On the money
NEW YORK -- While some people are worried about what the stock market's volatility is doing to their savings, many others are worried because they aren't saving at all.
You can have a ball in Staples
STAPLES -- A new restaurant in Staples combines dining with a small bar and large banquet space to create a niche that could be a model for others.
Of mutual interest
NEW YORK -- Buy low, sell high -- it's Investing 101 and a rule that applies to mutual funds as well as stocks. But in a tumultuous market that swings between sharp losses and powerful rebounds, it's often easier to sell than buy.
Disney earnings are down; Eisner says he'll cut size of board
Entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. on Thursday said its profit plunged 31 percent in the quarter ending in June, because of continued soft ratings at the ABC network, losses from the box-office dud "Bad Company," and a drop in attendance at Disney theme parks that is expected to plague the company well into the fourth quarter.
The next "Going Into Business for Yourself" is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Around the watercooler
FUTURE SAVINGS: Amid falling stock prices and shrinking 401(k) retirement accounts, a new poll indicates that a third of the nation's residents aren't sure if they're going to meet their retirement goals.
On the job
The relationship between a boss and subordinate is often complex. It creates unexpected circumstances that leave workers trying to figure out how to deal with them.
New recession fears dampen market recovery
NEW YORK -- Troubling readings on economic and jobs growth bode ill for Wall Street, quashing newfound hopes of a stock market recovery and raising questions about whether the nation has fully escaped the grips of recession.
Cub Foods moving into new NE site on Aug. 13
Cub Foods in northeast Brainerd recently announced its grand opening set on Aug. 13. The store will officially open at 6 a.m. Aug. 14.
ELCA announces membership loss, budget cuts
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announced a drop of 26,042 baptized members to 5,099,877 as of Dec. 31, partly due to "roll cleaning" and the disbanding of 37 congregations.
Papal visit sparks new openness in church-state relations in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- When President Vicente Fox kissed the pope's ring and attended a papal Mass this week, he broke a 140-year taboo and partly revealed the clandestine relationship between Mexican leaders and the church.
The nurse came in to check on them, Tieg and Harriet Syvertson, and found them asleep, each on their own single bed, in that North Dakota nursing home.
Vanessa and Briana Axtell will present music during the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at the Oak Street Chapel. This will be their last performance before they return to Houston. The girls ha
Hawaii church heads to court in federal land use case
HONOLULU (AP) -- A church is asking a federal judge to let members continue worshipping on agriculturally zoned property while its religious liberty lawsuit against Maui County is pending.
Magazine: Eight Catholic bishops want a U.S. church council to address the sex abuse scandal
Eight Roman Catholic bishops have written all fellow members of the American hierarchy to propose an extraordinary church council, the first since 1884, to deal with the sex scandal, a conservative church magazine says.
Youths return from World Youth Day
NISSWA -- The parking lot at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa was lined with family members and friends awaiting the arrival of area youths who attended World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.
United Methodists attack Bush administration on abortion-related United Nations cutoff
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The social issues agency of the United Methodist Church has strongly criticized the Bush administration's decision last week to withhold $34 million from the United Nations Population Fund.
Man paraphrases Bible in everyday language
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- In the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson's retelling of the Bible, when Jesus raises a young girl from the dead, he first has to work his way through neighbors bringing casseroles to the grieving family's home.
In Texas, appealing to churchgoers is an integral part of campaigning
DALLAS (AP) -- As the fall campaign season nears, politicians are already setting their sights on the faithful, particularly in the home state of proudly Christian President Bush.
Rift in Lutheran denomination widens over post-Sept. 11 prayer service
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Twelve days after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, the Rev. David Benke, a Lutheran minister, joined with clergy from other faiths in a New York City prayer service for the victims.
World Anglican panel cannot agree on homosexual morality after three-year talks
LONDON (AP) -- An international panel of Anglican bishops that included the next archbishop of Canterbury reported it is unable to reach agreement on issues related to homosexuality after three years of discussions.
Survey of Jewish college freshmen shows the inroads of intermarriage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A survey of students entering college shows 92.6 percent of those with two Jewish parents identify as Jews but there's a notable drop-off if the parents are intermarried.
Attorneys ask judge to make abuse settlement deal binding on Boston Archdiocese
BOSTON (AP) -- Attorneys who say their clients should be paid millions by the Boston Archdiocese for sexual abuse by priests asked a judge Thursday to make a settlement deal binding.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 350. Last Thursday: 485. Year ago Thursday: 324. Wednesday actual: 370.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 249, a year ago 208.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 300. Last Friday: 348. Year ago Friday: 259. Thursday actual: 345.
