Clow Stamping named employer of year
MERRIFIELD -- Clow Stamping Co. was named Employer of the Year by the Brainerd Lakes Area Business and Professional Women's Organization.
Radio station changes dial
Radio listeners can expect changes on the air waves starting Monday.
Proposed bill would allow some fund gains to be deferred
NEW YORK -- Paying capital gains taxes is an annual obligation most mutual fund investors dread, particularly when a fund has had a losing year.
Ford closes books on dismal year
DETROIT -- Capping a disastrous year, Ford Motor Co. reported Thursday its second-deepest quarterly loss ever, saying it lost $5.05 billion in the fourth quarter after a massive restructuring charge.
NEW YORK -- For workers, the lesson of Enron's collapse is supposed to be that they shouldn't put all their retirement eggs in one basket of stock. But that is a lesson some of the nation's biggest companies and their employees have all but ignored.
Circus impresario takes fight with animal groups to center ring
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- To animal rights groups, Ringling Bros. circus owner Kenneth Feld is a secretly sinister force in the family entertainment business, a man they would love to bring down if they could.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Can I deduct points I paid on my mortgage?
Q. I paid some "points" on my mortgage to get a lower interest rate. I know I can deduct the mortgage interest payments, but can I also deduct the points?
Talk magazine folds in midst of floundering economy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk magazine, the glossy monthly that struggled to turn a profit, has become the latest publication to fall victim to the dismal economic climate.
Getting away with something
NEW YORK -- The accounting practices that brought down Enron Corp. and also cast doubt on the credibility and future of auditor Arthur Andersen have come as a great shock to the energy trader's employees and shareholders and plenty of other people who have watched Enron unravel.
Joseph Dotseth, former Pine River and Lake Shore police officer, has accepted a full-time position with the Cold Spring Police Department. Dotseth, a 1996 Pine River-Backus High School graduate and a 1998 Central Lakes College graduate, has been with the Cold Spring police since early December.
Incubators alive and well and helping small businesses thrive
NEW YORK -- Among the casualties of the dot-com crash were some high-profile companies called incubators, firms that invested in and nurtured high-tech and Internet startups. Yet those firms weren't typical business incubators -- some 1,000 of which are still assisting young companies and entrepreneurs.
Around the watercooler
COFFEE TALK: Although premium coffee purveyors like Starbucks have a great deal of appeal among consumers, plenty of people seem just as happy with lower-brow versions.
Wall Street miffed that companies still can't say business improving
NEW YORK -- It didn't matter that Intel, Microsoft and IBM beat earnings expectations this past week. Stocks still dropped, because the high-tech bellwethers couldn't give Wall Street what it really wants -- word that the long-awaited business turnaround is on the fast track.
Credit card complexities
Question: I have obtained quite a few credit cards over the years. Most of the accounts have zero balances and I don't use them. There are two opinions about owning too many credit cards. One says your credit rating will be affected by having so many credit cards. The other says you have a better rating because you have a very high total credit line combined from all the accounts and you use only a small portion. Which is correct? Should I close all these unused accounts?
Presbyterians abandon plan for hospitality center at Olympics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Financial woes have forced the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to drop plans for a denominational welcome center at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Chicago Archdiocese to close 14 elementary schools
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago plans to close 14 elementary schools in the city and suburbs because of continued low enrollment and dwindling finances. The archdiocese also will consolidate two schools and open three new ones.
Don't rock your child's boat unless he's ready to founder
QUESTION: When discussing adolescence, why do you often focus your comments on parents? It's the kids who do crazy things.
Park United Methodist Church
Students recently confirmed at Park United Methodist Church
St. Francis Catholic Church
Students recently confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church
'In God We Trust'
B.A.Y. Ministries will present BAY Rally 21 "In God We Trust" beginning at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School
Court hears arguments in use of eagle feathers in American Indian religion
DENVER (AP) -- Three people have asked a federal appeals court to allow them to use eagle feathers in their religious practices, even though they are not members of federally recognized American Indian tribes.
Actions of aid workers freed in Afghanistan raise questions about missionary work
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As a Roman Catholic missionary in the Islamic nation of Mauritania, Sister Claire Rheaume discussed her faith only with close friends and never made the sign of the cross before meals at restaurants.
