Hudrlik Carpets opening store on Hwy. 371
Hudrlik Carpets is opening a store in the former Hyland Antiques building on Highway 371 North across from the former Tank's Deerland location where Menards is expected to build.
Last year's markets not such a disaster
From one angle, news was a disaster for the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index turned in their worst performances since the recession of 1981 -- down 6.2 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively. And for the technology-laden Nasdaq composite index, off 39.3 percent, it was simply the worst year ever. All in all, nearly $3 trillion in shareholder value evaporated.
Online sales strong; traditional retailers dominate
NEW YORK -- Despite gloomy reports from online companies such as eToys, it appears Internet retailers had a decent holiday season, with revenue more than doubling from a year ago.
Resolved to shape up for new year?
If phone messages are any indication, many New Year's resolutions include plans to shape up.
FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. -- During the holidays, a brightly lit Christmas tree and mechanical Santa greeted workers at the massive Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. plant in this small Ohio River town, but the festive scene provided little cheer those who fear what the new year might bring.
Policy leaves driving to workers
WASHINGTON -- Most of us enjoy the work we do, and at times it can excite us because of the challenge, the profit, or possibly the benefit it adds to society.
Fed bails out the borrowers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Generally cited as reasons for the Federal Reserve monetary easing were deteriorating business conditions. The erosion of household finances could just as well have been mentioned.
Consolidated Telephone Co., Brainerd, recently promoted two employees and hired two others.
Rapidly weakening economy forces Fed into action
Less than two months ago, the Federal Reserve proclaimed that the business slowdown wasn't much of a worry and that the real threat to the economy was inflation.
LTV laying off 100 at Cleveland Works
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LTV Steel will lay off 100 workers at its Cleveland Works integrated steel plant effective Monday, the company said Friday.
Around the watercooler
CONVENIENCE, CONVENIENCE, CONVENIENCE: That's the best description for the kinds of products that hit the market in news, a year that saw a proliferation of portable foods and 2-in-1 goods.
Starting new year off in orderly fashion will save time, money
NEW YORK -- One of the best favors you can do yourself as the new year begins is to get your papers in order. It will save you time and money.
Lawyer delivers majesty of the law, shipping included
MENDOTA HEIGHTS (AP) -- Need a Lady of Justice statue holding a scale? Bloomington attorney Michael Sokol can get you one in five days or less for $185, shipping included.
Small-business owners trying to sell get last-minute victory
The Clinton administration sent a shudder through the small-business advocacy community last week when aides passed the word that the president was "undecided" on whether to sign or let die a fix in the tax law covering installment sales.
Interest rate cuts will help stocks in the long term
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve's interest rate cut is expected to lend support to the slowing economy, but as Wall Street quickly learned, it was no panacea for the stock market's woes.
Wellstone visits Iron Range to talk about LTV shutdown
AURORA (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone told children of steelworkers who are losing their jobs he has tried without success to get trade sanctions imposed against foreign steel producers.
Retailers report what could be the worst holiday season in a decade
NEW YORK -- In what may have been the poorest holiday season in a decade, the nation's retailers reported sales figures that were even worse than expected, the result of a souring economy and bad winter weather.
Sulzer Medica to acquire stent maker IntraTherapeutics
NEW BRIGHTON (AP) -- IntraTherapeutics Inc., a privately owned company that makes peripheral stents, is being acquired by Sulzer Medica for $145 million in cash, the companies announced Friday.
California utility announces more layoffs in power crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Southern California Edison Co. is planning 1,450 layoffs in coming months as the result of a power crisis that has pushed the utility to the brink of bankruptcy and prompted President Clinton to a call a White House meeting on the issue.
Jewish leader sees increasingly open anti-Semitism
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- The leader of Germany's Jewish community said anti-Semitism has become increasingly bold and that the country has yet to make a resolute stand against a surge in extreme right-wing violence.
Rise above opinions for national unity
In this nation of "liberty in law," public opinion is a mighty force. Accurate knowledge is the basis for correct opinions.
St. Christopher's Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the home of Blanche Adair; St. Isidore's Guild will not meet in January
Houses of worship struggle with dilemma of security vs. accessibility
NEW YORK -- The recent bloodshed at a church in the Caribbean and a New York archbishop's frightening encounter in St. Patrick's Cathedral illustrate a difficult balancing act for religious leaders: how to keep places of worship accessible -- but still safe.
Hispanics struggle to keep Three Kings tradition alive in N.Y.
NEW YORK -- For kids in many parts of Latin America, Jan. 6 is Christmas Part II -- a day when the three wise men of the Bible sneak into children's bedrooms to leave toys for the good and coal for the bad.
Emphasis on exercise, being thin push back puberty
QUESTION: Are there limits to this trend toward younger and younger sexual development? If not, the kids of the future may enter puberty in the middle of childhood. That could create enormous problems when sexual awareness precedes emotional maturity by a decade or more.
