Consumers fall further behind on debt payments
Consumers fell further behind on their mortgage and credit card payments in the final months of 2000, lenders reported Thursday -- a troubling sign for the United States' already slowing economy.
Ergonomics repeal is victory for small business
NEW YORK -- Small business had a big victory last week with the repeal of federal regulations governing ergonomics in the workplace. Advocacy groups say with that item crossed off their agenda, they'll be able to focus on some other issues that affect the nation's smaller companies.
Former clock-puncher starts own business
Beneath a warm March sun, Kent Goble stood outside his home last week and helped a friend work on a snowmobile as they contemplated an end of winter excursion.
Cash piles up as investors worry about stocks, the economy
Just a few miles from the gloom of Wall Street, Milan Sukhia was smiling as he walked out of a Fidelity Investments office in New York.
Worried investors look to Fed to help halt market skid
NEW YORK -- With no encouraging signs that the stock market skid will end anytime soon, jittery investors are pinning their hopes on Washington -- and Alan Greenspan.
Retailers, struggling with anemic sales, cut back expansion
NEW YORK -- With consumers on a spending diet for the past six months, the nation's top merchants are tightening their belts in what some analysts predict could be the leanest times since the early 1990s.
Mutual funds expected to bring stock markets even lower
NEW YORK -- The beaten-up stock market has more losses ahead, some analysts say, and many of those hits will come from mutual funds.
Dow down 821 points, but market still seeking bottom
NEW YORK -- It felt at first like stocks had perhaps hit bottom this past week -- and not just once, but twice.
Anderson Brothers, Brainerd, announced two staff changes with Eric Anderson and Al Knowlen.
Students get to play choose-a-career
Ninth graders considered the subject of a life's work last week.
Alcoholics who want to be helped have high rate of success
QUESTION: You listed alcoholism as a marriage killer. My husband has that problem. It has created a great deal of pain in our home, and I am concerned about the emotional welfare of my children. Can it be treated, and is there hope for families like mine?
NISSWA -- Youths from the New Hope Community Church in Nisswa recently participated in World Vision's 30-hour famine. They raised more than $1,300, which will go toward food and immunizations for children and will provide educational materials for needy children.
Mormon church to deliver excess spuds
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it will help Idaho potato growers distribute 16 million pounds of surplus tubers to needy people in the United States and abroad.
Theology on Tap
WASHINGTON -- Cigarette smoke spilled into the air and hung above the crowded bar, mingling with language that was less than holy.
Director of mission integration, spiritual care joins St. Joseph's
Despite encounters with sub-zero temperatures and travel-impeding snowstorms with each drive to Brainerd in preparation for her position at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Karen DuBord is here, setting to work as the director of mission integration and spiritual care.
Dartmouth to open dining hall for Jewish, Muslim students
HANOVER, N.H. -- The Torah and the Quran provide gastronomic inspiration for Dartmouth College's newest dining hall.
March is 'Habitat Awareness Month' for area churches
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is contacting churches in March to ask for their support with the "faith in action" work that Habitat does.
One-third of state public college or university students need remedial work
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Nearly one-third of Minnesota's 1999 high school graduates who went on to state public colleges or universities took a remedial class because they weren't ready for college courses, according to a report.
Cuyuna Range students track C-I grad's progress in Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska
CROSBY -- A 1955 Crosby-Ironton graduate and his family are now making their way across the frozen Alaskan tundra -- and driving their dog sled teams right into the history books.
Check your pet's collar, especially when pet is still growing
Dear Heloise: Check your pet's collar from time to time.
The Parent Mentor Program sends a big thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Brainerd and the Brainerd Jaycees for their generous financial contributions. We so appreciate your support. I am also pleased to announce that with a grant from the Initiative Foun
Unofficial guardians need official blessing
Women ahead of me in life have often said that grandparenting is the best kind of parenting.
Sniffing household products dangerous way to get high
DEAR ABBY: Please lend your powerful voice to one of the most overlooked substance abuse problems in America and assist us in launching National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, March 18 to 24, 2001.
Parenthood's dirty little secrets
At closing time, the lights come up and the carnage is revealed. Cups everywhere, some overturned in sticky pools of their former contents;
Families learn they also serve who only stand and worry
Lisa's smart, sensitive, tough, a gorgeous redhead. When they'd slapped her butt with the flat of a sword when she left the West Point chapel as a new bride, telling her, "Welcome to the Army, Mrs. Rotte," she'd enjoyed it.
