Cass group matches business needs with funds
BACKUS -- Cass County Economic Development Corporation plans to match business needs for financing to existing resources, according to Dave Johnson, corporation president.
Central Lakes College announces three February educational opportunities from its Business and Industry Center. All are held on the Brainerd campus:
Around the watercooler
VOICE POWER: Is your voice ruining your career? Your voice ''literally speaks volumes about who you are and determines how the world hears and sees you,'' according to Jeffrey Jacobi, a voice coach based in New York.
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch has hired two staff writers, Jennifer Stockinger and Matt Erickson.
Minnesota Technology Inc. is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Minnesota Technology Awards, which will be presented this fall.
Skeptics believe mutual fund gains are built on house of cards
NEW YORK -- As technology stocks soar higher and higher, concern is growing among market observers that mutual fund investing has become little more than a self-fulfilling prophecy built on a shaky house of cards.
Class assignment becomes business
What began as an assignment in a woodworking class in the fall has now developed into a part-time business for a ninth-grader from Franklin Junior High School.
Is it a new economy as well as a new century?
NEW YORK -- All the warnings and admonitions have been used to little effect, and all the explanations have been examined and debated without conclusion, while the economy just rolls on.
As cell phones flourish, pay phones take a hit
PHILADELPHIA -- Raymond Spera says he is almost always on the phone, checking messages at work, calling kids at home or making appointments with friends and associates.
Russell 2000 surges as investors embrace small-caps
NEW YORK -- Once again, the small ones are sweeter.
Episcopal bishop to be U.S. House intern
BOSTON (AP) -- The Right Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, the Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts, is trading the Lord's house for the U.S. House of Representatives, become an intern there for one month.
The annual meeting of the Trinity Lutheran congregation of Brainerd will be at 12:16 p.m. Sunday in the church Fellowship Hall. The meeting will be preceded by an all-church lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Stick with God, even in bad times
The death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith.
Virginia bill would require school moment of silence
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A bill before Virginia's General Assembly this year would mandate that every public school classroom hold a moment of silence each day.
Biggest U.S. Catholic populations are in California, New York, Texas
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The states of California, New York and Texas continue to report America's three biggest Roman Catholic populations and together have a third of the church's U.S. membership of 62,018,436, according to the 2000 Catholic Almanac.
Children's ministry is pastor's specialty
Ideas are the biggest challenge for ministers in his line of work, said children's pastor Spencer Click of Brainerd Assembly of God Church.
Churches move to spot and help treat depression among farmers
NASHVILLE (AP) -- As farmers head to banks to arrange loans for spring planting, some will be turned down following losses during last season's drought. Some will become depressed again and will need help. Farmer Richard Jameson has been there, and he knows.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 475.
Crosby-Ironton School Board
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 550.
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Turkey sticks, parslied pot., corn, corn bread.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 251, a year ago 64.
Write Your Legislator
Sen. Paul Wellstone -- Hart Senate Office Building -- Washington D.C., 20510
Chemical dependency, AA groups
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Open meeting. Self Help Group for Adult Children of Chemically Dependent, Compulsive or Abusive Peers and Co-dependents. Call: 829-4417.
Available free 24 hours. Call 828-HELP, or 1-800-462-5525. Confidential and anonymous.
7 p.m. second Thursday at Brainerd Elks Club (ages 21-39). Call: 829-3316 or 828-9598.
An early morning house fire was reported at 4222 Legionville Road N. Saturday.
Brainerd - Trinity Lutheran Church from 10 a.m.-noon the second Tuesday.
This was Brainerd
January 23 -- 80 years ago (1920) -- At Little Falls they have started a movement to keep the roads cleared of snow to allow automobile travel all winter. They have a caterpillar tractor which will be used in this connection.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Joyce Caughey, Office Manager for The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, had a feeling of cash power Monday when she distributed The Dispatch's two week $22,000 payroll in $2 bills, a promotion designed to show the impact on the community of one local industry's payroll.
Shop for furniture online
Yes, you can visit a dozen furniture stores in an evening. Here are some suggestions:
House of near future
The home of the future will be smarter, cleaner and more serene, thanks to a new generation of stylish appliances that truly earn their keep.
When mercury plunges, follow these tips to save 10 to 30 percent on your energy bills
Finally, if you weren't sufficiently alarmed by threats of all sorts of home-related Y2K disasters (no electricity, no gas, gun-toting neighbors crazy for Spam, etc.), now comes Owens-Corning pushing home insulation by quoting U.S. Department of Energy estimates that energy bills could rise 30 percent this year.