Imgrund sells business, heads to Nicaragua
Today, Brainerd businessman Tom Imgrund is on his way out of the lakes area, headed for a new life in a place much warmer (hence, much farther south) than here.
Medication errors abound at schools
With more kids than ever taking medicine at school for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a new study is raising questions about just how well they're being served.
Guidelines for taking care of students in schools
The practice of giving medication to students at schools varies among states and school districts. Although new national guidelines are expected next year, the Office of School Health at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1990 came up with the following minimum recommendations for all schools to follow:
Partners needed in Pillager, Fort Ripley areas
Do you find it surprising that we seem to be having the hardest time matching seven children (three boys and four girls) not because of behavior or personality issues, but because of where they live?
Father can't bear to see his chick fly away on her own
DEAR ABBY: I'm writing about a delicate problem with my father. I'm 22 and due to graduate from college in just a few months. I've always planned on moving out once I graduated and got a job, and I have made this clear to my father and my family. My father, however, is in serious denial about it, and it is only getting worse.
Financial experts offer mutual fund resolutions for 2001
NEW YORK -- Ignored your mutual fund holdings last year?
Mapping out financial goals
This week. to purists, is the real beginning of the new millennium, 2,000 years since New Year's Day of Year One. So what better time to turn over a new leaf and get your financial house in order?
New rose varieties
We shall speak of roses, in the hope that images of scented buds opening in the warmth of a summer's morn will prove a winter distraction.
Follow these simple rules to avoid dog bites
Dear Heloise: As a therapy-dog owner and educator, I have become aware of the thousands of children who receive dog bites every year.
Love for children
John Thoele, a semi-retired former resort owner, said he loves children and he loves to drive.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
1. Call to order
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 190, a year ago 273.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Taco salad or taco, soft pretzel, corn, banana.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, the funeral date listed in the Margaret E. Hollenbeck obituary on Page 5A Friday was incorrect. The funeral for Hollenbeck is Jan. 13.
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 1:55 p.m. Thursday in the Scearcyville area of Sylvan Township.
Brainerd police-THEFT -- A $2,000 generator and a $50 propane tank owned by Nor-son Inc. were stolen from a building site on Industrial Park Road.
Fulke, Stricker in match play final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Without Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson and so many others skipping the Match Play Championship, there was always that chance two guys like Pierre Fulke and Steve Stricker might reach the finals.
The new Congress
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have installed a new team to head the committees that will try pushing President-elect Bush's agenda through the 107th Congress. Senate leaders still have not determined how they will run a chamber split evenly between the two parties for the first time ever.
Lawmakers hope new rules will defuse split Senate
WASHINGTON -- Republicans are ceding important new powers to Democrats in an effort to make the extraordinary, evenly split Senate run smoothly. But neither side knows whether the experiment will work.
Bush asking GOP governors to bolster his agenda
AUSTIN, Texas -- President-elect Bush is meeting with Republican governors, the latest in a series of pre-inaugural forums aimed at shoring up support for the new administration's top priorities.
Bush administration will review last-minute Clinton acts
AUSTIN, Texas -- As President-elect Bush packs for Washington, a spokesman on Friday pledged a review once Bush takes office of "each and every" last-minute executive order by President Clinton.
Happenings Friday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Democrats to object to electoral vote certification
WASHINGTON -- Members of the House and Senate are gathering to make the election of George W. Bush as president official by certifying voting results forwarded by the states.
Albright to pen memoirs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright plans to write her memoirs after she leaves public life later in the month and is ready to shop her proposal to book publishers.
Kennedy assigned to Agriculture, Transportation panels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Mark Kennedy, R-Minn., said Friday he has been named to the Agriculture and Transportation Committees.
DWI laws to get close look at Capitol this week
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's drunken driving penalties will get a closer look in the first full week of the 2001 legislative session.
Samuelson elected president of Senate
This is the entire Page 1A story that was inadvertently cut off in Thursday's editions of The Dispatch.
Gun makers drop lawsuit against Department of Housing, Urban Development
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seven gun makers and a firearms group dropped their lawsuit Friday against the Department of Housing and Urban Development and 39 other government officials and municipalities because of a new Republican administration taking office.
Ventura's proposals at a glance
Highlights of Gov. Jesse Ventura's proposals outlined in State of the State address:
Former legislators may be out of office ... but Capitol is still home
ST. PAUL -- Just as in each of the past six sessions, Jerry Janezich came to the Capitol this week to take in the pomp of opening day at the Legislature. This year, however, he returned not as a lawmaker but as a lobbyist.
From cheers to jeers, Ventura strikes chords
ST. PAUL -- Behind the showmanship and broad policy pronouncements from Gov. Jesse Ventura on Thursday, lawmakers found some promising ideas and others that will be a hard sell.
Lott outlines Republican priorities in radio speech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Echoing the campaign themes of President-elect Bush, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott on Saturday outlined education, national defense and tax relief as priorities for Republicans in the new Congress.
