With new business focusing more toward Highway 371, the East Brainerd Mall has come to a crossroads in its existence.
NEW YORK -- Enough with the talk about the president, Monica Lewinsky has embarked on her next calling in life: Businesswoman.
Around the watercooler
FAIR WEATHER WORKER?: If it seems like everyone else is outside frolicking on sunny days, you're probably wrong.
ST. PAUL -- When Charlie Born wanted to know how far European corn borer moths could travel, or whether a certain fertilizer application in the fall would help keep nitrogen in the soil, he typed his queries into his computer.
Brokerage harassment suit settled
NEW YORK -- Two Wall Street brokerage houses have settled a $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed over alleged antics that prompted comparisons to ''Animal House.''
General Mills, Pillsbury form alliance to share trucks
MINNEAPOLIS -- Betty Crocker and the Pillsbury Doughboy soon will be spending nights on the road together -- and their parents have given their blessing to the new relationship.
As tax deadline nears, it's decision time on opening IRA
NEW YORK -- As the deadline nears for filing income tax returns, millions of taxpayers must decide whether to open an Individual Retirement Account for 1999, and if so, which kind.
A longtime Brainerd business has new plans.
Market's broadest barometer hits winning streak
NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, the hotshot Nasdaq composite index and the venerable Dow Jones industrial average have given Wall Street a classic matchup of the new economy vs. the old. Investors tossed money from one index into the other as they tried to guess which stocks would best weather rising interest rates.
Consolidated Telephone Co. reached an agreement with a wholesale provider of high-speed data services.
U S Airways narrowly averts strike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bargainers for US Airways and its flight attendants' union reached a tentative contract agreement Saturday after working through the night to avert a strike that had threatened to shut down the airline.
Mild winters putting chill on business
Imagine if a weekly salary depended upon the weather.
Utilities commission meeting Friday
The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will meet 3 p.m. Friday in the board room at 1151 Highland Scenic Drive.
DEERWOOD -- Two men were injured when the pick-up truck they were riding in collided with a semi Friday, the State Patrol reported.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Audiotex system down for repairs
The Dispatch Audiotex computer system has been shut down for necessary repairs.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1,400.
Pillager school board
Four people were separated from the shore as the ice shifted Friday and pulled away from land along Mille Lacs Lake.
Just after noon Friday a man ran into a downtown Brainerd business and reported he had just been assaulted by a man with a gun.
Sutton hangs on, but Tiger's still there
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Hal Sutton wasn't backing down. Tiger Woods wasn't giving up.
Crow Wing County Health Department and the Brainerd School District are co-sponsoring a sixth grade tetanus and MMR immunization walk-in clinic from 3-6 p.m. March 30 at the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Samuelson comments on education bill passed by Senate
The Minnesota Senate on Tuesday passed a $244 million education proposal that provides increased funding for rural districts.
This was Brainerd
March 26 - 60 years ago (1940) - Mary Jane Nelson and Harry Stoner have been selected to play the leading roles in the Senior Class play, "What A Life," which is to be directed by Mr. John Chalberg.
Law enforcement focuses on curbing sharp rise in meth labs
Methamphetamine is known by the street names of speed, meth, crank, crystal, ice, fire, crypto and white cross.
Board withdraws Essential Health plan
After three years of discussing the Essential Health Plan, a joint powers board of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties voted 4-1 Friday to withdraw its proposal from the State Department of Human Services.
C. Elmer bypass becomes law
Gov. Jesse Ventura signed into law on Friday a bill naming the Highway 371 bypass in memory of Former Gov. C. Elmer Anderson.
House approves Wenzel's child endangerment bill
Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, helped win approval last week in the Minnesota House for a measure that doubled penalties for child endangerment.
Before the wrecking ball
Oscar frenzy is just hours away.
Paul Bunyan Trail to extend southward
Brainerd and Baxter bikers, walkers and inline skaters may soon have more options than just north on the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Judge lets stand jury award in talk-show slaying case
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A judge on Friday let stand a $25 million jury verdict that found ''The Jenny Jones Show'' negligent in the slaying of a guest killed after he revealed a gay crush on another guest.
Medical information manual available online
The bestselling Merck Manual of Medical Information-Home Edition is available online for free at www.merckhomeedition.com. It's ad-free and searchable.
