A MAJOR PLUS
BAXTER -- Vibrant primary colors, a plethora of flat-screen computers and a seriously expanded retail area are part of the new Computer One Plus.
Designstein helps clients build brand awareness
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the early days of Designstein Inc., "won't you take me to Funkytown" took the Web-design firm to a solid financial footing.
Franklin school's future still matter of opinion
What do shopping, kickboxing and eating have in common?
Keating joins Lakewood Health System
'U' president reluctant to impose big tuition hike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Big tuition increases won't be the first choice as the University of Minnesota looks for ways to absorb cutbacks in state funding, President Robert Bruininks said.
Applications available for sheriff's association scholarships
The Minnesota Sheriff's Association Scholarship Program for 2003 is under way.
Remedies for cabin fever
If winter doesn't break soon, I swear I am going to be the top story on the evening news and a banner headline in the local paper.
Pets of the Week
Mia is a 1-year-old female husky mix.
Four boys, all age 12, waiting for a partner
Have you ever noticed similar things happening at the same time?
One little factoid you don't often hear about in the government's monthly unemployment rolls -- marital status.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 330, a year ago 152.
Granite Falls to begin raising money for proposed ethanol plant
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- A cooperative in this western Minnesota city has received government approval to begin raising equity for a proposed $55 million ethanol plant.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 300. Last Friday: 763. Year ago Friday: 289. Thursday actual: 471.
Cargill Dow technology showing what corn can really do
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- You've eaten it, sipped it in soft drinks and burned it in your gas tank. Now, you can sleep on it and soon, wear it on your back.
WALKER -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday on Cass County Road 142, four miles north of Walker.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Brainerd City Hall
Tiger ends wild 66 with eagle
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- It took nearly 27 holes in one day and 19 errant tee shots over the first two rounds of the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course, but late Friday afternoon, Tiger Woods finally gave fans what they had come to see.
Torrey Pines Golf Courses
Contact state lawmakers
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
State deficit may help chances for lowering drunken driving threshold
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota lawmakers who haven't had much luck persuading their colleagues to lower the state's legal blood-alcohol limit might have the carrot they need this year: the looming budget deficit.
Rep. Loren Solberg, DFL-Bovey, and Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, have scheduled two community meetings Feb. 21 in Aitkin County.
Department hierarchy flattened to deliver transportation projects faster
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Lt. Governor Carol Molnau on Friday announced changes at the Department of Transportation, where she also serves as transportation commissioner.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Bats, not dogs, responsible for most U.S. rabies deaths; in particular, two rare species are to blame
ATLANTA (AP) -- Bats -- not dogs -- cause most of the few rabies deaths in the United States, and the species of bats that are usually to blame are rare, federal officials said Friday.
Victims of clergy abuse
Royal jelly: A lot of buzz but few studies
Honey, the best-known bee product, has been valued by humans throughout history. But only recently has interest grown
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 16 - 30 years ago (1973) - Geneva Partridge, the first woman to enlist in the Army Reserve here, doesn't mind setting a precedent. Jeannie spent two years in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She will be a personnel specialist in the office.
Brainerd Manor's Valentine's Day royalty included Evelyn Christianson as queen and Glenn Peters as king.
At right, Christopher placed his top hat on Micah's head after their wedding in the music room at the Musser Mansion in Little Falls. (Dispatch Photos by Steve Kohls)
Bus ride offered to Capitol to urge action to protect state waters
Brainerd area residents are invited to join 500 Minnesotans who will gather Feb. 25 at the State Capitol in St. Paul to urge lawmakers to take action on legislation to protect Minnesota's lakes, rivers and streams.
Harriet Club owner pays property taxes in full
WALKER -- When Cass County Auditor-Treasurer's office informed Pam Siltman, owner of the Harriet Club, that issuing the tobacco license for her business was contingent upon having her property taxes paid in full, Siltman paid all outstanding taxes in full Feb. 5.
A Brainerd police officer has been named Brainerd Officer of the Year. Read more about this story in Monday's Dispatch.
15 jurors represent various careers
With the jury selected, the murder trial of Joshua John DeRosier is set for opening statements Tuesday.
Brainerd transit chief resigns with harsh words
Accusing the city of a lack of vision and Mary Koep of micromanaging his department, Brainerd City Transit Coordinator Larry Nadeau resigned after less than a year on the job.
PINE RIVER -- Charles Asseltine, 83, Pine River, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Donald A. Dowden
OUTING -- Donald Albert Dowden, 91, Outing, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
William 'Bill' Cox
WORTHINGTON -- William "Bill" Cox, 73, Worthington, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Worthington Regional Hospital.
