Good resume, good interview, but no offer; what's the answer?
WASHINGTON -- The economy is slowing and some workers are getting laid off. Suddenly you might be faced with looking for work, maybe for the first time in years.
State jobless rate remains below nation's
Minnesota's unemployment rate remained below the national rate at the latest published measurements.
Mesaba earnings plunge
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adverse weather, a shortage of pilots and money held in reserve for an unresolved payment dispute with Northwest Airlines combined to slash Mesaba Holdings Inc.'s third-quarter earnings 71 percent.
Consumers hold the key
At the big boat show in Atlantic City, N.J., last weekend, the crew from Annapolis Yacht Sales sold five sleek sailboats priced between $100,000 and $300,000, the same number as last year.
New guide by Charles Schwab says retirement preparation requires investing for growth
NEW YORK -- Did you ever wish you had the investing savvy of someone like Charles Schwab?
Judge issues restraining order against Union Pacific walkout
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A judge ordered a union representing more than 8,000 striking Union Pacific engineers to halt the walkout, which threatened to disrupt the nation's largest rail carrier, the company said.
SOUTH ST. PAUL -- (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 450.
UPI announces strategic relationship with E-TRADE
Universal Pensions, Inc. announced it has signed a strategic agreement with E-TRADE Group, Inc. to develop web-based 401(k) plan servicing capabilities.
Can energy deregulation still be the answer?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The California energy mess has created two vastly different reactions, a popular impression that deregulation has failed and a determined opposition that views it as the only solution.
Firm finds niche, profit as e-evidence collector
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Hoping to carve a niche in the burgeoning area of electronic evidence collection, Ontrack Data International Inc. employs attorneys and techies to help law firms gather, categorize and scan legal documents.
Rosanne Thurston, an esthetician, recently joined the staff of the Fine Line and will offer facials. She is a graduate of the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis.
Corporate merger climate turning chilly
Merger mania, already a waning trend, has fallen off the cliff in 2001.
Watching out for the little guy
WASHINGTON -- Nearly eight years and 42 road shows later, the government's top securities regulator is clearing out his office to make way for a Bush administration successor. And even as he leaves, Arthur Levitt is watching out for the little guy.
Shadows invited to Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores and America's Promise, the alliance for youth and local schools led by retired Gen. Colin Powell, will join forces to create an opportunity for students to shadow workers at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club during the week of Feb. 3.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 218, a year ago 230.
For some, being own boss Is way to go
Laid-off and fed-up tech workers are discovering an old acronym that may make a decent business plan: BYOB.
Casey's stores going corporate
Two Brainerd convenience stores are returning to corporate ownership after years as franchise operations.
Investors more upbeat, but still wary of big commitments
NEW YORK -- It's hard to tell from the performance of the major stock market indexes, but the mood on Wall Street seems to be lifting.
Benjamin Tyrel Midge, son of Gary and Susan Midge, Brainerd, recently accepted an assignment to serve as a full-time missionary for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will serve for two years in the Salt Lake City South Mission, which is headquartered in Midvale, Utah.
Jews concerned about Christian theme park
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A film depicting the greatest hits of Bible stories and a stage show featuring the Holy Ark are not your typical Orlando theme-park fare.
Illness and grace
On Thursday morning, Dec. 21, I woke up feeling awful.
Coaching, medication help treat ADD
QUESTION: What kind of treatment is available for attention deficit disorder?
Science has gone too far, says manifesto by world-religions expert
NEW YORK -- The complaint has a familiar ring: Science-driven secularism has simply gone too far. It has arrogantly tyrannized American higher education, shoving religious faith to the margins, and has moved on to colonize huge tracts of American culture, law, media and even some churches.
Dogs help people with disabilities at church services
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- At St. John's Episcopal Church in this Detroit suburb, even dogs have vocations.
DENVER (AP) -- A small but growing group of state representatives is questioning the practice of opening each session of the Colorado House with a prayer.
Don't surrender to the hype about 'Wife' book
This isn't the Information Age. This is the just the age of mass hype. So you will see in the case of a new publishing "phenomenon," "The Surrendered Wife" by Laura Doyle.
Day of rest has become one more day of chores
The Bible reports that God rested on the seventh day, but that's only because grocery stores weren't open on Sundays back then.
B - I - N - G -O
One day Art Katchie could have an M-1 rifle in his hand as a color guard at a funeral and the next he could be holding plastic balls with either the letters B or I or N or G or O.
9-year-old boy is waiting for a partner
Imagine being a 9 1/2-year-old boy living with your mom and three sisters.
Plan for special boy's future gives grandma peace of mind
DEAR ABBY: I was touched by your recent letters from "Smiling in Carolina" and "Happy New Grandmother, Dallas," regarding the heartache birth mothers feel when they place their babies for adoption, and how appreciative grandmothers are when children are adopted into their families. Their letters made me remember the decision I made about my own grandson, "Jack."
