Traders get the point (decimal point)
CHICAGO -- Wall Street is almost ready to begin doing decimals, with the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market preparing pilot programs in decimal trading for September.
Arizona panel OKs Qwest, U S West merger
PHOENIX (AP)-- The Arizona Corporation Commission on Friday endorsed the proposed $52 billion merger between U S West Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc., clearing the way for federal approval.
Scrutiny of United-US Airways deal ends
WASHINGTON -- Zoe Lofgren is a member of Congress with all the special perks that brings. But twice a week, as she commutes between Washington and San Jose, Calif., she becomes just another airline passenger subjected to the same problems as thousands of other frustrated travelers.
Study gives high ranking to 'Mall of America' brand
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Years ago, when Minnesotans revealed their roots to out-of-towners, they'd often hear a crack about fierce and unforgiving weather.
Summers in the lakes area inspired a customer to move to the other side of the sales counter.
Clipping coupons can be money-saving fun
NEW YORK -- Twenty-eight years ago, Susan Samtur was looking for ways to stretch her family's food budget. ''My husband and I were both teaching, we had two kids and we had just bought a house,'' she recalls. ''There just wasn't enough money to go around.''
LF debates smoking in restaurants
Tobacco and business and second-hand smoke are often conversation pieces when people begin to talk about limiting indoor smoking.
WARMINSTER, Pa. -- Connie Natal once had a huge vegetable garden with broccoli, lettuce, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, even a tomato that weighed almost three pounds.
Bill-paying services offer convenience
Like many other consumers, David Gomberg sits down at least once a month to pay his bills.
Farmer finds strawberries in search for extra income
CHESTER (AP) -- Ron Dickie, 69, has decided it's time to slow down.
Anxious passengers given home tool to conquer fear of flying
MINNEAPOLIS -- Those who break into a cold sweat at the mere thought of boarding an airplane now can work on conquering their fear of flying in the comfort of home.
American exploring merger options
DALLAS (AP) -- An American Airlines executive says the airline is urgently exploring merger options with other airlines in the wake of United Airlines' proposal to buy US Airways.
Travelers forced to look harder for bargain air fares
DALLAS -- Many airline passengers are reporting sticker shock when making their summer travel plans.
State company sparks revolution in cat litter
ST. BONIFACIUS -- There's revolution in the air. And that means some foul smells aren't.
Salon Couture is awarding the Laine Litzau Customer of the Year prize to a luminary sponsor through a salon staff member.
People turn cars into advertising
NEW YORK -- The advertising industry's latest vehicles may soon be passing you on Main Street and parking outside your neighbor's house at night.
New and old economies interdependent
NEW YORK (AP) -- It is a distinction familiar to all now, the new economy and the old, but in truth there is still just one economy. The new needs the old, and the old is a major beneficiary of the new.
Halley's Bible handbook wins astronomical success
Like his illustrious forebear who discovered Halley's Comet in 1704, Henry Hampton Halley achieved stardom, though only among a certain sort of 20th-century American Protestants. His fame lives on in 2000.
The Trinity Light worship team will lead the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. This contemporary worship team, led by Mark Giese, will feature music by Dakota Road.
Religious groups respond to Supreme Court prayer ruling
NEW YORK (AP) -- A leading Islamic advocacy group joined Christian conservatives in objecting to this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that student-led prayers at football games are unconstitutional.
Memorial for the Unborn dedicated at Baxter church
BAXTER -- A stone walkway winding through fresh green grass, newly planted flowers and a cove of trees make up the setting for a memorial dedicated to the unborn on the grounds of First Baptist Church in Baxter.
Fathers consumed by work must change their priorities
QUESTION: What has been your greatest challenge as a father? What did you learn from it?
Real freedom is to be a servant
America became a great nation because the founders understood the meaning and cost of freedom.
Linking religion, medicine called scientifically questionable
NEW YORK (AP) -- The trend toward incorporating religion and spirituality into health care is ethically and scientifically questionable, according to an article in this week's New England Journal of Medicine by a group of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim biomedical researchers and chaplains.
SOUTH ST. PAUL(AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 475.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County Court:
Erika Nilsen and David Devine, Aitkin, a girl, Signe Irene Devine, 8 pounds, 15 ounces, June 8, 2000. Grandparents are Roy and Mary Nilsen, Des Moines, Iowa, and Dennis and Carolyn Devine, Salem, Ore.
Timona Rick and Dan Isaacson, Spring Lake Park, a girl, Tristyn Rae Isaacson, 5 pounds, 9 ounces, May 28, 2000. Grandparents are LaVern Isaacson, Fridley, and DelVerna Weidendort, Coon Rapids
BURGLARY -- Walter Koep, 100 block of Laurel Street, reported a break-in at Super One Foods.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 214, a year ago 293.
