Trail leads to a new coffee shop in Hackensack
HACKENSACK -- Birch Lake Beanery, an espresso and cappuccino coffee shop, opened Saturday along the Paul Bunyan Trail as Hackensack's newest business.
College receives $490,719 in grants to train 231 workers
Three state grants totaling $490,719 have been awarded to Central Lakes College to train 231 workers in area industries.
Deadlines for claiming assets
WASHINGTON -- Is your check is in the mail? This year's refund from the IRS? Or maybe it already arrived but you haven't cashed it?
Sure sign of summer Mesaba adding flights for Brainerd
Brainerd won't be having the same problem Bemidji faces with Mesaba Airlines.
Dow loses 327 points for the week
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street's numbers for Friday
Jason Walkowiak recently joined Consolidated Telephone Co.'s Internet department.
As rates climb, it may be time to lower debt
NEW YORK (AP) -- Here's a quick quiz, developed by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, to help you determine if you've got a debt problem. The foundation is a nonprofit umbrella for 1,500 credit counseling services around the nation.
Fergus Falls family makes meat its business
FERGUS FALLS (AP) -- A little red barn sits on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street in Fergus Falls. With a big sign that reads ''Here's the Beef,'' Tim and Kathryn Enderson sell their black Angus beef under their own label of Home Ranch Beef directly to the consumer.
Sports drink that conquered America goes mainstream
CHICAGO (AP) -- It crushes the competition on sidelines, finish lines and checkout lines. Its name is as synonymous with sports drinks as Kleenex is with tissues and Frisbee with flying discs.
Diversity training with an eye on bottom line
MAPLEWOOD -- As class ended, Brian Ullom and Marina Johnson exchanged phone numbers so they could meet again in three months to discuss their reading assignment, a book about the impact of American Indian culture in the United States.
Cost of gas distorted by inflation
WASHINGTON -- So why are a record number of Americans planning to tour the country in their sport-utility vehicles when gasoline prices have popped to their highest prices ever?
Grammy nominated area Christian musician now writes for Nashville record companies
"We are a conundrum," Joel Hanson said of himself and fellow Pray For Rain band members Patrick Andrew and Mark Nash.
'Religion capital' blessed with tourists
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- As the headquarters of some 80 religious organizations, Colorado Springs is attracting an increasing numbers of visitors who spend millions of dollars to attend spiritual conferences and seminars.
We fail to protect children in dangerous world
QUESTION: I have heard you say that we have shamefully mismanaged the present generation of children. Explain what you meant by that.
The annual Memorial Day Rally will be Sunday and Monday at the Lakes Area Christian Church. Coffee and rolls will be served at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday school hour at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship and communion will be at 10:30 a.m.
Forget me not
Memorial Day is just around the corner. Many are looking forward to the opportunity this national holiday gives us for a long weekend -- time for fishing, gardening, recreating.
A 54-year-old Buffalo man was severely injured today in a one-vehicle accident on Country Road 23, a few miles south of Highway 18, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
ONAMIA --A Richfield woman suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle accident at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 25 in Mille Lacs County, reported the State Patrol.
THEFT --Lesley Roberts, Crosby, reported the theft of seven fishing rods worth $50 to $100 each and tackle worth $500 to $1000 from his boat.
Melvin R. Kavanaugh, Jr., 35, Hollister, and Jane A. Ray, 22, Breezy Point.
Anderson, Scott R. and Lori L.
Meschke medalist; S-M girls win meet
PEQUOT LAKES -- Liz Meschke of Pequot Lakes was medalist and the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' golf team won an 18-hole quadrangular Thursday at the Preserve.
Frazar conquers win for first-round lead
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus is responsible for the changes on three of the par 5s, rough that is as gnarly as it has ever been and greens that are smaller and more contoured at Muirfield Village.
Ramsbottom challenges for Corning Classic lead
CORNING, N.Y. (AP) -- After basically striking out this year on the golf course, Nancy Ramsbottom suddenly is contending for her first LPGA victory. And she's as stunned as anyone.
