TCF Banks hopes to absorb accounts with SpongeBob
ST. PAUL (AP) -- TCF Bank hopes to absorb new customers by using SpongeBob SquarePants as a marketing mascot at its branches in Illinois, northwest Indiana and Wisconsin.
Kevin Larson, general manager of Consolidated Telephone Co., an independent telecommunications and Internet company based in Brainerd, was named vice president of the Minnesota Telephone Association Board of Directors.
James Page closes Minneapolis brewery, shifts to New Ulm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The James Page Brewing Co. has closed its Minneapolis brewery and shifted its production to the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm in a move to cut costs and restore profitability to the 16-year-old microbrewery.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Burnett wraps up 23-year stint at credit union
When Ray Burnett, president and chief executive officer of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Brainerd, leaves his job this week he'll have a final to-do list, but someone else will have to cross off the completed items.
Agency of the month
Crisis Line and Referral Service is a 24-hour hotline, established in 1988 as a result of the high rate of suicides among the young people in Crow Wing County.
Soy, with steam and attitude
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- All trends start somewhere, and for the sake of argument, you could call this the cradle of the soy latte.
January Adult Volunteer of the Month
Cindy O'Grady is the January Adult Volunteer of the Month.
January Youth Volunteers of the Month
Jeremy Holder, Michael Rose, Derek Moen
Volunteer Opportunities for January 2003
Six months after floods, a family returns to the farm
BADGER, Minn. (AP) -- Six months after floodwaters forced them to leave, the cows, cats and caretakers of the Lee family dairy are at home in their barn.
Merger makes AgriBank FCB largest bank co-op
ST. PAUL (AP) -- AgriBank FCB has merged with Omaha-based AgAmerica, making AgriBank the nation's largest cooperative financial institution with more than $31 billion in assets.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 200. Last Friday: 352. Year Ago Friday: 335. Thursday actual: 358.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 234, a year ago 108.
Farmamerica interpretive center faces financial crunch
WASECA, Minn. (AP) -- Farmamerica was founded to teach Minnesotans about agriculture past, present and future, but the interpretive center's own future is uncertain.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
LITTLE FALLS -- A 10-year-old boy was injured after being involved in a school bus accident Friday, the Little Falls Police Department reported.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Man arrested following drug bust
A 30-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Thursday after the Lakes Area Drug Investigation Division found more than three pounds of marijuana with street value of $6,300, a shotgun and $2,000 in cash.
Ventura to media: 'You will fear me'
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's final tangle with the Minnesota media ended with a veiled threat that his next pursuit will bring vindication. "As of Monday, you will fear me," he warned reporters at his last news conference Friday.
After Senate, Barkley looking for work, may run for office
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After a seven-week stint in the Senate, Dean Barkley says he definitely would consider running for office but his immediate plans are finding a job.
People start off the new year with big plans of losing weight or eating healthier, but many may only make it weeks or months before they abandon their goals.
Stretching and strengthening during pregnancy
LOS ANGELES -- Along with my regular fitness regimen of walking, swimming, hiking, dancing or whatever other exercise I could coax my pregnant, ballooning body to do in recent months, I have been coming once a week to a Tuesday night yoga class that attracts hundreds of women weekly from all over the city.
Fight winter's drying effects: Rating lip balms
Those lips. Those eyes. Wait, back to the lips. With winter in full swing, you need something to keep them kissable.
FDA formally approves Prozac for treating depressed children
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prozac is now formally available for depressed children.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Victims of clergy abuse
Facts about Riverwood Healthcare Center
Riverwood Healthcare Center is the only health care facility in Aitkin County. Riverwood employs more than 300 and has an annual payroll of more than $9.1 million.
New Aitkin health facility ready to open
AITKIN -- More than a year ago about 160 people gathered in a grass and clover pasture with a single goal in mind.
A program at a Brainerd school encourages its special education students to volunteer within the community. Read more about this program in Monday's Dispatch.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 5 - 100 years ago (1903) - The First National Bank has just had installed into its vault a complete system of steel fixtures, the latest thing out. The system is complete in every particular and is a work of art.
