NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Battle lines form over Northwest effort to cut labor costs
MINNEAPOLIS -- Battle lines are forming at Northwest Airlines, just days after Chief Executive Richard Anderson said cutting labor costs would be a key component in Northwest's return to profitability.
Waterfront on diners' menus again
Renovation of the Waterfront restaurant at Eddy's Lake Mille Lacs Resort, Onamia, is completed.
Blandin workers in Grand Rapids approve contract
GRAND RAPIDS, (AP) -- Workers at the Blandin paper plant ratified a contract Thursday that includes a six-year wage freeze, just weeks after 298 workers were laid off in this small northern Minnesota town.
Representatives from Consolidated Telephone Co., Brainerd, TDS Telecom, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake Communications and other rural Minnesota telephone companies visited the State Capitol in St. Paul last week.
State economy unlikely to benefit from war spending
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota gets just a sliver of defense spending, and probably would not see much of a silver lining from a war with Iraq, state officials and business experts say.
Central Lakes College lists its top students
Here is theCentral Lakes College honor roll
Washington Middle School names honor students
This is Washington Middle School honor roll for second quarter
Student brings BB gun to school, is suspended
A Harrison Elementary School student was suspended for accidentally bringing an unloaded BB gun to the school Friday.
Riverside Robin Hood
Riverside fourth-grader Toni Terwilliger played "Cook Henry" in the play Robin Hood Friday.
For some kids, the road's too much traveled
WASHINGTON -- Katie Butler logs up to three hours a day in a minivan. Between shuttling with the boys to school, running errands, attending ballet classes and visiting friends, she is a veteran of the Washington area's mind-boggling traffic.
Up in the air
Three years ago, Jason Cline was bored.
Take it from the president, you can make a difference
Conservative, Liberal, Independent. It didn't matter where you stand on the political front when our President George W. Bush in his State of the Union Address called on all Americans to mentor a child.
Report shows ranchers liquidating herds, moving cattle because of drought
DENVER (AP) -- The West's persistent drought is forcing many ranchers to quit or send their cattle to greener pastures.
Family turns historic round barn into bed and breakfast
RED WING, Minn. (AP) -- The Dammon barn has held its ground in the Mississippi River bluffs for nearly 90 years.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 1050. Last Friday: 224. Year ago Friday: 645. Thursday actual: 439.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 53, a year ago 273.
Small dairy farms to fade away; production to remain stable
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The $8 billion Minnesota dairy industry is expected to lose as many as 41 percent of its dairy farms in the next five years, although milk production will increase slightly, officials said.
Brainerd school board Meets 7 p.m. Monday Superintendent's Office
Crow Wing County commissioners Meet 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Commissioners' rm., Courthouse
Chanel Ofsthun and Matthew Zebroski, Brainerd, a boy, Mason James Zebroski, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, Jan. 13, 2003. Grandparents are Laura Warner, Brainerd, Harold Ofsthun Jr., Minot, N.D., Debbie Reita, Washington, and Mark Zebroski, Brainerd.
Wie opens with 74 in Hawaii Pearl Open
AIEA, Hawaii (AP) -- Michelle Wie had them buzzing Friday at the Hawaii Pearl Open.
Patient Furyk takes Pebble Beach lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- For those who thrive in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, skill is almost secondary to the patience necessary to survive the six-hour rounds, the shenanigans of the amateurs, and the unpredictable weather.
Protections for gays, lesbians under fire in Legislature
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Opponents of a law that outlaws discrimination of gays and lesbians see this year as their best shot ever to remove at least parts of the decade-old protection from Minnesota's human rights law.
Transportation chugs along with minor spending cuts
ST. PAUL -- Transportation funding took one of the smallest hits when Gov. Tim Pawlenty listed his spending reductions Friday, primarily because he didn't have power to slice deeper in that area.
Converging clinics sign of Pillager growth
PILLAGER -- Medical care is getting closer to home as two hospitals plan clinics near each other in a growing Pillager.
