Western Products moving into Baxter
Western Products is moving into the former sports shop that later housed a bakery along Edgewood Drive in Baxter.
Eric Halbert, a student at Bemidji State University from Thief River Falls, is interning with Nor-son Inc. this summer. He is working towards a Bachelor
CROSSLAKE -- Stretched like a ribbon along a two-lane highway, Crosslake is repackaging itself with a new downtown.
Q: I have homeowners' insurance and auto insurance, but my agent is recommending that I also buy "umbrella" insurance. Just what is it, and should I consider it?
Consumers apprehensive, distrustful
NEW YORK (AP) -- This is a midyear report card with only one entry, that being the overall conduct of consumers. They can't seem to shake the evaporation of their big dreams. They are apprehensive, distrustful.
Dear Help Wanted: I've soured on telecommuters. I don't think management realizes the time we office workers spend taking care of them. Here are some of the requests we get from our telecommuting colleagues, sometimes several times a day: "I'm sending a fax. Could you please have Mr. Smith sign it and make sure accounting receives it?" "Today is payday. Could you please pick up my check and mail it to me?" "I'm e-mailing you a large presentation. Could you please print it out and fax it to the client?"
Star Tribune names Moyer new publisher
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- J. Keith Moyer, president and publisher of The Fresno (Calif.) Bee, was named publisher of the Star Tribune on Friday.
Amtrak looks beyond passengers in pursuit of revenue
WASHINGTON -- Amtrak is branching out in pursuit of new income to stay in business, from souvenirs to cell phone service, real estate development to express package delivery.
Homemaker pays bills by making soap in kitchen
SEATTLE -- Between driving her kids to school and fixing meals, Paula Gibbons makes a nice chunk of change making soap in her kitchen.
Economy on verge of slow rebound, says leading economist Sung Won Sohn
MINNEAPOLIS -- The worst of the nation's economic slump has passed and the country is now on the cusp of a slow rebound, said a top local economist Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Growth and income funds appealing in times of an uncertain economy
NEW YORK -- By their name, mutual funds that label themselves "growth and income" seem to offer the best of two big investment strategies.
How to compete with a big retailer
NEW YORK -- It still happens in cities and suburbs across the nation -- big-name retailers put up big-box stores, threatening the existence of smaller, independent stores that have been in business for years, sometimes generations.
Wall Street takes vacation; summertime rally doubtful
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's buyers have vanished, perhaps to seek out such summertime comforts as the swimming pool and a good book. Why shouldn't they? After all, the season promises to be chilly for the stock market.
He's the boss again
TRENTON, N.J. -- Fifteen months after retiring from the company where he capped his business career with a $15 billion merger, Lawrence A. Bossidy was back Thursday at the helm of Honeywell International Inc.
Around the watercooler
THE DIRT ON MONEY: Americans may be getting an unwanted return on their dollars, according to some new research.
Working with younger boss requires trust, clearly defined roles
New boss or new job. For older workers either can lead to a situation some might balk at: Having to answer to someone who is years younger.
Rebate checks coming soon could feed spending -- and, perhaps, a little saving or debt repayment
NEW YORK -- Thanks to the publicity that accompanied enactment of President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut package, most Americans know they're going to get a tax rebate check this summer.
NEA to support laws that let students opt out of testing
LOS ANGELES -- In a boost to families opposed to standardized testing, National Education Association convention delegates voted to support laws enabling parents to let their children opt out of the exams.
Bush urges Congress to pass education bill
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- Quick approval of the administration's education blueprint is a final exam Congress must pass before it recesses for the summer, President Bush said Saturday.
Are we there yet?
NEW YORK -- "Are we there yet?"
Daughter blinded by love needs to open her eyes
DEAR ABBY: More than a year ago, my daughter's boyfriend was thrown out of his parents' house. My husband and I opened our home to him because we felt sorry for him. The deal was, he could stay with us until he got on his own feet.
Help pets deal with separation anxiety
Dear Heloise: I have two male dogs and when I leave to go to work, it makes them mad, so they urinate on the corner of the wall. I am really in need of your help! -- Kim Goldman, Via E-mail
A rare Tiffany goes on the auction block
WASHINGTON -- For years, former Sen. Edward Brooke, R-Mass., owned a rare Tiffany domed wisteria hanging lamp, one of only three such shades known to exist.
Root, root, root for the home team
The home team didn't win, but Dave Wiles didn't think it was a shame.