McCain, Feingold push forward on campaign finance reform
WASHINGTON -- Arizona Sen. John McCain's pledge to push a campaign finance overhaul to the top of the Senate's agenda threatens to revive once-rocky relations between the former presidential candidate and President-elect Bush.
Clinton urges states to make use of cancer program for women
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton called on the states Thursday to make rapid use of a major expansion of Medicaid to pay full treatment costs for thousands of uninsured women with breast or cervical cancer, the first time such coverage has been offered.
For dieters in need of privacy, Web sites abound
It's that time of year, when thoughts turn to that perennial subject of dieting. For many, it's an issue that never really goes away, but returns in full force as remorse over holiday eating sets in.
Clinton wants more kids to enter health insurance program
WASHINGTON -- More than 3 million children have been signed up for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, but President Clinton said Saturday he will make it easier for parents to sign up more kids.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Brain surgeon cleared in operating on wrong side of patient's brain
NEW YORK (AP) -- A neurosurgeon twice accused of operating on the wrong side of patients' brains has been cleared and had his license restored.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Now is the time to start exercising
I started exercising regularly when I was 27. The ostensible reason was to help myself stop smoking. But the deeper reason was that I was ending a long, self-destructive relationship, and I knew at a gut level that my physical health and my psychic health were inextricably bound.
Contaminated mouthwash blamed for four hospital deaths
FARGO, N.D. -- Relatives of four people, including three Minnesotans, who died at a hospital here in 1999 have filed lawsuits claiming the deaths were caused by contaminated mouthwash.
Q & A
Question: My home has a heating system with a metal chimn
Adding extra cable outlets
Several years ago, we traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, where we were amazed to find that nearly every home had a TV antenna.
Light and logs create deluxe lakeside living living
Ringing in the new year meant a four-month anniversary for a family in a new log-sided home on Gull Lake.
Helping evergreens through heavy weather
There was a time in the garden when winter preparations routinely meant wrapping and sheltering evergreens against cold, snow and ice.
What's big for '01 in design?
Nearly every country on the globe is now a player in the decoration of American homes, thanks to free trade, interwoven economies and an Internet that sends creative trends zipping across borders in nanoseconds.
Hackey pack gathers in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- Not everyone can be the star football player or get that all important solo in the choir, but everyone can enjoy a good circle of hackeysack.
Tickets are now available for the 12th annual Chocolate Lovers and Others Extravaganza set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Central Lakes College food court.
Apparently the Highway 371 bypass has confused some motorists looking for Brainerd, according to Baxter convenience store workers. Look for the story Monday.
Cost to mail letter rises a penny Sunday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The cost of mailing a letter goes up a penny on Sunday, to 34 cents.
Brittany Thurstin (left) prepared to throw a snowball at her brother, Thomas, as they walked home from Harrison Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. The mild weather helped melt the snow, which was the right consistency for making snowballs. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
31 become ill after luncheon at Moose Lodge
A holiday gathering is being investigated to find out why 31 people became ill after a luncheon in Brainerd.
Baxter airs report on key city issues
BAXTER -- What are the most important concerns in Baxter?
SPEECH / Sviggum got positive feeling from speech
interests of the citizens of Minnesota."
Body found in ditch The body of a 62-year-old man who apparently died of a heart attack was found Thursday in a ditch on Tyrus Road in Platte Lake Township, Crow Wing County Sheriff's officials said today.
The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was found a short distance from his vehicle by a passerby at about 11:57 a.m.
DEERWOOD -- Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., will tour Trus Joist, a Weyerhaeuser business, on a timber tour of northern Minnesota this week. His schedule calls for him to tour the plant at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Clinton acts to protect forests
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is declaring nearly a third of the country's federal forest land off limits to most logging, but some Republicans already are urging President-elect Bush to scuttle the plan.
Vikings shrine on wheels
Months before the Vikings began their playoff drive, one of their staunchest supporters began motoring around the lakes area.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Sears Roebuck and Company recently announced the retirement of Kermit Hill, manager of the catalog store in Brainerd. Hill has been associated with Sears for more than 25 years.
Ventura delivers State of the State address
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura renewed his commitment to tax reform and a limited government Thursday, but also found room in his State of the State address to lead listeners on an alphabetical journey through the cities and towns he's visited as governor.
Hudson to chair school board
During a Brainerd School Board meeting Thursday, board member Lew Hudson was named this year's board chair.
Special friendship developed after women met through unusual circumstances
Hilda Paggen often called Lynda Erickson her "special angel," ever since Lynda saved Hilda's life two years ago.
Brainerd School District to poll residents on needs, priorities
The Brainerd School Board took another step forward in its work on a long-range comprehensive plan.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 7 - 60 years ago (1941) Red Owl, Tuesday and Wednesday Specials: -- Walleyed Pike -- lb.15 -- Lutefisk -- lb. 10
Two Iron Range mines reducing taconite production
Two Iron Range mining companies said Thursday they will cut taconite production this year, citing weak demand for steel in North America and what they consider unfair trade practices by foreign steelmakers.
