Around the watercooler
TIPS TO SWEAR BY: James O'Connor, president of the Cuss Control Academy, is bringing his tongue-taming techniques to corporate America.
Lakes Latte coffee bar aims give Pequot Lakes its fill of caffeine
Lakes Latte coffee bar opened about a week ago in Pequot Lakes.
Economic concerns put brakes on travel
One in five adults plans to travel less or not at all this summer because of economic concerns or record-high fuel prices, according to an industry survey released Thursday. But the report still predicted a slight increase in overall travel as nearly 30 million Americans are expected to take more trips than they did last summer.
CROSSLAKE -- Watch out, Weber grill! Competition is coming to Crosslake.
Trade deficit widens by record amount in March
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit widened by a record amount in March as exports of U.S. aircraft and other manufactured goods fell while American purchases of foreign consumer goods from toys to clothing soared.
In era of workplace non-privacy, office workers retreat to restroom instead of break room
The no-privacy era of cubicles and wide-open offices is prompting many American workers to find a retreat in an unlikely place: the bathroom.
Cleveland-Cliffs, Minnesota Power eye Iron Range site
DULUTH (AP) -- Minnesota Power and Cleveland-Cliffs are teaming up in an attempt to buy LTV Steel Mining Co. facilities at Hoyt Lakes and Taconite Harbor.
Boomers' financial challenge No.1
NEW YORK -- Saving for retirement and her children's college education is so huge and daunting that Sharron Luttrell doesn't have a clue how to begin.
CROSBY -- Riverwood International, Crosby, was recognized for top service and products in the nation with the Miller Brewing Co.'s 2000 Partners in Excellence Award.
Dow's break past 11,000 signals buying time
NEW YORK -- Wall Street is boasting that the Dow industrials have broken through a major resistance level. That's trader lingo for, "It's time to buy again."
Your money, and your obligation
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seldom in financial history has the public been so trained to forsake its own research efforts, judgments and instincts, and instead rely on the opinions of those who claim expertise.
April's rain of tax receipts produces top monthly surplus
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Treasury Department posted a record monthly budget surplus of $189.8 billion in April, thanks largely to a flood of income tax payments due that month.
Question: An issue between my wife and me is how we should invest our "rainy-day" savings of two to three months' salary. Most financial planners recommend keeping this in money market funds so you will be sure not to lose it, and my wife agrees. But if we invested in a diversified mutual fund such as the Vanguard Index 500, we risk losing only about 20 percent in a very bad year -- or 30 percent over several very bad years -- and have a much better average return. So why not set aside an extra 25 percent or so to cover potential losses and invest for a better return?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
A book on Islam for American Jews provokes an interfaith furor
WASHINGTON -- Relations between Jews and Muslims in the United States, already tense amid the latest Mideast eruptions, have been strained further by the release of a book whose stated purpose, paradoxically, is "to enhance mutual understanding and reduce mutual ignorance and suspicion."
Faith in Action
A well laid action plan is in place, and is steadily gaining momentum, to establish a central volunteer force to help fill the unmet care needs of all members of the community.
Arizona city sued for religious discrimination
PHOENIX (AP) -- The American Center for Law and Justice has sued the city of Scottsdale, charging that it violated a woman's rights by stopping her from displaying religious material at city-owned community centers.
Even all-thumbed technophobes may find they enjoy cyber-Scriptures
Even all-thumbed technophobes who can't program a VCR and don't know a dot from a com will have to admit that the computer can be awfully handy.
Australia's Anglican leader urges acceptance of gay relationships
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The new head of the Anglican Church of Australia has said Christians should treat same-sex relationships as "committed friendships," but stopped just short of openly condoning gay marriages.
Go beyond the surface of spoken, written words
"When I listen to you, it is also important that I listen to me." That is one of the basic tenets in the practice of spiritual direction. The idea is to listen when someone else speaks to us but also to keep an inner ear tuned to how the words are affecting us inside.
Catholics looking for diocese's Web site find porn instead
CLEVELAND (AP) -- People searching for the Web site of Cleveland's Roman Catholic diocese are instead being linked to hard-core pornography.
Cardinals will be on display at extraordinary Vatican meeting
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, one of the rising stars of the Roman Catholic church, is bringing a fresh face and fresh ideas from Honduras.
Methodists pray for Bush, Cheney, but criticize plan
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The bishops of the United Methodist Church offered special prayers for two of their best-known members, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, but issued a resolution opposing their national missile defense system.
High court sides with Mormon temple in steeple ruling
BOSTON (AP) -- A Mormon temple may build an 83-foot steeple despite protests from residents who call it an eyesore, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday
PEQUOT LAKES -- Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will serve pasties from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. Pasties are beef and pork, potatoes, rutabagas and spices all wrapped in a golden crust. Adults: $5. Children under 12: $3. Call 568-5755 for tickets.
Religion on the Web
The Jewish Women's Archive (www.jwa.org) records the legacy and contributions of Jewish women in public and private.
From pillars of salt to burning bush, author walks the Bible
NEW YORK -- Ever wonder how manna from heaven tasted, where Noah's ark landed, or whether a pillar of salt still stands to mark the fate of Lot's wife?
World Evangelical body changes its name, explores Catholic relations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The World Evangelical Fellowship, representing national Protestant organizations with 160 million members, has decided to rename itself the World Evangelical Alliance.
