In small business, don't try to beat them, join them
NEW YORK -- One of the major aspects of being in business is trying to beat your competitors, right? Just like Coke vs. Pepsi and Ford vs. General Motors.
Medical Center expanding parking lot
Brainerd Medical Center has turned a few heads with an expansion project at the center's location on South Sixth Street.
Silicon Valley's brutal summer
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A Silicon Valley company thought so much of Jim Roorbach that it brought him here from Virginia in January to direct its information services. He and his wife bought a house in San Jose.
About 97,000 Minnesota jobs go unfilled
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The job market in Minnesota is fairly healthy. Now all it needs is workers.
Wholesale prices plunge 0.9 percent in July, best performance in eight years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices plunged by 0.9 percent in July, the best inflation performance in eight years, as the costs of gasoline and other energy products posted big declines.
Reversal of fortune
Layoff notices seem to appear nearly daily, affecting large national companies and lakes area firms.
Around the watercooler
DYNAMICS OF DORM DECOR: Ikea, the Swedish furniture retailer, recently surveyed 600 students to better understand what's going on in their dorm rooms and found there's a correlation between their surroundings and the decisions they make.
How important is size when it comes to mutual funds?
NEW YORK -- Does a fund's performance improve or falter as it gets bigger?
In the economy, money speaks louder than words
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nothing in the marketplace speaks like money, and the money consumers have been spending or not spending of late speaks in a loud, clear voice.
Lessons from going 'cold turkey' on credit cards
NEW YORK -- A southern Pennsylvania community named Cashtown lived up to its name last week.
"The job market is almost nonexistent. If this goes on four, six months, you're going to see a mass exodus out of the valley."
Some numbers that illustrate change in Silicon Valley:
Quality Breakthroughs, Inc., is sponsoring the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's Business After Hours event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Ramada Inn, Brainerd.
Market recovery hinges on rebound in computer chip industry
NEW YORK -- The stock market suffered this past week from something quite small: computer chips.
Pay raises haven't been slowed by economic woes; 7.3 percent gain netted in first quarter
NEW YORK -- The slowdown in the economy hasn't yet eroded the steady pay gains enjoyed by U.S. workers, according to two new reports, but more employers are looking at ways to trim salary and wage increases in the months ahead.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
The Iron Range Christian Center will have the ministry of L.D. Kramer at 10 a.m. Sunday at Iron Range Christian Center church, which is meeting at Irondale Town Hall, County Road 12 (Deerwood shortcut) next to Davis Engineering. Kramer is the regional d
Delegates anxious as Evangelical Lutheran Church in America discusses homosexuality
INDIANAPOLIS -- Anxieties about how Christians can overcome disagreements on homosexuality emerged during a session attended by 700 delegates at the national legislative assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
BUSH DECISION ON STEM CELL RESEARCH:
Roman Catholic leaders condemned as "morally unacceptable" President Bush's support of limited federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, while Protestants said they were disappointed in the decision but encouraged by Bush's thoughtful approach.
Florida minister sentenced for role in Ponzi scam
TAMPA, Fla. -- A preacher who promised investors that God would double their money was sentenced Wednesday to more than 19 years in a federal prison.
Regulators warn about investment schemes playing on religious
WASHINGTON -- Forrest Bomar, a retiree with most of his life savings in brokerage accounts, was tired of the market's swings and attracted by the 6.7-percent return offered on investments by the Baptist Foundation of Arizona.
Two rabbis sentenced for embezzlement
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two rabbis were sentenced to nearly three years in prison for embezzling federal money meant for training counselors for elderly Holocaust survivors.
Church accountant sentenced for scamming believers
TAMPA, Fla. -- A former church accountant was sentenced Thursday to 19 years in prison for his role in a scam that promised fundamentalist Christians that God would double their money.
World Council of Churches concerned about Palestinian Christians
GENEVA (AP) -- A fellowship of churches in more than 100 countries is exploring ways to protect Palestinian Christians and ease Mideast violence.
Brainerd to be epicenter of statewide prayer walk
Prayer Walk Minnesota, the first event of its kind, will include a four-day prayer and ministry assembly in Brainerd, where the walk will end.
Catholic priest arrested for seventh time protesting against U.S. military
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- A Roman Catholic priest from Iowa was arrested Thursday for a seventh time protesting the nation's nuclear weapons.
Catholic Church now favors bill requiring clergy to report suspected child abuse
BOSTON -- The state's Catholic Church announced its support Tuesday for a bill to require clergy to report suspected child abuse, reversing a position the church had held as recently as last week.
