Worries mounting that strong surge in economic activity could lead to inflation troubles in the future
WASHINGTON -- Department store shoppers are getting a bit of sticker shock along with their new spring and summer fashions. Clothing prices in February jumped by the biggest amount in nearly a year.
Potlatch officials say they're committed to looking for a buyer for Brainerd plant
Potlatch officials reiterated Friday that price is not an issue in finding a buyer for the Brainerd plant.
Around the watercooler
REAL SKILLS: Studying for a master's in business administration might mean long nights and liberal doses of supply-side economics, but many MBA professors are making sure their would-be corporate titans and trailblazers aren't forgetting the little things: how to dress (Birkenstocks on a job interview just won't cut it) or which fork to use during a dinner with a prospective boss.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Employees steal more from workplace, but does downturn help explain it?
NEW YORK -- Not long after Donald McNeese had a falling-out with his boss at the Prudential Insurance Co., he allegedly settled on a scheme to exact revenge.
Load funds on the rise as companies try to woo skittish investors
NEW YORK -- There's no doubt that mutual fund investors, discouraged by the stock market's two consecutive years of decline, don't feel as bold about selecting investments as they did during the bull market. They're increasingly seeking the advice of advisers and brokers.
Q. My wife moved here from overseas, and hasn't worked enough to qualify for Social Security retirement payments. Since she's raising our children and might not work again for a long time, will she be eligible for government retirement programs?
More big Andersen clients defect
NEW YORK (AP) -- Arthur Andersen was hit with another wave of client defections, even as former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker was offering a sweeping reform plan to try to save the company.
McDonald's warning pushes investors to sell stocks
NEW YORK -- A profit warning from McDonald's pulled stock prices lower Friday while investors were still smarting from fears of rising interest rates.
Drawing on designer names, Target aims to solidify niche in cheap chic
NEW YORK -- Stephanie Gruber Fried used to drop by her local Target store every couple of weeks, to shop for low-price basics and an occasional fashion item. Now she goes every week, looking for more.
Last of the five-and-dimes fading away
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- At the Dollar Zone store, Donald Barlup Sr. loaded up on hooks, shower curtain rings and steel wire as he bemoaned the loss of what once would have been called a five-and-dime.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Community leaders, U.S. senators consider options for Potlatch plant
Identifying potential suitors for the Potlatch plant before the mill closes is one key goal, but officials suggested the community should also be prepared for difficulties ahead.
Not filing a tax return should not be an option for financially pressed Americans
NEW YORK -- There are worse things than having to file your income taxes -- and one is not filing.
New York tops cost-of-living index
New York is the most expensive urban area in the nation, 86 percent more expensive than the national average, according to a new cost-of-living index for managers and professionals.
Even with a slew of store closing, analysts say America still overstocked
NEW YORK -- Even with the liquidation of such big names as Montgomery Ward and a rash of store closings from the likes of Kmart, America is still overstocked with retailers, particularly department and apparel stores that are turning consumers off with uninspiring merchandise.
The workplace always poses questions, or brings surprises, as these two questions show.
Ron Gard, Nathan Lundeen and Steve Erickson joined the Crystal Pierz Marine sales staff.
Kmart under pressure
NEW YORK -- Sarah Johnson used to shop for toiletries, light bulbs and other basics at her local Kmart, while driving 30 minutes to Target for fashion and other nonessential items. That all changed a month ago, after a trip to buy picture frames at Kmart turned out to be an exercise in futility.
NBC backs down, but liquor still controversial
While most lawmakers and interest groups who have opposed NBC's decision to air hard liquor ads lauded the network's policy reversal, some critics Thursday suggested that all alcohol ads, especially beer, should be scrutinized more closely.
Churches provide links between jobless, jobs
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- It's Ash Wednesday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, and the Rev. Rod Anderson is ringed by supplicants. They silently wait for a word from the good book that sits open before him.
The following worship services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd, in observance of Holy Week: Palm Sunday worship, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. with palm processional and Holy Communion featuring resident orga
Authors dispute meaning of Crucifixion, cross
It's the most familiar symbol you can imagine, but ponder for a moment how odd it is that Christians display an "emblem of suffering and shame," as the hymn says.
Men of all faiths invited to Holy Week retreat in Buffalo
Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, 26 miles west of the Twin Cities, invites men to participate in its Men's Holy Week Retreat next week.
'Old Lutheran' brand -- with Martin Luther bobblehead -- adds a touch of humor
MOORHEAD (AP) -- You might be a Lutheran if you only serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color for the season.
Here's another view on origin of the universe and life
The Rev. Bob Kemper presents a view accepted by many conservative Christians regarding the origin of the universe and life in his column of March 15. His view depends on accepting the Bible as an inerrant book that can be trusted in all details.
The miracle of loooong life
How do we explain miracles? "The laws of nature that are temporarily suspended or superceded by the supernatural laws of God."
Sertoma essay winners named
Three Brainerd School District fifth-graders were recently named winners of the 2002 Sertoma National Heritage Essay Contest by the Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club.
