Internet will permit news on demand
NEW YORK (AP) -- Forget about sitting through 20 minutes of local news just to get the sports. In the newscast of tomorrow, you'll control what you watch.
Consumers in control
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fate of the American economy over the next few months rests with the consumer, the same average individual who thinks such power resides only with higher ups in Washington.
DeAnn Barry, Brainerd Dispatch public relations coordinator, won first place for best self-promotion at the Minnesota Newspaper Association annual Better Newspaper Contest in January.
International hackers hit credit cards a few dollars at a time
If you've ever bought anything online, check your credit card statements. A ring of international hackers may have swindled you out of five or 10 bucks.
Speed your machine with cleaning
You were promised some ideas last week for speeding up your computer. Well, this is going to hurt.
Weathercasts on the Web
There aren't that many major weather sites competing for your attention on the Web, and the differ
February forecast for stock market murky as economic worries loom
NEW YORK -- With corporate earnings season almost over and two interest rate cuts under its belt, the stock market might appear poised for a February rally.
Brainerd City Council
1. Call meeting to order.
Denise and Greg Morgan,
Battery pluses and minuses
With all the advances that have been made in things gadget-related, it's a little surprising that the lowly batteries that power our portable electronic devices, from CD players to laptops, never seem to improve.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1200.
Tara Olson and Michael Headbird, Brainerd, a girl, Alexys Marie-Olson Headbird, 5 pounds, 14 ounces, Jan. 1, 2001. Grandparents are Frances Olson and Edward Archambeau, Big Lake, and Tina Headbird and Francis Wind, Cass Lake.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 213, a year ago 131.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a false smoke alarm at 2:15 p.m. Friday at Brainerd High School. It was reported that the smoke detector was malfunctioning.
Gogel builds 3-shot lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The last time we saw Matt Gogel around the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he was disappearing faster than a fried artichoke heart on an appetizer tray at one of the dozens of hospitality tents here at Golf Party Central.
Ventura earned millions before becoming governor, report says
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura made millions of dollars back in his days as a pro wrestling announcer and actor, KSTP-TV reported Friday night, citing documents made public in his 1991 lawsuit against the World Wrestling Federation.
Rumsfeld: US missile defense poses no threat
MUNICH, Germany -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld sought Saturday to assure U.S. allies and others opposed to President Bush's plan for a national missile defense that it will be a "threat to no one."
Jackson withdraws from race for DNC chairman
WASHINGTON -- Former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson withdrew Saturday from the race to lead the Democratic National Committee, clearing the way for fund-raiser Terry McAuliffe.
President sticking to message, agenda, as Reagan did
WASHINGTON -- As a candidate, President Bush spent two years explaining his intentions to the American people. In two weeks at the White House, he has demonstrated discipline and determination about doing what he promised.
Bush, Democrats address tax relief in radio speeches
WASHINGTON -- With Democrats cautiously joining the chorus, President Bush pressed the case for a tax cut package Saturday, saying it will energize a sputtering economy and put more money in the pockets of those who need it most.
Status of major legislative issues listed
Status of some of the major issues in the 2001 Legislature as of Friday:
Pentagon steps up probe of reported POW sightings
WASHINGTON -- Despite misgivings in
Happenings Friday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Web perfect for esoteric narrowcasts
Let's say you have a serious interest in democracy -- one that's wider than a bumper sticker, longer than an election cycle and deeper than a dimpled chad.
No more grace period for Ventura's tax plan
ST. PAUL -- The honeymoon period for Gov. Jesse Ventura's tax plan, such as it was, is winding down.
Ventura fires back at budget critics
BROOKLYN CENTER -- Ten days of budget criticism set Gov. Jesse Ventura off Friday.
American Cancer Society says Rochester can't play both sides of no smoking issue
ROCHESTER -- To accommodate about 2,500 pool players coming here next week, the city will allow smoking in part of the Mayo Civic Center. And that has American Cancer Society officials fuming.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Two area farm families honored
PIERZ -- Driving along County Road 23 toward Pierz, Ed and Gloria Woitalla stopped on a bare piece of land overlooking about 300 acres.
Potlatch reports loss in 4th quarter
High energy costs and poor markets are part of the equation behind a net loss for Potlatch's fourth quarter in 2000.
This was Brainerd
Wallins cited for their strawberry farm in Nisswa
NISSWA -- Brothers Calvin and John Wallin of Pequot Lakes were honored with the Crow Wing County 2001 Farm Family Honoree Award for their strawberry farm in Nisswa.
