A recovery awaits consumer demand, but will it be there?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Measurements of consumer sentiment recovered in May after having fallen sharply in April, but there's more to the story than that, and it could mean trouble for an economy assumed to be on a certain recovery course.
Economic development for lakes area communities may be changing.
Author warns high fliers of 'supernova burnout'
At long last! There you finally are -- at the top of the heap, right where you always wanted to be. You've worked hard, beaten the odds and been propelled by passion to the pinnacle of career success.
Bongards tries to bounce back
BONGARDS (AP) -- Faced with a consolidating industry and crumbling profits, Bongards Creameries has developed a plan.
Kinzie Candles may burn out
Kinzie Candles, Pequot Lakes, faces an uncertain future.
Ford Explorer recall sought
DETROIT (AP) -- Lawyers representing hundreds of people injured or killed in Ford Explorers equipped with Firestone tires have asked a federal judge to force Ford Motor Co. to recall 4 million of the vehicles.
Economy slows, but not at resorts
BRANSON, Mo. -- Even with dips in the economy and a long string of layoffs, resorts and restaurants across the country are desperate for workers to fill seasonal jobs for relatively low wages.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Five interns, John Pedersen, Diondra Gottsch, Mindy Cochran, Graham Lampa and Heidi Zimbelman, recently joined The Brainerd Dispatch.
Around the watercooler
COST OF RECRUITMENT: It would take $1,000 to motivate most people to participate in their company's employee referral program, a new study shows.
Did the market rally too fast too soon? Or just right?
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq surges more than 41 percent over seven weeks and then drops back nearly 10 percent in just five days.
Good (retirement) things come to those who wait
NEW YORK -- The tax cut package approved by Congress last weekend contains a half-dozen provisions that will make it easier for Americans to save for retirement.
Evidence gathering for Mother Teresa's canonization to be completed by August
CALCUTTA, India -- An inquiry to gather evidence for declaring Mother Teresa a saint will be completed within three months, an archbishop said.
Veterans, like Jesus, gave their lives
We, the veterans, love Memorial Day!
Area band All Weather Human takes first in Midwest contest
The Brainerd area's All Weather Human Christian rock band took top place in the final round of a Midwest band competition last weekend at the Minneapolis based The New Union music club.
Crosslake church receives gift of rocks
CROSSLAKE -- Clarence and Edna Sargent, members of First Presbyterian Church in Osakis, recently delivered a "box of rocks" to Crosslake Presbyterian Church.
Catholic group asks Seton Hall to rescind honorary degree
NEWARK, N.J. -- A Roman Catholic group has asked Seton Hall University to rescind an honorary degree it awarded to a college president who served on a commission for an abortion rights group.
Choose your battles carefully when changing teens' behavior
QUESTION: In the interest of keeping peace in the household, you have suggested leniency with rebellious teens on issues that don't really matter. What does this mean in practical terms? Give me some examples of demands that would rock my daughter's boat unnecessarily.
Lutheran bishop resigns after taking part in non-celibate lesbian's ordination
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California's ranking Lutheran bishop announced he would resign a month before his term ends for participating in the ordination of a non-celibate lesbian in St. Paul, Minn.
Couple faces court troubles for opening house to strangers
DANVILLE, Ky -- Two years ago, Mark and Tammy LaPalme opened their home to a convicted sex offender to test their newfound faith as born-again Christians.
U.S. Orthodox church head takes medical leave
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) -- The Orthodox Church in America, one of the nation's two major Orthodox denominations, said its leader, Metropolitan Theodosius, has been granted a total medical leave for four months.
Some boos at graduation after judge bars prayer
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- The class valedictorian was booed and another student was applauded for holding a moment of silence after a judge barred prayer at Washington Community High School's graduation.
There will be a vegetarian food sampling from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Brainerd Seventh-day Adventist School gymnasium. There will be free food, recipes, door prizes, meat/dairy alternatives and nutrition information available. Area health stores will be represented.
Pay attention to our actions and their effects
The other day I heard a radio talk show promotion boasting the fact that the host "has never had an intimate relationship with a tree." The promo offered this as proof that, when we tuned in to the show, we would be hearing straight talk from a logical, down-to-earth front man and not some "environmental whacko."
