Clint Wood and Steve Kohls, photographers for The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, swept the Pictorial category of the 2000 Minnesota Associated Press Photo contest.
The securities markets are both economic thermometer and barometer
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's no longer just a place where prices jump around like corn in a popper, an indulgence of the rich but of no particular concern for most families.
First quarter loss reported by Potlatch
Potlatch Corporation, based in Spokane, Wash. reported a loss for the first quarter of 2001 in a news release this week.
Dairy Queen kingdom grows
EDINA (AP) -- When Warren Buffett bought International Dairy Queen three years ago, securities analysts wondered what the so-called Sage of Omaha saw in the soft-serve ice cream company.
Mum's the word on possible east Brainerd eatery
Drivers along Washington Street in east Brainerd may have noticed a little yard work near Franklin Junior High School.
Computer 1 success defies tech slowdown
Owners of Computer 1 Technologies Solutions in Brainerd marked a one-year anniversary a week ago and have expansion plans in the near future that does not seem to be affected by a national slowdown for technology companies.
Recent rally has analysts talking market recovery
Technology shares spearheaded another impressive rally on Wall Street Thursday, as the Federal Reserve's interest-rate cut and some upbeat earnings stoked the belief that a lasting market recovery is under way.
Bearish investors become bulls again
NEW YORK -- Amazon.com has been a great investment for investors who bought the stock two weeks ago. They've nearly doubled their money.
Taxing times Some may wonder if complicated returns are worth the trouble
Tax season is over. That's the good news. The bad news is it'll be back next year, and it'll probably get even more difficult to complete returns.
It would be safe to say a popular Christmas gift last year for youngsters -- scooters -- aren't sitting in closets collecting dust.
Pets of the Week
Mike is a 2-year-old male English setter who is white and tan. He would make an excellent hunting and family dog.
Child in need
Recently there has been a lot of information about family values and morals and how we teach them to our children.
Nurse's affair with patient makes her sick at heart
DEAR ABBY: I am a 30-year-old woman. I worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital for five years. Last month, I had an affair -- a one-night stand -- with a former patient whom I met in the hospital. It was discovered, and a week later, I was fired.
Washington Middle School band concert is Thursday
Washington Middle School's band students will present their spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Tornstrom Auditorium.
Cats can get heartworms, too
Dear Readers: Most of us know that dogs can get heartworms, but I bet many of you didn't know that cats can contract the disease as well. Yup, and it's nasty!
Pet-loss industry handles embalming, burial, cremation
LOS ANGELES -- As Kodiak was dying from a rare form of cancer, Bonnie Weintraub vowed never to forget the black standard poodle with the dark soulful eyes that sensed when she needed companionship, conveyed by a paw on Weintraub's hand, a head on her lap or a wag of the tail.
April 22-28 is Volunteer Recognition Week
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin has proclaimed April 22-28 as Volunteer Recognition Week, with a recognition event scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ramada Inn.
Small farm owners know they have most to lose from foot-and-mouth
SPRING GROVE -- After a hearty noon meal, Jeff Gerard leans back in his kitchen chair, rolls a toothpick in his fingers and explains why life is good.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 150, a year ago closed.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday hogs: 450.
Meets 8:30-11 a.m. Monday
Barker, Scott A. and Shannon M.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a vehicle accident scene with injuries at 5:06 p.m. Friday near Highway 210 west and Memory Wood Drive in Baxter.
Janzen leads Houston Open
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) -- Lee Janzen, trying to win the tournament that got away from him in 1998, shot a 4-under-par 68 Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Houston Open.
Area women contributing to college golf teams
Fairways are still thawing in the Brainerd lakes area, but there's still golf being played.
Pine River-Backus boy's golf team downs Wadena-Deer Creek
PINE RIVER -- Logan Sasse led the Pine River-Backus Tigers boy's golf team to a 184-199 dual meet win over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Friday at the Pine River Country Club.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Blood Pressure Clinics
PEAKS students say charter school works for them, is place where they can learn
PILLAGER -- Traditional school wasn't working for the 40-some students who now attend PEAKS Charter School in Pillager.
