A-TEK closing? To the contrary
Rumors surfaced in the past week that A-TEK manufacturing may be closing its facility on Highway 210 east of Brainerd, but the company president said A-TEK is poised for growth with a skilled workforce.
For women who want to lose weight in a hurry
BAXTER -- When women walk in the door and want to shed 20 pounds in a week, fitness center owner Nikki Watland just smiles. Then she suggests four months for such a goal.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
WHERE THE JOBS ARE
WASHINGTON -- Ever so slowly, help-wanted signs are starting to replace the layoff notices.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce announced a new networking event for the Brainerd lakes area business community. Business Before Hours will offer another opportunity to network with other chamber member businesses at 7:30 a.m.
Mideast crisis gives Wall Street another reason to be uncertain
NEW YORK -- Despite the cataclysmic events of Sept. 11, Wall Street somehow seemed to forget about the outside world as it focused on the domestic economy.
Labor to develop voluntary guidelines to reduce job injuries
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of a new Labor Department policy, businesses will be encouraged but not forced to make workplace changes aimed at reducing repetitive-stress injuries.
Around the watercooler
THE RECESSION'S END: Wall Street appears to be recovering and consumers aren't as jittery about the economy, but the people who run corporate America aren't declaring victory just yet.
Good news for retirement savers: IRAs just got better
NEW YORK -- One of the best tools for saving for retirement -- the Individual Retirement Account -- has just gotten better.
Four Brainerd Dispatch staffers received Minnesota Associated Press Association news and photo awards for journalism that appeared in 2001.
Peat Technologies moves into Aitkin
AITKIN -- Peat Technologies Corp. recently moved its peat granule production operations and research laboratories to Aitkin from its previous location in Siren, Wis.
France's Catholic Church calls for religious tolerance after attacks on Jewish targets
PARIS (AP) -- The Catholic Church on Wednesday urged those responsible for a wave of anti-Semitic attacks not to use France as a battleground for rising tensions in the Middle East.
Former principal serving a life sentence for killing his boss is ordained a priest
SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) -- A former principal serving a life sentence for killing his school superintendent has taken his vows to join the priesthood of a liberal Catholic church.
U.S. Protestants face sex abuse scandals, too
The flood of sex abuse allegations against priests this year has focused attention on the Roman Catholic Church, but Protestant denominations have also faced sex scandals involving clergy over the years.
Baxter church to offer moms, and dads, one day a week without kids
BAXTER -- Christ Lutheran Church in Baxter is in the midst of planning and developing a practical ministry, called Mom's Day Out, for the community.
What if you could take -- a bus ride with Jesus?
As someone who's chosen small-town life, I prep mentally for days just to drive into Minneapolis -- I dislike congested freeways as a matter of course.
William "Will" Scott Smith, son of Steve and Linda Smith, Brainerd, recently accepted an assignment to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will serve as a volunteer missionary for two years in the Boise, Idaho, area.
This week I want to look at the Old Testament miracle that directly affected the nation of Israel. Let's look at the miracle of the fall of Jericho to see if it meets the criteria for miracles.
I remember one of those special theological lecture series in seminary. We had just heard the featured presentation by a highly respected scholar from another institution. The lecturer reported on his recent research that was obviousl
Colleges turn to recruiting chess players with scholarships to enhance schools' image
MIAMI (AP) -- Move over, football and basketball stars. Now chess players are also being offered scholarships as colleges look to world-class chess play to try to enhance their public image.
Kennedy: Bush is shortchanging education
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's support of an education bill last year amounts to a hollow promise because his budget fails to provide enough money to fund it, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Saturday.
Help available to assist with income tax forms
On the fourth floor of the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, low income, elderly and disabled people can find free tax service.
Use crib mattress for a dog's bed
Dear Heloise: I have a tip for medium-to-large-breed dog owners. Large, high-quality dog beds are expensive, and they don't last long before getting too flat.
North and South do battle in couple's weather war
DEAR ABBY: I have been married 17 happy years. We were high school sweethearts and are still very much in love. We have only one huge problem, and one day it's going to come to a head. We live in the north with the change of seasons. I love fall and winter sledding, shoveling snow, relaxing by our fireplace, taking walks through fallen leaves, and all the other seasonal activities. I don't care for summer -- the heat, the humidity, summer bugs, etc.
Fitting in is biggest challenge for gifted son
DEAR ABBY: I have a 12-year-old son who is academically gifted. He understands, speaks and reads on a much higher level than the sixth-grade program he is in. Unfortunately, the schools in our area are limited in their ability to deal with gifted students.
