Workers facing layoffs get bonuses to stay to the end
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Mike Belskis is losing his job. And he's ecstatic.
Question: My husband (70) and I (53) have been married six years and have two grown children each from previous marriages.
Cimarron Printing announces merger
Cimarron Printing recently announced a merger that is expected to mean an expansion for the Brainerd business.
Cleanliness is next to chiropractor,
MOTLEY -- Customers who are likely to stop at a new office building in Motley may want relief from migraines, better options for fishing or just a fresh set of jeans.
Wealthy techies endorse high-tech stocks
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're worried about the future of your volatile technology stocks we have reassurance for you: The nation's richest techies remain heavily invested in the high-tech sector.
Beauty is her business
NEW YORK -- Robin Burns may be redefining the term beauty queen.
Series I Bonds proving to be a way for small savers to hedge against inflation
NEW YORK -- Buying U.S. savings bonds has for years been a safe and easy way for Americans to put money aside for their kids' education, their retirement or family emergencies.
Around the watercooler
HUMAN RESOURCES: Human resources professionals are not just helping to build corporate management teams, they're increasingly joining them.
Technical rallies bring temporary relief
NEW YORK -- Wall Street types are fond of their obscure jargon. It lends an air of complexity and a sense of mystique to the otherwise mundane ups and downs of the stock markets.
America's taste for garlic offers sweet smell of success
WASHINGTON -- Americans are getting a taste for garlic.
Duluth man's invention targets counterfeiters
DULUTH (AP) -- After years in the Secret Service helping bust sophisticated national counterfeiters, Win Erickson now has invented a machine to take out the small-time crook.
Dear Help Wanted: Does a company have to follow certain laws before firing someone? For example, does it have to warn someone before letting him or her go? --Firing Rights?
PORT Group Homes announces the addition of three members to its board of directors.
Daughter's small stature needs attention
QUESTION: My wife and I are above average in height, being 5 foot 9 and 6 foot 3. We both had rather tall parents, too. Nevertheless, our daughter is very tiny. She is 9 years old and is only at the third percentile for height. What could be causing this, and what do you think we should do?
The power of prayer
James 5:16 (NIV) tells us "the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
Episcopalians, Lutherans celebrate alliance
DENVER (AP) -- The presiding bishop of the country's largest Lutheran denomination helped celebrate communion at the Episcopal national convention Wednesday to mark the churches' new alliance.
Jeff and Julie will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Christ Community Church in Nisswa. A freewill offering will be taken to enhance the sanctuary lighting.
The 'Third Secret of Fatima' a puzzling revelation
The Vatican's June 26 release of the text of the ''Third Secret'' of Fatima ended a half-century of extraordinarily fevered speculation. For those who don't know this story, here's a brief rundown:
Troops pray for end to Army's priest shortage
WASHINGTON -- The United States' largest warrior society, the Army, is desperately seeking men of peace such as Joe Angotti Jr.
The Light Company Group shines on lakes area with puppet ministry
The Light Company travels throughout the United States for about 10 months each year, bringing gospel ministry to children. During its 18 years in "business," the Light Company has delivered its message to churches in more than 50 different denominations.
One killed in single-vehicle crash
MERRIFIELD -- The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported a fatality on County Road 3 north of Merrifield.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 400
Brainerd City Council
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday Cattle: 400
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Cameron T. Dorion, 32, and Pamela J. Dorion, 23, both of Nisswa.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Nisswa City Council
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 317, a year ago 159.
BRITISH OPEN PREVIEW
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Past British Open championships played on the Old Course at St. Andrews:
No new story on the old course
The British Open begins next week, and any list of potential winners begins and ends with Tiger Woods ... or so many would have us believe.
Roberts rolling again at GMO
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Even though Loren Roberts has been considered the game's best putter for years, he still can use a little fine-tuning every now and then.
Jones goes on line and ties for lead
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The solution to Rosie Jones' putting problems found her.
