No cash to pay your tax liability? Negotiate
NEW YORK (AP) -- With utility bills up, stocks down and consumer debt rising, millions of American face the April 16 tax deadline with more than the usual dread. They won't have money to pay their taxes.
Don't make your small business sole investment
NEW YORK -- Just as many stock market investors have learned it's dangerous to put too much money into one sector, small business owners can court similar disaster by making their companies their only investments.
Corporate layoffs take economic toll
WASHINGTON -- Corporate layoff announcements finally took a toll on the U.S. economy last month, nudging the nation's unemployment rate up to 4.3 percent and slashing 86,000 jobs from U.S. payrolls, the largest job loss in almost a decade, the Labor Department said Friday.
Shelli Urness was selected by Bremer Bank to fill the position of community service representative.
Bonds back in vogue, but picking winning funds takes research
NEW YORK -- Bond funds are getting a higher profile after years of being outshone by their more glamorous stock counterparts.
Census counts fewer women-owned businesses but marks increase
The number of U.S. businesses owned by women increased by 16 percent between 1992 and 1997, triple the growth rate for all firms, according to census figures released Wednesday.
'We are closed' - Northeast Tom Thumb suddenly shuts its door
Customers who drove up for gas at the Tom Thumb Superette at the intersection of H Street and Mill Avenue in northeast Brainerd took a second look at the pumps Thursday and it had nothing to do with the price of gas.
Just when you think you've settled into your job, along comes management with a new policy. And you don't like it one bit.
Arcade opening at old Silver Dragon restaurant site
Arcade games lights and sounds are expected to start this weekend in a renovated business on Washington Street.
Should you pay taxes with credit card?
Q: I heard I can pay my taxes with a credit card. Is this a good idea?
Earnings season doesn't promise much of the good news the market craves
NEW YORK -- One of the greatest fears on Wall Street is that the past few weeks of earnings warnings and triple-digit declines have just been a rehearsal -- and that the market is likely to endure more turmoil this month when companies actually issue their first-quarter reports.
Around the watercooler
BECAUSE THEY NEED THE EGGS: It's not easy having a lot of green, according to the Moet & Chandon "luxury index."
Credit card companies target college students
Millions of Americans are being pushed into debt problems at an early age as credit card issuers have expanded their marketing efforts to college students, a consumer advocate group charged Thursday.
Rosie the entrepreneur
NEW YORK -- Like Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart before her, talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is making a bid to become a multimedia maven by launching her own magazine.
Dying to self: The art of listening
Can you think of a time in which you felt a great sense of relief because someone listened to you?
Scholars still debate: Did Jesus really rise from the grave?
The Gospels teach it. Paul's epistles say it's essential. And Christianity has proclaimed it ever since:
At St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd, Palm Sunday Eucharist will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Area church becomes Community of Christ
Effective today, the denomination formerly known as The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will celebrate its new denominational name, Community of Christ.
Dissident Lutherans form new association
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of dissidents in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met to form a new association for those who can't accept an accord that established full fellowship with the Episcopal Church.
Living Last Supper to be presented Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium
The Living Last Supper is becoming a Brainerd lakes area tradition during the Easter season.
Quality vs. quantity issue is based on flawed logic
QUESTION: I have very little time to spend with my children these days, but I make sure the hours we do get to spend together are meaningful. Do you agree that the quality of time you are with your kids is more important than the quantity?
Lakes area Catholics see diocesan bishop installed in Duluth
Lakes area Catholics are welcoming the eighth bishop of their diocese, who stepped into the spiritual office within the week.
Report: Fourth-graders read as well as eight years ago, but gaps widening between good and bad readers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average fourth grader's reading proficiency is about the same as eight years ago, test result show. The best readers are improving but children with reading problems are doing worse than ever.
Imaginations run wild at child development lab school
Children in the child development lab school at Central Lakes College are given the freedom to imagine and to play.
Teachers' strike puts education on hold in Hawaii
HONOLULU -- A statewide public teachers' strike shut 180,000 children out of their classrooms Thursday and crippled the University of Hawaii's 10 campuses in the most far-reaching walkout ever in American education.
Raising funds and sharing spaghetti
AITKIN-- Maybe it was the meatballs, which were made by Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge head chef Terry Dox, or maybe it was the cause, a fund-raiser for the Aitkin High School 2001 Grad Blast.