Not all bullies are created equal Some children need some clarity
With a growing number of children citing bullying as a problem -- including more than two-thirds of the children responsible for school shootings since 1974 -- psychologists say parents need to improve communication with their children.
Child in need
Are you concerned about your community and children?
Parents' public scoldings send kids wrong message
DEAR ABBY: Do you think it's right for parents to yell at their kids in front of company? It's always over trivial things. I suspect that our friends feel they must show us they're "on the job" as parents.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 358, a year ago 177.
Foot-and-mouth slaughter could claim 1 million animals in Britain
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's livestock farmers braced on Friday for a broadened slaughter that could see up to 1 million animals destroyed because of foot-and-mouth disease.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 900.
Farm Interests Put Squeeze on Bush Budget Plan
WASHINGTON -- As congressional committees prepare to write a budget that is faithful to President Bush's tax and spending proposals, farm state interests are demanding a huge, decade-long commitment to agriculture that could strain the administration's plan.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 302, year ago 415.
Brainerd City Council
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors has changed the schedule of its regular monthly board meetings.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Cynthia McCarthy and Timothy Richardson, Fifty Lakes, Liam Walter Richardson, 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces, Feb. 11, 2001. Grandparents are Walter and Loretta McCarthy, Richland, Wis., Don and Alice Richardson, Boscobel, Wis., Marguerite McCarthy, and Mabel Gillingham, Richland Center, Wis.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD - MONDAY -- B-Poptart, cheese slice or yogurt, juice. L-Corn dog, tri-taters, baked beans, juice bar.
Four people were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision on Washington Street at Highway 25, the Brainerd Police Department reported.
Sorenstam shoots record 59
PHOENIX (AP) -- Annika Sorenstam couldn't shake the feeling that something special was going on during her second round at the Standard Register Ping.
Snead in lead, Nicklaus two back in Silicon Valley
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus has played sparingly on the Senior PGA Tour because he feels the courses usually aren't tough enough.
Goydos leads, with Tiger & Co. right behind
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The only PGA Tour victory Paul Goydos owns came five years ago in the Bay Hill Invitational, a wild tournament in which two dozen players had a chance to win on the weekend.
On St. Patrick's Day eve, peace help
WASHINGTON -- President Bush made his initial foray into tricky Northern Ireland politics Friday with a bowl of shamrocks and a general offer of help in maintaining peace. "America is proud to call Ireland a friend," he said.
Bush administration moves to suspend forest rules
WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists are accusing the Bush administration of using the federal courts to undermine former President Clinton's forest protection plan.
Senate approves bankruptcy overhaul bill
WASHINGTON -- The Senate has voted to make it more difficult for people to erase their debts in bankruptcy courts and closed a loophole in present law that allows wealthy debtors to shield their assets in luxury homes.
Bush emissions reversal seen hindering global warming talks
Environmental groups and some lawmakers anxious to get international global warming talks back on track said Thursday that President Bush's decision to abandon a campaign pledge to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from power plants has dealt a serious blow to chances for a deal this summer.
Bush-McCain chasm grows
WASHINGTON -- Forget the tension between President Bush and Democrats over taxes, spending cuts or hardball tactics in Congress.
'Fat trappers' actually don't, study finds
WASHINGTON -- Those dietary supplements that are supposed to gobble up fat before it shows up on your waistline -- so-called "fat trappers" -- don't work, according to a study released Thursday.
Real estate Q & A
Having a home inspection is the best way to carefully evaluate the property's systems and structure. An experienced, outside professional is worth every penny.
Housing coalition seeks affordable rentals
WASHINGTON -- A housing industry coalition called on Congress on Tuesday to boost the availability of affordable rental homes by increasing government insurance for such projects by 25 percent.
Check out L.L. Bean for new sheets for the cabin
It's never too early to think about returning to the beach.
Tips to grow healthy African violets
African violets come in a variety of shades from deep purple to white and light pink. The blossoms come in single and double blooms, which create a ruffled look.
Suggestions offered to fix a noisy toilet
Q: Lena E. asks: After flushing the toilet, when the tank is almost filled up there is a noise. It appears to be the wire and bulb vibrating. Can this be fixed or do we need to get a new valve with parts?
Nor-son wins state award for home design, construction
Nor-son, Inc., received an award for quality design and construction from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors for the construction of a lake home on the White Fish Chain in Crosslake.
