Nursing students taste reality in Staples simulation project
STAPLES - Central Lakes College nursing students recently inaugurated a simulation scenario on the Staples campus designed to foster collaborative practice for future practical and registered nurses.
Central Lakes College launches international era
Central Lakes College reported it is moving forward in its relationship with educators from other countries and has stepped up efforts to become internationalized.
Wausau to close one Wisconsin plant
Wausau Paper announced it is closing its Appleton, Wis., plant and moving equipment to its Brainerd and Brokaw, Wis., mills.
Donny Hines, safety director of Nor-Son of Baxter, was named Member of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors.
The following list includes Crow Wing County meetings that may be attended by one or more members of the Crow Wing County Board:
CRASHES - No injuries were reported in a crash at 7:50 a.m. Friday at Highland Scenic Drive and Minnesota Drive in Baxter.
At age 84, this businessman has no plans of retiring. A World War II Navy pilot, Maurice Schwen has run everything from ice cream manufacturing to geo-thermal heating companies.
Brian and Shelly (Balk) Crenna, Royalton, a boy, Cole Alexander, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, Dec. 2, 2008. Grandparents are Chuck and Kathy Balk, Brainerd, and Bill and Mary Crenna, Garrison.
Brainerd High School graduate Korey Horn recounts his season with the NCAA Division II national champion University of Minnesota-Duluth football team.
This Brainerd School District bus slid into the ditch at 7:50 a.m. Friday on Highland Scenic Drive in Baxter.
Arrests made by drug task force
Members of the Central Minnesota Drug & Gang Task Force Thursday arrested a 39-year-old rural Royalton man in Sauk Rapids for third degree possession of controlled substance and first degree sale of controlled substance.
The Soup Kitchen fundraiser at Prairie Bay was an unbelievable success. Despite the blizzard, we were able to raise almost $6,000 for a much needed service.
Kassie wants Kinship Partner who enjoys outdoors, horses
In today's world we take Christmas for granted. We believe every one should be joyous and happy during the holidays. But there are families that will never have a Christmas tree or presents under it. They are wondering what they will have on the kitchen table for a Christmas dinner.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1988) - Jackie Bye of Brainerd, first runner-up in the Miss Teen of Minnesota Pageant in July, recently participated in the sixth Miss Teen of America Scholarship Pageant in Hilo, Hawaii.
The Brainerd American Legion will have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 28. Cost is $6.
Board recognizes retiring commissioner
WALKER - Cass County Board recognized retiring Commissioner Virgil Foster Thursday for his 38 years of service on the county board with a certificate of appreciation. Foster was a township supervisor before his election to the county board.
Area school districts avoid Pawlenty's cuts
The cities of Brainerd and Baxter and Crow Wing County learned the size of their state aid cuts Friday afternoon while area school district officials were able to breath a sigh of relief.
Man seriously injured in crash near Bena
BENA - A man was seriously injured after the semi-tractor trailer he was driving sideswiped a pickup on Highway 2 Friday, the State Patrol reported.
Short term, it appears we have not been affected.
How they fared locally
The following cuts - unallotments - in state funds to cities and counties were made Friday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to address a $426 million near-term deficit:
'It's been an odd year'
Four shopping days are left until Christmas.
LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS
The Kitchigami Regional Library recently released its 2009 mobile library schedule.
Crash in Nisswa Friday leads to arrest
NISSWA - A 45-year-old woman was arrested after a two-vehicle crash in Lake Edward Township Friday morning.
Louise (Brehm) Morford
Louise M. (Brehm) Morford, daughter of William and Margaret Brehm was born July 18, 1924, in McCook, Neb. She passed away peacefully Dec. 18, 2008, in Crosslake, Minn., at age 84.
James 'J.R.' Richardson
James Emmett "J.R." Richardson, age 73, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, in comfort and peace with family and support nearby after struggling with ill health the past year.
Albert B. Grewell
Albert Barrett Grewell, 88, Brainerd, passed away Dec. 16, 2008, at St. Cloud Hospital. He was the only child born to Bernard O. and Clara M. (Rappuhn) Grewell. He was born on Aug. 26, 1920, in Brainerd. He spent several years of his young life in Clemons, Iowa, where much of the family on his father's side resided.
Alexandria 'Lee' Bard
Alexandria "Lee" Bard, age 59, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at her home.
Lawrence L. Stenstad
EMILY - Lawrence L. Stenstad, age 90, of Emily, died Dec. 17, 2008, at his home.
Mavis L. Torseth
Mavis Lorraine Torseth, age 92, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born on July 28, 1916, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, to Robert and Eva (Rabideau) Hewitt.
Sept. 10 the mayor ordered no citizen participation at this or subsequent budget workshops. The certified smart of the various departments had already set the numbers that would prevail and maintain the status quo.
The Dec. 18 Vox Pop from the person who wants to volunteer with no public thanks - good for them!
State cuts should be wise ones
Tough choices await our lawmakers when they gather in St. Paul next month. Even if new fees or taxes are a part of the mix there's no question the Legislature will have to make substantial cuts to state spending in order to balance the budget. It's important, however that our legislators cut smart, just as we ask them to spend smart. Cuts need to be made, but there are situations where a scalpel is a better tool than an ax.
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WASHINGTON - But of course Caroline Kennedy will become the next senator from New York.
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Sen. Norm Coleman
Choosing the right ice-fishing equipment
I just returned from a two-day business trip, and ice-fishing equipment was the subject. Augers, electronics, fish houses, rods and reels, tip-ups and just about everything related to the sport. There is so much out there, how does a person decide which product is best?
