Bulk of 3M head's compensation to come in stock
MAPLEWOOD (AP) -- The new chief executive of 3M Corp., W. James McNerney Jr., will get a salary of $1.3 million and a bonus of $2.4 million this year, plus a big payoff in long-term stock options.
CFO helps bring parachute company in for soft landing
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) -- When Mark Thomas arrived as the chief financial officer at Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc. in April 1992, he had the sneaking suspicion that he was about to preside over a corporate funeral.
In the deepest gloom, some investors see opportunity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market's plunge has left many small investors so intimidated they are likely to miss out on the beginning of the next upturn and the chance to recoup their losses.
Bid to unionize casino dealers is crapping out
LAS VEGAS -- A sweeping campaign here to unionize many of the city's blackjack, craps and other casino dealers, which showed initial momentum, is on the verge of folding like a house of cards.
Schwan's accused of pizza piracy
MARSHALL (AP) -- The top two frozen pizza retailers in the country have taken their battle for a bigger share of the $2.4 billion market to court, with Kraft Foods Inc. accusing Schwan's Sales Enterprises of stealing trade secrets.
'House-rich' elders can get help with cash flow from reverse mortgages
NEW YORK -- Many of America's elderly find themselves to be house-rich, but cash-poor.
Digging themselves a niche
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- When the snow piles up on America's sidewalks and driveways, the Rugg family smiles. And this winter they've been smiling a lot.
But the name goes on
Since 1939, the Esser's name has been part of the Brainerd area business community. The name, connected for many with the sale of spirits, will continue even though the brothers who kept the tradition alive sold the business little more than a week ago.
Moderate gains don't save down week
NEW YORK -- Speculation about an earlier-than-expected interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve helped technology stocks stage a comeback Friday, giving the Nasdaq composite index its first positive finish in more than a week.
With the warmth of April springing into the sunlight in 1996, the future of the Internet in the lakes area was being compared to ice -- actually the tip of an iceberg.
Consumers' mood based largely on personal experience
WASHINGTON -- Americans form their opinions about the economy based on many things, including what they have to shell out for groceries and gas, conditions at the workplace, and chats with family and friends.
Question: Several years ago I went to graduate school, and now along with my education I have a great deal of debt in the form of student loans and credit cards. I am paying off as much as possible on the credit cards every month (my $15,000 balance is split among three cards, and I am not using them for purchases, but it seems to be taking forever to make a significant dent.
Loss of Earnhardt also leaves a void in business world
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With the death of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, corporate sponsors are moving quickly to pull ads and revamp promotional campaigns.
Law requiring layoff notice Is full of loopholes
The end of employment can be nerve-racking, whatever the cause. Now that layoffs are coming by the thousands, many workers are worried they might be next.
Investors have more ways to research mutual funds than ever
NEW YORK -- Mutual fund investors have more information than ever to help them make decisions, but sifting through it all can be intimidating and frustrating.
Thinking up, not out may answer space needs
Land prices may be enough to finally get Brainerd and Baxter area developers to think up and not out.
The Minnesota Thunder, Minnesota's professional soccer team, selected Russell & Herder as its agency of record for the 2001 soccer season.
Home Depot co-founder Arthur M. Blank set to retire
Arthur M. Blank, co-founder and co-chairman of Home Depot Inc., said Wednesday he will retire from the company and its board of directors at the end of May.
The Brainerd Christian Women's Cl
Russian Orthodox official urges pope to postpone visit to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top official from the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine has sent a letter to Pope John Paul II urging him to postpone a planned visit this summer, a news report said.
Presbyterian church breaks ground in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- Ten years of faith and patience are bearing fruit for about a half dozen people of Presbyterian heritage who began meeting roughly a decade ago for Bible study and fellowship.
Women become consecrated virgins in rare Catholic rite
NEW YORK -- At the bridal shop, the saleswomen were puzzled.
Talking doesn't come easily for many married men
QUESTION: When my husband and I were dating, we could talk for hours about anything and everything. Now that we're married, we go out to dinner and have nothing to say to each other. What has gone wrong? Richard just keeps his thoughts to himself.
A 'little lunch' leads to a church
BAXTER -- A few years back, a handful of pastors from the local Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations were having a "little lunch" together when the idea surfaced.
