Wall Street scores big wins, faces economic hurdles in September
NEW YORK -- Finally, Wall Street is making some progress, with five straight winning weeks that pushed the Dow Jones industrials back above 9,000.
Refinancing yet again, when does it make sense?
Q. I refinanced my mortgage a year ago, when rates seemed too good to pass up. Now that they've dropped lower still, is it worth refinancing yet again?
A new shop in downtown Brainerd is hard to put into words.
Some learn lesson from market fall, but others didn't have to
NEW YORK -- Elaine Haddad got involved in the stock market in the heady days of 1995, when just about anything you bought went up in value.
Digging begins on Nor-son's office building this week
Nor-son's will break ground on its new office building this week.
Northwest Airline's alliance means more options for Minnesota travelers
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines' proposed new alliance with Delta Air Lines would open up new parts of the world to easy connections from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Crow Wing County residents earn higher weekly wage than neighboring counties
Crow Wing County residents earn a higher weekly wage than residents living in Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
The daily grind
WAITE PARK (AP) -- Think of this next time you power up your computer: the machines that made your chips and circuit boards may have contained precision-ground granite from a Waite Park company.
Brainerd Dispatch photographer Clint Wood earned a first place and third place in the National Press Photographers Association Region 5 Monthly Newsphoto Clip Contest for June.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Leaving not so simple
When one leaves a job, voluntarily or not, it's never as simple as walking out the front door. Financial and lifestyle considerations abound, as these workers discovered.
The complicated world of grade school
Last year, on a warm morning in early September, I stood in the parking lot of my local elementary school and watched a child tumble out of a school bus.
Plans will help keep things straight
The parents, authors and organizational experts we talked to had lots of school-year survival tips:
It's that time again
As parents gather at sultry summer's-end barbecues, the chatter turns from tanking 401(k)s and West Nile virus to the real downer of the moment: the annual autumn anxiety.
Child in need
With the end of summer already here and the kids heading back to school, the staff at Kinship Partners is preparing for our yearly increase in the number of children on our waiting list.
Teddy bear is still lovable a century after its birth
WASHINGTON -- The teddy bear, inspired by the helpless bear a president refused to shoot, turns 100 this fall, still fuzzy-eared, huggable and loved by millions of children around the world.
Water most important plants
Spend precious time and limited natural resources watering the most important plants in the garden: old trees, large shrubs, evergreens and screening plants.
NEWBIES' GUIDE to the STATE FAIR
FALCON HEIGHTS -- We took pickles for granted.
'Behind the Music' marks five years of tracking rise, fall and rise of rock stars
NEW YORK (AP) -- After spending five years chronicling the rise, fall, and redemption of rock's biggest and wackiest stars, "Behind the Music" narrator Jim Forbes admits there are some phrases he gets sick of repeating.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 250. Last Friday: 380. Year ago Friday: 277. Thursday actual: 331.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 458, a year ago 241.
The Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene of a vehicle accident about 2:10 p.m. Friday near Tanner Motors, located along Washington Street, in Brainerd.
Crow Wing County Board
Crow Wing County Board of Adjustment
Allenby in lead at NEC Invitational
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) -- Robert Allenby shot an 8-under 63 in the second round of the NEC Invitational on Friday.
Candidates woo potential voters at State Fair
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Ahhhhhh... the smell of grease, the feel of asphalt and smashed cookies under foot and the sound of politicians trying to sway potential voters.
Penny names Hutchinson, Dyrstad campaign co-chairs
RED WING (AP) -- Independence Party candidate Tim Penny on Friday named Joanell Dyrstad, a former lieutenant governor, and Peter Hutchinson, former state finance commissioner, as co-chairs of his campaign for governor.
Ventura names acting finance commissioner
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura on Friday named the state's deputy finance commissioner as acting commissioner of the state Department of Finance.
Maine candidate says corporate greed hurts citizens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Citizens believe corporate greed is influencing the high cost of prescription drugs and cutting into people's retirement savings, the Democratic candidate for the Senate from Maine said Saturday in her party's radio address.
About 717,000 pounds of beef recalled for possible E. coli
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Minneapolis firm is recalling about 717,000 pounds of frozen ground beef products, which were sold nationwide, because of possible E. coli contamination.