'New PE' aims to inspire ALL kids
Walk into Madison Junior High School's gym in Naperville, Ill., and you could easily mistake it for a health club -- stocked with weight machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, stair steppers, a rock-climbing course and heart monitors. Exercisers display T-shirts that say, "Getting Fit for Life at the Madison Health Club."
Hawaii schools shut down by second day of strikes
HONOLULU -- One tiny school at the northeastern edge of the Big Island plans to open Monday despite a labor dispute that has shut down Hawaii's entire public education system.
Students going farther afield to learn more
WASHINGTON -- Colette Knight Agha, 40, remembers a single field trip during her elementary school career in Pennsylvania -- a one-day trip to downtown Pittsburgh -- and only one more in high school. Today, her three children in Fairfax County, Va., each go on several a year.
'Turn it down!' is battle cry for those sick of din
DEAR ABBY: Why do television and movie directors think they must fill every moment of a show with background music? I know many others feel as I do. I am particularly bothered when the wonderful nature shows have such loud background music that it's difficult to understand the commentary. What would be wrong with simply hearing the natural sounds of nature, like the sea or the forest?
Livesaving weekend for animals coming up in May
Dear Heloise: It's time to save animals' lives through North Shore Animal League America's worldwide Pet Adoptathon. The annual lifesaving weekend takes place May 5-6 in more than 2,000 shelters in 50 states and in 29 countries. But this year, there is m ore. NSAL America, in conjunction with the San Francisco SPCA, has organized the first Tour for Life to introduce Pet Adoptathon.
Child in need
Time is running out for eight kids on Kinship Partner's waiting list. They are reaching the upper age limit for being matched with a mentor and several of them have been waiting a very long time.
Easter means a clothing renewal for kids' wardrobes
Bring on spring! It's the battle cry of parents everywhere, and not because of the weather or blooming daffodils. Sure, those are nice features
Author puts teen troubles in family context
Last week, I was just done in by 12- and 13-year-olds. Defeated. Afraid of them, even. Not that I'd actually been with them. Only reading about them and worrying.
Disney World opens 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' attraction
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Disney-MGM Studios is asking its visitors: Who wants to be a millionaire?
Returning to work
They used to refer to them as "displaced homemakers." Now they say these women are "re-entering the work force." But if you ask them, they might refer to themselves as "disoriented homemakers who are conditionally re-entering the work force."
Discussion of guardianship starts family war of wills
DEAR ABBY: Recently at a family party for my daughter's second birthday, a discussion came up about who I would like to leave my children with if something happened to my husband and me.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 181, a year ago 244.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (U.S.DA) -- Thursday cattle: 350.
Foot-and-mouth threatens traditional Dutch breeds
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Several rare breeds of cows, goats and sheep -- familiar from 16th century paintings by Dutch masters -- are threatened with extinction by the foot-and-mouth epidemic that has struck the Netherlands.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (U.S.DA) -- Friday hogs: 450.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Popcorn chicken, tri-taters, corn, cinnamon tastery.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
THEFT -- Carrie Stoltman, 2000 block of Kermit Lane, reported the theft of her 1988 Oldsmobile Delta.
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Daniel and Karylanne (Olson) Marchand, St. Michael, a boy, Joseph Maynard, 9 pounds, 2 ounces, March 16, 2001. Grandparents are Genevieve Olson, Brainerd, the late Eugene Olson, and David and Joan Marchand, New Hope.
DiMarco ready to prove he can master Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- There's at least one person who believes Chris DiMarco will hold up just fine at the Masters.
Rookie DiMarco is the early Masters leader; Woods 5 back
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Well, so much for local knowledge. Augusta National is supposed to be the private playground of the ultimate insiders, where you can succeed only if you know every pine needle by name, every tree by its bark and every green by its bite.
Thursday - At Augusta National Golf Club
Greens aren't kind to Tiger on first day
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's quiet here.
Masters cut claims players large and small
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Amateur James Driscoll was the smiling toast of Augusta after his first round at the Masters. After his second, he was just another guy getting ready to head home.
By this time, everybody knows about the dangers of the par-3 12th hole, the centerpiece of Amen Corner. Tom Watson experienced its dark (and wet) side when he made a quadruple-bogey seven on his way to a 78.
Democratic broadcast accuses Bush of inaction in power crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is not doing enough to stop electricity companies from hiking rates during the ongoing power crisis in California, Democrats said Saturday.