Saving time is big draw to buying furniture online
Here are some pros and cons of furniture shopping online.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association has named its board members for 2000. They are:
Caring for the caregivers
An estimated 4,000 of Crow Wing County's neglected or abused children have walked through the doors at social services in need of foster parents since 1966.
Several tips come in about identity of hunter bragging about deer poaching
ST. PAUL (AP) -- More than a dozen tips were called in to the Department of Natural Resources, which turned to the public for help in identifying a suspected deer poacher.
DNR, bands set year's walleye quota for Mille Lacs
ST. PAUL -- Sport anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will have about 40 percent fewer pounds of walleye available to them than last year, the Department of Natural Resources said Friday.
A great show!
It was astronomy without eye strain.
'Minnesotans are a lot warmer than their weather' -- Pat Hilton, Texas native
Pat Hilton of Texas has never been in Minnesota during the winter season until now. And of all things to do in the state at this time, she chose to sit outside in the cold all day Saturday for the 10th Annual Brainerd Jaycee's $100,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
Minnesota, North Dakota lead nation in two-job work force
FARGO, N.D. -- Deanna Kubas took a second job seven years ago because she wanted some extra spending money. Her daytime job as a deputy court clerk paid enough to cover the bills, but left little extra.
Sertoma president visits city
Jerry Losey, international president of the Sertoma Clubs, joined members of Camp Confidence Sertoma for the orientation of all the new members of this new Brainerd area club, one of the largest charter clubs in the history of Sertoma.
Lakes area project wins $475,000 grant from Blandin
The work of 300 Brainerd lakes area volunteers is starting to pay off as they will receive up to a $475,000 grant for a project called "Energizing Our Dreams-Mobilizing Our Gifts."
More money appears headed to DNR, but how -- and how much -- unclear
ST. PAUL -- A proposal for increasing hunting and fishing license fees to bring more money to the Department of Natural Resources has plenty of support, but the higher fees alone aren't enough for two key lawmakers.
Lack of snow still hurting businesses
HIBBING (AP) -- Too little snow can be as much of a disaster for businesses in places like Minnesota as too much snow can be for those in warmer climes.
Brainerd High School will host the 2000 National Forensic League Qualifying Debate Tournament on Jan. 28-29.
Jaycee fight wind, cold to get ready
How much work is it to get ready for an ice fishing tournament?
Area news briefs
A third victim of a two-vehicle head-on crash Jan. 8 south of Brainerd near Fort Ripley was identified Thursday as a Twin Cities woman.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- At the request of lawmakers concerned about rising health care costs, Attorney General Mike Hatch plans an unprecedented audit of a health maintenance organization.
The Brainerd Rotary Club will host a wine and beer tasting party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moose Lodge.
Long Prairie mother committed to treatment center
LONG PRAIRIE (AP) -- A Long Prairie woman accused of driving into a lake with her daughters, killing one and critically injuring the other, was committed to a treatment center.
Power line foes to get say at public hearing
DULUTH (AP) -- Some foes of a 250-mile electrical power line can offer testimony and cross-examine Minnesota Power Co. witnesses at an upcoming public hearing on the project, an administrative law judge says.
Report: Obstetrician carved his initials in skin of new mother
NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman has filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against a doctor who carved his initials -- ''A'' and ''Z'' -- into her stomach after delivering her baby girl by Caesarean section.
Critics say new AOL software interferes with rivals
WASHINGTON -- The latest software from America Online Inc., the world's largest Internet provider, can prevent customers from using rival online services or corporate connections, enraging smaller competitors and even some of AOL's own subscribers.
Shots better than oral polio vaccine, government says
ATLANTA (AP) -- Children should be given polio shots instead of the oral vaccine to avoid a tiny chance of a polio infection from the oral dose, the government says.
Elian's grandmothers travel to Washington in bid to reclaim him
NEW YORK -- One day after making a national appeal for the return of their 6-year-old grandson, the grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez headed to Washington Saturday to meet with Attorney General Janet Reno.
Clinton proposes Medicare 'fraud fighters'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Clinton said Saturday he wants to send a ''fraud fighter'' to the office of every Medicare contractor in the country in a new campaign to crack down on billions of dollars in false claims.
Bush confident of Iowa caucus chances despite last-minute abortion criticism
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- With polls showing him leading among likely voters, George W. Bush pushed on toward Monday's Iowa caucuses amid last-minute criticism of his abortion stance from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.