Early outdoor planting tips
Choose the warmest and sunniest spots for early outdoor planting. An example is a south-facing exposure with a tall fence or backed by a building, which can create spots for early planting where the soil temperature is warmest.
Brighten winter with indoor color
Warm sun and melting snow are adding to garden fever.
There's something about stained glass that lifts the spirits, but unless your house already has it, it's often difficult and expensive to introduce.
Door closers reduce noise, raise safety
When we were kids our whole family lived in our grandparents' house. It was great. There were four generations living together in a large home built by our contractor grandfather.
A second home isn't a second thought
Forget roughing it.
Doug Kuznia joined Nor-son Inc., Baxter, as the company's concrete foreman.
Tips to pull up patio pavers
Concrete patio blocks and brick pavers often are set in beds of sand or stone dust to create outdoor walkways, patios and shed floors. Although they are durable, occasionally a few will settle unevenly or crack in half. Here's how to remove one block without disturbing the others around it:
Open house planned for 371 expansion project
LITTLE FALLS -- An open house for stage three of the Highway 371 expansion project in Morrison County will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Little Falls Government Center, Room One, 213 First Ave. S.E.
Word for chance of significant spring flooding in lakes area is, thankfully ...MINIMAL
While the risk of flooding is climbing in the southern part of the state, the chance of any significant flooding in the Brainerd area is forecasted as minimal.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Ag Day is March 19. Agriculture is big business in Crow Wing County. It is estimated that at the present time, agriculture results in an income of more than $13 million in Crow Wing County. There are some 600 farms in the county where residents make either a portion or all of their living from the land.
A better lift
A Crosslake man has developed a remote control boat lift that's drawing rave reviews. Catch the story in North Country.
Truck weight restrictions begin
BAXTER -- Springtime truck axle weight limitations on selected highways throughout the state go into effect this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
County officials: Children's mental health worsening
Children's mental health problems in Crow Wing County have become more severe over the past several years, county social service officials say.
This year's snowfall has created some monster potholes, and The Dispatch is looking for the worst of them.
Rosenmeier Center to sponsor 'intergenerational justice' speaker
Jim Gibson, Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Minnesota last year, will speak Thursday, March 29, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Meth lab raided in Emily
EMILY -- Crow Wing County authorities, acting on a tip, raided a methamphetamine lab in Emily Thursday, arresting one man and seizing chemicals, equipment and drugs.
Net head cheers
Deb Yliniemi of Little Falls was among three Little Falls fans who wore basketballs on their heads with their faces covered by nets
Wenzel introduces bill to restore medical deduction
With the cost of medical care and insurance continuing to spiral upward, Rep. Steve Wenzel has introduced legislation to restore the state income tax deduction for medical expenses -- $380 million tax cut for millions of Minnesotans of all ages and income levels.
Brainerd youth honored for leadership skills
Alissa Doucette, who graduated from Brainerd High School last spring, has been involved in helping the community for as long as she can remember.
BHS winter band concert Tuesday at Tornstrom
The Brainerd Senior High School Concert Band, Dixieland Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band and will present their Winter Concert on Tuesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in Tornstrom auditorium.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - It's kind of embarrassing, really. Here's this supposedly savage police dog, trained to strike mortal terror in the hearts of criminals. So what happens? Two women allegedly steal this vicious animal from the back of a police squad car and take him to a local bar. Crosby Police find the dog later, lapping it all up and having a great time.
Additional township election results were reported Thursday and today.
PEAKS severs ties to founders
PILLAGER -- The PEAKS Charter School Board this week, striving to keep the Pillager school's doors open, severed its relationship with the management team headed by founders Bruce and Kathy Martin effective April 15.
Ann Sothern, film and TV star, dies
Ann Sothern, the veteran actress best known for her deft portrayals of sassy and resourceful blondes in popular television sitcoms of the 1950s and 1960s, died of heart failure Thursday at her home in Ketchum, Idaho. She was 92.
Unions join opposition to campaign reform bill
WASHINGTON -- Organized labor has joined the opposition to a bipartisan campaign finance bill, possibly complicating prospects for legislation that was thought to have its best shot at passage in years.
Jury acquits hip-hop mogul Combs
NEW YORK -- After a trial that lasted two months, hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs was acquitted Friday evening of any criminal involvement in a 1999 nightclub shooting that left three people wounded.