Victims of clergy abuse
Hospitals agree there's room for two clinics in Pillager
PILLAGER -- There may be questions of who's on first in medical clinic expansion into Pillager, but both Brainerd- and Staples-based hospitals agree there is room for both.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Share your stories
Accepting an engagement ring. Exchanging wedding vows. Savoring Godiva chocolates. Cherishing being pampered.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 9 - 80 years ago (1923) - Crosby people are always progressive and have some push about them. This was exemplified Thursday morning when Harry Nicholson wrote The Dispatch a baseball letter, sealed it in a one-cent stamped envelope and it rode triumphantly through the mails on that one cent. It takes Crosby people to put things through.
Dance shows Monday
The Brainerd Warriors Dance Team and the Brainerd Kixters will host shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the BHS gym.
Read Jodie Tweed's column Monday in the Brainerd Dispatch about a local project to remember area victims of domestic violence.
American Legion gets behind efforts to support soldiers' families
Sudden military deployment can uproot the lives of many as soldiers leave jobs, homes and families.
Fourth of July committee members needed
Brainerd Community Action is starting to plan the 2003 Fourth of July Celebration and is looking for committee members.
Two more join jury
Two more people were added to the jury Friday in the Joshua DeRosier murder trial.
Families left behind are offered support
Loved ones stood nearby, their eyes welled up with tears as they waved goodbye to the soldiers going to serve their country.
Phillip J. Backowski
FLENSBURG -- Phillip J. Backowski, 80, Flensburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Kenneth E. Orton
LITTLE FALLS -- Kenneth E. Orton, 83, Little Falls, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Frank H. Belton
Frank H. Belton, 97, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Addie S. Bock
AITKIN -- Addie S. Bock, 92, Aitkin, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Edna E. Newton
JENKINS -- Edna E. Newton, 93, Jenkins, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
BAXTER -- Carol Flaten, 66, Baxter, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her home.
Margaret E. Mengelkoch
FRIDLEY -- Margaret E. Mengelkoch, 78, Fridley, formerly of Little Falls, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Lynwood Health Care Center in Fridley.
PINE RIVER -- Darwin Totman, 68, Pine River, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
This is in response to your "Guest Column" which was in the Monday, Feb. 3, 2003 edition. The column was written by Curtis Nelson, president of Local 798 American Postal Union. Mr. Nelson is upset by the news that Wal-Mart wants to build a new and bigger store in Baxter.
Not the majority
Committees - Dispatch Editorial
Committee meetings, whether they involve politics, church or business, aren't everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes finding a quorum is the most difficult task facing the panel.
The sacrifice of heroes
This column was supposed to be about the wonder of exploration and dreams for the future.
Riders take pride in winter cycling
ROCHESTER (AP) -- As she rides into the parking ramp at Mayo Clinic's downtown Osmund Building each day, Jean Ellingson often wishes she could meet the dozen or so other cyclists who lock their bikes along the same rack.
North Country calendar
Feb. 16 -- Walleye, northern pike, muskie, bass seasons close on inland waters
Genmar lures boat buyers with tech security blanket
MINNEAPOLIS -- When the fish are biting along the east shore of Lake Tahoe, that's where the world's largest builder of recreational boats wants the anglers in its new boats to be. All they have to do is ask.
Winners in the turkey hunting license permit lottery will be notified by mail on Feb. 18 and on the DNR Web site by noon that day, the DNR said.
DOGS ON THE LOOSE
Dogs chased down, were eating alive a doe. Citizen reported it to me and I found deer unable to move more than several feet
Memories of Ma and her old cedar chest
Outside the sunroom window I watch chickadees snatch sunflower seeds from the feeders and fly quickly to the safe haven of the white cedar. Within its thick bowing branches, the wee birds are protected from predators as well as the winds of winter.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Walleye action has been good on Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Round Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Shiner and rainbow minnows are producing bigger fish. Sucker minnows are turning numbers of northern pike throughout the area in 10 to 24 feet of water.
Krista Kujawa and Rick Wiederholt were married Sept. 14, 2002, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dobie, Wis.
Dick and Martha Polsfuss
Dick and Martha Polsfuss, Pillager, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family in Lutsen. They were married Feb. 14, 1953, in Millan, Ill.
