It all started with George Paul
Sunup Ranch had its beginnings with Reed Kettlewell and Barbara Abbott, who - described as city kids - met at a stable in Minneapolis where each had scraped enough money together to board a horse.
Bright times continue at Sunup Ranch
An unassuming quarter horse ranch west of Brainerd galloped this year into rarefied air in the horse industry.
SBA loan helps Just for Kix keep on growing
BAXTER - Cindy Clough never imagined she would own a company with husband Steve that would handle a $412,000 expansion project.
Meat market joining 371 complex
Construction of Von Hanson's Meats, along Highway 371 near Reed's, is moving along.
Who is responsible for our pensions?
HOWLAND, Ohio -It had been another tense week at Ajax Magnethermic Corp. But after 35 years at the struggling company, Jim Necastro was glad just to have his job, especially with retirement a few years away.
Trevor Williams recently joined the Brainerd Dispatch in sports design and editing.
My favorite Christmas tradition is making Lego ornaments. Every Christmas my family makes Lego ornaments while we set up the Christmas tree. We always put our normal ornaments on, then our mom comes down with a big box!
Stories of Christmas
The Stories of Christmas have been a Brainerd Dispatch favorite since their beginning in 1998.
The best Christmas
The best Christmas that I have ever had, would have to be the Christmas of 2002. My anticipation for Christmas was overwhelming and I could hardly wait for Christmas Day. That year, "Christmas was in the air", but it wasn't something you could smell or touch, it was something that my whole family felt deep inside. The kind of warmth you find when you spend time with your family around the fire drinking hot cocoa. It was something you felt after a a long day of playing with your brother and all was well between us. It's hard to explain what it was that made Christmas so special that year, but I long for it even more this year.
The Greatest Christmas Gift
"The Greatest Gift" what a fantastic scope of items can be included in that title. I have lived through over 70 Christmas seasons now, and as a young child, perhaps my favorite memory of a special gift was the inevitable orange that was always found in my stocking complete with slits in the skin in which were fit pennies, nickels and in better years, dimes and even quarters. It was always there, a special treat!
One time I went ice fishing and I got a big fish and then we brought it home and we cooked it and when it was done we ate it and it was good.
Hi, my name is Upchuck. I don't know why they call me that. Well, maybe I do. I think it is because when I was a puppy, my food never agreed with me.
Oh, my ...
I was born into and raised in a non-hunting family. My marriage to a dedicated hunter and my enjoyment of the wild game on our table meant I quickly changed into a pro-hunter. However, I didn't realize the difference this makes in children's attitudes about the world around them until one Easter. In late March, with snow still on the ground, I put the kids to bed and proceeded to fix Easter baskets; then hid eggs and candy. As we were preparing for bed, my husband said, "I set a trap for that ---- rabbit, hope I get him before he wrecks the whole raspberry patch." The next morning, after the kids scurried around finding all the goodies, they were all parked around the kitchen table scarfing down candy. One of the kids glanced out the kitchen window and announced, "Mom, Dad caught the Easter Bunny!" Immediately, a row of noses were pressed against the window.
The Christmas to remember started off silent. I woke up and I snuck over to the presents.
One person not here for Christmas
A true story
Last year about this time of year, my dad called from Afghanistan saying that he's wasn't coming home for Christmas. Once I heard the news, my heart broke in half. This would be the first Christmas without my dad. Dad is my best friend when he left. I thought all was lost.
My favorite Christmas
I didn't know it was my favorite Christmas ever until six months later.
The Flight Home
On Christmas Eve, the last place you want to be is on a plane. Of course, it could be worse; I could be in first class. The window seat of an airplane is only entertaining if there's actually something to look at out the thick pane. All I see are uneventful clouds consuming others of the like. Yet I find myself mesmerized by the sight of the cruel monotony.
Simple, but so much better
Christmas in the 1950's was a magical time for me as a young child. In the weeks before Christmas, our kitchen would be filled with smells of homemade fruitcake (the muslin bag of brandy-soaked dried fruit had been"aging" in the cupboard since September), mincemeat pies, shortbread cookies and a myriad of other holiday treats.
My Christmas Eve last year started off like this... my uncle Joel came and was really sick and didn't know what to do with him because we had a house full of people coming, so we sent him up to our loft to sleep.
