When the customer doesn't pay
NEW YORK -- One of the most vexing issues small businesses contend with is people who don't pay. This can become particularly problematic in an economic downturn -- what if you have a cash crunch and customers or clients can't or won't put that check into the mail?
Turbulent summer a precursor of what's to come
NEW YORK -- The summer of 2001 will likely be a bitter memory for investors who watched their already battered stock portfolios sink yet again as hopes of a business turnaround evaporated.
Ergonomic tools aim to make gardening all pleasure, no pain
FOREST LAKE, (AP) -- Sheila Rosborough, an avid gardener for years, can remember when her hands and fingers felt like stumps at the end of a day of hard gardening.
Mary McCollough, Brainerd Medical Center medical esthetician, recently competed continuing education with master medical esthetician Sarah Kurn of inneapolis.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Small firms still vying for skilled workers, survey finds
The economic slowdown means the labor market isn't as tight as it was a year ago, but small-business owners are still reporting that a good man (or woman) is hard to find.
Spa to locate in Baxter
Those familiar with Panache salon and spa in St. Cloud won't have to drive to get the experience much longer.
Business offers garden art
BAXTER -- Colors mix into a stylized marble-like look -- all in cement.
Cyber labor fest
Workers across the country will be able to unite online over the next few weeks at an AFL-CIO-backed cyber celebration of Labor Day. The labor federation, which represents 13 million workers, will commemorate the holiday at www.aflcio.org/laborday from Aug. 28 to Sept. 21.
Court blocks lawsuit against former minister, church
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Citing a need to keep issues of church and state separate, the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday blocked a man from suing over the marriage counseling he received from his former minister.
D'oh and the Deity: 'The Simpsons' skewers religious foibles but series still appreciated by many believers
How God appeared in a dream: "Perfect teeth. Nice smell. A class act all the way."
Values-based investing takes wing, survey finds
In times like these, investors pray -- and not just because their returns have gone south.
Married archbishop Milingo agrees to meet with wife, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY -- An archbishop whose marriage scandalized the Vatican has agreed to meet with his wife after a two-week spiritual retreat, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Does priest shortage in Central Minnesota reflect the big picture for Catholic church? Some think so; others think not
A decline in the number of priests available to lead parishes in the Duluth diocese, resulting in the possible restructuring of seven lakes area Catholic parishes (addressed in an article last week) is indicative of a national, if not global dilemma -- in the eyes of many.
BUSINE$$ and RELIGION
Talk of soul and spirituality is flowing freely in the workplace these days. Many chief executives are unabashedly defining their companies' business missions in moral terms.
There will be a bazaar with a chicken and ham dinner serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Cross C
A helping hand Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers formed
Crow Wing County residents in need will have one more outlet of help to turn to this fall.
Religion in the news
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trinity Church, a wealthy Wall Street parish of America's Episcopal Church, has rejected a proposal to give $146,000 in grant money to the Episcopal Church of Rwanda because of its support for the conservative Anglican Mission in America.
Parents can learn to manage natural sibling rivalry
QUESTION: Why do my kids have to fight all the time? I have three of them, and they drive me crazy. Why can't they be nice to each other?
What if Jesus came to your church?
What if, some Sunday morning, a young man visited your church for morning worship.
Schools need billions in repairs, replacements
WASHINGTON -- The leaky roof over parts of Ferndale Elementary School in Glen Burnie, Md., is only half of the problem -- the school also sits atop an underground stream.
Chicago to section off big high schools into smaller ones
CHICAGO (AP) -- In a city where bigger is considered better in everything from food to buildings, officials hope smallness will benefit some high schools.
Districts strapped for cash find ways to get by -- sometimes
CHOKIO -- In a field bordering her back yard, Jackie Grossman spends another muggy August morning yanking sweet corn from eye-high stalks. A badly swollen thumb is proof of her labor.
Getting 24 million children to school is more complicated than it looks
WASHINGTON -- With all the complex problems teachers and students face each day, how children get to school in the morning seems so simple.
Schools look to athletes, fans to make up budget shortfalls
WILLMAR -- The tab for Kevin Dahl's two daughters to play volleyball at Willmar High School this fall spiked to $300, roughly double what he paid last year. And he's not complaining.
Most rate quality of public schools as 'good'
Results from an Associated Press poll on education, based on telephone interviews with 1,006 randomly selected adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted July 27-31 by ICR of Media, Pa.
Facts and figures about American education
A few basic facts and figures about schools in the United States. Statistics are from 2000, unless otherwise indicated.
Tips for parents of children who ride buses:
-- Accompany children to the bus stop. Do not let them roughhouse or stand within 10 feet of the road.