Lawmakers want imported dairy products to pay for promotions
WASHINGTON -- Arguing that foreign dairy products are getting a free advertising ride, Wisconsin and Minnesota lawmakers are pushing a bill that would assess fees on dairy importers to help pay for the "Got Milk" and other promotional campaigns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 113, a year ago 250.
Little Falls School Board
A two-vehicle crash injured a Brainerd woman, the State Patrol reported.
Pak again piles up birdies on her favorite course
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) -- Se Ri Pak is feeling right at home at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic -- again.
Waiting's a pain
LEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- As Davis Love III got ready to leave for the Western Open last Sunday, his 7-year-old son started crying.
Hospitals in five states ready to do artificial heart transplants
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- While the world's first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart recovers, other hospitals are poised to perform similar operations.
Medical school hopefuls struggle with unwieldy online admissions process
BYLINE3: ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new online application system for the nation's medical schools is confounding prospective students with error messages, frozen screens and credit card problems.
Patients' rights bill pushed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. John Dingell disputed the Bush administration's claim that patients' rights legislation will be a boon to lawyers who want to get rich by filing lawsuits.
Gonzaga students studying effects of parasites on animals by chasing dyed squirrels on campus
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Squirrels that scamper across the Gonzaga University campus have an even wilder look about them these days.
It's time to get control of that tense-tired feeling
There is only one person in this world who doesn't get sick of me.
Famous clown to be in Ironton on Tuesday
Joey Kelly, grandson of the late Emmett Kelly who may be considered the world's most famous clown, will appear Tuesday in Ironton as an advance public relations clown for Carson and Barnes five-ring circus.
The Brainerd School Board's personnel committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday in the District Office to discuss the sick leave request policy.
Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, last week said the help of the Little Falls School Board and its superintendent was important to passage of his bill calling for the state to return $500,000 to the district until a payment dispute is resolved.
Wimbledon matches are scheduled to continue today. Look for results in Sports Monday.
Brainerd girl checks out career possibility
As Noelle Razidlo nears her senior year at Brainerd High School, the question of what to do after high school arises. In an attempt to answer that question, Razidlo is attending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston.
Wenzel still up for ag job
If President Bush picks him, state Rep. Steve Wenzel said Friday afternoon he would strongly consider taking the post of state director for rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This was Brainerd
JULY 8 - 80 years ago (1921) - Buck Jones, the popular Wm. Fox star, is booked to appear at the Lyceum Friday, in "Two Moons." There are a host of big stunts and good fun in this picture.
Government to tally cost of Hanssen spying
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- In exchange for life in prison instead of possible execution, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen promises to tell the government all about his years as a spy for the Soviets and Russians.
Two Marines killed in armored vehicle rollover
BANGOR, Wash. (AP) -- An armored vehicle carrying Marines rolled over at Bangor Naval Submarine Base, killing two people and injuring three others, base officials said.
Justice Department clears officer in shooting death of student
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a 10-month investigation, the Justice Department has cleared a policeman of criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Howard University student, according to a newspaper report.
Judge jails Robert Kennedy Jr. for 30 days for anti-Navy bombing protest
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Anti-Navy protests brought near-anarchy to Vieques island, a U.S. federal judge said in sentencing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and others to 30 days in jail for breaking into a bombing range to stop military exercises.
Utah town's police chief killed while trying to arrest suspect
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The police chief of a northeastern Utah town was shot and killed while trying to arrest a suspect in a domestic dispute.
Reno takes to airwaves as she considers gubernatorial bid
MIAMI -- In South Florida, ground zero for people who believe Elian Gonzalez should not have been returned to Cuba, Janet Reno doesn't shy away from defending her decision.
McGwire not going, going gone yet
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mark McGwire is embarrassed. He's disappointed, frustrated and annoyed that he's not hitting tape-measure home runs or even bloop singles these days.
Rain delays Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Umbrellas replaced rackets at Centre Court on Saturday when rain threatened to wipe out play at Wimbledon and add an extra day to tennis' top tournament.
Clemens' greatness overshadowed by controversy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Clemens' Hall of Fame plaque won't have en
No fun at Fenway for Braves and Red Sox
Pedro Martinez won't pitch for the Boston Red Sox this month. The Atlanta Braves just hope Rafael Furcal will play again this season.
