How do I go about buying Treasury securities?
Q. I'm concerned about the stock market and thinking of moving some of my money into Treasury securities. How do I go about buying them?
Businesses' caution about future still a concern
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's recent string of triple-digit rallies and a rare week of solid gains might give some investors hope that the bear market is finally ending.
Shauna Mace, Crosby, joined J.C. Penney's Styling Salon in Brainerd.
Identity theft is fast-growing crime in state
Minnesotans are in the top 10 list they would rather avoid when it comes to the highest number of police reports taken in response to identity theft.
Foundation reports record totals in business loans
The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation announced it has reached record totals in business loans and quality jobs created in its 2002 fiscal year.
Jobless claims drop in Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- There was a glimmer of hope in an otherwise grim employment field as the number of Minnesotans filing new unemployment claims dropped slightly in July from a year earlier.
BAXTER -- Opportunities for good jobs in rural Minnesota was a key goal for TEAM Industries' founder and now the company has added the lakes area to its list of plants in the state.
Around the watercooler
HEALTHY JOBS: With women and men facing more challenges keeping work and home separate, some companies are finding ways to ease the burden and combine the two.
Best Buy warns of profit plunge in current quarter
Consumer electronics retail giant Best Buy Co. warned Thursday that profits in the current quarter would be more than a third less than originally projected, triggering a 36 percent drop in its shares and a slide in the stock of other electronics and video-game retailers.
Small businesses found vulnerable to fraud
Fraud has gained high visibility in the days since the Enron story broke, but small businesses may be the most vulnerable.
Volatile stock market prompts fresh look at risk tolerance
NEW YORK -- The traditional definition of risk tolerance is "an investor's ability to handle declines in the value of his or her investments."
United Defense Industries to cut up to 200 jobs
FRIDLEY (AP) -- United Defense Industries says it will cut up to 200 jobs as a result of the U.S. Army's cancellation of the contract for the Crusader artillery system.
The Grace trio will present a concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. The trio has produced five albums, including its most recent, "A Gift of Love," a Christmas album. The trio consists of Debi, Andover, Jan, St. Cloud, and Jessica, Garrison.
Interfaith Caregivers help woman in need
After only one year of business, Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers has served many people in need.
Where has summer gone?
I get a queasy feeling in my stomach during this time of year when the first "Back to School" ads appear in the paper and the stores are fully stocked with crayons, notebooks and backpacks.
Catholic orders hope to keep abusive priests within religious communities
PHILADELPHIA -- Leaders of Roman Catholic religious orders said they could keep young people safe from sexually abusive priests, rejecting criticism from victims' advocates who say the groups are too protective of errant clergy.
National Council of Churches reports end of financial woes
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches announced that, due in part to cutbacks in staff and programs, it has recovered from its financial problems following a decade of deficit spending.
What next for bored Sunday school classes? The Simpsons!
Sunday school teachers with restless teen-agers or distracted adults might consider something a little different this fall: "The Simpsons."
Boston Archdiocese newspaper criticizes comments by Oklahoma governor
BOSTON (AP) -- An editorial in the Boston Archdiocese's newspaper accused Oklahoma's governor of calling on Roman Catholics to "commit a mortal sin" when he urged parishioners to stop donating money or attending churches in dioceses that don't respond to the priest sex-abuse scandal.
Seattle's acceptance of gay pastors clashes with Methodist church law
SEATTLE -- There is nothing ambiguous about the United Methodist Church law that forbids the appointment of "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" as pastors.
CLC Foundation awards $127,500 in scholarships
The Central Lakes College Foundation has announced the awarding of scholarships to students enrolled for 2002-2003 academic year at the Brainerd and Staples campuses.
Conner has waited far too long for a partner
Conner is a bright-eyed, 10-year-old boy who has a smile that lights up the room.
Nowadays just about everything wipes up in a jiffy
Streaky windows? Give them a wipe. Dusty floors? Reach for a wipe. Tarnished silver, gray car tires, dull porcelain? Wipe 'em bright. Cruddy chrome, old oak, lusterless leather? Wipe, wipe, wipe.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 200. Last Friday: 132. Year ago Friday: 156. Thursday actual: 329.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 185, a year ago 609.
