Most consumers don't mind getting special offers stuffed into their bills and credit card statements, but only if they're tailored to their buying preferences.
ONAMIA -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs is completing the second phase of a construction project that will allow guests to enjoy an improved non-smoking section and new dcor.
Study shows near-retirees losing ground
WASHINGTON -- Despite the longest period of economic prosperity in American history, most older workers are less well-provisioned for retirement than they were when the growth began, according to a new study released Thursday.
Housing stock expands in Brainerd lakes area
Owner-occupied housing in the lakes area expanded during the 1990s.
STAPLES -- Diane Gillespie, Staples, recently been promoted to team manager by Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company selling upscale, convenience-driven gourmet foods.
The community strategy team will present information to the public about the team's project to work with the Potlatch mill from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Washington Middle School in Brainerd.
Around the watercooler
SUMMER JOBS: The Employment Policy Foundation of Washington, D.C., says nearly 60 percent of employable teen-agers -- around 8 million -- will join the labor force this summer, whether it's to flip burgers, be camp counselors or work at the local mall. The other 40 percent will spend the summer traveling, going to summer school or doing volunteer work.
Small caps shine in a difficult market
NEW YORK -- Cobalt Corp. Boyd Gaming. Brookline Bancorp.
Lamentations is ideal fare for Americans after Sept. 11
Without quite admitting it, American Christians, both conservatives and liberals, often excise those gnarly, negative portions of the Bible.
Priests make big donation while pinching pennies
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The Rev. Ken Templin clips coupons, shops for deals at discount grocery stores, frequents thrift bakeries for cheap bread and watches for dips in gasoline prices.
One to worship
It wasn't a day that would probably make you anxious to spend the day outdoors. As I looked at the calendar the date definitely confirms that it is spring, but it's hard to believe.
Cathedral construction project in St. Paul passes turning point
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The $35 million renovation of the Cathedral of St. Paul is 80 percent done and proceeding ahead of schedule.
Chaplain who served in Afghanistan shares aspects of his ministry with military families
A military chaplain who recently returned from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan addressed worshippers last weekend in Brainerd.
Bonds offer cheap financing, and controversy, for religious schools
BOSTON (AP) -- When Gordon College needed millions of dollars to build a new dormitory, it joined a growing number of colleges and some private secondary schools using tax-exempt bonds to raise the money.
Presbyterians cut 43 jobs in restructuring
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has told 43 national staff members they will be laid off immediately in a restructuring to cope with lower investment earnings and changing priorities, church spokesmen say.
Students get taste of life as church workers
MOORHEAD (AP) -- There's something to be said about a college class that meets at 8 a.m. the week before finals and still attracts 24 of its 28 students.
The annual meeting of the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which president Alison Edgerton will lead, will be 10:45 a.m. May 12 at Pequot Lakes City Hall. Officers will be elected. A potluck will follow the service. Religious education for children is available. NUUF is a welcoming congregation.
Motivational speaker to give CLC graduation address
Kenneth Mills, a motivational speaker and Outstanding Alumnus, will present the commencement address at Central Lakes College, where nearly 700 graduates will receive degrees, diplomas and certificates this month.
DEAR ABBY: Two different professional counselors have told me my husband is emotionally abusive. I just don't see it.
Tweens living in the glitter years
Girl's clothing stores these days look almost like discos.
Courtship is alternative to dating model
QUESTION: My oldest son is approaching the age where we had previously agreed to allow him to date. The more I think about it, though, the more the whole idea concerns me. It seems that even in the best of dating situations, the negatives exceed the positives.
Sugar and spice and not so nice
WASHINGTON -- Almost 600 mothers and daughters, with a dozen or so dads dragging behind, jammed a suburban auditorium this week to learn more about the Teenage Crisis of the Moment: alpha girls.
DEAR ABBY: For years my husband and I worked at various private summer camps across the Southeast. It always amazed us that parents would send their children to camps without thoroughly checking the conditions of these places. What are these parents thinking? The camp sales videos show only what the owners want the parents to see.
