Judge rules in favor of striking janitors
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of red-shirted, striking janitors jammed the city's streets, turning up the heat in their demands for a $1-an-hour raise.
Canadian Pacific disputes report
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A spokesman for Canadian Pacific Rail said Friday that there is ''every chance'' that a $1.4 billion expansion by the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad will take place, and CP would welcome any resulting new business.
Wolff comes long way since wrestling with Ventura
HACKENSACK -- Professional wrestling once put Les Wolff of Hackensack on a tag team with Gov. Jesse Ventura in Sioux City, Iowa.
Kmart is turning inton a Big K, meaning big changes for shoppers
More changes are in the future for lakes area shoppers.
Wind storm blew profitable idea into Les Wolff's mind
HACKENSACK -- Les Wolff's latest patented invention came from his observations in Brainerd following a wind storm.
Two workshops are set near Aitkin targeted at people who want to develop or currently have a business idea, business consultants, potential borrowers, or owners of struggling, changing or growing businesses.
Any kid can turn out great
QUESTION: Tell me why some kids with every advantage and opportunity seem to turn out bad, while others raised in terrible homes become pillars in the community? I know one young man who grew up in squalid circumstances, yet he is such a fine person today. How did his parents manage to raise such a responsible son when they didn't even seem to care?
Band performs at youth rally
The band All Weather Human, including Nate Brennan (left), Jared Kramer, Levi Brennan and Tim Dobbelmann, played at the 16th Brainerd Area Youth Rally on Wednesday night at Tornstrom Auditorium. (Photo by Brian Tollerud)
Long Prairie woman advocates prayer
Pray about it. Actively.
Elmer Alajoki, retired pastor of Minneapolis Laestadian Lutheran Church, will be a guest speaker Sunday at the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church. Worship services are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a noon lunch. Everyone is welcome.
More than 1,000 youths turn out for B.A.Y. rally
An exuberant crowd of more than 1,000 young people overflowed Tornstrom Auditorium on Wednesday night for the 16th B.A.Y. (Brainerd Area Youth) Rally.
Roman Catholic Church leaders to celebrate historic Mass in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders are planning an unprecedented open-air Mass next month in Mexico City's central plaza as part of a campaign to affirm church rights in Mexico that have been restricted for more than a century.
Youth release day planned in Pequot
PEQUOT LAKES -- An ecumenical gathering of area churches in cooperation with Pequot Lakes High School is planning a release day from school Wednesday, May 4. This day will be filled with positive experiences for youths in grades 9-12.
Truth and honesty are important
Not long ago I read a devotional on Psalm 51 talking about the importance of honesty with God.
Ken and Sonja (Carlson) Sitzman, Woodbury, recently adopted a boy, Nathaniel Isaiah, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, born March 7, 2000.
BURGLARIES -- Nicole Pankratz, Crosby, reported a burglary to the garage of Bryce Pankratz in Rabbit Lake Township.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 300.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Poptart, cheese slice or yogurt, juice. L-Taco salad or tacos, soft pretzel, peas, apple wedges.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
David A. Joel, 37, and Tina M. Gartner, 34, both of Brainerd.
WALKER -- Judge Michael J. Haas heard the following cases April 3 in Cass County Court:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 100, a year ago 27.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 141, a year ago 107.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Dennis Paulson said luck played a big part Thursday after he had taken the first-round lead in his first trip to the Masters. It played a role Friday as well, when Paulson couldn't get any putts to fall and hit just enough bad shots to balloon to a four-over-par 76.
Defending champ gets 'vacation'
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The Shark made a great escape from the sand. The defending Masters champion couldn't overcome the treacherous greens.
It's still the Masters we expect
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- If there was a lesson in the first two rounds of the Masters, it's that it's still the Masters.
Lehman regains Masters lead Paulson, first-day leader, falters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Tom Lehman maintained his mastery of Augusta National's front nine today, playing it bogey free to retake the lead in the Masters over a faltering Dennis Paulson.
Nicklaus, at 60, provides antother golden moment
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Before the Masters looks to its future this weekend, it reserved one balmy, breezy spring day to glance lovingly back at its past. And, in particular, to look with almost disbelieving awe at 60-year-old Jack Nicklaus who still thinks -- and makes others imagine, against all common sense -- that he can contend for a seventh green jacket.