When is freedom worth fighting for? That's a tough question, because I've always believed fighting and war won't solve our problems. It doesn't prove anything. We have men and women in our country that are willing to sacrifice their lives and families for the sake of our country. I know it's patriotic and heroic, but no matter what the situation is, people are being killed. This is what I've always known and believed, but after the tragic events of Sept. 11, my whole point of view has changed. Our country seems to have no choice but to defend itself. Fighting back seems to be the only answer. If we don't fight we may lose our freedom completely and that would be the worst.
Texas Board of Education requires at least 135 minutes of gym in elementary schools
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- To help combat obesity in children, Texas will reinstate mandatory gym class in elementary schools, seven years after it was phased out to allow more time for academics.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD/PILLAGER -- NO SCHOOL. Spring break.
Brainerd math teacher wins national award
When people pass Don Karlgaard's classroom at Brainerd High School, they see energetic students working together to solve mathematic problems.
We'll fight for freedom
Freedom is worth fighting for when terrorists crash planes into two important buildings in our world. Freedom is worth fighting for when Japanese bomb your ships, declaring war. When someone threatens our freedom, we fight back.
Don't take freedom for granted
I believe that freedom is always worth fighting for. Years ago many people fought for freedom and made America the greatest place on earth to live.
Couple about to be married should settle issue of kids
DEAR ABBY: I am confused and don't know where to turn. I became engaged several months ago to a man I have lived with for more than a year. My fiance has known for several years that I chose to remain childless because I spent most of my youth raising my siblings. We try to take an active role in the lives of our nieces and nephews and have recently become godparents.
Getting to know your teen away from home It can be a real trip
As our older teen-agers lumber in the direction of life after high school, they drop occasional hints that they might actually survive without us. These grace moments frequently occur hundreds of miles away from home: in a ticket scalper's office, for example.
Men suffering domestic abuse can find help they need
DEAR ABBY: In the past, you have printed letters from men who have been physically abused by their wives. We want to thank you for helping to make the public aware of this aspect of domestic violence. Make victims of domestic violence face grave difficulties. Chief among them is having few places to turn for information and help.
Erase crayon marks
Dear Heloise: How do I remove crayon marks from walls? -- Nick, Via E-mail
Michael needs a fishing companion
Have you ever thought about being a Kinship Partner and wondered where the kids come from?
For Zelinskes, Potlatch is a family affair
Potlatch, for Ken Zelinske, was more than just a place to work.
Children naturally push the limits of adults' power
QUESTION: Why can't parents get children to obey just by explaining what they want them to do? Why is it so often necessary to punish or raise our voices to get them to cooperate? Why can't they just accept a few reasonable rules and avoid all that conflict? It just doesn't add up to me.
Celebrating the arts
The Pequot Lakes School hosted the 20th annual Festival of the Arts, which featured art of all shapes and sizes Thursday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 300.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 67, a year ago 191.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 900.
1. Building committee -- Meets 11:30 a.m. April 1 to review construction management proposals.
Katie L. Marsh, Brainerd, a boy, Anthony Rydell, 7 pounds, Feb. 20, 2002. Grandparents are Juanita Johnson, Brainerd, and the late Gust Johnson. Great-grandfather is Merle Gallant Sr., Brainerd.
Planning commission to meet Tuesday
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.
Due to incorrect information provided to The Dispatch, Wednesday's Neighbors section story on the Career Exploration Days at Central Lakes College incorrectly reported the affiliation of Janet Larson, nurse practitioner. She is employed by Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin, and serves the McGregor Clinic.
Hoch shares lead with Mickelson, DiMarco
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- For four hours, Scott Hoch sat on the couch and watched shot after shot land in the murky lagoon surrounding the famed 17th hole.
Nonwinner leads in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Good things seem to happen when Ashli Bunch plays golf in Tucson.
Mickelson is in the hunt
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Playing golf is supposed to be fun, right? Phil Mickelson thinks so, and he isn't about to let his critics ruin the good time.
State Rep. Greg Blaine, R-Little Falls, said the Minnesota House took another step toward preventing abortion by including pro-life policy language in its Health and Human Services budget bill.
Senate vote supports renewable power sources in energy bill
WASHINGTON -- The Senate moved Thursday to require utilities to generate a larger share of their electricity from sources such as solar and wind power, a potentially significant shift in national energy policy.
There's slim chance for end of session
ST. PAUL -- Consider this Wednesday the Legislature's Groundhog Day. If lawmakers pop up their heads and see agreement on a bunch of issues, they may quickly finish for the year. If they don't, it could mean weeks more of session.
House agrees on plan to split INS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The embattled Immigration and Naturalization Service would be dismantled under a plan agreed to by both House Republicans and Democrats.
Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., was taken to task in a Washington Post editorial reprinted in Wednesday's Dispatch for launching a vendetta against Democrats after the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a party line vote, killed the nomination of his home-state friend, U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering, to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
House passes contract bill minus same-sex benefits
ST. PAUL -- Doing an apparent end-run around state bargaining law, the House passed a bill Friday adopting all parts of negotiated union contracts except a provision that would give health benefits to gay and lesbian partners of public employees.
Kennedy postpones decision on where he'll run
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Mark Kennedy still can't decide who to try to represent next year, people south of the Twin Cities or north.
Starr to head legal team fighting campaign finance legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a case expected to move quickly to the Supreme Court, former Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and a group of prominent election law attorneys will argue that campaign finance legislation passed by Congress is unconstitutional.
