Best Buy opens Friday
Best Buy is opening at 10 a.m. Friday with a little help from Spider Man.
You've committed a whopper of a mistake. So how do you recover? It's not easy, and even if you confess, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be forgiven.
BREATH OF LIFE
Since the spring of the late 1930s, Alice Frei lived in the same home in northeast Brainerd.
Spring cleaning is in order for your mutual fund portfolio
NEW YORK -- If you're planning a spring cleaning, make sure your mutual fund portfolio is on your to-do list.
Investors dubious about earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Over the past few months, Wall Street has waited for first-quarter earnings, anticipating that the numbers would confirm whether a business turnaround is indeed under way. But judging from the stock market's behavior of late, it is clear that investors have lowered their expectations considerably.
Upward swing: Job market showing early signs of rebound
Three days after Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress that an economic recovery was under way, Eric Saca was back at work full time for the first time since October.
Around the watercooler
I'M FIRED?: Hey, boss, think your employees don't like you? You might be right.
Retail cards can build loyalty -- and consumer debt
NEW YORK -- Department stores, catalog companies and other retailers want customers to sign up for the merchants' own credit cards because they believe these cards make shoppers more loyal.
TAKING A BITE
As tax preparation giant H&R Block Inc. branches into financial planning, it's boosting profits with a loan program that gets customers refunds faster but takes a big bite of the proceeds.
Today's Easter Bunny hops down trail with sack full of toys
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Easter Bunny is making tracks on Santa Claus' turf, using one of the biggest Christian holidays as an opportunity to lure little tykes and their parents to the mall.
AITKIN -- Aitkin Medical Supply, Aitkin, achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Lord of Life women make quilts for those in need
BAXTER -- Nine women parishioners at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter produced, with their hardworking hands, 57 full-sized quilts, 32 children's quilts and 11 lap quilts in their latest "quilting season."
Ten Commandments plaque is favorite backdrop for Tennessee county weddings
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Ten Commandments plaque in the Hamilton County courthouse is serving as the backdrop for a makeshift wedding chapel.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will have a Good Friday worship service at 7 p.m. with Stations of the Cross. The Easter celebration will start with Saturday's Easter vigil with baptisms at 7 p.m. It is tradition to bring bells.
The place of the Bible in modern life
I was fascinated with a recent guest column that offered "another view" of the place of the Bible in modern life.
Several years ago we had a resident who always asked for the hymn, "He Lives." She asked for it so often and sang it with such feeling, that the words to the hymn became a beloved part of our worship at Bethany.
A skeptical British bishop and a British-trained believer take totally different tacks on Easter
It has been a busy Lent for Bishop Richard Holloway, the just-retired leader of Scotland's Episcopal Church, who is bidding to supplant U.S. Episcopal Bishop John Spong as Anglican Christianity's heretic of the moment.
The miracle of faith
In a book titled "Faith Dynamics" by Dr. Don Bierle, there is a story about a hypothetical situation. You are led to a massive hallway lined with doors on each side. These doors are labeled with every significant thing that mankind can have knowledge of.
Convert to Judaism hopes to become country's first black female rabbi
DENVER (AP) -- Alysa Stanton's spiritual journey started in her childhood, when she and her family attended a Pentecostal church. As a young adult, she explored other religions, eventually choosing Judaism.
Area religious broadcasters discuss rift in organization
The firestorm that erupted last month over the forced resignation of the National Religious Broadcasters' new president reveals a deeper rift within the organization, according to area members.
Jamie wants to go along, too
Sometimes kids enrolled in Kinship Partners have to wait a long time before being matched with a partner.
Ever-present mother-in-law is long past being welcome
DEAR ABBY: Our oldest daughter, her husband and infant son have been living with us a little over a year. My mother-in-law, "Helen," lives next door.
Parents fear and cherish terrible twos
QUESTION: My baby is only a year old and she is a joy to my husband and me. But your description of toddlerhood is kind of scary. It's just around the corner. Are the "terrible twos" really so terrible?
Crash into mailbox damages car, destroys friendship
DEAR ABBY: Two weeks ago, my friend "Shannon" came over with her children for a play date.
Pillager area churches sponsor portrayal of 'The Last Supper'
PILLAGER -- The recently completed sanctuary at Casino Assemblies of God Church northwest of Pillager hosted so many worshippers Wednesday that extra chairs had to be brought in.