Tiger Woods well on his way to be sport's first $1 billion athlete
Tiger Woods had just won his first pro tournament in 1996 when he walked into the press room at the Las Vegas Invitational and glanced at a story a reporter was writing.
Pate, May share second-round lead
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Steve Pate shot a 6-under-par 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Bob May in the St. Jude Classic.
Heart association considers backing stem cell research
DALLAS -- The American Heart Association is considering endorsing and even paying for research of embryonic stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissue typically derived from aborted fetuses or human embryos.
Drug benefits, ergonomics standards meet defeat in Senate Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- Clashing on one of this election year's most politically charged issues, a bitterly divided Senate Thursday rejected a Democratic proposal to provide prescription-drug benefits for Medicare beneficiaries under a plan more generous than Republicans have proposed.
Checking health of young athletes is essential
If you are the parent of a high school athlete and have not yet done so, you'd better line up an appointment with your family doctor for a sports physical.
How guys measure up against the law of averages
The June issue of Men's Health magazine features one of the all-time great lists -- the ''average guy'' list, based on statistics from university studies, research projects and government reports.
Giving patients the option
NEW YORK -- Beth Israel Medical Center, a large New York teaching hospital, this month opened a funky looking facility -- complete with pastel-colored walls and a waiting room with fluffy couches and a redwood bench -- where physicians work along side chiropractors and practitioners who specialize in homeopathy and clinical imagery.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Clinton wants to spend more of surplus on prescription drug plan
LOS ANGELES -- Armed with new estimates of soaring budget surpluses, President Clinton is sweetening his proposal to help the elderly pay for prescription drugs while branding a competing Republican plan unworkable.
Stickers to warn when people have had too much sun
Sure to be a hit with the kids next summer: stickers that warn when you've had too much sun.
State company's polyester heart jacket used in new treatment
PHILADELPHIA -- A mesh-like jacket was wrapped around the diseased heart of a Pennsylvania woman during the nation's first surgical implantation of the new heart-failure treatment, doctors said Friday.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Hastert moves to unite GOP on patients' rights bill
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert intervened forcefully Thursday in negotiations on a long-stalled patients' rights bill, joining in marathon talks aimed at uniting congressional Republicans on the issue.
Brighten up rooms in your home
WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The trend today is to make light fixtures fashion pieces, adding style and personality to the room.
Think about how you mow your yard
Are you a turf terrorist?
Any kitchen vessel can be turned into container garden
From antique lunch boxes to measuring cups, colanders and saucepans, Diane Iazetta and Cheryl Grenier haven't found a kitchen vessel yet that can't be turned into a delightful container garden.
Kitchen art deco
First, there were ugly kitchen appliances. Then someone invented cabinet panels to hide those appliances.
Professor develops tastier soybeans for home gardens
URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- After spending decades developing field soybeans, Richard Bernard changed his focus in 1998 and started working on a different kind of bean: one people could grow in home gardens and eat.
Tips for the gardener
Crab apple trees with leaves now turning orange and dropping off suffer from a disease called apple scab.
Enjoy Art in the Gardens
Music, art and flora will combine in four area gardens this weekend.
Photographer finds beauty in weeds, includes them in book
Artists find beauty by looking for it.
Entryway with a curve
An ordinary entryway can be spiced up with curves, giving arriving guests a look they have probably never seen.
Plant it and the butterflies will come
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) -- Planting a butterfly habitat can turn a corner of your yard into a garden of fluttering delights. And it doesn't take much work; just some careful attention to detail.
Take time to tune up the grill for summer meals
Summer's here -- and with it friends and family gathering for big barbecues.
Regional wastewater system discussed in Baxter
BAXTER -- City, township and county officials throughout the Brainerd lakes area showed up Thursday night at Baxter City Hall to discuss the possible development of a regional wastewater system.
Area code switch meant delayed long distance bills
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- While thousands of Sprint long-distance customers were overbilled because of glitches in switching over to the new Twin Cities area codes, AT&T decided to hold off billing for its long-distance service in those areas until problems were worked out.
Police licensing board backs away from easing standards
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Petty thieves still won't be allowed to become police officers in Minnesota, the state's police licensing board decided.
Gas prices show signs of decline as Republicans seek tax break
ST. PAUL (AP) -- If House Republicans get their way, Minnesota motorists won't have to pay the state's 20-cent-per-gallon gas tax when they go to the pumps between July 4 and Labor Day.
Cass, Hubbard counties take up law enforcement issues
PARK RAPIDS -- Law enforcement and jail issues were most numerous among topics the Cass and Hubbard county boards discussed at a joint meeting Friday at Lori Lea Lanes in Park Rapids.
Bypass bridge near completion
Concrete pre-cast panels with four carvings reflecting the area's natural environment are placed on each side of the new bridge that's part of the C. Elmer Anderson bypass south of Brainerd near Highway 371 in Barrows.
