Low-flying United resorts to incentives
A crisis of delays and cancellations plaguing United Airlines deepened Thursday as the world's largest airline resorted to incentives to keep its lucrative business fliers and warned of disappointing third-quarter earnings because of lost business.
Mesaba aims at expanding beyond Northwest Airlink
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mesaba Airlines hopes to lease more airplanes to offer cargo-only service to smaller cities and add new passenger service outside its current Airlink agreement with Northwest Airlines, says President and Chief Executive Paul Foley.
New owners scoop up Dairy Queens
Someone else will be in charge of making the vanilla cones and other treats at the DQ.
A soft landing following rate hikes is bound to have bumps
NEW YORK -- The so-called soft landing that stock market investors had optimistically envisioned, once higher interest rates began taking their toll on the roaring U.S. economy, may be bumpier than anticipated.
Around the watercooler
SURFING FOR HEALTH TIPS: About 98 million adults use the Internet to find health-related information, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive.
Edward Smith, KSAX-KRWF-TV was promoted to station manager of the television station in Alexandria, sister station of KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities.
'Self-directed brokerage option' new wrinkle in 401(k) plans
NEW YORK -- Company 401(k) plans traditionally have allowed participants to pick investments from a limited list of mutual funds.
A company providing professional sound systems has opened an office in Brainerd.
The election: It's really about the next four decades
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wherever they go, the baby boom bunch creates a stir, demographically, economically, sociologically, legislatively, recreationally -- well, you get the idea.
Beware of falling merchandise
Few of the millions of shoppers who crowd each day into the retail canyons of big discounters such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart expect to be crushed in an avalanche of merchandise.
Mormon: Law requiring clergy to report crimes unfair
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Mormon bishop charged with failing to report child sex abuse said it's unfair to expect him to act as a police officer.
Slow down for prayer zones
I have decided to take a new approach to the "School Zone" signs that are prevalent in every community. As I slow down, I will also make it a "Prayer Zone." I intend to get into the habit of saying a quick but sincere prayer for the students and staff of that school. Even if I don't know anyone in that school, remember -- Jesus does.
Classic Car Sunday
CROSSLAKE -- Classic cars looking their Sunday best, including Chevys, Ford pickups and Mustangs, Oldsmobiles, Corvettes, convertibles and seemingly one-of-a-kind makes and models, formed long rows facing the red, A-frame altar last Sunday at Crosslake Lutheran Church's outdoor worship service.
New routine on vacation makes kids challenge boundaries
QUESTION: Why is it that children are often the most obnoxious and irritating on vacations and at other times when parents specifically try to please them? On those special days, you'd think the kids would say to themselves, "Wow! Mom and Dad are doing something really nice for us, taking us on this great vacation. We're going to give them a break and be really good kids today." Isn't that reasonable?
Archbishop tells seminarians to learn Spanish
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Harry Flynn, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is asking prospective priests to brush up on their Spanish to better serve the rapidly growing number of Hispanic Catholics.
MusiCity will perform a 10-year celebration/farewell concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Tornstrom Auditorium of Brainerd with guests Majesty Quartet from Des Moines, Iowa. There will be a freewill offering.
The Wicklund and Bender families were honored at a Crow Wing County Fair ceremony for having their farms for 100 years.
Jay T. and Susan M. (Brown) Mahon, Longville, a boy, Owen Kenneth, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, Aug. 1, 2000.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 268, a year ago 267.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
THEFT -- Wesley Raasch, 300 block of Southwest Fourth Street, reported the theft of a yellow, 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe from the 1000 block of Mill Avenue.
A girl suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 371 at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway.
Three people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 371 North.
Meets 8 p.m. Monday
SOUTH ST. PAUL. (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 450.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 350.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Committee Meets 6:30 p.m. Monday City Hall
Talent Show Winners
A magical day for Nicklaus ends with a flourish -- but a shot short
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- For a few magical moments it seemed like the back nine on a spring Sunday at Augusta National. Jack Nicklaus was making a charge, and the roars sweeping across the fairways carried the news around the course.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A freak injury forced Rocco Mediate to withdraw from the PGA Championship on Friday, virtually ending his chances of making the Presidents Cup team.