Students learn to climb the Midwest's only ice tower
MOTLEY -- Bob Wangerin couldn't have answered his ringing cellular phone Monday night if he had to.
Tour aims to help anglers put fish on ice
What's the hottest thing going during the cold weather months?
North Central Blood Services of the American Red Cross has scheduled the following bloodmobiles in Brainerd and Crosby:
Comfort Suites making a splash
BAXTER -- One step into the large open lobby at the Comfort Suites in Baxter is enough to enlighten a visitor about the hotel's main attraction.
Novelist, senator's wife, Abigail McCarthy dies at 85
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abigail McCarthy, who became a noted political writer after helping her husband, former Sen. Eugene McCarthy, fight an ideological battle over the Vietnam War, died at her home Thursday of breast cancer. She was 85.
Tight water supply expected as California copes with power crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The energy crisis that has engulfed California won't get much help from Mother Nature, forecasters say.
New IRS rules on retirement fund withdrawals help protect seniors' savings
NEW YORK -- It's unusual for the Internal Revenue Service to be mentioned in the same sentence with phrases such as "good news" and "incredible job" and "significant simplification."
American cargo planes bring aid to quake-hit Indian state
AHMEDABAD, India -- U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo planes big enough to carry water tankers began arriving in India's devastated quake zone Saturday as relief workers raced to distribute food, medicine and supplies among hundreds of thousands of survivors before disease spreads.
Israeli Arabs see boycott of election
KAFR KASSEM, Israel -- Just days before Israel's election, boycott is the buzzword in Arab communities across Israel.
Texas school officials suspend fraternity for five years
DALLAS -- The University of North Texas has suspended a fraternity chapter for five years after members allegedly used racial slurs and waved a Confederate battle flag at a group of mostly black football recruits.
Warner Bros. Studio stores are kaput
The high-flying Warner Bros. Studio stores -- once a splashy marquee for Bugs Bunny, Batman and other Warner corporate symbols -- are kaput. Last week, the Los Angeles and Palo Alto, Calif., stores closed, as did the flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue.
Purchasing managers survey: Midwest economy softens
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Higher energy costs restrained production in the Midwest in January, and the economy softened for the third straight month, a survey of purchasing managers indicated Thursday.
On the Job
Just when we think we've got everything figured out in the office, along comes some ticklish situation that we don't know how to handle. We may have a sense that something's not right in a boss's request or the actions of a co-worker, but what do we do about it?
Machete-wielding man accused of attack at school
FELTON, Pa. -- A former teacher accused of storming into an elementary school with a machete and provoking a bloody confrontation had served prison time for threatening his former Russian mail-order bride.
Big surprise: Philip Morris stocks smoking
NEW YORK -- Although its U.S. tobacco unit was tagged with an eye-popping damage award on behalf of Florida smokers last summer, Philip Morris Cos. Inc.'s stock has been an unlikely top performer in the past 12 months.
GE calls report of 75,000 layoffs 'false'
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- General Electric Co. said Thursday a report in BusinessWeek magazine that it plans 75,000 job cuts over the next two years is false.
Groups urge tighter water regulation for Great Lakes
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan officials should press for an international agreement to ban diversion of Great Lakes water, environmental groups said at a hearing Friday.
Great River Energy says it will explore construction of new electric power plant
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Great River Energy, which owns two electric power stations in western North Dakota, said Friday it will request $10 million in state money to explore whether to build a third plant.
Bryant under pressure as Lakers become one-man team
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is getting a taste of life as a one-man show. His record so far: 1-2.
Chmura won't take stand at sex assault trial
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Mark Chmura chose not to testify in his sexual assault trial after his lawyer told him there was no need to because the case has gone so well.
Kearse believes he was better despite fewer sacks
HONOLULU (AP) -- More attention from the opposition meant less production for defensive end Jevon Kearse this season.
Ready or not, here comes XFL
If Rusty Tillman's interest was piqued, so was his imagination. After spending years as an assistant coach in the NFL, here was a chance to be a he
No one ever went broke selling sex and violence
No one ever went broke selling sex and violence.
Williams takes over as Bills' coach
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills welcomed a new head coach and prepared to bid farewell to an old controversy.
Lemieux eager to take center stage
DENVER (AP) -- Let the Mario Show begin.
Miami scratches Alvarez off list
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Miami's top coaching choice is no longer an option.
The XFL arrives
American woman set to run for IOC president
LONDON (AP) -- Anita DeFrantz, the highest-ranking American on the International Olympic Committee, is set to run for the most powerful post in the sports world.