'Shopaholic' secrets spilled in book
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Confessions of a Shopaholic" is fiction.
Tips for divorced parents to raise sound children
While the storm continues to rage over whether divorced parents can raise sound children, people close to the issue -- including mental health professionals, and children and parents of divorce -- offer the following suggestions to ease the transition and soften the blow:
An early word on spring beauty buzz
NEW YORK (AP) -- The beauty trends for spring might be quirky, classic, hot or cool. Who knows what the future holds?
Can divorced couples have stable children?
When Paloma Nazario was 3, her parents divorced. The tot remained with her mom in California while her dad moved to Oregon. Despite these monumental changes in her life, Nazario, now 24 and an account executive at a Manhattan public relations firm, says she emerged unharmed from the trauma of her parents' split.
Workaholic had long career of spreading germs at work
DEAR ABBY: I'm writing in the hope that your readers will understand the hardship caused by the selfishness of people who show up for work when they're sick.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Barb Vesely, Brainerd, recently adopted a girl, Victoria Margaret Jonelle, born June 11, 1999, in Vladovstok, Russia. Grandparent is Arlene Vesely, Wood, S.D.
Crosby police report death of one person in two-vehicle accident
One person died in a two-vehicle accident reported at about 4:30 Friday on County Road 12, the Crosby Police Department reported.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday Cattle: 450.
A joint meeting of the Cass and Crow Wing County boards will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at TDS Telecom in Pequot Lakes.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Poptart, cheese slice or yogurt, juice. L-Chicken strips, season cubed potatoes, corn, bread, pudding pop.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 260, a year ago 217.
A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with a small fire early today at 720 Laurel St. above Tropical Nights.
Tiger's streak of par rounds ends Calcavecchia's streaking continues
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mark Calcavecchia started the day wondering how anyone could shoot a 60. He ended it almost going one better.
White House officials cite acts of vandalism by aides to Clinton
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials said Thursday that they're cataloguing numerous acts of apparent vandalism that they attribute to outgoing aides to President Clinton, including sliced phone and computer wires, obscene messages left in copy machines and champagne flutes missing from an Air Force jet.
Governor's budget again leaves out public TV stations
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Six public television stations, including five serving primarily rural areas, are beginning the third year of their so far fruitless effort to receive a $21 million state grant to help pay for the conversion to digital technology by May 2003.
Yudof urges more funding
ST. PAUL -- A crisis in the medical school, deferred maintenance on buildings and double-digit tuition increases will all come about if the Legislature passes the governor's budget, University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof told lawmakers Friday.
Happenings Thursday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Bush says he'll proceed with missile defense, nuclear arms cuts
WASHINGTON -- President Bush reaffirmed his plan to reduce the size of America's nuclear arsenal while also deploying a missile defense system capable of protecting the United States and its allies.
Iron Range lawmaker to host GOP leaders
ST. PAUL (AP) -- House GOP leaders are trekking up to the Iron Range next month for a meeting with laid-off workers at LTV Steel Mining Co.
Democrats dissatisfied with Ashcroft's written responses
WASHINGTON -- Attorney general nominee John Ashcroft on Friday sought to clarify his controversial positions on issues ranging from abortion to affirmative action but his responses to written questions only drew more accusations from Democrats that he was being evasive and nonresponsive.
Ventura visits Austin to sell budget
AUSTIN (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura went to southern Minnesota on Thursday to sell his proposed budget, which includes tax cuts and only modest increases in spending.
Senate leader agrees to debate campaign finance bill in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Campaign finance legislation being championed by Sen. John McCain will be brought to the Senate floor in mid-to late March, Majority Leader Trent Lott says.
Ashcroft's view on gays comes under scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- Attorney general nominee John Ashcroft's attitude toward gays emerged as a new and potentially damaging point of attack for his opponents Thursday, as a Georgetown University professor charged that Ashcroft had opened a 1985 job interview by asking him whether he had "the same sexual preference as most men."
President says he opposes funding for fetal research
WASHINGTON -- Inserting himself again into the tumult of the abortion debate, President Bush on Friday said he opposes the federal government's 8-year-old policy of funding research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses.
Greenspan's tax cut views bolster Bush plan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, in office less than a week, has scored an early triumph in his campaign for a $1.6 trillion tax cut, winning Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's support for tax relief.
Partial-birth abortion ban still faces obstacles
WASHINGTON -- The threat of a presidential veto is gone, but lawmakers trying to ban a certain type of late-term abortion procedure still face a major constitutional hurdle posed by a 5-4 Supreme Court decision last year.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
IBM settles suit alleging its plant caused birth defects
In a blow to a high-tech industry that has long portrayed itself as a "clean" manufacturer, IBM Corp. settled a lawsuit with two former employees who claimed that exposure to toxic fumes at one of the computer giant's plants caused their son's birth defects.
CDC: Diabetes, obesity becoming epidemic
ATLANTA -- Diabetes in the United States rose by about 6 percent in 1999 in what the government called dramatic evidence of an unfolding epidemic.