Farmers forced to plan without federal bill
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) -- It was about 8:45 p.m. Friday before Fred Miller decided to call it a day -- only because it was getting cold in his farm shop.
Insurers fail in bid to stop Farmland plant demolition
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) -- A group of insurance companies failed in their court bid to block the demolition of the Farmland Foods plant damaged by fire last July.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 300.
Headgates open to farmers' cheers in dispute over irrigation in Oregon valley
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- As farmers cheered, federal officials let the water flow Friday from a canal into fields for the first time since last summer, when irrigation was halted amid fears about endangered sucker fish.
Family turns to elk farming to turn a profit
LAKE GEORGE, Minn. (AP) -- When Glen and Laurel Bessler look out their dining room window, they see a wilder vista than most livestock producers.
NEW YORK (AP) Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
In a story in Friday's Dispatch, the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission was incorrectly included in a list of governmental agencies that the family said haven't helped them with recent incidents of what they called racially motivated attacks against them, including vandalism.
School lunch menus
The Brainerd Fire Department responded Wednesday to a car stuck in the car wash next to Casey's convenience store at 118 Washington St.
Brent W. and Tena M. Burgstaler, Aitkin, a girl, Breena Adrianna, 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces, March 18, 2002.
The State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle accident on Highway 64, eight miles north of Motley in Cass County at 1:31 a.m. Friday. Christopher Sanford, 17, St. Paul, was taken to Greater Staples Hospital for minor injuries.
Genesta Bakkila and Joshua Neelan, Pillager, a boy, James Patrick, 8 pounds, 7 ounces, March 22, 2002.
1. Improvement 00-05-NP Center improvement bids
GAO says probes of Clintons cost $70 million
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The investigative arm of Congress said Friday that the criminal investigation of former President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton has cost $70 million.
Vaccine maker to donate millions of smallpox doses
Vaccine-maker Aventis Pasteur announced Friday it will donate about 85 million doses of 40-year-old smallpox vaccine to the federal government, as top administration officials reassessed whether to develop a mass inoculation plan for the United States.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
TINTON FALLS, N.J. -- Since his days as a Vietnam War medic, Dave Hammond has seen a need for a first aid kit that could walk someone through giving emergency medical care until trained help arrives.
U.S. asthma rates may be declining, CDC says
ATLANTA (AP) -- Asthma rates in the United States may be leveling off or even declining after rising steadily since the 1980s, federal health officials said Thursday.
Breast-feeding rights still argued in court
TRENTON, N.J. -- Kelly Mancini saw no reason that breast-feeding her infant should keep her from working at a small dental practice.
Time to get healthy for the right reasons
If you're looking for a good reason to ramp up your exercise routine, consider the following two studies published in last week's New England Journal of Medicine.
Drug costs continue steady climb
For the fourth straight year, prescription drug spending rose more than 17 percent in 2001, driven in large measure by a handful of heavily advertised, high-priced medications, a nonpartisan study released Thursday found.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Show off style in the kitchen
If a new or remodeled kitchen is in your future, be prepared for myriad choices to show off your personal style. Abandon any rules you think "must" be followed in kitchen planning. The sky's the limit.
Tammy Sieckert recently joined Tower Real Estate, Inc., Brainerd, as a real estate agent.
Home meets family space needs
Your family's space and lifestyle needs are easily met in this thoughtful design, Plan K-11, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network. Its floor plan covers 3,110 square feet of living space.
Daffodils should be pulled, not cut
Daffodils grown to be cut flowers should be pulled, not cut, said Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky's Bulbs in Gloucester, Va.
Don't overlook trees in your garden
Long lasting good looks in a garden starts with the big stuff, the shade and flowering trees around which the rest of the garden can be built.
Design K-11 has transitional features
Design K-11 has an appealing faade that looks "kind of Victorian, kind of country."
Program offers free housing to CLC students who volunteer
The student living area at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center is furnished with a TV, VCR, computer with Internet, phone, lounge area, laundry and a kitchen supplied with small appliances.
Leave messages with 'talking' refrigerator
Tired of those fruit-shaped magnets and sticky notes plastered all over the refrigerator?
Time to remodel? Consider needs before house appreciation
Thinking of remodeling? Wondering how much a new kitchen would add to the value of your house? Or how long it would take to recoup the cost of a new deck?