Religious leaders pore over census numbers to find ways to reach prospective members
The Rev. Richard Magnus looks at the mountain of data gleaned by the Census Bureau and thinks about churches -- where to build them, whether they need bilingual pastors, if they should offer day care.
Religion and violence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From bloodshed in the Bible and the combat of the Crusades to today's terrorist attacks in the United States and suicide bombings in the Mideast, violence in the name of religion has a long history.
Some say Jesus was opposed by his brother, James, but this scholar disagrees
During his ministry, Jesus was opposed not only by Pharisees and bureaucrats in Jerusalem, but by his own sisters and brothers, including the best-known among them, James.
Skogen serves as chaplain at Lakewood
STAPLES -- The Rev. Bradley Skogen begins 2002 as chaplain at Lakewood Health System.
Board must choose between two middle school options
The Brainerd School Board must select from two options the Baxter middle school site plan that would better suit students.
Bush links King to education overhaul plan
WASHINGTON -- Declaring education "the great civil rights issue of our time," President Bush honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday by touting his administration's work on public school reforms.
CLC announces fall semester honor students
The fall 2001 semester at Central Lakes College produced 622 honor students among the 3,000 enrolled in classes offered from the Brainerd and Staples campuses of the community and technical college.
COCA COLA RELIC STILL ALIVE
WINONA (AP) -- An old-time baby Coke bottle, made of glass thicker than the nerdiest bifocals, sells for $12.50 at the R.D. Cone Co. antiques shop on Second Street in Winona.
Old friends becomes new suitor too quickly for divorced mom
DEAR ABBY: I am a 32-year-old divorced woman with a 2-year-old daughter. The problem is, an old boyfriend I dated in college -- I'll call him Russell -- heard about my divorce and has asked me to marry him.
13-year-old Susan needs a friend, not a mom
Thirteen years old. Not yet grown up. Not really still a child. It's a time of in-between.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 298, a year ago 507.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 95, a year ago 187.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 400.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 200.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at a residence southeast Thursday Little Falls.
Sean and Anita (Moore) Bird, Pine River, a boy, Austin Samual, 7 pounds, 10.5 ounces, Dec. 17, 2001. Grandparents are Dan and Dee Ade, Pine River, and Mike and Denise Shupe, LaVergne, Tenn.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, a name was misspelled in an obituary for Edna Melby on Page 5A Thursday. Her parents' last name was Carder.
Meet 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Phillip and Lisa (Peterson) McConville, Detroit Lakes, twins, Meghan Ashlee, 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and Emmalyn Isabella, 5 pounds, 8 ounces, Jan. 11, 2002. Grandparents are Rudolph and Mary Peterson, Brainerd, and Mike and Paula McConville, San Antonio.
It's not a golfing who's who leading the Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The leaders' names as Saturday's fourth round begins in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic: Deane Pappas, Kirk Triplett and Duffy Waldorf.
After Bush's fainting spell, pretzel's many fans come to its defense
In the wake of a pretzel's attempt to asphyxiate President Bush, snack food industry officials have rushed to defend the beleaguered baked treat.
Pollarding is useful and, to some, pretty
You either like the look of a tree that has been pollarded, or you do not.
Sometimes projects are so complicated, the simple alternatives are overlooked
Q. Steve asks: We've put laminate flooring in the living-dining area. I have located replacement stair treads (oak) and have cut them to length, finished and varnished them. The stringer is routed for the treads and risers. The treads and risers are installed from underneath. The underneath area of the staircase is accessed from within our shop area. I can access four of the five steps and treads. I anticipate the fifth will be cut out in pieces because it is not accessible from below (due to finished wall that encloses the shop).
Salad greens in January
WASHINGTON -- The arrival of true winter brings with it conflicting feelings of relief and regret: Yes, the guilt of not spending enough time on the garden is temporarily assuaged by nature itself, but the sight of spent lettuce, darkened by a sheen of frozen cells, prompts a real pang.
Help offered to keep those resolutions
At this time of year, our thoughts turn to the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, who urged balance among mind, body and spirit.
Top annual flower performers in Minnesota listed
Following are the 2001 top annual flower performers in Minnesota, according to annual flower variety trials at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris; North Central Research and Outreach Center, Grand Rapids; and St. Paul Campus.
Use low-voltage lighting outside to save energy
Are your outdoor security lights on all night?
