More than two-thirds of job changers pass up chance to maintain retirement savings
NEW YORK -- If you're changing jobs this summer and you've got several thousand dollars in your 401(k) retirement account, here's a brief quiz for you. Should you:
In-Fisherman magazine was recently awarded the Fisheries Management Section's Conservation Achievement Award. The Fisheries Management Section is a unit of the American Fisheries Society.
ROSEVILLE -- Tiff Worley was president of a medical laser distribution company when a member of his board of directors got into financial trouble.
Siebel Systems leader in customer service software
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lots of companies are dedicated to customer service, but not many businesses dedicate conference rooms to their customers as Siebel Systems Inc. does.
Morey's owner hopes to taste success with new Nisswa Grille
NISSWA -- It began with an idea to create an upscale comfortable place to eat where people wanted to be.
How to avoid dressing-down at the office
Walk into some dot-com companies and finding a guy wearing a tie is as likely as discovering a typewriter. Or take a look at the suburban banker at work on Saturday morning: She's got jeans on, just like the customers.The state of appropriate dress seems to vary so widely -- by gender, age, occupation, geography -- and be in such flux that workplace conflicts are bound to occur. As the move toward casual dress expanded over the past decade, more companies adopted guidelines about acceptable and forbidden attire.
Potlatch reports lower earnings
Potlatch reported slightly lower earnings for the second quarter of 2000, compared to 1999.
Getting aware of technology
The move is on to increase awareness of technology's role in a thriving business climate, especially in greater Minnesota.
Individual health insurance plans lack standard maternity coverage
NEW YORK -- Although Deborah Beck has no immediate plans to have a baby, she'd still feel better knowing her health insurance covers pregnancy -- just in case.
Lobbyist predicts ethanol is on cusp of boom period
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A lobbyist for the ethanol industry said he is confident that ethanol is poised for a major boost in popularity.
Everything's coming up LAVENDER
HARWICH, Mass. -- A decade ago, when Cynthia Sutphin planted her first 400 lavender plants in a small garden outside her Harwich home, she wasn't certain why she was doing it.
Money manager works to persuade investors to look at Eastern Europe
WAYZATA (AP) -- M.G. Kaminski may finally have found the right formula for capitalizing on his Polish heritage.
Episcopal church urges others to go 'green'
DENVER (AP) -- When people ask why the Episcopal Church promotes renewable energy, the Rev. Sally Bingham mentions Noah. She refers to his saving the animals from the flood as the first "endangered species act."
At the family table
They came in at 9 a.m. today, just one day short of the day that they came here five years ago to be married. They'd visited about it earlier, and he called to make the appointment for them to come in and affirm their marriage vows together. This time, their beautiful little girl came with them, too.
The Youth Encounter Team.
Teaching priest knows an Ireland where people can live in harmony
A Catholic priest visiting Brainerd the last two weeks has offered news and views on the radically changing issues of religion, peace and the economy in today's Ireland.
Family discipline is not about producing perfect children
QUESTION: I like your idea of balancing love with disc
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 203, a year ago 254.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 467, a year ago 293.
Baxter City Council
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 400.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 350.
BURGLARY -- Rolling Thunder reported they had been broken into.
Ex-champ Frost holds Deere lead
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- David Frost is taking advantage of the young Tournament Players Club at Deere Run course with a vengeance.
BAXTER -- From the beginning, it was the river that mattered most.
The end of adjustable rate mortgages?
This ARM is broken. A complex-compound fracture. If it was a thoroughbred, it would be put out of its misery.
Tips for homeowners
''Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living'' (Chronicle, 2000) takes a no-holds-barred approach to home decorating that emphas
Home insurance goes top shelf
You don't normally associate classy names such as Masterpiece, Restorationist and Prestige Plus with something as mundane as homeowner insurance policies, but more insurers are using the cachet to cash in.
Picking varieties for a nonstop show of lilies
WASHINGTON -- If the last of your day lilies' petals have crumpled and dropped, do not give up on this most floriferous of plants.