Four individuals were arrested Thursday by the Lakes Area Drug Investigation Division.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to an electrical fire at Cub Foods in Brainerd at 3:24 a.m. today.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire at a house under construction at 12:24 a.m. today.
The State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle rollover at 12:37 a.m. today, about nine miles south of Brainerd on Highway 25.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Little Falls school board Meets 4:30 Monday Work Session (HS Commons) 7 p.m. Business Meeting (HS Commons)
Eugene and Becky (Mills) Wangerin, Bryan, Texas, a boy, Alexander Eugene, 8 pounds, 3 ounces, June 6, 2002. Grandparents are Sharon Mills, Pequot Lakes, and the late Jerry Mills, and Mabel Wangerin, Almora, and the late Addie Wangerin.
Meets 4 p.m. Tuesday
CDC study: Seven in 10 U.S. smokers say they want to quit
ATLANTA (AP) -- Seven in 10 adult smokers in the United States say they want to quit -- but their success in kicking the habit varies widely by race and education.
Study: Fewer calories may extend life
WASHINGTON -- Science has known for 70 years that lab mice and rats live longer if they eat less food. Now, for the first time, researchers have evidence that the same may be true for people.
Low interest septic system loans available
Low interest loans are available to Crow Wing County landowners to repair or upgrade an existing non-conforming septic system.
One has showers with no doors; another boasts striking antique look
CROSSLAKE -- Creative bathrooms were one highlight of the 12th annual Crosslake Log Cabin and Home Tour held July 25 and 26 in the Crosslake area.
There are benefits of having siblings share space
When Julie and William Heflin moved into a spacious new home in Bethesda, Md., last year, the four children were tucked into just two of the house's six bedrooms. Close quarters, the parents figured, would foster life lessons in sharing and cooperation.
Simplicity suits Design K-29
Design K-29 reminds me of the quote, "It takes a brilliant mind to achieve simplicity." Does this simple ranch design with a ho-hum exterior have more going for it than appears at first glance? I think it does.
Make friends with ladybugs by making yard attractive to them
"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home ..." goes the children's rhyme, and that's just what ladybugs that you purchase for your garden might do. Well, not exactly fly away home, but fly away, at any rate.
Home has simple appeal
A sleek, clean exterior and a practical floor plan lend simple appeal to this home, Plan K-29, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network. Its floor plan provides 1,559 square feet of living space.
These bee look-alikes are your friends
Don't swat or scorn every beelike insect that comes your way. The insect could be a harmless syrphid fly, a creature whose friendship is worth pursuing.
Coating windows can help keep house cool
Houses can't drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun or visit an air-conditioned mall. How to protect them when the mercury spikes?
Home loans available for first-time buyers with students
Below market-rate interest home loan funds are available for first-time homebuyers who have school-age children and want to buy or build homes in one of the three school districts in Crow Wing County -- Brainerd-Baxter, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes.
Deck-post systems explained
Our remodeling company recently was called to repair a leaking second-story deck. The deck is located on the windward side of the house and leaks were showing up at adjacent interior walls and ceilings.
For about 70 years, the 8-foot-tall Paul Bunyan, standing alongside his loyal companion Babe the Blue Ox, has been waving to motorists in Brainerd.
The 4-H in Minnesota is celebrating 100 years this year. Look for the story Sunday.
Republican state auditor candidate bashes Moe
Eagan Mayor Pat Anderson Awada, the Republican candidate for state auditor, relishes running against a DFL ticket headed by Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe.
The Crow Wing County Historical Society will close the museum Saturday through Aug. 11.
July rain brings mosquitoes, but no city plans to spray
With no plans to spray for mosquitoes in Brainerd and Baxter, residents are having to fend for themselves.
Historical society hosts annual garage sale Aug. 16-17
The Crow Wing County Historical Society will host its third annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at the historical society's Historic Area at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
14-under World Series championship game at Mills Field. Game results can be found on Page 13A in Sports. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Central Lakes College sees enrollment increase
Enrollment at Central Lakes College has remained steady for the past three years and this coming school year looks like it may increase, college officials report.
National Farmer's Market Week begins Monday.