Don't discount the challenge facing Tiger
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The widely held, and outwardly sensible, view here at The Masters is that Tiger Woods did himself no great damage Thursday with an opening round 75. Woods himself subscribes to this optimistic, but almost certainly deluded, view of the facts.
At 63, Tommy Aaron beats Woods by 3 shots
Just when you might think the performances of some of the aging former champions in the Masters field might lead to more complaints about their lifetime exemptions, along comes Tommy Aaron.
A graceful exit? Not yet
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Big Three of yesteryear were supposed to be marking time, not scores.
WASHINGTON -- A private company mapping the human genetic blueprint said Thursday it has completed a major step -- decoding all of the DNA pieces that make up the genetic pattern of a single human being.
Government proposes raising Medicare rates to nursing homes
WASHINGTON -- The Health Care Financing Administration proposed raising Medicare payment rates for nursing homes by almost 6 percent and directing more money toward the care of acutely ill seniors who need expensive treatments.
Making the estrogen decision
While it's far from satisfactory, a woman who cannot wait five or 10 years while more studies are under way to decide whether to take hormones can make the best choice by discussing her history with her physician.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
States ordered to re-enlist families kicked off Medicaid
WASHINGTON -- States must sign back up poor families that were improperly dropped from Medicaid when they left welfare and were urged to pay any medical bills the families incurred while they were terminated from the program.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
It's time to rake leaves, debris
Gently rake out leaves and debris from ground covers, says the Maryland Home & Garden Information Center.
Often economical, duplex living is one way to invest in home ownership while sharing costs with a close neighbor.
Habitat for Humanity to honor volunteers
Habitat for Humanity will be honoring those who volunteer their services from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 15 at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd.
Group pools its expertise to promote health inside home
LOS ANGELES -- Environmental consultant Mary Cordaro is always scouting for new products, especially in Europe, where Germany and Switzerland are leading the healthy-building movement.
Vegetable, flower seeds available for beautification efforts
WASHINGTON -- Beautify-ing public spaces can be easier if you seek support from the America the Beautiful Fund, which is providing $1 million worth of free vegetable and flower seeds to organizations that pledge to install and maintain gardens in a range of worthy efforts.
Color master coming up with new line
Hold on to your 2-by-4s. Alexander Julian, the designer known for his tone-on-tone fabrics for fashion and interiors, is re-coloring Lowe's home-improvement centers.
Tips to buy best outdoor grill shared
Backyard barbecue grills have come a long way since their inception in the 1950s.
Tongue-and-groove plywood is best for decks
Tongue-and-groove plywood is superior to regular plywood for floor decks because it creates a stronger, more rigid subfloor, and helps eliminate sagging and ''bounce'' at the seams between the joists.
Enliven the path most taken
The shortest path from curb to front door is often a straight concrete walkway. And there's nothing wrong with the direct approach, experts say.
Baxter police captain to seek House seat
Hoping his second campaign will produce a victory, Dale Walz of rural Brainerd announced he'll run for the District 12A House seat again this year.
Two charges dropped against state representative; one remains
ST. PAUL -- Prosecutors withdrew two of three criminal sexual conduct charges against Republican Rep. Jim Rostberg of Isanti, leaving one felony charge accusing him of fondling a girl.
Carjacking suspect arrested in Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA (AP) -- A man suspected in a fatal carjacking of a taxi in Minneapolis on Friday was arrested along Interstate 94 near Alexandria after a motorist who saw him called the State Patrol.
Free tax help available to some county residents
Free tax help is being offered for seniors, disabled and low-income residents of Crow Wing County.
Man dies in apparently accidental shooting
A 45-year-old Edina man is dead following an apparent accidental shooting.
Block by block, board by board -- the smell of a new house coming together piece by piece will soon be here.
As of Friday, the Essential Health Program is a thing of the past.
Poll shows strong support for more education spending
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesotans strongly support spending more state money for K-12 education, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll published today.
Light rail faces critics in every direction
ROCHESTER -- Mayor Chuck Canfield shares a perennial challenge with public officials across the state: persuading the Legislature to cough up enough dough to fix crumbling highways and bridges.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Leesha Flanagan, former Brainerd High School ace, is the No. 1 singles player and teams with Betsy Palmer in No. 1 Doubles for the Brainerd Community College Tennis team which opens its season at Mesabi State.