Ventura plans to proceed with fall trip to China
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura plans to proceed with a trade mission to China this fall despite a diplomatic standoff between the United States and the Communist nation, which is holding the crew of a Navy surveillance plane.
Senate budget vote sets stage for battle over Bush tax plan
WASHINGTON -- The Senate engaged in marathon voting on the floor and intense negotiations off as it neared passage Friday of a 2002 budget plan that is almost certain to undercut President's Bush's plans for $1.6 trillion in tax relief over 10 years.
Senate OKs Wellstone amendment
WASHINGTON -- The Senate narrowly approved an amendment Thursday by Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., that would increase funding for veterans health by $1.7 billion over President Bush's proposed increase of $900 million.
Senate takes stand on tax cuts; real battle begins
WASHINGTON -- Congress is getting down to the real business of writing tax legislation after the Senate's emphatic statement that President Bush's $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax cut plan is too large.
House GOP leaders release broad spending targets
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans on Thursday released their overall spending targets that will help guide debate through the final stretch of the legislative session.
Legislators rush to meet second deadline before holiday break
The 2001 Legislature is 14 weeks old in a session expected to wrap up in mid-May. Here's a look at activity through Friday:
Happenings at the Minnesota Capitol:
Bush administration backs away from ending mandatory school lunch salmonella tests
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Thursday backed away from a plan to end mandatory testing for illness-causing salmonella in hamburger served in school lunches, only hours after the proposed change became widely known.
Senate panel deals blow to gun bill
ST. PAUL -- A key Senate panel turned back a bill Friday that would make it easier for law-abiding, mentally competent adults to get a permit to carry a handgun in public.
Government tells broadcasters ways to stay within law
WASHINGTON -- Broadcasters uncertain about what type of programming they should keep off the airwaves can turn to new government guidelines on indecency.
Ventura's comments rankle hunters
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is taking some hits from hunters and conservationists for comparing recreational hunting to "hunting man" in wartime.
The potential agony of Ecstasy
Often, Shawn Shroyer can't think straight. He stumbles over words, forgets what he's just said. Awkward pauses punctuate his speech.
Six drug companies to slash AIDS drug prices
UNITED NATIONS -- In preparation for the United Nations' biggest global campaign ever against a single disease, secretary-general Kofi Annan persuaded six major drug companies Thursday to cut further and faster the prices of AIDS treatments they supply to developing countries.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Studies on marijuana as medicine urged
ST. PAUL -- With three police officers in view through the window behind him, George McMahon carefully tapped out a small amount of marijuana from his prescription pill bottle, rolled it into a cigarette and began to smoke.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Sleep resources available
Most doctors don't discuss sleep with their patients unless the patient brings it up, according to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation.
Pea planting heralds a new spring
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- The weather may still feel wintry, with snow barely gone, but gardeners gladly ignore the wind chill factor to celebrate a first rite of spring -- planting peas.
Tate modern designers to receive Pritzker Architecture Prize
Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Swiss architects responsible for the widely acclaimed design of the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London, were named as this year's winners of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Real estate Q & A
What is a CMA?
Home fire sprinkler systems may be wave of the future
MERRIFIELD -- Dark, choking smoke fills the bedroom hallway upstairs as a fire that began off the dining room gains momentum in the middle of the night.
Building deck stairs is a challenge
If you have plans to build a deck that will have more than one level or will be more than about 15 inches above the ground, you'll need stairs.
A fire sprinkler system is a set of water pipes connected to a normal water supply on one end and heat activated nozzles on the other.
Other safety tips in case of a home fire
Safety tips to help in the event of a home fire include:
Barnyard diseases endanger supply, and price, of leather furniture
WASHINGTON -- Consumers haven't yet connected the slaughter of cows in England with the buttery leather club chair they want for their family rooms. But soon they may.
Wait for spring growth to check damage to broadleaf evergreens
Many broadleaf evergreens look awful after this year's winter, says Phil Normandy, of Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md.
There are four parts to better soundproofing
Planning on doing some soundproofing? Think more insulation is all you need? Think again.
Century 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. recently received the Gold Medallion Award and the Quality Service Award for its outstanding achievements in 2000.
One old shrub can make many new ones
Any shrub that forms suckers, which are new shoots that sprout directly from the roots, can be propagated by "division." Division is easy and quick because new plants already have shoots and some roots when they are separated from their mother plant.
