Area residents feel right at home with Home Depot
BAXTER -- After two months. the allure of a new Home Depot is still drawing large crowds.
Joan Bieganek recently joined the staff of North Central Medical Supply as a certified occupational therapy assistant.
Pickle Factory hosts Clydesdales
The Pickle Factory is getting a few gentle giants to help celebrate 50 years of business.
Around the watercooler
RAINBOW ICE BOXES: ''White goods'' manufacturers are finding consumer interest in an expanded palette.
Morningstar aims to guide investors out of Web thicket
CHICAGO -- In the Internet era, mutual fund investors have a problem that's as hard to handle as high-tech volatility. It's information overload -- hundreds of Web sites with thousands of pages of research material to wade through.
'Odd Couple' meets 'Office Space'
Q: I work on a project with a person whose office is a paper shambles. Hence my question: How can I eliminate the redundancy of giving her the same information/papers when she misplaces them? She frequently loses memos and asks me for copies because she knows I have filed them.
Term life insurance can be good option for young couple
NEW YORK -- The last thing most young couples want to think about is buying life insurance. After all, they're just getting started with their lives and already juggling rent or mortgage payments and child care costs, to say nothing of paying off college loans and credit card balances.
Soft landing could mean hard times
NEW YORK -- Attention, investors. The U.S. economy is on course for a long-awaited soft landing, but you can expect some turbulence on the way down.
The worry is taxes, not inflation
NEW YORK (AP) -- The danger to the economy isn't so much from rising interest rates as from higher taxes. Higher taxes? Everyone's concerned about rising interest rates, but who's proposing higher taxes?
Dispatch adds six interns
The Brainerd Dispatch has six interns for the summer.
No sale of Conseco unit to Lehman, ratings agency says
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A tentative offer by Lehman Brothers to take control of Conseco Finance has apparently collapsed.
Out of the stone age
NEW ULM (AP) -- By midmorning, the plant floor at American Artstone is humming along.
Actors' strike against advertising industry stalemates
LOS ANGELES -- Six weeks into a strike by actors against the advertising industry, miscalculations on both sides have created the worst possible scenario for Los Angeles: a stalemate.
Church burns symbolic mortgage
BAXTER -- "Some have planted, some have watered, and I have been able to reap in the harvest and pay off the debt," said Pastor Al Klasky of Heartland Alliance Church in Baxter.
Rewards for children become bribes if parents don't use them carefully
QUESTION: You've addressed before the use of rewards in influencing kids. Isn't a mother manipulating the child by using rewards and punishment to get him to do what she wants?
What will we tell them about our land?
The tourists are upon us! The summer people are here. What will we tell them about our land? What's important to us?
Muslims plan training for lobbyists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a public affairs organization, has announced the opening of a Muslim training center for political lobbying, grassroots activism, public relations and community leadership.
The following students were recently confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd: Monica Soderman (front, left), Katie Curell, Shaina Radunz, Jade Martin, Annie Mitchell (back, left), Ethan Grev, the Rev. Alfred Luehmann, Gerald Stange and Matthew Soderman.
Jury decides ousted congregation has rights to church in Hastings
HASTINGS (AP) -- Part of a Lutheran congregation locked out of its church by a dissenting group has rights to the building, a Dakota County jury decided Monday.
Chad and Jill (Wiersgalla) Allord, Baxter, a girl, Kailynn Marie, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, May 31, 2000. Grandparents are Rick and Kathy Wiersgalla, Baxter, and Ken and Sharon Allord, Brainerd.
Brainerd City Council
WALKER -- Judge John P. Smith heard the following cases June 7 and 12 in Cass County Court:
15 arrested in Staples drug bust
STAPLES -- Seven search warrants were executed in Staples Thursday morning, with 15 people were arrested and taken into custody, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Department.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 500.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 262, a year ago 122.
Nisswa City Council
The State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle accident resulting in injuring a passenger Friday. The accident occurred in Cass County at 9:41 a.m. on Highway 6, five miles north of Outing.
LITTLE FALLS -- Two Menahga teens were injured in a one-vehicle rollover Thursday three miles south of Little Falls on Highway 10.