Area high schools gear up for graduations
Hundreds of area high school seniors are counting down the days to graduation and gearing up to accept their diplomas.
Explosion of new technology in schools expected
The Brainerd School District's Long-Range Planning Committee got a glimpse Wednesday of what's in store in regard to technology.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD - MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Pizza round, creamy coleslaw, applesauce, mini choc. chip cookies.
Child in need
At Kinship Partners a "match" signifies the beginning of a partnership between an adult volunteer and a child.
Ex-POWs are entitled to get the help they need
Please help me get this message out to the thousands of former prisoners of war from World War II and the Korean War.
Mothers-in-law: It's no joke when you are trying to get along
You've probably heard a million mother-in-law jokes like this one:
Turning the big 3-0
I knew this day would arrive, but I was hoping it would wait a few more years until I was emotionally mature enough to handle it.
Single-father homes on the rise
WASHINGTON -- The number of single men raising children increased dramatically in the past decade as American families and courts grew more willing to accept the idea that sometimes the best place for kids is with Dad.
Despite report, consumers find clothes expensive
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Laurel Durham is like a lot of consumers these days. Careful about spending too much during an economic slowdown, the second-year law student waits for stores to slash prices before shopping for clothes.
Collection of wartime letters celebrates values
DEAR READERS: I'm delighted to tell you about a special book that's hot off the presses this month titled "War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence From American Wars" (Scribner). It features never-before-seen letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and even Bosnia. It is edited by a dedicated young man named Andy Carroll.
Pets of the Week
Paige is a spayed female tabby cat, described as friendly and tolerant, who has been searching for a long time for an owner who can love her despite her large size.
Give your children freedom a little at a time
QUESTION: My sister's daughter went off to college at 18 and immediately went a little crazy. She had always been a good kid, but when she was on her own, she drank like a lush, was sexually promiscuous and flunked three of her classes. My daughter is only 12, but I don't want her to make the same mistakes when she is beyond our grasp. How can I get her ready to handle freedom and independence?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 267, a year ago 97.
Beef industry riled by botched government price reports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The beef industry is reeling from the government's disclosure that a new livestock-reporting system was spitting out inaccurate price reports during its first six weeks of operation.
Cattle - Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday Feeder Cattle Receipts: 906. Last Week 1153 Last Year 2095.
Man dies in accident at ethanol plant
BINGHAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) -- A Windom man died in an accident at an ethanol plant in southwestern Minnesota.
USDA to present case against Farmland National Beef Packing
WICHITA, Kan. -- A battle is taking shape over whether a meatpacking company broke the law when it quit buying cattle from a feedlot after one of its managers criticized the packer in a livestock journal.
Early settlers were farming in Mexico 6,000 years ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ancient farmers in a lost civilization grew corn-like plants on a Mexican coastal plain more than 6,000 years ago. Researchers say traces of pollen from the crude grain may be the earliest evidence of maize farming in North America.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis Grain Exchange futures prices, 11:30 a.m. Friday. July corn 2.00
Hogs - Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday hogs: 300.
Midwest Livestock summary
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- National Direct slaughter steers and heifers compared to yesterday 1.00 higher.
USDA calculating damage from incorrect market reports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman ordered an internal review of a livestock-reporting system that was churning out inaccurate price reports during its first six weeks of operation.
SOUTH ST. PAUL -- (AP) (USDA) -- Friday Cattle: 550 Compared to Thursday, not enough of any one class offered for a market test.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 150, a year ago 67.
Higher subsidies stimulate farm insurance sales
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farmers are taking advantage of more generous taxpayer subsidies to buy higher levels of insurance for protection against weather damage and price swings.
Livestock - South St. Paul
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday hogs: 600.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday Cattle: 550 Compared to Thursday, not enough of any one class offered for a markettest.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Prices paid to Iowa farmers at the close of business Friday for No. 2 yellow corn and No. 1 yellow soybeans. Prices compiled from country elevators by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Corn prices generally steady to 2 cents lower; soybean prices generally steady to 2 cents lower.
Chad Nelson's name was listed incorrectly in an accident update on Page 5A Friday.
Meets 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
James and Corina (Damm) Schulz, Merrifield, a girl, Taylor Katherine, 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces, May 3, 2001. Grandparents are Bob and Helga Damm and Leonard and Vicky Schulz.
Brainerd police - Report Thursday of a vehicle owned by Anderson Brothers Construction, Highway 210, stolen.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Accident survivors still hospitalized
The three survivors of a two-vehicle accident Wednesday that claimed the lives of two people remain hospitalized.
Brian and Melissa Hinman, Verndale, a girl, Brianna Judith, 6 pounds, 10 ounces, April 24, 2001.
Meets 4 p.m. Monday
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a grass fire about 6:15 p.m. Friday along Forest Height Drive south of Brainerd. About a half acre of grass burned in a field. No damages or injuries were reported.
Two area teens suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision Friday in Cass County, the State Patrol reported.
Two Warrior girls, one Flyer All-CLC in golf
ALEXANDRIA -- Brainerd Warriors Lisa Renneke and Krista Parrish and Jenna Herzog of Little Falls earned All-Central Lakes Conference girls' golf honors following the final two meets of the regular season Thursday.
Gaviglio all-conference again as C-I golfers win Mid-State crown
PARK RAPIDS -- Amy Gaviglio shot an 86 to lead the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to the Mid-State Conference championship Friday at Headwaters Golf Course.
