ATEK buys Medtronic buildings, land
ATEK Medical Manufacturing, owned by Minneapolis-based ATEK Companies and with facilities in Brainerd, recently announced the purchase of Medtronic Inc.'s medical manufacturing and ETO sterilization buildings and land in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mille Lacs Band leader gains honor
ONAMIA -- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin and Prairie Island Tribal Council President Doreen Hagen were honored Dec. 9 by the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce for their get-out-the-vote efforts in the recent election.
WALKER -- A new slate of officers recently was elected to the Cass County Economic Development Corp. Board.
College honor society inducts 25 students
The Upsilon Omega chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society inducted 25 students at Central Lakes College in Brainerd on Dec. 11.
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The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a false alarm at 10 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Friendship would be a great present
The year is coming to an end. There have been many happy Kinship matches during the past year. But some of our children have been disappointed and still remain on the waiting lists.
Second-degree murder verdict for James Moon
James Moon Jr., 36, was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday in the 2002 shooting death of his brother, Billie Joe Moon.
A Page 1A story Friday about the Crosslake Community School should have said the school started with 39 students in 2000 at Camp Knutson. The school moved the following year to The Old Fire Hall in Crosslake. The Dispatch regrets the error.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Initiative Foundation will host a meth treatment options workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10.
"A key lesson of September the 11th, 2001, is that America's intelligence agencies must work together as a single, unified enterprise."
Over the river and through the woods to Forestview we will go
Seventh-graders walked into Forestview Middle School Friday to find their lockers, try combinations and get ready to occupy the new middle school in Baxter Jan 4. Another photo on Page 5A. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Holiday dance show
Pre-school ballet dancer Ali Doshan performed the selection "Frosty the Snowman" in the Music General's Sleeping Beauty Holiday Show and Ballet Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Motley family prays through ordeal
A church camp director, his wife and their 5-year-old daughter prayed together as they were tied up at gunpoint in their home near Motley Friday morning by an armed suspect who took off with $26 in cash, jewelry and the couple's 1995 red Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
Mobile home park residents hope city hall will help them
By July 1, Abby Lindberg, Jean Maldanado and a handful of others will be searching for a new place to call home when the East Gate Mobile Home Park in northeast Brainerd closes.
Their new home away from home
Rydre Torgerson (left) and Stephen Tomte, seventh-graders from Mississippi Horizons, moved books into their new lockers Friday at the Forestview Middle School. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1974) - Children at Riverside School, parents and staff members enjoyed two plays presented by Miss Dambowy's third grade. They were titled, "Wiggle Worm's Surprise," and Runaway Presents."
Minnesota given a taste of the pro tennis world
ST. PAUL -- For sports fans sick of surly athletes, a breath of fresh air blew through Minnesota Wednesday.
Garfield kindegarteners remember classmate's father in Iraq with cards
Lots of snow and temperatures dipping to 100 degrees below zero are two common elements of the North Pole, according to several kindergarten students at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd.
Emily C. Willard
WALKER -- Emily C. Willard, 95, of Walker, Minn., passed away at Woodrest Care Center on Dec. 16, 2004.
Robert J. Tougas
Robert J. Tougas, 44, resident of St. Mathias, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at his home.
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Dorothy L. Thoe
Dorothy L. Thoe, age 83, lifetime Brainerd area resident, died on Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at her home from cancer.
Gerald J. Majersky
Gerald J. Majersky, 62, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at the Silver Bay Veteran's Home in Silver Bay, Minn.
Cal Thomas is evidently still swallowing the decades old false propaganda that fluoridation opponents have thought putting fluoride in public water supplies was a Communist plot to poison the public (BD, 12-12).
North Country calendar
Jan. 1 -- Baxter Snowmobile Club Radar Run at Ernie's on Gull; races begin 9 a.m.; 828-4119
Nobody died during the 2004 hunting seasons in Minnesota, the DNR reports, marking the second time in the past six year there were no fatalities.
How about a ski pass for public trails? With ski season just around the corner, the DNR reminds cross-country skiers that a pass is required to use DNR-sponsored cross-country trails statewide. All cross-country skiers using public trails who are 16 and older must have the pass. Skiers must sign the pass and carry it with them.
Number of walleye fingerlings stocked nearly doubles
State and private fish hatcheries produced three million walleye fingerlings for stocking in more than 250 lakes this year, almost twice last year's total of 1.7 million fingerlings, the DNR said.
Proposed trail review rules will be topic of January hearing
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will host public hearings in mid-January on proposed rules establishing mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and exemption thresholds for certain types of recreational trails.
Anyone know any good snow dances?
On Dec. 11 the Gull Lake Drifters snowmobile club hosted an appreciation dinner for landowners who allow the club to ride trails on their property. Perhaps the Drifters should host an appreciation dinner for Ol' Man Winter in an effort to entice the tardy visitor into dumping two feet of snow on the area.
Bring on the cold and let's get the season started
We're getting a late jump on the ice fishing season once again. Myself and a few other anglers are getting a bit anxious.
Van Gogh painting brings back memories of nighttime skates under the stars
I have a terrible need of -- dare I say the word? -- religion.
Four generations recently gathered were Gavin Berg, son; Justin Berg, father; Cheryl Berg, grandmother; and Agnes Alholm, great-grandmother.
