.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
Reserved seating tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at Music General, 416 S. Seventh St., Brainerd, 829-0076, or at the door before the performance.
BAXTER -- Sporting dog artwork by Harry Tollas will be on display through Jan. 31 in the Northland Arboretum Visitor Center's gallery in Baxter.
FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
The show couldn't go on without a set, lighting, make-up or costumes.
YEAR IN REVIEW: MUSIC
Common practice holds that all end-of-the-year music columns should have a bemused introduction along the lines of, "Despite what you may have gathered from listening to the radio, there actually was some good music released this year."
Make cutout sugar cookies part of holidays
What's as traditional as mistletoe over the door?
The Brainerd Economic Development Authority will meet 8 a.m. Thursday at Brainerd City Hall.
JENKINS One person was injured in a two-vehicle collision about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 371 in Jenkins, the State Patrol reported.
How to contact federal lawmakers
Sen. Mark Dayton
Show and tell
Holden Johnson (with dogs), a kindergartner at Emily Charter School, enjoyed show and tell when his dogs, Sid and Spur, came into his classroom. Other students included Meliah Schaumburg, Blake Radoush, Nathan Glenn and Sadie Johnson.
High school students investigate careers in industry at CLC-Staples
STAPLES -- The Staples campus of Central Lakes College on Dec. 7 invited high school juniors and seniors to CSI Day to investigate careers for students in industry.
Byways Web site draws international attention
America's Byways, a collection of nearly 100 premier routes in the nation, is managed by the U.S. National Scenic Byways Program and America's Byways Resource Center.
Hablan espanol, muchachos?
Central Lakes College students in Senora Juanita Kurtz's intermediate Spanish class switched from being students to teachers in a rare exercise in early childhood education.
It is not necessary to know how to swim to participate. People with severe joint problems or who have had joint surgery are encouraged to check with their physicians about precautions.
The Chamber Singers at Central Lakes College caroled their way throughout the Brainerd campus this week as students entered finals Week before the semester break Dec. 20-Jan. 7. Singers included Tanya Winterfeldt (left), Emily Jones, Jennifer Perez and Jennifer Evans, all of Brainerd, and Carol Johnson, Aitkin.
PILLAGER -- Her French Lop rabbits chase her around the yard like large, floppy-eared puppies.
Closing arguments in Moon trial today
Closing arguments in the trial of James Moon Jr. are set to begin 1 p.m. today in Crow Wing County District Court.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - The Brainerd Golf and Country Club changed hands Monday but new owner Richard Kamps of Norwood said that only minor changes were expected to be made in the golf course.
Better late than never
These three anglers were busy placing a fish house Wednesday on the Merrifield Bay of North Long Lake. Several fish houses were already in place somewhat close to the public access.
Budget, tax levy reduced
Crow Wing County reduced its 2005 budget and tax levy by about $235,000.
U.S. Forest Service to meet with Cass about timber sales
WALKER -- Cass County Board will set a special meeting in central Cass County to discuss with U.S. Forest Service officials the new forest resources management plan for the Chippewa Forest. The public will be welcome. The date and exact location haven't been decided yet.
Moe sets priorities
WALKER -- State Representative-elect Frank Moe of Bemidji, who will serve northern and eastern Cass County, discussed legislative issues Tuesday at the Cass County Board meeting.
A much larger place to assemble
BAXTER -- Following years of talk and months of construction, Heritage Assembly of God will hold its first church service Sunday.
Smoke-free policy to get airing
Crow Wing County commissioners were divided on whether the county should promote smoke-free businesses.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet 3:30 p.m. Monday in the small conference room at Brainerd City Hall.
Brainerd dance team places in two invitationals
On Saturday, the Brainerd High School Warrior Dance Team took second place at an invitational at Eastview High School and fourth place in the invitational at Lakeville High School in the high kick division.
More zoning permits this year in Cass
WALKER -- Zoning permits issued for new construction so far this year appear to continue the pattern of increasing by about 10 percent a year, Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks told the Cass County Board Tuesday.
"Are we on top of the problem? Probably not, but we are definitely having an impact."
