The poor investors are on their own
NEW YORK (AP) -- Six months ago, the sages of Wall Street were advising that things couldn't get much worse, and investors listened.
Newspapers increasing interaction with readers to combat mistrust, declining circulation
WASHINGTON -- Fighting to regain readers, newspapers are increasing their interaction with the public by offering everything from new designs to reporters' e-mail addresses.
Resort is dream come true for Bruesch family
Imagine leaving your job in corporate America, uprooting your five children and moving them from urban life to a community of fewer than 500.
Solvent smell solved
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tad Peterson remembers well the pungent smell of perchloroethylene (perc) in his family's Minneapolis dry cleaning business.
Ohio's controversial egg king embattled over pollution charges
CROTON, Ohio -- If Anton Pohlmann's father had his way, the man who made a fortune selling eggs would be a priest.
While Nasdaq tests its lows, the tech index also testing investors patience
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index appears poised to go where market analysts figured and investors feared it would -- down to its low.
Scott Parsons, Brainerd, has been honored by Farmers Insurance Group for his outstanding sales achievements during 2000. He has been invited to attend the 2001 annual meeting of Farmers' top sales producers.
Xerox names a woman CEO
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Xerox Corp. appointed Anne M. Mulcahy as president and chief executive Thursday, making her one of only five female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company.
Chicago-area thrift closed by regulators
WASHINGTON -- The Chicago-area thrift closed by federal regulators specialized in high-risk consumer lending, a fast-growing business that also brought big losses to two other institutions in recent years.
Want to be a consultant?
NEW YORK -- After the depression and panic that comes with a layoff notice, many executives or managers start thinking about what's next. Many consider becoming a consultant.
United, US Airways call off merger after Justice Dept. says it would block the deal
CHICAGO -- Their merger now officially dead, United Airlines and US Airways will now try to rebound from setbacks they suffered during their pursuit of a deal that would have created the world's largest airline.
Payless Cashways closing three Knox Lumber stores in Minnesota
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- Payless Cashways is closing 39 stores under a downsizing plan, including the building supplies company's three remaining Knox Lumber stores in Minnesota, which are in St. Paul, Little Canada and Hopkins.
Tax rebates can help jump-start savings plan
NEW YORK -- Ask most people what they're going to do with their federal tax rebate checks, and they'll talk about spending -- for back-to-school supplies, a new DVD player, a late summer vacation.
IRS makes paying back taxes less confusing
Paying off back taxes to the IRS is about to get a little less confusing.
Ten Commandments bill clears North Carolina Legislature; governor must decide
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The state Legislature on Thursday approved a bill allowing public schools to display the Ten Commandments, leaving it up to Gov. Mike Easley to decide whether to make it law.
The Brothers and Sisters in Christ from the Bertha-Hewitt area will be providing music for the outdoor worship service at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison at 10 a.m. Sunday. The group was formed in 1995 and has five members at the pre
Religion and relief Government has long history of funding religion groups that help the poor overseas
Decades before President Bush asked Congress to let religious charities compete for more taxpayer dollars, the federal government began a financial relationship with faith-based groups that continues today.
A loss for words How does one bid farewell to Mom Mom?
My brain isn't working right. I'm standing here in this hospital room with tears in my eyes and my heart pounding, and my brain just keeps firing off the same stupid message: "I'm not good at this." Duh. No one is good at this. "I'm not good at this" is like saying, "I have blue eyes." No, it's like saying, "I'm a human being." There are certain sayings that just, um, go without saying.
First Lutheran to install pastor
Following a year without a senior pastor, First Lutheran Church ELCA in Brainerd will ceremoniously install the Rev. Andrew Smith into that position on Sunday.
What's in a word?
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less.
Was Rome's Colosseum paid for by plundering Jerusalem Temple?
This is the year of Colosseum chic, what with "Gladiator" reviving Hollywood's long-moribund genre of the toga epic and winning five Oscars, including best picture.
Jefferson had a hand in Bible, too
It must have been a peculiar sight: The author of the Declaration of Independence, seated in his Monticello mansion, cutting the Bible into pieces.
Transferring power to young adults is a challenge for parents
QUESTION: If power is so important to teen-agers, then it must play a key role in family dynamics. How does it work itself out at home?
First lady wants to augment teacher training, urges unprepared teachers to inform professors
WASHINGTON -- If new teachers feel unprepared for the realities of public school, first lady Laura Bush wants them to let their college professors know.