What the state has paid
Some education groups argue that state funding has grown slowly and lagged behind school needs over the last decade.
Bush says schools must prepare for 'new accountability era'
WASHINGTON -- Schools should brace for greater accountability once the provisions of his sweeping education plan take effect, President Bush contended Saturday. Democrats replied that the proposed reforms will be meaningless unless Congress gives schools enough money to carry them out.
School leaders enduring tough lesson in economics
Waseca's move four years ago to all-day, everyday kindergarten was an unqualified success from Patricia Miller's perspective. The first-graders assigned to her class since then seem more attentive, eager and ready to learn.
Enrollment up by nearly 200 students at CLC
Central Lakes College entered its seventh year as a community and technical college with nearly 200 more students than a year ago -- 3,171 vs. 2,999 during the first week of classes in Brainerd and Staples.
Man finds love in the air but loses it after landing
DEAR ABBY: No live-in mother-in-law, no boom-box neighbors; nevertheless, I've got a problem.
Despite busy, complicated lives, share some time
Matt and Rebecca are a busy young couple. They're involved in their church, work full time and have commitments to their family. Yet they each find time every week to spend with a child through the Kinship Partners program.
Percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home with their parents in 1960: 23.
Some problems are nice problems Lottery winners face touch decision about spending and saving
NEW YORK -- Buying lottery tickets shouldn't be part of your long-term investment strategy, but if -- just if -- you should hit the big one, there are ways to capitalize on the win.
Affordable I do's on Rodeo Drive
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- On Rodeo Drive, they certainly don't tie strings of old tin cans behind the newlyweds' car.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 150.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 512, a year ago 288.
Monday -- Labor Day, county offices closed.
Crow Wing sheriff
Senior citizen activities
BACKUS -- Three people were injured in a car-motorcycle head-on collision at 6:06 p.m. Friday on Highway 87 at 20th Avenue Northeast, six miles east of Backus, the State Patrol reported.
Edwards leads Air Canada Championship
SURREY, British Columbia (AP) -- Joel Edwards shot a 4-under-par 67 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar and Sweden's Per-Ulrik Johansson in the Air Canada Championship.
Miller is Pine Meadows women's club champion
The last time Verna Miller was club champion at Pine Meadows was in 1993, but she once again topped the leader board Aug. 23, beating Sandy O'Day and Tammy Olson to win the championship flight.
GOP sets sights on defeating Luther
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bill Luther, D-Minn., should expect another Republican onslaught next year, possibly by the man who came close to beating him the last two times, John Kline.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seat belt use continues to climb in the United States, according to a government study that shows a record 73 percent of front-seat motorists buckle up.
Forums set for DFL candidates in 12B
Two forums are scheduled for Tuesday for DFL candidates seeking the House District 12B seat. The first forum will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Baxter City Hall. The second will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Royal Cafe in Little Falls.
Minneapolis mayoral primary draws high-profile supporting cast
WASHINGTON -- Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley will rejoin the political fray this Labor Day weekend -- pitching for rival candidates for mayor of Minneapolis.
Greenspan: Swings in stocks values, homes values present challenges
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that policy-makers are being challenged by dramatic gains and losses in the stock market and less volatile movements in home prices.
Ventura vows to limit lawmakers' campaigning
FALCON HEIGHTS -- If Gov. Jesse Ventura seeks a second term, don't expect to see him campaigning at the State Fair during standard business hours.
Factory orders increase 0.1 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories inched up in July, led by increases in demand for automobiles and other transportation products, furniture, household appliances and communications equipment.
Kennedy leads Minnesota delegation in PAC money
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Kennedy raised far more PAC money in the first half of this year than any other Minnesota lawmaker, Federal Election Commission reports show. A big chunk came from PACs of House Republicans, anxious to protect the freshman in next year's election.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Blood Pressure Clinics
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
More kids are getting more vaccinations
DENVER -- As Morgan Craig prepared to enter kindergarten, she said she would rather get a shot than get sick.
'Antiques Roadshow' is now a board game
What are the odds that a television show in which erudite experts appraise people's odds and ends would become a hit?
Misconceptions about lawn seeding listed
Late summer grass seeding is more likely to be successful if common misconceptions don't get in the way. Deb Brown, horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, cites these misconceptions:
Home rocks with flowers
Soft and solid combine for a Brainerd garden that mixes flower and rock.
Take precautions when canning tomatoes
Vine-ripe tomatoes are among the most prized garden treats.
CROSSLAKE -- Sandy Smith recently joined Kurilla Real Estate in Crosslake.
Take a splash course in powder room sinks
The smallest room in the house can present some of the biggest problems.