Filing: The good, the bad and the new
Some years, taxpayers almost need to take a college course to keep up with changes in tax law. This is not one of those years.
Wholesale prices tame; industrial output plunges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices were tame in February, rising a tiny 0.1 percent after shooting up the month before. Industrial production plunged for the fifth month in a row, fresh evidence of the toll the economic slowdown has had on manufacturers.
Shooting inspires a call to take closer look at 'whiteness'
A provocative essay about the school shooting in Santee, Calif., posted on an alternative Web site zipped across the country with the speed of a computer virus -- a commentary that really shakes things up. The essay is so edgy it has spun off its own rumor mill: One man, the story goes, has been fired for posting the article on his office bulletin board.
Admiral orders key crewman to testify at sub inquiry
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- A crewman who had data indicating another ship was near the USS Greeneville prior to a fatal collision has been granted partial immunity and ordered to testify at a Navy court of inquiry.
Advocates hope new Veterans Affairs chief can speed up claims
WASHINGTON -- There is near unanimity among those who know the agency best in identifying the biggest challenge facing the Department of Veterans Affairs in the first year of President Bush's administration: fixing the much-clogged claims processing system.
Army resolves beret furor; Rangers will wear tan, rest of the Army will wear black
WASHINGTON -- Color matters. After months of wrangling with Army brass in the Pentagon, the elite Rangers have won approval to switch the color of their berets from black to tan.
If you haven't done your taxes yet, here's a basic guide to get you going:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- It's a bit of a pressure cooker inside the converted shoe factory where government workers sit and listen to people gripe about high phone bills, bad TV reception and obscene radio.
Organdonor.gov gives details on lifesaving step
Each day, as many as 60 people in the United States receive lifesaving organ transplants, yet another 17 people on the wait list die, the result of too few organs becoming available in time to save their lives.
Second autoworker dies of Legionnaires' disease
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A second employee of a Ford Motor Co. casting plant has died of Legionnaires' disease.
American's plan to buy TWA gets federal nod
WASHINGTON -- American Airlines is planning to move swiftly to acquire TWA after getting the government's approval, retiring one of the most storied names in U.S. aviation history.
Jury awards $5 million over 'False Memory Syndrome' case
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A jury awarded a Motley couple $5 million in damages Friday in finding that therapists planted false memories in the mind of a former school teacher who accused her parents and brother of abusing her.
Shuttle, station crews continue packing module for return to Earth
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The crews of the international space station and space shuttle Discovery continued packing a cargo carrier temporarily parked on the orbiting outpost early Saturday.
Sesame Place amusement park withdraws plans to sell beer, wine
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- You won't be buying beer on Sesame Street.
Woman who gave birth in coma goes home
DALLAS (AP) -- An 18-year-old woman regained consciousness a week after giving birth to a healthy girl while in a coma induced by a car accident.
Human remains identified as missing atheist O'Hair, family
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- More than five years after Madalyn Murray O'Hair and two relatives mysteriously disappeared, forensics tests have confirmed that human remains found in January in a shallow grave are those of the missing trio.
Neither entertainment nor social theory, survival is every day
You woke up this morning, got the kids out of bed, fed the family and made sure everyone got out the door. Then you drove to work, logged onto the computer, checked messages and went over strategies before the first meeting of the day.
Bad news for pump prices
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC members agreed Saturday to cut 4 percent from their targeted oil output, or 1 million barrels a day, in the hope of shoring up crude prices at a time of weakening demand.
Spring forecast: It's either too dry or too wet
WASHINGTON -- Too much water in some places and not enough in others threaten large parts of the nation as spring arrives.
Ole Miss confronts past with Iona and Stanley Hill
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was before the assassination of Medgar Evers, before people rioted over a black man attending the University of Mississippi. The civil rights movement was still young.
Faceoff of the hockey games
The hiss of the skates, and the thwack of the sticks. The glare off the ice and the din of the crowd.
The road to Minneapolis
Larry Bird was on the court the last time Indiana State won an NCAA tournament game. Butler hadn't tasted success at this level in nearly 40 years.
Sampras getting game together
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Pete Sampras has tuned up his game on the hard courts at Indian Wells.
Spring training notes
At Kissimmee, Fla., John Smoltz, making his third start after missing all of last season following ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow, allowed three runs and six hits in three innings, struck out three and walked one.
