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.
Russell 2000 surges as investors embrace small-caps
NEW YORK -- Once again, the small ones are sweeter.
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch has hired two staff writers, Jennifer Stockinger and Matt Erickson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Technology Inc. is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Minnesota Technology Awards, which will be presented this fall.
Central Lakes College announces three February educational opportunities from its Business and Industry Center. All are held on the Brainerd campus:
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 550.
7 p.m. second Thursday at Brainerd Elks Club (ages 21-39). Call: 829-3316 or 828-9598.
Write Your Legislator
Sen. Paul Wellstone -- Hart Senate Office Building -- Washington D.C., 20510
Available free 24 hours. Call 828-HELP, or 1-800-462-5525. Confidential and anonymous.
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.
Brainerd - Trinity Lutheran Church from 10 a.m.-noon the second Tuesday.
An early morning house fire was reported at 4222 Legionville Road N. Saturday.
Crosby-Ironton School Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vikings' problems start at the top
Dennis Green should heed the title of his own book, ''No Room for Crybabies.''
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.
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.
Unflappable rookie ready to chase history
ST. LOUIS ( -- Like Shaun King, the story seems to get better every week.
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.
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.
The AFC matchup
TENNESSEE (15-3) at JACKSONVILLE (15-2)
The NFC matchup
TAMPA BAY (12-5) at ST. LOUIS (14-3)
Florence Fort, 106, Brainerd, formerly of Minneapolis, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village 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.
Evelyne E. Sternal
Evelyne E. Sternal, 87, Baxter, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at her niece Bonnie Selisker's home.
PINE RIVER -- Anna Hedlund, 95, Pine River, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at the Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village.
Ellen Smart, 73, 1818 S. 6th St., Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Leonard J. Aarhus
Leonard J. Aarhus, 79, 300 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan in Brainerd.
Burneze B. Krefve
HILLMAN -- Burneze B. Krefve, 85, Hillman, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
The winter that wasn't
Two requirements are paramount for journalists who are writing about Minnesota weather -- a flexible deadline and a window.
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.
It occurs to me that as we move into this new millennium our civilization is not advancing but digressing.
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.
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.
Wildlife tourism workshops are being offered statewide to help Minnesota's hospitality industry profit from wildlife tourism.
North country calendar
February -- 11-13 -- International Eelpout Festival, Walker
Beagles and bunnies on a cold winter day
Up from the grassy willow swamp and through the jackpines came a long bawling howl.
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.
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.
KING PINS 1-11
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.
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.
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.
Monday -- Girls Basketball -- Pine River-Backus at Ogilvie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45, Central Minnesota Christian 36
Brainerd girls survive late rush by Willmar skaters
The Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team thrives on pressure.
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.
The Central Lakes College Raiders will induct five former athletes or coaches into their hall of fame Saturday, Feb. 5, in the CLC cafeteria.
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.
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.
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''?
Work on Y2K bug could have lasting benefits
Now we know.
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.
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?
Cabela offers outdoor trivia game
CABELA'S OUTDOOR TRIVIA, Head Games/Activision
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.
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.
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.
Mostly cloudy with more flurries. A little colder with a high around 5 above. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Around the world
Hi Lo Wthr -- Amsterdam 45 39 cdy -- Athens 50 46 cdy -- Auckland 77 59 cdy
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 8 -6 clr -- Albuquerque 61 35 cdy -- Amarillo 69 39 cdy
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.
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.
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.
Child in need
Kinship Partners has a number of children on the waiting list.
Yoriko Kuwahara and Bradley Borders were married on Jan. 8, 2000, at the home of Elsie Borders in Brainerd. The Rev. Daniel Williams officiated.
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.'
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.
There will be a senior dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Legion. Music by Roman and Don S.
Subjects of February magazines get steamy
Whew! Is it hot in here, or is it just the February magazines generating heat?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Leonhardt and Tim Gonska were married on June 19, 1999, at St. Joseph's Church in Crosby with Father Howard Eisel officiating.
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.
Sarah Winzenburg and Ryan Burke were married on May 29, 1999, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd with Father Richard Kunst officiating.
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