Tiger trails Campbell by 10 in Germany
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods trailed by 10 strokes Saturday entering the third round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open, a tournament delayed by rain and dominated by Michael Campbell.
Pavin leads halfway through Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Corey Pavin is starting to have those feelings again.
Pequot girls win Mid-Minn meet
MENAHGA -- Jackie Heslop carded a 39 in nine holes to capture medalist honors and help the Pequot Lakes Patriots to win round three of a Mid-Minnesota Conference girls' golf meet Thursday.
Hills, Aitkin win Mid-Minn season title
WADENA -- Brian Hills of Aitkin shot 78 to earn medalist honors and the Gobblers went on to capture the Mid-Minnesota boys' golf conference championship Thursday at Wadena Country Club.
Lakers win Mid-State title
PARK RAPIDS -- Bryan Kavanagh shot 79 for the Staples-Motley Cardinals at the Mid-State Conference boys' golf meet at Headwaters Golf Course Friday.
Dougherty in lead after first round of Senior TD Waterhouse
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dana Quigley doesn't expect Ed Dougherty to keep up at his current pace. But he knows his friend's lack of tour victories won't cause any confidence problems in the Senior TD Waterhouse championship.
Compromise $1.35 trillion tax cut survives Senate test
WASHINGTON -- A compromise 11-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut package remained unscathed in the Senate, paving the way for Congress next week to negotiate the final shape of President Bush's legislative centerpiece.
How to reach state lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Minnesota wants changes in Wisconsin college reciprocity
Minnesota lawmakers are calling for changes in the state's reciprocity program with Wisconsin colleges because they feel Wisconsin is getting the better end of the deal.
House, Senate continue to struggle
ST. PAUL -- Talks broke off Friday evening without a compromise budget deal between House and Senate leaders, nudging them closer to no resolution before a midnight Monday session deadline.
St. Paul gets edge in Senate stadium bill
ST. PAUL -- A Senate committee gave St. Paul a leg up Thursday in the competition to be the Minnesota Twins host city that would occur if the Legislature approves a bill for a $300 million ballpark.
Senate passes redistricting proposals
ST. PAUL -- The Senate on Friday approved what the DFL majority believes should be the new district boundaries for state lawmakers and congressional candidates going into the 2002 elections.
The Minnesota House approved a bill last week that honors the American soldiers who endured the Bataan Death March during World War II.
Committee deadlocks over nominee
WASHINGTON-- After a committee deadlock along party lines on the nomination of Theodore Olson as solicitor general, Republican leaders said they would attempt to put the matter before the full Senate.
House bill would limit bilingual education
WASHINGTON -- Schools could teach non-English-speaking students in their native tongue for only three years before moving them into regular classrooms under legislation being considered by the House.
Studies uncovering genetic keys to alcoholism
NEW YORK -- Scientists are beginning to unravel the complex relationship between genes and behavior to understand alcohol addiction. The hope is to design treatments to block excessive drinking.
Threatened nurses' strike could mean delayed care in non-emergencies
ST. PAUL (AP) -- If nurses go on strike at 12 Twin Cities hospitals at the end of the month, the impact will be felt at several major hospitals where nurses will keep working. And it could mean delayed care for non-emergency patients.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Here are some considerations if you hope to relocate
Within the next decade, the oldest Baby Boomers -- the leading edge of the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 -- will begin retiring. Some will move to new homes in new communities. If you're thinking of relocating, here are some considerations:
Be a decorating rebel
NEW YORK -- There is a flat-screen television hanging from the living room ceiling, your bedsheets are black and -- horror of horrors -- there are striped pillows on a polka-dot print sofa.
NISSWA -- Don Monson, real estate agent at Positive North GMAC real estate in Nisswa, earned the top agent award for the first quarter of 2001.
Tips to fix leaky faucet
Q. Judy asks: I have a leaky bathroom faucet. Can you tell me some simple instructions to fix it? Please include specific tools, and parts needed.
Design J-65 blends architectural styles
American domestic architecture has many roots. Two key influences are English country homes and the haciendas of the southwest.
Everything's coming up daisies
If the flowers often used to answer questions of the heart by the pull of a petal were ever out of style, this summer is likely to see a renewed interest.
Housing market continues to show strength
While the overall economy sputtered during the first quarter, the housing market continued to show remarkable resiliency.
Walking on wood: Handmade, wooden area rugs available
There's something new underfoot: wooden area rugs.
The first dishwasher was invented in 1892. Tired of servants breaking her dishes, Josephine Cochrane rigged a copper pot with stiff brushes and a motor. It worked so well she showed it at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and won first place.
Get transplants off to good start
Transplanting vegetable and flower seedlings used to be more traumatic than it is now. Cabbage, tomato, and broccoli seedlings were pulled bare-root out of nursery beds and kept alive, if transplanting was delayed, with their roots merely wrapped in moist newspaper.
Sending flowers? Consider a plant as a gift instead
If you're sending a floral gift, you might be wondering: Flowers or plants?
Zinnias are nice for gardens
Zinnias are easy-to-grow, long-blooming annuals.
Ergonomically correct garden tools offered
Although Earth Bud-Eze couldn't have known that politicians would repeal workplace rules aimed at curbing repetitive motion injuries, its line of ergonomically designed garden tools couldn't be better timed.
'Where' is the question for many retiring boomers
NEW YORK -- Retirement is still several years away for Beulah Hodge, but the 51-year-old customer service representative is already dreaming of where she and her husband will live.