In reversal of history, African priests preach in Portugal
FRAGOSELA, Portugal -- The Rev. Joao Bento is the Roman Catholic leader of a small, conservative community of farmers and factory workers -- a place where priests are so scarce that several parishes had to share one until he arrived.
Jewish ritual celebrates passage to college
From cradle to grave, religious ritual often accompanies significant changes in life.
Web site is musicians' tribute to Billy Graham
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Singers and songwriters have joined others in the entertainment industry to launch a Web site tribute to Billy Graham.
N. Carolina governor signs bill allowing public schools to display the Ten Commandments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Mike Easley signed a bill Friday that will allow North Carolina's public schools to display the Ten Commandments.
New ECFE site to be revealed Monday
The future site for the Brainerd School District's Early Childhood Family Education program will be revealed Monday during the Brainerd School Board meeting.
CDC: School homicides highest just after summer, winter breaks
ATLANTA -- School-related killings occur most often just after students return from long summer or winter breaks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
State awarded $24.5 million grant to boost reading skills
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The government awarded Minnesota a $24.5 million grant to boost reading skills in the state's poorest schools.
Early starts to school year upset students, parents
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Late summer trips to the beach are out and forget taking the kids to a weekday baseball game in August.
Woman guilty of dating lie wants to tell truth
DEAR ABBY: I am a happily married woman with two beautiful children and a terrific husband. When I was younger, my parents would not allow me to date until I was 18. Even when I turned 18, I still wasn't allowed to date. So I devised a plan. I would lie to my parents and sneak around. My boyfriend at the time -- now my husband of 10 years -- has two sisters. I asked one of them to help me to see my boyfriend. My parents always thought she was just a friend. To this day, my parents still don't know my husband has two sisters. They think he has only one.
Handling stress is all about attitude
QUESTION: I have a lot of stress in my life and just don't know how to cope with it. Any suggestions? When the roof caves in at your house, when your little girl gets the measles or your teen-ager flunks a course in school or your spouse gets laid off at work, how do you cope with the stress?
AITKIN -- At 5 a.m. on an August Saturday, two Nisswa sisters willingly rolled out of bed and got to the horse barn about 45 minutes later for what has become a regular weekend summer activity.
Man guilty of abuse
DEAR ABBY: Earlier this year, you printed a poem, "Words of Love?" about what abusers say. My wife told me for years that I was abusing her, but I didn'
Do I need supplemental insurance coverage when renting a car?
Q. Whenever I rent a car, the customer service representative offers several types of added insurance coverage. What exactly are they offering, and given that I already have auto insurance, do I need to pay for this additional coverage?
Child in need
Yes, there is a child in need. In need of your time and friendship. If you feel that you would like to do something to help, please read on.
Corn prices expected to rise as hot weather reduces projected harvests
WASHINGTON -- Hot weather is expected to reduce corn yields in this fall's harvest, raising prices for farmers in a recovery from the depressed markets of recent years. Soybean prices are also forecast higher.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 183, a year ago 200.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 250.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 609, a year ago 272.
John P. Guilfoil, 42, and Kimberlee A. Guilfoil, 41, both of Deerwood.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Abrego, Carissa L. and Michael S.
EAST GULL LAKE -- One person was injured Thursday in a semi-truck rollover on Cass County Road 77, just east of Cragun's Resort.
Palmer pleased with TPC of the Twin Cities
BLAINE (AP) -- Arnold Palmer is much happier with the TPC of the Twin Cities than his recent play.
Furyk aims to earn way into Ryder Cup
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- A break from competition seems to be just what Jim Furyk needed.
Perry leads after two rounds at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Kenny Perry, a solid golfer on the PGA Tour since 1987, wants to be more than just steady.
McCullough leads 3M Senior
BLAINE (AP) -- Mike McCullough made five putts of 40 feet or longer en route to a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke lead over Hale Irwin on Friday in the 3M Senior Championship.
Democratic congressman: Republicans aim to protect HMOs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The patients' bill of rights passed by the Republican-run House amounts to an "HMO and insurance company protection act," Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., said Saturday.
Bush administration defends race preferences in highway government contracting
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration defended the use of racial preferences in a highway program, but made clear it was not endorsing quotas that the president has pledged to fight.
New Allina board shielded from lawsuits
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Allina Health Systems has promised its board of directors it would not be held personally liable for damages from any lawsuits challenging the way the health care giant has been managed in the past.
