Is government going soft on Microsoft?
WASHINGTON -- By choosing to stop pursuing a breakup of Microsoft Corp., the government refocused attention on whether the Bush administration will aggressively prosecute the company for antitrust violations or try to reach a minimal settlement and move on.
Farewell to arms for GE's Jack Welch
NEW YORK -- Jack Welch is stepping down after 20 years as chairman of General Electric Co. with only one real concern about the future: China.
Survey shows rosier outlook for state's manufacturers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State manufacturers are expressing optimism about business conditions for the rest of the year.
Rocket motors to ways to view butterfly wings, all are included in a Brainerd store that is all about air.
Bill Reed, president and chief executive officer of Reed's Market and Gas Express in Crosslake, has been appointed to fill a board of director position with the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce beginning with the 2001-2002 fiscal year.
Motorola develops faster chip that could lower costs of cell phones, computers
NEW YORK -- Motorola Inc. says it has developed a computer chip that runs 35 times faster than today's models, an innovation it hopes will lead to faster, smaller and cheaper cell phones, computers and other telecommunications equipment.
Indications from retailers suggest modest back-to-school sales gains
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a first glimpse of the back-to-school shopping season, three major retailers on Wednesday reported only modest sales gains for August.
Workers should avoid borrowing from 401(k)
NEW YORK -- For some people in need of quick cash, a 401(k) retirement account can look pretty tempting. It's often their biggest pot of savings, and most company plans are set up so participants can borrow from them in emergencies.
Ford move to consolidate to mean loss of jobs
DETROIT (AP) -- In a move Ford Motor Co. says will strengthen its North American operations, the world's second biggest automaker is consolidating its car and truck product development divisions.
Deepening pessimism may help stocks
NEW YORK -- Some describe the selling frenzy on Wall Street these past two weeks as capitulation by investors.
Small business in the catbird seat
NEW YORK -- If there's a plus side for small businesses amid the economic slump, it might well be that other companies, worried about their own sales and profits, are willing to cut a deal.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Have an idea on what downtown Brainerd should be like in the years to come?
'I owe, I owe, so off to work I go'
We just celebrated the national holiday of Labor Day, a day adapted from a French celebration that honored the work and achievements of the working class.
Nuns cope behind bars
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- They wear the same green uniforms as the drug offenders and thieves incarcerated with them.
Evangelical scholar says 'Left Behind' novels misinterpret Bible
The huge-selling series of apocalyptic Christian novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that started with "Left Behind" reaches title No. 10 with the Oct. 30 release of "Desecration." Tyndale House plans a first printing of 3 million copies, and a $5 million budget to promote the series.
Methodists begin ad campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church this month started its first television advertising campaign to draw new members to the Protestant denomination.
Defacing the Ten Commandments
Russ Nordland, a buildings and grounds employee for the city of Fargo, scrubbed an oily substance off the Ten Commandments marker with soap and water Tuesday after it was hit by vandals.
Teens' behavior is strongly influenced by hormones
QUESTION: Many of the struggles of the teen years are attributed to hormones. If that explanation is accurate, then what implications does it have for parents of early adolescents?
George Klippenes Jr., church planter and evangelistic speaker, will be bringing a message to the Community Covenant Church in Brainerd on Sunday. He will share in the adult Sunday school class at 9:15 a.m. as well as during worship at 10:30 a.m.
Church's Loyalty Sunday signifies transition into fall
Christ Community Church of Nisswa commemorated the return to school and the renewed ministry activities that comes with autumn by hosting what they call a Loyalty Sunday, centered around an old fashioned church picnic, last Sunday.
Slaying of daughter inspires man to counsel to inmates
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The heavy iron bars clang open, and 80-year-old Paul Stevens strolls calmly into the midst of Kentucky's condemned killers.
Christian coffeehouses are more than a cup of Joe
EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- Henry Sanchez was reluctant to restart his social life after his wife of 27 years, Barbara, died from breast cancer last December.
NYC school chancellor proposes ice cream to keep truancy down
NEW YORK (AP) -- You've heard of "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Now, there's "a scoopful of ice cream keeps truants at bay."
Amid criticism, U.S. News & World Report releases ranking putting Princeton ahead of Harvard and Yale
For the second straight year, Princeton University is at the top of the annual campus rankings by U.S. News & World Report, ahead of Harvard and Yale. The list, released Thursday, appears amid growing criticism that it misses the point of college -- learning.