Longtime school district business manager Howie Person to step down
After 36 years with the Brainerd School District, Howie Person, business manager, is resigning.
WALKER -- There were several excited school officials with the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District this morning.
Murder suspect hangs himself in Red Wing jail
RED WING (AP) -- A man suspected of killing his wife earlier this year hanged himself in the Goodhue County jail Friday just hours before he was to plead guilty to second-degree murder.
The date for the Heartland Symphony Orchestra's spring concert in Brainerd was listed incorrectly in Thursday's Tempo section. The Brainerd concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium.
Half of Brainerd, part of Baxter powerless
Motorists traveling through west Brainerd during the noon rush hour Friday may have been caught by surprise when several stoplights along Washington Street were without power.
Death of man near Park Rapids investigated
PARK RAPIDS (AP) -- Authorities in Hubbard County were investigating the death of a 56-year-old man found in his home.
Blom's attorneys say prosecutors withholding reports
CARLTON (AP) -- Donald Blom's attorneys say the prosecution has withheld reports and other information the defense needs to get ready for his trial, which is scheduled to begin later this month.
The barbershop group, Harmony Engineers, will perform at the Crow Wing County Historical Society's 73rd annual meeting at Grand View Lodge on April 25. Performing will be Peter Johnson (clockwise from left), Jody Crowe, Todd Holman and Steve Schaitberger.
Attempts to bridge gaps in budget battle yield little
ST. PAUL -- Leaders in the House and Senate quickly dismissed each other's offers to end the budget stalemate Friday, making a compromise seem distant and weekend talks a possibility.
Small town of Kasota to get its own police officer
KASOTA (AP) -- Residents of this city of 700 people just north of Mankato can thank President Clinton for their newest civic employee -- a police officer.
Legislation to block new energy code sent to Ventura
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Strict new energy standards for home builders won't go into effect next week if Gov. Jesse Ventura signs a compromise worked out by the Legislature.
Privacy bill tops agenda for week
ST. PAUL -- A broad package of legislation to limit the release of personal information and give citizens more latitude if they think their privacy is being violated moves into the spotlight in the House and Senate this week.
Insurance claims from wind storm expected to hit millions of dollars
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Insurance claims are expected to reach into the millions of dollars in the wake of the gusty winds that buffeted Minnesota on Wednesday night, insurance companies said.
Children at Baxter Lutheran school raise flag each day before class starts
Andy Bartel and Erica Bybee watched as the top snap on the halyard (rope) came within their reach as they prepared to raise the flag.
Group struggles with rules for business' signs
The 371 Moratorium Task Force had to compromise Thursday on off-site signs, or signs used for advertisement that are not on a business' property, such as a billboard.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Marge Anderson attended a White House Conference on the New Economy on Wednesday at the request of President Clinton.
Ventura asked to clarify stance on abortion waiting period
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Abortion-rights lawmakers Friday urged Gov. Jesse Ventura to clear up his position on legislation that would require women considering an abortion to wait a day and receive information about alternatives and risks.
Ventura: No deal was cut before vote on abortion bill
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said he cut no deal with Republicans before the House approved a ''woman's right to know'' measure that would require women considering an abortion to wait 24 hours and weigh alternatives and risks.
No charges in release of Tripp file
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon and another Defense Department employee didn't intend to break the law when they released information from Linda Tripp's personnel file, the Justice Department said in declining to prosecute them.
Funeral of Kosovo Albanian raises concern about insurgency
GREME, Yugoslavia -- Despite U.S. dismay, self-styled leaders of ethnic Albanian rebels in southern Serbia are threatening to step up their battle against Yugoslav soldiers in territory beyond the reach of NATO-led peacekeepers.
Budget leaves big changes for next president
WASHINGTON -- The $1.83 trillion budget for 2001 approved by the Senate will let both parties draw election-year contrasts with each other, but leaves major policy changes for the next president to make.
Unemployment rate unchanged in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent in March, even as 416,000 workers found jobs, the largest number in four years.
Vietnamese general says U.S. has obligation to help Vietnam rebuild
HANOI, Vietnam -- The Vietnamese general who orchestrated military victories over the French and Americans said Saturday that Washington has an obligation to help Vietnam rebuild and must take the initiative in further normalizing relations.