Kennedy to announce decision on choice of district Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Mark Kennedy will announce which congressional district he's running in on Monday.
Senate OKs transportation funding package
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota motorists would pay at least 6 cents more for a gallon of gas under a bill that passed the Senate 39-26 Thursday.
Big changes in store for 2003 Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Dan McElroy is the kind of lawmaker who takes glee in tweaking the small print of bills to make sure they do what they say they will. He's about policy, not politics.
Debating breast exams
Do mammograms save lives? Studies conducted in the 1970s and '80s concluded that they do, and that regular screening can cut breast cancer deaths by at least 30 percent. Women have long accepted this idea as gospel -- namely that if they dutifully get mammograms, their cancer will be caught early enough to be treated.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Why mammograms are needed
Dr. Alfred O. Berg, chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on mammography, is chairman of the department of family medicine at the University of Washington.
Letter home: Your child is overweight. Signed, your school
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Some parents are getting letters home from school these days, but not because their youngsters are acting up or flunking out. The problem is their children are too fat.
Expert: Studies are flawed
Donald A. Berry, a member of the Physicians Data Query panel of cancer experts, which advises the National Cancer Institute about cancer screening tests, is chairman of the department of biostatistics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Hospital where liver donor died will stop using first-year residents in transplant unit
NEW YORK (AP) -- A prestigious New York hospital where the death of a liver donor sparked a state investigation says it will stop using first-year medical residents to care for liver transplant patients after their operations.
State sees rise in tuberculosis cases
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota was among 20 states that saw an increase in tuberculosis cases last year, a coalition of more than 80 national public health organizations said.
Bush administration scraps consent forms in patient privacy rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors and hospitals could disclose private information about patients and provide other medical services without prior consent under proposed Bush administration revisions to Clinton-era patient privacy rules.
Corner lot would suit angled solar home
Angled to capture as much sunlight as possible, this passive-solar design, Plan K-10, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, is practical yet innovative, and would nicely complement a corner lot. Its floor plan has 1,756 square feet of living space.
An orange garage door? Maybe not
Paint companies are eager to help consumers struggling to decide what to paint the house, the shutters, the downspouts, the door. They offer sample color chips and cards; their computers can match paint to what's already on the house, to a competitors' color or to a customer's favorite geranium red.
Design K-10 gives energy conservation a try
I have a soft spot for small homes that think big. Design K-10 is a classic ranch that hopes to harness the sun with a sun room and a wall of angled windows.
Learn how to create conservation easement
HACKENSACK -- The conservation easement, as a land and financial planning tool, is a relatively new concept in Minnesota. Learn about the conceptual legal and economic aspects of the conservation easement process from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 17 at Union Congregational Church in Hackensack.
Craving floral color instead of winter white?
Working with concrete acid stain
Recently, wife Carol told us about an attractive floor finish that she had discovered in a new local eatery. She said the floor was rich looking and was something she hadn't seen before.
Economy, weather, Sept. 11 push homeowners insurance costs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesotans could see double-digit increases in their homeowners insurance premiums as the industry struggles from severe weather, an ailing economy, costly home repairs and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Water is a precious commodity in many drought-stricken areas of the country. It's also one of the single biggest enemies to one's home -- especially water produced from rain or snow.
Is your house chipping, peeling, faded?
Take a close look at your house. Are the shutters faded? Is the clapboard peeling? Is there mildew on the window frames? Cracks under the eaves?
For many Americans, houses are crucial to sense of identity
In the movie "Father of the Bride: Part II," Steve Martin and Diane Keaton sell the house where they lived for almost two decades, the home where they raised their kids.
Tips to remove snow from roof offered
How much snow can your roof safely hold?
Ready, Set, Grow! Garden Expo set April 13
The Ready, Set, Grow! Garden Expo will run April 13 at Brainerd High School.
Know which vegetables to plant together, and which to keep apart
HACKENSACK -- It is as important to vegetable gardening success to know which plants to separate as it is to know which will benefit each other by planting together, said Master Gardener Mary Parrish.
Kevin T. Goedker, a real estate agent with Goedker Realty Inc., recently earned the e-PRO certification.
Mix and match different elements in your gardens
HACKENSACK -- Master Gardener Mary Parrish advocates flowers in vegetable gardens and herbs in flower gardens.
Federal aid may be on way
Potlatch employees can expect to receive good news in the mail in the days ahead because foreign imports contributed to the impending loss of their jobs.
Grand jury to be called in Moon slaying
Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan today said he would convene a grand jury in regard to the Billie Joe Moon murder case.
Breezy Point mayor seeks Senate post
BREEZY POINT -- Breezy Point Mayor Carrie Ruud didn't waste time as she decided she wanted to represent the reconfigured Senate District 4 in the Legislature.
Aitkin DFL delegates gather at VFW
AITKIN -- About 30 DFL delegates from the precinct caucuses in Aitkin County met March 16 at the Aitkin VFW to elect new leadership, hear from and endorse candidates for the fall election, debate platform resolutions and take a straw vote for governor.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 22 - 60 years ago (1942) - The Brainerd Office of the United States employment service won a leading place on the honor roll of the service in February, showing a 176 percent increase in job placements by comparison with February 1941.