Spend lazy, hot summer days in a comfortable Adirondack chair
During the languid heat of summer, every afternoon feels like Sunday, and all gestures must be small and energy conserving.
It's a natural: Fall country decorating
Autumn is the perfect time for renewing your home, because it's so easy to do it in a natural way. Take a walk in your yard and gather the materials to get started. Leaves, berries, and late-season flowers are perfect for adding natural detail.
Magnets stick to undercoating
Q. Linda asks: I read in one of your recent newspaper columns about a paint that magnets will stick to. Is there such a thing and where can I get it?
Weeding brings immediate and long-term rewards
Hot weather may not inspire any more gardening activity than plucking a juicy tomato off the vine, but don't neglect weeding. Untended weeds become worse troublemakers later.
In rocky retail real estate times, agent still makes megadeals
NEW YORK -- Despite the current climate of weak consumer spending, Faith Hope Consolo is hardly ready to declare the retail real estate scene dead.
Vacation home market rises as baby boomers buy
NEW YORK -- The waning summer season probably planted the question in many vacationers' minds while they sat on the sunwashed porch of that beachtown condo or breezy mountain cabin: Isn't it time I got my own piece of this?
Presence of burls on trees no cause for concern
Q. My 20-year-old maple tree has developed large bumps that protrude from the trunk, each the size of cantaloupes.
Man found in burning car was from Wadena
WADENA (AP) -- Otter Tail County authorities have identified the man who was found dead in a burning vehicle Wednesday east of Deer Creek.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-The old saying "Dog is man's best friend" rang true for Jon Main of Brainerd recently as his 2-year old German Shepherd placed in the top 10 of the region 12 Trial finals held in Wisconsin, competing with 46 other dogs.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 2 - 80 years ago (1921) - Pequot, the town where the county fair is staged, always thought it had a baseball team until it encountered the Brainerd Carmen Team which on Sunday mopped up the county fair town 20 to 0.
Mighty Gulls player released
Bryce Palar, a Brainerd Mighty Gulls player who was injured Aug. 10 in a one-car rollover on Interstate 35 in Lakeville, was released from North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale on Tuesday.
Firefighters are able to perform rope rescues in small spaces
They may not be the most recognizable rescue team, but lakes area residents are happy to know they're there when they need them.
Central Lakes College gave its Staples campus an interior face-lift as the academic term begins.
Cougar had cubs and was domestic
McGREGOR (AP) -- An adult cougar that was shot by a homeowner in Aitkin County had two cubs. The three animals were apparently domesticated and had been dumped by their homeowner, state wildlife officials say.
Deadline for CLC outstanding alumni is September 7
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, reminds those wishing to nominate an individual for the Outstanding Alumni Award to submit a letter of nomination by Sept. 7.
Garrison man matched almost all of winning Powerball numbers
GARRISON -- Like most Powerball players last Saturday, Leslie Sande of Garrison was hoping to win the $280 million jackpot.
Officers have a message for motorists
Area law enforcement agencies want drivers to pay attention to the road, and will be out in force to deliver that message to motorists this weekend.
County's drug enforcement division gets down to business
Crow Wing County's new drug enforcement division got off to a quick start with three separate warrants executed, one netting $45,000 in marijuana.
Fridley man pleads guilty in death of his brother
AITKIN -- A 45-year-old Fridley man who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the October death of his brother in Aitkin County faces sentencing in September.
Russian computer company, programmer plead innocent in copyright case
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A Russian computer programmer pleaded innocent Thursday to charges he violated copyrights by creating software that let users disable protective features on e-books.
Medical team shares stories about artificial heart recipient
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- When Robert Tools became the world's first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart, the company that makes the device set a 60-day survival goal and cautioned that the patient might not make it that far.
Off-to-college shoppers load up on electronic equipment
WASHINGTON -- For college-bound freshmen, back-to-school shopping once meant sheets and towels and maybe a beanbag chair.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For karate champ-turned-star Chuck Norris, it's a boy -- and a girl.
Iowa town struggles to comprehend slayings
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- School counselors had a difficult task in trying to comfort classmates of five children who were found brutally slain along with their mother.
DENVER (AP) -- An intense battle against air pollution is finally paying dividends for officials in Denver, which will likely soon have the distinction of being the first major city to achieve compliance with the Clean Air Act.
Racism conference opens in south Africa with plea for international plan to combat prejudice
DURBAN, South Africa -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan opened the World Conference Against Racism on Friday with a plea for delegates from around the world to look beyond their individual disputes and develop an international plan to combat prejudice.