Adopted man has no interest in birth family
DEAR ABBY: I am 33, married and the father of three children. I was adopted at three weeks of age and never felt the need to search for my "roots" or "identity" like many others do.
Brent and Chad are waiting in Pequot Lakes for adult partners
My faith in Kinship Partners is always renewed when I think about our adult volunteers who offer their time to help out a child in need.
For quality wines, connoisseurs look to .... Oregon?
DUNDEE, Ore. -- When Jim and Susan Sokol Blosser arrived here 30 years ago to plant a small vineyard, Dundee was barely more than a wide spot in a road in the Willamette Valley.
Stepmother fights negative with positive
DEAR ABBY: The letter from "No Name, No Address, No Phone," about the way a stepmother treated her husband's children, brought tears to my eyes. It was a real eye-opener.
'Fashion' can span the ages
NEW YORK (AP) -- How many people can really wear "runway fashion"? The super-short skirts and see-through tops are only for skinny 20-year-olds with fat wallets, right?
Pedaling for a good cause
The champions rode into the sleepy town, their brightly colored jerseys proudly displaying their cause -- their stand against multiple sclerosis.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 253, a year ago 467.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 300.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 208, a year ago 193.
A woman and an 11-year-old girl suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle accident that occurred Friday on Highway 371 six miles north of Little Falls, according to the State Patrol.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County Court:
In his recent column, Cal Thomas wrote that a youth-mentoring bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Osborne (R-N
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
8:30 a.m. -- Review consent calendar and correspondence
Brad and Marcy (Hummel) LeDoux, Brainerd, a boy, Colby Lee, 6 pounds, 10 ounces, July 6, 2001. Grandparents are Loni and Jeannie LeDoux, Brainerd, Dennis and Lorelei Carlson, Pharr, Texas, and Stanley Hummell, Brainerd.
Monday Night Golf a showcase for LPGA's Sorenstam, Webb
In a made-for-TV match that will bring unprecedented prime-time exposure to the top female golfers, Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam will face David Duval and Karrie Webb for a $1.7-million purse on Monday night.
Palmer hints at cutback of competitive career
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Arnold Palmer, embarrassed by a round in the 80s, is close to giving up competitive golf and intends to reduce an already shortened schedule.
State lawmakers propose lifetime gun ban for violent felons
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A week after a Columbia Heights man opened fire on police, two state lawmakers have proposed a lifetime gun ban for violent felons.
Cheney's stop part politics, part policy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney, a former secretary of defense, prepared Friday to take charge at a "boot camp" for a Republican Party-building conference that drew activists from 12 states.
Pentagon employees ring up huge debt on government credit cards
WASHINGTON -- Here's what a Pentagon infamous for buying overpriced toilets and hammers produced when it handed out credit cards to its employees: 10 million purchases, $9 billion in debt and plenty of examples of fraud.
Newly released book on Indonesian policy called back because it details U.S. role in anti-communist purge
WASHINGTON -- In a diplomatic damage-control mission, the government is recalling all copies of a State Department history book from hundreds of libraries because it details the U.S. role in Indonesia's deadly purge of communists in the 1960s.
Senate supports Mexican truck safety standards opposed by Bush, but GOP still seeks changes
WASHINGTON -- Republicans are promising more delays against Mexican truck safety standards that the White House has threatened to veto, despite an overwhelming Senate show of support for the restrictions.
Ventura attacks costly lobbying by teachers union
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura, who caught plenty of flak for a budget that many people thought was too hard on education, struck back Friday by criticizing the lobbying bill run up by the state's largest teachers union.
GOP moderates may force compromise on patients rights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite personal lobbying by President Bush, Republican moderates may force GOP leaders to compromise on patient lawsuits when the House takes up patients' rights legislation next week.
FDA advisers urge more safety information before approval of nasal flu vaccine
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) -- A panel of health experts says FluMist, a painless flu vaccine, can protect against the illness and will probably one day prove safe enough for use.
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West Nile virus spreads to Southeast
The West Nile virus has spread to the Southeast for the first time since it appeared in New York City in 1999, and the original outbreak of the disease was wider than originally thought, researchers reported Thursday.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mead Johnson Nutritionals announced Saturday a recall of sample packs of its LactoFree infant formula because the packages fail to list ingredients on the back of the box.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Home without a foyer in Design J-75
Houses without real foyers have to work harder to feel hospitable. In Design J-75, at least there's a deep porch to welcome guests. A generous front porch often can do double duty as an open-air foyer.
