Lindyland participants get a taste of poverty
LITTLE FALLS - A Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership LindyLand session last week focused on health and human services with a poverty simulation at the Morrison County Government Center.
Pine Peaks Lodge going up in Crosslake
Crosslake will have another lodging establishment by spring.
Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. executive director, recently completed the 2005 Utility Economic Development Association's Senior Executive Education program.
Firms retain retirement drug benefit
WASHINGTON - The launch next year of Medicare's new prescription drug program is not prompting companies that offer retiree drug benefits to drop those benefits - at least in the short run. But many employers are unsure what they will do a few years from now when it comes to prescription drug benefits, according to a new study of the programs and plans of large U.S. corporations.
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
The Brainerd Character Initiative Committee will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
The following recently were sentenced in Crow Wing District Court for misdemeanor theft by shoplifting:
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Jason and Marie (Banick) Jay, Fort Ripley, twin girls, Jenna Lynn, 5 pounds, 3 ounces, Jaden Marie, 5 pounds, 15.5 ounces, Nov. 20, 2005. Grandparents are Tom and Karen Brisk, Pierz, and Mike and Tina Jay, Brainerd. Great-grandparents are Giles and Tomma Lou Jay, Grinnell, Iowa, Archie Banick, Pierz, Dorene Banick, Brainerd, Butch and Donna Brisk, Pierz, and Lucene Bogue, Grinnell, Iowa.
Firing up chimney can be explosive
A "chimney fire" doesn't sound like that big a problem - where else would you have a fire? - but chimney fires are extremely dangerous, and we're in the season when they occur more frequently.
Having guests for the holidays?
There used to be two options on the marketplace for accommodating overnight guests when an actual bed was out of the question: the sofa, or the dreaded sofa bed within. Surely you remember that thin, lumpy mattress, and the bar that hit right across the middle of your back.
Pick the right tools
for work at home
A table leg wobbles. A faucet drips. When you own a house, things happen. That's why every homeowner should have a properly equipped toolbox.
Lake Shore area resident has a friend just waiting
Maybe you're one of those people who has been thinking about becoming a Kinship Partner for a while now. If you happen to live in the Lake Shore area and would like to have a junior partner who is fun-loving, likes adventure and is an overall nice youngster, now is the time to act on your thoughts!
Holiday makeup secrets: Bolder is beautiful
Decorations are everywhere. You've decked the halls, hung the lights, scattered tinsel, nestled fir and draped beads. You've brought out your festive finery (hey, even your wardrobe is in a holiday mood). Now just don't forget to decorate your face.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 16 - 40 years ago (1965) - Brainerd employment stood at 274 more during November than it did during the same month a year ago. Employment during the last month in Brainerd were 5,275 persons compared to 5,001 during November of 1964.
After losing both legs to diabetes two years ago, Brainerd resident Steve Shively has dedicated his time to volunteering.
Mesaba pilots to picket on Monday
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pilots for one of Northwest Airlines' regional feeder carriers planned to picket on Monday at several airports.
Job rules clarify reservist rights
WASHINGTON - The Labor Department released final regulations Friday clarifying a 1994 law that protects the employment and re-employment rights and benefits of members of the armed forces.
Brainerd Community Education may run Baxter parks and rec programs
BAXTER - Brainerd Community Education may run the Baxter Parks and Recreation programs this spring.
Three men charged with armed robbery in Staples
STAPLES - Three men were charged Thursday in Todd County District Court in connection with an armed robbery Tuesday at Sunset Motel in Staples, Staples Police Chief Kyle Huber said.
Where the lights are
The following is a listing of area homes decorated for the holiday season. Hop in the car, take a drive and enjoy some sights of Christmas.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - Rudy Hillig, director of the Paul Bunyan Arboretum, makes more than 1,200 wreaths every Christmas season for clubs such as Boy Scouts and sales. All proceeds go to the arboretum.
CROSSLAKE - NBC's trademark "Must See TV" could be a lot harder to view in the Crosslake area in the new year.
"We've sent a message to the world that the United States is not like the terrorists."
MnDOT warns against dumping snow on road
The Minnesota Department of Transportation cautions the public, including commercial snow removal operators, that it is against state law to deposit snow onto a public roadway.