Finney leads by a stroke
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) -- Last week was big in very different ways for Annika Sorenstam and Allison Finney.
Williamson, Perry share GMO lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jay Williamson thought small, and it helped him take a share of the early lead at the Greater Milwaukee Open.
Baiocchi cools temper, ties Kite in senior play
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Two weeks ago, Dave Stockton told South African Hugh Baiocchi he behaves like a jerk when he loses his temper.
Fleisher in 3-way tie for Senior Players lead
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Bruce Fleisher has started fast in majors before, only to be disappointed. Will it happen again?
Woods returns 'home' to try to make history
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- History is not lost on Tiger Woods, who is out to make some of his own at the home of golf.
Facts and figures
Event: 129th British Open golf championship.
It could have you feeling like a new man
A new medication that arrived in pharmacies last month
San Francisco issues IDs for medical marijuana users
SAN FRANCISCO -- With $25 and a doctor's note, sick people can get an official city ID card entitling them to use marijuana, the city's maverick district attorney proudly announced Friday.
Managed care firms balk at paying for hot-selling pain drugs
NEW YORK -- Jane Thompson's arthritis drug was losing its punch last year just as the federal government was approving two promising new painkillers.
Government says teen pregnancy rates continue downward trend
ATLANTA -- Extending a trend that began in the early 1990s, the teen-age pregnancy rate in the United States fell 8 percent from 1995 to 1997, the government said Thursday.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Study suggests avoiding mites, pets can keep asthma at bay
CHICAGO -- Breast-feeding and avoiding pets, secondhand smoke and other things known to trigger asthma attacks may help prevent the disease in infants, a study suggests.
Putting a better face on surgey
Charlee Ganny and Susan J. Collini want you to treat them like your best girlfriends and take their advice about cosmetic surgery, which both have undergone multiple times.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Opening up interior space in a home
There is nothing carved in stone about the position of interior walls in your home. These partitions were built where they are either to perform some structural duties that would have been too costly to accomplish another way or to suit the interior design fashions of the day. But, as times change, tastes also change, and building methods change, too. What was considered convenient and attractive in the 1950s -- to say nothing of the 1850s -- is often cumbersome when matched with present-day lifestyles.
Longville homes and gardens go on display
LONGVILLE -- Four Longville Community Church Women's Fellowship members opened their homes and gardens to the public July 7 for a tour.
Brainerd building permits for June
Commercial fence: Mills Properties, Inc., 122 Sixth St. S., $4,000.
Becky Sturdivant of CFI in Sarasota, Fla., offers tips on buying cushions that will stand up to outdoor use:
T.J. Hall of Brainerd (left) assisted Al Flinck of Grand Rapids in holding up Al's wife, Mary, so she could get an unobstructed view of Creedence Clearwater Revisited performing on stage during Moondance Jam 2000 near Walker on Thursday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Filing frenzy Parties outline strategy in day of mass filings
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Legislative candidates put their names in and tried to get their messages out Thursday as incumbents and political newcomers flocked to the Capitol in a day of mass filings for office.
So well remembered
MARSHALL, Mich. -- Peter Herlofsky Jr. will be remembered here for taking Calhoun County out of financial disaster.
WALKER -- When Arvid Eugene Kloek, 53, Minnetonka, made his first court appearance in Cass County Court with his attorney, Thomas Murtha, July 10 to face murder charges, he requested release of his checkbook to enable him to pay his attorney.
Lessard might bolt DFL
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After 24 years as a DFLer, state Sen. Bob Lessard is strongly considering leaving his affiliation with the party and running as an independent in November.
Thanks a lot, but ...
Discussions concerning Brainerd extending services to a property owner in Oak Lawn Township received a cool reception from Oak Lawn residents Thursday night at Brainerd City Hall.
This was Brainerd
July 16 -- 40 years ago (1960) -- Come and celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Save now on name brand merchandise. Just say ... Charge it! Air conditioned for your shopping comfort. Murphy's, "the Store of Quality," 704 Front Street, Brainerd.