Working with wood veneer
The fine art of wood veneering is a simple, inexpensive way to use beautiful, exotic and rare woods in your woodworking projects. In fact, most of the world's most precious and rare woods are available only as veneers.
Three new agents -- Don Cervin, Cindy Johannessohn and Aaron Opatz -- joined Tower Real Estate located on Washington Street in Brainerd.
Becker man being investigated in wife's stabbing
ELK RIVER (AP) -- The man charged this week in the eight-year-old death of his neighbor is also being investigated in the stabbing of his wife, Sherburne County authorities said.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Riddle me this by Dale Ebinger. "Which is the left side of an apple pie?" Sponsored by Clover Leaf Dairy.
Victim had survived two earlier twisters
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- The man killed by the tornado that struck Granite Falls survived two devastating tornadoes before the one that took life.
Terry Sluss, chairman of the Crow Wing County Board, announced that the Crow Wing County Detention Center opened Saturday, July 29.
Relay for Life provides a long, event-filled night
Spectators filled Don Adamson Field for the Ninth Annual Relay of Life this weekend.
Tornado damage put at $8.1 millon
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- The F-4 tornado that pounded this southwestern Minnesota community left behind at least $8.1 million in damage to homes and other property.
Bounced checks for licenses could cause woes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- People who bounce checks for their vehicle license tabs might end up with a revoked registration under a policy being considered by state officials.
Man sentenced for bank robbery
A Crosby man convicted of robbing a Crosby bank in 1997 was sentenced in Crow Wing County District Court.
Bypass official opening 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 9
Be one of the first motorists to drive the new C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway.
Conseco will cut 400 jobs in Twin Cities
INDIANAPOLIS -- Conseco Inc. has taken its troubled St. Paul-based Conseco Finance unit off the market, choosing instead to restructure the division and sell off other assets, Chairman Gary Wendt said.
Exactly what is Lasik refractive eye surgery?
Lasik, which stands for laser-assisted In-situ keratomileusis, utilizes an Excimer Laser and reshapes the cornea in the eye with laser technology.
County denies rezoning request along 371 corridor
It's been nearly three months since a 371 building moratorium was lifted and an ordinance was approved by the Crow Wing County Board.
The annexation dispute between Brainerd and Baxter is officially over.
State discovers scoring errors on skills tests
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Due to scoring errors, nearly 8,000 students who were told they failed the mathematics portion of the last two Basic Standards Tests actually passed, officials said Friday.
Help sought to help ID suspect in Garrison burglary
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department is asking the public to help identify a suspect in the June 18 burglary of the Bird's Nest Bar in Garrison.
Verndale bad place to be out of bread
VERNDALE -- Dawn Fisher faced a panicky situation last week, one that only a mother of five growing boys could fully appreciate.
Chuck Foreman helps boy struck by car
MANKATO (AP) -- Former Minnesota Vikings great Chuck Foreman has a new fan after helping a 9-year-old boy who was struck by a car before the Vikings' scrimmage Friday night.
Empty office, but full career
After nearly 30 years as an area law enforcer, Brainerd Police Chief Frank Ball is getting ready to say goodbye.
State raises unemployment compensation
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Workers who lose their jobs will be seeing a bit more in their unemployment compensation checks each week, thanks to an increase in the average wage of people who are still working.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Brainerd Crazy Days Fri. and Sat., Aug. 1 and 2. The Crazy Brainerd Area Merchants are locked up in the Water Tower, just waiting to be let out on Aug. 1. They're going berserk chopping prices! We can't hold them long ... when they break out, you'll find the best bargains ever.
Fire that killed 7-year-old boy started as accidental grease fire
BROOKLYN PARK (AP) -- A duplex fire that killed a 7-year-old boy started as an accidental grease fire, fire officials said.
Ball could be counted on for colorful quotation
Retiring Police Chief Frank Ball was famous -- or infamous-- for what he said.