We recently attended the "Surfaces 2002" trade show in Las Vegas. The focus was on all things new in flooring and c
Here's a welcome primer on home theater
There are millions of DVD players, surround-sound speaker systems, audio-video receivers, videocassette recorders and color televisions, but only a handful of books that explain how they work, how to set them up properly and how to sift though the stupefying jargon of home theater.
Take 'Tree Planting 101' on the Internet
Along with spring comes the chance to plant trees and shrubs in your yard. To help with the chance of success, "Tree Planting 101" is located on the University of Minnesota Extension Service-Forest Resources Web page.
Tips to remove hard-water stains
Hard water leaves its mark on shower walls and glass shower enclosures in the form of crusty little white lime deposits that sometimes seem as though they're going to be impossible to remove.
Prevent weeds before they emerge
This spring marks an important milestone for University of Minnesota Master Gardeners -- 25 years of helping Minnesotans with their garden, lawn and landscape questions.
Picture-it-Painted awards announced
Valspar Corp. announced its annual selections for the Central Minnesota Picture-it-Painted program.
Residents say vandalism of apartment was race-related, but county attorney not so sure
Residents of a Walnut Street apartment in Brainerd that was extensively vandalized Wednesday say the incident is race-related. The Crow Wing County attorney doesn't agree.
Transit post to keep Nadeau on the move
Larry Nadeau's office in Brainerd City Hall reflects his position.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 31 - 80 years ago (1922) - The wireless is every day taking bigger steps. The latest wrinkle is reported by Louis Sherlund. The other day they heard Wadena telling the world by wireless about their symphony concerts and asking people to take tickets and send their checks.
BHS band to play at Twins season opener
The Brainerd High School Symphonic Band will perform during pregame ceremonies April 12 at the Minnesota Twins season opener at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Students explore ocean life firsthand as Underwater Adventures team visits area
Students in the Brainerd School District were on spring break this week, but that didn't mean it had to be a break from learning.
Carrying the cross
Dennis Wilson of Isanti took his turn carrying one of the crosses in a procession of approximately 150 who walked four miles and carried three crosses from Deerwood to Crosby Friday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - Mayor C. Elmer Anderson has proclaimed April 2 to 4 as Daffodil Days in Crow Wing County and urges all residents to support cancer research by buying a daffodil.
A Brainerd woman and her small children are rebuilding their lives after a devastating car crash.
FOUR MORE 'NO'
The outcome of Thursday's recount of the Brainerd School District's $59.9 million bond referendum was what school officials expected.
Jack Dockter made this catch of a line drive during a Brainerd Warriors varsity baseball outfielder tryout in the school's lower parking lot Friday as the temperature hovered near 45 degrees.
Recount trims margin of victory but doesn't alter outcome of school bond referendum
The recount of the Brainerd School District's $59.9 million bond referendum Thursday edged the margin between the yes and no ballots four votes closer.
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport Commission will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday in the airport conference room.
C-I hires sub as superintendent
CROSBY -- People from the Crosby-Ironton School District may recognize the new superintendent.
Just for fun
A couple who lives southeast of Brainerd taps maple trees to make maple syrup just for fun. Look for their story Sunday in North Country.
Navy helicopter crash kills two
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) -- A Navy helicopter crashed Thursday in a snowy, remote area of the Sierra Nevada range, killing two crew members and injuring four, authorities said.
VA to probe report of maggot infestation
WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi reassigned two administrators of the VA hospital system Thursday and ordered investigations into a medical journal's report that maggots infested the noses of two comatose patients in one facility.
Three soldiers killed, one injured in accident during live-fire training
FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) -- Three soldiers were killed early Friday in a training exercise involving live ammunition, military officials said.
Iowa's stand against farm runoff gains support
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa -- After the summer of green ice cubes, folks here were fed up.
Bargain-basement gas is history as higher demand, production cuts push up prices
SAN DIEGO -- Caps on oil production and the traditional spring rise in gasoline demand have pushed up prices at the pump 23 cents per gallon over the last month -- the most dramatic change in more than a decade.
Sticker shock: Lettuce is getting expensive
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Hickory Flat Elementary salad bar is filled with dark little flecks these days -- spinach and other greens are being mixed in to make the iceberg go further.