Timber companies are struggling to stay alive
SALEM, Ore. -- A handful of logging executives in worn jeans and work boots sat hunched over paperwork, bidding on $1.4 million in federal timber by increments of 25 cents. Loggers in suspenders and thick leather belts lined the walls, silently watching the numbers flicker on a screen.
Stock market recovery doubtful anytime soon
NEW YORK -- The stock market hasn't just been falling since last Labor Day -- it's been plunging, so much so that last year's levels suddenly don't seem so bad.
Jailed teen hacker gets fresh start as head of his own computer services company
WOLFEBORO, N.H. -- Dennis Moran, an 18-year-old high school dropout, earned international notoriety and a nine-month jail sentence last year for his computer-hacking exploits.
CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) -- Sometime in the night, Nikolay Soltys slipped into his mother's back yard, just a few miles from where police believe he brutally stabbed his pregnant wife and five family members 10 days earlier.
Target says rival Kmart has removed price comparison signs in wake of lawsuit
DETROIT (AP) -- Target Corp. said Friday that Kmart Corp. has "permanently removed" from its stores all "Dare to Compare" price comparisons, but Target said that it has not dropped the lawsuit charging its rival with false advertising.
Mother, children found slain in Iowa
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Police searched early Friday for a man suspected in the slayings of seven people, including a mother and five children found dead in their home.
Migration issue looms large as Bush prepares to welcome Fox
WASHINGTON -- It will be a state visit with all the trappings: an elaborate arrival ceremony on the White House south lawn for the visiting foreign dignitary, a 21-gun salute, a review of troops and, in the evening, a glittering state dinner.
Aaliyah's plane carried more passengers than recommended
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The twin-engine plane that crashed with the singer Aaliyah and eight others on board was carrying more than the recommended number of passengers, the plane's manufacturer said.
Microsoft antitrust case gets new judge
REDMOND, Wash. -- As hundreds of Microsoft programmers celebrated the completion of the software code for Windows XP, a new federal judge was named to decide how Microsoft should be punished for violating antitrust laws.
Brother, sister claim winning Powerball ticket sold in Delaware four days after lottery drawing
DOVER, Del. -- First-grade teacher Kathleen Kearney was so convinced that she had missed out on a share of the $298.4 million Powerball jackpot that she didn't even check her tickets for four days.
Almonte's perfect game erased; Bronx league founder banned
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Danny Almonte, the Little League pitcher who wowed fans with his 70 mph fastball, was too old to compete in the World Series, league officials announced in stripping the team of its third-place trophy.
What butterflies? First woman in Division I football a hit
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Ashley Martin's knees were knocking as she ran on the football field. A swarm of butterflies fluttered in her stomach.
Rahman, Lewis don't hide feelings, a day after wrestling
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis just don't like each other -- and they don't have much use for ESPN, either.
As Labor Day approaches, dozen teams still pushing for playoffs
Curt Schilling can feel the tension building with every fastball.
Whispers of talks after uneventful officiating night
After seven uneventful exhibition games with replacement officials, the NFL is gaining confidence that it has the upper hand in negotiations with the regulars.
Bronx Little Leaguer is 14
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Little League star pitcher Danny Almonte is 14 years old, not 12, a Dominican official said Friday in a finding that could strip his team of its third-place finish in the World Series.
Clemens wins again, Yankees keep Red Sox skidding
The New York Yankees bolstered their postseason roster with a late trade, then boosted their AL East lead behind Roger Clemens.
This is a flag!
Give the first round to the NFL in its labor dispute with officials.
Point Given retired because of injury
Point Given, the strapping chestnut colt who became America's Horse, will not race again because of a leg injury.
Roddick is U.S. Open's golden boy
NEW YORK (AP) -- The last place Jack Brasington ever expected to be playing tennis at the U.S. Open was on center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in the feature match at night.
Charlotte hopes playoff run continues in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- On their way out of Staples Center after a four-point loss in June, one of the Charlotte Sting players shouted "To be continued."
St. Louis beats Kansas City in Vermeil's return
Dick Vermeil received a warm welcome from Rams' fans in his return to St. Louis. Everyone got an earful from the replacement official -- he left his microphone on.
American cyclist wins at Goodwill Games
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Erin Mirabella, who never finished higher than sixth in a major international cycling event, won the women's 15-kilometer points race at the Goodwill Games on Saturday.
Marvin A. Hunt
BEMIDJI -- Marvin A. Hunt, 88, Bemidji, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
ROSEMOUNT -- Kenneth August Awe, 32, Rosemount, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
AITKIN -- Eugene Insley, 75, Aitkin, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Myrtle Ann Nuese
LITTLE FALLS -- Myrtle Ann Nuese, 89, Little Falls, formerly of Marshall and St. Paul, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
PINE RIVER -- James Witt, 74, Pine River, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Glen R. Erickson, 86, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
We're wedded to cohabitating
If that whole "women over 40 have a better chance of getting killed by a terrorist than finding a husband" thing didn't make us question the media's ability to interpret statistics, we'd be 82 percent crazy.