Get to know lavatera
Lavatera is an annual that deserves a place in more flower gardens. You probably won't find flats of lavatera plants for sale in spring,
Handyman Q & A
Q. Alan asks: When installing indoor-outdoor carpet, should I trim then glue to concrete or glue, then trim?
Home provides comfort, inside and out
With comfortable porches fore and aft and an efficient interior, this home, Plan J-75, by the HomeStyles Designers Network, offers great spaces for relaxation _ indoors and out. Its floor plan provides 1,581 square feet of living space.
Greg Hanson has joined the Tower Real Estate team. A lifetime resident of Brainerd, Hanson has more than 25 years of experience in the construction field. He will be specializing in new and residential construction.
Nisswa show is a bloomin' success
NISSWA -- When the doors of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa opened Wednesday, the smell of flowers lingered in the air.
A house that does some of the housework
Edward and Madeleine Landry's new house isn't in your neighborhood, but it may very well influence your house in the future.
Home improvement communication 101
Before the euphoria of a home improvement job dissolves into a "we said-you said" spat between homeowner and contractor, a home repair expert suggests both sides can minimize miscommunication with a series of simple steps, including a clearly written contract.
Installing a ceiling fan
We believe that a ceiling fan is a must for any home, anywhere. Why the enthusiasm? Comfort, energy savings and lower utility bills are a few reasons. Moreover, a ceiling paddle fan is decorative and, when equipped with a light kit, is a good source of artificial light.
Tip of the week
BYLINE3:Want to do a simple electrical job, but aren't quite sure about all that wiring stuff? Read on and you'll learn how you can tell which wires are hot and which are not -- without trial and error.
Add personality to small spaces
Much of American life happens in small houses. More than 50 million homes have 2,500 square feet or less of living space.
The nightmare of choosing the kitchen of your dreams
I am a tutti-frutti cook living in a plain vanilla kitchen.
Lutheran Social Service makes move in Baxter
BAXTER -- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, which has served the Brainerd lakes area for more than 20 years through a variety of programs, recently opened a new office facility and training center in Baxter.
Cass meetings air Hwy. 371 Corridor Comprehensive Plan
PINE RIVER -- Portions of the Highway 371 Corridor Comprehensive Plan were released at public meetings this week in Cass County.
City plans to tackle street projects
By this winter some of Brainerd's streets will be a lot more smooth to drive on.
World Series-quality buffet offered at Hap Dumont banquet
It could have been so simple. If there's one thing baseball players agree on, no matter where in the world their team comes from, it's their preference in food. So, it would have been easy to feed and please the more than 300 players, friends and family members that packed the Brainerd gym Friday night for the banquet kicking off the Hap Dumont National Baseball Congress 16-Under World Series that's being held here this week.
This was Brainerd
JULY 29 - 100 years ago (1901) - Yesterday was a scorcher so far as the weather was concerned, and it is claimed that all former records of the weather bureaus in this portion for the same hours were broken, as the mercury climbed to 101.
Adult students who are working on earning a Minnesota General Educational Development diploma have until Dec. 31 to complete their testing requirements.
A new Nisswa hunting club specializes in breeding Tollers. The story appears Sunday in North Country.
A new 12-acre corn maze shaped like a Brainerd landmark opens this week east of town.
Limited 371 access worries some residents
PINE RIVER -- Limiting direct local business and residential access to Highway 371 prompted concerned property owners to get a first look at the Highway 371 Corridor Comprehensive Plan Thursday.
Battling the rain
Three participants in the ninth-annual Relay for Life battled the torrential rains at Don Adamson Field on Friday night.
Aitkin day-care provider accused of duct-taping child's mouth
AITKIN -- An Aitkin day-care provider has been charged with malicious punishment of a child in Aitkin County Court for allegedly putting duct tape on a child.
Sign in place
One of the three "Welcome to Brainerd" signs was recently put up at W.W. Thompson Concrete on Business Highway 371.
The Nisswa American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a blood drive for the Red Cross from 1-6:30 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Overturned sailboat prompts concern on river
An overturned double-hulled sailboat on the Mississippi River today was cause for alarm after recent area drownings, but fortunately none of the three people on board were injured and their sailboat was righted by the help of another boat.
