Inside the Fed
WASHINGTON -- The meetings start precisely at 9 a.m. Not 9:01, mind you. The suits are a sea of blue and gray -- pinstriped or solid, for the most part. The chairman wins every vote -- and it's not even close.
Bedside manner may not be the only way to work for a successful business.
Acrometal to gain from Weatherby moves
Acrometal in Brainerd is going to gain from a manufacturing consolidation of Weatherby rifles and from the move of the rifle company's engineering, research and development operations to the Brainerd area.
Savings bonds, CDs and money funds are alternatives for savers with stock market jitters
NEW YORK -- If the ups and downs of the stock market are making you queasy about your savings, there are alternatives from inflation-indexed U.S. Savings Bonds to bank certificates of deposit and money market mutual funds that can provide some earnings stability.
Women still scarce in top media, telecom, high-tech jobs
WASHINGTON -- When Susan Ness joined the Federal Communications Commission, she was surprised at how few women came before the agency to represent broadcasters and telecommunications companies on cutting-edge issues.
Terry Curtis joined Anderson Brothers as the director of business development.
People think they are nicer, more moral than others
Did you know that most people think they are nicer and more moral than the average person?
Schedule C often trips up small business owners
NEW YORK (AP) -- For many small business owners trying to do their own income tax returns, Schedule C can be one of the most vexing parts of the process. But accountants say that by understanding the tax laws and working carefully, owners can make this task less onerous and also save themselves some possible grief later on.
BAXTER -- Beginning Sunday, Light of the Lakes Church is moving its Sunday worship service from Baxter Elementary School to the Brenny Chapel in Baxter, behind Cub Foods. Worship and children's Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call Pastor David Price at 829-7729.
Churches making Internet central to 21st-century religious experience
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Bandwidth. Streaming media. Web portals.
Church Ministries Institute event targets families, volunteers, ministers
BAXTER -- Something for everyone will be on the ministerial menu Saturday at the Brainerd Area Church Ministries Institute, sponsored by the Minneapolis based Minnesota Church Ministries Association.
Recapture that lovin' feeling by recalling when it was there
QUESTION: Tell me why it is inevitable for couples with good marriages to go through "flat spots" or "the blahs," and can you offer more advice about what to do when those times come?
Crosslake church using nails during Lenten season
CROSSLAKE -- Putting a common nail on your kitchen table or in your pocket may seem an odd way to pursue personal spiritual growth, but that is exactly what members of Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake are doing this Lenten season.
Churches also are required to follow Utah liquor laws
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's liquor control board may be tough on bars and restaurants that bend alcohol rules, but goes easy on churches, said a copyright story in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Judge displays commandments in courtroom to support colleague
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Crawford County judge has hung a poster of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom to show support for a colleague who is being sued over a similar display.
Schools educating record numbers, more diverse student body
WASHINGTON -- Sit in on a PTA meeting anywhere in America and you might hear the English proceedings augmented by Spanish -- or Hindi, Korean, Swahili, Laotian.
Latest school shooting has parents seeking alternatives
EL CAJON, Calif. -- As new details emerge about the second school shooting in this area in a month, some frightened parents are demanding tighter security while others are seeking alternative ways to educate their children.
Baxter church plans seminar on healthy families
BAXTER -- "Targeting Healthy Families" is the theme of a parenting seminar April 1 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Meet some Kinship Partners volunteers
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know Kinship Partn
Let me be brave
LITTLE FALLS -- It was standing-room only at the Little Falls Middle School swimming pool last Wednesday.
Road rage can be countered by cutting others some slack
DEAR ABBY: I am writing to apologize to the man I cut off in merging traffic on the interstate the other day.
Sharing a house with mother too much for daughter
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 34-year-old mother of four kids, ages 17 to 6. My 9-year-old boy has been raised by my mother since he was 6 months old. I was in the middle of a divorce when he was born. I wanted to give him up for adoption, but Mother would not have it. I usually never let my mother make decisions for me, but in that case, I thought she might be right. My dad, mother and older sister took the baby and moved away.
Thank you for sponsoring and donating the trophies and door prizes at the Annual Cass/Crow Wing DHIA meeting.
Cat got your lungs?
Love your cat ... but not the way you wheeze when she gets close?
Hello? Rural residents get a ring
SOAP LAKE, Wash. -- Call it a blessing -- or a curse.
USDA monitoring two cows in state for signs of mad cow disease
MINNEAPOLIS -- Federal officials are monitoring two cows in Minnesota for signs of mad cow disease, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture expert on the illness.