Buchanan speaks at convention to renew state's Reform Party
BLOOMINGTON -- Pat Buchanan unloaded an assault on what he believes is the United States' acquiescence to international bodies such as the World Bank and United Nations, saying those days would be over if he were president.
Bosnians go to polls
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Bosnian voters were to choose 3,300 local officials Saturday in an election whose outcome may determine whether the United States and Europe remain willing to continue efforts to rebuild the ethnically divided nation.
Jury clears Consumer Reports of liability in Isuzu case
LOS ANGELES -- A federal jury has cleared the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine of liability for reporting that 1995-96 Isuzu Troopers are dangerous.
Fishermen who rescued Elian to urge father to let boy stay in U.S.
MIAMI -- When two fishermen spotted a child hanging onto an inner tube off the Florida coast last Thanksgiving, one of the men jumped into the water. The other pulled the boy on board, and the three headed for shore.
Clinton signs bill lifting earnings ceiling
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of Americans 65 through 69 will no longer lose Social Security benefits because they keep working.
Lawyers for dorm fire victims blame school, city
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Seton Hall University is to blame for a deadly dorm fire that killed three students because the school failed the hold regular drills and failed to stop a string of false alarms that made students slow to react to a real blaze, lawyers for victims say.
Bush reaches out to Hispanic population
LOS ANGELES -- George W. Bush is distancing himself from former Gov. Pete Wilson, who is among California's best-known Republicans but who remains a symbol of polarizing ethnic politics to Hispanics.
Bolivian government declares state of siege
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- The government announced a state of siege Saturday to end a week of nationwide road blocks and widespread unrest in the country's third largest city.
Jury again urges death sentence for serial killer
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- Six years after the state Supreme Court overturned his original death sentence, a jury again recommended the death penalty for a man convicted of killing four teen-age girls.
Low lake levels forecast for summer
WASHINGTON -- Despite being surrounded by the world's largest supply of fresh water, the Great Lakes region faces the possibility of dry wells and landlocked docks this summer, officials said Friday.
Five children die in fire
ROYAL OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- An overnight house fire in suburban Detroit killed five children and injured four others, authorities said.
Jury rules against Big Tobacco again in second phase of landmark trial
MIAMI -- Her body ravaged by cancer, Mary Farnan still managed to give her 10-year-old daughter a powerfully long and strong hug.
Assembly decision won't change Russian strategy in Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) -- The decision to suspend Russia's voting rights in the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly because of its handling of the Chechen war is regrettable but will not change Russian strategy, officials said today.
Oklahoma school ends dancing ban with first prom
WELEETKA, Okla. -- It had never happened at Graham High School: The gym lights went off. Students hurried to the floor's edge. A strobe light started and parents cheered.
G-8 ministers gather for global environment talks
TOKYO -- Global warming and a plan to cut gas emissions are focal points as environment ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations and Russia gathered in Japan for talks today.
Critics say gas zone pricing discriminatory
WASHINGTON -- Congress should ban the zone pricing tactics of oil distributors because they stifle competition and drive up gas prices for the poor, speakers told the House Judiciary Committee.
Court: Lesbian's 'ex' has same rights as any parent
TRENTON, N.J. -- Advocates for gay rights are praising a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that lesbian partners who raise children have the same custodial rights as any parent.
Republicans blame Clinton for soaring gas prices
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are ''being held hostage'' to rising gasoline prices because of the Clinton administration's increased reliance on imported oil from the Middle East, a Senate Republican said Saturday.
Confederate flag march ends, but stalemate continues in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gaping holes in his sneakers, Joseph P. Riley Jr. trudged up the state Capitol steps Thursday, hoping for the removal of an icon of the Old South. But at the end of a five-day, 120-mile protest march, he looked up to see the Confederate flag still snapping in the wind.
Former Catholic priest Porter denied parole again
BOSTON -- Former Catholic priest James Porter, who was convicted of sexually assaulting more than two dozen children, lost his second bid for parole Friday.
Sabo works to narrow gap between CEO, employee pay
WASHINGTON -- Hoping to narrow the gap between skyrocketing CEO pay and employee wages, Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., is pushing legislation that would limit the tax deduction for CEO pay to 25 times that of the company's lowest full-time salary.