Throw the flag
It's not unusual for workers to seek a weekend job to supplement the family income but National Football League referees have developed this yen into a real art form.
Labor Day honors the contributions of all working people throughout our country. Here in Brainerd, the AFL-CIO Trades and Labor Assembly invites everyone to our picnic at the Baxter City Park, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or so on Labor Day, to recognize our local work force.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m., the Brainerd City Council will hold a special meeting.
Social Security - Dispatch Editorial
Political spin doctors from Republican and Democratic sides of the aisle are doing their best to crunch numbers and position themselves for what promises to be a long, drawn-out budget battle on Capitol Hill.
Ice cream, you scream...
Most of us can survive a summer without baseball or love or even bratwurst. They're all just pleasant complements to the lazy summertime months.
Time to fix the leak
Democrats think they've found the key to countering President Bush's popular tax cut. It's their old standby, the Social Security scare. The Congressional Budget Office says the government will need $9 billion from Social Security taxes in order to balance the current federal budget and that more will be needed to ``offset'' future tax cuts. Democrats blame President Bush for putting grannies everywhere in jeopardy.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Limits of walleyes are being caught on Gull Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. Night crawlers, redtails, or rainbow minnows have worked best.
DNR to report Minnesota's fall colors on the Internet
Choosing the peak color weekends in Minnesota during autumn can be tricky. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is trying to eliminate some of the guesswork this year through the Internet.
The deadline for applying for antlerless deer permits and special hunts is Thursday, Sept. 6. Applications must be made at an ELS vendor or the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. Previous applicants will not be sent a postcard with peel-off label since they no longer mail in applications.
There's always good reasons to go afield for grouse
The DNR says grouse hunters can expect to see fewer birds this season. But that doesn't mean we won't have fun when the season opens Sept. 15. Hunters who work hard in good grouse cover will still get some birds.
Big fish on parade
You're looking at the biggest northern pike ever landed in Marv Koep's boat. The 20-plus pound pike was caught by Ethel Beach, Terre Haute, Ind., on Aug. 14 on Pelican Lake. Beach was fishing with a redtail chub. The pike measured 43 inches long and had a 17-inch girth.
As the weather cools muskie fishing heats up
Many outdoorsmen trade-in their fishing tackle for hunting gear soon after Labor Day. But muskie hunters in-the-know are just starting to get ready for prime-time muskies.
Fishing museum soon will change to winter hours
LITTLE FALLS -- Winter hours at the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Education Center begin Oct. 1 and run through April. The museum will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults (18-64), $2 for senior citizens (65 and over) and $1 for children 10-17. Children 9 and under get in free. On Tuesdays admission is free.
Barrows bear might make Boone & Crockett top five in Minnesota
BARROWS -- When Rick Hines saw the tracks in a cornfield he knew the bear was big.
The riddle of the sphinx moth and other winged creatures
Late last summer Christine Lupella, editor of the Pine River Journal, snapped a photo of a pretty moth resting on the office siding. Wanting to know more about the moth, she sent me the photo and asked me to identify it. I told her it was a species of sphinx moth and that I would write about it in the future. A recent phone call from Dana Fenn, another "Nature's Notebook" reader, asking me about sphinx moths prompted me to retrieve the photo and do as I had promised Christine months ago.
Charity Vosler and Donny Meyer
Charity Vosler and Donny Meyer announce their engagement. Parents are Douglas and Carolyn Vosler, Brainerd, and Donald and Tina Meyer, Columbia Heights. An Oct. 20 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church with a reception to follow at The Old Waterfall.
Tammy Kedrowski and David Crider were married July 15, 2001, in Maui, Hawaii.
Jennifer Marie Olson and Ryan Douglas Ziegler
Jennifer Marie Olson and Ryan Douglas Ziegler announce their engagement. Parents are Darlene and Terry Buzzard, Baxter, Karen and Monty Cogger, Baxter, and Doug Ziegler, Perham. A 4 p.m. Sept. 22 wedding is planned at Christ Lutheran Church with a reception following at Brainerd Armory.
Jodie Hawkinson and Jessie Larson were married Dec. 30, 2000, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Paul Fruth officiating.
Heather Davis and Nic Amerud
Heather Davis and Nic Amerud, both of Nisswa, announce their engagement. Parents are Brad and Lynn Davis, Brainerd, and Tim and Marge Amerud, Brainerd. A Sept. 8 wedding is planned at their home.