More Vermont sheep seized
EAST WARREN, Vt. -- Federal agents trying to prevent mad cow disease from gaining a foothold in the United States seized a second flock of Vermont sheep Friday as protesters mockingly gave the Nazi salute.
Cows monitored in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two cows imported to Minnesota from Europe before a 1997 ban have shown no symptoms of mad cow disease and pose no threat, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture officials who have been monitoring them for several years.
SOUTH ST. PAUL. (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle receipts: 450.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 291, a year ago 226.
Women feel the strain of growing role on the farm
WAYNE, Ohio (AP) -- For Kim Snowden, doing chores around the farm no longer means just delivering meals to workers in the fields.
Democrats say farmers shortchanged in GOP budget plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farm-state Democrats say the 10-year budget blueprint headed for the House floor next week shortchanges agriculture by failing to specify funds for expanding farm programs and providing emergency assistance.
FDA: Animal feed producers show small improvement in mad cow rules
WASHINGTON -- Animal feed producers are doing a little better at following rules intended to keep mad cow disease out of the United States after warnings the government would crack down on violators.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 400.
In a Page 1A story Thursday on the Brainerd Teacher of the Year, Sandy Cowell's teaching background should have said she taught fifth grade at Pine River Elementary School in the spring of 1989 and has been at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd since 1990.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly reported in Thursday's Tempo section the dates for the Minnesota Fine Arts Festival at Breezy Point Resort. About 300 community college vocal and instrumental students and faculty will convene for the two-day event Thursday and Friday at the resort. A public concert is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday in the resort's convention center.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Two Brainerd men are in custody today on charges of aggravated forgery and possession of a machine gun, the Brainerd Police Department reported. One man is 18 and the other is 22.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Meets 3:30 p.m. Monday
Woods booklet included with Wheaties
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tiger Woods is giving cereal lovers a little insight into his life on and off the golf course.
Senate GOP wants bigger, faster tax cut
WASHINGTON -- Citing the drooping economy, Senate Republicans say they want to rush $60 billion in tax cuts to Americans this year on top of the $1.6 trillion, 10-year reduction that President Bush has championed.
Senator arranging meeting between Indians, Bush
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee said Thursday he's working to arrange a meeting between American Indian leaders and President Bush, but urged Indian officials to make the meeting more than a "photo opportunity."
Budget fight picks up as first deadline approaches
The 2001 Legislature is 12 weeks old in a session expected to wrap up in mid-May. Here's a look at activity through Friday:
Rumsfeld signals push for armed forces overhaul
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld signaled his intention to pursue dramatic changes in the way the nation's armed forces are organized, laying out for the first time his plans to overhaul the Pentagon in a private meeting with President Bush, several senior government officials said Thursday.
Feingold urges Democrats to renew commitment to reform bill
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic sponsor of a campaign finance bill said Saturday the Senate battle is going well, but there are hints that some proposed amendments could fracture the fragile coalition supporting the overhaul.
Bush ends ABA role in picking judges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the American Bar Association says President Bush's decision to end the group's half-century role in vetting prospective federal judges may mean more politics in the review process.
State Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, is authoring a bill to help law enforcement agencies deal with the high costs of controlling methamphetamine, an illegal stimulant that is often manufactured in small, makeshift laboratories.
House panel endorses allowing wine to be sold in supermarkets
ST. PAUL -- Hundreds of citizens crammed into a hearing room Friday to hear testimony on whether grocery stores should be able to sell wine, a proposal that cleared its first legislative hurdle.
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Blood Pressure Clinics
Rejuvenating tips for spring
Spring is a good time to start taking better care of yourself. Resolutions are traditionally made on New Year's Day (and broken a few days later in the misery of winter). But spring is just as important a time to change your life for the better. And it's easier to keep a resolution when the sun is shining.
Spring garden classes offered
Master gardeners are participating in spring garden classes.
The anchor of your finances: A home
NEW YORK (AP) -- As stocks tank and investors wander in the wasteland, they might pause to give thanks for having made at least one great investments. They may in fact be sitting in it as they read this.
Here's how to find and then fix a non-plumbing leak
If after taking a shower you find water in the basement or on the floor below, it might not be the result of a plumbing leak.
Multi-colored Asian lady beetles may be abundant again this spring
Multi-colored Asian lady beetles, which resemble lady bugs, may be popping up in homes again this spring, but the garden helper should be considered harmless.
Get garden soil in proper order before planting anything
Although garden plants hail from all corners of the world, they have surprisingly similar soil requirements. Before planting, make sure the soil is well-supplied with air, water, and nutrients.