West Nile virus confirmed in 32 horses in Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Board of Animal Health says West Nile virus has now been confirmed in 32 horses in Minnesota, with the cases spread throughout the state.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 350. Last Thursday: 345. Year ago Thursday: 257. Wednesday actual: 384.
Staples City Council
Crow Wing County Fair results
4-H HORSE SHOW RESULTS
Crow Wing County Board
Brainerd School Board
Jeffrey and Dale (Chapin) Grove, Staples, a girl, Elena Sofia, 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces, July 1, 2002. Grandparents are Dale M. Chapin, Staples, Joyce Chapin, Taylors, S.C., Dave and Gayle Christensen, Cushing, and Loyd and Sally Grove, Staples.
Woods leads Buick Open by four strokes
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Whatever Tiger Woods has been doing since losing a chance to win the Grand Slam is working.
Irwin hopes to continue dominance
BLAINE (AP) -- Hale Irwin will try to continue his dominance at the 3M Championship that opens Friday while looking for his first tour win in five months.
Woods two strokes back at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Even Tiger Woods' girlfriend had to get on her toes and stretch her neck to get a look at the world's best golfer at the Buick Open.
Handheld GPS for golfers could just knock a few strokes off the game
At first glance, the StarCaddy appeared to be the most promising golf gadget since Rodney Dangerfield's bag spit clubs into the air, played tunes and served draft beer in "Caddyshack."
Reverse discrimination case appealed to high court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly a quarter-century after the Supreme Court ended racial quotas in university admissions, the court must decide whether to reopen the divisive question of what role, if any, race can play in a school's choice of students.
Cheney to appear at Pawlenty fund-raiser
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney, who helped persuade Tim Pawlenty not to run for the U.S. Senate, will speak at a fund-raiser for Pawlenty's campaign for Minnesota governor Monday.
Petition disputes residency of DFL Sen. John Hottinger
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's Republican Party has filed petitions in state Supreme Court to remove four DFLers from ballots this fall, saying the Democrats do not meet residency requirements.
First case of LaCrosse encephalitis reported
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Lab tests have confirmed what appears to be the first two cases of mosquito-borne LaCrosse encephalitis in Minnesota this season, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday.
Calls for public defibrillators increase after man's heart attack death on train
BOSTON (AP) -- A man's deadly heart attack on a train has become the latest rallying point of people who advocate putting more portable defibrillators in public places.
Charlton Heston says he has Alzheimer's symptoms
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- In a declaration reminiscent of former President Reagan's 1994 "sunset of my life" letter to the American public, Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston revealed he has symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Victims of clergy abuse
Rules set to guarantee privacy of medical records
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors and hospitals can share patient information with HMOs and insurance companies as long as these records are directly related to health services, under a new Bush administration medical policy that has privacy advocates worried.
Death toll in West Nile virus outbreak climbs to seven
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The worst outbreak of West Nile virus in U.S. history has killed seven people in Louisiana, and Mississippi officials fear a death there may be the eighth linked to the virus this year.
Baxter issues 36 building permits
BAXTER -- Baxter issued 36 building permits in July for a total of $6,966,623 with a fee total of $64,635.89.
Here are some ways to beat the heat
Looking for ways to beat the heat?
Watering presents special challenges
Steaming temperatures present a challenge for any gardener not blessed with computerized soaker hoses and/or a sprinkler system.
Eating bars are food for thought
As every parent knows, an eating bar is a handy place to serve kids breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks and, well, dinner. In short, it's a really good place to serve the kids any food at all. Sometimes Mom and Dad even join in.
All wet in the garden
There is an old nursery rhyme that begins: "Jerry, Jerry, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"
CROSSLAKE -- Bruce Larson, Larson Team Shores & More Realty Inc., Crosslake, recently was a speaker at the Star Power annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Gardeners can often get a second yield
Once is not enough when it comes to sowing vegetables.
Future garages will be more functional in Design K-30
If you number yourself among some 78 percent of Americans who love their cars and the 12 percent who say they value their car above anything or anyone else in their lives (these numbers according to a recent poll by Progressive.com), you may not see anything amiss with Design K-30.
