Getting ready for vacation
NEW YORK -- Look under "v" in the index of just about any how-to guide for running a small business, and you probably won't find the word "vacation." What the books don't tell you is that vacations are critical if you're a business owner, and so is getting your company ready for your time off.
Kraft IPO marks latest stock offering
NEW YORK -- The anticipation surrounding the initial public offering of Kraft Foods this week -- the second biggest IPO ever at $8.7 billion -- brought back memories of the euphoria once associated with new stocks.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Peter Chechak has places to go, people to see and paper to shred.
Fastenal lowers earnings expectations for quarter
WINONA (AP) -- The Fastenal Co. said Friday that its second quarter earnings will be lower than expected because of the overall weakening of the industrial economy in North America.
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New market for company sponsorships: Female sports fans
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Christopher & Banks Corp. does very little advertising. But when the Plymouth-based women's clothing chain wanted to publicize its new corporate name last summer, it struck a deal with the Minnesota Twins to place a maroon-and-white sign along the upper deck of the Metrodome outfield.
Charities pitch annuities as an economic shelter
NEW YORK -- The pitch sounds doubly appealing in these days of lurching stock prices and languishing interest rates: Do good for the planet, do well for yourself.
Donor-advised funds an increasingly popular product for fund companies
NEW YORK -- If you're a customer at Vanguard, Fidelity or some of the other big mutual fund companies, you might have received information about a product called a donor-advised fund.
Coffees make deli special
Specialty coffees are joining the menu at Schaefer's deli in Nisswa.
Handmade furniture proudly featured at Nisswa's Casa Mesa
NISSWA -- Casa Mesa is a unique North Woods furniture store filled with everything from dining room tables to pottery and rod iron candle holders.
Around the watercooler
HEALTHY HUBS: If you're changing planes at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and are obsessed with nutrition, don't land with an appetite or without an antacid.
Names of Bay Lake campers sought
Bay Lake Church Camp is in the process of setting up a database to include the names of members and past Bay Lake campers. Mail or e-mail information on yourself or others you know who have been to Bay Lake Church Camp to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presbyterians OK measure to lift ban on gay ordination
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Homosexuals aspiring to preach in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) inched closer toward the pulpit with the blessing of the denomination's chief policy-making body.
There will be a continental breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion Club in Aitkin. Cost: $3.50. "A Few of My Favorite Things" will be the feature by Dorothy Hermanson, doll collector. Music will be by Beth Ambuehl, Aitkin, and spea
U.S. Catholic bishops approve aligning church-related colleges with official doctrine
ATLANTA -- Responding to Vatican prodding, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved policies to keep church-affiliated colleges and hospitals in line with official teaching.
Rely on yourself to interpret the meaning of what you read
How are you fixed for reading material? I ask because I just noticed the growing piles of books and magazines lined up at the edges of my desk. There's another stack on the end table beside the guest chair. And one more pile has grown up in the basket meant to hold computer paper.
Remote lakes area island church welcomes thousands each summer
DEERWOOD -- Hundreds of people come every Sunday in the summer, rain or shine, by boat or from campsites on the island to be part of Bay Lake Camp's worship service.
Pequot Lakes honor rolls announced
The following is the Pequot Lakes Middle Level (grades 7 and 8) and High School (grades 9-12) honor roll for 2000-01:
Discipline for 1-year-old requires gentle approach
QUESTION: Please describe the best approach to the discipline of a 1-year-old child.
CB good buddies watched over novicer truck driver
DEAR ABBY: I love the letters you print about acts of kindness and would like to share my story with you.
Child in need
One of the biggest dilemmas for the staff at Kinship Partners, a local youth mentor program, is how to manage the process of matching kids with adult partners w
Pets OK now for public housing residents
WASHINGTON -- For decades, the only pets available to many poor American children were stuffed animals.