Now is the time for spring renewal rituals
March is a deceptive month. Maybe it's how early it gets light. Or the forsythia budding on bare branches.
Long-term mortgage rates heading downward
For consumers sitting on the fence about whether to refinance their homes or take out a mortgage on a new one, mortgage experts had two words of advice Tuesday: Don't rush.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association Home and Patio Show is set April 6-8 at the Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Low-maintenance gardens get a good start
Now that it's almost spring, you might be looking forward to the pleasures of the garden but dreading the work involved.
Get the chill off your home
Trying to keep your home comfortable while preventing your utility bill from going through the roof can be a balancing act.
Start planning now to change landscape from drab gray to bold and bright hues
The name alone brings thoughts of heavenly bodies, but orange cosmos are much closer to the ground.
Mesaba maintenance base may be built at airport
Brainerd is one of three cities in contention for a Mesaba Aviation maintenance base, but a decision is not expected until later this spring.
Filling a need
The way Pat Hassett sees it, she was simply trying to help fill a need she saw in the Brainerd lakes community.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 25 - 40 years ago (1961) - Kaye Little, Miss Brainerd, is competing in the Miss Minnesota semi-finals at Moorhead tonight. She faces competition from a field of 23 of whom will be selected to represent the northern part of the state. Miss Hill will play organ selections during the contest.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Nine thousand Bay Lake area pine seedlings valued at about $900 were destroyed Sunday in one of 22 blazes reported this weekend. The grass fires swept over about 400 acres on Saturday.
Bomb found in Todd County deputy sheriff's mailbox
LONG PRAIRIE (AP) -- A rural mail carrier found an explosive device in the mailbox of a Todd County deputy sheriff in this central Minnesota city.
Student's death caused by game of blackout, his mother says
The mother of a Franklin Junior High School student who died Tuesday said her son died while playing a game where oxygen is cut off to the brain by hanging or choking.
Welfare program deadline approaching for many families
Taletta Doesken of Brainerd is a step closer to leaving an assistance program for families with children.
Schunk to be in Breezy Point March 31
BREEZY POINT -- Lt. Governor Mae Schunk will speak at the Big Fish Fund-raising Banquet set for March 31 at Breezy Point Resort.
With the sidewalk of Brainerd's North Seventh Street bordered by snow, Cherice Hummel powers her scooter, following her dog, Junior, Thursday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
State, county working to help families
The state is working to help Minnesota Family Investment Program clients who will reach the end of their qualification in 2002. The 2000 Legislature appropriated $75 million for three years to help counties intervene with at-risk families.
Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Duane Blanck was recently named by Gov. Jesse Ventura to the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design.
Onamia's Evelyn Fairbanks, 'The Days of Rondo' author, dies at 72
ONAMIA (AP) -- Evelyn Fairbanks, who wrote "The Days of Rondo," a memoir of growing up in a black neighborhood in St. Paul in the 1930s and 1940s, has died of respiratory problems. She was 72.
State seeks to have woman declared sexual predator
FULTON, Mo. -- Angela Coffel's home is a castle of sorts, with 20 bedrooms, a sizable living area, thick concrete walls and round-the-clock guards.
An all-too-familiar scene
EL CAJON, Calif. -- Gunfire erupted at another high school in the hills east of San Diego, less than a month after two students were killed in a school shooting a few miles away.
Sharon visits Michael Jackson
NEW YORK (AP) -- After meeting with President Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ended his United States trip with a visit with a musical dignitary -- Michael Jackson.
Bush on Congress: 'If you send it, they will spend it'
WASHINGTON -- President Bush told Americans on Saturday that Congress will squander the nation's budget surpluses unless his tax-cutting, budget-tightening plans are adopted.
Treatment of American family clouds visit by Chinese leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first high-level visit by a Chinese official since President Bush took office was clouded by U.S. outrage over China's treatment of a 5-year-old American boy taken from his parents for almost a month in a legal dispute.
Bush moves to outflank Democrats on abortion funding restrictions
WASHINGTON -- President Bush plans to sidestep congressional foes of his plan to freeze U.S. foreign aid for abortion-related activities, employing the policy as a special memorandum that his advisers say is not subject to review.
Mir comes to fiery end in ocean
NADI, Fiji -- The Mir space station finished its 15-year voyage Friday in a shower of fireballs, its wreckage streaking through the atmosphere and plunging into a watery grave in the South Pacific.
Columnist, CNN host Evans dies
WASHINGTON -- Rowland Evans, a columnist and CNN host known for a courtly but direct manner that often caught his guests off guard, died Friday of cancer. He was 79.