Officials announce first suspected West Nile deaths in Michigan, New York
NEW YORK (AP) -- West Nile virus is suspected in the deaths of an 81-year-old man on Long Island and a 65-year-old man in Michigan, health officials said Saturday.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 25 - 80 years ago (1922) - Thirty-six pairs of ladies white pumps and oxfords, special for Friday and Saturday $1.65 at Oberst & Durham's.
Life goes on
Find out in Monday's Dispatch how a rural Brainerd husband and wife, both former Potlatch workers, are expanding their home-grown business of growing grapes and berries after the demise of the paper mill.
Why vacation here?
NISSWA -- With so many places to vacation in Minnesota, two families from Chicago piled in a mini van and pickup truck and headed for the Brainerd lakes area.
As another summer starts to wind down, resorters reflect on season
This time of year, tourism in the Brainerd lakes area cools down along with the temperature.
AT&T receives subpoena related to New York State investigation of financial analysts
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- State investigators are looking into whether a top analyst for Citigroup Inc. upgraded his rating of AT&T's stock to help land the bank a role advising on a $10.6 billion deal for the telecommunication giant, a source familiar with the matter said.
Judge rules Moussaoui can't see classified information
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Since he pledges allegiance to Osama bin Laden and prays for destruction of the United States, Sept. 11 conspiracy defendant Zacarias Moussaoui should not have access to classified information, a judge says.
Rape suspect's home searched for missing Oregon girls
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- FBI agents were given authority to search the home of a rape suspect for evidence related to the disappearance of two neighbor girls.
Bush raises political cash, looks to campaign season
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Positioning himself for the soon-to-begin battles of the fall, President Bush was wrapping up a three-day Western tour with a fresh push for both his policy agenda and his political friends.
Court freezes accounts of relatives of former Enron executive Fastow
HOUSTON (AP) -- Prosecutors have drawn closer to Enron's former chief financial officer, freezing brokerage accounts belonging to his family members a day after a trusted aide pleaded guilty, a person familiar with the case said.
Jeb Bush goes on offensive against Democratic underdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After a summer of campaigning against his Democratic opponents by pretending they don't exist, Gov. Jeb Bush is suddenly on the offensive.
Brady, Patriots shut down Panthers
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady finally found the end zone. The Carolina Panthers are still seeking their first win in nearly a year.
Former NFL linebacker dies in car accident
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- Former NFL linebacker Wayne Simmons, a starter on the Green Bay Packers' 1997 Super Bowl championship team, was killed early Friday when his car crashed and burst into flames. He was 32.
Late field goal lifts No. 25 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- So this is what life is like after David Carr.
Rookie puts A's in first place
Josh Bard capped off an unforgettable 24 hours with a dramatic home run that altered the AL West standings.
Worcester, Louisville set for another pitchers' duel
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Worcester's Ryan Griffin certainly got Louisville manager Troy Osborne's attention with his game-ending home run against Harlem.
Elmer G. Eklund
ISLE -- Elmer G. Eklund, 90, Isle, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at the Foley Nursing Home.
Gary L. Bock
MOUND -- Gary L. Bock, 52, Mound, formerly of the Brainerd area, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at his home.
Fences between the genders
The other day one of those cable stations designed to make you feel good about couch time because you learn something had a story about the differences in the brains of men and women.
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The innocent pleasures of summer are gone forever. When I was a boy, I played in the sun from morning until dusk, my skin burning dutifully on Memorial Day and turning a dark
Write to the news council
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Recently Mike Hatch took money away from Eat Smoke Free Coalitions for good reason. Richard Hurt and his group of prohibitionists have campaigned to outlaw smoking in
Serial killers - Dispatch Editorial
Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He has admitted killing 13 women, but his actual toll is probably dozens. In 1982 he plea-bargained a 60-year prison sentence, and prosecutors hoped he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars. But, thanks to a quirk in the Texas legal system, he could be released in 2006.