I sat on my bed staring out my dorm window and letting the chilled breeze cool the slightly overheated room. It was a perfect spring day in Minnesota, but there was one problem. It was Christmas Eve, and I was in St. Petersburg, Florida, thousands of miles away from my family for the first holiday ever. Earlier that month, I had every intension of returning to Brainerd and enjoying my favorite time of the year the way it was meant to be celebrated, with a fluffy blanket of snow. Unfortunately, my plans were forced to change when a sudden incident had left me short on cash. I still was too depressed to even speak, much less think of when my Christmas was ruined forever. As tears started to well up in my eyes, again I thought back to when I had to break the tragic news to my family. Just a week ago, while fighting back tears, I blubbered out an almost incoherent explanation to my mother, who burst into tears instantly and for the next thirty minutes, we jacked up our phone bill just sobbing. Two days later, the dorm rooms had started to empty leaving me alone to wallow in my own self-pity. It was my worst Christmas every.
The Elf that went with Santa
Once there was an elf named Pippi. She worked at the North Pole as you can imagine. She was a very curious elf. Then, on Christmas eve, Pippi was helping Mrs. Claus make cookies with her friends, Penny, Ella and Bill. They were elves, too.
My favorite Christmas tradition is when we eat. We always close the blinds and it is real dark.
Riding the Rocket
When I was growing up, my family spent nearly every Christmas at home in Mankato. Occasionally my grandparents would join us and fall asleep sitting up, but usually it was just Mom, Dad, my older sister Becky, and me. Memories of those Christmases are a happy blur, but there is nothing blurry about the Christmas I was eight.
The Worst Yet Best Christmas
It was the year of 2003. Some how it was the worst yet the best Christmas of my whole 13 years.
On Christmas day I woke up and I looked out the window and guess what I saw? I couldn't believe it, it was like a day in the Bible times. I will tell you what I saw.
What's open, what's closed
There will not be mail delivery Monday in observance of Christmas Day.
The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 6:26 p.m. Thursday to a home on 1622 Graydon Ave. in Brainerd. It was reported that smoke in the chimney backed up into the home, but there was no chimney fire. No one injured and there were no damages to the home.
The snowmobiler injured in a single snowmobile crash Wednesday afternoon on Crow Wing County Road 16 east of Pequot Lakes was identified as Guy Lane Bulen, 39, Lindstrom.
There was no shortage of major news stories in the Brainerd lakes area this past year. Forestview Middle School opened. The 194th
Steven and Amanda Willis, Brainerd, a girl, Kaitlyn Ranae, 6 pounds, 7 ounces, Dec. 14, 2005.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT LIST
Randy and Lori Schweitzberger
Crow Wing County Board
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
Households get heat for the holidays
MILWAUKEE (AP) - When Sandy Turk learned her 81-year-old mother set her thermostat at a chilly 65 degrees to save money this winter, she thought of the perfect gift - though it's about as much fun as a lump of coal in the stocking.
Homeowners turn to snowblowers
When it's icy cold outside and white flakes are falling, the best investment I've ever made in power equipment is rarin' to go. Its summer blanket discarded, my 16-year-old Toro single-stage snow thrower, a Model CCR 2000, drinks a fresh gas-and-oil cocktail and, with a couple of gentle pumps from its priming bulb and a few pulls of its starting cord, roars into full-power mode.
- Plants that are wrapped and jammed together cannot be properly examined and are not getting the air circulation they need to stay healthy.
It takes some miniatures to make a village
STAPLES - About 100 townspeople went on with their daily lives the other day in Arlene Ludovissie's town of Staples located inside her home.
Point of view
This festive design is in Nisswa.
Make a resolution to help Kinship Partners
This is a special time of the year.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 25 100 years ago (1905) - The great day of the year, the day of good cheer and turkey and cranberry sauce is here. A Merry Christmas to all.
Looking for Christmas lights
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.
- 573 - Jhonna's heart transplant recipient number. She's the 573rd heart transplant recipient at the University of Minnesota Fairview University Medical Center.
Just part of the job
Saving lives can be part of the job when you're a law enforcement officer.
Wasnie family shows a lot of heart
When Jhonna Loftis gets discouraged, she can look to her own great-aunt for inspiration.