Brainerd High School announces honor roll
Honor Roll First Semester
Pillager 8th grade honor roll
Pillager 8th Grade Honor Roll
Teens need answers
DEAR ABBY: I am a 14-year-old girl with a big problem. Today, when my father and I went to the supermarket, I saw a book that looked interesting. It was called "How to Win at Love." I picked it up not because I was having a problem with my love life -- I don't even HAVE a love life -- but I am curious about "love," so I read a few pages and decided to buy it. My dad saw the title and got mad at me. Then one of my sisters started treating me like I was a freak. Now, I'm scared my dad and sister will tell my mom, and then Mom will be mad, too.
Boys need partners who are male role models
One of the elements that really seems to help relationships grow between adult and junior partners is a supportive, conscientious parent. The three African-American young men featured in today's "Child in Need" article are lovable, fun-loving kids; and best of all, they have a mom who will be very supportive of their partnerships.
Mall of America couple 'doing marvelously'
Remember that guy in Minnesota who advertised for a wife, had friends and relatives select from dozens of applicants, and immediately married the winner at the Mall of America with 2,000 shoppers watching?
Youth volunteers for February
NAMES: Kayla Hagen, 10 years and Trent Larson, 12 years, brother and sister
It's a bridal free-for-all at Filene's Basement
BOSTON -- Here come the brides, all 500 of them, in bluejeans and sneakers. They stand prepared to knock the glass doors of Filene's Basement off their hinges -- it's happened four or five times before -- to score The Perfect Dress in the biggest bridal sale scrum of the season.
Tips for making lipstick last
So, the Valentine's Day dinner is over, and he's at your door -- or on your couch. It's time for The Kiss, and if you're wearing lipstick, you're suddenly faced with the unfortunate likelihood of having the red stuff rubbed off your lips and onto your chin.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 348, a year ago 234.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 950.
Goodbye, meat cutter?
WASHINGTON -- The corner butcher shop is gone. The supermarket meat cutter may not be far behind.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 267, a year ago 202.
Veneman cites 'ongoing weaknesses' in farm economy
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman warned Tuesday of "ongoing weaknesses" in the farm economy, even as the government forecast a steady rise in U.S. agricultural exports.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 350.
Little Falls School Board
WALKER -- In Cass County court, Joshua Dean Neyens, 19, Brainerd, was ordered to serve 60 work release days for gross misdemeanor DUI. He was fined $1,000 and placed on three years supervised probation.
Bengtson, Christine A. and Steven L.
In a Feb. 18 business story about Jan's Sewing with Heart business, the number of sewing machines should have counted to seven and building owner Gary L. Svendsen should not have been identified as Jan Fraune's landlord in the business' former Washington Street location.
The Dispatch inadvertently omitted the name of Jennifer Sweet in a Page 5A story Monday on the senior Brainerd Kixters as the result of incomplete information supplied to the newspaper.
Leslie L. Tranby Sr., 57, and Sharon L. Block, 38, both of Hillman.
School lunch menus
Burn victim in satisfactory condition
LITTLE FALLS -- A 2-year-old toddler who suffered severe injuries in a house fire Feb. 13 was reported in satisfactory condition Friday.
AITKIN -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident reported at 3:49 p.m. Thursday on Highway 169, about two miles north of Aitkin.
Love in the lead, Tiger in the mix
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tiger Woods was one bad swing away from being in jeopardy of missing the cut. Instead, he produced one of his best swings of the day and wound up only four shots behind co-leaders Davis Love III and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Powell's Mideast trip complicated by U.S.-British airstrike on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Colin L. Powell leaves Friday for a whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe, but the tenor of his first overseas trip as secretary of State has been transformed as a result of the U.S.-British airstrike on Iraq last week.
Bush: Projected surplus can easily accommodate big tax cut
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Saturday that the most important number in the budget he sends to Congress next week is the $5.6 trillion surplus it projects over the next 10 years.
Hillary Clinton decries brother's taking money for pardon work
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called her brother's decision to take money to lobby for pardons a "terrible misjudgment" as a House committee began investigating whether President Clinton's brother, Roger, influenced the last-minute executive actions.
Norton promises Indians better schools
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton emphasized education in outlining her Indian affairs agenda Wednesday, promising to replace some schools immediately and to attend to a backlog of repairs in others.
Hillary bearing brunt of pardon fallout
WASHINGTON -- She came to Capitol Hill amid lofty expectations, the first presidential spouse ever elected to public office and one of a phalanx of Democrats who gave the party new life in a Senate evenly split with Republicans.