How they voted
Here's how Minnesota representatives voted in the 280-141 roll call vote Thursday by which the House passed the farm bill.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 300. Last Thursday: 619. Year Ago Thursday: 532. Wednesday actual: 378.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 500. Last Friday: 2,069. Year Ago Friday: 493. Thursday actual: 389.
House passes farm bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic leaders predict an election-year farm bill that boosts agriculture spending by 70 percent will win final approval in the Senate next week.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 211, a year ago 186.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
LAKES AREA SENIOR
Victims of clergy abuse
Erik and Staci Strowbridge, Fridley, a boy, Austin Thomas, 11 pounds, 4 ounces, May 2, 2002. Grandparents are Thomas and Lynn Strowbridge, Baxter, and Don and Lorraine Mathiowetz, Coon Rapids. Great-grandparents are Herb and Lila Strowbridge, Brainerd.
ROYALTON -- A 56-year-old Royalton man was injured in a single-vehicle accident reported at 1:25 a.m. Saturday on Nature Road near Royalton, the Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported
Brett and Annette Monaghan, Pillager, a boy, Grant Alex
Little Falls School Board
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
School lunch menus
Frosh stars again
EAST GULL LAKE -- For the second time in the last three tournaments, a freshman led the Brainerd Warriors boys' golf team to a title.
Hasselberg medals, Pequot wins tourney
FERGUS FALLS -- Staples-Motley's Mary Hasselberg won her third-straight girls' golf tournament and the Pequot Lakes Patriots won their second straight tournament as a team Friday at the Fergus Falls Invitational.
Pierz's Meyer medalist; Pioneers win
ONAMIA -- Nathan Meyer was medalist with a 39 to lead the Pierz boys' golf team to a 165-190 win over Onamia at Izaty's Golf Course Thursday.
Choi leads Compaq Classic golf tourney
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- South Korea's K.J. Choi shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Compaq Classic.
Meschke cards an 82
EAST GULL LAKE -- A team is measured by all of its members.
Memory researchers are trying to light corners of mind
Maybe it's a sign of a ma
Like many women, Jayna Reed loved to be tan.
Looking for a forget-me-not
The great appeal of substances such as the herb ginkgo biloba or vitamin E is that they are not prescription drugs. They're also relatively cheap and easily available. "Baby boomers are much more likely than previous generations to
Variety of mortgages, both fixed-rate and adjustable, available for home buyers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Borrowing money to buy a home can be a nail-biting experience because it's the biggest financial transaction many people make in a lifetime.
Make small changes in Design K-16 to increase plan's value
Design K-16 looks like a starter home, but with some careful tweaking, you could move it up a notch. One of the best investments you can make is to select a starter home design that has the potential to be a move-up home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Linden Hill, the Musser and Weyerhaeuser estates in Little Falls, will host a Spring Fling with garden tours, children's activities and plant sale.
Homeowner had his moment of fame
Zane Smith, who came from a prominent Brainerd family, lived in his north Brainerd home for many years until he recently moved into an area nursing home.
Home has a country feeling
A railed porch and twin dormers give this home, Plan K-16, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, the look of a country dwelling, though it's also suited for a city lot. Its floor plan provides a well-laid-out 1,231 square feet of living space.
New ergonomic tools give gardeners more power and pleasure
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Maybe they should print this warning on seed packets: "Gardening can be hazardous to your health."
Improve your kitchen storage
If your attempts in the kitchen to locate that special pot, pan or can of soup make you feel like you need help from Sherlock Holmes, chances are you could use a little organizational assistance.
Heres the lowdown on levels
We learned as apprentice carpenters that a strong back, ambition and energ
Raised beds are warranted, sometimes
Raised beds are all the rage in gardening these days, but don't revamp your ground just yet. Raised beds are a lot of work, so before you grab your shovel, stop to consider whether they really are necessary or beneficial.
Simple gadgets can help lighten the load
Who doesn't like gadgets that make jobs easier?
Gardeners like big tomato plants
In a quiet greenhouse, Mark Stanley panders to the innermost desires of the American gardener: to beat his neighbor.
When push comes to shove: Resolving contractor disputes
It's the regrettable underside of home repair and improvements: homeowners and contractors who disagree with each other on any of a variety of issues.