'Katie's Law' back on track, but not done deal
ST. PAUL -- The Senate put ''Katie's Law'' back on track Friday and unanimously approved the legislation to tighten and strengthen Minnesota's sex offender laws.
Search called off for survivors of cargo ship sinking
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Survivors from a cargo ship that sank in the mid-Atlantic told rescuers that an enclosed life raft filled with crewmen was still attached to the vessel's hull when it slid under the water.
Pope visit to Jesus' boyhood town spotlights religious tensions
NAZARETH, Israel -- His voice hoarse after six days of homilies and prayers, Pope John Paul II journeyed through Jesus' boyhood town Saturday and, flanked by black-robed priests, visited the spot where the Bible says Mary learned she would give birth to the Christ child.
Senate approves tax bill, setting state for battle in conference committee
ST. PAUL -- The Senate has approved a $1.3 billion tax relief proposal, setting the stage for a battle in a conference committee where House GOP members likely will be fighting for a $3 billion package.
153 more bodies linked to Ugandan cult found
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Buried in the dirt floor of an abandoned house, police have found a new horror linked to a Ugandan doomsday cult: the hacked and strangled bodies of 153 people, including 59 children.
Pentagon acknowledges anti-homosexual speech is widespread on bases, ships
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Activists are welcoming efforts to stop harassment of homosexuals in the military, saying it's about time officials ''finally acknowledged'' the longstanding problem.
In Pakistan, Clinton urges democracy's return
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- President Clinton brought a stern message to an old Cold War ally Saturday amid the tightest of security. ''The answer to flawed democracy is not to end democracy, but to improve it,'' he told the people of Pakistan after inconclusive talks with its military ruler.
House, Senate eye tax breaks to counter rising oil prices
WASHINGTON -- Tax breaks are still on the minds of congressional leaders trying to find a political solution to rising oil prices, but the House and Senate are approaching the question in much different ways.
Working senior citizens to get Social Security refunds after bill becomes law
WASHINGTON -- For thousands of senior citizens who work, the check will be in the mail soon after legislation lifting the Social Security earnings limit becomes law, as expected this spring.
Bill Cosby's sitcom canceled by CBS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- ''Cosby'' will take its final bow this season on CBS.
Despite risks, U.S. students flock to overseas study
DAYTON, Ohio -- The slayings in Costa Rica of an Antioch College undergraduate and a former student may worry parents, but the popularity of studying abroad is booming and experts say the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Inmates paid for filling out census forms
The 5,600 inmates at Minnesota's eight prisons will be paid $1 each for filling out their federal census questionnaires.
Government wraps up its case in prostitution ring trial
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jurors in the trial of six Minneapolis-area men charged with operating a multistate prostitution ring will hear closing arguments in the case Monday in U.S. District Court here.
Ex-Iran hostage Anderson pleased by $341 million award, but payment uncertain
WASHINGTON -- Former hostage Terry Anderson says he's pleased by a $341 million damage award Iran was ordered to pay for his nearly seven years of captivity in Lebanon, even though it's uncertain whether he will ever be able to collect the money.
Man with number for name injured in accident
MOORHEAD (AP) -- A former Fargo teacher who gained notoriety two decades ago when he began calling himself by a four-digit number suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a van here.
Iraq decides to boost exports ahead of key OPEC meeting
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- In an apparent attempt to grab the initiative from OPEC, senior Oil Ministry officials said Saturday that Iraq will boost exports by about 700,000 barrels a day in the coming few weeks.
Terrorist leader bin Laden looks sick, witness says
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Osama bin Laden seemed weak and gaunt at a meeting about President Clinton's visit to Pakistan, a witness said, and a Western intelligence official said the alleged terrorist leader is suffering from kidney and liver disease.
U.S. proposes new timetable in Elian court fight
MIAMI -- Relatives of Elian Gonzalez who want to keep the 6-year-old boy from being returned to Cuba are facing mounting pressure from the U.S. government to put their case before an appeals court.
That's Not an Illusion in Midwest: No. 1 vs. No. 2
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The No. 1-seeded team plays the No. 2 team Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. Sure. And the Big Three automakers are endorsing the Japanese 2000s.
