Merger impact studied
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Higher airline fares and fewer passenger flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could be the result of a possible acquisition of Northwest Airlines by American Airlines, according to a Metropolitan Airports Commission consultant.
Business inventories rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Businesses boosted their stockpiles of goods on shelves and backlots at a faster-than-expected pace in May with retailers leading the way.
The general rule on Wall Street is that whenever investors want more of something, the Street is happy to oblige -- usually with securities that would have been better left uncreated.
Target to open more stores
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Target will open 24 new stores in 16 states by March 2001, the company announced Monday.
Consumer prices shoot up in June
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer inflation jumped 0.6 percent in June, chiefly reflecting surging gasoline prices and a record rise in the cost of natural gas. Most other prices posted modest increases.
Reaction seems favorable to General Mills purchase of Pillsbury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Government and business leaders in the Twin Cities reacted favorably to General Mills' announcement that it's buying Pillsbury, while several securities analysts praised the deal as a good long-term move.
A Brainerd man was injured in a single-vehicle accident in Hubbard County Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 330, a year ago 178.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
THEFT -- Anita Volkmoth, 1000 block of Thompson Road Southeast, reported her Ford Aspire was stolen from the gates of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to two false fire alarms Monday.
Contacting federal lawmakers
Sen. Paul Wellstone
Baxter City Council agenda
7 p.m. Tuesday
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle: 300.
VANDALISM -- The Staples Police Department reported more than 35 vehicles at Nyhus Chevrolet had paint remover poured across their hoods, causing an estimated $30,000 damage.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Final scores and earnings Sunday of the $2.3 million Ford Senior Players Championship on the 6,966-yard, par-72 TPC of Michigan:
Floyd shows old killer instinct
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ray Floyd admits he's always been a good putter. He works hard at it.
At 24, Woods transcends golf with his feats and charisma
There he is on television, pitching cars that his parents should be driving or knocking his new brand of golf ball into a paper cup on a New York City bridge. There he is again, staring out at you from the cereal aisle of the supermarket. And there he is, too, being reacclaimed as the best player in the world after winning last month's U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes.
Roberts wins second GMO with record-setting score
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- This time it wasn't just Loren Roberts' putting that had his opponents shaking their heads.
Sorenstam goes from public driving range to top of the LPGA
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) -- On Saturday, Annika Sorenstam was just one of the regular folks in the golf world, hitting some balls at the local driving range.
Are Americans dangerously clean?
ATLANTA -- Mom would be proud: All that nagging about washing your hands and cleaning behind the ears finally sank in -- perhaps too much.
Food industry pushing bill to pre-empt state food rules
WASHINGTON -- State laws that require warnings on foods and dietary supplements or regulate the handling eggs and others products could be nullified under legislation food manufacturers are pushing through Congress.
A week before Christmas 1999, Dr. Steve Bardolph, an orthopedic surgeon at Northern Orthopedics in Brainerd, received devastating news.
Clinton provides $50 million to fight Alzheimer's
THURMONT, Md. -- Federal researchers will get an additional $50 million over the next five years for research into prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, including the potential for a vaccine, the White House said Sunday.
Co-op has checks to send, but where?
Individuals or surviving family members of those have equities in the Blue Ox Cooperative may contact the board of trustees by mail at Creameries Blending Inc., 303 NE 6th St., Little Falls, 56345.
General Mills buys Pillsbury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Golden Valley-based General Mills Inc. is buying control of Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Co. for $5.4 billion in stock, creating the world's fifth-largest food company.
Human remains presented as evidence
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- Prosecutors presented as evidence at Donald Blom's murder trial two small boxes that they say contain the burned remains of Katie Poirier.
State getting safer for pedestrians
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota is becoming a safer place for pedestrians, state figures show.
Teen hurt on ride at amusement center
BAXTER -- A 15-year-old boy was injured Saturday on a ride at the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center.
A week before Christmas 1999, Dr. Steve Bardolph, an orthopedic surgeon at Northern Orthopedics in Brainerd, received devastating news.
LF school meal prices raised
LITTLE FALLS -- Residents in the Little Falls School District are going to have to dig a little deeper in their pockets.
LITTLE FALLS -- Two former Little Falls School District employees have requested a review of various records relating to their termination.
Campaign cash is piling up in 6th District House race
The 6th Congressional District race is shaping up to be a bank-buster.