Union on offensive over package handling
EAGAN (AP) -- The union representing three Northwest Airlines baggage handlers who were videotaped playfully tossing mail into a bin five days before Christmas blamed the incident on the airline's outdated equipment.
Orchestra bringing back historic organ
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Orchestra's pipe organ sat behind a stage shell for decades, unused and dusty, relegated to mothball status after failing to prove effective in its early years.
Parents of accused gunman say he suffered depression
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The parents of the man charged in last week's office rampage in Massachusetts say their son has been hospitalized for depression, and was being treated at the time of the deadly shootings.
Tugboat rescues stranded ferry carrying 257 NYC commuters
HIGHLANDS, N.J. -- A tugboat freed a commuter ferry that ran aground on a sandbar in waters off northern New Jersey, stranding 257 people for five hours.
Voting machines proved quirky gift
Hanging chads proved popular this holiday, as nine of Wisconsin's infamous voting machines from last year's historic presidential election were sold over the Internet.
Jobless rate holds steady
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent in December even as hiring by American businesses slowed to the weakest pace in four months.
Forest protection plan runs into heavy criticism
WASHINGTON -- Hailed by environmentalists, President Clinton's road and logging ban on federal forests unleashed furious criticism Friday from Western Republican lawmakers, who pledged to try to get it overturned.
Murder in Guffey
GUFFEY, Colo. -- Four people were killed this week in two unrelated incidents in a quiet mountain hamlet of 50 residents.
ACLU sues over state's punch-card voting systems
ATLANTA -- The American Civil Liberties Union sued state officials Friday to protest Georgia's voting system, claiming confusing, outdated equipment is unconstitutional and diluting the voice of black voters.
Few are partial to BCS after latest numbers game
MIAMI -- There were a lot of significant numbers posted this year:
With viewers' help, 'Dateline' reports on murder
NEW YORK -- Viewers at their computer keyboards took charge of a murder investigation reopened by "Dateline NBC" Friday night.
Serious side effects reported in drug taken after HIV exposure
ATLANTA -- At least 22 people have suffered serious side effects, including liver failure, from taking an AIDS drug that was prescribed to prevent HIV infection in people accidentally exposed to the virus.
Alliance Pipeline has not led to gas price relief
MILWAUKEE -- A massive new natural gas pipeline moving fuel from western Canada to the Midwest has so far failed to alleviate skyrocketing gas prices -- dashing analysts' early hopes that the pipeline would spell relief for customers.
State economists issue warning
ST. PAUL -- Just minutes after the governor outlined a vision for the state brimming with tax cuts built around a projected $3.01 billion surplus, state economists delivered some bad news.
Coroner: Steve Allen ruptured blood vessel in crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Comedian Steve Allen died a few hours after he ruptured a blood vessel in a minor traffic accident, according to autopsy results released Friday. His death was ruled accidental.
Smithsonian museum shows images of a peaceful Africa
WASHINGTON -- news reports from Africa often depict images of war, disease and poverty, but the National Museum of African Art sees another picture -- a nude surrounded by flowers, religious symbols, a motorized, life-size metal girl who claps her steel hands every half-hour for a festival.
Killer shrimp stalks the waterways of aquarium exhibit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The SplashZone, a normally tranquil children's section at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has become the scene of underwater carnage at the claws of a killer shrimp.
Les Brown, big band leader, dies at age 88
LOS ANGELES -- Les Brown, whose Band of Renown scored a No. 1 hit with "Sentimental Journey" during America's big band era of the 1930s and '40s, has died of lung cancer. He was 88.
Wall Street hammers stocks of California utilities
SAN FRANCISCO -- Teetering on the brink of financial collapse, California's two largest utilities have been handed a double whammy by getting only a fraction of expected rate hikes and experiencing Wall Street's wrath.
Firefighters cool off as San Diego blaze is tamed
ALPINE, Calif. -- Firefighters working to contain the last pockets of a blaze that destroyed six homes were feeling a little cooler Friday as sprinkles of rain fell on Southern California.
Coast Guard battling ice in the Great Lakes
ABOARD THE U.S. COAST GUARD 6506 DOLPHIN (AP) -- Pilot Robert Kornexl looked down from the helicopter at the ice mosaic formed in the southern St. Clair River.
Injured Penn State player walks out of hospital
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Three-and-a-half months after severely injuring his spine in a football game, Penn State freshman Adam Taliaferro walked out of a hospital Friday on crutches.
National sports briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs want to hire Dick Vermeil as head coach, but the St. Louis Rams have blocked the deal for now.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Tagliabue meets informally with legislative leaders on stadium status
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings enlisted NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Friday in their renewed drive for a new football-only stadium, bringing him to the state Capitol for meetings with Gov. Jesse Ventura and top legislators.