Gull Area Lakes Association, in conjunction with the Crow Wing and Cass County water patrols, is sponsoring a boat and water safety class for all teens ages 12-17 at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The lead Budweiser Clydesdale horses began to make a tight right turn as the rest of the team followed in a dominoes-like fashion Thursday night in the Mills Field parking lot as the world famous team prepared to enter the field before the Brainerd Mighty Gulls game. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
C-I honor students named
Crosby-Ironton senior high school fourth quarter honor roll
The Crow Wing County Health Department will offer a senior health screening from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. July 3 at the Crow Wing County Health Department, 219 Laurel St. in Brainerd.
Kitchigami Library's deficit of concern to counties
PARK RAPIDS -- Kitchigami Library system's $240,000 deficit accrued over the last 10 years was a topic of concern for Cass and Hubbard county boards at their joint meeting Friday.
Franklin reports second semester honor roll
Franklin Junior High School
Crocker promoted to sergeant
Brainerd police officer Terry Crocker recently was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Mississippi Horizons recognizes honor students
Ventura renews call for first lady salary
MINNETONKA (AP) -- A discussion about underpaid teachers on Thursday gave Gov. Jesse Ventura a chance to talk about another job he said goes without adequate compensation: Minnesota's first lady.
State aid sent north to help flooded counties
The state Division of Emergency Management sent staff and equipment Friday to help northwestern Minnesota counties affected by overland flooding after heavy rain drenched parts of the Red River Valley earlier this week.
Lawyers dislike judicial endorsements by political parties
DULUTH (AP) -- The Minnesota State Bar Association went on record Friday opposing the endorsement of judicial candidates by political parties.
No lack of fun for campers
Lack of sight didn't stop a group of campers this week from taking advantage of every outdoor activity available at North Star Camp on Rice Lake near Brainerd.
Minnesota Civil Liberties Union suing to overturn sodomy law
MINNEAPOLIS -- A state law that makes oral and anal sex a crime is unconstitutional and should be thrown out, the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly reported the date of a Brainerd Economic Development Authority meeting as the result of misinformation supplied to the newspaper. The EDA will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at city hall.
Gore, Ventura are fast friends
MINNETONKA -- In many ways, the two politicians couldn't be more different.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura has declared eight southeastern Minnesota counties emergency areas and asked the federal government for money to help with their recovery.
Hormel worker appears in court on theft charges
AUSTIN (AP) -- A longtime Hormel employee is accused of using company purchase orders to buy computer equipment that he later sold to friends, college students and co-workers.
Former Pine River School District teacher charged with fondling student in Albert Lea
ALBERT LEA (AP) -- An Albert Lea High School band teacher has resigned after being charged with kissing and fondling one of his students.
Small plane crashes, killing one, injuring one
LAKEVILLE (AP) -- A woman was killed and a man seriously injured when their small plane crashed near the runway at the Airlake Airport on Friday night.
Pets of the Week
Lil is a female Labrador mix who has been spayed. She is about 1 1/2 years old and is described as being good with kids and is used to other pets.
Many oppose Gull Dam Road improvements
EAST GULL LAKE -- They don't want your Gull Dam Road.
Fargo residents adding up damage
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Flood damage to North Dakota State University could total $20 million or more, officials said Thursday as workers began to freeze-dry and clean soggy books in the campus library and restore the school's telephone system.
Walker group appreciates MnDOT's efforts on 371
WALKER -- Longtime area property owners made up the vast majority of citizens offering comments Thursday night on the Highway 371 corridor at a Walker meeting.
Growth is inevitable
Boy drowns in St. Croix River
TAYLORS FALLS (AP) -- A teen who was jumping off cliffs into the St. Croix River drowned while trying to swim across it, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office said.
Who can we blame for gas prices?
Gas prices have been climbing drastically since the beginning of the year, leaving many motorists looking for a reason, or at least someone to blame.
This was Brainerd
June 25 -- 60 years ago (1940) -- Crow Wing County's population in 1940, is 30,173. Complete returns for cities, townships and villages brought totals reflecting a gain of 17 percent over the 1930 total of 25,627.
Gas station workers take jabs from public
Why are gas prices so high?
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Miss Brainerd, Linda Eder, was named fourth runnerup Saturday night in the Miss Minnesota Pageant, the closest that Brainerd has come to winning the pageant in recent years. The 19-year-old was among 24 participants competing for the title.
Ventura rejects call for gas tax break
GLENCOE (AP) -- Preferring to take a wait-and-see approach, Gov. Jesse Ventura declined Friday to call a special session for lawmakers to consider a suspension of the state's 20-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax.
Perham man sentenced for killing bald eagle
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Perham man has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $9,500 for killing a bald eagle.
Fire at Australian backpacker hostel kills 15
CHILDERS, Australia -- Terrified young travelers fled across rooftops and squeezed through windows to escape when a midnight fire swept through a century-old hostel full of international backpackers on Friday, killing at least 15.