The pledge - Dispatch Editorial
For the third year in a row Minnesota lawmakers find themselves wrestling with the touchy issue of requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
War is the enemy
The U.S. government has a history of lying to elicit support for war. The 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, fabricated by the Johnson Administration, led to wider war in Vietnam and the deaths of millions of Vietnamese and tens of thousands of Americans. In 1983 the Reagan Administration falsely alleged construction of a military airstrip on the island of Grenada to justify war against that tiny Caribbean nation. In the 1980s, intelligence photos of a Soviet ship bound for Nicaragua, said to be transporting MIG fighter aircraft, were used to coerce Congressional funding of the Contra terrorist war against that tiny impoverished country. There were no MIGs on that ship. George Bush, Sr. used bogus reconnaissance photos to falsely claim a huge Iraqi troop buildup on the Saudi border. This, together with staged Congressional testimony by a "witness" falsely accusing Iraqi soldiers of removing babies from their incubators and allowing them to die, persuaded Congress to narrowly authorize the Gulf War. That 1991 war left hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead and over 160,000 American veterans disabled.
It is interesting to note Wal-Mart contributed to the Brainerd YMCA fund drive, when at the same time many "local" businesses were conspicuous by their absence.
Hang on to your horse
These are crazy times.
Minnesotans are showing they care about the state's natural resources by purchasing one of two specially designed Critical Habitat License Plates. The Department of Public Safety says the number of conservation license plates registered in Minnesota exceeds 64,000.
Feb. 16 -- Walleye, northern pike, muskie, bass seasons close on inland waters
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Gull Lake is still producing numbers of walleye as the season comes to an end. These fish are scattered from seven to 40 feet depending on the spot of the lake, but the best reports are coming from shallower depths.
Every year sportsmen can see new outdoors gear at a consumer shows such as the Fishing and Camping Show and the Northwest Sport Show, to name just two.
Minnesota's native cedars
Last week I talked about observing chickadees snatching sunflower seeds from the feeders and flying quickly to the safe haven of the lone white cedar that sits on the ridge outside my sunroom window.
Outdoor recreation plan unveiled by DNR
A comprehensive five-year plan to develop and preserve Minnesota's outdoor recreation systems has been announced by the DNR.
For dirt bikers, it's a family thing
Riding a lime green Kawasaki, Kyle Lyons races his dirt bike up a steeply graded mound, spinning out his tires and catching air before careening downhill.
Lindsey Marie Dumke and Bryan Carlton Eastvold were married Jan. 4, 2003, at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Blue Earth with Father John Ozbun officiating.
Vi Hanson, retired Brainerd High School teacher, will celebrate her 80th birthday Wednesday. She was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Williston, N.D.
Roger and Eileen Weitnauer
Roger and Eileen Weitnauer, Aitkin, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday. They were married Feb. 20, 1943, in Eastwood.
Jennifer Johnson and Corey Larson were married Sept. 14, 2002, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Andrew Smith officiating.
Char Dunlap and Brian Rudolph
Char Dunlap and Brian Rudolph announce their engagement.
There will be a surprise birthday party/open house for Marjorie Freeman from 2-4 p.m. Saturday with a brief sharing time at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Fireside Lounge, in Baxter. No gifts please. She was born Feb. 25, 1923.
Nikki Jacobsen and Shane Petersen were married Dec. 14, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor David Holte officiating.
Stacy Anderson and Slade Fetters
Stacy Anderson and Slade Fetters announce their engagement. Parents are James and LaNeda Anderson, Brainerd, and Bruce and Jean Fetters, Brainerd. A March 7 wedding is planned at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillman.
Nichole L. Jordan and Joel S. Borders
Nichole L. Jordan and Joel S. Borders announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Christine Jordan, Brainerd, and Steve and Susan Borders, Brainerd. A March 29 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church.
Martin ties IROC mark with 11th victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Stock car veteran Mark Martin, who has made a career of winning International Race of Champions events, won another one Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Black fans scarce at Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- No other sport so deftly and thoroughly immerses itself in commerce as does NASCAR, where everything and everyone has a sponsor. It is where Main Street meets Wall Street and country music blends with rock 'n' roll.
NASCAR has perfect formula as growth sport on TV
To some, NASCAR may simply be cars going around in circles. But as a television attraction, the direction is straight up.
Martin hopes his cylce racing career takes off
Ken Martin of Brainerd finished third in his first motorcycle race at Brainerd International Raceway more than 10 years ago.
Crawford waits his turn, then gets the victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The yellow line marked the winning way for Rick Crawford as he drove his Ford F-150 truck to a dramatic victory Friday in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Craftsman Truck race.
CRYING IN HIS BEER
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Party foul.