National sports briefs
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- When old friend Gerald Myers asked Bob Knight to come to Texas Tech to dedicate the school's new $68 million arena, Knight didn't blink. He brought his Hoosiers south.
Smokeless tobacco still big in baseball
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The top shelf of Lou Merloni's locker had the usual baseball stuff -- a cap, a glove, a couple of wristbands.
Knight sighting part of opening night for women
Opening night in the NCAA women's basketball tournament produced a few jitters, several routs, a little drama and a game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Davis future still iln limbo
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Mike Davis will know soon whether he will become Indiana University's permanent successor to Bob Knight.
Sosa agrees to $72 million, 4-year extension of his pact
CHICAGO (AP) -- After putting up some pretty incredible numbers the past three years, Sammy Sosa has the contract extension to match.
Exhibition baseball scoreboard
NCAA preliminary TV ratings up slightly from Day 1 last year
NEW YORK (AP) -- The first day of the NCAA tournament, loaded with upsets and close games, drew slightly higher preliminary TV ratings than last year.
Phils capture win over Twins
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Pat Burrell was having a good spring while Travis Lee was not, but each had three hits in the Philadelphia Phillies' 9-6 win over Minnesota Friday, the kind of production manager Larry Bowa is hoping for.
Dallas wins 5th in row
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers now have more in common than billionaire owners. They're also tied for the Western Conference's fifth playoff spot.
Iverson returns but will miss part of trip
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allen Iverson will not join the Philadelphia 76ers for the beginning of their four-game road trip because of a hip pointer.
Flyers roll to 3-0 victory over Wild
PHILADELPHIA (AP)-- It's been a frustrating year for Philadelphia defenseman Michal Sykora, and a great one for Roman Cechmanek.
Knight, Texas Tech get down to business
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Formal discussions began Friday to make Bob Knight the new coach at Texas Tech.
Cyclone named Hampton hits Iowa State
Seeded low and lightly regarded, Hampton, Georgia State and Utah State rocked the NCAA tournament.
North Dakota edges Colorado College 2-1
ST. PAUL (AP) -- North Dakota goalie Karl Goehring not only stood on his head, as the old hockey saying goes.
Josephine E. Lafferty
AITKIN -- Josephine E. Lafferty, 85, Aitkin, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Ruth Shell, 79, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Viola F. Corey
Viola Fern Corey, 76, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Irene M. Johnson
Irene M. Johnson, 81, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Myrtle Carlson, 78, Aitkin, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
William 'Bill' A. Weik
DES MOINES, Iowa -- William "Bill" Ashley Weik, 86, Des Moines, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the Kavanaugh House in Des Moines.
Ruth Shell, 79, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Eleanor Unger, 97, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Doris L. Waxberg
ARDEN HILLS -- Doris Lenore Waxberg, 94, Arden Hills, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills.
Arnie A. Laine
AITKIN -- Arnie A. Laine, 86, Aitkin, formerly of Lawler, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Frank R. Lepinski
MESA, Ariz. -- Frank Richard Lepinski, 85, formerly of Little Falls, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in Mesa, Ariz.
Eleanor Unger, 97, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Alvina 'Etta' Rardon
LITTLE FALLS -- Alvina "Etta" Rardon, 92, a resident of St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center.
Viola F. Corey
Viola F. Corey, 76, Brainerd, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Merle Alvord Gunnarson
KARLSTAD -- Merle Alvord Gunnarson, 72, Karlstad, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001.
LITTLE FALLS -- Rose Wagner, 99, Little Falls, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Irene M. Johnson - Dispatch Editorial
The longtime Brainerd activist died Thursday in Brainerd at age 81. She was remembered as a woman of strong convictions and fierce determination. Until her death she was
Handgun bill- Dispatch Editorial
The handgun permit bill that a Minnesota House Committee passed earlier this month is a mixed bag. Elements of the bill make sense while other parts are disturbing.
Handling our diversity
It happened several times last month. A white area resident wondering out loud why Martin Luther King Day should be celebrated in the Brainerd area when so few blacks live here.
Open Forums encouraged
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Supporters of sled race are wrong
The following editorial appeared recently in the Duluth News Tribune.