Connecticut man celebrates third anniversary of life with artificial heart -- longest in U.S.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Pete Kenyon cuts a dapper figure, with his jaunty bow tie, striped shirt and navy blazer.
Antioxidants work against cholesterol-lowering drugs
Antioxidants, which have been trumpeted as wonder vitamins on product labels from skin treatments to tomato juice, may actually be harmful for people taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to new research released Thursday.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Blood Pressure Clinics
Limitations on stem cell studies may exclude some from treatment, scientists say
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's decision to limit embryonic stem cell studies to existing sets -- whether it's 60 or a dozen -- could be a "cruel compromise," excluding people from medical miracles promised by the new science, researchers say.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Debate far from over, researchers gear up on embryonic stem cells
WASHINGTON -- The debate over stem cells is shifting to the halls of Congress, but the action is moving to the nation's laboratories as scientists begin the painstaking work of translating promise into actual treatments.
Here's a hot idea for a cool pool
"My living room doesn't look like anyone else's, why should my pool deck?" says Michelle Loewinger.
Alaska leads nation in homes that lack plumbing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska has made big gains in improving rural water and sanitation systems during the past decade, but still leads the nation in the percentage of homes without plumbing facilities.
Summer decorating and living is so simple
Summer, especially late summer, is as much a state of mind as it is a season.
Make the very, very most of very small a space
The back of the awfully pretty book, "Apartment: Stylish Solutions for Apartment Living" (Ryland, Peters & Small, 143 pp., $27.50) promises "real apartments owned by real people." Excuse me while I get out my red pen to do a bit of editing.
Wall-hanging system 'treats quilts gently'
A gift to his quilt-loving mom has turned into a full-time business for Ohio furniture maker Hal Zeller.
Mint is an herb that will make itself at home
WASHINGTON -- Although few dispute the allure of mint's effervescent scent and flavor, gardeners tend either to bless or curse the ancient herb for its assertive nature.
Whitefish cabin boasts two massive murals painted by owner
Dick and Melanie Clifford's cabin, located on Lower Whitefish Lake, is extraordinary, inside and out.
Some tricks for getting seeds to grow
Rain or shine, it's hard to get seeds to germinate this time of year because the summer sun quickly dries the soil. And there are plenty of seeds still to sow, including biennial and perennial flowers, and fall vegetables.
Brooklyn's tree gets snubbed in pampered places, but is still hardy
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The tree that grew in Brooklyn is the ailanthus, in case you forgot the name, as I often do, remembering only the novel's Brooklyn connection. It also swings in nomenclature from "tree of heaven" to "stinkweed."
A little life is in danger
As soon as little Kadyn McClannahan's umbilical cord was cut, Marta McClannahan of Brainerd knew something was terribly wrong with her newborn son.
Lots of walleye
Fly-ins aren't necessary to reach great walleye fishing. Look for the story Sunday in North Country.
LF teacher bids to succeed Wenzel
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls Community High School teacher Randy Tabatt has filed for the District 12B special election that will determine who succeeds Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls.
Today -- Family Day
School district eyes hike in state revenues
The Brainerd School District will see 5.4 percent more in state revenues for the next two school years because of legislative changes made this year.
Road improvement project draws concerns
A neighborhood road project affecting about 100 homes and 18 blocks of city streets in southwest Brainerd had a few residents concerned about construction conditions.
4-H'ers learn responsibility as they realize other living things depend on them
The Crow Wing County 4-H dog show gave 16 4-H'ers the chance to strut their stuff along with their furry companions Thursday afternoon at the Crow Wing County Fair.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 12 - 100 years ago (1901) - The first large tandem compound engine was sent west from the shops this morning. It was a Hummer and is to be used for heavy work on the Rocky Mountain division.
Today -- Teen Day
Sign of the times in Baxter
BAXTER -- Changes could be coming to Baxter's sign ordinance, and Baxter city officials are looking for comment from residents and businesses.
Squad involved in fatal crash on display at fair
With the one-year anniversary of the death of Trooper Ted Foss approaching, the State Patrol is hoping to use that tragedy to teach others.
State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, joined lawmakers from 11 states at the Midwestern Legislative Conference in Lincoln, Neb., recently to discuss proposals to overhaul federal farm policy.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 10 - 40 years ago (1961) - Only a few fire-charred logs remain where early yesterday afternoon wind-swept flames roared through Inwood Lodge. Only the main lodge, located on Lake Margaret in a setting of birch and pines, was destroyed.
