Silly Putty, Tonka trucks inducted in Toy Hall of Fame
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A World War II scientist was looking for ways to produce synthetic rubber when, by accident, he invented a classic American toy.
Dot-com failures tax workers' integrity
Margee Fagelson lost her first dot-com job last year when Ingredients.com went belly up in February. That was followed by the shutdown of Virtual Communities, which had hired her as a consultant, and VSlash, which went poof before paying her a $3,000 consulting fee.
E-mail in the kitchen? Here it is but it is but it's probably easier to run upstairs
Being the typical multitasker, I've often longed for a small, cheap computer for my home's nerve center -- the kitchen, of course. There I could send or check e-mail as it occurs to me, in between boiling pasta, supervising the spelling homework and monitoring the finger painting. I've also been on the lookout for an inexpensive and easy way to communicate with my Hawaiian in-laws, who are often tough to reach by phone but whose e-mail communications have been so fraught with complications that it's sometimes faster to send a letter.
East Brainerd Mall: A new look
The East Brainerd Mall redevelopment project proposed by Oppidan would cost the development company $12,125,000. Here is a breakdown of the costs.
Mistakes made in rush to file by April 16 deadline could slow processing, refund
NEW YORK -- If you're one of the roughly one-third of Americans who wait until the final two weeks of the tax season to file their federal returns, here's some advice: Take it easy.
Tax bill too big? Start working on lowering this year's tab
NEW YORK -- If you got a rude surprise when you learned how much tax you're paying on your small business, you need to look for ways to lower that bill in the coming years. And you need to start thinking about it now, while there's still plenty of time left in 2001.
Energy costs cut Potlatch earnings
Potlatch recently announced that it expects first quarter 2001 earnings to be "significantly below" analysts' estimates.
The evolving Web: You get what you pay for
WASHINGTON -- It feels like Armageddon on the Internet. People think the
Gossip for geeks
Nerds and gadget lovers may seem less socially inclined than other groups, but that's not to say they don't like to communicate. On the Web's tech gossip sites, such as Slashdot and DSLReports, tech news, opinions, gossip and rants run loud and without end.
LITTLE FALLS -- John Hamerlinck, Little Falls Community Partnerships project coordinator, is the guest speaker at the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce's Lunch, Learn and Network meeting.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 328, a year ago 115.
Compared Thursday, not enough slaughter steers, heifers or Holstein steers offered to test prices. Slaughter cows steady to weak. Bulls steady. Near 350 feeders expected for the auction.
Genetically engineered crops remain popular among farmers
Los Angeles Times
Airport commission meeting Wednesday
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Airport Conference Room.
The top 100 songs
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Fire, Civil Service Commission meeting Wednesday
The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall to discuss certifying the police officer eligibility list.
The State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle accident at 11:36 a.m. Friday on Highway 371, six miles north of Brainerd.
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The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a false smoke alarm at 12:28 a.m. today at the Brainerd Regional Human Resource Center.
St. Joseph's Medical Center
Administration planning efforts to assert environmental credentials
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration, stung by the furious reaction to its early decisions on the environment, is planning efforts to assert its green credentials and pro-conservation policies that have been obscured in the controversy.
Clinton-era rule that blacklists lawbreaking contractors is suspended
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is suspending a Clinton-era rule that prevents the government from awarding contracts to bidders who have broken environmental, labor, tax or other federal laws.
Unions remain strong in transportation despite declines elsewhere
WASHINGTON -- Unions, struggling in many industries, are flying high on the nation's airlines.
20 years after Reagan shooting, victims' lives are scattered
WASHINGTON -- The pop, pop, pop of gunfire outside a Washington hotel 20 years ago sent the lives of those at the scene ricocheting in different directions.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Cell treatment shows promise for repairing heart damage
Doctors may someday rejuvenate and even substantially rebuild seriously damaged hearts with just a tiny shot of bone marrow cells, according to two research reports released Friday.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Milk's role with kids' diet debated
Caroline Lynch keeps three kinds of milk in her fridge. Skim for her, whole milk for her red-headed 20-month-old, Jack, and 2 percent for husband, Graham, who has never quite adjusted to the "watery taste" of fat-free.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-A plane-load of Cleveland business executives was welcomed to Deerwood with open arms yesterday in appreciation of their efforts to expand production at a manufacturing plant there.
Nisswa library bids to be considered
The Brainerd School Board will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the school district offices at 300 Quince St to consider bids for the Nisswa Children's Library.
Work on Coast Guard tower in Cass County put on hold
Work on the Coast Guard tower slated for McKinley Township in Cass County has temporarily been put on hold according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release issued Friday.
Student suspended for making threats
A Washington Middle School student was suspended for making verbal threats March 23, school officials reported.