Child who participates in special education needs special friend
This Child in Need article was written as the result of a phone conversation between a parent whose child has been waiting for an adult partner for more than three years and one of Kinship Partners' program coordinators.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 900.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 57, a year ago 181.
Federal investigation requested into unfounded cattle disease rumor blamed for price drop
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Federal regulators have been asked to investigate a recent rumor of a cattle disease outbreak, which was blamed for a steep decline in beef prices that was estimated to have cost the industry as much as $50 million.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 350.
Meets 5:30 p.m. Monday
How to reach lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
School lunch menus
Petterson leads Portuguese Open
FARO, Portugal (AP) -- Sweden's Carl Petterson was 8 under through six holes when strong wind forced the suspension of play in the second round of the Portuguese Open.
The man behind all the Masters changes
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The first time Hootie Johnson set foot on Augusta National was in 1935, the year Gene Sarazen put the Masters on the map by holing out a 235-yard shot from the 15th fairway for a double eagle, the rarest shot in golf.
Pak leads Office Depot; Sorenstam three strokes back
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Se Ri Pak survived a water-logged double bogey and rolled in seven birdie putts Friday on her way to a 4-under 68 and the first-round lead in the Office Depot Championship.
Parnevik two shots back after eventful round
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson and Steve Elkington were the co-leaders at the BellSouth Classic. For pure thrills, no one could match Jesper Parnevik.
Dougherty leads Legends of Golf
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- Ed Dougherty birdied the final two holes for a 6-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead over Hale Irwin after the first round of the Legends of Golf on Friday.
Elkington leads Mickelson by one stroke
Elkington, who hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 1999, opened the BellSouth Classic with an 8-under-par 64 -- a score that was even more impressive considering he had a double-bogey.
Trio of Independents talk politics, policy in Minnesota
ST. PAUL -- Friday was "Independents Day" in Minnesota. Three of the most noted independent politicians in the country converged -- two governors on the radio and a U.S. senator across town at an education forum.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Niche bread aimed at men
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the next few weeks people across the country are going to find out about Lynn Gordon and her French Meadow Bakery, a purveyor of organic baked goods and back-to-the-earth lifestyles in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood.
Getting to the root of one headache sufferer's misery
Empty bottles of Tylenol and Motrin are all I have to show for my 14-year battle with sometimes blinding headaches, so I am quick to volunteer for a demonstration of Dr. Jerry Simon's Best Bite Discluder, used to diagnose and relieve TMJ ds, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome.
CDC: Binge drinking numbers for pregnant women unchanged
ATLANTA (AP) -- The percentage of pregnant American women who reported binge drinking hardly budged during the late 1990s, frustrating health officials who warn of the risk of birth defects.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Dentist's headache remedy is a good fit
More than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. But few of them probably seek help from their dentist.
Tips to seal a garage door offered
Q. Bill asks: What is the best way to seal the garage door?
Design K-12 has some definite views
Design K-12 is a small ranch with two clear points of view: exterior and interior.
Planting flowers that attract butterflies the latest trend in gardening
Butterfly gardens offer bright color and movement as colorful, nectar-rich annuals and perennials attract the delicate butterflies.
Shrubs are main part of landscaping plan
Shrubs as specimens, groupings or hedges are a big part of a good landscape plan.
Home repairs no longer a guy thing
Day-to-day maintenance isn't gender-specific. Nowhere is it written that leaking faucets are a "guy thing" or wallpaper is "women's work."
Plant Easter lilies outside
Potted Easter lilies can be planted out in the garden after danger of frost has passed. Remove blooms and stalks after the flowers have faded, but keep the leaves, said John Bryan, author and bulb expert in Sausalito, Calif.
One-story home is practical
Suited as a starter home or as a plan for empty-nesters, this one-story design, Plan K-12, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, offers a straightforward floor plan with practical amenities. Its floor plan covers 1,528 square feet of living space.
Simple projects can reduce water use in the home
Across the Northeastern states, water levels are low. The message is clear: Conserve. New York State officials, including those who monitor stream flows and reservoir and groundwater levels, have been concerned about the freshwater supply for several months.
Items to freshen, straighten, brighten your home and life
The time has come to take down the storm windows, polish tarnished silver and hunt for dust bunnies.
... plant a lot of colorful flowers and the butterflies will come
Seeing monarch butterflies is expected to be a rare treat this year instead of a regular occurrence.
Be careful not to over-fertilize your lawn
PINE RIVER -- Lawn fertilizing should begin with a soil test, according to Wadena County Extension Educator Tom Hovde.
The longer you let your grass grow, the less watering and feeding it will need, Wadena County Extension Educator Hovde says
PINE RIVER -- Low maintenance lawns can be the lushest in the neighborhood.