PUC approves funding of new city buildings
After two hours of discussion and three motions, the Brainerd Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved funding new city buildings.
Brainerd man arrested on drug charges
A 36-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Wednesday at a northeast Brainerd residence for possession of methamphetamine.
Board to focus on wastewater planning north of Brainerd/Baxter
Rapid growth and development in the Brainerd lakes area have led area officials to focus on unified wastewater planning.
A pair of swans that Mike Loss placed at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center near Wise Road and Highway 371 north of Brainerd swam in the lake Thursday. Loss may place more tame swans at the center for visitors to view. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Fire destroys Jaycees Park building
Fire destroyed a storage building and burned part of a hockey rink at Jaycees Park on Saturday, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Survey: Lakes area home prices are rising faster than incomes
Greater understanding of housing trends, challenges and growth is coming from a Brainerd lakes area housing study.
This was Brainerd
MAY 5 - 80 years ago (1922) - Florence Oil Cook Stoves. Clean, neat, compact. Burns kerosene. Bakes, cooks and roasts. Heat automatically controlled by lever handles. No wicks, no valves. Alderman-Maghan Co., Brainerd.
Four BHS grads to be inducted into Hall of Fame
Four graduates who left an imprint from the halls of the state Capitol to the battlefields of Bataan will be honored this month as the newest members of the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame.
BAXTER -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking motorists to be alert for lane closures and traffic shifts on Highway 371 while the interchange between the C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway and Business Highway 371 is being constructed.
This was Brainerd
MAY 3 - 30 years ago (1972) - The ice went out of Mille Lacs Lake in a big way Monday night. The mountain of ice rolled into a boat harbor at Drift Inn Lodge, causing much damage. The South Scenic Drive around Mille Lacs was blocked near the Rocky Reaf Resort for a time yesterday.
Yanisch says language in pact may be snag in mill marketing
Clarification of non-compete status in the sales agreement may be a sticking point in efforts to market the Potlatch mill quickly.
Seven students from the advanced creative writing class at Central Lakes College will read selected original poems and short fiction works at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
Eighteen colts ran in the 128th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Look for details in Sports Monday.
Hall of Fame
Four graduates will be honored as the newest members of the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame. Find out who they are Sunday.
Police and National Guard officers search for victims of deadly Appalachian floods
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) -- State Police and National Guard officers went door to door in search of victims of devastating Appalachian floods that left at least four people dead and 11 others missing.
Seagoing dog, rescued after weeks on abandoned tanker, begins new life
HONOLULU (AP) -- She has been promised a lifetime supply of dog food, but Forgea prefers the ham and spareribs she was fed aboard a tugboat after crew members rescued her from an abandoned tanker, they said.
Eight inmates die in county jail fire
BAKERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Fire broke out at a county jail in the mountains of western North Carolina, killing eight inmates who were trapped inside and injuring 13 other people, authorities said.
There's a good chance beheaded girl in Missouri is missing Miami girl, investigators contend
MIAMI (AP) -- The beheaded body of a child found last year in Kansas City, Mo., is so similar to a missing 5-year-old Miami girl that investigators feel they might be a match.
Bush declares 'vacancy crisis' on federal bench; accuses Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush accused Senate Democrats on Friday of "endangering the administration of justice in America" by balking at many of his judicial nominees.
Priest in Boston abuse scandal charged with child rape
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- One of the most notorious figures in the sex scandal engulfing the Boston archdiocese has agreed to return to Massachusetts to face charges that he repeatedly raped a boy over a seven-year period in the 1980s.
Lady Bird Johnson in fair condition after apparent stroke leaves her unable to speak
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lady Bird Johnson was hospitalized in fair condition Saturday after suffering a mild stroke that left her unable to speak, officials said.
Bush optimistic U.S., Russia can reach nuclear pact
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush expressed optimism Friday that the United States and Russia will reach a major nuclear arms reduction agreement that he can sign with President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow summit in three weeks.
Bill requires clergy to report child abuse
BOSTON (AP) -- Acting Gov. Jane Swift signed into law Friday a bill that adds priests and other clergy to the list of professionals who must report sexual abuse of children to authorities.