Jaycees say fishing fest not on thin ice this year
Last year's Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza was postponed because of unsafe ice conditions on Gull Lake. This year, however, no such delay is expected.
John 'Jack' H. Kelley
LAKE SHORE -- John "Jack" H. Kelley, 91, Lake Shore, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis.
Carl H. Schoene Jr.
STILLWATER -- Carl Heinz Schoene Jr., 48, Stillwater, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003.
Wallace 'Wally' F. Anderson
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Wallace "Wally" F. Anderson, 90, Golden Valley, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2002, at the Colonial Acres Health Care Center in Golden Valley.
Malinda C. Cronquist
PIERZ -- Malinda C. Cronquist, 87, Pierz, died today, Jan. 3, 2002, at Pierz Villa.
Edwin L. O'Day
Edwin L. O'Day. 94, Brainerd, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at the Trillium Eldershare Assisted Living Home in Brainerd.
Unprotected species - Dispatch Editorial
When Coleen Rowley, a Minneapolis-based FBI agent, wrote a scathing memo to FBI director Robert Mueller accusing the headquarters' bureaucracy of blocking her terrorism investigation in the weeks before Sept. 11, it was assumed she had also written off her career.
'War monger' president
Just a short opinion regarding our illustrious "war monger" president who resides in the White House part time.
A recent letter asked if some alternative to the Darwinian theory of evolution (all of life, man to mite has a common ancestor) could be taught in school. A critic of the question wrote and cited all the antique humbug of yesteryear as "evidence", that Darwin's "theory" is fact.
Christmas is over at our house. And I mean over.
New walleye tournament league to launch in 2003
To accommodate growing interest in competitive walleye fishing, FLW Outdoors has announced it will launch the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend walleye anglers.
Bird counters tally seven more species
Gray and quiet dawned the day as I mentally listed the things to do before sitting down to write my column: feed the felines, start a loaf of bread, build a fire in the fireplace and fix a cup of hot chocolate. That done, I gathered the map of the Pillager Audubon Christmas Bird Count area, the list of participants and the tally of the previous counts done on New Year's Day in each of the past three years.
The Brainerd Archery Club will begin its 2003 indoor season on Jan. 7.
Congress to consider banning bear baiting on federal land
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura likens bear baiting to "assassination." But wildlife officials in the Upper Midwest say it's needed to control the bear population.
Pillager Audubon Christmas Bird Count
January 1, 2000-2001-2002-2003
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Gull Lake and North Long Lake are producing quite a few walleyes in 18 to 26 feet of water. Shiner minnows seem to be attracting the majority of fish right now.
Jill Lash and Larry McCulley
Jill Lash and Larry McCulley announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Jenny Holden, Brainerd, and Larry and Becky McCulley, Brainerd. A May 31 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Jenny Busbey and Jay Porter III
Jenny Busbey and Jay Porter III announce their engagement. Parents are Kevin Busbey, Brainerd, and Debbie Busbey, Brainerd, and Jay Porter Jr., Big Fork, and Kim St. Marie, Sauk Rapids. A Jan. 18 wedding is planned at The Old Waterfall.
Jaime Johnson and Travis Erickson
Jaime Johnson and Travis Erickson announce their engagement. Parents are Jodie and Lanney Spencer, Pine River, and Jim and Pam Erickson, Fifty Lakes. A Feb. 22 wedding is planned in Crosslake.
Johanna Schwarze and Jeremy Larson were married Aug. 31, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor David Holte officiating.
John and Glenda Schmidt
John and Glenda Schmidt, Pequot Lakes, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 29, 1962, in Pequot Lakes.
Election judge who burned ballots takes stand but refuses to testify
AUSTIN (AP) -- An election judge who admitted destroying 17 ballots in southern Minnesota's Senate District 27 election took the stand but refused to testify Friday in a court hearing into the results of the close contest.
Minnesota businessman missing two paintings worth $7.4 million
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- The chief executive of the Twin Cities-based APi Group had two paintings stolen worth more than $7 million from his beachfront home in Florida.
