Initiative Foundation finances businesses in Brainerd, Pierz
The Initiative Foundation partnered with four central Minnesota lenders to provide business financing packages to North Country Mailing & Fulfillment of Brainerd and Meadow Ponds of Pierz.
The Finishing Touch building in Baxter was purchased and will become part of the Grizzly's Center, getting a new look.
Tanya M. Reed, Fort Ripley, joined the Brainerd office of American National Bank of Minnesota as a customer service representative responsible for providing assistance with financial products and transactions to existing and new customers of the bank.
Fire destroyed a small building housing a wood boiler and water well in St. Mathias Township on Christmas Eve, but no one was injured.
Eric and Tracy Peterson, Nisswa, a girl, Lucy Olivia, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Dec. 2, 2004. Grandparents are Linda Mull, Roswell, N.M., Jim and Bonnie Brandon, Brainerd, and Lynn and Joan Peterson, Nisswa. Great-grandparents are Don and Deloris Benson, Taylors Falls.
BURGLARY -- Thomas Malloy, 8,000 block of County Road 144, Wednesday reported a burglary and damage to door.
Jennifer Toews, Brainerd, a girl, Kaileigh Faye, 8 pounds, 4 ounces, Nov. 15, 2004. Grandparents are Barry and Shirley Toews, Brainerd.
PILLAGER -- A Duluth man suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident on Christmas Eve near Pillager, the State Patrol reported.
Deaths from natural causes spike during holidays
If Uncle Charlie is feeling an unusual pain or discomfort during Christmas dinner or while watching a New Year's bowl game, it might be best to get him to the doctor promptly.
Hess' struggle documented on Web
When Dave Hess was severely injured Nov. 20, 2002, after his all-terrain vehicle fell on top of him as he was loading it into his truck, his family started a Web page on the Caring Bridge Web site to keep family and friends updated on his condition.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1984) - A scholarship has been established by the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club for a Brainerd High School senior athlete who will be attending Brainerd Community College.
A reason to celebrate
A freak all-terrain vehicle accident two years ago nearly claimed his life.
Morrison County investigation leads to multiple arrests
Multiple arrests were made Thursday on a farm in Morrison County after a long-term investigation into narcotics activity in Granite Township.
CROSSLAKE -- Frances Erickson, age 78, of Crosslake, Minn., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Gary Krause, 52, of Brainerd, died Dec. 17, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz., following a courageous battle with cancer.
LITTLE FALLS -- Clarence Doroff, age 79, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
Caroline Zittlow, 86, of Brainerd, died on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
SWANVILLE -- Andrew Schneider, age 82, a resident of Swanville, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
Florence E. Mudek
VERNDALE -- Florence E. Mudek, age 84, of Verndale, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa.
OTHER OPINION: ENVIRONMENT
A coalition of environmental groups from across the state hopes to increase the amount of money the state spends on environmental projects by lobbying this year's Legislature.
Open Forum: Not enough parking spaces at BHS
I would like to bring to your attention a problem that the students at BHS have. There simply aren't enough spots for all of the students to park. In the winter, a lot of us have to park as far away as Washington Middle School. We are still expected to make it in to class on time. It's crazy how early you need to get there just to assure yourself that you have a parking spot. But watch out, you better not plan to leaving during the day. Students who have open hours, appointments, or any other reason to leave campus usually lose their parking spot. If you leave and come back, generally someone gets your spot and you are left to find one on the roadside. There just simply aren't enough parking spots for all of the student attending the high school.
Now we know Black Hole Mystery: Case solved
The Mystery of the Black Hole on North Long Lake was solved in 2004.
'Home' for the holidays
Paul Zuk (left) and Scott Walker, both of Nisswa, prepared to hop on their ATV en route to Zuk's fish house Sunday on Round Lake.
An angler hauled his fish house and gear to his favorite fishing hole on Round Lake Sunday afternoon.
Tips to heed for safe sledding
With snowmobile season upon us the DNR urges snowmobilers to ride safely.
Park to celebrate 100th anniversary next year
"A century ago," said Howard Ward, park manager, "tourists traveled to the park by train in order to sit at the foot of the falls and enjoy a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Except for the train travel, not much has changed."
Waging war is not in my nature, so in this season of hope that sanity and security for all will prevail, I look for stories to warm my heart and soul. This is one such story. Many of you will have no doubt have already heard it, but the spirit of the people who helped this soaring raptor is worth giving second thought.
Persons interested in target archery or bowhunting are invited to take part in an indoor league hosted by the Brainerd Archery Club. Shoots will take place every Tuesday for 12 weeks beginning Jan. 4 at the National Guard Armory, 1115 Wright St., Brainerd. Times are 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Phone 746-3663 for more information.
