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There was a large amount of open water on the northern part of Lower Mission Lake in Merrifield, that just began to freeze up as temperatures began to drop Tuesday overnight. Temperatures are expected to be in the single digits to below zero over the next few days, which will help make ice. Brainerd Dispatch / Jim Stafford  Videoplay button
Call Mulder - more black holes on Brainerd lakes? Open water lingers on several lakes
December 21, 2017 - 10:54am
December 19, 2017
Sioux Falls airport starts to use sound cannons to scare off geese
December 19, 2017 - 5:46pm
In an undated handout image taken from a video released by the Defense Department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object. UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. (U.S. Department of Defense via The New York Times Copyright 2017)
Former Navy pilot describes encounter with UFO studied by secret Pentagon program
December 19, 2017 - 7:17am
December 17, 2017
An artist concept depicting one of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft are celebrating 40 years in August and September 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech
ASTROBOB: Voyager 1 Fires Thrusters After 37 Years, Gets New Lease On Life
December 17, 2017 - 11:15am
December 16, 2017
An example of an invasive earthworm found in the Fennoscandian arctic region.
Unnoticed, underneath your feet - The global earthworm invasion
December 16, 2017 - 8:00am
December 13, 2017
Blacktip shark. File image courtesy of WikiCommons.
Three men who laughed as they dragged a shark behind a motorboat could go to prison
December 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
Second-year student Cameron Fleischer combs through a stack of Gullion notecards, entering their data into a specialized MySQL database created to record and archive this information. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Reclaiming the future for ruffed grouse
December 13, 2017 - 9:00am
Jim Brandt has volunteered countless hours, recruited over 200 volunteers, utilized his boat to haul supplies, planted over 10,000 trees, shrubs and plants, installed erosion control fabric and logs and watered the plants. Submitted photo
Local resident named Crow Wing and Area 8 Conservationist of the Year
December 13, 2017 - 5:00am
December 10, 2017
Sue Turner, a counselor at Pillager High School, said the “Girls in Trades VIP Tour”  was a chance for female students to see what new opportunities and careers are out there in technology education. Central Lakes College hosted the event last month.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Girls can be in the tech world, too: CLC hosts VIP tour for girls
December 10, 2017 - 9:00am
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the Cosmic Snake, a distant galaxy peppered with clumpy regions of intense star formation that appear warped by the effect of gravitational lensing. This giant arc-like galaxy is actually behind the huge galaxy cluster MACSJ1206.2-0847, but thanks to the cluster’s gravity, we can see it from Earth.
Behold the cosmic snake
December 10, 2017 - 8:47am
December 8, 2017
A free bird presentation titled "Winter Birding" will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.
'Winter Birding' presentation set in NY Mills
December 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
December 7, 2017
A train passes below the Thomas Fire near the 101 Freeway in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017. Several simultaneous wildfires in Southern California have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in the latest chapter of what has been one of the state’s worst fire seasons. (Hilary Swift / Copyright 2017 The New York Times)
Fire, fear stretch across southern California as wildfires roar from Ventura to San Diego
December 7, 2017 - 8:56pm
An artist's conception of the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Provided by Robin Dienel / Carnegie Institution for Science.
Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster
December 7, 2017 - 10:31am
Glacier researchers at work on Gueshgue glacier, in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru, Aug. 23, 2017. Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set off a gold rush downstream, but as the ice vanishes, the vast farms below may do the same. (Tomas Munita/The New York Times)
Study: Most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences
December 7, 2017 - 8:16am
December 6, 2017
Fresh fruit floats around NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg in the Unity node of the International Space Station. This image appeared in the Dec. 8, 2013 issue of The Forum and is courtesy of NASA/
The International Space Station is packed with germs, and that's a good sign
December 6, 2017 - 7:20am