Beijing strong favorite for 2008 Olympics
LONDON (AP) -- Should the Olympics finally go to the world's most populous country despite its human rights record? Or is it better to choose the splendor of Paris or reliability of Toronto?
A-Rod often reminded of Seattle success as Texas struggles
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners haven't been kind to Alex Rodriguez since he left the team.
All-Star spice: Piazza may face Rocket
NEW YORK (AP) -- Look out Seattle, Mike Piazza could be facing Roger Clemens at Safeco Field in the All-Star game.
Fans jeer Armstrong on eve of Tour de France
DUNKIRK, France (AP) -- Lance Armstrong was jeered not once but twice by cycling fans before Saturday's start of the Tour de France, which he hopes to win for the third straight year.
William 'Bill' Osborn
William "Bill" Osborn, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at the Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud.
Jeffrey J. Babineau
Jeffrey J. Babineau, 60, Brainerd, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Annette Eidenschink, 93, Little Falls, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at St. Otto's Health Care Center in Little Falls.
BACKUS -- Doris Larsen, 64, Backus, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Blanche Ellis Stewart Knoll
Blanche Ellis Stewart Knoll, 86, Brainerd, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
NISSWA -- Gloria Romine, 66, Nisswa, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
If ever a government agency was in need of a leader with a steady hand and sharp management skills it's today's FBI.
Open Forums sought
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
In praise of traffic
Sometimes driving in Brainerd makes one wish for a paint-ball gun.
WASHINGTON--When Gale Norton was chosen as secretary of interior, it was a controversial nomination. So she had to wait 10 days longer than almost all her Cabinet colleagues, until Jan. 30, for Senate confirmation. Only Attorney General John Ashcroft encountered more of a slowdown, getting his clearance on Feb. 1.
I am writing in response to the editorial in The Dispatch issue of June 20, 2001, concerning the visitor's center and rest area in Fort Ripley Township near Highway 371.
Summertime bronzebacks -- fishing doesn't get any better
Minnesota, summertime and smallmouth bass fishing is a hard combination to beat.
A wildlife roundup, Minneapolis style
A half dozen people stood by a major Minneapolis street looking perplexed. One of them pointed to the source of their confusion -- a mallard hen and her brood had crossed the street and waddled several blocks to a pond. One duckling seemed worse for the wear and lagged behind.
Wild Acres sporting clays top shooters
Top Shooters -- R. Harris, Timberjack, 81 out of 100; Scott Snyder, Timberjack, 81 out of 100.
Mille Lacs wild turkeys had good nesting season
MILACA -- The wild turkey population in the Mille Lacs area has rebounded after an exceptional spring nesting season.
The second tournament in the Minnesota Pro-Am Bass Tour is set for Saturday, July 14 on the Whitefish chain of lakes.
North Country calendar
8-14 -- "Biking In Lake Country," Brainerd to New York Mills, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Nevis, Hackensack, Brainerd; phone (866) 245-8687 for more information
Can the Mom and Pop bait shop survive?
Mom and Pop bait shops once were found everywhere in Minnesota -- on the way to the lake or river, along busy highways and backroads, on Main Street and in alleys, tucked in corners where no other business could survive.
Young woman's swan painting becomes a stamp
ST. JOSEPH (AP) -- The image of a nesting trumpeter swan that 18-year-old Aremy McCann saw in her mind now appears on a collectible national stamp.
Baxter fisherman wins coveted bowfin title
It took two years but the Fields brothers finally have been bumped from the top of the Minnesota Bowfin Club.
HACKENSACK - Woman Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 12 feet of water. These fish have been big and active throughout the day. Webb Lake should be considered for big largemouth bass and an occasional smallmouth as well.
First-time winner takes PWT tourney on Lake Sakakawea
BEULAH BAY, N.D. -- Terry Ryckman, Toledo, Ore., caught a three-day total of 61.92 pounds of walleyes to win the PWT Western Pro-Am on Lake Sakakawea June 27-29. The $50,000 first-place prize was Ryckman's first earnings in three seasons on the tour.
Bonita Lea Barnacle and Michael Scott McEndree announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and Lynda Barnacle, Brainerd, and Mike and Diane McEndree, Minnetonka. A Sept. 1 wedding is planned at Gull Lake Recreation Area.
Stacy Lyon and Eric LeDoux announce their engagement. Parents are Raelene and Myron Minkel, St. Cloud, the late Kevin Lyon, and David and Joleen LeDoux, Brainerd. A July 20 wedding is planned at Living Water Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.