First U.S. hand transplant patient happy he can use a phone again
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Two years after performing the nation's first hand transplant, doctors are optimistic about repeating their success.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
The view from 90
April may be the cruelest month, but the decade of one's 90s is surely the toughest passage in human life.
By the numbers Seniors young and old
In plain numbers
Suburbia's road to weight gain
After succumbing for 20 years to the drive-through convenience of suburban living, Linda Koulakjian had grown a little plump. So the mother of three donned T-shirt and shorts one sunny day and set out to get some exercise.
8,000 Atlanta households to participate in obesity study Washington Post
Georgia Tech transportation professor Lawrence D. Frank hopes to explore his theory that land-use design can contribute to obesity with his latest study, a $4 million project to begin in March with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will examine the travel habits of 8,000 households in two Atlanta neighborhoods.
Strength in numbers
There is strength in numbers.
Six years after new homes built, S.D. Indian reservation struggles on
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. -- Cheryl Morgaridge has set some firm rules at home: no playing football or basketball inside the house and no nailing holes in the walls to hang pictures.
Builders question look of Highway 371 corridor north through Baxter
The opening question was one that appeared to strike a chord with many builders:
BAXTER -- Tom and Elaine Bercher of Bercher Construction recently attended a North American conference for one of the continent's leading insulated concrete forms, Arxx High Performance Wallsystems, formerly called Blue Maxx.
Keep snacks, beverages chilled in minifridge
Decorating around a keg is always a challenge. But if there were ever a time to give it a go, it would be Super Bowl Sunday.
Choosing right windows can save energy
If you're in the market for new windows, you've probably noticed that the subject isn't as simple as a wood frame and a few panes of glass -- and it hasn't been for some time.
Waterworks makes a splash
Waterworks could be considered the "couture" of the bath business.
Builders tackle growth, housing issues
Continued growth and affordable housing were part of an interactive discussion when city and county officials met with area builders Tuesday.
Bamboo has many appearances and uses
Bamboo is a wonderful architectural plant.
Reliant Energy Minnegasco clients can help others in heating season
Reliant Energy Minnegasco announced a commitment of up to $100,000 to match customer contributions to the Salvation Army HeatShare Program.
Products help lighten the load
A century ago, many homes had servants who did the heavy work of the household -- cooking, cleaning and washing. Gradually, those household helpers changed from laborers to so-called labor-saving devices.
Must-have item for next year's dorm room
Buyers at the International Housewares Show in Chicago last week got a glimpse of next fall's dorm room must-haves: 2-cubic-foot mini-refrigerators in five vibrant colors, introduced by GE Appliances.
The Brainerd Area York Rite will confer the order of Red Cross and Order of Malta at 7 p.m. Thursday. Members are encouraged to attend.
Sunken log recovery law may be amended
Some of Minnesota's most valuable timber has rested on the bottom of Gull Lake since the early 1900s, when it sank on the way to sawmills.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly reported Wednesday in a Crow Wing County Board story the location where Stan Dobosenski requested to move a sign. He sought a conditional use permit to relocate an off-premise sign to the site of his business, Iron Fire Inc., in Fort Ripley Township, south of the Highway 371 bypass.
Because of incorrect information The Dispatch incorrectly reported the point totals of two Wadena-Deer Creek girls' basketball players in the Mid-State Conference scoring leaders Tuesday. The correct totals should have been Kerby Johnson with 88 points and Marissa Browne with 66.
Area residents feel heat from high heating bills
For more information on the Energy Assistance Program call Lutheran Social Services at 218-829-5000 or 800-829-5902. Apply in person or by mail at Lutheran Social Services, 2027 S. Sixth Street, No. 102, Brainerd, Minn., 56401.
Born to run
Even as an infant, Tommy Murray loved race cars.
A local brief on Page 5A Thursday with information on a fund established for Harlan Spitzack, a Pine River man injured in an accident, inaccurately listed the phone number for the Emily United Methodist Church. The correct phone number is 763-2122.
Moose Lodge doors will remain open
The doors of the Brainerd Moose Lodge will remain open.
Business Highway 371 billboard to be moved
Travelers will soon see an empty space where a billboard currently sits on Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd.
The American Legion announced it will expand services to all veterans in the Brainerd-Baxter-Pequot Lakes area.
The Brainerd Warriors varsity danceline team looked like a view through a kaleidoscope as they performed at half-time of the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball game on Friday night. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Arts group calls for city arts center
Sentiment for giving Brainerd a performing arts center was raised loud and clear Thursday night at a meeting of The Crossing Arts Alliance.