One injured in boat accident
The Crow Wing County Boat and Water Safety responded to a boating accident on North Long Lake near Sullivan's Resort Friday around 11 a.m. which resulted in one person injured.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a metal dust bin fire at Northstar Plating Friday at 10:53 a.m. There were no injuries.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 400.
Golf course designer dies
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- He designed 310 golf courses in a career that spanned seven decades, but Robert Trent Jones Sr. really didn't have a favorite.
Daly drops out A 14 on the 18th hole is enough
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- John Daly once vowed to never play in the U.S. Open again. It was a promise he should have kept.
Is this open already over after Day One?
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Back up the van, move out the bleachers, shut off the lights, stick a cork in the fog and close the door. This U.S. Open is already over.
An idol who is still missed
The first group of the 2000 U.S. Open teed off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and for only the second time in its 100-year history, the previous year's champion was not be there to defend.
Clampett round cheers Open
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Occasionally sports offers up a feel-good story so ridiculously cheerful it almost goes too far over the top, like heaping a dozen cherries on a banana split that's already slathered with hot fudge and whipped cream. Why not just pour a pound of walnuts on top of the whole thing?
On a long day, Tiger still kicks Pebble around
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- This state is infamous for its intersection snarls, road rage, backups, detours and delays, but did we really need gridlock at a national golf championship?
Is the rest of the field playing for 2nd?
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- There are still three rounds remaining in the 100th U.S. Open here at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, still plenty of time for the other 155 players in the field to make their move, still plenty of potential trouble for even Tiger Woods to find.
Open may be closed to a dallying Daly
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- With his blowup 14 on No. 18 on Thursday, John Daly may have played his last U.S. Open. The bombastic winner of two major championships has been pushing his luck with the U.S. Golf Association and now the governing body can rid itself of a headache.
Nicklaus goes with a flow
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- On the occasion of his 44th and probably last U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus took a short walk down a long fairway, brushed back the tears, waved to the gallery, took a long look around Pebble Beach and said it's a nice place to say goodbye.
Child in Need
Kinship Partners has a number of children on their waiting list. These are children who have been enrolled in the program and are waiting for an adult partner to be matched with. We have quite a few more boys on our waiting list than girls and we are in need of male volunteers.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Save energy this summer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Computers, printers, air conditioners, televisions, VCRs, microwaves. We're more ''plugged in'' than ever.
The formal living room has evolved into a space that is actually useable -- one where the kids can work and play.
Fluorescent bulbs are economical
Most folks know fluorescent bulbs consume less energy than standard incandescent lightbulbs, but here's another reason to use them:
What every home could use
1. Photographs: a terrific way to make an big impact with a small amount of work -- and money. Examples: historical prints from the Library of Congress Photography Collection.
Nursery is useful for all sorts of plants
A plant nursery is where young plants can be carefully tended until they are ready to go out into the ''real world.''
With parents' supervision, try installing home's second computer in a child's bedroom
On a typical weeknight at the Brown's, four people would converge on the PC in the home office: dad e-mailing, mom editing, Matthew researching his homework, Garrett angling to play Math Blaster. The nightly gridlock wore everyone down. It was time for a second computer.
Try growing medicinal herbs in garden
Garden season is in full swing, and medicinal herbs are as readily available as pansies at local nurseries.
Who does the most yard work?
Who does the most yard work in your household?
Landscaping changes home's appearance
Landscaping is like a negligee.
Add style to home by subtracting clutter
-- If it's broken, fix it (this weekend) or forget it.
Try pole limas in the garden for size
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- They don't call them limas in Lima, Peru.
Book features herbal lore from Appalachia
WASHINGTON -- Linda Ours Rago lives in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., but is drawn frequently to a remote Appalachian cove. Blackberry Cove has been in the family for generations, and 27 years ago, Rago built her own cabin there.
Tours of Musser, Weyerhaeuser homes set
LITTLE FALLS -- The city of Little Falls, as owner of the Linden Hill Conference and Retreat Center, announces summer tours of Linden Hill.
One year after her arrest, Olson quietly prepares for trial
ST. PAUL (AP) -- It's been a year since Sara
Ventura wants answers about gas prices
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Midwestern governors should actively look into why gas prices are higher in their states than other places, Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday on his weekly radio show.
