Coffee bean queen
FLUSHING, Mich. -- Inside the Coffee Beanery's unassuming headquarters, where the air is thick with the fragrance of coffee, one white wall seems a little off. It's dotted with picture-hanging hooks -- but no pictures hang from them.
Another dismal week sends investors groping for bottom
NEW YORK -- When will it end?
Providing references for a reprehensible employee
Q: One of the clerical employees I manage is causing serious problems. Her performance is borderline, and she doesn't get along with other employees.
The end of tax season is no time to relax
NEW YORK -- With the end of tax season, you're probably congratulating yourself on having gotten your return filed and feel that now you can kick back and not worry about IRS forms for another year.
Clearing of land means more development on the way in lakes area
More land is being cleared in the lakes area with future development no doubt in mind.
Shift in S&P 500 index makeup is significant to fund investors
NEW YORK -- Investors who thought they were being conservative by putting their money into slow but steady mutual funds that track the performance of the S&P 500 index may be in for a surprise.
STAPLES -- Jim Christensen joined Nyhus Chevrolet/Buick of Staples as store sales manager.
Around the watercooler
KIDS IN CHARGE: Planning to go on a business trip? You might want to check with your child first.
They ganged up on the stock market last week
NEW YORK (AP) -- They ganged up on the stock market last week, providing a wonderfully clear illustration of how seemingly disparate fragments can coalesce into a powerful movement.
Anderson Cleaners' motto: Good service, quality work
"If we can't get the stain out, no one can," is a motto at Anderson Cleaners, and after 80 years of perfecting their dry cleaning craft, it would be hard not to believe them.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 154, a year ago 101.
Meets Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Agendas Little Falls School Board
Meets Monday, 5 p.m.
HILL CITY -- The State Patrol reported one person was injured Friday in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 200 about five miles east of Hill City.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 400.
Michael and Janel (Hicks) Mathis, Pillager, a boy, Michael Leigh Wayne, 7 pounds, 8 ounces, March 31, 2000. Grandparents are Nalrah and Jerry Hicks, Pillager. Great-grandparents are Don and Helen Hicks, Pillager.
Aluminum - 64.8 cents per lb., London Metal Exch. Fri.
Inkster leads Longs Drugs Challenge
LINCOLN, Calif. (AP) -- Juli Inkster is making herself right at home in the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge.
Els working to forget Masters
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Ernie Els put his runner-up finish in the Masters behind him with another loss the next day.
Greens of dreams Begay, USGA hoping to dr aw Indian youths to game
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The young American Indian stood on a practice tee on a Saturday morning 20 summers ago, his hands wrapped around a golf club, a bucket of balls at his feet.
Rain hits PGA Seniors' Championship
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Allen Doyle had a lot more fun on a rainy day last month in California than he's having in the water-logged PGA Seniors' Championship.
Some dieters turn to God for the will to resist overeating
''Jesus answered, 'It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' ''
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
This was Brainerd
April 16 -- 100 years ago (1900) -- Mr. Lambert, of Emily, caught two pickeral the other day from Lake Emily, weighing 23 and 26 pounds. This is a big fish story, but as he is a total abstainer we know he did not see double, hence the story is a true one.
That's no bull, but it sure can buck
Jason Winch of Nisswa hangs on for the final seconds on a mechanical bull ride sponsored by 3'Z Amusement Company booth during the Commerce and Industry Show at the Brainerd Civic Center Friday.
Ailing Pine River-Backus school district focus of gathering
PINE RIVER -- Frustrated over a variety of issues plaguing the financially ailing Pine River-Backus School District, about 60 Pine River-Backus parents and community members gathered at the Pine River Fire Hall Friday night to find a way to save their schools -- and, if necessary, possibly oust the entire school board and school administrators.
Hepatitis A cases linked to Twin Cities restaurant
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Anyone who ate at the Hoggsbreath restaurant in Little Canada from April 5 through April 14 is urged to get a shot of immune globulin to prevent getting ill with hepatitis A, state health officials said Friday.