Woods, Dunlap share lead with 66s
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Excuse me, but haven't we seen all this before?
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Privacy isn't a strong suit of online health appraisals
Most online health appraisal sites want a name and an e-mail address; some ask about occupation, street address, even income. And although all sites have privacy statements, there's still no guarantee those promises are honored.
Family and friends alike gravitate to the kitchen, so you had better plan for the invasion.
Check flowers for disease
Look for botrytis disease on marigolds, geraniums, impatiens and other annuals as well as gray-leafed perennials such as lavender, santolina and artemisia, said Kris Jensen, a garden supervisor with the National Park Service.
Crosslake area home tour features unique houses
CROSSLAKE -- Last week, The Dispatch featured the homes of three Ox Lake residents, all brothers.
Don't overlook soil pH for yard, garden plants
If you want to grow robust plants in your yard or garden, don't overlook soil pH. A soil test will tell the pH of the soil, said Carl Rosen, soil scientist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Ventilators, fans can cool house from attic
You've probably made the mistake of using your oven to cook on a hot day. Remember standing near the oven and that suffocating heat? Think of your attic as that oven.
Three people join Nor-son, one gains promotion
BAXTER -- Dan Carter, Paul Hirst and Amy Falk joined the staff at Nor-son Inc. in Baxter, while Cory Cronquist gained a promotion.
Trust your own decorating
Tell the style police to buzz off. Designer Marco Pasanella urges you to learn how to trust your own judgment to achieve comfortable, attractive, and personal decor in ''Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind'' (Simon & Schuster, $30 hardcover).
Houseplant growth may bring need for repotting
If your houseplants have been growing rapidly during spring and summer, it may be time to repot them into larger containers.
'60s are back
What could be more groovy, man? The '60s, the decade that baby boomers invented and now can't remember, is back -- at least in a design sense, according to Twist magazine (demographic: 'N Sync, Freddie Prinze, Jr.).
Habitat for Humanity volunteers bike 500 miles
Three area women raised more than $5,300 for the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
Don't put fragile plants under spreading maple
WASHINGTON -- Beware of a silver or a red maple rising over your flower bed. Some annuals and perennials under the leafy crown of one of these fast-growing trees may slow down and yield only a few blooms. Then the following year, some of the hardy perennials may not come back.
Bean beetles can be controlled
If the leaves of your bean plants are looking lacy, Mexican bean beetles are at work.
Contact county auditor's office to register to vote
Those who are not yet registered to vote should contact their county auditor's office.
Corrections / clarifications
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly spelled a word in Barbara Carlisle's Aug. 15 Open Forum letter criticizing a recent column by Associate Editor Mike O'Rourke. It should have read "He whined on and on -- basically pleading time and space limitations, and invoking news judgment!"
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Brainerd Daily Dispatch headlines: -- Brainerd School District voters reject one mill levy
Zebra mussel eradication kills 75,000 fish at Prairie Island nuclear plant
RED WING (AP) -- At least 75,000 fish were killed this week as Northern States Power Co. used a chemical to eradicate zebra mussels that threatened to clog the cooling system at its Prairie Island nuclear plant.
U.S. Senate candidate Ciresi pledges to help families find prosperity
BREEZY POINT -- As U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi sees it, Americans have an historic opportunity in this prosperous era. They can pursue their own self-interest or they can invest in the common good.
Contaminated water may have sickened workers
RENVILLE (AP) -- Contaminated water from high-power sprayers may have caused 14 industrial workers to get sick at a sugar beet cooperative here, health officials said.
Blom moved to state's maximum- security prison
CARLTON (AP) -- Donald Blom has been transferred to the maximum-security state prison at Oak Park Heights to begin serving his sentence of life without parole for the kidnapping and killing of Katie Poirier.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 20 - 80 years ago (1920) - This coming Saturday you can buy genuine Ball mason jars in either the pint or quart sizes at 50 the dozen. Alderman-Maghan Company
Judicial candidate wants rule changes to discuss the issues
Claiming judicial elections "are a lot of bull," Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Greg Wersal waved at passers-by Thursday in front of the Crow Wing County Courthouse as he stood next to a replica of a cow he's named Bessie.