Crow Wing County Fair results
Aerospace -- Grand Champion Nick Nelson, Reserve Champion Matt Logering
Elks cook up more than just food at county fair
A portion of the proceeds at the Elks food booth at the Crow Wing County Fair will go to the Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir.
Lum Park beach will be closed for the summer on Saturday, according to Brainerd Parks and Recreation.
Four men spend 17 hours in upstate NY lake, clinging to empty cooler, before being rescued
OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) -- Four men spent 17 hours in Lake Ontario clinging to an empty beer cooler after 5-foot waves capsized and sank their fishing boat.
Justice probes whether FBI retaliated against Ruby Ridge investigators
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is under investigation by the Justice Department's watchdog division for allegations of retaliation against agents who led an inquiry into the 1992 Ruby Ridge standoff.
Three children drown in motel pool after teen left them alone
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) -- Three children drowned in a motel swimming pool that was so green and murky that officers had trouble finding one of the bodies, police said.
Pentagon's online voting project netted just 84 ballots at a cost of $6.2 million
WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon experiment that let some overseas soldiers vote via the Internet last year cost $6.2 million, but netted just 84 ballots at a cost of nearly $74,000 per voter.
Drop-off sites becoming popular dumping grounds -- at expense of charities
PITTSBURGH -- Drop boxes at places like Goodwill and The Salvation Army have become a dumping ground for everything from dead animals to busted-up furniture, costing charities around the country millions of dollars that could be spent to help the needy.
Drop-off sites becoming popular dumping grounds, at the expense of charities
PITTSBURGH -- Drop boxes at places like Goodwill and The Salvation Army have become a dumping ground for everything from dead animals to busted-up furniture, costing charities around the country millions of dollars that could be spent to help the needy.
Bush balances the political scales in decision to allow stem cell research
WASHINGTON -- It was a balancing act as precarious as any in politics. On one side stood patients with horrible diseases and scientists who might cure them. On the other side: Longtime supporters, who warned of political and moral fallout, who said this research amounts to killing one baby to save another.
Tougher driving laws helping to reduce teen deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tougher rules for California's teen-age drivers reduced deaths and injuries among their teen-age passengers by 40 percent, according to a new study.
Judge says $3 billion award excessive
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday that a $3 billion award against Philip Morris Inc. was excessive but said that he will order a retrial only if the cancer-stricken plaintiff declines to accept a record-breaking $100 million in punitive damages.
Text of Bush's stem cell research announcement
Text of President Bush's announcement Thursday in Crawford, Texas, that he will allow federal funding for research on existing stem cell lines:
Names and faces
HONOLULU (AP) -- Surprise, surprise, surprise!
Stem cell decision
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush said Saturday that his decision to limit but not ban federally financed embryonic stem cell studies balances the promise and dangers of the potentially lifesaving research.
Helicopter crashes near Grand Canyon, killing five family members and pilot
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The sole survivor of a tour helicopter crash near the Grand Canyon was in critical condition Saturday while investigators sought the cause of the accident that killed six others.
Study says only 5 percent of states' tobacco settlement money going to smoking prevention
AUSTIN, Texas -- Billions of dollars from the nation's landmark tobacco settlement are being put to use across the country, but only about 5 percent is going to smoking prevention, a report released Saturday shows.
Suspect leads police to body of infant mom had left with stranger
DETROIT -- A pile of stuffed animals and flowers clutter the steps of the charred and crumbling building where police found the body of a 3-month-old boy who had been missing for almost a week.
Ace sitcom director Alan Rafkin dies at 73
LOS ANGELES -- Alan Rafkin, who directed some of television's most innovative, endearing and enduring sitcoms, ranging from "The Andy Griffith Show" to "MASH" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Suddenly Susan," has died at age 73.
Smith breaks WNBA single-season scoring record
SEATTLE (AP) -- A poor shooting performance failed to diminish Katie Smith's record-setting season.
Indians Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau dead at 84
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Lou Boudreau covered all the bases during a baseball career spanning 50 years.
Ravens begin audition for Lewis' replacement
WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) -- Not long after Jamal Lewis was declared lost for the season, Ozzie Newsome's phone started ringing.
Schilling shuts down Atlanta
Curt Schilling took care of the Atlanta Braves -- and any chance that Arizona would slip into a prolonged slump, too.