U.S. senators offer support
Bordered by stacks of Potlatch paper, Potlatch employees on Friday told two U.S. senators from Minnesota they were not ready to give up yet.
Senate votes to ban ATVs off trails
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Senate voted to ban off-trail use of all-terrain vehicles in state forests after the state designates 2,000 miles of ATV trails.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 24 - 80 years ago (1922) - Police working under the direction of Chief Charles H. Varner carried out a big raid Wednesday night when they arrested seven alleged poker players and one spectator.
Huskies at state
The Pillager Huskies boys' basketball team is in St. Paul at the state tournament. Look for game details Sunday.
Going for third
After losing in the state Class 1A semifinal game, the Pillager boys' basketball team went for third place. Look for details in Sports Monday.
Little Falls school referendum set April 29
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School Board is asking district residents to support a referendum this spring.
Pulling her hair out
Amy Schultz, a Pillager boys' basketball fan, reacted when Pillager began falling behind Ortonville in the state Class 1A semifinal game Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Referendum opponents spent $3,285
The People for Postponement of District 181 Referendum filed its financial report today stating it spent $3,285 to ask voters to defeat the Brainerd School District's $59.9 million bond referendum.
Cass County Board chooses Architecture One as consultant
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Friday to engage Architecture One of Brainerd as its architectural consultant the next two years and to begin a feasibility study for a new or expanded jail.
The Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum will be closed Saturday because of the Easter holiday weekend.
School bond recount set
Study of health, environmental damage from Alabama PCBs to precede long-term cleanup
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before negotiating a long-term cleanup plan, two chemical companies will study damage to health and the environment that four decades of PCB contamination caused in Alabama.
Bush pushes efficient, high-tech border security system
EL PASO, Texas -- President Bush vowed Thursday to create a "smart border" with Mexico, saying he wants to speed the flow of people and goods across the frontier but target would-be terrorists and those who smuggle drugs and immigrants into the United States.
Mennonite tradespeople want insurance exemption
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Liability coverage comes with the territory for many mechanics, carpenters and plumbers, but some conservative Mennonite tradespeople say relying on insurance companies violates a key principle of their faith.
In aftermath of Hanssen spying, polygraphs ID small number of possible problem agents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is reducing by hundreds the number of agents with access to the nation's most sensitive secrets and has administered lie detector tests that have identified possible problems with fewer than 10 of its employees, officials said.
Dog owner faces up to life in prison after rare murder conviction in mauling death
LOS ANGELES -- Rejecting defense arguments that the attack couldn't have been foreseen, jurors returned a murder conviction against a woman whose dogs ripped open a neighbor's throat, killing her in their San Francisco apartment hallway. The woman's husband was convicted of manslaughter.
U.S. home builders fear new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber could affect home buyers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home builders complained the Bush administration's decision to charge stiff duties on a popular type of Canadian lumber will tax U.S. consumers and dampen a housing boom that has been one of the economy's strong points.
Academy Awards presenters win, too
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Presenters at the Academy Awards will get a pricey thank you for ripping open the envelope and announcing winners tonight.
Stamp cost rising 3 cents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans will be paying an additional 3 cents to mail a letter this summer.
Mortgage company agrees to repay customers in $60 million settlement of federal charges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A California mortgage company accused of deceiving poor and elderly homeowners into taking out loans with large hidden fees has agreed to a $60 million deal to settle federal and state charges.
Hearing on assisted suicide law pits Oregon officials against U.S. Justice Department
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state of Oregon faced off against the Bush administration at a hearing held by a federal judge to weigh arguments on the state's physician-assisted suicide law.
Employee kills three at Indiana business, then shoots self
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- An employee shot and killed three people at an aircraft parts plant Friday morning, then led police on a chase that ended when he shot himself to death, authorities said.
Some states consider whether to require clergy to report child abuse
NEW YORK (AP) -- The child-molestation scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church has led to a push in some states for laws adding the clergy to the list of professionals such as doctors and teachers who are required to report abuse.
Prosecutors say five bodies pulled from reservoir were abducted, killed by Russian mob
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nick Kharabadze's world was a blend of Russia and Hollywood. Fine Russian ceramics and film posters share space in the kitchen of his family's two-story home in the Hollywood Hills.
Prosecutors swap suspects in alleged SLA bank slaying
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State prosecutors pursuing murder charges against five former members of the 1970s era Symbionese Liberation Army are relying on testimony that conflicts with eyewitnesses from a federal trial 26 years ago.
Whoopi, Sting, a real circus: All part of Oscar show
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The theater is new and so is the heightened security. But there will be nostalgic Hollywood touches as well at today's Academy Awards ceremony.
Racketeering suit alleges church cover-up of abuse
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A lawsuit filed Friday alleges that Catholic bishops maintain secret files about priests accused of sexual misconduct, and that the church goes out of its way to keep the allegations from police, prosecutors and the public.
Women hit round of 16
Louisiana Tech is out, but Brigham Young is still playing. The nation's top scorer is playing the nation's top team. And Tennessee and Vanderbilt might get a chance to settle the debate over who really should have been the No. 1 seed in their region.