Federal agents arrive to seize second Vermont sheep herd for mad cow disease
EAST WARREN, Vt. -- Federal agents arrived at a farm early Friday and began seizing a second flock of Vermont sheep suspected of having been exposed to a form of mad cow disease.
Explanations not as easy after latest shooting at a school
EL CAJON, Calif. -- The first time a local high school was shot up by a student, Leonardo Morreno was able to explain it to his 6-year-old daughter as the isolated act of a disturbed young man.
Motorola says 4,000 more jobs will be cut
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Motorola said Friday it is cutting 4,000 more jobs, or about 3.1 percent of its work force, bringing to 22,000 the number of job cuts announced since December.
Despite stock jump, economic future still uncertain
WASHINGTON -- Although stock prices enjoyed a nice bounce at week's end, the prognosis for the economy remains uncertain at best. Many forecasters who had expected a pickup this spring are now contemplating a
Mir showed long duration space flight was possible
During 15 years in orbit, Russia's Mir space station survived fires, collisions and equipment failure.
What's next? Seattle battles string of bad luck
SEATTLE -- An earthquake rumbles. Mardi Gras celebrations turn violent. Microsoft battles a breakup order. Dot-coms fold. And now Boeing declares it's leaving home.
Cartoon man William Hanna dies
LOS ANGELES -- His animated characters danced with Gene Kelly, won Oscars and Emmys, and uttered some of television's most memorable lines, including the jubilant chant of everybody's favorite caveman: "Yabba dabba doo!"
Californians could see 50 percent increase in power bills
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state's power purchases for two struggling utilities could cost $23 billion by the end of next year, leaving customers paying as much as 50 percent more for electricity, The Associated Press has learned.
Powell says Iraq's weapons goals still unfulfilled
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says Iraq is trying to produce weapons forbidden by the U.N. Security Council, but so far lacks the capability to endanger the region in an "exceptionally threatening" way.
Vandals suspected of destroying research trees
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Hundreds of poplars being used in research projects were cut down or killed last week by vandals apparently targeting genetically engineered trees, Oregon State University officials said Friday.
First lady calls on military retirees to consider teaching
SAN DIEGO -- With the nation's schools facing a shortage of teachers, first lady Laura Bush urged retiring military personnel Friday to consider a new career in teaching.
Family members,Ski Team racers wait and watch for fallen champion
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) -- In a Montana hospital room, members of Bill Johnson's family keep vigil. They're hoping for encouraging news while the former Olympic downhill champion remains in a coma.
Knight set to begin anew in Lubbock
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- For so long, Bob Knight has been identified with Indiana. Now, he's about to begin a new chapter in a West Texas town where dust storms swirl and the basketball team is in need of repair.
It's official: Knight signs with Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- He mispronounced the name of the university president and didn't get the name of the women's basketball team right.
Lappas resigns as coach at Villanova
Steve Lappas resigned as coach of Villanova after nine years following a season in which the Wildcats went 18-13 and failed to make the NCAA tournament.
USC upsets Kentucky
David Bluthenthal left his Southern California coach speechless. Duke's Jason Williams rendered UCLA defenseless.
Chmura cleared to sign contract, play in NFL
Almost six weeks after he was acquitted on sexual assault charges, Mark Chmura has been cleared to resume his NFL career.
Tourney at a glance
EAST REGIONAL At First Union Center Philadelphia Regional Semifinals Thursday Southern California 80, Kentucky 76 Duke 76, UCLA 63 Regional Championship Saturday Southern California (24-9) vs. Duke (32-4), 6 p.m.
Slutskaya beats Kwan in short program; Americans 2-3-4
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Who says the Cold War is dead? Women's figure skating has come down to the United States vs. Russia.
Bill Johnson in coma after ski crash
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) -- Bill Johnson, the boastful Olympic ski champion in 1984, is in a coma after crashing during a comeback attempt at age 40.
Clark, Raptors reject Atlanta
With a few more games like this, Toronto could become known as the Rejectors.
Ohio State's Derek Ross sentenced
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State defensive back Derek Ross was sentenced to 30 days in jail for giving a false name to a state trooper who stopped him for speeding.
Illinois' reserves help Illini to beat Kansas
Illinois used its depth to take Kansas out of its game plan, and handed Jayhawks coach Roy Williams his worst loss in the NCAA tournament.
Henson leaving Michigan to be a Yankee
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Drew Henson announced Saturday that he was skipping his senior season at Michigan to pursue a career with the New York Yankees.