This was Brainerd
June 18 -- 60 years ago (1940) - Led by "Pinky" Boyd, playing his first game as catcher and poling home runs in his first two trips to the plate, the YMCA last night downed Thrifty's 8 to 5 in an "A" league game.
Ventura pitch brings inquiries
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's pitch on the ''Tonight Show with Jay Leno'' to lure business to Hoyt Lakes, Minn., attracted several inquiries, a Ventura aide said.
National Guard troops return
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Air National Guard troops will return home from seven months in Kosovo on Saturday.
Republican Party announces effort to reach out to blacks
ST. PAUL -- In an effort to court minority voters, Minnesota Republicans on Friday described a new coalition to reach out to black communities and break down commonly held stereotypes about the party.
PR-Backus honor students listed
Pine River-Backus High School honor roll students listed
Issues for Minnesota's elderly examined
ST. PAUL (AP) -- As Minnesotans age, they should be allowed to take risks so they can maintain maximum control of their lives, a state task force said.
Pickets go up just as tourism, convention season nears peak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- About 1,500 workers at nine major hotels in Minneapolis and Bloomington have gone on strike just as the Twin Cities enters its peak tourism and convention season.
Oberstar's wife worth millions
WASHINGTON -- In his annual financial disclosure form, Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., reported his wife, Jean, owns stock worth between $2.9 million and $9.7 million
Growth forum panelists speak from experience
Growth Forum panelists have extensive experience to offer for the afternoon discussion in Brainerd.
Pool fumes cause illness in Pequot
JENKINS -- Two guests and a maintenance worker at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Jenkins just north of Pequot Lakes became ill Friday morning as the result of a chemical reaction that created toxic fumes at the hotel's swimming pool.
Adoptee looks to past, picks up threads of long-separated family ties
Like many adopted children, a rural Brainerd woman, now 57, had questions about her beginnings.
Clydesdales trotting into lakes area
What do Budweiser, the Nisswa Pickle Fest, the Mighty Gulls and C & L Distributing have in common?
Governor issues plea for buyer of Hoyt Lakes plant while on 'The Tonight Show'
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wasn't bashful about using ''The Tonight Show'' to advertise for a new employer for 1,400 steel workers in northern Minnesota about to lose their jobs.
Caught in the middle
Mark Ryan is waiting for the outcome of a future he has no control over.
Emily Charter School announces honor roll students
EMILY --Emily Charter School has announced its honor roll for the third trimester.
Warriors are state champs!
Brainerd High School's Nick Weiland (40) and Nathan Thomas (28) went over the top of the heap after the Warriors clinched the Minnesota 3A State Baseball Championship over the Lakeville Panthers 4-1 at Friday night Midway Stadium in St. Paul.
Trooper saves life
EAGAN (AP) -- Minnesota State Trooper Michael Eck didn't have time to worry if crash victim Joshua Olson was hurt. Eck grabbed Olson under the shoulders and pulled him from the wreck.
All-State Lutheran Choir to perform
AITKIN -- The 2000 Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir, making its 32nd annual tour, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin.
Pillager recognizes honor students
Pillager second semester honor roll listed
Things look up despite rain
Marty Yde, father of Brainerd High School pitcher Matt Yde, looked up as the rain fell on the umbrella he shared with his wife, Wendy, at the Class 3A state quarterfinal baseball game Thursday at the University of Minnesota.
Washington Middle School honor students announced
Washington Middle School second semester honor roll
Benefit planned for drowning victims
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Business Association, Fair Board, Pillager Jaycees and The Sunshine Club will sponsor an auction and benefit day June 25 for the families of Joseph Rice and Michael Allen.
Twin Cities hotel workers could go on strike today
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Workers and hotel management continued talks Thursday as union members prepared for a strike at nine Minneapolis and Bloomington hotels.
BHS notes second semester honor students
Brainerd High School second semester honor roll students listed
Highway 210 construction topic of meeting
BAXTER -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold an open house and public information meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at MnDOT headquarters in Baxter.
Crosslake log home tour set
CROSSLAKE -- The 10th annual Log Home and Cabin Tour, sponsored by the Crosslake Area Historical Society, will be July 27 and 28.