Swimming pool design takes a big step
Life has taken on a shallowness that suits Mary Kay Jordan just fine. Sunk in a low-slung beach chair, knee-deep in water, she watches over her world with languid blue ripples reflecting in her sunglasses.
Home tour isn't just about new houses
Older log cabins on central Minnesota's lakes are being torn down to make room for new homes, leaving little of Minnesota's past behind.
Home offers twin features
That two can be better than one is evidenced by this attractive two-story design, Plan K-30, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network. Its floor plan has 1,621 square feet of living space.
North Brainerd residents gather at Gregory Park
Music filled the air Tuesday in Gregory Park as neighbors gathered for an event they hope will be repeated in multiple area neighborhoods next year.
Tips to build a proper doghouse
Every year, when Sirius, the "Dog Star," appears in the night sky, it signals the official start of the "dog days of summer"-- 40 of the hottest, stickiest days of the year. They occur from July 3 through Aug. 15.
Spirit of St. Louis replica soars over Little Falls
The Experimental Aircraft Association's replica of the Spirit of St. Louis flew over Little Falls on Friday in preparation for Saturday's 75th anniversary celebration of Charles Lindbergh's return to Little Falls after his transatlantic flight.
A Baxter resident was awarded the promising new professional award for learning disabilities given by the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning in conjunction with St. Cloud State University.
Pierz farmer finds county fair medallion on manure spreader
Only a farmer could piece together the 2002 Crow Wing County Fair medallion clues and think to look for it in a manure spreader.
Expanded Lindbergh Historic Site puts stronger focus on the Lone Eagle
LITTLE FALLS (AP) -- When the Minnesota Historical Society built the Lindbergh Historical Site nearly 30 years ago, it tried to honor a request by pioneering aviator Charles A. Lindbergh that he not be the focus of the exhibit.
Aitkin man dies in accident
AITKIN -- A 71-year-old Aitkin man died Friday in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 169 in southern Aitkin County, according to the State Patrol.
Sunday at the Crow Wing Fair
Sunday -- Family Day
Two teens, one from Brainerd and the other from Plymouth, Mass., recently caught their first muskies. Look for their story in Sunday's North Country.
CELEBRATION TIME AT TIMELESS STORE
FREEDHEM -- The creamery closed long ago in the tiny town of Freedhem, a small farming community about 12 miles northeast of Little Falls.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 11 - 80 years ago (1922) - Flaming posters in all colors of the rainbow proclaim the world famed Howe's London Circus is to be seen in Brainerd August 19. Already the small boy and his elders are happy in anticipating the coming of this mighty talented amusement enterprise and its countless wonders.
Crash test dummies share driving safety information at county fair
The leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 42 is traffic crashes, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Wilbur earns two blue ribbons for 10-year-old
Twenty minutes decided four months of work Louis Eschenbacher put into raising his Hampshire Duroc pig, Wilbur.
Council agrees on plan to resolve street dispute
North Fourth Street residents got what they wanted at a city council meeting Thursday, but it ultimately may be costly to a few.
Two young women from Croatia are living and working in the Brainerd area this summer, thanks to a local banker. Find out their story in Monday's Dispatch.
Parents take concerns about Buffalo Hills ball field to city council
Parents upset with the conditions of the ball field in Buffalo Hills Park have taken their concerns to the city council.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 9 - 20 years ago (1982) - More development has been planned for Baxter -- however, this project will be a neighborhood park. Approximately three acres of county property located near a residential subdivision in Baxter was deeded to that city yesterday for the development of a public park.
New low for 30-year mortgage rates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rates for 30-year mortgages fell to a new low this week amid growing signs of a sluggish economic recovery.
Oregon fire nearly largest in state's history
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The nation's largest active wildfire has grown to 308,000 acres, coming within 3,000 acres of becoming the biggest fire in Oregon's history.
Missing girl, 6, is found dead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police arrested a man in the murder of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from a sleepover and was found dead the next day in nearby woods.
WorldCom says it found another $3.3 billion in faulty accounting
Nearly doubling the scope of what was already the largest corporate scandal in U.S. history, battered telecom giant WorldCom Inc. said Thursday that its auditors have uncovered an additional $3.3 billion in faulty accounting dating to 1999.