BHS lighting the way
With construction complete, the new sidewalk entry to Brainerd High School is open with lighting for visitors and students. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Here comes Santa Claus
John Nygren of Pillager enjoyed his role as Santa Claus at Central Lakes College during the Student Senate Winter Chill Holiday Holidazzle Monday in the Fireside Lounge on the Brainerd campus, where 17-month-old Brendan Jennen and his mother, Bethany, of Baxter were among the visitors.
The Brainerd Street Department will remove snow on Oak Street, from South Sixth to Walnut streets, and on South Eighth, from Washington to Oak streets, from 4 to 8 a.m. today.
Forestview from above
Students and their parents and friends attended an open house Tuesday at the new Forestview Middle School in Baxter. The school will open for classes in January. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood
Murder trial jury still out
After five hours of deliberation, jurors in the trial of James Moon Jr. failed to reach a verdict Wednesday.
WALKER -- Cass County Highway Department employees sawed off fence posts at ground level on Mel Rateike's residential split-rail fence Dec. 9 in Hackensack, carrying out a directive the county board issued at a November board meeting.
Boys' tennis and boys and girls' golf cut from budget
The Little Falls School District set a deadline of Feb. 1 for private funding to continue any of the spring sports that were cut for this school year.
Two Brainerd men lead anti-military recruiting effort at Hamline
Two Brainerd men are leading the efforts to ban military recruiting at Hamline University in St. Paul.
People Magazine runs fantasy football photo
This photo of Brainerd area fantasy football players taken by Dispatch photographer Steve Kohls on Sept. 8, 2002, was published in the Dec. 13 People Magazine for a story about the fast-growing game of fantasy football. In the photo are Chuck Schroeder, Shawn McLain, John Blackwell, Joe Smart, Brian Helmer, Loren Keller, Doug Knox, Craig Holm, Mike Brown, and Pete and Jordan Mohs.
Loan approved for Irondale business
A Minnesota Investment Fund Loan request for a manufacturer in Irondale Township was approved by Crow Wing County Tuesday.
Shoreland PUD moratorium adopted
A six-month moratorium on shoreland planned unit developments was adopted by Crow Wing County effective Tuesday.
Cass to hike property taxes in 2005
WALKER -- The Cass County Board Tuesday set the 2005 budget. It calls for $41,624,296 in expenditures and will use $107,240 from the county's reserves.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1944) - This Christmas, Santa, please let as many of our boys over there as possible have a white Christmas and make them come home soon. Thanks a lot Santa, we all have faith in you. Sincerely, The Senior Class of 1945.
Wastewater plant estimate $21 million
Expanding the Brainerd Public Utilities wastewater treatment plant to meet future needs could cost about $21 million.
Gingerly constructing Gingerbread houses
Brainerd High School student council member Kara Rutman tried to unstick the frosting from the candy while building a gingerbread house in the school cafeteria Wednesday. Student council members each donated an entry fee and competed for the best gingerbread house during sixth hour. The money will be given to a charity the students choose.
Albert W. Otremba
PIERZ -- Albert W. Otremba, age 88, a resident of Pierz, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at the Pierz Villa.
Tim R. Shaw
Timothy Robert Shaw was born on Jan. 2, 1949, in Mankato, Minn. He was the son of Thomas R. and Betty (Osteen) Shaw. Tim was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth. He attended and graduated from Gaylord High School in 1968. Tim was employed with Tom Shaw and Sons Tiling company of Gaylord for many years.
Clara M. Demmers, 100, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
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James Roger Engen
James Roger Engen, age 66, of Brainerd, died late Tuesday evening, Dec. 14, 2004, at his home.
Clara M. Demmers
Clara M. Demmers, 100, Brainerd, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Joan R. Nelson
FARGO, N.D. -- Joan Hendrix Rosel was born July 8, 1931, at Brainerd, Minn. She grew up and received her education in Brainerd, where she graduated from high school in the late 1940's.
Reuben Theodore Thompson
Reuben Theodore Thompson, age 92, formerly of Tamarack, died Monday, December 13, 2004 at his home in the Brainerd Manor. Arrangements are pending with the Willim-St. Onge Family Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Open Forum: Find out what's really behind this war
The yellow ribbons are everywhere -- what do they mean? They seem to imply that there are people in America who do not support our troops. I can't imagine who that would be unless it's our own government which has sent men and women into war ignoring its own generals' advice about the level of force and equipment necessary for success. Has real patriotism been reduced to sticking a flag or a ribbon on one's car? These ribbons will do nothing for the troops who are coming home with shattered bodies and tortured minds and who are, in many cases, being denied needed care and treatment.