Worship service to honor lost loved ones
Twenty-five years ago, Father Kirby Blanchard became the first priest to manage the Pastoral Care Department at what is now St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Shortly after his tenure began, a special worship service was started through the hospital's sponsorship.
The solutions have never changed
Newer trucks, cars and SUVs apparently have melodious chimes mechanisms that remind us to close the door, buckle up, and, among other things, turn off the lights.
Conservative movement among Presbyterians attracts 110,000 in just weeks
More than 250 conservative congregations have quickly rallied around a new movement within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), built on opposition to same-sex unions and the belief that faith in Jesus Christ is the only route to eternal salvation.
Church expects a fourth of Greeks to back ID card protest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Orthodox Church said it expects that by June 26 more than 3 million people will have signed its petition asking the government to reverse its decision to stop recording religion on state identity cards.
Copy cat threats cost schools thousands; help is offered
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) -- Mark Kaercher wasn't asking much. The eighth-grade math teacher wanted his pupils to understand algebra. He wanted the school math competition to run smoothly. He wanted to go to the bathroom in private.
State of education
Youngsters whose parents didn't go to college have a tougher time getting into a school and finishing with a degree. That's just one of many observations highlighted in an annual federal report released Thursday on the state of education in the United States.
Mississippi Horizons honors students
Mississippi Horizons recently honored students for academic excellence and attendance.
Child in need
"Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think." -- Longfellow
Don't sound death knell for estate planning
The estate tax may be headed for the graveyard, but estate planning isn't.
Daughter's switch of wedding site puts damper on Mom
DEAR ABBY: Nine months ago, my 30-year-old daughter, "Natalie," who lives on the West Coast, announced that she wished to be married in July in our East Coast waterfront home. I told her I'd be happy to host her wedding.
Use a pillow as bed for your cat or dog
Dear Heloise: If you need a bed for your dog or cat, there is no need to go out and buy one -- use a pillow. I use an old, king-size bed pillow for my dog and a smaller one for my cat.
Relaxing, Chicago style
Living on the street has never looked so good: The 500 sofas, TVs, chairs and ottomans set out on the sidewalks of the Windy City aren't part of a mass eviction, but pieces in "Suite Home Chicago," a public art exhibit.
Removing fridge fumes
Dear Heloise: I have read several requests in your column asking how to remove odors from the refrigerator
Pets of the week
Mopsy is a 2-year-old black dog with a small to medium build who is in need of a good home.
Go directly to jail
Pequot Lakes fifth-grader Caitlin Blowers tried on Brainerd Police Department Capt. Lyman Dahl's hat while on a tour of the Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday.
Dream man refuses to make marriage a reality
DEAR ABBY: I am a 45-year-old divorced mother of three. "Jeff," the man I am seeing, is kind, patient, understanding and generous. He is a gentleman. There isn't anything I want or wish for that he does not get for me. Jeff sends me flowers several times a month. He loves my children dearly. I could not ask for a more perfect man.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 147, a year ago 147.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 500.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a call at 4:25 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce building on the corner of South Sixth Street and Washington Street. It was reported that there was an electrical short that caused a smoke smell.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
MCGREGOR -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 65 in McGregor.
Lisa A. Zimmerman and Matthew J. Paulson, Brainerd, a girl, Madison Elizabeth, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, April 13, 2001.
Cass County Board
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a brush fire Thursday that spread after catching a layer of poplar fuzz on the ground.
Tiger lurks 2 shots back
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Just about everything went wrong for Tiger Woods in his first few holes at the Memorial Tournament.
Azinger leads, but Singh, Woods, Garcia in close pursuit
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Twice in its 25 years, the Memorial Tournament has been shortened to 54 holes by inclement weather.
Webb shoots 65 on soggy day at Women's Open
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) -- Karrie Webb is in a familiar position -- on top at the U.S. Women's Open.
Course wins first day of Women's Open
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) -- Everyone wanted to know how Annika Sorenstam played, what the pregnant women shot and whether the 13-year-old player kept her cool.
Brainerd legislators' views on tax, spending bills differ
The 2001 Legislature's compromise on tax and spending bills -- is it in the bag or bound for a snag?
Tentative agreements reached on transportation, public safety issues
ST. PAUL -- Key lawmakers have reached tentative agreements on several transportation and public safety issues, including tougher penalties for drunken driving and a requirement that children under 18 wear seatbelts in vehicles.