Rafter starts strong
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- A tough draw and tender shoulder are keeping Patrick Rafter from being too optimistic about his chances in the Ericsson Open.
Quotes of the week
''I am just going to continue to do the charities that I do, take care of my children and buy my momma a Town Car.'' -- former Dallas Cowboys star Thomas ''Hollywood'' Henderson, who hit a $28 million lottery jackpot in Texas.
Texas widens lead in NCAA swimming and diving meet
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Texas, winning four events Friday, was firmly in the driver's seat at the NCAA mens' swimming and diving meet as the championships entered their final day Saturday.
Baseball Hall of Fame to honor Peanuts' gang creator Charles Schulz
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Despite all the disappointments from the pitcher's mound, Charlie Brown and his Peanuts' teammates are headed to the Hall of Fame.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins won their fourth consecutive game Friday as Brad Radke pitched six solid innings in a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Expos.
Duke goes home
Duke lost control. North Carolina put it all together. It wasn't supposed to happen that way for the Atlantic Coast Conference powers.
Henderson hits jackpot
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Thomas ''Hollywood'' Henderson, who wrecked his NFL career with his drug use and bottomed out in prison, has had a colossal change of fortune. He hit a $28 million lottery jackpot.
Boston College defeats Michigan State with overtime win in NCAA hockey tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff Farkas' second goal of the game at 11:53 of overtime lifted Boston College over Michigan State 6-5 in a first-round NCAA West Regional hockey game Friday night. Farkas' goal, the fifth Eagle power-play goal of the game, capped a wild affair that featured seven power-play goals and one shorthanded tally. The Eagles (27-11-1) face top-seeded Wisconsin (31-8-1) in a NCAA quarterfinal game Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. A five-minute major for checking from behind to the Spartans' Sean Patchell proved to be the difference in the game. With just six seconds remaining in the power play, Brian Gionta -- the player Patchell drilled into the boards -- fed Farkas who beat goalie Ryan Miller from close range. It was the only time that Boston College led in the game. The Spartans (27-11-4) came into the game with a five-game winning streak, the CCHA post-season championship and smarting over their fifth-seed status. They quickly put the fourth-seeded Eagles on their heels, jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first 8:33 of play on goals by Adam Hall and John Nail. But Nail's shot was the last Michigan State shot on goal for nearly 20 minutes. By that time, the Eagles had tied the game 2-all. Boston College started the second period on a two-man power play. Farkas and Gionta scored 65 seconds apart and the tone was set for the rest of night. The Spartans, the better team most of the night when the teams were at even strength, went ahead on Andrew Hutchinson's 40-footer at 9:53 of the second period. The Eagles tied the game again when Blake Bellefeuille broke in alone from center ice and slipped the puck through Miller's legs for a shorthanded goal at 14:02. John-Michael Liles took a feed from Shawn Horcoff at 1:11 and gave MSU the lead but Kevin Caulfield deflected a shot past Miller, who had 31 saves, at 10:35 to make it 4-all.
Wolves win in overtime
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- With all the attention in the Western Conference being focused on the Los Angeles Lakers, it's easy not to notice the Minnesota Timberwolves, even with Kevin Garnett on a scoring binge.
AITKIN --Conrad Swanson, 89, Aitkin, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at the Riverwood Extended Care Unit.
PALISADE -- Joseph Bolduc, 83, Palisade, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Thomas A. Horstmann
Thomas A. Horstmann, 63, Brainerd, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis.
Lorna S. Wieland
Lorna S. Wieland, 84, Brainerd, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Mary Elizabeth Carlson
IRONTON -- Mary Elizabeth Carlson, 77, Ironton, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her home.
Frank 'Bill' Erbe
STAPLES -- Frank "Bill" Erbe, 86, Staples, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at the Shady Lane Nursing Home in Wadena.
LEADER --Theresa Dennehey, 43, Leader, died Friday, March 24, 2000, in St. Cloud.
Leo V. Polasek
SOBIESKI -- Leo V. Polasek, 90, Sobieski, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Moving day blues
It's only when a person begins packing their life into boxes and leaving a home that the strangeness of one's life becomes apparent.
On the night of March 1, 2000, in Nisswa, a convenience store was held up at gunpoint and the robber disappeared. Law enforcement did their best to locate and arrest this person but after two hours and no results, they were by now in a feeding frenzy and had to have someone, anyone.