Clarence and Aimee Holmgard
Clarence and Aimee Holmgard, Fifty Lakes, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Feb. 14, 1953, in Plentywood, Mont.
Pastor Dwight Johnson and his wife, Darlene
There will be a retirement open house for Pastor Dwight Johnson and his wife, Darlene, from 2-5 p.m. with a sharing time at 3 p.m., Feb. 23 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Kathy Eide and Eric Carder were married Jan. 3, 2003, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Bill Skarich officiating.
Beth Ann Holznagel and Aaron Walter Hautala
Beth Ann Holznagel and Aaron Walter Hautala announce their engagement. Parents are Clayton and Danette Holznagel, Brainerd, and Walter and Linda Hautala, Gilbert. A June 7 wedding is planned at Gregory Park in Brainerd.
Jody Wiersgalla and Shane Swehla were married Oct. 26, 2002, at St. Andrew's Church in Brainerd with Father Bill Skarich officiating.
Stewart goes for third straight Shootout win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Stewart liked the Budweiser Shootout before. Now, the Winston Cup champion loves the made-for-TV event.
State's tax exemptions adding up to big bucks
ST. PAUL -- If you see an ad in the paper for a $39.99 pair of jeans, you can buzz into the store with two Andrew Jacksons in your pocket and buy a gumball on the way out with your leftover penny.
Viking Bouman to face questioning in alleged assaults
MILACA -- Authorities are investigating reports of two sexual assaults at a Minnesota Vikings winter fund-raiser and want to question Vikings quarterback Todd Bouman about one of them, Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren said Friday.
Eagan veteran distributes 'Liberate Iraq' signs
EAGAN (AP) -- A retired soldier, frustrated by the bloom of "Say No to War with Iraq" signs has started distributing signs of his own. They say: "Liberate Iraq."
Mother, three children die in mobile home fire near Finlayson
FINLAYSON (AP) -- A mother and her three children died in a mobile home fire near Finlayson early Friday but the children's father was next door when it broke out, Pine County authorities said.
Trio powers Staples-Motley Cardinals to win
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals had three players score in double figures and posted a 55-37 win over the Detroit Lakes Lakers in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
Committee asks for Brainerd Warriors Hall of Fame nominations
When the Brainerd Warriors Hall of Fame was founded in 1985, 14 of the most influential former athletes, coaches and at-large community members were enshrined.
Moorhead bounces Warriors from playoffs
MOORHEAD -- They shot high, they shot low, they shot and shot again.
Warriors can't complete comeback
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead and held on for a 61-52 win over the Brainerd Warriors in a Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball showdown Friday.
BAHA girls' teams claim third place, consolation title
The Brainerd 15-and-under girls' hockey team took third at the Moorhead Invitational last weekend while the Brainerd 12-and-under girls' team won the consolation championship.
Top-ranked Frazee topples Raiders
BERTHA -- Cullen Captain was the bright spot for the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders wrestling team, pinning Andy Quittschreiber, the No. 1 ranked 135-pounder in Class 1A, as the top-ranked Frazee Hornets won 49-20 Friday.
Nelson's 21 points lead Patriots to win
PEQUOT LAKES -- Cody Nelson scored 21 points to guide the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 77-62 victory over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves Friday in non-conference boys' basketball.
Smith's play lands him in Raiders Hall of Fame
One of the best Central Lakes College football players ever to don a Raiders football jersey, was also one of its most unselfish.
Third period dooms Grizzlies
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies took a 3-3 tie into the third period with goals from Jamie Risnes, Tyler Moe-Slepica, and Brian Burman, but Park Rapids got two scores in the final period for a 5-3 Mid-State Conference boys' hockey win.
VanVickle scores at buzzer for Pillager win
Senior Jessica VanVickle only scored six points in a Jan. 31 game against the Verndale Pirates but it was the final two that counted.
Former basketball player now coaches own team
Reid Kuschel, a 1999 graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School, has been named employee of the quarter for the boys' program at PORT Group Homes.