Big designers write small
For those with no time to read or space to display huge coffee-table books about designers, Chronicle Books has just published tiny tomes on four modernists:
Luscious peaches begin with planting
A truly ripe peach is one that makes you jut your head forward with each bite to keep yourself from being showered with juice. You rarely can buy such a fruit, but you can grow it. Get it off to a good start with correct planting.
Cliff Clark, a licensed real estate agent with RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Brainerd, was named the office's Agent of the Year for 2001.
'Grade of abrasive paper,' 'raising the grain' explained
Q. Scott asks: Urgent! What is it meant by the term "grade of abrasive paper" and what is meant by the term "raising the grain"?
As boomers age, their housing needs change in still largely untapped home remodeling market
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Experts call it the home of the future: wider hallways, nonslip floors, bathroom grab bars and adjustable shower seats -- all for the comfort and convenience, too, of aging baby boomers.
Jail officials reviewing procedures
Two deaths in one year has Crow Wing County Jail officials reviewing operations at the detention center.
Walker man dies in accident
WALKER -- A Walker man died in a two-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 371, south of Walker.
Driver sentenced for vehicular homicide
WALKER -- Chad Leroy Nelson, 20, Jenkins, was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court for two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
A Merrifield baby and her family have been chosen as the March of Dimes Ambassador family for the 2002 Brainerd WalkAmerica. Read more about this story Monday.
This was Brainerd
80 years ago (1922) - When an old-timer read about the thermometer of the Weather Bureau for measuring the humidity in Brainerd and thus deducing how dry the air was, he said with some umbrage that nobody needed a machine to tell how dry a town was.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 7 - 40 years ago (1962) - The patient population at Brainerd State School and Hospital has increased by 305 since October, Harold W. Peterson, administrator, pointed out. At the present time there are 832 patients there.
The flex time schedule Cass County Health and Human Services employees work was listed incorrectly in Wednesday's Neighbors section. The schedule is nine-hour days Monday through Thursday. In a two-week period, they work one eight-hour Friday and have the alternate Friday off.
Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers lugging 35-pound rucksacks made sure passing motorists saw their patriotism Saturday morning as they ran down County Road 45 south of Brainerd during the fifth annual Bataan Memorial Death March.
A real sense of humor
Jack Lemmon once complained that the term "having a sense of humor" was misused. He felt it should apply to people with the talent to create humor, not those who merely appreciate it.
Girl Scouts in the Brainerd lakes area are kicking off the sixth annual "H.U.G.S. for Babies" campaign in April, a community drive to collect donated items for a baby's happy and healthy growth. The drive ends April 30.
The overall construction management bid from CAM of Brainerd was incorrectly reported on Page 1A Thursday. CAM's total bid was $1.2 million to oversee the Brainerd School District's $59.9 million building project.
Man who plays guitar with feet to perform
Guitarist Tony Melendez of Branson, Mo., will present a concert at 7 p.m. April 14 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
School district hires construction firm
The Brainerd School Board agreed Friday to hire Kraus Anderson of Minneapolis for about $1.6 million as its construction management firm for the $59.9 million building project.
The DNR has announced a plan to prevent chronic wasting disease among deer from spreading to Minnesota. Look for the story Sunday in North Country.
Koering launches third bid for Senate
Paul Koering's first two bids for the state Senate were close and closer, finishing a few percentage points behind Sen. Don Samuelson in 1996 and only 411 votes behind him in 2000.
Going out in first class
A first-class postage stamp cost 6 cents when Brainerd Postmaster Don Rasmussen began his career with the U.S. Postal Service.
Woman who murdered three sons sentenced to death
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- A mother of four has been sentenced to death for killing three of her sons -- ages 5, 8 and 11 -- by shooting them with a handgun as they slept.
Post office to look at closings, change in six-day service as part of long-range transition
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A plan calling on Congress to overhaul the operations of the post office includes such possibilities as closing some offices, phasing in price increases in regular steps and even cutting back on six-days-a-week delivery.
Retail job cuts this year could be the worst in at least two decades
NEW YORK (AP) -- The pace of retail job cuts, which increased after Sept. 11, has accelerated in 2002 and this year's losses could be the worst in at least two decades, according to a major study to be released Monday.
Experts: Mideast crisis leaves U.S. too busy to deal with Saddam
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Forcing out Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has become a tricky proposition for the United States because of the war on the West Bank.
U.S. envoy renews peace mission, talks with Arafat; Israel still on the offensive
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Renewing a truce mission, a U.S. mediator met with Yasser Arafat at his besieged headquarters Friday as Israel's offensive against Palestinian militants entered its second week despite U.S. demands that troops withdraw from West Bank cities.