Trying to crack the school dress code
It is a set of those mixed messages adults are always giving children: The same week the state of Maryland suspended sales tax on back-to-school purchases, schools reiterated their dress codes in time for the start of classes.
Some experts favor longer internships, closer supervision for new teachers
When Marymount University education professor Shirley Smith was training to be a teacher, she had the usual abbreviated experience in a real classroom -- 12 weeks with a sixth grade in Greensburg, Pa.
Paper trail of names could lead to husband's cheating
DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years. I recently found slips of paper with women's names and telephone numbers among receipts my husband asked me to file. When I asked him who these women were, he claims he doesn't know and I should shut up.
Shaynah Baptiste wore flowered bell bottoms and platform shoes with Demetrius Smith who pondered physics in baggy pants and a do-rag on his head.
Belly-baring fashion reaches new lows
Somewhere between the navel and the nether regions lies fashion's latest frontier.
Child in need
Now that the kids are back in school and your life is getting back into a routine, maybe you might be considering volunteering.
Bisexual husband likes secrecy
DEAR ABBY: I am intrigued by women who find phone numbers in their husband's pockets or wonder why they are out late. My advice: Unless you think you're in danger of losing your husband, leave well enough alone.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 200.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 227, a year ago 504.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 289, a year ago 504.
GARRISON -- A woman was injured Friday when struck by a car along Highway 169 in Garrison, the State Patrol reported.
Lindsey Peterson and Shawn Nelson, Brainerd, a boy, Braedon Michael Nelson, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Aug. 17, 2001. Grandparents are Diane and Jeff Vogt, Brainerd, and Cal and Debbie Peterson, Brainerd.
A 24-year-old Brainerd woman involved in a two-car collision Tuesday remains in fair condition in St. Cloud Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said today.
School lunch menus
THEFT -- Mitchell Hanson, Brainerd, Wednesday reported the theft of $5,000 in tools while at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Cass County court
WALKER -- Former Hiram Township treasurer Suzanne Marie Curo, 44, Waite Park, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Cass County Court to felony theft and theft by swindle charges.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to an alarm at the North Star Apartments on D Street in northeast Brainerd about 8 a.m. Friday.
A Canadian finally is in the hunt
MONTREAL (AP) -- David Morland IV had heard the cheers before when he was near the lead, only they were for someone else -- Tiger Woods, when they played together in the final round in San Diego earlier this year.
Judge halts Bush prescription drug discount plan
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday denounced a judge's decision to temporarily halt a Bush administration plan to promote private prescription drug discount cards under Medicare.
Ex-senator Danforth named peace envoy to Sudan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush named former Senator John Danforth Thursday as a special envoy to help broker a peace agreement in Sudan's civil war, injecting the United States into one of Africa's most gruesome conflicts at a time when the administration has stepped back from high-level involvement elsewhere in the world.
President bends on Mexican immigration issue, will consider deal
WASHINGTON -- Answering a relentless lobbying campaign by Mexican President Vicente Fox, President Bush said Thursday for the first time publicly that he is willing to consider a immigration deal that includes permanent residency for at least some of the more than 3 million Mexicans living illegally in the United States.
House whip race seen as indicator of Democrats' future
WASHINGTON -- Just hours after arriving back in town Wednesday from a month-long recess, dozens of lawmakers were at Nancy Pelosi's Georgetown home, toasting the California congresswoman's bid to become the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House.
GAO says it may sue White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The General Accounting Office said Friday it may sue over the Bush White House's refusal to identify the business leaders who met with Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential aides to help formulate the administration's energy plan.
White House sees Social Security surpluses being tapped, Democrats say Bush should solve problem
WASHINGTON -- Democrats say it is up to President Bush to suggest a solution now that his budget chief has told lawmakers part of this year's Social Security surplus may have to be diverted to pay for other programs.
In radio address, Bush urges Congress to pass education spending plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush pressed the case for his education plan Saturday, telling lawmakers that stalling on changes to the public school system in a bid to increase his proposed spending is "a tactic of the past" that ultimately fails America's students.
Bush, party leaders stand by Social Security pledge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush reaffirmed to the House Democratic leader Friday his promise to avoid tapping Social Security's surpluses, despite the suggestion by one top senator that diverting some of the money might make sense.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Promising results from monkey experiments raise hopes for AIDS vaccine
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For 600 days and counting, monkeys given an experimental new AIDS vaccine have survived with no signs of illness despite exposure to lethal doses of virus, raising hopes that scientists may be headed at last toward an effective vaccine for people.
