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    Prolonged winter is digging into springtime activities

    It’s supposed to be “April showers bring May flowers.” This year, the winter that never ends is digging into the activities normally associated with spring and summer. Last year, and on any normal year for that matter, we would be out on area golf courses ...

    Opposes gay marriage

    A debate that has been simmering for decades has finally pushed its way onto the national stage. Gay marriage, the joining together of two persons of the same sex, was an unthinkable notion 20 or 30 years ago in the minds of many Americans. Perhaps the so ...

    Dispatch poll: most gun permit to carry, carry in public

    An ongoing Brainerd Dispatch poll queries where people possessing a permit to carry a concealed weapon carry their gun. Three percent of the 36 responding to the online question carry a weapon at work. Twenty–two percent carry in their home. However, 36 p ...

    Secretary of State Ritchie proposes changes in election laws

    Minnesota’s never had a problem with election day turnout. It leads the nation in most nation elections. However, that’s not good enough for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. He’s backing changes in the state’s election laws that would increase turnout (if ...

    Boeing leads the charge in post- election layoff announcements

    B oeing, a Las Vegas business, and 21 other companies announced layoffs following President Barack Obama’s victory last week. Unemployment had been hovering around 8 percent in recent months, with signs of a stronger job market. Immediately following the ...

    A veteran's veteran: Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor recipient

    T oday is Veterans Day. It’s one day a year that we, as a nation, honor those men and women who have served these United States of America. The following is a story of a young man’s heroic actions during the height of the Vietnam War that saved the lives ...

    Hurricane Sandy raises questions whether elections are postponed

    One question posed to White Press Secretary Jay Carney has real life ramifications — could Hurricane Sandy delay national elections set for Tuesday, Nov. 6? ...

    Welfare spending up 32 percent in four years

    N o doubt, many Americans are painfully aware that tough times have been nipping at their heels in recent years. The Senate Budget committee confirms that hunch. “The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare program ...

    Oil in Pillager

    Oil may have been struck in a field near Pillager by Central Lakes College (CLC) Agriculture Center. Ag Center Director Bob Schafer and Farm Manager Ron Nelson have been experimenting with the use of canola oil as an alternative to diesel fuel to power th ...

    Vehicle Miles Traveled would hit Brainerd lakes economy hard

    C ongress is considering yet another tax on driving. House of Representatives (H.R.) 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2013, would levy a user fee tax on the distance a driver travels. The Vehicle Miles Traveled ...

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