Wellington Mara, the 84-year-old conscience of the NFL
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Walking back to the locker room after practice, Wellington Mara spied a penny on the ground. He didn't hesitate to pick it up.
Colorado College defeats Denver
DENVER (AP) -- Justin Morrison broke a scoreless tie midway through the second period and fourth-ranked Colorado College went on to defeat No. 14 Denver 4-1 Friday.
Vikings to test firepower aagainst Saints
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Keep an eye on the lines when Minnesota's offense takes the field against the New Orleans defense in the second round of the NFC playoffs on Saturday.
Driesell quietly building another powerhouse in downtown Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) -- These days, Lefty Driesell is feeling the impact of his 69 years.
National sports briefs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins named Kevin Cattoor as chief operating officer Friday to oversee the team's day-to-day business operations.
Harris out; Mason, Tressel could get interviews for Ohio State job
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cross one prominent name off the list to succeed John Cooper as Ohio State football coach.
Buckeye committee meets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The committee charged with finding Ohio State's next football coach met for the first time on Thursday and tossed around the names of candidates to replace the fired John Cooper.
New Orleans' Haslett beats strong field for NFL Coach of the Year award
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the Year of the Coach, the job Jim Haslett did in New Orleans was the most outstanding.
Fassel, Giants will do their talking on Sunday
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jim Fassel didn't make any guarantees this week.
Montreal sends Lemieux to first loss
Mario Lemieux was remarkable again. Only this time it wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Wolves capitalize on Seattle's soft defense
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gary Payton has not missed a start in 348 games. The SuperSonics don't want to find out what would happen if he did.
McNair, Dilfer share one important trait
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Statistics are virtually meaningless in judging the proficiency of Steve McNair and Trent Dilfer.
Vikings want fans to keep it down on offense
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings want their fans to keep the noise down while they've got the ball.
Cunningham fired; Peterson confirms Chiefs' interest in Vermeil
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City coach Gunther Cunningham was fired Friday after two seasons as the Chiefs confirmed they wanted to hire Dick Vermeil.
What'll it be: heads or tails?
Statisticians say that every time a coin is flipped, the chances are 50-50 whether it will come up either heads or tails. Jackie Slater, longtime captain of the Rams and now a Fox TV broadcaster, says that's wrong. What's more, he says, he has the evidence.
Interim coaches filling in
The buzzword in college basketball this season would seem to be "interim." As in interim coach.
LeRoy F. Lingwall
CROSBY -- LeRoy Frank Lingwall, 79, Crosby, formerly of Emily, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Gladys E. Mullally
STAPLES -- Gladys E. Mullally, 91, Staples, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Joan B. Hartwig
Joan B. Hartwig, 68, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
PINE CENTER -- Tyrus Urbanski, 62, Pine Center, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001.
Floyd D. Dettbarn
Floyd D. Dettbarn, 77, Brainerd, formerly of Lake Shore, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
James Arthur Waldorf
FERGUS FALLS -- James Arthur Waldorf, 46, Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
PINE RIVER -- Julia Flategraff, 85, Pine River, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
PINE RIVER -- Julia Flategraff, 85, Pine River, died today, Jan. 5, 2001, in Pine River.
Gladys E. Mullally
STAPLES -- Gladys E. Mullally, 91, Staples, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Joan Hartwig, 68, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
LAKEPORT, Calif. -- Henry Hegenbart, 89, Lakeport, Calif., formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport.
LeRoy F. Lingwall
CROSBY -- LeRoy F. Lingwall, 79, Crosby, formerly of Emily, died today, Jan. 5, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Margaret E. Hollenbeck
CROSBY -- Margaret Ella Hollenbeck, 82, Crosby, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Loren R. Plettel
LITTLE FALLS -- Loren R. Plettel, 39, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Clara Regnell, 101, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Morris G. Garthe
Morris G. Garthe, 81, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
William E. Day
William E. Day, 74, Brainerd, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Helen Ellwood, 81, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at her home.
Loren V. Lien
LAKE SHORE -- Loren V. Lien, 75, St. Louis Park and Lake Shore, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, news, in Brainerd.
Evelyn J. Gruenhagen
Evelyn J. Gruenhagen, 87, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Margaret E. Hollenbeck
CROSBY -- Margaret Ella Hollenbeck, 82, Crosby, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Helen Ellwood, 81, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at her home.
Loren R. Plettl
LITTLE FALLS -- Loren R. Plettl, 39, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Tyrus E. Urbanski
Tyrus Eugene Urbanski, 62, rural Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001.
Baxter's Parkwood project
'Twas June of news
Like lawbreakers - Dispatch Editorial
Minnesotans may have hoped they'd seen the end of bitterness and rancor when last year's legislative session finally sputtered to a close.
That five-letter word
In Minnesota, there is a five-letter word that can create anxiety, stress and frustration.