Tank explosion in Iowa leaves at least two dead; nine injured
WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) -- A rusty fuel tank being cut apart caught fire before exploding and shooting debris at least 100 feet away. Two people were killed in the blast and nine others were injured.
Reno preparing plan to transfer custody of Elian to his father
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Janet Reno plans to arrange for the transfer of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez to his father this week after receiving advice from outside experts on how the exchange can be carried out with a minimum of disruption.
Serb wounded in shoot-out with NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo
GRACANICA, Yugoslavia -- Kosovo's moderate Serbs might reconsider participating in the province's interim U.N.-led government after the shooting of a Serb during a clash with NATO-led peacekeepers, a spokesman said today.
Clinton chides Congress again for inactivity
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton rebuked the Republican-controlled Congress on Saturday for ''failing to do the people's business'' by neglecting proposals ranging from tougher gun controls to an increase in the minimum wage.
Hillary Clinton vows to maintain stepped up campaign
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Senate rival, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, are continuing to court voters in upstate New York, a generally more conservative part of the state that is considered a key battleground.
Activity Dome poses suffocation hazard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fisher-Price announced a recall of its ''Bounce 'n Play'' Activity Domes because they may pose a suffocation hazard to infants.
Mexican lawmaker says he spied on U.S.
MEXICO CITY -- Tall, white-haired and friendly, Gilberto Lopez y Rivas is a noted anthropologist and prominent congressman, a member of a commission trying to end the Zapatista rebellion in southern Mexico.
Elian's father encouraged by visit with Janet Reno
WASHINGTON -- Juan Miguel Gonzalez today met Attorney General Janet Reno, his most powerful ally in a struggle to regain his 6-year-old son Elian from relatives in Miami, and emerged ''sure ... that I'm going to have my child soon.''
Brandon keys Wolves
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Terrell Brandon made some big shots and equally important passes.
England mourns dead fans, assails decision to play
LONDON (AP) -- The reaction in England was scathing and almost unanimous: The UEFA Cup game should have been called off following the fatal stabbing of two English fans before the game Turkey.
ESPN panned in new book
A newly published book is threatening to take a good deal of the sheen off ESPN's brightly polished image.
North Dakota, Boston College become the Frozen Two
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Boston College couldn't beat Maine in college hockey's Frozen Four last year.
Biggest opening-day crowd since '88 watches comeback
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kyle Phillips stood at a busy intersection outside Kauffman Stadium, asking the same question of everyone passing by: ''Tickets? You got tickets? We need tickets. Who's got tickets?''
Johnson homers again as Orioles beat Indians
Mike Hargrove got the best of Charlie Manuel.
Culpepper could be Green's albatross
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Now Dennis Green has no excuses and nobody else to blame if the Minnesota Vikings fail to deliver on his promise to win the Super Bowl this season.
Sampras stunned; Agassi wins in Davis Cup matches
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- For the sake and health of Alex O'Brien and Jared Palmer, let's hope the necessary adjustments are made to the Czech Republic's national anthem before today's doubles match in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at the Great Western Forum.
Hockey's Heisman goes to BC player
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Boston College defenseman Mike Mottau, a New York Rangers draft pick, beat two teammates and seven others on Friday to win the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey.
Johnson strikes again, leading Orioles past Tigers
Charles Johnson and the Baltimore Orioles made some more noise. They weren't alone in an American League slugfest.
Reds are profiting from Griffey effect
CINCINNATI -- Jim Bowden proposed the concept in a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig last year. The Cincinnati Reds' general manager suggested a revenue-based realignment as a short-term remedy to baseball's competitive disparity.
El-Amin headed to the NBA
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- He was the first player to embrace his coach when Connecticut won it's only men's basketball title.
Parks serve as catalyst in Frisco, Detroit, Houston
San Francisco's new Pacific Bell Park is replacing 40-year-old 3Com Park at Candlestick Point -- formerly Candlestick Park -- a cavernous facility with treacherous winds that is a 20-minute drive from downtown.
Cincy's Martin wins award
LOS ANGELES -- Kenyon Martin, who carried Cincinnati to a No. 1 ranking for much of the college basketball season, couldn't even carry the John R. Wooden Award he received Friday for his efforts.
Record 57 homers hit Friday
A record 57 home runs were hit in the major leagues Friday night, two more than the previous mark set last Aug. 13.