Brainerd council amends resolution on annexation
The Brainerd City Council Monday voted 5-2 to amend its annexation resolution at Minnesota Planning to release property on the west side of the boundary agreement with Baxter.
Three die in area accidents
MERRIFIELD -- Three people were killed in central Minnesota vehicle accidents over the weekend, one in Crow Wing County and two in Todd County.
This was Brainerd
July 17 -- 80 years ago (1920) - A flying machine passed over Brainerd at a high altitude Friday morning. By many it was believed to be Lieutenant Walter Bullock, well known Minneapolis flier who is well acquainted with this Northern country.
Kinkel, Walz file
Sen. Tony Kinkel, DFL-Park Rapids, and Dale Walz of rural Brainerd have filed for Legislature seats.
MnDOT outlines plans for 210 reconstruction
The Minnesota Department of Transportation presented its Highway 210 reconstruction plans to the Brainerd City Council Monday.
Co-chairs chosen for 2000 United Way drive
Reed Campbell and Jeff Olson are the co-chairs of the Crow Wing County United Way 2000 Fall campaign.
Residents oppose city making up for Dispatch TIF fund shortfall
Residents spoke Monday against Brainerd using public funds to help make up a shortfall of about $45,000 in The Brainerd Dispatch's tax-increment financing account.
LF superintendent's pact extended
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School District's superintendent George Maurer received another "A" on his performance evaluation Monday.
Peter Frampton belted out a song during Moondance Jam 2000 near Walker on Saturday night. Frampton let loose with several guitar solos during his performance.
No takers? Few take advantage of state's new education tax credit
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Three years after it was created by the Legislature and former Gov. Arne Carlson, the education tax credit program remains a work in progress.
Youth group van catches fire in Tennessee
Several members of a Minnesota church youth group who were headed to Alabama for a volunteer project were injured Saturday when their van caught fire in Tennessee.
Adding of liquor licenses by city draws vocal opposition
Residents voiced their opposition Monday to the possibility of Brainerd issuing additional liquor licenses.
James Esser, Baxter, and Joshua Anderson, Brainerd, were named to the dean's list of the Institute of Technology for superior academic performance during the spring quarter in 1999.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, the date for the American Legion Auxiliary luncheon was listed incorrectly in today's What's Doing section. The luncheon will be July 27. The Dispatch regrets the error.
Firefighter competition planned in Palisade
AITKIN -- The 12th annual Aitkin Area Firefighter Competition will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 at Berglund Park in Palisade.
This was Brainerd
July 18 -- 40 years ago (1960) -- Brainerd now seems assured of year-round airline service so long as traffic meets minimum requirements of the Civil Aeronautics authority.
'Marriage-penalty' tax cut nears passage
WASHINGTON ,-- Republicans are on the brink of sending President Clinton a centerpiece of the GOP election-year tax relief agenda, a bill cutting income taxes $248 billion over 10 years for millions of married couples.
Huge budget surplus predicted by nonpartisan CBO
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office will project an enormous $2.17 trillion in federal surpluses over the next decade, officials said Monday, further fueling the election-year battle over what to do with the government's mountains of excess cash.
Georgia senator undergoes surgery for cerebral hemorrhage
ATLANTA -- Sen. Paul Coverdell underwent surgery Monday to relieve pressure on his brain after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
USDA: Imported sheep must be destroyed over possible mad cow disease
EAST WARREN, Vt. -- The owners of three flocks of sheep imported from Belgium to produce milk are losing their animals because of the possibility they were infected with a sheep equivalent of mad cow disease.
Woman who bought guns for rampage pleads guilty
BALTIMORE -- The woman who bought the guns used during a neighbor's murderous rampage in March pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge.
Doctor charged in patient killings pleads innocent
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- A former doctor implicated in a string of patient and co-worker poisonings has pleaded innocent to charges that he killed three patients at a Long Island hospital.
Anniversary of Kennedy crash marked quietly
BOSTON -- It was one year ago that a late night plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard killed one of America's favorite sons, and left an entire nation to grieve.
Brown bear kills, partially eats man
JUNEAU, Alaska -- In a rare predatory attack, a brown bear killed and partially ate a man at a campground a few miles from a bear-viewing site in far southeast Alaska.