A routine day for Tiger: 63 for lead
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- If the fact Tiger Woods once again took the 36-hole lead in the Memorial Tournament wasn't enough, consider how he assessed his round.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Scores and relation to par Thursday after the first round of the $3 million Memorial Tournament, played on the 7,193-yard, par-72 (36-36) Muirfield Village Golf Club course (a-amateur):
Contrasting golfers leading in senior event
AUGUSTA, Mo. (AP) -- The leaders going into the second round of the Boone Valley Senior Classic offered a dramatic contrast in golf styles and personalities.
BHS boys' golfers fall short in Section 8AA meet
PERHAM -- Despite a slow start at the beginning of the year, junior Joe Morgan came on at the end to shoot one of his best rounds. But it wasn't enough.
Kim cards masterful 65 for Corning Classic lead
CORNING, N.Y. (AP) -- Mi Hyun Kim apparently didn't like her doctor's orders. So far, the strategy has produced some exciting moments.
Government unveils campaign to help kids avoid skin cancer
ATLANTA -- Government researchers said they expect more than a million new skin cancer cases to be diagnosed this year and announced a new campaign designed to keep children out of the sun.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Clinton urges nutrition labels for meat packages
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton proposed Saturday to require nutrition labels on packages of ground beef and other meat and poultry so consumers can tell how much fat, cholesterol and nutrients they contain.
Waterborne illnesses increasing at public pools
ATLANTA -- Swimming pools with their sparkling blue water and strong chlorine odor are far from clean, and government health officials are launching a campaign to warn against the rise in illnesses caused by contaminated public pools.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Number of versions of annual flowers explodes
WASHINGTON -- If your idea of summer annuals is begonias and impatiens, get thee to a garden center.
Government officials tour Willows housing development in Brainerd
State attention came Wednesday to the Willows housing subdivision in Brainerd.
Couple turns tiny basement closet into multi-functional home office
In a triumph of ingenuity, a basement closet once used as a pantry has become a tiny but multifunctional home office for a couple in McLean, Va.
Design J-14 confusing on the outside, but nice on the inside
Traditional-style houses, like Design J-14, started cropping up in the 1970s. Traditional houses combine the informality of a ranch with older Colonial and cottage elements. They look like they're two stories high, but inside they often are not.
Modernized garden products are hot
Our garden may be up-to-date, but it may look better modernized.
Book shows gardens don't have to be hard to maintain
For anyone who loves gardens but hates gardening, there is hope.
Annuals need plenty of water throughout summer
Fans of annuals know that there is a price for providing lush, exotic and colorful flowering plants in the sultry weeks of July and August: water.
Homes may be built with recycling effort
In celebration of its 10 years of service to families in the lakes area, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is encouraging community-wide support for a program called CANS FOR HUMAN-ITY.
Town's former bank becomes longtime home for Averill couple
AVERILL (AP) -- A 1925 plat book of Clay County contains an advertisement for the Averill State Bank.
New lines of deck furniture being introduced
The time is at hand when the deck or patio will get more use than the living room, as people move outdoors for gardening, games or just sitting around.
Designers turn to rubber for latest home accessories
Rubber is bouncing back in a big way, says trend-watching magazine Metropolitan Home in its May/June issue.
Check this list of tips to ease stress of moving
There are many things to consider when planning a move. Check lists can help when time begins to tick down, saving stress levels on the big day.
Central Lakes College graduates listed
Central Lakes College has conferred degrees, diplomas, and certificates to more than 700 spring graduates of liberal arts and technical programs at campuses in Brainerd and Staples. The graduates include:
Travel continues, despite soaring gas prices
Gas prices have climbed to new highs the past few days in the Brainerd lakes area, with some gas stations selling unleaded fuel as high as $1.65 a gallon.
Fine hikes slide through in catch-all bill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Judges can hit lawbreakers with bigger fines -- some as much as 50 percent higher -- starting in August due to a little-noticed part of a comprehensive bill passed by the Legislature this month.
Camp Ripley facility will increase public safety
CAMP RIPLEY -- An item in the bonding bill the Legislature passed authorized the sale of up to $1 million in bonds to construct a "tactical live-fire village" on the grounds of Camp Ripley.
If weather allows, fires will be set in BWCA
ELY (AP) -- Weather permitting, fires will be set Wednesday in a 100-acre area just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Superior National Forest officials said.
Gilbert's war dead remembered, but memorial location questioned
GILBERT (AP) -- A memorial to the 34 Gilbert men who died in World War I, World War II and Korea hangs in the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in this northern Minnesota city.