OTHER OPINION: YOUTH HOCKEY
New rules boosting the standings of teams that play clean should improve Minnesota youth hockey.
Why a moratorium on PUDs is necessary
"You can't fix an airplane while you're flying." That is how a Crow Wing County commissioner voiced his opinion concerning the dilemma faced by county officials on whether or not to call for a moratorium on Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), specifically those occurring in shoreland areas.
OUR OPINION: STEROIDS
The Hot Stove League, that time-honored tradition in which baseball fans dream of green grass, soft summer breezes and the eternal possibilities of next year, has fallen upon hard times.
Does the Brainerd City Council ever question any part of the budget prepared by the city administrator?
Blue Devils scorch Flyers
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils scored five unanswered goals to start the game in an 8-2 win over the Little Falls Flyers in girls hockey Tuesday.
Brainerd wrestlers remain perfect in CLC
PILLAGER -- Tyler Jensen, Grant Jaeche and newcomer Clinton Strother all recorded pins for the 4-0 Brainerd Warriors who destroyed the Rocori Spartans 45-14 Tuesday in Central Lakes Conference wrestling at Pillager High School.
Foster outshines Noreen as Pequot Lakes beats Albany 48-47
PEQUOT LAKES -- Next year Albany's Joanne Noreen and Flecia Foster of Pequot Lakes will be teammates for the Minnesota State University-Mankato women's basketball team.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Kyle Dukowitz is used to being a road Warrior.
Meyer is dreamy in the net for Warriors
Amie Meyer must be seeing hockey pucks in her dreams.
Eagles remain unbeaten after win over Warriors
The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles entered the Brainerd High School gymnasium undefeated and they left that way.
Flyers stay perfect in CLC with Sartell win
SARTELL -- Corey Meyer, Ted Wilczek, Josh Bue and Brandon Freudenrich all picked up pins as the Little Falls wrestling team upped its Central Lakes Conference record to 3-0 with a 57-8 win over Sartell Tuesday.
Warrior girls, Flyer boys win relay titles
Rebecca Mueller and Hanna Stadem skied the first two classic legs of the race and got Brainerd out to a commanding lead. Erika Dumbeck and Katherine Mueller brought the win home for the Warriors in the last two freestyle legs of the race.
Warriors shut out Willmar
Nothing would please Brainerd Warrior boys' hockey coach Ty Eigner more than a consistent effort.
Wolverines defeat Park Rapids
PARK RAPIDS -- Dustin Postell scored two goals and added two assists and Preston Stearns scored two goals for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a 6-2 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in Mid-State Conference boys' hockey Tuesday.
Rangers take the growl out of PR-B Tigers
PINE RIVER -- Brett Dickie poured in 23 points and Matt Brady added 21 for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a 65-50 triumph over the Pine River-Backus Tigers in Mid-State Conference boys basketball Tuesday.
Former Mr. Basketball turns focus to coaching
When an opportunity presented itself, Rob Mestas made the most of it.
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- Kylie Abrahamson of Brainerd raced her Arctic Cat to victory in the Pro Women's final in a WSA Snocross Worldwide Championship Series Canadian Open Saturday at Assiniboia Downs.
W-DC knocks off Mills
NEW YORK MILLS -- Nolan Buresch turned in a 16 point, seven rebound, five assist performance to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' basketball team to a 72-67 victory over New York Mills Tuesday.
Danger, thin ice
Weather drawing by Aaron Lundgren of Ms. Hemstad's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly sunny west...Partly to mostly cloudy with flurries
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Breezy in the east during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s far northeast to near 50 southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy northwest. Increasing clouds southeast in the
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain and snow
Let it snow
Weather drawing by Kylie Halverson of Mr. Meyer's fourth grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely this afternoon far northwest. Scattered flurries elsewhere. Highs in the upper 20s northwest to upper 30s far southeast.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Increasing clouds...Breezy and mild. Isolated showers far west. Highs 45 to 55.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Blustery and colder...Especially north. Chance of snow
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. Highs in the 30s.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny this morning...Increasing clouds this
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