Population boom south of lakes area will put pressure on land here
A growing population little more than an hour south of the lakes area will affect decisions about public land use.
Poiriers lash out at Blom; sentence is life
CARLTON (AP) -- Pam Poirier got under the skin of the man convicted of killing her daughter. And it felt good.
Career guidance workshops offered at CLC
The Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker program will hold a series of six progressive, career guidance and personal skill development workshops in September at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
City council seats up for re-election
Four of seven Brainerd City Council seats and three of five Baxter City Council members are up for re-election this fall.
STAPLES -- Where there is Hope, there is hope.
Speed limits in works for lower St. Croix River
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are preparing to impose speed limits on boats cruising the St. Croix River, where a collision last year killed five boaters.
Campers roll in for race weekend
Campers at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway come here for the national race weekend for a variety of reasons -- the people-watching, the fun, the food -- oh, yeah, and most come for the racing as well.
Big Lake boy dies after bike, SUV crash
BIG LAKE (AP) -- A 12-year-old Big Lake boy died after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle as he crossed U.S. 10 on his bicycle.
In Thursday's Tempo section, a photo on Page 1T should have identified Paul Brutscher as the actor portraying the agent in the Hole in the Day Player's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" in Little Falls.
Computerized accounting classes set for September
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will be the site for two computerized accounting classes in September. Class size is limited.
Regional water treatment addressed
BAXTER -- Looking for a regional solution to wastewater treatment gained verbal support Thursday.
Eagan couple claims $22.9 million Powerball prize
ROSEVILLE -- The Eagan couple who won Wednesday night's $22.9 million Powerball jackpot say they're stunned, excited and, above all, cautious.
MOTLEY -- The third annual Motley Rodeo, produced by Bill Wyffels and ranked among the top 25 rodeos in the state, begins today at the Motley fairgrounds.
Moorhead police arrest suspect in tobacco shop shooting
MOORHEAD (AP) -- A man was fatally shot Thursday morning at a tobacco shop here and a suspect was arrested following a chase, authorities said.
Four Owatonna brothers cited for war roles
OWATONNA (AP) -- Four Owatonna brothers, Hans, Earl, Robert and Herbert Ulrich, stood up in the second row as state Sen. Dick Day called their names Thursday.
Clinton signs bill creating African AIDS trust fund
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A week before his trip to Africa, President Clinton is signing a bill to set up a global trust fund for AIDS victims that has been likened to a kind of Marshall Plan against the infectious disease -- the leading cause of death on the African continent.
Man sentenced to life in missing atheist case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for extorting money from missing atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair and her family and for his role in what prosecutors called an elaborate robbery and murder scheme.
Negotiators to talk into weekend as Verizon strike enters third week
WASHINGTON -- As a strike of 87,000 Verizon Communications telephone workers entered its 14th day, union negotiators said they planned to press ahead with contract talks into the weekend.
Four face trial in 10-year-old's death during therapy
GOLDEN, Colo. -- A judge ruled Thursday there is enough evidence to try four people charged with child abuse in the death of a 10-year-old girl who stopped breathing when she was wrapped in a sheet during 'rebirthing' therapy.
Montana fire erupts, threatening major power line to Pacific Northwest
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A fire burning in the ranching country north of the Missouri River headwaters made a major run during the night, burning over ranches and threatening a major power line to the Pacific Northwest early Friday.
California firm recalls 1,440 swivel rocker chairs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 1,440 Echo swivel rocker chairs being recalled after the manufacturer received reports that the chairs can crack.
Forest Service asks for experienced retirees to help fight wildfires
BOISE, Idaho -- Forest Service retirees are being urged to return to work in an effort to bolster crews fighting wildfires that have burned across 1.1 million acres in the West.
Kennedy cousin ordered to stand trial in 1975 killing
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Juvenile Court judge found sufficient evidence Thursday to try Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor girl, but ordered an investigation into whether the 39-year-old man should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.
