General Mills wins Ron Brown award
GOLDEN VALLEY (AP) -- President Clinton honored General Mills on Thursday for its part in establishing Siyeza Inc., a soul food processing plant in north Minneapolis.
Sweeping changes are in store for the downtown business area -- literally.
Direct payment of bills is paperless option few are using
NEW YORK -- Sick of writing a dozen checks each month to pay for everything from your electricity bill to your mortgage, auto insurance and credit cards? Maybe it's time to consider direct payment -- authorizing those companies to deduct bill payments from your bank account.
Around the watercooler
FEMALE CEOs AND SOARING STOCKS: Female CEOs have not only broken through the glass ceiling, they've sent their companies' stock prices soaring, according to a survey published in Equity magazine.
International Paper's acquisition of Champion International clears review
NEW YORK (AP) -- Antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice have approved International Paper's proposed $7.3 billion purchase of rival Champion International, the company said.
NEW YORK (AP) -- After nearly a year of warning about inflation, a danger most people haven't been able to see or feel, the Federal Reserve faces another danger, this one involving its very credibility.
SEC seeks to curb 'pay-to-play' giving
NEW YORK -- In a presidential election year widely expected to generate unprecedented levels of campaign giving and spending, the Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing new rules that could keep the mutual fund industry out of the game.
Rising fuel prices raise concerns for summer
Less than two weeks before the official start of the summer driving season, oil and gasoline prices are going up again, ending what had been a decline following OPEC's increase in output.
Workers say ethical violations are on rise
With increased pressures to meet unrealistic schedules and earning goals, illegal or unethical behavior has soared in the workplace, according to a nationwide survey of more than 2,300 workers by KPMG LLP, a professional services firm.
Red Wing home to red-hot sauce business
RED WING (AP) -- The pizza and marinara sauces and salsas from more than 100 different recipes can be found around the world.
Brooke Retterath, stylist at Image 2000
Leading toymakers not having much fun these days, but new CEOs are hoping to change that
NEW YORK -- It's been a nothing short of a miserable year for Mattel and Toys R Us. Once the undisputed leaders in the toy industry, they've lost market share and struggled with slumping sales and profits.
New Chevron CEO tries to prove fossil fuel companies aren't fossils
SAN FRANCISCO -- David O'Reilly's education as Chevron Corp.'s new CEO included a crash course in New Economics 101. Lesson One: No matter how impressive their profits are, companies born in the 19th century have a tough time getting the stock market's attention in the 21st century.
Volume dries up as traders, investors seek direction
NEW YORK -- It's awfully quiet out there.
Area small-business center earns top ranking in state, says SBDC director
The Brainerd Small Business Development Center ranks among the top regional agencies in the state, according to Mary Kruger, state SBDC director.
A workforce reduction plan was approved by Potlatch Corporation's Board of Directors Friday.
Lloyd J. Olson Jr., 50, Minneapolis, and Suzanne G. Pollock, 51, Backus.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center-Crosby
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 450.
Meets 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
Colbert seizes first-round lead
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Every drive, every putt, was true.
Love, Mickelson in contention
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A week after losing a three-way playoff, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson are right back in contention.
Kim follows Pak's lead to star on LPGA tour
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) -- Mi Hyun Kim was half a world away when South Korean compatriot Se Ri Pak arrived in the United States two years ago.
Animal rights group's newest slogan: Dairy products cause acne
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An animal rights group that earlier this year urged college students to drink beer instead of milk has attracted criticism with a new campaign that says dairy products cause acne.
Child, teen checkup clinics scheduled
The Crow Wing County Health Department will hold early childhood screening/child and teen checkup clinics in Brainerd from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 and noon to 5:45 p.m. June 27.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
AIDS vaccine to be tested in Uganda, developers say
BALTIMORE -- An oral AIDS vaccine is under development at the institute headed by Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the virus, and is expected to undergo human tests in Uganda in as little as 18 months.
Clinton backs heart devices in planes, federal buildings
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton said Saturday he wants heart-starting defibrillators placed in federal office buildings and airplanes to help save the lives of people who suffer sudden heart failure.
Pediatricians pay extra attention to ADHD
Amid growing worry about increasing diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- and related fears that too many young children are receiving prescription medication for it -- the nation's pediatricians have issued guidelines aimed at standardizing the diagnosis and helping doctors identify which children need help.