Dear President Elect, George W. Bush,
How to reach federal lawmakers
Sen. Paul Wellstone
An emotional day - Dispatch Editorial
Rep. Don Samuelson had his hands full Wednesday on his first day as president of the Minnesota Senate.
Shred of hope for the Mideast
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Bush must expand his base of support
Among the reasons Time magazine gave for naming George W. Bush its "Person of the Year" for 2000 was that the president-elect "remade and united the Republican Party."
On Friday, Dec. 22, news, I met my brother in Fleet Farm's parking lot; while we were there we watched as
Group calls for review of off-highway vehicle plans
The DNR is being asked to determine the possible impact to state forests that could result if Off-Highway Vehicle trail plans it developed last year become reality.
Ideas to help you put more fish on ice
A primary role of an outdoor writer is to give advice, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's always good advice. I sometimes get skunked like everyone else, which is why I refuse to be the final word on anything.
North Country calendar
January 2001 - 13 -- Lake trout ice season opens statewide
Mepps, a manufacturer of fishing tackle, is looking to buy squirrel tails. No other material duplicates the rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair when it's in water, Mepps says, and to throw the tails away is a waste of a resource.
CROSS LAKE - Walleye anglers report good action, but not on consecutive days. Shiner minnows on jigs have worked best in 22 to 26 feet of water.
Birches are beautiful, functional trees for all seasons
Today I marvel at the magical winter wonderland and absorb the beauty I see. I think of how devoid my world would be without the trees that grace my landscape. This morning everything is coated with a thick white layer of whip cream. The clouds have dispersed to give way to an intense robin's-egg-blue sky. It is an exquisite sight to behold.
Ely man has been making snowshoes for more than 60 years
ELY (AP) -- Joe Prijatel Jr. knew very little about snowshoes when he started making them in 1938.
A change in tradition
For me and my brother Leo, who lives in Grand Forks, N.D., and my brother-in-law Jeff Henn, who lives in Golden Valley, a holiday hunt for ruffed grouse has become somewhat of a tradition.
Mary Lou Campbell will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. Use the 200 entrance. The event will be hosted by her family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Benson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. They were married Jan. 7, 1951, in Brainerd.
Kimberly Brusseau and Shaun Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Michael and Laurel Brusseau, Brainerd, and Bob and Kathy Anderson, Brainerd. A May 22, 2001, wedding is planned in Las Vegas.
Erin Meier and Matt Karlgaard announce their engagement. Parents are Rich and Patrice Meier, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Don and Cheryl Karlgaard, Brainerd. A July 21, 2001, wedding is planned in Sioux Falls.
Yi Ru "Queenie" Wo and Marco Lapka were married April 12, 2000, in Taipei, Taiwan.
Jessica Brawley and Albert Maine Jr. announce their engagement. Parents are Timmoth and Susan Brawley and Albert and Ruth Maine, all of Pequot Lakes. An April 7, 2001, wedding is planned at Pleasant Hills Community Church in Pequot Lakes.
Heather Fortune and Severin Neumann were married May 27, 2000, in the Neumanns' yard.
Kelly Diane Schlegel and Brad Edward Medek announce their engagement. Parents are Robert and Helen Schlegel, Pierz, and Joseph and Carol Medek, Pierz. A Feb. 10, 2001, wedding is planned at Holy Cross Church in Harding.
Lester and Bonnie (Gwenth) Tangen, Lake Hubert, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 30, 1950, in Two Harbors.
Heather Schmidt and Ryan Liebel announce their engagement. Parents are Jack and Glenda Schmidt, Pequot Lakes, and Lonnie and Carol Liebel, Walker. A July 21, 2001, wedding is planned at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.
Hester Knapp, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with her family Thursday. She was born Jan. 11, 1911, in Sterling, Kan.
Harland Richey will celebrate his 90th birthday Jan. 15. He was born Jan. 15, 1911, in Floyd, Iowa. Cards may be sent to 722 College Drive W., Apt. 110, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Stacey Lynn Marie Feica and Jason Sterling Brown announce their engagement. Parents are George Feica and Roberta Savoie and Tom and Wendy Brown. A Jan. 20, 2001, wedding is planned.
Deborah Schlapkohl and Edward Shetka announce their engagement. Parents are Elizabeth and Craig Schlapkohl, Pequot Lakes, and Barbara and Edward Shetka III, Pine River. A May 5, 2001, wedding is planned at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake.
Luyendyk to make Indy 500 return
Arie Luyendyk will overcome his addiction to the Indianapolis 500 the moment he's convinced a third trip to the winner's circle is out of the question.
Fire claims Two Harbors landmark
TWO HARBORS (AP) -- A landmark restaurant in this northeastern Minnesota city was destroyed by fire.
Winona police officer, dispatcher charged with theft
WINONA (AP) -- A Winona police officer and a part-time dispatcher were charged with theft following an investigation into missing bicycles from the city's storage barn.