Hockey in your shirt sleeves
Tony Larson, Lake Shore, wore a short-sleeved shirt while playing hockey Thursday afternoon at Nisswa City Park.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1985) - The cluster of buildings east of Brainerd is still known to most folks as Brainerd State Hospital. But the governor made it official the other day. By the stroke of the pen, it is now the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
Ironton woman honored for helping save neighbor from attacking pit bulls
Teresa Catlin, Ironton, was awarded the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Medal of Valor at the 2005 MSA Winter Conference earlier this month in Alexandria.
Some children may inherit their mother's eye color or their father's big feet.
What's opened, what's closed for Christmas
Post offices are open for regular business hours Dec. 24. Mail will be delivered that day. There will not be mail delivery Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas Day.
Five people exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning
Four adults and a child living in a rented a home at 19403 Alpine Road in the Unorganized Territory in Brainerd went to St. Joseph's Medical Center Thursday to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning, reported Brainerd Fire Chief Fred Underhill.
Point of view
This display of lights (above) is in Nisswa. Where is it? Find the answer Sunday.
ONAMIA (AP) - A Waite Park City Council member who once served a jail sentence for a fatal drunk driving accident was killed in a two-vehicle crash, and authorities said Wednesday they believe this time the other driver had been drinking.
Transplant gives Jhonna new hope
MINNEAPOLIS - When Jhonna Loftis steps on a treadmill and starts to walk, the 21-year-old college student can't help but smile.
"I defintely feel like a walking miracle all these years. I've been very fortunate "
The gift of giving
Bruce Bachman and Ann Larson, volunteers from The Journey North church in Brainerd, helped served a turkey dinner Thursday night at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in southeast Brainerd. The group prepared four turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy and an apple crisp dessert. All of the food served was donated by members of the church. Students from Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd donated 91 gift boxes with clothes, toys and other household gifts to be distributed to those in need.
Lyndall V. Bates
CLARISSA - Lyndall Virginia Bates died Dec. 22, 2005, at the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa.
Doris J. Stavish
RANDALL - Doris J. Stavish, age 73, of Randall, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Elaine D. Johnson
TAMARACK - Elaine D. Johnson, age 70, of Tamarack, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at her home.
Marie Brown, age 97, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Nisswa, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Larry J. Bellefeuille
NISSWA - Larry John Bellefeuille, 63, of Nisswa, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd and the hour before services at the church on Wednesday.
Clare Buddy' M. Corey
CROSBY - Clare "Buddy" M. Corey, 82, of Crosby, died at his home on Dec. 21, 2005. He was born on April 7, 1923, in Staples to Robert and Betsy (Knutson) Metzler. He was a WWII Army veteran and a member of the Myrin James American Legion Post No. 443 of Ironton.
Dana W. Michael
PINE RIVER - Dana W. Michael, age 44, of Pine River, passed away at his home on Monday, Dec. 19, 2005. He was born July 3, 1961, in Spencer, Iowa, to Bill and Janet Michael. Dana was truly one of a kind. He was a great athlete and loved all sports. He had a heart of gold for children and animals. He was a magnet to little kids - they loved picking on him. He was always looking out for the "underdog." Dana ventured to Alaska in 1982 where he worked on the North Slope in the oil fields for several years. He moved back to Pine River to be around family and friends. He worked for Bradow Dock Services and at Heath's Resort helping Dave build cabins or chop ice for fish houses. Dana was a wonderful person and we will miss him greatly. Love you, Dana!
James O. Harris
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph for James O. Harris, age 73, of St. Joseph, formerly of Hastings, who died on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at his home as a result of cancer, surrounded by his loving family. The Rev. Greg Miller OSB will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Monday between 4-9 p.m. at the Daniel Funeral Home and on Tuesday after 9 a.m. at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph. St. Joseph American Legion Post No. 328 will pray at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Parish Prayers at 7 p.m.
Larry J. Bellefeuille
NISSWA - Larry John Bellefeuille, 63, of Nisswa, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005. Larry was born on April 11, 1942, in Little Falls. He was the son of Norman and Malvina (Doucette) Bellefeuille of Brainerd. He was employed at Potlatch where he worked for 36 years. He was also a firefighter for 11 years. He was united in marriage to Pearl Peck on April 27, 1973.