Dispute rages over federal quotas for salmon recovery
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Salmon once returned to the Columbia River system in the millions. By the 1990s, only a few hundred were finding their way back to some streams.
Archdiocese of Boston pulls out of settlement with accusers of defrocked priest
BOSTON (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Boston has pulled out of a settlement agreement with 86 people who accuse now-defrocked priest John Geoghan of sexual abuse, saying the deal -- estimated to be worth $15 million to $30 million -- was too expensive.
Pipe bombs explode in mailboxes in rural Illinois and Iowa
MILAN, Ill. (AP) -- In an attack described as domestic terrorism, pipe bombs accompanied by anti-government propaganda exploded in six mailboxes in rural parts of Illinois and Iowa, injuring six people.
BOSTON (AP) -- A priest at the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church faces extradition on criminal charges that he repeatedly raped a boy -- sometimes in a church confessional -- over a seven-year period.
Jobless rate hits 6 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate shot up to 6 percent in April -- the highest point in nearly eight years -- as the lingering effects of last year's recession continued to batter workers.
U.S., U.N., European Union, Russia planning Mideast peace conference this summer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An international peace conference is being planned for early summer, probably in Europe, to try to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. The crucial session probably will be held without Yasser Arafat.
Most of Bush's goals for peace in the Middle East prove elusive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite a handful of hopeful events in the Middle East, the goals President Bush outlined a month ago in his big push for peace have proved mostly elusive.
Lady Bird hospitalized
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson was hospitalized in stable condition Friday, described as alert and doing well after suffering what a friend said was a mild stroke.
Dick Schaap wins APSE's Red Smith Award
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dick Schaap went about the business of journalism with a twinkle in his eye, never taking himself or his subject too seriously.
Danthebluegrassman out of Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- War Emblem has early speed. Easy Grades and Lusty Latin are closers. Essence of Dubai is the only colt to have won at 1 1/4 miles.
DETROIT (AP) -- Dominik Hasek is in a groove, and the St. Louis Blues are in a hole.
No repeat performances for Cameron or Lilly
So much for any repeat performances from Mike Cameron or Ted Lilly.
Hammond comes out of retirement to pitch for his kids
ATLANTA (AP) -- Chris Hammond wasn't one of those ex-players who missed the game.
Braves rookie pulled after seven hitless innings
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox never wavered, and Damian Moss didn't complain.
Cameron ties record with four homers, almost hits five
Mike Cameron, the guy who'd been known more for his Gold Glove and being part of the Ken Griffey Jr. trade hit four homers Thursday night and came close to a record-setting fifth. He's only the 13th player in major league history to homer four times in a game, and the first since Mark Whiten in 1993.
Hurricanes record opening game win in Eastern Conference semis
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- There was a time in the second half of the season that the Carolina Hurricanes couldn't buy a win at home. Now, they've got four straight -- in the playoffs.
Celtics rout 76ers
BOSTON (AP) -- From one great rivalry to another.
Even 25 years later, Pele remains a soccer icon
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) -- A quarter-century after he last played, Pele remains a soccer icon. And as worldwide ambassador for "the beautiful game," Pele is a combination of Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.
19 colts ready for a wild Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Trainers from California to Ireland to Dubai cling to the belief they'll win the Kentucky Derby, a race in which many doubt the ability of the 19 colts.
Gehrig's speech to be repeated in ALS tribute
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," will be repeated by celebrities in 15 major league parks before games on June 1.
49ers' Owens scores seven points in USBL debut
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Declaring his pro basketball debut was "very average," Terrell Owens will have at least one more chance to redeem himself.
Antoinette 'Toni' L. Harrison
ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- Antoinette "Toni" L. Harrison, 76, Orange City, Fla., died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial in Orange City.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Mildred "Millie" Nickel, 67, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at her home.
Donovan L. Carlson
NISSWA -- Donovan L. Carlson, 67, Nisswa, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at home.
Monte R. Kirk
BAXTER -- Monte Roy Kirk, 76, Baxter, died Thursday, May 2, 2002.
