Woman decides to do it herself
The popularity of home improvement shows convinced an area woman to start her own home-based franchise business.
Widseth Smith Nolting, an engineering and architectural firm, welcomed four shareholders and vice presidents to the firm -- Timothy J. Houle, David S. Reese, Paul A. Richards and Richard L. zumBrunnen.
Did they get rich quickly?
A year ago, Randy Bahjat, of Gaithersburg, Md., was wary but optimistic about paying $2,495 for a three-day seminar on real estate investing.
Gayle Lomax of Columbia, Md., figured she had successfully launched her first child from the nest four years ago when her daughter moved to Washington to attend Howard University.
Nest eggs that are worth sitting on now
WASHINGTON -- Never trust anyone over 30, they used to say. Well, the individual retirement account turns 30 this year -- should you trust it with your money?
IRRRB eyes jobs
ST. PAUL -- Jobs and economic development were the theme of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board meeting Wednesday at the State Capitol.
Program launched to prevent youth bullying
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided to step in and protect schoolchildren from bullying through a national campaign that teaches both students and adults how to deal with the problem.
Many parents have approved of R-rated film Debate emerges: How young should kids be to see "Passion' movie?
WASHINGTON -- For many Christians, the idea of sending children to an R-rated movie -- especially an intimately brutal film -- would be unthinkable. Yet that's what many Christian parents, pastors and educators have been doing since the Ash Wednesday release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."
Child in need
The "what if" game is a fruitless exercise, yet, we all occasionally fall into it.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 800. Last Friday: 215. Year Ago Friday: 306. Thursday actual: 296.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 145, a year ago 216.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to several calls Friday afternoon.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
AITKIN -- The driver of a Chevrolet pickup suffered minor injuries in a collision with a semi, the State Patrol reported.
Tobacco industry aids medical research on nicotine
In laboratories across the country, nicotine -- widely vilified as one of the greatest threats to human health -- is undergoing a makeover.
Widowers are at increased risk for mental decline
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A study published in the March Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicates that widowers are at increased risk for declines in measures of mobility and their ability to perform everyday tasks (independent activities for daily living, or IADLs).
The Monday after New Year's, Dan Murphy got up at 6 a.m. and ran 10 miles from his home in Bethesda, Md., to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Northwest Washington. There he traded Saucony running shoes for hospital-issued flip-flops and had surgery on his right knee. Baby boomers, after all, can't let a little pain keep them down.
BRAVE NEW KNEE
For members of a generation just awakening to the limits of their aging frames, there are a few bright pieces of news: 21st-century medicine offers an array of ways to repair and restore injured knee joints.
APPRECIATION: The man who brought Judas to life
It seems to me a strange thing, mystifying (to quote the show), that singer and actor Carl Anderson, whom audiences knew from the stage and screen versions of the 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar," died the same week Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" splayed itself into movie theaters.
Just in time
A Motley mother recently returned from Haiti with her and her husband's newly adopted daughter, just before the Haitian rebel army arrived in the capital city. Read about this story in Monday's Dispatch.
Fort Ripley Republicans make the best of an unusual caucus night
FORT RIPLEY -- No one can accuse Fort Ripley area Republicans of conducting Tuesday's caucus behind closed doors. They met in front of closed doors.
Pierz school workers win $55,000 in Gopher 5 lottery
Four food service employees and two custodians at Pierz Pioneer Elementary School won $55,000 with one of two Gopher 5 winning tickets.
Off-season, holiday weddings yield big savings
ATLANTA -- Stephanie Napierala knew from the get-go her wedding wasn't going to be the traditional Saturday-afternoon reception on a warm, June day.
Imagine the relief of being in a foreign country and finding a group of people who speak your language.
Slippery road conditions and a deer laying in the roadway contributed to an accident that injured a Baxter police officer last week, the State Patrol reported Friday.
A taping of "The Price is Right" game show that will feature a Brainerd woman winning $60,000 worth of prizes, including two vehicles, is expected to air locally at 10 a.m. Tuesday on CBS.
This was Brainerd
80 years ago (1924)- Cooperation of the automobile dealers of the city has resulted in producing Brainerd's first big automobile show revealing amid a wealth of wonderful display the latest car models and accessories, with space also given to radio and its developments.
Cause of two recent house fires determined
Brainerd Police Chief Kevin Mahle reported Friday that the cause of two house fires last month has been determined.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Otto W. Schalow, 82, died on Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, Rev.
Gary L. Cheney
TEMPLE, Texas -- Gary L. Cheney, 53, of Temple, Texas, perished in a house fire with his wife, Patricia, Mar
Charles 'Chuck' Miller
CROSSLAKE -- Charles "Chuck" Miller, 77, Crosslake, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Owen Nikerson, 92, a resident of Sullivan Lake, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
John E. Jesperson
John E. Jesperson, age 42, resident of Minneapolis, fo
J. Wesley Carlson
PILLAGER -- J. Wesley Carlson, 85, Pillager, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 4, 2004, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Aristide's exit - Dispatch Editorial
Haiti has had its shares of coups and instability over the years but the unceremonious exit of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide a week ago and his specious allegations of being kidnapped by the U.S. government probably take the cake for outrageousness.
I believe that the Democrats have found the perfect candidate to represent the direction of their party in the upcoming election -- John Kerry.
Democrats are upset with Republicans for what they do. Republicans are upset with Democrats for not agreeing with them. In other words, Republicans are opposed to diversity of opinion -- the very thing for which the Constitution stands.
Muskies Inc. is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on March 9 at The Old Waterfall. Guest speaker is Steve Scepaniak, a Mille Lacs guide. New members are welcome.