BAXTER -- For a long time, Liz Buscher wasn't sure what her father Gerry Buscher actually did in the materials department at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
One person dead, one injured in two workplace shootings in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Gunfire erupted at two industrial plants Friday, leaving one man dead, another wounded and two of their co-workers in custody.
Man who shot down Yamamoto dies at 84
TERREBONNE, Ore. (AP) -- Rex T. Barber, a World War II fighter pilot who spent most of his life seeking sole credit for shooting down the bomber carrying the mastermind of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has died at 84.
Exploding water heater rocks suburban Seattle shopping center, injuring three
BURIEN, Wash. -- A suburban Seattle shopping center was rocked by a water heater explosion that hurtled concrete chunks for a block, shattered business facades and injured four people.
Strong quake rattles Alaskan peninsula
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck Alaska and jolted residents for hundreds of miles, but no damages or injuries were reported.
Original 29 Navajo 'code talkers' awarded medals 56 years after the end of the war they helped win
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Allen Dale June shrugs off suggestions that he's a hero. He doesn't think about the past, he says. But, finally, he and the 28 other World War II "Code Talkers" have medals that prove they are.
Cincinnati police officer kills black man in gunfight; first such death since April riots
CINCINNATI -- A police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old black man early Friday, the first such death since spring rioting after an officer shot an unarmed black man.
Patients rights plan by Bush criticized
WASHINGTON -- As negotiations continue, Democrats are complaining that President Bush's latest designs for patients' rights will create a shield for employers conspiring to deny health coverage to their workers.
Economy slowed to 0.7 percent rate in spring; weakest performance in eight years
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy slowed to a barely discernible 0.7 percent growth rate in the spring, the weakest performance in eight years, as businesses cut investment spending by the largest amount in nearly two decades.
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's developing national security strategy could mean a smaller military with less emphasis on coping with several crises at once, Pentagon officials say.
Condit interviewed fourth time by police in Levy disappearance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police detectives, this time with FBI profilers present, interviewed Rep. Gary Condit a fourth time in the investigation into the disappearance of a former federal intern.
House votes to reinstate Clinton arsenic standards
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled House voted Friday to reinstate tougher standards for arsenic in drinking water that had been issued by the Clinton administration, in a rebuke to President Bush who had suspended the guidelines and ordered a review.
Baltimore accident highlights the dangers of trains carrying hazardous materials
BALTIMORE -- The iron horse that rumbled through America's cities in the early 1800s carried grain, cows and coal. Today, it's carrying acids, corrosives and combustibles.
Man burned trying to save the family dog from Yellowstone thermal pool
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- A man was badly burned trying to rescue the family dog after it bolted from a motor home and jumped into a scalding thermal pool.
Heat, wind create difficulties in Wyoming fire that continues to threaten homes
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Firefighters braced for another day of heat and wind as they attempt to turn back a blaze that has surged toward homes and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in this pristine mountainous area.
Fatigued firefighters protect homes
JACKSON, Wyo. -- Despite the fatigue of battling six straight days on fire lines, firefighters managed to stave off disaster and keep a pesky, 3,150-acre wildfire from upscale mountain homes.
Two deputies killed in California along with suspected gunman
STIRLING CITY, Calif. -- Two sheriff's deputies who went to a remote mountain home to question the resident about threats and stolen guns were found shot to death in the cabin, along with the suspected gunman.
Powell cites progress after U.S.-China talks
BEIJING -- Following top-level talks with Chinese officials, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saturday he was able to narrow differences with China on military exports. He also gave assurances that the U.S. missile defense initiative will not pose a threat to China.
Whitman backs utilities' plan to fight pollution
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman proposed sweeping changes Thursday in the regulation of power plant pollution that would replace five of the government's toughest programs with a single, flexible approach favored by utilities.
Gibbs thinks Parcells can't stay away from football
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. Because Joe Gibbs is one of the few successful coaches to make a clean break with the NFL, he has a pretty good eye for those who can't. Bill Parcells is at the top of his list.
Lehigh has highest student grad rate
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Lehigh University received the inaugural NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Award for the highest student graduation rate among the 302 Division I schools.