Some tips from Minnegasco for reducing heating costs this winter
Here are a few tips offered by Minnegasco to help people reduce heating costs:
Driver's death stuns workers
Lake Region Beverage has been a somber place since Wednesday.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 28 - 40 years ago (1961) - Free coffee and donuts will be served by Gene's Pantry Shop during the grand opening ceremonies. The new bakery at 211 South 7th Street is managed by Gene Misener and for the first time in the city's history offers drive-in service for customers.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - The March of Dimes Snowmobile Celebrity Marathon ride is on after all this weekend, but the course has been modified to run over an area lake chain. The ride had been canceled because of lack of snow and poor ice conditions.
The New York Giants take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl today. Read about the outcome of the biggest game of the NFL season in Sports Monday.
Former Teamsters President Ron Carey indicted for perjury
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Teamsters President Ron Carey has been indicted for lying during an investigation into how $885,000 in union funds were diverted to his 1996 re-election campaign.
MACON, Ga. -- Autographed portraits of Gallagher, Tommy Chong and dozens of other comics hang inside the Comedy Cafe. If the owners want to put up a picture of the club's latest sensation, they can always use his police mug shot.
Teacher's aide faces attempted murder charges for school crash
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) -- A teacher's aide apparently bent on suicide faces attempted murder charges after ramming her speeding car into a school, injuring a teacher and several children, police said Friday.
Purina Mills may have violated rules in mad cow feed ban
The quarantine of 1,000 cattle and recall of 22 tons of feed out of fears about mad cow disease may have been caused by a mill that disclosed a possible rule violation.
Pro wrestling defense fails
MIAMI -- Rejecting a "blame pro wrestling" defense, a jury Thursday found a 13-year-old guilty of murder in the beating death of his young playmate.
White House scales back prank reports
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Friday he is not concerned about "a prank or two" played by Clinton staff members as they left the White House, and his press secretary scaled back his description of a review the White House is conducting of purported vandalism.
Another stage 3 alert for energy-starved Californians
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's power supply fell to dangerously low level again early Friday, just hours after the warning had been lifted for the first time in days.
10 killed in Illinois crash
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A program designed to keep family and friends connected to loved ones behind bars left them reeling with confusion and grief following a collision that killed 10 people and injured two others.
EgyptAir accepts liability but not full blame for 1999 crash
NEW YORK (AP) -- EgyptAir has acknowledged liability for the 1999 crash of Flight 990, clearing the way for the families of about half the plane's passengers to collect damages.
President uses first radio address to promote education plan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, in the first radio address of his administration, said Saturday he wants to give lagging schools the support they need to improve, but warned he must see results.
Police tracking accomplices of Texas Seven
DENVER (AP) -- Authorities in Colorado and Texas believe a gang of escaped inmates had help as they drifted from cheap Texas motels to the Rocky Mountain trailer park where they were caught this week after more than a month of freedom.
Clinton trips over final curtain
WASHINGTON -- It may have been the most elaborately planned exit from the White House ever -- two full months of executive orders, exit interviews, farewell speeches and valedictory celebrations for President Clinton.
Free for 27 years, man faces return to prison in 1963 officer slaying
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Robert Burns had been out of prison 27 years -- starting a painting business and raising five kids -- when his violent past caught up with him.
California fugitive wanted in 1969 Cuban hijacking returns from Nigeria
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California fugitive wanted in the 1969 hijacking of an airliner to Cuba has returned to the United States from Nigeria to face charges.
Judge denies bail for Russian official detained in United States
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge denied bail Thursday for a high-ranking Russian official accused of laundering multimillion-dollar kickbacks from Swiss companies that renovated Kremlin buildings.
California looks at partial utility takeover; supplies still tight
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- With California's energy reserves remaining all but depleted, lawmakers prepared to work through the weekend fine-tuning a plan Gov. Gray Davis says will put the state in the power business for "a long time to come."
After 60 years, murder case reopened
OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. -- For 60 years, this former coal-mining town has been faced with haunting memories of the murder of two sisters who were supposedly shot and killed by their 16-year-old errand boy.
Microsoft Web sites attacked, brought down by hacker
A hacker brought down Microsoft Corp.'s Web sites Thursday afternoon, only hours after the company fixed a technician's error that had disabled its sites for a full day.
Trim Agassi a heavy favorite in Australian final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Don't be misled by the bald head. At age 30, Andre Agassi is in the best shape of his life.
Add Capriati to jumble atop women's tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati's astounding Grand Slam breakthrough and a stunning stumble by Venus Williams at the Australian Open left the balance of power scrambled atop women's tennis.
Sunday, Jan. 28
Castoff quarterbacks in the spotlight
TAMPA, Fla. -- Trent Dilfer isn't John Elway and Kerry Collins isn't Joe Montana. Not even close. Their skills aren't close and neither has the superstar sheen.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Football League injury report for the Super Bowl, as provided by the league:
Seven elected to Hall of Fame
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Marv Levy, who coached four straight Buffalo Super Bowl teams, and six players including longtime nominees Lynn Swann and Ron Yary were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Teams find solutions to internal struggles
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Three months ago, the Baltimore Ravens went five games without scoring a touchdown. Last season, two New York Giants ripped the coach and the offense.