Canadian official: U.S. may retreat on Devils Lake outlet
WASHINGTON -- Canada's environment minister said Friday that the Clinton administration might back down from its decision to build a controversial Devils Lake outlet.
Grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez coming to U.S., church official says
HAVANA (AP) -- The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez were flying to New York today along with a U.S. church group to press for the 6-year-old boy's return to Cuba, a church leader said.
Rams have a defense, too
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have a defense, too.
Jags' Couglin: 'I like to be in control'
Not long after the Jacksonville Jaguars had humiliated the Miami Dolphins, 62-7, last Saturday, Coach Tom Coughlin walked around his team's locker room, shaking every player's hand. He smiled broadly as he offered a kind word here, a thank you there. He also reminded them there was work still to do to achieve what they had set out to do last July in training camp.
Madden gives a spirited defense of Summerall
The day comes for every great athlete, when the fastball becomes a little more hittable, when the usually easy save becomes more challenging or the 65-yard spiral tops out at 55 yards or less.
The AFC matchup
TENNESSEE (15-3) at JACKSONVILLE (15-2)
Fazio quits Vikings post; team talks to Rhodes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Foge Fazio is out, and Ray Rhodes may be in.
A hero for football's faceless players
They are hidden away in football's shadows, playing in places like Albany and Iowa, Grand Rapids and San Jose, far from the glare and glamour of Sunday afternoons on network television.
George wants to stay with Vikes
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- It was the talk of the airwaves Friday night -- Vikings quarterback Jeff George's future with the team.
Air McNair he's not but his team is still alive
The nickname hangs over the man's head like an uncollected bill. Once upon a time, he was Air McNair, a one-man show who completed 52 passes measuring 514 yards in his final college game. He may never be able to live up to the hype or the promise that enabled a product of Alcorn State to be selected as the top quarterback in the 1995 NFL draft.
Clippers can't finish the job; Wolves win
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers dusted off the teamwork section of their playbook for three quarters against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Staples Center.
Pro golfer Begay arrested for DWI
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Golfer Notah Begay, arrested for drunken driving following a late-night parking-lot collision, said Thursday he wants to take full responsibility and face the consequences.
National sports briefs
BERMUDA DUNES, Calif. (AP) -- Rich Beem tied the 54-hole record in the Bob Hope Classic with a 7-under 65 to take the lead over Nike Tour graduate Matt Gogel.
Unflappable rookie ready to chase history
ST. LOUIS ( -- Like Shaun King, the story seems to get better every week.
Vikings' problems start at the top
Dennis Green should heed the title of his own book, ''No Room for Crybabies.''
The NFC matchup
TAMPA BAY (12-5) at ST. LOUIS (14-3)
Moss fined $40,000 for squirting official
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss is getting fined a second time for abuse of game officials; this time $40,000 for squirting a water bottle at an official.
Sampras escapes from two sets down
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- At the start, Pete Sampras didn't like the way he was playing. At the end, Wayne Black didn't like the way Sampras was serving.
Leonard J. Aarhus
Leonard J. Aarhus, 79, 300 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Lillian M. Hill Liikala
GRAND RAPIDS -- Lillian M. Hill Liikala, 84, Grand Rapids, formerly of Esko and the McGregor area, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Leisure Hills Nursing Home of Grand Rapids.
Jacob 'Jake' Brutcher Jr.
LITTLE FALLS --Jacob "Jake" Brutcher Jr., 87, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Leonard J. Aarhus
Leonard J. Aarhus, 79, 300 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan in Brainerd.
HILLMAN -- Burneze Krakve, 85, Hillman, died today, Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Ellen Smart, 73, 1818 S. 6th St., Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Harriet Mykkanen, 42, Pine River, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at her home.
STAPLES -- Peter Braith, Staples, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000.
John H. Reimer
ST. CLOUD -- John H. Reimer, 72, St. Cloud, formerly of Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud.
Florence Fort, 106, Brainerd, formerly of Minneapolis, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Mary "Kathern" Nelson, 83, Little Falls, formerly of Randall, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at the Lutheran Care Center of Little Falls.
Evelyn E. Sternal
BAXTER -- Evelyn E. Sternal, 87, Baxter, died today, Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at her niece's home in Baxter.
PINE RIVER --Anna Hedlund, 95, Pine River, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village of Pine River.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Susan Younk, 86, Minneapolis, formerly of Royalton, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at St. Anthony Health Center of Minneapolis.
Betty J. Extrand
Betty J. Extrand, 67, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Ellen Smart, 73, 1818 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Harriet Mykkanen, Pine River, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at her home.
