The Aitkin Rental Center, owned by Vern and Terry Watters, has been named 1999 Outstanding Business of the Year by the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce.
What role does debt play in stock prices?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that Chairman Alan Greenspan has discoursed on the subject of investor debt, it is likely to enter the daily dialogue of what's right and what's wrong with the marketplace.
Intercon 1 of Aitkin, a division of Nortech Systems, recently achieved certification under ISO 9002, an internationally accepted system of quality standards. It is the third of Nortech Systems' divisions to receive quality certification. The other two are in Bemidji and Merrifield.
Keep from burning up over energy costs
NEW YORK -- The surge in home heating oil and natural gas prices this winter is making many homeowners think about energy costs for the first time in years. Even though many people use energy-efficient appliances and have insulated their homes, utility and heating oil bills are becoming unpleasantly high.
World travelers join Russell and Herder
It's nothing like they imagined.
Northwest recognized for turbulence avoidance system
MINNEAPOLIS -- A computerized system developed by Northwest Airlines to help pilots plot and fly around relatively localized areas of turbulence has received special recognition by Air Transport World magazine.
NBC leads the way with richer viewers, Internet users
NEW YORK -- ABC, CBS and NBC are running neck-and-neck in the battle for viewers this season, but NBC can claim a clear edge in two categories crucial to the business of television.
WALKER -- Judge Paul Benshoof has denied Joel Allen Barrick's motion to reduce his 48-month sentence to the men's correctional facility at St. Cloud.
Craig P. Brandon, 33, and Hope K. Linn, 23, both of Pine River.
DEER RIVER -- A Deer River man died Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 2 and County Road 8.
Wednesday -- 10 a.m., Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport Commission, Airport conference room.
Brett and Kelly (Roman) Peterson, Brainerd, a girl, Emma Louise, 7 pounds, 14.5 ounces, Jan. 4, 2000. Grandparents are Charles and Janet Roman, Minneapolis, and Glen and Darlene Peterson, Brainerd.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Everett Hendrickson of Citizens State Bank was named "Boss of the Year" this week by the Brainerd Jaycees.
Groups say state-approved insurance plans ignore needs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Critics of a pilot insurance program for smaller businesses said Friday the plan comes up short because it allows companies to escape covering crucial services such as prenatal care.
More sex offender registration regulations proposed
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Sex offenders would face stiffer registration rules under legislation proposed Friday by the Katie Poirier Abduction Task Force.
Non-skaters can play on ice, too
So you want to play ice hockey but you skate like a cat with wax paper on its paws scooting across a linoleum floor.
Hoping for a miracle
What is there without hope?
Ventura's next trip to include Little Falls
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura will take another two-day bus tour to promote his 2000 legislative agenda, this time through central Minnesota.
More tax cuts to come
ST. PAUL -- With a $1.6 billion cushion in the form of a projected budget surplus, legislators find themselves in the enviable election-year position of wrangling over how best to dispense the extra money.
Jurors get Ture case
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Joseph Ture Jr. methodically killed three children after beating and shooting their mother more than 21 years ago in the family's rural Clearwater home, a prosecutor charged Friday.
Couple who fled with son returns to state
MINNEAPOLIS -- Prosecutors have worked out a deal with a couple who surfaced this week after nine months on the run with their 18-month-old son, a boy the parents say is the victim of a rare ''brittle bone'' disease, not child abuse.
'Unnecessarily personal' question could lead to test retakes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Tenth-graders who were uncomfortable with the question on a one-question writing test this week will be able to take another exam, Christine Jax, the state's education commissioner, said Friday.
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a 55 Alive refresher driving class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the American Legion Club in Pine River.
BCA still trying to track down guns missing from regional drug task force
WILLMAR (AP) -- Investigators are still looking for some guns that are missing from the evidence lockers of a regional drug task force, a top Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension official said.
The Crow Wing County Historical Society's museum will close Feb. 7-12 so artifact and collection processing tasks may be completed.
Ice storm leaves Atlanta area slick
ATLANTA -- A fresh layer of ice caused hundreds of traffic accidents around northern Georgia on Saturday as the region was slammed by a storm that had swept across the South with more than a foot of snow.