USDA to crack down on sale of drug-tainted meat
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration is preparing another in a series of food-safety protections, a ban on the sale of meat from animals in which excessive drug residue has been found.
U.S. trade deficit widens to record $30.6 billion in June
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit widened to a record $30.6 billion in June as U.S. imports of industrial supplies and crude oil increased.
McCain returns to Mayo Clinic for cancer surgery
PHOENIX -- Arizona Sen. John McCain said he's confident he will win his second battle with skin cancer as he prepared to undergo additional surgery to remove skin and lymph nodes around areas where cancerous lesions were removed earlier this month.
Chargers' Leaf has good outing
Ryan Leaf is making a strong case to be the San Diego Chargers' starting quarterback.
Helton up to .399
With just six weeks left in the season, Todd Helton has a chance to become baseball's first .400 hitter in 59 years.
Lewis to appeal $250,000 fine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Shocked by the $250,000 fine the NFL levied against him for obstructing justice in a murder case, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis said he plans to fight it.
Lansing doesn't start, provides big finish
Mike Lansing wasn't in the lineup for the first time in 18 games since he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 27. The Boston Red Sox second baseman still provided quite a finish.
SYDNEY 2000: They can't lose, can they?
Nobody really believes the U.S. men's basketball team will win anything less than a gold medal at the Sydney Games. With all that NBA talent, it's a lock, right?
Mets blast Rockies 13-2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Hampton impressed the Colorado Rockies in a brief outing.
Lofton, Erstad preserve wins
Kenny Lofton rescued the Cleveland Indians. Darin Erstad saved the Anaheim Angels, then carried them to victory.
As Roethlisberger falters, others poised to take his place
BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Hamm's legs were going a mile a minute, scissor-kicking back and forth while he held the rest of his body high off the floor with his hands. The experts call it Wow Gymnastics.
Numbers game could leave Mag Seven short
BOSTON (AP) -- Vanessa Atler is sick of being stressed out.
For winless Vikings this exhibition is important
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green has always played up the importance of a good preseason record to pave the way for a positive start when the games actually count.
BYU coach to step down after this season
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- LaVell Edwards developed one of college football's most innovative offenses, groomed some of the game's top quarterbacks and won a national title.
Wildlife folks growl back at Minnesota Wild
OTTAWA (AP) -- The NHL expansion Minnesota Wild don't play their first game until October. They are already in their first confrontation, however, and it's against an unlikely opponent -- the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
McCarty powers KC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals obtained David McCarty for his glove.
Back survives long night for Agassi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Andre Agassi's back was going to fail him at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, this would have been the night.
Sulo I. Maki
Sulo I. Maki, 76, Brainerd and Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale.
Catherine L. Sklenicka
STAPLES -- Catherine L. Sklenicka, 89, Staples, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mary (Wiley) Romine, 90, Brainerd, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dolores Cossette, 77, Spokane, Wash., died Saturday, July 29, 2000, in Spokane, Wash.
BACKUS -- Wayne Roman, 69, Backus, died today, Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
STAPLES -- Catherine Sklenicka, 89, Staples, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- George Sobiech, 73, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
GRAPHIC COMMUNITY, Ark. -- Clifton Kruckow, 92, Graphic Community, Ark., formerly of Pine River, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Van Buren, Ark.
BACKUS -- Wayne Roman, 69, Backus, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ronald Swanson, 40, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Lawrence D. Cole
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Lawrence D. Cole, 73, Florissant, Mo., died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at his home.
Ann H. Perpich
CROSBY -- Ann H. Perpich, 84, Crosby, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Gore didn't skip the details
LOS ANGELES--In tone and substance, Vice President Al Gore's acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention was like nothing I have heard in 40 years of covering both parties' quadrennial gatherings.
The search for the likely voter
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One poll shows a close presidential race. Another shows a 16-point difference. Responses are coming from Democrats, Republicans, independents and registered and likely voters. What's a confused political spectator to do?
A time of great adjustment
Since the moment of my accident Jan. 25, when I was hit by an alleged drunk driver, I have received a tremendous support from the people and businesses of the Brainerd lakes area.
