Auto Tech program at CLC earns ASE certification
The Automotive Technology program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd has attained certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
Family feasts are part of the holidays
Some of my happiest memories as a child involved holidays spent with family and wonderful food.
LITTLE FALLS -- A mobile home in Little Falls was lost Monday after a fire began in the bedroom, it was learned this morning.
WALKER -- Joseph Anthony Potter, 21, Burnsville, pleaded not guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to five grand jury indictments he faces in connection with the Aug. 19, 2002, death of Heather Jean Casey in Cass Lake.
Keith and Jodi (Dambowy) Soderman, a boy, Trent Gerald, 7 pounds, 5 ounces, Dec. 2, 2003. Grandparents are Robert and Nancy Dambowy, Brainerd, Liz and Jerry Soderman, Brainerd, and Rick and Sharon Wicklund, Dalton. Great-grandparent is Gen Fleck, Pierz.
The Garrison Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire in Pine Center Tuesday afternoon.
CROSBY -- The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program will run 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6-Feb. 6, at the Hallett Community Center, 470 Eighth St. N.E. in Crosby. Registration deadline is Jan. 2.
Blandin Community Leadership program seeks participants
The Blandin Foundation is making its Community Leadership Program available to Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Backus area residents. A steering committee is seeking applicants. All those interested in the future of the Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Backus area are invited to apply to be a delegate.
Franz cited as a Women of Triumph
Women Work!, a national network for women's employment, announced that Lucy Franz of Central Lakes College was selected as one of the 25 Women of Triumph.
Senior transportation services won't change, commissioners say
WALKER -- The Cass County Senior Transportation Program will have no significant changes when it shifts to Health, Human and Veterans Services from the Council on Aging Jan. 1, HHVS Director Dorothy Opheim and the county board have pledged.
Cass County Board approves fee increases
WALKER -- The Cass County Board reversed a November decision and voted Tuesday 4-1 to approve a seven-page list of county fee increases for 2004.
CLC basketball players take time out for kids
The Central Lakes College men's basketball team recently took time out from practice to share fun and food with Brainerd schoolchildren.
Jail space a big part of Cass capital improvement plan
WALKER -- If a regional jail is built somewhere in this area, the Cass County Board could consider a longer expansion lifespan at the existing courthouse complex in downtown Walker, Administrator Robert Yochum told the board Tuesday.
Upcoming events at Mille Lacs Indian Museum announced
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Indian Museum will offer several events beginning in January.
Time for younger blood
ST. MATHIAS -- For 15 years, volunteer blood donors in the St. Mathias area have counted on Genevieve Rudolph, Long Lake Township, and Grace Lodermeier, Fort Ripley, to give them a good prodding -- and a phone call -- when it came time for the twice annual American Red Cross Bloodmobile at St. Mathias Catholic Church.
Cass has saved money on out-of-home placement costs
WALKER -- Cass County spent 80 percent of the Human and Veterans Services budget after 92 percent of the year had passed Nov. 30.
Ways to pay for capital improvements listed
WALKER -- Cass County Administrator Robert Yochum suggested to the county board Tuesday estimated costs and possible ways the county could pay for capital improvements.
Santa and his elf
After a ride in a Brainerd Police Department cruiser, Santa Troy Schreifels handed out presents with his elf Kerry Townsend during a Christmas program Tuesday at the Women's Center of Mid Minnesota in Brainerd. Radio Shack and an anonymous donor provided children at the shelter with presents.
DNR sought for worksheet on marina plans
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to ask the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board to designate the DNR, not the county, as the responsible government unit for conducting an environmental assessment worksheet on a proposed marina expansion.
Cass County to dip into reserves for '04 budget
WALKER -- The Cass County Board set the 2004 levy Tuesday at $13,269,623.
Cass OKs software deal
WALKER -- Cass County Engineer David Enblom obtained county board approval Tuesday to buy two software packages to move the highway department toward a more paperless system.
Baxter OKs Wal-Mart pact
BAXTER -- Baxter has a draft developer's agreement with the builders of the Wal-Mart Super Center.
What's the appeal of "Lord of the Rings?" Area hobbits weigh in with their views on "The Return of the King" Thursday in the Tempo section.