Steps taken to ensure BHS graduation goes smoothly
The Brainerd School District has taken steps to make sure this year's graduation ceremony doesn't wind up like the last one.
The Brainerd Post Office will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Brainerd psychologist to visit China as part of exchange
Brainerd psychologist J.P. Whalen has been hand-picked to participate in what may become a precedent-setting information exchange between American and Chinese rehabilitation professionals.
Crow Wing County meetings listed
Monday -- Memorial Day, county offices closed.
Highway 371 corridor's assets, woes listed
BACKUS -- Lakes, rivers and wetlands are good. Pine trees are good. Businesses using good landscape designs are good. Small town character is good.
Trans States, pilots reach tentative pact
By JIM SALTER
Ventura promises short, cheap campaign if he runs again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Although he wouldn't commit to seeking re-election, Gov. Jesse Ventura on Friday laid out the short and cheap campaign he would run in 2002.
Thursday's Tempo section incorrectly listed an award Karen Cheney of Baxter won at the Artists of Minnesota competition.
Baxter accepts petitions for annexation
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday accepted annexation petitions along the Highway 371 corridor for property owned by the Tank family, Dondelinger's and Lakewood Realty.
This was Brainerd
May 28 -- 30 years ago (1970) -- Airman Robert McCollough, son of William McCollough and Mrs. Cecil McCollough, Brainerd, recently had some of his pictures featured in the May issue of "Airman," an Air Force magazine which is circulated to Air Force personnel around the world.
Memorial Day services for Crosby-Ironton will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- U.S. Senate hopeful Jerry Janezich is putting a little Hollywood into his bid to secure the DFL endorsement this weekend.
TV report on drunken boaters disputed
A Twin Cities TV report on drunken boaters that aired Sunday may have had the correct information, but a Crow Wing County official believes the conclusion strayed from the truth.
'I'm going to fight hard for NTC and all higher education.'
Sen. Tony Kinkel, the vice chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee who on Tuesday was hired as an administrator at Northwest Technical College, makes no apologies for his new job.
Iron Range prepares for plant closing
HOYT LAKES (AP) -- The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board was formed nearly 60 years to prepare Northeastern Minnesota for the decline of the mining industry.
Greenwalt children present scholarship
On Monday, the children of Clifford and Gwendolyn Greenwalt presented the first memorial scholarship in memory of their parents.
Cass values soar along 371
WALKER -- People were willing to pay a lot more for existing properties in Cass County during the 1990s than previous decades.
Class of 2000 is all grown up now
From being chased around the playground to singing at cathedrals in France, the Brainerd High School students in the class of 2000 have collected many memories in the past decade.
Katie Poirier remembered one year after abduction
MOOSE LAKE (AP) -- One year ago today, 19-year-old Katie Poirier of Barnum was abruptly abducted from a Moose Lake convenience store while she worked alone.
Man faces assault charges for infant son's injuries
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A Cold Spring man has been charged with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child after his 4-month-old son was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Funeral held for unidentified people
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Of the 200 people who gathered here Friday at a funeral for mother and son, few cried.
This was Brainerd
May 26 -- 100 years ago (1900) -- Some of our bicyclists object to paying a $1.00 license to ride on the Brainerd bicycle paths. They prefer to take the middle of the street.
Governor isn't naming names, blasts media
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is making no apologies for an extra chapter in the upcoming paperback edition of his book, which he uses in part to flog one of his favorite targets, the media.
Two arrested in shootings at NYC Wendy's
NEW YORK -- Two men, one with a history of robbing fast-food restaurants, have been arrested in the slayings of five employees who were shot to death in the basement of a Wendy's restaurant.
Venezuela's highest court suspends elections
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Prolonging a bitter campaign that has pitted rich against poor, Venezuela's highest court suspended this weekend's presidential, congressional and regional elections, citing glitches in the electronic balloting system.
Sierra Leone rebels release 180 hostages
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Guerrillas have released 180 more U.N. hostages in Sierra Leone, leaving fewer than 100 captives in rebel hands, and President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah has announced plans to prosecute the rebel leader.
Peterson blasts sled ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional critics attacked the National Park Service plan to ban snowmobiles from most parks, calling the move an unjustified attempt to please environmentalists.