Hopes rise on three-day upswing in the markets
Another strong rally in stocks on Thursday boosted hopes that the market's latest crisis has passed, as key indexes capped their best three-day performance since 1987.
Judge hands setback to defense in SLA case
SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Defense lawyers in a 1975 Symbionese Liberation Army bank robbery-murder case received a setback Thursday when a judge promised to release tapes of their clients' prison phone calls and social visits to government investigators.
Productivity grows sluggish
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Productivity grew at its most sluggish pace in a year, rising at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the second quarter, reflecting an economic recovery that has lost considerable momentum from the beginning of the year.
Town grapples with 10-year-old's death and playmate's arrest
EL RENO, Okla. (AP)-- As if they were signing a cast or a yearbook, Tremain Richey's classmates wrote messages to the slain 10-year-old on posterboard outside his home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The body of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, recovered from a shallow grave where it was abandoned after his slaying by Islamic militants, was returned to his family for a proper burial.
Separated Guatemalan twins begin opening eyes, moving; Doctors 'cautiously optimistic'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Guatemalan twins born joined at the head and separated in a lengthy surgery this week are opening their eyes and moving around, small gestures that doctors see as significant signs of progress.
Pledge of Allegiance issue may go to full 11-judge appeals court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trying to rescue the words "under God" from court assault, the Justice Department is maintaining that a three-judge federal appeals panel failed to heed Supreme Court rulings when it held that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional.
GE agrees to pay $1 million fine to settle charges it failed to report dangerous dishwasher defects
WASHINGTON (AP) -- General Electric Co. has agreed to pay the government $1 million to settle charges the company failed to report serious safety defects with certain dishwashers that could catch fire.
Bush consults with Congress, allies about Iraq
WACO, Texas (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday he is consulting with Congress and U.S. allies about Iraq and he branded Saddam Hussein "an enemy until proven otherwise."
Tax cuts and spending boosts to spell deficits
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., can detail the federal government's reversal of fiscal fortune as if she's reading a script drafted by the Democratic Party: budget surpluses turning into widening deficits, plunging consumer confidence, a Social Security lockbox that has been picked and looted -- all since President Bush came to office.
NASA will help Lance Bass' space debut
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA says it's ready for 'N Sync singer Lance Bass' space debut.
Teacher gets probation for setting a student's newspaper on fire
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A teacher who set a student's newspaper on fire to teach her a lesson about reading in class was convicted of two misdemeanors and barred from returning to the classroom anytime soon.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man still on probation for running up $81,000 in credit card bills in the name of a pro basketball player is awaiting trial on charges he allegedly did the same thing to actor Will Smith.
Study finds the nation's public school districts are resegregating by race
BOSTON (AP) -- Almost 50 years after state-sponsored school segregation was outlawed, public schools are becoming increasingly divided by race, even as minority populations increase nationwide, according to a new report.
Unser says he will stay sober
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- An overnight stay in an Indianapolis jail convinced Al Unser Jr. to get help for a longtime drinking problem.
Miami No. 1 in AP preseason poll
No. 1 in the postseason. No. 1 in the preseason.
Jets were ready to prove something
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Maybe this was the difference -- the New York Jets treated it as if it were a regular season game. The Pittsburgh Steelers acted as if it were another AFC championship game.
Chick Hearn remembered as a friend to everyone
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Above all else, Chick Hearn was a friend -- to players, coaches and fans alike.
Smoltz fastest to 40 saves
This isn't the type of record John Smoltz ever imagined setting.
Cleveland claims Rogers cheated in pursuit of perfection
The Cleveland Indians are convinced Kenny Rogers cheated in his pursuit of perfection.
Local revenues add to baseball disparity
Same sport. Similar-sized metropolitan areas. Two teams leading their divisions. And yet the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins are very different baseball franchises.
Bonds hits 600
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds prefers to make history in front of his friends.
Strike deadline likely when players meet Monday
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball players are likely to set a strike date for later this month or early September when their executive board meets Monday in Chicago, according to two lawyers familiar with the union's deliberations.
Players, owners agree to minimum salary, benefits plan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Agreeing to a $100,000 increase in baseball's minimum salary, players and owners made more progress on minor issues as labor negotiations head into a key weekend.