Build an in-ground garden bed
Gardening is a favorite pastime for both of us. While neither claims to have a green thumb, we can hold our own.
Carbon monoxide suspected at C-I school
CROSBY -- An air problem at Crosby-Ironton High School that sent 10 people to the hospital this week is believed to be leaking carbon monoxide, school officials said today.
A DNR study could lead to more accurate fish counts. Look for the story Sunday in North Country.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 office in Chicago recently awarded $66,275 in grants to several Minnesota organizations to support innovative environmental education.
Camp Ripley to start booming
LITTLE FALLS -- Two new weapons, a rocket launcher and tanks equipped with 120-millimeter main tank guns, will highlight Camp Ripley's 11 annual training periods this summer.
Baxter fifth-graders get hands-on lesson about Memorial Day
BAXTER -- Jacqueline VandenBergh's fifth-grade class at Baxter Elementary School was in for a big treat Friday.
People, organizations receive citizens awards
Citizens awards recently were granted as part of a Brainerd lakes area community development process.
Boating safety serious issue: Deadly serious
A year ago, the need for boating safety and education was never more evident in the Brainerd area.
As part of an effort to focus communities on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, the Crow Wing County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition is having a new member drive.
School referendums to be crucial
The future of two area schools is in the hands of voters. Residents in Little Falls and Pequot Lakes will go to the polls next week to vote on referendums.
Four-year-old Spencer Syvertson has seen leading doctors who are trying to figure out how to treat a rare tumor that has left him nearly blind in one eye. Look for the story Monday.
This was Brainerd
MAY 18 - 40 years ago (1961) - Brainerd's newest industry, the Larson Manufacturing Company, will be moving into a new building here in July. A drive to raise $50,000 in debentures and Build Brainerd, Inc. stock is currently under way according to Chairman Robert Olson.
This was Brainerd
MAY 20 - sidewalks but the real damage was occurring outside the business district where the heavy snow was bringing tree branches down. Some failures in power and telephone service occurred.
Paddling in the park
With the softball field dugouts and bleachers in the background, Brainerd High School Outdoor Adventure class members Abbie Tuomi (left), Jordan Berg and Marilynn Munsch paddled their canoe in a flooded area near the school's football practice field Thursday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Report: Columbine 'red flags' weren't heeded
DENVER -- Authorities failed to recognize and act on numerous signs that two teens were planning the deadly attack on Columbine High School, the head of a gubernatorial task force said Thursday.
Powell emerges as leader in policy shift on sanctions against Iraq
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's decision to lift a U.N. ban on the export of consumer goods to Iraq marks a success for Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Analysts: Reno would be formidable candidate in Florida governor election
MIAMI -- Former Attorney General Janet Reno is giving serious consideration to a run for governor next year, setting up a potentially high-profile race in a state where she was surrounded by controversy during the Elian Gonzalez saga.
Two die in shooting at church service in Kentucky
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A man walked into a church during a worship service Friday night and fatally shot his estranged wife and another woman before fleeing with their young boy, police said. He was arrested after a standoff with an officer.
Judge's heart attack delays trial of country stars McGraw, Chesney
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The trial of country singers Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney was interrupted Thursday when the presiding judge suffered an apparent heart attack minutes before taking the bench.
Ford disputes report it will call for broader tire recall
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. says it has not decided whether to demand a broader recall of Firestone tires, despite a published report that it is leaning toward such a demand.
Bush energy plan faces battle
WASHINGTON -- As members of Congress began poring over President Bush's long-awaited energy plan Thursday, one thing became clear: Some of the elements most dear to the White House face the longest odds on Capitol Hill.
Negotiators begin work on missile defenses, weapons cutbacks
WASHINGTON -- American and Russian officials are holding talks on missile defenses and weapons cutbacks in an attempt to come to an understanding before the first meeting between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-June.
Appeals court says man can sue '60 Minutes'
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- A state appeals court has ruled that an attorney included in a "60 Minutes" segment can pursue his claim that he was falsely portrayed as a wife beater.
Former stripper says Hanssen gave her almost $80,000 in gifts
WASHINGTON -- A former stripper says accused spy Robert Hanssen gave her almost $80,000 in gifts, including a trip to Hong Kong and a Mercedes, during their yearlong friendship.
UAW locals' leaders reportedly under fire
DETROIT (AP) -- The FBI and the Labor Department are said to be looking into allegations by members of the United Auto Workers that some of their union leaders may have been bought off by the auto industry.
Robert Blake's house newest addition to celebrity ghoul tour
LOS ANGELES -- The neighborhood where the wife of "Baretta" star Robert Blake lived and died will become the latest stop on a $55 tour of the city's most notorious crime scenes.
Long delay before FBI agent told superiors about bombing documents
WASHINGTON -- The FBI agent who first knew of a foul-up with Oklahoma City bombing documents did not inform his superiors about it for months because he was trying to determine how bad the problem was, a memo on his meeting with senators shows.
Philbin wins first Daytime Emmy awards
NEW YORK -- Maybe staying away from the Daytime Emmys was the secret for Regis Philbin.
Spy plane crew honored
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) -- Capping weeks of celebratory appearances since returning from China, the 24-member crew of the Navy surveillance plane that made a harrowing landing on a Chinese island was honored Friday with medals for extraordinary performance and courage.