Study: Light drinking may fight stroke, but also shrink brain
DALLAS -- Moderate drinking may reduce the risk of certain types of stroke and scarring in the core of elderly people's brains, a study found. But alcohol may also promote shrinkage of the brain -- a condition seen in Alzheimer's patients.
Heartburn drug intended for adults was promoted for children, says lawyer in suit
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) -- A heartburn medication approved for use by adults was promoted by its manufacturer as a children's remedy, say lawyers for 155 plaintiffs who are suing the drug manufacturer for $1.2 billion.
Tip of the week
Here's how CDs can save plants and trees. Drill a hole in the edge of each disk and thread thin wire, twine or dental floss through the hole. Hang them on your fruit trees. The silvery, flashy surface will scare birds away. You can protect low-lying fruit plants and vegetable gardens too by hanging these digital scarecrows on coat hangers (bent into hooks) and sticking them in the ground.
WASHINGTON -- Jackie Chong is nine years into retirement, and her home is still bustling with kids.
Painted furniture spells pure fun
Interesting furniture pieces, either from grandma's attic or a flea market or new ones from an unfinished furniture source, are pure fun because of their versatility. These days, you can pair them with nearly any other pieces of furniture and accessories in any room of the house, and they fit right in.
Would you like to save money, while protecting your family's health? Would you like to protect your drinking water and lake water quality?
Acquire shade by building a trellis
Shade is a precious commodity for any home. Besides preventing nasty sunburn, a thoughtfully placed tree or shade structure has many benefits beyond beautifying your back yard. It can lower the interior temperature of your home substantially, thus improving comfort and lowering your utility bill.
Q. The door latch side of my door frame is broken. Would you tell me how to replace it?
How to keep rabbits away
Ripening tomatoes are attractive to garden pests, including rabbits, squirrels and deer. To fend them off, take a roll of 5-foot-wide chicken wire and form a circular fence around each plant.
Wraparound front porch greets guests
A wraparound porch graces the front of this two-story farmhouse, Plan J-81, by the HomeStyles Designers Network. Its floor plan provides 2,245 square feet of living space.
Going for the green
First came AstroTurf, artificial grass that made sports fields look like putting greens.
Upgrade the secondary entrance to Design J-81
Design J-81 -- a country home with a wraparound porch and elaborate front door -- greets guests in a big way. It's the family entrance through the laundry room that is a let down.
Costs for sewer and water and road construction of County State Aid Highway 14 at Pine River were incorrectly reported in Wednesday's Neighbors section.
Pawlenty brings his day-old campaign to Brainerd
House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty brought his day-old gubernatorial campaign to Brainerd Thursday arguing he's better suited than incumbent Gov. Jesse Ventura to lead Minnesota in the coming years.
The Northern Lakes Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will host its annual meeting on Sept. 20 at the Brainerd Armory.
Public hearing planned on health plan update
The Crow Wing County Community Health Service Advisory Committee and the Health Department will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in the conference room of the Health Department building, 219 Laurel St. in Brainerd, to discuss the proposed community health services plan update, including the maternal child health special project.
Pivotal years ahead seen by candidate
Kent Montgomery filed for a second term on the Brainerd School Board today, saying coming years promise to be pivotal ones for the district.
A special closed Brainerd School Board meeting has been scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss pending litigation.
Roberts, Montgomery running for school board
Bernie Roberts filed for another term on the Brainerd School Board this week, noting key decisions on the long-term planning process begun two years ago are coming to a conclusion in the year ahead.
What's fashionable with students today? Take a look at People Plus in Sunday's Dispatch.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 9 - 100 years ago (1901) - The recent rains have seemed a special delight, having laid the dust on the roads so that anyone can ride a few miles without losing their identity.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will be offering an American Heart CPR course. This course includes CPR for infants, children and adults. Class will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the YMCA.
Sex bias complaint filed
Sexual discrimination complaints have been filed by three women against the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, citing job discrimination based on gender.
Magnan files for board
Richard Magnan, Fort Ripley, filed Friday for a four-year term on the Brainerd School Board.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - The oldest church building in Brainerd, the First Congregational Church located at Fifth and Juniper streets, will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
Polling places for primary elections
Primary elections will be held in District 12B Tuesday.
She battles crusade nobody wants to talk about
It is news most women fear.
The Downtown Brainerd Restoration Task Force is hosting a community meeting from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday in the Whittier School gymnasium.
Bringing the goods
Roger Wickstrom of International Falls wheeled a cart full of his rock-work designed bird house chimes to his booth in downtown Little Falls Friday in preparation for the 27th-annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday through today.