Dog training: It's for the birds
Springer spaniels like this one named Cheena bounced through the prairie grass at the kennels after retrieving a pigeon during the flushing dogs station. There were five other stations, pointing dogs, dog first aid, a nature walk, shotgun demonstration and skeet range.
American Motorcyclist Association National Champions Rich Alexander and Jason Pridmore discussed motorcycle safety Thursday at a media event organized by Crow Wing County Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly listed the name of an author cited by Herb Panko in a recent guest column on education. The correct name of the author is E.D. Hirsch.
Deerwood woman killed in collision
A 19-year-old woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Cass County Road 77 near Kelly's Restaurant on the west side of Gull Lake, officials said Saturday.
One killed in accident on west side of Gull Lake
One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on County 77, near Kelly's Restaurant on the west side of Gull Lake, it was learned late this morning.
Corrections / clarifications
The date of the Nisswa American Legion Auxiliary luau was incorrect in a calendar on Page 7N Wednesday.
Clear vision in blink of an eye
Blink and you might miss it.
Minnesota Republicans 'energized' at this GOP convention
ST. PAUL -- The last time Minnesota backed a Republican for the White House, "The Godfather" dominated the box office, the Dow Jones industrial average was just cracking 1,000 and the Twins' Rod Carew led the American League with a .318 batting average.
Aitkin man arrested on attempted murder charge
AITKIN -- A 23-year-old Aitkin man was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree assault.
Pets of the week
Tigger, Mac and Buddy are all male short-haired kittens, about 12 weeks old, who are described as very friendly and playful.
Adopted daughter, boyfriend held in slaying of four family members
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- The suburban community of Pico Rivera was stunned when someone apparently slipped into an unlocked home and stabbed a beloved coach and three of his children to death.
Black churches urged to open dialogue with members
WASHINGTON -- For the past 17 years, the Rev. Derrick Harkins, pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church -- a historically black church -- has buried people who had AIDS. The increasing number of people with AIDS and the rise in teen pregnancy, he said, are forcing black ministers to speak out.
Mother guilty of killing four children by setting home afire
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) -- A mother was convicted Thursday of killing her four young daughters and trying to kill her son by setting the family's home on fire in 1998.
Koch strives to clean up its image
WICHITA, Kan. -- For decades, Koch Industries quietly built a financial empire grounded on its pipeline and refinery holdings around the world.
Goodbye, Kathie Lee
NEW YORK -- She's gone. No, really. Well, sort of.
Pentagon offers plan to move troops off food stamps
WASHINGTON -- Moving to defuse an embarrassing campaign issue, the Pentagon Friday proposed a $31 million-a-year plan to reduce the number of U.S. troops eligible for federal food stamps.
Ex-husband taken into custody in 'Springer Show' murder
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The ex-husband of a woman found dead after their twisted love story aired on "The Jerry Springer Show" this week was in custody Friday, officials said.
Firefighters try to save Sierra Nevada town from wildland blaze
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. -- Firefighters fought to control a 37,000-acre wildland blaze that threatened a rustic mountain village in the Sierra Nevada.
United States, Vietnam agree to unite on Agent Orange study
HANOI, Vietnam -- Washington and Hanoi have agreed to move ahead on one of the most sensitive issues left from the Vietnam War and start scientific research into the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant sprayed by the United States in South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971, U.S. diplomats said.
Census director: Internal review finds no problems in 15 offices
ARLINGTON, Va. -- An internal review by the Census Bureau found no evidence of fraud or improper procedures committed by Census staffers in 15 offices around the country that were scrutinized by a House Republican, the head of the agency said Friday.
FTC: Clean-air rules likely didn't cause gas price surge
WASHINGTON -- When gas prices soared in the Midwest last month, congressional Republicans seized on the chance to blame a Clinton administration program requiring the sale of more costly, cleaner-burning fuel.
Bank of America will cut 10,000 additional jobs
Bank of America said Friday it plans to slash another 10,000 jobs nationwide, a sign that large U.S. banks are starting to look internally for new ways to boost profits now that the merger craze has cooled.