Jesse's big decision
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura has vetoed a bill to create a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. It was the most significant abortion measure to be put before a Minnesota governor in about 20 years.
Lott stumps for Grams; touts child tax-credit
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott gave Sen. Rod Grams' re-election campaign a boost, stumping for the Minnesota Republican and touting him as a committed tax-cutter.
Session likely to drag into May as leaders struggle with budget talks
ST. PAUL -- When lawmakers returned to the Capitol in February, they thought their job might be quick and painless, ending before Easter as it usually does in a nonbudget year.
The Little Falls story on the kindergarten fee schedule on Page 1A Thursday should have attributed the Head Start program to Tri-County Community Action.
U S West-Qwest merger overcomes Minnesota hurdle
ST. PAUL (AP) -- U S West and Qwest Communications International on Friday reached an agreement with two Minnesota public offices intended to ensure that their proposed merger, if approved, benefits Minnesota customers.
Suicides cause family heartbreak, but group available to offer support
Families that have been jarred by suicide never forget the loved one they lost. But it is not always easy to cope.
Decade later, state lottery still a sure thing
ROSEVILLE -- That peppy zydeco jingle -- the one punctuated by the laughing loon -- has always been there. Scratch-off games still cost a dollar.
Columbine, one year later
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Richard Castaldo's calendar reads like a busy executive's Day-Timer.
Son of NAACP leader sentenced
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A son of NAACP president Kweisi Mfume has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for federal drug and weapons convictions.
U.S., Russian arms negotiators to meet in Geneva this week to consider more cuts
WASHINGTON -- American and Russian negotiators are to meet this week in Geneva to consider more cuts in long-range nuclear arms now that the Duma has approved the START II treaty.
Fans of 'The Sopranos' have a long wait for new episodes
NEW YORK -- Will Tony Soprano act on his fantasies about his psychiatrist? Will the feds get him? Will his sister stay far away?
Black farmers say USDA isn't doing enough on civil rights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year after they settled a civil rights lawsuit, black farmers say the Agriculture Department still isn't doing enough to address discrimination against minorities.
Paul Newman will end movie career, but keep on driving
NEW YORK (AP) -- From actor-racer Paul Newman, the message is catch me while you can on the silver screen.
Police raid, shut down protesters' headquarters
WASHINGTON -- Police raided and closed down the headquarters of world finance protesters Saturday after fire officials declared the old warehouse building unsafe.
To re-energize religious right, Falwell launches voter drive
WASHINGTON -- Tapping into churches for help, television evangelist Jerry Falwell is launching an effort to register 10 million voters as he tries to re-energize the religious right after a brutal Republican primary season.
Clinton setting aside 327,000-acre sequoia tract in California
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- President Clinton is making the nation's last stands of ancient sequoia trees permanently off-limits to loggers, angering some California businesses and outdoor enthusiasts.
Marine Corps says it had FAA approval to fly Osprey without lights
TUCSON, Ariz. -- In a statement that conflicts with FAA findings, the military said it had approval to fly aircraft without lights during a nighttime exercise that ended with the deaths of 19 Marines.
Ex-sailor accused of five strangulations arraigned
DETROIT -- Police say John E. Armstrong's mood changed frequently as he told them about killing woman after woman.
Third World leaders demand rich nations share wealth, power
HAVANA -- The leaders of the world's poor nations are uniting to demand a greater say in the global economic system, insisting on greater aid and trade and a role in financial decisions that often shake their countries.
Hospital fills with casualties after Congolese airport blast
KINSHASA, Congo -- Distraught relatives milled through the hallways of a hospital overwhelmed by the dead and injured after explosions rocked Kinshasa's airport, killing at least 40 people, Belgium's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
CBS 'Early Show' hits ratings low
NEW YORK -- There is more bad news for CBS's ''Early Show.''
Iraq rejects plan for new U.N. weapons monitoring
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq does not accept a new U.N. Security Council plan to resume weapons inspections in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said Saturday.