Dorothy M. Slaughter
Dorothy M. Slaughter, 82, Brainerd, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Woodhaven Care Facility in Brainerd.
Kenneth E. Long
Kenneth E. Long, 77, Brainerd, formerly of Wabasha, died today, May 3, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Lena I. Meinhardt
STAPLES -- Lena I. Meinhardt, 90, Staples, died today, May 3, 2002, at Staples Care Center.
Patricia M. Van Horn
IRONTON -- Patricia Mary Van Horn, 65, Ironton, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Dean W. Northburg
HADLEY, N.Y. -- Dean Warren Northburg, 43, Hadley, N.Y., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Saratoga Hospital as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Lena I. Meinhardt
STAPLES -- Lena Irene Meinhardt, 90, Staples, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at the Staples Care Center.
ST. CLOUD -- Sarah Couliette, 58, Staples, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Dorothy M. Slaughter
Dorothy Marie Slaughter, 82, Pine River, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Woodhaven Senior Community in Brainerd.
Elsa S. Kajer
NEW PRAGUE -- Elsa S. Kajer, 93, New Prague, died Friday, May 3, 2002, at Mala Strana Nursing Home in New Prague.
Shirley M. Mills
BAXTER -- Memorial services for Shirley May Mills will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Church of Christ in Baxter.
Mildred 'Millie' Nickel
PEQUOT LAKES -- Mildred "Millie" Nickel, 67, Pequot Lakes, died today, May 3, 2002, at home.
Bush foreign policy looks more like Clinton programs
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's foreign policy is looking more and more like the Clinton administration programs he once scorned: increased involvement in Mideast peacekeeping, overtures to Russia, lengthy deployment of U.S. forces abroad and "nation building."
We all can now use sparklers and cherry bombs to celebrate the Fourth of July without fear of being cuffed. Good.
Dispatch editorial board
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Signs of the times
Thursday's headlines didn't present much enjoyable reading for lakes area residents.
Don't take Russia for granted
Unless American policy changes significantly before Presidents Bush and Vladimir V. Putin meet in late May, the possibility of a historic U.S.-Russian partnership may be lost.
This terrible farm bill
The two most substantial reforms of the 1990s occurred in the same year -- 1996. In both cases, lawmakers made the bold move to make much-needed reforms to flawed programs.
Election won't be about terrorism
RALEIGH, N.C.--Karl Rove's midterm campaign analysis isn't working--not here in this key Senate battleground state and nowhere else I can find.
Science used as political tool
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, in pulling out of an international global warming treaty last year, said he wasn't convinced by scientific research that the problem was all that serious.
When I hear the word "faith" as it is used in connection with religion, I think : superstition employed to deal with uncertainty. People are afraid of death. Isn't it
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Marvelous May and migratory bird day
I pray to the birds because I believe they will carry the messages of my heart upward. I pray to them because I believe in their existence, the way their songs begin and end each day--the invocations and benedictions of Earth.
1-31 -- Arbor Month
DNR closes several lakes, streams to protect walleyes
Several lakes and streams in Minnesota will be closed to fishing for the May 11 fishing opener to protect walleyes.
On May 18-19, Mille Lacs Lake at Onamia, Minnesota, will be the site of the largest professional walleye tournament ever. Four hundred and sixty teams from 22 states are expected to compete. The tournament combines 210 teams fr
DNR advises people to leave wildlife alone
Each spring the DNR gets phone calls from people concerned about providing proper care for what they believe is orphaned newborn or juvenile wildlife. While attempts to "rescue" young wildlife are made with the best intentions, in most cases the efforts are counterproductive to the best interests of the animals involved.
Have a great opener by using tried-and-true tactics
DNR fisheries chief Ron Payer believes that walleye prospects look "very good" for the May 11 opener. Exact conditions depend upon what region they target and the weather that day, Payer said.
Ospreys keep their nest
TWIG, Minn. (AP) -- After several attempts to remove a pair of ospreys from atop a power pole here, Minnesota Power officials have decided to let them stay.
'How I'll fish the opener'
Next Saturday it's time for all good men and women to abandon the yard work, forget about the garage or basement that needs cleaning, put off the visit to Mom and Dad and take part in the great Minnesota tradition known as Opening Day.