Sled ban in parks hurting businesses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Communities around national parks will be economically crippled by the National Park Service's ban on snowmobiles in most parks, business owners testified Thursday before a U.S. House subcommittee.
Tautges files for board
Voters will have to make a decision in the race for Crow Wing County District 1 commissioner.
Nader comes calling on Ventura
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader rolls into Minnesota Friday to talk politics with another third-party big name, Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Adolescent treatment unit started here
The Brainerd Regional Human Services Center is offering a psychiatric program to help those who need it the most.
Store tape shown to Blom jurors
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- A video tape of a man appearing to force Katie Poirier out the door of the Moose Lake convenience store from which prosecutors say she was abducted was shown Thursday to the Donald Blom jury.
Plan to use Ventura's radio show for party draws controversy
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State Democratic and Republican party leaders aren't happy with Gov. Jesse Ventura's plans to use his weekly radio show to campaign for Independence Party candidates this fall.
Long Pepsi strike feared
BURNSVILLE (AP) -- The Teamsters strike against Pepsi Bottling Group is in its fifth week with no official talks held and none scheduled. Union members appear ready for what may be a protracted strike.
STILLWATER (AP) -- A 17-year-old Woodbury boy was charged with murder on Thursday in the death of a schoolmate who was found sexually assaulted and stabbed more than 20 times with a screwdriver.
Tax rebates include glitches
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Mary Cooper was perplexed when her mother received a $95 sales tax rebate check from the state this week.
Three incumbents seek re-election
Three area incumbents filed for re-election Thursday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Craig Arnold of Brainerd, was hired recently as an instructor of music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the son of John and Lovelle Arnold. He graduated from Brainerd High School in 1972.
Officials unsure of Florida tobacco verdict's effect on state's settlement
ST. PAUL -- Word of a $145 billion verdict against the tobacco industry in Florida sent officials here scrambling to assess the effect on Minnesota's 1998 settlement with cigarette makers.
Former clerk says Blom was in store, parking lot
VIRGINIA (AP) -- A former Subway sandwich shop clerk identified Donald Blom on Friday as the man who came into her store the night that Katie Poirier disappeared from the neighboring convenience store where Poirier worked alone.
Jammin' on his guitar
STYX vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw belted out a song as he stepped back from the stage to jam on his guitar during the group's performance Thursday night at the ninth annual Moondance Jam near Walker.
Pets of the week
Diva, a 3-year-old gray calico female cat, lives up to her name. She has been declawed in the front and is a friendly and beautiful cat who would love to live in a single cat family.
Production resumes at chicken plant one day after workers become sick
LUVERNE (AP) -- Isolated pockets of elevated carbon dioxide levels made 21 employees sick at the Gold'n Plump Poultry processing plant in Luverne, the company said Friday.
Two Harbors museum reveals beginnings of 3M
TWO HARBORS (AP) -- A nearly decade-old sandpaper museum here is being dressed up, made over and converted into a lasting tribute.
Effort to toughen fuel standards of popular SUVs faces many roadblocks
WASHINGTON -- As Dianne Feinstein lobbied her Senate colleagues to toughen fuel economy standards for gas-gulping sport-utility vehicles, one of the problems she faced was apparent just outside the U.S. Capitol.
Navy announces big boost in flier bonuses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy, in an effort to keep its aviators from flying away, is nearly doubling its bonuses for those who stay on -- up to $245,000 for a 25-year stint.
Many sacred Indian sites face destruction or desecration
The Association on American Indian Affairs estimates that hundreds of sacred Indian sites face destruction or desecration by land managers, commercial enterprises and tourists. Some recent controversies:
Despite comments, son and doctors confirm Graham has Parkinson's
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Contrary to comments he made Wednesday, the son of evangelist Billy Graham said on Friday his father indeed has Parkinson's disease.