North Country calendar
What you can do
The best way for humans to protect themselves from HGE is to avoid grassy, brushy and wooded areas from May through July. But if you venture forth anyway, take the following precautions:
From saltwater flats, and cypress and hardwood trees to marine life and flowers, Delta is popular place to explore
SPANISH FORT, Ala. -- With ecotourism on the rise, veteran kayaker Jeff Evans and fishing guide Craig Key have found the Mobile Delta's watery wilderness to be a profitable showplace.
Slip bobber rigs are effective
Fishermen often over-analyze a situation, make techniques and approaches too complex. We end up outsmarting ourselves.
Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame selects Bollig, Genz
WALKER -- The Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame has announced the selection of two prominent Minnesota anglers as the 2002 inductees into the Legend's Hall.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Shiner minnows and redtail minnows are producing walleyes on Gull Lake and Round Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water.
Tick, tick, tick...
Mosquitoes and ticks, two common outdoor pests, usually are regarded as mere annoyances. We slap the mosquito, flick off the tick and continue down the wooded path.
Casting for bass
An angler cast for bass or northern pike as he and his partner worked the shoreline of the Crow Wing River near the Pillager bridge Friday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
DNR to seek ban on deer feeding
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources on Friday said it would seek a ban on the feeding of deer in Minnesota, a step aimed at reducing the spread of chronic wasting disease.
The DNR is proposing special regulations for northern pike on 75 Minnesota lakes.
Jennifer Stevens and John Gilles were married July 13, 2002, at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth with the Rev. David Tushar officiating.
Marc and Peggy Serani
Marc and Peggy Serani, Baxter, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Apostle Islands, Wis. They were married Aug. 20, 1977, in Brainerd.
Lynn Mary Geisenhof and Gary Raymond Brau were married April 27, 2002, in the Camp Ripley Chapel at Camp Ripley.
LeRoy and MaryAnn Gulden
LeRoy and MaryAnn Gulden, Pierz, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 1 with a meal to follow at the Pierz Bar. They were married Sept. 3, 1952, in Pierz.
Jessica "J.J." Steinhorst and Tim Larson
Jessica "J.J." Steinhorst and Tim Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Marlo and Marvel Steinhorst, Alexandria, and David and Violet Larson, Brainerd. A Sept. 21 wedding is planned in Alexandria.
Hank and Edna Lemm
Hank and Edna Lemm, Brainerd, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today at their daughter Ginny's home. They were married Sept. 6, 1952.
Keri Larson and Toby Wooden
Keri Larson and Toby Wooden announce their engagement. Parents are Jan Larson, Nisswa, and the late Leonard Larson Jr., and Janice Viet, Brainerd, and Wayne Wooden, Brainerd. An Aug. 31 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Dallas and Phyllis Young
Dallas and Phyllis Young, Baxter, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 9:15-10 a.m. today at the coffee hour between worship services at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Earle Johnson will celebrate his retirement with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 1 at 516 Memorywood Drive N., Baxter.
Candice Weber and Trevor Swift were married Dec. 29, 2001, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Zelienople, Pa., with Pastor William Brewer officiating.
Angela Carol High and David Adam Sprau were married June 1, 2002, at Pleasant Hill Church in Pequot Lakes with Pastor Eveland officiating.
Anne Huber and Wiljo Tuomi II
Anne Huber and Wiljo Tuomi II announce their engagement. Parents are Archie Katchie, Brainerd, and Ione Katchie, Menahga, and Wiljo and Phyllis Tuomi, Brainerd. An Oct. 12 wedding is planned at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Spencer paces Food City 250
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- The last time Jimmy Spencer raced at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was bumped back to second place.
Winless Gordon seizes pole position
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jeff Gordon is getting a little tired of talking about his slump.
Temporary homes to be taken to Roseau
ROSEAU (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers this week will begin delivering manufactured homes for use by residents who are displaced while repairs are made to their flood-damaged houses and apartments.
Riders reunite to recall joy, pain of 'orphan train'
LITTLE FALLS (AP) -- They share no blood relation, but a common experience makes them family.
Mayor appeals for calm after melee that followed police shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mayor R.T. Rybak appealed for calm Friday, the day after a black boy was injured by a bullet that ricocheted from a police officer's gun, sparking a violent rampage in a north Minneapolis neighborhood.