On the wings of spring
The photos on this page are a few of my favorites from the many I've taken this spring. Included is a mallard duck, a bird common in Minnesota, and a colorful painted bunting, a bird that rarely visits the state. It is, in fact, the only painted bunting I've ever seen.
Cold weather chills early season crappie fishing
Spring crappie fishing has a special appeal for Minnesota anglers. It's a great tonic for cabin fevered minds, you can catch a ton of crappies and balmy spring evenings out on the water can be exquisite.....well, except for this year.
Roy and Lucille Rogers, Pillager, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married April 16, 1962.
Maijaliisa Korpela and Jim Boileau Jr. announce their engagement. Parents are Dennis and Barbara Korpela, Carlton, and Jim and Connie Boileau, Brainerd. A July 6 wedding is planned at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth.
Four generations gathered were Hayley Larson, daughter, Two Harbors; Jodie Larson, mother, Two Harbors; Cheryl Hawkinson, grandmother, Brainerd; and Virginia Pieper, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Diondra Gottsch and Nick Putnam were married Feb. 23, 2002, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa with Pastor Kurt Wied officiating.
Karin Ruth Lindberg and Paulo Vicente Valenza were married June 22, 2001, at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Pastor Jeff Manion officiating.
Kendra Joy Lindberg and Steven Michael Stevens were married Jan. 4, 2002, at Standale Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Pastor Vic Wilson officiating.
Tom and Debbie Pieri, Baxter, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Tuesday. They were married May 7, 1977, in Rogers.
Jessie J. Israel and Casey S. Betting announce t
Jody Rudlang and Kyle Beeck were married Feb. 2, 2002, at First Lutheran Church in Pine River with Pastor John Twiton officiating.
Christina Wiese and Adam Henkensiefken announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Carol Wiese, Nisswa, and Guy and Kala Henkensiefken, Baxter. A May 24 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Tanya Eld and Timothy Ramos announce their engagement. Parents are Kevin Eld, Duluth, and Pamela Tester, Brainerd, and Wesley Wickham, Brainerd, and Marguerita Ramos, St. Leonard, Md. A June 29 wedding is planned at Gregory Park in Brainerd.
Laura Ann Larson and Tony Good announce their engagement. Parents are Tom and Annette Good, Staples, and Arthur and Betty Lou Larson, Le Mars, Iowa. A May 25 wedding is planned in St. Cloud.
Kelly Bies and Michael Tuchscherer announce their engagement. Parents are Edy and Tom Bies, Hudson, Wis., and Carol and Dave Tuchscherer, Baxter. A July wedding is planned in Hudson.
Amanda Tedford and Josh Couch announce their engagement. Parents are John and Gina Tedford, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Ron and Jan Finger, Baxter. A 2 p.m. June 7 wedding is planned at the Monarch Gardens in Idaho Falls.
Ward Burton wins pole for Pontiac 400
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- With his name on a track-record qualifying run at a place just 60 miles from his home, Ward Burton seemed a likely source of appreciable excitement at Richmond International Raceway.
St. John's abbot talks about sexual abuse cases
COLLEGEVILLE (AP) -- After reviewing cases of sexual abuse by monks at St. John's Abbey, the abbot of the central Minnesota monastery says he has recognized patterns of abuse and has not found any cases that have required him to notify law enforcement.
Moe taps Sabo as running mate
MINNEAPOLIS -- On the day the state DFL convention kicked off, Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe announced first-term state Sen. Julie Sabo as his running mate.
Iron Range tax system gets Supreme Court OK
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 1996 state law that shifts business taxes on the Iron Range from prosperous areas to those with lower commercial and industrial growth.
FBI investigating teen prostitution in Duluth port
DULUTH (AP) -- The FBI has formally joined the Duluth Police Department's investigation into teen prostitution on vessels anchored at the city's harbor, authorities said Friday.
Gubernatorial candidate drops out
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis environmentalist Leslie Davis says he's out of the race for governor.