Durable-goods orders in April take biggest plunge in nearly nine years
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 6.4 percent in April, the biggest plunge in nearly nine years. A record drop in demand for electronics led the decline, the government said today.
Lawmakers decry violence, sex on television
WASHINGTON -- Angered over sex and violence on television, four senators are questioning whether the broadcast industry's programming serves the public interest.
Journalist alleges torture by Peruvian intelligence agents
LIMA, Peru -- His hospital gown stained with blood, Fabian Salazar says he was tortured with a saw and robbed of evidence he claims would show that President Alberto Fujimori's shadowy intelligence chief pulls the strings in Peru's elections.
Fitfully interested in foreign policy, voters see some strides from Bush
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush is trying to counter the foreign policy advantage of a rival plainly ahead of him in international experience.
Counties in Pennsylvania scramble for flags for Memorial Day
PHILADELPHIA -- Widows, veterans and patriotic volunteers look forward all year to Memorial Day weekend, when they decorate their loved ones' graves with American flags.
New Jersey Senate candidate's campaign spending likely to rise past $31 million
TRENTON, N.J. -- Senate candidate Jon Corzine has plowed another $5.8 million of his own money into his campaign account, pushing his likely spending for the Democratic nomination to nearly $31 million -- a new national record.
Congress sends Clinton $15 billion farm bailout
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers say their $15 billion farm bailout should help producers survive this year and make them less dependent on government aid in the future.
Minge released from hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Rep David Minge, D-Minn., is out of the hospital after undergoing treatment for a bacterial infection.
Seventh-grader accused of shooting teacher
LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Nathaniel Brazill was a seventh-grader on the honor roll, a model student with perfect attendance.
Fiji's president fires government as hostage crisis drags on
SUVA, Fiji -- Fiji's president announced Saturday that he has fired the country's democratically elected government, which is being held hostage in Parliament by armed rebels, in an apparent attempt to defuse the crisis.
Mexican candidate defends ruling party
MEXICO CITY -- After months of seeming to criticize his own party's 71-year record in power, presidential candidate Francisco Labastida is now embracing it.
EPA orders cleanup of former mine-processing site
LIBBY, Mont. (AP) --W.R. & Grace Co. has been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a vermiculite processing site contaminated with high levels of asbestos.
ABC jumps to first in TV season
NEW YORK -- Led by ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,'' ABC has become the first network to bounce from third place to first in the television ratings in a single season.
U.N. troops prevent Lebanese from reaching border
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon -- U.N. peacekeepers were deployed Saturday to a flashpoint border fence where Lebanese guerrillas and civilians have been taunting and throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers facing them.
Gore: Bush national security strategy would restart arms race
MAHWAH, N.J. -- Vice President Al Gore says George W. Bush's ''wildly optimistic'' plan to pursue a missile defense system and slash the U.S. nuclear arsenal while opposing a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons testing amounts to ''a formula ... for a reignited arms race.''
Navy abandons controversial sonar test off New Jersey
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy says it won't perform controversial high-volume sonar tests that could be harmful to whales and other marine life when it conducts a military exercise off the New Jersey coast.
Body found after man jumps from plane he tried to hijack
MANILA, Philippines -- Soldiers have recovered the body of a man who tried to hijack a Philippine Airlines jet with 291 other people aboard, then jumped out of the plane at 6,000 feet wearing a homemade parachute.
Jackson decides not to attend graduation despite injunction
DECATUR, Ill. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson may not have attended high school commencement ceremonies here, but his presence was felt by at least two of the graduates.
Tougher security likely at State Department
WASHINGTON -- Almost anybody can walk through the front door of the State Department, but with security concerns on the rise that could change.
President signs Hmong citizenship bill into law
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton signed legislation Friday making it easier for Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War to become U.S. citizens, 10 years after the bill was first introduced in Congress.
China's human rights record could face more U.S. scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- If China gains permanent normal trading status with the United States, it could come at a price for Beijing: closer scrutiny of its human rights record.
Astronauts rest after leaving restored space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts took a breather Saturday after flying away from the international space station, which they spent a week fixing inside and out.
President plans new protection for fragile waters, coral reefs
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton plans to begin work on a system of ocean preserves that eventually could mirror the system of protected forests and parks on land, White House officials say.