Spring Training Glance
Peter M. Becker Sr.
ROCHESTER -- Peter M. Becker Sr., 62, Hastings, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, March 23, 2001, of cancer at Rochester Methodist Hospital.
Bertha G. Jorgensen
Bertha G. Jorgensen, 90, Brainerd, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Velma H. Luckow
DEERWOOD -- Velma Henrietta Luckow, 87, Deerwood, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Samuel David Parker
LITTLE FALLS -- Samuel David Parker, infant son of Marlin and Shannan Parker, Little Falls, was born and died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Bernadine 'Bernie' G. Gruber
PIERZ -- Bernadine "Bernie" Grace (Zilkowski) Lyon Gruber, 73, Pierz, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at St. Otto's Health Care Center in Little Falls.
Dale O. Van Sickle
Dale O. Van Sickle, 75, Brainerd, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at home.
ONAMIA -- Evelyn Fairbanks, 72, Onamia, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Mille Lacs Hospital.
Loretta M. Fischer
PIERZ -- Loretta M. Fischer, 88, Pierz, died today, March 23, 2001, at the Pierz Villa.
Gladys R. Hendricks
ONAMIA -- Gladys R. Hendricks, 83, Onamia, formerly of Hillman, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
PIERZ -- Bernadine Gruber, 73, Pierz, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Donald L. Whitford
CROSSLAKE -- Donald L. Whitford, 83, Crosslake, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
AITKIN -- Robert Elling, 58, Aitkin, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, in Kimberly Township.
Ruby F. Grove
CROSBY -- Ruby F. Grove, 90, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Ruby F. Grove
PEQUOT LAKES -- Ruby F. Grove, 90, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Marcella G. Gustafson
Marcella Gladys Gustafson, 66, Brainerd, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at home.
Lillian E. Hagel
CROSBY -- Lillian Emma Hagel, 86, Crosby, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
In response to your editorial Wednesday, March 14, 2001, please understand I'm not opposed to grocery stores expanding their product line. I am opposed to including wine/alcohol in that line.
And the Oscar goes to...
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" -- Shakespeare's "As You Like It."
DNR funding - Dispatch Editorial
Some lawmakers are calling for a constitutional amendment to divert a small percentage of Minnesota's sales tax to the DNR.
Open Forum guidelines
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Purging the judiciary
Republicans have this wretched record of picking judges who then turn around and sit on their bottoms for life dispensing liberal justice.
Shop talk - Dispatch Editorial
The editorial page is a great public soapbox which we enjoy sharing with our readers and various contributors.
What you lose by worshiping alone
WASHINGTON -- While surveys tell us that 95 percent of Americans claim to believe in God, it's no secret that church attendance has been sliding in recent years. My own denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has been
The Gull Lake Chain is still the best bet for panfish this week. During the day, 25 to 40 feet of water seems to be the most productive.
CROSBY -- A group of Crosby and Ironton area Minnesota Deer Hunters Association members are forming an MDHA chapter to be based in Crosby.
Worms just might be the ticket on trout opener
When stream trout season opens April 14 a small but serious group of anglers will take to streams throughout Minnesota. And, as on any stream trout opener, these folks will have no idea whether they will experience beautiful spring weather with clear streams, or near freezing streams with muddy, runoff water.
North Country calendar
It's our way or no way, DNR appears to say
As official custodians of Minnesota's natural resources, DNR employees are always in contact with hunters, fishermen, bikers, hikers, canoers, campers, birdwatchers and everyone else involved in outdoor activities -- in other words, nearly every Minnesotan. You might expect the department would welcome a chance to get closer to the public it serves and establish more meaningful grassroots connections with its constituents.
Arrival of migrant birds brings sunshine to the soul
During the first week of March in my quest to find spring we set out to look for pussy willows and other early harbingers of the season. Before departing, I grabbed two pairs of binoculars and my camera just in case my wishes turned to reality.
New wildlife management area combines much of what's best about Minnesota
LONGVILLE -- In a time when pristine land is disappearing rapidly, Minnesotans have gained access to valuable property in central Cass County.
Fantasy fishing, anyone?
As professional walleye fishermen grab their rods and tackle and gear up for another tournament season, armchair anglers can point and click to a new virtual fishing circuit launched today by Imoutdoors.com.