Top police official says Chandra Levy case is far from a solution
WASHINGTON -- The city's No. 2 police official said Friday that authorities were far from solving the mystery of a California woman who vanished 18 days ago with her bags left packed in her apartment.
Bush touts energy plan in radio address; Davis airs criticism
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and California Gov. Gray Davis squared off over energy policy in dueling radio speeches Saturday, with Bush saying his more than 100 proposals are vital to "protect family budgets."
Professor fatally shot in apparent random killing near Tacoma
PARKLAND, Wash. -- An assistant music professor at a small Lutheran university was fatally shot on campus by a man who apparently chose his victim at random before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
Utah man with five wives guilty of bigamy
PROVO, Utah -- The bigamy conviction of a Utah man who has five wives and 25 children is certain to have ramifications for other polygamists throughout the West who now may face prosecution, lawyers say.
Avalanche one win away from trip to Cup finals
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche bounced back after squandering a three-goal lead, and need just one more victory for their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals in five years.
Baffert regroups for Preakness
BALTIMORE -- The phone rang in Bob Baffert's pocket, interrupting another of his seemingly endless media interviews. Baffert answered his cell phone.
This day in baseball
May 20 - 1978 -- Willie Stargell hit a 535-foot homer off Montreal's Wayne Twitchell -- the longest home run in Olympic Stadium -- to highlight the Pirates' 6-0 victory.
Russell's rules: Big Three live up to nickname In awe and wonder, Winfield tours Cooperstown Braves win another game late; Mets get rare victory Yankees hold off Mariners in highest-scoring game at Safeco Milton's luck runs out in loss to Orioles Devils blank Penguins Raptors force seventh game in Eastern semifinal series Hockey today Bucks force seventh game John Gault Muriel Thompson Jennie Ackerman Muriel Faye Thompson John 'Jack' Keiffer Clara Stolhanske Agnes S. Ries Harry L. Bernardson Clara Stolhanske Vivian H. Novak Henry Shinabarger Henry Shinabarger John Gault Lester Anderson Carl E. Landstrom Lester Randolfh Anderson Letters to the editor wanted Our friend - Dispatch Editorial Out of focus families Everything but sleep Open Forum guidelines Energy plan: Back to the 70s OTHER OPINIONS Open Forum Open Forum The fish that get away Skunk cabbage is unusual bloomer of spring months If your walleye spot is spoken for, it's time for crappies galore Outdoor notes They're not just a roughfish but a tough fish. Calendar Fishing report Four generations Engagement announced Five generations Engagement announced Wedding planned 50th anniversary Wedding planned Five generations Engagement announced Wedding planned 80th birthday Boesen-Johnson Foyt still learning 40 years after first Indy win Brack holds off Castroneves, Kanaan for first CART win Drivers in The Winston upset when practice is canceled Racing season opens at Canterbury Judge allows student to wear 'Straight Pride' shirt to school No one budging on state budget Board expects impact statement on DM&E by end of the year Strangers show up for funeral for abandoned baby Reaction to president's visit vary Airport exceeds limit for de-icing fluid reaching river Twin Cities nurses reject contract Short-handed Warriors fall to CLC champion Tech Heins, Flier homer in Aitkin victory Scoreboard Pequot boys, girls win conference titles Local sports briefs Warriors' tennis team raises record to 10-1 Area events Saturday Raiders seventh in nation again Aitkin defeats Mora in tennis A nice day for a pitchers' duel Rocori takes 2-1 softball victory Raiders make early exit from national tourney Flyers end regular season with victory Wolverines sweep non-conference doubleheader This Alto is never low Honek pitches two-hitter in Staples-Motley victory Warriors capture conference title Error helps Pequot Ringstrom pitches Warriors to softball sweep PR-B's Whittemore, B-H/V's Jackson each win two events Forget about Cone, Radke wins 7th Sorting TV options no longer as simple as 1, 2,. 3 Boost thinking with spreadsheet Newfangled desktop publishers put money where mouse is White House web site blasted for having too much white space Q & A: Figuring the financing for a first home Minnesota state forecast Iowa state forecast Humidity predicted in South, storms in Midwest Scattered showers across nation's midsection; warm temps in West Wisconsin state forecast Iowa state forecast Minnesota state forecast Regional Weather State forecast for North Dakota State forecast for South Dakota Wisconsin state forecast State forecast for South Dakota Spring fever The Weather Elsewhere Playful weekend State forecast for North Dakota Worldwide Weather Organizations Senior activities What's doing What's doing Israeli helicopters rocket Palestinian police headquarters in two towns Suicide bomber kills himself, four others in Israel Eight trapped in French cave found alive Powell calls for unconditional cease-fire in Mideast, urges world backing Plane carrying Iranian officials crashes, killing all on board Rescuers working to remove trapped tourists from French cave
St. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) -- The "Big Three" aren't a Milwaukee mirage anymore.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- At every turn, there was marvel in his voice.
The Braves have won three of four games in their last at-bat, finally playing like a team with nine straight NL East titles.
Once Bret Boone threw away Derek Jeter's grounder, the New York Yankees had the break they needed.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Long before he gave up a third-inning grand slam to Jeff Conine, Minnesota Twins left-hander Eric Milton knew it was going to be a difficult night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils lead the Eastern Conference finals again after doing something no team had done in 26 years -- shut out the offensively gifted Pittsburgh Penguins at home in the playoffs.