Schizophrenia comes between basketball-playing Cooks
MADISON, Wis. -- Friday night he won't see the Kansas Jayhawks try to make a move toward the Final Four, where he took them a quarter-century ago.
Bowa suspended; Durazo has surgery
The Arizona Diamondbacks lost another power hitter to an injury, while the New York Yankees are thankful they have depth on their pitching staff.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The University of Arkansas' top executive upheld the dismissal of Nolan Richardson, saying Thursday that he concurred in a campus chancellor's decision to fire the basketball coach.
Kent State wins in OT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kent State coach Stan Heath cherishes every moment he spent and every nugget of knowledge he absorbed from Michigan State's Tom Izzo.
Slutskaya leads after short program
NAGANO, Japan (AP) -- Irina Slutskaya moved into a commanding lead in the women's event at the World Figure Skating Championships on Friday after Michelle Kwan made a mistake in the short program.
Memories of losses linger for Tennessee, OU
The sting has lingered a full year now for Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Sooners overcome Arizona
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A day after calling Hollis Price underrated, Arizona coach Lute Olson underestimated him.
Indiana must adjust to role of favorite
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Indiana was a double-digit underdog when it shocked Duke to advance into the NCAA tournament's round of eight.
Missouri marches on
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- No 12th seed has ever charged through the NCAA tournament with Missouri's combination of scoring and style.
Upsets surface in NCAA wrestling
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The NCAA wrestling tournament opened Thursday with a few upsets in the early rounds, while Cael Sanderson continued to chase history, pinning two opponents in pursuit of a perfect college record.
Colorado College advances with win
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Colorado College coach Scott Owens is the answer to a trivia question.
Indiana stuns Duke
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For nearly 40 minutes, Duke had faced the wrath of a hostile crowd and the burden of expectations as it watched its national championship defense begin to slip away with a growing sense of desperation. Then, suddenly and strangely, it was over, in an inelegant, decidedly un-Duke-like scene of frustration and anger.
Johnson returns to the slope that nearly killed him
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) -- Bill Johnson gingerly approached the top of the slope, pointed his skis downhill, and slowly let gravity take over.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- With a trip to the Midwest Regional final on the line, three Kansas freshman took over.
Revamped rosters make for wide-open races
That little bloop single by Luis Gonzalez proved to teams and fans everywhere that indeed it was possible: the New York Yankees could be beaten.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Emeka Okafor knows there's more to defense than just blocking shots. He proved it against Southern Illinois.
Night of falling stars: Iverson, McGrady hurt
Allen Iverson broke his left hand. Tracy McGrady was carted off on a stretcher. Vince Carter announced he's finished for the season.
From tumultuous to symbiotic, Snyder and Gilbert form bond
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The relationship between Missouri coach Quin Snyder and point guard Clarence Gilbert was once tumultuous. Now, it's downright symbiotic.
Mourners crowd funeral home to remember teen hit by puck
WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (AP) -- The mourners wore red and white school jackets, and a tape of the fight song echoed through the funeral home in tribute to 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil.
NISSWA -- Alfred Lund, 83, Nisswa, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at home.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Ethel Ettinger, 78, Winter Garden, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at the Colonial Lakes Health Care in Winter Garden.
PIERZ -- Michael "Mike" Dahmen, 89, Pierz, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz.
IRONTON -- Elsie Lowder, 95, Ironton, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
IRONTON -- Elsie Lowder, 95, Ironton, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Douglas D. Johnson
Douglas D. Johnson, 82, Brainerd, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at home.
Olive M. Erickson
PINE RIVER -- Olive Martha Erickson, 80, Pine River, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at her home.
I am taking the present incident to express my concern for the many employees of the Potlatch Brainerd Mill (known to me as the NW Paper Mill) who were laid off on March 18, 2002. I received this information from The Dispatch's page on the Internet and know the importance of that plant to the financial livelihood of the Brainerd area residents.
WASHINGTON -- With Congress on its Easter break, it is clear that the elevated status President Bush has achieved as commander in chief of the war on terrorism has so far not produced any comparable gains for his influence on other issues.
Victory for reform
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
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I agree it is a blow for the area to lose the jobs Potlatch offered. However! Maybe this is a wake-up call to those in our community who don't think out of the box, and want to keep the area small. I hope that maybe now, people will rethink allowing other industry to come into the area, and provide high paying jobs for all of us...not just the 600-plus that lost theirs!
Time to start speaking the truth
I am proud to have spoken out against Operation Enduring Freedom on Friday. It's about time people start speaking the truth. When one's government is committed to killing peasants in distant parts of the globe one should ask hard questions. Perhaps the type of questions one might face in the afterlife. What would Jesus do?
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The pledge - Dispatch Editorial
The Minnesota Senate recently spent three hours debating whether to mandate students to say the Pledge of Allegiance. After what one newspaper termed a "hot and partisan" debate the measure was pulled by the author for consideration later in the session.
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Bartz: ATV opponents want to ban recreational vehicles from public lands
The recent one-sided series on all-terrain vehicles on public lands highlighted the result of the harmful and reckless riding of a few, without addressing the efforts of responsible riders to fix the problem. The series and editorial seemed to work from the playbook of those who opposed motorized recreation on any public land or water.