As drought grows, hunger again stalks Africa's Horn
DENAN, Ethiopia -- In the village of Debanaag, no rain fell for three long, hot years. The livestock -- 250 cows, goats and donkeys -- died one by one, and the herdsmen and their families for whom the animals were the main sustenance faced hunger, then starvation.
AT&T boosts some long-distance rates
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. on Friday announced new long-distance rates for its basic plans, after scrapping a rate increase that met with opposition from regulators and consumer groups.
Pentagon defends national missile defense system
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is defending its high-stakes efforts to develop a national missile shield, rejecting assertions by some observers that it has rigged the testing of the proposed $36 billion system.
Agreement reached on deal to release Fiji's hostages
SUVA, Fiji -- Fiji's military rulers and the gunmen holding 31 members of the former government hostage reached a deal Friday that would see the captives released within days, both sides said.
Four wounded in Israeli gunfire
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon -- Israeli troops opened fire Saturday on a Jordanian delegation visiting the Lebanese-Israeli border, wounding four people, the head of the Jordanian Doctors Association said.
Report cites school overcrowding, disrepair
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Parents in Murfreesboro, Tenn., don't need a study to tell them their schools are overcrowded.
Wells Fargo pulls racial descriptions targeted in suit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Wells Fargo & Co. has overhauled an online home referral program that described poor neighborhoods as places heavily populated by blacks who tend to buy ''takeout food from chicken restaurants.''
Want a candidate along on your summer vacation?
WASHINGTON -- Which presidential candidate would you want on your summer vacation? How about on a date? Who would be more fun on a night out with the guys?
Estranged wife, husband square off for S.C. House seat
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- It's Hinson vs. Hinson in divorce court -- and on the campaign trail.
Veterans return to Korea for 50th anniversary of war
PANMUNJOM, Korea -- The war lasted three years, cost millions of lives and left a small peninsula nation divided. But it fell between World War II and Vietnam, earning it the moniker of ''Forgotten War'' in the annals of American memory.
Clinton announces one-stop shopping for government information
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new computer system will offer one-stop shopping for online information about the federal government, President Clinton said Saturday.
Millionaire businessman to pay for teen's double transplant
PORTLAND, Ore. -- An 18-year-old woman with cystic fibrosis will get the double transplant she hopes will save her life. She has a millionaire businessman -- and not the state health plan -- to thank.
Reno says federal agents had discretion to use tear gas, remove Branch Davidians
WACO, Texas -- During the final day of the Branch Davidian standoff, federal agents had the discretion to do what needed to be done to insert tear gas to flush sect members out of the compound, Attorney General Janet Reno said in a videotaped deposition played for jurors Friday.
Officers charged in inmate's death
CHICAGO (AP) -- Three Cook County sheriff's officers have been charged with first degree murder in the death of an inmate who was beaten after making an obscene remark to a female officer.
What's on voters' minds?
Along Minnesota's main streets, in communities large and small, recent invitations to talk politics found few takers. Some folks cringed; others brushed off queries, pointing out that elections were months away.
JFK Jr. crash to be blamed on pilot error
WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year after John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane spiraled into the ocean, killing him, his wife and her sister, federal investigators have concluded what they suspected from the start: The son of the late president became disoriented in the night sky and lost control of the aircraft.
Relatives to continue fight in Elian Gonzalez case
MIAMI -- Relatives of Elian Gonzalez are vowing to continue their battle to keep the 6-year-old in the United States despite a federal court decision that brings him one step closer to Cuba.
Gore releases interview with prosecutor
WASHINGTON -- Wrestling with the meaning of the term ''fund raising'' and insisting there was no price tag on White House coffees, Vice President Al Gore engaged in sometimes sharp exchanges with a Justice Department prosecutor who now wants a special counsel to investigate the truthfulness of Gore's answers.
Tobacco industry hits House vote on federal lawsuit
WASHINGTON -- Tobacco industry officials and their congressional allies are upset with the bipartisan House vote to provide the Justice Department with enough money to keep alive its costly lawsuit against the nation's cigarette producers.
Major convention may not make or break strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When hotel workers planned the strike that's now in progress here and in Bloomington, they initially mentioned the largest convention ever in Minnesota, this week's gathering of Alcoholics Anonymous delegates, as their ace in the hole.
Bush campaign searches for records on Guard service
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. George W. Bush's campaign workers have concluded that no documents exist showing he reported for duty as ordered in Alabama with the Texas Air National Guard in 1972. They are looking for people who served with him to verify his story that he did.
Two aircraft collide; four die
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A Lear jet and a small stunt plane collided and crashed into a golf course community, killing the three people aboard the jet and the pilot of the second craft.
Police seek man seen near fatal hostel fire
CHILDERS, Australia -- Police were searching Saturday for a man seen just outside a backpackers' hostel just before a fire swept through the building, killing 15 young travelers.