Man charged with trying to extort money from Louie Anderson
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man was charged with trying to extort money from ''Family Feud'' host Louie Anderson by threatening to reveal the comedian allegedly asked him for sex.
Stricter teaching requirements pushed by AFT
ATLANTA -- A national push to raise the standards for training and hiring teachers is doomed to fail unless it is accompanied by better pay and working conditions, some education experts say.
CNN settles lawsuit with former general named in Tailwind report
NEW YORK -- CNN has one less legal battle on its hands from the network's ill-fated 1998 report that accused the military of using nerve gas on Vietnam War-era defectors.
NEW YORK -- Investors have the weekend to lick their wounds and rethink their trading strategy after one of Wall Street's worst weeks ever ended in a selling stampede.
Gore gives book on environment a few tweaks but stands by it
WASHINGTON -- The book that critics say made Al Gore green with environmental extremism is being recycled in the midst of his presidential election campaign, and he's not backing down from the views that gave Republicans almost a decade of ammunition.
Two teens dead in Pennsylvania shooting
PETERSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy fatally shot a 16-year-old boy with a rifle he didn't know was loaded, then used the gun to kill himself when he realized what had happened, authorities said.
Gore shatters Silicon Valley fund-raising record
ATHERTON, Calif. -- Al Gore renewed his call for a ban on unlimited ''soft money'' at a fund-raiser that demolished previous records in the Silicon Valley for such campaign donations.
A breather as Cuban boy custody dispute rolls into court
MIAMI -- The tug-of-war over Elian Gonzalez has turned into an agonizing wait, with two federal courts considering the boy's fate and protesters in Little Havana maintaining an uneasy vigil.
Ex-CIA agent testifies in behalf of Kurdish doctor
LOS ANGELES -- In a case that has attracted national attention, a former high-ranking CIA officer testified Thursday on behalf of a Kurdish doctor who says he once fought against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein but now faces deportation from the United States over concerns he is a double agent.
Woman who profited from cancer scare avoids jail time
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two years ago, after Charlene Zimmerman told her husband and three children she was dying of cancer, people all over Des Moines rushed to help.
Clinton announces grants to prevent youth violence
WASHINGTON -- To mark the one-year anniversary of the violent school shooting at a Colorado high school, President Clinton Saturday announced new grants to place more police officers in schools and hire more counselors to work with elementary schoolchildren.
Runners vow to be careful
BOSTON -- Moses Tanui and John Kagwe should have known better.
Fans happy now
When Frank Thomas last played at Comiskey Park, he was the target of harsh fan criticism.
Magic take over sole possession of eighth place in East
The last NBA playoff spot is Orlando's, at least for now.
Orioles find a new way to lose
MINNEAPOLIS -- So much for the Baltimore Orioles' new-and-improved bullpen?
Double OT victory for Wolves
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Grizzlies finally ran out of time against Minnesota.
Playoff spot no longer paramount for Wolves
When the Minnesota Timberwolves shot so poorly during a recent three-game stretch, the explanation at first sounded like a bad excuse.
Ripken: Chasing 3,000 tougher than chasing Gehrig's achievement
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cal Ripken thinks playing in 2,131 consecutive games was easier than pursuing 3,000 hits.
Gaetti decides to retire
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Gary Gaetti has retired, saying he had lost confidence in his ability to play like the All-Star he once was.
AITKIN -- Norman Deuermeyer, 85, Aitkin, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Steven Brown, 49, Baxter, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Deloris M. Harjes
NISSWA -- Deloris M. Harjes, 63, Nisswa, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Elizabeth Samuell, 93, Aitkin, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at the Aicota Nursing Home in Aitkin.
Joseph A. Gast
PIERZ -- Joseph A. Gast, Pierz, 93, died Thursday, April 6, 2000.
Gun law won't save world, but maybe child
Bill Clinton came to Annapolis, Md., on Tuesday to celebrate the signing of a gun safety measure with which everyone but the die-hards of the National Rifle Association can feel comfortable and to remember Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's father. Bobby Kennedy has been gone for 32 years, the victim of a crazed man with a gun. The NRA remembers Bobby. It's been trying to silence his ghost since 1968.