'28 Days' is no magic number for addicts in age of managed care
In the movie ''28 Days,'' Sandra Bullock plays a party girl whose good times come crashing to an end when too many binges force her into alcohol rehabilitation.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
WIC program available in county
The Crow Wing County Health Department offers a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.
About 50 Dilworth homes evacuated after train derailment
DILWORTH (AP) -- Occupants of about 50 homes were evacuated for about an hour after two train tanker cars derailed and authorities became worried that a tanker carrying coal tar distillate might leak.
Teen drowns in area lake
The joy of a last outing of friends before high school graduation turned into a tragedy early Saturday morning.
New London-Spicer School District wins state's top award in agriculture field
WILLMAR (AP) -- Only a few students in the New London-Spicer School District are expected to be full-time agriculture production farmers when they graduate.
Rud family working triple time
Just one more child. A healthy one.
This was Brainerd
May 21 -- 80 years ago (1920) -- John Bye had the gas tank of his Hup rammed and lost it and never noticed the difference. He drove to Gull Lake and part of the way back without a tank. The tank still containing gasoline was found along the roadside by Contractor Jackson.
Ventura: Guthrie funding might lead to stadium subsidy
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Legislators may have opened the door for funding a new sports stadium and other projects by providing $3 million for the Guthrie Theater, Gov. Jesse Ventura said.
Pets of the Week
Pepper is a 9-year-old male Lab/shorthair mix who has been neutered. He likes to eat, is housebroken and would make a good family pet.
Public input sought for future of Highway 371 corridor
Public input is needed to define the future of the Highway 371 corridor through a series of neighborhood meetings slated Tuesday and Thursday.
Honeymead spill of 1963 helped spur state's environmental movement
MANKATO (AP) -- When a wave of soybean oil gushed from a ruptured Honeymead tank in Mankato nearly four decades ago, it created an environmental disaster. But it also helped spur the environmental movement in the state and the creation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Benefit fund set up for Allen family
A benefit fund has been set up for the family of Michael Allen, whose body has to be recovered from the Crow Wing River following an accident Saturday, May 13.
State company markets electronically pasteurized beef
BROOKLYN CENTER (AP) -- A Minnesota company said Tuesday it is the first in the nation to begin selling electronically pasteurized beef, which uses electricity to kill bacteria.
Waseca burglar sentenced to prison
WASECA (AP) -- A 28-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico sentenced to prison for a string of home burglaries in Waseca was in the media spotlight Friday, but not for his break-ins.
Students injured when open barrel explodes
OLIVIA (AP) -- An open barrel with about an inch of a flammable liquid burst into flames in an ag shop at BOLD High School on Friday, injuring six students, including two who were hospitalized.
Captive-fed peregrine falcon has serious infection
ST. PAUL (AP) -- One of the first captive-bred peregrine falcons in the Midwest is being treated at The Raptor Center for a serious infection apparently contracted from eating pigeons.
Terry Ventura estimates charity concert raised about $80,000 for children
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A benefit concert for the Jade Foundation raised about $80,000 to help disadvantaged children, Terry Ventura estimated.
Minnesota Corn Processors to become limited liability company
MARSHALL (AP) -- After a year of negotiations with Archer Daniels Midland, Minnesota Corn Processors has reached an agreement under which the Marshall cooperative will be converted to a limited liability company.
House Minority Leader Pugh: Session good for Democrats
House Minority Leader Thomas W. Pugh said Minnesota's 2000 legislative session was a great victory for Democrats, who were behind efforts to address needs in education, transportation and health in addition to providing tax relief.
New controversy erupts over writing exam
ST. PAUL -- State education officials confirmed Friday that a test scoring company issued 251 ''alerts'' stemming from essays that students wrote as part of a required sophomore writing exam.
Nisswa School, McGregor district to receive grants
Nisswa Elementary School and Independent School District 4 in McGregor have been awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center grants by the U.S. Department of Education.
Hanson resigns position at Ski Gull; new director sought
After 10 years as manager and executive director of Ski Gull Inc., Bob Hanson is stepping down as of June 1.
Sierra Leone: Rebel chief to remain in custody for now
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Sierra Leone's government Saturday refused to bow to demands for the release of rebel leader Foday Sankoh, saying his fate was still being decided.
23 officers implicated in crimes connected to LAPD scandal
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Names of 28 police officers implicated in crimes connected to the Rampart corruption probe have been turned over to public defenders, along with 3,242 of pages of transcripts from disgraced former officer Rafael Perez.