Arlene Bachel (left) and Ella Jensen, residents of Edgewood Vista Senior Living in Brainerd, rocked their chairs Wednesday for pledges for Toys for Kids. While listening to Christmas music, the residents rocked in 15-minute slots in the front lobby of the facility. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Point of view
This night spot can be found north of Brainerd. Find the answer Sunday.
Flu shots may be the gift that keeps giving this holiday season.
Council makes decision on planned unit developments
CROSSLAKE - Development along lakeshore in Crosslake will include planned unit developments.
Opposed to site
BAXTER - Residents of Grand Oaks Drive opposed to the location of a state-run psychiatric hospital on their street will be taking their case to the Baxter City Council.
Transportation committee to meet Tuesday
The Brainerd Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall.
COMING MONDAY IN SPORTS
After another week of controversy, can the Vikings stave off the Pittsburgh
Fresh snow covered trees Thursday along a small stream that flows into the Mississippi River near Riverside Drive in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Toys for Kids donations honor slain Marine
Central Lakes College students and staff members have contributed five boxes of holiday gifts to the area Toys for Kids program.
Pets of the week
Cass is a 2 1/2-year-old spayed female border collie/husky mix.
Point of view
This is a place of residency (above) in Brainerd. Where is it?
SCHOOL OFFICIALS DEPLORE TEXTBOOK CASE OF BAD TIMING
It's a notion that Brainerd teachers couldn't comprehend either.
COMING WEDNESDAY IN NEIGHBORS
A Pequot Lakes church has found a lucrative way to raise funds each month while also drawing church members
Whittier, Lowell honored
Whittier and Lowell Elementary schools in Brainerd are being recognized as two of the top seven schools in the state, only two of 295 Blue Ribbon Schools that received this award in the country.
Two arrested in Morrison busts
The Morrison County Sheriff's Department arrested two men Wednesday in two separate incidents.
Pequot Lakes man pleads guilty in hunting case
A 48-year-old Pequot Lakes man pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Friday in Crow Wing County District Court for the Nov. 8 shooting death of Jeffrey Dean Ford, who was deer hunting in Timothy Township in northwestern Crow Wing County.
Camp Ripley spending to build buffer
Camp Ripley has spent $1.5 million to prevent development on 900 acres near its border.
LITTLE FALLS - Lester Keehr, a 77-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. Funeral services for Lester Keehr will be held Monday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Burial will be in the Freedhem Cemetery.
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BREEZY POINT - Ssang Sim, age 92, passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2005, at home in Breezy Point. She was loved dearly and will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 19, at Crosslake Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow.
Ray Miles, 92, Brainerd, died on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. He was born in Logan, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 1912 to William and Lena (Schick) Miles. He served during World War II in the US Navy. He married Dorothy Morcomb in Brainerd on May 14, 1938. He was employed by Potlatch Paper Co. before his retirement. He was a member of South Long Lake Presbyterian Church, the Farm Bureau and the American Legion Post No. 255 in Brainerd.
Gladyce J. Daarud
BOULDER, Colo. - Gladyce J. Daarud, formerly of Brainerd, died of natural causes Dec. 8, 2005, in Boulder, Colo. She was 78. The daughter of Reuben Erickson and Rosabelle Hanson, she was born July 11, 1927, in Brainerd. She married Richard C. Daarud, M.D., on Aug. 26, 1948, in Brainerd.
"Granny," as she was known by all who knew her, passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2005, at the age of 93.
APPLE VALLEY - William Frederick Kirk Ingmundson, age 84, of Apple Valley, formerly of the Crosslake and Brainerd areas, passed away Dec. 14, 2005.
ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. - Joanne Rodriguez, age 51, of Rockaway Beach, Mo., and formerly of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at her home. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Kline Funeral Home in Pine River. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Kline Funeral Home.
Harold W. Keppers
PINEWOOD - Harold William Keppers, 88, of Pinewood, formerly of rural Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji.
PLYMOUTH - Erle Bullen, age 85, of Plymouth, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005. Graveside services will be Dec. 20 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at 1:45 p.m. A reception will follow at Vision of Glory Church in Plymouth.
Adella M. Gaboury
Adella M. Gaboury, nee DeRosier, age 86, formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Nov. 18, 2005.