PINE RIVER -- Anna Hedlund, 95, Pine River, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at the Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village.
Evelyne E. Sternal
Evelyne E. Sternal, 87, Baxter, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at her niece Bonnie Selisker's home.
Burneze B. Krefve
HILLMAN -- Burneze B. Krefve, 85, Hillman, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
The winter that wasn't
Two requirements are paramount for journalists who are writing about Minnesota weather -- a flexible deadline and a window.
Cool fun - Dispatch Editorial
Newspaper people, by nature, are a skeptical bunch. Dispatch staffers didn't give the Jaycees' idea of an ice fishing tournament fund-raiser much chance of catching on 10 years ago. How many people would brave sub-zero temperatures to sit on the ice and fish for prizes? No way,
Door to door in Iowa, Gore workers campaigning against complacency
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Abigail Zucker, in her slip-sliding heeled boots, and Sandy Molnyczenko, in her soaked-through canvas sneakers, trek door to snowy door for Al Gore and come face to face with perhaps the greatest threat to the vice president -- complacency.
It occurs to me that as we move into this new millennium our civilization is not advancing but digressing.
I think that I can speak for the majority of the teenage population when I say life as a teenager is harder than ever. I speak from personal experience. These supposed "best years of our lives" roughly translate into the "years of teenage hell" for many of today's teens.
Confederate flag issue has GOP candidates wavering in the wind
And now, from the party that brought you the campaign stop in a flag factory, comes word that flags don't matter. States' rights do.
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Oaks: Something that's stayed same
Oaks are a conservative sort of tree. At least we've found it so at our house. We live in pine tree country; for years we planted, tended and harvested pines as part of our living, but many of the trees in the yard around our house are oaks.
Students seek a cleaner, quieter sled
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- Snowmobiles are a mixed blessing for Peg Kauppi. Trail-riding tourists keep her restaurant alive during the long, lean winters of Michigan's far north. But the motorized sleds are loud, and their exhaust is smelly.
Barred owl has distinctive call
One of my most pleasurable outdoor tasks is filling the variety of feeders I have scattered about my place. In addition to the usual array of peanut, seed and suet feeders, I also fill an old shallow box that sits on a tree stump with about eight pounds of sunflower seeds.
Snowmobilers feeling like they're back on track
SHAKOPEE -- Snowmobilers in Minnesota used to feel like victims. Urban sprawl was threatening their trails, environmentalists complained about pollution, and they were seen as troublemakers by hobbyists whose sport didn't involve making noise.
North country calendar
February -- 11-13 -- International Eelpout Festival, Walker
Wildlife tourism workshops are being offered statewide to help Minnesota's hospitality industry profit from wildlife tourism.
Gull Lake is putting out walleyes and northerns near the rock pile, Grassy Point, Center Bar, or Holman's Point. Try 13 to 26 feet of water with a golden shiner or rainbow chub on a Buckshot Rattle Spoon.
Beagles and bunnies on a cold winter day
Up from the grassy willow swamp and through the jackpines came a long bawling howl.
W-DC girls hockey team bows in OT
WADENA --The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder girls' hockey team knocked off the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- Devin Hartnell scored the go-ahead goal and Todd Weninger posted 32 saves Friday night, as Michigan Tech beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-1 to win its first WCHA home game this season.
W-DC downs Marshall
MARSHALL --The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' hockey team began the first part of their two game road trip with an 8-1 triumph over the Marshall Tigers in non-conference action on Friday.
Brainerd's depth too much for Sauk Centre
Sauk Centre's Laura Blank is the two-time defending Class A state champion in the all-around competition and in three events.
Scrappy play sparks Warriors
Mitch Feierabend considers himself a garbage collector in shorts.
Floor hockey team picks up victory over Mounds View
The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team won for the fourth time in five games as it defeated the Mounds View Rams 10-3 Tuesday at Riverside Elementary School.
Brainerd girls survive late rush by Willmar skaters
The Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team thrives on pressure.
Pierz wrestlers score lopsided victories
HOWARD LAKE -- The Pierz Pioneers wrestling team defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 60-6 and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead 53-4 in Central Minnesota Conference action Tuesday.
Former Warrior great Whitey Skoog on going to the University of Minnesota: 'It was my home state. I had loyalty to my home state. I had a chance to go to a number of other places but I wanted to go there.'
More than 70 people at the Brainerd Dispatch All-Century Men's Basketball Team reception Friday night received an accurate history of the first jump shot in Minnesota as told by the man who first tried it in a game.