Richard E. Schalow
CROSSLAKE - Richard Edward "Dick" Schalow, 76, of Crosslake, passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Crosslake Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Friends may call beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be at a later date. Family prefers memorials to World Hunger or the Post-Polio Awareness and Support Society of Minnesota.
Edward F. Clow
Edward F. Clow, son of Carl and Winnie Clow, was born Dec. 10, 1914, at Riverton, Neb., and departed this life on Dec. 17, 2005, at the age of 91 years and seven days. He died at Faith Regional Health Center in Norfolk, Neb. On April 10, 1933, he was united in marriage to Helen Doris Squires. They celebrated their honeymoon by moving to the Sandhills south of Bassett, Neb. To this union, two children were born, Patricia Lou (Swanson) and Niota Ilow (Meinecke). He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents, Carl and Winnie Clow; and sister, Dorothy Ilow Hendershot. He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Duane Swanson (Patty), of Bassett, Neb., and Mrs. Richard Meinecke (Ilow), of O'Neill, Neb.; grandchildren, Sally Stewart, of Fullerton, Neb., Dennis Swanson (Terri), of Bassett, Neb., Rebecca Meinecke, of Pine River, Minn., Donald Swanson (Therese), of Gothenburg, Neb., Cathy (Ron) Ewoldt, of Grand Island, Neb., Debbie (Daniel) Morrison, of Bassett, Neb., Dale Meinecke, of Aubry, Texas, and Sheri (Roger) Stec, of Bassett, Neb.; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn "Pat" Bussinger/Hollister, of Bassett, Neb.
Bernice M. Halvorson
Bernice M. Halvorson, 97, Brainerd, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Open Forum: Merry Christmas' or Happy Holidays'
I think I have a solution for those people, places and organizations that are afraid of the "C" word. First, say "Happy Holidays." That will take care of those having their own holidays, the atheists and the troublemakers, if that's possible! Then say and "Merry Christmas" for the majority of people who are Christian or not offended by those words. Dec. 25 is Christmas. To acknowledge it or not doesn't change that fact. I just don't know why (adding) the greeting "Merry" to the inevitable is so offensive or a big deal. Merry Christmas! And I hope the Dispatch says that on its Dec. 25 edition.
OUR OPINION: TAXES-FEES
Call them taxes or fees, the effect on the taxpayer's pocketbook is the same. The increased cost of government, at any level, is tough on many people. It's particularly difficult for those folks on a fixed income or whose paychecks don't keep up with the rate of inflation and increased government taxes or fees.
Another wedge issue?
Why do we continue to fight over religion like we do? No matter if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Confucian, etc. Each religion or way of living dictates that we be kind to our neighbor, especially during the holy days of the year. How much more bickering, lost friendships and killing has to go on the world over in the name of religion? We humans never learn. Is all the hoopla over Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas just another wedge issue the right-wingers started to take our minds off the poor state of our country right now?
Open Forum: Our children, grandchildren will pay our debt
The "highway to prosperity letter" (Dec. 14, 2005) told only half the story.
A joyful noise at Christmas
The sounds of Christmas make the day special for those lucky enough to enjoy the day at home with family. Listen today for these sounds:
Shoreland standards development process successful
To celebrate the conclusion of the shoreland standards development process, a diverse group of resort owners, local and county officials, DNR staff, conservation group representatives, lake association leaders, developers and environmentalists met in Brainerd on Dec. 12.
While the 2005 deer season is still fresh in mind, hunters are encouraged to share stories of ethical deer hunting behavior in the form of nominations for the 14th annual Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 1.
Turns out sky didn't fall on Lake Ossawinnamakee
When Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels were discovered in the 644-acre lake west of Jenkins many people believed a death sentence had been delivered.
McGREGOR - Some of the most sought-after northern pike in Minnesota are in Rice Lake, where they average a pound apiece.
Tracy Bohall and Joseph Peterson
Tracy Bohall and Joseph Peterson announce their engagement. Parents are Allen and Tina Bohall, Pequot Lakes, and Vern Peterson, Cushing, and Wanda Donovan, Bethel. A Sept. 30, 2006, wedding is planned at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in East Bethel.
James Richard and Prudence Query
James Richard and Prudence Query, Brainerd residents since 1972, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday. They were married Dec. 26, 1955, in Estherville, Iowa.
