Y2K was boon for company that makes wind generators
DULUTH (AP) -- Fears that computer technology might fail when the calendar rolled over to 2000 turned out to be a boon for a Duluth company that makes wind generators and solar electric equipment.
Intel rally propels Dow to new high
Comforting inflation news and a spirited rally in Intel drove the Dow Jones industrial average to a new high Friday as investors dismissed what some saw as a thinly veiled warning from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan that higher interest rates are on the way.
Koch president says layoffs needed to compete
WICHITA, Kan. -- Koch Industries plans unspecified layoffs this year to stay competitive in the wake of mega-mergers in the oil industry, the company's president told workers in a memo made public Friday.
Potlatch's Minnesota Pulp and Paper Division announced that Anna M. Haney, 39, has been elected by its board to lead the company's Brainerd paper mill.
Around the watercooler
COMMON CURRENCY: Americans favor a common currency for North America. A survey sponsored by Coinstar Inc. found 43 percent of Americans would support an agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico to create one currency for the three nations akin to the euro that is shared by 11 European nations. The survey also found 25 percent of respondents would like to adopt the euro.
After amazing AOL deal, a question:
NEW YORK (AP) -- It wasn't as shocking as it would be for a local community college to take over Harvard, but the AOL-TimeWarner deal was to the business community just as unexpected and implausible.
With a large bright sign on Highway 371 stating the store will close forever, Fifth Avenue Furniture West is expected to close by mid-March.
You've got snail mail -- and you'd better read it
NEW YORK -- January is arguably the most critical month when it comes to mail -- the kind delivered to your home by the U.S. Postal Service. For this is the month when you'll receive much of the information needed for this year's financial planning and income tax filing.
Mutual funds: Putting a false face on performance?
Americans have $6.5 trillion of their savings in mutual funds, but finding out how that money has been put to work for them isn't easy.
Weather - The nation
Heavy rain and snow were falling from parts of northern California to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday while cold air was keeping conditions frigid from New England through most of the Southeast.
Weather - Brainerd forecast
Today -- Partly sunny. Highs near 15. North wind around 10 mph becoming east.
Weather - Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 12 -2 clr -- Albuquerque 56 31 clr -- Amarillo 58 35 cdy
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
The following recently appeared in Cass County Court:
Meets 7 p.m. Monday - -LeBourget Room -- Lindbergh Elementary School
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center-Crosby -- Jeremy and Melisa (Sather) Ames, Pequot Lakes, a boy, Jeremy Philip Ames II, 4 pounds, 9 ounces, Jan. 2, 2000. Grandparents are Vickie Geving, Walker, Phil Ames, Chaska, and Barb and Al Hillman, Minneapolis. Great-grandparent is Clinton Keep, Backus.
Little Falls police -- BURGLARIES -- Thielen Meats, Little Falls, on Thursday reported a burglary. Nothing was taken.
This was Brainerd
January 16 -- 60 years ago (1940) -- A city-wide athletic program made possible through erection of four new grade schools will begin in Whittier, Harrison, Lowell and Lincoln institutions tomorrow and continue weekly.
Clinton urges Medicare drug benefit
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is greeting with cautious optimism a pledge by drug makers to cooperate on a new Medicare prescription benefit for older Americans, saying the companies must follow it up with action.
Staples man shot in road rage incident released from hospital
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A man who was shot three times in a road rage incident in Staples has been released from the hospital.
Publisher will pick up security costs for second Ventura book tour
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's second book, ''Who Makes Up Your Mind?'' is expected to hit bookstores in September, but he wouldn't talk about it Friday.
Autopsy results to take weeks in death of Jurgens' spouse
STILLWATER -- Autopsy results won't be available for two to three weeks in the ''suspicious'' death of a man who was married to convicted child killer Lois Jurgens.
Yellowstone will test cleaner, quieter snowmobiles
THIEF RIVER FALLS (AP) -- Arctic Cat Inc. on Friday unveiled a cleaner, quieter snowmobile that will be tested by the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park, where snowmobiles are blamed for increased air pollution.
State working on plan for small firms' health insurance
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Prenatal care and mental health treatment is out, but maternity benefits are in after state regulators approved requirements for pared-down options for health insurance policies that small employers can provide to their workers.
LITTLE FALLS -- Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, and Morrison County Commissioner Paul Nieman invite area residents to a public meeting to discuss a delay in the plans for correcting sedimentation problems on the Mississippi River below the Highway 10 bridge.
Bemidji man sentenced to 20 years for conspiracy to commit murder
BEMIDJI (AP) -- A Bemidji man convicted of conspiracy to commit murder drew the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, despite a petition signed by more than 300 people who urged the judge to be lenient.
Grandmother willing to go get boy
HAVANA -- The grandmother of Elian Gonzalez said she is willing to go to Miami to bring the six-year-old boy home to Cuba, while Fidel Castro's point man on U.S. relations expressed impatience at Washington's failure to enforce a repatriation order.