Celebrating 65th anniversary of Owens' four Olympic golds
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sixty-five years ago, Jesse Owens shattered the notion of Aryan superiority and humiliated Adolf Hitler by winning four track and field gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Ervin strikes gold with 100-meter win
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) -- Anthony Ervin upstaged the 100-meter duel between Ian Thorpe and Pieter van den Hoogenband, giving the United States an unexpected gold medal Friday at swimming's world championships.
Juggling jobs nothing new to Sherman
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Mike Sherman sat in Ron Wolf's old office and looked taken aback by the question.
Detectives investigating sex assault accusation against Tyson
BIG BEAR CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a woman's allegation that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sexually assaulted her at a rental home last week.
Armstrong cruises to fourth stage-victory
SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France (AP) -- With a freshness that surprised even himself, Lance Armstrong pounded his way to a fourth stage victory, further tightening his grip on Tour de France title No. 3.
Miller twins adjusting to life on different teams
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- After years of starring together on winning teams, identical twins Kelly and Coco Miller are adjusting to separate lives in the WNBA.
Schottenheimer tries to tame 'riverboat gambler' George
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- To tame the strong arm and strong will of Jeff George, Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer came up with a game.
Bonds passes his version of M & M Boys
With two drives, Barry Bonds suddenly jumped in front of two of baseball's greatest home run hitters.
Thorpe wins No. 6 in Australia's three-gold night
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) -- Ian Thorpe savored his sixth gold medal of the World Swimming Championships Saturday, while the United States team was embarrassed by another disqualification.
BEIJING (AP) -- China's first heavyweight title fight was postponed Friday after John Ruiz injured his neck during training to defend his WBA title against Evander Holyfield.
Saberhagen makes triumphant return to majors
Nearly 22 months removed from the big leagues, Bret Saberhagen pitched like he was still in his prime.
Davis hurting again; Prime Time calls it quits
As more top draft picks signed lucrative deals and Deion Sanders cut a severance package of his own, Terrell Davis was having a hard time getting back on the field.
James A. Luther
PEQUOT LAKES -- James A. Luther, 79, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Joseph J. Novick
Joseph James Novick, 94, Brainerd, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Joseph James Novick
Joseph James Novick, 94, Brainerd, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Mary 'Betty' Nielsen
HACKENSACK -- Mary "Betty" Nielsen, 77, Hackensack, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at home.
Anne M. Sullivan
Anne M. Sullivan, 61, Brainerd, formerly of Little Falls, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at home in Brainerd.
James A. Luther
PEQUOT LAKES -- James A. Luther, 79, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Grace A. Niemann
Grace A. Niemann, 42, Brainerd, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at her home.
Caroline G. Paysen
AITKIN -- Caroline G. Paysen, 89, Aitkin, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Don't reward shoddy work
This editorial was published in the July 19 edition of the Owatonna People's Press.
MANCHESTER, N.H.--The largest city in the Granite State is blessedly free of presidential candidates this summer, but it is not devoid of controversy. A rock concert that drew an estimated 10,000 young people to a city park last Sunday night produced more than 80 complaints to police and touched off what Mayor Robert Baines told me was for him an unprecedented furor.
New charter school - Dispatch Editorial
They couldn't have cut it much closer, but the state of Minnesota and the Pillager charter school's agreement, reached just last week, is good news for students at the former PEAKS school.
Risky politics - Dispatch Editoral
Under the cold, somber light of objective reflection, President Bush may wonder if rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, the world treaty to fight global warming, was a good idea. It leaves the United States in an isolated position on the world stage and may cause him political trouble at home.
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Paying and paying again
This editorial appeared in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times:
Lured in by the signs on Washington Street last week, my family and I spontaneously stopped in to watch the Rhythm of the Rails show at 303 Front Street in Brainerd.
Breaking the rules
I wonder how many mothers are sitting down with their daughters to make sure they understand the real lesson of Chandra Levy? For those who don't know what that lesson might be, grandmothers would be a good source, except for many who were reared in the '60s. Mothers might also try my favorite contemporary rule book, Dr. Laura Schlessinger's ``Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives'' (there's a version for men, too, Congressman Condit, in case you haven't figured out how you've messed up yours).
Anyone want to play ball?
Soccer moms are incessantly teased about their doting attention to what some folks see as over-indulged young athletes. The parents' values, the critics will snipe, consist of big SUVs, 30-block sunscreen and an Eddie Bauer wardrobe.
News council can help readers
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Aggressive bull sharks lurk closer to shore
Bull sharks probably won't make top billing in the next shark documentary.