Teen gunman still at large
RENTON, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy was at large Tuesday after allegedly firing a handgun into the ceiling of his crowded school cafeteria, threatening classmates and talking for days about shooting a teacher.
Gunmen who held six hostage in jewelry store give up peacefully
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. -- The two middle-aged men dressed in business suits claimed to be police detectives as they entered Morgan's Jewelers.
'God, it's hard'
THURMONT, Md. -- In a break with the secrecy surrounding the Camp David summit, President Clinton says these peace talks are ''the hardest thing I've ever seen'' and that while he hopes for a deal, he does not know if one can be reached.
Blind runner makes Olympian effort
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In her eyes, Marla Runyan is an athlete. Not that she would have gotten an argument from 23,000 spectators at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials Sunday, after her charging stretch run in the women's 1,500-meter final reminded again where the line of acceptance is drawn in this dog-eat-dog show: Finish third or higher and you are an Olympian. Everybody else gets a nice-try pat on the back.
Rockies acquire Twins
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies acquired outfielder Butch Huskey and second baseman Todd Walker from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday for infield prospect Todd Sears and cash.
Rockies spend long day trying to end losing streak
The Colorado Rockies had to wait 14 days and nearly 11 hours of doubleheader baseball just to win one game.
USOC's former drug czar says drug-using athletes have won
DENVER (AP) -- United States Olympic Committee officials are reviewing their legal options in the wake of a federal lawsuit filed by the committee's former drug czar.
West wins WNBA all-star game
PHOENIX (AP) -- With Cynthia Cooper vowing to retire and turn Houston's Magnificent Threesome into a duo, Tina Thompson is in the spotlight for good.
Hartin, Acuff survive nervous jump-offs in Olympic trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Both the men's pole vault and women's high jump finals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials went to overtime Sunday, with Chad Harting and Amy Acuff having to survive jump-offs to earn their spots on the Olympic team.
Reports: Man killed was brother of Cards' player
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- A 19-year-old man who died Sunday of gunshot wounds was identified as the brother of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford, according to broadcast reports.
Krayzelburg, Thompson win in meet
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two days after a shocking loss in the 200-meter backstroke, Lenny Krayzelburg reasserted himself with a victory in the 100 back in the Janet Evans Invitational on Sunday.
Cards show their arsenal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Even with Mark McGwire on the disabled list, the St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of power.
Twins' rookie wins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Ankiel's brief career has gotten far more attention than Mark Redman's. Some of Redman's teammates think their left-hander is also one of the majors' top young pitchers.
Jones wins long jump Jackie Joyner-Kersee fails to make team
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The day belonged to three remarkable women.
Johnson hospitalized for irregular heartbeat
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Davey Johnson was hospitalized Sunday after experiencing dizziness caused by an irregular heartbeat.
Baldwin wins again; Leiter loses
Five days after the All-Star game, James Baldwin got another win and Al Leiter lost again.
Ruth Ann Landin
HACKENSACK -- Ruth Ann Landin, 59, Hackensack, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at home.
Gustav "Gus" A. Holz Jr.
BLAINE --Gustav "Gus" A. Holz Jr., 62, Blaine, died of cancer Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his home.
MOTLEY -- Edna Richmond, 84, Motley, died Monday, July 17, 2000, at the Country Manor Nursing Home of Sartell.
BACKUS -- Claudene Flacksbarth, 63, Backus, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Quentin "Curly" Newstrom
BREEZY POINT -- Quentin "Curly" Newstrom, 80, Breezy Point and formerly of Long Lake, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.
Wilbert F. Tolppi
Wilber Frank Tolppi, 76, Brainerd, and formerly of Sebeka, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Vernon H. Rohe
Vernon H. Rohe, 63, of Brainerd and formerly of St. Paul, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Woodland Acres Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Doris Picolet-Jahnke, 98, of Thief River Falls, and a former Pine River resident, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Northwest Medical Center CNC Unit in Thief River Falls.
How to reach Minnesota lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
It didn't take long. As predicted, within days of the announcement of a proposed United-US Airways merger, American Airlines began negotiations to acquire Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines.
Build the WWII Memorial
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post:
Those of us liberal geezers who escaped the musical revolution of the 1960s have for a generation endured the derision and pity of a rock music community that imagined it alone invented high-minded anarchy, radicalism, scorn of authority and left-wing foolishness.