Firefighter claiming multiple personalities blames one of them for Pennsylvania arsons
HANOVER, Pa. (AP) -- Volunteer firefighter Justin Yongue's voice softened, tears rolled down his cheeks, and he began to rock back and forth in his seat as he blamed a series of arsons on someone named Samantha, authorities say.
Federal regulators say Ohio nuclear plant hole should have been found earlier
OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) -- An acid leak that ate through a steel cap over a nuclear plant's reactor vessel should have been spotted as long as four years ago, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report released Friday.
Bush, Congress, draw battle lines on trade
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday gave Congress less than three weeks to act on legislation to expand U.S. trade, but Democrats said no progress was possible until the administration agreed to help workers laid off because of foreign competition.
Bush Mideast policy changes course
WASHINGTON -- For more than 14 months, President Bush tried to steer clear of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a seemingly endless tangle that has consumed serious diplomatic energy from every president since Richard Nixon.
Day care van crashes in Memphis; four children, driver killed, two children hurt
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The driver of a day-care van that drifted off a highway, killing himself and four children, pleaded guilty to a drug charge less than 1 1/2 years ago and should not have been transporting children, The Commercial Appeal reported.
Judge adds $7 million to $45 million BASF herbicide judgment
ADA (AP) -- A judge on Thursday added $7 million to a $45 million judgment against BASF Corp. relating to the New Jersey company's marketing and pricing for Poast and Poast Plus herbicides from 1992-96.
Graham being treated at Jacksonville Mayo Clinic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Evangelist Billy Graham was to have surgery Friday at the Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville to relieve symptoms of his sinus infection and bronchitis.
Report: District attorney asks for grand jury to probe allegations of sex abuse by priests
NEW YORK (AP) -- In what lawyers say would be a first in the nation, a district attorney is seeking to convene a special grand jury to investigate child-sex allegations against priests, according to a published report.
Planes frequently have crossed into protected airspace since Sept. 11
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite military patrols and tighter security, pilots have intruded into America's protected airspace at least 567 times since Sept. 11, highlighting the continued challenges of thwarting a terrorist airstrike.
Troops return after six months on front lines in Afghanistan
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- With souvenirs in tow and family reunions awaiting them, the first large contingent of soldiers from the Army 10th Mountain Division returned home after six months on the front lines of the war on terrorism.
Island on Florida's Gulf Coast deemed worst spot in nation for beach drownings
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A mother called to her 10-year-old son to get out of the roiling Gulf of Mexico surf where he had been playing with a body board. He yelled back, "I can't!"
Bag suspected of containing marijuana found in van
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police said a crime lab would conduct tests on a bag suspected of containing marijuana that was found in the pants pocket of a day-care van driver, who died in a crash that also killed four children and critically injured two others.
Teens plead guilty to murdering two Dartmouth professors
HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) -- Weeping in the courtroom, one of two teens involved in the brutal slaying of two Dartmouth College professors apologized for his actions as he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
L.A. cardinal accused of abuse
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- In an extraordinary public statement, the head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said he has been accused of sexually molesting a high school student 32 years ago. But contacted for details Saturday, the woman who hurled the allegation never said Cardinal Roger Mahony actually touched her.
Report on Hanssen spy case blasts FBI security
WASHINGTON -- The FBI's "pervasive inattention to security," including a failure to monitor the computer use and personal finances of its agents, enabled Robert Hanssen to pass secrets to Moscow for more than 20 years, according to a special commission's sharply worded report released Thursday.
Battle rages over Ten Commandments on display in Pennsylvania courtroom
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- You can't miss the oversized Ten Commandments posted at the door of the Chester County courthouse. Nearly every visitor walks past the bronze panel admonishing all to keep the Sabbath holy and "have no other gods before me."
Shoe designer gets 41 months for stock fraud scheme
NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Madden, who built a $240 million empire designing chunky shoes for teen-agers, was sentenced Thursday to almost 3 1/2 years in prison for cheating investors in a stock fraud scheme.
Insurers seek injunction barring Arthur Andersen from shedding assets
HOUSTON (AP) -- As Arthur Andersen seeks to raise cash in its fight for survival, a group of insurers who are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Enron is trying to stop the accounting firm from selling off its assets.
Role reversal for Burton on Roush team, but still in top 10
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jeff Burton is in an unusual position.
Quite an interception National champs' playbook on Internet
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes police their playbooks.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild on Thursday signed free agent right wing Jeff Hoggan of the University of Nebraska-Omaha to a 2002-03 contract.