Make a reasonable list of what your home needs and stick to it
The problem with resolutions is they tend to be driven by emotion and guilt. Take a few moments -- if not a few days or weeks -- to really give hard thought to what your home needs and what you can accomplish. Make a list and check it twice -- if not more often.
Resolve to clean cluttered closets
Holiday decorations are back in storage but the new year can bring another home project -- organization.
Here's when to make major home repairs
WASHINGTON -- No one ever wants to put money into a house. Owners will do it less grudgingly if they have to because of health or safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the house.
Curb appeal comes with a price on Design K-1
Know why Design K-1 has curb appeal? Look first at the outline of the foundation. The footprint of this country-style home is irregular, with bay windows and bump-outs. These features create depth and look more interesting to the eye than straight walls.
In obvious and subtle ways, terrorism changes architecture
In the restless weeks since Sept. 11, a host of conflicting emotions has stirred the imaginations of architects: Anger. Defiance. Hope. Melancholy. And, perhaps especially, guilt.
Changes made in school building plan
Changes have already occurred with the Brainerd School District's proposed $59.9 million building plan.
In Brainerd, Samuelson, attorney general Hatch discuss health care legislation they will support this session
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch and Senate President Don Samuelson on Thursday announced the health care legislation they will push for in the 2002 legislative session.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 20 - 100 years ago (1902) - Advertisement: 50 lbs. of sugar, $1.00 100 lbs. of flour, $1.00
Washington Middle School sixth-grader Daniel Morris taught his mother, Veronica Morris, how to do a traditional African dance Thursday night in the gymnasium.
FISHING FEST FUN FOILED
By the time you read this the Melquists and Ringers probably are back home in Pennsylvania.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-Despite talk of a possible lawsuit against the city, the Brainerd City Council voted 4-2 to deny the request of a group of doctors who wanted to establish a drug store in their South Brainerd office building.
A familiar face now calls Confidence Learning Center home.
Brainerd Jaycees win awards
Members of the Brainerd Jaycees recently were honored during the state convention in Austin.
Man gets eight years for death in Whipholt
WALKER -- A 31-year-old Bloomington man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday for the death of man in Whipholt.
Sled dog race short of snow
Imagine, if you will, 40 to 50 dog sled teams racing through the Northland Arboretum pulled gracefully by Samoyeds, Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes.
People interested in youth tobacco prevention are invited to a videoconference from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Room No. C237 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Judge rejects request to televise Moussaoui terror trial
WASHINGTON -- Television viewers probably will not see the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Lawmakers probing Enron have accepted more than $700,000 in political donations from company
WASHINGTON -- More than $700,000 in campaign donations has gone from Enron Corp. to the members of seven congressional committees investigating its collapse, but none of the lawmakers has decided to drop out of the probe.
Photographer on five-year odyssey along Lewis and Clark route
WARRENTON, Ore. -- The explorers were exhausted and hot when the Lewis and Clark expedition came up the Missouri River near what is now Bellevue, Neb. on July 22, 1804.
Prison sentence ends first part of Olson saga
LOS ANGELES -- An emotional sentencing hearing brought an end to the police car bomb plot case of Sara Jane Olson, but the former fugitive's ordeal in the courts is far from over.
Jury convicts defrocked priest of molestation
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The defrocked priest convicted of grabbing a boy's buttocks in a swimming pool a decade ago will be back in the courtroom in about a month when he faces a second sexual abuse trial.
Despite warning, Lay urged Enron stock buying
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Buy the company's stock, Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay urged employees a month after he was warned that the energy-trading giant faced potential accounting scandals.
SEC chair: Enron case shows need for change
WASHINGTON -- Enron Corp.'s collapse was just the latest in a series of horrific accounting failures at big companies, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission said while calling for a new private-sector agency to regulate the accounting profession.
New evidence revived SLA murder case
LOS ANGELES -- Changes in technology and politics, along with luck and hard work, revived the case against five former revolutionaries accused of killing a bystander during a 1975 armed robbery of a Crocker National Bank branch in a suburb outside Sacramento.
Enron, Anderson swap accusations
WASHINGTON -- Enron Corp. and its auditor, Arthur Andersen, are trying to pin responsibility on each other for allowing questionable financial practices to continue and push Enron toward bankruptcy. Enron abruptly fired Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice.