U.S. economy booming, but inflationary signs emerge
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a red-hot annual rate of 5.8 percent during the last three months of 1999, the government reported Friday. But inflation also showed signs of reawakening, triggering a wave of selling in the stock market in anticipation of vigorous interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.
State to get heating fuel funds
WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala told Minnesota lawmakers Friday that the state will receive its next installment from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ahead of schedule.
Tax cuts, bonding projects ...
ST. PAUL -- With tax cuts and bonding projects to dole out in the legislative session beginning Tuesday, lawmakers will look for opportunities to claim the sometimes elusive two-to-one edge.
There's no dancing around this responsibility
The next time there is a dance at school, volunteer to chaperon.
What we don't know about Rams and Titans makes for super story
ATLANTA -- I love it that the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans are in the Super Bowl.
Bud heavy Baseball owners show unusual trust in handing power over to Selig
Meeting in Phoenix last week, major league owners gave Bud Selig, a noted consensus builder, more unilateral power than any commissioner in baseball history. It was an illustration of their trust in Selig to act with discretion but determination in correcting the revenue and competitive disparity -- and ultimately, perhaps, forging a new economic system with increased salary restraints.
Super Bowl reflects the changing face of sports
ATLANTA -- In a way, the teams in the Super Bowl tell a story about the changing face of professional sports.
Tagliabue acknowledges worries about off-field violence
ATLANTA -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue sees off-field crimes committed by its players as part of a problem in society, not just in pro football.
Blizzard of anticipation shrouds chilly Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hype and anticipation mounted in Atlanta -- for the Super Bowl, of course, and for a winter storm that took its time arriving.
George probably won't be back for Vikings either
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Cris Carter's constant complaining likely won't be aimed at the officials, opponents or Jimmy Hitchcock next season.
Rose's lawyers meet with Selig's lawyer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Rose's lawyers finally got a chance to make their pitch to baseball, not that it is likely to change his lifetime ban.
Cris Carter wins Man of Year award
ATLANTA (AP) -- Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings is the first recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, honoring the memory of the league's all-time rushing leader.
What they meant to say
ATLANTA -- It was Cliche Clearance Day at the Super Bowl on Friday, with two head coaches and a commissioner parading in front of hundreds of reporters for the final time before the big game.
Lehman leads by a stroke
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Frost delayed a round and stranded players at the Phoenix Open for the third straight year without affecting the question of who's in control.
What the Super hype is all about
AT STAKE -- National Football League Championship for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Super Bowl matchups
OPENING LINE -- Rams by 7 1/2.
Davenport waltzes past Hingis for title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- It was almost an amazing blowout. Then, it was almost a sensational reversal.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Lorraine Gravdahl, 81, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Leslie L. Johnson
DEERWOOD -- Leslie l. Johnson, 85, Deerwood, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Lois R. Johnson
Lois R. Johnson, 78, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Lonnie Russell "Russ" Anderson, 61, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at his home.
GARRISON -- Irving "Dutch" Lingwall, 87, Garrison, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Zackary C. Taylor
LITTLE FALLS -- Zackary C. Taylor, 2, Little Falls, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at his home.
Same old Baghdad
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
A great wall in cyberspace
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Give Elian U.S. citizenship
WASHINGTON--The phone rings: ''Your 6-year-old son has just been found in the ocean, shipwrecked, clinging to an inner tube. His mother drowned. He is now in a Miami hospital.''
Speed limits - Dispatch Editorial
A purely unscientific survey, based on two area drivers' commuting observations, indicates the fears of drivers creeping well above the state's speed limit of 55 mph on Highway 210 in Baxter may have been unfounded.
The future: Where all of us are going
In the 21st century it seems everyone is a futurist.
Towers thwarting tweety
Did you know those convenient calls from your cell phone may be causing chaos for birds? Yes, while it wouldn't cross most people's mind, communication towers are thwarting Tweety.