Pets of the week
To adopt Freckles, Odie, Ollie, Ziggy or Lilly, contact Heartland Animal Rescue Team at 829-4141.
Two more Minnesota men sentenced in St. Louis in multistate prostitution ring
ST. LOUIS -- Two Minneapolis men were sentenced to federal prison Friday for their part in a multistate prostitution ring that prosecutors compared to slavery.
Time to get rolling
Considering Crow Wing County is one of eight counties in the state that does not have a coordinated countywide system of transportation, a county commissioner indicated Thursday it's time to get rolling.
Junior Achievement of the Brainerd Lakes Area will honor all its teachers, volunteers and contributors, as well as their families, during an appreciation night Tuesday at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.
Gull Dam Road improvements to be addressed
EAST GULL LAKE -- A revised concept plan for improvements to Gull Dam Road, or County State Aid Highway 70, will be presented at an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, at St. Thomas of the Pines Church near Madden's at 11395 Pine Beach Peninsula Road.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Johnny Holm came back to his roots Saturday night and the result was a love-in at the Waterfall Inn. Johnny Holm, former Brainerd High School basketball star, knew everyone there. The singer was to say later, "I could have done just about anything and they would have liked it."
Push to prevent wrongful executions gains strength
WASHINGTON -- Propelled by the mounting national debate over capital punishment, a bipartisan drive to ensure that innocent people are not executed -- which includes expanding access to DNA testing for convicted criminals -- is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill.
Northern California heat wave claims more victims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- This week's record-breaking heat wave in Northern California is being blamed for at least eight deaths, among them two elderly people in a Bay Area nursing home without air conditioning.
A HAIR'S BREATH -- Botched test ends murder case
HICKORY RIDGE, Ark. -- James Pipkin held his thumb and index finger less than an inch apart -- how close, he says, a prosecutor came to getting the man who kidnapped and killed his 9-year-old daughter nine years ago.
Message to fathers
NEW YORK -- The one in three American children who live without their fathers should not have to suffer financially or emotionally, President Clinton said Saturday in releasing a report that offers ways to help fathers get more involved in their child's schooling.
Transportation bills differ on drunken driving, trucking hours
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate-passed measure that would establish the first national standard for drunken driving could hit a roadblock in the House as negotiators from both chambers try to adopt a compromise transportation spending bill this year.
Missing Los Alamos hard drives apparently found
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are closely examining two computer hard drives containing nuclear secrets that were found at the Los Alamos weapons laboratory, believing they are the ones missing for more than a month. They want to determine whether the information has been compromised.
Whew! Cool weather aids firefighters in Colorado
PINE JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- Cool, moist air moved into the Colorado Rockies early Friday, giving hope the worst is over for crews battling two blazes that have scorched more than 19,000 acres, destroyed more than 50 homes and displaced hundreds of people.
Ray wrapping up report on travel office; no prosecutions, but Hillary may be cited
WASHINGTON -- The last chapter in the seven-year White House travel office controversy is being played out at a bad time for Hillary Rodham Clinton -- in the midst of her campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Gore names Daley campaign chief after Coelho resigns
CINCINNATI -- Al Gore appointed Commerce Secretary William M. Daley as chairman of his presidential campaign Thursday after Tony Coelho, the job's controversial occupant, resigned citing health reasons.
After tragedy, Texas A&M puts bonfire on hold
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M University's annual bonfire will be put on hold for two years while administrators and students work on guidelines to provide better supervision and engineering of the structure.
Gates still the richest
NEW YORK -- The booms and busts of the stock market this year didn't stop the global billionaires' club from expanding.
Arrest total climbs in Central Park sex attacks
NEW YORK -- The number of arrests climbed to 16 Friday in a string of attacks on women who were stripped and groped by gangs of young men in Central Park last weekend.
House refuses to limit Clinton's ability to establish monument
WASHINGTON -- The White House is hailing the House's refusal to limit President Clinton's ability to establish national monuments as part of his land preservation efforts.
Police capture Mississippi escapees, they face new charges
LOWELL, Ind. -- Two prison escapees from Mississippi nabbed after nearly three weeks on the lam could face new charges in three states for allegedly hijacking several vehicles, shooting at a police officer and committing several thefts.
