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Abducted Fergus Falls woman found safe; man in custody
'This is not the only tape': Michael Avenatti says there are more secret recordings of Trump
He escapes the Trader Joe's shooting, then stays to help others survive
Poll: Americans give Trump negative marks for Helsinki performance
Timber, taconite and more: Iron Range cities diversify business as unemployment plunges
Grimsley, Gibson, Springer and Heittola Promoted at CTC
Crosslake couple has the 'Jitterz' - Ice cream, coffee shop opens in former Chocolate Ox location
Cattlemen at heart:Creativity gives next generation of farmers a boost
Testimony time extended for Minnesota ban on fall fertilizer rule
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Curious Twins give 'bullpenning' a whirl in their minor league system
Late first-half surge propels Loons past LAFC
Harvick prevails in New Hampshire for 6th win of season
Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56
Butera's inside-the-park homer lifts Royals to sweep of Twins
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Swift: It's a dog's life for Kita, my needy pooch
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Bowfest, a 3D archery event near Duluth, aims to be a big draw
Lake trout nirvana found on northern Saskatchewan fishing trip
BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: The Dreaded Kamatsi Squirrel
Seeking open country upon re-entry
Ruffed, sharp-tailed grouse counts down
Outdoor Traditions Magazine
Area Dining: Ironton's Rib joint back in fashion
Food show highlights trendy foods you'll soon be seeing everywhere
5 food-safety slips that can ruin summer cookouts
Five myths about pizza
In Minnesota's woods, researchers take aim at ticks
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This Was Brainerd
Where do doves released at weddings go? They can live happily ever after.
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' director James Gunn fired by Disney over old, offensive tweets
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Swift: It's a dog's life for Kita, my needy pooch
Dear Friend: Thank you for agreeing to take care of my dog. I knew you were the right person for the job when you told me about the summer you...
12 hours 2 min ago
July 20, 2018
Lifelong complainers aren't likely to change with improved circumstances
Dear Carol: My aunt, who never married, has always been a complainer. She has a decent retirement income but has always lived in a hovel because...
July 20, 2018 - 5:51pm
July 14, 2018
Medical diagnosis is vital to determine steps for dementia care
Dear Carol: I've lived 900 miles away from my parents for years. My husband and I were tied down with caring for his parents, so we didn't see...
July 14, 2018 - 7:07am
July 11, 2018
A family affair? The Dispatch wants to hear from you
With many long-standing businesses in the Brainerd lakes area, we know many are family-owned. Who works with Mom or Dad, or perhaps a spouse,...
July 11, 2018 - 10:13am
June 29, 2018
Runck returns: Hello, again
Editor's note: Due to an outpouring of requests in the past month to keep Jessica Runck as a columnist, she's back! Her Homegrown Hollywood columns...
June 29, 2018 - 8:33am
June 24, 2018
Response to Mother's Day column was overwhelming
It's been more than a month since I wrote a column on Mother's Day weekend about the tragic story of my mother -- And the feedback is still coming...
June 24, 2018 - 6:17am
Good fishing partners, like Abby, hard to find
Pick your fishing partners carefully, and coddle them when you find a good one, because good fishing partners are hard to find. That's about...
June 24, 2018 - 6:00am
June 23, 2018
Family adopts sons they once dreamed of on a date
FARGO — Their courtship had only begun when Kevin and Bonnie Spies learned of their mutual dream of adopting disadvantaged boys. "We were...
June 23, 2018 - 9:18am
Well-meaning but hasty comments add to caregiver's heavy load
Dear Carol: I am caring for both of my parents who are over 90. Mom has Alzheimer's. Dad tries to help, but he's limited in what he can do. Frankly,...
June 23, 2018 - 7:19am
June 17, 2018
Commentary: Family ranch is a special place, not just for the ones who live there now
"This place, there's just something about it that makes people feel like it's their own. It's special that way I think," my husband said as he...
June 17, 2018 - 6:53am
Commentary: One good 'act of Momness' remembered 40 years later
We can hang onto grudges, slights, insults and snubs for years. But who knew that a single act of kindness could last longer than all of them?...
June 17, 2018 - 6:52am
Commentary: Are you connecting with your children?
When I think of what it takes to be a great dad, one of the key characteristics is a consistent commitment to connect with your children; to...
June 17, 2018 - 6:31am
Commentary: Still waiting for a talk with my dad
WEST FAIRLEE, Vt.—Father's Day conjures up memories of a father I never got to know. He died when I was young: 16. He was young: 41. He never got to know me. He never saw me succeed as a journalist, spouse and father. He never met my wife or his grandchildren. They know of him...
June 17, 2018 - 6:20am
Commentary: The world needs fathers who do not fear failure
"Failure is temporary. Your dad told me that on the night I asked him to marry you," recalled my husband. I laughed. My dad wasn't talking about...
June 17, 2018 - 6:00am
June 16, 2018
Commentary: Celebrate Father's Day with Dad, even if he may not recognize family
Dear Carol: My father-in-law has late-stage Alzheimer's and he no longer knows the family. My husband's heart breaks when he sees his dad, and...
June 16, 2018 - 7:26am