Nobody gives a hoot
WASHINGTON -- In the battle of convention buildups, Republicans are promising something different, Democrats talk of an entertaining liftoff for the fall campaign -- and both parties are producing shows with no shred of suspense.
The urge to merge - Dispatch Editorial
We're not sure if bigger is, indeed, better but there's little question that getting bigger is what it's all about in the business world these days.
Kris Hasskamp has been in office so long that it seems she will do just about anything to stay there.
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
The need for finality
WASHINGTON--No one knows what the final details of an agreement coming out of Camp David would look like--or even if there will be one. But one thing is certain. If it does not contain the following twofold provision, it will be worthless:
Late filing creates primary race for county board
Voters in Crow Wing County's District 1 now have a primary race with this morning's filing by W. Stephen Smith of rural Brainerd for county board.
Minn says he won't run for any office in wake of rejection by legislators
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Former City Council member Steve Minn said he has no plans to run for any political office, despite interest from Independents and moderate Republicans.
Hillary denies using anti-Semitic slur in 1974
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- A tense moment the night President Clinton lost a Congressional bid in Arkansas 26 years ago has returned to embroil Hillary Rodham Clinton in controversy.
Gore pulls even with Bush in two national polls
WASHINGTON -- Al Gore campaigned about the nation's prosperity for the last month as the Democratic National Committee flooded key states with millions of dollars in advertising. This week, Gore got a hint the intensive effort may have helped, with two new national polls showing the presidential race is even.
TORONTO (AP) -- Results Sunday of the Molson Indy FedEx Championship Series race at Exhibition Place, with starting position in parentheses, driver, type of car, laps completed and reason out, if any:
Andretti wins race; sets sights on second title
TORONTO -- It's been nine years, but a victory in the Toronto Molson Indy has Michael Andretti thinking about another championship.
Ray cruises to first victory of the year
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Greg Ray always had the fastest car in the Indy Racing League. He finally drove a winner Saturday night.
Jensen, Stewart repeat; Sweet sweeps
Brad Jensen and Trevor Stewart delivered the one, two punch Saturday, as they continued their hot streaks, returning to North Central Motor Speedway's victory lane.
Amato keeps winning at Colorado track
MORRISON, Colo., -- Joe Amato won for the sixth time in his career at Bandimere Speedway Sunday at the 22nd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals.
The Brainerd Family YMCA has its next swim lesson schedule ready. The session begins, July 31, and meets twice a week for three weeks. YMCA members can begin registering for classes on Monday, July 24. Community members can begin on Thursday, July 27.
Day swings big bat in Pony League game
Gregg Day slammed two home runs for the American League and Justin Mueller homered and struck out three batters for the National League in the inaugural Pony League Mid-Season Classic at Bane Park on Sunday.
Brainerd Legion captures split
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Legion baseball team split with both Duluth Lakeview and Grand Rapids this weekend as it competed in the Grand Rapids Tournament.
Gulls take series from Mankato
MANKATO -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls improved their record to 6-4 in the second half of Northwoods League Baseball with an extra-innings 7-2 win over the Mankato Mashers Saturday.
Rochester rallies to beat Gulls
ROCHESTER -- After taking their last series from Mankato it looked as if the Brainerd Mighty Gulls would start another series off on the right foot.
Radio guide -- WYRQ-FM (92.1), KFML-FM (94.1), KKIN-FM (94.3), KTCF-FM (101.5), KTIG-FM (102.7), WCCO-AM (830), KKIN-AM (930), KLTF-AM (960), 3WI-AM (1270), KVBR-AM (1340), KLIZ-AM (1380), KLLZ-AM (1600)
Who needs 9 players?
Brainerd Legion pitcher Nate Thomas got the job done on the mound and at the plate as he helped his team to a 9-4 victory over Fergus Falls on Monday.
Neugebauer powers Bronco League winners
Cory Neugebauer belted two home runs and a double to lead the American League over the National League 18-11 in the 45th annual Bronco League Mid-Season Classic at Bane Park on Sunday.
The Dons of Brainerd claimed the 22nd annual Brainerd slow pitch softball tournament, now titled the Hopper Memorial softball tournament, July 7-8. The event was organized by Eric Haapajoki to start a scholarship fund in the name of his father, Jon Haapajoki.