Ex-Marine convicted in store killings
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former Marine was convicted Thursday of gunning down four grocery store employees in a shooting spree that prosecutors said had been the Marine's fantasy.
Convention cost estimate for police protection in L.A. soars
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles city officials on Friday said the cost for police protection during the Democratic National Convention could exceed $10 million -- more than double the original estimates -- if the L.A. Police Department must respond in full force to quell protesters.
Big Tobacco optimistic despite landmark $145 billion verdict
MIAMI -- Hit with the biggest jury verdict in U.S. history, the nation's top five cigarette makers remained hopeful they won't have to pay the full amount of the staggering $145 billion penalty to sick Florida smokers.
Airlines, pilots settle landing procedures dispute
WASHINGTON -- Commercial airline pilots have dropped their opposition to certain government-required runway procedures, ending a dispute with the Federal Aviation Administration that had threatened to disrupt travel in the busy summer season.
Tampa prosecutor, under investigation, commits suicide
TAMPA, Fla. -- The county's top prosecutor apparently shot himself to death under an expressway after the state began an investigation into loans he got from subordinates.
Gay rights supporters hope for better Census count
WASHINGTON -- They could have called themselves ''roommates'' or ''boarders.'' Even ''other non-relative'' would have been appropriate.
Landmark Florida smokers' case going to jury
MIAMI -- As Florida's landmark tobacco case wound down, lawyers for both sides spoke of death -- the death of Big Tobacco and the deaths of millions of smokers.
Wholesale prices shoot up in June, led by energy costs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices shot up 0.6 percent in June, led by the biggest jump in gasoline and other energy costs in three months and a record increase in residential natural gas prices.
'Petticoat Junction' star Meredith MacRae dies
LOS ANGELES -- Meredith MacRae, who played comely country girl Billie Jo Bradley in the 1960s sitcom ''Petticoat Junction,'' died Friday from brain cancer. She was 56.
Ship sinks ahead of schedule
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A former Canadian warship that was to be sunk this weekend to build an artificial reef, an event expected to draw thousands of spectators, reached its undersea destination ahead of schedule Friday after it took on water.
Excessive coverage contineus
Sunday marks the sad anniversary of the crash near Martha's Vineyard, the one that took the lives of three people and drew millions to TV screens for scraps of news amid the endless repetition of mournful details.
Nation remains vulnerable to gas price surges, expert says
WASHINGTON -- Record-high gasoline costs in the Midwest have moderated, but a Clinton administration energy expert warned Thursday that other areas might see price surges this summer.
Saving the sacred
BIGHORN MOUNTAINS, Wyo. -- A frozen wind blew high atop the Bighorn Mountains. Along a chain-link fence caked with snow and ice even in June, leather pouches and colorful cloth bundles twisted in the breeze, their red and yellow hues like bursts of sunlight.
Waco jury finds U.S. blameless in Branch Davidian fire
WACO, Texas -- A federal jury, after deliberating just 2 1/2 hours, found Friday that the government bore no blame for the fiery 1993 deaths of about 80 Branch Davidian cult members in what a government lawyer called ''one of the most terrible and horrible events in our history.''
Schools desperate for foreign-language teachers
At the high school in Paxton, Ill., students sat in their classroom this year listening to a fuzzy voice on a tape recorder recite a series of French vocabulary words. Nearby, a teacher was behind her desk ready to adjust the volume or pop a tape into the VCR for a lesson on French grammar.
Substitute teachers looking for respect
WASHINGTON -- They get no respect. Teachers snub them. They get paid less. And students welcome the arrival of a substitute teacher by doubling their usual mischief.
One year ago
BOSTON (AP) -- The driftwood memorial has long since disappeared from the beach where wreckage from John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane washed ashore.
Colonel gets jail term for aiding wife's drug scheme
NEW YORK (AP) -- The former commander of the military's anti-drug operation in Colombia was sentenced Thursday to five months in prison for laundering cash from his wife's drug deals.
