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Charter makes it easier to switch to high-definition channels

For those channel clickers who either refused to learn the high-definition numbers or found it hard to jump to the high-def channel, the effort is no longer in their hands.

Charter Communications recently launched a high definition Auto Tune feature in Minnesota. The Auto Tune feature automatically takes customers to available high-def or HD channels.

This feature will also work for those who have a DVR and scheduled a recording on a standard definition channel. Auto Tune will automatically activate and record the HD channel.

“Charter digital receivers have automatically been activated for this feature and Minnesota is among the first markets launching this new enhancement,” Charter reported.

“Charter plans to make Auto Tune available in other service areas throughout 2014.”

The Lindy Greeters for the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce reported a recent visit to The Last Leaf, owned and operated by registered nurse Kess Lyshcik.  

“After opening in spring of 2013, Kess had to take several months off to recuperate from knee replacement,” the chamber reported. “The Last Leaf provides Holistic health care through healing touch and essential oil applications.”

Foreclosures in Minnesota declined 34 percent in 2013.

The Minnesota Homeownership Center (MHC) recently released a ‘Foreclosures in Minnesota’ report, which shows there were 11,834 foreclosures in Minnesota in 2013, a 34 percent decline from the 17,895 foreclosures in 2012 and “less than half the number of homes lost yearly to foreclosure in 2008 and 2010, the twin peak years of Minnesota’s foreclosure crisis.”

This most recent number is the fewest sheriff’s sales held since 2005, the MHC reported.

The Foreclosures in Minnesota report analyzes completed sheriff’s sales the only means of accurately identifying foreclosures, from each of Minnesota’s 87 counties and is available free for download at

Wausau Paper full year results for 2013 notes the company relocated operations, logistics, and procurement functions to Kentucky. Information technology, finance and shared services operations remained in Wisconsin. The majority of the company’s senior management, previously based in Wausau Paper’s longstanding Wisconsin home, are now based in Kentucky along with the company’s manufacturing leadership.

The former paper company is now entirely dedicated to tissue and towel products. It reported it launched 20 new premium towel and tissue products and expects more in 2014.

The company reported a net loss of $0.57 per share looking at the full year and a net sales increase of 4.8 percent to $91 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 2012. Wausau reported full-year 2013 net sales increased 1.3 percent to $348.6 million compared to $344.2 million for 2012.

In the second quarter of 2013, Wausau Paper sold its specialty paper business and manufacturing plants in Mosinee Wis. and Rhinelander, Wis. and closed the Brainerd mill. For the fourth quarter of 2013, those discontinued operations resulted in a loss of $2.2 million compared to a loss of $2.7 million the year before.

Wausau reported $29.2 million in after-tax charges related to closing the Brainerd mill were partially offset by operations of $5.3 million.

For 2012, full-year discontinued operations, resulted in earnings, net of tax, of $2.2 million, Wausau reported, and included a gain on the sale of the business of $7.7 million, closure-related costs of $4.2 million and a net loss from operations of $1.3 million.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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