Firm says it warned of pier collapse
PHILADELPHIA -- As city officials announced that a grand jury will investigate the collapse of a nightclub pier, a construction company said it told the owners hours before the tragedy that a collapse was imminent.
Ulster Unionists narrowly vote to resume power-sharing in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Northern Ireland's major Protestant party narrowly voted Saturday to revive a power-sharing government with Catholics, the key goal of the province's 1998 peace agreement.
Justice gives conditional approval to major cable deal
WASHINGTON -- AT&T Corp. is inching toward completion of a massive merger that builds on its plan to deliver high-speed Internet access, local phone service and television programming directly into homes using cable TV lines.
Honor war dead with tax cuts, bolstered military, Virginia governor says
RICHMOND, Va. -- The nation should honor its war dead this Memorial Day by resolving to cut taxes, bolster the military and upgrade schools, Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore said Saturday.
Utah tribe could provide temporary site for nuclear waste
RED WING (AP) -- A Utah Indian tribe is moving to provide an interim storage facility for spent radioactive fuel from plants around the country, including the Prairie Island nuclear generating plant in southeastern Minnesota.
Justice Department likely to stick to original breakup plan
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is unlikely to waver from its proposal to split Microsoft Corp. into two companies when it submits a revision of the plan today.
Kobe's play has Blazers tongue tied
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Did you see it? As Kobe Bryant cradled the precious game ball in his precocious hands in the eerily silent final second Friday night, did you see what popped out?
Baseball experiences disbelief of suspensions
Frank Robinson's spectacularly severe suspensions and fines this spring are the big buzz of baseball. Clubhouses are full of anecdotes and, often, anger, too.
Ryan armed with new outlook after heart surgery
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Lying on a baseball field with chest pain and thoughts of dying gave Nolan Ryan a new perspective on life.
With Ewing sidelined, Pacers take command
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Two years ago, Patrick Ewing made an unexpected return from a shattered wrist in a Game 2 at Indiana. In a Game 2 a year later, also on the road, his season ended when he tore his Achilles' tendon.
Maxwell sparks Twins' victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Maybe 15 days off is what Jason Maxwell needed.
Sports takes a back seat at Olympic meeting
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Politics, drugs, a bribery scandal. The Olympic meetings this week had just about everything -- even sport.
Kruger says new-look Hawks will run
ATLANTA (AP) -- Lon Kruger's career took a turn he never expected -- coaching in the NBA.
Sealy's exuberance remembered
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sam Mitchell laughed when he thought of Malik Sealy's excessive pride as an NBA rookie with the Indiana Pacers, particularly when the New Yorker made his pro debut at Madison Square Garden.
Radke lacks support
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins keep giving Brad Radke reason to want to pitch somewhere else.
This isn't baseball, it's home run derby
Wasn't it marvelous the way Mike Piazza won the game with a pinch home run in the 10th inning? He's our guy.
Public funeral set for Sealy today
NEW YORK (AP) -- Malik Sealy's family, teammates and friends planned to gather today for the funeral of the Minnesota Timberwolves player killed last weekend in a head-on crash in Minnesota.
Devils make historic comeback
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It wasn't the cancer, the concussions, the controversy or even the crushing hit on Eric Lindros in the biggest game of the season that did in the Philadelphia Flyers.
Fan files suit
CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago Cubs fan arrested in last week's brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field filed a lawsuit against Dodgers' players and both teams, claiming that he sustained neck and shoulder strains.
Harold E. Cooper
AITKIN -- Harold E. Cooper, 80, Aitkin, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
STAPLES -- LuVerne "Vern" Louis Seipkes, 73, Staples, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
Betty J. Wolhart
Betty J. Wolhart, 75, Brainerd, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at her home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Dolores Maciej, 77, Little Falls, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
STAPLES -- Glenn Lewis, 68, Staples, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
STAPLES -- Glenn Lewis, 68, Staples, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Stewart T. Hanks
Stewart T. Hanks, 76, Altoona, Iowa, and Brainerd, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his home in Iowa.
Betty J. Wolhart, 75, Long Lake Township, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at home.
MALMO -- Verna Damar, 73, Malmo, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at her home.
PINE RIVER -- James Spier, 53, Pine River, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at his home.
Irma H. Sander
MERRIFIELD -- Irma H. Sander, 73, Merrifield, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- LeRoy Kicker, 81, Pine River, died today, May 26, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, Pine River.