Erica Dawn Miller and Dennis Patrick Marcussen announce their engagement. Parents are Gregory and Marilyn Miller, Brainerd, and Dennis and Kay Marcussen, Ada. A June 30 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Nichole Marie Bertelsen and Shawn Michael Derby announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Sandy Bertelsen, Dickinson, N.D., and Richard and Karen Derby, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Betsy Lykins and Brian Ogren announce their engagement. Parents are Roger and Judy Lykins, Nisswa, and Dave Ogren, St. Paul, and Marti Ogren, Rochester. A May 5 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Richard and Edith (Feltman) Glidden, Milaca, formerly of Aitkin, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary today. They were married March 25, 1936, in Aitkin.
Nicole Wippler and Joshua Hirschey announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Rhonda Wippler, Pine River, and Richard and Joey Hirschey, Staples.
Amy Bernier and Stephen Satterfield announce their engagement.
Eldon and Rosella Peter, Baxter, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a seven-day cruise on the Sun Princess Cruise Line.
Sheridan and Blanche Adair recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They will celebrate further with an Alaskan cruise in August. They were married March 26, 1951.
Eugene and Patricia Cain recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with their family and friends at Staples Care Center where Eugene is a resident.
Mark Bollinger will celebrate his 80th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Oak Street Chapel, 523 11th St. S.W., Brainerd. Use Oak Street side entrance. Any questions, call Bill at 829-7491.
Jessica Evenson and Darren Kiefer announce their engagement. Parents are Bonnie and Lawrence Evenson, Zimmerman, and Sheila Johnson, Blaine. A May 5 wedding is planned at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Shore.
Wallace loves racing at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway is like going home for Rusty Wallace.
Mediator taps Duke biomedical expert to review Earnhardt photos
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- An associate professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University was chosen Thursday to review the autopsy photos of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.
Martin wins pole at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- It's been a season of struggles for Mark Martin, but he took a step toward turning it around at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Harvick off to spectacular start
Kevin Harvick is on a fast track to stardom.
County: Earnhardt widow, newspaper accord violates Sunshine law
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An attorney for the Volusia County medical examiner asked a judge Friday to free the county from obeying parts of an agreement that limits access to the Dale Earnhardt autopsy photos.
United Way of Winona to cut funds for local Boy Scouts
WINONA (AP) -- The United Way of Greater Winona plans to cut off funding to a pair of local Boy Scout councils that refused to sign an agreement not to discriminate against homosexuals.
Key senator to hold hearing on Allina spending
ST. PAUL -- A day after the attorney general filed a lawsuit demanding Allina Health System turn over thousands of financial documents, Senate Finance Chairman Doug Johnson said he would conduct a separate investigation of the nonprofit's spending.
Flood outlook worsens a bit along river
CHANHASSEN (AP) -- The chances for significant flooding along parts of the Minnesota River have risen slightly in recent days because of below-average temperatures and a late-winter storm.
Hibbing man faces charges in killings of two people
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- Prosecutors filed murder and kidnapping charges against a Hibbing man suspected in the shooting deaths of his sister-in-law and her boyfriend.
Stadium day at Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Stadium chatter consumed the Capitol on Thursday as the Minnesota Vikings and Twins worked to advance separate drives for new venues.
McKnight begins round of outstate grantmaking
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The McKnight Foundation has started a round of grantmaking that could provide more than $40 million over the next five years for outstate philanthropy.
Albert Lea Police Chief Tom Menning informed a woman involved in the picketing of the Albert Lea Medical Center that she and other picketers must remove themselves from the property Friday evening in Albert Lea.
Blood tests reportedly negative for students in science class mistake
WILLMAR (AP) -- Test results were reported to be negative for a group of Willmar students who may have been exposed to each others' blood during a science class project, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday.
Ventura invites McCain to talk about campaign finance reform
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Still stinging from a campaign finance setback this week in Minnesota, Gov. Jesse Ventura invited U.S. Sen. John McCain on his radio show so the two could commiserate over their struggles to win changes.
State grappling with cases of tuberculosis among immigrants
MINNEAPOLIS -- The front in the battle against tuberculosis stretches from Minnesota health clinics deep into the Third World, the state epidemiologist said.
Bonsante wins in unanimous decision
A Crosby native, Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante (15-2-2, 8 KOs) defeated Bill Mastrangelo (19-3-1, 6 KOs) via unanimous decision in an ESPN2 Friday Night Fight in Owensboro, Ky., ESPN.com news services reported.
Local sports shorts
An ASA/USA softball rules interpretation clinic is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Brainerd High School gym.
If you plow it, the season may come
Some people are dreamers. Others are doers. You can tell them apart if you know the signs.