Capriati wins first Grand Slam title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- To the players who wished her well in her comeback but possibly took her lightly, Jennifer Capriati had a reply: Shock them early and keep pounding winners.
Super Web sites
Have time to surf? Here are some Internet sites related to the Super Bowl:
Ravenweek in Tampa Are the Giants in the Super Bowl?
TAMPA, Fla. -- If the Vince Lombardi trophy went to the more brazen braggarts, the Baltimore Ravens would romp over the New York Giants in Sunday's Super Bowl.
When beefy linemen collide, it's not exactly fat free
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Siragusa swears he weighs exactly 342 pounds. Glenn Parker insists "Goose" is just one cheeseburger shy of 400.
Tagliabue defends player behavior
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The massive shadow Ray Lewis has cast over this Super Bowl hasn't dimmed NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's views on the league and crime.
Mucha leads The Office Depot
MIAMI (AP) -- Barb Mucha might be ready to start a new streak.
No more dynasties
TAMPA, Fla. -- In war rooms around the NFL, the plotting already has begun. The success of the Ravens and Giants gives hope to everybody else, because the age of dynasties is dead.
Super Bowl data
PLAYERS SHARE -- Winners: $58,000 per man. Losers: $34,500 per man.
Al McGuire remembered as professor of life
MILWAUKEE -- Rick Majerus, on a sabbatical from coaching to care for his ill mother and his own health, got to spend one last memorable moment with his mentor, Al McGuire, who died Friday at 72 after a long illness.
Warren Moon makes retirement official
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Warren Moon's 23 years in professional football are officially over.
Clement gains final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Arnaud Clement couldn't remember what he did to fight off two match points slightly more than halfway through his four-hour struggle to advance to his first Australian Open final.
Baltimore's big mouth
TAMPA, Fla. -- Welcome to "The Tony Siragusa Show."
Head Coach: Jim Fassel
He knew where to find players
Al McGuire was a New York guy, fast-talking,
First Younglood, now Barber
TAMPA, Fla. -- Saturday, Jack Youngblood is up for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his resume highlighted by his grit-and-bear it performance in Super Bowl XIV, playing the entire game for the Los Angeles Rams on a broken leg.
KENYON -- Julius Palmer Jacobson, 83, Kenyon, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Evelyn M. Kruse
Evelyn M. Kruse, 73, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Jan. 25, 2001, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Home in Brainerd.
STAPLES -- Lloyd Heldman, 68, Staples, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
Adolph W. Selen
Adolph W. Selen, 90, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Eda M. Seelen
NEW RICHMOND, WIS. -- Eda M. Seelen, 79, St. Paul, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, in an automobile accident in St. Croix County, near New Richmond, Wis.
Evelyn M. Kruse
PEQUOT LAKES -- Evelyn M. Kruse, 73, Brainerd, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Home in Brainerd.
Oldina F. Bonczeck
LITTLE FALLS -- Oldina F. Bonczeck, 77, Little Falls, formerly of Omaha, Neb., died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Clyde E. Sylvester
BAY LAKE -- Clyde Erving Sylvester, 91, Bay Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
ST. CLOUD -- Robert Vosen, 60, Little Falls, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Elsie L. Rosin Heigl
HOWARD LAKE -- Elsie Lillian Rosin Heigl, 93, Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001.
Oldina F. Bonczek
ST. CLOUD -- Oldina F. Bonczek, 77, Little Falls, formerly of Omaha, Neb., died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Michael J. Plautz
Michael J. Plautz, 29, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, as the result of an automobile accident east of Motley.
PINE RIVER -- Gene Robinson, 53, Pine River, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
Francis J. Seelen
NEW RICHMOND, WIS. -- Francis J. Seelen, 83, St. Paul, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, in an automobile accident in St. Croix County, near New Richmond, Wis.
Pushing his luck
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Pigskins and poets
By the time this newspaper hits your doorstep there will likely be a Super Bowl pre-game show already being broadcast somewhere.
Open Forum policies
The Dispatch encourages readers to contribute to the Open Forum.
Cell phones - Dispatch Editorial
He's not likely to find much support for his proposal outside of the Capitol either. Cell phones are enormously popular and they aren't likely to go away soon.
Defusing bombs - Dispatch Editorial
It's a tragic pattern that is constantly repeated. A person goes on a shooting rampage, killing or wounding a number of innocen
The following Open Forums were written by Brainerd High School students.
This week a friend asked me how I felt about the subject of abortion. "How can anyone want to kill their own child in the first place?" was my response. That's the question I always ask myself. If a mother kills her child at any point after birth, it is called murder. But if she kills her child before it even gets the chance to take a breath of air, what is that called?
The budget cuts at Central Lakes College
As president of the Central Lakes College liberal "academic" arts faculty, I wish to respond to the question "Why are only technical courses being cut with no apparent cuts in academic arts or sports budgets?"