Fair events calendar
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - If you've noticed some strange figures in the sky lately, they were probably John Sundby, Lori Huff, Julie Vreeland, Charlotte Brattlund and Robert Turcotte. They are five of the seven members of the Brainerd Chamber Retail Trade Crazy Days Committee who haven't come down to earth yet after planning the Big Crazy Days event.
4-H tradition continues at fair
LAKE SHORE -- When Merle Mathison, 78, of Lake Shore, joined 4-H in the 1930s he raised a steer each year and then showed it at the Stevens County Fair in Morris each summer.
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are accepting donations of books, CDs and videos for the summer used books sale on Aug. 23-24. Money raised during the book sale will be used to purchase new books for the library. Donations may be dropped off at the library during regular library hours. For more information, call the library at 829-5574.
Blast from the past
Pat Simmons (left) and Tom Johnston of the original Doobie Brothers performed Friday at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes. Founded as Moby Grape, the Doobie Brothers in San Jose Calif., in 1970, the rock band of the '70s was a favorite at the 20th anniversary of the country music festival. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Baxter Youth Shelter receives grant
BAXTER -- The Baxter Youth Shelter Runaway/Homeless Program received a $2,000 grant from the Education Fund of "Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless."
Mille Lacs Band reaps what was planted many years ago
MILLE LACS LAKE -- When the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe finally had some money to spend, the band's first building wasn't a tribal headquarters, a gift shop or a clinic.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 2 - 30 years ago (1972) - Blonde, brown-eyed Kathy Lord was crowned Miss Brainerd last night at the Junior College, under the sponsorship of the Brainerd Jaycees.
Administration seeking to reach out to economically troubled Latin American countries
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration, which took office insisting that it did not support big financial bailouts for countries in economic trouble, appears to be softening that stance in an effort to contain a deepening crisis in Latin America.
U.S. soldier charged with assault for hitting Afghan detainee
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- A U.S. soldier was charged with assault for striking an Afghan detainee, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday.
Judge orders release of post-Sept. 11 detainees' names
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration contends that it cannot protect national security and also meet a judge's deadline to reveal names of those held in the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Two WorldCom execs latest accused of corporate fraud
NEW YORK -- For the second time in two weeks, Americans stung by layoffs and tumbling investments saw leaders of large corporations sporting handcuffs along with their tailored suits.
Billboard collapses at suburban Atlanta shopping center, killing three construction workers
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A 35,000-pound billboard collapsed at a suburban Atlanta shopping center Thursday, killing three construction workers who were crushed by the falling steel.
Kennedy challenger involved in corporate controversy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Stillwater lawyer who has needled opponent U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy for not standing tougher against corporate accounting scandals was once involved in a corporate boardroom controversy of her own.
Chinese girl visiting U.S. missing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Authorities searched for a 12-year-old Chinese girl Friday who was reported missing from a youth tour group that had an overnight layover in the Bay Area before heading to a space camp in Alabama.
Two girls safe, kidnapper dead
LANCASTER, Calif. -- Two teenage girls kidnapped from a remote lovers' lane were reunited with their families after an intense 12-hour search that ended when sheriff's deputies shot and killed their abductor on a desolate stretch of road.
Experts: Saddam would collapse if U.S. attacks
CAIRO, Egypt -- For all Iraq's bluster in the face of the possibility Washington will use military means to oust President Saddam Hussein, his regime would collapse under a U.S. onslaught, military experts in the region say.
Congress gives Bush trade authority
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An elated President Bush promised to move quickly to expand American markets overseas after Congress voted to give him broad authority to negotiate global trade agreements.
Anthrax probe again leads FBI to former Army researcher's home
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The home of a former Army scientist considered a "person of interest" in the investigation of last fall's anthrax attacks has been searched for a second time by FBI and Postal Service agents.
Federal benefits sought by families of air tanker pilots killed fighting fires
DENVER (AP) -- Relatives of pilots and crew members killed in air tanker crashes while battling wildfires are seeking the same federal death benefits as police officers and firefighters killed on duty.
Bush begins extended retreat
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is beginning a monthlong respite away from Washington's political tussles and August humidity with a long New England weekend at his family's summer home.
Jobless rate holds at 5.9 percent in July
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 5.9 percent in July as companies, uncertain about the economic recovery and shaken by accounting scandals, added just 6,000 new jobs.
Man, 61, wins battle with attacking cougar
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) -- A 61-year-old man was seriously slashed in a battle with a cougar in British Columbia, but managed to kill the animal with his pocket knife, officials said Friday.
