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The Heartland Symphony Orchestra performs at Tornstrom Auditorium Sunday in Brainerd as part of its Holiday Concert Series: A Winter's Tapestry.
The second ever bonspiel hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Curling Association was held at the Fran Holden Curling Arena in Brainerd.
Two men, Rick Robertson and Michael Thomas, both single dads with kids, are receiving help and staying at New Pathways while trying to cope with being homeless.
A single dad, Rick Robertson arrived at New Pathways in July with his two children, 5-year-old Alivia and 6-year-old Brandon. The 43-year-old from Aitkin said he had no place to go and couldn't find low-income housing. A car mechanic, Robertson is losing his sight and is now receiving disability. He estimated he could pay $300 for rent. He said coming to the shelter was a hard decision to make.
"You always provide for your kids, you know, makes it hard to come in," Robertson said, especially for fathers. "But I'm glad I did ... You got to do it for the kids, that's about it, to get them a better life."
Michael Thomas, 42, drove a truck for 18 years but said it wasn't a life for a child and when he gained custody of his son Ashton, 9, he got off the road. On his low income, Thomas said he couldn't find a place and was on a waiting list for affordable housing. Bridges of Hope linked him to the New Pathways' shelter. Before coming to the shelter, he was staying in a friend's basement and then on other friends' couches. It took awhile before he thought of himself as homeless. When Thomas thought of homeless people, he envisioned the people living in cardboard boxes or under freeways.
"My first thought was that was going to be me," he said.
Clips from the Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular, presented by the Central Lakes College Theatre Cultural Arts Series, as they rock Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
Winter sports are in full swing. Mike and Jeremy talk about what to look forward to in each sports. Mike also recaps the football teams experience at the state championship.
Eric and Tracey Malone know they have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. But at the top of their list is the fact that their family is all together thanks to an active little 3-year-old girl who has changed their lives forever.
After a two-and-a-half year journey of hope, heartache, uncertainty, and overwhelming joy, the Malones are celebrating their first official holiday season with their adopted daughter, Maddie.
Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan, representing the 8th District talks about the farm bill and the Affordable Care Act with Brainerd Dispatch Associate Editor Mike O'Rourke.
Video from the Aitkin Fish House Parade.
The staff at Cragun's Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake have taken the game indoors to keep golf relevant during the cold months.
A golf simulator and an added lesson bay used by Chris Foley of Chris Foley Golf Schools and his TrackMan technology have been set up in the Legacy Clubhouse. Golf enthusiasts can take lessons, hit the range, play Pebble Beach or any of the 39 other courses available on the simulator's software package.
Retailers open with deals for Black Friday shopping even earlier in 2013 with some stores opening at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving while others inched up to earlier hours to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Crowds were out for the after dinner openings in the Brainerd lakes area with lines of shoppers waiting for the opening bell, such as these shoppers in Baxter at Target, Kohl's and Herberger's. There were lines also outside Office Max among other retailers in the lakes area.
As Black Friday crept into Thanksgiving, people were already waiting outside Best Buy in Baxter.
For more than 15 years, Harrison Elementary School kindergarteners have hosted parents and family with an early Thanksgiving dinner. The cafeteria provides the turkey. Students decorate the gym and bring the finger foods.
"It's a special time for the children," said kindergarten teacher Lisa Roberts. "They get to be thankful for their families and for the time to be with them."
It's no fun being alone on a holiday and Central Lakes College (CLC) student Corie Weaver decided to do something about that. Her efforts and the efforts of other volunteers and donors to organize a Thanksgiving banquet for students opened up her eyes to the generosity of the Brainerd community.
An exclusive interview with Brainerd Warriors football head coach Ron Stolski. Stolski talks about the amazing season the team has had this fall, what kind of team the Warriors will be facing this Saturday, November 30, in the championship game and a little bit of history involving the Metrodome.
Crow Wing County Board and staff hosts public hearing on preliminary 2014 budget and levy on Nov. 26, 2013. The board will adopt a final property tax levy in December.