North Country calendar
What sportsmen should be watching in St. Paul
Minnesota might get a prairie chicken season. Deer hunters might get two deer per season on a single license. Waterfowlers might have to hunt elsewhere if they want to use a spinning wing decoy. And when you belly-up to the table at your local deer, duck, pheasant or grouse banquet you might actually eat deer, duck, pheasant or grouse.
River project returns dead salmon to the circle of life
On a typically gray, gloomy day last November in Oregon, the skies opened over the Mount Hood National Forest and it began to rain fish.
Dismissal of Sierra Club lawsuit called "major victory" for forest and wildlife conservation
A March 6 court ruling is a major victory for conservation organizations seeking to protect the ability of wildlife managers to manage public lands for biodiversity, the Ruffed Grouse Society says.
In the following reports, ice anglers are limited to the areas where they can fish.
Spring's first wildflowers are start of splendid parade
Has spring sprung?
Of deer, ducks and wandering paddlefish
Wildlife officials are on high alert after deer in two more states tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Three deer taken by hunters in Wisconsin were found to have CWD and another case was reported last fall in South Dakota.
Unprecedented warm winter means ample deer next fall
This winter has been like no other. Not only have there been record-setting warm days, but an unprecedented duration of warm back-to-back days have made this one of the easiest winters ever for our deer herd to survive. That should mean a favorable number of antlerless permits next fall.
The annual Brainerd Elks Fishing Fling is scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 24. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased beginning April 1 from Elk members or at the club. Attendance is limited to 275. All proceeds go to area youth projects.
Four generations recently gathered were Austin Michael Olson, son, Brainerd; Clarence Olson Jr., father, Brainerd; Clarence Olson Sr., grandfather, Brainerd; and Albin Olson, great-grandfather, Crosby.
Kellie Kim Sievek and James Barrett Guida
Kellie Kim Sievek and James Barrett Guida announce their engagement. Parents are Kim and Marilyn Sievek, Brainerd, and Gary and Rebecca Guida, Crosby. A June 1 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Melissa Osvold and Scott Paskewitz were married Dec. 1, 2001, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastor Robert Twiton officiating.
Julie and Jack Jordan
Julie and Jack Jordan, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married March 22, 1977, in Watertown, S.D. There will be a celebration at a later date.
Four generations recently gathered were Noelle Jensen, daughter, Brainerd; Gary Scott Jensen, father, Brainerd; Gloria Jensen, grandmother, Ironton; and Evelyn Lound, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Teresa Roux and Richard Shafer
Teresa Roux and Richard Shafer announce their engagement. Parents are Ralph and Bonnie Eide, St. Paul, and Marleys and David Hicks, Ironton, and the late Richard Shafer. A May 25 wedding is planned on Serpent Lake in Deerwood.
Lynn A. McCullough and Thomas R. Bertacchini
Lynn A. McCullough and Thomas R. Bertacchini announce their engagement. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward McCullough, Superior, Wis., and Roberta Bertacchini, Waukesha, Wis., and E.J. Bertacchini, Tucson. A December 2002 wedding is planned at Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Four generations recently gathered were Nathan Mondloch, son, St. Cloud; Julene Mondloch, mother, St. Cloud; Gloria Jensen, grandmother, Ironton; and Evelyn Lound, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Danelle Symiczek and Chan Johnson
Danelle Symiczek and Chan Johnson announce their engagement.
Kara Fleming and Jason Erickson were married Jan. 26, 2002, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Pastor Randy Ahlberg officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Erik Riedeman, son, Gilman; Tracy Riedeman, mother, Gilman; Gloria Jensen, grandmother, Ironton; and Evelyn Lound, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Stacy J. Nichols and Scott W. Robin
Stacy J. Nichols and Scott W. Robin, both of Woodbury, announce their engagement. Parents are Vicki and Jim Klein, Duluth, and Wayne and Diana Nichols, Brainerd, and Bill and Betty Robin, Merrifield. An April 5 wedding is planned at St. Christopher's Church in Nisswa.
Michelle L. Eliseuson and Andrew H. Skinner
Michelle L. Eliseuson and Andrew H. Skinner announce their engagement. Parents are Chuck and Donna Bartels, Brainerd, and Byron and Judy Eliseuson, Brainerd, and Harlan and Margaret Skinner, Backus. A June 1 wedding is planned in Grand Marais.
Stephanie Adams and Adam Conklin were married Jan. 26, 2002, at Church of the Nazarene in Brainerd with the Rev. Michael Lynch officiating.
Jaclyn Schlegel and Steven Archibald
Jaclyn Schlegel and Steven Archibald announce their engagement. Parents are Craig and Sharon Schlegel, Plant City, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, and Paul Archibald, Plant City, and Darlene Schoenwald, Williamstown, N.J. A spring/summer wedding is planned in Plant City.
Gordon takes first pole of the season, sets track record
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon hopes his first pole of the season might temporarily silence his critics.
Anti-terrorism agents investigate Macalester break-in
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a break-in at a Macalester College storage room where burglars attempted to steal chemicals used in making bombs and drugs, according to a search warrant filed in Ramsey County District Court.
Police seize military-style guns in biker group investigation
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Military, high-caliber guns were seized along with a book of bomb designs and dozens of other items as part of an investigation into the Hell's Outcasts biker group, authorities said.