Hunting club opening
NISSWA -- When Jim and Peggy Wills bought 480 acres four-and-a-half miles west of Nisswa their plan was to create a horse farm. Jim soon had second thoughts.
Bear hunters shoot for two
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources, hoping to make a dent in the state's growing black bear population, will let hunters kill two of the animals this season.
Pelican tracking continues researcher's work
CORRELL, Minn. (AP) -- The banders met at 5 a.m. to a picturesque scene of scooped-mouthed birds flying over a cool Marsh Lake as the sun slowly inched above the horizon.
North Country calendar
28-29 -- Brainerd Archery Club 3-D shoot, 42 target round; phone 828-7810 or 828-8007
Family turns backyard into nature preserve
PLYMOUTH (AP) -- It might look as if Wayne and Peggy Willenberg never cut the front lawn of their house in Plymouth.
Latest fishing gadgets turn old pastime into a high-tech sport
BAXTER -- The driver's seat of Al Lindner's bass boat looks a little like a cross between an airplane cockpit and the sonar room of a submarine.
Dawn Brundin and Jared Rothenberger announce their engagement. Parents are Roger and Sharon Brundin, East Grand Forks, and Charles Rothenberger and Judy Rothenberger, Brainerd. An Aug 4 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Joseph and Paula Wallin will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary with their family today. They were married July 29, 1966, in Nisswa.
Angela Young and Jimmy Barrett announce their engagement. Parents are Wes and Donna Young, Pierz, and Jim and Sharon Barrett, Brainerd. An Aug. 11 wedding is planned at Holy Cross Church in Harding.
William and Margery (Bilstad) Thoe recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married July 28, 1951.
Sandra Heim and David M. Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Dwight and Edie Heim, Jenkins. An Aug. 25 wedding is planned in Red Wing.
Elizabeth Anne Mattingly and Daniel James Kirzeder announce their engagement. Parents are Dr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Mattingly, Austin, and Mr. and Mrs. James Kirzeder, Crosby. An Aug. 11 wedding is planned at The Log Chapel at the University of Notre Dame.
Michelle Lee Collison and Matthew Lundquist announce their engagement. Parents are Sue Collison and Jerry Cory, Staples, and Judy and Mike Abelson, Hurley, Wis., and Tom and Mary Lundquist, Britt. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.
Mavis and Eldon Hegstrom will celebrate their 50th wedding aniversary from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The event is hosted by their children.
Tabatha Ann Persons and Christopher Debeltz announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Bozena Persons, Brainerd, and Jerome and Mary Debeltz, Ely. An Aug. 11 wedding is planned for 3 p.m. at the Brainerd Arboretum.
Wendy Renee Balzer and Russel Charles Bach announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Annette Balzer, Blooming Prairie, and Cleo and Judy Bach, Backus. An Aug. 11 wedding is planned at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kasson with a wedding reception from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Deerfield Town Hall.
Angela Mudford and Ryan Hart announce their engagement. Parents are Barry and Bev Mudford, Brainerd, and Ron and Arlene Hart, Baxter. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Luther and Marjorie Teig recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family and friends. They were married July 25, 1941, in Cleveland.
Sally Ose will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 5 at Woodland Care Center. Use the entrance at the 200 parking lot. No gifts please.
Waiting out the rain
Team Kawasaki teammates Eric Bostrom (left) and Doug Chandler shared a laugh under their trailer's tent on Friday as they waited for the rain to stop before the first Superbike qualifying session for the American Motorcyclist Association Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championships at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway this weekend.
Motorcycle racer fits in time for hunting hobbies
Most racers, who will be competing in the Colonel's Truck Accessories American Motorcyclist Association Classic at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway this weekend, have hobbies like riding dirt bikes, golfing or jet skiing.
Bodine wins pole at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Todd Bodine might have been as surprised as anybody when he won the pole for the Pennsylvania 500.
Four men wanted in assault
BURNSVILLE (AP) -- Police were searching Thursday for four men accused in the afternoon sexual assault of a woman pushing a stroller in a city park.
Cheney touts ethanol, renewable fuels in state
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vice President Dick Cheney told farm leaders here Friday exactly what they wanted to hear, saying the president's energy policy would lean more on ethanol and other renewable fuels than the nation has in the past.