Bidding for Gonzo's gum to reach $2,000
Cost of a piece of Bazooka bubble gum: $.05.
Bonds hits first walkoff homer in three years
Barry Bonds didn't hit two homers in San Francisco's home opener -- just a game-winning drive in the 10th inning.
Corretja foils U.S. strategy
HOUSTON (AP) -- Maybe playing on grass isn't so bad for Spain after all.
Devil Rays defeat Detroit for 3-0 start
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays want to enjoy this feeling as long as they can.
Salazar, Beardsley recall 1982 race
BOSTON (AP) -- Twenty years ago, Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley battled pain and each other through the countryside and over city streets in a mesmerizing Boston Marathon.
Iginla ignites Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Jarome Iginla entered the season just wanting to be better. He never expected to be better than everybody else.
Screens latest salvo in skirmish between Cubs, neighbors
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ah, opening day at quaint, old Wrigley Field. Ivy vines clinging to the outfield walls, the hand-changed scoreboard in center field, Chicago Cubs fans swearing this is finally their year.
FLASH: Bonds doesn't homer
Barry Bonds failed to homer for the first time this season, but rookie Ryan Jensen didn't need his help -- thanks to the punchless Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lowe comes close to no-hitter
Shea Hillenbrand didn't regret fielding Tony Batista's slow roller down the third-base line, even if it might have cost Derek Lowe a shot at a no-hitter.
Sharks closing in on prey
The San Jose Sharks are closing in on something special, their first division title.
Sybella E. Salzbrun
HILLMAN -- Sybella E. (Bujarski) Salzbrun, 90, Hillman, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
Leander D. Filsmeyer
PINE RIVER -- Leander "Lee" D. Filsmeyer, 68, Pine River, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at his home.
PIERZ -- Dolores Schmitt, 72, Pierz, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at her home.
Lee Ann Leary
Lee Ann Leary, 56, Brainerd, formerly of West Concord, Rochester and Minneapolis, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at home.
Forrest H. Orr
AITKIN -- Forrest H. Orr, 85, Aitkin, formerly of Norwood, Anoka and Mora, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Robert Draven Siltman
ST. CLOUD -- Robert Draven Siltman, infant son of Robert Siltman and Molly Neudauer, St. Cloud, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Abbott Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Audrey A. Murphy
FARGO, N.D. -- Audrey Anne (Kidder) Murphy, 75, Fargo, N.D., formerly of Brainerd and Ogema, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.
PINE RIVER -- Patricia Barsness, 67, Pine River, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Jamie Jo Sager
WYOMING -- Jamie Jo Sager, 29, Wyoming, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002.
LITTLE FALLS -- Hubert "Hub" Walther, 86, Little Falls, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Alice J. Murphy
BREA, Calif. -- Alice Josephine Murphy, 85, Brea, Calif., died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Kindred Hospital in Brea, Calif.
Finish the job - Dispatch Editorial
Being right isn't the same as doing right.
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Today's teen-agers have more dangers to avoid
QUESTION: Everyone talks about how rebellious teens are today. I don't believe my parents went through this kind of anxiety when my sisters and I were young. We were all relatively happy and none of us rebelled. Am I right in assuming that good family life was easier to achieve in those days?
Once again, thanks to our beloved Brainerd Dispatch editorial staff, we find the voice of reason here in central Minnesota to be none other than the Los Angeles Times. This time, those right thinking
The following editorial ran in Wednesday's St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Creating a sense of home
Minnesota's first official state photograph is a familiar image that has graced state homes for generations.
Congratulations, Paul Wellstone and Mark Dayton, once again these guys showed up to help the common worker! We need more people in politics with their qualities. Oh, P.S. -- Where was Norm or any other Republicans for that matter?
Override Ventura's veto
Should the legislature override Governor Ventura's veto of funding to help with Public Television's digital conversion?
Wild Acres Game Farm, located 5.5 miles northeast of Pequot Lakes, will host the "biggest target shooting event in the North Country," according to organizers.
Snowdrops, the fair maids of February, have long list of admirers
A year ago this week Vince Meyer of the Dispatch wrote me a note saying, "I just saw on my nature calendar that the common snowdrop, "the first flower of spring" is due to bloom today. Unless it can push through eight inches of snow I have my doubts! Anyway, have you ever written about this flower? I've never even heard of it."
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Several area lakes are producing sunfish and crappies. On Gull Lake, hit Booming Out Bay, Wilson Bay, Love Lake, and Upper Gull in five to 12 feet of water.
DNR announces plan for dealing with chronic wasting disease among deer
To prevent chronic wasting disease from spreading to Minnesota the DNR has announced plans for testing wild deer and for tighter restrictions on captive deer.