Birthday brings retirement for Sister Vivian
She's become an institution in the Brainerd lakes area, much like St. Joseph's Medical Center where she has worked for 28 years.
Judge hears merits of loggers' lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal judge gave no indication when he might rule on a logger lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and two environmental groups, claiming the Forest Service has buckled to a nature-based religion.
NTSB says lawyer was flying too low over forest when plane crashed
DULUTH (AP) -- Flying too low over a forest was the likely cause of a plane crash that killed a Duluth-area lawyer and his legal assistant, the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded.
At-home blood pressure tests often found in error
People who test their blood pressure at home do not always report the results accurately to their doctors, a situation that can interfere with proper care, a Pittsburgh study shows.
MONTICELLO -- The 450 trumpeter swans on the Mississippi River near Monticello don't know it yet, but they might be getting evicted.
Report to detail growth in garbage across Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Even though Minnesotans are prone to recycle, they are setting records when it comes to trash.
Lawyer to withdraw from Olson case
LOS ANGELES -- One of two lawyers for former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara Jane Olson moved Friday to withdraw from her bombing conspiracy case and asked for a lengthy continuance to allow a new defense team to be formed.
Floyd Lee Galpin
DERWOOD, Md. -- Floyd Lee Galpin, 62, Derwood, Md., died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Diana Smith, 83, Little Falls, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Leslie A. Grant
Leslie A. Grant
Edna May Pressley
PINE RIVER -- Edna May Pressley, 82, Pine River, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
STAPLES -- Sadie Anderson, 94, Staples, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
Ervin H. Lindemann
Ervin H. Lindemann, 94, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Dagny Morrison, Pine River, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Geneva R. Glodowski
STAPLES -- Geneva R. Glodowski, 82, Staples, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
Chester A. Warren
Chester A. Warren, 86, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd.
Lois Ramm, 70, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000.
Wanda Ann Tabatt
LITTLE FALLS -- Wanda Ann Tabatt, 83, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at her home.
PIERZ -- Dorothy Schraut, 65, Pierz, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Delbert D. Woode
PINE RIVER -- Delbert D. Woode, 82, Pine River, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Back to the future
Last week the call went out for a new futuristic look at the lakes area.
Are big changes possible?
MANCHESTER, N.H.--Even here in New Hampshire, where presidential politics rivals skiing as the favorite winter sport every four years, some people have to be convinced that it matters who wins the White House. Steve Hampl is one man who remains unpersuaded.
I question why the cities of Brainerd-Baxter have room for more banks, fast food places, motels, etc. but no one has decided to build another bowling alley. It definitely would get use. I hope if someone does decide to build a bowling alley they won't put in the automatic scorekeepers because my experience in using them at the only bowling establishment in town has been nothing next to sheer frustration. Give me back the good old days of figuring out the scores in our heads. That's what we've got brains for.
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Nine school success stories
WASHINGTON -- Fix Failing Schools. That's the administration's new slogan on education policy. Sounds easy, but it speaks to one of the toughest jobs in education.
Who is she? - Dispatch Editorial
Sara Jane Olson's Minneapolis place of worship, the Little Minnehaha United Methodist Church, quickly rushed to her defense when she was arrested last year for plotting crimes while a member of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s.
It all started as the outgrowth of casual conversation in a hotel room
Jan. 22 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Brainerd Jaycees' $100,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. What began as a casual conversation in a hotel room has grown into the largest ice fishing contest in North America.
Notes on winters past
I have about given up on trying to predict the weather. Sometimes I look for weather signs, but I keep my thoughts to myself. The meteorologists on radio and TV have for several weeks been predicting near-normal temperatures and precipitation. When the predicted weather arrives on the land, it has been much warmer than normal. For a while last fall we heard that the warm currents in the ocean, called La Nina, caused problems, but I haven't heard her mentioned recently.
North Country calendar
January -- January -- 15 -- Winter lake trout opener (outside BWCA)
BRAINERD/NISSWA -- Numbers of eating-size walleyes, as well as a few trophy caliber fish, are being caught on several area lakes. Leading the way this week are Gull Lake, North Long, Edwards, Round and Pelican. Golden shiners or rainbow minnows have worked best.
FROM WINNERS TO PUBLICITY
-- Volunteer-organized by members of the Brainerd Jaycees.
New DNR report indicates lakes may not be as crowded as people think
Boating trends in the state's north central region are changing.
Approximately 180 Minnesota lakes with public accesses will have aeration systems operating on them this winter. Private hatchery operators also use aeration systems, usually on small lakes without public accesses.
Best way to enjoy winter is by camping
Winter has a charm that no other season has. This season's serenity, unique beauty, and spirit are enjoyed mostly by those who embrace it, who get outside and grasp winter for all it has.