Here's what to do if faucets screech and pipes hum when water is running
Q. Shirisha S. asks: I open any tap in my house and I hear a train-like noise. It also feels as if air is being sucked into the tap. When we use two taps, the noise disappears. Using two taps is not a permanent solution. So tell us what kind of problem we are facing and how to fix it.
Turn a shoe from a memorable event into a keepsake
When friends or family members celebrate special occasions, the perfect gift is some sort of keepsake that will remind them of you and of the event, be it a wedding, a winning soccer game, a birthday or a bowling trophy.
Cornelian cherry shrub announces arrival of spring
Whoever first said "timing is everything" must have had the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) in mind.
Deerwood man dies in collision
McGRATH -- A Deerwood man died Thursday after his car and a semi-truck collided on Highway 18, about two miles south of McGrath, the State Patrol reported.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 8 - 30 years ago (1971) - Parking meters in Brainerd once again were a source of debate at last night's city council meeting. Bob Brekken, operator of Brekken's Menswear said that the general public is opposed to the changing of meters to nickel-dime only. He urged the council to reconsider and change the meters back to a penny status.
A Brainerd teen-ager lost her hearing, regained it by using hearing aids but then lost it again. Now she can hear once again, thanks to advanced technology. Read her story Monday.
About 600 archers are expected to be in Brainerd this weekend for the Minnesota State Archery Association Indoor Championship.
Mary Benson of north Brainerd has always firmly supported the causes she believes in, whether protesting the Vietnam War while in college or volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Accepting the need for a new city fire hall, members of the city council's Building Committee concentrated on where it should be built.
Ready to retire
A retirement celebration for Harvey Caldwell is set at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sedahl Center Auditorium on the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center campus on Highway 18 in southeast Brainerd.
Two arrested for growing marijuana
CROSBY -- Law enforcement officials arrested two people and seized 262 marijuana plants after a search of a Wolford Township residence.
Weather permitting, crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin reconstructing a six-mile segment of Highway 6 south of Emily in Crow Wing County on Monday, April 16.
Bad hair day?
Pequot Lakes Elementary School Principal Don Lenzen grimaced as Pequot Lakes American Legion member Dennis Misener clipped his hair during a student assembly Thursday.
Pillager charter school chair wants to appeal state decision
PILLAGER -- PEAKS Charter School Board Chair Mark Wolhart said Thursday he wants to appeal the state's decision that the Pillager school is not financially viable.
Ready to retire
After 14 years at the helm of the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center, Harvey Caldwell is retiring. Sunday, Caldwell reflects on dramatic changes at the center during his tenure.
Master Sgt. Steve Kindermann of the Stellar Brass, one of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies' two brass-percussion ensembles, performed a trumpet solo in "Ashokan Farewell" during the band's concert Thurs-day night at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd. Kindermann, who joined the Band of the Rockies in 1994, has been a featured soloist with the Stellar Brass. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
PG&E files bankruptcy in federal court
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Gray Davis lashed out Pacific Gas and Electric's decision to file for bankruptcy, calling it selfish and "a slap in the face for Californians."
GM issues urgent recall of new mid-size SUVs
General Motors Corp. announced an extraordinary recall Thursday of its new midsize sport-utility vehicles, asking owners to park their trucks and wait for them to be towed back to dealers to fix a potentially dangerous steering problem.
Four U.S. embassies shut down
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. embassies in Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador and the U.S. consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador, were closed on Friday because of security concerns, a State Department official said Thursday night.
Gas price hike is forecast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This summer could bring another round of severe price spikes in gasoline because of tight supplies and higher prices for environmental additives, especially in the Midwest, the Energy Department said Friday.
Security plan established for McVeigh execution
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Prisons has established a meticulous security plan ahead of the execution of Timothy McVeigh, including the possibilities of hostage taking, prisoner uprisings and attacks on the prison, as well as expected demonstrations.
Marines say Osprey flaw may have been known 18 months before crash
WASHINGTON -- The Marine Corps blamed a fatal crash of the V-22 Osprey on the aircraft's computer software and a flaw in the flight control system that it had been aware of for at least 18 months.
First family's former cat missing
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An orange-and-white tabby cat named Ernie who used to make his home with George W. Bush is missing from his new home in Los Angeles.
FBI director Freeh, deputies to take lie-detector test
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director Louis Freeh and his senior deputies will take lie-detector tests as part of stepped-up security procedures following the arrest of a veteran FBI agent charged with spying for Moscow over a period of 15 years.