The DNR is accepting public comments through Jan. 6 on lake vegetation management plans for Upper, Middle and Lower Cullen lakes near Nisswa.
Aiming to please
Eyebobs offers fashionable reading glasses, including a polarized sunglasses version that, according to the company, helps correct vision, too.
NATHANIAL AND JESSICA MOGENSEN
Jessica Savor and Nathanial Mogensen were married Nov. 22, 2008, at the Mogensen residence in Brainerd with Louis Hansen officiating.
THOMAS AND JERI KINNAN
Jeri Engholm and Thomas Kinnan were married Sept. 13, 2008, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd with Jeffery Ozanne officiating.
Jay and Callie Bautch
Callie Holmvig and Jay Bautch were married Aug. 30, 2008, at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood with Pastor David Anderson officiating.
ZACHARY AND TRACY TRETTER
Tracy Lease and Zach Tretter were married Aug. 16, 2008, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Kristen Kelsey Oltmann officiating.
LUKE AND ANDREA CULLETT
Andrea Lynn Sharp and Luke Daniel M. Cullett were married Aug. 29, 2008, at Maple Island Park in Little Falls with Pastor Denell Anderson officiating.
Sarah Bernier and Clint Danks
Sarah Bernier and Clint Danks announce their engagement. Parents are Nicholas and Kathryn Bernier, Merrifield, and Duane and Bonnie Danks, Centerville.
Russell and Lindsay Mulholland
Lindsay Kautz and Russell Mulholland were married Nov. 22, 2008, in Brainerd with Pastor Gary Peterson officiating.
Harold (Hap) and Doris Corbett
Harold (Hap) and Doris Corbett, Staples, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 28 in the basement of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples.
Chad and Michelle Thiesse
Michelle Stinger and Chad Thiesse were married July 5, 2008, at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Plymouth with Father Paul Kammen officiating.
Gina Marie Clough and Jason Michael Gakin
Gina Marie Clough and Jason Michael Gakin announce their engagement. Parents are Wayne and Wendy Zitzow, Merrifield, Jim Clough, Wausau, Wis., and Buck and Rita Gakin, Brainerd.
Pierz's Huls 3-0 at Milaca quad
MILACA - Sean Huls improved his season record to 10-2 with a 3-0 performance for the Pierz Pioneers, which finished the Milaca quadrangular 0-3 Friday.
Weber wields his magic for Pioneers
When Chad Lanners injured his knee in the Section 6-2A football final at the Fargodome, Breck Weber didn't know what to think.
Rangers upset 7th-ranked Cardinals
STAPLES - Men at Work.
AREA GIRLS' BASKETBALL
HOLDINGFORD - Kaari Jensen set a school record with 14 steals and the Pierz Pioneers had four players score in double figures to knock of the Holdingford Huskers 57-47 in Central Minnesota Conference basketball Friday.
Warriors win 4th in 5 games
Without starting posts Tess Rahto (illness) and KB Capers (vacation) , the Brainerd Warriors needed other individuals to step up Friday night.
Archibald leads Flying Warriors
WILLMAR - Ali Archibald scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors past the Willmar Cardinals 7-0 in Central Lakes Conference play Friday.
'D' key for Raider women
As the saying goes, "the best offense is a good defense" and the Central Lakes College women's' basketball team proved this to be true Friday as the Raiders turned 26 Fergus Falls turnovers into 31 points and easily defeated the Spartans 79-51.
Warriors combine for 5th
CHISAGO LAKES - Andrea and Ari Cibuzar placed in the top 15 and the Brainerd Warriors Alpine skiing teams combined for a fifth-place overall finish in Friday's Chisago Lakes High School Invite at Wild Mountain.
AREA BOYS' BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS - Breck Weber and Michael Weber tallied double-doubles to lead the Pierz Pioneers past Class 3A's seventh-ranked DeLaSalle Islander 50-25 Friday at the Target Center.
AREA BOYS' HOCKEY
Lightning, Flyers remain unbeaten
Making the grade
There must be a mistake on the program. After three games Emily Erickson has seven goals, including two hat tricks. One of those hat tricks came during Pequot Lakes' 4-3 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek. It was the first win for the revived program.
CLC men roll
The Central Lakes College men's basketball team went into the first night of the CLC Classic with revenge on its minds.
Northwoods League to return to Brainerd in '09
The Northwoods League announced Friday that it will have a team in Brainerd in 2009.
LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The Brainerd Family YMCA will be conducting intramural sports leagues for boys and girls in grades 9-12 beginning Jan. 5.
State forecast for Iowa
...Blizzard warning portions of northern iowa late this afternoon
Weather drawing by Blake Forsythe of Ms. Hemstad's third-grade class at Baxter school.
Blizzard sweeping through Minn. over weekend
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Snow and chilling northwest winds are expected to sweep through parts of Minnesota Saturday - prompting blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings for several areas.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning northwest and west central today through sunday...
State forecast for Minnesota
...Blizzard warning southwest today into sunday...
Forecasters say they're needed at flight centers
WASHINGTON (AP) - A plan to remove weather forecasters from the nation's Air Route Traffic Control Centers could endanger air travelers, the forecasters warned on Friday.
The Nation's Weather
Snow and cold weather was in store for the central portion of the country Saturday. A storm was to dump around three to five inches of snow over much of the region, with the possibility of half of a foot in areas. Winds were expected to be strong, and blizzard watches and warnings were issued to parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. The system was to usher cold air into the region. Temperatures over Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and Nebraska were to range from the low single digits to below freezing, with wind chills down into the minus 20s and 30s.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Winter storm warning east central and eastern north dakota...
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind chill warning and advisory west today into sunday...
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