In many criminal cases, STS is a commendable collaborative effort between jails and the community. Those behind bars have an opportunity to learn new
The winner - Dispatch Editorial
Fame is so fleeting. Tell a Generation X'er that Loretta Young died Saturday at age 87 and the response would likely be "Loretta who?"
I encourage the reader who took Rep. Kris Hasskamp to task in the Aug. 2 issue of The Dispatch and any other voters inclined to be single-issue or partisan minded when it comes to politics elected officials represent everyone, not just a few.
We have now, and only now, the opportunity to preserve the most beautiful entrance into the Brainerd/Baxter Lakes Area. Driving on the new C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway is like going back 50 years, driving through pristine forests, and crossing our beautiful Mississippi River.
The new Al Gore
LOS ANGELES -- Vice President Al Gore confronted the ghost of Richard Nixon Thursday night. Remember when Nixon repeatedly tried to transform himself into a ``new Nixon''? He failed because the public couldn't forget (and the media wouldn't allow them forget) the old Nixon, which was, in fact, the real Nixon.
Wild rice season dates announced for east-central Minnesota
The DNR and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa announced the following lake specific wild rice season opening dates for the 1837 Treaty area and other jointly managed wi
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Gull Lake is giving up walleyes after dark in seven to 10 feet of water. Bowtie Bar or the rock pile have been two of the better areas. During the day, you'll find a few walleyes in 22 to 30 feet here.
The simple beauty of water lilies never grows old
The floating fog of earlier hours has faded with the gentle uprising of a southeastern breeze. Gray skies are giving way to spots of blue and bits of sun.
Fishing experiment at Annie Battle means no motors, devices
BATTLE LAKE (AP) -- With their limit of five bluegills each, the boy and his grandmother waded out of Annie Battle Lake on a pleasant July day with smiles on their faces.
Do they say, 'G'day' there? Olympic rifle team trains in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS -- In an attempt to simulate the atmosphere it will find in Sydney, Australia, during the upcoming summer Olympics, the U.S. Shooting National Rifle team trained in...Grand Rapids?
This year's annual banquet sponsored by the Brainerd Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society raised $11,200. This money can be earmarked for youth education projects or any habitat development project.
Tough pre-fishing bite challenges two PWT pros
GLASGOW, Mont. -- Take two good fishermen and put them on a good walleye lake and the result will be livewells full of fish, right?
August - 23 -- Bear hunting season opens
Monte and Pat Kirk will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 2 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church of Baxter.
Kimberly Kristin Rossina and Joshua John DeFoe announce their engagement.
Tillie (Breid) Kyar recently celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her grandson, Scott and Joanna Buresh, as well as a celebration at the Breid family reunion at Lum Park.
Craig and Sue Maske will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in Brainerd.
Colette Cloutier and Robroy MacIver announce their engagement.
Loran and Jane Knack will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip traveling through Italy and France this September.
Neal and Doris Moede recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family.
Fremont and Kathryn Ditty, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Lowell and Diane Kuck, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Bruce and Diane Diiro recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with their family and friends, the Spreiters.
Nicole Kramer and Bill Lemmerhirt announce their engagement.
Donna Thomsen and Darin Caughey announce their engagement.
Dick and Marilyn Ashmun recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family.
Four generations recently gathered were Kelsey Janine Jensen, daughter; Debra (Jelencich) Jensen, mother; Marsha Jelencich, grandmother; and Mable Caddy, great-grandmother.
Tony Witkowski and Veronica Murphy announce their engagement.
Tammy Juaire and Nathen Armstrong announce their engagement.
Tracey Vrzal and Gerald H. Blanck announce their engagement.
Sources: new grand jury to probe Clinton in Lewinsky scandal
WASHINGTON -- Independent Counsel Robert Ray is signaling that the Monica Lewinsky scandal is far from over, assembling a new grand jury to investigate the president's conduct, legal sources say.
After the speech
LOS ANGELES -- The stakes were high but expectations were low when Al Gore mounted the podium to give his acceptance speech: The fate of his campaign might hang in the balance, but no one expected him to be as eloquent as William Jennings Bryan.
