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.
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.
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.
Shauna Mace, Crosby, joined J.C. Penney's Styling Salon in Brainerd.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Crow Wing County Fair results
4-H HORSE SHOW RESULTS
Brainerd School Board
Staples City Council
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.
Crow Wing County Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
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.
Sunday at the Crow Wing Fair
Sunday -- Family Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Bonds hits 600
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds prefers to make history in front of his friends.
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.
Cleveland claims Rogers cheated in pursuit of perfection
The Cleveland Indians are convinced Kenny Rogers cheated in his pursuit of perfection.
Miami No. 1 in AP preseason poll
No. 1 in the postseason. No. 1 in the preseason.
FLENSBURG -- Kevin Piekarski, 39, Flensburg, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at his home.
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.
SWANVILLE -- Frieda Olson, 69, Swanville, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Luella B. Owens
Luella B. Owens, 96, Brainerd, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Mildred H. (Martinson) Shutter, 83, Little Falls, formerly of Randall, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, of ovarian cancer.
Vikki A. Miller
Vikki AnnMarie Miller, 29, Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
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.
Mosquito control - Dispatch Editorial
Strike up a conversation with someone at your neighborhood park. Ask them what they think about this year's mosquitoes.
North Country Calendar
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judy and Bill Kallroos
Judy and Bill Kallroos, Brainerd, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Aug. 11, 1962.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Penighetti and Philip Winterfeldt were married July 27, 2002, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Jon Winterfeldt officiating.
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.
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.
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.
Cathy Hartle and Doug Larsen
Cathy Hartle and Doug Larsen, both of Little Falls, announce their engagement. An Aug. 24 wedding is planned.
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.
Sirius Satellite Radio Lineup
After Friday qualifying; race Sunday
Following in her sister's tracks
Some sisters go shopping together or spend time with each other's children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 700 veterans receive thanks for World War II service
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS (AP) -- For some, the thanks seemed overdue. Most were simply grateful.
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.
BABE RUTH MUSTANG
Local sports shorts
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Outfielder Kyle Berg of Brainerd has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Augustana College.
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.
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.
Blues consolation champs
The Brainerd Blues were consolation champions in the 11-under MSF state tournament.
Area events Saturday
Northwoods League Baseball
Guaranteed win fails
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls could have used some of Joe Namath's luck Friday night at Mills 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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A chance of thunderstorms east. Partly sunny elsewhere. Highs mainly in the 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Cool tree house
Weather drawing by Brienna Wyatt in the Baxter School first-grade class of Mrs. Ruen.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the upper 70s northeast to the 80s elsewhere.
The Weather Elsewhere
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.
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.
How often do you get 10 children from a small Brainerd lakes community going to a national event?
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.
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.
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.
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