PEQUOT LAKES - Donald M. Messick, a former grocery executive and long-time church treasurer and tireless volunteer for the Lakes Area Food Shelf, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at his home in Pequot Lakes, Minn. He was 93. He was born July 15, 1920, in Crary, Iowa, the son of Roy and Laura Messick. He graduated from Newton High School, Newton, Iowa. In 1936, he landed a job at a small grocery store near Newton, Iowa, the day he turned 16. "My first job was to sort 2,000 pounds of Early Ohio seed potatoes by hand," he told a newspaper reporter a few years ago.
Times Before Televison, (TBTV) a partnership between senior citizens and fifth grade students - began in 1982 and went strong until 2012.
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Brainerd Christian Women's ConnectionThe Brainerd Christian Women's Connection will have its "Autumn Joy for You" luncheon from 12:15-2 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Hotel.We will be entertained with piano music in Lorie Line Style by Sharon M. Knudson. Knudson, from the Twin Cities, will also share how sometimes our dreams for happiness and security are dealt a death blow. She talks about starting from scratch, surviving loss and learning to thrive.
FEDERAL DAM (AP) - Dennis Banks' life has been one of political action: He helped found the nation's best-known American Indian activist organization and once organized a takeover of U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs offices.
With Riverside Principal Kathy Engler roaming Don Adamson Field dressed in a clown suit Wednesday, the 14th annual Kinder-Friend day got under way with Engler, one of the founders of the event now watching 501 kindergartners - the future Class of 2014.
SYDNEY, Australia - Craig Salvatori's phone call was the hardest he would ever make, said his family. From a phone in Bali on Tuesday, he got his two small daughters on the line, Eliza, 6, and Olivia, 9.
ST. PAUL (AP) - Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Auditor Patricia Awada and other prominent Minnesota Republicans have had business ties to a Minneapolis-based telephone company accused of cheating consumers in seven states, according to a newspaper investigation.
After a long battle with cancer and complications from a stroke, James Alderman, a pioneer advocate of affordable housing in Brainerd, died Saturday at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Sister Vivian Arts devoted her life to caring for the poor and powerless and her legacy lives on affecting thousands of lives in the Brainerd lakes area to this day.
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