Crosslake Community School fund-raiser set
MANHATTAN BEACH -- A fund-raiser for the Crosslake Community School will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Manhattan Beach Lodge.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 22 - 20 years ago (1981) - Citing "a recent upsurge in criminal activity and streets that are virtually unpatrolled," Brainerd Police officers asked the city to hire additional patrolmen.
Nisswa Elementary School students celebrated the groundbreaking of their $1 million community library. Read about the library that will open Oct. 1 in Monday's Dispatch.
Students crush cans for Earth Day
BAXTER -- It was music to the ears of students at Family of Christ Lutheran School.
Measure calls for cleaner-burning school buses
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California air quality officials unanimously approved a measure Friday to require schools across the region to begin replacing heavy polluting diesel-powered school buses with cleaner-fueled models.
Sarah Brady says she has lung cancer
WASHINGTON -- Gun-control advocate Sarah Brady disclosed Friday night that she has been battling lung cancer for about a year.
Schools may be to blame for traffic jams
ATLANTA -- Traffic jams aren't just a problem in bustling areas of the nation's cities. Congestion can be found in suburbs and even small towns, and experts say they've found an unlikely culprit -- schools.
Columbine marks second anniversary of deadly attack
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Holding hands and wiping away tears, about 350 people marked the second anniversary Friday of the Columbine High School tragedy by listening as the names of the 13 people gunned down by two students were read aloud.
Democrats criticize environmental policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's recent steps to establish an environmental policy are woefully short on substance, the House's second-ranking Democrat said Saturday.
Navy admiral will spare sub's skipper a court-martial
WASHINGTON -- The admiral who commands the U.S. Pacific Fleet has called the commander of USS Greeneville to an administrative hearing in Hawaii on Monday to punish him for his actions in the collision that sank a Japanese fishing boat in February, defense officials said Friday.
Miller twins, Lynx's Abrosimova go early in WNBA draft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx selected Connecticut forward Svetlana Abrosimova with the seventh pick of the WNBA draft, though she will be unavailable when their season begins because of a foot injury.
Weingartner in Family Circle semifinals
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Marlene Weingartner liked her practices and her technique. It was the results she wasn't particularly pleased with.
Five grand slams recorded Friday
Barry Larkin's grand slam was the first of his 15-year major league career, and it was just one of five in the major leagues on a near-record night.
Hurricanes win second game, still trail 3-2 in series
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Winning two straight first-round playoff games against the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils has suddenly given the Carolina Hurricanes momentum.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Vick, who 24 hours earlier expected to be going to San Diego, was selected first in the NFL draft Saturday by the Atlanta Falcons.
Wisconsin places itself on probation for NCAA violations
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin placed itself on three years' probation Friday for NCAA rules infractions uncovered during an investigation sparked by revelations that athletes received unadvertised discounts at a shoe store.
Quotes of week
"First of all, I'd like to thank my parents for having me. I want to thank Willie Mays for being here and Willie McCovey. Most of all, thanks to all of you. I love you and I'm proud to be in a San Francisco Giants uniform." -- Barry Bonds after hitting his 500th home run.
XFL to be back in '02; Ventura's status unclear
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The XFL will return for another season, the league's founder now says, but no decision has been made about Gov. Jesse Ventura's status in the broadcast booth.
Brooks to Vick -- college is over, lessons just beginning
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks sat Michael Vick down and told him the facts of life in the NFL.
John 'Mac' Goble II
PEQUOT LAKES -- John "Mac" Goble II, 71, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
LASTRUP -- A memorial service and burial for Yvonne Hoheisel, Isle, formerly of Pierz, who died Jan. 31, 2001, in Harlingen, Texas, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup.
AITKIN -- Ernest Tyren, 94, Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Guess who's visiting?
One thought went through Theresa Bryant's mind when she found out President George W. Bush was going to be a house guest.
Maybe it's the water
We are fortunate who live here in the lakes area. Not only do we live our lives close to lakes and woods in a growing and prosperous economy, we also seem to be residing in one of the few remaining bastions of volunteerism and grassroots community service.