Laurie Coleman has role in new TV series
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Laurie Coleman, wife of Sen.-elect Norm Coleman, has a role as a receptionist in the new TV series "Kingpin."
Small plane lands on river
A private pilot is back home in Biwabik after landing his small plane, which was nearly out of fuel, on a patch of ice on the St. Croix River late Thursday night.
Warriors hang in there with Tech
It's a shame the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team doesn't have a win to show for its effort Friday night.
Sandberg's free throw lifts Rangers
CROSBY -- Maggie Sandberg made one of two free throws with three seconds left to give the Crosby-Ironton Rangers a 48-47 victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Flyers can't stop Otters
LITTLE FALLS -- With less than four minutes left, and the game tied, the Fergus Falls Otters scored two quick goals, including a power-play goal, to beat the Little Falls Flyers boys' hockey team 5-3 in non-conference action Friday.
19 in a row Peterson, Cardinals continue to own Rangers
STAPLES -- For the 19th straight time, Lynn Peterson has denied Dave Galovich and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers a win at Staples-Motley High School.
JV, junior high nordic teams compete
Brainerd junior varsity and junior high nordic skiers participated in the Blueberry Hills Deer River Invitational on Thursday.
Happy new year? Not for Patriots
PEQUOT LAKES -- Class 2A's second-ranked Albany Huskies handed the seventh-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots a rude awakening to the new year.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd's Pee Wee A boys' hockey team won two of three games last weekend, losing to Bemidji 4-1 before defeating Sartell 10-2 and Detroit Lakes 15-0.
Raiders fall short at the end
For the third game in a row, the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team was a play away from a win.
Weightlifting meet Jan. 11 at BHS
A North Central Minnesota State High School weightlifting qualifying meet is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 11, at Brainerd High School.
Area events Saturday
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
St. Cloud edges Gophers in WCHA
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- St. Cloud State freshman Joe Jensen recorded the first three goals of his collegiate career, including the game-winner in the final seconds, at the Huskies upset fourth-ranked Minnesota 4-3.
Silver Gloves boxing at Mahnomen
The regional Silver Gloves Tournament is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the Shooting Star Casino Banquet Hall in Mahnomen.
Web wardroom keeps Navy officers, family connected
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- When Lt. Cmdr. Michael Crockett was promoted to executive officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Porter, he naturally sought advice from fellow officers on other ships.
Online package tracking heralds the Internet's future
Don't trouble me with information about news, hobbies or music. Only one thing keeps me glued to the computer screen these days: a package tracking number.
No. 3 Gateway puts cow out to pasture
SAN DIEGO -- Gateway Inc. put its famous cow out to pasture and repackaged itself this holiday season as a "digital wonderland," blitzing consumers with countless promotions.
Spam's assault on personal e-mail becomes more pervasive
If you think you're seeing more unsolicited commercial e-mail, jokes and chain letters than last year, your hunch is right, according to researchers and Internet security experts.
Snow for much of the East and central states; rain in the Pacific Northwest
Snow was forecast for wide areas of the East, central states and Plains on Saturday, while rain was predicted for the Pacific Northwest.
State forecast for south dakota
Wind advisory south central through this afternoon...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow south and west. Highs in the upper 20s to middle 30s.
The Weather Elsewhere
With Tomorrow's Temperature Forecast
Building a snowman
Weather drawing by Emma Kellander of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Minnesota state forecast
Winter weather advisory southeast today...
Regional weather forecast
State forecast for north dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s northeast to the lower 40s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Winter weather advisory today for most of eastern...And portions of north central and northeast iowa...
Woodland Good Samaritan Village residents would like to express our sincere thanks to the groups that caroled, Salvation Army for the visits and gifts, Bethel Lutheran Church Ladies Aid for the cookies, American Legion Junior Auxiliary for the gifts for our residents, VFW Auxiliary for the remembrance of our Veterans, Women of the Moose Chapter 614 for the monetary gift, the Acrometal Companies for the gifts, to all the families and friends who visited during this season. We appreciate each and every one of you -- May you all have a Happy New Year.
Meeting will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Crosslake Community Center.
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