PAUL AND ERIKA OLSON
Erika Lisbeth Stattine and Paul Andrew Olson were married June 4, 2005, at the First Congregational Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Deborah Celley officiating.
CHRIS AND YOUNG HANSEN
Young Park and Chris Hansen were married Nov. 5, 2005, at Korea House Jeju Hyatt in Jeju Island, Korea, with Roland Hinni officiating.
CHAS AND MARSHA CLUEVER
Marsha Osmundson and Chas Cluever were married Sept. 24, 2005, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
MICHAEL AND JENNIFER VESELY
Jennifer Megen Koenig and Michael James Vesely were married July 16, 2005, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Pastor Dan Werthman officiating.
CHARLES AND JENNIFER YOUNG JR.
Jennifer (Jen) Rae Hoglund and Charles (Chip) Young Jr. were married Oct. 1, 2005, at Old Muskego Lutheran Church at Luther Seminary in St. Paul with Pastor Darrell Pedersen officiating.
JAMIE AND SHANNON FORT
Shannon Smith and Jamie Fort were married Oct. 15, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lino Lakes.
Susan Rued and Brian Anderson
Susan Rued and Brian Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are David and Ardella Rued, Aitkin, Richard and Mary Ann Ihlenfeld, Madison, Wis., and Thomas and Patricia Anderson, Ocala, Fla. A Jan. 21, 2006, wedding is planned in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Patrick McDonnell who creates the Mutts comic strip has now written a cute little book called "The Gift of Nothing." Mooch the cat wanted to give a gift to his friend Earl, the dog. But Earl had everything he needs such as chew toys, a bed and a bowl. So Mooch decided to give him "nothing."
HILLMAN - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, will be holding Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Christmas Day worship will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Helping those who need help
Jerry Grossoehme's mission in life is to help people in need.
Poll: Controversy about public Christmas displays not a top concern
WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans are concerned about the commercialization of Christmas than about restrictions on public displays of religious symbols, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Vaulting into the books
Shelby Paavola changed from a half to a full and it made all the difference.
Festler's hat trick lifts LF
WILLMAR - Little Falls overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring three unanswered goals in the second period and Jared Festler scored a hat trick as the Flyers edged the Willmar Cardinals 5-4 in Central Lakes Conference play Thursday.
Fischer, Schramm lead PL past Aitkin
PEQUOT LAKES - Jesse Fischer dropped in 23 points and Joel Schramm added 17 as the unbeaten Pequot Lakes Patriots trimmed the Aitkin Gobblers 82-46 in boys' basketball Thursday.
NL-S topples W-DC
NEW LONDON - Taylor Beiswenger was third in all-around and on the balance beam and Shelby Paavola was third on vault as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines lost to New London-Spicer 134.97 to 109.6 in gymnastics Thursday.
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BHS wins in OT
FERGUS FALLS - Alyssa Lewandowski's overtime goal lifted the Brainerd Warriors past the Fergus Falls Otters 4-3 in Central Lakes Conference girls' hockey Thursday.
Sophs solid in Ranger victory
CROSBY - Instead of the Rangers, the Crosby-Ironton boys' basketball team should call itself the young and the restless.
Warriors remain without win
ST. CLOUD APOLLO - Kayla Huether scored 11 points as the Brainerd Warrior girls' basketball team lost its sixth straight game, 46-42, to St. Cloud Apollo in Central Lakes Conference play Thursday.
Doty, Pats top Huskies
PILLAGER - Jackie Doty led Pequot Lakes with 14 points while Katie Finn, Robin Soukup and Mindy Howard each contributed nine as the Patriots downed the Pillager Huskies 52-37 Thursday in non-conference girls' basketball.
Cards soar past Flyers
WILLMAR - Little Falls' C.J. Arndt tied the score at 1-1 in the first period but the Flyers couldn't overcome five second period goals by Willmar as the Cardinals cruised to a 10-3 Central Lakes Conference victory Thursday.
Wesserzieher,AHS pound Ogilvie
AITKIN - Keith Wasserzieher made quick work of Ogilvie's Keith Holznagel, earning a fall in 19 seconds, as the Aitkin Gobblers soundly defeated Ogilvie 63-15 in Great River Conference wrestling Thursday.