CROSSLAKE - Donald Gibbs, age 77, of Crosslake, died Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. Arrangements entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.
Anna E. Oldakowski
LITTLE FALLS - Anna E. Oldakowski, age 74, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
Joanne K. Rodriguez
ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. - Joanne K. (Turner) Rodriguez, age 51, passed away at her home in Rockaway Beach, Mo., on Dec. 13, 2005, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Ruth Betty' E. Wells
Ruth "Betty" Elizabeth Wells was born on May 8, 1927, in Roca, Neb., the daughter of Samual and Mabel (Haskins, Kelly) Crabtree. She was called from this life on Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, 2005, at her home in Moose Lake Township. She attained the age of 78 years, seven months and six days.
David R. Kahnke Jr.
BILLINGS, Mont. - David Roy Kahnke Jr., age 53, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at Deaconess Hospital, Billings, Mont., after a long battle following a motor vehicle accident.
OUR OPINION: METH
The battle against methamphetamine has changed. Remarkable success has been seen in shutting down the nefarious meth labs but the demand for meth continues and the drug continues to be brought into the area.
OUR OPINION: TOWN MEETING
Brainerd area residents with questions about the future of the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center should mark Monday on their calendars. That's the date of a town meeting set up by Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, to address concerns about plans to decentralize and in some cases outsource services at that site.
It is clear that the state is planning for the expansion of state-operated treatment services (and jobs) at some of the other regional treatment centers. Why aren't any of these state jobs coming to Brainerd Regional Human Services Center to help save current employees?
What do you think?
Write us a letter or send us an e-mail
Open Forum: Advent is the time to appreciate religious art
There is no time like advent season in the northern latitudes, with darkness settling in at early hours, to fully appreciate the brightness of religious art. From gold embellished Madonna and child icons and silver winged angels on greeting cards, manger scenes on fireplace mantels, twinkling light sculptures that encompass entire lawns - all remind us to look beyond ourselves and the long black nights of winter and imagine the origin of Christmas long ago in Bethlehem of Judea.
Teaching our children about diversity is one of the most important lessons they can learn. Everyone is not the same. I guess the sixth-grade parents who called in to complain about just such teachings offered by Dennis Lamberson through the CLC production, "Life is...." felt threatened by that very thought.
Hunting, trapping regulation changes take effect Dec. 19
Changes in hunting and trapping regulations that affect deer baiting, falconry and snaring will take effect Dec. 19. The changes affect seasons already open and will apply to next year's hunting and trapping seasons.
31 Archery deer season closes
DNR advises against snowmobile riding in western border counties
The DNR is urging snowmobile riders to stay off snowmobile trails and out of road ditches in the far western counties of Minnesota.
The DNR warns the public to use caution when going onto lakes that have operating aeration systems.
'Tis the season to be cautious with pets
Is there anyone out there who's not busy? I certainly don't want to add another item to your to-do list, but I ask you to consider your pet's safety at this time of year.
MEDINA - I replaced my old flasher with an LCD sonar unit more than 10 years ago. Today, I still can't interpret half of what it's showing and I use the unit to half of its potential.
A top 10 list for gifts for outdoorsmen
I'm guessing I'm not the only person who waits and waits and waits to shop for Christmas gifts. This year we have Saturday the 24th to shop if we absolutely let things go down to the wire.
Muzzleloaders take 20 deer at state park
The eighth muzzleloader hunt at Crow Wing State Park took place Dec. 2-4, with hunters bagging 20 deer.
Legislation creating return policies would help stop illegal dumping on public lands
Vince Meyer's article in the Dec. 11 Brainerd Dispatch discussed Potlatch's decision to lease its timber holdings. This decision was based in part on the disturbing behavior of people who illegally discard garbage, furniture and appliances on Potlatch timber plots.
BRIAN AND FELICIA LETTMAN
Felicia Marie Olson and Brian Michael Lettman were married Aug. 22, 2005, at the Crow Wing County Courthouse with Darrell Paske officiating.
MARK AND KATIE HANDLEY
Katie Lykins and Mark Handley were married June 4, 2005, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Carolyn F. Hulsey and Jason D. Smith announce their engagement. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. William N. Hulsey III, Austin, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Smith, Brainerd. A Dec. 31 wedding is planned.