Two more missing women linked to suspected serial killer
OLATHE, Kan. -- One came from Michigan hoping for a new start and a big paycheck. Another was lured from Texas by the promise of travel and a new wardrobe.
Farmland recalls sliced turkey products
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Farmland Industries is voluntarily recalling about 86,000 pounds of sliced turkey products that are possibly contaminated with lubricating oil.
Strait, Paisley shine at TNN country awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An absent George Strait swept five categories at the TNN Awards for country music Thursday, with newcomer Brad Paisley nipping at his heels with his popular song celebrating stepparents.
Customer bankrolls bartender's dream
BOSTON (AP) -- Gwen Butler had heard it all before when a rich businessman walked into the bar and started chatting up the vivacious bartender, telling her she should be running a place of her own and that he'd like to help.
CBS planning another 'Survivor'
NEW YORK -- ''Survivor'' is proving such a hit that a sequel is in the works.
FCC gives final clearance to massive phone merger
WASHINGTON -- With regulatory approval in hand, Bell Atlantic and GTE are moving swiftly to complete a $65 billion deal that will let them offer a bundle of telecommunications services under the name Verizon Communications.
Bush solidifies poll lead, but abortion issue could mean trouble
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush has solidified his lead in the presidential race but could face turbulence in his political base if he selects a vice presidential nominee who supports abortion rights, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found.
DA: Church youth worker may have molested 'several hundred' boys
BOSTON (AP) -- A church youth worker charged with molesting two youths may have sexually assaulted several hundred young boys under his care during the past five years, a prosecutor said Friday.
Gore doubles tax-cut proposal
PORTLAND, Maine -- Vice President Gore doubled his tax cut proposal Thursday, promising additional breaks for married couples, new environmental initiatives and retirement accounts that would supplement Social Security. But he continued to attack the larger tax cut offered by rival George W. Bush, who returned to the campaign trail after five days of rest and closed-door strategy sessions at his family's Maine retreat.
Spell it this way: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
WEBSTER, Mass. -- Its blue waters and sparkling shoreline have been attracting vacationers for generations, but it's the sheer length of its name that has put Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg on the map.
Marine Corps report blames human error for crash
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- The crash of a Marine Corps helicopter into the ocean off San Diego that killed seven was caused by a series of human errors and ''deviations'' from safety rules, a Marine Corps investigation released Thursday concluded.
Clinton 'frustrated' by rising gas prices
NEW YORK -- President Clinton expressed frustration Friday that drivers in Chicago and Milwaukee are paying nearly 40 cents more per gallon than the rest of the nation and said, ''What we don't know is whether there was any price gouging.''
Housing construction drops in May
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction fall a bigger-than-expected 3.9 percent in May, to its lowest level in nearly a year, suggesting that rising mortgage rates are cutting into demand.
Lakers take it on the chin
INDIANAPOLIS -- They might be champions, eventually, but not before looking like jesters one last time.
Knoblauch makes 3 errors in Yankees' loss
Chuck Knoblauch's throwing problem hit a new low ... and high ... and wide.
Henderson keys Mariners' victory
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rickey Henderson is looking like a bigger bargain all the time.
Trade talk involves Twins
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees, worried about Chuck Knoblauch's throwing problems, are trying to trade for Minnesota's Todd Walker as a backup for their troubled second baseman.
Stanford, LSU to play for CWS title
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Louisiana State and Stanford made sure there will be just one more game at the College World Series.
Radke sparks Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Radke's timing was impeccable, and so were most of his pitches.
Mason signs 6-year extension
MINNEAPOLIS -- Football coach Glen Mason and the University of Minnesota finally have a deal to stay together long-term.
Pronger selected NHL's most vauluable player
TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Pronger won the closest MVP vote in NHL history, was a runaway winner as best defenseman and made the All-Star team. Not a bad night's work for the St. Louis Blues captain.
Pirates edge Braves
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Kris Benson grew up wanting to pitch like one of the Atlanta Braves' starters: reliable, consistent, dominating.
Clint E. Harrison
Clint E. Harrison, 71, Redding, Calif., died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, in the Redding Hospital in Redding, Calif.