Scientists find HIV-like virus in chimp in the wild for the first time
WASHINGTON -- Pursuing the hunt for the origin of AIDS, researchers have found an HIV-like virus in a single chimpanzee in the wild for the first time -- and in a different part of Africa than they'd suspected.
Shoe bomb suspect Reid enters innocent pleas to terrorism
BOSTON (AP) -- The man accused of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with bombs in his shoes pleaded innocent Friday to terrorism-related charges in federal court.
Airlines begin new baggage screening; few delays
Airlines began new baggage screening techniques at the nation's airports Friday morning, but passengers who showed up fearing the worst encountered few delays.
Like breathing fire
MINOT, N.D. -- Deputy Scott Erb was responding to a train derailment when he suddenly became disoriented in a thick, toxic cloud. He called for help, but was trapped for nearly an hour until rescue crews saw his car's flashing lights.
Olson to be sentenced today
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara Jane Olson, ensnared by her radical past, is now confronting a future that holds the possibility of life in prison.
Sara Jane Olson pens story of her life with SLA for probation report
LOS ANGELES-- In a statement written for her probation report, Sara Jane Olson poured out the story of her involvement with the Symbionese Liberation Army, calling it the result of her dedication to a slain friend and a belief she could help save lives.
Supposedly strong terror case collapses
NEW YORK (AP) -- It seemed, at least to prosecutors, highly suspicious. A radio used to communicate with pilots was found on top of a copy of the Quran in the room of an Egyptian student that overlooked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
White House bioethics advisers tackle human cloning
WASHINGTON -- White House bioethics advisers were weighing the benefits of medical advances against the moral hazards of human cloning, a day after President Bush challenged the group to be the "conscience of the country."
Wreck leaks deadly gas in Minot
MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- A train derailed west of this North Dakota city early Friday, sending a cloud of anhydrous ammonia gas over the area, killing one resident and sending dozens more to the hospital.
U.S. officials hope public release of new videotape, photos will help apprehend suspected terrorists
WASHINGTON -- Appealing to the public for help in tracking down terrorists, the Justice Department released videos and photos of five suspected members of al-Qaida, including one shown cradling a rifle and a Yemeni man who authorities believe was supposed to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Judge approves plan to revive Enron' trading operations
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal bankruptcy judge Friday approved a plan to revive Enron Corp.'s flagship energy trading operation under the control of a Swiss investment bank.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Venus makes it to fourth round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams was happy just to survive three rounds of the Australian Open. Martina Hingis was upset that she conceded a game.
Parcells remains undecided about returning to coaching
In spite of further signs that point to Bill Parcells' imminent arrival as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coach, Parcells said Thursday he had not decided whether he will return to the sidelines.
NFL's best QBs take different approaches
To fully appreciate Sunday's epic showdown between MVP quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, you need to know about training camp, 1994.
Rams are relying on defense
ST. LOUIS -- How's this for a switch: The St. Louis Rams might ride their defense to the Super Bowl.
Cowher wins back his team and town
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bill Cowher began his regular news conference a few weeks ago with what from most NFL coaches would been a startling statement.
Rookie enjoys lead at Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- After two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, your leader is a 31-year-old Australian playing his second tournament of a two-week-old PGA Tour career, who finished his 65 at Indian Wells by holing a bunker shot for an eagle.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Pete Sampras summoned all of the patience and experience gained from winning a record 13 Grand Slam tournaments to keep afloat his drive for a 14th.
Fox realizes how strong 'SportsCenter' is
Viewers are creatures of habit. When they want sports news, they watch "SportsCenter."
Parcells turns down Bucs, says he'll coach no more
Saying he cannot make the commitment for a return to coaching, Bill Parcells turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coaching job Friday. It was yet another stunning reversal for the mercurial Parcells, who said he is finished coaching for good and that he means it this time.
Washington called 'prime candidate' for team
PHOENIX -- Commissioner Bud Selig Thursday for the first time said Washington is "the prime candidate" to receive a relocated Major League Baseball team, predicting a move would come "in the near future."
A sly genius at work
What is it with football coaches, anyway?
How important is playing at home?
Three of the four home teams won last week in the NFL's wild-card round. That's not unusual: In the past four seasons, home teams have won 27 of the league's 34 playoff games.
Madonna 'Donna' Marie Collins
Madonna "Donna" Marie Collins, 75, Brainerd, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at her home.