How to reach federal lawmakers
Sen. Paul Wellstone
February - 4 -- Lumberjack Jaunt cross country ski races, Northland Arboretum, 10:30 a.m. Call 829-4584
The Paul Bunyan Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a meeting and fly tying/lure making session Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Brainerd Pub
Don't forget our wild friends at tax time
Five feathered faces and beaks and 10 beady black eyes of baby bitterns peering upward are featured on the newest DNR Nongame Wildlife Program poster entitled "Our Lakeshore Home." While the photo is delightful, it also conjures up adages about "a face only a mother could love" and "So ugly they're cute."
DNR commissioner releases vision statement, sets dates for forest summit
ST. PAUL -- DNR Commissioner Allen Garber has released a vision statement to guide a forest summit scheduled for this spring. It reflects his views on the direction forest management should take in Minnesota.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Wilson Bay on Gull Lake is a safe bet for big crappies. Most of these fish have been suspended over 25 feet of water. Areas such as Center Bar and Dutchmans Bluff on Gull continue to produce walleyes as well.
DNR survey shows strong opposition to lowering daily walleye limit
Recent word that the DNR is considering lowering the limits on some species of fish has put Minnesota anglers on alert.
Testing the water Little Falls' Aqua-Tech keeps tabs on water quality and gives students hands-on experience
LITTLE FALLS -- Ten years ago a group of Little Falls Community High School students, led by biology teacher Wayne Pikal, began testing the water in the Mississippi River where it flowed through this central Minnesota town.
Tour aims to help anglers put fish on ice
What's the hottest thing going during the cold weather months?
Record number of wintering bald eagles offers prime watching
The bald eagle population in Minnesota has experienced a phenomenal recovery and is now the fourth largest in the nation, according to the DNR.
Aqua-Tech team member sets her sights on SDSU
LITTLE FALLS -- The last time we visited with Kelly Schmiedt she was thinking about becoming a forensic toxicologist. That was in June 1999. Since then she's also considered becoming a commercial artist or perhaps a landscape designer, maybe even a ballet dancer.
Another Bush who's hooked on fishing
One of the first things President George Bush did after he took office in 1989 was to invite a group of 15 or 20 outdoor writers to the White House for a private meeting in the Roosevelt Room. It seemed an odd group for a new chief executive to woo, but we dutifully turned up with our wish lists.
Emily DuBois and Tim Amundson announce their engagement. Parents are Ral and Judy DuBois, Brainerd, and Dave and Kathy Amundson, Duluth. A March wedding is planned in Duluth.
Becky Mills and Eugene Wangerin announce their engagement. Parents are Sharon Mills, Pequot Lakes, and the late Jerry Mills, and Mabel Wangerin, Almora, and the late Addie Wangerin. A May 5 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.
Sharra Leifermann and Chad Felske were married Nov. 17, 2000, at L Chateau Boutin in Bayfield, Wis., officiated by the innkeeper, Dick Boutin.
Joan Batcher and Bruce Janacek were married Aug. 18, 2000, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Paul Biegner officiating.
Ervin and Louise Schubert, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 9 a.m. Mass on Feb. 4 at Holy Cross Church in Harding.
Six generations recently gathered were Hannah Mary Nell, daughter; Mara Weagel Nell, mother; Mary Savage, grandmother; Pat Bible, great-grandmother; Aileen Bentley, great-great-grandmother; and Ruth Ott, great-great-great-aunt.
Heidi Lyn Gehrls and Olov Albert Strole announce their engagement. Parents are Tim and Karen Gehrls, Brainerd, and Lars and Mona Strole, Jonkoping, Sweden. A Feb. 24 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Five generations recently gathered were Elisabeth Buffetta, daughter; Nick Buffetta, father; Faye Buffetta, grandmother; Harold Rademaecher, great-grandfather; and Minnie Davis, great-great-grandmother.
Report: No sign of pesticide misuse in butterfly deaths in Gaylord last summer
MANKATO (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said it found no evidence of misuse of a pesticide spray that killed hundreds of monarch butterflies in Gaylord last summer.
Two Wisconsin power plants in works
ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- Navitas Energy of Minneapolis is proposing building two natural gas power plants in northern Wisconsin.
Comic strip 'VenturaLand' debuts with jab at star
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Both of Gov. Jesse Ventura's jobs get a playful poke in the opening installment of "VenturaLand," a comic strip that makes its debut in Sunday editions of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
'U' can proceed with Haskins suit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Hennepin County judge has ruled the University of Minnesota's lawsuit against former basketball coach will move forward despite objections from Haskins' attorney.
Ventura ends weeklong budget tour at General Mills
GOLDEN VALLEY (AP) -- Closing out a three-day tour to tout his budget, Gov. Jesse Ventura stopped Friday at General Mills, the type of business that could gain from tax changes he is proposing.
Surprises in budget fine print
ST. PAUL -- The governor's budget isn't all income tax cuts and mansion repairs.