Study finds possible genetic link to violent behavior
In research that may help unravel the sources of violent behavior, scientists said Thursday they have found an intriguing connection between an odd gene, child abuse and adult violence.
Thunderstorms kills one and leave thousands without power
Lightning killed a man standing on a roof in New York City as a severe thunderstorm rattled the region, knocking out electrical power to thousands of customers.
Four arrested in alleged New York identity theft ring
NEW YORK -- The alleged ringleader of a massive identity theft operation and three of his associates were indicted Thursday on charges of ripping off tens of thousands of people across the country, New York authorities announced.
U.S. to resume military training in Indonesia
MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 3 -- Three years after the United States severed all ties with Indonesia's tainted armed forces, the Bush administration will resume U.S. military training there as part of a broad program of counterterrorism assistance totaling at least $50 million over the next two years, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, Friday.
Louisiana confirms four West Nile deaths
SLIDELL, La. (AP) -- The West Nile virus has infected 58 Louisiana residents, killing four of them, while spreading to virtually every corner of the state, health officials said Friday.
U.S. cool to Iraqi gesture on inspections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell dismissed an offer by Iraq to talk with the chief weapons inspector of the United Nations.
Stockholder sues Martha Stewart
NEW YORK (AP) -- A stockholder in Martha Stewart's fine living empire has sued the domesticity diva, saying she breached her duties to her investors by becoming involved in the ImClone Systems insider trading scandal.
In court, Cardinal Law defends decision to back out of settlement
BOSTON -- In his first public court appearance since the sexual abuse scandal erupted here in January, Cardinal Bernard Law insisted Friday that an announced multimillion-dollar settlement with dozens of alleged victims was never final.
Stanley decides against relocating to Bermuda
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) -- The board of directors of toolmaker The Stanley Works decided late Thursday against relocating in Bermuda to save tax dollars, citing pressure from Congress and proposed tax law changes.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats and the White House blamed each other for failed talks over patients' rights legislation, setting the tone for partisan finger-pointing before the November elections.
Everett jolts former team with seven RBIs
After going on a home run binge against his former team, Carl Everett was the model of diplomacy.
New look for Lobo football
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Football tryouts at New Mexico have a different look this summer. One candidate for the kicker's job has a blonde ponytail and wears makeup.
National sports briefs
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Hunter Kelly never caught a football thrown by his dad. He has never walked, and hasn't smiled since he was 4 months old. He needs a machine to eat, another to breathe.
A struggle just to move
TORONTO (AP) -- American sumo wrestler Emanuel Yarbrough is 6-foot-7 and 730 pounds. He's also in a bit of a bind -- he's living in his parents' basement in New Jersey.
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- A reputed Russian mobster charged with fixing two figure skating events in the worst judging scandal in Olympics history insisted he knows nothing about the Salt Lake City Games and that the case against him is a "farce," his lawyer said after meeting with him Friday.
Clifford W. Leonard
Clifford W. Leonard, 84, Brainerd, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Gladys L. Glover
AITKIN -- Gladys Leona Louise Glover, 91, Aitkin County, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Dorothy K. Mackey
STAPLES -- Dorothy K. Mackey, 84, Staples, formerly of Ironton, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Staples Care Center in Staples.
Kathleen R. Stokke
Kathleen Rae Stokke, 68, Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at home.
Toivo J. Mackey
IRONTON -- Toivo John Mackey, 81, Ironton, died Feb. 5, 2001, at the Staples Care Center in Staples.
Russell D. Johnson
PASCO, Wash. -- Russell David Johnson, 46, Pasco, Wash., died Monday, July 29, 2002, at home.
Theodore A. Schneider
SOBIESKI -- Theodore A. Schneider, 88, rural Sobieski, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Clifford W. Leonard
Clifford W. Leonard, 84, Brainerd, died today, Aug. 2, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Cecelia E. Wolf
Cecelia E. Wolf, 84, Brainerd, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at her home.
A letter to the editor on July 15, 2002 stated that Planned Parenthood is synonymous with abortion. While that may be true in the writer's mind it is not true in the minds of educated individuals. Over 95 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is done in an effort to prevent unwanted pregnancy. While it is true that one clinic, out of 23 in Minnesota, performs abortions (without any public support) the other 22 focus all of their efforts on preventing pregnancy, detecting cancer, and sexually transmitted infections screening, education and treatment.