FORT MEYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Neher, 77, Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, died Dec. 18, 2001.
Sharon K. Ackerson
STAPLES -- Sharon Kathleen Ackerson, 63, Staples, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Greater Staples Care Center in Staples.
MERRIFIELD -- Alice Prescott, 63, Merrifield, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Jack H. Grove
Jack H. Grove, 78, Brainerd, died today, Jan. 18, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Elsie M. Kalash
LITTLE FALLS -- Elsie M. Kalash, 87, Little Falls, formerly of Swanville, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Jack H. Grove
Jack H. Grove, 78, Brainerd, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Madonna 'Donna' Collins
Madonna "Donna" Collins, 75, Brainerd, died today, Jan. 18, 2002, at her home.
Frank H. Phelan
LITTLE FALLS -- Frank H. Phelan, 87, Little Falls, formerly of Crystal Falls, Mich., died today, Jan. 18, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Corporate pension games
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Ventura's proposed state budget adjustments do in fact "spread out the pain," with
An option for reader complaints
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
As a Minnesota and Mille Lacs County resident, I am delighted that the Mille Lacs tribal government has expressed concern for us taxpayers. I will be happier still if that concern extends to the tribal government paying for state and county services it receives for Band members living on trust land in the county.
Local voices heeded when it suits Bush
No sooner had George W. Bush taken office last year than he promised a fresh approach to the West. No more high-handed Washington decrees on public lands. The administration would listen to local sensibilities.
The Enron scandal - Dispatch Editorial
The Enron mess is a financial scandal of the first order and an embarrassment to ethical business leaders who deplore the idea of misleading their employees and profiting at their expense.
Good ol' aspirin
We live in an age of miracles. One is the miraculous drugs that are appearing on the market to treat everything from high cholesterol levels to low sexual performance. The second miracle is how anyone can afford to pay for them.
Dubya's best friends
The U.S. government is in a heightened state of security. Our nation is a little more than four months removed from aerial attacks that hit the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and threatened the White House.
Gee, it's a Geo
BAUDETTE -- When you think of a weekend ice fishing trip on Lake of the Woods the word Geo is as far from your mind as work the day before.
The Citizen's Advisory Committee meeting for the Crow Wing State Park Management Plan will meet Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Paul Bunyan Learning Center.
Food for thought on how you feed your hunting dog
Nutrition often is an overlooked aspect of a dog's health. But dogs, like athletes, need the proper diet to perform at top level.
Mille Lacs fishing limits set
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Ojibwe tribal and state biologists agreed to 2002 fishing limits in Mille Lacs Lake that are similar to last year's.
Robins, wrens in winter? More unusual bird sightings
Robins and wrens and warblers in winter? Oh my. This has been a phenomenal season for rare and unusual avian sightings in Minnesota. Last week I wrote about varied thrushes being spotted across the state. These birds, along with the brambling thrush discovered near Detroit Lakes, are West Coast species that, needless to say, are seldom seen here.
BRAINERD/NISSW - Squaw Point Bar, Sandy Beach Bar, Center Bar, and Dutchman's Bluff on Gull Lake are producing numbers of walleyes and northern pike again this week.
A place where wildlife photography's not so wild
SANDSTONE (AP) -- Standing in the kitchen of his spacious log home on the scenic Kettle River, Lee Greenly leafs through a book about Minnesota's wild wolves.
It's Roundtable Season
ST. CLOUD -- The agenda was lighter than in recent years when bag-limit debates dominated the discussion, but last week's DNR Roundtable provided plenty of fodder for outdoorsmen to ponder in the winter months.
Times change but duck hunting memories last forever
Hunting ducks might be my favorite outdoor pursuit. I think it's because my father got me started when I was young. I could see he had a passion for it. To this day he remains the best shot I've seen. Sometimes he gets two or three ducks with as many shots from his Wingmaster.
Lisa Ashpole and Chuck Waby were married Jan. 11, 2002, at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Alissa Lindberg and Chris Long were married Dec. 29, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor David Holte officiating.
Katie Carlson and Gerald Golden
Katie Carlson and Gerald Golden announce their engagement and wedding.
Douglas Merrill Henderson and Beatrice Ruth Henderson
Douglas Merrill Henderson and Beatrice Ruth Henderson recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Dec. 28, 1941, in Calumet, Iowa.