Ford ends tire replacement program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. will stop giving free replacements for Firestone tires on Sunday, ending an enormously costly recall that damaged the reputations of two of the most venerable corporate names.
Court reinstates charges in six firefighter deaths
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- An appeals court Friday reinstated involuntary manslaughter charges against a homeless couple who allegedly sparked a fire in a warehouse that killed six firefighters.
Pentagon cites friendly fire death
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first U.S. soldier killed during the Operation Anaconda assault on al-Qaida this month in Afghanistan may have been hit by friendly fire, officials disclosed Friday.
The warrior's creed: Leave no one behind
NEW YORK -- Whether they are soldiers fighting in the frozen tundra of Afghanistan, teams searching the Laos jungle for remains of Vietnam War pilots, or firefighters digging into the debris at ground zero, they are driven by a single idea.
Proposed oil drilling plan would endanger Arctic wildlife
SEATTLE -- Oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the keystone of President Bush's energy strategy, poses a potential threat to caribou and other wildlife that already are fighting the effects of Arctic warming, government scientists concluded Friday.
Government says Lindh treated same as U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- Far from enduring the horrific conditions claimed by his lawyers, American-born Taliban John Walker Lindh was treated as well as U.S. soldiers during his captivity in Afghanistan, federal prosecutors say.
U.S. military buildup in Persian Gulf could be turned on Iraq in future
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf has increased substantially due to the war in Afghanistan, but there's little doubt the new troops and equipment could be turned on Iraq in a future offensive.
U.S.: Plan to slash Colombian drug crops a failure
FLORENCIA, Colombia -- State Department officials have concluded that an alternative development plan aimed at slashing drug crops has failed, a decision that raises doubts about the U.S.-backed effort to eradicate the primary source of narcotics on America's streets.
Boston Catholics protest on Good Friday
BOSTON -- Inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Bernard Law conducted a solemn Good Friday liturgy commemorating the death of Jesus Christ. Parishioners knelt and prayed as the cardinal, in resplendent red-and-white robes, read the part of Jesus in a booming baritone.
Oscar-winning movie director Billy Wilder dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ever the contrarian, Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder made a career of romanticizing cynicism.
Jayhawks are a multiclass act
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Freshman point guard Aaron Miles left his feet in the closing seconds of Kansas' Midwest Region championship game win over Oregon on Sunday that secured his team's first Final Four bid since 1993, wrapping all 6 feet 1 inch of his lean body around Coach Roy Williams. For all the confidence and maturity Miles, 18, exudes, for that moment he allowed himself to behave like a delirious kid.
OKLAHOMA vs. INDIANA
ATLANTA (AP) -- Last year, the Maryland Terrapins were the rookies in the Final Four. This time, they are the only ones with experience in the national semifinals.
How they finished in 2001
Duke's Williams, Pittsburgh's Howland win AP awards
ATLANTA (AP) -- Duke's Jason Williams and Pittsburgh's Ben Howland were honored Friday as The Associated Press college basketball player and coach of the year.
Revamped rosters create 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.
BASEBALL '02: It's a new ball game
Can Giambi lead Yanks to fifth straight pennant?
Jason Giambi watched in amazement as his new team, the New York Yankees, went through a seemingly routine relay drill in spring training.
THE FINAL FOUR
UConn looks perfect
SAN ANTONIO -- Until Friday night, Tennessee owned the benchmark by which people measure perfection in women's basketball. Until Friday night, the 1998 team that went 39-0 had been considered a Rembrandt -- practically untouchable.
National sports shorts
'02 Spring training
National sports briefs
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) -- Vijay Singh's victory drought on the PGA Tour is becoming an irritation.
Leaders in 2001
2002 Minnesota Vikings Schedule
Torre expresses dismay over beanball
TAMPA, Fla. -- In words that were measured and a tone that was moderate, Joe Torre made clear his displeasure with the Phillies and their manager, Larry Bowa, for what he considered a deliberate and unprovoked "purpose-pitch" attack on Shane Spencer on Friday in Clearwater.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Dane Fife keeps replaying the blunder in his head, even though it didn't keep Indiana out of the Final Four.
Giambi becomes Yankees' big bopper
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The old pictures show a little boy with big ideas.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Oklahoma has come up with a different way to build a Final Four team.
World Series tickets -- worthless?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The World Series flag will rise above the field at Bank One Ballpark on Monday. It may be flying there for a long time.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Roy Williams figures Atlanta owes him one.
