Ryan Blasing, the son of Herschel and Kathy Blasing of Brainerd, graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in elementary education.
McGRATH -- An 83-year-old McGrath woman was killed and three people suffered minor injuries in a head-on crash Saturday in Aitkin County.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 30 - 20 years ago (1982) - Baxter Snowmobile Club members laid the ground work for the seventh annual time trials at the Quarterdeck on Gull Lake. The annual event draws racers from a three-state area.
Help build affordable homes by indulging craving for Krispy Kreme doughnuts
You either love 'em or you don't care.
Find out the event that topped the list of the most memorable area sports moments of 2002 in Tuesday's sports section.
Log Cabin owner Glasgow dies
Keith Glasgow, owner of the Log Cabin in Brainerd for the past 24 years, died Sunday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He was 73.
Area gas prices not highest in state
While gasoline prices in Minnesota are increasing, Brainerd and Baxter prices remained lower this morning than in other cities in the state.
A Page 1R story in Sunday's Dispatch incorrectly said there was only one baby born on New Year's Day in Crow Wing County. There were two babies born that day.
Are we having fun yet?
Marty Fitzer (front) and his twin brother, Tony, both of Pequot Lakes, waited patiently near their parents' vintage Ski Doo snowmobiles at Ernie's on Gull Lake to go ice fishing Saturday. Their parents were watching the 30th annual Paul Bunyan Time Trials.
Roman C. Vaverek
LITTLE FALLS -- Roman C. Vaverek, 80, Little Falls, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in St. Cloud.
CROSBY -- Lois Westling, Crosby, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at Hallett Cottages in Crosby.
Betty M. Karnowski
LITTLE FALLS -- Betty M. Karnowski, 81, Little Falls, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center.
Charlene A. Hackley
RANDALL -- Charlene A. Hackley, 34, Randall, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at home.
Lumir T. 'Tom' Glodowski
STAPLES -- Lumir T. "Tom" Glodowski, 91, Staples, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, in Shelton, Wash.
Keith Glasgow, 73, Brainerd, longtime owner of the Log Cabin Bar and Restaurant in Brainerd, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Rosalia 'Sally' C. Muellner
MELROSE -- Rosalia "Sally" Catherine Muellner, 90, Melrose, formerly of New Munich, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Howard L. Graham
McGREGOR -- Howard L. Graham, 86, McGregor, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Rudolph W. Hamann
STAPLES -- Rudolph W. Hamann, 87, Staples, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.
Judith A. Schreiber
AITKIN -- Judith A. Schreiber, 58, Aitkin, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at home.
Michael E. Lehner
BROOKLYN PARK -- Michael E. Lehner, 50, Brooklyn Park, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.
Ann B. Owen
SALINAS, Calif. -- Ann B. Owen, 98, Salinas, Calif., formerly of Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Salinas Rehab and Care Center.
With your recent series of articles entitled, "People and Progress: A Balancing Act," you've done an excellent job of making people aware of the issues we will be forced to confront given a 64 percent jump in population over the next 30 years. Now that we know the issues, how do we respond as a community?
Bush's rating remains high in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new poll finds President Bush remains popular in Minnesota, despite the nation's economic slump and the threat of war with Iraq.
Fledgling meat program helps small Minnesota farmers make a big profit
MELROSE -- Jim and Helen Poepping have been raising hogs and selling pork products for more than 20 years, relying on heavy word-of-mouth to lure customers down the long gravel road that leads to their farm.
ATV panel can't reach consensus on major issues
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The special Minnesota task force on off-road vehicles failed to reach consensus on a single recommendation to legislators that deals strictly with protecting natural resources.
St. Paul police shoot, kill man
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Three St. Paul police officers shot and killed a 22-year-old man Saturday night after he pointed a handgun at them, according to a police spokesman.
Health, welfare programs tricky to cut
ST. PAUL -- Programs meant for the state's most vulnerable are vulnerable themselves this legislative session as budget managers look for ways to fill a $4.56 billion budget hole.
Pawlenty picks press secretary, veterans affairs commissioner
ST. PAUL -- Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty re-enlisted Jeff Olson to be his commissioner of veterans affairs and he chose Leslie Kupchella, who served as Norm Coleman's spokeswoman during his campaign for Senate, as his own spokeswoman.
Telemarketers have month before 'Do Not Call' list enforced
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Officially, the state's "Do Not Call" list goes into effect New Year's Day, but don't expect those telemarketing calls to stop overnight.
St. Cloud cancels Winterfest celebration
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- There will be no Winterfest in St. Cloud next month because of a shortage of snow and money, however some individual events could survive.