PINE RIVER -- Leroy Kicker, 81, Pine River, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
LITTLE FALLS -- Roman Krych, 88, Little Falls, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his home.
Judith (Ellingson) Koenig
COLLINGWOOD, Ontario, Canada -- Judith (Ellingson) Koenig, 57, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, formerly of Brainerd, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at her home.
CROSSLAKE -- Albert Pull, 79, Crosslake, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
David Francis Lingwall, 74, Fifty Lakes, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, near Emily.
John Edward Strait
John Edward Strait, 67, Little Falls, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud.
STAPLES -- Vern Seipkes, Staples, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
When the gloves came off and Americans loved it
While covering Vice President Gore's campaign the past few months, I've been re-reading the Lincoln-Douglas debates during the downtime on buses and planes. As a first-time political reporter, I figured it might help me. I was right -- but in a way I hadn't expected.
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
It seems that all we hear about lately is school violence. Got to be the guns, right? I don't think so. The liberals, or as I call them "The Immoral Majo
Tough decision - Dispatch Editorial
"Let the punishment fit the crime" is the old axiom taken from a song in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado."
Politicians target violent videos
CHICAGO (AP) -- Several U.S. senators joined Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan on Wednesday in urging major retail chains to stop selling violent video games to children.
Out of Lebanon
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
Bush has been playing his cards well
WASHINGTON--At a large gathering of conservatives soon after the 1992 election, the introductory speaker began thus: ''Welcome to the midpoint of the Bush-Clinton era.''
For many people, it's a traditional summertime activity.
Council can mediate between media and citizens
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Grave site memories
It still hurts. Five years after his wife's death, Wilbur Mager still feels the pain of losing Gertrude, his spouse of 51 years.
Catering to the nongame wildlife crowd
The economy may be booming but resort owners would agree there's no such thing as too much business. This is especially true in the north country, where bookings often drop in off-peak seasons.
Planning continues at Crow Wing park
A new management plan is being developed for Crow Wing State Park by the Minnesota DNR Division of Parks and Recreation and the public is invited to participate in the process.
Scientists recently identified a new perch parasite in Leech Lake and Wisconsin's Eagle Chain of Lakes, but they can't say if it's dangerous to humans, perch or aquatic ecosystems.
1-30 -- American Rivers Month
Pro-Am bass tour coming to Gull Lake
The Minnesota Pro/Am Bass Tour will make the second stop of its 2000 season June 16 at Gull Lake.
Lindy Rigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water on several area lakes. Leading the way are Pelican and Whitefish where limits have been common.
Fork Horns off to good start
The Mississippi Horizons Forkhorns, eight area youths affiliated with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, was formed in September and has completed two projects since that time.
DNR, outdoor enthusiasts to benefit from new laws
All outdoor enthusiasts are expected to benefit from laws passed in the recently concluded legislative session.
Hoary puccoons add cheery color to ditches
Among wildflower delights is a strangely named plant: the hoary puccoon.
Go online for fishing maps
Every fisherman has wished he could dive underwater and see where the fish are, what the lake basin is shaped like and where the drop offs are.
Stephanie Elkins and Shawn Carner were married April 25, 2000, at the Residency Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Gloria Sunde and Laurence Nines were married on Nov. 27, 1999, at Christ Community Church of Nisswa with Pastor David Uhrich officiating.
Waltrip buys ride into Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Carl Long wants to be a Winston Cup driver. If anyone can help him reach that goal, he figures it's Darrell Waltrip.
Sarah Fisher has one goal: To win Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- Janet Guthrie and Lyn St. James kicked the door down in getting women accepted in the Indianapolis 500, Sarah Fisher likes to say, but adds that she has other ideas.
The Indy icon
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- When A.J. Foyt came to the Indianapolis 500 in 1958 as a 23-year-old no-name, he was turned away and told to bring back some proof he belonged.
Chloride in grout caused walkway to collapse
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- A compound introduced into a filler used in a pedestrian bridge at Lowe's Motor Speedway ate away at the supporting steel, causing the walkway to give way under hundreds of race fans.