The week ahead
ST. PAUL -- In all likelihood, Gov. Jesse Ventura and the Legislature will learn this week that they have less cash at their disposal than earlier believed.
Bush's first news conference
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, in his first news conference since moving to the White House, sounded a tough note toward Iraq on Thursday and warned that "we're going to send a message" to China over its help in building Iraqi air defenses.
Rules relaxed for retirees' access to State Department
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year after the State Department tightened security amid Republican complaints of lax standards, Secretary of State Colin Powell rolled back a requirement that former employees be escorted during visits to the building.
Appeals court upholds judge's requiring accounting of Indian funds
WASHINGTON -- The federal government must fix problems with a multibillion dollar system of accounts for American Indians and give the Indians an accounting of how much money they should have, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Happenings Thursday at the Minnesota Capitol:
University of Minnesota regent selection may fall to governor
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans are willing to let Gov. Jesse Ventura pick five University of Minnesota regents rather than leave the process open to political mischief.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Report questions health claims for 'safer' cigarettes
Light cigarettes, as well as new slow-burning and other "safer" varieties claiming to reduce health risks, may actually be just as harmful as conventional cigarettes, according to a major report released Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Care for your countertop appliances
Countertop appliances will operate more efficiently and last longer with care and maintenance.
Paneling is easier than painting, wallpapering
Compared with painting and wallpapering, we think paneling is easier because it's a more "carpenter friendly" project. No drips, no spills, no tears. Just cut, glue and nail.
Design J-53 perfect for narrow lot
In many urban neighborhoods, there are lots so narrow that no one has built on them. Then, along comes a unique design like Design J-53, and anything starts to look possible.
Decorating your home bit by bit is easier on budget
With instant gratification seemingly the law of the land, it's nice to know that decorating on the installment plan can be more satisfying than getting it all done the day after tomorrow.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association general membership meeting will begin with orientation for new members at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ramada Inn in Brainerd.
Just which cherry tree did Washington cut down?
George Washington's birthday (Feb. 22) is a proper time to think about cherry trees.
Cultivate garden beds before rains
Cultivate beds for ornamentals and vegetables now, before planting and in advance of the spring rainy season, said John G. Shaffer, landscape designer and gardener in Adamstown, Md.
Removing oil from well is difficult and not a do-it-yourselfer job
Question: About two years ago, the submersible pump broke in our 185- foot deep well. We had the pump rebuilt, but our well water took on an oily smell and began leaving a film in the toilet. We thought the condition would eventually clear up but it hasn't. The pump rebuilder claims that oil from the broken pump contaminated our water, and can offer no solutions to the problem. Is there anything we can do short of drilling a new well to get clean water?
Growing white asparagus, a garden delicacy
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- White asparagus, long a European delicacy, has lately become popular also in America.
While gardens may be buried under snow, February is a good time to start planting.
Caulking requires careful effort
One squeeze of the trigger can put the finishing touch on a project or create a huge mess.
The changing house
The homes people live in evolved out of simple need or grand design, or both, then were inevitably polished by the urge to change.
Big brother -- or sister -- is watching
Ever wish you could be in two places at once?
Lakes area has marketing links to world
Name an area business conducting work in California or Japan? The shorter list may be who isn't.
A new sewage collection and treatment center could be reality in 2003 in Garrison
GARRISON -- A new sewage collection and treatment system for the Western Lake Mille Lacs area could be hooked up as early as 2003.
National and international customers are increasing for Brainerd-area manufacturing businesses. Read more about it Monday's Dispatch.
School board picks firm to assist comprehensive plan
The Brainerd School Board is one step closer in preparing its long-range comprehensive plan.
Plan changes east side mall's look
The East Brainerd Mall might become a strip mall, if all goes as planned.
BAXTER -- Nutrition Services Inc., Baxter, a nonprofit corporation, is accepting requests from area communities that would like noon meals served to seniors.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 25 - 30 years ago (1971) - Miss Leah Beth Frey, 23-year-old soprano from Crosby, has won the District and Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions and will compete in the semi-finals in New York. Miss Frey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave X. Frey of Crosby. Frey is associated with Thrifty Drug in Brainerd.
Governor Jesse Ventura's budget for Kindergarten through 12th-grade education actually represents a decrease in funding for area schools including Aitkin and McGregor, reports State Rep. Loren Solberg, DFL-Bovey.