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors weren't going to let Allen Iverson put an end to their season.
Saturday, May 19 - New Jersey at Pittsburgh (6 p.m.) The defending-champion Devils can open a 3-1 lead against a Penguins team that has dropped seven of its last 10 home playoff games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Sam Cassell's side was on fire and he had a hard time breathing. For the veteran guard, it was a small price to pay to rescue the Milwaukee Bucks from the brink of postseason elimination.
BACKUS -- John Gault, 70, Backus, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at home.
GARRISON -- Muriel Thompson, 69, Garrison, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
AITKIN -- Jennie Ackerman, 92, Aitkin, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
GARRISON -- Muriel Faye Thompson, 69, Garrison, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
CROSSLAKE -- John "Jack" Keiffer, 80, Crosslake, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at his home.
STAPLES -- Clara Mabel Stolhanske, 82, Staples, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Agnes S. Ries, 94, Little Falls, formerly of Edina, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Harry L. Bernardson, 69, Little Falls, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at home.
STAPLES -- Clara Stolhanske, 82, Staples, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Greater Staples Hospital.
CROSBY -- Vivian Harriet Novak, 73, Crosby, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
PHILBROOK -- Henry Shinabarger, 89, Philbrook, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at home.
PHILBROOK -- Henry Levi Shinabarger, 89, Philbrook, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at his home.
BACKUS -- John Gault, 70, Backus, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at his home.
AITKIN -- Lester Anderson, 87, Aitkin, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Carl Edward Landstrom, 89, Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Woodhaven Senior Community in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Lester Randolfh Anderson, 87, Aitkin, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
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Singer Perry Como, who died last Saturday at age 87, had a real life so wonderful it would put the fictional George Bailey to shame.
A U.S. Airways contest invites children to write an essay about their father or ``father figure'' for Father's Day. The divorced Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, tells a young girl in a TV commercial about ``Prince Charming'' and the ideal marriage. ``Of course, if it doesn't work out,'' she says, the child will have to become familiar with stocks and bonds to secure her own future.
They're called sleep-overs but there's very little sleep involved in those chatter-filled, overnight gatherings of young girls.
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WASHINGTON -- These are not the 1970s. Try as President Bush might Thursday to portray America's energy troubles as a reprise of that decade's problems, there are striking differences.
The latest round of school shootings has revealed another culprit for school violence: bullies.
I want to commend Rep. Dale Walz for his support in helping to pass the K-12 Education Finance bill this week in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
I want to publicly thank Rep. Larry Howes for his vote and support for the Omnibus Tax Bill that was approved with bipartisan support
Gill nets have been used to estimate fish populations in Minnesota since the 1930s and, along with creel surveys, have been a standard tool since the 1950s.
May is my favorite month, followed by April, October and September. Forests and fields in spring are nothing short of spectacular in their unfolding beauty. Truly April showers bring May flowers. This season of high hope lures me into the woods and wetlands in search of wild flowers known as spring ephemerals.
Walleyes may be Minnesota's state fish and the most sought-after species around here, but DNR creel surveys show panfish are what we catch most often. Crappies rank high in that group. Crappies and walleyes share two qualities that make them popular: like walleyes, find one crappie and you find a school. And they taste great, especially in the spring.
May 27, Cedar Lake; June 10, Bay Lake; July 28, Crow Wing/Gull River (use public access on Hardy Lake Road); August 18, Little Boy/Wabedo (use Little Boy public access); Sept. 1, Tournament of Champions (lake selected at later date).
Fishermen elsewhere founded the Minnesota Walleye Alliance, Muskies Inc., Trout Unlimited, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and the North American Crappie Association. But lest you think Brainerd-area anglers lack for inspiration consider that it was here that the Minnesota Bowfin Club was founded.
19 -- Northern pike tournament on Pelican Lake; check in 7:30 a.m.; tournament 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; phone 746-3938 or 828-9736 for more information
CROSS LAKE - Walleyes are being caught on Cross Lake with leeches and shiner minnows in 16 to 18 feet of water. Early morning and dusk seem to be most productive.
Four generations recently gathered were Seth Holtz, son; Jason Holtz, father; Craig Holtz, grandfather; and Clifford Holtz, great-grandfather.
Christina Baier and Josh Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Pam and Mike Baier, Outing, and Tom and Beth Anderson, Baxter. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center.
Five generations recently gathered were Makinzie Agresto, daughter; Jennifer Agresto, mother; Vicki Fasen, grandmother; Joan Loucks, great-grandmother; and Elnor Gulbrandsen, great-great-grandmother.
Lynn Hawe and James Morales announce their engagement. Parents are Charles and Ruth Hawe, Walker, and Joe and Fely Morales, Brainerd. A July 21 wedding is planned at the groom's parents' home.
Dania Spies and Adam Kamp announce their engagement. Parents are Don and Marilyn Spies, Pequot Lakes, and John and Candy Kamp, Iowa City, Iowa. A June 2 outdoor wedding is planned at Piney Ridge Lodge in Pine River.
Dan and Bev Mulroy, Nisswa, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. They were married May 12, 1951, in Atlanta.
Tami Tollefson and Jason Nichols announce their engagement. Parents are Kurt and Robin Hopp, Baxter, the late Randy Tollefson, Dale and Lottie Short, Thornton, Colo., and Harvey and Debra Nichols, Aurora, Colo. A June 9 wedding is planned in Golden, Colo.