Jobless rise sends stocks plunging
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 4.3 percent in March, the highest level in 20 months, as businesses cut 86,000 jobs. The payroll reduction was the largest since the end of 1991.
Lawsuit charges that 'The Sopranos' insults Italian-Americans
CHICAGO (AP) -- An Italian-American organization on Thursday sued the makers of the HBO television series "The Sopranos," charging the program wrongly portrays most of the ethnic group as mobsters.
Powell upbeat on China talks progress
WASHINGTON -- The 24 Americans being held by the Chinese military are in good health and good spirits, but no agreement has been reached on their release, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday.
Liberty bell suffers only minor damage after being pounded with hammer
PHILADELPHIA -- The Liberty Bell will survive the scars it sustained after a self-described wanderer struck the famous landmark with a hammer four times, curators said.
Hillary says she won't run for president
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long been speculated as a possible presidential candidate, told The New York Post that she has ruled out running for the White House not just in 2004, but in 2008 and beyond.
Miller Park opens with Brewers' win
President Bush opened Miller Park with a pitch in the dirt. Then the Brewers went out and capped the festive night with a win.
Baffert relishes having another Derby contender
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- The biggest question surrounding the Santa Anita Derby is which horse will emerge as a solid contender for next month's Kentucky Derby.
Battier runaway winner of Wooden Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- What's next for Shane Battier? After reaching all his goals at Duke, he'd prefer to focus on the present right now.
Celtics rally comes up short; Pacers increase lead
A miracle rally came up short, and now the Boston Celtics are even further behind the Indiana Pacers.
7-footers deliver in the NBA
Leave it to the 7-footers to deliver in the NBA.
'Prince Naz' plays the Strip in featherweight bout
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prince Naseem Hamed finally plays the Strip.
Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller captures college hockey's Hobey Baker Award
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A day after one of the great disappointments of his life, Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller managed a smile. Being voted the top player in college hockey can have that effect.
Indians' GM stepping down
CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Hart, who inherited a team that lost 105 games in 1991, announced that he will step down as Cleveland's general manager on Nov. 1 and be replaced by his assistant, Mark Shapiro.
Robert W. Vogt
Robert W. Vogt, 73, Brainerd, formerly of Carrollton, Texas, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
George M. Jensen
George M. Jensen, 97, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Gaynerd 'Gunner' H. Trahan
GARRISON -- Gaynerd "Gunner" H. Trahan, 77, Garrison, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Rose Janey, 91, Little Falls, died today, April 6, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Marion F. Wittenberg
Marion Francis Wittenberg, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
STAPLES -- Mary Larson, 89, Staples, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
MALMO -- Harland Pedersen, 79, Malmo, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Andrew G. Sammon
Andrew G. Sammon, 96, Brainerd, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Frank G. 'Stigway' Skinaway
ONAMIA -- Frank "Stigway" G. Skinaway, 88, Onamia, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
STAPLES -- Mary Larson, 89, Staples, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
George M. Jensen
George M. Jensen, 97, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Rose Regina Janey
LITTLE FALLS -- Rose Regina Janey, 91, Little Falls, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Let's offend everyone
Is there any group out there that has yet to be offended by Gov. Jesse Ventura? If so, stick around, you'll probably get your turn. The big guy's first term doesn't end until January of 2003.
Legal changes - Dispatch Editorial
For years Minnesota business interests have tried to reform the state's liability laws. Even though prospects remain bleak in the Senate, the Minnesota House provided a glimmer of hope by supporting the long overdue change this session.
None dare call it censorship
Remember when censorship was about banning a book or an idea? Today, the First Amendment covers even Larry Flynt's uncovered magazine.
In response to the front page article "Welfare Program Deadline," I thought I might offer a few words of advice to the many people trying to get off this program and to the general public.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Freedom test - Dispatch Editorial
Conservative writer David Horowitz recently gave college newspapers across the country an unofficial freedom test, which many, including the Minnesota Daily at the University of Minnesota, failed.
Another un-refundable $200 for a variance they had no intention from the beginning to approve. A select few on the Breezy Point planning and zoning feel they live here, but others owning or wishing to buy property in Breezy Point are
If the tables were turned....
The midair collision of a U.S. Navy EP-3 spy plane and a Communist Chinese fighter -- plus the subsequent emergency landing of the EP-3 at a Chinese military
New day in Mexico
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Winter survival Some species fared better than others in nature's toughest season
It's been four years since Minnesota wildlife -- and people, too, for that matter -- have had to deal with a "real" winter.