Gone fishing? - Dispatch Editorial
Trying to be something you're not is a sure prescription for failure.
Red Cross politics
WASHINGTON--Irving Kristol once pointed out that one of the virtues of the Organization of American States is that it ''is a kind of mini-United Nations where we can be voted down in only three languages, thereby saving translators' fees.'' At the U.N., we get denounced in six languages and shell out a disproportionate share for translators' fees, as well as for everything else.
A half-billion dollar delay
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Washington Post:
Ice throughout the northern half of Minnesota will no longer support an ATV, according to DNR officers.
DNR Commissioner Al Garber has announced a new name for Minnesota Greenways, the DNR initiative aimed at local communities and property owners.
Federal agency declares Canada lynx threatened
DENVER (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the nocturnal, tuft-eared Canada lynx -- a symbol of opposition to development in the Rockies -- as a threatened species.
The accountant for wildlife
As wildlife management enters the 21st century the need for accurate information about our ecosystem is greater than ever.
Ski industry looks to youths for first growth in years
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Hathorn family used to head for the hills after work every Friday for a full weekend of skiing.
Man turns hawk counting into lifelong pursuit
DULUTH (AP) -- Most of us consider ourselves lucky on a spring day if we look up and see an eagle riding the wind, headed north.
DNR to change some fishing regulations
The DNR intends to change a variety of fishing regulations this year.
Minnesota anglers to compete for share of PWT purse
DeeZee East Division
North Country calendar
April -- 6 -- Rough Riders ATV club meets, Moose Lodge, 7 p.m.
Park looking to please his boss Earnhardt at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Steve Park's boss, nine-time Bristol champion Dale Earnhardt, is a hard man to please. And Park knows that he and his team haven't done a lot of pleasing the past three seasons.
Cardinals fall in year of the Dragons
Amanda Barnett reacted to a Cardinals missed shot in the final moments of the game. Standing to her right is Jeff Lorber. It was common place to observe the Cardinals younger fans with painted faces.
Two-time champ DeLaSalle ousted in state boys' basketball tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two-time defending champion DeLaSalle is out of the boys' state basketball tournament.
Century 21/Reichert Bus won the YMCA men's basketball league playoff championship. Front row: Brian Gustafson, Chuck Jones, Wade Haapajoki. Back row: Todd Vanek, Matt Pecarich, Mark Vanek, Joe Smart. Not pictured: Vince Kleine, Steve Johnston.
Fifth-grade team wins championships
The Brainerd fifth-grade boys' basketball traveling team won two state championships this season.
S-M falls to unbeaten Litchfield in state boys' basketball semifinal
MINNEAPOLIS -- This should be the year to have state champions in each of the four classes play off to determine an overall winner.
Are the Litchfield Dragons the best boys' basketball team?
MINNEAPOLIS -- The best boys' basketball team in Minnesota will go undetermined at this year's state tournament.
Local sports shorts
Registration for Brainerd Parks and Recreation summer programs are now under way.
What this year's Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team learned off the basketball court will last longer than anything they learned on it.
The 1999-2000 Brainerd Daily Dispatch All-Area Girls' basketball team:
State entrants Pierz, Pequot Lakes head all-area girls' basketball team
Viability of cyber-grocers questioned
NEW YORK -- As Homegrocer.com Inc. becomes the latest cyber-supermarket to go public, Wall Street is rethinking its view of the online grocery business and questioning whether these companies can ever make money.
Employees being offered free home PCs
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- ''Where's my new PC?'' could become the mantra of the millennium, with corporate America increasingly handing over free computers to employees in a tight labor market.
Heavy Internet users spend less time with family and friends
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- More time spent online apparently leads to less time spent on real life, according to a new study.
Information technology could aid health care
A new forecast from a respected Silicon Valley think tank suggests the health care industry may catch up with other industries in the use of information technology -- if doctors are willing to get with the program.
Microsoft offers detailed proposal to settle antitrust case
WASHINGTON -- Facing a deadline to negotiate an end to its antitrust case by early this week, the Microsoft Corp. faxed a detailed settlement proposal to lawyers for the government.