Willmar bests LF gymnasts
WILLMAR -- The Willmar gymnastics team defeated the Little Falls Flyers 142.3-109.85 in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday.
Staples-Motley crushes W-DC
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinal boys' basketball team decisively beat the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines in a 72-43 Mid State Conference game Friday night.
Annandale/Maple Lake 37, Glencoe-Silver Lake 26
LF skates past Cathedral
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers scored three goals in the second period and held on for a 5-4 non-conference boys' hockey victory over the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders on Thursday.
KING PINS 1-11
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association is hosting a Pee Wee A tournament this weekend.
Alpine skiers 4th
HASTINGS -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' alpine skiing team fought off the frigid 24-degrees below zero weather and finished fourth out of 42 teams at the Welch Village Invitational Friday.
All-Century women's team in spotlight
Among them are the leading scorer in Minnesota collegiate basketball history, the outstanding female athlete in NCAA Division III, five former Division I players and a member of three NCAA Division II championship teams.
Tartan star dazzles BHS
Add Jake Sullivan and the Tartan Titans to the seemingly endless list of talented individuals and opponents the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team has played this season.
Droogsma powers Warrior swimmers
Bruce Droogsma usually isn't a multiple-event winner but he is a consistent scorer for the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team.
Warrior boys pick up a few pointers from the Cardinals
If the Brainerd boys' hockey team is going to make a run in the Section 7AA playoffs, Warriors coach Ty Eigner knows they have a lot to learn.
Pierz remains unbeaten in conference
KIMBALL -- The Pierz Pioneers remained perfect in the Central Minnesota Conference and improved to 13-1 overall with a 60-33 triumph over the Kimball Cubs on Friday.
When Coach is also Dad
From Little Leagues to college athletics the question of whether parents should coach their own children has always been an intriguing one.
Nordic boys 4th
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' nordic ski team raced to a fourth-place finish with 64 points at the Grand Rapids Invitational on Friday.
Tartan coach might have been in line for Warriors' job
Mark Klingsporn might have been the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball coach this season if certain things had worked out.
Monday -- Girls Basketball -- Pine River-Backus at Ogilvie
BHS boys first, girls 2nd in Virginia Invitational ski meet
BIWABIK -- The Brainerd boys' alpine ski team placed first and the Warrior girls' team finished second at the Virginia Invitational at Giants Ridge Thursday.
Nordic girls' team wins
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' nordic ski team placed first in the Grand Rapids Invitational with a 108 points Friday.
Pillager edges Patriot boys
PILLAGER -- Dan Goeritz scored 31 points to help the Pillager Huskies edged the Pequot Lakes Patriots 57-54 in a Park Region Conference boys' basketball battle Thursday night.
The Central Lakes College Raiders will induct five former athletes or coaches into their hall of fame Saturday, Feb. 5, in the CLC cafeteria.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45, Central Minnesota Christian 36
Pequot girls roll to victory to 75-32 win
PILLAGER -- The top-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots overcame a slow start and went on to post a 75-32 girls' basketball victory over the Pillager Huskies in a Park Region Conference game Thursday.
Not everybody escaped the Y2K bug
The computer world's brightest minds may have licked the Y2K bug and stopped it from mucking up the new year. But 17-year-old Matt Ashburn thinks the nation's nerds shouldn't get too cocky.
Hail Britannica! Encyclopedia revs up on Internet
Encyclopaedia Britannica was the most prestigious reference work on the broad range of human knowledge in the years before the 21st century when information was commonly distributed in tightly bound, ink-covered pages known as ''books.'' The Encyclopaedia Britannica was widely admired as comprehensive and authoritative. It was aggressively promoted to parents by a skillful, guilt-inducing sales force.
Prices skyrocket for choice sites
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the Internet continues to sprawl, virtual locations once available for a $70 registration fee now command thousands, even millions of dollars.
Worldwide Web weaves wares of hate
Looking for a little Nazi memorabilia -- an officer's dagger, perhaps, or an SS parade flag? A Swastika or mint-condition Iron Cross? These, and hundreds of other items, are for sale on eBay, the Internet's largest auctioneer. Is the site simply supplying a marketplace for historic collectibles, or is it, as Rabbi Abraham Cooper charges, ''peddling hate''?
Convicted hacker released back to society, but not to world of technology
LOS ANGELES -- Convicted computer hacker Kevin Mitnick has been released from prison into a world dominated by new technologies and an expanding Internet he can't yet visit.