DNR's proposed perch limit has some northern resorters worried
BENA (AP) -- From inside their knotty pine lodge, John and Pam Humphreys watched another caravan of ice anglers drive off frozen Lake Winnibigoshish recently.
North Country calendar
6 -- Riceland Chapter -- Minnesota Deerhunters Association's antler measuring session, The Landing, Aitkin
Just in time for the recent cold snap and snowfall hitting the state, Minnesota snowmobilers can now access the Minnesota DNR trail maps via the Internet. The snowmobile maps are in a format that is easily printed at home in color or black and white.
Walleyes and northerns continue to bite on Gull, Round, Pelican, Edwards and North Long lakes. Use shiners or rainbows on a Buckshot Rattle Spoon in 35 to 40 feet of water during the day -- more shallow at night, 15 to 25 feet. Panfish are active on Upper Gull, Cullen, Margaret, Round and North Long. Use waxies or Eurolarvae for bait.
It takes more than luck and money to catch fish
Fishing through the ice, be it for crappies, walleyes, northerns or sunfish, is a sport that all can enjoy -- rich or poor. But that doesn't mean everyone is exactly on an equal playing field. A few expensive goodies can make the fishing easier and better.
Secrets of the ice fishers revealed
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Gunslinger has the secret.
The junior class at Staples-Motley invites fans to an old-fashioned hamburger dinner before Tuesday's boys' basketball game between the Brainerd Warriors and S-M Cardinals.
Staples gymnasts finish in third place
DETROIT LAKES -- The Detroit Lakes girls' gymnastics team took first place in the Triangular Meet at Detroit Lakes on Thursday. Staples took third with a score of 119.75.
CLC men lose to Vermilion 94-64
ELY -- The Vermilion Ironmen raced out to a 44-19 halftime lead and cruised to a 94-64 victory over Central Lakes College in a Minnesota Community College Conference North Division men's basketball game Friday.
Little Falls scores win over Rocori
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers boys' basketball team improved to 7-4 overall with a 58-46 triumph over the Rocori Spartans in a Central Lakes Conference battle Friday night.
Gophers score WCHA win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --Aaron Miskovich scored the game-winning goal in the second period, and John Pohl scored twice on power plays to lead Minnesota past Minnesota State 3-2 Friday night.
Pequot fights off PR-B challenge
PEQUOT LAKES -- The best team in Class AA girls' basketball received a reality check but held on to win 59-51 Friday night.
Profiles of new members of Raiders' Hall of Fame
Raiders are agressive
VERNDALE -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders buried the Menahga/Sebeka wrestling team 51-12 for a Park Region Conference win Friday.
Area events Saturday
Raider women near clinching state spot
ELY --The Central Lakes College Raiders opened up a 17-point halftime lead and hung on for a 73-67 victory over Vermilion in Minnesota Community College Conference North Division women's basketball Friday.
Warriors topple Lumberjacks
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team went home on Friday with a 65-58 non-conference win against the Bemidji Lumberjacks.
C--I-A bows to Detroit Lakes 2-1
CROSBY -- The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team defeated the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Rangers 2-1 in overtime in Mid-State Conference Action Friday
CHOICES OF THE DISPATCH'S 'EXPERTS'
Dispatch Sports Editor
CBIR purse increases
A portion of NHRA's record-breaking single-season purse will strengthen the purse at the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway this summer.
Peters leads Bemidji State into Division I
BEMIDJI (AP) -- R.H. ''Bob'' Peters has become as legendary in college hockey circles as his idols are in intellectual ones.
Mertens score school-record 39 for S-M
PARK RAPIDS -- Jill Mertens put on a scoring exhibition Friday night, scoring a school-record 39 points to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a 67-62 overtime win over Mid-State Conference rival Park Rapids.
Miller found right formula
Carol Miller never was a classroom teacher during her coaching career.
Bypassing the need for extra phone lines
One of the low points of my summer is The Fax Crisis. I live on Fire Island, a vacation community rife with successful neighbors who for some reason can't afford fax machines for their summer homes.