Luella B. Owens
Luella B. Owens, 96, Brainerd, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
ISLE -- Mildred P. Mann, 82, Isle, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at Onamia hospital.
PINE RIVER -- Lorraine Rubitschung, 65, Pine River, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
PINE RIVER -- Lorraine Rubitschung, 65, Pine River, died today, Aug. 9, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
ONAMIA -- Max Scott, 81, Onamia, formerly of Austin, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in Onamia.
Mildred H. Shutter
LITTLE FALLS -- Mildred H. Shutter, 83, Little Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Vikki A. Miller
Vikki AnnMarie Miller, 29, Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Joyce C. Kaiser
DEERWOOD -- Joyce Clarice Kaiser, 75, Deerwood, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
FLENSBURG -- Kevin Piekarski, 39, Flensburg, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at his home.
Vikki Miller, 29, Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Mildred H. (Martinson) Shutter, 83, Little Falls, formerly of Randall, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, of ovarian cancer.
Carl F. Schach
LAKE SHORE -- Carl Frederick Schach, 95, Lake Shore, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
SWANVILLE -- Frieda Olson, 69, Swanville, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Mosquito control - Dispatch Editorial
Strike up a conversation with someone at your neighborhood park. Ask them what they think about this year's mosquitoes.
The late John Denver sang of West Virginia, the Blue Ridge mountains and the Shenandoah River as "almost heaven." If he were alive today he would likely bemoan the state as almost lunar.
The Brainerd Dispatch's editorial opinions
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
A recent letter writer accurately pointed out that Republicans are in favor of deregulation and that many of us pray for a better life where "you never die or pay taxes." I, for one, pray for a better life where you not only never die but where you may spend eternity free of socialist whiners demanding that big government take care of every problem, whether public and private.
Anyone who denigrates the feminist movement of the 1970s -- including young women who declare, "I'm no feminist" - should take a look at a tape of an interview with two teen-age heroes who appeared together Monday on the "Today" show.
Brainerd's space needs
Two years ago this present Brainerd City Council, with the exception of Alderman Scheeler, decided to demolish the present fire station and build a Public Safety Building and also remodel and build additional space at city hall. The cost of this project was $8 million.
Good intentions sometimes go astray. After the funeral of slain Minneapolis police officer Melissa Schmidt, city council member Natalie Johnson Lee wrote a letter asking residents in her ward to grieve for the officer. But she also expressed remorse for Martha Donald, who probably fired the shots that killed Schmidt and who also perished in the gunfight.
A firearms safety class has been scheduled in Nisswa for Aug. 19-23 at the Nisswa Fire Hall. Class times are 9 a.m. to noon. A range day will be scheduled for a later date.
Now's the time to get your shotgun ready for fall
As usual, summer has flown by. One moment we're planning an early summer fishing trip and the next the fall hunting catalogs are arriving in the mail.
Payer: "Maybe it's time to ratchet down what we catch"
Despite objections from Chippewa bands, the DNR will not change walleye fishing regulations on Mille Lacs for the remainder of the open-water season, said Ron Payer, DNR director of fisheries.
It's a fish, not a snag, Grandpa
Over the Fourth of July weekend, David Murdock, 16-year-old son of Chris and Cyndy Murdock, Baxter, went fishing with his grandfather Ben Murdock, Little Falls. They were fishing for northerns on the Mississippi river south of Brainerd.
Mulleins once served as torches that lit the way for the Romans
One sure sign of midsummer is the popping up of tall spikes along highways, byways, fields and farmlands. For some reason, maybe it's because they have no equivalent of similar stature, I always notice mullein stalks. They appear first as spikes, then as flowers, then, as they fade, turn dark brown and remain standing long after other roadside plants fall and flatten in submission to autumnal freezes.
North Country Calendar
Are some fishermen naturally luckier than others or is luck an acquired skill?
Attitude is as important as technique when it comes to fishing success
There is more to fishing than just knowing how to do it. Anyone can learn the techniques. But the best fishermen have philosophies and attitudes that make them the best.