A family fall festival at This Old Farm will benefit Special Olympians in the Brainerd lakes area.
Remembering C. Elmer
Gary Flemino (left) helped his son, sculptor Tary Flemino, lift the crated bust of the late C. Elmer Anderson, the former mayor of Brainerd and Nisswa and Governor of Minnesota, into the area where it will be installed at Brainerd City Hall Friday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Youth as Resources funds Cuyuna Skate Park
Youth As Resources of Crow Wing County announced funding for the Cuyuna Skate Park, requested by a group of Crosby youth.
Suspected Simi Valley gunman dead
OJAI, Calif. (AP) -- The manhunt for the gunman accused of killing three members of his ex-girlfriend's family ended in a national forest where the suspect apparently killed himself as officers closed in, authorities said.
Wildfires in Northern California, Yosemite park burn homes and force residents to evacuate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A fast-moving wildfire burning on 3,000 acres in Butte County destroyed at least eight homes, forced the closure of part of a highway and sent residents fleeing Friday.
Florida commission votes to ban dives where tourists swim with sharks; food used as lure
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- After a summer of highly publicized shark attacks, Florida officials voted to ban all shark-feeding, saying it could be teaching sharks to seek out people.
Report: DNA tests show hair found in car came from long-vanished Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa
DETROIT (AP) -- A hair from Jimmy Hoffa was found in a car that a longtime friend was driving the day the former Teamsters president disappeared 26 years ago, The Detroit News reported Friday.
Georgia woman, single mother of five, returns $120,000 that fell from armored car
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Wanda Johnson, a mother of five, was driving to pawn her television for $60 to pay her electric bill when temptation fell from the back of an armored car.
Fatboy Slim wins six MTV awards, 'N Sync four; "Lady Marmalade" takes top prize
NEW YORK -- Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" video was the big winner at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, winning six of the nine awards for which it was nominated, but it was the sexy video "Lady Marmalade" that took home the year's top trophy.
Report: Feds knew shootout suspect stockpiled weapons, ammo, but didn't act
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal agents knew for more than a year that a convicted felon had illegally bought thousands of rounds of ammunition, but didn't serve a search warrant until last week, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
Puerto Rico asks U.S. authorities to halt plan to eradicate beloved tree frog in Hawaii
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government has asked U.S. authorities to halt a federal program to eradicate the chirping tree frogs loved in their native Puerto Rico but considered a noisy pest in Hawaii.
Jobless rate jumps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate soared to 4.9 percent in August, the biggest one-month jump in more than six years, as the slumping economy continued to hammer the labor market.
Key stock index hits three-year low after dismal jobs report
Stock prices plunged anew on Friday, pushing a key share index to its lowest in nearly three years and making the current market downturn the longest since the early 1970s.
Gold Rush-era ship uncovered
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Workers at a hotel construction site uncovered a Gold Rush-era ship that had been buried for decades under the streets of the city's Financial District.
Some of Qahtani septuplets nearly ready to be sent home
WASHINGTON -- After two months in the newborn intensive care unit, most of the Qahtani septuplets are gaining strength and weight, and some could be sent home this month, Georgetown University Hospital officials said Friday.
Wind gusts drive wildfire through 26 homes in Northern California
YANKEE HILL, Calif. -- Strong wind drove a wildfire through 26 homes and on a course toward at least 400 others in the rugged Sierra foothills of Northern California.
Man suspected of killing three teens in gang dispute arrested at Mexico border
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A man who escaped into Mexico after allegedly killing three teen-agers was arrested at the border while trying to re-enter the United States, authorities said.
11 officers indicted in Miami police scandal accused of planting guns to justify shootings of three men
MIAMI (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a plot to cover up the deadly police shooting of two unarmed purse-snatchers turned into a sinister habit for a circle of veteran Miami street officers.
'King of Pop' Michael Jackson attempts to regain his throne
NEW YORK -- He twirled. He moonwalked. He chirped a "Hoo Hoo" or two.
Michael Jackson celebrates 30th anniversary of solo career with star-studded concert
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's hard to find a celebrity who wasn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert Friday night.
Army retiring about 1,000 Vietnam-era copters
WASHINGTON -- The Army is accelerating the retirement of its Vietnam-era attack and utility helicopters and will use the savings to improve the readiness of the remaining fleet.
In Miami, flood of Latin American immigrants are diluting Cuban dominance
MIAMI -- There's a neighborhood here where Honduran, Dominican and Salvadoran restaurants are kept busy, a marquee promotes an upcoming performance by a Nicaraguan ballet and customers line up at a deli that only sells products from Spain.