Braves upset by Fort Ripley
Tim, Tony and Rob Vieth led the way for the Fort Ripley Rebels as they upset the Brainerd Braves 12-8 in North Victory League playoffs Sunday.
Hornets dominate tournament
The Brainerd Hornets outscored their opponents 115-9 and won all six of their games this weekend to win the Junior Olympics 16-and-under State softball tournament at Memorial and Mills Avenue Fields.
Around the nation
Duluth 66 46 cdy, El Paso 98 73 clr, Evansville 84 73 rn
Tonight...Partly cloudy and cool. Lows in the upper 40s. Light and variable winds.
Drought predictions washed away with sudden spurt of summer rains
Just a few months ago, weather forecasters predicted a dry summer with below-normal precipitation in Minnesota, especially in the southern part of the state.
Weather drawing by Whitney Joyce of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Around the world
Copenhagen 71 52 cdy, Dhahran 109 88 clr, Dublin 65 42 cdy
Flooding impact in Lanesboro more than wet basements
LANESBORO, Minn. (AP) -- Persistent high water has done more than soak basements in this southeastern Minnesota community on the Root River. Flooding has dampened the short summer tourism season.
Fishing in the sun
Weather drawing by Tony Engel of Mrs. Zaffke's third grade class at Nisswa school.
Around the nation
Jackson,Miss. 102 75 clr, Jacksonville 91 73 cdy, Juneau 65 52 .08 rn
Tonight...Unseasonably cold. Becoming clear early. Lows around 45. Light northwest winds.
Around the world
Helsinki 71 57 cdy, Hong Kong 93 82 rn, Istanbul 86 67 cdy
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brooke Shields is heading back to the altar.
Engineers need to hear about blunder
DEAR ABBY: Have you noticed how often people fail to get out of the way of electric carts used to transport people who can't walk long distances at airports? It isn't pure cussedness. It's because the ''warning beep'' used by these carts is near a sound frequency that cannot be easily processed by the human ear. (See: ''How We Localize Sound'' by W.M. Hartmann in the November 1999 issue of Physics Today.) Thus, airline commuters cannot tell where the sound is coming from, which is hazardous to both walkers and riders.
The Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary will serve chicken salad with fruit, roll, ice cream, a cookie wafer and a beverage from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $3.50. Call-in orders are welcomed.
Pillager's Class of 1950 reunites
PILLAGER -- The Pillager High School Class of 1950 recently held a reunion in the Pillager Park, celebrating its 50th year since graduation.
Listen up, hotel executives
Dear Heloise: My pet PEEVES ABOUT HOTEL ROOMS are:
Names and faces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Ronald Reagan's daughter Maureen says her father is doing as well as someone with Alzheimer's disease can, but that the disease ''just gets worse every day.''
Toddler's death ended two lives
DEAR ABBY: I have started this letter to you a hundred times, but have never been able to finish it. I hope you will print it.
Plane crashes into two homes in India, nearly 60 killed
PATNA, India -- A jet smashed into two homes just over a mile from its destination Monday, killing nearly 60 people on board and on the ground and leaving weeping relatives digging through flaming wreckage in search of survivors.
Mideast summit begins make-or-break day
THURMONT, Md. -- The Camp David summit entered a make-or-break day Tuesday, with President Clinton saying through a spokesman he hopes the parties will have ''wrapped up their business'' by the time he is to leave for Japan the following morning.
Pact creates $5 billion fund to reimburse Nazi-era slaves
BERLIN -- With hopes of securing legal peace and moral closure after more than half a century, U.S. and European officials Monday signed into being a $5 billion fund to compensate more than 1 million survivors of Nazi enslavement and forced labor.
Princess bride confronts legal problems
SAN DIEGO -- A Bahraini princess who used forged military documents to flee her country and marry a U.S. Marine must face charges of illegally entering the United States, a judge said Monday.
Philippine rebels release ailing hostage
JOLO, Philippines -- Muslim rebels on Monday freed an ailing German woman who had been held in a Philippine jungle since she and 20 other mostly foreign hostages were abducted 85 days ago.
Thousands briefly evacuated after Montreal chemical plant fire
VAUDREUIL-DORION, Quebec (AP) -- An explosion and fire at a chemical plant sent up a cloud of toxic smoke outside Montreal, forcing the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents.
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