Titans vs. Colts matchup
TENNESSEE (14-3) at INDIANAPOLIS (13-3) -- 3:05 p.m., CBS
Azinger leads Sony Open
HONOLULU (AP) -- For Paul Azinger, winning the Sony Open would finally end his bridesmaid role in Hawaii.
YMCA men's basketball
Green Mill/Subway 5-0
Vermeil says he has no plans to retire now
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mike Martz will have to wait a while to inherit the St. Louis Rams coaching job, because Dick Vermeil is enjoying himself too much.
Rams expect Warner to keep producing big numbers in the playofs
Kurt Warner's time arrived with the St. Louis Rams on the evening of Aug.28 in a torrent of anguish, regret and disbelief.
Labor dispute threatens Arena season
The Arena Football League's 2000 season -- is in jeopardy because of a labor dispute.
Revenig ready for his shot with Arizona
Todd Revenig realizes he's probably entering the ninth inning of his baseball career.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jordan Leopold scored his second goal with seven seconds left in overtime to lift Minnesota to a 7-6 victory over Denver on Friday night.
Area events Saturday
Boys Hockey -- Duluth Central at Brainerd 7:30 p.m.
Phills' love of life celebrated in service
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If there had been a game Friday night, the Charlotte Hornets would have run through brick walls, leaped tall buildings, done anything it took to win for Bobby Phills, their fallen captain. The memorial service Friday at Central Church of God could have been an orgy of grief over the loss of a player who was the anti-Charles Barkley, a role model in every sense. Instead, it turned into a combination revival and pep rally that left everyone in the crowd standing and applauding in celebration of the full life Phills lived in 30 short years.
NFL's strange days
Jeff George? Jeff George. Jeff George??? By the time you read this, Jeff George and the Vikings may be wheels-up in a ditch alongside The Road to the Super Bowl. We can only hope so. Otherwise, we're three weeks away from hearing, Jeff George, Super Bowl MVP. Good grief, what a way to start a millennium.
Power plays doom C-I-A
CROSBY -- It's difficult to win a hockey game when the other team has more players on the ice.
Pequot stays unbeaten
Pequot Lakes 66, Bertha-Hewitt 44
Vikes adept at falling behind, coming back
EDEN PRAIRIE -- The Minnesota Vikings have started slow and finished fast all season, a method that might mean their undoing on Sunday.
Willmar erupts, downs Little Falls by 8 goals
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals exploded to score nine goals against the Little Falls Flyers Friday night.
Lopez appears ready to make weekend run
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Is Nancy Lopez capable of one more hurrah?
Give coaches credit for success of Rams, Vikings
ST. LOUIS -- Life near the top has been a foregone conclusion for the Minnesota Vikings with Dennis Green as coach. Success didn't come that quickly for Dick Vermeil's St. Louis Rams.
The 11th-annual North Central Motor Speedway stock car show at Mills GM is set for April 7-8. Cars will be moved to the auto dealership the evening of April 6.
George salvages career, Vikings' season
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Different team, same Jeff George. Or so he says.
S-M wrestlers are victorious
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals wrestling team defeated Grand Rapids 31-26 Thursday night.
As the playoffs turn, the plot thickens
Whatever the first NFL playoff weekend lacked in artistry it more than made up for in drama. Dan Marino's encore, Chan Gailey's job security, Tre Johnson's punishment, Buffalo's depression and, of course, instant replay controversy. Only two of the four games were close, and none was particularly well-played, but that didn't diminish the power of the subplots. In some ways, it was the perfect NFL weekend in that it produced just enough fodder to command our attention for the next week.
Warriors claim first conference win in OT thriller
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors secured their first Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball win of the season Friday by defeating the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 79-76 in overtime.
Hockey season canceled
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The University of Vermont canceled the remainder of its men's hockey season after learning that some players had lied during an investigation into a hazing scandal.
MINNESOTA (11-6) at ST. LOUIS (13-3) -- 12:35 p.m., FOX
Three former Minnesota Vikings could be going to the Football Hall of Fame. Fifteen finalists were announced today for induction to the hallowed hall in Canton, Ohio. Among them are former Vikings Carl Eller, Dave Casper and Ron Yary .
Lakers' loss does not suggest a trend
INDIANAPOLIS -- The only thing that changed for the Lakers Friday night was the streak column in the standings, which now reads ''Lost 1'' instead of ''Won 16.''
3-pointers key LF win over Alex
LITTLE FALLS --The Little Falls Flyers drained 10 three point baskets on their way to a 70-54 victory over the Alexandria Cardinals in Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball Friday.
The best of times, worst of times for Vikings
It's time to take stock of the Minnesota Vikings' topsy-turvy season, which, if you believe the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, will come crashing to an end Sunday at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis.