Two minorities coaching in Final Four for first time
ATLANTA (AP) -- Maybe this is a sign of progress.
Hear them roar at the women's Final Four
SAN ANTONIO -- It took some blind faith and crossed fingers to bring the 2002 NCAA women's Final Four to the Alamodome, a structure meant to draw a football team to town. Lots of empty seats wouldn't convince the skeptics that the women's game, played by people who don't dunk and don't much want to, was worth much time or attention.
Average ticket price rise slows to 4 percent
NEW YORK (AP) -- The recession had a marked effect on baseball, with the increase in ticket prices slowing to its lowest level since the 1994-95 strike.
At last, Bonds may be set for shot at the Series
His future spot in the Hall of Fame is secure -- four MVPs, 10 All-Star picks and 73 home runs guarantee him a plaque in Cooperstown.
PILLAGER -- Mary Anderson, 93, Pillager, died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade.
John S. Jarvis
SIBLEY TOWNSHIP -- John S. Jarvis, 83, Sibley Township, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his home.
Jarild L. Hanson
LITTLE FALLS -- Jarild L. Hanson, 86, Little Falls, formerly of Cushing, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Willmer F. Knight
AITKIN -- Willmer F. Knight, 95, Aitkin, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Raymond M. Hanson
Raymond M. Hanson, 80, Brainerd, died Friday, March 29, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PEQUOT LAKES -- John Jarvis, 83, Sibley Lake area resident, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at home.
ST. PAUL -- Hazel Johnson, 84, St. Paul, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Alfred 'Happy' Holter
PEQUOT LAKES -- Alfred "Happy" Holter, 94, Brainerd, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PALISADE -- George Hansen, 92, Palisade, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
AITKIN -- Helen Lanoue, 84, Aitkin, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at home.
John O. Reed
BAXTER -- John O. Reed, 51, Baxter, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at his home.
John O. Reed
BAXTER -- John O. Reed, 51, Baxter, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at home.
George H. Molstad
NISSWA -- George H. Molstad, 98, Nisswa, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Cuyuna Care Center in Crosby.
Dale O. Lind
PEQUOT LAKES -- Dale Otto Lind, 53, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Grove House in Pequot Lakes.
Evidence of recovering economy makes Democrats' job tougher in 2002 election
WASHINGTON -- Any hopes Democrats had of riding a wave of economic worries to victory in the 2002 congressional elections are fading as consumer confidence rises.
Support for Potlatch people
OTHER OPINIONS Deer disease
White-tailed deer play an important role in northern Minnesota's environment and economy. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources deserves credit for taking a proactive approach to a disease that could threaten the deer herd here.
Where there's no big deal over flag-waving
NEW YORK -- On a recent walk through my neighborhood, I came across an impromptu art installation of the sort you see a lot of in New York's Greenwich Village, the sort you suspect must be expressing a widely held local view, because after several days, it hasn't been demolished or defaced. It was a large pile of dog dung with a tiny American flag stuck in it, fluttering ingloriously in the breeze.
Losing houses, but not homes!
I look around at these walls and I wonder whether they will remember me after we sell. Each one having their own memory of me. Distinctively piecing together every detail of my life. Will they remember? All the time I laughed, I cried, or just sat there thinking. Will they remember? The question repeatedly processes through my mind.
He is risen!
Matthew 28: 1-10 (RSV)
The face of the Minnesota Legislature is about to change, thanks to the new redistricting plan issued by a special panel of five state judges. The plan is required by the Constitution every decade after the census.
President Bush broadcasts Easter and Passover message
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Honoring Easter and Passover, President Bush told Christians and Jews their faiths offer bastions of hope in a world scarred by evil.
WASHINGTON--At this Easter-Passover season, it comes as no surprise that the American people are worried about what they see as the decline in the moral character of the nation. Andrew Kohut, the Pew Research Center's estimable pollster, reported last week that three-fourths of those he interviewed in March said they believe people are not as honest and moral as they used to be and that young people lack the same sense of right and wrong their counterparts had a half-century ago.
As the Legislature works on covering the state shortfall and balancing the budget, some difficult choices have to be made.
For all around fun you can't beat trout fishing
Here in the heart of Minnesota it might be sacrilege to admit the walleye isn't my favorite fish. It's close, but not number one.