Philadelphia police beating video recalls King incident
WASHINGTON -- Once again, a piece of videotape seems to show everything. Or so it would appear.
Vikings sell out regular season
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Single-game tickets for the Minnesota Vikings' upcoming regular season are sold out, the team said Thursday.
Rivals since high school, Jones and Miller duel in Olympic trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The duel began a decade ago, when Marion Jones was a high school freshman and Inger Miller was a senior. The battle continues to this day, and it has become a race for the title of world's fastest woman.
Far from great, Jackie still advances to finals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Her best jump was more than 3 1/2 feet short of her American record, but it was far enough to keep Jackie Joyner-Kersee's goal of a fifth Olympic appearance alive.
Twins win one for T.K. Jones provides the offense as Cubs bow
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- There was a big crowd in the Metrodome and the staff ace was throwing strikes, but many minds on the Minnesota Twins were elsewhere.
More owners thinking of eliminating teams
NEW YORK (AP) -- After 40 years of the expansion era, baseball might find itself reversing course.
Thompson lowers own American record
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jenny Thompson lowered her own eight-year-old American record in the 100-meter freestyle by 0.21 seconds Friday night in the Janet Evans Invitational.
Johnson, Joyner-Kersee represent the old guard as trials begin
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- As Marion Jones and Maurice Greene sprint toward their first Olympic Games with the brash optimism of youth, Michael Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersey are aiming for one last Olympic hurrah.
Brey had feeling job would be his
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Before the coaching dominoes even started falling, Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White had an inkling he might need a new coach. Mike Brey had a feeling then it would be him.
Goofy sixth inning dooms Milton
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It wasn't the 453-foot home run by Sammy Sosa that made Eric Milton realize it wasn't his night.
Owners put off realignment until '02
NEW YORK (AP) -- After all the talk about realignment, baseball decided not to make any changes for next season.
Lawton bounces back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins outfielder Matt Lawton is sick of hearing about it.
Owners propose solutions Baseball panel would relocate ailing franchises
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball should consider ''strategically'' relocating ailing franchises as part of broad plan to help spur more balanced competition in the 30-member league, according to a blue-ribbon panel that examined the sport's troubled economics.
Gerald J. Fletcher
LACEY -- Gerald J. Fletcher, 68, Lacey, Washington, and formerly of Brainerd, died July 1, 2000.
Neal 'Cotton' Tholen
LITTLE FALLS -- Neal "Cotton" Tholen, 81, Little Falls, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
PIERZ -- Alvin Leidenfrost, 74, Pierz, died today, Friday, July 14, 2000, at home.
Howard Willie Golden
CROSBY -- Howard Willie Golden, 39, Crosby, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at his home.
Ruth Ann Landin
HACKENSACK --Ruth Ann Landin, 59, Hackensack, died today, Friday, July 14, 2000, at home.
PIERZ -- Alvin Leidenfrost, 74, Pierz, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at his home.
HACKENSACK -- Mamie Downs, Hackensack, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at the St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Howard W. Golden
CROSBY --Howard W. Golden, 39, Crosby, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at home.
Gustav A. Holz Jr.
BLAINE -- Gustav A. Holz Jr., 62, Blaine, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his home.
Ruth Ann Landin
HACKENSACK -- Ruth Ann Landin, 59, Hackensack, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at her home.
Mamie Wynn Downs
Mamie Wynn Downs, 90, Brainerd, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Brainerd, following a short illness.
Frank Ball - Dispatch Editorial
Brainerd Police Chief Frank Ball, certainly one of the county's most quotable public figures, is on his way to St. Paul.
At age 100, Emily stays connected to past
Northern Lights were expected to grace the skies for the past few nights, but on Saturday the light may have been coming from the city of Emily's birthday cake.