Little Falls School Board special meeting
Brainerd City Council Special closed meeting
Baxter City Council
A Bena woman suffered minor injuries in a deer/car collision reported at 8:09 a.m. Friday on Highway 2 nine miles west of Bena, the State Patrol reported.
Martin misses cut in first tourney since ruling
CONCORD, Ohio (AP) -- Casey Martin jumped into his cart, stepped on the pedal and sped off in search of his game.
Surprises strike U.S. Open
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Let's see, there's Mark Brooks, who hasn't won a tournament in nearly five years.
Nancy Lopez's native state produces new generation of Hispanic golf stars
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The next Nancy Lopez. Four-time New Mexico high school champion January Romero has been hearing that prediction for years.
Gephardt attacks Bush for backing special interests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House's top Democrat assailed President Bush on several fronts Saturday, attacking his administration for forming strong bonds with big business that have undercut energy and health policy.
Top Democrat says Bush tax cut jeopardizes military spending boost
WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee is vexed that Congress still awaits President Bush's proposed defense budget for the coming fiscal year.
It's just another slow weekend at the state Capitol
ST. PAUL -- It looks like it'll be another quiet weekend at the Capitol.
Terms set for possible government shutdown
ST. PAUL -- State officials and several public employees unions said Friday they reached an agreement that would allow most workers to be paid in the event of a government shutdown.
Contact your state lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Mosquito-borne disease comes early to border area of states
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The first case of mosquito-borne encephalitis has been reported in the southern Minnesota-Wisconsin border area earlier than usual this year.
A natural treatment for colic?
It seems like the answer to a sleepless parent's desperate quest: a safe, "clinically proven" dietary supplement that promises to "put colic to rest."
Blood Pressure Clinics
Hold the Mayo
ROCHESTER (AP) -- If you're on the "Mayo Clinic Diet," get off.
Strong women, weak knees
WASHINGTON -- No one believes I tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in such a goofy way. I wasn't skiing at Gstaad or coming down from a jump shot when it happened early this year. I wasn't performing a soccer cross-kick or a tricky gymnastics move. I was sledding in Baltimore.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Be prepared for small disasters
You've prepared for big disasters like earthquakes and floods by storing drinking water and supplies, but it's also wise to prepare for little ones.
Tips to beautify your yard with a water garden offered
Looking for a way to put some sparkle in your yard? Have you considered a water garden? If you're unfamiliar with the term, it's just a new way of saying "pond."
Country-style home has flair
Adding Victorian flair to this country-style home -- Plan J-69, by the HomeStyles Designers Network -- is a gazebo that also provides a welcoming spot for afternoon visitors. Its floor plan has 2,874 square feet of living space.
Put aquatic plants around ornamental ponds
Gardeners with ornamental ponds can plant tender, tropical aquatic plants now for a full season of display.
Ceiling heights a concern in Design J-69
Design J-69 is a two-story country home that features two downstairs bedrooms. Two bedrooms down make a lot of sense, especially for aging baby boomers with visiting parents. However, longer-term guests will require more closet space than we see in the living room/guest room of Design J-69.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 17 - 30 years ago (1971) - Tornado sightings, watches and warnings kept residents in a wide region north of Brainerd on edge last night. The most activity was in the Cross Lake area.
A young woman from Motley was crowned Miss North Dakota a week ago. Read about her upcoming journey to the Miss America Pageant on Monday.
Power outage affects 10,000
Major damage to power lines in the Brainerd area resulted in 10,000 Crow Wing Power customers being without power at the peak of Wednesday night's storm. As of Thursday morning 40 to 50 Crow Wing Power customers were still without power, the bulk of those located south of Brainerd.
Sort debris into specific categories
It's important to clean up debris and sort through the various types of waste following a natural disaster, such as after Wednesday's tornado that struck the Brainerd area.
Samuelson calls for disaster relief
State Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, has asked the governor's office and Congressman Jim Oberstar's office to declare the damage area of Crow Wing County to be included as a national disaster area.