Baxter pursues potential fire substation site
BAXTER -- A site that could potentially be a location for a Baxter fire substation will be pursued by the city.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 18 - 20 years ago (1983) - The weather was perfect for the 2500 North Carolina Marines who spent two weeks learning "arctic survival skills," at Camp Ripley.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 17 - 20 years ago (1983) - A frosty haze was over Brainerd this morning as the thermometer dipped to a bone-chilling 40 degrees below zero.
Vigil for Dru in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- Hundreds of family members and friends of Dru Sjodin and community members gathered in the 20-degree cold Wednesday night at the trailside park building in downtown Pequot Lakes to show their support for Sjodin's family and to offer prayer.
Cass courthouse phone system will be retained
WALKER -- Cass County declined Tuesday to replace the county courthouse telephone system at this time, based on a late offer from the current phone service provider, Arvig Communications Systems, to absorb the per line subscriber federal fee for up to two more years.
The meeting information for the Coalition for Responsible Development was listed incorrectly in the What's Doing Organization section on Page 5Z Sunday. The Brainerd Lakes Area Coalition for Responsible Development (CRD) meets at 4 p.m. every third Saturday at Northwest Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel.
Baxter working on bill for administrative offenses
BAXTER -- Baxter will be developing an ordinance to implement administrative offenses. The ordinance, however, won't include traffic offenses at this time.
YES, NO, NO
Voters in the Crosby-Ironton School District barely passed a $404 per pupil unit increase operating referendum Tuesday.
East Gull Lake gets permit approval for sewer project
East Gull Lake received permit approval Tuesday for the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant and extension of its city sewer.
Grant to save county forest land awaited
A grant is awaited for a proposed agreement between the Trust for Public Land and Potlatch Corp., that could keep 4,790 acres of Crow Wing County forestland forever protected from development.
Season of giving
EMILY -- The Emily family of seven who lost all their belongings and several family pets in a mobile home fire Saturday has found a temporary place to live rent-free for four months -- a home offered by a community member.
Lord of the Rings
Mark Belanger (left), dressed as a Ringwraith, sat with Matt Sergent as they waited for the start of the 12:01 a.m. Wednesday showing of "The Return of the King" at Movies 10 at Westgate in Baxter. The friends drove down from Pequot Lakes to be among the first in the area to see the final installment of the popular "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. For more coverage of the movie, see Thursday's Tempo section.
Kelly Harrington, 15, was forced to cancel her baby-sitting fund-raiser set for Saturday when the event's location fell through.
Region given tax-free zone status
Region 5 Regional Development Commission officials in Staples were gratified today to learn their application for a tax-free zone designed to spur economic development was approved by the state.
A story on Page 6A Tuesday should have said Bob Olson presented a check of $291.93 to the city of Brainerd for the difference between the council-approved lower assessment and his original assessment for sidewalk repairs.
Ice likely plentiful for fishing fest
Advance ticket sales for the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza were slow in recent years as people wondered whether Gull Lake would have enough ice.
County board adopts budget
The Crow Wing County Board adopted the county's 2004 budget Tuesday.
Joel Hanson, former Brainerd resident and nationally known Christian music sensation, will perform in Brainerd this weekend. Find out more in Friday's Religion section.
Crow Wing commissioners look at drug lab cleanup proposal
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday looked at a proposed clandestine drug lab and chemical dump site public nuisance ordinance.
Wilderness Park land sale set
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday set the long-awaited land sale of the first segment of Wilderness Park tax-forfeited land parcels for 9 a.m. Jan. 31 at the courthouse in Walker.
He's jolly, wears a lot of red and is rumored to shake like a bowl full of jelly. And in a Pillager home the holiday means setting out a Santa Claus collection that includes 500 images of the elf with that famous list.
Leola I. Buchite
Leola I. Buchite, age 95, of Brainerd, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Brainerd Manor.
LITTLE FALLS -- Herbert Kammermeyer, 73 year old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Randall, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Randall, Minn., with visitation on ehour before the service at the church.
Bradley D. Misquadace
McGREGOR -- Bradley D. Misquadace, native name: Nay-Tah-Waush, McGregor, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at his home.
Samuel C. Moss
CROSSLAKE -- Samuel Clayborn Moss, 82, Crosslake, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake with the Rev. Bob Twiton officiating. Friends may visit at the funeral home for one hour prior to services.
Edna 'Suzy' Sayres
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Edna "Suzy" Sayres, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Christ and Matilda (Lohndorf) Peterson, both of whom preceded her in death.