Recession squeezes wealthy homeowners, too
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but these are times of financial desperation for a growing number of Minnesotans, particularly those living in the Twin Cities' suburbs.
Sauk Rapids man dies in road rage crash
RICE (AP) -- Police say road rage was the cause of an accident that killed a Sauk Rapids man Sunday night.
Food shelves hope holiday generosity continues in New Year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the holiday season ends, food shelves around Minnesota are still struggling for donations to serve an unprecedented number of requests.
Warrior girls skate to division title
BLAINE -- The Brainerd Warriors scored three power-play goals and captured the championship in the yellow division of the Girls' Holiday Cup at the Schwan's SuperRink Saturday with a 3-2 victory over St. Louis Park.
Scull's heroics lift Ranger boys to win
CROSBY -- Tyler Scull's 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left gave Crosby-Ironton a 78-77 victory over the Brooklyn Center Centaurs and the championship of the Rangers' boys' basketball tournament Saturday.
Tim Johnson of Brainerd peered down his highly modified snowmobile while waiting in the staging area for the 30th annual Paul Bunyan Time Trials at Ernie's on Gull Lake Saturday. Johnson clocked speeds of more than 140 mph on the 1,000-foot track.
Bob Kulus of Little Falls launched his 1977 Yamaha XCR 440 from the starting line in the 30th annual Paul Bunyan Time Trials at Ernie's on Gull Lake Saturday. Kulus was competing in a vintage class at the event which was presented by the Baxter Snowmobile Club.
Currie's goal gives W-DC boys overtime win
WADENA -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Brandon Currie netted two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Wolverines past the Spring Lake Park Panthers 6-5 in the W-DC boys' hockey tournament Saturday.
Gobblers champions of Quarterbacks Club tournament
AITKIN -- The sound of Queen's "We are the Champions" was heard blaring in the Aitkin Gobblers locker room Saturday night.
Pequot boys fend off Cass Lake-Bena for third place
AITKIN -- Good teams find ways to bounce back after losses and bounce back fast.
Brainerd girls finish fourth at Elk River
ELK RIVER -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team couldn't dig itself out of an 11-point first-quarter deficit and ultimately lost 44-34 to Eden Prairie in the third-place game at the Elk River tournament Saturday.
C-I girls finish seventh at Hibbing tournament
HIBBING -- Kim Rosecrans scored 13 points and Heather Santi added 10 to help Crosby-Ironton finish seventh at the Hibbing girls' basketball tournament Saturday with a 44-32 victory over Mesabi East.
Slow start dooms Warrior boys
OAKDALE -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team ran into a hot St. Paul Harding team Saturday, losing 54-47 in the third-place game at the Tartan tournament.
Jackson County Central tramples Pierz girls
JACKSON -- The Pierz Pioneers where held to single digits each quarter in a 58-22 loss to Jackson County Central in the championship game of the JCC girls' basketball tournament Saturday.
Billups leads Pistons past former team
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups insists that he didn't have revenge on his mind Saturday night.
Gaborik ties for NHL goal lead, Wild snaps four-game winless streak
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lindy Ruff had warned the Buffalo Sabres about Marian Gaborik. It did not help.
Vikings end with 38-36 victory, 3-game win streak
DETROIT -- The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions provided proof that all losing seasons are not the same. While the Vikings finished strong, the Lions sank.
Texas Tech outscores Gophers men in overtime
MINNEAPOLIS -- In the midst of a furious Minnesota rally that would send the game into overtime, Texas Tech coach Bob Knight wasn't worried about keeping what had been an 11-point lead.
Gopher mens hockey team improving as it wins Holiday Classic
Minnesota coach Don Lucia said that the Golden Gophers' hard-fought wins against Yale and Boston College in last weekend's Dodge Holiday Classic will help the psyche of a team finding its way.
Minnesota women trounce Wright State
FAIRBORN, Ohio -- Minnesota gave Wright State a double dose of sophomore center Janel McCarville, who hurt the Raiders with both her shooting and rebounding.
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind advisory for far eastern north dakota today...
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy north. Becoming partly sunny south. Highs from the mid 30s far northwest to the mid 50s south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Windy...Decreasing winds west by afternoon. Highs 35 to 45.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy east. Becoming sunny west. Becoming windy with highs in the upper 30s northwest to near 60 southeast. Tonight...Clear to partly cloudy. Lows in the upper teens to mid 20s.
Minnesota state forecast
Wind advisory far northwest today...
It's snowing somewhere
Weather drawing by Jonathon Crust in the Riverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer.
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