Legislators agree on slim environment and agriculture funding bill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Key legislators reached agreement early Saturday on a $548 million funding bill for environment and agriculture programs that includes little new state spending.
GOP defector Jeffords has received multiple death threats
WASHINGTON -- Vermont Sen. James M. Jeffords has received multiple death threats since announcing last week that he is leaving the Republican Party, a move that gives Democrats control of the Senate, an aide said Thursday.
State lawmakers continue work on the budget
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers plodded toward agreement Thursday on several parts of the $27.3 billion budget they are charged with crafting.
Legislators finish work on nearly $3 billion higher education package
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers wrapped up work Thursday on a $2.9 billion funding bill for higher education that left college officials predicting double-digit tuition increases.
Tax relief package at a temporary standstill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The chairmen of the House and Senate tax committees tried again unsuccessfully Friday to reach agreement on the details of this year's tax relief package.
Muscular dystrophy fund-raiser Jerry Lewis apologizes for saying pity is reason people donate
PHOENIX (AP) -- Comedian Jerry Lewis, whose telethons raise millions for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, apologized Friday for referring to the wheelchair-bound as "cripple" and saying people donate out of pity.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Doctors provide a dose of motivation
Making even modest changes in health habits is apparently too difficult for many Americans.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Shortage spurs more nurses to strike, unionize
It was a scenario that nurse Linda Warino had come to dread: Too many patients. Not enough nurses. No volunteers to work overtime.
The art of sharpening knives
A sharp knife can make a carving job easier and safer.
An expert's landscapes
Michael Balston wrote a well-received book on garden design in the 1980s and then disappeared from the scene, or so it seemed. Now we know why. He was busy crafting some pretty nifty outdoor spaces himself.
Scandinavian furniture experiences Renaissance
In the 1950s and '60s, Americans clamored for sleek Scandinavian chairs, tables and sofas in teak and monochrome fabrics. Then, like too much of a good thing, the craze faded out.
Check with well contractor on water safety
Q. Mary asks: I recently had someone test my water. I learned that my water
Be careful with pink seeds
Hot pink is an eye-catching color. That's why seeds are dyed that bright hue to show they've been coated with a poisonous pesticide.
Give clematis an early start
Q. When is the best time to plant summer-flowering clematis and daylilies?
Don't be hasty in adding housing to list of woes
NEW YORK (AP) -- When you add up all the economic woes, fears and worries that are being dramatized daily you can understand how American consumers might be getting into a psychological funk.
Armchair travelers can find crafts from faraway places
Travelers often go to the ends of the earth to bring home colorful indigenous crafts to add distinctive notes to their homes.
Laminate patterns growing
In the wacky world of plastic laminates, river rocks never wash away, grass doesn't need cutting, a heap of jellybeans never gets stale and a red-and-white checked picnic cloth doesn't have to be laundered.
Today's gas fireplaces not only give us the ambiance and charm of a warm fire at the flip of a switch, or a click of a remote, they also allow a clear view to the outdoors through windows above the firebox where chimneys used to be.
Here's how to deal with those garden enemies
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Beginner gardeners soon learn that other creatures besides themselves enjoy flowers and vegetables. You are working for the furry and feathery kingdom as well as yourself when you sow seeds and plant plants.
A comprehensive overview of a successful, affordable, single-family housing development will be covered in a two-day training session in Brainerd.
Feng shui for skeptics
WASHINGTON -- The latest books on feng shui are piling up, as the ancient Oriental art of placement becomes a lifestyle staple of the new millennium. We have seen books on feng shui for the garden, feng shui for the office, even "Feng Shui for You and Your Cat," which might be taking things too far. Meow.
Police solve the great doormat caper
Where do you report a stolen home-security sign?
A lady's-slipper is an orchid in which the lip of the flower is slipper-shaped.
Guidelines to choosing the best plywood for project
Plywood is stronger and more stable than solid lumber, but choosing the right panel isn't always easy.
A new senior nutrition program has partnered with a Baxter restaurant to bring low-cost quality lunches to Mississippi Terrace's senior residents.Read more about it in Monday's Dispatch.
For victim's family, trauma in two parts
PINE RIVER -- In the past four months Jessica Winch has twice had her life turned upside-down.
Ex-Olympian to participate in Race for the Cure
Francie Larrieu Smith, world renowned runner and former Olympian, will participate in the Susan G. Komen Foundation Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure on Sunday, July 1, 2001.