For openers, Royals make fans happy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals hope to keep giving fans reasons to show up at Kauffman Stadium.
Faces and Figures:
Nicholas P. Lee
MOTLEY -- Nicholas P. Lee, 61, Motley, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Mille Lacs Health Center in Onamia.
HARDING -- Edward Pulak, 77, Harding, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at his home.
Marise (Dwire) Crackel
PINE RIVER -- Marise (Dwire) Crackel, 79, Pine River, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Hazel A. Schilb
Hazel A. Schilb, 90, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Marie Buraas, 75, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PEQUOT LAKES --Marie Buraas, 75, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Valentine 'Val' Jaskoviak
LITTLE FALLS --Valentine "Val" Jaskoviak, 95, Little Falls, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeanine M. Zilverberg, 51, Minneapolis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, in Minneapolis.
Lola May Washburn
ONAMIA -- Lola May Washburn, 78, Onamia, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia.
Juanita J. Janowiak
Juanita J. Janowiak, 64, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Warren C. Weidling
AITKIN --Warren C. Weidling, 78, Aitkin, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at his home.
Judith D. Cullett
SILVIS, Ill. -- Judith D. Cullett, 58, Silvis, Ill., died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in Silvis.
Harvey L. Derfler
PEQUOT LAKES -- Harvey L. Derfler, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd as a result of a heart attack.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Harvey Derfler, 79, Pequot Lakes, died today, Friday, April 7, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Roy K. Blowers
CROSSLAKE -- Roy K. Blowers, 92, Crosslake, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at his home.
Denise D. Zapffe
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --Denise D. Zapffe, 85, Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of the Brainerd area, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at her daughter's home in Albuquerque.
Myrtle O. Haverstock
ALEXANDRIA, Va. --Myrtle Olivia (Moberg) Haverstock, 85, Alexandria, Va., died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at The Washington House in Alexandria, Va.
California has its eye on education
SACRAMENTO--Texas Gov. George W. Bush came here last week to press his favorite issue of education reform, knowing that it is the No. 1 concern in the No. 1 state. It is also his only plausible ticket to making California competitive in his battle for the presidency against Vice President Al Gore.
Gas aplenty - Dispatch Editorial
Will America ever be free from the grip of foreign oil?
People and perks in the work place
Ever wonder how much of what you do becomes who you are?
Tower talk - Dispatch Editorial
The squeaky wheels prevailed, at least for the moment, in the controversy regarding the proposed location of a Coast Guard tower in Crow Wing County's Mission Township.
Microsoft judge didn't duck
When Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson was assigned the Microsoft antitrust case several years ago -- and had the future of America's technology industry almost literally dropped in his hands -- he remembers reciting what he calls ''the astronauts' prayer'': ''Please, God, don't let me screw this up.''
Economy doing the heavy lifting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whether it's cramming more spending into the budget or easing voters' worries about Social Security and Medicare solvency, politicians' jobs are being made a whole lot easier by the blazing economy.
A Peruvian masquerade
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
A big thank you to the following for the donations given at a recent Personal Care Workshop.
By voting against the House tax bill, Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba has shortchanged the working families of Minnesota. Despite the fact that every working family of Minnesota would see a permanent reduction in their tax burden under the House plan, Rep. Otremba and 46 other DFLers failed to support the legislation.
The Camp Ripley Environmental Office will host a public meeting at the Training and Community Center (armory) at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 to discuss its studies on wolves, deer and related issues. The public is encouraged to attend and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Timing is important with early spring crappies
Ice on many area lakes went out at least a month early this year. Nobody knows what kind of weather the coming weeks will bring, but if the warm up progresses at a normal pace early-season crappie anglers should be reeling 'em in soon.
12 -- Spring wild turkey hunting opener
Panfish angling from shore is in full swing. Try the ditch banks and the channel on Gull Lake or Bullhead Bay in Upper Gull Lake. Crappies and sunnies are there for the taking in the Highway 71 bay of North Long Lake. Or, for slabs and sunnies, you may try the bay across from Greens Point on the Mississippi River. Use Flu Flu jigs with crappie minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches.