Firms hope to cash in with online courses
LOS ANGELES -- A virtual college campus lives inside the computers of University Access, where thousands of students electronically gather for class inside the stacks of PCs.
Dog's new job-search trick
WASHINGTON -- In the Internet's relentless race to drive the cost of doing business down to zero, perhaps no category is more rough and tumble than online employment listings. Now the competition could intensify with the debut of a new player.
The latest on online tax services
If you're doing your own taxes and not using tax preparation software, you deserve the headaches.
Hacker attacks hit too close for PC owners
Their pleas fill cyberspace: home computer owners who've had passwords ripped off, disk drives ransacked and computers turned into ''zombies'' to do a hacker's bidding.
Sunny, sunny, sunny
Weather drawing by Mallory Bestul of Mr. Hendrickson's third grade class at Baxter school.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 64 31 rn -- Albuquerque 61 42 cdy -- Amarillo 74 44 cdy
Morning sunshine followed by a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs near 60. South winds 10 to 20 mph.
Around the world
Amsterdam 52 45 rn -- Athens 59 44 clr -- Auckland 70 52 clr
Celeste Tracey Pincock and Stephen Nicholas Emil Bush were married Dec. 18, 1999, at Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mountain Dew as contraceptive is contrary to facts
DEAR ABBY: I am a Planned Parenthood speaker with a serious problem. I am writing in the hope that you can help me dispel the myth that Mountain Dew soft drinks prevent pregnancy. I have been working to dispel this myth for about two years -- and it seems I'm paddling upstream.
Bernice Anderson will celebrate her 80th birthday today with her family at Pelican Lake.
Stacy Shea Tollett and Brent Jacob Bush were married on Jan. 1, 2000, at Hot Springs Wedding Chapel of Hot Springs, Ark.
Women wanted for research
The Society for Women's Health Research, a nonprofit organization, has launched a campaign called ''Some Things Only a Woman Can Do'' to get more women interested in volunteering for studies and clinical trials to broaden knowledge of women's health.
Four generations recently gathered were Madison Marie Robideau, daughter, Andover; Heather Robideau, mother, Andover; Doreen Robideau, grandmother, Andover; and Darlene Olson, great-grandmother, Pine River.
Clarence and Enid Nelson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married March 14, 1950, in North Dakota.
Four generations recently gathered were Madison Marie Robideau, daughter, Andover; Heather Robideau, mother, Andover; Doreen Robideau, grandmother, Andover; and Raymond Olson, great-grandfather, Pine River.
Colleen Stevens and Wayne Cook were married Aug. 28, 1999, at St. Francis Catholic Church of Brainerd with the Rev. Richard Kunst officiating.
Ray Simenstad will celebrate his 70th birthday with an open house from 3-6 p.m. April 2 at Christ Community Church, Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa.
Katie Doubet and Jed Eisel announce their engagement. Parents are Jean Doubet, Red Wing, Steve and Jeannie Doubet, Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Stan and Terry Eisel, Fort Ripley. A July 1 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church.
One volunteer at a time is all it takes
"One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something ..." -- Henry David Thoreau.
Mel and Mickey Cook will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married March 28, 1950.
I wish to send a special thank you to Jody Crowe and the Harmony Engineers for hosting the wonderful evening of entertainment last Friday evening (March 10) at Tornstrom. It was such a delightful program with so much variety. I hope this will became an annual event.
Michelle Ferguson and Curt Veith announce their engagement. Parents are John and Nancy Ferguson, Brainerd, and Anton and Carol Veith, Brainerd. An April 29 wedding is planned at St. Andrew's Church of Brainerd.
Morgan Hazelton, daughter of Dennis and Rita (Torkelson) Hazelton, Pipestone, and granddaughter of Clem and Elaine Sauer, Brainerd, recently won the "Most Beautiful Baby Contest" at the Westgate Mall in Brainerd. She won tr
Get your pet tattooed so it won't get lost
Dear Readers: Do you ever worry about your cat or dog running away or getting lost? You can have your beloved pet tattooed and registered in a national registry service to help identify your lost and hopefully found friend.
Parents must learn to hit the parenting pause button
Do you spend the whole weekend shuttling your children to athletic events? Do you fret over a youngster's academic performance in kindergarten? Do you have a shelf lined with parenting advice books and magazines?
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