Christmas treasures don't have to be costly
We were a young family, struggling to pay bills and nothing much to spare. Just like many families this year. That year our oldest son was in fifth grade. He attended school across the street from our home, so he could walk to school.
You just have to have a little faith
As a child I was not very trusting. I needed proof to believe in something. I made the Easter Bunny sign a piece of paper and I got a dirty paw print. I complained to the tooth fairy for not being very fair; she gave my sister a dollar for her teeth and gave me a quarter. It didn't matter that hers were bigger. A tooth is a tooth.
Stories of Christmas
Hundreds of stories were received this year - the 10th year of the Brainerd Dispatch's Stories of Christmas contest.
Santa Claus Jr.: He had big shoes to fill
On a snowy night in the North Pole there was excitement coming from the small village of Santaville. The birth of a son to a toy shop owner and his wife brought much happiness to everyone. The shop owner, Santa Claus Sr., was getting older and always wanted a child to help him continue to bring Christmas joy to the children around the world. They named their son Santa Claus Jr.
Santa knew: 'Christmas is about Jesus' birth and the gift he gave us out of love'
Mr. and Mrs. Claus were packing up to go home from vacation when the phone rang.
A long time ago when I was 3,
Sisters learn about giving, not receiving
When my mom was my age, she looked forward to Christmas every year. Like many kids, she looked forward to Christmas because of the presents. She found herself tempted to shake the boxes and try to find out what was inside. One day, she and her sister were caught by my grandma.
Little Mouse saves Christmas for Santa
On a cold and chilly, snowy night one week before Christmas, Santa was getting ready for his long trip to drop off toys to good little boys and girls.
Ruthie: 'The happiest Christmas of all'
Ruthie was looking in the toy store window on one of her orphanage's trips to town. She saw everything from books to blocks, from puppets to games. Suddenly something caught her eye.
The king of little brothers - A Christmas story
The year I turned 50 was a very poignant one for me. My oldest child was graduating from college and planned to move out west to set up her chiropractic practice.
INVESTIGATION - Responded at 10:56 p.m. Monday to a reported from an intoxicated woman at a residence on the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue claiming she was kidnapped by a man.
Gregory and Brenda Verkuilen, Brainerd, a boy, Barrett Gregory, 8 pounds, 14 ounces, Dec. 11, 2008. Grandparents are Sherry and Tom Black, Auburn, Neb., and Marvin and Diane Verkuilen, Thorp, Wis.
Breaking a trail
This snowy winter, snowshoers can break their own trail at pretty much any of Minnesota's state parks.
Rescue training planned for Cass Lake
CASS LAKE - A multi-agency emergency rescue exercise will be conducted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 31 on the ice and in the waters of Cass Lake.
Danial Baker and Tara Bollig, Brainerd, a girl, Hannah Jean Baker-Bliss, 3 pounds, Nov. 21, 2008. Grandparents are Susan Eberly and Jeff Bollig, Brainerd, and Robert and Terry Baker, Brainerd. Great-grandparents are Jean Bliss, Arla Bollig, Marvin Baker and Leo Gangestead.
THEFT - Angel Mann, 200 block of North Ninth Street, Sunday reported an XBox console, controllers and games stolen.
ATTENTION PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, PET OWNERS!
Children playing in the snow.
Lovely snow flowers
Roberta Bisek, Maple Grove, submitted this photograph of the view overlooking snow covered hydrangeas after the first snowfall in November at Grave Lake.
Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement
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Sherri Schwartz, Brainerd, submitted this photograph of her granddaughters, Caitlyn, 7, Lainey, 3, and Lauren, 2.
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Liz and Cameron Stewart wrote, "Our step-mum Marge, lives in Brainerd and is celebrating her 90th birthday.
NEIGHBORS NEWS BRIEFS
STAPLES - The Pillager second grade Girl Scout Troop 577 made a donation of $60 to Lakewood Health System's breast cancer patients recently after fundraising at the Pillager community fall party.
Go to Any Length
Students from Staples Elementary School recently spent lab time with Central Lakes College students in anatomy and physiology, taught by Kay Rezanka.
Staples organization underwrites national economic summit in D.C.
In a direct response to the current economic crisis, the Association of School Business Officials International hosted an economic crisis summit Dec. 11-12 in Washington, D.C.
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Judy Hall, rural Brainerd, said, "This is a photo of our 6-year-old granddaughter, Alix Hall, tasting snow."
Pierz schools' business manager participates in workshop
Earl Athman, the Pierz School District's business manager for the last 23 years, was recently invited by the Association of School Business Officials International to attend an economic crisis summit at the Institute for Educational Leadership Building in Washington, D.C.
PETS OF THE WEEK
Benny is a 6-month-old neutered yellow Lab mix. He is good around children and keeps his kennel clean. He's playful and loves to fetch.
We took a leap of faith.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1948) - Governor Youngdahl today appointed Carl E. Erickson, 37-year-old attorney and World War II veteran, to be Brainerd's municipal judge.