All over the stat sheet
Tucker Sheley is a master multitasker.
Super Freak' leads C-I
CROSBY - During the volleyball season each time Crosby-Ironton junior Annie Adams killed a ball students would yell, "Super Freak."
Grinch strikes Warriors
The Brainerd Holiday gymnastics invitational started out like "It's a Wonderful Life" for the Warriors but quickly turned into the "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."
Karlsgodt player of the week
Central Lakes College women's basketball player Erin Karlsgodt was named MCCC North Division player of the week.
Merry X-mas from Vikings' Love Boat'
Color Sports Santa purple in '05.
Cross, Ziebell pace Warrior girls
Rachel Cross and Kaitlyn Ziebell skied to top six finishes and paced the Brainerd Warrior girls' team to the championship in Thursday's Hibbing Invitational at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Upcoming sporting events
BlastWrap: Volcanic glass makes trash cans bomb-resistant
NEW YORK - To contain the force of an exploding bomb, you need steel plate or concrete, and lots of it, right?
OLATHE, Kan. - Aesop's fables came beaming across the classroom and landed in Eva Hernandez's Palm handheld.
As nanoparticles enter our lives, stepped-up research urged on potential risks
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Those stain-resistant khakis you just picked up at the mall, the tennis ball that holds its bounce longer and sunscreen that's clear instead of white have something in common - nanotechnology.
Skype handset makes VoIP calls a liberating experience
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - If you live outside your home country or phone overseas often, chances are you've heard of Skype, the voice-over-Internet service that allows you to make free or cheap voice calls through your computer.
Plunging into the frozen Minnesota wilderness
ELY - The immense vault of cobalt sky shimmered with the thousands of stars you can only see when the closest city is five hours away. Swirls of powdery snow chased one another over the frozen lake, and the lanky spruce trees along the shore turned bluish in the last afterglow of dusk.
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State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Occasional light rain with patchy drizzle and fog. Highs in
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Light rain likely south...With a chance of freezing rain. Foggy with drizzle and/Or freezing drizzle north. Highs in the lower to mid 30s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory this afternoon and evening west and central...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Decreasing clouds east to partly cloudy west. Highs in the mid 30s east to the mid 50s southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly sunny in the morning then increasing clouds. A
State forecast for Minnesota
...Dense fog advisory northwest until 8 am cst...
Rain in the Great Lakes and Northwest
Rain and a mixture of rain and snow fell in the Great Lakes and the Northwest saw scattered showers Friday, but clear skies prevailed in much of the country.
One busy fellow
Weather drawing by Miriam Pritschet in the Lowell fourth grade of Mr. Meyer.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Dense fog advisory far east until 8 am cst this morning...
Santa pays a visit
Weather drawing by Dylan Clark of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school
State forecast for North Dakota
...Freezing rain advisory until 6 am friday morning east...
Wisconsin state forecast
Freezing rain advisory northern and central wisconsin this morning...
State forecast for Minnesota
...Freezing rain advisory northeast this morning...
Another Kinship Partners' Christmas Party for kids and adult partners has just taken place. All who attended had a wonderful time, thanks to the many helpers we had. The Women of the Moose provided beverages to all partygoers and supplied cookies for everyone to decorate. The Brainerd Women of Today provided materials and "woman" power that enabled all who attended to make beautiful Christmas decorations. Students from Claire Steen's wellness class at Pequot Lakes High School (Wes, Shane, Lisa, Laura, Mariah, Taneal, Spencer, Steph, Dana and Ashley) as well as students from the Underhill/Bundy Confirmation Class from Brainerd Area Catholic Churches (Samantha, LeeAnn, Darin, Chris, Colton and Josh) provided hands-on help with games, crafts and photography. Karen and Johanna at our Christmas card station helped everyone design and decorate cards they could give to loved ones. As usual, the highlight of the afternoon was a visit from Santa (Mark Ulm) Claus who distributed Christmas gifts to all of the children. Members of First Lutheran Church of Brainerd, Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Pequot Lakes and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Crosby generously filled Santa's sleigh with all of these gifts. Thank you to all of you for helping us with this annual event.
LAKES AREA SENIOR
The class of 1944 will not meet on Monday this month.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Veteran's Association would like to thank all the businesses that gave door prizes for the Christmas party:
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