An about-face on global warming
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Really can't think of a reason why a person wouldn't want to be annexed into the city of Brainerd, Mr. Scheeler? We've been on Dal Mar Drive 10 years; never wanted to be annexed, never needed to be. Wish we were happy about the annexation. You see little difference in our tax rate until services are provided? That makes us happy. Taxes higher after services provided? That makes us sad. Services? Lots of nasty rumors going around, Mr. Scheeler, some people think we will be forced to have city sewer and water. That would make us sad because we like our water and our sewer is just four years old. And what's even worse, we're actually going to have to pay for this! Could be in the thousands. Can't understand why we have to pay for something we don't want, didn't ask for, don't need; doesn't seem fair somehow.
Artist. Politician. Environmentalist. Freedom Fighter. These describe Irene M. Johnson, founder and president of Minnesotans Opposed to Forced Fluoridation and long-time member of the Brainerd Public Utilities, who died March 15.
Trout fishing on lakes means more than lake trout
Think about trout fishing and streams come immediately to mind.
Wild turkeys struggling in Mille Lacs County
MILACA -- Heavy snows this winter have taken their toll on wild turkeys in central Minnesota.
North Country calendar
Roadside mystery bird turns out to be sage grouse
The setting sun sprayed golden streamers and cast long shadows across the Colorado landscape, signaling the end of another incredible day of wildlife watching. A bit road weary and slightly blurry-eyed, we were winding down as I glanced at the map to note the remaining miles before we hung up our hats for the night.
Remote control device lifts Crosslake firm into 21st century
Crosslake -- When Mike Ledford had a heart transplant five years ago he knew the time had come to find an easier way to get his boat on the lift. The strain of cranking up a conventional lift was simply too much.
A throwback to the past: Logger uses horses
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Tim Carroll let the leather reins in his hands slacken a bit, and he clucked his tongue softly.
The Paul Bunyan Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its 28th annual banquet at Brainerd Moose Lodge on Friday, April 27. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m.
Joys are many as winter gives in to spring
When the temperature rose over 40 degrees the other day, I heard it almost makes the long, cold winter worth it. Well, that is something you have to decide yourself, but I tend to agree. Warm, melting days in March are simply some of the best times to be outdoors.
Crystal LaValle and Lucas Jordan announce their engagement. Parents are Dave and Diane LaValle, Brainerd, and Jack and Julie Jordan, Brainerd. A July 14 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Jennifer K. Mertens and Nicholas J. Brandl announce their engagement. Parents are Tom Mertens and Wanda Mertens, Brainerd, and Mark and Deb Brandl, Brainerd. An April 7 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.
Shannon Andres and Grant Haglin were married Sept. 30, 2000, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Hailey Schuety, daughter; Melissa Olson, mother; Colleen Olson, grandmother; and Edna Mertens, great-grandmother, all of Brainerd.
Kate Siegel and Arick Scepurek announce their engagement. Parents are Elvin and Carol Siegel, Little Falls, and Renata and Wade Scepurek, Little Falls. A fall 2001 wedding is planned.
Sarah Janelle Warzecha and Ernest Joseph Goodrow III announce their engagement. Parents are Kevin and Marilyn Warzecha, Royalton, and Dave and Betty Carlson, Richmond, and Ernest Goodrow, Springfield. A Dec. 31 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
LeAnn R. Segler and Brant J. Mouw announce their engagement. Parents are Butch and RoseMary Segler, Brainerd, and Rod and Harriet Mouw, Longville. A May 12 wedding is planned at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville.
Roush teams look to rebound at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Jack Roush, one of NASCAR's most successful car owners, is having a miserable early season.
Lawmakers stand behind snowmobile race
ST. PAUL -- A handful of northern Minnesota lawmakers stood behind Koochiching County officials who have decided -- without a federal permit -- to go forward with plans for a county-sponsored snowmobile race in Voyageurs National Park this weekend.
Amid Northwest-mechanics dispute, a union's ambition to expand
MINNEAPOLIS -- As Northwest Airlines and its mechanics' union bargain over a new contract, there's more at stake for union leaders than the welfare of its rank-and-file.
Senate decides on baseline for budget talks
ST. PAUL -- The Senate took a step away from Gov. Jesse Ventura Thursday when members voted to spend about $600 million more per year on education, transportation and health care than the governor recommended in his budget.
Man charged with killing, beheading wife
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 29-year-old engineer was charged Friday with killing and dismembering his wife, whose head was found in his car trunk three weeks later.
Woman charged in shooting death of her daughter
A Madison Lake woman accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter told police she accidentally shot her during a fight, then sawed off her legs and hid the body in the trunk of her car.