Police seize illegal drug khat at Somali restaurant
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police said they seized 180 pounds of khat, a mild narcotic leaf usually grown in Africa, and arrested four people in raids on an apartment and a Somali restaurant.
Adult business owner sues Arlington over moratorium
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The owner of an adult entertainment business has filed a lawsuit in federal court over a moratorium in Arlington that prevents him from opening a nude dance club in the city.
Minnesota's Somalis find their voice, and it's an angry one
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The more Omar Jamal talked about it, the more things began to boil to the surface.
State alleged investment fraud case with ties to Brainerd is settled
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission says a Minnesota man, his company and a commodity pool he operated have agreed to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution and penalties to settle a commodity pool fraud case.
Jourdain, longtime Red Lake tribal chairman, dies at age 89
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Roger Jourdain, who for 31 years was tribal chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, died Thursday night at a Bemidji hospital. He was 89.
Montevideo man charged in Operation Candyman
MONTEVIDEO (AP) -- A second Minnesota man has been charged as part of the federal investigation into child pornography called Operation Candyman.
Insurers to fight city's demolition of Farmland plant
ALBERT LEA (AP) -- Eight insurance companies notified city officials they will seek a court order to block the demolition of the Farmland Foods plant damaged by fire last July.
Routine state functions complicated by contract moratorium
ST. PAUL -- For the last 12 years, the annual job fair at St. Cloud Technical College featured motivational speakers who offered job-search and interviewing pointers to graduating students.
Commission wants lawsuit documents public
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Lawyers for Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins want to keep documents from a lawsuit brought by the team's landlord confidential.
Lucky for Twins, state's bond expert is also a baseball fan
ST. PAUL -- Peter Sausen joined the state finance department 20 years ago this month and has since sold billions of dollars in bonds and played a key role in restoring Minnesota's image on Wall Street.
Father accused of feeding girl foods that made her sick
ISANTI (AP) -- A Duluth man has been charged with child endangerment after allegedly feeding his 7-year-old daughter foods that made her sick.
The Brainerd VFW/Mighty Gulls Bantam A hockey team won the District 6 championship last weekend and competed in the state tournament this weekend at Elk River.
Schramm uses strong work ethic as team leader
Luke Schramm gave the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team something few teams have.
Area events Saturday
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Mike Zauhar is the only Brainerd Warrior on the All-Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball team.
Ortonville ends Pillager's run for state basketball title
ST. PAUL -- The Pillager Huskies boys' basketball team could point a finger at the foul discrepancy and say that's why it lost its state Class 1A semifinal game against the Ortonville Trojans 61-52 Friday at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Tryout dates for players interested in participating on Minnesota Select basketball teams have been announced.
Pillager recognizes longtime fans
ST. PAUL -- They have remained passionate Pillager Huskies fans, through thick and thin, for more than 30 years.
Ninth-inning rally propels Twins past Rangers
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- After being announced as the Texas Rangers opening day starting pitcher, Chan Ho Park threw seven innings in the Rangers 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
All-Central Lakes Conference teams have been announced in seven sports for the 2001-02 winter season.
Judge denies Vikings motion for moving Stringer lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge denied the Minnesota Vikings' request to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Korey Stringer's family from Minneapolis to Mankato.
Southwest Minnesota Christian one win away from history
ST. PAUL (AP) -- All season long, Southwest Minnesota Christian tried to avoid the pressure and talk about winning its fourth straight state championship.
St. Cloud ousted from tourney
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan scored twice in a 1:01 span in the first period to break a tie and held on for a 4-2 victory over St. Cloud State on Friday night.
Jefferson ousts No. 2 North
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Bloomington Jefferson didn't make a single field goal in the fourth quarter against No. 2 Minneapolis North -- and still won.
Gophers coach says she'll listen to offers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota women's basketball coach Brenda Oldfield, who steered the Gophers from the Big Ten's basement to the league's elite in her first season, says she'll listen to other coaching offers if they come.
For Minnesota, St. Cloud State, success on ice yields cash
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- It cost St. Cloud State less than the University of Minnesota to get to this weekend's NCAA hockey championships. But both schools make a cool profit from the game.
Wild's Park finds success after maturing on, and off, the ice
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Most pro athletes don't get a second chance at being a pro athlete.
Vikings agree to terms with Cards' Chavous
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cornerback Corey Chavous, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Friday.
Garnett holds off Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shane Battier's best shooting performance as a pro wasn't enough to put the Memphis Grizzlies over the top.
Defending champion Minnesota-Duluth, Brown advance to final
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- There will be no all-Minnesota Frozen Four final. Pam Dreyer made sure of that.
Sanderson wins again
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Iowa State's Cael Sanderson won two matches Friday in the NCAA wrestling tournament Friday, extending his unbeaten streak to 158 matches heading into the championship.
For cell phone king, challenge turns to mobile software
ESPOO, Finland (AP) -- Nokia, a 137-year-old Finnish company that emerged from a pulp mill in the forest to become the world's largest cell phone maker, has never limited itself to a single industry and it's not about to start now.
Panasonic banking on digital homes for elderly
NEYAGAWA, Japan (AP) -- The talking teddy-bear robot that wouldn't stop flapping its arms is still experimental. But most of the technology offerings at a new prototype nursing home are serious business.