McDaniel will make Pro Bowl history
Sunday, Feb. 4
Recker out for at least 6 weeks
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Luke Recker, who has led No. 18 Iowa to first place in the Big Ten, probably will miss the rest of a regular season because of a fracture in his right kneecap, the university said Friday.
Dragila sets another world pole vault record
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stacy Dragila's latest world record wasn't exactly set under the most glamorous conditions.
Yankees and Jeter closing in on deal worth nearly $190 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter is about to get his fourth World Series ring -- and the second-biggest contract in sports history.
The NFL is showing its true colors
Sorry, but I'm not surprised Marvin Lewis hasn't been hired as an NFL head coach. I would have been surprised if he had been. The NFL's record on fairness in hiring is so abysmal when it comes to head coaches and club executives that if Lewis had been hired, many of us would have gone into shock. A black assistant coach even being granted an interview is an upset. For the most part, the fact that Lewis is still an assistant coach after the season he just had is par for the course. It's business as usual in the NFL.
Cass Lake man dies after car hits him
CASS LAKE -- A 34-year-old Cass Lake man died after being hit by a car Thursday on Cass County Road 75, a half mile north of Highway 2.
Clyde N. Johnson
McGREGOR -- Clyde N. Johnson, 81, McGregor, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.
Gerald "Whitey" Wehler, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, from heart disease.
Doris J. McGovern
NISSWA -- Doris J. McGovern, 99, Minneapolis and Nisswa, died.
Brian J. Phillips
CROSBY -- Brian James Phillips, 37, Crosby, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Robert E. Smoot
SOBIESKI -- Robert E. Smoot, 53, Sobieski, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at his home.
Clifford A. Karja
ONAMIA -- Clifford A. Karja, 52, Onamia, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home.
Magazine revamped for younger older group
Forget size. Age matters.
Many services filter out unwanted mail
Before you get carpal tunnel syndrome from deleting all that spam, be advised: Many Internet providers and e-mail services offer ways for you to stop it from getting to your inbox in the first place.
What to look for in a physical exam
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which sets guidelines for physical exams, offers a simple guide for what people should get in a physical exam. Starting at age 21: Check blood pressure at least once every two years; and for women, have a Pap smear every one to three years, to age 65. In its latest report, in 1996, the task force recommends that women have a mammogram and breast exam once every year or two after age 50. But most doctors now agree that annual breast cancer screening should start after age 40.
Compiled by The Associated Press
Some things to chew on
How did the devil get into deviled eggs?
Preserving vision for the future
To people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), straight lines might appear bent and dark patches might block the center of the field of vision.
Partners are found but the list keeps growing
The response Kinship Partners has received recently from adults who have decided to become partners to our children has been tremendous!
Tugging at the Constitution
WASHINGTON--The Constitution of the United States is as flexible and durable as it is venerable. That's why it has endured for more than two centuries as the centerpiece of our system of representative government, the foundation for the rule of law.
Around the watercooler
CONSUMER ZEITGEIST: The year 2000 spawned a galaxy of hackneyed phrases, according to a study by a leading candymaker that's putting some of them to use.
It's never too late to say "thank you" to the many individuals and organizations that assist this organization in being able to continue in our ongoing mission "to promote animal welfare in Aitkin, Cass and Crow Wing Counties, through education, cruelty investigation, and animal adoption."
Pop culture isn't offering good ideas on happiness
If you ingest too much pop culture, you might get sick - even suffer delusions.
The right questions about love
Valentine's Day approaches, and there are the requisite love-theme books for sale.
Irene M. Johnson's complete dedication to a clean environment and pure fluoride-free municipal drinking water supplies for three decades is noteworthy.
Wild turkeys released in area
Twenty-one more wild turkeys are at home in Crow Wing County.
North Country calendar
Retirement won't stop one of DNR's most valuable researchers
DNR Fisheries Research Supervisor Denny Schupp is ready to retire but he won't quit being a professional fisheries researcher.
Ancient art of snowshoeing is still good way to get around
Getting around during the winter can challenge the most physically fit individuals, to say nothing of folks who don't exactly fall into the fit-and-fabulous category.
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
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.
Harold Longanecker, Baxter, will celebrate his 90th birthday at an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. No gifts please.
Edith S. Fruth will celebrate her 90th birthday Tuesday with her family.
Dorothy Zahratka will celebrate her 80th birthday Monday. She was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Crosby. Cards may be sent to 2424 Greenwood St., Apt. 4, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Frank "Scot" and Elizabeth Stegora recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Feb. 1, 1941.
Virgil and Virginia Ross, Lake Hubert, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion in Nisswa. No gifts please.