Gore vows to build 'better, fairer' America
LOS ANGELES -- Al Gore, facing an unsettled party and a doubting public, stepped forward Thursday night as "my own man" and pledged to use this time of plenty to build a "better, fairer, more prosperous America."
Gore turns to taxes
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- His floating armada drifting steadily south, Vice President Al Gore is turning his attention to taxes and the environment, but taking time for Mark Twain in a colorful riverboat ride designed to seize the spotlight.
Bush issues mini-proposals on education
DALLAS -- Aiming to blunt Al Gore's convention bounce, George W. Bush is releasing bite-sized education proposals to contrast the candidates' priorities -- and to answer Democratic criticism of the Texas governor's grasp of public policy.
Tipper Gore wasn't only one left breathless by 'The Kiss'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This was no peck on the cheek.
Putting on racing legs
Most people would be devastated to have both legs amputated above the knee when barely a teen-ager.
Lampus qualifies third
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Maybe it was the extra testing. Maybe it was the vacation in Cancun. Whatever the case, Buckshot Jones was faster Friday than he has ever been in a NASCAR Busch Series car.
Michigan winner Stewart dislikes fuel economy races
Tony Stewart, who won the rain-shortened race in June at Michigan Speedway, still believes he is at a bit of a disadvantage on the 2-mile oval in Brooklyn, Mich.
Toliver gears up for another battle with Force
WWF Funny Car pilot Jerry Toliver hasn't been in a good mood since not qualifying for the last national event in Sonoma, Calif., where he relinquished the Winston Funny Car points lead to Castrol GTX's John Force.
Capps, Schumacher qualify No. 1 Friday at CBIR
Ron Capps and Tony Schumacher saved the best for last in the second and final round of Friday's qualifying at the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway.
Crew chief finds time for fishing, too
As a crew chief for more than 20 years, Larry Frazier has tuned several NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel pilots.
Danzl G.E. Scholarship golf tournament benefits Central Lakes College students
A memorial golf tournament Sept. 10 in Brainerd could repeat as one of the single best efforts to help a Central Lakes College student succeed.
Little Falls native to become NHL official
LITTLE FALLS -- Would you like to stand in a faceoff circle between Mike Modano and Eric Lindros?
Baseball keeps player's mind off other battle
Ray Austin estimates he has been through amateur baseball wars on Sunday afternoons with the Fort Ripley Rebels for at least 12 seasons.
Major League Baseball rejects Twins pitch for outdoor baseball
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Major League Baseball has dashed the Minnesota Twins' hopes of playing some home games outdoors next month but left open the possibility of a preseason outdoor series next spring, the Twins announced Friday.
Local sports shorts
Marni Lundbohm of Brainerd won the rain-shortened Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions at Izaty's in Onamia.
Twins lose to Toronto
TORONTO (AP) -- Matt Kinney received a scare in the fourth inning of his major league debut when his 22-year-old sister, Rebecca, was hit by a piece of Corey Koskie's shattered bat.
Midget wrestlers Pint of Dynamite and Pee Wee Little have been added to the Ultimate Championship Wrestling card 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Nisswa Ballpark.
Vikings ground Cardinals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals' preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings might have lasting implications.
Waterville and Arlington will be the opposition when the Brainerd Braves and Fort Ripley Rebels play in the Class C amateur baseball state tournament Saturday in Sleepy Eye.
Area events Saturday
Burns cleared to play
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gopher wide receiver Antoine Burns has been cleared to practice after sitting out while the University of Minnesota admissions office waited for official certification of his degree from Rochester Community College.
Bjerkness' hitting sparks Braves
A leadoff batter's objective is to get on base any way possible, whether it's getting a hit, getting hit by a pitch or drawing a walk. He hopefully sets the table for those who follow.
Finding the right size online
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- How often do women whip out a tape measure, wrap it around their hips, and honestly face the dreaded inch count?
Hit show 'Survivor' gets lots of hits on Web site
It all seems perfectly logical. You want to feed your addiction -- to the hit CBS show "Survivor," of course -- so you type an address into the World Wide Web, hoping for news about scheming Richard and crusty Rudy and clueless Sean.