Indonesian leader bans travel to islands as sectarian fighting flares
TERNATE, Indonesia -- Indonesia's president announced a ban on travel to the riot-torn Maluku islands Friday, where Christian and Muslim bands battled with guns, swords and spears for a third straight day, leaving at least 18 more people dead.
Branch Davidian trial looks at cause of fire
WACO, Texas -- Survivors and family members of Branch Davidians who died in the 1993 Waco siege say federal agents sparked a fire that destroyed the sect's compound after they fired tear gas inside.
Counsel won't seek to indict first lady in travel office matter
WASHINGTON -- There is ''substantial evidence'' that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton lied under oath in denying that she played a role in the 1993 White House travel office firings, independent counsel Robert W. Ray reported Thursday.
House votes to keep federal tobacco suit alive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dealing a blow to the tobacco industry, the House voted Friday to let the Justice Department have the extra money it says it needs to pursue the huge federal lawsuit against cigarette-makers.
Sheriff fails to show up to testify before governor's commission on Columbine shootings
GOLDEN, Colo. -- The sheriff accused of mishandling the Columbine High School shootings did not show up to testify before a governor's commission investigating the rampage.
Dutch trucker charged in deaths of 58
LONDON -- The Dutch driver of a truck in which 58 Chinese illegal immigrants smothered to death during an ill-fated smuggling operation appeared in court Friday facing manslaughter charges.
Task force's list accuses countries of money laundering
PARIS -- In an effort to create standards of good conduct for the world economy, an international task force on Thursday issued the first list of countries and territories -- ranging from Caribbean islands to Russia and Israel -- that it accuses of facilitating money laundering.
Microsoft unveils its new Internet strategy
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp.'s new Internet strategy -- which aims to make Windows the operating system for the Internet -- is likely to intensify the fierce debate over the future of the personal computer, industry experts said Thursday.
Two guards killed in Missouri jail; suspects caught in Kansas
HUNTSVILLE, Mo. -- A man and woman rang the night bell at the county jail and opened fire when they were let in Thursday, killing two guards in a botched attempt to spring an inmate.
42 die in crash after lightning hits plane
BEIJING -- A passenger plane struck by lightning exploded in midair and crashed in central China on Thursday, killing all 42 people on board, Chinese state media reported.
Defiant, angry Graham executed in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A defiant Gary Graham struggled as he went to his death, insisting he was innocent moments before an execution that presented Gov. George W. Bush with the loudest outcry over capital punishment since he began his run for president.
Special counsel fund raising probe of Gore urged
WASHINGTON -- A senior Justice Department prosecutor has recommended that Attorney General Janet Reno appoint a special counsel to investigate Vice President Al Gore in connection with 1996 Democratic fund raising, sources familiar with the inquiry said Thursday.
In Fiji, talk on hostages release break down, resume
SUVA, Fiji -- In a stormy day of negotiations, Fiji's military rulers and rebel leader failed Saturday to seal an agreement that would free members of the deposed government being held hostage in parliament.
LAPD plan calling for rapid crowd control appears to contrast with officers' action
LOS ANGELES -- A special police plan for possible disturbances after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title directed officers to maintain order quickly, protect property and arrest celebrants who broke the law.
Calling balls and strikes in an MIT lab
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Batters complain. Pitchers stare angrily. Managers throw up their hands and wonder: Can't umpires call balls and strikes consistently?
Gonzalez still considering trade to New York Yankees
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Juan Gonzalez might be interested in playing for the New York Yankees -- at least for a few months.
Bird rejects Pacers' offer to stay in post
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Larry Bird, who coached the Indiana Pacers for three years and turned down an offer to take a front-office job with the team, plans to spend at least a year away from basketball.
Twins lose to Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Seth Etherton won his last three starts for the Anaheim Angels while four members of manager Mike Scioscia's rotation were sidelined with injuries or just returning from the disabled list.
Moon says this will be his last season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City chiefs quarterback Warren Moon plans to make this season his last in the NFL, saying he's accomplished everything he hoped for in his 22-year career except winning a championship.
Ghaffari keeps Olympic dream alive; Minnesotans eliminated
DALLAS (AP) -- Matt Ghaffari kept his Olympic hopes alive by winning the 286-pound division of the Greco-Roman challenge tournament in the U.S. wrestling trials.
Career Home Run Leaders
Through June 23
Overlooked Alfonzo starting to get recognition
NEW YORK (AP) -- Edgardo Alfonzo doesn't hit home runs as far as Mike Piazza. He won't make highlight-reel plays in the field like Rey Ordonez. And he sure won't generate back-page headlines like his manager, Bobby Valentine.
Rocker strikes out side in ninth
John Rocker might be rolling into form a week before he makes his return to New York.
