AITKIN -- Aitkin Medical Supply, Aitkin, achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
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.
BREATH OF LIFE
Since the spring of the late 1930s, Alice Frei lived in the same home in northeast Brainerd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Buy opens Friday
Best Buy is opening at 10 a.m. Friday with a little help from Spider Man.
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.
Jamie wants to go along, too
Sometimes kids enrolled in Kinship Partners have to wait a long time before being matched with a partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Improvement 00-05-NP Center improvement bids
Genesta Bakkila and Joshua Neelan, Pillager, a boy, James Patrick, 8 pounds, 7 ounces, March 22, 2002.
Brent W. and Tena M. Burgstaler, Aitkin, a girl, Breena Adrianna, 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces, March 18, 2002.
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.
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.
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.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
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.
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.
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
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.
Transit post to keep Nadeau on the move
Larry Nadeau's office in Brainerd City Hall reflects his position.
A Brainerd woman and her small children are rebuilding their lives after a devastating car crash.
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.
Iowa's stand against farm runoff gains support
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa -- After the summer of green ice cubes, folks here were fed up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How they finished in 2001
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaders in 2001
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.
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.
2002 Minnesota Vikings Schedule
Giambi becomes Yankees' big bopper
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The old pictures show a little boy with big ideas.
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.
'02 Spring training
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.
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.
National sports briefs
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) -- Vijay Singh's victory drought on the PGA Tour is becoming an irritation.
George H. Molstad
NISSWA -- George H. Molstad, 98, Nisswa, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Cuyuna Care Center in Crosby.
PILLAGER -- Mary Anderson, 93, Pillager, died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade.
John O. Reed
BAXTER -- John O. Reed, 51, Baxter, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at his home.
ST. PAUL -- Hazel Johnson, 84, St. Paul, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Raymond M. Hanson
Raymond M. Hanson, 80, Brainerd, died Friday, March 29, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
John S. Jarvis
SIBLEY TOWNSHIP -- John S. Jarvis, 83, Sibley Township, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his home.
He is risen!
Matthew 28: 1-10 (RSV)
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.
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.
As the Legislature works on covering the state shortfall and balancing the budget, some difficult choices have to be made.
Support for Potlatch people
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.
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.
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.
North Country calendar
April - 13 -- Trout fishing opener (streams)
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.
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.
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.
PILLAGER -- A firearms safety class for Pillager area youths and adults is scheduled for April 8-May 2 at the Pillager Fire Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patricia Hart Porwall and Nathen Charles Hochmayr
Patricia Hart Porwall and Nathen Charles Hochmayr announce their engagement.
Katie Johnson and Jeffery Marsh were married Jan. 20, 2002, at home in Brainerd with Judge Dave Ten Eyck officiating.
Veronica Cestnik and Douglas E. Peterson were married Feb. 21, 2002, at Catalina Island, Calif., with Pastor Jennifer Wood 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.
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.
Annette Meehl and AJ Olson
Annette Meehl and AJ Olson 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They led area girls this season
Twelve players have been named to The Brainerd Dispatch All-Area girls' Basketball Team.
Area events Monday
Track and Feld
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Rabbit feat: French clone some bunnies
Beware: the Easter Bunny may not like this.
An annoying few steps away from the perfect laptop
If journalists designed laptops, things would be a little different.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SITES TO SEE
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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 with scattered rain or snow showers. Highs from the 30s north to the 40s and low 50s elsewhere.
The Weather Elsewhere
Weather drawing by Alex Antoine of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
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.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Sprinkles far west by late afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s northwest to 50s south.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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