Rodgers says he expects that like Heisman, hall honor will grow over time
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- While Johnny Rodgers' road to the College Football Hall of Fame might have been longer than most Heisman Trophy winners, the enjoyment of arriving at the destination is just the same.
Knicks send Rice to Houston in three-team trade with Mavs
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the third time in 29 months, Glen Rice has been traded. This time, he's going to a place where he won't be a second fiddle, a third option or a sixth man.
Firm offers 'cool' equipment
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- With pro football players sweltering in training camps and college and high school teams starting to practice, a company called Creative Football Concepts is marketing equipment it says can help players stay cooler.
Townsend wins first national title
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sean Townsend wanted the national title, and he wasn't shy about telling people.
Johnson leads U.S. charge to medal stand
EDMONTON, Canada -- A two-day medal drought for U.S. athletes at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships ended Thursday when three men reached the medal stand -- and several compatriots are poised to follow.
Oakland pounds Yanks; Chicago pummels Sasaki and Detroit and Kansas City fight
Jason Giambi and the Athletics pounded the Yankees, and Chicago pummeled Seattle's Kazuhiro Sasaki.
Seles fights off six match points to beat Williams
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Monica Seles could have quit on any of the six match points against her in the third set. She never did.
Katherine 'Kata' Scull
CROSBY -- Katherine "Kata" Scull, Crosby, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Joel M. Sincebaugh
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Joel M. Sincebaugh, 35, Grand Forks, N.D., died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at his home in Grand Forks.
PINE RIVER -- Family members of Jack Sullivan will gather for a memorial mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River.
SWANVILLE -- Emma J. Hartwig, 92, Swanville, died today, Aug. 10, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Arnold Peter Burggraff, 77, Little Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.
CROSBY -- Katherine "Kata" Scull, Crosby, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
PINE RIVER -- Agnes Larson, 91, Pine River, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
LITTLE FALLS -- Arnold Burggraff, 77, Little Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Emma J. Hartwig
SWANVILLE -- Emma J. Hartwig, 92, Swanville, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Arnold J. Windschitl
MOTLEY -- Arnold J. Windschitl, 78, Motley, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
Paul D. Crandall Jr.
Paul D. Crandall Jr., 54, Brainerd, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at Almost Home Assisted Living in Brainerd.
Anthony William Senlycki
LITTLE FALLS -- Anthony William Senlycki, 65, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at his home.
Isabel Lewis Agrell
CROSSLAKE -- A memorial service for Isabel Lewis Agrell will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church in Crosslake with a light lunch to follow the service.
James R. Strang
CROSSLAKE -- James R. Strang, 76, Crosslake, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Andrew F. Gall
PIERZ -- Andrew F. Gall, 95, Pierz, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
PIERZ -- Andrew Gall, 95, Pierz, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Stanley D. Olson
Stanley D. Olson, 75, Brainerd, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001.
Helen Elizabeth Marston
TAMARACK -- Helen Elizabeth Marston, 95, Big Round Lake north of Tamarack, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at the Cloquet Nursing Home in Cloquet.
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Sen. Paul Wellstone
Hats off to the governors
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--When the nation's governors gathered here last week for their annual summer meeting, I was struck once again by the difference between interviewing them and my much more frequent journalistic encounters with members of Congress. The senators and representatives talk about bills they are trying to pass or defeat; the governors, about things they actually have done.
A weapon against diabetes
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Hoover's ghost and the FBI
If J. Edgar Hoover really did love to prance around in sequined ball gowns, it would have been the most harmless of the vices that have made the Federal Bureau of Investigation one of Washington's most problematic agencies -- a center of both uncommon excellence and common error.
Walk for life - Dispatch Editorial
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson had the kind of news conference Wednesday that Cabinet officials dream about. He was able to tell voters of a way to protect their health that would cost them nothing and be simple to do.
To Crow Wing Power;
Thank you so much, for what?
The congressional health club
Congress is finally moving this week toward decisive action. Members have rallied around a cause that has united ou
Maureen Reagan - Dispatch Editorial
It would have been easy to dismiss Maureen Reagan as the privileged daughter of a president who unsuccessfully tried to manufacture her own political career on the coattails of her popular father.
Fund-raiser set for Geist children
A silent auction and fund-raiser concert is set for September to benefit two area children orphaned by domestic violence at a Merrifield residence in June.
North Country calendar
Flying isn't necessary to reach some of Ontario's best fishing
SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. -- Going north of the border for the first time in years I realize I'd forgotten how liberating Ontario can be.