Everett and Lois Greenwalt, 60th anniversary
Everett and Lois Greenwalt, Duluth, formerly of Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 7, 1941, in Brainerd.
Mary Hoelsher and Jared Frandson were married Aug. 10, 2001, in Hennepin County.
Lisa Mimm and Chris Shaul
Lisa Mimm and Chris Shaul announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and Linda Mimm, Pequot Lakes, and Margie Shaul, Maple Grove, and Jack and Lisa Shaul, Minneapolis. A Sept. 15 wedding is planned at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.
Wendy Stager and Cory Peterson
Wendy Stager and Cory Peterson announce their engagement. Parents are Terry and Margaret Stager, Brainerd, and Charles and Pamala Peterson, Pine River. A Sept. 21 wedding is planned at Gloria Dei Church in Pequot Lakes.
Five generations recently gathered were Samantha Macheel, daughter; Shawn Macheel, father; Harvey "Lannie" Macheel, grandfather; Doris Macheel, great-grandmother; and Iva Purdon, great-great-grandmother.
Kate Avelsgard and Rick Koop were married June 16, 2001, at an outdoor wedding in Clearwater Forest in Ironton with Pastor Paul Mattson officiating.
Sarah Tunge and Scott Winkelman
Sarah Tunge and Scott Winkelman announce their engagement. Parents are John and Patrice Tunge, Riverdale, N.D., and Robert and Raelene Winkelman, Pequot Lakes. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned at Fort Lincoln State Park in Mandan, N.D.
Melissa Jessen and Corey Scepaniak
Melissa Jessen and Corey Scepaniak announce their engagement. Parents are Mary and Randy Moeser, Brainerd, and David and Denise Jessen, Brainerd, and Don and Diane Scepaniak, Avon. A Sept. 22 wedding is planned at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Avon.
Stephanie Nunnink and Dustin Dorn were married June 30, 2001, at Crosslake Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Stacey Pickar and Justin Lewis were married April 21, 2001, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastor David Uhrich officiating.
Penny Dobson and Brian Grimsley
Penny Dobson and Brian Grimsley announce their engagement. Parents are Brian and Pam Dobson, Riverton, and Jerry and Geraldine Grimsley, Brainerd. An Oct. 20 wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
NHRA-Mac Tools US Nationals Qualifying
Busch gets first career Winston Cup pole in unlikely place
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Winston Cup rookie Kurt Busch won his first career pole Friday, holding off Darlington dominator Jeff Gordon in qualifying for the Southern 500.
Qwest distributing CD phone books
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Qwest Communications is distributing 62,000 copies of its White and Yellow pages on compact disc in the Twin Cities to gauge the reaction of local consumers and small businesses.
Cass County moves board meeting to W-H-A School auditorium
WALKER -- Cass County Board will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday in Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School auditorium rather than the courthouse.
Judge rules in favor of St. Cloud State
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former St. Cloud State University student who accused the school of discriminating against him because of his race.
Duluth man rides from coast to coast for charity
DULUTH (AP) -- David Mattson's cross-country bicycle trip is over after losing five spokes, four tires, three gear shifters and one rim.
Body found in burning vehicle near Deer Creek
FERGUS FALLS (AP) -- The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office was investigating the discovery of a body in a burning vehicle near Deer Creek.
$3 million pledge St. Scholastica gets its largest gift ever
DULUTH (AP) -- The College of St. Scholastica received a $3 million pledge, the largest gift ever received by the college, school officials announced Thursday.
First case of deadly horse encephalitis found in state
MINNEAPOLIS -- Southern Minnesota residents should take precautions after a particularly virulent form of equine encephalitis has been found in Blue Earth County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
General Mills cancels ad campaign
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- General Mills canceled an advertising campaign Thursday that paid Minneapolis elementary school teachers to drive cars emblazoned with advertisements for one of its cereals.
Motorcyclist killed in Spring Lake Park
SPRING LAKE PARK (AP) -- A Champlin motorcyclist was killed Wednesday in an accident in Spring Lake Park.
Last state rebate checks are on their way
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state sent out the last of the 2.4 million sales tax rebate checks this week, but a computer glitch shortchanged taxpayers by roughly $1 per check.
Welfare limits to affect first family this weekend
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's new welfare system is expected to officially kick a lone Minnesota family off the state program on Saturday, thanks to its 60-month lifetime limit on welfare.
Stevie Nicks cancels concert
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Singer Stevie Nicks has canceled her concert scheduled for tonight at the Target Center.
