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.
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.
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.
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.
Business offers garden art
BAXTER -- Colors mix into a stylized marble-like look -- all in cement.
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.
Mary McCollough, Brainerd Medical Center medical esthetician, recently competed continuing education with master medical esthetician Sarah Kurn of inneapolis.
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?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home with their parents in 1960: 23.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 150.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 512, a year ago 288.
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.
Monday -- Labor Day, county offices closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Blood Pressure Clinics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For karate champ-turned-star Chuck Norris, it's a boy -- and a girl.
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.
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.
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.
As Labor Day approaches, dozen teams still pushing for playoffs
Curt Schilling can feel the tension building with every fastball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
AITKIN -- Eugene Insley, 75, Aitkin, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
PINE RIVER -- James Witt, 74, Pine River, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
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.
Marvin A. Hunt
BEMIDJI -- Marvin A. Hunt, 88, Bemidji, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Nunnink and Dustin Dorn were married June 30, 2001, at Crosslake Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
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.
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.
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.
Stacey Pickar and Justin Lewis were married April 21, 2001, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with Pastor David Uhrich officiating.
Jodie Hawkinson and Jessie Larson were married Dec. 30, 2000, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Paul Fruth 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Avelsgard and Rick Koop were married June 16, 2001, at an outdoor wedding in Clearwater Forest in Ironton with Pastor Paul Mattson officiating.
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.
Tammy Kedrowski and David Crider were married July 15, 2001, in Maui, Hawaii.
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.
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.
NHRA-Mac Tools US Nationals Qualifying
get in. So they invented their own as a way to start the school year on a fun note and build morale. (AP Photo)
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.
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.
Shep's Class C state softball champion
Shep's Scoobys captured the Class C slow-pitch softball state championships Aug. 24-26 in Winona.
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.
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.
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.
Area events Saturday
Stock Car Racing
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.
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.
Weiss, Weiss, Weiss
"Weiss for the touchdown."
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.
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.
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.
Vikings finish preseason unbeaten
MIAMI (AP) -- Minnesota's offensive trio is ready for the regular season. Miami's defense isn't so fortunate.
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.
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.
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.
Intuit, Microsoft roll out much improved personal finance software
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bottom line. It's the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
Weather drawing by Marissa Lueck in the Lowell School kindergarten A class of Jan Wilcox.
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.
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.
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 North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs from the 80s east to the mid 90s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny to partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the St. Mathias blood drive.
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.
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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