Snow emergency declared
The city of Brainerd declared a snow emergency for Saturday and today.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-A request to connect the Brainerd and Baxter water systems at certain points was rejected by the Brainerd Water and Light Board. Board members Leonard Peterson and Warren Welton voted to decline Baxter's offer on the grounds that it would not benefit the city of Brainerd at this time.
Prosecutors investigating Hasidic men's commutations
NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors are investigating whether former President Clinton commuted the sentences of four convicted swindlers in exchange for Hasidic Jewish votes for his wife during her run for the Senate, The Associated Press learned Friday.
Bush, Blair wrap up their get-acquainted session
THURMONT, Md. -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were wrapping up their get-acquainted session Saturday at the Camp David presidential retreat, after exploring their common desire to fix "Swiss-cheese" gaps in Iraqi sanctions while containing Saddam Hussein's aggression.
Florida panel recommends changes in voting system
MIAMI -- Hoping to avoid a repeat of the post-election chaos that consumed Florida and the nation last November, a task force appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is recommending the first broad changes that would create a uniform statewide voting system and banish the use of the infamous punch-card ballot.
Sub accident investigators weigh evidence on ship location
WASHINGTON -- The skipper of the USS Greeneville has told Navy investigators that he was aware from sonar soundings that a ship was in the vicinity before the submarine made a rapid ascent to the surface and crashed into a Japanese fishing vessel on Feb. 9, a source familiar with the investigation said Thursday.
Sara Jane Olson is shaken, outraged by judge's decision
LOS ANGELES -- Staunchly declaring her innocence, a shaken Sara Jane Olson said Friday she was outraged by a judge's decision to allow the criminal history of the Symbionese Liberation Army to be included as evidence in her upcoming trial on charges she conspired to kill two Los Angeles police officers in 1975.
Professor slayings suspect had apparently been reading white supremacist material
LEBANON, N.H. (AP) -- One of two teen-agers charged with killing two Dartmouth College professors apparently had been reading white supremacy and Holocaust revisionism material, ABC News reported Thursday.
Clinton's brother laments denied pardon requests
WASHINGTON -- Roger Clinton said Friday that he promised a half-dozen of his closest friends, including men he had met in prison, that his brother, former President Clinton, would grant them pardons before he left the White House.
Asteroid or comet may have caused 'mother of all extinctions'
WASHINGTON -- Some 250 million years ago, almost 90 percent of life on Earth died in history's most devastating extinction. A new study suggests it was triggered by an asteroid or comet like the one that much later killed the dinosaurs.
Gulf War anniversary
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Former President George Bush, marking the 10th anniversary of the ground offensive in the Gulf War, said Friday that he regrets underestimating the resiliency of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Experts: Money factor new to pardon history
WASHINGTON -- A direct descendant of the divine right of monarchs, the presidential pardon is protected under the Constitution from any need for justification. Its use has drawn protests before, but those who study the history of executive clemency say President Clinton's last-minute pardons have a unique twist.
Tribes call new federal trust regulations 'mixed bag'
WASHINGTON -- American Indian tribal leaders are recommending endorsement of new federal rules on the placement of Indian land into tax-exempt federal trust, despite serious objections to some of the provisions.
Powerball winner to quit job, buy a new car
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- A Pawtucket factory worker claimed a $93.5 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, saying he planned to quit his job and buy a new car.
Powell in Mideast
CAIRO, Egypt -- Launching his first extensive overseas trip as secretary of state, Colin Powell said Saturday he was open to advice on how to force Iraq to abandon its weapons programs.
Baseball's spring of discontent
It quickly has become baseball's spring of discontent.
Big night for Roenick, Tkachuk in Buffalo
Jeremy Roenick joined some elite company with his hat trick at Buffalo.
Illinois loss opens up Big Ten race
Sean Connolly's game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State made a lot of people at Michigan State happy.
Mutombo is the perfect addition for Philadelphia
Dikembe Mutombo and the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be a perfect fit.
North Dakota wins
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- Tim Laurila assisted on both Michigan Tech goals to lead the Huskies to 2-2 tie with North Dakota on Friday night.
Denver defeats Alaska-Anchorage
DENVER (AP) -- Kevin Doell had two goals and the University of Denver scored four times in the first period as the Pioneers defeated Alaska-Anchorage 6-3 on Friday night.
Packers' purge begins
Outside linebacker Brian Williams is the first of several key contributors to Green Bay's Super Bowl years who will pay the price for the Packers' recent spending spree.