Gambling probe ends at Florida; player dropped
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Senior point guard Teddy Dupay, at the center of a gambling investigation at the University of Florida, was declared ineligible Friday.
School spirit, pride lost in needless death of player
There's nothing left for me to cheer. As much as I despised the hypocrisy of NCAA football and detested the poll-based awarding of championships, I always got a little charge out of watching my school, Northwestern, win a game.
Salary cap working against teams and players
Absolute parity is almost here as the NFL opens the 2001 season.
Piniella's team is making some history
SEATTLE (AP) -- Pat Gillick has to pinch himself every once in a while to make sure he's awake.
Williams sisters double up on history
NEW YORK -- Controversy has often accompanied Venus and Serena Williams, and it will be no different Saturday when the sisters make tennis history. In the fi
Great race shaping up in the NL ... for MVP
Three weeks to go, and another great race is shaping in the NL -- for Most Valuable Player.
Martinez winless in seven starts
If this was his final start of the season, Pedro Martinez is finishing the year the same way he began his career: winless in seven starts.
Wild Northwestern win brings relief to grieving program
LAS VEGAS -- After the long, ugly, tragic and litigious month of August, the Northwestern Wildcats embraced September and the start of a discussion that didn't have to be cleared by university lawyers. You didn't know which way it was going to swing, whether the death of Rashidi Wheeler on Aug. 3 would tear the team apart or bind it together.
Roddick loses cool, match
NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick's forehand landed on the far sideline, and suddenly and inexplicably, chair umpire Jorge Dias stirred from up high late in the fifth set in the wee hours Friday and made a pronouncement from his vantage point. He overruled the winner.
NEW YORK -- When Jorge Posada learned Friday of his six-game suspension, his immediate reaction was to appeal the decision, which had more to do with the timing than the severity of the punishment. With the Red Sox visiting the Bronx for the next four games, and Derek Jeter out indefinitely with a strained left hamstring, the Yankees are better off with Posada in the lineup for the immediate future.
BONDS HITS No. 60
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There was a word for 60 home runs when Barry Bonds was growing up: impossible. Only Babe Ruth and Roger Maris had done it in those days.
NCAA blasts 'Bama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- NCAA charges released Friday accused Alabama's football program of major recruiting violations, including paying cash for players, academic fraud and throwing parties with strippers.
Replacement zebras everywhere
NFL players could test the replacements and the rules when the season starts Sunday without the regular officials.
Roger K. Anderson
Roger K. Anderson, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
LeRoy 'Roy' Pearl
MERRIFIELD -- LeRoy "Roy" Pearl, 80, Merrifield, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
SHAKOPEE -- Henrietta Stafsberg, 95, Shakopee, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at St. Gertrude's Health Care Center in Shakopee.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ed Rudek, 75, Little Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Michael P. Skiff
EMILY -- Michael P. Skiff, 44, Emily, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
RANDALL -- Eleanor Hines, 81, Randall, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Edmund J. 'Eddie' Rudek
LITTLE FALLS -- Edmund J. "Eddie" Rudek, 75, Little Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Florence L. Caughey
MAPLE PLAIN -- Florence Lillian Caughey, 93, Maple Plain, formerly of Bemidji and Perham, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at Haven Homes Nursing Home in Maple Plain.
LeRoy 'Roy' Pearl
MERRIFIELD -- LeRoy "Roy" Pearl, 80, Merrifield, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Roger K. Anderson
Roger K. Anderson, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Henrietta L. Stafsberg
SHAKOPEE -- Henrietta L. Stafsberg, Shakopee, died today, Sept. 7, 2001, in Shakopee.
EMILY -- Michael Skiff, 44, Emily, died today, Sept. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Viola Mae Jones
Viola Mae Jones, 69, Brainerd, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at her home.
Letters to the editor are encouraged
The Dispatch encourages readers to contribute to the Open Forum.
Football is our war
In recent weeks, a professional, a collegiate and a 14-year-old prep football player have died on the practice field.
Social Security: Hard realities
New budget figures from the Bush administration and the Congressional Budget Office have set off fresh chattering about the state of Social Security and Medicare. Hooray for such heightened sensitivity to these two important programs.
Sen. Thompson keeps parties guessing
WASHINGTON -- As a movie actor, Fred Thompson often appeared in edge-of-your-seat dramas. As a senator, he's the star of a real-life cliffhanger: Will the Tennessee Republican run for re-election?