Tornado victims clean up homes
Two days after a tornado blasted through their neighborhood, residents along County Road 45 in Brainerd cleaned up the remnants of their damaged homes and property Friday, trying to salvage what they could.
Ventura seeks natural disaster status
After getting past the initial shock of damages from Wednesday's tornado, residents had to begin thinking about how they are going to replace their homes, garages, barns and other destroyed property.
Stay-at-home dad wouldn't have it any other way
There was a time when Bart Sullivan was embarrassed to be seen hanging laundry out to dry on the clothesline in his front yard.
Former Dispatch publisher dies
William J. McCollough, 82, former publisher of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, died Friday, June 15, 2001, in Sarasota, Fla.
Sexual conduct charges against employee dropped
WALKER -- Special Prosecutor Timothy Faver has dismissed fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Cass County Veterans Service Officer John Robert Reuter III.
United Way sets up tornado relief fund
People wishing to assist the victims of last week's tornado in the Brainerd area can do so by making a contribution to the tornado relief fund in care of the Crow Wing County United Way. Checks can be mailed or delivered to the United Way office at 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd, MN 56401 or to WJJY radio.
Brainerd native is brigadier general with Air National Guard
A Brainerd native has been promoted to brigadier general in the Minnesota Air National Guard.
Beer companies say roll back the beer tax
WASHINGTON -- A tax on liquor brought America the Whiskey Rebellion more than 200 years ago. Now the beer industry is looking to start the Battle Over the Beer Tax.
N.J. man claims $46 million after nearly forfeiting prize
NEWARK, N.J. -- A 40-year-old computer technician collected a $46 million lottery jackpot Friday with a ticket that arrived in the mail at lottery headquarters three days after nearly everyone assumed the money had been forfeited.
Reports: Hanssen told wife of spying 20 years ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The wife of suspected FBI spy Robert P. Hanssen told authorities her husband informed her and a Roman Catholic priest that he was spying for the Soviets nearly 20 years ago, according to media reports.
$43 billion energy contracts with generators released
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Gray Davis released nearly $43 billion worth of state long-term energy contacts with 18 electricity providers Friday, after months of saying the documents needed to remain secret.
Fathers behind bars learning how to be good dads
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Odell Bailey looks forward to being a father to his six children -- a real father, one who will be there.
Navy completes environmental study clearing way for recovery of Japanese ship
HONOLULU -- A Navy environmental study has cleared the way for the recovery of a Japanese fishing vessel that sunk off Hawaii after a U.S. submarine surfaced beneath it.
Schilling's best season tempered by bigger concerns at home
PHOENIX (AP) -- The sun that shines almost every day in the desert is the enemy to Curt Schilling now, more than Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds or any other batter he faces.
Laker victory celebration peaceful
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lakers fans whooped, danced and cheered their team's NBA championship victory at the team's home arena, while hundreds of police in riot gear and on horseback kept a lid on the party.
Lucas accepts Cavaliers coaching job
CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Lucas, who has had two previous stints as an NBA coach, accepted the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching job Friday, a league management source told The Associated Press.
Jordan breaks two ribs in pickup game
Michael Jordan's possible return to the NBA suffered a setback when he broke two ribs this week in a pickup game.
Bonds hits 35th and 36th homers; more than halfway to McGwire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds passed the halfway mark in his bid to break Mark McGwire's home run record, hitting his 35th and 36th homers of the season Friday night.
Lakers take NBA championship
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Nobody's perfect, not even the Lakers. They sure came close, though.
Austin 'Tut' Graham
REMER -- Austin "Tut" Graham, 85, Remer, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
MERRIFIELD -- Colleen Margaret Hoppe, 63, Merrifield, formerly of St. Cloud, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her home.