Freedom is like a garden needing constant nurturing and protection. Liberty's most wonderful flower is freedom of speech under which all of our other splendid freedoms are shelte
Hen house construction plans
Materials: 7-foot piece of 2"x2" mesh-welded, plastic-coated garden fencing, 36 inches wide; 1 inch x
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- When is prime time for South Dakota walleye action? Now!
The best places to look for shed antlers are where deer spend the winter.
CAMP RIPLEY -- Marty Skoglund remembers how the buck slipped thorough the woods two years ago on an October afternoon.
There's a right rod and reel for the way you fish
Retail stores are re-tooling for the fisherman. Aisles that a few weeks ago displayed hardware are now giving way to fishing lures, rods and reels.
Residents in the West encounter cougars more often
EUGENE, Ore. -- When Nancy Maniago built her home, she included a two-story window so she could watch deer that live in the nearby woods. Last summer, she had a different sort of visitor: a mountain lion.
Nesting habitat is important first step to preserving waterfowl
Now that spring is finally here, my mind is quickly switching over to matters of housing. With the late onset of this delightful season, I have been scurrying to make sure my houses are in order -- bird houses that is.
Shooting buddies aim to go far in target archery
LITTLE FALLS -- Jon Backowski and Jake Cameron have practiced archery together since the sixth grade.
Lake Minnetonka crappie contest scheduled for Saturday
SPRING PARK -- Thousands of anglers are expected to compete in the 34th annual Leukemia Crappie Contest from 12:01 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28 on Lake Minnetonka. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Minnesota Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
North Country calendar
April - 22 -- Earth Day
Jennifer Rubald and Robert Birkeland announce their engagement. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Quintin T. Rubald Jr., St. Cloud, and Mrs. Glenn Birkeland, Crosslake. A May 4 wedding is planned.
Lloyd and Donna Johnson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Club in Brainerd. The event will be hosted by their children.
Michelle Baldwin and Jason Hines announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Lee Baldwin, Hallock, and Dennis and Sherry Hines, Pillager.
John and Pat Smith, Garrison, recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They were married April 11, 1955.
Wendy Skrypek and Kevin Albertson announce their engagement. Parents are Russ and Sue Tillbury, Bemidji, and Richard Boulter, Massachusetts, and Ray and Rita Nichols, Brainerd, and Mike Albertson, Pillager.
Tanya Kay St. Marie and Daniel E. Koch announce their engagement. Parents are David and Diane St. Marie, Bonita Springs, Fla., and John and Annette Koch, Pequot Lakes. A May 19 wedding is planned at St. Alice Church in Pequot Lakes.
Teresa Long and Jay Eckman announce their engagement. Parents are Randy and Korrie Blair, Wadena, and Phil and Shelly Long, Brainerd, and Jim and Jean Eckman, Sebeka.
Wayne E. Fezler, Brainerd, will celebrate his 90th birthday today. He was born April 22, 1911, in Blue Earth.
Heather Murrer and David Ingebrigtson announce their engagement. Parents are Loren and Lori Murrer, Pequot Lakes, and Neal and Nancy Ingebrigtson, Marshall. A June 16 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.
Jessie Britton will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at Mississippi Terrace. No gifts please. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Dodge still fastest with restricted engines
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- All qualifying for the Talladega 500 proved is that the new Dodges still have an edge at restrictor plate tracks, and nearly everyone else is close behind.
MnDOT receives three environmental awards
The Minnesota Department of Transportation received three Federal Highway Administration awards for environmental excellence.
Most oppose plan to expand state sales tax
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- About two-thirds of Minnesotans oppose Gov. Jesse Ventura's proposal to extend the sales tax to services in return for a property tax cut, according to a poll.
Planned Parenthood offers free prom kits containing condoms
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A "Prom Survival Kit" containing condoms and distributed through Planned Parenthood offices here has renewed the ongoing debate on the best way to reduce teen pregnancy.