OTHER OPINIONS Nursing home pay
Minnesota has passed a law curbing the amount of pay temporary nursing agencies can pay nurses who work part time to fill in the gaps in nursing home schedules.
Citizens, there will be a public meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Whittier Grade School. The purpose of this meeting is to receive citizen input in regard to a master plan for Brainerd downtown area, north to Gregory Park, south to Pine Street, east to the railroad yards and west to the Mississippi River.
How to contact your Minnesota legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Gays have tough battle to repeal Florida adoption law
MIAMI -- Elaine Bloom has come to regret the day 24 years ago that she joined fellow members of the Legislature in voting to bar gays from adopting children.
I have a simple yet hopelessly optimistic plan for Northern Ireland and Israel: Catholics -- stop calling yourself Catholics, Protestants -- no longer refer to yourselves as Protestants. Palestinians and Jews -- consider yourselves middle-easterners. Turn your places of worship into art galleries or laundromats or something else useful.
A campaign aimed at reducing smoking by teen-agers appears to be paying dividends. It's too soon, however, to judge how effective Target Market has been until additional surveys are conducted.
Nate Steinbauer caught six bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces on Aug. 5 to win the Baxter Bass Snatchers fourth tournament of the year. He was followed by Bill Bailey, who caught four fish weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces and Dave Branum, who was third with 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Branum won "lunker" honors with a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces.
HACKENSACK - Baby Lake started giving up a few muskies along the weedlines. Bucktails and topwater baits have worked best.
Walleye pros to take the stage at Bismarck Civic Center
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The nation's top walleye pros gather here for the $100,000 Professional Walleye Trail championship Sept. 13-15.
Scout now to ensure good duck hunting on opening day
Of the thousands of duck hunters who will spend four hours waiting for ducks on opening day only a portion will have good luck. Those who do well likely will have one thing in common: they scouted and pre-planned long before opening day.
Are woodcock on the way out?
ONAMIA -- Along with rail, snipe and Hungarian partridge, woodcock have few dedicated hunters in Minnesota. Yet the flush of the woodcock, whose quirky flight is unlike that of any other gamebird, presents wingshooters with a challenge on par with ruffed grouse.
Easy-going catfishing appeals to early fall anglers
Want to catch a big fish? No, not just a big fish, a HUGE fish?
You'll work harder to enjoy a grouse dinner this fall
Days are shorter and nights cooler. Asters and goldenrods outnumber dandelions and roses. Fall is just around the corner and with it the start of hunting seasons.
MDHA Brainerd chapter sends eight boys to Forkhorn Camp
The Brainerd chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association recently sent eight boys to a week-long Forkhorn Camp where they learned firearms safety, deer biology and ethical hunting principles.
A bear in your yard? Take precautions and enjoy the viewing
Bears in the bushes, in the berries, on the road, in my wood shed, on my walks, at my bird feeders, at the mailbox, on the front porch and at the backdoor -- through the years I've encountered many black bears around my haven in the northland. None of the encounters were threatening in any way. I share my property with a boar that has grown large and old. I don't appreciate his demolishing my bird feeders, but I'm glad he's here. We give each other respectful space and peacefully coexist.
North Country calendar
September - 15 -- Small game season opens (grouse, squirrel, rabbit)
Facts about woodcock
-- Woodcock are shorebirds that feed primarily on worms, thus their annual migrations between northern nesting areas and southern wintering areas where the ground doesn't freeze.
Cheryl Marie Koslowski and Lance Allen Omberg
Cheryl Marie Koslowski and Lance Allen Omberg announce their engagement. Parents are Ervin and Sharon Kosloski and Curt Omberg and Sandra Omberg. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church.
Sarah Lueck and Silas Berry
Sarah Lueck and Silas Berry announce their engagement. Parents are Bob Lueck, Crosby, and Ruth Imberi, Cuyuna, and Charles Berry, Brainerd, and Vicky Berry, Ignacio, Colo. An Oct. 6 wedding is planned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Mindy Coulter and Joe Glazier were married June 2, 2001, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes with Pastor Frank Milo officiating.
Andrea Mathieu and Mark Bedard were married May 26, 2001, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Minneapolis.
Trude Beth (Henagin) Anderson and John Edward Gode were married July 14, 2001, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd with Father Glenn Derby officiating.
Kari Ann Lintner and Jeffrey Patrick Hanninen were married July 1, 2001, at Lincoln Park on Puget Sound, Seattle, with Commissioner Ponto Marchek officiating.