Norraine Boeder, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her family. A surprise party was also held in her honor in Maple Grove.
Jessica Hoheisel and Allen Balsley
Jessica Hoheisel and Allen Balsley announce their engagement. Parents are Paul and Glenda Hoheisel, Brainerd, and Fred and Patricia Balsley, Brainerd. A wedding is planned Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Cassandra Britton and Donovan Jensen
Cassandra Britton and Donovan Jensen announce their engagement. Parents are Jacki Britton, Mike Wing, Brainerd, and the late Kevin Britton, and Don and Roxanne Jensen, Brainerd. A Feb. 16 wedding is planned at Bethel Lutheran Church.
Suzanne Mueller and Ryan Spencer were married Sept. 3, 2001, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Kilhei, Maui, Hawaii.
Heather Goltz and David Minkel
Heather Goltz and David Minkel announce their engagement. Parents are Tom and Sharon Goltz, Maple Grove, and Joe and MJ Minkel, Brainerd. A March wedding is planned in Cancun, Mexico, with an April reception in Maple Grove.
Robert and LaVerne Draving
Robert and LaVerne Draving, Nisswa, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Sarah Imgrund and Jeramy Hein
Sarah Imgrund and Jeramy Hein announce their engagement. Parents are Troy and DeAnn Matich, and John Larson, Brainerd, and Joe and Barb Sherman, Walker, and Dennis Hein, Brainerd. An Aug.17 wedding is planned.
William and Helen Vadnais
William and Helen Vadnais will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion.
Ted and Ginny Hoheisel
Ted and Ginny Hoheisel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Pierz Bar. The event will be hosted by their family. No gifts please. They were married Feb. 2, 1952, in Minneapolis.
Wellstone calls for federal aid for Fingerhut employees
ST. PAUL (AP) -- If any of Fingerhut's 4,700 Minnesota workers are looking to the state for help in retraining, they may need to hurry.
State job vacancies down 43% from year ago
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The growing number of unemployed people in Minnesota are competing for fewer jobs, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Economic Security.
Minnesotans meeting recycling goals, but trash still piling up
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans take their recycling chores seriously, but a legislative auditor's report Friday notes that the amount of trash destined for landfills is still on the rise.
Enron collapse being felt in state
ST. PAUL -- The ripples of Enron Corp.'s collapse continue to spread, even in Minnesota.
Snowmobile race cleanup to top $45,000
DETROIT LAKES (AP) -- Public agencies and private companies involved in the cleanup from the accidental sinking of snowmobile trailers in Big Detroit Lake say they expect to be repaid for their services.
Twin Cities businessman may make bid to purchase Fingerhut
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- A Twin Cities businessman is exploring a purchase of Fingerhut Cos., the catalog company and large Minnesota employer on the verge of being closed by its parent, Federated Department Stores Inc.
Grand Rapids paper mill to close for a week
GRAND RAPIDS, (AP) -- A paper mill here will shut down for a week, resulting in layoffs.
New system proposed to crack down on false driver's licenses
ST. PAUL -- New measures are on the way to stop people from getting state driver's licenses that don't reflect their true identity, Minnesota's public safety chief said Thursday.
Staples-Motley rolls in area boys basketball
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals used a blistering 32-point second quarter to propel them to a 79-54 win over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Wolverine thrives on rebounding
WADENA -- Despite playing the point-guard position, Kyle Polman is leading the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' basketball team in rebounds.
Nordic skiers compete at Grand Rapids
ELY -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' nordic ski team placed fourth while the girls' placed fifth at the Grand Rapids Invitational Friday.
Willmar swims to share of conference title
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals clinched a share of the Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving regular-season title with a 99-87 victory over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday.
Brainerd boys edge Tech in double-overtime
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors handed St. Cloud Tech its first Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball loss of the season, beating the Tigers 76-75 in double overtime Thursday.
Kloss leads Pierz girls
HOLDINGFORD -- Allyson Kloss led the Pierz Pioneers past the Holdingford Huskers 85-49 in Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball action Thursday.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors JV swim team came up short to the Willmar Cardinals, 72-57, Thursday night in Willmar.
Brainerd boys shut out Sartell
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors ran their unbeaten streak to five games as they defeated the Sartell Sabres 3-0 in boys' hockey Thursday behind the pads of goaltender Tom Cervantes.