DFLers nominate Hatch, Humphrey and Wellstone
MINNEAPOLIS -- Friday was unity day at the DFL state convention, as delegates unanimously endorsed U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone for a third term, Mike Hatch for a second term as attorney general and Buck Humphrey for secretary of state.
Happenings at the state DFL convention
Gubernatorial candidate Ole Savior has only one delegate confirmed to endorse him at the state DFL convention on Saturday, but he says that's enough.
Man with many drunken driving convictions sentenced in escape
DETROIT LAKES (AP) -- A judge on Friday sentenced a man to a year in jail as punishment for his escape while serving time on his 23rd drunken driving convictions.
Ventura signs bill banning ATVs from forests
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura signed a bill banning off-road travel in state forests by all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles.
Compromise on mansion nears
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura and one of the senators in the middle of the flap over Ventura's decision to close his official residence on Summit Avenue are moving toward a compromise.
McKenna retires as president of sugar cooperative
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Thomas W. McKenna will retire as president of United Sugars Corp., the marketing cooperative announced Friday.
Court sets limits on ability to close meetings
ST. PAUL -- The state Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed the ability of government bodies to close meetings, ruling that the Prior Lake City Council broke the law when it met privately to discuss a legal threat on a pending matter.
Vandalism to buses delays school in Two Harbors
TWO HARBORS (AP) -- Vandals slashed tires on seven school buses early Friday, leading to a two-hour delay in the start of classes.
Ventura says he'll fight to block income disclosure bill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura promised to veto a bill requiring him to disclose his private income and threatened Friday to sue if lawmakers enact the proposal over his objection.
Dutcher fills out ticket with Huntley
ST. PAUL -- Call it chemistry. Judi Dutcher selected a Duluth state representative who also is an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology to be her running mate.
Aitkin, Wadena-Deer Creek lose in area softball games
Braham 8, Aitkin 4
Warriors de-claw Tigers in extra innings
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors baseball team used a 6-run eighth inning to blow open the game and topple the St. Cloud Tech Tigers, 12-6, in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Brainerd tennis team records eighth loss, fifth by one point
After a bout with mononucleosis, Paul Tuchscherer flashed back into the Brainerd Warrior tennis lineup Friday.
Two more area bowlers named to hall of fame
In any sport, whether it's baseball or golf, hockey or football, remembering and recognizing the people and athletes that pioneered the game is important.
Raiders' streak hits 6
As the pressure mounts, with the Region 13 tournament looming on the horizon, the Central Lakes College Raiders softball team made things a bit easier on itself Thursday.
If you have ever been at a certain lakes area fast-food restaurant for breakfast, and overheard a retiree talking baseball, chances are you have encountered Paul Affeldt.
Christianson makes noise in baseball
VERNDALE -- Verndale's Chad Christianson hasn't enjoyed the storybook senior year he hoped he would.
Local sports shorts
The Crosslake Women's Golf League will begin on Wednesday at Crosswoods Golf Course on County Road 3 in Crosslake.
C-I, S-M split doubleheader
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers and Staples-Motley Cardinals split a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Thursday.
Kahl, Riley lead Pierz to 11-1 win over Rockford
LORETTO -- Pierz Pioneer pitcher John Kahl gave up just one hit in an 11-1 Central Minnesota Conference baseball victory over Rockford Friday.
Apollo tennis team edges Brainerd
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors tennis team lost another 4-3 battle, this time to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles, in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
S-M track teams win titles
STAPLES -- Staples-Motley boys' and girls' track and field teams won titles in the Cardinals' Invitational Thursday.
Victory League North/East
high school BASEBALL
Area events Saturday
Stock Car Racing
Larson does it all for Warriors' softball winners
It should have been proclaimed "Jvonne Larson Day" when the Brainerd Warriors softball team played the St. Cloud Tech Tigers Thursday.
'Rumble on the Range' May 18 at Crosby-Ironton
R and R Pro Wrestling will present the "Rumble on the Range" 7:30 p.m. May 18 at the Crosby-Ironton High School gym.
Honek, Bender pitch S-M past C-I
STAPLES -- Michelle Honek pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and Nicole Bender pitched a one-hitter to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinal past the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 11-0 and 12-1 in of a Mid-State Conference softball doubleheader Thursday.