Little Falls historic Musser and Weyerhaeuser lumber baron mansions known as Linden Hill decorate for Christmas as an annual fundraiser to raise money to preserve the mansions for future generations.
Gathering at the Legacy at Cragun's Resort celebrates Lisa Paxton, outgoing Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO. Paxton is leaving after more than 18 years on the job to focus on family and her own dog products business, Ultra Paws. Paxton took over ownership of the business a decade ago. Her mother started the company in 1972. Paxton said she was in a job she couldn't leave at the office and while it was a difficult decision it was time for new priorities. Paxton is leaving the chamber in December.
Open House for outgoing Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO at Cragun's.
Remembering the day, 50 years ago, on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, when the nation was shocked by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.
Mike and Jeremy talk about fall sports post-season action. Girls swimming and diving are heading into the finals and Brainerd Warriors football prepares to face another undefeated team in the state championship on Saturday November 30. Mike also received a big congratulatory hug from head coach Ron Stolski.
After years of thinking about owning his own auto business, Randy Miltimore said it was time to do it or miss the opportunity and wonder about what ifs. So he opened Miltimore Motor Company in Baxter in the former Hyundai dealership. His business is a family affair with his wife Shelly and three grown children, Nick, Abbey and Drew all working with the company. Miltimore said he believes he can compete on price and quality in the used auto sale business and this also gives him an opportunity to leave a something for his children to inherit.
"Doing Time for the March of Dimes" was a common phrase being texted and telephoned from a room at the Pizza Ranch in Baxter Thursday. The volunteer "jailbirds" contacted friends, family and co-workers to raise money for the March of Dimes. Funds from "Jail and Bail" are specified for infant and pre-natal care.
This year's "Jail and Bail" participants were registered and photographed in jailhouse stripes and set to work raising pledges to bail themselves out.
The March of Dimes provides funds for neonatal intensive care, PKU tests, lung surfactant therapy, polio vaccine, folic acid supplements for women of child bearing age and education for alcohol, drug and tobacco use during pregnancy.
This week, Jeremy reports on Pierz football and CLC volleyball going to nationals against a team from Pennsylvania. Mike talks about BHS football and their big game on Saturday, November 16, CLC football and BHS swimming and diving.
Clips from the Center for Lifelong Learning's second part of a two part series on Vietnam held at Central Lakes College.
Krissy and Tom Andrew of rural Brainerd feel blessed that their two young girls — ages 3 and 2 -- are OK, but they're still in shock with Monday night's tragic fire.
The fire destroyed the Andrews' business, Northridge Construction and Woodworking shop, and their home which was attached to the cabinet shop.
The family was sleeping when the fire broke out.
"I fell asleep on the couch and it woke me up," Krissy Andrew said Tuesday morning in a telephone interview. "At first I thought someone broke into our shop and I woke my husband up to check it out. He heard some noises too ... He saw smoke and realized our shop was on fire."
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The Baxter Elementary School 3rd Graders perform "Hurray for America!", a program to honor veterans and celebrate America.
Jeremy tells us about his exciting adventure in which his car battery dies, stranding him in St. Cloud after a high school football game. Him and Mike talk about area and college football, as well as college volleyball.
Video clips from the Harlem Ambassadors' basketball game against the Brainerd Lakers. There was some great basketball and a fair bit of dancing, to boot.
Halloween at the Brainerd Dispatch as hundreds come through the doors, travel through the departments and elaborate themes and collect candy.
The annual Halloween Open House at the Brainerd Dispatch had a large turnout again this year.
Looking for a safe, warm and DRY place to bring your little Trick-or-Treaters?
The Brainerd Dispatch is hosting a not-too-scary trick or treaters open house from 3-5 p.m.. Featuring several stations for trick-or-treating and photo opps this annual event is a fun time for the kids.
The Dispatch is located at 506 James St. (1 block behind Wendy's Restaurant) in Brainerd.
The Crosslake Monster Dash is a Halloween themed 5K run in Crosslake.
This week on Sideline View, Mike gets caught up on pop-culture and finds out 'what the fox' does say. Him and Jeremy also talk about area high school and college football.