Daniel E. Strzelecki
LITTLE FALLS -- Daniel E. Strzelecki, 52, Little Falls, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Lenore Jackson Stark
DEERWOOD -- Lenore Jackson Stark, 79, Deerwood, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at the Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
Frank Stegora, 84, Brainerd, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Lawrence A. Mathis
ROYALTON -- Lawrence A. Mathis, 73, Royalton, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
PALISADE -- Millie Arness, 86, Palisade, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at her home.
Geraldine M. Remington
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Geraldine M. Remington, 80, Bradenton, Fla., died Friday, April 20, 2001.
Edythe M. Herr
PEQUOT LAKES -- Edythe M. Herr, 92, rural Pequot Lakes, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at her home.
William J. McCollough
William J. McCollough, 82, Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, June 15, 2001, in Sarasota.
Harold Oscar Helmerick
LITTLE FALLS -- Harold Oscar Helmerick, 80, Little Falls, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001.
Questions remain about new runway
In response to the editorial in the June 12 Dispatch regarding your support for adding a runway at the airport, I am disappointed that the supposed watchdog arm of our society (a free press) is so quick to jump on the bandwagon of a project of this magnitude without reporting on this issue in detail. Here are some questions that should be asked and answered before 2.5 million local taxpayer dollars are spent and one of the most beautiful tracts of public land in the county is razed.
They've yet to make the video game that can compete with a bicycle.
This is in response to the letter, Dispatch of 6/7/01, promoting secular humanism.
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Panel heads speak the hard truth about Social Security
Grouse numbers drop for second straight year
Minnesota's ruffed grouse numbers have declined for the second year in a row. Statewide, drumming counts were down 40 percent compared with 2000.
North Country calendar
23 -- Northern pike tournament on North Long Lake; check in 7:30 a.m.; tournament 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; phone 746-3938 or 828-9736 for more information
Fishing rods can be as individual as you are
BREEZY POINT -- Kris Kristufek handed me a Lake Lady custom-crafted fishing rod and placed the tip on his throat.
Free fly fishing seminar coming to Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- A free fly fishing seminar hosted by Greg Thorne, noted fly fishing expert and custom rod builder, is schedule for Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. To reserve a seat, call the Oasis Sport Shop at (218) 568-4426.
On the water with the Tiger Woods of walleye tournament fishing
Walleye tournaments have become much more competitive in the past decade. Gone are the days when it seemed as if the same half-dozen men won nearly every PWT tournament.
Avoid summer crowds with night bite
The night has a thousand eyes, as the old song goes. And it's true. Big walleyes rely on exceptional eyesight and well-developed lateral lines to hunt at night.
A road that lives up to its name
The Beauty Lake Forest Road is short but beautiful.
Answers to pressing questions on slot limits
Since opening day of fishing season I've heard many tales of frustration from fishermen trying to catch a walleye within the harvest slot on Mille Lacs.
Pheasants group donates to fund
North Country Pheasants Forever of Brainerd recently donated $2,000 to the National Pheasants Forever Legislative Action Fund. The money will be used to advocate for conservation programs in the new Farm Bill now under debate in Congress.
Raccoons are familiar raiders throughout continent
It's hard to find a more all-North American animal than the raccoon. From 1838-1844 the raccoon was the political symbol of the Whig Party, the forerunner of the current Republican Party. Its fur furnished the legendary coonskin cap of Daniel Boone and the popular oversized coat worn by college boys during the roaring 20s. The critter lives in every one of the Lower 48 states, Canada and Central America.
CROSS LAKE - As the weather continues to warm, walleye action has improved. Live bait rigs or spinner rigs tipped with shiner minnows or leeches are producing the majority of fish on most lakes.
Allen and Mary Harrison, Pine River, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. June 24 at their home in Pine River. No gifts please. The event is hosted by their children.
Evelyn Lound will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. June 24 at her home. No gifts please.
Wendy Bonach and Steve Vandeputte announce their engagement. Parents are John and Sherry Bonach, Eveleth, and Jim and Barb Vandeputte, Brainerd. An Aug. 18 wedding is planned in Eveleth.
Karin Lindberg and Paulo Valenza announce their engagement.
