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.
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.
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.
The workplace always poses questions, or brings surprises, as these two questions show.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Ron Gard, Nathan Lundeen and Steve Erickson joined the Crystal Pierz Marine sales staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating the arts
The Pequot Lakes School hosted the 20th annual Festival of the Arts, which featured art of all shapes and sizes Thursday.
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.
Michael needs a fishing companion
Have you ever thought about being a Kinship Partner and wondered where the kids come from?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 67, a year ago 191.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 900.
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.
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.
1. Building committee -- Meets 11:30 a.m. April 1 to review construction management proposals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum will be closed Saturday because of the Easter holiday weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado College advances with win
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Colorado College coach Scott Owens is the answer to a trivia question.
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.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- With a trip to the Midwest Regional final on the line, three Kansas freshman took over.
Memories of losses linger for Tennessee, OU
The sting has lingered a full year now for Tennessee and Oklahoma.
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.
PIERZ -- Michael "Mike" Dahmen, 89, Pierz, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz.
Olive M. Erickson
PINE RIVER -- Olive Martha Erickson, 80, Pine River, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at her home.
IRONTON -- Elsie Lowder, 95, Ironton, died Friday, March 22, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
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.
Victory for reform
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
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.
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Media complaints are aired
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
North Country calendar
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.
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.
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.
In the following reports, ice anglers are limited to the areas where they can fish.
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.
Spring's first wildflowers are start of splendid parade
Has spring sprung?
Four generations recently gathered were Noelle Jensen, daughter, Brainerd; Gary Scott Jensen, father, Brainerd; Gloria Jensen, grandmother, Ironton; and Evelyn Lound, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
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.
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 Austin Michael Olson, son, Brainerd; Clarence Olson Jr., father, Brainerd; Clarence Olson Sr., grandfather, Brainerd; and Albin Olson, great-grandfather, Crosby.
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.
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.
Stephanie Adams and Adam Conklin were married Jan. 26, 2002, at Church of the Nazarene in Brainerd with the Rev. Michael Lynch officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Erik Riedeman, son, Gilman; Tracy Riedeman, mother, Gilman; Gloria Jensen, grandmother, Ironton; and Evelyn Lound, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
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.
Melissa Osvold and Scott Paskewitz were married Dec. 1, 2001, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastor Robert Twiton officiating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local sports shorts
Tryout dates for players interested in participating on Minnesota Select basketball teams have been announced.
Area events Saturday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All-Central Lakes Conference teams have been announced in seven sports for the 2001-02 winter season.
Vikings agree to terms with Cards' Chavous
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cornerback Corey Chavous, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Friday.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
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."
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.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the middle 20s north to near 40 southeast.
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State forecast for South Dakota
national weather service sioux falls sd 425 am cst sat mar 23 2002
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 30s to middle 40s.
Easter is near
Weather drawing by Cari Kounkel in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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