Fishing regulations set for 10 lakes in ceded territory
Fishing regulation changes have been announced for 10 lakes in the 1837 Treaty ceded territory. The changes are an attempt to reduce the walleye harvest at lakes where Chippewa Indians will exercise tribal fishing rights this year.
North Country calendar
April - 11 -- Walleye seminar with Ted Takasaki, 7 p.m., Oasis Sport Shop, Pequot Lakes. Phone 568-4426 for reservations
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Crappie anglers continue to find plenty of fish on most area lakes. Leading the way are Gull, Upper Gull, Nisswa, Love Lake, Margaret, and Round Lake. During the day you'll find better activity in 18 to 30 feet of water.
The Lakes Area Wildfowlers Chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the DNR are co-hosting Wood Duck Habitat Day, a clinic for persons who want to learn how to build wood duck houses.
Feed birds, not bears
People who feed birds might attract furry as well as feathered friends to their yards.
Birds, animals of same species can come in many different colors
Recently I received an e-mail from Tim Brown, a friend who used to live across the lake from me but now lives in St. Joseph, which is west of St. Cloud. He recapped the species of wildlife that visited his yard this winter and was excited about an albino squirrel, his latest visitor. I asked him to snap a few photos and send them to me.
Believe it or not, signs say it's spring
It's been a long time coming, but spring definitely is here. It might not seem that way as winter tries to hang on, but signs of spring are unmistakable.
Amy Lundquist and Larry Arvidson announce their engagement. Parents are Dale and Barbara Lundquist, Aitkin, and Karen Arvidson, Mounds View. A May 5 wedding is planned at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin.
Heather Swift and Joshua Wiegand announce their engagement. Parents are Leslie and Terri Swift, Pillager, and John and Elaine Wiegand, Leader. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned at Leader Town Hall.
CoraLynn Melser and Daniel Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Roger and Cindy Melser, Tamarack, and Denny and Shirley Larson, Inver Grove Heights. A June 16 wedding is planned at Presbyterian Church in Tamarack.
Dawn Bruner and Wade Hollingsworth announce their engagement. Parents are Darlene Bruner, Brainerd, and Charles and Kelli Bruner, Champlin, and Carole Olsen, Brainerd, and Curt and Cindy Hollingsworth, Merrifield. A June 9 wedding is planned.
Madonna "Donna" Collins, Brainerd, will celebrate her 75th birthday today with her family. She was born April 8, 1926, in Ripon, Wis.
Four generations recently gathered were Matthew Jaden Malusky, son, Moorhead; Jennifer Sell Malusky, mother, Moorhead; Mark Sell, grandfather, Brainerd; and Diane Sell, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Jamie M. Amerud and Travis L. VanVickle announce their engagement. Parents are Lorrie Mulroy, Hutchinson, and James Amerud, Pillager, and Leroy VanVickle, Pillager, and Becky VanVickle, Pine River. A June 2 wedding is planned at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Amanda Moscatelli and Greg Tryggeseth were married Feb. 23, 2001, at Canterbury Wedding Chapel in the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas.
Balbina "Bobby" Bieganek will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. April 22 at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. She was born March 28, 1911.
Jill Leone Beto and Craig Dean Ohlrich announce their engagement. Parents are Les and Connie Beto, Brainerd, and Terry and Claudia Ohlrich, Los Alamilos, Calif. A June 16 wedding is planned at the United Methodist Church in Ventura, Calif.
Jessica Ann Hendrickson and Glenn Edward Oslowski announce their engagement. Parents are Nancy and James Hendrickson, Loretto, and Brenda and Donald Oslowski, Albertville. A spring wedding is planned.
Jody Osowski and Mark Giza were married Nov. 25, 2000, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Oslo with Father Timothy McGee officiating.
Gordon wins pole for Virginia 500
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- When he tested at Martinsville Speedway a few weeks ago, Jeff Gordon made only one qualifying run and felt great.
Hastings Middle School evacuated after faintings
HASTINGS (AP) -- Students and teachers were evacuated from the Hastings Middle School after some people fainted Friday morning.
Police fear cousins fell into ditch
OLIVIA (AP) -- Authorities were searching Friday for two missing children who were feared to have fallen into a water-filled ditch.