Bald eagle population flying high in Minnesota
WHITE BEAR LAKE (AP) -- Unwanted visitors stirred the mother eagle, who swooped across the water and tucked herself in a nearby tree. She soon let out a high-pitched call, scolding the intruders for the disturbance. Within minutes, however, she returned to her nest atop a tree just off Manitou Island on White Bear Lake. Her white head and gold beak peered between the branches as she sat calmly and majestically.
A north country tradition has re-opened
A landmark bait and tackle store has re-opened in time for the new fishing season.
Wild turkeys making inroads in central Minnesota
When Minnesota's spring wild turkey season opens Wednesday most Brainerd area hunters will attend to other matters.
Public input sought for park planning
A new management plan for Crow Wing State Park is being developed and the public is invited to attend an open house on April 20.
Spring turkey season begins April 12
Minnesota's spring wild turkey season begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday, May 21.
Crosslake-Mission Archery Pro Shop
Guess what showed up in the backyard? Area family observes an unexpected visitor
MISSION TOWNSHIP -- There's a saying, "Don't let school get in the way of your education." The Randy Roach family learned the truth of that saying this past week.
Alisha Henricksen and Josh Smith announce their engagement. Parents are Luanne LaFlamme, Minneapolis, Doug and Rita Henricksen, Blaine, and Rick and Deb Smith, Brainerd. A June 24 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Zella Meyer will celebrate her 95th birthday with a surprise party from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Brainerd Manor.
Kandy Matich and Elroy Knauer announce their engagement. A 2 p.m. April 29 wedding is planned at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church of Crosslake. No gifts please.
Nancy Hanson and Forrest Miller announce their engagement. Parents are Donna Hanson, Brainerd, and Scott and Cindy Miller, Olathe, Kan. An Aug. 12 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Michelle Schilling and Jonathan Marohl announce their engagement. Parents are Jim and Mary Schilling, Fort Ripley, and Chuck and Kathy Marohl, Blaine. A May 26 wedding is planned at Holy Family Church of Belle Prairie.
Jerry and Nyla Skogland, Breezy Point, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married April 8, 1960.
Danielle Corigliano and Dr. Jon Thorson were married on Nov. 27, 1999, at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City with the Rev. Bernard L. Keitz officiating.
Names and faces
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Actress Halle Berry has pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Ed "Dutch" and Leila "Dolly" Anderson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at their home. The event will be hosted by their family. No gifts please.
Ken and Carrol Danner, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married March 24, 1951, at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Virginia Jordan and John Shogren were married Jan. 3, 2000, at Ossipee Community Church in Merrifield.
Four generations recently gathered were Jack Christopher Hecker, son; Christopher Hecker, father; Joan Hecker, grandmother; and Harry Bredesen, great-grandfather.
Brenda K. Kelly and Donald S. Pfeffer were married March 4, 2000, at Park United Methodist Church of Brainerd with Pastor Rory Swenson officiating.
Martinsville Speedway is something of a throwback in NASCAR.
Rain won't bother CART races
NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) -- Neither Max Papis nor Helio Castro-Neves would mind a bit if rain washed away qualifying for the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix.
Rusty Wallace's 500th start will come up front
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A great day for the Wallace family at Martinsville Speedway ended predictably enough, with Rusty Wallace king of them all.
High-tech scooters, two-wheeled surfboards part of Taipei bike show
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The cherry-red mountain bikes with spring suspensions and the carbon-fiber racers lighter than laptop computers were among the coolest items displayed at the Taipei International Cycle Show.
Rusty Wallce hopes 500th race will be something to remember
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Rusty Wallace is ready for the next 50.
Aitkin tennis team loses opener
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers boys' tennis team opened its season Thursday with a 6-1 loss to Pine City.
Carr leads Verndale baseball win
VERNDALE -- Trent Carr had three hits and three other Verndale players each had two to lead the Pirates to a 15-3 non-conference baseball win over Sebeka on Thursday.
Swanville outscores Pillager 40-2 in softball
PILLAGER --The Swanville Swans erupted for 31 runs in the second inning and went on to defeat the Pillager Huskies 40-2 in a non-conference softball game on Thursday.
Miller twins win Sullivan Award
NEW YORK (AP) -- Life keeps getting better for Georgia's basketball twins, Kelly and Coco Miller.
Area events Saturday
High School Softball
Mike Vesely and Paul Fitzpatrick have been named the most valuable members of the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team.