Last day of school leaves good taste in students' mouths
Preschooler Mitchell Cole enjoyed an ice cream cone during a Harrison School Ice Cream Social Thursday in the playground during the last day of classes.
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Congratulations to Brainerd High School track coaches Mark Embretson and Kay Edgeton, named Region 8AA Coaches of the Year by their compatriots for the 1981 season.
New CLC president 'excited'
Central Lakes College has a new president.
Sean Conley studied nearly half his life for the chance to be America's best speller, practicing 20,000 words. He needed 16 Thursday to win the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 3 - 100 years ago (1901) - Graduation, a memorable event in the history of the High School of Brainerd. Class of 1901: Lottie Elizebeth White, Muriel Burrell, Edger Kay Parks, Ella Mitchell, Walter Clifford Hinman, Dottie Sorenson, Katie May Paine, Francis Charles McGivern, Katherine Anna Cosgrove, Eloise Smith.
The Minnesota State Fair's Century Farm program will once again honor Minnesota families who have owned a farm for at least 100 years.
Coping with the numbers
Growth surged across many lakes area communities in the past 10 years.
Johnson: UPI has been sold
After a quarter century of building Universal Pensions Inc., founder Arnie Johnson today announced the multi-million sale of his company to a public retirement services corporation based in New Jersey.
Jetsporters president said illegal fund-raising allegations based on inaccurate magazine article
The president of the Jetsporters Association of Minnesota said in a statement Friday that a St. Paul lawmaker based his allegations of illegal fund-raising by Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, on an inaccurate magazine article.
Walz says he knew nothing about fund-raising activities by Jetsporters group
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, said Thursday he had no knowledge of any fund-raising activities on his behalf by the Jetsporters Association of Minnesota, adding the accusations of wrongdoing took him by complete surprise.
57 years later, World War II veterans receive Staples-Motley High School diplomas
STAPLES -- For many decades Roland Mohler wouldn't attend his high school reunions.
Graduation night in Brainerd
Jennifer Harsh received a ride from Adam Hardy during the Brainerd High School graduation processional Thursday night.
Census numbers on age, diversity and housing are helping to create an updated snapshot of a changing lakes area. Look for the story Sunday.
Police cite Bush's twin daughters, third person in alcohol case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Police on Thursday cited President Bush's 19-year-old twin daughters for allegedly violating state alcoholic beverage laws.
Firestone requests government investigate Ford Explorer safety
WASHINGTON -- The government should investigate the safety of the Ford Explorer, says Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s chief, who claims a steering problem may be at fault in hundreds of rollover accidents involving his company's tires.
Gasoline market prices falter
Prices of gasoline traded on financial markets came under pressure again Thursday, capping a week-long slide that bodes well for U.S. motorists later this year -- even if they don't see immediate relief from high prices at the pump.
Hawaii teens ordered to stand trial for allegedly trying to burn tents of gay campers
HONOLULU -- A judge has ordered two young men to stand trial for allegedly dousing the tents of gay campers with a flammable liquid and setting one afire.
World's second-largest dinosaur unearthed in Sahara
Fossil-hunters working on a prehistoric tidal flat in what is now the Egyptian Sahara Desert have found the remains of an enormous, previously unknown creature that appears to be the second-largest dinosaur ever discovered.
FBI: Shadowy eco-militants step up arson campaign
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A shadowy group blamed for costly arson attacks across the country is stepping up efforts to punish companies and institutions it says are threatening the environment, federal authorities say.
Florida teen, banned from graduation over knife found in car, won't face trial
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- An honor student who was banned from graduation because a kitchen knife was found in her car at school won't face trial, a prosecutor said.
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of people die each year at railroad crossings, some recklessly trying to outrun trains, others who never see danger coming.
15-year-old involved in standoff in custody; other five kids remain holed up in Idaho house
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- One of six children involved in a standoff at their rural home was taken into custody overnight after he went to a neighbor, authorities said Friday.
Talks with children holed up in Idaho house offer authorities hope of ending stalemate
SANDPOINT, Idaho -- The first face-to-face talks with five children holed up in a decrepit rural house gave authorities fresh hope for a stalemate that entered its fifth day Saturday.