Judge issues temporary ban in Indiana Ten Commandments case
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary injunction barring the state from erecting a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse lawn.
Gunman surrenders after holding pilots hostage at New York airport
NEW YORK -- Authorities on Friday turned to the task of finding out how a gunman was able to walk onto a crowded jet at John F. Kennedy International Airport and hold two pilots hostage in the cockpit before surrendering.
Virginia blocked from ban on partial-birth abortions
A federal appeals court suspended Virginia's ban on a controversial abortion procedure and signaled Friday that the law -- the only one of its kind to survive earlier court challenges -- is unlikely ever to be revived.
Lawyer having affair with judge sentenced to life for killing wife
PONTIAC, Mich. -- A lawyer convicted of killing his pregnant wife, purportedly to further his affair with a judge, was sentenced to life in prison Friday.
Economy grows strongly in spring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The remarkable U.S. economy, once again confounding the experts, grew at a robust annual rate of 5.2 percent in the spring, as a surge in investment by American businesses offset a slowdown in consumer spending.
Dolphins have a Shula coaching again
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- On a tradition-rich team with a new coach, a new quarterback and atypically modest aspirations this season, Mike Shula provides a tie to the glory days.
Twins to form Hall fo Fame
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As part of their 40th season celebration, the Minnesota Twins announced Friday they are forming a team Hall of Fame to honor players, coaches, team executives and broadcasters who have contributed to the club's success.
Ebersol's revenge: NBC buys into a league of its own
The last time Dick Ebersol negotiated a football contract for NBC, it cost the network $868 million.
Two days after Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he was prepared to let first-round pick Corey Simon sit out the entire season, the defensive tackle agreed to a five-year deal.
Strawberry taking strange path to get back to the majors
This is what it's come to for Darryl Strawberry: He needs the owner of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. swingers club to vouch for his whereabouts.
All-Stars Bordick, Wickman get traded; others also move
A frenzy of trades that saw All-Stars Mike Bordick and Bob Wickman and several other key players switch teams left baseball executives and fans wondering: What's next?
9th-inning, pinch-grand slam beats Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Torre wasn't surprised. Not many people should be.
It's an early rehearsal for MNF crew
ESPN's first "Great Outdoor Games" began a 10-day run Thursday. Among the events are tree sawing, bass fishing and something called sporting-dog fly ball racing.
Cone's roads still rocky as Twins drub Yanks 9-3
MINNEAPOLIS -- For almost a month now, the New York Yankees have been rolling, gathering momentum and confidence and contributors like one of those cartoon snowballs barreling down the side of a mountain. Then there is David Cone. He's the cliff that snowball keeps plummeting over.
Bay area touch Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes newest members
CANTON, Ohio -- Ronnie Lott looked at the crowd during his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and saw a sea of red.
Hatchette's new role requires little adjustment
MANKATO -- What's different about training camp this year for wide receiver Matthew Hatchette?
Strawberry says his cancer is back
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Darryl Strawberry is bracing for another fight against cancer.
Timberwolves to begin and end season on road
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Timberwolves will soon find out if they really have what it takes to win on the road in the NBA.
And then there were five Willson wins fifth straight national championship
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Blaine Wilson is the grown-up version of the neighborhood kid who rules the jungle gym. He does all the cool tricks and makes it look so easy that everybody else wants a try.
Pathetic last year, Vikings' secondary doesn't look much better this summer
MANKATO -- The Minnesota Vikings secondary last year was, to put it bluntly, pathetic. The defense ranked 30th in the NFL, thanks largely to inexperience, a converted wide receiver and a former Canadian Football League player.
Real road trip
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins will fly more than 3,000 miles in about 24 hours to fit in a makeup game for Wednesday's rainout against the Boston Red Sox.
Martha R. Ososki
LITTLE FALLS -- Martha R. Ososki, 103, Little Falls, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Maria Lee Waffensmith
DEERWOOD -- Maria Lee Waffensmith, 19, Deerwood, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident near Brainerd.