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"All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" was sung with gusto by Sydnee Johnson and her Girl Scout Troop Tuesday night. The girls of Riverside School's Troop 852 sang Christmas Carols for the residents of Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Firefighters battle flames, elements
Fire consumed a garage Tuesday afternoon on Victory Road off the Johnson Road north of Brainerd in Unorganized Territory.
The bright lights of Wadena
Greg "G.P" Anderson's Christmas lighting display at his home in Wadena is a computerized symphony of lights set to music.
The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Dec. 30 in the commission meeting room at the BPU Service Center, 8027 Highland Scenic Road.
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The Girl Scout Troop from Riverside School, Kindergarten and First Grade, sang "Silent Night" with accompanying sign language Tuesday night.
Verndale barn reduced to twisted metal
Authorities continued Monday to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed much of R & J Horse Sale in Verndale, including this barn, early Sunday. Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr on Monday said he hopes for answers following a meeting Wednesday with fire and insurance investigators. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Firefighters battle blaze and deep snow
Fire destroyed a garage and damaged part of an addition Tuesday afternoon at a house on Victory Road north of Brainerd in Unorganized Territory.
Area jobless rate climbs to 3.3 percent
Area jobless rates jumped in November, posting increases not typically experienced until later in the winter.
Bankers see CDs as some good news
Looking for a little good economic news? Brainerd and Baxter bankers who were interviewed last week said that while the times are challenging the situation is a little more encouraging when the focus is on Main Street rather than Wall Street.
Three years ago, Brainerd was basking in a temperature of 43 degrees.
A special gift
PEQUOT LAKES - Licking the beaters clean after making Christmas cookies is a holiday tradition for many children.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 23 - 40 years ago (1968) - Over 3,000 Brainerd High School basketball fans, getting their first look at the fine new gymnasium here Saturday, saw their favorites run out of gas the final 12 minutes with Willmar, blowing a 20-point lead and lose 76-74.
I will tell you right now this is the best the Northwoods League has to offer in terms of people running a team.
What's open, what's closed
Mail will be delivered on Wednesday but there will be no mail delivery on Thursday.
Sharon M. Pratt
Sharon Marie Pratt, 60, of Brainerd, formerly of Aitkin, Minn., died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, after a long illness. Services for Sharon will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Friends are welcome to gather one hour prior to services. Refreshments will follow at the Hermans' home.
Henry J. Arnold
HACKENSACK - Henry John Arnold, age 90, of Hackensack, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at home. He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Carver County to Henry and Anna Arnold.
BACKUS - May Fuhrer, 87, of Backus, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.
UNDERWOOD - Gordon M. Sundby, 95, of Underwood, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center.
SOBIESKI - John Frank, age 94, of Sobieski, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial for John Frank will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski, Minn. Visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn., and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Veona M. Hildebrandt
COON RAPIDS - Veona M. Hildebrandt, 84, Coon Rapids, formerly of Brainerd, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at her home in Coon Rapids. She was born in Quiring Township in Beltrami County, Minn., on May 1, 1924, to John and Anna (Anderson) Shogren.
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BEMIDJI - Phyllis Cooper, of Bemidji, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at North Country Region Hospital in Bemidji. Arrangements are pending with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.
Joan A. Yancer
CROSBY - Joan A. Yancer, 90, Crosby, died Dec. 22, 2008, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born June 19, 1918, in Brainerd to Martin and Dorothy (Wright) Olson.
Patricia 'Pat' McClellan
AITKIN - Patricia "Pat" A. McClellan, age 79, of Aitkin, formerly of St. Paul, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at her home.
John L. Fremling
AITKIN - John L. Fremling, 79, of Aitkin, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at his residence. He was born June 26, 1929, in Brainerd to John L. and Charlotte E. (Brooks) Fremling. He graduated from Brainerd High School and then from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics.
Could we still uncover Watergate?
WASHINGTON - The death last week of W. Mark Felt - Bob Woodward's secret source, indelibly dubbed "Deep Throat," who played such a crucial role in The Washington Post's Watergate reporting - coincided with the appearance of Richard M. Nixon, as played by Frank Langella, on local movie screens. As I watched Langella's Nixon being interrogated about the conspiracy and coverup by Michael Sheen's David Frost in "Frost/Nixon," I relived strong memories. And Felt's death raised the inevitable question: Could the kind of reporting that Woodward and Carl Bernstein pulled off be done today, more than three decades later, in the age of the Internet?
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So far Barack Hussein Obama seems to really have his act together, judging from his appointments and the reasons for his choices. I so hope he can pull this off - the country is in such a horrible situation. Well, at least it's mostly of our own making - bad choices over time, and allowing some we hired (with our votes) to get away with doing a terrible job.
Sound off to your U.S. senators, representatives
Sen. Norm Coleman
Home ownership is a good move
When you check to see what the weather is doing, do you look at what is happening nationally or locally? Locally right? You want to know if it is appropriate to wear shorts or snow pants. The same holds true with real estate.