Shannon Lee Drake
PILLAGER -- Shannon Lee Drake, 69, Pillager, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at his home.
Astrid V. Jackson
AITKIN -- Astrid V. Jackson, 81, Aitkin, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at the Riverwood Health Care Center of Aitkin.
LITTLE FALLS -- Marguerite Bzdok, 89, Little Falls, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Shannon L. Drake
PILLAGER --Shannon Lee Drake, 69, Pillager, died today, Friday, June 16, 2000, at home.
Prescription drugs a hot issue
WASHINGTON -- Voters are intensely interested in making prescription drugs more affordable for senior citizens. Most politicians agree something needs to be done. And everybody from presidential candidates to state lawmakers are scrambling aboard the bandwagon.
Minnesota Republicans have begun the process of endorsing judicial candidates.
Surviving real life
Imagine what it would be like if the new "Survivor" television phenomenon could be applied to the work place.
Fantasy - Dispatch Editorial
It's like something out of "Field of Dreams."
A father and son go to church
A gray sky hung low over the pastoral countryside of Kennebunkport, Maine, last Sunday morning.
Assad stood for terror, not peace
WASHINGTON--Just because Syria is a totalitarian country, among the last to lumber into the 21st century, does not mean that the hysterical grief displayed by the Syrian people at President Hafez Assad's death was just show for police informers and state-run TV cameras.
Call your lawmaker
Sen. Paul Wellstone
Government needs more reinvention
WASHINGTON -- Seven years after Al Gore smashed an ashtray on TV and vowed to fix an inept government, there are fewer bureaucratic rules, fewer workers to invoke them and a bit more common sense. But the federal machinery still misfires.
On behalf of the chemical health industry in our region and throughout Minnesota, I would like to say a sincere thank you to state Sen. Samuelson for his work during the 2000 legislative session.
Secrets still wandering
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Social Security is more than a retirement pension. In 1998 benefits were paid to 1.6 million retired workers, 608,000 disabled workers, and 1.15 million spouses, children and survivors of workers. Totals show that more than half of the payments were not retiree pensions.
Gamebird counts show grouse decline is less than expected
Bill Berg was sure this year's ruffed grouse counts would decline from 1999. He was right, but not as right as he feared.
LF couple named Tree Farmers of the Year
LITTLE FALLS -- Tree Farmers Bob and Nancy Ferche were named Minnesota Tree Farmers of the Year for their dedication to forestry and wildlife.
MINNESOTA'S FISHING AMBASSADOR
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Minnesota Office of Tourism recently appointed Pequot Lakes resident and fishing pro Bob Hanson as its fishing spokesperson.
New OHV plans for state forest trails are ready for public inspection
Proposals for how off-highway vehicles will be allowed to use state forest trails will be ready for public inspection this week.
Resident wild turkey hunters must apply electronically by July 28 for a fall 2000 license.
1-30 -- American Rivers Month
Blooming of calla lily one of summer's best events
Sometimes when I wander through the woods and wetlands I find just one or two flowers blooming in lonely splendor. While visions of expanses of fields of wild flowers tossing their sprightly heads in dance may have been common in years past, today I am more likely to come across small remnants of what once existed.
Whitefish Lake is giving up a lot of walleyes in 14 to 20 feet of water. Leeches, nightcrawlers, and redtail minnows have been the hot baits. Bass have been hitting along the deeper weedlines on most area lakes.
Walleyes and bass not biting? Try sunfish
Most fishermen have concentrated on walleyes and bass since these seasons opened within the past few weeks. Certainly everyone likes to catch these bigger fish but one shouldn't forget sunfish because the best time to catch the bigger ones is right now.
Abbigale Jessen and Luke Hagglund announce their engagement. Parents are Dana and Dennis Jessen, Pequot Lakes, and Karl Hagglund, Angora, and Carol Soyring, Fergus Falls. A wedding is planned for the fall of 2001 in Iron.
Mindy Ann Wetherbee and Joseph Alvin Koering announce their engagement. Parents are Meg Wetherbee, Brainerd, and Dale Jacobs, Willow, Alaska, and Robert and Mary Koering, Fort Ripley. An Aug. 12 wedding is planned at St. Mathias Catholic Church.