Military gay discharges rise; most since 'don't ask, don't tell'
WASHINGTON -- Army dismissals of gay soldiers more than doubled last year, with many coming from a base where a soldier thought to have been gay was beaten to death the previous year.
White House won't apologize
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's spokesman said Friday there will be no apology to former Clinton administration aides for allegations of pranks and vandalism as the White House changed hands.
Timothy McVeigh asks for stay of execution
WASHINGTON -- After earlier declaring he was ready to die, Timothy J. McVeigh decided Thursday to seek a postponement of his execution because, according to his lawyers, the convicted Oklahoma City bomber said he wants to "promote integrity in the criminal justice system."
Secret Service walks fine line in protecting kids
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to presidential kids, Secret Service agents walk a fine line between friendly and firm.
Danforth says FBI uncooperative in Waco investigation
WASHINGTON -- The FBI was so uncooperative in the Waco investigation that special counsel John Danforth threatened FBI Director Louis Freeh with a search warrant to gain access to relevant documents, Danforth said Thursday in an interview with The Washington Post.
Imogene Coca, Caesar's perfect foil, dies at age 92
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Imogene Coca, the elfin actress and satiric comedienne who co-starred with Sid Caesar on television's classic "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s, died Saturday. She was 92.
Attorneys reach tentative deal in Downey drug case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Attorneys for Robert Downey Jr. have reached a tentative deal with prosecutors that would keep the award-winning actor out of prison.
Long-distance giant boosts rate for millions of customers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly half of AT&T's long-distance customers will see their bills go up next month, as the nation's biggest carrier raises its per-minute rates for basic plans.
Actress, TV personality Arlene Francis dies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Arlene Francis, the witty actress and television personality who was a panelist on the popular "What's My Line?" show for its 25-year run, has died. She was 92.
Personal letters, interviews highlight 4,000 new Timothy McVeigh files released by FBI
WASHINGTON -- On their face, many of the more than 4,000 pages of new FBI files given to defense attorneys in the Oklahoma City bombing case seem clearly worthless.
DaimlerChrysler recalls a third of 2001 minivans
DaimlerChrysler Corp. announced Thursday that it will conduct a special "product improvement action" to recall a third of its 2001 minivans, after federal regulators found the locks on the vans' rear sliding doors failed in crash tests.
'Dennis The Menace' creator Ketcham dies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Marcus Hamilton was waiting for workers to repair the fax machine so he could send his latest sketches to Hank Ketcham for his approval when the call came: The creator of America's favorite 5-year-old towheaded tornado had died.
McCain considers leaving Republican party
WASHINGTON -- Maverick Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, in a widening rift with President Bush and his party's dominant conservative wing, is talking with advisers about leaving the GOP and launching a third-party challenge to Bush in 2004, those close to the senator say.
Jobless rate dips slightly to 4.4 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.4 percent in May, the first improvement in eight months, even as manufacturing industries continued to lay off thousands of workers. Factory activity plunged for the 10th month in a row.
Two die in Iowa plane crash
DE SOTO, Iowa (AP) -- Two men are dead after the ultralight airplane they were in crashed near De Soto Friday night.
Bucks force Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Philadelphia and Milwaukee are going to Game 7 with both Ray Allen and Allen Iverson playing their best basketball of the series.
Bucks' conspiracy theories not as simple as NBC
MILWAUKEE -- It's right up there with "My dog ate the homework," and "My alarm didn't go off."
Up and down Devils looking to bounce back
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- When the New Jersey Devils talked about the Stanley Cup finals a week ago, the word dynasty popped into the conversation.
Kareem looks for Lakers to make history
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remembers the first time the Los Angeles Lakers opened the playoffs with 11 straight wins -- they were swept in the NBA Finals by the Detroit Pistons.
CHICAGO (AP) -- At this time of year, Chicago Cubs' fans normally start dreading the daily check of the standings.
Stringfellow soars to NCAA long jump title
EUGENE, Ore, (AP) -- Without a star to carry them, the Oregon Ducks somehow have grabbed the lead midway through the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Violence in youth sports spreading
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Excitement suddenly turned to fear for the 49ers youth football team as players ran off the field holding their stomachs and began vomiting violently on the sideline.
Bourque two wins away from cup as Devils pull another no show
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After more than 22 years of anticipation, Ray Bourque might not have to wait too much longer to drink from the Stanley Cup.