Leaders wrestle with implications of multiracial Indians
When Lisa Spears submitted her census form last year, she didn't hesitate when asked about the race of her two children.
Two cousins still missing
OLIVIA (AP) -- Authorities suspended their search Friday for two missing children who were feared to have fallen into a water-filled ditch.
Plan streamlines regulations for new power plants
ST. PAUL -- It would be quicker for power companies to build new plants and transmission lines based on a long-awaited energy reform bill unveiled in the Senate Thursday.
71 Hastings students taken to hospital; officials can't determine cause of nausea and tingling
HASTINGS (AP) -- Students and teachers were evacuated from the Hastings Middle School and dozens were taken to a hospital after some of them fainted Friday morning.
Conservationists working to save endangered mussel
ROCHESTER (AP) -- State and federal officials hope to save an endangered mussel in the Mississippi River and in the process control the zebra mussel, which has infested the river.
ELF claims attempted arson attack on Albertville store
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The radical Earth Liberation Front has taken responsibility for the attempted arson at a Nike outlet store in Minnesota.
Seven years after 'Bachelormania,' life settles down in Herman
HERMAN (AP) -- It's been seven years since Dan Ellison gave a speech that echoed around the world.
Toddler's family celebrates his recovery
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A toddler who nearly froze to death after wandering from his home in subzero temperatures is recovering, and his parents have plans for him.
Stearns County jury convicts two men in crack cocaine ring
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Two men were convicted of racketeering and selling drugs in a ring that officials say brought crack cocaine from Illinois to St. Cloud and surrounding areas.
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The Brainerd Warriors All-Sports Banquet is scheduled Monday, April 30, with seating beginning at 6:15 p.m. and dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.
Revenig revives chance to return to the majors
One of the best moves Brainerd High School graduate Todd Revenig may have made in his baseball career was to pitch in the Mexican Pacific League last winter. His performance may have revived his chance to return to the major leagues.
The top boys' basketball players in the area
The 2000-2001 Brainerd Daily Dispatch All-Area Boys' basketball team:
Area events Monday
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
High School Softball
Raiders' Steffen signs with Luther
Matt Steffen of LeCenter will attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, playing football for the Norse after a successful community college career with Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Relationship between Flyers' coach, player relative
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls guard Nate Miller and Flyers head boys' basketball coach Kevin Jordan forged a special relationship the moment Jordan took over the program at the beginning of the 1997-98 season.
Solinger runs to Pierz's only win
COLLEGEVILLE -- Zach Solinger's victory in the boys' 1600-meter run was the Pierz Pioneers' only win in the St. John's Prep indoor track and field meet Wednesday.
Immonen leads W-DC at track meet
BEMIDJI -- Becca Immonen on Thursday tied a school record, won the most valuable athlete award and two events, and was runner-up twice and the track and field season is just beginning.
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The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team won the Section 8, Class 4A academic team championship this season.
Wild earn first win in 13 games
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Like any expansion team, the Minnesota Wild have spent their first season in the NHL just trying to keep up.
Reports point to probe of alleged benefits to players
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota officials have questioned students and staff members about whether a former women's basketball player received benefits in violation of NCAA regulations, according to published reports.
Basketball coaches look to punch up quarterfinal games
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Representatives of the boys' and girls' basketball state coaches association hope to meet with state high school league board members this month about changing the state tournament format.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Talking to Corey Koskie about the terrible things people are saying about the Minnesota Twins is not smart.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA upheld all findings and penalties against former Minnesota men's basketball coach Clem Haskins on Friday, barring him from coaching at the collegiate level until 2007 without special permission.
Timberwolves rise above Suns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dragging the Phoenix Suns into the playoffs might have taken a toll on Jason Kidd.
Twins rally for win in the 10th
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers got spoiled by Todd Jones in 2000.
Regents make no promises to Vikings on stadium
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota regents steered clear Thursday of making any commitments to the Minnesota Vikings on an on-campus football stadium the two would share.
Geocaching a treasure in itself
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- Leon Begeman scurries through the underbrush of a wooded suburban park here one recent Saturday morning, in hot pursuit of hidden treasure.
NASA looking for redemption with Mars Odyssey launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA was looking for redemption with Saturday's planned launch of Mars Odyssey, quite possibly the most scrutinized spacecraft ever destined for the Red Planet.
Q & A What about cell phones in the future?