Warrroad dumps W-DC
WADENA -- The Warroad Warriors defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 6-4 in girls' hockey Friday night.
Vikes' new run philosphy faces stiffest test to date
Minnesota at St. Louis, 11:35 .m. (FOX)
Online loans slow to build a following
WASHINGTON -- Go online and you can apply for a loan in your sweats instead of a suit, the pitch sometimes goes. Click over to the World Wide Web, type in your financial vitals, and wait for the approval to be e-mailed to you. Less paperwork, less hassle and a lower rate. Right?
Navigating the Web while surfing for a house
WASHINGTON -- OK, OK: When it comes to computers, I am more Neanderthal than nerd.
State OKs MediaOne, AT&T merger
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's portion of AT&T's $58 billion deal to buy MediaOne has been approved, MediaOne announced Friday. If federal regulators approve the deal, high speed Internet access via cable modem could be available to more than 600,000 homes.
BUG / There are plenty of lessons left from preparation
The air traffic control system, the Social Security Administration, the National Weather Service, the Internal Revenue Service and mos
Hey, we beat the Y2K bug -- so far
Anybody need 15 gallons of bottled water, two dozen flashlight batteries, a Coleman lantern, two jars of applesauce and five cans of Chef Boyardee fat-free ravioli?
Several tools improve e-mailing skills
I like my readers, but most of you have a habit that really irritates me: You don't sign your e-mail.
Software developed so blind can read
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Charlie Crawford's computer access to the Internet helps him complete a couple of months' work in a couple of days.
Amy Rahm and Josh Duda announce their engagement. Parents are Kim Larson, Ironwood, Mich., Mary and Anthony Rahm, Rice Lake, Wis., and Gary and Sue Duda, Brainerd. A May 20 wedding is planned at Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter.
7 p.m. second Thursday at Brainerd Elks Club (ages 21-39). Call: 829-3316 or 828-9598.
Megan Larson and Tony Cummings were married on Sept. 25, 1999, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Pastor Juli Sutton-Deem officiating.
I would like to express my appreciation for your support and donations in helping make my Up With People opportunity a reality. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The lament of a wrestler's mother
Mothers, don't let your babies grow up to be wrestlers. Trust me. You'll hate it.
Four generations recently gathered were Kasandra Boyer, daughter; Amy Boyer, mother; Marlene Hannahs, grandmother; and Gleva Girard, great-grandmother.
The curse of being labeled a teen
Before 1941, there was no such thing as a teen-ager -- at least not so far as magazines and newspapers ever recorded.
What's new, what's out in fashion for 2000
Don't even think of going out in 2000 with last century's hairdo. Richard Dalton, fashion director for John Paul Mitchell Systems, offers the following hair trends, fresh from the runway:
Don't run out and buy a rabbit
Dear Readers: If you are ever tempted to buy a cute, fluffy rabbit, here's some information to think about, thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Rabbits need to be taken care of, not just dropped in a cage and fed lettuce and carrots. They can live 10 to 15 years!
Rita Umlauf and David Linder announce their engagement. Parents are Vida and Jim Jokela, Brainerd, the late James Umlauf, and Joe and Jan Linder, Wells. A March 2 wedding is planned in Bradenton, Fla.
Men are cosmetic industry's new candidates
It's been a rough presidency for Bill Clinton. Just look at his face. Every setback, each new scandal and humiliation has taken a huge toll on the boyish mug that first got him elected.
Mona Jacobs and Rodney Milloch announce their engagement. Parents are James and Bonnie Parson, McGregor, and Robert and Ruth Milloch, Baxter. A July 1 wedding is planned at Park United Methodist Church.
Jane Gunsbury will celebrate her 65th birthday with an open house from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Boathouse Eatery at Quarterdeck Resort. No gifts please.
Keith and Patti Moilanen will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today.
Julie Davies and David Pagels were married on Aug. 7, 1999, at Enger Park, Duluth, with the Rev. Richard Blood officiating.
Brenda Kleinhuizen and Jamie Siekas were married on Nov. 20, 1999, at Roseland Reform Church of Willmar with the Rev. Phillip Moore of Houston, Texas, officiating.
Joyel McKinney and Ross Beckers were married on June 19, 1999, at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Heather Collins and Jami Becker were married on Sept. 4, 1999, at Light of Christ Lutheran Church of Delano.
Virus may be a factor in Lou Gehrig's disease
A specific virus has been found in the spinal cords of victims of the neuromuscular disorder known as Lou Gehrig's disease, leading researchers to suggest the virus may play a role in bringing on the disease.
The Crosslake Area Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Crosslake Community Center. Our topic is a Paul Bunyan Trail Plan Study by Michael Martinez. Greeters are Nita Baskfield and Jan Godeke. For more information, call Joanne at 692-2050.
Child in need
The mission of Kinship Partners is to provide positive role models and guidance to youths in our community.
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