Newell H. Kittelson
LITTLE FALLS -- Newell H. Kittelson, age 85, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at his home in rural Little Falls. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
FARGO, N.D. Grace Carter, 103, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, in Manorcare, Fargo, N.D.
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Joseph H. Sauer
LITTLE FALLS -- Joseph H. Sauer, age 74, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at his home.
Ruth A. McClellan
BENTON, Ky. -- Ruth A. McClellan, 66, Benton, Ky., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home in Benton.
Melvin 'Dutch' G. Thielbar
ST. CLOUD -- Melvin "Dutch" G. Thielbar, age 85, died Dec. 12, 2003, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. He was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Sheldon, Ill., to Edward and Ida Thielbar. He was united in marriage to Verna Schmelzer in White Bear Lake on May 27, 1939. Dutch served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from the Brainerd State Hospital after 20 years as boiler-fireman.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Catherine Blaeser, age 94, of Pequot Lakes, formerly of St. Paul, died Dec. 18, 2003. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
Kenneth R. Underwood
DEERWOOD -- Kenneth Roy Underwood, age 63, of Deerwood, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at his home. He was born on Aug. 2, 1940, in Mulvane, Kan., to Richard and Mamie (Goss) Underwood.
Dispatch editorial board deliberates on issues
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
I feel the need to respond to Gary Scheeler's guest forum "Olson vote was a conflict" published in this paper, Nov. 30. In this letter, northeast Brainerd's alderman accuses Bob Olson of a "conflict of interest" when Mr. Olson voted on an issue that directly affected him personally.
Senator Paul Koering's commentary about the off-road vehicle law in the Dec. 7 paper is overly simplistic and misleading. It's not an issue about irresponsible landowners tearing up their own property; it's about irresponsible riders tearing up other private lands.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
"I joined the board because I believe in what they are doing."
Pater's old-fashioned approach works
Mike Pater's style of basketball seems to have come directly from the movie "Hoosiers."
Sabres stick it to Warriors in fourth quarter
As the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team learns how to play together it will learn how to finish off an opponent.
Free throw shooting keys Warrior girls' win
ST. CLOUD -- Megan Arns made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minutes, paving the way for a Brainerd Warriors 53-49 Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball victory over St. Cloud Apollo Tuesday.
Three-headed monster trumps Cards
WILLMAR -- The trio of Chris Peluso, Morgan Shepherd and Mike Baker lifted the Brainerd Warriors to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey.
McKay boosts BHS wrestlers in triangular
Ryan McKay's first varsity pin helped the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team to victory Tuesday.
Holznagel's 'trick'ery leads BHS
Too many shots. Too much pressure. Too much Erin Holznagel.
High-ranked teams to grapple at Bunyan Invite
Four ranked teams and 31 ranked individuals should make the 37th annual Paul Bunyan Invitational at Brainerd High School on Friday and Saturday one of the state's most competitive wrestling meets.
Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball coach Matt Urbanek will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen located at 923 Oak St. behind the Triangle Store and Temple Baptist Church.
Flyers rally to victory
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Little Falls Flyers saved the best for last as Steven Festler, Mark Hammerbeck and Morgan Cekalla scored goals in the third period to beat the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm 3-2 in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey Tuesday.
Late pins give Flyers tie; Gobbler grapplers fall
ALEXANDRIA -- Little Falls Flyers wrestlers Josh Bue and Steven Rutz got pins in the final two matches to salvage a 33-33 tie with the Alexandria Cardinals Tuesday.
HILL CITY -- More than 400 snowmobile racers will converge on Park X, a new snowmobile racing and motorsports entertainment facility south of Hill City to compete in the 2004 Park X National Snocross Saturday and Sunday.
Foster's 24 power Patriots
WADENA -- Flecia Foster's 24 points helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 63-35 Mid-State Conference girls' basketball victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday.
Warrior gymnasts come through on floor exercise
Like the main event of a concert or the finale of the Fourth of July fireworks presentation, the floor exercise event at a Brainerd Warriors gymnastics meet is the pinnacle.
Cardinal girl cagers defeat Breckenridge
BRECKENRIDGE -- Jacque Peterson and Steph Jares each scored 15 points and Kim Mosack added 10 to help the Staples-Motley Cardinals past Breckenridge 69-46 in girls' basketball Tuesday.