Area events Saturday
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Rebounds lift Cardinals over Rangers
CROSBY -- The names and faces change but the philosophy is still the same for the Staples-Motley boys' basketball team.
Johnsen leads team with passion for hockey
Red, white and blue adorn every Pequot Lakes Patriots athletic uniform, which befits Luke Johnsen's character.
Local sports shorts
The Amateur Athletic Union will conduct a coaches workshop Feb. 22 in Brainerd.
Wisconsin beats Alaska-Anchorage
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ryan MacMurchy and Nick Licari scored within 12 seconds of the second period, leading Wisconsin to a 4-1 WCHA victory over Alaska-Anchorage Friday night.
Colorado pummels Minnesota 6-2
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Brett Sterling scored four goals as top-ranked Colorado College defeated No. 7 Minnesota 6-2 on Friday.
Duluth edges Denver 6-5
DULUTH (AP) -- Jon Francisco netted the game-winner at 13:01 of the third period Friday as Minnesota-Duluth beat Denver.
Bemidji State loses to Wayne State 4-2
FRASER, Mich. (AP) -- Jack Redwood scored the game winning goal at 12:50 of the third period to lift Wayne State to a 4-2 win over Bemidji State Friday night.
North Dakota blanks Michigan Tech
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Zach Parise scored two goals and sophomore goalie Josh Siembida recorded his first career shutout as North Dakota defeated Michigan Tech 8-0 on Friday.
Wolves hope resurgence brings fans back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The many injuries of the Minnesota Timberwolves have affected more than just the team's win-loss record.
Red Bull Crashed Ice set at Spirit Mountain
Duluth -- The first USA Red Bull Crashed Ice is scheduled Feb. 28 through March 1 at Spirit Mountain.
Wild stave off Sharks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Down two goals barely five minutes into the game, a record-setting 27th victory didn't look likely for the Minnesota Wild.
Meet Tim Berners-Lee, The Lord of the Webs
Tim Berners-Lee could well be the J.R.R. Tolkien of the computer world.
YOU CAN ALMOST SMELL BURNING RUBBER
The history of racing video games is littered with the wreckage of unrealistic handling and unforgiving controls. After a few laps of physics-defying mayhem, the fun often evaporates faster than fuel spilled at a pit stop.
Sims Online may appeal to social climbers, but what's the point?
Call The Sims Online a sprawling chat room, a virtual world, a place to meet people, an escapist's dream. Call it anything, really, except a computer game.
Printing digital images gets easier
Snapping digital images and immediately showing them to their delighted subjects has led many a photo enthusiast to switch from a film camera to a digital.
Technology meets the tried and true
If the pen were mightier than the keyboard, the typewriter would have died in its infancy and we'd all be scribbling on our computers today.
The e-love connection
Would Heathcliff have confessed his love to Catherine by e-mail? Would Shakespeare have expressed himself with emoticons? Would Abelard and Heloise have become entangled by laptop?
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny. Light snow ending early south. Temperatures steady zero to 10 above.
Minnesota state forecast
This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny. Scattered flurries west and south. South. Nearly steady temperatures from near zero far north to the teens far south.
Dry weather for most of the nation; winter storm moves off New England coast
Partly cloudy skies were on tap Saturday for the Northeast in the wake of a winter storm, light snow was expected in some central portions of the nation, and dry weather was forecast for most of the Midwest and West.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Partly or mostly cloudy. Snow showers in the lake superior snowbelt. A chance of light snow or flurries mainly south and east. Highs 10 to 15 northwest to the 20s and around 30 south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Occasional snow or flurries through early afternoon...Mainly central and south. Becoming partly sunny north. Temperatures steady or slowly falling by this afternoon in the 20s.
Weather drawing by Kate Hauble of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy with light snow likely west. Partly to mostly cloudy with flurries east. Highs around 10 northeast to the 20s southwest.
"Starting from Scratch" will be described by Jeff Dirks of the Horticulture Department of Central Lakes College at the Brainerd Garden Club meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd Public Library.
In behalf of the Crow Wing Food Co-op, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the twenty-some volunteers who showed up to give the store a "face-lift" the weeke
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