Kristin Paine and Michael Wallin announce their engagement. Parents are Richard and Denise Paine, Breezy Point, and Joseph and Paula Wallin, Nisswa. An Aug. 4 wedding is planned at St. Alice Catholic Church.
Crystal Verkennes and James Sikes announce their engagement. Parents are Mary Kay and Bob Verkennes, Nisswa, and Jane and Mark Sikes, Brainerd. A wedding is planned Saturday in Nisswa.
Michelle Wicks and Troy Martinson were married Nov. 11, 2000, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Brian Wermager officiating.
Margaret McCalvy will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday with her family and friends at her son's home on Scott Lake. She was born July 14, 1911, in Brainerd.
Herb and Esther Britz recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Buckman and a family dinner at the Old Bank in Pierz. They were married June 26, 1951, in Pierz.
Wayne Wallin will celebrate his 60th birthday with an open house from 3-7 p.m. July 14 at Dale Wallin's home. The event will be hosted by his family.
Harold and Ethel Gross, Iron Hub, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 5, 1941, in Iron Hub.
Amy Belair and Kyle Ordahl were married May 5, 2001, at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa with Father George Zeck officiating.
Martha Catherine Behr and Eric Frank Jendro were married May 18, 2001, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh and Deacon Clarence Shallbetter officiating.
Al and Terese Molby recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 6, 1951, in Fort Lewis, Wash.
Judy Cavazos and Ryan Pederson announce their engagement. Parents are Hector and Isabelle Cavazos, Monterrey, Mexico, and Bob and Kay Pederson, Brainerd. A Sept. 22 wedding is planned in Monterrey.
Richard and Rose Zak will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married July 10, 1971, in Bull Dog Lake.
Jennifer Willis and David Holmes announce their engagement. Parents are Gregory and Charlotte Willis, Brainerd, and Robert and Pamela Holmes, Brainerd. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church in Brainerd.
Cassandra Wibstad and Rick Holtz announce their engagement. Parents are Leland Wibstad, Merrifield, and Pamela and Brant Baker, Aitkin, and Craig and Fay Holtz, Brainerd. A wedding is planned Saturday at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake.
Brita Eriksen and Robert Williams announce their engagement. Parents are Harald and Coralis Eriksen, Apple Valley, and Gary and Marilyn Williams, Merrifield. An Aug. 11 wedding is planned at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville.
Earl and Bernie Hofmann, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Eurika Springs, Ark.
Marlin files good memory in Daytona scrapbook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- For good and bad, Sterling Marlin will always claim a significant spot in the Daytona history books. He added another entry on the plus side Friday.
NBC to drivers: Smile! You're on television
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Like a mother talking to her child the night before school picture day, NBC executives offered NASCAR drivers a gentle reminder this week: Don't forget to smile.
Safety still up to drivers, but efforts increasing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A peek into Todd Bodine's car reveals a seat similar to one on a roller coaster. It's got a high back, arms that encompass him and plenty of straps to hold him in.
Union: Deal reached with LTV to keep company alive
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The United Steelworkers of America said Friday it has reached a tentative agreement with creditors of LTV Steel Co. on labor contract concessions the bankrupt company contended were necessary to remain in operation.
Woman escaped meth with her life -- just barely
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Among many grim stories told by one young meth user is this one: A finger being gouged into her eye by a man she loved and trusted.
FOLEY (AP) -- The attorney for two Benton County strip clubs said he plans Monday to ask a federal judge to block a county ban on public nudity.
Meth labs prevalent across Minnesota
ROCHESTER (AP) -- A state investigator estimated the number of methamphetamine labs seized in Minnesota could double each year for the next few years, bringing with them thousands of pounds of toxic waste, paranoid addicts and dangerous criminals.
Investigators to review medical records of teen allegedly beaten by police
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Investigators will review the medical records of a 13-year-old boy allegedly beaten by local police officers, Police Chief Roger Peterson said Friday.
Magazine wants Minnesota state flag redesigned
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Utne Reader magazine has announced a contest for people interested in redesigning Minnesota's state flag.
Xcel trying to cut emissions in return for tax breaks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy officials said the company will try to reduce emissions at three Twin Cities coal-fired power plants in return for property tax relief.
Big Bat Bill tours country with baseball memorabilia
What started as a traveling trophy for a high school baseball rivalry is now one of the largest pieces of baseball history out there -- an 11-foot-9-inch Louisville Slugger.