Kari Tulenchik and Nathan Eckman were married Feb. 10, 2001, at Temple Baptist Church in Brainerd with Pastor Bob Evans officiating.
Jennifer Lynn Vezina and Nathan Charles Steinbauer
Jennifer Lynn Vezina and Nathan Charles Steinbauer announce their engagement. Parents are Amara Whitney, Golden, Colo., and Charles and Lois Steinbauer, Baxter. An Oct. 26 wedding is planned at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina.
Jackie Bye and Adam Extrand were married July 27, 2001, near Gull Lake by the Rev. Erika Nilsen officiating.
Chelsie Marie Kovatovich and Mark John Meyer
Chelsie Marie Kovatovich and Mark John Meyer announce their engagement. Parents are Linda and Kelly Kovatovich, Crosby, and Nancy and Ron Meyer, Deerwood, and the late Sue Meyer. An Oct. 27 wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby.
Irene Fisher will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. No gifts please.
Danielle Richmond and James Shaw announce their engagement. Parents are Walt and Cheryl Richmond, Pillager, and Larry and Judy Shaw, Pillager. A wedding is planned at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Saturday.
Rebecca Strobel and Matthew Daley were married July 14, 2001, at Christ Community Church in Nisswa with the Rev. David Greaver officiating.
Gordon wins Richmond pole
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon's championship drive rolled on Friday as the Winston Cup points leader posted a fast lap at 124.902 mph to win the pole position for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 on Saturday night.
Beware of shortfall
ST. PAUL (AP) -- There's a better than 50 percent chance that state government will suffer a budget shortfall in the current fiscal year, State Economist Tom Stinson predicts.
Ventura declines direct role in state contract talks
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- A handful of union members confronted Gov. Jesse Ventura here Thursday, urging him to play a role in the contract dispute that threatens to put thousands of state workers on the picket line.
Airline accused of bias against disabled
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Department accused Northwest Airlines of mistreating passengers with disabilities and asked the airline to pay $3 million in fines. It is the largest civil penalty ever proposed by the department for such a violation.
Minneapolis ranked among top 10 U.S. cities in people living alone
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis ranks among the top 10 major U.S. cities in people living alone, while its suburban counties have some of the nation's highest proportions of married couples with young children, according to a U.S. Census Bureau analysis.
PRINCETON (AP) -- Sixteen students were taken to a hospital after their school bus was rammed by a pickup truck Friday morning in this north-central Minnesota town.
Dayton holds meeting about Voyageurs park
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton said he is not taking sides in the long-running dispute over recreational uses at Voyageurs National Park.
Suspects in beating of elderly couple arrested in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Park rangers and SWAT team members evacuated a small portion of Yellowstone National Park for about 12 hours Friday while they searched for two possibly armed fugitives wanted in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Staples-Motley remains perfect in tennis
STAPLES -- A perfect season rolled on for the Staples-Motley Cardinals who improved to 9-0 with a 7-0 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers Thursday.
Raiders volleyball team blanks Hibbing
HIBBING -- The Central Lakes College Raiders used a balanced attack to defeat the Hibbing Cardinals 30-15, 30-16, 30-27 in North Division volleyball Friday.
Flyers swim past Apollo
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers dominated the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 136-48, winning all but one event in a Central Lakes Conference meet Thursday.
S-M boys, girls win at Eveleth-Gilbert
EVELETH -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' and girls' cross country teams won the Eveleth-Gilbert Invitational Tuesday.
A meeting of the board of directors of the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club is scheduled 6:30 a.m. Monday at Northwest Bread and Bagel on Washington Street in Brainerd.
Warrior swimmers show they are driven
Brainerd Warriors girls' swimming and diving coach Dan Anderson was worried about his team this season.
Warriors' defense stops Flyers
LITTLE FALLS -- It had to rank among the most dominant defensive performances in Minnesota State High School League football history.
Grunewald wins, Tuomi second
BEMIDJI -- Brainerd sophomore Justin Grunewald, competing in only his second varsity race, won the Bemidji Invitational with a time of 17:10 Friday.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Huskies prove playoff win was no fluke
PILLAGER -- Despite beating Bertha-Hewitt in the Section 6A finals last year, the Pillager Huskies football team still felt disrespected.
Yes, Virginia, there is a C-I
VIRGINIA -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers rushed for 203 yards and scored a touchdown in all four quarters en route to a 28-7 victory over the Virginia Blue Devils in Sea Range Conference football Friday.
