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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
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.
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.
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.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
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.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gas station workers take jabs from public
Why are gas prices so high?
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.
Many oppose Gull Dam Road improvements
EAST GULL LAKE -- They don't want your Gull Dam Road.
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.
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.
Growth is inevitable
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Career Home Run Leaders
Through June 23
Rocker strikes out side in ninth
John Rocker might be rolling into form a week before he makes his return to New York.
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.
Richard Walter Omen
MOTLEY -- Richard Walter Omen, 76, Motley, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
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.
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.
Anna R. Wilson
PINE RIVER -- Anna R. Wilson, Pine River, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at her home.
Carl O. 'Jake' Anderson
Carl O. "Jake" Anderson, 90, Brainerd, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
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.
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.
In the Tempo issue of last week's Dispatch a notice was published about a meeting by Encore Arts w
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1-30 -- American Rivers Month
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.
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.
Walter and Helen Lord, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married July 4, 1940, in Crosby.
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.
Laura Anne Christensen and Scott Donald Robak were married June 1, 2000, at Gregory Park in Brainerd.
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.
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.
Jim and Patti Gogolin recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married June 21, 1975, in Warren.
Joe and Stella Czeczok recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 24, 1950.
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.
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.
Jennifer Kofstad and Joshua Kidd were married June 24, 2000, at Deerwood Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Skog officiating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips to cut wedding costs
You're excited about getting married, but the idea of paying for it all can be overwhelming. How can you save?
Connie Pierzinski and Andrew Hillman were married Jan. 8, 2000, at St. Mathias Catholic Church of Fort Ripley with Father Paul Fruth officiating.
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.
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.
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.
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 events Saturday
Northwoods League Baseball
Monday June 19
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Around the nation
San Diego 70 65 clr, San Francisco 69 55 cdy, San Juan,P.R. 88 77 cdy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today -- Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs middle 70s. Wind becoming northwest around 10 mph. Rain chance 60 percent.
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.
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.
Carol Munns has recently been installed as president for the Brainerd Area Zonta club. The following officers will also serve during 2000-01: Birgit
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