WHAT IS TIF?
What is tax-increment financing?
Massive solar flare eruptions likely to disrupt telecommunications
BOULDER, Colo. -- Telecommunications may be disrupted briefly and the northerly night skies will shimmer red and green this weekend as intense storms rage on the sun, scientists say.
Taking a page from the family business of informatijon
It might seem that Matt Drudge would have little use for a site that proclaims itself as "the single best source for facts on the Net," but there's the link, right there on the Drudge Report Web site.
Aspen airport presents multiple problems for pilots
ASPEN, Colo. -- Skiers who fly in here for white-knuckle experiences offered by the downhill slopes may well get their first serious adrenaline rush as their aircrafts land in this high-mountain bowl.
Newspapers balk at restrictions on news organizations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sports editors are refusing sign a major league baseball credential for their reporters, contending the sport is trying to impose restrictions on covering games.
Fort Lauderdale says goodbye to wild, youthful spring breaks
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As a flamenco dancer twirled her ruffled red dress in front of a middle-aged audience at BeachPlace, 20-year-old Nate Dunlap wondered whether spring break could get any lamer.
Student fatally shot outside Indiana high school
GARY, Ind. -- Students were gathering in front of Lew Wallace High School for the last day of classes before spring break, a day featuring a talent show, when a gunshot blast sounded in the parking lot.
U.N. members frustrated by delay in U.S. payments
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Countries that approved a major reduction in U.S. payments to the United Nations said Friday that Washington still hasn't held up its end of the deal by paying its arrears.
Minnesota's whistle blower pays a price, too
ASHLAND, Wis. -- Jan Gangelhoff found her conscience. In the process, she lost everything else.
Will investors settle for meat loaf and potatoes?n
NEW YORK (AP) -- To Anthony Maramarco, an informed investor, a renewed appreciation of value can be observed in America today, and the stock market reflects it. Value investing, he says, is back on the front burner.
Major recording artists move toward unionizing
LOS ANGELES -- A showdown is brewing in the music business, pitting some of the world's biggest pop stars against the powerful conglomerates that employ them.
Challenging stock market leads to advertising shift in mutual fund industry
NEW YORK -- A year ago, personal finance magazines were filled with advertisements touting larger-than-life mutual fund returns with hints of even stronger profits to come.
Convicted rapist is sentenced in boy's death
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A man convicted of rape and murder in the case of a 13-year-old boy who suffocated during sexual bondage was sentenced to the maximum Friday -- life in prison without parole.
Second body found near U.S. F-15 wreckage
LONDON (AP) -- Searchers recovered a second body Friday near the wreckage of two U.S. Air Force F-15s that crashed on a Scottish mountain peak, police said.
Two years on the run left Kopp ready to come home
Investigators work through wreckage of Aspen crash that killed 18
ASPEN, Colo. -- A charter jet carrying business partners to a lavish weekend birthday party in Aspen slammed into a hillside 35 seconds after the pilot told the control tower the runway was in sight, investigators said.
With 'no complaints' Gooden calls it quits
TAMPA, Fla. -- Displaying the poise and ease and grace with which he dominated hitters at the start of his career, Dwight Gooden announced his retirement Friday at Legends Field. The aging, star-crossed pitcher stepped down rather than forcing the Yankees to release him.
Sing Sing officer killed inmate's kittens in compactor,
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- A Sing Sing prison officer who allegedly killed five kittens in a trash compactor has been charged with cruelty to animals. The kittens' mother, Midnight, escaped by running away through the prison yard.
Former exotic dancer sentenced in teens' road deaths
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former exotic dancer was sentenced Friday to 18 to 48 years in prison for having drugs in her system when her van ran off the highway, killing six teen-agers picking up litter.
This could be a wild season
Roger Clemens grins at his new teammate, the guy putting on the pinstripes for the first time.
Knight shows who's boss
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- It took Bob Knight just seven days to show he's in charge.
A-Rod deals with $$$
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- That $252 million tag looms over Alex Rodriguez.
If Minnesota doesn't work out, D.C. waiting for Twins
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Minnesota Twins, who moved to the Twin Cities after toiling for six decades as the Washington Senators. Now, with the Twins struggling for financial viability, could a return to D.C. be on the horizon?
Kings celebrate at Wolves' expense
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Usually, the Sacramento Kings are frustrated and angry after playing Minnesota.
National sports briefs
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Nothing could keep the smile on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s face for more than a few fleeting seconds at a time.
Indiana wins no matter who wins women's final
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Wolff blanks Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Bryan Wolff pitched five shutout innings and Bobby Kielty hit a solo homer Friday as a Minnesota Twins spilt-squad beat the New York Yankees 6-2.