Five generations recently gathered were Makinzie Agresto, daughter; Jennifer Agresto, mother; Vicki Fasen, grandmother; Bob Loucks, great-grandfather; Iva Davidson, great-great-grandmother; and LeRoy Loucks, great-great-grandfather.
Shannon M. Williams and Patrick L. Lieberg announce their engagement. Parents are Chic and Kris Williams, Pequot Lakes, and Jon and Penny Lieberg, Rogers. A Feb. 9, 2002, wedding is planned at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers.
Gina Larson and Bryan Barber announce their engagement. A June 9 wedding is planned.
Martha "Bette" Peterson will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. May 27 at the home of her son, Gary Peterson, 4350 Marohn Road, Baxter.
Nicole Lee Boesen and Marshall Scott Johnson were married Jan. 16, 2001, at Picnic Island Park in Tampa, Fla.
INDIANAPOLIS -- For more than four decades A.J. Foyt has defined Indy-car racing.
MOTEGI, Japan -- Kenny Brack held off Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan in the Firestone Firehawk 500 on Saturday to win for the first time in his two-year Champ car career.
CONCORD, N.C. -- Aside from the $500,000 payout to the winner, drivers love The Winston because they use the all-star race as a tuneup for the next week.
Happy Coyote (5), ridden by jockey Bobby Walker Jr., passed Havappeal, ridden by R.D. Williams, in the stretch run of the first race Friday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.
WOODBURY (AP) -- A Woodbury High School student wore his "Straight Pride" T-shirt to school Friday, a day after a judge ruled the principal's ban on the message was probably unconstitutional.
ST. PAUL -- Aides to Gov. Jesse Ventura presented Senate and House leaders with a new budget plan Friday morning, keeping alive hopes they can work out a last-minute deal that might avert the need for a special session.
ROCHESTER (AP) -- A federal regulatory board could decide by the end of the year whether the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad can proceed with an expansion project.
MARSHALL (AP) -- Nearly 100 people turned out Friday for a funeral for the baby boy who was found dead in April in the public restroom of a Marshall grocery store.
Reaction to President Bush's visit to Minnesota:
MINNEAPOLIS -- The runoff of de-icing fluid into the Minnesota River from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport through April exceeded permit limits for the entire year, airport officials said Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Strike preparations will begin this weekend after registered nurses at 12 out of 13 Twin Cities hospitals voted to reject a proposed contract, a union spokeswoman said.
You wouldn't pull your knights off the table before sitting down to compete with a Russian chess champion. Or plan to contend in the British Open without a 5 iron and a wedge. Or try to build a chimney if you were a few bricks shy of a load.
AITKIN -- Dillon Heins and Josh Flier homered as the Aitkin Gobblers beat the Isle Indians 13-4 in Great River Conference baseball Thursday.
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PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes boys' and girls' track and field teams won titles in the Park Region Conference meet Thursday.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly men's basketball senior Chris Bjorklund of Baxter was named Cal Poly Male Athlete of the Year at the Night of the Mustang Awards dinner Wednesday.
The Brainerd Warriors shut out the Sartell Sabres 7-0 in Central Lakes Conference tennis action Thursday to improve to 10-1 in the conference and overall.
STOCK CAR RACING
Playing for pride and determined to leave a legacy of finishing their season on a winning note, the Central Lakes College Raiders rebounded from two opening-round losses in the NJCAA Division III softball tournament and took a full measure of revenge on Nassau Community College of Garden City, N.Y.
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers won two singles matches all three doubles positions and posted a 5-2 victory over the Mora Mustangs in a non-conference tennis meet Thursday.
Fans may have come out to watch the Brainerd Warrior' softball team as a way of getting outside to enjoy the sparkling weather Thursday in Brainerd.
The Central Lakes College Raiders softball team dropped two games in the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Arnold, Maryland Thursday. As a result, the Raiders are out of the championship competition but will continue to play in the consolations bracket.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers tennis team picked up its eighth win of the season with a 6-1 non-conference victory over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder on Friday.
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines baseball team defeated the Milaca Wolves 10-9 and followed with a 19-5 win over the West Central Area Knights Friday.
Lee Alto is never low.
STAPLES -- Staples-Motley pitcher Michelle Honek walked seven while striking out one and allowed just two hits as the Cardinals' softball team defeated the Frazee Hornets 10-3 Thursday,
Following its Class 3A state championship last season, the Brainerd Warriors baseball team graduated all but two starters.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Jenna Carlson scored on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Pequot Lakes Patriots a 1-0 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in non-conference softball Thursday.
MOORHEAD -- The Brainerd Warriors' softball team swept a doubleheader against the Moorhead Spuds Thursday.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Joe Whittemore of Pine River-Backus and Amy Jackson of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale each won two events in the Park Region Conference track and field meet Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- David Cone never imagined his Boston Red Sox debut being cut so short.
A current TV ad campaign shows a man pausing a televised sporting event so he can rush to church and pray, then returning to resume watching without missing his hoped-for shot.
The most important thing you can learn about a spreadsheet is how to think with one. That's what they're for. True, you can produce nifty formatted pages like the example templates that come with Microsoft Works. But you really want to learn to reach for a spreadsheet any time you'd reach for a calculator and paper.
Sure, the computer age was supposed to bring us less paper, but no one counted on desktop publishing.