Retirement open house
Betty Wilcox, Brainerd, will celebrate her retirement from Brainerd Regional Human Services Center with an open house and pig roast from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Wilcox home, Highway 210 West to Sylvan Town Hall. Follow signs to Fire No. H3088L.
Michelle Wasilensky and Oscar Gonzlez were married May 6, 2000, on the lake front of Bay Lake officiated by Rev. Katherine McPherson.
Shannon Lee Tulenchik and David Jon Ackerman announce their engagement. Parents are Kirk and Joni Tulenchik, Pine River, and Adrian and Katie Ackerman, Sauk Rapids. A July 22 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church of Pine River.
Ray and Doris Brusseau, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married June 20, 1940.
Emma Jean Smith will celebrate her 80th birthday from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Aitkin Assemblies of God Fellowship hall.
Kenneth and Leona Gangestad will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. June 25 at St. Mathias Park.
Paul and Sandie Bloom, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married June 13, 1970, in Grand Rapids.
January Tanoura and Michael Moen were married April 29, 2000, in Garrison, with the bride's uncle, Chris Callison, officiating.
Heather Louise MacIver and Chad Michael Arnold announce their engagement. Parents are Dr. Lyle and Becky MacIver, Brainerd, and Dr. David and Lana Arnold, Bettendorf, Iowa. A July 29 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
25th anniversary, retirement open house
Lee and Karla Nelson, Brainerd, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married July 31, 1975, in Sisseton, S.D. Karla Nelson recently retired from the Brainerd School District after 28 years of teaching.
Pat and Gil Gessner will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married June 25, 1960, at Bethany Covenant Church in Brainerd.
Kristina Hoem and David Peterson announce their engagement. Parents are Charles and Joy Heller, Bemidji, and the late John Hoem, and Jon and Micki Peterson, West Fargo, N.D. A June 23 wedding is planned at Evangelical Covenant Church of Bemidji.
Florian and Dorothy Komro will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Komro, 16400 Okapi St. N.W., Anoka.
Wallace wins Pocono pole
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Rusty Wallace has a reputation for getting the most out of his equipment -- sometimes asking more than it has to offer.
Rahal takes over CART; Craig forced out
Former champion Bobby Rahal assumed control of Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. after chairman and CEO Andrew Craig resigned under pressure Friday.
Papis earns provisional pole at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) -- Juan Montoya, Paul Tracy, Dario Franchitti. Some of the biggest names on the CART FedEx championship circuit are all praying for sunny skies.
Petty family faces a somber Father's Day
LEVEL CROSS, N.C. (AP) -- The four generations of Pettys gathered in the family museum for a photo next to the white 1959 Oldsmobile that patriarch Lee Petty used to race.
Game results for Monday, 6-5
St. Michael-Albertville takes 2A title
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Jesse Scherber pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits, as St. Michael-Albertville defeated Montgomery-Lonsdale 8-5 to win the Class AA Championship at Dick Putz Field Friday.
Three Warriors named all-tourney
ST. PAUL -- Three Brainerd Warriors were rewarded for their play in the Class 3A state baseball tournament Friday night.
Rain foils Gulls again
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls experienced their third straight home rainout of the 2000 season Thursday night.
Warriors edge Elk River Quarterfinal triumph comes at expense of another lefty
MINNEAPOLIS -- In the Section 8, Class 3A baseball tournament the Brainerd Warriors battered three Bemidji left-handed pitchers.
High School Baseball
Eyes blackened as tribute
Many Warriors wore eye black, a trademark of the 1995 team. Many 1995 players attended this year's tournament.
After rainout, Warriors swing back into action Friday afternoon in semifnals
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brainerd Warriors semifinal game Thursday against Mounds View in the Class 3A state baseball tournament was postponed because of rain until 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul Midway Stadium.
Warriors one of state's baseball powerhouses
ST. PAUL -- It happens at virtually every state tournament in every sport.
Gulls add to streak
WAUSAU -- Scott Beshears and first baseman Joe Urban put on hitting displays for the Brainerd Mighty Gulls in a 5-4 Northwoods League win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks Friday.