Canadian processor recalls luncheon meats, including ham, salami
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Canadian meat processing company Freybe Sausage Ltd. is recalling about 400 pounds of sliced ham and salami that may be contaminated with listeria.
Indonesian pirates defy navy, plunder passing ships
TOLOP ISLAND, Indonesia -- A Colt .45 strapped to his hip, Sgt. Marwando gazes out at the shimmering sea from a clump of palm trees, standing guard on the front line of the international war against piracy.
West Virginia high school students get creative to graduate
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Jumping out of an airplane isn't a graduation requirement for most high school seniors.
Closeup inspection of damaged pier to begin
PHILADELPHIA -- With most of the wooden planks, plastic chairs and other debris removed from the Delaware River where a nightclub pier collapsed, investigators planned to get a closer look at the damaged structure to determine what caused the fatal accident.
Lugar: Clinton has done too little for farmers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration has done too little to rejuvenate the nation's farm economy, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said today.
Flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal dies in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Jean-Pierre Rampal, who popularized the flute as a solo instrument and became one of classical music's brightest stars, died in Paris today. He was 78.
Taiwanese president takes office, seeks to calm China
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's new leader Saturday refused to cave in to China's top demand but pledged in his inaugural speech not to provoke war with the neighboring communist giant by seeking independence.
NRA promises 'celebration of Second Amendment'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A week after the Million Mom March anti-gun demonstration in Washington, gun advocates attending the National Rifle Association's annual meeting marched through the streets of downtown Charlotte on Saturday to show solidarity for their cause.
Regis inherits mantle as Daytime Emmy's hard-luck loser
NEW YORK (AP) -- Regis Philbin, meet Susan Lucci.
After years of delays, Haiti prepares for an exercise in democracy
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Under pressure from Washington and the United Nations, Haiti at long last will try to hold elections Sunday that are essential to restoring a legal government and vital foreign aid.
Jury finds pair guilty in death of well-known gambler
LAS VEGAS -- The death of casino heir Ted Binion was surrounded by a tangled web of lust, drug addiction and buried treasure. But a jury ultimately unraveled the mystery, convicting the well-known gambler's live-in girlfriend and her new lover.
Republicans grapple with Giuliani-less campaign
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The attention of New York Republicans has turned to Rep. Rick Lazio in the wake of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's decision to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Giuliani drops out of Senate race
NEW YORK -- Ending weeks of speculation fueled by health and marital problems, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has shut the door on his bid for the U.S. Senate, less than two weeks before the state Republican Party's nominating convention.
Hundreds of frustrated Cambodians pray for justice on Day of Anger
CHOEUNG EK, Cambodia -- Frustrated by sluggish progress in negotiations for a genocide tribunal, hundreds of Cambodians gathered Saturday to pray for justice during an annual holiday dedicated to the 1.7 million victims of the Khmer Rouge.
House Democrats hope to use farm issue to win in fall
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats hope to tap into farm-state unrest about the Republican-written 1996 agriculture reform law in order to win some districts in the fall elections.
Midwest Hispanics may be a key factor in presidential election
CHICAGO -- Conversations -- most in Spanish -- carry from an open doorway as dozens of people wait in lines and folding chairs for volunteers to help them fill out citizenship forms.
NRA announces plans to open theme store-restaurant in Times Square
NEW YORK -- Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck. Eddie Eagle?
Colorado governor signs four gun bills
DENVER -- Four newly enacted Colorado gun laws might not have prevented the Columbine High School shootings, but they could have allowed for more charges to be filed, Gov. Bill Owens said.
Middle ground hard to find in trade debate
WASHINGTON -- As the House heads for a showdown this week on granting China permanent trade benefits, both sides agree the legislation will help shape U.S.-Chinese relations for the 21st century.
Fiji rebels declare new government; military threatens attack
SUVA, Fiji -- Armed rebels holding Fiji's prime minister and other officials captive swore themselves in as the new government Saturday and vowed not to surrender despite a lack of support from the country's security institutions.
Republicans mistakenly ask Conrad to join GOP fund-raising group
WASHINGTON -- It turns out that the Republican Senatorial ''Inner Circle'' isn't as exclusive as it sounds.