Somber spring morning
It's a somber morning. Sky, lake ice and snow along shore blend in shades of gray and white. Water puddles dot the yard in low spots, and irregular icy edges form a fringe around islands of snow.
PILLAGER -- A firearms safety class for Pillager area youths and adults is scheduled for April 8-May 2 at the Pillager Fire Hall.
Swallows return to Capistrano; woodcock return to Minnesota
The calendar says spring started March 20, but you wouldn't know it here in northern Minnesota. In Mother Nature's latest quirk, March has been the coldest and snowiest month of winter. Yet the days are getting longer and it won't be long before we see one of spring's surest signs -- the woodcock.
New PWT director enjoys doing things a little differently
If you're fishing on Gull Lake this summer and see someone land a walleye with a fly rod don't be surprised. It's just Charlie Moore doing what comes naturally.
The sweet season
MAPLE GROVE TOWNSHIP -- It starts every year in March, when the days lengthen, the sun strengthens and winter grudgingly gives in to spring. A trickle on a frozen tree becomes a stream and it's time to harvest nature's sweetest treat.
BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA - Crappies, sunfish, and perch are hitting on several area lakes. Look to Booming Out Bay, Wilson Bay, and Love Lake on Gull Lake. The Cullen Chain, Nisswa Lake, Lake Edwards, North Long, Cedar Lake, and Round Lake are worth looking into as well.
Trolling the Web for fishing data
Most of us learn to fish from a dad or uncle who threads a worm on a hook when we're preschoolers -- teaching us patience in the midst of anticipation of that first tug on our lines.
The big one that didn't get away
We were thrilled to be going fishing with our Dad in Canada. We got settled into our cabin and then went 8 miles out onto Lake of the Woods. We set five tip-ups. We got two bites, they were just snake northerns.
North Country calendar
April - 13 -- Trout fishing opener (streams)
Annette Meehl and AJ Olson
Annette Meehl and AJ Olson announce their engagement.
Veronica Cestnik and Douglas E. Peterson were married Feb. 21, 2002, at Catalina Island, Calif., with Pastor Jennifer Wood officiating.
Patricia Hart Porwall and Nathen Charles Hochmayr
Patricia Hart Porwall and Nathen Charles Hochmayr announce their engagement.
Jessica Hoheisel and Allen Balsley were married Jan. 26, 2002, at Church of the Cross in Nisswa with Pastor Christopher Meier officiating.
Caryn Niemi and Jeff Myhre were married June 16, 2001, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Paul Fruth and the Rev. Mark Wickstrom officiating.
Heidi Marie Baillif and Terry Thomas Strus were married Feb. 2, 2002, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor Darrell Pedersen officiating.
Nikki Hanson and Steven Day
Nikki Hanson and Steven Day announce their engagement. Parents are Carolyn and Wayne Hanson, Brainerd, and Carol and Richard Day, Baxter. A May 18 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Jaclyn Etzler and James Tyrrell
Jaclyn Etzler and James Tyrrell announce their engagement. Parents are Martin and Margie Etzler, Staples, and Stan and Jan Tyrrell, Staples. A May 11 wedding is planned at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples.
Katie Johnson and Jeffery Marsh were married Jan. 20, 2002, at home in Brainerd with Judge Dave Ten Eyck officiating.
Darla Maurer and Nathanael Grotzke were married Dec. 8, 2001, at First Baptist Church in Baxter with the Rev. David Grotzke officiating.
Susan B. Powers and Cory M. Schmidt
Susan B. Powers and Cory M. Schmidt, both of Brainerd, announce their engagement. Parents are Emil Curlo, Brainerd, and the late Carol Curlo, and Karen Johnson, Denver, and the late Jerry Schmidt. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned in Denver.
Governor, Twins sticking by ballpark plan
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura and the Minnesota Twins are sticking by the so-called "2 percent solution" for a new ballpark in the face of criticism that it's not workable.
DFLer says he'll run against Gutknecht
WINONA (AP) -- Todd Rasmussen, a banker and school board member in Winona, is running as a Democratic candidate for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht.
Minnesota's health plans are in the black for second straight year
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's nonprofit health maintenance organizations collected enough money in premiums to cover payouts for patient medical expenses in 2001 for the second straight year.