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Camp Ripley - Dispatch editorial
There's a lot more to Camp Ripley than the tank that sits near the entrance along Highway 371 and the large booms that echo their way toward Brainerd and Baxter, sometimes rattling our windows.
Another called strike
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Time to act
Now that church is admitting sex abuse, talking alone is not enough Pope John Paul II, saddeningly frail due to age and illness, was doubly burdened during his journey to Canada and Latin America by his obligation to admit several times that some priests are sexual predators who must be stopped.
I'm getting a little tired of the (puppet) Norm Coleman criticizing Sen. Wellstone's votes on different items. One comes to mind, his vote on the disposing of nuclear waste. The senator didn't say he was against disposing it, it's the location and getting it there is what he is against.
This summer give the cat's meow a try
Tom Skarlis has a secret that until now he's shared it with just a few close friends like Chip Leer, his partner at WildSide Diversified, a company that promotes participation in angling.
The DNR is selling a parcel of state land in Aitkin County by sealed bid auction on Aug. 29 in St. Paul. The property is six miles from McGregor in Aitkin County and is 3.1 acres with a four-bedroom house.
DNR officers feel handicapped b y court ruling
A recent state Appeals Court ruling that prevents DNR conservation officers from searching boats without consent or probable cause will make it harder to protect game and fish populations, said Capt. Craig Backer, DNR regional enforcement manager in Grand Rapids.
Enjoy black terns now; the species is declining
The first time I saw black terns in Minnesota was in the mid-90s while on a jaunt to the Sand Prairie Wildlife Management and Environmental Education Area on the southeast side of St. Cloud.
Alan and Mary Hollingsworth will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary beginning with a short program and concert with Naomi Barnes at 2 p.m., with fellowship from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Pillager Assembly of God Church. The event is hosted by their children and family.
Nina Star Eschenbacher and Casey Lee Chessor were married July 8, 2002, in Brainerd.
Raymond and Jane (LaPorte) Gedde, Pillager, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family aboard the Knotty Bear Cruise. They were married Aug. 2, 1952.
John and Pat Mathews, East Gull Lake, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Aug. 4, 1962, in Staples.
Sherry Strader and Alan Bock were married June 15, 2002, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor Jennifer Wilson officiating.
Marnie Meyer and Brandon Silvernail announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Cheryl Stechmann, Baxter, and Bob and Jackie Meyer, Marshall, and Brooke and Diane Silvernail, Baxter. A Sept. 21 wedding is planned at the Northland Arboretum.
Kathryn Ann Johnson and Trevor Glen Mulholland announce their engagement. Parents are Terrence and Magdalen Johnson, Crookston, and Larry and Donna Mulholland, Brainerd. An Oct. 5 wedding is planned at St. Francis.
Sharleen Wheeler and Jason Gordon announce their engagement. Parents are Eugene Wheeler, Brainerd, and Kathy Hartwig, San Antonio, Texas, and Cornell and Pat Gordon, Jenkins. A Sept. 21 outdoor wedding is planned in Crosslake.
Lisa Christina Kraemer and Thomas Philip Woog announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Diane Kraemer, Brainerd, and Tom and Peggy Woog, Nisswa. A Sept. 20 wedding is planned at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake with a reception to follow at Cragun's Legacy Golf Course.
Bob and Jan Thompson, California, formerly of Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Baxter with a short program at 3 p.m. They were married Sept. 6, 1952.
Tammy Handeland and Bob Morrison were married April 6, 2002, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Cheryl Renee Ness and Jason Garner were married June 22, 2002, at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Verndale with Pastor Daryl Jacobson officiating.
Lisa Gurtin and Blaine Johnson were married April 15, 2002, at South Maluaka Beach, Makena, Maui, Hawaii, with the Rev. Pokipala officiating.
Jessica JoAnne Hansen and David Maurice Carr announce their engagement. Parents are Gwen and Mark Hansen, Forest Lake, and Joan and Randy Eschenbacher, Motley. An Aug. 17 wedding is planned at Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Vanderpoel and Shawn Brown announce their engagement. Parents are Mary Arfmann, Owatonna, and Keith Vanderpoel, Onamia, and Brad and Kathy Brown, Hillman. Grandparents are Alan and Esther MacArthur, Brainerd. A Sept. 14 wedding is planned in Onamia.
Robby Gordon suffers motocross injury
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An effort to build team unity turned painful for Robby Gordon when he broke his left heel in a motocross bike accident.