Cabela offers outdoor trivia game
CABELA'S OUTDOOR TRIVIA, Head Games/Activision
Make free calls from your computer
By now you're probably used to seeing great deals on long-distance phone calls. Even the ''Dime Lady'' will sell you long distance for a nickel a minute at night.
Work on Y2K bug could have lasting benefits
Now we know.
Taking a whack at hackers
Someone hacked your Web site and is lurking behind that ''firewall'' that was supposed to block intruders. Who ya gonna call?
Around the world
Amsterdam 44 41 cdy
Weather drawing by Sabrina Smith of Mrs. Timmons' second grade class at Riverside school
Around the world
Hi Lo Wthr -- Amsterdam 45 39 cdy -- Athens 50 46 cdy -- Auckland 77 59 cdy
Mostly cloudy with more flurries. A little colder with a high around 5 above. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Around the region
MINNESOTA - Alexandria 03 -20 .00
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 8 -6 clr -- Albuquerque 61 35 cdy -- Amarillo 69 39 cdy
Tonight...Cloudy. A 30 percent chance of light snow. Low near zero early...Then slowly rising. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 21 7 .03 cdy
Husband gets double trouble from straying wife
DEAR ABBY: You have helped so many people, I hope you can help me. I have been married more than 20 years, and we have two lovely daughters. Everything was fine until my wife started to work as a secretary for a bank branch manager.
Christina Allgeier and Michael Quinn announce their engagement. Parents are Ronald and Victorine Mills, Milford, Mich., William and Patricia Allgeier, Westland, Mich., and Donald and Frances Quinn, Brainerd. A March 11 wedding will be at Baker's of Milford, Mich.
Jennifer Beyer and Mark Schmitz were married on Sept. 5, 1999, at St. Andrew's Church with Father Paul Fruth and Father Kevin Anderson officiating.
Do-nothing Sundays cause Monday blues
It is Sunday, and in a matter of hours, the sun will set on your weekend and on your mood.
Subjects of February magazines get steamy
Whew! Is it hot in here, or is it just the February magazines generating heat?
Child in need
Kinship Partners has a number of children on the waiting list.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Therapy is all the rage but is it helping?
Americans have long been in love with the idea of psychotherapy. When Sigmund Freud made his first and only visit to the United States in 1909, American intelligentsia flocked to his lectures. Since then, psychotherapy has spread like kudzu, morphing from the medical treatment of specific, diagnosable mental illnesses into a sort of societal support system offered by psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, therapists, self-help gurus and TV talk show hosts.
Kerri Kitzman and Thor Wicklund announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Pat Kitzman, Breezy Point, and Jack and Gae Wicklund, Brainerd. A Feb. 11 wedding is planned in Miami, Fla.
Sarah Winzenburg and Ryan Burke were married on May 29, 1999, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd with Father Richard Kunst officiating.
Old flame flickering about rekindling romance
DEAR ABBY: I have been in contact with my high school sweetheart for almost a year. We are both 32, and it has been 14 years since we've seen each other. My best friend looked him up for me and he begged her to send me his e-mail address. We are both engaged to other people.
Stuck with each other
A few weeks before his dad died, my husband said, ''The only mistake Dad made was marrying a woman only five years younger than he was.'
There will be a senior dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Legion. Music by Roman and Don S.
Kristen Maust and David Huber announce their engagement. Parents are Wes and Eileen Maust, Pillager, and Dale and Madonna Huber, Rapid City, S.D. An April 29 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Names and faces
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner said pitcher John Rocker should be given a chance to redeem himself over his disparaging comments about immigrants, minorities and homosexuals.
Michelle Leonhardt and Tim Gonska were married on June 19, 1999, at St. Joseph's Church in Crosby with Father Howard Eisel officiating.
Duplicate bride is played at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. North-South: Clif and LuVerne Johnson, 67; and Gladys Norrgard and Bev O'Brien, 59.5. East-West: Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 63; and Gordon Beckers and Don Rasmussen, 56.
Tonia Timm and Todd Manion were married on Nov. 20, 1999, at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot, N.D. Father Chris B. Walter officiated.
Amber Schmidt and Steve Houle announce their engagement. Parents are Richard and Jane Schmidt, Brainerd, and Bob and Becky Houle, Baxter. A Feb. 12 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church of Brainerd.
Yoriko Kuwahara and Bradley Borders were married on Jan. 8, 2000, at the home of Elsie Borders in Brainerd. The Rev. Daniel Williams officiated.
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