Susan K. Robertson
Susan K. Robertson, 50, Brainerd, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
BAXTER -- Elaine Mustonen, 84, Baxter, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital of Minneapolis.
LITTLE FALLS -- Sandra Goldenstein, 51, Little Falls, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Wallace A. 'Bud' Fredstrom
BAXTER -- Wallace A. "Bud" Fredstrom, 76, Baxter, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
STAPLES -- Amelia Wert, 77, Staples, died today, Friday, July 28, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Bill (Dwain William) Ewing
LAKE SHORE -- Bill (Dwain William) Ewing, 72, Lake Shore, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical.
LITTLE FALLS -- Sandra Goldenstein, 51, Little Falls, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Choosing a chief - Dispatch Editorial
The days when a small town police chief's main duty was to hide behind the billboard and wait for speeding cars with out-of-state license plates has long since passed.
Scalia the wordsmith
WASHINGTON--Some people have John Grisham. Others Tom Clancy. Not me. For sheer power, stiletto prose and verbal savagery, I'll take Antonin Scalia.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently reported that serious crime in the United States has declined for the eighth consecutive year. Despite this promising news, we can't become complacent about the threat of crime and gang activity across our state.
A state law and computer glitches are not acceptable excuses for the St. Cloud Police Department to delay tracking the racial backgrounds of drivers at traffic stops.
Home is where the politics is
WASHINGTON -- It's one of the great rituals in American politics: The presidential nominee heads "home" with his new running mate to talk about roots and bask in the cheers of neighbors and friends.
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
He could have been a contender
On the waterfront of Republican presidential politics, George Pataki was serious about being a "contenduh." And guess what? Despite not getting close to his party's nomination for the top spot, and f
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
Judges should steer clear of paid seminars
(The following editorial appeared in Friday's Washington Post.)
A North Country family vacation
LAKE SHORE -- You've heard, "The family that prays together stays together." How's this for a new twist to that old maxim: "The family that plays together stays together."
North Country calendar
1 -- Ruffed Grouse Society annual banquet at Holiday Inn; sponsored by Brainerd Drumming Log Chapter; call 829-4736
David Schad, DNR wetlands wildlife program leader, has been named Region 3 Wildlife Supervisor.
Facts about the new aquarium
DULUTH (AP) -- The Great Lakes Aquarium at Lake Superior Center opened Saturday at noon.
State's oldest fisherman still loves the water
GLENWOOD (AP) -- At age 99, Floyd Doty doesn't go fishing with his son Alan twice a week anymore like he used to.
State gets mixed grades
ST. PAUL (AP) -- An environmental report card shows Minnesota has made improvements on some air and water pollution problems, but the state got poorer grades for reducing garbage, traffic and contaminated ground water.
Glowworms provide entrancing light on late evening walks
When the night falls silently on forests dreaming...
It's that time of year
As summer progresses does are getting out with their newborn fawns.
Anglers are finding walleyes on Gull Lake in 18 to 30 feet of water.
Glenn and Donna Witham will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Witham residence. No gifts please.
Julia Swanson and Bob Finnegan announce their engagement. Parents are Donald R. and Elene Swanson, Brainerd, and John and Mary Finnegan, Chisago City. A March 23, 2001 wedding is planned in Maui, Hawaii.
Melissa Larson and Matt Cousino were married June 24, 2000, at the bride's parents' home with Darryl Paske officiating.
Nicole Griggs and Jeremy Hinze announce their engagement. Parents are Frank and Martha Borich, Nisswa, and Ernest and Lori Voigt, Glencoe. A Sept. 16 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Stephanie Wright and Steven Daas announce their engagement. Parents are Doug and Jenine Wright, Maize, Kan., and Joe and Karen Daas, Brainerd. A Sept. 23 wedding is planned for Wichita, Kan. A reception will be Oct. 14 in Brainerd.
Tom and Loree Yeager recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 19, 1975.
Marcie Larsen and Paul Leibold announce their engagement. Parents are Steve and Joley Larsen, Brainerd, and Vernon and Karen Leibold, Little Falls. A wedding is planned on Saturday at the Northland Arboretum of Brainerd.