Report: Four guns found in cabin after Zappa's arrest
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities found four weapons in the Montana cabin where they arrested Anthony Zappa and rescued a Nebraska girl last week.
Ventura will ask Bush to declare state federal disaster area
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura will ask President Bush to declare Minnesota a federal disaster area, opening the possibility for federal relief.
Class at Morris school canceled during investigation
MORRIS (AP) -- Classes were canceled at the Morris Area High School on Friday while police studied items recovered in a search made after a student allegedly made threats on a school bus.
American Indians returning to reservations
ONAMIA (AP) -- Even though Delores Heglund spent most of the past 30 years in the Twin Cities, childhood memories of making birch-bark baskets and ceremonial dances on the Mille Lacs reservation kept a strong hold on her.
Staples-Motley falls to Osakis
Osakis 4, Staples-Motley 3
CLC men split with Mesabi
The Central Lakes Raiders opened their conference season by splitting a pair of games with the Mesabi Norse.
Warrior girls shut out
For the second time in four games, the Brainerd Warriors softball team was stymied by good pitching as they lost to the Sartell Sabres 5-0 in Central Lakes Conference action Friday.
Staples-Motley tennis team defeats Sartell
Staples-Motley 4, Sartell 3
Local sports shorts
The North Star Ice Racing Association distributed its season-ending awards at its recent banquet.
Heslop leads Pequot Lakes in Perham invitational
PERHAM -- Pequot Lakes junior Jackie Heslop started the season shooting an 18-hole 78 to lead the Patriots to a win in the Yellow Jacket Invitational Friday in Perham.
CLC women sweep Riverland in doubleheader
It's so simple. Anyone who's ever shuffled, cut and dealt even a single hand of poker knows you're in a stronger position when you're dealt two aces than if you're holding only one. Maybe that's why Central Lakes College Raiders softball manager Dennis Eastman was so eager to get in Friday's games against visiting Riverland.
Pequot defeats New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS -- Emma Hoglund twirled a two-hit shutout for the Pequot Lakes as the Patriots beat the New York Mills Eagles 11-0 in a Park Region Conference game Friday.
Warriors edge Flyers by one in eight innings
Championship teams win baseball games in the last at bat. The Brainerd Warriors know something about winning championships, securing two state titles in the last six years.
Staples-Motley boys; LP-GE girls win at Pioneer Invitational
MILACA -- The Staples-Motley Cardinal boys and Long Prairie/Gray Eagle girls were winners at the Pioneer Invitational Track and Field meet held Friday in Milaca.
Brainerd Hall of Fame inductee reflects on athletic career
Mary (Houle) Streiff developed into a hall of famer by competing in a sport that initially she detested.
Area events Saturday
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Minnesota to rely on jump shot against top-seeded San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves consider the jumper to be their best shot at beating the San Antonio Spurs.
Twins climb to 12-3, best season start since 1972
CHICAGO (AP) -- Brad Radke escaped a tough first inning when he surrendered three hits but just one run. That was all the opening he needed against the Chicago White Sox.
Trade of Knoblauch in '98 now paying off nicely for Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- February 1998. Chuck Knoblauch wanted a new home, the New York Yankees needed a leadoff hitter, and the Minnesota Twins needed, well, all the help they could get.
Child privacy law means fewer options on Web for young kids
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the past year, kids site Zeeks.com closed its chat rooms and disabled e-mail accounts for children. Internet matchmaker eCrush dropped users under 13, as did America Online's ICQ service. Alloy Online banned young children from contests.
Robotic plane to make record-breaking Pacific crossing
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A robotic reconnaissance jet developed for the Air Force will try to fly from California to Australia on Sunday, becoming the first such aircraft to cross the Pacific Ocean.
For online music fans, the party isn't over
This is what -- week 30 of the Napster death watch?
Sites working to meet child privacy laws
Some of the sites that have tried to meet requirements under a child privacy law without curtailing services or restricting usage:
Space tourist will be allowed to fly
WASHINGTON -- California tycoon Dennis Tito will be allowed to visit the International Space Station as a tourist despite concerns about his safety, a NASA official says.