Minnesota Zoo struggles with declining revenue
APPLE VALLEY (AP) -- Minnesota Zoo visitors could pay more for less under plans being discussed by officials trying to cope with declining attendance and a 9 percent cut in state funding.
Sheriff: Lax jailer blamed for inmates' escape
LE CENTER (AP) -- Le Sueur County Sheriff Dave Gliszinski says a jailer who was supposed to check cells twice per hour failed to do so a week ago when two inmates escaped from the county jail.
Memorable moments before a possible strike
Five days remain until Major League Baseball's drop-dead date for a strike, the ninth work stoppage in about 20 years.
Warriors open net season with runner-up finish
The Brainerd Warriors girls' tennis team opened its season with a second-place finish in its 5-team invitational Friday.
Bar Harbor wins Masters tournament
Bar Harbor went undefeated to win the Masters year-end slow-pitch softball tournament in Brainerd this season.
S-M girls second at Jamestown meet
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls ran the best average time in team history on their way to a runner-up finish at the season-opening Jamestown Invitational cross country running meet Friday.
ST. PAUL -- Three area teams competed in the Minnesota Golf Association Four-Championship Aug. 19-21.
PEQUOT LAKES -- There are certain milestones in high school athletics that can define an athlete's career, like scoring 1,000 points in basketball, winning 100 wrestling matches or rushing for 1,000 yards in a season.
Guzman extends hit streak to 21 games as Twins win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Cristian Guzman is pain-free and worry-free. It's no wonder his hitting streak has reached 21 games.
Kuppe, Carter anchor Gophers' offensive line
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The offensive line was and probably still is Minnesota's biggest concern heading into this season.
Twins have most to lose in strike
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No team has more on the line in the next week of labor negotiations than the Minnesota Twins.
Gophers release men's basketball schedule
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's 2002-03 men's basketball schedule includes seven appearances on national TV.
Parents, coaches struggle with skyrocketing participation fees
Marvin Douglas, the athletic director at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Center, frets daily about skyrocketing activity fees.
Randy Ratio appears to be clicking
MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss appears ready for the regular season, and so does the rest of Minnesota's offense.
Creating your own Web site is easier than ever
Do you have something to tell the world?
Don't blame 'Net hogs
Does eating the groceries you buy at the supermarket make you a "food hog"?
The answer for moving day on a PC
NEW YORK -- I think my mother must have had the original computer. Or at least pieces of it.
Wireless networking looms large
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There's high-speed Internet in the air.
Online peeping provides an Ivy League lesson
It's fun to watch the rich and famous air out the laundry in public. Especially when they're two fabulously wealthy institutions dedicated to the very highest academic and community ideals.
Minnesota state forecast
Dense fog advisory until midmorning southeast...
Storms in Northeast and Great Lakes; dry, sunny in the West
A stationary front draped across the eastern third of the country Friday brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast, most of the Ohio River Valley and much of the Midwest.
Weather drawing by Mikayla Cerney in the Nisswa School kindergarten class of Mrs. Lykins.
Iowa state forecast
Rest of today...Becoming partly sunny. A chance of late afternoon showers and thunderstorms northeast. Highs 80 to 85.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Partly sunny. Isolated showers or thunderstorms west. Highs in the 70s to low 80s. Cooler near lake michigan.
State forecast for South Dakota
Flood watch through early this evening for lawrence county...
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny north and east. Partly sunny south. A chance of late afternoon thunderstorms far southwest. Highs in the 80s.
The Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals is over for another year, allowing us to t
The Brainerd American Legion will be serving cranberry chicken, baked potato, veggie and a roll beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Cost: $6.50.
Colombian president opens way for peace agreements
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- President Alvaro Uribe says he will support local leaders' efforts to negotiate regional peace agreements to stem rebel violence in their regions.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Armitage in Pakistan wraps up South Asia mission
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Amid reports of fresh violence in Kashmir, a top U.S. diplomat said Saturday it was up to Pakistan and India to find a solution to the long-standing crisis over the disputed Himalayan region.
Jailed American GIs eat steak and cake, prompting complaints of special treatment
TOKYO (AP) -- In one cell block, dinner is a heaping plate of steak, potatoes, dessert and fruit. In the others, it's rice, miso soup and boiled fish -- and about half the calories.
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