Changing mood bad news for Gore
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Change rarely finds its way to Sue's, a turn-of-the-century variety store with a soda fountain, dark cherry wood pharmacy cabinets and cash registers dating to William Howard Taft's administration.
I was outraged and angered by an Open Forum which was featured in The Brainerd Daily Dispatch on June 28, 2000. The author of this particular Open Forum suggests a wide variety of s
Find missing voters
PHILADELPHIA--Two weeks before the Republican National Convention is to open here, the news is all about the threatened demonstrations--not what will take place inside the hall. Interviewing voters the other afternoon in a middle-class suburb, I found exactly one who expressed an interest in watching the four-day Republican extravaganza--a high school history teacher.
Arlen Specter vs. Team Gore
WASHINGTON -- Last week, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., knocked the wind out of Al Gore's presidential campaign, revealing that the head of the Justice Department campaign finance task force had recommended that a special counsel investigate the vice president.
Youth sports - Dispatch Editorial
The images are indelibly etched into the minds of people who worry about sportsmanship.
Sometimes a paddle boat is all you need
Despite the preponderance of fishing videos, books, television shows and magazine articles that expound intricate patterns and high technology as the best ways to catch fish, the best advice remains to fish as much as you can and luck will eventually find you. I believe that; it happened to me last night.
The Citizens Advisory Committee for the Crow Wing State Park management planning process will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17 at the Brainerd Public Library.
Green herons are delightful birds to watch
The quiet of the sweltering afternoon is broken by an unfamiliar squawking coming from somewhere in the front yard or on the ridge. Sprawled in my favorite chair with the breeze of the fan and window air conditioner keeping me cool, I'm not interested in investigating.
Bearing with bears
BAXTER -- Imagine you're a bear living near Baxter.
North Country calendar
July 28 -- Fall turkey hunting application deadline
Meeting planned to gather comments on OHV system
The DNR continues to push for an off-high vehicle (OHV) plan that allows almost unrestricted use of ATVs, dirt bikes and mudder trucks on the majority of state land in Crow Wing County.
Fish egg heists increase as caviar prices soar
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Wildlife officials fear lucrative prices for American caviar may be enticing poachers to illegally harvest and sell eggs from the protected paddlefish in the Midwest.
Whitefish Lake has been giving up a fair number of larger walleyes in recent days. Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have worked best in 18 to 26 feet of water during the day.
Beekeepers battle bears on a regular basis
This is peak season for human-bear encounters. Between now and mid-August the DNR will get two to four calls per day from people having problems with bears.
Melinda Thomsen and Gary Patton announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Shirley Young, Nisswa, and Jean Patton, Dubois, Penn., and Gary Patton Sr., Curwensville, Penn. A fall wedding is planned in Fort Jackson, S.C.
Pillager Class of 1950 reunited
PILLAGER -- The Pillager High School Class of 1950 recently held a reunion in the Pillager Park, celebrating its 50th year since graduation.
Dellis and JoAnn Gangestad will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house beginning at 1 p.m. July 23 at St. Mathias Park.
Becky J. Bednar and Christopher H. Pearson announce their engagem
Paul and Florence Jorgenson will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 29 at their cabin on Wood Lake.
Sarah Ismir and Steven Mateski announce their engagement. Parents are Zahi and Marilyn Ismir, Brainerd, and Theodore and Lynne Mateski, Minnetrista. An Oct. 7 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Jessica Storm and John Herron announce their engagement. Parents are Lisa and Jay Storm, Brainerd, and John F. Herron, Merrifield, and Sharon Hazelton, Nisswa. A Sept. 9 outside wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Ken and Doris Schuster, Pine River, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married June 17, 1950, in Pine River.
Dolores Hedy will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. July 23 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd. The event will be hosted by her family.
Dale and Marj Monson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a party at Karen and Marion Hines' home today. They were married July 16, 1940, in Brainerd.
Perry and Doris Terwilliger, Pillager, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family and friends while in Texas. They were married Dec. 5, 1949, in O'Neill, Neb.