Bernstein to make BIR farewell
Brainerd International Raceway will make history for the 21st annual Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals Aug. 15-18.
Gordon aims to end winless string at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff Gordon hears the question every week: When are you going to win a race?
Budget cuts wipe out 700 state jobs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In a year of higher unemployment, the state of Minnesota has become one of the biggest job cutters in Minnesota, though not at nearly the rate that's likely if budget problems continue.
One of these candidates is not like the others
WORTHINGTON -- Three of the four major party gubernatorial hopefuls who made their pitch to a crowd of mayors Thursday picked their talking points pretty much from the same basket of issues.
Bruininks emerging as favorite of deans and faculty for U presidency
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The interim president of the University of Minnesota, Robert Bruininks, is emerging as the favorite of deans and faculty to get the job permanently.
Elk farmers try to keep wasting disease out of state
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's elk farmers, who lead the nation in the production of elk meat and antler products, are working hard to keep chronic wasting disease out of the state's herds.
Minneapolis policewoman killed in shootout
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In a quiet public housing tower for older people, a 60-year-old female resident walked around with a gun Thursday night, then traded shots with Minneapolis police called to the scene by scared neighbors. The woman and one of the officers died in a hospital.
Minneapolis police try to regroup after officer is killed
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis police were trying to regroup Friday after the shooting of officer Melissa Schmidt, who was fatally wounded while answering a call about a woman with a gun at a public housing complex.
DFL Party head asks WCCO to pull plug on Ventura
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Party Chairman Mike Erlandson urged WCCO Radio on Thursday to cancel Gov. Jesse Ventura's weekly show, labeling it "an hourlong advertisement" for Tim Penny's gubernatorial campaign.
Ventura shoots back at critics on radio show
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Amid calls to end his weekly radio show, Gov. Jesse Ventura on Friday taunted his critics but he refrained from attacking or promoting suitors for his job.
Minnesota DNR cutting 108 positions
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is cutting 108 jobs to solve a $13.1 million budget problem, Deputy Commissioner Steve Morse said.
Dozens of blind Minnesotans protest service cut
ST. PAUL -- Users of state-supported services for the blind marched outside a closed-down supply store Thursday to draw attention to an agency's budget cuts they say fell disproportionately on them.
Northwest Airlines grounds its Wings fear-of-flying program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airline has temporarily grounded its Wings fear-of-flying program.
Shep's wins second straight state title
Shep's Scooby's of Brainerd became only the second team in state co-rec slow-pitch history to win consecutive state championships.
Tribute to a classy colleague
"You touched 'em all," headlined a Detroit Lakes newspaper tribute to legendary community sports writer and columnist Ralph Anderson, who died of cancer July 22.
Omaha Patriots crowned Dumont champs
In their previous three national tournaments, the Omaha, Neb., Patriots' best finish was ninth.
Gulls steal one from Alexandria
Extraordinary personal achievements launched the Brainerd Mighty Gulls to a 3-2 victory against the Alexandria Beetles Friday night at Mills Field.
Northwoods League Baseball
Gulls stop Beetles 10-2
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls rapped out 11 hits and used four errors to pick up a 10-2 win against the Alexandria Beetles Thursday.
Regatta this weekend
The 42nd annual Gull Lake Regatta will be conducted Friday through Sunday.
Area events Saturday
Stock Car Racing
Local sports shorts
ST. PAUL -- Marni Lundbohm of Pine Meadows at Brainerd and Jackie Heslop of White Birch at Breezy Point will compete in the Minnesota Women's State Amateur Championship Monday through Wednesday at North Oaks Golf Club.
Brainerd, Sauk Rapids battle in Legion meet
ST. CLOUD -- It will be a battle between favorites when the Brainerd and Sauk Rapids American Legion baseball teams collide in the winners' bracket of the District 6 tournament 7 p.m. today at Faber Field.
Brainerd becomes Legion favorite
ST. CLOUD -- Experts in the St. Cloud area had all but conceded the District 6 American Legion baseball championship to Sauk Rapids this summer.
Brainerd Parks and Recreation
A brief meeting for girls entering grades 9-12 who are interested in playing Brainerd Warriors tennis this season is scheduled 7 p.m. Sunday at the Brainerd High School courts.
Twins' Ortiz overcomes struggles on and off field
MINNEAPOLIS -- One look at the kooky smile on David Ortiz's face and you wouldn't guess he's enduring one of the toughest years of his life.