Aitkin evens tennis record
NEW YORK MILLS -- Brian Hallberg and Adam Janzen each won for the eighth time in doubles as the Aitkin Gobblers blanked New York Mills 7-0 in boys' tennis Thursday.
Warriors defeat Maple Grove
PRINCETON -- Brainerd Warrior senior Joey Tautges finished 3-for-3 and picked up the win thanks to scoreless relief as the Warriors pounced on Maple Grove at the Princeton Tournament Friday.
Watkins says Twins never showed him books
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Donald Watkins insists he has enough money to buy the Minnesota Twins, who say he hasn't proved it in the six months since he started his bid.
Twins rally after poor first inning to bite Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Doug Mientkiewicz is finding that the second time around is more difficult, but it's also much more satisfying.
KOSKIE LIFTS TWINS
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ahead by six runs, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays looked as if they would salvage one win on a rough road trip.
Concordia-Moorhead names new women's hockey coach
MOORHEAD (AP)-- Kerry Norman was named the head women's hockey coach at Concordia-Moorhead College on Friday.
Judge to rule in about four weeks on Korey Stringer's case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A district judge said Friday that he will rule in about four weeks on the motion to dismiss the Minnesota Vikings in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Korey Stringer.
Minnesota-owned horse running in Derby
He's a long shot to win, but a Minnesota-owned horse will run in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
From bots to bookworms... SITES to SEE
A roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet:
Warfare on the Web: Be ready to repel viruses
WASHINGTON -- The trench warfare between virus authors and their victims reached an extreme in early March, when an e-mail from the "Microsoft Corporation Security Center" landed in my inbox.
Getting around gets easier
CASHAPAMPA, Peru -- I can read maps all right. I'm pretty handy with a compass, and I've got a decent enough sense of direction.
Costly annoyance or free speech?
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In some parts of the country, so-called "junk faxes" are banned as an annoying, costly burden to the recipient.
New fax of life
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- At Boeing Co., workers no longer spend hours hovering over a fax machine. Instead, the aerospace giant uses the Internet to send 18,000 faxes and receive 15,000 each month via e-mail.
Beware of freeware set to commandseer a PC
Just say no.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms central and east this morning. Decreasing clouds this afternoon. Highs in the 50s north to middle 60s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds northwest...Otherwise mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s east to mid 60s southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Highs 67 to 72.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...A chance of light showers extreme east until mid morning. Skies becoming mostly sunny west and partly sunny east. Cooler with highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s.
Weather drawing by Caylea Franzen in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs 50 northeast to the lower 60s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory late this afternoon and evening for northwest south dakota.
Iowa state forecast
Rest of today...Sunny southeast...Partly cloudy central and northwest with isolated showers. Highs in the lower 60s northwest to mid 70s far southeast.
No buds yet
Weather drawing by Jacob Kertzmann of Mrs. Sedlachek's second grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds north. Partly to mostly sunny south. A chance of thunderstorms northwest late. Becoming windy west. Highs from the middle 50s northeast to the middle 70s southwest.
The Moose breakfast will serve breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Moose Lodge.
Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Bunny Ferrell with Marty Ingels assisting. Program: Sue Kuhn. Exemplification/By Laws/Proceeding.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pamela Anderson wants the world to know that she's not dying of hepatitis C.
Ferry carrying nearly 150 people sinks in southern Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A ferry carrying about 150 passengers sank in a storm in southeastern Bangladesh, and officials said Saturday that dozens were feared drowned.
Indian air force jet crashes into bank building; at least 7 killed
JULLUNDUR, India (AP) -- An Indian air force jet crashed into a bank building in northwestern India on Friday, starting a fire that killed at least seven people and injured 20, police and hospital officials said.
Israeli commandos swoop down on Hamas hide-out; no break in Bethlehem siege
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops swooped down on a Hamas hide-out in the West Bank's largest city Friday, while Orthodox Christians in biblical Bethlehem marked a somber Good Friday with no sign of a break in the siege of the Church of the Nativity, now entering its second month.
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