North Country calendar
Mar. 1 -- Crow season opens
When the next guy's on fire, it's sometimes best to get up and go
My early fishing days on Round Lake in Eden Prairie are still familiar today. I remember vividly the days I would walk to the lake and fish next to "Squeaky" Mitchell. He was a fishing machine!
Latest round of CWD tests complete, no cases found
Tests of 10,000 deer shot during the 2003 deer season have turned up no cases of CWD, the DNR said.
Challenging bird house construction is one of the rites of spring
Bluebirds were seen last week in Wabasha, Goodhue and Dakota counties. Soon they'll be here in north central Minnesota.
The best crappie bite is taking place after dark on Lake Geneva, Maple Lake, and Lake Victoria in 22 to 25 feet of water. Glow jigs tipped with minnows are turning bigger fish. Lake Darling and Victoria are giving up sunfish in seven to 10 feet of water throughout the day.
Deer kill exceeds 300,000 for first time
Record kills by archery and muzzleloader hunters pushed the number of deer shot during 2003 hunting seasons above 300,000 for the first time in history, the DNR said.
Four generations recently gathered were Dominik Waytashek, son; Ethan Waytashek, son; and Kurt Waytashek, father, all of Brainerd; and David Waytashek, grandfather; and Donald Waytashek, great-grandfather, both of Little Falls.
Jessica O'Reilly and Richard Besmehn were married Oct. 11, 2003, at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa with Father George Zeck officiating.
Alice Bender will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. March 13 at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village No. 200 dining room. No gifts please. The event will be hosted by her family.
DAVID AND AYLENE CHRISTENSEN
David and Aylene Christensen were married Nov. 16, 2003, in Hong Kong.
Melissa "Liza" Kurowski and Paul Gropper Jr. were married Jan. 20, 2004, at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas with the Rev. Douglas Gilbert officiating.
Christine Miller and Leigh Frink were married Dec. 27, 2003, at the Ivy Room in Brainerd.
70th anniversary - Reuben and Lillian Thompson
Reuben and Lillian Thompson, residents of Brainerd Manor, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a tea at 2 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Manor. The event will be hosted by the staff of Brainerd Manor. They were married March 8, 1934.
Wedding planned - Elissa Nelson and Kory Cooper
Elissa Nelson and Kory Cooper announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Pam Nelson, Lake Shore, and Albert and Karen Cooper, Moorhead. An April 24 wedding is planned at St. Cecelia's Church in Sabin.
Engagement announced - Karin Kruzel and Ryan Buss
Karin Kruzel and Ryan Buss announce their engagement. Parents are Bryon and Kirsten Kruzel, South St. Paul, and Dave and Janice Buss, Nisswa. A June 19 wedding is planned at Luther Memorial Church in South St. Paul.
Marie Lauve and Mike Newcome were married June 14, 2003, at North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks with the bride's uncle, Pastor Wayne Anderson officiating.
Hornet junior excels on offense, defense
Ashley Kientzle shines at helping her teammates shine.
After Friday qualifying; finals Sunday
Flyer junior surpasses hockey milestone
Steve Festler hopes the best is yet to come.
RAIDERS SLAM MESABI, GAIN REGION FINALS
It's been said that patience is a virtue. If that's the case, then the Central Lakes College Raider men's basketball team is the most virtuous college basketball program in the land.
Swenson gains consolation triumph
ST. PAUL -- Cory Swenson picked a favorable moment to commemorate his 151st career victory.
Pierz able to escape Frazee challenge
ST. PAUL -- Pierz's Tyler Stumpf and Frazee's Nick Galbrecht took turns tipping each other on their backs during their heavyweight match in the Class 1A state team semifinals Friday.
Area events Saturday
men's college basketball
Krenske makes sure he has seamless play
It's all in the ball for Central Lakes College men's basketball player Travis Krenske.
Luberts poised and ready for another title
ST. PAUL -- Craig Luberts hardly broke a sweat on his way to qualifying for Saturday's Class 1A individual wrestling championships at the Xcel Energy Center.
Zelinske climbs BHS ladder despite defeat
ST. PAUL -- Tom Zelinske can take comfort in the fact he finished his wrestling career second in victories in Brainerd Warriors history.
Warriors' Mehr races into 50 free finals
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Mehr experienced both an odd and exciting night Friday at the State Class 2A Swimming Preliminaries.
W-DC headed to star for first time
ALEXANDRIA -- Lighting the lamp with just 53.6 seconds remaining in the third period and breaking a 1-1 tie, Wadena-Deer Creek forward Brandon Currie played the hero Friday.
Rangers dig out win against Deer River
DEER RIVER -- Four of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers five starters scored in double figures leading to a 67-61 non-conference boy's basketball victory over Deer River Friday
Monoculture endangers digital world
At first glance, computer scientists and plant researchers don't have much in common, but these days, they're both talking about the dangers of a monoculture.
Tech retailers are off-base to neglect women
While men are generally considered to be more technology-discerning than women, research from the Consumer Electronics Association has the technology industry giving women a second look.
State forecast for north dakota
...High wind warning today for extreme southwest...
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s northeast to mid 50s
State forecast for south dakota
High wind warning northwest today into this evening...
State forecast for minnesota
...Winter storm watch northwest today through sunday afternoon...
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Becoming partly cloudy west. Mostly cloudy east. Highs from the lower 30s north...To the lower 40s far south.
The WHS class of 1955 will meet to plan the 50th reunion at 2 p.m. Monday at the Green Mill.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Marcie Larsen 829-6212, firstname.lastname@example.org
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
Victims of clergy abuse
Hannah Dilley 5th grade March youth volunteer of the month
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