Flyer boys skate past Willmar
WILLMAR -- The Little Falls Flyers roared back from a two-goal third-period deficit to defeat the Willmar Cardinals 5-4 in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey Thursday.
Brainerd gymnasts finish CLC with 6-0 mark
The Brainerd Warriors gymnastics season has been anything but perfect as they lost senior leader Molly Smith for the season because of injury.
Road Crew defeats C-I wrestlers
PINE RIVER -- The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew took advantage of a depleted Crosby-Ironton team and defeated the Rangers 47-25 Thursday in non-conference wrestling.
'I'm one of the guys'
Mindy Finlay and Samantha Watson just want to be one of the guys.
LF boys nip Alex
ITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers dealt the Alexandria Cardinals their first Central Lakes Conference defeat of the season by a 54-52 margin in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Warrior girls extend record to 11-2
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team remained perfect in the Central Lakes Conference and improved to 11-2 overall with a 53-46 triumph over the Sartell Sabres Friday.
Duluth East brings its hockey show to town
It might be equivalent to Cretin-Derham Hall traveling to Brainerd to play football or baseball.
Grizzlies falls in overtime
CROSBY -- The Park Rapids Panthers edged the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies boys' hockey team with a 4-3 win in overtime.
Maple Grove edges Brainerd in floor hockey
MAPLE GROVE -- The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team lost to Maple Grove 5-4 Thursday night.
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Flyers girls suffer 10-0 loss to DL
DETROIT LAKES -- The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team grounded the Little Falls Flyers 10-0 in non-conference action Thursday night.
Willmar stops LF
LITTLE FALLS --The Willmar Cardinals improved to 5-2 in the conference and 9-4 overall with a 52-24 triumph over the Little Falls Flyers in a Central Lakes Conference game Friday.
Soph forward sparks Staples-Motley girls
Michelle Honek says basketball is the one thing in life she really has to work at.
Area events Saturday
Little Falls also has a female wrestler
Females wrestling in Minnesota State High School League competition is becoming more of a common occurrence.
Mindy makes mat history for Warriors
One wrestler's misfortune can be another's opportunity.
National Guard Biathlon Championships at Ripley
AMP RIPLEY -- Camp Ripley Military Reservation will host the National Guard Biathlon Championships Jan. 21-26.
Wolves shrug off injury
STAPLES -- The one thing that couldn't happen did happen to the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines girls' basketball team Thursday.
Brown downs St. Cloud
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Paul Esdale scored two goals and Keith Kirley added a goal and an assist Friday night to lift Brown to a 4-1 victory over St. Cloud State.
Kuba's goals lead Wild to triumph
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets had been improving on special teams and the Minnesota Wild had been slumping -- until Friday night.
Suns end 'stupid' Wolves' streak at 9
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves shot to the top of the Midwest Division by playing smart. Their nine-game winning streak ended when they played dumb.
Rolen gets $8.6 million as 32 players settle
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than half the players who entered salary arbitration this week already have settled.
Twins trying to avoid arbitration with three players
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins, continuing to operate under the assumption they'll be playing the 2002 season, exchanged salary arbitration figures on Friday with three of their players.
Chamberlain added to Pro Bowl squad
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings tight end Byron Chamberlain was selected Friday to join the NFC team in the Pro Bowl next month.
Report points to violations in Gophers' women's program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA has found evidence of major violations by former Gophers women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn that could result in the program being shut down for up to two years.
Watkins, Twins president touch base on transaction
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins president Jerry Bell and team suitor Donald Watkins spoke by phone Friday but more formal talks might be a couple of weeks away.
Video game 'hackers' get paid to cheat
When he worked for Hewlett-Packard, Jay Philbrook spent his time working on printed circuit boards and writing programs to test DSL systems.
Switch to broadband access gaining steam
If 2001 taught us anything, it was to beware of forecasts.
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TIPS TO PROTECT HOME COMPUTERS ON THE NET
By being diligent about computer security and following some simple tips, you can better protect yourself from the things that go bump on the Internet.
Q & A
Q. I was shut down from the Internet on one of my computers last week and was going nuts. After much troubleshooting I realized it was Zone Alarm that was causing the problem. I had uninstalled it two days earlier. And you are righ
Home computers become a ripe target
WASHINGTON -- Computer hackers, once satisfied to test their skills on large companies, are turning their sights on home computers that are faster, more powerful and less secure than ever before.