Hospitalized coach will likely be home for holidays
Literally, there will be no place like home for the holidays for the Steve Nunnink family.
Katie Perpich bounces back from injuries to become BHS' dynamo
Gymnasts must be as mentally focused and possess as much physical strength as any athlete in any other sport.
W-DC's Grieme scores 44
PEQUOT LAKES -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Michael Grieme poured in 44 points and Brett Hieb added 17 for the Wolverines in a 76-73 triumph over the Pequot Lakes Patriots in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Tuesday.
Ninth-grade dancers to participate in Outback Bowl
Eighteen Brainerd area ninth-graders will travel to Tampa, Fla., next week for the Just For Kix Outback Bowl and National Competition Tour.
What show gets our vote as the coolest of 2003? Tune in to next Wednesday's Tempo section to find out.
Damon, Kinnear connect in Farrellys' 'Stuck on You'
While the rest of mainstream Hollywood is busy plumbing classic novels, beloved comic strips and popular children's books for box office moolah, I imagine the Farrelly Brothers are sitting in a small corner of Tinseltown saying, "Wouldn't it be funny if "
Brainerd musician Paul Todd releases Christmas album
Florida-based composer, singer and keyboardist Paul Todd, originally from Brainerd, has released "The Spirit of Christmas" on CD and DVD. It is available at 800-818-7733 or www.paultodd.com.
For week of Dec. 18-24; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
October Son to give last performance before going on tour
STAPLES -- October Son will play its final dates of the year at 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ten Hi in Motley before the band takes time off to prepare for a tour in 2004.
Ray Price, Patti Page to perform together at Grand Casino Mille Lacs
ONAMIA -- Pop will meet country at Grand Casino Mille Lacs when Ray Price and Patti Page perform Jan. 24 and 25.
Jensen writes, edits, lays out school newspaper
When Brainerd High School senior Kelli Jensen joined the Fifth Street Journal this year she did not know what to expect.
Comic Bill Engvall to do show at Mille Lacs casino
ONAMIA -- Standup comic Bill Engvall, from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and a frequent guest on nighttime TV talk shows, will bring his routine to Grand Casino Mille Lacs at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9.
Music General dancers to perform 'Sleeping Beauty'
Music General dancers will perform their 25th annual holiday show at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
AITKIN -- The Aitkin High School Concert Choir will present its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the high school auditorium, featuring the Madrigal Singers, the Bronze Bell Choir and the Concert Choir. Directors are Kelly Blake and Bryan Johnson. This concert is free to the public.
It's 'hobbit' forming
BAXTER -- "Lord of the Rings" fans, at least those in the Brainerd lakes area, apparently do things a little differently.
Staples musician Eric Neznik and his band October Son play their final shows before embarking on a national tour at 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ten-Hi in Motley. Admission is free.
Author to sign copies of 'Blackwater Ben'
Author William Durbin will sign copies of "Blackwater Ben" (Wendy Lamb Books, $15.95) at noon Saturday at Book World at the Westgate Mall in Brainerd/Baxter.
Crosslake hosts holiday kickoff
wish lists and got their picture taken with Santa. Judy's House of Gifts was named Best Display in 2003 as part of Crosslake's business decorating contest.
EMILY -- Emily Charter School will host its holiday Christmas program, "Tis Better to Give than Receive," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Curly leaf pondweed management workshop set in Nisswa
NISSWA -- Curly leaf pondweed is a nuisance in many lakes and is spreading to lakes across the state. Because of its unique growth habit and plant characteristics, management of this exotic aquatic plant has been challenging.
A snow-covered corn field west of Staples.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter weather advisory this afternoon far southwest and west
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory north central and far northwest
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Windy east. Highs in the lower 30s
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with snow flurries this morning and a chance of light snow in the west in the afternoon. Highs in the 20s to around 30.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s northeast to lower
State forecast for South Dakota
High wind warning northwest and west central today...
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Light snow southeast tapering to flurries early.
Weather drawing by Jessica Walters of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for Iowa
Wind advisory today for portions of southwest iowa...
Weather drawing by Dulton Pierce of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Windy east. Highs in the 40s west and the 30s east.
Friday's dinner will be Jack and Diane's pork chops at the VFW. Sunday breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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