New faces abound in Vikings' defense
MANKATO (AP) -- Cornerback Corey Chavous is just one of many new faces on Minnesota's defense.
Consultants picked to design Vikings-Gophers stadium
ST. PAUL (AP) -- An architecture firm that helped shape the new Seattle Seahawks stadium, Baltimore's Camden Yards and Atlanta's Turner Field will lead the design of a new Vikings-Gophers stadium, the University of Minnesota said Thursday.
Stringer's shadow looms large over Vikings' camp
MANKATO -- It is called "Big Bertha," a purple heavy bag used by Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen to improve their strength and blocking technique. It stands in the back of the end zone of the Vikings' training camp complex. It is where Randy Moss needed to go last Friday afternoon to remember Korey Stringer.
BULLPEN DOES IT AGAIN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Reed and four relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Friday night.
Milton shuts out Chisox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Eric Milton got it right this time.
Instant messaging isn't private, and that's a problem for firms, workers
"I think Mark is doing the right thing by going into rehab," Tim Gordon, vice president of an online concierge service, typed quickly to a friend. Sitting at his office computer, Gordon was multi-tasking in cyberspace as usual, holding several instant-messaging conversations at once.
WARCRAFT III: REIGN OF CHAOS, Blizzard Entertainment
How long will data last?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the joys of scanning documents into my computer and then disposing of the paper.
Dead dot-coms are walking
The Internet death march goes on, so relentlessly that Net-heads are getting used to stepping over the dead and dealing with corpse-like entities that refuse to keel over.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to middle 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms northwest. Highs from the mid 70s to the mid 80s.
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch this afternoon and tonight for portions of southwest into east central minnesota...
Weather drawing by Gabrielle Metzger of Mrs. Frank's second grade class at Riverside school.
Weather drawing by Jasmine Hayes of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today..Sunny to partly cloudy. Becoming breezy central and west. Highs 75 to 85...With a few readings near 90 southwest.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny west with a chance of morning showers and thunderstorms. Scattered showers and thunderstorms east...Some possibly severe. Highs in the mid 70s northwest to the mid 80s south central.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 70 to 80.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms west. Highs in the middle 80s to lower 90s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to the low 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 75 to 85.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered thunderstorms southwest through northeast...With a chance of late afternoon thunderstorms southeast. Highs in the 80s north and lower to middle 90s south.
Adult volunteer of the month
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Betty and Walt Moynagh, 148; Betty Carmon and Marv Falk, 126; Clif Johnson and Don Rasmussen, 112.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 109.5; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 109.5. East-West: Bud and Jean Forsberg, 143.5; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 136.5; Bill and Marijane Pearce, 113; and Dale and Helen Dickie, 108.5.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUGUST
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Agency of the month
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Names and faces
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The wife of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh has filed for divorce and sought custody of the couple's two children.
The Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Mille Lacs Electric Cooperative at Aitkin. A short business meeting and brief sharing
"Hats off" to another summer season for Rhythm of the Rails Show.
Youth volunteer of the month
Turkey abolishes death penalty to boost chances of joining EU
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- After a raucous all-night debate, Turkey's parliament approved a reform package aimed at boosting its chances of joining the European Union by abolishing the death penalty and granting greater rights to the nation's Kurds.
Israeli troops search Nablus' Old City for second day
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli soldiers went door-to-door in Nablus' Old City for the second day Saturday, taking over houses in a city the Israeli government described as "the main factory of suicide bombings."
Iraq invites chief U.N. weapons inspector to Baghdad for technical talks
UNITED NATIONS -- Facing an increasing possibility of U.S. military action, Iraq gave the first solid indication in nearly four years that it will allow U.N. weapons inspectors to return and invited the chief inspector to Baghdad for talks.
Israeli tanks move into Nablus; five Palestinians killed in scattered violence
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops backed by 150 armored vehicles swept into the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, trading fire with Palestinians and arresting about 50 people in a strike that followed several Palestinian attacks in Israel.
San Diego family feared for student killed in Israel bombing
SAN DIEGO -- Every time a bomb exploded in Jerusalem, Marla Bennett's parents feared for their 24-year-old daughter, a student at Hebrew University. But within minutes she would be on the phone, assuring them she was safe.
Uruguay puts 5,000-strong police guard on streets to deter looting
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- The government sent thousands of police to guard shopping districts Friday, a day after looters hit stores and supermarkets as the national economic crisis deepened.
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