All-Central Lakes teams announced
All-Central Lakes Conference teams in gymnastics, nordic skiing, boys' swimming and diving and girls' basketball have been named.
Furda, Schellin top performers in liftathon
Luke Furda and Erin Schellin were recognized as the best boy and girl lifters following their performances in the 11th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon March 7-8 at the Brainerd High School weight room.
Volleyball camps, leagues scheduled at CLC
Jane Peterson, Central Lakes College volleyball coach, has scheduled several volleyball events for this summer on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
CLC's Harmon receives scholarship to Valparaiso
Malcolm Harmon, a two-year, all-conference defensive back for the Central Lakes College football Raiders, has been awarded a scholarship to play Division I football at Valparaiso University next season.
Peterson builds basketball tradition through success
ST. PAUL -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball program is one of the most respected and emulated in the state of Minnesota.
CLC coach prepares for Europe tournament
Success may be its own reward but that doesn't mean the experience isn't sweetened by opportunities that sometimes come along in its wake.
Special Olympians swim at Little Falls
The Area 5 Special Olympics Aquatics Meet was conducted Wednesday at Little Falls Middle School.
Poor first half hurts Cardinals
ST. PAUL -- Throughout this postseason the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball team had played more tenaciously on defense than virtually each of its opponents.
Area events Saturday
Willy Hollinbeck (left), Jordan Stockman, Christian Engel, Matt Sellers.
Local sports shorts
A Victory League meeting is scheduled 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the Red Bull Bar in Little Falls.
Rickert, Duluth East to meet top-ranked Osseo in Class 4A final
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Guarding Rick Rickert is difficult, even for one of the state's best defenders.
Gophers collapse in overtime
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Robert Liscak scored his 11th goal of the season at 13:04 in overtime Friday to lift Maine over Minnesota 5-4 in the first round of the NCAA Eastern Regional Division I hockey tournament.
Gophers beat Purdue in Big Ten opener
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Luke Appert had three hits, knocked in two runs and scored two more Friday as Minnesota beat Purdue 6-4 in the Big Ten opener for both squads.
Vikings sign Reed again
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver Jake Reed to a one-year contract totaling $600,000 plus incentives.
Twins rally in ninth off Smith single to defeat Orioles
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Once again, the Minnesota Twins demonstrated a never-say-die attitude in an exhibition game that could prove beneficial when the games start counting for real in April.
St. Thomas hires Dienhart
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Former University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Dienhart will become senior vice president for external affairs at St. Thomas University next spring, the school announced Wednesday.
Twins defeat Blue Jays
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Delgado hit a home run and a line drive off Minnesota pitcher Mark Redman's left shoulder in Toronto's 8-4 loss to the Twins on Friday.
Schemmel stays at U of M
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff Schemmel, who was told his contract would not be renewed 16 months ago in the wake of the Gopher men's basketball scandal, said Thursday he will be staying on indefinitely in the No. 2 position at the University of Minnesota men's athletic department.
Bulldogs to play in women's Frozen Four championship
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Maria Rooth made quite a statement, scoring three goals in the third period of Minnesota-Duluth's 6-3 victory over Harvard in a Frozen Four semifinal Friday night.
Red Wings fly by Wild
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings know from experience not to take the expansion Minnesota Wild lightly.
Wolves defeat Nuggets, strengthen conference position
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett is looking forward to leading Minnesota into the playoffs, one victory at a time.
Minnesota-Duluth storms onto scene in second season
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Even amid the rapid growth of women's hockey, Minnesota-Duluth's spurt is phenomenal.
Southwest Minnesota Christian a step closer to third straight title
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Dan Broekhuis's first year as Southwest Minnesota Christian's head coach has been an easy transition.
Software tools help protect online privacy
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bob Myman has stopped buying things over the Internet.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Peachtree Street, the road that slices through Atlanta and symbolizes the city, feels like an amusement park attraction these days, full of sudden bumps, sharp dips and unexpected turns.
U.S. millionaire says he's flying, no matter what NASA says
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Despite pressure from NASA to back off, California millionaire Dennis Tito is pressing ahead with plans to take a joyride aboard the international space station as the world's first space tourist.
Not a banner time for web advertising
Perhaps, like everyone else in the Web-surfing world, you've learned to mentally screen out the standard banner ads that grace the top of Web sites such as Salon or the Internet Movie Database, those messages from the kindly folks who make all this free online content possible.
Entertainment trade publication to charge for online access
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The venerable entertainment trade publication Variety has begun charging readers of its online edition.
Find a home on the web
You need a home on the Web.