Developers strike compromise over Indian burial grounds
WHITE BEAR LAKE (AP) -- A luxury townhouse developer and area residents determined to protect an American Indian burial site in this St. Paul suburb have agreed to a compromise that pleases all sides.
Brainerd boys' alpine ski team makes history in wins
MT. DU LAC, Wis. -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' alpine skiing team did something Thursday that it had never accomplished before, scoring back-to-back wins in an 11-team invitational.
The Brainerd Warriors girls' sophomore basketball team lost 44-34 to the Duluth East Greyhounds Thursday.
Wadena-Deer Creek falls to Detroit Lakes
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MENAHGA -- The Pillager Huskies defeated the Menahga Braves 51-28 Friday night in a Park Region Conference game.
It will be like a basketball festival at BHS gym
C-I Rangers' 18-year winless streak in Staples continues
STAPLES -- In recent history, a trip to the Staples-Motley gymnasium has been comparable to a trip to Alcatraz for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' basketball team.
Redebaugh's 35 points lead Pequot girls
PEQUOT LAKES -- Class AA's 10th-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team trounced the New York Mills Eagles 89-43 in Park Region conference action Thursday.
CLC drop game to Hibbing
In what was to be a game of firsts, lasts and in-betweens, the Hibbing Cardinals men's basketball team defeated the Central Lakes College Raiders 84-79 Friday night in the first Minnesota Community College Conference, Northern Division game of the season for both schools.
Area events Saturday Boys Basketball
Staples-Motley at Brainerd 7:30 p.m.
Warrior gymnasts clip scoring marks
By all accounts, it was a near perfect night in Brainerd Thursday.
CROSBY -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals erased a 33-30 halftime deficit and went on to post a 58-49 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a Mid-State Conference clash Friday.
Dragons ground Flyers
LITTLE FALLS --Alison Slinden of Litchfield scored six goals to lead the Dragons past the Little Falls Flyers 7-1 on Friday.
LF outscores Apollo gymnasts
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers outscored the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 123.7 to 107.9 in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet Thursday.
Local sports shorts
Contributions are being sought for a scholarship to honor Duane Doucette, original organizer of the Brainerd VFW baseball program, who died of cancer last year.
Hanson nets shutout for BHS girls
In the last five games, four of which have been victories, the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team has allowed three goals.
Warriors, Cardinals girls to meet Saturday
Staples-Motley and Brainerd girls' basketball teams haven't met since December of 1983 when the Cardinals beat Brainerd 56-41 in the Warriors' holiday tournament.
Four-goal Alexandria third period beats Brainerd boys
ALEXANDRIA -- Four unanswered goals in the third period sparked the Alexandria Cardinals to a 5-3 Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey victory Thursday over the Brainerd Warriors.
Rickert scores 40 in win over Warriors
DULUTH -- University of Minnesota Gophers 6-foot-11 recruit Rick Rickert poured in 40 points to lead the Duluth East Greyhounds to an 80-68 boys' basketball win over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday.
Raiders pin loss on the Road Crew
PINE RIVER -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders defeated the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew 39-21 in Park Region Conference wrestling Thursday night.
CLC women down Hibbing despite lackluster effort
A while back, there was a television show called MacGyver. Its premise was that with a good mullet-style haircut and a little ingenuity, a person can get out of any jam, even one they aren't totally prepared to face.
Brained girls show signs of promise
Coming off a disappointing Elk River Holiday Invitational the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team had something to prove to themselves and to the Duluth East Greyhounds.
Aitkin comeback means mat win
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers won the last five matches to defeat the Brainerd Warriors 33-31 in non-conference wrestling Thursday.
Flyers skate to first conference win
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers picked up their first Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey win of the season Thursday with a 7-1 victory over the Sartell Sabres.
Minnesota cornerback will enter NFL draft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota junior cornerback Willie Middlebrooks will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- John Pohl scored a pair of power play goals and the University of Minnesota defeated Alaska-Anchorage 3-1 on Friday night in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action.
Wild triumph in overtime
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild are hardly playing like an expansion team.
Huskies down Bulldogs
DULUTH (AP) -- Six different players scored for St. Cloud State as the Huskies beat Minnesota-Duluth 6-3 Friday night.
Free stuff and something else money can't buy
For Mike and Lynnell Palermos, freebie rummaging ultimately paid off more dramatically when they both found something money can't buy.
It's back to the basics
Been there, done that -- with PCs in more than half the households in the United States, you'd think that most people would be up to speed by now.
Your old computer could be gold to someone else
Making room for a new computer on Christmas Day too often means shoving the old one into a corner, closet or the garage. More often than not, after a year or two of hiding out in the house, that computer heads curbside to wait for the garbage truck.
Going online for free lunch, and more
Sometimes the best things in life are freebies. Ask Mike and Lynnell Palermo of Augusta, Ga., who have scored gold earrings, tennis shoes, personalized boxes of cereal, dozens of T-shirts and baseball caps, and innumerable health and beauty products -- all free.