Privacy takes legislative spotlight
ST. PAUL -- Consumer privacy will move into the spotlight at the Capitol this week, beginning with a DFL news conference Monday to roll out a package of privacy-related legislation.
Complaints about child labor law violations rise 90 percent
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Complaints to state regulators about potential child labor law violations soared 90 percent last year after four years of steady increases.
Police searching for suspect in botched Bloomington kidnapping
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Police on Friday were investigating the failed kidnapping of a 16-year-old dry cleaning store clerk.
Ventura's request for fix-up funds for mansion bewilders legislators
ST. PAUL -- The current tenant of the residence that Minnesota governors have called home for nearly four decades would like $4 million to fix up or even replace the 20-room, Tudor-style mansion.
Layoffs announced at four state firms
Four Minnesota companies have announced layoffs, including Fridley-based Medtronic Inc., which will phase out a manufacturing facility in Milaca that employs 93 people over the next three to four years.
Report: More judges needed to handle caseloads
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's district court judges feel they lack time and resources, but are efficiently handling a growing number of cases, a legislative auditor's report says.
Osseo music teacher arrested on charges of sexually abusing boys
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities charged an Osseo School District music teacher with criminal sexual conduct Thursday for allegedly fondling three boys on several occasions during the past four years.
Ventura threatens lawsuit as paper plans comic strip
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is going to be in the funnies, and he's not laughing a bit.
Vermilion beats CLC men at the buzzer
Jesse Albrecht was a pain in the back side of the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team all night.
Royer helps Pequot past Pillager
PILLAGER -- Matt Royer's 21 points helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team defeat the Pillager Huskies 71-58 in a Park Region Conference game Thursday.
It's little surprise who he's pulling for
Greg Larson was motoring along a Florida freeway Wednesday afternoon when he returned a phone call regarding his thoughts on the Super Bowl between the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens.
Warrior girls, Majka runners-up in skiing
DULUTH -- The Brainerd boys' team placed second with 46 points and the Warrior girls placed third with 58 at the Duluth East alpine skiing invitational Thursday at Spirit Mountain.
Area events Saturday
Brainerd girls blank Alex
Megan Whalen is usually the leading playmaker for the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team, entering Tuesday's game with a team-high 21 assists.
Brever scores 1,000th point
PARK RAPIDS -- Senior point guard Jeff Brever scored 13 points and went over the 1,000 point mark in his career as the Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the Park Rapids Panthers 78-49 in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Gobblers defeat Cards, Rangers
STAPLES -- The Aitkin Gobblers wrestling squad defeated the Staples-Motley Cardinals 45-22 and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 45-25 at the Staples-Motley triangular Thursday.
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association will host the Tony Jelacie Memorial Squirt A Tournament this weekend.
Warriors swim past Rocori
COLD SPRING -- The Brainerd Warriors won eight events and defeated the Rocori Spartans 104-75 in a Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving meet Thursday.
Warrior boys snap losing streak
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team almost lost a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday night but held on to defeat the Sartell Sabres 65-63 in a Central Lakes Conference game.
Rocori girls defeat Flyers in basketball
ROCORI -- The Little Falls Flyers girls' basketball team was dealt a 59-47 loss by the Rocori Spartans in Central Lakes Conference play Thursday.
Local sports shorts
Gene Mattila of Staples-Motley has been selected to receive the 2000 Midwest Region coach of the year award for boys' cross country sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Lakers edge W-DC girls
DETROIT LAKES -- Kelsey Zurm of the Detroit Lakes Lakers girls' hockey team scored late in the first period to defeat the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 1-0 in a Mid-State Conference game Thursday night.
There's no stopping fired-up Raiders
Emotion sounds like it might make a good Internet name for a cyber business, maybe for a high-speed search engine.
BHS gymnasts break record again
When Brainerd Warriors gymnast Tara Schmidt finished her balance beam routine Thursday, a large sigh followed as if she was pronouncing, "I'm back."
Willmar girls outscore Brainerd
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals held off the Brainerd Warriors 59-54 in a Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball game Friday night.
Patriots muzzle Huskies 97-24
PEQUOT -- The Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team unleashed an offense that dominated the Pillager Huskies and resulted in a 97-24 Patriots win Friday night in a Park Region Conference game.
Dobis, Rakow lead Flyer boys
SAUK CENTRE -- Chris Dobis had a hat trick and two assists while linemate Erik Rakow added two goals and four assists as the Little Falls Flyers boys' hockey team flew past the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters for a 7-3 non-conference victory Thursday.
Willmar defeats Warriors in OT
WILLMAR -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss Friday at the hands of the Willmar Cardinals.
Minnesota State trips UMD skaters
MANKATO (AP) -- Jesse Rooney reached 100 career points with a goal and three assists as Minnesota State, Mankato, beat Minnesota-Duluth 5-2 Thursday night.
Garnett emphasizes team play in Wolves' victory
Minnesota State pulls sweep
MANKATO (AP) -- B.J. Abel and Josh Kern scored two goals apiece and Minnesota State, Mankato, completed a two-game sweep with a 7-4 victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night.