Hawaii coach Jones regains consciousness after accident
HONOLULU (AP) -- Doctors were optimistic about Hawaii football coach June Jones' chances for a full recovery Friday, a day after he was critically injured in a car crash.
Sixers get Mutombo
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a center who can help them win a championship this year. To get him, they gave up a center who might have kept them a powerhouse for years to come.
Wisconsin loses to Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Paul Manning scored the game-winning goal with 6:54 left as Colorado College beat Wisconsin 5-4 Friday night.
Rams designate Carter as franchise player
Kevin Carter, whose falloff at defensive end was a reason for the decline of the St. Louis defense last season, was designated as the Rams' franchise player Thursday, a move that left him unhappy.
BAXTER -- Elaine Berns, 64, Baxter, who retired last year after serving more than 30 years as a teacher's aide at Baxter Elementary School, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Michael L. Arms
Michael Lon Arms, 38, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at his home.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Borghild Thomsen, 91, Greenville, S.C., died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at her home.
PIERZ -- Gordon Becker, 47, Pierz, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Becker Trucking, Inc.
Ione Sibet McGuire, 92, Brainerd, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Victor J. Lemire
AITKIN -- Victor J. Lemire, 78, Aitkin, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud after a long illness.
Clarence W. Jordan
ROSEVILLE -- Clarence W. Jordan, 88, Roseville, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Roseville.
STAPLES -- JoAnn Farber, 61, Staples, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Wesley R. Menton
DEERWOOD -- Wesley Raymond Menton, 78, Deerwood, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Glenn E. Huff
MOTLEY -- Glenn E. Huff, 79, Motley, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at his home.
Raymond G. Johnson
Raymond G. Johnson, 85, Brainerd, died Friday, Feb. 23., 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Leora Kelsey, 69, Pine River, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at her home.
AITKIN -- Victor Lemire, 78, Aitkin, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Janet Reno revisited
Former President Bill Clinton's foibles and misdeeds continue to be chronicled by the media more than a month after his presidency ended.
The 'Having it All' lie
"White House Distaff Staff Make Family a Priority," proclaimed a headline in last Thursday's Post, over a story showing that the Bush administration plans to encourage one of the capital's sunniest self-delusions.
Putting people first - Dispatch Editorial
President George W. Bush's actions, one month into his presidency, have shown he prefers deliberation to knee-jerk policy-making.
Open Forum guidelines
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
George W. Bush's moment of truth
WASHINGTON--Now comes the first moment of truth for President George W. Bush.
The return of the spies
It sounds like the stuff of cold war novels. An American -- and not just an American but an FBI agent -- is arrested and charged with spying for Russia. Robert Philip Hanssen, 56, a 25-year veteran of America's premier law enforcement agency, was allegedly paid $1.4 million in cash and diamonds for selling out his country.
A state of emergency
He walked alone Producer Stanley Kramer believed movies should have messages
At the climax of the 1952 Western classic "High Noon," Marshal Wil Kane (played by Gary Cooper) takes a lonely walk down an empty main street to take on four gunslingers bent on killing him. He faced them alone because the townspeople, who he thought were his friends, were too selfish and cowardly to lend him a hand.
I thought I'd "heard it all" when it came to ridiculous behavior by school administrators. However, the front page story which greeted me about Pequot Lakes Junior High Schoolers being disciplined for excessive hugging, goes to the top of the list for asininity!
Birding at its best Photographer hits the road in search of wintering owls
After reading an article in "Travelers Guide to Wildlife in Minnesota," my son Michael and I decided to make a photo safari to Sax-Zim bog, which consists of about 200 square miles of tamarack and cedar.
Potential changes in statewide fish limits
-- Most limits are not based on scientific research.
Hungry owls migrate to northern Minnesota
Northern Minnesota is experiencing a midwinter migration of owls, a phenomenon known in ornithological circles as an "irruption."
Twin Ports club struggles to spread its love of bass fishing in walleye land
DULUTH (AP) -- There aren't many anglers in the Northland as dedicated to bass fishing as J.T. Colosimo. In fact, there aren't many anglers in the Northland who'd even admit they fish for bass.
'We want to make meaningful change' DNR fisheries manager says bag limits should be changed before problems arise
Tim Goeman, DNR regional fisheries manager in Brainerd, has been a key player in the bag limit review process that began last summer. The fifth of 19 regional meetings at which the public can discuss proposed bag limit changes will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Central Lakes College cafeteria.