Time for truth
By now, the evidence that the terrorist assault on Mumbai was planned and directed from Pakistan is overwhelming. The lone surviving attacker, a Pakistani national, has signed a statement describing how he was recruited and trained by the Lashkar-i-Taiba group. Intelligence officials say cell phone intercepts show that the attackers were communicating with Lashkar commanders in Pakistan during the attacks. During a visit to Islamabad, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke for the West when he openly blamed Lashkar-i-Taiba for the siege and added that the time has come for action, and not words, from Pakistan.
This is in regard to the snow removal in Brainerd. I am a resident on Kingwood Street, which is a snow emergency route. There's been no one by here on the snow emergency route but yet they'll go on the side streets where they tell you to park when there's a snow emergency. And there might not be a snow emergency today but there's a lot of snow on Kingwood Street and there's no one hardly parked there. Just thought you should know that.
Once again we had a snow storm over the weekend. I saw many of my neighbors out shoveling or blowing snow on Saturday night and on Sunday.
Frazee stings W-DC
WADENA - Mitch Steffens, Tyler Wohlwend and Josh Sweere each scored pins for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a 48-24 loss to the Frazee Hornets in a non-conference meet Tuesday.
Treys help Staples-Motley sink Silverstreaks 79-43
STAPLES - The Staples-Motley Cardinals sank 12 three-point baskets to sink the Osakis Silverstreaks 79-43 in non-conference play Tuesday.
Chaos in Crosby favors Rangers
CROSBY - Controlled chaos.
Flyers remain unbeaten
LITTLE FALLS - Teri Stein finished second in the all-around with a 32.1 score to help the unbeaten Little Falls Flyers past the Paynesville Bulldogs 130.55-118.25 in non-conference action Tuesday.
Bemidji defeats Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS - Katie Hochsprung scored 20 points and Whitney Weisz added 12 as the Little Falls Flyers lost to Bemidji 74-55 in non-conference play Tuesday.
St. Cloud owner to take over Brainerd franchise
BAXTER - On a day when the temperature plunged to 23-below zero, Joel Sutherland dreamed of the scent of freshly cut grass and the aroma of hot dogs matriculating through a capacity crowd at Mills Field.
Little Falls girls win at St. Cloud Cathedral
ST. CLOUD - Beth Hauer and four other Little Falls girls and three Flyer boys finished in the top 10 as the girls claimed first place and the boys were second at the St. Cloud Cathedral Invite on Tuesday.
Pioneers score another victory
PIERZ - Kaari Jensen collected 18 points, 11 steals and eight rebounds and Gabrielle Boser scored 19 points to propel the Pierz Pioneers to a 64-51 non-conference victory over Pine City Monday.
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Conference honors top performers
The Central Lakes Conference has announced its performers of the week ending Dec. 20.
Central Lakes College Raiders forward Dustin Monson was named Northern Division player of the week. Monson, from Pierz, averaged 13.5 points per game along with seven rebounds in helping the Raiders to two victories last week. He shot 75 percent (12-of-16) from the field.
Patriots prove too much for Barnum
PEQUOT LAKES - The Pequot Lakes Patriots exploded to a 43-18 halftime lead and went on to defuse the Barnum Bombers 79-56 Monday in non-conference action.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisories for much of the state today and in parts of the east and south this evening...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisories for portions of southern and eastern wisconsin today...
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs near 5 below northeast to 20 above
Weather drawing by Lexie Bible in the Garfield second grade of Olson-Morgan.
State forecast for Minnesota
Winter weather advisory central and south this morning...And
Waiting for Santa
Weather drawing by Camden Cooper in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
'Tis the season
Weather drawing by Sydney Forbord in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Surma.
Tuesday's area snow totals
More than a half a foot of snow fell Tuesday across parts of central Minnesota.
State forecast for Iowa
...Winter weather advisory east and southeast this morning...
Leaning tree of Brainerd
Weather drawing by Noah Spitzley in the St. Francis first grade of Mrs. Smith.
State forecast for Iowa
Winter weather advisory for eastern iowa today...
Candy canes and a tree
Weather drawing by Lillee Hardee in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Surma.
State forecast for N.D.
Winter weather advisory north central until noon cst...
Have a Merry Christmas
Weather drawing by Nicole Grabowski in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Surma.
State forecast for S.D.
Winter weather advisory north through midday...
Presents are ready
Weather drawing by Ashley Putz in the Baxter third grade of Ms. Hemstad.
More snow, ice vex travelers in northern states
CHICAGO (AP) - Stranded, irate travelers hoped to take advantage of a lull between snowstorms to get home by jet, car or train before another wallop of winter's wrath smacks the West and Midwest on Christmas Eve.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy east this morning with a few flurries...And
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered snow flurries central and east mainly in the morning. Becoming mostly sunny west. Highs from around 5 above far northeast...To around 30 far southwest.
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