Special delivery sends former grocery boy to majors
CLEVELAND (AP ) -- Roy Smith's strange trip to the big leagues veered down the produce aisle, past the meat department and straight through the check-out line.
Safin makes a jarring exit at French Open
PARIS (AP) -- Marat Safin's troubled tennis season took another wrong turn Saturday with a five-set loss Fabrice Santoro in the third round of the French Open.
Firing up fans can be hazardous for costumed characters
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Take it from the folks inside those huge, fuzzy heads and big, floppy feet: Prancing around at ball games in furry costumes is not only hot work, it's dangerous.
Cubs, Bonds streak into June
The start of a new month did nothing to slow down either the Chicago Cubs or San Francisco's Barry Bonds.
Marjorie M. Smith
PINE RIVER -- Marjorie Marie Smith, 90, Pine River, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Home in Pine River.
John B. Walz
PIERZ -- John B. Walz, 84, Pierz, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
PINE RIVER -- Ruth Smith, 66, Pine River, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at home.
Ruth P. Smith
PINE RIVER -- Ruth P. Smith, 66, Pine River, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at her home.
Frances L. Brown
Frances L. Brown, 89, Brainerd, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Walter W. Maijala
McGREGOR -- Walter W. Maijala, 83, Tamarack, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth.
Exposing closet crooners
Sometimes singing in the shower isn't enough to satisfy the crooner that lurks inside all of us.
YMCA - Dispatch Editorial
Now it seems real.
One is the loneliest number
WASHINGTON -- The problem with census data is there's never space for a longer answer to the question. (Yes, I live like this but I didn't plan to. See, here's what happened ... )
News council will help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Law over terrorism
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
How to reach Minnesota legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Sound off in the Open Forum
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
As we look forward to another Minnesota summer and all of the wonderful times spent enjoying our lakes, please don't throw your trash in the lake.
Wow! I am in awe. In reflecting with the governor and the time spent with his entourage in our beautiful little city of Pequot Lakes, it made me not only proud to be the mayor, but
OTHER OPINIONS Use the big broom
Nearly four years before the FBI arrested Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, it got a tip that he had compromised the bureau's computer security system. The source was former FBI agent Earl Pitts, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to spyi
There still is time to register as a participant in this year's Camp Confidence Fishing Classic. The event will take place at Zorbaz on Gull on June 16. Registration will be at 6:30 a.m. and fishing begi
Try a new spin on Mille Lacs
Walleye pro Kevin Kraft has this philosophy about fishing: try something new at least two hours every time you're on the water. "It makes you more versatile," he said.
A woodland surprise
With bended back and with beads of sweat rolling down my face, I paused from the bushwhacking we were doing to create a trail through my woods and wetland. As I tilted my head to undo the crinks in my long-ago-injured neck, I spotted a few bits of intense color dabbing the forest floor. It looked as if magenta litter had been strewn in my beloved woods. On closer inspection I was surprised to see it was a wildflower I had never seen before! And on my own land, no less!
WOLF of the WATER
Revered by some and scorned by others, the muskie seldom fails to elicit a response among fishermen.
caught the walleye on Mille Lacs, where the harvest slot has been reduced to 16 to 18 inches and the one over 28 inches eliminated. Sorry Dan, that one's gotta go back!
2 -- Muskie season opens
Crankbaits, spinners help you cover water when walleyes are far between
The trips when you discover a school of walleyes biting like crazy are all too rare. More commonly we get a walleye here and another there until we put together a respectable catch. So to catch more walleyes we need to cover water and find scattered biters.
Anti-muskie group on Lake Miltona says 'no more'
A group known as No More Muskies, based on Lake Miltona, tried to get legislation introduced last year that would have ended muskie stocking on the 5,838-acre lake near Alexandria.
Caryn Niemi and Jeffrey Myhre announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Christine Niemi, Baxter, and Terry and Kaye Myhre, Stillwater. A June wedding is planned.
John and Eileen McDonald will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 10 at St. Francis Catholic Church. The event is hosted by their children. They were married June 9, 1951, in Superior, Wis.
Melvin and Shirley Lundeby will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 7, 1951, in Brainerd.
Lauren Nickisch and CJ Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are James and Marilyn Nickisch, Pequot Lakes, and Don and Muriel Anderson, Oakdale. A June 23 garden wedding is planned on East Twin Lake.