ARIK AND RANDI HEMQUIST
Randi Beckerleg and Arik Hemquist were married Oct. 1, 2005, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello, Minn., with Pastor Jim Nelson officiating.
JOSHUA AND MEGAN MELBY
Megan Rae Myrick and Joshua Wil Melby were married Sept. 3, 2005, at the home of the bride's parents in Monticello, Ill., with Steve Ingram officiating.
SCOTT AND TESSA HALL
Tessa Domeier and Scott Hall were married at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor Erika Nilsen officiating.
CHRIS AND LYNDSEY OLSON
Lyndsey Anderson and Chris Olson were married June 17, 2005, with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
RYAN AND NICOLE BLASING
Nicole Falness and Ryan Blasing were married July 15, 2005, at The Journey in Nisswa with Scott Pederson officiating.
Wedding planned - Ren Springer and Jason Erlandson
Ren Springer and Jason Erlandson announce their engagement. Parents are Norman and Chris Springer, Isle, and Dave and Ann Erlandson, Brainerd. A Feb. 25, 2006, wedding is planned at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon.
Wedding planned - Darla Landmark and Andrew Christensen
Darla Landmark and Andrew Christensen announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and MaryLou Landmark, Montevideo, and Randy and Connie Christensen, Brainerd. A Jan. 28, 2006, wedding is planned at Heritage Assembly of God Church in Brainerd.
The children of First Congregational United Church of Christ will present the Christmas program "Jesus Lights the Way" at 10 a.m. Sunday. A potluck dinner will follow the program.
'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
Micah Gustafson as Snoopy (left), Traci Miller as Lucy and Patrick Metzler as Pigpen performed "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Wednesday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Paavola vaults into W-DC top 10
WADENA - Wadena-Deer Creeks's Shelby Paavola scored an 8.7 on the vault, placing her in the top 10 all-time in the vault for the Wolverines.
Upcoming sporting events
The Brainerd outdoor skating rinks will open for the season noon Saturday.
Verndale girls remain unbeaten
VERNDALE - Hillary Kern finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Cayla Collison added 13 points and eight rebounds in the Verndale Pirates 55-38 Park Region Conference girls' basketball victory over Sebeka Thursday.
Off to a good start
Tim Lange said it best, "It's a start."
Tigers take a bite out of Gobblers
AITKIN - Thomas Anderson tallied 21 points, Micha Eveland added 13 and Alan Anderson tossed in 11 to help the Pine River-Backus Tigers combat the 22 points scored by Aitkin's Luke Martin in a 71-65 non-conference boys' basketball victory Thursday.
B-H/V wrestles past Road Crew
PINE RIVER - Jake Braaten of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale scored a decision in overtime against Dustin Campbell in the key match of the night as the Raiders beat Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 40-30 in Park Region Conference wrestling Thursday.
Ohrmundt leads W-DC to win
PINE RIVER - Brittany Ohrmundt drained three 3-point shots and finished with 25 points to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 69-47 non-conference girls' basketball victory over Pine River-Backus Friday.
Meyer helps pilot Flyers to win
Megan Meyer is only 5-foot-7, but she knows how to get a rebound.
BHS flips Alex
The Brainerd Warrior gymnastics team's score keeps getting better and better.
Crookston edges Brainerd in OT
CROOKSTON - Jessica Bye had an assist and scored the game-tying goal that sent Friday's non-conference girls' hockey game between the Brainerd Warriors and Crookston Pirates into overtime.
Patriots tame Mustangs in win
BREEZY POINT Following the only first-period goal by Pequot Lakes Chris Hardie, Joey Dumond lit up the second and third periods with back to back scores, leading the Patriots to a 4-1 win over the Mora Mustangs Friday.
Sartell survives Warriors
It was too little too late for the Brainerd Warrior boys' basketball team.
Unsung Binek makes noise at Bunyan meet
At the start of last week Hakan Binek was 7-0 with two individual wrestling championships.
Tesdahl's 20 points help Rangers stay spotless
CROSBY - Bryce Tesdahl scored a team-high 20 points and handed out nine assists in helping the Crosby-Ironton Rangers past Park Rapids 83-70 Friday in Mid-State Conference play.
Wolverines rout St. Paul Central
WADENA - Jascha and Wyatt Pettit each rocketed in two goals a piece as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' hockey team defeated St. Paul Central 9-6 in non-conference play Thursday.