Lloyd and Ann Arhart, Nisswa, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family in Minneapolis. They were married Jan. 18, 1951, in San Diego, Calif.
Shelly Lynn Schwartz and Shawn Lowe announce their engagement. Parents are Al and Pat Schwartz, Wadena, and Alesia Overstreet, Chattanooga, Tenn. A May 5, 2001, wedding is planned at St. Ann's Church in Wadena.
Sarah Smith and Josh Decker announce their engagement. Parents are Corky and Colleen Smith, Brainerd, and Doug and Nancy Decker, Litchfield. An April 28, 2001, wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Five generations recently gathered were Keagan Christopher O'Day, son, Brainerd; Christopher O'Day, father, Brainerd; Kim Mueske, grandmother, Tigard, Ore.; Margaret Moberg, great-grandmother, Nisswa; and Margaret Whitney, great-great-grandmother, Nisswa.
Ed and Maryann Kloncz, Breezy Point, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a brunch today at the Seasons Golf Country Club in Anoka. The event will be hosted by their family. They were married Feb. 3, 1951, in Minneapolis.
Larry and Donna Garro, Carlton, formerly of Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 3, 1951, in Brainerd.
Lawrence and Iona Smith, Motley, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday with their family. They were married Feb. 5, 1951, in Staples.
Preparation, luck makes win possible
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The way to win a 24-hour race is to eliminate the variables -- and get a little lucky.
Bethlehem Steel plans to sell share of Hibbing Taconite
HIBBING (AP) -- Bethlehem Steel Corp. has announced plans to sell its 70 percent stake in the Hibbing Taconite Co., which employs about 850 people on the Iron Range.
40,000 children could stay uninsured
ST. PAUL (AP) -- More children in Minnesota have health insurance than nearly any other state. It's that last 3.4 percent -- about 45,000 children -- that is proving difficult to insure.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Whatever stereotypes people may have about chief financial officers, Robin Faust defies them all.
Minnesota boy who battled hypothermia recovering
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A 20-month-old Minnesota boy who spent several hours unconscious in subzero weather has been released from intensive care and should return home within days.
Schott Corp. cuts third of workers
MARSHALL (AP) -- Electronics manufacturer Schott Corp. laid off 314 employees, nearly a third of its work force, because of decreased orders from customers.
It's time to strike up the band at Central Lakes College
Somebody tell Professor Harold Hill he's needed at Central Lakes College.
Wolverines nip Lakers in girls' play
WADENA--The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines improved to 5-0 in the Mid-State Conference and 11-3 overall with a 47-45 triumph over the Detroit Lakes Lakers Friday.
Flyers skate to 10-2 victory
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Little Falls Flyers trounced the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 10-2 in a non-conference boys' hockey game Friday night.
Pioneers swat Hornets in OT
BIG LAKE --In Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball Friday, the Pierz Pioneers nipped the Big Lake Hornets 54-53 in overtime. Chris Zilka hit the bucket at the end of regulation to send the game into the extra period.
The Crosby-Ironton Rangers have added two games to their basketball schedule Monday.
Warrior wrestlers defeat Apollo
ST CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors' wrestling team defeated the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 45-20 in a Central Lakes Conference match Friday night.
No knocks on Wood as W-DC wins
WADENA -- It was impossible to find fault with one member of the Wadena-De
It wasn't pretty but Warriors win
The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team crashed the boards, hit the floor, turned up the defensive pressure and bounced the visiting St. Cloud Apollo Eagles right out of the building with a convincing 50-39 win Friday.
Wolves' Saunders coach of the month
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders was named the NBA's coach of the month for leading the team to a 12-4 record in January.
Wild exceeding expectations at All-Star break
ST. PAUL -- Generally, it's understood there's nothing lower than an expansion team. Yet one magazine predicted the Minnesota Wild would reach unprecedented depths.
Wolves' Saunders coach of the month
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders was named the NBA's coach of the month for leading the team to a 12-4 record in January.
Gophers open with a flurry
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Gophers came out swinging Friday night with Grant Potulny scoring a goal just 25 seconds into the game as Minnesota beat Michigan Tech 8-3.
Retired Cooks will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cheesehouse.
Verbal wedding invitation requires follow-through
DEAR ABBY: I am getting married in three months. A month ago, I verbally invited one of my co-workers, "Sandy," and asked her for her home address to send the invitation. Unfortunately, Sandy was "let go" last week under difficult circumstances. She was very upset.
Tips for pet-sitters
Dear Readers: Michelle Hussey from Louisville, Ky., sent in some hints to help pet sitters and owners:
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