Engagement announced - Susan Eckert and Aaron Plein
Susan Eckert and Aaron Plein announce their engagement. Parents are Michael and Vicki Eckert, Bordertown, South Australia, and John J. and Mary Plein, Pequot Lakes. An Oct. 15 wedding is planned in Keith, South Australia, with a reception to be held later in Minnesota.
Four generations recently gathered were Paige Kraus, daughter; Annie Kraus, mother; Kathy Worms, grandmother; and Pelagia Chisholm, great-grandmother.
Engagement announced - Katie Beth Rakow and Jeremy Joseph Turner
Katie Beth Rakow and Jeremy Joseph Turner announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and Kathy Rakow, Merrifield, and Theresa Turner, Eagan. A May 21 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
ERIC AND LEAH SCHILLER
Leah Stoneberg and Eric Schiller were married July 10, 2004, at Camp Vanasek in Baxter with Gary Elg officiating.
Engagement announced - Karrie Hupp and Drew Meyer
Karrie Hupp and Drew Meyer announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Trish Hupp, Phoenix, and David Meyer, Brainerd, and the late Catherine Hayes-Meyer. A tropical beach wedding is planned for April at several secluded villas in the Mayan Riviera of Mexico with the Rev. John Hayes officiating.
Retirement open house
Joyce Simon is retiring from US Bank after 35 years of service. There will be an open house for her from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at US Bank, 320 S. Sixth St., Brainerd.
Lickteig narrows in on 100 career points
Little Falls' Mikael Lickteig owns 99 career points.
Pioneers race to victory over Milaca
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers boys' basketball team shot a blistering 54 percent from the field and were led by Bryan Virnig's 20 points in an 83-59 win over the Milaca Wolves Thursday.
U-14 girls win in Wisconsin
Members of the Brainerd girls' U-14 hockey team that won a tournament in Wisconsin last weekend include:
As senior, Kientzle is playing for respect
Ashley Kientzle is one leader on a team that is playing for more than victories.
Blue Thunder sign Klabo, three others
The Brainerd Blue Thunder announce the signing of Brainerd native Chris Klabo and three others for their inaugural Northwoods League season in 2005.
New tool for recruiting
Matt Standal was going to be Jim Russell's prize recruit.
On local Web sites, everyone can write news
WASHINGTON -- When fire destroyed a historic building in Brattleboro, Vt., in the wee hours of Saturday, the local daily newspaper had already been put to bed.
Hybrid phones keep getting smarter
Treo smartphones seem to have that kind of effect on people. Maybe it's because these useful hybrids of organizer and cell phone remind people of a Star Trek communicator.
Q. My computer's hard drive died, and I had to replace it. All my songs are still intact on my iPod, but how do I get them back on the PC?
Send in your Favorite Vacation Photo
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State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow or flurries central
Holiday lights all aglow
Weather drawing by Colton Mogensen in the Lowell School fourth-grade class of Miss Johnson.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Not quite as cold with periods of light snow. Highs 10 to 20 above.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Cloudy. Scattered light snow or flurries. Highs from the
State forecast for South Dakota
Christmas day...Cloudy with a chance of light snow from north central into southeast...Partly sunny and warmer southwest. Highs in the teens northeast to near 50 far southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy to cloudy a chance of light snow northeast
Burnedette Dybvik, the daughter of Burnett "Butch" and Nadia Dybvik, Chaska, and granddaughter of the late Burnett and Roberta "Bobbie" Dybvik of Brainerd, recently placed in the top five at the Miss Minnesota USA 2005 Pageant.
The hospitalized veterans recently were treated to a pheasant dinner sponsored by American Legion Post 255 and VFW Post No. 1647. Thanks to Halverson-Johnson Funeral Home, Lakes Printing and Auxiliary Unit 255 for toiletry kits for items in the ditty bags. Thanks also to Shirley Schoonover, Department Auxiliary hospital representative; Sandy Bachman, VAR; Doris Stoffel, Brainerd Manor; Kris Matich, Woodland Good Samaritan Village; Sue Phelps, Bethany Good Samaritan Village; and Kathy Hoffman, Brainerd Manor, for their assistance in getting ambulatory veterans there and Evelyn O'Connor Fisher for transporting them to the Veterans Pheasant Dinner. Also thanks to Susan Fussy for our program, Mary Stoffel for letters sent out, and Don Hauck for picking up and delivering our pheasant to BRHSC for our dinner. Past Commander Jay Beebe was chairman of the Veterans Pheasant Dinner.
CHILD IN NEED
Recently Kinship Partners hosted a Christmas party for the Kinship kids. One of the activities involved each of the children writing down his/her Christmas wishes.
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