Four generations recently gathered were Stephanie Lamont, daughter; MacKenzie Johnson, daughter; Sharon Sibbert, mother; Marlene Sibbert, grandmother; and Carol White, great-grandmother.
Terri Olander and Chad Shogren announce their engagement. Parents are Dennis and Bonnie (Bartella) Olander, Pequot Lakes, and Oscar and Laura Shogren, Breezy Point. An April wedding is planned at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa.
Mya Eden Honeywell and Ryan Michael Williams announce their engagement. Parents are John Honeywell and Julie Johnson, Winona, and Michael and Karen Williams, Brainerd. A May 25 wedding is planned in Stillwater.
Ray and Irene Kuschel recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 19, 1938, in Holdingford.
Heather Kasper and Kyle Maine announce their engagement. Parents are Dolores Kasper, Staples, and the late Clifford Kasper, David and Susan Fogelquist, Grand Rapids, Don and Davalee Gist, Hermiston, Ore., and Horton and Jackie Maine, Nisswa. A May 12 wedding is planned.
Rhonda Pietz and Scott Kimman announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Deb Bialke, Brainerd, and Ron Pietz, Pillager, and Clint and Jan Kimman, Pierz. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Church in Pierz.
Nicole Thesing and Fred Cash announce their engagement. Parents are Robert and Judy Thesing, Fort Ripley, and Robert and Ada Cash, Fort Ripley. A May 5 wedding is planned at St. Mathias Catholic Church.
Reflections on a champion
The first time I approached Dale Earnhardt for an interview was in Riverside, Calif., in 1980, the year after he was NASCAR's Rookie of the Year.
Dale Earnhardt through the eyes of his son
I know a man whose hands are so callused that gloves aren't necessary. Once, while cutting down a tree, he cut the back of his hand to the bone with a chainsaw. He didn't even stop to look until the job was done.
"We've had to take some very deep breaths and get everything in perspective, and it's really been a difficult time. The main focus now is to try to maintain and progress with the vision my father had with Dale Earnhardt Inc." -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The tears have been wiped away and the anger has subsided. Now that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a clear mind, honoring his father is the most important thing he can do.
Drivers pay last respects to Earnhardt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even the heavens shed tears for Dale Earnhardt.
NASCAR officials: Earnhardt's lap belt was broken
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt's lap belt was found to be broken after the stock car racing champion was fatally injured in a crash at the Daytona 500, NASCAR officials said Friday.
Straight from the church to the track
They went straight from the church to the racetrack, from a memorial service in Charlotte for Dale Earnhardt to the garages at nearby Rockingham.
Northwest Airlines, mechanics to meet again
MINNEAPOLIS -- Representatives of Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union will return to Washington to meet with federal mediators March 7, just five days before the union would be free to strike.
Publicity could help bring health insurance to Minnesota children
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A publicity campaign might help bring health insurance to some of the 48,000 Minnesota children who are without, Gov. Jesse Ventura and leaders of nonprofit groups said Thursday.
Report: Child care in Minnesota hard to find, expensive
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new report on child care in Minnesota documents what many parents already know -- that child care vacancies are low while costs and staff turnover are high.
Garrison Keillor taking 'A Prairie Home Companion' show to Europe
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The news from Lake Wobegon is going to be coming from Europe next month.
Supreme Court clears Duluth officer in hit-and-run case
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Duluth police officer won his case before the state Supreme Court and was cleared Thursday of wrongdoing in a 1997 Hermantown hit-and-run case involving his friends.
Sunday car sale ban repeal proposed in Legislature
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Go ahead and roam the lot, kick some tires and check out that sports coupe in fire-engine red -- just don't count on driving away in a new car on Sunday.
Study: Small number of offenders are responsible for large number of crimes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- About 5 percent of criminals are responsible for nearly 20 percent of criminal convictions and even a greater percentage of only felonies, according to a study released Thursday by the legislative auditor.
Stolen ashes found in Minnesota returned to widow
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- To John George Minea, the bronze urn with a fly fisherman on Georgia Eaton's knickknack shelf looked valuable enough to take as payment in a money dispute, authorities say.
Gangelhoff pleads innocent to misdemeanor theft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jan Gangelhoff, the former tutor whose allegations triggered the academic cheating scandal in the University of Minnesota men's basketball program, pleaded innocent Thursday of misdemeanor theft in Wisconsin.