Simpler can be better when buying computer
Physicist Richard Feynman was so brilliant that his problem-solving method was said to consist of thinking hard and then writing down the correct answer. His biography was titled simply "Genius."
It's not the heat
You'd think people could just stick their heads outside and look, but apparently that's not virtual enough for the digitally hip. Millions of Americans are piping live, local weather reports onto their computer screens using a Web-connected program called WeatherBug (www.weatherbug.com).
For risky battlefields: A multimedia correspondent on wheels
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Wanted: aggressive war correspondent with interview skills, satellite phone. Mobility required in hostile, rugged terrain. Pay: None. Solar panels a plus.
Software should do no harm
Hippocrates, the founding father of modern medicine, issued this famous dictum to generations of doctors:
Printer is lacking
Hewlett-Packard's Photosmart printers are some of the best photo printers available. The series' latest model, the HP Photosmart 1315 ($400), improves a bit on the 1215 with a tiny monitor for editing pictures saved on your digital media card, but doesn't perform much better in other areas.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly sunny. Highs from the lower 20s to the lower 30s.
Western states hit by rain, snow; snow showers in eastern Great Lakes
A storm system was pushing rain and snow through much of the West Coast early Saturday, while light snow was falling along the eastern shores of the Great Lakes.
Wintry weather in spring
Weather drawing by Kendra Berg of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of snow showers northeast. A little warmer with highs in the 20s to lower 30s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s northeast to mid 40s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 30s to middle 40s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly sunny. A chance for flurries north and east this morning. Highs in the 20s to lower 30s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the middle 20s north to near 40 southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Sunny. Breezy east. Highs in the 20s.
Red River spring flood risk considered low
FARGO, N.D. -- Cities along the North Dakota-Minnesota border face a slim threat of Red River flooding this spring, the National Weather Service said Friday.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s far northwest to 50s south. Tonight...Becoming cloudy. A chance of light snow north late. A chance
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny and cool. Highs in the 20s to mid 30s.
Easter is near
Weather drawing by Cari Kounkel in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
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State forecast for South Dakota
national weather service sioux falls sd 425 am cst sat mar 23 2002
Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition Program, Mississippi Terrace
Thank you to Bremer Bank volunteers for sponsoring Wednesday Evening Bingo here at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. A good time was had by all! True to their word, Bremer is making our community a better place to live. Come back soon!
Howell Movement. Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 49.5; Clayton Haglin and Bill Black, 49.5; Clif Johnson and Don Rasmussen, 45; and Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 44.
The Brainerd Area Zonta Club will meet at noon Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn. Wes Erdahl, master gardener from the University of Minnesota Extension Division will be the guest speaker and will present a program about planting and caring for roses. For more information, call Sandra at 543-4840.
Names and faces
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The host of "Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser" said Thursday that he leaving the show, becoming a victim of a maxim he is fond of reciting: The only constant is change.
World leaders vow to relieve poverty in developing countries
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- After decades of cutbacks in aid to the developing world, rich nations have agreed to pump billions of dollars into poor countries in exchange for their efforts to stabilize their governments and economies.
Mideast truce talks resume as suicide bomber attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- As Mideast truce talks resumed Friday, a Palestinian man blew himself up at an Israeli military checkpoint in the West Bank, wounding an Israeli officer in the third suicide bombing in three days.
11 charged in Pearl murder
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- The alleged mastermind of the kidnapping of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and 10 accomplices were charged in his death Friday in a special anti-terrorism court.
Terrorism, trade on agenda as Bush visits Peru
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- President Bush is offering to help Peru with both trade and terrorists as he makes an unprecedented visit to that South American nation days after a terrorist attack outside the U.S. Embassy there.
Ailing Thatcher to stop lecturing
LONDON (AP) -- Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has suffered a series of small strokes and is retiring from the public lecture circuit, her office said Friday.
Four Pakistani crewmen disappear after INS official wrongly allows them to leave ship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four Pakistani crewmen who jumped ship in a Virginia port are not believed to be dangerous, but reports that an immigration official improperly allowed them to come ashore are prompting demands for stricter security.
U.S. facing tough question of what to do about Taliban, al-Qaida fighters who have escaped into Pakistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military faces the difficult question of what to do about al-Qaida and Taliban fighters who escaped from Afghanistan and are gathering in lawless regions of Pakistan.
Palestinians attack Israeli army post a day before Mideast truce talks set to resume
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians who attacked an army post with grenades Saturday, and militant Islamic groups said they would ignore any truce deal, complicating U.S. efforts for a cease-fire.
Weapons cache found in Afghanistan where Operation Anaconda took place
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- An enemy weapons cache was discovered where the biggest U.S.-led offensive of the Afghanistan conflict took place earlier this month, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday.
Pakistani police arrest dozens of opposition leaders to block rally against pro-U.S. leader
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Police in the eastern city of Lahore rounded up dozens of leaders of the country's main opposition party to block a rally Saturday demanding the ouster of Pakistan's military ruler.
52 wounded in grenade explosions
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Attackers hurled grenades at a bus stand and marketplace Friday, wounding 52 people in a rare attack on civilian targets in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
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