Harlin Quist, publisher of children's books dead at 69
VIRGINIA (AP) -- A memorial gathering will be held May 27 for publisher Harlin Quist, who gained an ''enfant terrible'' reputation decades ago for tackling unusual subjects for children and illustrating them with the work of leading French artists.
Not even McGwire has homered like this
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- There he goes again.
Dallas Stars lose, behind in series 2-1
DENVER (AP) -- For the second time in three games, Patrick Roy blanked the Dallas Stars. Not bad for a player who insists he isn't a shutout goalie.
Radke easily goes distance in Twins win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brad Radke went the distance in a breeze.
Knicks force decisive game
NEW YORK (AP) -- As they left the court after the loss to the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat seemed stunned and done.
BALTIMORE -- Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby winner, looked far more comfortable on the track Friday morning at Pimlico than he had the previous morning.
Sather leaves Edmonton Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers have lost their only general manager after 21 NHL seasons.
Kendall becomes first Pirate to hit for cycle at home in 51 years
By The Associated Press
Illinois needs to win two to take Big Ten title
MINNEAPOLIS -- No. 4 seed Illinois, the surprise of the Big Ten double-elimination baseball tourney, can take the title Saturday with two victories.
Seles wins; Pioline, Norman upset in professional tennis
ROME (AP) -- Fifth-seeded Monica Seles outlasted Jelena Dokic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Italian Open semifinals against Corina Morariu, who overcame Giulia Casoni 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Pacers again advance to conference finals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Not all of the Indiana Pacers were celebrating after knocking Philadelphia out of the NBA playoffs.
Devils not pushing panic button
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals and facing a must-win game at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, Larry Robinson isn't panicking.
Lowell 'Lou' Guntzburger
AITKIN -- Lowell "Lou" E. Guntzburger, 90, Aitkin and McGregor, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at the Aicota Nursing Home in Aitkin.
George Virgil Berczyk
REMER -- George Virgil Berczyk, 72, Remer, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Dorothy Imogene Imgrund
Dorothy Imogene Imgrund, 72, Brainerd, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at her home.
Mathilda 'Kay' Crocker
Mathilda L. "Kay" Crocker, 89, Brainerd, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Mildred C. Larson
LITTLE FALLS -- Mildred C. Larson, 93, Little Falls, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Marvin James Haukos
IRONTON -- Marvin James Haukos, 59, Ironton, died Friday, May 19, 2000, in Cass County.
James T. Blaikie
James T. Blaikie, 80, Brainerd, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at the Brainerd Manor.
Mall talk - Dispatch Editorial
The dynamics of the business world are such that an entity either improves or starts to decline. There is no such thing as standing still.
A break for Sierra Leone
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Perhaps one of the best ways to test family ties is to attempt a little fix-up project -- together.
A 'junket' that paid off
WASHINGTON -- Big business has spent millions lobbying the House of Representatives to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China, in hopes of cashing in on the liberalized import rules China's Communist rulers must adopt when that nation joins the World Trade Organization.
Crow Wing Canoe Day coming up
Step into a canoe in Brainerd, step out into a fur trade encampment at Crow Wing State Park at the 14th annual Crow Wing Canoe Days and Fur Trade Encampment on June 4.
Lake Sharpe: South Dakota's natural walleye haven
PIERRE, S.D. -- Cutting a swath through the high plains of North America, the Missouri River provides welcome eye relief to westbound travelers from Minnesota. We're so accustomed to seeing water that it can be disconcerting when it gets sparse. About the time you start wondering how life can survive in such dry places a slope is crested and the Missouri River glistens below. The world looks right again.
Find the pattern first fish will follo
A lot of people wonder how professional fishermen and guides seem to catch fish every time out. First, nobody catches fish every
Ortiz wins close contest at Lake Sharpe
PIERRE, SD -- It was a close, but In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail pro Bill Ortiz, Dodgeville, Wis., claimed a $50,000 first-place finish at the Lowrance Midwest Pro-Am May 10-12 on Lake Sharpe.
Daryl Christensen jigs his way to tournament success
PIERRE, S.D. -- As the PWT makes its rounds some waters are better-suited to the fishing styles of certain competitors. Trollers excel at Lake Erie, for example, while live-bait riggers usually do better at Lake of the Woods.
1-31 -- Arbor Month
A working week doesn't get any better
Wow! What a week!
Running and gunning for Sharpe walleyes with Dave Spaid
PIERRE, S.D. -- "We're going to have to make quick work of this," Dave Spaid said as he pulled up to the boat landing on Lake Sharpe on Friday, May 5.