Vietnam trade deal faces time crunch
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is hoping he can win congressional approval before he leaves office for his landmark trade agreement with Vietnam but his top trade negotiator concedes that the dwindling number of days on the legislative calendar could present a challenge.
Grams' fund-raising numbers improve, but he still spent more than he took in
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rod Grams' fund raising improved in the last quarter, but for the second straight quarter his campaign spent more than it took in, leaving him with just over $1 million on hand.
Nader calls on Ventura
ST. PAUL -- Two of the biggest third-party political names in the country met Friday to commiserate over how tough it is to get funding, recognition and their names on the ballot, and to brainstorm about making it better.
Senate sends Clinton GOP bill repealing estate tax
WASHINGTON -- The Senate sent President Clinton a Republican bill Friday that would eliminate estate taxes over the next decade in defiance of a veto threat and Democratic criticism that it is tilted toward the rich.
Dayton criticizes health group over new drug policy
ST. PAUL (AP) -- U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Dayton, who has made the high cost of prescription drugs central to his campaign, took after a group of Minnesota health clinics Friday for revising a policy about free medical samples.
Silence, secrecy and perseverance as peace talks move into fourth day
THURMONT, Md. -- Entering a fourth day of Mideast negotiations at secluded Camp David, U.S. mediators expressed dogged determination to move the talks forward -- and an equally fervent desire to maintain a veil of secrecy over the proceedings.
Superbikers gearing up for CBIR
Superbike racers on the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike tour won't feel the heat of last year's phenoms Ben Bostrom and Anthony Gobert when they race at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway on July 28-30.
Ray runs away with pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Greg Ray won another Indy Racing League pole. Now he's got to prove he can drive the fastest car to victory lane.
Hornets prepare to defend title as tourney opens
Who ever fills the vacant head softball coaching position at the Brainerd High School will be blessed with great young talent.
Sneep's and Lepel's five hitter leads Mets over Twins
Twins title hopes vanished with 3-1 loss
MANKATO -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls continued their mastery of the Mankato Mashers Friday with an 8-2 victory in Northwoods League Action at Franklin Rogers Field.
Baxter Parks and Recreation
9th-inning rally saves the day for Mighty Gulls
MANKATO -- For the second straight game, the Brainerd Mighty Gulls rallied in the ninth inning to win a Northwoods League game over the Mankato Mashers.
Adult Softball Leagues Women's WS 1 Softball
Monday July 10
Northwoods League Baseball
Area events Sunday
Local sports shorts
Jackie Heslop of Pequot Lakes and Mary Hasselberg of Staples finished third and fourth respectively at the Minnesota PGA Junior Championship held Tuesday at the Classic at Madden's and Wednesday at the Legacy at Cragun's.
Q & A
Q: I'm going to college this fall and am taking a laptop computer. I didn't buy it yet, but I'm thinking of getting one for $949 -- the KDS brand at www.computers4sure.com.
Mouse is highlilght of ergonomic suite
Manufacturer: Goldtouch Technologies Inc., Irvine, Calif.; 949-798-0300; www.goldtouch.com
Cellular phones with Internet access put the Web on wheels
On more than one occasion, Jeff Grieves has gone to the airport to pick up a friend, only to learn that the flight was delayed and no one at the ticket counter could say when it might arrive.
For now, online comedy sites work best when there's interaction
The Web is a funny place, but it still may not be ready for real comedy. There is a slew of humor sites on the Net, but only a few, including Z.com, MediaTrip.com and newcomer ComedyWorld.com, offer worthwhile live or archived comedy performances.
Storm in space may disrupt radio, satellite communications
WASHINGTON -- A magnetic storm that could disrupt radio transmissions and satellites -- and also produce colorful northern lights -- is expected to strike the earth Saturday and could last until Monday.