Ivan tours, touts homeland
VEGA BAJA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ivan Rodriguez stepped out of the white limousine parked in right field and walked toward the chunky dirt infield.
Strawberry sought after leaving rehab
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Darryl Strawberry remained missing Saturday and was considered a fugitive after he left the drug treatment center where he had been serving two years' house arrest.
Bush builds field of dreams at White House T-ballers will come
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Creating his own field of dreams, President Bush pledged Friday to help revitalize interest in the national pastime with regular T-ball games on the White House South Lawn.
Zella 'Tute' Meyer
Zella "Tute" Meyer, 95, resident of Brainerd Manor and formerly of Fort Ripley, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Harry Shaw, 79, Brainerd, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Warren Hazelton, 84, Greensburg, Pa., formerly of the Bennettville Community, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, in Pittsburgh.
PIERZ -- Herbert Block, 83, Pierz, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his home.
Gloria J. Strom
LITTLE FALLS -- Gloria J. Strom, 66, Little Falls, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at her home.
James E. Imgrund
STAPLES -- James E. Imgrund, 76, Staples, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Irene E. Hunt
CROSBY -- Irene Elizabeth Hunt, 95, Crosby, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at her home.
BAXTER -- Norman Stenberg, 82, Baxter, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at his home.
BOWLUS -- Alois Maciej, 77, Bowlus, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
EMILY -- Victor Wodarz, 90, Emily, died Friday, March 30, 2001 at his home.
In regard to the original Brainerd Mall, we would like to express our
Humming through history
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The Brainerd Daily Dispatch and its editorial opinions
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
License plates Minnesota should stick with 10,000 lakes on license plates
Focus is important. Whether the entity is a business, a college basketball team or a legislature, it's vital to keep focused on what is important.
Turkey clinics designed to help hunters bag birds
A record number of turkey hunters will take to Minnesota's woods and fields this spring.
A wood duck habitat clinic is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon a
Artist's return to painting wildlife rewarded with award
Bernie Glasby, a Brainerd wildlife artist, started oil painting in seventh grade but eventually quit because of the cost.
Only a few lucky people ever see lynx in the wild
Suddenly sensing danger, a sleek, secretive wildcat of the woods slips silently from sight. Like a mirage, the long-haired, lanky lynx mysteriously melts into the mist of the morning. Chances of seeing this creature are slim, yet wildlife watchers, nature photographers and scientists all clamor for the opportunity to witness a lynx in the wild.
A river runs through great walleye country
Walleye fishing usually brings to mind a lake, but some of Minnesota's best walleye waters are rivers.
William Bierman will celebrate his 85th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. April 8 at his home in Cuyuna.
Amy Belair and Kyle Or
Jerry and Lois Hoskins, Baxter, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married April 3, 1961, in Onamia.
BRAD AND KELLY MEDEK Schlegel-Medek
Kelly Schlegel and Brad Medek were married Feb. 10, 2001, at Holy Cross Church in Harding with Father Roger Thoennes officiating.
Five generations recently gathered were Madison Jean Kessel, infant daughter; Hailey Mae Kessel, daughter; Bobbi and Jared Kessel, parents; Melinda Kessel, grandmother; Patricia Cain, great-grandmother; and Belva Mehaffey, great-great-grandmother.
SCOTT AND KRISTIN POTEET Liebel-Poteet
Kristin Tara Liebel and Capt. William Scott Poteet were married Sept. 22, 2000, at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Role playing gives conservation officer candidates taste of field work
CAMP RIPLEY -- Within a mile, there was a fisherman without a license, a pheasant hunter without a stamp and an all-terrain vehicle operator whose vehicle had an expired license plate.
CHRIS AND KELLE ANDERSON Sauer-Anderson
Kelle O'Keefe Sauer and Christopher Michael Anderson were married Dec. 2, 2000, at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview with Pastor Martin R. Hancer officiating.
Becky Bollin and Aaron Olson announce their engagement. Parents are Al and Carol Olson, Brainerd. An April 7 wedding is planned at Camp Ripley Chapel.
Child in need
If you live in the Crosby area, you may have seen the posters that Kinship Partners recently put up proclaiming "Men Wanted!" We, in the Brainerd area, have the same need. Of the 24 kids on the waiting list in Brainerd, 18 are boys!
GREG AND AMANDA TRUGGESETH Moscatelli-Truggeseth
Amanda Moscatelli and Greg Truggeseth were married Feb. 23, 2001, at Canterbury Wedding Chapel in the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas.
'Natural' beauty, spunky accessories are season's must haves
NEW YORK (AP) -- While there may be drastic changes in the weather, the landscape and people's dispositions from season to season, most wardrobes experience more subtle evolutions.
Fallace and Laila Mead, Brainerd, will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary with their family. They were married April 4, 1938, in Brainerd.