Carter to play at least another season for Vikings
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Cris Carter will return for at least one more season at wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings.
Software allows even amateurs to touch up photos at home
If you want to make simple adjustments to your digital photographs, you'll find plenty of inexpensive programs that get rid of your granddaughter's red-eye or add "Happy Birthday" to a greeting card for your dad.
Jokes and poems: E-mail brings more politics into the workplace
Like many Americans, pediatrician Kenneth Rafal got caught up in the presidential election drama.
Forces join in effort to stomp out computer bugs
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- It is common to all computers, regardless of make, operating system or age. It lurks everywhere from the humble home PC to spacecraft that navigate the Martian atmosphere.
E-classes serve millions, off campus and on
It's usually late at night or Saturdays when Bambie Argyle shows up for graduate school at the University of Nebraska. Done with household and other duties, it's her turn at the family computer in a rugged Wyoming town called Mountain View. The Lincoln campus is 770 miles away.
Digital age is but the sum of its T-shirts
Some day, when historians try to piece together the true history of the digital age, they might want to rummage through Lloyd Tabb's laundry bag.
A simple Web search turns into minor obsession
I always swore that I would not fall into the trap of the World Wide Web. I refused to sit online staring at a screen when I could be walking my rottweiler, Sam, cleaning the house or talking to family and friends on the phone.
The benefits of Social Security online
Social Security, the 66-year-old federal retirement-benefits program, has gone high-tech.
NEW YORK -- One of the nation's leading science museums has quietly shaken up the universe by suggesting that Pluto is not necessarily a planet at all but just a lump of ice.
The Weather Elsewhere
Better go ice fishing
Weather drawing by Benjamin Johansen of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
Minnesota State Forecast
Today...Variable clouds north with a chance of light snow or flurries. Partly to mostly sunny south. High in the upper teens to middle 20s. Tonight...Mostly cloudy north. Clear to partly cloudy south. Low zero to 10 above.
Kixters in the snow
Weather drawing by Tayler Satre of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Thursday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Minnesota state forecast
Winter weather advisory and wind advisory far southwest today...
LAKES AREA SENIOR
On Saturday, Nov. 18, a benefit was held for us at the Nisswa Community Center. We want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every individual and business who donated gifts and helped out. And to everyone who attended the event we extend a warm heartfelt thanks for showing us you care.
Commander's breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Club. Pancakes, French toast, choice of sausages, scrambled eggs and beverage will be served.
Harrison School students and staff wish to pay tribute to Donnie Farr, a man who gave of his time to share his love for children. Four years ago Donnie began volunteering with the Kindergarten and First grade children at Harrison School. Thanks to Linda and Jerry Dosh for encouraging Donnie to become an active volunteer.
Ken Perry, Franklin Junior High science instructor, will present a cultural event at noon Thursday at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Perry was one of 54 science teachers selected nationally by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation to participate in a summer environmental studies institute in Costa Rica. The free, public program runs from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the lecture hall (E354). It is sponsored by the Center for Language and Culture of the Americas at CLC. Programs are held on the first Thursday of each month. For information, contact Jan Kurtz at 855-8183.
Names and faces
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- Singer Celine Dion's baby boy, Rene-Charles, is "gorgeous" and looks like both of his parents, said one of the Florida doctors who helped deliver the infant.
Earthquake hammers Indian subcontinent, killing hundreds
NEW DELHI, India -- The most powerful earthquake to strike India in more than half a century rocked the subcontinent on Friday, killing more than 650 people as it toppled buildings and houses in India and Pakistan.
India quake toll estimated at 13,000
AHMEDABAD, India -- The death toll from a powerful earthquake that flattened cities in western India will rise to about 13,000, a regional official said Saturday as rescuers searched frantically for signs of life under mountains of concrete rubble.
At World Forum: Police block demonstrators, Japan claims recovery near, IMF sees lower global growth
DAVOS, Switzerland -- As police turned water cannons on anti-globalization protesters in a heavy snowfall nearby, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshio Mori assured world business and government leaders that his country's economic rebound was nearly complete.
Pakistan bus collision kills 38
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Two passenger buses collided head on in eastern Punjab province on Friday, killing 38 passengers and injuring 52 others, several of them seriously, the state-run news agency reported.
Iraq sends checks to families of Palestinians who have been killed
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Shortly after 15-year-old Saber Khamis Brash was shot through the heart by an Israeli soldier for slinging rocks at troops near a checkpoint, the governor of this West Bank city presented his grieving parents with an ornate, red felt-covered plaque designating the boy a martyr.
Plane carrying U.S., European tourists crashes in Venezuela, 24 killed
CARACAS, Venezuela -- A plane carrying tourists to the Caribbean island of Margarita crashed into a shantytown in central Venezuela shortly after takeoff, killing all 24 people aboard and injuring three people on the ground.
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