63-year-old man dies in snowmobile accident
DULUTH (AP) -- A 63-year-old snowmobiler died in an accident in northeastern Minnesota, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department said.
Winter snow may lead to spring flooding
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Heavy snowpack may mean flooding problems for portions of Minnesota this spring, weather officials warn.
Got weekend plans? Think snow!
Area residents should prepare for another round of winter storms this weekend.
Brainerd snowmobile team sets records
The race team of Rick House, Larry Johnson, Jim Woudsma and Jeff Cizek, all of Brainerd, Jim Nelson of Fargo, N.D., and Mike Cleary of Bloomington set four world records in the Hayward, Wis., Winterfest 1000-foot snowmobile speed runs last weekend.
CLC women lose to Rochester despite 17-point lead
All right, it's quiz time. Team A holds a lead for more than 37 minutes of a 40 minute women's basketball game. Team B is outshot 38 to 33 percent and shoots just 24 percent during a first half that sees team A forge a 17-point lead. Who wins the game?
MCCC women's state tourney tips off at CLC
Central Lakes College spruced itself up, broke out the snack trays, opened a hospitality room and prepared itself to host the Minnesota Community College Conference women's basketball tournament. The tournament kicked off Friday with the state's eight best community college teams, four from the northern division and four from the south.
Warrior freshman Annalisa Aahkus performed her floor exercise routine at the State Girls Gymnastics Meet in Roy Wilkins Auditorium at the RiverCentre in St. Paul Friday.
Brainerd boys' hockey hopes derailed in Cloquet
CLOQUET -- The sixth-seeded Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team ended their season just like last year, with a loss in the Section 7AA quarterfinals Thursday.
Smith's injury forces her to sideline
ST. PAUL -- Molly Smith was wearing a sleeveless red top, white skirt and sandals instead of a Brainerd Warriors blue and white gymnastics leotard at the Class AA state meet Friday at Wilkins Auditorium in the RiverCentre.
Warriors capture 7-0 floor hockey victory
With all the noise revolving around the Brainerd Warrior gymnasts going to state, the boys' hockey team in sections, and record breaker Shaun Kennedy and the Brainerd swimming and diving team preparing for sections; the floor hockey team has quietly continued their dominance in Minnesota.
Laposky's 34 points lead PR-B girls
VERNDALE -- Sarah Laposky scored 34 points to help the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls' basketball team beat the Verndale Pirates 89-37 and win the Park Region Conference title with a 7-0 record Friday.
Brainerd boys fall in overtime
Dan Karlgaard had the game of his life.
Brainerd gymnasts earn sixth place
ST. PAUL -- In the final state coaches association rankings the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team was rated fifth.
Warrior girls edge Sartell
SARTELL -- Thanks to five points from Katie Ahlberg the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team outlasted the Sartell Sabres 40-38 in a physical Central lakes Conference game Thursday.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team has been seeded fifth in the Section 8, Class 4A girls' basketball tournament and will play at No. 5 St. Cloud Apollo 7 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round.
Wolverines fall in Section 4A hockey
ALEXANDRIA -- Last year the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' hockey team lost to the Fergus Falls Otters in the Section 4A finals. This year, it was like deja vu all over again as the Otters still proved too much for the Wolverines.
Pillager boys defeat Verndale
VERNDALE -- The Pillager Huskies had five players score in double figures and cruised past the Verndale Pirates 82-64 in a Park Region Conference boys' basketball game Thursday.
MCCC all-division teams announced
The Minnesota Community College Conference announced its all-division teams and included three members of the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team, Amy Martinson, Amy Solorz and Jeanna Baratto.
Area events Saturday
Wadena-Deer Creek has 7 in 7AA title matches
PERHAM -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, already qualified for the state dual team tourney, put the most athletes into title matches Saturday at the Section 7AA Individual Wrestling Tournament.
Tigers still perfect in Park Region play
PINE RIVER --The Pine River-Backus Tigers boys' basketball team upped their perfect Park Region Conference mark to 7-0 and improved to 19-4 overall with a 73-60 triumph over the Pillager Huskies on Friday.
Children learn sport in community education program
Two days a week, six Brainerd School District wrestling coaches can't seem to get enough wrestling practices.
Pine River-Backus girls trip Rangers
CROSBY -- Kati Galovich out scored Sarah Laposky but the Pine River-Backus Tigers beat the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 68-52 in non-conference girls' basketball action Thursday.