Duck season to open Sept. 28
Minnesota's 2002 duck season will begin Sept. 28, maintaining the tradition of opening on the Saturday closest to Oct. 1.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Redtail minnows continue to produce walleyes in 18 to 34 feet of water on most area lakes during the day. Look shallower with crankbaits during low-light periods.
Amanda Becker and Cory Felske
Amanda Becker and Cory Felske announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and MaryLou Oppelt, Pierz, and the late Gordon Becker, and David and Debby Felske, Brainerd. A Nov. 30 wedding is planned.
Judy and Bill Kallroos
Judy and Bill Kallroos, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Aug. 11, 1962.
L.A. "Bob" and Marlys Beavers
L.A. "Bob" and Marlys Beavers will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in Minneapolis with their family. They were married Aug. 12, 1977, in Crosslake.
Faye Stuard will celebrate her 75th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the community room at Oak Crest Manor, 2106 Spruce Drive. No gifts please. If you are able to share a favorite memory or photo of Faye, that would be appreciated.
Jennifer Posterick and Cory Olson
Jennifer Posterick and Cory Olson announce their engagement. Parents are Darrell and Valerie Posterick, Little Falls, and Franklin and Charissa Olson, Brainerd. An Oct. 12 wedding is planned.
Loni Lyon and Jason Bolz
Loni Lyon and Jason Bolz announce their engagement. Parents are Lewis and Jackie Lyon, La Crosse, Wis., and Michael and Karen Bolz, Brainerd. A Nov. 2 wedding is planned at St. Christopher's Church in Nisswa.
Jesi Smude and Eric Walcheski
Jesi Smude and Eric Walcheski announce their engagement. Parents are Rich and Kathy Smude, Pierz, and Albie and Marge Walcheski, Pierz. An Oct. 5 wedding is planned.
Elaine Niemann, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with her family and friends at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at Christ Community Church in Nisswa. She was born Aug. 17, 1922.
Cathy Hartle and Doug Larsen
Cathy Hartle and Doug Larsen, both of Little Falls, announce their engagement. An Aug. 24 wedding is planned.
Shanda Bartel and Daniel Piispanen
Shanda Bartel and Daniel Piispanen announce their engagement. Parents are Keith and Teresa Bartel, Aitkin, and Daryle and Sharon Piispanen, Aitkin. A Sept. 28 wedding is planned in Aitkin.
Lena Arey, Brainerd, will celebrate her 95th birthday Wednesday at the monthly birthday party at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. She was born Aug. 20, 1907.
Alicia Terhaar and Dusten Noreen
Alicia Terhaar and Dusten Noreen announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Lynnae Terhaar, Brooten, and Elroy and Ellen Noreen, Fort Ripley. An Oct. 12 wedding is planned in Braham.
Renae Marie Schroeder and Andrew David Rush
Renae Marie Schroeder and Andrew David Rush announce their engagement. Parents are Dave and Diane Schroeder, Hackensack, and Joyce Rush, Deerwood. An August wedding is planned.
Britt Swenson and Nathan Greenland
Britt Swenson and Nathan Greenland announce their engagement. Parents are Chuck and Nancy Swenson, Cushing, and Richard and Barbara Greenland, Apple Valley. A wedding is planned Saturday at Little Falls Alliance Church.
Laura Penighetti and Philip Winterfeldt were married July 27, 2002, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Jon Winterfeldt officiating.
George and Rose Mankowski
George and Rose Mankowski, Fort Ripley, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Aug. 11, 1962, in St. Mathias.
Following in her sister's tracks
Some sisters go shopping together or spend time with each other's children.
Sirius Satellite Radio Lineup
After Friday qualifying; race Sunday
Smith ready to return to Brainerd
Last year at the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, Top Fuel pilot John Smith was involved in a horrific crash with Gary Scelzi in the first round of final eliminations which sent him to the hospital with leg and wrist injuries.
Waltrip heeded coach's advice, qualifies second behind Rudd
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Michael Waltrip took the advice of the continent's best road racer and beat everybody but Ricky Rudd in qualifying at Watkins Glen International.
Minnesotans switching from heating oil to gas
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Mitch Kiffmeyer plans to join a 30-year statewide trend when he moves into his new home in St. Cloud and swaps a barrel of home heating oil for a natural-gas furnace.