Give your modem a port in a storm
From the weather standpoint, it was a rotten week -- hot and humid, with a seemingly endless supply of thunderstorms that rolled from the Midwest into the Northeast, one after the other, with gale-force winds driving solid sheets of rain that produced floods and power outages across a dozen states.
Rochester groceries bid by Web
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Customers of two Rochester grocery stores should be able to use the Internet to bid for their groceries.
Surfers are speeding up
Not long ago, modem speeds of 56,000 bits per second -- or 56K, in geek-speak -- were considered technologically impossible. So when the first wave of 56K modems hit the market, it was considered a minor miracle.
Animation rules in new 'fear effect'
Pokemon to porn, animation rules in Japan.
With consumers watching, companies add privacy officers
WASHINGTON -- Move over, CEO, CIO, and COO. Your titles are passe compared to the newest position in high demand from corporate headhunters -- Chief Privacy Officer.
Internet is an information, marketing tool for farmers
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Fading are the days when farmers catch weather updates on the tractor radio or read the latest on markets in a monthly magazine. Farmers now have access to radar that shows them where the rain is falling and price information specific to their county.
Mostly cloudy in the morning with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms...Then becoming mostly sunny by midday. High around 80. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Let's play tennis
Weather drawing by Emily Nelson of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Around the world
Hong Kong 92 84 cdy, Istanbul 104 69 clr, Jerusalem 93 72 clr
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 82 64 rn
Weather drawing by Lilly Anderson of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Around the world
Amsterdam 62 52 rn
Around the nation
Indianapolis 87 65 .22 clr, Jackson,Miss. 99 70 clr Jacksonville 95 76 .40 cdy
Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows from 55 to 60. Wind becoming light east.
When to let go and let them go
When should parents relent and let a child attend a rock concert without them?
North-South: Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 113; Sandy Chase and Don Mason, 108.5; Gladys Norrgard and Bev O'Brien, 107.5; and Ann Whalen and Clif Johnson, 100.5. East-West: Bud and Jean Forsberg, 113; Ray Norrgard and Bill Black, 98; Glen and Shirley Shodahl, 92.5; and Al and Carol Kline, 84.
Name: Rudy Hillig
Dear Heloise: Could you give me the proportion of bleach to water for cleaning laminated BATHROOM AND KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS? -- Lynn Cantrell, Anderson, S.C.
Names and faces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former University of Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh has accumulated so many awards and honorary degrees over 60-plus years in public life that the leaders gathered Thursday to give him the Congressional Gold Medal kept revising the figure. Was it 130? 133?
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Child in Need
Several weeks ago Kinship Partners featured a couple of brothers who were very interested in being matched with adults from the community who had a bit of spare time to share their interests in fishing, hunting, woodworking, carving and even athletics if a partner was interested.
Boomers learn to roll with the new rock scene
Jonathan Sherman knew he had two options: He could go to the rock concerts he desperately wanted to, but only if Dad went along. Or, he could stay home and not risk death-by-parental-embarrassment.
Sexually active teens must take responsibility for health
DEAR ABBY: I am a third-year medical student completing my pediatrics rotation. I recently saw a 14-year-old girl who thought she might be pregnant because she was experiencing symptoms of morning sickness.
Wife doesn't want husband to be one of the girls
DEAR ABBY: I am a 29-year-old mother of four. I have had the same problem with my husband ever since we were dating.
The Brainerd Youth Advisory Council (Y.A.C.) would like to thank everyone involved in the Battle of the Bands 2000.
Kevin Ruen, owner of MN Amusements, recently assumed the presidency of the Brainerd Lakes Morning Rotary Club at the Change of Gavel ceremonies at Ruttger's Resort. He plans to embrace the Rotary International theme of "Create Awareness and Take
Tornado kills at least eight at campground in central Alberta
PINE LAKE, Alberta (AP) -- A tornado touched down at a crowded campground in the western Canadian province of Alberta, tossing trailers into a lake, killing at least eight people and injuring 79.
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