Three more Northwest pilots accused of tax violations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three more Northwest Airlines pilots have been charged with evading Minnesota income taxes by claiming they live in other states, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Friday.
MnDOT announces record $1 billion in summer road projects
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation said this summer's record $1 billion road construction budget is still not enough to keep up with what the road system needs.
Lawmakers want to keep governor's residence open
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two Democratic senators said they'll try to keep the governor's mansion open.
Fingerhut layoffs set for next week
MINNEAPOLIS -- Keeping to a schedule announced in January, Federated Department Stores Inc. said it will lay off 3,300 Fingerhut employees next week, including 3,000 in Minnesota.
Proposed North Shore ATV trail is focus of lawsuit
An environmental group has gone to court to try to block a proposed 35-mile all-terrain-vehicle trail near the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Ventura asserts himself on budget despite being snubbed
ST. PAUL -- As quiet hung over the Capitol on Thursday, Gov. Jesse Ventura made noise over the radio about a budget process that has him on the outside.
Beachy returns to coaching in style
Ryan Beachy's first thought when he heard his father was going back into coaching was, "Are you insane?"
Local sports shorts
Tryouts for Brainerd's 11 and under traveling baseball team are scheduled noon April 20-21 at noon at Bane Park.
There'll be a lot of heavy lifting at high school
Some of the state's best weightlifters will invade the Brainerd High School gymnasium Saturday.
Area events Monday
Track and Feld
They led area girls this season
Twelve players have been named to The Brainerd Dispatch All-Area girls' Basketball Team.
Twins show power in Tennessee
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Doug Mientkiewicz, Torii Hunter and Brandon Masters homered off Jared Fernandez to lead a Minnesota Twins' split squad over the Cincinnati Reds 10-5 Friday night.
Forbes Magazine says Twins worth $127 million
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A winning season helped the Minnesota Twins' estimated value increase 29 percent to $127 million in Forbes Magazine's annual valuation of major league baseball teams.
Blackhawks trip Wild 3-1
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Even after winning his third straight start, Chicago goalie Steve Passmore still sees himself as Jocelyn Thibault's backup.
Twins make final moves, set roster
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins set their Opening Day roster Thursday, making four moves to get the club down to 25 players.
Timberwolves open up on Knicks
NEW YORK -- Wally Szczerbiak set up in the right corner behind the three-point line and waited for the pass. When it came, there wasn't a New York Knick in the same zip code. As someone kidded him later in the locker room, Szczerbiak had time to spell his name.
Injured Garnett returns, inspires Wolves to beat Dallas 113-111
MINNEAPOLIS -- In his seventh season, Kevin Garnett is still finding ways to surprise people -- even his coach.
Twins want to show they're here to stay
MINNEAPOLIS -- Baseball tried to get rid of the Minnesota Twins this winter, so naturally they're as anxious as anyone for the season to start.
Winona State coach wins 1,000th game
WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Winona State baseball coach Gary Grob scored his 1,000th victory when his team beat Northern State 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader Friday.
Twins organization's loyalty surfaced this offseason
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Baseball pointed to the Minnesota Twins as one of two teams it wanted to eliminate this winter, but there's one number that stands out to them: None.
Rabbit feat: French clone some bunnies
Beware: the Easter Bunny may not like this.
Web page construction getting easier
Not too many years ago, Web site design was heavy-duty geekery, and you had to understand UNIX and memorize oodles of hypertext markup language (HTML) code to display so much as a column of text.
Software targets intrusive ads
Suppose you found a Web site full of programs with names like Rage, Zapper, Purger, Buster, Eliminator, Eraser, Killer, Nuker and Smasher. Would you think you'd stumbled on a virtual armory for right-wing cyberterrorists? Anarchists? Bomb-makers? Virus-slingers?
Mystery of spinning eggs is cracked by math
Just in time for Easter, mathematicians have cracked the mystery of why a hard-boiled egg spun on a tabletop rises on one end and whirls like a top.
Online subscriptions herald end of Web freedom
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Surfing the Web these days requires two hands -- one to click the mouse, the other to dig into your pocket to pay fees demanded by sites that used to be free.
Q & A: What about Black Ice Defender?
Q: I have Black Ice Defender installed on my home computer. Is there any way I can identify or backtrack the identity of "hits" or intruders? Can I identify the IP numbers and the person actually using them? Sometimes the system reports multiple attempts by someone to access different ports. I'd like to know who they are.