When the Central Lakes College men's basketball team decides to turn on the offense, stand aside.
Ziebell leads Brainerd girls to third
BIWABIK - Brainerd's Kaitlyn Ziebell was strong on the slopes as she placed seventh with a time of 1:36.84 to lead the Warrior girls' Alpine ski team to a third-place finish at the Virginia Invitational at Giants Ridge Thursday.
The Postal Service
After getting a taste of winning during the volleyball season, Stacey Schoon and the Verndale Pirates girls' basketball team are hungry for more.
Seth Auger of Motley participated in the UPS Delivery of the Game before the Timberwolves game Dec. 13 against the Sacramento Kings at the Target Center. Auger's job was to deliver the game ball to official Michael Smith before the opening tip-off.
Flyers pin it to LP-GE
LITTLE FALLS - Little Falls wrestlers Sam Marcus, Josh Groshong, Jason Brill, Ted Wilczek, Pat Jenkins and Dylan Bue each earned pins to lead the Flyers past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in a 53-15 victory Friday.
At the conclusion of each Mixed Senior Coffee Break league bowling outing every Wednesday at Jack's House, the bowler with the best score is announced over the loudspeaker and congratulated.
Snow falls just in time for Ski Gull
The recent snow to hit the lakes area was timely, for Ski Gull is set to open its 44th season Saturday.
Karlsgodt sisters lead Raiders to victory
Last season it took the Central Lakes College women's basketball team 14 games before it registered its first win of the season and finished with just three wins on the year.
Staples-Motley in quest for Challenge Cup
Rochester Lourdes in Class 1A and Edina in 2A narrowly lead in the quest for the 2005-06 Minnesota State High School League Challenge Cup.
Satellite radio prices down as XM, Sirius do battle
WASHINGTON - For Dan McLain of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, there was a compelling reason to buy a satellite radio receiver: shock jock Howard Stern's looming move off the traditional airwaves. "It's just a show I enjoy. I'm a listener and my wife's a listener," he said.
Latest iMac tiptoes into Media Center domain
When asked a few years ago if they might someday offer a Mac that works like a Microsoft entertainment PC, Apple executives joked that they were instead focusing on the convergence of computers and toasters.
Bird flu hype infecting biotech industry
SAN FRANCISCO - Two years ago, as fears of a SARS pandemic spread, a San Diego biotech company aided by federal dollars speeded a promising vaccine out of the lab and into human testing.
Digital photo printing
easier, cheaper than ever
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Point. Shoot. Print. Getting a hard copy of your memories has never been easier.
Wanted: Vacation Photos
Do you have a favorite vacation photo? Send your slides, prints or digital files to:
Seeing the possibilities in disabilities
WINTERGREEN, Va. - Ski season is here, and with it comes the prickly touch of wind-blown snow, the swoosh of skis and the pounding surge of adrenaline. It happens every year at about this time, not only for millions of able-bodied skiers, but also for thousands of skiers with disabilities.
Watch your driving
Weather drawing by Sadie Engren in the Eagle View third grade of Jane Schmidt.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy with occasional light snow or flurries.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Cloudy. Occasional snow showers through the day. Highs 20
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A slight chance for snow showers or flurries far north. Highs from the teens northwest and central...To the mid 20s southeast.
Snowboarding with Santa
Weather drawing by Alex Mulroy of Mrs. Holbrook's second grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy and breezy. Areas of light snow or flurries. Highs from the teens north to around 20 south.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy north and central with scattered snow
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy with occasional light snow or flurries and
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Light snow likely. Highs in the teens in the west with
Wisconsin state forecast
Heavy snow warning and snow advisory until 2 pm portions of northeast...
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of snow across the
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries...Mainly west and north. Highs in the single digits north to the teens south.
The Lakes Area Senior Activity Center doughnut crew will be on vacation for two weeks during the holidays. Doughnuts will not be made Dec. 22 or 29.
Our thanks to each one who has donated clothing, bedding, and miscellaneous items to us this year to help meet the needs in the community. We will be closed from Dec. 20 to Feb. 6.
On behalf of Kaja Nygard, we would like to express our gratitude for all the support and donations made by the following area businesses:
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