Ventura says he won't quit job as XFL announcer
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday that despite criticism from all sides, he is in his job as an XFL commentator for the long haul.
Seat-belt law headed to Senate floor
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A bill to allow police to stop and ticket motorists for not wearing their seat belts is headed to the Senate floor after sailing through the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday.
Northwest Airlines' strategy shift sends fear through travel industry
Northwest Airlines' recent decision to stop paying commissions to Web sites that sell its tickets has reverberated throughout the travel industry, both online and off.
DNR funding bill resurfaces at Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans would get to decide whether they wanted a tiny slice of the state sales tax dedicated to natural resources under a proposal making a comeback this year in the Legislature.
Watkins man charged in infant son's death
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A Watkins man who previously was charged with assaulting his infant son has been charged in the boy's death.
Senate panel settles on voluntary data collection for police stops
ST. PAUL -- Faced with committee deadlock, a key senator dropped a demand Friday that all Minnesota police collect traffic-stop data, making it unlikely the Legislature will order a statewide racial-profiling study this year.
TWO YEARS LATER
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's speech welcoming northern Minnesotans to the Capitol was to be a highlight of the Duluth Days celebration, an annual trip to St. Paul to put a friendly face on the state's third-largest city.
Area events Saturday
Flyers show how far they have come
ST. CLOUD -- In Kevin Jordan's first season as the Little Falls boys' basketball coach the Flyers won their season opener and lost their last 21 games.
Warriors clear first hurdle
After a disappointing loss in its final regular-season game the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team wanted to get rolling again.
Staples-Motley heads for state
MOORHEAD -- Pound-for-pound Jeff Brever may be the state's best high school basketball player.
PR-B gets back at I-Falls
HIBBING -- They say revenge is a dish best served cold and that's exactly what the Pine River-Backus Tigers boys' basketball team did Thursday.
Michael Silker of Brainerd finished third in two divisions of the Midwestern Judo Championships March 10 in Chicago, Ill.
Rangers gain 7AA finals
HIBBING -- The clock hasn't struck midnight for the Cinderella boys' basketball team from Crosby-Ironton.
Cards able to bounce back
MOORHEAD -- Following a fourth-place finish in last year's Class AA boys' basketball state tournament the Staples-Motley Cardinals graduated eight seniors.
Rocori ends LF's season of promise
ST. CLOUD -- Entering this season the Little Falls Flyers boys' basketball team had not played in the state tournament for 25 years.
No checking, thank you, for Hilary
Hockey is not the sort of game that Becky and Lyle MacIver of Brainerd wanted their kids to play. It was too rough, had too much contact and risk of injury.
S-M boys in 8AA title game
MOORHEAD -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball team advanced to the Section 8AA championship game by edging the Warroad Warriors 32-29 in the semifinals Thursday at Concordia College.
Local sports shorts
Mesa, Ariz. -- Brainerd High School graduate Todd Revenig pitched two scoreless innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 2-0 split-squad loss to the Chicago Cubs in Cactus League action Thursday.
Bantam A hockey team
The Brainerd Bantam A hockey team, sponsored by VFW Post No. 1647 and the Ramada Inn, will compete in the VFW state tournament March 23-25 at Fairmont. First row: Jake Carlson (left), Zack Lundbohm, Josh Hanske, Alex Impola, David Meyer, Geoffry Roberts, Ryan Bodell. Second row: Coach Regan Rudbeck, Chris Peluso, Morgan Shepherd, Mike Solinger, Gregg Day, Korey Horn, Kiel Browne, Matt Zellmer, Scott Williams, Mark Matich, Mike O'Day, Coach Dick Williams.
Girls state scoreboard
Tickets on sale for women's hockey meet
Blaine -- Tickets are on sale for the Women's World Hockey Championship, which will be played in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud, April 2-8.
Fosston runs streak to 51
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fosston finds a lot of ways to win, but most times Kelly Roysland is ultimately responsible.
The road to Minneapolis
BOISE, Idaho -- There should be more of this, not less.
Elk River, Lakeville to clash in 4A championship
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Elk River was too tall for St. Paul Central, so the Minutemaids tried to outrun the Elks. Nothing doing there.
Huskies blank Gophers
ST. PAUL, Minn. ) -- Scott Meyer built a wall in front of St. Cloud State's goal. Tyler Arnason burned a hole in the back of Minnesota's net.