Late-bloomer Ray feels fine on Indy pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- Greg Ray knows he can hold his breath for 160 seconds because that's how long it took for him to win the pole for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
Federal-Mogul series at CBIR June 9-11
The Colonel's Truck Accessories Northern Championships, a round of the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, is scheduled June 9-11 at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway.
Unser welcomed back to Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Al Unser Jr. was a little weary when he walked through Gasoline Alley and onto pit road.
Pierz advances in 5AA baseball
PIERZ -- Dan Saehr was 3-for-3 to help the Pierz Pioneers to a 5-2 win over No. 6 Milaca in the quarterfinals of the District 18, Section 5AA baseball tournament Thursday.
Aitkin stays alive
DULUTH -- The fourth-seeded Aitkin Gobblers started off on the right foot by winning their first game of the South Subsection 7AA tournament 8-7 against the fifth-seed East Central Eagles before losing to Esko in the second game.
Raiders shooting basketball camps scheduled
Three Central Lakes College Raiders Shooting Basketball Camps are scheduled this summer.
Flyers stay alive in South Subsection
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers spotted the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles a 5-0 lead after two innings but battled back to win 11-6 in the South Subsection 8, Class 3A softball tournament Thursday.
Gophers finally end NCAA baseball drought
MINNEAPOLIS -- Luke Appert hit a three-run homer and the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrated their first home NCAA playoff game in 23 seasons with a 10-7 victory over Wichita State on Friday night.
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Pequot Lakes' errors prove costly
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots committed eight errors Thursday as they fell to the Staples-Motley Cardinals 7-3 in the Subsection 4, Section 8AA softball tournament.
Warriors' aide's work recognized
He throws batting practice, coaches first base, charts pitches, helps with field maintenance and attends clinics and conference meetings.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls of the Northwoods League announce the signing of shortstop Mike Rouse from Cal State Fullerton.
Smith, Flyer girls win events
ST. CLOUD -- Ben Smith and the girls' 4x800 relay won events for the Little Falls Flyers in the South Subsection 8AA track and field meet Thursday.
Warriors win 6 events in North Subsection meet
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors won six events in the North Subsection 8AA track and field meet Thursday.
Raiders win six events in subsection track meet
GLENWOOD -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders won six events in the Subsection 22A track and field meet May 24.
S-M boys, W-DC girls win subsection titles
PEQUOT LAKES -- Staples-Motley and Wadena-Deer Creek won titles Thursday in the Section 6A, Subsection 24 track and field meet.
Flyers' Dobis wins South Subsection
ST. CLOUD -- Chris Dobis of Little Falls won three matches on his way to the singles championship at the South Subsection 8AA individual tennis tournament Thursday.
Lund pitches 1-hitter for Wolverines
WADENA -- Jake Lund of Wadena-Deer Creek tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 in the Wolverines' 16-0 non-conference baseball triumph over the Sebeka Trojans on Thursday.
Pioneers win 3 events in track
BECKER -- Pierz Pioneers Trevor Gross, Kristine Jensen and Emily Stumpf won events in the Subsection 18 track and field meet Thursday.
Bemidji outscores Brainerd in tourney
BEMIDJI -- The second-seeded Bemidji Lumberjacks limited the third-seeded Brainerd Warriors to just two hits and posted a 4-1 victory in the second round of the North Subsection 8, Class 3A softball tournament Thursday.
RUSH CITY -- The second-seeded Rush City Tigers knocked off the No. 7 Pillager Huskies 3-0 in North Subsection 5A opening-round baseball action Thursday.
Warriors' relay team sets meet mark
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' 4x200 relay set a meet record in Thursday's North Subsection 8AA track and field meet.
Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton eliminated
BRAHAM -- The top-seeded Braham Bombers broke open a close game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to defeat the Aitkin Gobblers 12-2 in Section 7AA softball play Thursday.
Hooked on your PC? Get help online
It may seem a bit like treating an alcoholic in a bar, but there's now treatment available online for, yes, Internet addiction.
In 5 years, Internet has gone from the strange to the standard
WASHINGTON -- For millions of Americans, the Internet is fast becoming as much a part of daily life as the telephone.
The plugged in-dex
What's the cost of e-living these days? Five years ago, The Post attempted to determine this figure by surveying prices for the goods and services needed for a properly wired life, then applied some thoroughly unscientific methodology to come up with what it called the ''Plugged In-dex.'' What sort of progress has half a decade wrought? Consider the changes in some of these categories:
Internet pro and con - PRO:
WASHINGTON -- I almost didn't open the message because it came from ''User1'' and had all the hallmarks of junk e-mail. Am I glad I did.