Ventura says attorney general should be appointed, not elected
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura says the state's attorney general should be appointed, not elected.
Lawyer: Statute of limitations blocks sex abuse lawsuit
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The lawyer representing the Diocese of St. Cloud and St. Anthony's Church in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit said the statute of limitations prevents the lawsuit from proceeding.
Moussaoui inquired about UMinn crop-dusting program
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Barely two weeks before his arrest outside an Eagan hotel, Zacarias Moussaoui inquired about the University of Minnesota's crop-dusting program, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Leech Lake: Land of rice and rich resources
CASS LAKE -- Late each summer, the clatter of the wild rice harvest returns to the pockets of water that flow across northern Minnesota.
Cheerleader sues school to recover captain's job
MENDOTA HEIGHTS (AP) -- A high school cheerleader is suing her school district to win back her job as captain of the squad, which she lost for violating her school's prohibitions against alcohol and tobacco.
About 700 veterans receive thanks for World War II service
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS (AP) -- For some, the thanks seemed overdue. Most were simply grateful.
Dairy plant closes in Fergus Falls; 33 jobs cut
FERGUS FALLS (AP) -- With no warning, the Dairy Farmers of America has immediately closed its plant, leaving 33 employees without a job.
No more guarantees for undergraduate admissions at U of M
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota will no longer guarantee admission to all of its undergraduate colleges at its Twin Cities campus, starting with students who apply this fall for 2003.
Ventura expected to speak at University of Havana
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is tentatively scheduled to address students at the University of Havana during his September visit to Cuba to attend the U.S. Food and Agribusiness Exhibition.
Democrats looking for votes from corporate wrongdoing
ARDEN HILLS (AP) -- The message stayed the same whether Sen. Paul Wellstone was talking to angry Qwest workers or to a group called Business Democrats: Rogue executives are ruining the economy.
Cell phone speed-dialing feature blamed for false 911 calls
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- A speed-dialing feature on cellular phones is being blamed for hundreds of thousands of false 911 calls in Minnesota every year, mistakes that tie up dispatchers and jeopardize people with real emergencies.
Flood task force members hope to change Ventura's mind
ST. PAUL -- Just days after Gov. Jesse Ventura appeared to close the door on calling a special session to help people affected by flooding this summer, members of a legislative task force said they hope to change his mind.
Northwoods league baseball
Blues consolation champs
The Brainerd Blues were consolation champions in the 11-under MSF state tournament.
Area events Saturday
Northwoods League Baseball
Brainerd has a short trip to state Legion meet
MARSHALL -- It was seven years since Brainerd last made a trip to the American Legion Division I state baseball tournament.
'Ailing' Marsden hurls Gulls to win
If this is how Brainerd Mighty Gulls pitcher Aaron Marsden throws when his arm doesn't feel good before a game, he doesn't ever want to feel good before a start.
McCulloch hopes to earn playing time as Gopher
MINNEAPOLIS -- Beads of perspiration tumbled off Trevor McCulloch's forehead as he stood in stifling humidity inside the Gibson-Nagurski Complex at the University of Minnesota on media day Friday.
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The 20th annual Nimrod Jubilee Run will be conducted Aug. 31.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Outfielder Kyle Berg of Brainerd has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Augustana College.
Blues finish fifth in state tournament
The Brainerd Blues 11-under traveling baseball team finished fifth in the MSF state tournament July 27-28 at Eagan.
Guaranteed win fails
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls could have used some of Joe Namath's luck Friday night at Mills Field.
BABE RUTH MUSTANG
Twins not ready to panic after being swept by O's
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles had the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins down to their final out Thursday, when a fan standing in seats along the first-base line began screaming at the top of his lungs, "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!"
Kelly may be the key to avoiding line shuffle for Vikings
MANKATO (AP) -- Lewis Kelly walked back to the tackling dummies after Thursday morning's practice and continued pounding away while the rest of his teammates hurried off the field.
Twins win 5-4 to end four-game skid
BOSTON (AP) -- Instead of looking for power at the plate to stop their losing streak, the Minnesota Twins turned to defense.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Minnesota high school star Kelly Miller scored 15 points as the Charlotte Sting beat the Minnesota Lynx 68-62 on Friday night to clinch a playoff spot.