Tara Smieja and Lucas Mezzenga announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Judi Smieja, Brainerd, and Tom and Susan Mezzenga, Crosslake. A July 7 wedding is planned at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake.
Mr. and Mrs. George Schilling, Fort Ripley, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. June 10 at the home of Jeff and Leah Schilling in Fort Ripley. The event will be hosted by their children.
Erin Carlson and Nate Tholen announce their engagement. Parents are Rod and Sharon Carlson, Brainerd, and Dan and Suzy Tholen, Baxter. A July 21 wedding is planned at the arboretum.
Brenda Janssen (Evenson) and Brian Lenk were married March 3, 2001, at the bride's parents' home in Pillager.
Four generations recently gathered were William Jackson McCollough, son, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Maj. Bill McCollough, father, Camp Pendleton; Terry McCollough, grandfather, East Gull Lake; and Cecil McCollough, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
NHRA Federal Mogul facts
WHAT: The Colonel's Truck Accessories Challenge, a round of the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, where drivers earn points leading
Gordon wouldn't mind recapturing past at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon didn't become a three-time Winston Cup champion by reaching back for a little bit of the past.
Vasser off to strong start in CART championship
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Jimmy Vasser is very quietly off to his best start in six seasons.
Colonel's Truck Accessories Challenge at CBIR June 8-10
The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway and Resort will host The Colonel's Truck Accessories Challenge, a round of the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, June 8-10.
Dunn sets national speed record
JOLIET, Ill. -- Mike Dunn stole the show Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, setting the national speed record at 330.55 mph with an elapsed time of 4.559 seconds.
Tonight Show host Jay Leno (left) and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon talked during a break in a press event on the main straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Bruce Bowler doesn't get mad, he gets even
It's amazing how a single incident can turn things around in life.
Mayfield didn't get his way
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Jeremy Mayfield looked up at the sky as a steady drizzle fell at Dover Downs International Speedway and knew his chances for a good starting position had been doused.
Key lawmakers reach tentative deal on transportation, public safety issues
ST. PAUL -- Key lawmakers have reached tentative agreements on several transportation and public safety issues, including tougher penalties for drunken driving, racial profiling and a requirement that children under 18 wear seat belts in vehicles.
Nurses strike delayed as tentative deals reached
MINNEAPOLIS -- A strike involving thousands of registered nurses in the Twin Cities was postponed Friday morning after late negotiations led to tentative deals.
Another 1,200 seniors pass basic skills tests
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Of the 2,900 high school seniors who didn't pass the basic skills test in October, more than half failed after taking it again, state officials said Thursday.
Nurses strike delayed; hospitals remain prepared for walkout
MINNEAPOLIS -- Last-minute contract agreements kept thousands of Twin Cities nurses off the picket lines Friday, but weekend ratification votes were to decide whether Minnesota Nurses Association members would continue to work -- or walk.
Area events Saturday
Track and Field
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Departments daytime youth T-ball and baseball programs begin this week.
John is Airborne
You've seen the script repeated in a hundred different movies, with a hundred different variations.
Gulls open tonight at Alexandria
When Lincoln Mincks steps onto the mound, don't mistake the look on his face for anger.
NORTHWOODS LEAGUE BASEBALL
Mille Lacs harvest rules changed
A busy fishing opener and strong catches by anglers has prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to change regulations for walleye fishing on one of the state's biggest inland lakes.
W-DC advances in baseball
WADENA -- Matt Schiller pitched a complete game and struck out nine batters to lead the second-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past the third-seeded Ottertail Central Bulldogs 10-3 in Subsection 3, Section 8AA baseball Thursday.
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Warriors battle Apollo for title
Third-seeded St. Cloud Apollo will make its third straight appearance in the South Subsection 8, Class 3A baseball tournament 1 p.m. Saturday when it plays the top-seeded Brainerd Warriors at Adamson Field.
Pony League Pirates continue winning ways
The defending champion Pony League Pirates picked up where they left off with an 8-3 win over the Giants Tuesday.
Mighty Gulls' schedule for 2001
Friday June 1 at Alexandria 7:05 p.m.
Lutheran school competes in track meet
Family of Christ Lutheran School of Baxter competed in a track meet May 11 in Perham.