A virtual classroom
The Maryland Board of Education, hoping to become a national leader in online instruction, plans to launch a statewide virtual classroom that would allow parolees, hospital-bound students and a range of other students to take courses over the Internet and apply the credits toward a high school degree.
Utilities can help defeat problems
Sometimes, even the most expertly configured computer develops problems. Fortunately, all versions of Windows have built-in utilities that can give you some idea of where your problems lie.
State forecast for South Dakota
Freezing drizzle advisory parts of southwest until early this afternoon...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 20s north to near 40 southwest.
Spring is here!
Weather drawing by Kendra Rehnblom in the Baxter School fourth-grade class of Mr. Trucano.
Iowa state forecast
Freezing rain advisory west central this morning...
Minnesota state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny southwest. Partly to mostly cloudy elsewhere. A chance of flurries north and east. Highs in the teens north...20s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming cloudy. A chance for snow north...And rain or snow south. Highs in the 30s to lower 40s.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Friday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Snowball in flight
Weather drawing by Kayla Peterson of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy west with flurries. Areas of fog and freezing drizzle southwest. Mostly sunny and cold east. Highs from the 20s east to the 30s west.
BOSTON (AP) -- Residents in some Massachusetts towns woke up to floodwaters on Friday, a day after a spring nor'easter pummeled the state with as much as 7 inches of rain.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs 15 northeast to 30 far southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast.
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Some snow showers north. A chance of a few flurries central. Highs mainly in the 20s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow or flurries. Highs from the lower 20s north to middle 30s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a little light snow or flurries this morning...Then decreasing clouds. Windy west and central. Highs from the mid to upper 20s far west to around 20 far east.
Brainerd American Legion will have a baked chicken dinner with trimmings from 5:30 p.m. until gone Wednesday at the American Legion Club, 708 Front St. Cost: $6. For information call 829-2249.
North-South: Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 68.5; Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 66.5; and Sandy Chase and Phyllis DeRosier, 63.5. East-West: Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 74.5; Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 64; and Joyce Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 58.5.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
More what's doing
Coping with Grief, an eight- week series of grief support meetings, will be from 4-6 p.m. each Monday March 26-May 14 at St.
Experts say bits of Mir won't be valuable
NADI, Fiji -- Space experts who traveled to the South Pacific to watch Russian space station Mir plunge into the ocean have good news and bad news for anyone thinking about salvaging the wreckage.
EU leaders urge Bush to reconsider stance on climate change
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The European Union leaders urged the United States on Saturday to recommit to cutting carbon dioxide emissions as part of a global charter to prevent a deterioration in global climate conditions.
Mind numbing minutia slows terrorist trial
LOS ANGELES -- Two weeks into the bombing conspiracy trial of Ahmed Ressam, there has been no mention of Saudi millionaire Osama Bin Laden, of his reputed terrorism training camps or even of a plan to bomb the Seattle Space Needle during the millennium celebrations.
Russians looking to commerce, international programs for space future
KOROLYOV, Russia -- Having destroyed their Mir space station under international pressure, Russian space officials made it clear they would now pursue their own agenda and not bow out of a conflict with NASA over sending a tourist to the new International Space Station.
China's president tempers warning with conciliatory talk
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Combining strong talk with some conciliatory comments, Chinese President Jiang Zemin warned that U.S. sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan would accelerate China's effort on modernizing its military.
Tit-for-tat: Russia to expel 50 U.S. diplomats
MOSCOW -- Russia told the United States on Friday that it would expel 50 U.S. diplomats, answering Washington's move to oust 50 Russian diplomats over a roiling spy scandal -- the latest sign of rising tensions between the two countries.
Destroyer sale to Taiwan poses serious dilemma for U.S.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- For decades, the Taiwan Strait has served as a 100-mile-wide barrier, discouraging China from sending a flotilla of ships and fishing boats loaded with troops to attack the island -- one of America's best friends in Asia.
Britain may widen slaughters, vaccinate animals
LONDON -- As scientists warned that the worst of the foot-and-mouth outbreak is yet to come, Britain considered two highly unpopular options Friday -- expanding a massive slaughtering plan and vaccinating animals against the disease.
Northwest eases cancelation rules for travelers worried about foot-and-mouth disease
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines will not charge its usual $100 cancelation or postponement fee to passengers flying to Britain or Ireland who are concerned about foot-and-mouth disease.
At least two die as strong earthquake hits Japan
HIROSHIMA, Japan -- A strong earthquake struck a wide area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, killing at least two people, injuring dozens, damaging buildings and shaking windows as far away as South Korea.
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