What happens when Silicon Valley gets political? It's BAD
SAN FRANCISCO -- The ornate Julia Morgan Ballroom atop San Francisco's Merchant's Exchange Building
The answer to spam-busting is out there
Anyone with an e-mail account knows that spam -- unsolicited commercial e-mail -- is a problem. Legislators and technologists are desperate for a solution, but they are searching in the wrong direction.
Digital Waste Festers
Some things you expect to see by the side of the road: sidewalks, traffic signs, perhaps a bit of litter. But a computer monitor?
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the upper 70s northeast to the 80s elsewhere.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms west and north. Highs in the mid 70s northwest to the upper 80s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny...With scattered morning showers or thunderstorms far northwest...Then a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms far north. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs in the lower to middle 80s. Cooler along lake michigan.
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch today portions of northwest... Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms west. A chance for mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms east. Heavy rainfall possible northwest. Highs from the upper 70s to middle 80s. Tonight...Scattered showers and thunderstorms...Diminishing in the west later tonight. Lows mostly in the lower to middle 60s.
I like to play with my dog
Weather drawing by Justin Dean of Mrs. Lykins' kindergarten class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Cool tree house
Weather drawing by Brienna Wyatt in the Baxter School first-grade class of Mrs. Ruen.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A chance of thunderstorms east. Partly sunny elsewhere. Highs mainly in the 80s.
Storms expected in Florida, Great Plains; calm expected across much of country
Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected in Florida and the Great Plains on Saturday, while calm conditions were predicted for much of the rest of the country.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms west. Scattered thunderstorms...Some possibly severe east. Highs from the upper 60s west to the upper 70s east.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms north. A chance for a shower or thunderstorm southeast. Otherwise partly cloudy. Highs from the lower 70s northeast to the lower 80s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms central and east. Highs from the 70s west to the 80s east.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms west. Highs in the 80s.
On behalf of the Pelican Lake Conservation Club, I would like to thank The Brainerd Daily Dispatch for its support of the annual PLCC auction held last Saturday. The auction earned the PLCC over $4,000 and was considered a great success.
Retirees from the Brainerd Fire Department, their wives and widows of firefighters will have a breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn in Brainerd.
How often do you get 10 children from a small Brainerd lakes community going to a national event?
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
The Holbrook family reunion will be Sunday at Baxter City Park. Coffee will be at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m. and a potluck dinner at noon. Dishes, silverware and beverage provided. All relatives and friends invited.
Tenet holds pivotal meeting with Palestinian minister
WASHINGTON -- CIA director George J. Tenet is holding a pivotal meeting with Yasser Arafat's interior minister as the Palestinians push for completion of a U.S. plan to improve security on the West Bank.
Judge delays trial for consulate bombing suspects until Friday
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani judge has postponed until Friday the trial of three Islamic militants charged with the deadly bombing of a U.S. Consulate.
Huge blast reportedly kills at least 10 in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful explosion ripped through an Afghan construction firm's building in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Friday, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 25 others, the Jalalabad police chief said.
Grenade attack kills three nurses at Christian hospital in Pakistan
TAXILA, Pakistan -- Three attackers hurled grenades Friday at women leaving a church on the grounds of a Presbyterian hospital in Pakistan, killing three nurses and wounding about 25 people in the second attack this week against Christians.
Cause of warehouse explosion in Afghanistan sought
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) -- A construction company warehouse that blew up, killing at least 14 people and devastating an Afghan neighborhood, held stocks of explosives for road building that may have detonated accidentally, the company head said Saturday.
Opposition urges attack on Iraq, Armey not so sure
WASHINGTON -- An Iraqi opposition leader here to meet top Bush administration officials said Baghdad's forces would succumb quickly in the event of a U.S. invasion, but a prominent Republican expressed reservations about an unprovoked attack.
Court rules Muslim women cannot wear headscarves in ID photos
MOSCOW (AP) -- A court in the Russian region of Tatarstan has ruled against three Muslim women who demanded the right to wear religious headscarves for official identification photos, a news agency reported.
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