Twins on short end of this slugfest
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- After beating several teams in the Grapefruit League with their bats over the past week, the Minnesota Twins became the victims on Thursday.
Women to hit ice for first NCAA tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Just five years ago, Angie Francisco had no place to play hockey.
Minnesota puts six in semis
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Top-ranked Minnesota moved a step closer to its first NCAA wrestling championship after a solid quarterfinal round Friday, while Iowa's chances for a seventh straight national title dimmed.
Girls state scoreboard
Laptops starting to join in the fun
For serious gaming away from home, business travelers who spend a lot of time in hotels and students who live much of the year in dorms use laptops.
Speak and you will find
WASHINGTON -- Rich Fowler turned to the Internet when his 60-year-old father had a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in Ohio last month. Only it wasn't the regular Web, but a frontier that folks using it call the "voice Web."
Brain drain East European nation fights to hold onto high-tech workers
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- On a chilly January morning the country's president entered his office and, keeping to his daily routine, went to the computer to check e-mail. This time, however, something was very wrong.
Finding census results on the web
If you want to "look for America," as Simon and Garfunkel once put it, you can find it at the Census Bureau's Web site. Starting this week, the nation's head-counters will begin posting the information that you and millions of other householders provided when you filled in your decennial census forms last April.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Areas of morning fog northwest. Mostly cloudy southeast and partly sunny remainder of state. Highs in the 30s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Decreasing clouds east. Highs from the upper 20s northeast to the lower 40s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm warning for portions of south central and southeast iowa this morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with patchy morning fog. Highs in the lower 30s east to the mid 40s west.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Weather drawing by Amanda Finstad of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Occasional light snow far south. Mostly cloudy central. Partly sunny north. Windy southeast. Highs in the lower to mid 30s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Clouds east early...Then becoming mostly sunny statewide. Highs in the 30s northwest to middle 40s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 30s to middle 40s.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Patchy dense fog in the morning...Then mostly sunny. Highs in the middle 30s to lower 40s.
Ice is thin
Weather drawing by Katie Harris of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Areas of morning fog east...Some dense...Especially in low lying areas. Otherwise sunny skies...Becoming partly cloudy west. Highs 30 to 40 east...40 to 50 central and west.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Increasing cloudiness west. Mostly sunny central and east. Highs around 35 east to the upper 40s west.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
The Brainerd High School Class of 1981 has announced it has created a community group website on lakesarea.net.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Names and faces
INDIO, Calif. (AP) -- Unable to reach a plea bargain with Robert Downey Jr., prosecutors moved forward Thursday with their drug case against the actor.
North-South: Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 71; Cliff and LuVerne Johnson, 67; and Sandy Chase and Phyllis DeRosier, 58. East-West: Marcella Jensen and Joyce Roemer, 65.5; Al and Carol Kline, 53.5; and Mark Anderson and Neil Heal, 48.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Passengers of hijacked Russian plane recall suffocation, thirst, fear
MOSCOW -- In the sweltering, suffocating heat of the Russian airliner hijacked to Saudi Arabia, passengers fainted and children cried.
Blasts kill at least 18 in China
BEIJING (AP) -- Three explosions within an hour ripped through separate workers' dormitories in a northern Chinese city Friday, killing at least 18 people and reducing one building to rubble, state media and fire officials said.
Army commandos rescue hostages in Bangladesh
RANGAMATI, Bangladesh (AP) -- Army commandos rescued three European engineers from their kidnappers' forest hide-out early Saturday, a month after they were snatched by gunmen in southeastern Bangladesh, a military commander said.
Death toll 108 in China blasts; police hunt suspect
SHIJIAZHUANG, China (AP) -- The death toll in a string of blasts that wrecked four apartment blocks has risen to 108 and police believe they were intentional, state television said Saturday. A wanted notice was issued for a resident of one of the buildings.
Saudis storm hijacked Russian plane, three die
MEDINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Climbing on ladders, Saudi commandos in full battle gear broke through the windows and doors of a Russian plane Friday, freeing more than 100 hostages and ending a hijacking by armed Chechens. Three people -- a flight attendant, a hijacker and a passenger -- were killed.
Fighting rocks outskirts of Macedonia's second-largest city
TETOVO, Macedonia -- Macedonian forces pounded the hillsides outside the country's second-largest city Saturday and fortified their positions against ethnic Albanian rebels fighting for greater rights and recognition.
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