Man who left son in hot car indicted for manslaughter
ANOKA (AP) -- An Anoka County grand jury indicted a Minneapolis man Thursday in the death of his 4-month-old son, who died after being left alone in a minivan on a hot summer day.
Tiger that bit girl, 7, is destroyed for rabies test
RACINE (AP) -- A white Siberian tiger that bit a 7-year-old girl was destroyed Friday so it could be tested for rabies after the state Court of Appeals for the second time rejected a request for a reprieve.
Ice cream retailers, farmers feeling impact of rising butterfat costs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A surge in butterfat prices is giving Minnesota's ice cream makers headaches while the state's dairy farmers are cashing in after years of struggling to break even.
Three charged with murdering man whose body was dismembered
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three Minneapolis residents were charged with first-degree murder Friday in the death of a 20-year-old St. Paul man whose dismembered body was found in rural Wisconsin.
Family of teen killed in crash sues Anoka County, deputies
HAM LAKE (AP) -- The family of a Ham Lake woman who was killed when an Anoka County sheriff's vehicle ran a red light and hit her car is suing the county and two deputies involved in the accident.
Former Rochester postmaster pleads innocent to embezzlement of postal funds
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The former postmaster for Rochester was released on his own accord after pleading innocent to federal charges of embezzling postal funds.
Keillor lhas open-heart surgery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Radio host Garrison Keillor was in good condition Thursday after undergoing open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Time running out on Hmong citizenship law
WASHINGTON -- Less than 6 percent of the people eligible have taken advantage of a law passed last year aimed at helping Laotian and Hmong veterans and their spouses become U.S. citizens. With the law set to expire in November, advocates are scrambling to extend it for another 18 months.
Some fear quick erosion of state tax cuts
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Word of a proposal in Ramsey County to raise property taxes by 8.2 percent has renewed fears that a tax cut recently approved by the Legislature may be eroded by local units of government.
Appeals court won't block killing of tiger
AUSTIN (AP) -- The state Court of Appeals refused Thursday to block a judge's order that a tiger that bit a 7-year-old child be killed so it can be checked for rabies.
Northwoods League Baseball
Anderson asks players to enjoy the journey, not focus on importance of winning
While the 300 plus players, families and coaches of the dozen baseball teams taking part in the Hap Dumont World Series ate and compared notes, another coach slipped quietly into the Brainerd High School gym and took his place at the head table.
Gulls cancel game, ties to three players
While the rains poured down on Mills field Friday night, washing away any chance of the Gulls getting in their last two games against Alexandria, the Gulls' management team washed their hands of three Gulls players and welcomed six new roster additions with open arms.
Kennedy honing his technique, preparing for national championships
This time of year, sports fans are usually preoccupied with the boys of summer. Thoughts of swimming and diving, except for those occasional trips to the beach, belong to colder months.
Play off schedule
Soccer team wins Northwest Division
The 12 and under LAYSA girls soccer team won the Northwest Division with a 3-2 win over Detroit Lakes in overtime. They won the second game 2-1 but it took Caitlin Barnaby, Chelsea Boyseher and Erin Olejnicak to score goals in the overtime shootout to get the win.
Gulls pick up second win in a row
ALEXANDRIA -- The Mighty Gulls beat the Alexandria Beetles 9-6 on the road Thursday to continue their surge toward the playoffs.
U of M coach may lead Gophers out of NCAA field
John Anderson, coach of the University of Minnesota baseball team, has led his squad to 11 NCAA postseason tournaments. Now, if necessary, he's ready to lead his team out of the NCAA field as it exists today.
Perham throws no-hitter at Brainerd, takes double-header
Perham right-hander Shane Hendrickson tossed a no-hitter and struck out 11 Brainerd batters in the first game Thursday night as the Brainerd Legion baseball team dropped a double-header with Perham, losing the first game 10-2 and the second 15-3.
Area events Saturday
Cyclist competes because it's fun
Zipping up his leathers, hopping on a 300-pound superbike motorcycle and racing on twisting road courses at high speeds against competitors half his age is all done because "it's fun."
Dumont action starts Saturday
Well, it's World Series time again.
Local sports shorts
The next Brainerd Family YMCA Splash and Dash session will begin the week of Aug. 6 and meet twice each week for three week
Vikings sign second-round draft pick
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms Friday with second-round draft pick Willie Howard.
Mariners pound Twins
SEATTLE (AP) -- Paul Abbott is on just as good a streak as the team he pitches for.