Local sports shorts
The Baxter Parks and Recreation with the Brainerd Mighty Gulls is sponsoring the fifth annual Doud Baseball Camp Monday, June 19th, through Thursday, June 22nd.
They are the champions
ST. PAUL -- Eric Bolt was the Brainerd Warriors' second or third pitcher in the regular season and in the subsection and section playoffs.
Triple play sours Hawks past Lynx
A rare triple play helped the Petite League Hawks hang on for a 9-8 victory over the Lynx in Brainerd Parks and Recreation youth softball action Monday.
Area events Saturday
Northwoods League Baseball
Inject new life into PC with upgrades
It isn't easy to make that old computer seem like new.
Once a sure thing, push for more high-tech visas now stalled
WASHINGTON -- Not long ago, Congress appeared to be moving to address the high-tech industry's pleas for more workers. But now bills to allow more skilled foreigners into the country have stalled and the industry is worried.
Net talk is cheap but there's a price to pay
The talking Internet is here. The question is: Can anybody stand to listen?
Web Site used as recording vehicle for TV shows is sued
LOS ANGELES -- Walt Disney Co., Time Warner and 10 other entertainment companies filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Thursday seeking to shut down an Internet site that enables users to record television shows and watch them online.
Proposed changes in the program
H-1B visas are given to foreigners with college degrees and allow them to work up to six years in the United States. The program is capped at 115,000 visas this year, with the number scheduled to drop to 107,500 for the year starting Oct. 1 and then to 65,000 per year after that.
Muslim women value technology
NEW YORK (AP) -- The key to a better life for millions of women in the Muslim world struggling against poverty, illiteracy and isolation may be found in one letter: E.
Picking out the pieces of a PC package
There's a certain circadian rhythm to the seasons of technology. In November and December, I get dozens of the same question: What kind of PC should I buy? This isn't surprising, since so many people buy computers as Christmas presents.
The need for online privacy rules
Should anyone be surprised?
Mac's iMovie is one of the best pieces of free software ever
Everybody likes to get something for nothing. In the past several weeks, Mac users have had some tasty software freebies tossed their way.
Web sites answer all your questions about quiz shows
It may seem like a paltry sum to today's fans of ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,'' but 45 years ago this week the whole country was abuzz about a new show called ''The $64,000 Question.''
Around the nation
Oklahoma City 81 59 .86 rn, Omaha 71 52 cdy, Orlando 95 74 .02 cdy
Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows near 40. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph... Becoming west.
Can we go swimming yet?
Weather drawing by Megan Griggs of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Around the world
Cairo 99 74 clr, Calgary 55 37 rn ,Caracas 77 66 cdy
Around the world
Amsterdam 64 56 rn
Happy Father's Day
Weather drawing by Kathryn Serra of Mrs. Pelto's third grade class at Baxter school.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around the lower to middle 70s. Cooler near Lake Superior.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 76 68 cdy
Dads and daughters
The ''new'' involved father may diaper his daughter in infancy and coach her in soccer once she starts school. But when she enters puberty, he's outta there, either because he has left home or lost heart.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR JUNE 2000
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Baxter Lions for the purchase of my closed circuit television. As the result of being diagnosed with macular degeneration some years ago, my vision h
Companion pets are true survivors
DEAR ABBY: ''Disgusted in Indiana'' was outraged because listing a pet in an obituary ''elevates animals to the level of human beings''? What a mistaken idea.
Names and faces
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country singer Tim McGraw said he was trying to protect his children when he intervened between New York police and fellow performer Kenny Chesney.
The Bella Vista-Brainerd Club (B and B Club) will meet Wednesday at the Sawmill Cafe in Brainerd. Socialization starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch from the menu at noon. All Northwest Arkansas residents who spend time in the Brainerd area during the summer are invited to attend any of the lunches which are held on the third Wednesday of the month of May through September. For further information, contact Liz Curren at (218) 575-2281.
North-South: Clayton Haglin and Mark Anderson, 1
A son remembers his father in tribute to all dads
DEAR ABBY: After my dad died several years ago, I wrote a tribute to him. My friends, some of them former Marines like me, said it expressed what they felt and remembered about their fathers.
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