CROSS LAKE - Walleye action during the day has been slow, but the evening hours have produced a few fish in 10 to 14 feet of water on most area lakes.
Sunflowers brighten last days of summer, early days of autumn
Can there be a more appropriate topic when temperatures are tropical and the heat index heads into the 110-degree range than sunflowers? Maybe the sunflowers of this steamy, sultry summer will be among your day brighteners (along with air conditioning).
Carp, the Rodney Dangerfield of fish, get little respect
Carp are the Rodney Dangerfield of North American angling. Although there are few better fighters swimming in freshwater, the carp still "can't get no respect."
Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation has filed an appeal in Cass County District Court to require the DNR to perform Environmental Assessment Worksheets on proposed trails and areas for all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and four-wheel drive trucks in eight north-central Minnesota counties, including Aitkin, Crow Wing, southern Cass, Wadena, Pine, southern Carlton, Kanabec and Mille Lacs. MRR says the plans require the environmental assessments to safeguard forests, parks, rivers and wetlands from the impacts of OHVs.
Rachel Besmehn and Adam Cox announce their engagement. Parents are Rick and Veronica Besmehn, Nisswa, and Gene and Tammy Cox, Austin. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd.
Bob and Joyce Turcotte, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Aug. 11, 1951, in Brainerd.
Sandy and Rod Heglie, Nisswa, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Norway next summer with Gary and Sharon Syvertson. They were married Aug. 12, 1961.
Amy Marie Matter and Kent Leroy Hines announce their engagement. Parents are Norbert and June Matter, Springfield, and Lonnie and Deanie Hines, Brainerd. A Sept. 8 outdoor wedding is planned at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Dawn Bruner and Wade Hollingsworth were married June 9, 2001, at a friend's home in Merrifield with Andrew Prin officiating.
Sue Thompson, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. No gifts please. The event will be hosted by her family. She was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Brainerd.
Luanne "Lou" Bartishofski and Konrad Alexander were married July 7, 2001, at St. Mathias Park with Pastor Larry Hagger officiating.
Gary and Sharon Syvertson, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Norway next summer with Rod and Sandy Heglie of Nisswa. They were married Aug. 12, 1961.
Marjory Luce, Pequot Lakes, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church, 1 mile south of Pequot Lakes on Highway 371. She was born Aug. 17, 1911.
Carol Tomte and Gregg Seibert announce their engagement. Parents are Dawn and Mark Clausing, Park Rapids, and Marla and Clyde Seibert, Sebeka. A wedding is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday at Sebeka United Methodist Church.
Shonna Simenstad and Troy Baldwin announce their engagement. Parents are Scott and Nancy Simenstad, Brainerd, and Bill and Betty Baldwin, Pequot Lakes. An outdoor wedding at the arboretum is planned Saturday.
Lauren Nickisch and Craig John Anderson were married June 23, 2001, in a garden wedding on East Twin Lake in Pequot Lakes.
Jennifer Lynn Arvidson and Chad Michael Nangle announce their engagement. Parents are Jay and Judy Arvidson, Pine River, and Mike and Nyla Nangle, Fulda. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned at First Lutheran Church in Pine River.
Jolene M. Fox and Chad J. Nelson announce their engagement. Parents are Del and Paulette Fox, South Haven, and Joseph and Deb Nelson, Baxter. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
Misti Baldwin and Dylan Dwyer announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and Betty Baldwin, Pequot Lakes, and Dale and Diane Dwyer, East Gull Lake. An Oct. 6 wedding is planned at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake.
Melissa Stenzel and Joshua Weiss announce their engagement. Parents are Kim Weiss, Brainerd, and Greg and Cheryl Weiss, Golden Valley, and Jay and Annette Erickson, Merrifield. A wedding is planned for 2003.
Amy Wark and Corey Wickham announce their engagement. Parents are Julie Rust, Princeton, and Jack Wark, Zimmerman, and Dennis and Denise Wickham, Pillager. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd.
Laura Anderson and Chad Paulson announce their engagement. Parents are Don Anderson, Emily, and Linda Anderson, Crosby, and Phillip and Kathy Paulson, Brainerd. An Aug. 25 wedding is planned at St. Emily's Catholic Church in Emily.
Elissa Larson and Phil Crown announce their engagement. Parents are Blaine and Marsha Larson, Brainerd, and Dave and Becky Crown, Waconia. A Sept. 1 wedding is planned at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd.