North Country calendar
Minnesotans raise red-and-white Irish setters for hunting
DULUTH (AP) -- Good sounds float through the home of Bob and Evan Devlin these days. Micro-barks. Mini-growls. Soprano yips.
Bridgit Wendland and Jayme Schilling
Bridgit Wendland and Jayme Schilling announce their engagement. Parents are Peter Pickar, Brainerd, and Debbie Mickelson, Brainerd, and James and Mary Schilling, Fort Ripley. A Sept. 13 wedding is planned at Belle Prairie Church in Little Falls.
Camy Peterson and Jason Langerman
Camy Peterson and Jason Langerman announce their engagement. Parents are Pamela and Charles Peterson, Pine River, and Brad Langerman, Elk River, and Elaine Kline, Willmar. A May 18 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Leonard and Lorriane Borg
Leonard and Lorriane Borg, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married April 2, 1942, in Brainerd.
Brad and Gina Finch
Brad and Gina Finch, Brainerd, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married April 9, 1977.
Mark and Cathy Gray
Mark and Cathy Gray, Brainerd, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married April 8, 1972, in Brainerd.
Kellie Vaith and Jeremy Janzen
Kellie Vaith and Jeremy Janzen announce their engagement. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Francis Vaith, Aitkin, and Bob Janzen, and Pat and Mickie DeSutter, all of Aitkin. A July 6 wedding is planned in Aitkin.
Julius and Norma Matson
Julius and Norma Matson, Brainerd, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married April 6, 1952, in Brainerd.
Lynn Geisenhof and Gary Brau
Lynn Geisenhof and Gary Brau announce their engagement. Parents are Lloyd Geisenhof, Little Falls, and Mary Geisenhof, Little Falls, and Lawrence and Judith Brau, Pine Center. An April 27 wedding is planned at the Camp Ripley Chapel.
Ella and Dick Schalow
Ella and Dick Schalow, Crosslake, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 14 at the Crosslake Lutheran Church. A light lunch will be served. They were married April 4, 1952, in Pipestone.
Lillian and George DeRosier
Lillian and George DeRosier, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married April 8, 1942, in Brainerd.
Ray and Vinette Espersen
Ray and Vinette Espersen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married April 5, 1952, in Gully.
Leah Jeanette Capistrant and Scott William Johannes
Leah Jeanette Capistrant and Scott William Johannes announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Liz Capistrant, Staples, and Ed and Betsy Johannes, Staples. A 3 p.m. July 27 wedding is planned at the Staples Assemblies of God Church.
Four generations recently gathered were Christine and Madalyn Garlich, twin daughters, New Hope; Erika Halverson, mother, New Hope; Kathy Halverson, grandmother, Baxter; and Irene Hinz, great-grandmother, St. Paul.
Christina M. Urai and Matthew J. Smith
Christina M. Urai and Matthew J. Smith announce their engagement. Parents are Steve Yaeger, Becker, and Kathy Totz, Munford, Tenn., and George Smith Sr., Pequot Lakes, and the late Lydia Smith. A July 27 wedding is planned at the Ivy Room in Brainerd.
Mary Lynne Ramsdell and Bradley Jay Petzold
Mary Lynne Ramsdell and Bradley Jay Petzold announce their engagement. Parents are Steven and Roxanne Ramsdell, Brainerd, and Ken and Dianne Petzold, Owatonna. A June 1 wedding is planned at Grace Baptist Church in Owatonna.
Fast track leads to record laps
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Ricky Rudd was struggling for a way to describe what it's like to drive on the repaved Texas Motor Speedway oval.
Carlson School ranked among top 25 business schools nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management has cracked the nation's top 25 graduate business schools in the annual rankings published by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
House passes bill to allow sale of fireworks in state
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Fireworks could be sold in Minnesota around the Fourth of July and New Year's if a bill passed 81-52 by the House Thursday becomes law.
Key supporter owns properties near proposed Northstar station
ANOKA -- As a legislator, Rep. Jim Abeler is a strong supporter of using state money to help build the proposed Northstar commuter rail line. As a landlord, the Anoka Republican stands to benefit financially if it's built.
Jester statute rescued from river
RED WING (AP) -- Red Wing's Jester is back, and police say a teen-ager has admitted stealing the statue and throwing it in the Mississippi River.
Hamline Law School, St. Olaf suspend summer studies in Israel
Hamline University School of Law and St. Olaf College have suspended study-abroad programs in Israel.
Song lyrics could derail state's anti-tobacco campaign
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A profanity-laced song with a reference to binge drinking played by a band at a state-sponsored anti-tobacco event last year could derail the state's tobacco-prevention initiative.