Timberwolves sign Woods
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves signed second-round draft choice Loren Woods on Friday.
Yary returns to football as Hall of Famer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ron Yary left everything he had on the football field -- and then he left the field in a hurry.
For Moss, big money means big expectations
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- With a new, $75 million contract in hand, Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss finally has the money he's dreamed about -- and even more pressure on his purple-covered shoulders.
Wolves face 76ers in '01-'02 opener
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves open the 2001-2002 season at home Oct. 30 against the defending Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers, according to a schedule released Thursday by the NBA.
Hunter, Prince power Twins
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- When Johnny Damon and Terrence Long lost the ball, Torii Hunter found his second wind.
Lynx lose to Mystics, Smith reaches 1,500 career points
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Lynx guard Katie Smith wanted the victory more than the milestone.
Broadband is better, but not enough
We're hearing a lot these days about high-speed "broadband" connections to the Internet.
Nevada bets on legalized Internet gambling
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Flush with a new state law that permits Internet casinos, Nevada lawmakers hope the Silver State is the first to rake in winnings from modem-equipped gamblers in faraway lands.
Sites of interest
A few years ago, the film "Free Willy" introduced many to the waters around the beautiful San Juan Islands. For 26 years, the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island has been documenting the pods of killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington and southern British Columbia, maintaining a photographic catalog of every individual as well as recording the social structure.
Teenangels to the rescue Web-savvy youths teaching peers about online computer safety
They might not be faster than a speedy cable modem, or even able to leap a row of computer terminals in a single bound. But their mission does sound a little like a job for a superhero.
Exploring the history of an online community
Imagine an enormous cocktail party.
Discerning legitimate sites is a science
Here are some sources on herbs and supplements:
State forecast for South Dakota
Rest of today...Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms far west. Highs from near 80 northeast...To the mid 90s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy to cloudy. A chance of showers central...With thunderstorms and showers likely far west. Highs in the lower 70s to lower 80s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Becoming sunny west. Occasional showers and thunderstorms central spreading into the east this morning. Thunderstorms ending in the central with decreasing clouds by afternoon. Highs in the 70s east and 80s west.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny east. Increasing clouds west with a chance of showers far northwest late. Highs in the 70s to around 80. Cooler near lake superior.
Regional Weather Forecast
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Clouds and patchy fog early east...A few thundershowers far southwest. Otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Highs 80 to 90.
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory far northwest until 9 am...
The Weather Elsewhere
Weather drawing by Jackie Caughey of Mrs. Dunphy's kindergarten class at Baxter school.
State forecast for north dakota
A flash flood watch is in effect for east north dakota today...
Mild weather on tap in Northeast; storms forecast in West, Southeast and Plains states
Clear skies and warm temperatures were predicted in the Northeast on Saturday, while a band of thunderstorms was expected in several western states.
Weather drawing by Ashley Banks of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms...Mainly north. Highs in the 70s to around 80.
Minnesota state forecast
Flash flood watch northwest today...
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of early morning showers far east...Otherwise areas of morning fog giving way to partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs from the middle 70s to the lower 80s.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle who lost his first wife to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for land mine victims.
The 2001 Grey Eagle Hills Classic bike tour will be Saturday in Grey Eagle. There are 10, 40, 55 and 100 mile routes. Contact Jay Grammond at (763) 389-0015, e-mail at email@example.com or check out the Web site at greyeaglebike.tripod.com.
Gordon Northburg will celebrate his retirement after 38 years with Tanner Motors. An open house will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Brainerd.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Freed scholar hoped to help China, but now knows it doesn't want help
WASHINGTON -- They interrogated her for up to 12 hours at a time under the glare of what looked like a 300-watt bulb, she said. They threatened to jail her for life and told her that if prosecutors "want to find you guilty, you are guilty." Every day, they fed her cabbage and potato stew.
Three Malaysians charged with ritual murder of American woman who was a Duluth native
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian police charged three men with capital murder Friday in the killing of an American woman -- an alleged ritual sacrifice to obtain lottery numbers from the spirits.
Farmers trickle back to fields as scientists warn of new eruptions from volcano
BONGA, Philippines -- Villages near the Mayon volcano winked back to life Friday and farmers tentatively returned to fields at the mountain's foot despite warnings following a series of violent explosions.
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