President salutes athletes on Olympic birthday
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) -- On the birthday of the modern Olympics, President Clinton marveled Friday at the prowess and dedication of young Olympic hopefuls and lamented the decline of regular gym classes for ordinary students.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Lou Savarese, virtually a silent partner in Mike Tyson's second boxing venture in Britain, hopes to make some noise in the ring Saturday night.
Blue Jays, White Sox in first place
A look at Saturday's standings brings back memories of 1993, when Toronto beat the Chicago White Sox in the playoffs en route to the Blue Jays' second straight World Series title.
Old friends Ruiz, Dumais earn berths
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) -- Mark Ruiz and Troy Dumais, best friends and rivals for eight years, are going on a most excellent adventure together -- the Sydney Olympics.
Hall of Fame announcer Chuck Thompson losing eyesight
BALTIMORE (AP) -- At a time when baseball was rarely televised, Chuck Thompson's rumbling radio voice described every stolen base, double play and home run for Baltimore Orioles fans.
It will be Miller Time on 'Monday Night Football
ABC, further blurring the line between sports as competition and sports as entertainment, on Thursday named comedian Dennis Miller as one of its two new commentators to work alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Al Michaels on ''Monday Night Football.''
Twins are able to run down the Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Thanks to Butch Huskey's legs, the Minnesota Twins avoided a series sweep.
Bartle 'Bart' D. Duchscher Jr.
ONAMIA -- Bartle "Bart" D. Duchscher Jr., 71, Onamia, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at the Mille Lacs Hospital in Onamia.
Carl O. 'Jake' Anderson
Carl O. "Jake" Anderson, 90, Brainerd, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Anna R. Wilson
PINE RIVER -- Anna R. Wilson, Pine River, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at her home.
David Earl Craig
STOCKTON, Calif. -- David Earl Craig, 70, Stockton, Calif., formerly of the Crosby-Ironton area, died Monday, June 12, 2000, in a hospital in California.
Audrey Frances Jeffers Houston
PRINCETON -- Audrey Frances Jeffers Houston, 90, Princeton, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Elim Home in Princeton.
Richard Walter Omen
MOTLEY -- Richard Walter Omen, 76, Motley, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
Some like it hot
Why do June days fly by so fast while cold February days drag on endlessly?
Missing secrets - Dispatch Editorial
What in the world happened at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico?
Minding your own business
WASHINGTON--When the Supreme Court last week reaffirmed the ban on school prayer in a Texas case involving student-led ''invocations'' at football games, it did more than vindicate one of the fundamental and vital constitutional principles of this republic. The opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens for a 6-3 majority was a timely reminder that this society works best when institutions focus on their own responsibilities, rather than invade another's territory.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Which presidential candidate would you want on your summer vacation? How about on a date? Who would be more fun on a night out with the guys?
In the Tempo issue of last week's Dispatch a notice was published about a meeting by Encore Arts w
I read with great interest your article of above subject in your editorial section of May 24.
OTHER OPINIONS Teen pregnancy
The pregnancy rate for girls ages 15 to 19 in Minnesota declined 5 percent in 1998, to 43.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women.
Forgotten lessons of the Korean War
The Korean War began a half-century ago with the North Korean invasion of South Korea. Although the military actions on the Asian peninsula transfixed Americans at the time and for the three years of the shooting war, many have perhaps forgotten some of the characteristics of the war that need to be remembered.
1-30 -- American Rivers Month
A lake in which to swim
TIMOTHY TOWNSHIP -- On a cool and overcast morning, the first day of summer, Bob Becker and Jack Wallschlaeger stand on the shore of Big Trout Lake and scan the shoreline with the practiced gaze of long-time lake residents.
MILLE LACS -- In the east, the deep gravel and mud have been the most productive spots during the day. Not only are there slot fish being caught, but the number of bigger walleyes hitting has been amazing. Leeches or crawlers on spinners or live bait rigs are turning the majority of fish.
Blue bead Lily-Clintonia delightfully ushers in summer
Yesterday while on a walk through the woods a friend spotted a small cluster of navy blue berries perched at the tip of a rather slender stem. He wondered what kind of berries they were. I told him they were blue beads and that I had often thought of writing a column about wildflowers that produce striking fruits. Consequently, that's the topic of this week's column.
DNR tr ains dogs to help sniff out poachers
FOREST LAKE (AP) -- As conservation officer Brad Johnson prepares for his presentation, he offers an apology for his partner's sudden lack of attention.
Bassin' after bedtime is good way to catch lunkers
A largemouth bass is not much different than you or me. When summer gets hot and sultry the only source of refuge is an air conditioner, dip in the lake or to wait for the sun to go down.
Let nature take its course
Lakeside property owners can do several things to improve the water quality of the lakes on which they live.
Mille Lacs harvest regulations unchanged
Mille Lacs Lake's walleye size-limit regulations will remain through end of June. The harvest was 141,000 pounds through June 15.