Not all are on board the train to St. Cloud
ANOKA -- Grant Grzybowski's apartment building is so close to the tracks, the walls tremble when freight trains rumble past.
Financial commitment by Twins called 'linchpin' to stadium deal
ST. PAUL -- How much will the Twins pony up for a new ballpark?
State may maintain do-not call list
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota soon may join 26 other states that maintain lists of people who don't want telemarketers to call them.
Democratic candidates look for leg-up in gubernatorial debate
ARDEN HILLS -- Aligned on issues and about even in party support, the three major Democratic candidates for governor used a debate Thursday to argue about who's got the best chance to win in November.
University press responds to furor over book on child sexuality
MINNEAPOLIS -- Responding to criticism about an unreleased book on children's sexuality, the University of Minnesota decided Thursday to set up an external review of its publishing house.
Fingerhut workers rally at Federated against possible shutdown
CINCINNATI (AP) -- About 300 people marched and blew whistles Friday outside the headquarters of Federated Department Stores Inc. to protest the possible shutdown of money-losing Fingerhut Cos., its Internet and catalog retailer.
State says it can use federal aid for Fingerhut workers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state said it received permission Friday to use a previously-awarded federal grant to assist people laid off by Fingerhut Inc.
Jester statue missing from Red Wing park since April Fools' Day
RED WING (AP) -- Red Wing police are seeking the public's help in finding a bronze statue of a jester that was discovered missing on April Fools' Day.
Northwest leads state's soft money contributors
WASHINGTON -- Northwest Airlines gave nearly $350,000 in soft money contributions last year, the most of any Minnesota company or person.
State OKs money for Mesabi iron demonstration plant
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State officials have approved a financing package to help build a $24 million demonstration plant in Silver Bay to test an environmentally friendly process for producing a high purity iron.
GOP asks newspaper to demand Wellstone ad be pulled
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Republican Party wants the St. Paul Pioneer Press to demand that a campaign ad by Sen. Paul Wellstone be pulled from the air.
Authorities arrest 34 people in drug crackdown in St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The Minnesota Gang Strike Force arrested 34 people this week on various drug charges, ending a two-month long investigation.
Medical squadron members sent to parts of Asia
DULUTH (AP) -- A dozen members of the 148th Medical Squadron of the Air National Guard were sent to southwest and southeast Asia.
State employees union files lawsuit against state
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The second-largest state employees union in Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging the state violated an agreement by disciplining a union member for activities related to a strike last fall.
Members of the "X-Files" might have to be called in to figure out an unexplainable phenomena in the Brainerd lakes area.
Area events Saturday
Track and field
Local sports shorts
Senior J.P. Platisha has been named most valuable player of the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team.
DISPATCH ALL-AREA TEAM
Candidates for the all-area team are nominated by head coaches and selected by The Dispatch sports staff.
Four area basketball players have been honored by the Minnesota Basketball News.
Nuggets call on Lenard in clutch
DENVER (AP) -- There was little doubt who Denver Nuggets coach Mike Evans was going to turn to with the game on the line: Voshon Lenard.
Minnesota's Leopold wins Hobey Baker Award
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Hours before he received the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey, Minnesota's Jordan Leopold anxiously paced back and forth in his hotel room.
U of M might cut three sports, merge departments
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota might eliminate three sports and merge the men's and women's athletics departments to curb spiraling costs, according to a published report.
Blue Jays hand Twins first loss
TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay has come a long way since watching Toronto's home opener on TV a year ago.
Twins ground Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) -- Rick Reed recovered after allowing a home run on his first pitch of the season.
Wild increase lower-level ticket prices
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild on Friday announced a 3 percent increase in season-ticket prices for next season, though some prices will remain the same.
Gophers, Maine advance
ST. PAUL -- New Hampshire and Darren Haydar had another chance at winning a national championship.
Judge orders lawyers in baseball debate to work together
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge on Friday instructed attorneys for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and baseball team owners to work together to come up with a plan for handling documents that baseball wants to keep confidential.
Maine, Minnesota to meet in NCAA men's college hockey championship
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Playing for its first NCAA championship in 13 years, Minnesota is drawing strength from its hometown fans and motivation from last year's early round loss.
Moten Brown disputes Voelz's remarks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tonya Moten Brown, the University of Minnesota vice president in charge of athletics, has disputed remarks made by women's athletics director Chris Voelz about departed basketball coach Brenda Oldfield.
Wild lose in overtime - again
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The first thing Brendan Morrison saw when he broke into the Minnesota zone in overtime was Todd Bertuzzi.