TUESDAY 4:15 3-28
Ex-Kixter dazzles synchronized swimming fans
Performing for the Brainerd Kixters dance team in high school, Suzanne Mueller learned to love performing in front of crowds.
This time Tampa Bay does the rallying
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A newcomer and one of Tampa Bay's original players contributed in a come-from-behind victory over Minnesota.
Ex-Cardinal finds sucess in guiding IBA team in Bismarck
Staples-Motley's boys' basketball program doesn't only mold state tournament teams.
Wolves' victory a sign of times
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves, who have been around for only 11 seasons, are preparing for their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
Tickets for the Brainerd Warriors All-Sports Banquet will go on sale Friday in the main office at Brainerd High School.
When telecommuting is a taxing issue
While online businesses and state officials duke it out over who should be required to collect sales and use taxes in the Internet age, there lies just over the horizon another electronic tax issue that may ultimately set states at one another's throats.
There's no soft side to violent software
A nasty streak of violence is running through the software publishing market, almost all of it aimed at young men in their late teens.
Name your price for groceries?
People who work for newspapers are notoriously underpaid and, not surprisingly, notoriously tight with a buck. They revel in their ratty clothes and spend hours bragging about how many miles they've squeezed out of beat-up Hondas and third-hand Volvos.
Tiny Pacific island nation cashes in on Internet
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The tiny, financially-strapped Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has cashed in on the alphabetic quirk that assigned it with the ubiquitous ''.tv'' Internet country code.
Savvy surfers find help on money
Maybe this dates me, but I can remember when one of the neatest tricks I demonstrated on my computer was using Quicken financial management software to download my 401(k) and stock portfolio.
PC prices catch a wave
WASHINGTON -- You can't always count on computers getting cheaper, as some shoppers have found out over the past few months. Reversing recent history, prices crept up from September to February, only recently turning south again. The upswing in costs is probably just temporary, but it shows how quickly things can change in the intensely competitive computer industry -- and how things as esoteric as Taiwanese seismology can affect a sale price in Springfield, Va.
Is e-mail an excuse for sloppiness?
chicago (ap) -- if you've recieved an e-mail that loks like this ... you'r NOT alone !!!!!!!!! :)
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 55 47 .01 rn, Albuquerque 78 41 clr, Amarillo 62 32 clr
Weather drawing by Jennifer Bock of Mr. Hendrickson's third grade class at Baxter school.
Storm dumps lots of snow in southwestern Minnesota; but it's probably gone by now
Spring took a break Friday as heavy snow fell in parts of southern Minnesota, but the melting began almost as soon as it fell.
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Alexandria 41 28 .00
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Albany,N.Y. 58 44 cdy
Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows in the middle teens. Light north wind becoming west.
Time for April showers
Weather drawing by Casey Lindberg in the Lincoln School first-grade class of Mrs. Swanson.
Today -- Partly sunny. Highs around 40. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Storms expected across states
A storm system moving eastward Saturday was to bring rain and thunderstorms to parts of the Mississippi Valley, the Gulf Coast before moving into the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic.
Around the world
Amsterdam 52 30 clr
Woman who pays bills fears paying the piper
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 18 years, and we've been through thick and thin. My husband knows all my fears, weaknesses and strengths. So why can't I get advice from him when I need him the most? I'm afraid he will think I am weak, stupid and careless. I'm afraid he will not love me anymore and will leave me.
Brainerd American Legion now has bar bingo on Sunday and April 30 from 3:30-7 p.m. 100 percent payback up to $99 every game. The more players there are the more the payback is better. Burger bar is served from 4-6 p.m. for $3. All guests please sign the guest book. For information, call 829-2249.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Danielle Ruth Dawn Conklin, daughter of Dan and Alice Conklin, Brainerd, and granddaughter of Rich
Help! Carpet emergency
Dear Heloise: I spilled dark NAIL POLISH ON MY CARPET. What can I do to get it out? Help! -- Christine George, Harrisburg, Pa.
Child in need
It's spring. Time to replenish our hibernating souls, time to clean up inside and out, time to look for refreshment, renewal and rebirth in our lives.
Women's survival made easier with booklets from Uncle Sam
DEAR ABBY: Because your name is synonymous with good advice, we wanted to share with you and your readers some of Uncle Sam's best advice for today's woman.
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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich's divorce from his wife of 18 years is final.
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