Bigger pictures from better digital cameras have left digital camera lovers in a quandary. How do we move them quickly from digital media cards to computers for editing and printing?
Sites to see
A roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet:
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a few flurries west...Partly sunny east. Highs 5 above northeast to around 20 southwest.
Weather drawing by Brett Moser of Mrs. Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Increasing clouds with a chance of light snow west and south by afternoon. Highs in the teens northeast to 20s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy north with a chance of light snow. Partly cloudy south. Highs from the teens north to near 30 south.
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Light snow ending from west to east this morning. Decreasing clouds this afternoon. Highs from 25 to 35.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the teens north to the upper 20s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow or flurries...Mainly this morning. Highs in the teens and 20s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny this morning. Increasing clouds north and west this afternoon. Highs from zero to 15 above.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds. Highs in the mid 20s northeast to the 30s west to the south.
Weather drawing by Sarah Sanders of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 5 to 15 above northwest and near 20 southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Increasing cloudiness with a chance of light snow. Temperatures falling slowly northeast...Highs upper teens southeast to near 30 southwest.
Snow moving through Midwest, taking aim at Northeast; rain in South, Pacific Northwest
A storm system was pushing through the Ohio Valley and Deep South early Saturday, threatening to move into the Northeast and give the region's coastal areas their first significant snowfall of the season.
Regional Weather Forecast
The Big Water Development committee will meet at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday at Pillager Fire Hall.
Gay man's dream of family could turn into nightmare
DEAR ABBY: Please reprint a letter you ran a few years ago from a gay man who was single, but wanted to be straight so he could fulfill his dream of marrying and having children.
School lunch menus
MONDAY MAIL HELPER -- Sort and deliver resident mail. Call Liz at Bethany Nursing Home 829-1407, ext. 568.
Studies show even short periods of stress take toll on brain cells, a clue to post-traumatic stress disorder
WASHINGTON -- Short bouts of stress caused the brain cells of mice to become hypersensitive for weeks, says a new report seeking to uncover the molecular root of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition Program
North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 65, and Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 64. East-West: Bill and Mary Jane Pearce, 55, and Dale and Helen Dickie, 53.5.
Names and faces
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Actress Parker Posey and Tom Beller, a writer, had only one gripe with the new security system in the Salt Lake International Airport.
Britain charges 2 Algerians with al-Qaida membership; suspects arrested in Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines
LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Suspected members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network have been detained in Britain, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines, with Britain accusing two suspects of plotting to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Israelis blow up Palestinian broadcasting complex
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops seized the official Palestinian television and radio broadcasting building and blew it up Saturday in the latest action to pressure Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.
Iraqis speculate about the possibility of another U.S. attack
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Baghdad print shop owner Abdel Hakim Loqman believes his country could again be the target of U.S. bombs, but says his fears have nothing to do with whether Iraq sponsors terrorists or is building a nerve gas arsenal.
Lava consumes Congolese town
GOMA, Congo -- A river of lava flowed through the center of Goma on Saturday and burned everything in its path, killing up to 40, creating a five-foot-high wall of cooling stone and leaving a half-million people homeless.
Marines hand over base to Army
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Dirty but delighted, U.S. Marines on Friday started climbing out of foxholes on the perimeter of the Kandahar base where they had lived for weeks, turning them over to Army troops taking control of the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.
Marines hand over Kandahar base to 101st Airborne
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A famed U.S. Army paratrooper division took over the largest American military installation in Afghanistan on Saturday, taking command from Marines who were returning to their ships.
Philippine president: Islands are not the next Afghanistan
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines will not become a "second front" in the U.S. war against terrorism, even though Americans are preparing to help Filipino troops fight Muslim extremists, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Friday.
Red Cross workers interview al-Qaida, Taliban prisoners in Cuba
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Red Cross workers visited the fortified camp where the U.S. military is holding al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners, questioning them about their treatment in the first such inspection by independent experts.
U.S. defends conditions at Cuba camp as Red Cross workers begin to interview prisoners
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A team from the international Red Cross began meeting with prisoners Friday to evaluate whether the U.S. military is violating the rights of more than 100 captives taken from Afghanistan to this arid Caribbean outpost.
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