Resolutions for the new year in the computer world
Here comes the new year -- fresh as a midnight snowfall and mercifully free of Y2K worries.
Sound of MP3 music sweeter through digital receiver
Millions of listeners are now using their PCs as music players, thanks to MP3 technology that makes it easy to store thousands of songs on a hard drive. Unfortunately, they're stuck with the low-grade, 10-watt speakers that come with most computers.
Microsoft joins Sega, Nintendo, Sony in video game market
LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. planned to unveil its Xbox video game system Saturday, although the company finds itself in the rare position of underdog as it prepares to duke it out with veteran game makers.
As Web turns 10, its inventor tries to keep it simple
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- It's amazing to think today, with the World Wide Web now spanning some 7 million sites, that its creator could barely get his colleagues interested at first.
Weather drawing by Jordan Van Sickle of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Build a snowman
Weather drawing by Katie Garin in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
Florida farmers assess crop damage
MIAMI -- Temperatures dipped to 16 degrees Friday as Florida's worst cold spell in 11 years slid into its third week and farmers looked at extensive damage to sugarcane, tomatoes and other crops.
Original Heloise dishwasher hint
Dear Heloise: After you first published the hint about putting ORANGE POWDERED DRINK MIX in the dishwasher, I took it one step further. As these drink crystals are mostly citric acid, I have been using the pure citric acid (bought at the bulk-food store) .
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Names and faces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Bob Newhart wants to get a laugh, he does stand-up. But when he's starring in a sitcom, he's content to let others get the laughs.
Names and faces
Ever since Grammys were first awarded to music stars 43 years ago, the prize and the organization that oversees it have been ridiculed for favoring the bland and safe over the edgy and controversial. On Wednesday, the ridicule stopped.
The Pinetree Patchworkers will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday at Brainerd Library. Carolyn Abbott will give a program on "Variations on the theme of vests." The morning group will meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Presbyterian church for basting and service projects. Come join us on Monday and see what we are all about.
North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 77.5; Bill Black and Ray Norrgard, 64; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 55. East-West: Marcella Jensen and Joyce Roemer, 69; Mona Gorham and Tony Vornbrock, 55; and Chris Leininger and Marion Benest, 55.
New Dawn Board and Lodge thanks the busy hands of the Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club members, both moms and the children received quilted holiday stockings filled with a variety of donated items. They also gave them quilts for their beds and cribs.
Wife hung up by husband's gay double life online
DEAR ABBY: I am a 53-year-old woman who never thought she would be writing to you. I have been married 33 years. The past several years have not been the happiest.
Beleaguered Barak turns to old rival Peres for help
JERUSALEM -- Desperately behind in the polls just weeks before elections, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is turning to elder statesman and rival Shimon Peres in a bid to regain voters who have spurned him during months of violence.
This time, no shooting
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Don Molzhan, 74, just crossed the Atlantic in a rust-encrusted World War II ship pestered by roaches, leaking toilets and creaky machinery.
U.S. may seek declaration rather than peace accord
WASHINGTON -- With time running out and tough issues unresolved, President Clinton may be ready to shift his goal in the Middle East from a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians to a declaration to guide the incoming Bush administration.
Chinese leaders who ordered Tiananmen crackdown feared arrest
NEW YORK -- Documents reportedly brought out of China by a disaffected civil servant say that the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ordered the violent crackdown on demonstrators at Tiananmen Square out of fear they could topple the Communist regime.
Doctor convicted of killing 15 may have killed hundreds, authorities say
LONDON -- A doctor already notorious as one of Britain's most prolific serial killers for the murder of 15 elderly patients may have killed hundreds of others, according to a "chilling" report that examines the fate of his patients over decades, the government said Friday.
Australia and New Zealand ban imports of European beef
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia and New Zealand will ban all beef imports from Europe to protect consumers from the human variant of mad cow disease, government officials said Friday.
Latest victims buried as U.S. moves to stem violence in Mideast
JERUSALEM -- With the United States pushing to quell violence ahead of any peace talks, Palestinians buried one of its latest victims Saturday -- an 18-year-old woman killed in cross fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen.
Tainted tycoon leading in Thailand elections
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's ruling party conceded defeat in general elections Saturday after exit polls showed rivals led by a scandal-tainted tycoon sailing to an easy victory.
Lawsuit over long-ago affair could sour big year for Toronto's mayor
TORONTO -- This was supposed to be a big year for Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, the fast-talking, eye-winking former furniture salesman who has parlayed his panache into a three-decade political career.
Pope pulls Holy Door closed, ending year of events
VATICAN CITY -- With one tug and then another, Pope John Paul II pulled shut the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica Saturday, solemnly ending the Vatican's Jubilee Year of repentance that drew some 25 million pilgrims to Rome.
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