The growing scrutiny into the Twin Cities' attempt to build a light rail transit line must not slow development of the Northstar Corridor commuter rail project.
Poor rise to surface
LOS ANGELES--The janitors on strike at the office buildings near the downtown hotel where I stayed for a couple days last week were the most polite picketers I have ever seen. The largely Latino groups of men and women standing on the plaza from which several of the city's highest office towers rise greeted visitors with elaborate courtesy and seemed genuinely grateful when anyone accepted one of their handouts explaining why they had stopped using their brushes and brooms.
Political garbage stinks up Elian case
It had to become a religious war.
Aged trees hold nature's best lessons
Like the befallen giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, the massive old spruce that once stood guard on the edge of my creek now lies down, sprawled and silent. In quiet contemplation I sit alone on the titan and reflect on dying and death.
Benson man spends hours rebuilding old canoes
BENSON (AP) -- John T. Hutchinson confesses to being a bit skeptical about the existence of the hereafter.
April -- 16-22 -- National Wildlife Week
Where walleyes come from
There's plenty of walleyes to go around in Whitefish Lake, and when they make their spring spawning run a netful makes for an impressive sight.
Area crappie run may be about to start
A 2-pound-2-ounce crappie was weighed in at Koep's Pro Shop on Tuesday, providing evidence that a run of bigger crappies may be starting. The fish reportedly was pulled from North Long Lake.
Applications are now being taken for the DNR's Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) summer program. Youths 15-18 are eligible and 90 positions are available.
Kenny and Luella Engholm, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house, dinner and dance beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eagle's Club in Brainerd. They were married April 22, 1950. The event will be hosted by their family.
Barbara J. Felland and Spencer C. Whiting announce their engagement.
Michaeleen Hanson and Cory Cronquist announce their engagement.
Amber Schmidt and Steven Houle were married Feb. 12, 2000, at St. Francis of Assisi of Brainerd with Father Carroll Houle and Pastor Darrell Pedersen officiating.
Dale Shanks celebrated his 70th birthday with family and friends in Deerwood on April 9.
Amy Peters and Shawn Dixon announce their engagement. Parents are Greg and Marilyn Peters and Donna and Denny Dixon, all of Brainerd. An Oct. 14 wedding is planned at Park United Methodist Church.
Tami Jo Schmidt and Robin Cook announce their engagement.
Sue Harting-Uselman and Bob Barry announce their engagement. An April 29 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Tena Swanson and Brent Burgstaler announce their engagement.
Robert and Catherine Olson, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church and a reception at Cragun's with family and friends. They were married April 15, 1950, in Fairmont.
Jennifer Kraus and Jason Stockinger announce their engagement. Parents are Richard and Jean Kraus, Backus, and Floyd and RoseAnn Stockinger, St. Cloud. An April 29 wedding is planned at St. Benedict's Catholic Church of Avon.
Meta Diane Mandich and Casey John Pikula announce their engagement.
Stefanie Brown and Joshua Nelson announce their engagement. Parents are Robert Brown, Browerville, and Diane Nathe, Mesa, Ariz., and Joe and Deb Nelson, Baxter. An Aug. 5 wedding is planned at St. Francis of Assisi.
NASCAR-Diehard 500 Qualifying
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- First-round qualifying results Friday from the NASCAR Winston Cup Series DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with qualifying position, car number, driver, car make and speed in miles per hour:
Penske team riding out dark days
You don't have to know a camshaft from a bell crank to know Roger Penske and Marlboro Team Penske. His cars have won 99 races since 1971, 10 of.them Indianapolis 500s. He has had some of history's fastest cars piloted by some of history's finest drivers, legends such as Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Bobby Unser and the Al Unsers -- Sr. and Jr.
Mayfield wins pole for DieHard 500
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Bill Elliott jumped out of his car with a big grin and high-fives for his crew. It was just like the good ol' days at Talladega Superspeedway, when no one had heard of restrictor plates and Awesome Bill was the fastest man at the sport's fastest track.