Pike and walleyes have been hitting in 10 to 20 feet of water on area lakes, including Gull, Round, North Long, Margaret, Whitefish, Lower Hay and Pelican. Sunnies and crappies continue to hit on those lakes as well.
Christine Ankrum and Todd Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Lee Ankrum, Maplewood, and Larry Ankrum, New Orleans, La., and Judy Anderson, Brainerd, and the late Russell Anderson. An Oct. 28 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Four generations recently gathered were Jacob Bush, son; Jeffrey Bush, father; Jerry Bush, grandfather; and Emil Bush, great-grandfather.
Avra Douglas and Joseph Brutsman were married March 26, 2000, at the Chapel by the Bay at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., with the Rev. Rudy Aquita officiating.
Kristin Wicklund and Eric Davis announce their engagement. Parents are Beverley Wicklund, Brainerd, and the late Kenneth Wicklund, and Earl and Laura Davis, Portland, Tenn. A July 1 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Rebecca Renner and Leslie Ebert announce their engagement. Parents are John and Beverly Renner, Bismarck, N.D., and Russ and Joni Ebert, Lake Shore, and Barb McKay, Circle Pines. A July 14 wedding is planned in Shoreview.
Jennifer Kane and Ryan Monasmith announce their engagement. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Kane, Brainerd, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Monasmith, Nisswa, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lane, Brainerd. A Sept. 23 wedding is planned.
Sara Eckman and Leon Pusc announce their engagement. Parents are Kate and Dave Eckman, Little Falls, and LeRoy and Janice Pusc, Little Falls. A June 3 wedding is planned at Our Lady of Lourdes Church of Little Falls.
Angela Chappell and Timothy Gallant announce their engagement. Parents are Dennis and MaryLou Chappell, Willmar, and Merle Jr. and Marcella Gallant, Brainerd. A May 27 wedding is planned at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Willmar.
Traci J. Quam and Donny Vosen were married March 4, 2000, in Nisswa.
Woman who is planning wedding is lacking only a groom
DEAR ABBY: My friend is planning a wedding for next May. Under any other circumstances I would be happy for her, but she isn't engaged and has not yet been proposed to by her boyfriend!
Tracy Timmons and Brian Gabrielson were married on Nov. 6, 1999, at Sherwood Forest Lodge in Nisswa with Pastor David Holte officiating.
Jennifer Allord and Ryan Kelley announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Peggy Allord, Brainerd, and Harvey and Marion Kelley, Backus. A July 22 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Larry and Betty Seline will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family today. They were married May 21, 1950, at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
Kristin R. Kiisa and John T. Loney announce their engagement. Parents are Karl and Sherry Kiisa, Walker, and Corey and Julienne Loney, Merrifield. A June 17 wedding is planned at Hope Lutheran Church of Walker.
Danell Levno and Charles Eggert announce their engagement. Parents are Dan and Pam Levno, Brainerd, and Richard and Kathy Eggert, Dassel. A July wedding is planned at St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Brainerd.
Names and faces
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Tonya Harding had two requests when she arrived at jail: a private room and a cigarette.
Kris Kupfer and Matt Walsh announce their engagement. Parents are Don Kupfer, Dent, Mary Kupfer, Staples, and Sue Dudding, Lake Shore, and Mike Walsh, Chaska. A June 3 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Elliott wins pole for The Winston
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Free to concentrate on driving for the first time in six years, Bill Elliott is seizing the opportunity.
No clear cut pole favorite at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eddie Cheever was hoping for a short work day in Indianapolis 500 pole qualifying.
Area events Sunday
Pillager Huskies record first baseball win
PINE RIVER -- The Pillager Huskies tamed the Pine River-Backus Tigers 14-2 Friday as they got their first win of the season in a Park Region Conference baseball game.
Home run lifts Wadena-Deer Creek in softball game
Wadena-Deer Creek 11, Bertha-Hewitt 3
Deaf athlete enjoys representing Brainerd Warriors in pole vault
BLAINE -- Pole vaulting is an obstacle in itself, sprinting with a 14-foot fiberglass pole, planting it in the ground and arcing up and over a high bar.
Warriors lose showdown in boys' 4x100 relay
BLAINE -- It didn't matter that the Brainerd Warriors finished eighth out of nine schools in the Class 3A True Team boys' track and field state meet Friday at the National Sports Center.