Q: I'd like to replace my mobile phone with a newer model, but I keep hearing that wireless companies are switching to next-generation technologies that will enable high-speed Web connections on a cellphone. If I buy a new phone today, will it be outdated in a few months?
Web resources for seekers of adventure
Many Web sites promote adventure travel packages, but not all offer practical information on trips in a specific region. Here are a few that do just that.
Internet flips encyclopedias on their covers
You don't have to go far to find documentation on the decline of the printed encyclopedia. All you need is an Internet connection.
Computer lab gives school flexibility
APPLETON (AP) -- When elementary teachers in Appleton say "get out your notebooks," they're not referring to blue-lined writing tablets.
Minnesota state forecast
High wind warning south central and east central this afternoon...
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory northeast and east central through 9 am...
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm watch tonight northern black hills...
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
High wind warning northern iowa rest of today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory most of central and east today...
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory this morning across portions of western and northern wisconsin...
Weather drawing by Joey Winch of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Flash flood watch east tonight and saturday...
State forecast for North Dakota
A flash flood watch and wind advisory are in effect for eastern north dakota this afternoon... This afternoon...Windy with periods of rain. Rain may be heavy east. Some wet snow possible. Mostly cloudy with a few light rain or snow showers west and central. Highs 40 to 45.
The Weather Elsewhere
Weekend storm raises flood projections
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With a weekend storm expected to drop up to 1 1/2 inches of rain in the southern Red River basin, crews in Wahpeton and neighboring Breckenridge, Minn., worked Friday to protect their cities from a record-setting crest.
Wisconsin state forecast
High wind warning this afternoon and evening southwest... Northeast and southeast...
Weather drawing by Ashley Philippi in the Riverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer.
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch west tonight into saturday...
The Youth Intern Program would like to thank everyone who helped make the Parent Dinner a huge success. Thank you to Youth As Resources, Super One, Perkin's, St. Francis Church, House of Flowers, Appert Foods and Geyer Rental. Thanks also to our parents, guardians and friends for your guidance and support. We appreciate you.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former girlfriend of Keanu Reeves died when she lost control of her Jeep Cherokee, struck three parked cars and was tossed from the sport utility vehicle as it overturned.
North-South: Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 81.5; Phyllis DeRosier and Ann Whalen, 78; Clif and LuVerne Johnson, 67; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 67. East-West: Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 69.5; Bruce Eastman and Bill Black, 65; and Dale and Helen Dickie, 62.
The Brainerd Area Zonta business meeting will be held at noon Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn. For information, contact Shirley at 829-0062.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
U.S. diplomats await third meeting with detained crew
HAIKOU, China -- China countered optimism for the quick release of a detained U.S. Navy crew, disclosing on Saturday a letter to Washington declaring that American expressions of regret over a spy plane incident were unacceptable.
Letter could lead to end of spy plane dispute
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and Chinese diplomats worked Saturday to resolve the status of 24 detained Americans from a downed spy plane, while the Bush administration considered Beijing's renewed demand for an apology.
Israeli rockets signal new stage in fighting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Signaling a new stage in fighting, Israel rocketed two Palestinian police stations Friday and knocked out power to thousands of homes after four Israeli communities were attacked by Palestinian mortar fire.
Japanese prime minister announces intention to resign
TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori told his Cabinet on Friday that he would step down, signaling the end of one of Japan's most unpopular governments since the end of World War II.
Supreme Court rules Mexico City must change clock
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City is being ordered to fall back to the national line on springing ahead.
Clinton visits Mother Teresa tomb
CALCUTTA, India -- Former President Clinton sang a hymn at the tomb of Mother Teresa on Saturday, then cuddled babies and danced with children at the orphanage she founded.
Arafat extends Passover greetings to Israelis
JERUSALEM -- Yasser Arafat extended Passover greetings to Israelis and urged them to support a resumption of peace talks, Palestinian officials said Saturday, following a night of heavy Israeli-Palestinian gun battles in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Russia's NTV holds protest rally against takeover by gas giant
MOSCOW -- Saying their independent voice was under threat, journalists from Russia's pioneering NTV held a rally under rainy skies Saturday and urged their supporters to help fend off a takeover by the state-run gas company Gazprom.
Algerian convicted in millennium terror conspiracy
LOS ANGELES -- An Algerian man accused of bringing explosives into the United States just days before the millennium celebrations was convicted twice in the same day -- first in France for belonging to a group supporting Islamic militants, then in Los Angeles on terror charges.
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