Wisconsin governor decides to close boundary commission
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission will probably end its 36-year run after Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum decided Thursday to allow his state to stop funding the agency.
get in. So they invented their own as a way to start the school year on a fun note and build morale. (AP Photo)
Schools breathe easier, but lose coziness
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Classrooms with coffee makers, old couches and walls covered with children's art will be gone this year from several Twin Cities districts as they strive for more antiseptic schools.
After boy's death, cameras watch for drownings at Minnesota pool
MINNEAPOLIS -- No one noticed when swimming class ended that 13-year-old Shuai Jiang hadn't shown up on deck.
Judge puts hold on nursing-home wage law
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A federal judge blocked the state Thursday from imposing new regulations that would limit prices temp agencies can charge for workers they supply to nursing homes.
The name of Pillager football player Jayson Dinkel was misspelled in Tuesday's Fall Sports Edition.
Shep's Class C state softball champion
Shep's Scoobys captured the Class C slow-pitch softball state championships Aug. 24-26 in Winona.
Jeff Sands of Brainerd won the boys' junior varsity race and Andrea Miller of Brainerd won the girls' in the Run for Your Melon cross country race Thursday at Northland Arboretum.
Unbeaten Pierz wins 12th straight in tennis
WADENA -- The Pierz Pioneers girls' tennis team swept all seven matches against the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Thursday to run their record to 12-0.
Weiss, Weiss, Weiss
"Weiss for the touchdown."
Raiders men's golf team wins in Twin Cities
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Central Lakes College men's golf team swung to victory Thursday at Wirth Golf Course in Minneapolis with a team score of 313.
Brainerd swimmers edge Grand Rapids by 2 points
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' swimming and diving team opened the season by shading the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 94-92 in non-conference action Thursday.
Bobble helps C-I defeat Gobblers
AITKIN -- Defense wins championships and offense sells tickets, but special teams break open close games.
77 participate in Whipple Wave
Mike Sweeney of Cottage Grove and Kristin Miller of Duluth were the men's and women's winners of the first Whipple Wave Triathlon in Baxter last weekend.
High school football
Pillager sets the pace in Browerville trouncing
PILLAGER -- If Pillager Huskies fans didn't know who Jeff Pace was, they do after Friday's 41-8 shellacking of the Browerville Tigers in Prairie North football action.
Pequot Lakes nips Mankato Loyola
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots nipped the Mankato Loyola Crusaders 14-13 in a non-conference football opener Thursday.
Football equipment for boys at Washington Middle School and Mississippi Horizons School in Brainerd who want to play sixth-grade intramural football will be issued after school on Tuesday and continuing the rest of the week.
Brainerd girls defeat Willmar
Willmar -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' soccer team handed Willmar a 5-1 defeat in their Central Lakes Conference opener Thursday.
Alex players show they remember sting of loss at state volleyball meet
The Alexandria volleyball team's quick departure from the 2000 state tournament after all-state setter Jackie Thul suffered an injury did not leave a good taste in the Cardinals' mouths.
Raiders expect aerial attack
The Central Lakes College football team may not be taking on the famed stunt airplane pilots from the Blue Angels on Saturday.
Willmar edges Brainerd boys
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' soccer team jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a quick goal by Jorgen Hartje but surrendered two goals late in the second half of a 2-1 Central Lakes Conference loss to the Willmar Cardinals Thursday.
Pierz sweeps Crosby-Ironton in volleyball
CROSBY -- The Pierz Pioneers swept the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 15-4, 15-9, and 15-2 in non-conference volleyball Thursday.
C-I's Anderson starts strong
One thing missing from Sam Anderson's resume is a trip to the state cross country meet.
Pierz Pioneers clip Annandale Cardinals
PIERZ -- Quarterback Dan Saehr led the Pierz Pioneers football team to a 39-7 victory over the Annandale Cardinals Friday.
Buckman, Sobieski advance in Class C
RED WING -- Scott Geiger pitched his third complete game in the Class C state tournament to lead the Buckman Billygoats past St. Patrick 6-4 in the winners bracket Friday night.
Area events Saturday
Stock Car Racing
PR-B opens conference with win
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers volleyball team swept the Menahga Braves 15-2, 15-5, 15-8 to earn their first victory in the Park Region Conference Friday.
Tigers pounce on Panthers
PARK RAPIDS -- Justin Schwegel rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns to help the Pine River-Backus Tigers wallop the Park Rapids Panthers 70-13 in non-conference football Thursday.
Alexandria girl wins race
Kim Beaman moved up six places from where she finished in last year's Run For Your Melon cross country meet at Northland Arboretum.
Vikings finish preseason unbeaten
MIAMI (AP) -- Minnesota's offensive trio is ready for the regular season. Miami's defense isn't so fortunate.