Raiders' softball team takes seventh place in nation
SEVERN, MD. -- The cameras were out early and often. The good-natured ribbing of teammates was plentiful. And there was a lot of laughter. A lot.
Hasselberg earns Mid-State medalist honors
STAPLES --The Staples-Motley Cardinals, led by individual medalist Dana Hasselberg, placed first with a team score of 352 in the Mid-State Conference girls golf meet Friday.
Traveling writer strikes out in luck
SEVERN, MD. -- For a traveling rookie like myself, trying to find Randazzo Park in Maryland was like trying to find the site I need on the Web.
Champions of the Women's Country Pool League were, front row: Judi Vopatek (left), Darlene Gates, Shirley Schroeml. Back row: Brenda Anderson, Wendy Neugebauer.
What a difference a year makes as Raiders complete successful turnaround
SEVERN, MD. -- Two years ago Central Lakes College didn't even have a softball team.
Flyers sneak by Thunder
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers defeated the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 4-3 in a non-conference tennis match Friday.
Local sports shorts
Branelle Cibuzar, a student at Brainerd High School, has been awarded the National High School Athletic Institute's prestigious All-American Scholar Athlete Award for the sport of soccer.
S-M boys match girls, take Mid-State
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' golf team, led by Pat Helling's 80, took first place in the Mid-State Conference Golf Tournament Friday at the Vintage golf course in Staples.
The winning team in the fourth and fifth grade girls tournament included: Front row: Samantha Underhill (left), Jessie Marolt, Megan Nelson. Back row: Rose Litke, Samantha Hollingsworth, Cayla Lambert, Bridget Badger.
BH-V girls win Park Region track title
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders girls' track and field team won the Park Region Conference Meet Thursday with a combined score of 152.
Shades - The incredible lightness of seeing
LOS ANGELES -- They are like an iMac for your eyes. The latest sunglasses are little bundles of technological and design wonder, packing in everything from virtually unbreakable titanium frames to tints that mimic the body's melanin pigment. And, of course, they come in cool shapes and colors.
How Microsoft made virus-writing accesible
The Age of Innocence is over. You can't even trust a love note any more -- or read a joke that comes in your e-mail -- without worrying about trashing your computer or someone else's.
PC games broadening their appeal
Maybe it's a millennium-inspired longing for the past when faced with a vast, uncertain future. Or maybe it's the prevalence of violence everywhere you turn today. Or maybe it's just coincidence.
Computer virus crashes computers, but spread is nipped in the bud
NEW YORK -- The spread of a computer virus that could have done more damage than the ''Love Bug'' was nipped in the bud this week as U.S. companies strengthened their defenses against attacks from the Internet.
Tale of the tape One useful invention that stuck around
In 1925, the world's first pressure-sensitive adhesive tape -- Scotch brand masking tape -- quietly entered the world. But the world would have to wait five years more for its inventor, a young 3M engineer named Richard Drew, to introduce what would plainly become his masterpiece: clear cellophane-backed tape.
Kids must take precautions Internet can be a dangerous place
savvy -- adj. (slang) Well informed and perceptive; shrewd.
Amteur shutterbugs helped by printer makers
Computers and digital cameras have given amateur photographers without darkrooms greater control over their snapshots through the years. The last hurdle has been printing great images.
Search engines are improving
I love search engines.
Internet offers new way to steal using phony documents
WASHINGTON -- On sale online: fake passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, driver's licenses, college diplomas, press credentials and even IDs for police officers and FBI agents. They're fraudulent but authentic-looking enough to enable users to steal people's identities, get loans or convince enemies they're being arrested.
Today -- A few morning showers, otherwise partly sunny. Highs middle 70s. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west. Rain chance 20 percent.
Storms push into South
The frontal system that has brought severe storms and heavy rain to much of the upper Midwest and Northeast continued to move south Saturday.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 47 44 .33 rn, Albuquerque 71 51 cdy, Amarillo 71 44 cdy
The Deerwood and Bay Lake Senior Citizen Club will have their meeting at noon Wednesday at the Deerwood Legion. Bring your own eating utensils and a dish to share. Judy Meyer from the Crow Wing Social Service will be there. Hostesses will be Kaye Frey and Lois Harp.
The month of March was a busy one here at the
Child in need
Sometimes when a match is made, it is such a perfect match that the partnership attracts other kids needing an adult role-model.
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