MARCH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Helen and Dale Dickie, Crosslake, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Crosslake Lutheran Church. The event will be hosted by their children. They were married April 7, 1951.
Adeline F. Finley and Wendell Maine announce their engagement. Parents are Sheila Finley, Pine River, and Ruth and Albert Maine, Pequot Lakes. An Oct. 20 wedding is planned at Pleasant Hill Community Church.
Norma Dickson will celebrate her 80th birthday with family and friends. She was born March 31, 1921, in Hannah, N.D.
Look back for fashion-forward spring styles
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fashionable families may find themselves rummaging through boxes in the basement this spring, looking for some prized possessions from a few years ago that will look very "au courant" in 2001.
Even the leprechauns are green with envy over Brainerd's response to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. Many thanks to the thousands o
Nineties an era of growth for Duluth, Marshall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The 1990s were a good decade for cities in greater Minnesota, especially a handful -- including Duluth and Marshall -- that bucked predictions and actually added people, according to new census data.
Medical marijuana study on agenda for Legislature
ST. PAUL -- The notion of using marijuana as medicine is getting a hearing, a public forum and the support of at least one top state official this week.
St. Peter shows growth after disaster -- others do not
ST. PETER (AP) -- Three years after a tornado swept over this south-central Minnesota city and destroyed hundreds of its trademark Victorian homes, U.S. Census show what no one expected: population growth.
Apple Valley man is sentenced in park killing
HASTINGS (AP) -- An Apple Valley man was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in prison for the beating death of a Burnsville teen-ager last summer.
Health provider to open books for Hatch
ST. PAUL -- Allina Health System agreed Friday to give Attorney General Mike Hatch unfettered access to its books and employees so he can complete a review of the nonprofit company's spending.
Minnesota News Council can help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Twin Cities suburbs to gain representation in redistricting plan
ST. PAUL -- While redrawing legislative boundaries is a challenge in any state, Minnesota takes the prize.
The players come first Pine River-Backus' Lupella doesn't worry about personal glory
PINE RIVER -- He may not be the prototypical coach but Tom Lupella of Pine River-Backus has proven to be one of the most successful coaches in the area.
Local sports shorts
Eighth-grader Samantha Lambert and seventh-grader Danielle Uphoff of Brainerd participated in the Jaycees Supershots competition March 25 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Minnesota to have two-bear limit this year
Minnesota bear hunters will be allowed to take two bears for the first time this year when the season opens Aug. 22.
Mat card slated
R&R Wrestling will present a seven-match professional card 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Brainerd Area Civic Center that will benefit the Gold Medal Arena.
Area events Saturday
Track and Field
This could be Dome's final Final 4
MINNEAPOLIS -- If being host to a Final Four invokes a measure of civic pride, fattens your wallet or gets you inside the building, enjoy it while it lasts.
Scalping: A victimless crime or a black eye on sports?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura doesn't see anything wrong with it. The NCAA sure does.
Twins hope to restore respectability in '01
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are mired in an eight-season losing streak, they play in a dingy dome, their payroll looks like pocket change to some of the game's biggest stars, and baseball's leaders have talked openly about dissolving the franchise.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers central. Periods of light snow east with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches northeast. Windy with highs from the lower 30s northeast to lower 40s west.
Minnesota state forecast
Wind advisory today for part of southwest minnesota...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west with highs in the 40s. Partly sunny and windy in the east...With scattered rain or snow showers possible in the afternoon. Highs 35 to 45.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with rain likely. Some snow mix north. Highs in the upper 30s north to near 50 south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Rain tapering off from west to east. Widely scattered rain or snow showers northwest and central after the rain tapers off. Highs in the 40s.
Weather drawing by Stacy Buscher of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Diane Sell with Dianne Wermager assisting. Program: Joanne Hershey and Bernell Ferrell.
No-strings relationship may knock woman off her feet
DEAR ABBY: I am attracted to one of my college friends. We went out last Saturday night, and I asked if he would like us to be "more than friends." He said, "No. We're graduating in a few months, and I don't want either of us to become 'attached."'
The importance of neutering/spaying
Dear Heloise: We are writing to thank you for your role in raising public awareness of the need to spay/neuter cats and dogs.
Former Yugoslav leader Milosevic in standoff with police seeking his arrest
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- Rejecting a warrant, Slobodan Milosevic told police trying to bring him to justice that he would rather die than surrender Saturday, after loyalists guarding the former president prevented his arrest by spraying gunfire at riot squads storming his villa.
Violence persists as some Jews, Arabs display solidarity
SAKHNIN, Israel -- Violence exploded again across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, even as Jews and Arabs inside Israel joined in a rare gesture of solidarity to protest state seizure of Arab lands.
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