Bloomington Jefferson posts shutout
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Joccie Cookson had two goals and an assist and Larissa Luther made 19 saves as Bloomington Jefferson shut out Forest Lake 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the girls' state high school hockey tournament Thursday.
UM-D Bulldogs down Gophers in overtime
DULUTH (AP) -- Nate Anderson scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Minnesota-Duluth ended Minnesota's nine-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Friday night.
Steussie, Griffith considered for release
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green said Friday he's confident that defensive lineman John Randle will be back with the team next season.
Five records tied, broken in Big Ten championships
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota strengthened its lead in the Big Ten men's swimming and diving championships after the second day of competition Friday.
Hawkins takes closer role
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Last year at this time, Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher LaTroy Hawkins arrived at spring training ready to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. This year, he had been handed the closer's job before the first day of workouts.
SCSU outscores Mankato
ST. CLOUD. (AP) -- Duvic Westcott scored two goals and Scott Meyer made 31 saves as St. Cloud State beat Minnesota State, Mankato, 6-2 on Friday night.
Vikings spent $108,000 lobbying in last half of 2000
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After months of legwork, a lobbyist for the Minnesota Vikings says he expects a stadium bill to be introduced within three weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Terrell Brandon and the Minnesota Timberwolves found the perfect tonic for their recent struggles Friday night: The league's worst defensive team.
Avalanche bury the Wild
DENVER (AP) -- After nearly 11 years with the Los Angeles Kings, Rob Blake was admittedly nervous in his first game with the Colorado Avalanche. Several jarring hits and an assist later, the four-time All-Star showed there was little to worry about.
The future of invsibile networking
I felt left out. Everywhere I looked at the Demo 2001 technology show here, people were working on laptop computers -- at poolside, in the hotel lobby, even on shelves beside pay phones. At the same show last year, most people left their laptops in their rooms because there was no wireless Internet access on the show floor.
A virtual world is taking shape in research labs
One day last fall, virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier leaned across a desk and looked directly into the eyes of his colleague Bob Zeleznik. Well, almost.
Pushing the ever-growing packet stream past Internet choke points
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- Two years ago this month, when Victoria's Secret first broadcast its fashion show online, many would-be viewers looking for scantily clad models met with network congestion instead.
Web sites to visit
Web-based email may be what you need
If you're a longtime e-mail user like me, you've probably noticed that e-mail has been disappearing lately. And I mean disappear -- we used to be able to count on at least getting an error message when we misaddressed an e-mail missive, or when the computer at the other end was down.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Thursday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Weather drawing by Cali Degeest of Mrs. Larson's fifth grade class at Harrison school.
Blinding snow paralyzes East
RICHMOND, Va. -- Highway crews worked late into the night to clear roads that were blanketed with snow during an eastern storm that paralyzed the region and left at least 11 people dead.
State forecast for South Dakota
Various winter weather warnings and advisories today through sunday morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter storm watch far east saturday afternoon and saturday night...
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter storm warning far southeast tonight and sunday...
Making a snowman
Weather drawing by Giselle Tamasy of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for South Dakota
Various winter storm watches from tonight through saturday night central and east...
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight all central sections of state...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning far northwest today and tonight...
Minnesota state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight and saturday southeast and through saturday night northeast and southwest...
Iowa state forecast.
Flood watch southwest this afternoon...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch for much of the north and west late tonight into saturday...
Temperatures and weather conditions during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. EST today.
Minnesota state forecast
Winter storm warning northeast today and tonight... Winter storm warning much of the west and central tonight...
Brainerd American Legion will have an all you can eat fish dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion Club, 708 Front Street. Price $6. For information call 829-2249.
Names and faces
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Robbie Williams suffered bruises but was otherwise uninjured after a man pushed the pop star from the stage during a concert, a spokesman for his record label said Thursday.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Duplicate bridge is played at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. Winners: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 39; Chris Leininger and Marion Benest, 38.5; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 38; and Gordon Becker and Don Rasmussen, 38.
Truth about dad's birth opens wound that may never heal
DEAR ABBY: My father was born 50 years ago, and only learned the truth about his birth in the last few years.
Dear Heloise: I keep a pump-type LIQUID-SOAP DISPENSER that is filled with dish detergent on my counter near the kitchen faucet.
Britain begins to slaughter livestock in foot-and-mouth outbreak
LONDON (AP) -- Workers began slaughtering thousands of British livestock Saturday, as the government said its measures to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease appeared to be paying off.
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