Kristin Helmer and Scott Erlandson announce their engagement. Parents are Frederick and Carol Helmer, Brainerd, and Linda Erlandson, Brainerd, and Glenn and Diane Erlandson, Lake Shore. An Oct. 6 wedding is planned at St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
Force will be target again at CBIR
Record-setting 10-time NHRA Winston Funny Car points champion John Force could add another 10 to his resume at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway Thursday through Aug. 19 during the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals.
State Supreme Court demands review board for certain sex offenders
ST. PAUL -- Sex offenders confined in treatment centers will soon have another outlet to register their complaints in response to a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday that ordered the state to set up a new review board.
Hatch dropping investigation following naming of new Allina Health System board
ST. PAUL -- Attorney General Mike Hatch said Friday he is ending his high-profile audit of Allina Health System following the announcement of a new board of directors that includes several people he recommended.
PERHAM (AP) -- Otter Tail County authorities are asking for help in solving a string of recent hay fires.
Minnesota couple has quadruplets
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- No one will be able to convince a Glyndon, Minn., couple that has experienced five miscarriages that quadruplets will be too much to handle.
Judge finds former police chief guilty
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The former police chief of Renville was found guilty of committing a crime when he surreptitiously videotaped under the skirt of an unsuspecting store clerk.
Minneapolis woman is seventh to die from heat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The death of a Minneapolis woman is the seventh confirmed heat-related fatality in nine days in Minnesota.
Was governor giving a hint at his re-election plans?
APPLE VALLEY (AP) -- With a year and a half left in his term, Gov. Jesse Ventura made a passing reference Friday to seeking another four years in office.
Heatstroke blamed for five deaths in Duluth
DULUTH (AP) -- Heatstroke killed five people this week in Duluth, a city along Lake Superior where high temperatures are unusual.
Bees lose to Cold Spring
COLD SPRING -- Andy Bulson pitched a complete game and Steve Huls homered to lead the Cold Spring Springers past the Brainerd Bees 7-1 in the winners bracket of the Region 7B amateur baseball tournament Friday.
Brainerd softball team takes tourney by Storm
The Brainerd Storm set their goals high and attracted considerable attention as they placed fourth in the Amateur Softball Association girls' 14-and-under national slow-pitch tournament last week in Bloomington, Ind.
St. Cloud knocks Gulls out of playoffs
Like a shooting star, the Brainerd Mighty Gulls season started out brilliantly, but quickly faded to termination Thursday night.
Registration is now open for the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's touch football league.
Coaches take precautions to deal with heat
Korey Stringer's death from heatstroke has sent shock waves through the pros to the colleges to the high school ranks.
Brainerd School District fourth- and fifth-graders are welcome to participate in BYAA football.
Cooperstown: A little bit of heaven
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Twins president Jerry Bell may have said it best. When asked about the Baseball Hall of Fame experience in Cooperstown, N.Y., Bell replied, "If you're a baseball fan, it's a little bit of heaven."
Mankato edges Brainerd 11-10 in VFW state baseball tournament opener
MANKATO -- Mankato scored a run in the ninth on a wild pitch to nip Brainerd 11-10 in the opening round of the VFW baseball state tournament Friday at East High School Field.
Land O' Lakes Nationals BMX race
Dylan Christensen of Pillager won three events to lead area riders in the Land O' Lakes Nationals event at the Brainerd Lakes bicycle motocross track Aug. 3-5.
Physical therapist assists with Brainerd practices, events
Most high schools in Minnesota have to trust that their coaching staffs are trained to deal with athletes who might suffer from heat-related problems and injuries.
Local sports shorts
Practice for the Brainerd Warriors girls' tennis team will begin 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd High School courts.
Saints, Vikings begin exhibition season
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings say they are ready to focus on football again.
Lowly Devil Rays down contending Twins
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins did not play like championship contenders.
Stringer's widow pleads for safeguards to protect players
In her first interview since the death of her husband, the widow of Minnesota Viking offensive tackle Korey Stringer said the club should have taken more precautions to protect players from the sweltering heat of training camp.
Stringer autopsy confirms he died of heatstroke
MINNEAPOLIS -- Results of Korey Stringer's autopsy confirm the Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman died of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke.
Vikings face emotional task of replacing Stringer
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings can enshrine Korey Stringer's locker.
Twins climb back into first place
MINNEAPOLIS -- LaTroy Hawkins knows how to keep people from leaving a game too soon.
Vikings in Texas, trying to shift focus to football
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Chris Liwienski knows the spotlight is on him.