Daytona 500 should be finale, not opener
The Daytona 500 is called the Super Bowl of stock car racing, and yes, it is NASCAR's foremost event. But there's one thing wrong with the Super Bowl analogy. It's backward.
Auditor says golf course money diversion did not violate law
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission did not violate the law when it bought land with public funds that had been slated for a still-unfinished youth golf complex, the legislative auditor has determined.
Random searches resume at airport
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport resumed random searches of vehicles on the airport's inbound roadways Friday.
More students join lawsuit against testing company
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In a span of two weeks, the number of students claiming money for being wrongly failed on the 2000 basic-skills math test has nearly doubled, the judge overseeing the settlement said.
Contracting laws overhaul proposed
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two DFL lawmakers are proposing an overhaul of state contracting laws to open the process to greater public scrutiny, save money and protect whistle-blowers.
Chief of staff says he'll pay part of state car's lease
ST. PAUL -- First Charlie Weaver got a raise when he left his post as Jesse Ventura's Commissioner of Public Safety to become Gov. Tim Pawlenty's chief of staff. Now he's getting a better ride.
Green helps put Hornets on the map
The Lake Region Christian School Hornets aren't the most recognizable team in the area and center Lindsey Green isn't the biggest name in the area either.
Huskies grab victory over Lake Region
BAXTER -- The Pillager Huskies had three players score in double figures and came away with a 64-37 triumph over the Lake Region Christian Hornets Friday.
Brainerd Nordic skiers already thinking ahead
Don't be surprised to read this article again next year.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Warrior girls' hockey goalie Mandy Hanson is a finalist for the Senior Goalie of the Year Award.
W-DC player cuts loose after injury
If Sherlock Holmes was to investigate the scoring troubles of the Wadena-Deer Creek boys' hockey team the clues probably would point to Tyler Neu's fibula.
Here's some advice for parents of kids involved in sports from Harry Sheehy, longtime basketball coach and now athletic director at Williams College.
Tech downs Brainerd girls
ST. CLOUD -- Maria Swanson and Megan Arns each had 12 points to lead the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team, but a slow start was the deciding factor in a 58-48 Central Lakes Conference loss to Class 4A's fifth-ranked St. Cloud Tech.
Cardinals add to Tigers' tough year
PINE RIVER -- Michelle Honek drained 20 points and Kim Mosack added 13 to lift the Staples-Motley Cardinals out of paws reach of the Pine River-Backus Tigers 59-38 Friday in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball.
Area events Saturday
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Brainerd players can dress in style
The Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team thanks the following for their efforts in completion of its locker room at Gold Medal Arena:
Wolves sting Hornets
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets were plugging along OK without one starter. Missing a second starter proved to be more than they could handle.
Coyotes stop Wild
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes didn't play like a team on a four-game losing streak.
Gophers control Badgers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Andy Sertich had a goal and an assist as Minnesota beat Wisconsin 5-2 Friday night.
Checking out videophones
SAN FRANCISCO -- Videophones represent a long-promised improvement in communications, and a crop of new products aimed at the home market are making big leaps in ease of use.
Slammer hits those who haven't kept up
When I turned on my computer to write this column last night, a little cartoon box appeared at the bottom of my screen. It told me a Windows update was available and asked if I wanted to download it.
Broadband over power lines?
ST. LOUIS -- Coming to a home or office near you could be an electric Internet: high-speed Web access via ubiquitous power lines, of all things, making every electrical outlet an always-on Web connection.
Weather drawing by Emily Bodenschatz in the Lincoln School third-grade class of Mrs. Ahlers.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partial clearing south. Mostly sunny north. Highs from single digits far north to the mid 20s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy north. Mostly cloudy south. Scattered lake effect flurries southeast. Highs from the mid teens north...To the upper 20s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm warning today for much of central and southern iowa...
The Weather Elsewhere
With Tomorrow's Temperature Forecast
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy west and central with a chance of light snow. Partly sunny east. Highs 5 northeast to 30 southwest.
Warm front soaks East; Cold front blasts nation's middle section
A strong warm front will bring widespread precipitation to the East Saturday, while the Northeast stays cold and dry and a cold front continues pushing through the nation's middle section.
State forecast for South Dakota
Rest of today...Considerable clouds west through northeast. Partly sunny southeast. Highs 10 to 15 northeast and east central...To the lower 30s southwest.
The Nisswa Women's Club will meet at noon for a luncheon Thursday at Ernie's on Gull. The feature artist will be Mary Ann Simmons presenting "Leaving a Legacy: Time Runs Out." Ethel Speaker will chair. Hostesses: Mary DeYoe, Kathy Edmunds, Barbara Elmquist and Jean O'Leary.
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