Merger curse HP, Compaq face ghosts of mega-mergers past
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The $20 billion marriage of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. appears to have survived a corporate civil war. Now it has to overcome the simple fact that, more often than not, high-tech mega-mergers fail.
Apple's Mac OS X passes a time trial
One year ago this month, Apple broke its own curse. After a half decade of trying, it finally shipped an operating system that wouldn't crumple every time a program crashed.
Q & A
Q. Can you please tell me a cost-effective way to send out 7,000 faxes to a list of numbers I have on the computer? I would also need information on phone lines or a cable line that could handle this task and your idea as to what it would cost. I'm expecting to use Microsoft Access as a database.
Games to play
WWF RAW, THQ Wrestling game.
Public-interest groups seek competitive access to cable high-speed Internet
Gary Davis would have rather hired a mom-and-pop outfit for his high-speed Internet service, but his only option at the time was Road Runner, part of the AOL Time Warner media empire.
Sites to see
The Internet continues to transform politics, and now is antiquating door-to-door petitioners who gather signatures for issues of local or national importance.
Snow job is all in a day's work for Caltech physicist
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Ken Libbrecht is perhaps the flakiest man in the rarified world of physics.
Minnesota state forecast
Wind advisory west through this evening...
Lake-effect snow showers in Great Lakes, light rain moving into Pacific Northwest
A few snow showers were developing across the Great Lakes early Friday, while dry conditions were expected in most of the rest of the nation.
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind advisory east half of north dakota today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 40s northeast to the upper 50s southwest and south central.
Weather drawing by Amy Leikvoll in the Lincoln School third-grade class of Mrs. Ahlers.
Flying into spring
Weather drawing by Chris Hastad of Mrs. Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a few flurries northeast. Partly cloudy elsewhere. Highs from 30 northeast to 50 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Sunny early then increasing clouds. Highs from the mid 30s to around 50.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from 35 northeast to the upper 40s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Wind advsory far northwest late this morning thorugh early evening...
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory today central...And today and early evening east...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from the 30s north and far east to around 50 southwest.
There will be a Moose breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Moose Lodge in Brainerd.
Thank you to the following for sponsoring and donating the trophies and door prizes at the annual Cass/Crow Wing DHIA meeting:
The Pequot Lakes High School class of 1992 is having their 10 year reunion on May 25 at Zorbaz in Nisswa. We are still trying to locate the following people: Joe Anderson, Johnnie Carlson, Rob Diaz, M
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Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Elizabeth Hurley gave birth to a baby boy following a high-profile pregnancy in which her ex-boyfriend questioned whether he was the child's father.
Oprah cutting back on book club recommendations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey, publishing's No. 1 hit maker, is cutting back on her book club recommendations.
Lebanese army detains nine Palestinian guerrillas, sends troops to southern border
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Authorities detained nine armed Palestinians in southern Lebanon, seized a large rocket and sent troops on border patrols in the strongest attempt yet to stave off cross-border fire between Israel and guerrillas, security officials said Friday.
Mourners gather for Queen Mother's procession
LONDON (AP) -- To the solemn beat of military bands, the coffin of the Queen Mother was carried through the heart of London on a gun carriage Friday as Britain honored the woman whose life spanned a tumultuous century of upheaval and change.
Fighting spreads through Palestinian refugee camps as death toll climbs
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Fighting spread Saturday through the alleys of densely populated West Bank refugee camps, where Palestinian militants reportedly were handing out explosives-packed belts to residents willing to strap them on and challenge Israeli soldiers.
Iran joins call for oil embargo
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Iran on Friday became the second OPEC country to call for an oil embargo against Israel's allies, while thousands of Arabs across the Middle East protested Israel's offensive into Palestinian territories.
President, British leader confer on Mideast peace prospects
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- On the eve of a high-stakes U.S. mission to the Middle East, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were huddling at the president's secluded ranch trying to find a formula for peace -- with or without Yasser Arafat.
Allied soldiers explore caves along Pakistani border
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- Braced for booby-traps and hidden tripwires, American soldiers searching elaborate cave complexes along the Pakistan border found jail cells and dossiers complete with photographs and fingerprint samples.
North Korea agrees to restart dialogue with United States, South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has agreed to resume talks with the United States and revive reconciliation efforts with rival South Korea after months of increasing tension on the world's last Cold War frontier, a South Korean envoy said Saturday.
Bush calls on Israel to withdraw without delay from Palestinian cities it has occupied
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush called on Israel on Saturday to withdraw without delay from Palestinian cities it has occupied in its military campaign and insisted again that the Palestinian leadership order an immediate cease-fire and crack down on terrorist activity.
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