It may look like junk mail, but it's actually your chance to avoid just that
NEW YORK -- We're all so used to getting junk mail and unwanted promotional items along with our bills that we often don't pay attention to the many bits and pieces of paper that arrive daily.
Wireless spam: intrusive and costly telemarketing tactic
PHOENIX (AP) -- James Backen was at dinner in late March when he got a short message on his cell phone. When he checked, he discovered it was an advertisement from a local mortgage company.
Alternative sites for music downloads
Here are some of your options on music downloads:
Cuyuna Range proposes tech center
IRONTON -- If a Cuyuna Range Technology Center becomes a reality in Ironton, the center could bring more than 245 jobs to the area.
Teaching the Web to speak their languages
Even though it's called the World Wide Web, Internet addresses have largely been confined to the Western languages. Now, various companies and regulatory bodies are working on standards to allow domain names in various languages ranging from Chinese to Hebrew to be applied to the Internet.
'Advergames' replacing Web banner ads
In response to the surging popularity of free Web mini-games and the declining attention paid to banner ads, online marketing strategists are encouraging clients to bankroll playable product promotions and advertisements called advergames.
Endeavour pulls in closer to link up with space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space Shuttle Endeavour pulled in closer to the international space station early Saturday for a morning linkup with the 240-mile-high outpost.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Windy and turning colder west. A chance of rain and snow far northwest. Still mild with a chance of showers or thunderstorms east. Highs from 35 far northwest to the upper 70s southeast tip.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms east early. Highs in the lower 60s northwest to mid 80s southeast.
The Weather Elsewhere
Take a ride
Weather drawing by Brittany Hanson in the Baxter School fourth-grade class of Mr. Trucano.
Rain not expected to slow rivers' retreat
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Rain in the forecast this weekend could slow the drop of Minnesota's swollen rivers, but officials said Friday they didn't expect enough precipitation to make a major difference.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms ending this morning... With areas of fog north. Then breezy and warm with a chance of afternoon showers and storms. Highs in the 60s and 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Cloudy. Light rain or snow southeast. Highs from the mid 30s northwest...To the mid 40s southeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm watch for far southwestern south dakota tonight and sunday...
River towns continue to brace for more flooding
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) -- The battle to contain the rising Mississippi River continued into the weekend as weary residents held out hope that floodwaters would begin retreating.
Names and faces
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe doesn't like the new speed bumps outside his house on Hill Street.
The MS Walk will be today at Kiwanis Park with registration beginning at 11 a.m. The walk will start and end at Kiwanis Park. Dress accordingly for the weather.
April 22-28 is National Volunteer Week and International Year of Volunteers will be used nationwide as the theme. It's an appropriate time for RSVP to recognize and thank the efforts of the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers who serve with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Crow Wing County.
Leaders talk trade at summit
QUEBEC -- Western hemisphere leaders debated how to create the world's largest free-trade zone without eroding hard-fought democratic gains, while riot police were on high alert as busloads of demonstrators gathered Saturday to protest capitalism, globalization and the trade plan.
Police brace for march after summit turns violent
QUEBEC -- Riot police braced for more violence Saturday after clashes with protesters transformed the picturesque streets of this 17th century capital into a battlefield clouded with tear gas.
Isreali strike against Syrian forces tests Bashar Assad
DAMASCUS, Syria -- An Israeli strike on Syrian targets in Lebanon last week presented the first real test for Bashar Assad, Syria's young, Western-educated president of less than a year.
U.S. plane monitored Peru's shooting of missionaries' plane
IQUITOS, Peru -- A U.S. surveillance plane monitored the Peruvian air force's downing of a plane carrying American missionaries mistaken for drug smugglers, a U.S. Embassy official said Saturday. A woman and her infant daughter from Michigan were killed in the shooting and crash.
Montenegrins weigh desires and fears ahead of crucial vote
DOBRAKOVO, Yugoslavia -- Montenegrin shepherd Osman Kujovic considers himself better off than most of his fellow Yugoslavs across the mist-shrouded mountains in Serbia.
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