Recent flooding on the Root River system in southeast Minnesota caused fish loss at the DNR's Lanesboro Fish Hatchery. But the losses will have a minor impact on statewide trout stocking programs, according to DNR officials.
Walter and Helen Lord, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married July 4, 1940, in Crosby.
Wendy Teepe and Derek Green announce their engagement. Parents are Karl and Donna Teepe, Centreville, Va., and Tom and Betty Green, Nisswa. A Nov. 10 wedding is planned at Disney World.
Nancy and Donald Gibbs, Crosslake, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion in Crosslake.
Connie Pierzinski and Andrew Hillman were married Jan. 8, 2000, at St. Mathias Catholic Church of Fort Ripley with Father Paul Fruth officiating.
Jennifer Kofstad and Joshua Kidd were married June 24, 2000, at Deerwood Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Skog officiating.
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Chuck and Debbie Leonhardt, Deerwood, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. July 2 at the home of John and Jean Leonhardt. They were married June 21, 1975, in Arlington.
Gina Steiff and Rob Dahlin announce their engagement. Parents are Alan and Julie Steiff, Brainerd, and Janet and Mark Dahlin, Blaine, and Carol and Richard Readen, Olympia, Wash. A July 15 wedding is planned at First Presbyterian Church of Brainerd.
Haruka Nanao and Jeffrey M. Kraemer announce their engagement. Parents are Daisuke and Tazuko Nanao, Aomori, Japan, and Bruce and Janet Kraemer, Brainerd. A spring wedding is planned in Kyoto, Japan.
Tabitha Persons and Chris Debeltz announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Bozena Persons, Brainerd, and Jerome and Mary Debeltz, Ely. An Aug. 11, 2001, wedding is planned at St. Francis Church.
Reuben and Margery Root will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Club in Brainerd.
Cathy Doucette and Jack Olson announce their engagement. Parents are Sharon Kunkle, Brainerd, and Clellan and Kathy Olson, New Brighton. A July 22 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church.
Jim and Patti Gogolin recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married June 21, 1975, in Warren.
Laura Anne Christensen and Scott Donald Robak were married June 1, 2000, at Gregory Park in Brainerd.
Joe and Stella Czeczok recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 24, 1950.
Betty and Leonard Olson, South Long Lake, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the South Long Lake Presbyterian Church. No gifts please. They were married June 28, 1950, on Lake Hubert.
Nichole Rupp and Donald Franzmeier announce their engagement. Parents are Gayle and Gail Rupp, Dovray, and Dorine Franzmeier, Benson, and Ronald Franzmeier, Murdock. A July 22 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross of Nisswa.
Agnes (Nix) Miles will celebrate her 80th birthday at the Nix family reunion. The reunion is from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Lum Park in Brainerd.
Cresta Pieper and Iver Hubert announce their engagement. Parents are Priscilla Erickson, New London, John Pieper, Orlando, Fla., and Don and Mary Hubert, Baxter. A Sept. 2 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Dennis and Bev Cielinski recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at the Eagles in Brainerd. The event was hosted by their children. They were married June 27, 1960, in Gilman.
Donna Pelphrey and Alex Sutton were married May 28, 2000, in Maui, Hawaii. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Davides.
Mast optimistic about future of new Foyt team
Rick Mast is optimistic, and a lot of the reason for that optimism is the fact that he is driving for straight-shooter A.J. Foyt.
Wallace works the twists of California's wine country
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Rusty Wallace, a road-course star with six career victories on serpentine tracks, broke in a new car Friday by winning the pole for the Save Mart Kragen 350.
Mighty Gulls end losing streak
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls shut out the Waterloo Bucks 6-0 Friday at Mills Field and in the process stopped four-game streaks for each team.
Gulls meet their Waterloo, continue slump
It's still in the early rounds and the Brainerd Mighty Gulls are reeling. But they are far from being knocked out.
Northwoods League Baseball
Berg, Ericson record home runs in state all-star game
CHASKA -- Kyle Berg and Kevin Ericson of Brainerd High School each connected on three-run home runs Friday to lead the North team over the Metro West squad 9-4 in the Lions All-Star Tournament at Chaska Athletic Park.
Area runners compete in marathon
The 24th annual Grandma's marathon and the 10th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon were run Saturday in Duluth area results are:
Gophers pitcher Woodrow is ace for Brainerd's Mighty Gulls
After a year at the University of Minnesota, C.J. Woodrow decided to keep his talents in his home state for the summer.
Brainerd Legion struggles to beat Pierz
Before the game you would have thought hitting was going to be the Brainerd Legion baseball team's problem, but it was pitching that kept the Pierz Legion team within reach.
The 7th annual Paul and Babe Duathlon will be held Aug. 5-6 in Bemidji.