Toledo romps past Gophers
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- First-year coach Tom Amstutz isn't ready to brag about his decision to revamp Toledo's offense.
Twins defeat Angels
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Radke can't figure out why he always pitches well against the Anaheim Angels, and he's not in a hurry to find out.
Viking, Miami backups will play
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings will retire the jersey of Korey Stringer, the Pro Bowl tackle who died from heatstroke after a practice Aug. 1.
Mays suffers another loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Eight-plus innings pitched and four runs allowed will earn a starting pitcher the win on most nights in the major leagues.
Cell phone firms tackle challenge of China
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- At first glance, Chen Xiaomei seems like the sort of customer wireless companies would dream about: The 23-year-old department store clerk is so fond of cell phones she just bought a new one -- her second in two years.
Mac users buying into a dream
It's no secret that Mac users seem to care a great deal more about their choice of computer than the majority of people who use IBM-type PCs running Microsoft Windows.
Games require fancier effort
I much prefer a daughter to a son. For one thing, girls are nicer than boys, even if female swimmers do punch harder. For another, my Ann being a good example, girls tend to be less into high-speed 3-D games that require killer CPUs and mongo graphics cards, and more into the social aspects of computers.
Intuit, Microsoft roll out much improved personal finance software
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bottom line. It's the Internet.
Solving old mysteries with new technology
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Nickell calls them "time capsules," these rare opportunities to explore the mysteries of the past. He is a sleuth of history, a man who uses everything from a knowledge of ancient inks to carbon dating in order to answer questions about long-ago events.
Project to set VCR clocks in a flash
The flashing "12:00" on video cassette recorders represents everything wrong with modern technology. But help may be on the way with better equipment that automatically sets VCR clocks en masse.
State forecast for South Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny and hot west and central...Partly cloudy and windy with a chance of thunderstorms developing east. Highs in the 90s west into central...To the 80s east.
Weather drawing by Marissa Lueck in the Lowell School kindergarten A class of Jan Wilcox.
Heavy rain falls in eastern Texas; storms hit Midwest
Heavy downpours continued to drench eastern Texas on Friday, while stormy weather hit the Midwest and Northeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs from the 80s east to the mid 90s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny northwest. Partly to mostly cloudy central with scattered showers and thunderstorms. A chance for showers and thunderstorms northeast and southwest. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s north to middle 70s south. Tonight...Mostly clear and cool eas
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny to partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms northwest. Some lake effect showers or sprinkles far southeast. Highs from the mid 60s to mid 70s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy southwest to south central...With a chance of thunderstorms in the black hills. Highs in the 70s east to the 80s west.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs mid 60s northeast to near 80 west.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 70 to 80.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy and cool. Highs in the 60s north to lower 70s south.
Weather drawing by Bailey Wachholz in the Nisswa School kindergarten class of Mrs. Lykins.
Duplicate bridge is played 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center.
Duplicate bridge is played 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center.
18-year-olds not as mature as some think
Contradictory expectations take a toll on young adults, Terri Apter, a research psychologist, said.
Ray's Promenaders will square dance from 8-10 p.m. Friday at Baxter Elementary School with Abe Maier calling. Potluck lunch will follow with Ole and Muriel Howard hosting.
Senior safety tips
Dear Heloise: As an interior designer, I have to be conscious of safety when designing for older people, because many are terrified of falling and breaking a hip. Any changes in floor level or stairs have to be well-lit.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the St. Mathias blood drive.
Names and faces
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Hope may be going home soon, but his doctor said it could be weeks before the 98-year-old comedian fully recovers from a bout with bacterial pneumonia.
18-year-olds not as mature as some think
Contradictory expectations take a toll on young adults, Terri Apter, a research psychologist, said.
Researchers predict 42 percent of HIV in San Francisco will be drug-resistant by 2005
WASHINGTON -- The share of HIV infections that are drug-resistant will jump to 42 percent in San Francisco by 2005, according to a team of researchers.
Mechanic's quick thinking saves youngster's eyesight
DEAR ABBY: I am writing about a close call with my daughter that could have been catastrophic. Feel free to share this with your readers.
Mexico's president presents first state of the nation speech
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A gleeful Mexico celebrated last year when Vicente Fox unseated the party that ruled the nation for 71 years. When he makes his first state of the nation speech as president Saturday evening, Fox may face angry fallout from the high hopes built by that victory.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, Australia (AP) -- New Zealand and the Pacific island state of Nauru agreed Saturday to accept more than 400 asylum seekers stranded on a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean, breaking a six-day diplomatic deadlock over the fate of the refugees.
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