An annoying few steps away from the perfect laptop
If journalists designed laptops, things would be a little different.
Like the African tree from which it takes its name, this new search engine is spreading its branches and in the process hoping to offer some competition to the popular Google.com on the Internet.
SITES TO SEE
A roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet:
Weather drawing by Courtney Metzler of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly sunny an
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered rain or snow showers. Highs from the 30s north to the 40s and low 50s elsewhere.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny northeast. Considerable clouds west and south. Occasional light snow west...With areas of light snow mixed with light rain spreading through the southeast this afternoon. Highs from the 30s west to 40s east.
State forecast for North Dakota
A wind advisory for parts of northwest and central north dakota this afternoon...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for afternoon rain and snow showers north and rain showers south. Highs from 40s north to mid 50s southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of snow showers north. A chance of rain or snow showers southwest late. Partly sunny southeast. Highs from the lower 30s northeast to the middle 40s south.
Iowa state forecast
This morning...Rain likely southeast. Scattered showers ending central. Partly to mostly cloudy north. This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from 50 to 60.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Sprinkles far west by late afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s northwest to 50s south.
State forecast for north dakota
Wind advisory this afternoon southwest...
Weather drawing by Alex Antoine of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Increasing clouds and winds. Scattered light showers north in the afternoon. Highs in the 40s north to 50 to 55 south.
Watchers use computers, instinct to predict weather
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- St. Cloud State University meteorologist Bob Weisman sarcastically brags that he has accurately predicted the weather one day in a row.
Front threatening Northeast, South with rain; dry and pleasant in most of West
A front moving through the eastern half of the country was producing rain showers and thunderstorms early Saturday in much of the Northeast and the South.
The Parent Committee of Emily Charter School would like to thank ALL that volunteered and donated to our Spring Carnival. This event was a huge success!
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 75.5; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 67. East-West: Sandy Chase and Gordon Becker, 77; and Bruce Eastman and Bill Black, 72.
Names and faces
CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) -- A district judge has refused to disqualify himself in the case against shock rocker Marilyn Manson.
The Heartland Senior Federation meeting will be 10 a.m. April 8 at the Brainerd Public Library. Speakers will be Sheila Dobbelaere and Dick Honetschlager. They will discuss health issues and bus trips to Canada.
Two Palestinians kill Israeli, then shot
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli police patrol near the boundary between the West Bank and Israel on Saturday, killing one Israeli before they were shot dead, police said.
Israelis round up militants; Arafat in confinement
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli soldiers rounded up hundreds of Palestinians on Saturday in a sweep for militants, while Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was effectively penned in a few rooms of his office building with water cut off and food dwindling, surrounded by Israeli tanks and troops.
Many al-Qaida, Taliban leaders still elusive
WASHINGTON -- Nine senior al-Qaida members have been killed and three captured during the war in Afghanistan, leaving the whereabouts of an additional 15 on the Pentagon's list of most-wanted terrorist network leaders still unknown to U.S. military authorities, government officials said Friday.
Navy SEAL is land mine victim
A Navy SEAL was killed in southern Afghanistan after stepping on a land mine while conducting a small unit training mission at an abandoned al-Qaida base near the Kandahar airport, defense officials said Thursday.
U.S. joins Security Council vote calling for Israeli troops to withdraw from Palestinian cities
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States joined other U.N. Security Council members Saturday in adopting a resolution that calls on Israel to withdraw its troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah, where Yasser Arafat's headquarters is under siege.
Israeli forces fire on Arafat's office in assault on Ramallah compound
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli troops stormed Yasser Arafat's headquarters Friday and shelled a building where the Palestinian leader took cover in a windowless room -- the opening shot in a large-scale military campaign in response to anti-Israeli attacks that killed 30 people in three days.
Peacekeepers set up hospital to tend to thousands of injured by Afghan earthquake
NAHRIN, Afghanistan (AP) -- International peacekeepers set up a mobile hospital Friday in northern Afghanistan to treat the thousands of people injured during a powerful earthquake.
U.S.-Russian negotiators make progress on nuclear weapons, strategic relationship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. and Russian negotiators have made so much progress on offensive weapons and a new strategic framework that President Bush and Vladimir Putin may sign agreements on both at their Moscow summit in May, the State Department says.
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