Carrie Wing and Ben Franzen announce their engagement. Parents are Randy and Julie Wing, Brainerd, and Mike and Rosemary Franzen, Baxter. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church.
Bill and Lettie (Klink) Cory are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood.
Carolyn Collison and Mike Wood announce their engagement. Parents are Curt and Cindy Collison, Verndale, and Peggy Franzen, Brainerd, and Dave and Sharon Wood, Brainerd. An Aug. 25 wedding is planned at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Christina Watson and Michael Rust announce their engagement. Parents are Shelly and Tyrone Watson, Deerwood, and Lois and John Rust, Deerwood. The wedding is planned Saturday at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Harry and Lavoane Meyer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at their home, 951 Homestead Drive S., Baxter. They were married June 6, 1951.
John and Betty Aga recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with their family. They were married June 9, 1951, in Fergus Falls.
Ray and Verna Hoffmann, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren. They were married June 21, 1941, in Brainerd.
Barbara J. Felland and Spencer C. Whiting were married June 24, 2000, at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Wis., with the Rev. Myra Carroll-Pezzella officiating.
Shirley Jillson and Robert Peters announce their engagement. Parents are Helen Brophy, Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Gary Jillson, Brainerd, and Lloyd and Barb Peters, Eau Claire, Wis. A wedding is planned Saturday in Gregory Park.
Luanne "Lou" Bartishofski and Konrad Alexander announce their engagement. Parents are George and Dorothy Wetherbee, Brainerd, and Lois Alexander, Pillager, and the late Lloyd Alexander. A July 7 wedding is planned at St. Mathias Park in Fort Ripley.
Becky Bednar and Chris Pearson were married Sept. 16, 2000, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Broken Bow, Neb., with Father Tom Hansen officiating.
Rudd at loss to explain advantage
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Ricky Rudd has no grand explanation for being more than 1 1/2 mph faster than the rest of the field for the Pocono 500.
MPCA-ValAdCo agreement over air pollution nixed
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general's office nixed an agreement Friday that was supposed to resolve the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's complaints against a livestock cooperative.
Man killed in fall from moving train
BENSON (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the death of a Benson man who apparently lost his footing and fell after jumping on a slow-moving train while trying to cross the tracks.
Grams' wife pleads no contest in e-mail case from 2000 campaign
ANOKA -- The wife of former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and was fined $300 Friday for allegedly sending e-mails in the 2000 campaign that were meant to discredit a DFL Senate hopeful.
Nurses file suit against seven Twin Cities hospitals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Nurses Association is suing seven Twin Cities Hospitals and six metro-area temporary staffing agencies, the union said late Friday afternoon.
Blazers' rally burns Renegades 14-4
The Blazers ignited a second inning rally that resulted in a 14-4 win over the Renegades in junior softball at Mill Avenue Field in a Brainerd Parks and Recreation league game played Wednesday.
Mighty Gulls sweep St. Cloud
BRAINERD --The diamond looked more like a swamp than a baseball field but the Mighty Gulls didn't seem to mind after wins of 2-1 and 3-1.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Warriors pitcher/first baseman Nick Weiland was one of 10 players named to the U.S. Bank All-Tournament Team for Class 3A baseball.
Warriors star-struck in third-place game
ST. PAUL -- In the third-place game of the Class 3A state baseball tournament Friday, the Brainerd Warriors appeared to be in a stupor.
Schedule for June 18
STOCK CAR RACING
Cretin-Derham Hall takes 3A championship
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Joe Mauer capped his outstanding high-school career with three hits, and Matt Egan drove in four runs Friday night to lead Cretin-Derham Hall past Rochester Mayo 13-2 in five innings in the Minnesota Class 3A state baseball championship.
Coomer helps lift Cubs over Twins
CHICAGO (AP) -- Sure, Ron Coomer was hurt when the Minnesota Twins made it clear they didn't want him last winter.