Mac's cube appeal may be limited
A few weeks back, I wrote a piece praising the plain beige box and poking fun at computer makers who try to squish, squash and otherwise jam their PC's into strangely shaped containers.
Home buying on the Web is still a tough sell
LOS ANGELES -- When online real estate pioneer Homestore.com debuted 3 1/2 years ago, its flagship site, Realtor.com, was supported by a few PCs sitting in a tiny office in Westlake Village, Calif.
The angry and ventless weave Web of rage
It's getting a little angry in Web land.
Keeping an eye on Web privacy
While you're surfing the Web for information, the Web may be surfing for information about you.
Media-backed sites now include classified ads
The newest online real estate hub hopes to set itself apart by combining a diverse family of Web sites with the online distribution network and classified listings held by the nation's largest media companies.
Scattered storms prevail
A low pressure system exiting the Northeast was expected to produce a few rain showers across New England and northern Mid-Atlantic early Saturday.
Today -- Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 70 to 75. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Weather drawing by Patrick Mangan of Mrs. Pelto's third grade class at Baxter school.
Tonight...Clear and cool. Lows in the middle 40s. Light and variable wind.
Dispatch to introduce AccuWeather
The Brainerd Dispatch is finally doing more than just talking about the weather.
Anticipating the first day
Weather drawing by Matthew Weatherwax in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
Brainerd American Legion Bar Bingo is at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Meals served every week. Breaded chicken sandwich, potato salad and beans, $3. Bingo is 100% payback up to $99, regulary games up to $150 on black. More players, higher payouts. For more information, call 829-2249.
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Child in need
The Child in Need column is writen each week to encourage adults to volunteer their time to be a mentor to a young person in our local communities. Today we share a few ways that adults in our area have made a difference in the lives of area children.
Unfenced pool can be accident waiting to happen
DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced mother with a 3 1/2-year-old son who visits his father on weekends. My son is taking swimming lessons, but as of now does not know how to swim. Six months ago, his father moved to a house with an unfenced swimming pool. My ex has promised for months to put up a fence; it hasn't happened. I've even offered to pay for it.
I would like to take a few minutes to recognize the gentleman who I had the opportunity to work with this last year as a member of Camp Confidence Sertoma Club, our president David Burggraff.
Teen's T-shirt choice irks parents
DEAR ABBY: My stepson, "George," will be 14 soon. He wants to wear T-shirts with what he considers funny sayings on them. He bought one that reads: "You're just like your girl, easy to score on." His dad and I find it offensive and don't want him to wear it in public.
Pricey men's clothiers see customers rethinking casual wear
WASHINGTON -- For a year and a half, Paul Elgin walked by Everard's Clothing on his way to and from his Georgetown office.
War on fire ants
Dear Heloise: Here in the South, we wage war with pesky FIRE ANTS every summer. I can usually see their hills when I mow grass but found that I had a hard time finding them again later when I went back to treat the mounds.
MOTLEY -- There will be a senior dance at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Motley 10-High. Music by The Hornets.
Names and faces
CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey settled her court fight with two photographers on Wednesday, agreeing to share the rights to pictures that appeared in a fitness book she wrote.
Hopes grow dimmer for sub crew
MOSCOW -- Hopes grew dimmer and efforts to rescue 118 sailors trapped aboard a sunken Russian nuclear submarine grew more desperate Thursday amid fears that its supply of oxygen had decreased to critical levels.
Russian navy says there's almost no hope of rescuing any survivors in sub
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian navy said Saturday there is almost no hope of rescuing any survivors from a crippled nuclear submarine that has been on the bottom of the Barents Sea for a week.
Russian rescue capsule reaches submarine, but cannot link up
MOSCOW (AP) -- A rescue capsule reached one of the escape hatches on a sunken Russian nuclear submarine for the first time Friday but was unable to gain access because it was so badly damaged, a navy official said.
Returning South Koreans describe gap left by Cold War divide
SEOUL, South Korea -- Euphoria quickly turned to frustration when Lee Jong-sung, 84, met the two North Korean sons he had not seen in more than a half century.
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