Kathie Cogger and Jason Holst announce their engagement. Parents are Joseph and Sandra Cogger, Brainerd, and Jerry and Mary Holst, Little Falls. A Sept. 10, 2005, wedding is planned.
Kristine Wentworth and Jason Casalla were married Aug. 28, 2004, at Gregory Park in Brainerd with Darrell Paske officiating.
Katie Zaske and Chris Raimann were married Oct. 9, 2004, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River with Father George Zeck officiating.
The students and staff of Whittier School wish to extend our thanks to the many people in the community who supported our Lois Hoskins "Hug-A-Bear" drive.
Christine Wilder and Nathaniel Binsfeld were married June 12, 2004, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Steven Binsfeld and Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Jessica Crowe and Lucas Wandrie were married Sept. 25, 2004, at Gull Lake Dam with Judge David J. TenEyck officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Gavin Berg, son; Justin Berg, father; Randy Berg, grandfather; Lyle Berg, great-grandfather; and Betty Berg, great-grandmother.
Kari Welch and Dave Schultz were married Aug. 20, 2004, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D., with Pastor Becky Lee officiating.
Six area grapplers reach Big Bear semis
CASS LAKE -- Six area wrestlers reached the semifinals of the Big Bear wrestling tournament at Cass Lake-Bena High School following Friday's first-round action.
Eastman's 13 not enough for BHS
COLD SPRING -- Zach Eastman scored 13 points and Adian Kummet 12 as the Brainerd Warriors lost to the Rocori Spartans 62-41 in Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Morgan Salo competed for the Brainerd YMCA Dolphins swim team Dec. 11 against Superior, Wis.
Senior Jocelyn Jones has been named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warrior girls' swimming and diving team.
Junior Lundgren steps up for C-I
Chelsea Lundgren is getting noticed, but she knew she would.
Late wake-up call
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals showed up fashionably late to their first-round game in the Pequot Lakes Holiday girls' basketball tournament Friday.
CLC uses height to its advantage
Like a shark that smells blood, the Central Lakes College men's basketball team attacked its undermanned and undersized opponent until hardly a shred was left.
Cory Detloff is having a senior year to remember and it's not even half finished.
Experienced Pequot gets tourney win
PEQUOT LAKES -- Flecia Foster is a six-year varsity girls' basketball player.
Festler, Flyers beat up Otters
LITTLE FALLS -- Steven Festler scored one goal to go along with two assists and Jared Festler netted two goals and one assist for the Little Falls Flyers in a 7-2 triumph over the Fergus Falls Otters in non-conference boys' hockey Friday.
PR-B notches first win in two years
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers broke a two-year winless streak with a 59-57 triumph over the Aitkin Gobblers in non-conference boys' basketball Friday.
Warrior boys second, girls third
DULUTH -- Mike Garry placed sixth in the boys' race and Rachel Cross was 10th in the girls' event as the Brainerd Warriors Alpine team skied in Thursday's Twin Ports Invitational at Spirit Mountain.
Rangers smoke Gobblers 76-7
CROSBY -- Chelsea Lundgren notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Crosby-Ironton Rangers defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 76-7 in non-conference girls' basketball Friday.
BHS JV rolls to state title
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity bowling team captured the state championship Dec. 11 at Huikko's Bowling Center in Buffalo.
Metal Gear 3 is fun, though long on cinema scenes
That the game is actually fun to play is the only reason it gets away with having what seems like hours of cinematic sequences. Of course, nothing about Metal Gear Solid 3 is fast-paced. This is not one of those games you pop in when you've got an extra 10 minutes before leaving for work.
So-So debut for Microsoft blog service
Microsoft Corp. made a belated entrance into the "blogosphere" last week, unveiling a free Web-log publishing service one day after Merriam-Webster Inc. proclaimed "blog" the word of the year.
A splash of romance this Valentine's Day
Bloomington -- Take that special someone on a Valentine's Day date they'll never forget.
Finding fitness among friends
OJAI, Calif. -- I had fallen hopelessly out of step with my cardio-step classmates at the Oaks at Ojai. When they zigged, I zagged -- and far too slowly.
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Room-rate math for those who value spacious hotel rooms
Some of us rate hotels by service, others by location or luxury. But what about the price of a room per square foot? It's not a frivolous question, especially in a place like Manhattan, where hotel rooms are getting dearer and, if anything, smaller.
Favorite Vacation Photo
Kelly Eades, Baxter, and her oldest daughter, Jas, went to Kenya, Africa. In the midst of the rain, a woman held an umbrella over Jas. "I love the smile and peace on her face. It speaks very loud," Kelly Eades said.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Windy and much colder north. Turning colder south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Lake effect snow warning today and tonight for ashland and iron counties...
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of light freezing rain west
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a few flurries. Highs in the
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Weather drawing by Markielly Wolf in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Partly cloudy west to mostly cloudy east. Windy. Scattered flurries east...With a slight chance of light rain and snow showers central this afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s northeast to the upper 40s southwest.
Andrea Borden, daughter of Cliff and Deb Borden, Merrifield, recently participated in the Miss Minnesota USA/Miss Minnesota Teen pageant in St. Paul.
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