Men's BC softball
Gulls drop another game to Wisconsin
There are people, network executives and advertiser-types mostly, that encourage baseball to find ways of speeding up the game. Those people just don't understand.
Two Mighty Gulls players make road trip to visit injured baseball fan
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls may have just completed their most important road trip of the season.
Area events Saturday
Northwoods League Baseball
National championship volleyball team camp conducted at Central Lakes College campus
Area girls were among those attending the National Championship Raiders Volleyball Camp on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Woods considering Europe, Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's lone 2001 draft pick was in Timberwolves garb Friday, but whether he will wear their uniform next season remains up in the air.
Twins rally to win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- At least the Cincinnati Reds didn't make it easy for the Minnesota twins.
Liberty jinx Lynx 70-57
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With the Minnesota Lynx rallying in the second half, concentration was the key for the New York Liberty.
Moss not worried about stalled talks
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- All-pro receiver Randy Moss says he doesn't fret about stalled contract talks with the Minnesota Vikings.
Seismologists create GPS network to monitor Earth's creeping crust for earthquake potential
LOS ANGELES -- Seismologists have completed a decade-long task of installing a satellite-based network to track tiny creeps of the Earth's crust with unprecedented accuracy.
Street atlas keeps bumps to a minimum
Getting where you need to go isn't necessarily easier now that mapping tools are online. Yes, they are free to use. But Yahoo Maps, for example, always tell me to go around the block just to leave my house. And there's still the nagging problem of what to do if you need new directions while you're en route.
Company tries to bring 3-D model sellers together
ST. ROSE, La. (AP) -- Three-dimensional dinosaurs, warriors and other computer-generated figures have become mainstays of movies and video games, but widespread use of the technology has been stymied by the high cost of models.
An analog table radio with cell-phone techology
Tivoli Audio's Model One table radio could be a museum escapee, decked in a '60s fashion with solid wood paneling and oversize AM/FM tuning dial. It's so soothingly, confidently analog -- and mono, not stereo -- in this day of microchips and digital readouts that something doesn't seem right.
Pricey Sony computer has built-in TV, souped-up video recording
NEW YORK (AP) -- Whoever at Sony hatched its newest idea in digital video convergence likely figured: 'So many people are spending so much time glued to their personal computers, we might as well include a television.'
Going too far with Internet filters
By now it's almost an Internet cliche, but it's still worth trying. Type the word "Bambi" into a Web search engine such as Google or AltaVista, and see what happens.
Is your computer spying on you?
Is your computer harboring a secret spy?
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Sunny west and south. Partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms northeast. Highs from the middle 80s to the lower 90s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Scattered morning showers and thunderstorms in the south. Highs in the 80s.
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Heat advisory today south half...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today and tonight...Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms... Mainly south. Highs today in the mid 80s northeast to lower 90s southwest plains. Lows tonight from the mid 50s far west to the 60s elsewhere.
Great Lakes, Ohio Valley face chance of severe weather; rain in much of the West
Much of the Midwest was bracing for severe weather early Saturday, as a front was forecast to bring scattered showers and storms to the area.
Twins are on a roll
Weather drawing by Alex Wink in the Lincoln School third-grade class of Mrs. Ahlers.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny northwest. Otherwise a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the low to mid 80s.
Thank you to Don McFarland for donating tickets to the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center. Tickets will be used by families in our Parent Mentor Program. Your generosity is much appreciated.
The Crow Wing County DFL will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 16 at Boardwalk Bread and Bagel/Northwest Pizza in Brainerd. All DFLers are urged to attend.
Japanese prosecutors get 10 days to file charges against American rape suspect
OKINAWA CITY, Japan -- An Okinawan judge gave prosecutors 10 days Saturday to file charges against a detained U.S. Air Force sergeant accused of raping a Japanese woman on the island.
Thousands brave bulls in Spain
PAMPLONA, Spain -- Racing through medieval streets with six three-quarter-ton bulls at your back is seldom dull, but with rain-slickened cobblestones and a sozzled weekend crowd, Saturday was something else.
U.S. ambassador mobbed by angry villagers in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Villagers angry at being expelled from their homes by a rebel advance mobbed an American diplomat -- underlining the tense atmosphere in which Western envoys are trying to transform a cease-fire into a lasting peace in Macedonia.
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