The Brainerd Braves amateur baseball team scored 11 runs in the second inning Friday and hung on for a 17-16 win over the Avon Lakers at Adamson Field.
A baseball camp that puts the stress on FUNdamentals
Five years ago Pat Doud, a fourth-grade teacher at Nay-Ah-Shing grade school in Onamia, decided he needed a summer job.
Strikkers Strike lasts
In a game in which runs were scored in bunches, it was the Strikkers that held on for a 13-9 win over the Blazers in Junior League softball action Monday in the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's Game of the Week.
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Area events Saturday
Northwoods League Baseball
A name space-race on the Internet
Yahoo, Google, Kozmo, Yodlee: That's not just baby talk, that's the sound of the Web's entrepreneurial, neologistic frenzy. Coming up with a quirky, instantly memorable name to break through the noise of the competition -- and which can double as a catchy Web address -- is just as important as coming up with a good business plan.
Duluth elementary school has unique environmental curriculum
DULUTH (AP) -- A wind generator silently spins above the small building where millions of worms are nestled in plastic tubs, waiting for their next meal.
Teens develop Web sites for future
BOSTON -- One of the webmasters of the future is an 18-year-old from California with a knack for losing things.
Pink slip parade
If it seems like only weeks ago that there was a never-ending stream of stories about journalists leaving the old world of daily newspapers for the brave new world of dot-com media, well, that's because it was just that recently that high-profile defections from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone spawned stories about the inevitability of the online media revolution.
What a wacky WEb we weave
Navigating the Internet can be a strange trip indeed. Sites of every conceivable color and stripe fill the nonterrestrial world, everything from the stately British Museum where Marx's pen changed a world to the bearded fat lady at a Coney Island sideshow.
Microsoft split What's in it for us?
Now that a federal judge has decided that technology's premier monopoly should be chopped into two monopolies, the obvious question is: What's in it for you and me?
Weather drawing by Mitchell Kalenberg in the Riverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer.Weather drawing by Mitchell Kalenberg in the Riverside School third-grade class of Mrs. Meyer.
Where's the rain?
WASHINGTON -- Al Dutcher, Nebraska's state climatologist, doesn't wish any hard luck on West Texas. Just the same, it would be a relief for Nebraska if a hurricane from the Gulf of Mexico tracks lots of rain northward into his drought-stricken state.
From heartland to South, drought hurts crops, rivers
HOLMESVILLE, Neb. -- With grasshoppers dancing on his sun-baked land, Terry Acton knew he was in trouble. The wheat fields that should be tall enough to tickle his chest didn't reach his knees.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 83 63 .02 clr
Today -- Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs middle 70s. Wind becoming northwest around 10 mph. Rain chance 60 percent.
Around the world
Amsterdam 68 56 rn
More rain expected in Midwest
A low pressure system moving east was expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to portions of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Midwest on Saturday, while dry skies were forecast for most of the West.
Tonight...A slight chance a shower or thunderstorm early. Otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog developing. Lows 55 to 60. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Around the nation
San Diego 70 65 clr, San Francisco 69 55 cdy, San Juan,P.R. 88 77 cdy
Weather drawing by Jordynn Beckman of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Mayor puts Fargo flood damage estimate at $100 million and counting
FARGO, N.D. -- The piles of soggy carpet and ruined furniture grew in size and number Friday as homeowners continued flood cleanup efforts and local leaders tried to keep pace with the growing losses.
Nude daughter arouses concern
DEAR ABBY: I have a beautiful 20-year-old daughter. She's currently home from college for a break. She spends a great deal of time in our back yard sunning by the pool and swimming. This is fine, but my concern is that she's doing it in the nude.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ivana Trump is suing an Italian television station for $3 million, alleging that employees of a show on which she appeared dropped a large quantity of water on her as part of a stunt for the program.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Beware of plastic grass
Dear Heloise: I would like to warn your readers of the dangers of plastic Easter grass. Years ago, my sister's cat ate a piece of it, and it caused major trauma to the cat's intestinal tract. This cherished family pet had to undergo very expensive emergency surgery.
Carl and Rose Bayer, Mentor, Ohio, will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary today while visiting their daughter Gloria and her husband "Whitey" Kreutzer in Brainerd. They were married June 23, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carol Munns has recently been installed as president for the Brainerd Area Zonta club. The following officers will also serve during 2000-01: Birgit
Slimy fountain rescued
Dear Heloise: I have a beautiful STONE WATER FOUNTAIN in my garden, and it is stained green where the water sits. How do I get rid of the stain so that the water looks clean and clear? -- Christina Rivera, Union City, Calif.
Child in need
The children who are enrolled in Kinship Partners have all sorts of needs.
Mother's rule on lifejacket prevents father's fate for son
DEAR ABBY: This letter is in response to ''Careful Mom in Washington,'' whose father-in-law thought she was crazy because she refused to take her young son on an old boat without an infant lifejacket.
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