Cowboy-turned-Gateway co-founder on the struggling PC business
SAN DIEGO -- Ted Waitt may have flunked high-school computer science, but he had a knack for business.
Digital music industry feeling growing pains
SAN DIEGO -- The state of digital music is indeed in a state.
Mission control to around-the-world balloonist: Look out above?
ST. LOUIS -- Chicago millionaire Steve Fossett on Friday pressed his quest to become the first balloonist to circle the globe solo, soaring high above the South Pacific with an eye to the sky for storm clouds -- and space shuttle debris.
Surprise! DVD has hidden features
Most DVD movies these days tout their special features -- directors' commentaries, outtakes, making-of documentaries and so on. But some of the oddest extras on DVDs aren't advertised at all. You'll never even come across them unless you know exactly where to look.
Space shuttle Discovery lifts off with replacement international space station crew aboard
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Discovery, carrying the next resident crew of the international space station, raced after the orbiting outpost early Saturday.
Variety of services are in contention
SAN DIEGO -- Some of the more forward-looking elements that made up this year's MP3.com summit were:
Microprocessor is key choice
When you're buying a computer, you don't have to think a lot about the microprocessor. Compare rated speed, in megahertz, along with price and features, and you won't go too far wrong.
Security gurus study hackers with 'honeypot' computers
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- As a tank officer in the U.S. Army, Lance Spitzner carefully studied the range of Soviet tanks, their speed and rate of fire. He read about the history of threats and motivations for attacks.
Regional Weather Forecast
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to around 80.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny north. Partly cloudy south with a slight chance of showers southwest. Highs in the 70s.
I like the fair
Weather drawing by Patrick Wrubel of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
The Weather Elsewhere
NOAA Weather Radio to get new, more human, voice for forecasts and warnings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NOAA Weather Radio is getting a new sound.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Rain ending this morning and becoming mostly sunny this afternoon southwest. Periods of rain south central spreading southeast. Chance of thunderstorms south central. Becoming partly cloudy north. Highs in the upper 60s and 70s.
Cold front brings showers, cooler weather to Plains, Midwest; dry in West
After days of blistering heat, a cold front pushing east brought scattered thunderstorms and showers Friday to parts of the southern Plains and Midwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny...But a chance for afternoon rain in the far northwest. Highs from the lower 70s to near 80.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny...Cooler and less humid. Highs in the 70s to around 80.
Weather drawing by Gregory Brown in the Lowell School first-grade class of Gayle Kub.
Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition Program
9 table Mitchell Movement
The Pinetree Patchworkers will hold their annual picnic at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Baptist Church in Baxter. Bring a dish to pass and a wrapped white elephant for the games, also a pencil. The morning group will meet at the Presbyterian Church in Brainerd at 9 a.m. Aug. 21.
LONDON (AP) -- Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling lodged a formal complaint to a press industry group after OK! magazine published photos of her 8-year-old daughter.
Lutheran Social Service would like to say "thank you" to all who helped Aug. 4 and 5 with the Becker Furniture Drive for LSS and distribution of furniture to various LSS programs in the lakes area and to local households affected by storm disasters in June.
Israel seizes Palestinian headquarters in Jerusalem following suicide bombing
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police took over the Palestinians' political headquarters in disputed east Jerusalem early Friday, and warplanes flattened a West Bank security post, in retaliation for a suicide bombing in a Jerusalem pizzeria that killed 15 and wounded nearly 100.
U.S. and British planes launch largest attack against Iraq since February
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and British warplanes bombed three sites in southern Iraq on Friday in response to increased efforts by Iraqi air defenses to shoot down allied pilots, defense officials said.
Parents mourn death of pregnant daughter killed by terrorists in Israel
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Parents of a pregnant New Jersey school teacher killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem condemned the act and called on the United States to support Israel's defense efforts.
Palestinian protesters scuffle with Israeli police
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian legislators and other protesters marched toward the PLO headquarters in Jerusalem on Saturday, a day after Israel took over the compound, but were pushed back by Israeli police.
IRA supporters furious as Britain strips power from N. Ireland's government for a day
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- A British move to temporarily strip power from Northern Ireland's unraveling unity government took effect Saturday, buying time to salvage the peace process but infuriating IRA backers, who hinted that recent disarmament pledges might be shelved.
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A mountainside flash flood triggered by heavy rains swept through villages in northern Thailand early Saturday, killing at least 40 people, authorities said.
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