''Oh, no, it happened again,'' Drew Hunt recalls thinking to himself as he woke up recently. ''I'm dreaming about EverQuest!''
Internet pro and con - CON:
WASHINGTON -- I remember the moment I decided to get wired. It was Sunday, late morning. I walked into the kitchen and glimpsed a bit of color by the telephone. I stopped as guilt weakened me. I picked up the bright red invitation tucked under the phone and read what I already knew was there: ''It's a Party! Saturday, November 13, 1-3 p.m. at Jeepers ... ''
Still outside the Web
In 1998, the latest year for which figures are available, those on limited income, as well as blacks and Hispanics, were less likely to have visited the Internet.
'Killer Resume' virus spreads through e-mail
WASHINGTON -- The computer e-mail viruses that swept the world earlier this month claimed to be looking for love, but now a new threat has arrived looking for a job.
Around the nation
Dayton 75 59 rn, Denver 73 43 clr, Des Moines 63 55 .86 cdy
Around the nation
Helena 76 50 clr, Honolulu 85 73 clr, Houston 89 78 cdy
Storm clouds collect in middle of nation
Storms streaking across the Mississippi Valley and the central Plains states were packing showers and strong thunderstorms today, while more rough weather was forming over the Southeast.
Storms in Plains head eastward
Severe thunderstorms continued to rumble through the Plains and Mississippi Valley early Saturday, while moderate to heavy rain was spreading throughout the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Southeast.
Tonight -- Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers late. Lows upper 40s to lower 50s. East wind 10 to 20 mph.
Today -- Becoming partly cloudy. Highs lower 70s. Southeast wind around 10 mph.
Signs of spring
Weather drawing by Desmond Janousek in the Lincoln School third-grade class of Mrs. Ahlers.
Storms pound Southeast
Thousands of people were without power early today after powerful storms slammed into the Southeast and Plains, toppling trees and causing flash flooding.
Looking for a nice weekend
Weather drawing by Matthew Weatherwax in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
There will be a senior dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Legion. Music by the Buckaneers.
Let us honor all who died so that we might be free
DEAR ABBY: As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, we should remember that this noble holiday is more than just a day off from work or school to spend time with our families or enjoy the outdoors. Memorial Day was created to honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation, and to reflect on the blessings of freedom.
Keep track of garden with a flower map
Dear Heloise: After I moved into my house three years ago, I started planting roses around the perimeter of my front yard.
Child in need
At one of the Kinship Partners group activities, 8-year-old Amber went around the room proudly giving each staff member a folded paper towel that was stapled in at least 50 places.
School repair bonds draw little interest
WASHINGTON -- They're called ''QZABs,'' which sounds like a new brand of Q Tips, but they're not.
Warning for pet owners
Dear Readers: Recently, I read of a tragic house fire caused by a kitten chewing on an electrical cord.
Boy who found penthouse is now in parents' doghouse
DEAR ABBY: Please help! I caught my 11-year-old son sneaking in my bedroom going through my husband's drawers, and he found a Penthouse magazine. (The only one in our house, I might add.) My husband and I are both extremely upset over this, but don't know how to handle it. First, my son has lost our trust by going through our room when we weren't home, and second, he lied about it. Lastly, we are concerned that he was exposed to that kind of material. There was much more in that magazine than anyone should see.
Names and faces
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Comedian Dana Carvey has settled his $7.5 million lawsuit against the surgeon who operated on the wrong artery during a double bypass in 1998.
Read this version of 'Goldilocks and Three Bears'
Want to give your child a thorough grounding in contemporary art furnishings? Fill his or her little head with images of Alvar Aalto vases and Eames chairs and Terence Conran fabrics?
Dancers compete for chance to be Radio City Rockettes
LAS VEGAS -- Linda Haberman scans the room filled with dancers in colorful leotards, searching for the select few who can make eye-high kicks look easy and perform intricate routines in unison.
On behalf of the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association and the new Gold Medal Arena, we would like to thank everyo
Senior citizens calendar
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Names and faces
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It'll be a different kind of heat for Andrea Thompson at her new job.
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