WASHINGTON -- The rumblings began among frustrated researchers. Why, they wondered, is the White House Web site so lame? Why is it so hard to find a particular speech, statement or press briefing? Why couldn't www.whitehouse.gov be more like it was under former president Bill Clinton?
Q. We are starting to look for a first home, and I can't quite get the loan and credit formula to work out. I use Excel quite a bit in my job and am not sure what I am missing. Can you please take a look?
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from 70 to 80.
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms far west in the afternoon. Highs from the mid 70s to mid 80s.
The South braced for heat, humidity and showers on Saturday, while a low-pressure system was predicted to trigger storms in the Plains.
Rain was falling in northern Texas and Oklahoma early Friday, and scattered showers were forecast along a front stretching into West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Today...Partly sunny. Highs mainly in the 70s. Cooler near lake michigan.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to around 80.
Today...A chance of showers or thunderstorms northeast to southwest. Partly cloudy with highs from 70 to 80.
Today...Mostly sunny east. Partly sunny west and central with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Highs 70 to 80.
Today...Mostly sunny skies becoming partly cloudy in the west. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the west. Highs of 70 to 80.
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of afternoon showers far northwest. Highs in 70s to around 80. Cooler along lake michigan.
Today...Partly cloudy skies. Highs of 70 to 80.
Weather drawing by Benjamin Olson of Mr. Barber's second grade class at Whittier school.
Weather drawing by Kayla Peterson in the Lincoln School third-grade class of Mrs. Ahlers.
This afternoon...Increasing clouds northwest...Mostly sunny over the rest of the state. Highs 70 to 80.
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Secret Garden grand opening will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Northland Arboretum. The public is welcome.
There will be a graduation open house for Torance Loftis from 1-4 p.m. May 27 at the home of Myrtle Ellis, 520 N. 7th Street, Brainerd. Loftis will be graduating from Pillager High School.
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli helicopters rocketed Palestinian security headquarters in two West Bank towns Saturday in a second day of air strikes to retaliate for a suicide bombing at an Israeli shopping mall.
NETANYA, Israel (AP) -- A suicide bomber set off explosives at the entrance to a shopping mall in this seaside city Friday, killing himself and at least four others and wounding up to 40 people, witnesses and Israel radio said.
GOUMOIS, France -- Rescuers found eight Swiss vacationers alive and well Friday after two days trapped in a flooded French cave, an official said.
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is urging Israel and the Palestinians to end their fighting unconditionally and asking world leaders to help cool passions.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A plane carrying Iran's transport minister and seven members of parliament crashed in heavy rain in eastern Iran on Thursday, killing everyone on board, the Interior Ministry said. At least 29 people were killed.
GOUMOIS, France -- Rescue workers used small targeted explosives Saturday to speed up the water drainage from a flooded cave in which eight Swiss tourists have been trapped for four days.
Big Three live up to nickname
In awe and wonder, Winfield tours Cooperstown
Braves win another game late; Mets get rare victory
Yankees hold off Mariners in highest-scoring game at Safeco
Milton's luck runs out in loss to Orioles
Devils blank Penguins
Raptors force seventh game in Eastern semifinal series
Bucks force seventh game
Muriel Faye Thompson
John 'Jack' Keiffer
Agnes S. Ries
Harry L. Bernardson
Vivian H. Novak
Carl E. Landstrom
Lester Randolfh Anderson
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Energy plan: Back to the 70s
The fish that get away
Skunk cabbage is unusual bloomer of spring months
If your walleye spot is spoken for, it's time for crappies galore
They're not just a roughfish but a tough fish.
Foyt still learning 40 years after first Indy win
Brack holds off Castroneves, Kanaan for first CART win
Drivers in The Winston upset when practice is canceled
Racing season opens at Canterbury
Judge allows student to wear 'Straight Pride' shirt to school
No one budging on state budget
Board expects impact statement on DM&E by end of the year
Strangers show up for funeral for abandoned baby
Reaction to president's visit vary
Airport exceeds limit for de-icing fluid reaching river
Twin Cities nurses reject contract
Short-handed Warriors fall to CLC champion Tech
Heins, Flier homer in Aitkin victory
Pequot boys, girls win conference titles
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Warriors' tennis team raises record to 10-1
Area events Saturday
Raiders seventh in nation again
Aitkin defeats Mora in tennis
A nice day for a pitchers' duel Rocori takes 2-1 softball victory
Raiders make early exit from national tourney
Flyers end regular season with victory
Wolverines sweep non-conference doubleheader
This Alto is never low
Honek pitches two-hitter in Staples-Motley victory
Warriors capture conference title
Error helps Pequot
Ringstrom pitches Warriors to softball sweep
PR-B's Whittemore, B-H/V's Jackson each win two events
Forget about Cone, Radke wins 7th
Sorting TV options no longer as simple as 1, 2,. 3
Boost thinking with spreadsheet
Newfangled desktop publishers put money where mouse is
White House web site blasted for having too much white space
Q & A: Figuring the financing for a first home
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Humidity predicted in South, storms in Midwest
Scattered showers across nation's midsection; warm temps in West
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Israeli helicopters rocket Palestinian police headquarters in two towns
Suicide bomber kills himself, four others in Israel
Eight trapped in French cave found alive
Powell calls for unconditional cease-fire in Mideast, urges world backing
Plane carrying Iranian officials crashes, killing all on board
Rescuers working to remove trapped tourists from French cave
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