Kelly Stenberg and Sean Casey announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Kathy Stenberg, Lake Shore, and Tim and Bonnie Casey, Andover. An Aug. 26 garden wedding is planned in Lake Shore.
Samantha A. Voss and James M. Schlosser announce their engagement. Parents are Peggy Voss, Brainerd, and Richard Voss, Pillager, and Ann Weigel-Nieman, Bismarck, N.D., and James Schlosser, Merrifield. An Aug. 12 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brainerd.
Leander and Delphine Hentges, Crosby, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 1, 1950.
Kristie Aleshire and William Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Jan and Keith Aleshire, Plymouth, and Myrna and Rod Fortune, Brainerd, and Arthur and Sandy Anderson, Menominee, Mich. An Oct. 7 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of St. Cloud.
Phoebe Elizabeth Knecht and Jason Wayne Johansen announce their engagement. Parents are Thomas and Laurie Knecht and Diane Daily Johansen and Kent Johansen. A wedding is planned for Saturday at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church in Parkesburg, Pa..
James Converse, Motley, will celebrate his 100th birthday with an open house from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Staples Care Center dining room. No gifts please.
Alvina (Palmer) Britton will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Oak Lawn Town Hall. The event will be hosted by her family.
Tim and Sandy Lander will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 8, 1975, in Brainerd.
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held what she called "friendly" talks with North Korea's foreign minister on Friday, the highest-level meeting in half a century of hostility between the two countries.
CNN-Time poll shows Bush with 16-point lead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- George W. Bush has widened his lead over Al Gore to 16 percentage points, in a CNN-Time poll released Friday.
GOP platform holds line against abortion rights
PHILADELPHIA -- Republicans extended an official welcome to party members who favor abortion rights, then took the welcome back.
House repeals Social Security tax hike
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans headed to their presidential convention with another tax cut in their pocket -- the repeal of a 1993 measure that has meant higher taxes for millions of Social Security recipients.
Albright says meetings will help end North Korean isolation
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Saturday that meetings she and others held with North Korea's foreign minister would help pull the communist state out of isolation and lead to more stability in Asia.
Congress approves $288 billion defense spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon would get $20 billion more money next year -- including a 3.7 percent military pay increase -- under a $288 billion Pentagon spending bill that Congress is sending President Clinton.
Coulthard takes pole for German GP
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) -- David Coulthard took advantage of the few dry moments to win the pole for the German Grand Prix during qualifying Saturday.
Kocinski breaks out of pack to take provisional pole
Former World Superbike champion John Kocinski is finally getting comfortable with his Vance & Hines Ducati 996 Superbike and it's starting to show.
Bostrom thinks it's his turn again
Eric Bostrom's theme song this weekend during the Colonel's Truck Accessories American Motorcyclist Association Classic at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway could be Billy Joel's "Pressure."
CART drivers unhappy with rear wing
CICERO, Ill. -- Shaky rear wings couldn't keep CART's drivers from flying high in the opening of practice for Sunday's Target Grand Prix.
Here's one biker who races to the golf course
NISSWA -- At first glance, golf and superbike racing seem like opposites but for Team Suzuki's Jason Pridmore the two sports have their similarities.
Northwoods League Baseball
Northwoods League Baseball
Gulls hold onto early lead
GRAND FORKS -- Thanks to an early scoring barrage, Mark Hanrahan evened his record to 3-3 as the Brainerd Mighty Gulls defeated the Grand Forks Channel Cats 9-4 in Northwoods League baseball Thursday.
Pitching saves the day for Brainerd Legion
ST. CLOUD -- For the Brainerd Legion baseball team to advance in the District 6 playoffs, the team desperately needed solid starting pitching.
Wolves still dealing with loss of departed teammate
The absence of Malik Sealy is still on the minds of all the Minnesota Timberwolves. And for Wolves' point guard Terrell Brandon it remains a sensitive issue.