Dolphin swim team wins seven region titles
The Brainerd YMCA Dolphins swim team won seven championships in the region meet April 1-2.
High School Softball
Warriors' Holland has hopes she can return to softball action this week
Breanna Holland has experienced a roller coaster of emotions in her senior year as a Brainerd High School athlete.
St. Olaf to add women's hockey, men's golf to varsity programs
NORTHFIELD (AP) -- St. Olaf college is adding women's hockey and men's golf as varsity programs competing in the MIAC and NCAA Division III in the 2000-2001 season.
Federal subpoenas widen probe of Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS -- The probe into academic misconduct in the University of Minnesota men's basketball program widened when federal investigators served university officials with a pair of subpoenas to appear before a grand jury this week.
Listensmart seeks to make Web more lucrative for musicians
The Internet is garage band heaven.
Web-only banks start to get real
The hoopla over Internet-only banks was deafening just a year ago as these virtual institutions touted some simple arithmetic: By cutting out the parking-lot infrastructure of traditional banks, they could pass on the savings by offering higher rates.
Going back to square one in the naming process
Sometimes, dot-coms that rushed the naming process have to back up and start over.
For reader, Internet is a new gathering spot
Women who hide their romance-reading habits as if they were a drug addiction are in for a surprise: Millions of women are digesting this stuff.
Study: Many e-retailers may soon go bust
NEW YORK -- Most retailers that operate entirely on the Internet will be out of business by next year, a respected consulting firm is warning.
Embarking on a brave new world for spectators -- computer gaming
DALLAS -- Game masters frantically tap keyboards and computer mice, clicking their way through digital warehouses, castles and space stations with one goal -- annihilate everyone else.
Battling spam It's an irritant and tough to eliminate
Life is full of annoyances, and spam is one of them. Unsolicited ads for get-rich-quick schemes, porn sites, hair restorers, time shares, Viagra merchants, herbal remedies, quickie mortgages, diploma mills and work-at-home rip-offs litter our e-mail boxes and give Internet service providers fits.
The costly game for net names
Icebox.com doesn't sell refrigerators and Monster.com isn't necessarily a scary place to visit. But getmymba.com is pitching exactly what the Web site's name suggests.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 62 41 cdy, Albuquerque 78 48 cdy, Amarillo 87 59 cdy
Winter storm watch today...
Weather drawing by Jordan Nentl of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Around the world
Amsterdam 50 35 cdy, Athens 72 58 clr, Auckland 66 54 cdy
Pack 83 would like to thank the Coke Company, Arby's, Super One, Pastor Andrew Prin and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, parents, all helpers, and scouts for helping make our Spaghetti Supper a huge success.
'The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions at the 19th annual Home Show. The donations of non-perishable fo
Plants can be poisonous
Dear Readers: Plants make homes look inviting inside and out, but beware of the dangers of some -- they can be poisonous to pets and children.
CONSTRUCTION -- Several construction sites need help with interior framing, insulation, trim boards, trusses, roofing, vinyl siding, etc. Many other opportunities available. Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. 828-8517 or RSVP 824-1345.
Daughter's death gives life to others saved by organs
DEAR ABBY: On Nov. 18, 1991, the life of my 17-year-old daughter, Karen, ended far too soon. Karen was a beautiful and compassionate girl, always thinking of others and how she could help them.
Child in need
WANTED: An adult female (any age) with lots of energy who enjoys watching sports, playing sports, Rollerblading, swimming, skating, painting, cooking, canoeing, bike riding, and/or a multitude of other activities. This person should live in the Pillager area or not mind traveling to the area to spend time with her partner.
Sarah Jane Northway, formerly of Brainerd, and daughter of Ed and Jann Northway, Nisswa, has been named the 2000 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess by the Minnesota State Society in Washington, D.C.
Parents should disband the clean-plate club
Resist the temptation to enlist your children in the Clean-Plate Club, Pennsylvania State University researchers recommend.
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