The drag-and-drop deejay
WASHINGTON -- In the 1980s, hip-hop artists such as Kurtis Blow and Biz Markie began stitching together digitally recorded snippets called ''breakbeats'' for the floors of their dance tracks. It wasn't easy going. Hours were spent lining up the start and end points of looped grooves with pricey hardware and matching notes and tempos of intricate sonic collages.
Ethernet is changing dorm life
The proposed merger of America Online and Time Warner anticipates an age when high-speed Internet access is everything, a conduit for almost all of the entertainment, communications and information that people consume.
Tech support staffers answer the calls of the wired
Did you hear the one about the stressed-out fellow who rang tech support looking for the ''any'' key because his computer ordered him to ''Hit any key''?
PC prices are up, as in 'upgrade your current one'
With PC prices rising, you might want to rethink plans to replace your 4-year-old clunker with a new box.
Rules or no rules, have a healthy home computer setup
We all had a hearty laugh last week at the notion that government inspectors would be prowling our home offices.
Today -- Sunny. Highs upper 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 16 -9 clr
Weather drawing by Randie Swanson in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Pelto.
Winter keeps its grip in South
Sleet and freezing rain fell in Tennessee and northern Georgia on Saturday, while rain showers dotted parts of the Southeast.
Lisa Harrington and Andrew Utter were married on Sept. 18, 1999, at Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes with Pastor Dan Doughty officiating.
Sara Martin and Merle Berry were married on Aug. 14, 1999, at Mildred Bible Chapel of Backus with Pastor Earl Eveland officiating.
Churches no better than bar when it comes to finding mate
DEAR ABBY: The letter from ''In Limbo in Washington'' prompted me to write. I, too, was widowed suddenly several years ago. Because of my strong church upbringing, I mistakenly believed that a church would be a safe place to meet stable, good ''Christian'' men.
Caryn Curtis and Jake Hollingsworth announce their engagement. An April 8 wedding is planned at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
Annette Ross and Kyle Przybilla were married on Sept. 18, 1999, at First Baptist Church of Brainerd with Pastor David Grotzke officiating.
Tonia Timm and Todd Manion were married on Nov. 20, 1999, at St. Leo's Catholic Church of Minot, N.D. with Father Christ B. Walter officiating.
7 p.m. second Thursday at Brainerd Elks Club (ages 21-39). Call: 829-3316 or 828-9598.
Shannan Gilman and Jacob Thiel announce their engagement. Parents are John and Patricia Gilman, Brainerd, and Karl Thiel and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Shaw, all of Minneapolis. A Feb. 12 wedding is planned at Emmanuel Christian Center of Spring Lake Park.
Jackie Riewer and John Lenk announce their engagement. Parents are Jerry and Maryann Riewer and Ed and Lynn Lenk, all of Staples. A July 22 wedding is being planned.
With the military
Air Force Airman Shawn R. Dwire, son of Donna Dwire, Pine River, and Neil Dwire, Backus, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Once again the Brainerd Jaycees have done it in style. The $100,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza was a huge success thanks to the thousands of hours put in by this tireless group. If you were a participant in this year's event, you
Lisa Woodhouse and Ross Wieber announce their engagement. Parents are Gene and Rachel Woodhouse and Gary and Barb Wieber, all of Red Wing. Grandparents are Lloyd and Elinore Duda, Brainerd, and Herb and Norma Woodhouse, Pillager. An April 15 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Surprise open house
Lardy Johnson will celebrate his 90th birthday with a surprise open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Log Cabin in Brainerd.
Dogs get diabetes, too
Dear Readers: Early last year, our beautiful 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, Savvi, was not quite herself. She seemed to be getting a little thinner. So we took her to our veterinarian for her regular checkup and mentioned our concerns. After an examina tion and blood tests, she was diagnosed with diabetes.
Students of Semester listed
The following students were recently named Students of the Semester for the first semester at Brainerd High School:
Bethany Good Samaritan Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Lakes Country Apartments dining room, 1953 S. 7th Street, Brainerd.
Lori Wutzke and Paul Swanson announce their engagement. Parents are LaVona Wutzke, Brainerd, the late Bill Wutzke, and Pat and Dean Swanson, Andover. No wedding date has been set.
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