Waite Park delays Brainerd Legion express
Little Falls 4, Park Rapids 1
Baseball titles decided
The White Sox, Tigers and Devil Rays won Brainerd Parks and Recreation Paul Bunyan League baseball playoff titles this week.
A Sprint Car special race at North Central Motor Speedway slated for Aug. 8 has been canceled because it conflicted with the Crow Wing County Fair's demolition derby at the Crow Wing County fairgrounds on the same day.
Adult Softball Leagues Women's WS 1 Softball
Monday July 24
Baxter Parks and Recreation
More pages for Harry Potter fans
It's only been a week since the fourth Harry Potter book hit the shelves, but your kids have read every word on those 734 pages. Maybe even twice.
Net firms aren't as sexy to landlords now
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The days of love at first sight are over for Internet startups in their search for office space.
Finally, a war simulation game with 3-D graphics
Despite their venerable history, war simulations have in recent years suffered from graphics envy.
Net leaders still dreaming big
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Their stocks may have been cut down to size, but not their hubris.
An Internet kiosk for reading
In a recent eight-page ad insert in The New York Times, Contentville.com is depicted as a sleepy little village, surrounded by mountains and topped by puffy clouds in a blue sky.
Web's next step is unraveling itself
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ever since technology stocks swooned in April, venture capitalists have been skittish about backing online start-ups that sell their goods to consumers. Wall Street has soured on the idea that such companies could make money.
New Microsoft software crumbles cookies
Microsoft Corp. announced new software to help consumers get rid of "cookies," the little crumbs of computer code that help Web sites keep track of visitors. The new software, if it catches on, could reshape the battle over consumer privacy.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph becoming south.
Tonight...Mostly clear. Patchy fog possible. Lows 55 to 60. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Weather drawing by Kenzey Ostrowski of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Weather drawing by Nicole Debeltz of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
She pockets tips
DEAR ABBY: I just learned something about an acquaintance I have known for about 12 years. She was my customer until I stopped working a few months ago. I have taken her out for coffee once a month to stay in touch and keep with the news.
Names and faces
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Actor Brad Pitt and "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston will get married this weekend at a ceremony on an ocean bluff, their publicist confirmed Thursday.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Kris Nelson, member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 255 of Brainerd was elected first vice-president for the American Legion Auxiliary, depar
Encore Arts Association would like to thank everyone responsible for the success of the second annual Art in the Gardens event.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Best friend may clear up kiss
DEAR ABBY: I returned unexpectedly from work to find my husband and my best friend in an intimate embrace. Later my husband confirmed that he had kissed her. I have not heard from my friend since this occurred a week ago.
North-South: Bill Black and Ray Norrgard, 10
Child in need
Miranda is a 6-year-old girl with whispy blonde hair and an attitude.
Concorde probe focuses on tire
PARIS -- Investigators searching for the cause of the Air France Concorde crash combed through wreckage and examined debris in high-tech labs Saturday, trying to confirm whether a tire explosion could have triggered its fiery plunge.
Chinese sect founder surfaces
BEIJING (AP) -- After spending months in hiding, a founder of an outlawed Chinese meditation-exercise sect has resurfaced in Guam, where China is blocking his efforts to get political asylum, a human rights group reported Saturday.
Violence during Fujimori inauguration setbacks for president, opposition
LIMA, Peru -- When the smoke and tear gas cleared after President Alberto Fujimori's inauguration, key government buildings smoldered, six people lay dead and dozens were injured.
Flight data reveals Concorde's troubles many
PARIS -- Accident investigators examining flight data from the doomed Air France Concorde discovered Thursday that both engines on the port side of the supersonic jet failed during takeoff and that the cockpit crew was unable to retract the plane's landing gear once it was airborne.
Charity: New drought sets back North Korean famine recovery
BEIJING -- A new drought in North Korea has set back efforts to end five years of famine, turning rice paddies into dry, cracked earth at the height of the growing season and slashing projected corn harvests, an aid worker said Saturday.
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