Puckett remains engaging person Minnesotans adore
MINNEAPOLIS -- His right eye is virtually swollen shut, stripped of its sight by glaucoma.
The top performers
I don't offer any magic formula for selecting a new laptop, at this point. But here are some machines that I found impressive, and the reasons why.
Gangs stake out new turf on information highway
Anthony, a brawny teen-ager who hangs with the Nortenos street gang in Sacramento, Calif., was casually surfing the Web one day and was stunned when he stumbled on a smattering of home pages posted by members of the Sureno gang, the Nortenos' sworn and sometimes bloody rival.
Names draw gang surfers to intervention sites
For the most part, gang sites are still only an obscure corner of the Web. The most notorious names in all of the gang world already have been taken -- by a middle-age father of two in rural Cassville, Mo.
University computers are prime targets for hackers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dave Dittrich is not happy: A software pirate has hacked into computers at the University of Washington and installed a file-sharing program on one machine.
Student pays tribute to gang on web site
Laura Alviso, a 24-year-old junior studying creative writing at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., said she created her Web site for a "set" of Surenos known as Florencias. She wanted the site to a be a tribute to her boyfriend, a Florencia gang member who is serving time on a robbery conviction at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Laptop choices abound
Titanium and tfts. AirPorts and Ethernets, FireWires and USBs. Lithium-ions vs. nickel metal-hydrides, DVDs vs. CD-RWs. Presarios, Vaios, Inspirons and Satellites. G3s, G4s, P-IIIs, P-IVs and the occasional AMD K-6...
Uncle Sam enters bidding game
Look out, Amazon and eBay. Welcome one of the Internet's most unlikely salesmen: Uncle Sam.
America's face to the world is hardly high-tech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the State Department, where government officials are responsible for watching the world, thousands of employees must get in line to use the World Wide Web.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny south. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing north. Highs from the lower 60s northeast to the upper 70s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms north. A slight chance of showers or thunderstorms southwest. Highs in the 70s to near 80.
No more rain
Weather drawing by Olivia Gilbert in the Lincoln School first-grade class of Mrs. Swanson.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs from 65 northeast to the lower 70s west.
Showers, thunderstorms in Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Deep South; mostly clear in West
Showers and thunderstorms were expected in much of the eastern half of the country on Friday, with the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison lingering along the North Carolina coast.
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated showers central sections ending early. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 70 to 80.
Shirley Schoonover of Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 255 was recently installed as 6th District president at the 6th District American Legion Auxiliary Convention in Aitkin.
Arafat says he is committed to cease-fire
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat promised Saturday to stick to a cease-fire but suggested Israel has not made a strong commitment to the truce, urging the government to rein in Jewish settlers.
The treaty at the heart of missile defense debate
WASHINGTON -- In Moscow in 1972, Richard Nixon gazed across a table at Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, who was doodling pictures of missiles on a notepad. Near midnight three days later, they signed a historic arms control agreement President Bush now says is past its time.
Muslim rebels free three hostages in Philippines
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- Three hostages held by Muslim guerrillas were reunited with their families Saturday after trudging for two days through the jungle following their release.
Bush touts community-based father training
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- President Bush, a president's son himself, knows a thing or two about walking in a father's footsteps. In his radio address aired on Father's Day weekend, Bush said he wants the experience to be as positive for everyone as it was for him.
Royal Caribbean cruise ship up and running after engine fire stalls it
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Royal Caribbean International cruise ship carrying more than 2,000 passengers was left floating without engine power north of Bermuda for several hours after an engine room fire forced the crew to shut down the vessel's engines.
Bush offering new partnership to Russia
BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia -- President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a warm first greeting Saturday, then sat down to discuss face to face the U.S. missile defense proposal that placed a chill between their countries.
Gunmen seize hostages in Tajikistan, demand release of prisoners
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Gunmen took 15 people hostage, including an American and two Germans, eventually releasing all but five of them Saturday, authorities said.
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