Sixty floating luminaries were released onto the Mississippi Tuesday at Kiwanis Park during a" Live Free Tribute" hosted by the Mid-Minnesota Women's Shelter in Brainerd in remembrance of those lost to domestic violence and those who have survived.
It had just started to rain.
Doreen Stocke had finished her shopping at Target in Baxter and was ready to head home to Walker.
The 52-year-old placed her bags into the car, got in the driver's seat, put her seat belt on — a habit she has maintained for more than 30 years — then turned on the ignition and was ready to go.
"It began raining super hard and it was hard for my wipers to keep up," Stocke said of the weather as she traveled north on Highway 371. She started to slow down because of the rain and was coming up toward St. Columbo Road by Round Lake.
"I came down a slight slope on the highway, I saw the road was wet and that is when I began to hydroplane ... I was like 'Oh my God' I need to slow down but it was too late. It was out of my control."
Jeremy and Mike report on what fall sports teams are still playing and what teams are done for the season. Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus football teams are among the teams still playing.
The Bettschens dream came true this week when Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers began building their four bedroom home on 509 E St. in Brainerd.
Melissa Bettschen and her daughter, Kendra, 17, worked side-by-side Tuesday with the Habitat volunteers as they began putting up walls for the home.
"I am so thankful for all of these volunteers who have come to help us with our house," said Bettschen. "We will be out here everyday helping. My husband works full time, but he will help too."
The Bettschens' home will always hold a special place in Habitat for Humanity's history as it will be the nonprofit organization's 80th house built and the first official Women Build house. Habitat's Women Build is an international program geared for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes for Habitat.
Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 28th annual Oktoberfest.
Two vehicles and a rainy night worked to create a midnight mystery. Brainerd MN Police officers suspected the vehicles were speeding and failed to make the curve. One crashed and rolled. The other driver broke a light pole in two and left the scene. The driver at the scene, who was able to walk away from the crash and them be arrested for careless driving and open bottle, said he was run off the road. The police department is asking anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 218-829-2805.
St. Francis students participate in the MN Marathon for Non-Public Education.
Jeremy and Mike talk about the weather effecting sporting events in this week's Sideline View. During the Pine River-Backus football game on October 11 and area cross country meet on October 15, it rained off and on, soaking the ground.
Fall sports are starting to winding down. Mike and Jeremy talk about Brainerd football and other area football. They also talk about Brainerd girls swimming and tennis and mention CLC volleyball and football.
Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash reported at 3:20 p.m. Monday along Highway 371 and Novotny Road, north of Baxter.
No extrication was needed but Brainerd firefighters had to help an individual out of one vehicle.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Baxter Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance responded to the scene.
It was reported that both drivers refused transport by ambulance.
Portage Lake Trail in Crow Wing County offers a unique outdoor recreation experience for those who are looking for an exceptional natural view and those who want to retrace a historic portage route used hundreds of years ago as Native Americans traveled back and forth from hunting grounds to villages at Rabbit and Mille Lacs lakes. Riverton resident Jack McAllister had a dream to preserve the historic route for the public. He'd like to have the route continue all the way to Highway 6 and loop back on the Mississippi River. Crow Wing County natural resource manager Bryan Pike was key to getting the trail established, McAllister said. The county board approved the trail plan.
Stefanie Narlock received a surprise visit in her second-grade classroom at Lowell Elementary School in Brainerd, Minn. Nominated by Principal Todd Sauer, Narlock was chosen by OfficeMax to be honored for her extraordinary efforts as part of the company's national school advocacy program. She received $1,000 in school supplies as part of OfficeMax's seventh annual A Day Made Better campaign to help "erase teacher-funded classrooms."
This week, Jeremy and Mike talk about Pillager and Brainerd High School football. Last week, Pillager was able to win their Homecoming game, and this week Brainerd hopes to win theirs. They also talk about girls swimming, tennis, CLC volleyball and CLC football.
2013 Brainerd High School Homecoming Coronation at Tornstrom Auditorium.
Chainsaw carving at the annual Hackensack Chainsaw Event.