Staples-Motley boys, girls win 6A track titles
MOORHEAD -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' and girls' track and field teams captured championships in Thursday's Section 6A meet at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Cardinals tumble in softball
PARK RAPIDS --The Staples-Motley Cardinals softball team committed three errors in the first inning and lost to the Warroad Warriors 4-1 in the Section 8AA championship game on Thursday.
Justin Heitkamp has been named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warriors boys' golf team.
Angels stop Twins in 12th
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Torii Hunter hears the question all the time. How long can the Minnesota Twins keep up their winning ways?
Dozen hits blast Twins over Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- With a small payroll and small-ball style, the Minnesota Twins are one of the great stories in baseball this season.
Lynx extinguish Fire
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Betty Lennox is happy the Minnesota Lynx won their season opener, but she'll save celebrating for a different day.
Internet sites are looking for a better business model
The "Why buy the cow?" argument once referred to the complexities of unmarried cohabitation. In this new century it's being applied to Internet sites.
Subscribe to a video game?
LOS ANGELES -- To makers of electronic games, Vic Raolji, a Web programmer in Wilmington, Del., is a cash cow.
When good CD discs go bad
CD burners have made it possible to combine the best of Bach and Destiny's Child on the same compact disc -- prompting grand scale consumption of CD-recorder drives by computer owners new and old.
Broadband giving dial-ups the boot
If you're connecting to the Internet via dial-up modem, time to kick it up a notch. We're moving quickly to a broadband universe.
Caring for CD-Rs
Recordable CDs might be made of tough plastic, but they do require some care:
Databases can be perplexing
Databases routinely impale beginners on the horns of a dilemma.
Kids' PC use may cause injuries years later
Scott Mortimer's love affair with technology goes way back.
The Weather Elsewhere
Storms over eastern half of nation; Southwest hot
A band of showers and scattered thunderstorms was stalled over New England early Sunday, while more storms were forecast for much of the eastern third of the nation through the day.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms ending northwest by midday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing central and east this afternoon. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny west. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers east. Highs around 70 far west to 55 to 60 east.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Mostly cloudy and windy east with a chance of light showers. Highs around 60 northeast to mid 70s southwest.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds west. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy east. Highs 60 to 70 east to the 70s west.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Widely scattered showers north and east. Partly cloudy southwest. Highs from the lower 50s northeast to near 70 west.
Weather drawing by Molli Koering of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy to mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. A few storms may be severe south central late. Highs in the middle 50s to middle 60s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Periods of showers east. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers west. Highs in the low 50s to mid 60s. Cooler near lake superior.
Weather drawing by Bailey Horn of Ms. Balsley's third grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Partly cloudy west...Mostly cloudy central and east with widely scattered showers. Highs in the near 60 northeast to lower 70s southwest.
9 table Mitchell Movement. North-South: Walt and Betty Moynagh, 145.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 129;
Names and faces
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- First he got in trouble for raucous partying at his beach house. Now the city is cracking down on former basketball star Dennis Rodman's restaurant.
Cassie Sander, recent graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School, will celebrate her graduation with an open house from 2-5 p.m. June 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 512 S. 8th Street, Brainerd.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Iraq to stop crude oil exports on Monday
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq announced Saturday that it will halt oil exports under a U.N.-sponsored program starting Monday to retaliate for a U.N. decision to extend oil-for-food restrictions.
Tel Aviv suicide bombing kills 17 outside disco
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel called off its self-declared policy of restraint Saturday, just hours after a suicide bomber killed 17 young Israelis and wounded 90 outside a Tel Aviv disco in the bloodiest terror attack in five years.
Fighting between soldiers and kidnappers engulfs Philippine island town
LAMITAN, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine forces lay siege to a hospital where dozens of Muslim extremists were holed up with captives Saturday, blanketing the building with rockets and machine-gun fire in a bid to end a hostage crisis that has ballooned into a major battle on a rugged southern island.
Nepal's crown prince on life support after killings
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Crown Prince Dipendra, on life support from self-inflicted wounds, was named Nepal's king Saturday after fatally shooting his monarch father and seven other members of the royal family, government and military sources said.
Only 10 percent of Russian children healthy
MOSCOW (AP) -- Only 10 percent of Russian children can be considered genuinely healthy by the time they graduate from school, the Health Ministry said Friday in a report released to mark World Protection of Children Day.
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