Rocori defeats Warriors in volleyball
COLD SPRING -- The Rocori Spartans defeated the Brainerd Warriors 15-7, 15-12, 15-13 in Central Lakes Conference volleyball Thursday.
Area events Saturday
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
The next save Revenig makes might be his baseball career
Based on his performance in March, it appeared Todd Revenig had salvaged an opportunity to return to the major leagues.
Verndale downs Hancock in league
HANCOCK -- The Verndale Pirates football team opened Pheasant Conference play with a 48-22 victory over the Hancock Owls Friday.
It wasn't pretty but Pierz beat Big Lake 19-7
BIG LAKE -- The Pierz Pioneers obtained what coach Leo Pohlkamp describes as "an ugly win" by defeating the Big Lake Hornets 19-7 in Central Minnesota Conference football Friday.
Pillager outlasts Pequot Lakes in area volleyball competition
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies edged the Pequot Lakes Patriots 15-8, 15-12, 7-15, 8-15, 15-10 in Park Region Conference volleyball Thursday.
Youngsters will have an opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Brainerd Jaycees host the NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition Saturday, Sept. 22.
Apollo defeats Warriors in tennis with 6-1 victory
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' tennis team fell to 1-2 in Central Lakes Conference play with a 6-1 loss to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Thursday.
Bristow wins Deer River meet
DEER RIVER -- Travis Bristow of Pine River-Backus won the Deer River Invitational with a time of 16:44 and the Tiger boys' finished second with 70 points Friday.
Warren's 'disappearing act' is magic for Raiders
Central Lakes College running back Roderick Warren's dream of a perfect play is a defensive back's worst nightmare.
Bendson becomes a speedster for Cards
WADENA -- Staples-Motley senior Kyle Bendson is not sure whether he will go out for Coach Ryan Beachy's track team this spring, but he definitely made his presence known on Beachy's football team Friday night.
Brainerd breezes past Little Falls
BAXTER -- Whether it's soccer or football, a team wants the wind at its back whenever possible.
Biebighauser fuels Pequot
BAGLEY -- Justin Biebighauser scored from 40, 15, 28 and 55 yards to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots past the Bagley Flyers 42-20 in North Star Conference football Friday.
Ada-Borup 27, Oklee/Plummer (Red Lake County Central) 0
Rangers compound Minnesota's misery
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- For Alex Rodriguez, three 42-homer seasons represent nothing more than consistency.
Suddenly Twins can't do anything right
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Time is running out on the Minnesota Twins' postseason hopes, leaving Corey Koskie to lament how quickly things have gone south.
Finley sharp for Indians
The Cleveland Indians are hoping that Chuck Finley was giving them a glimpse of October.
Fired golf coach says he didn't mean to cheat U
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- John Means, who resigned as the Minnesota men's golf coach after an audit found that the university was billed for his wife's travels with the team, said Friday he never intended to deceive or defraud the school.
Vikings' defense eager to start over
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP)-- Tired of playing second fiddle to an explosive offense, the Minnesota Vikings defense is eager to wipe the slate clean and start anew Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Vikes - Week 1
Sunday, Sept. 9
Vikes treating Weinke like a veteran
MINNEAPOLIS -- Enough with the jokes about Chris Weinke's age. The Minnesota Vikings don't really think it's all that funny.
Central Lakes College
Central Lakes College offers the following short courses starting in September through its Business & Industry Center.
Net reaching growth limit
NEW YORK (AP) -- Flip the calendar ahead five, 10 or 20 years, to a day when cable television boxes, refrigerators, even electric meters are hooked to the Internet.
Brainerd Community Education
Courses offered by Brainerd Community Education:
More expanded addresses coming
NEW YORK (AP) -- Beyond allowing more devices online, the Internet's next-generation communications system promises to better traffic flow, security and mobility.
Take another look at home laser pictures
For the past couple of years, most of the attention in the printer world has focused on ink jets, and with good reason. Ink jet printers have become incredibly cheap, and they're good at a wide variety of jobs, ranging from business letters and party invitations to high-resolution color photographs.
Swimming and diving
Weather drawing by Jared Mendicino of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Snow in Wyoming mountains; storms moving through Midwest, central Plains
A mix of rain and snow was falling in the Wyoming mountains early Saturday, while strong winds were expected to continue frustrating firefighters in northern California.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers west and central. Highs from the upper 50s to mid 60s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs in the 60s.
The Weather Elsewhere
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal climate experts say a weak version of the El Nino climate phenomenon may be forming in the Pacific Ocean.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms...Becoming more numerous this afternoon. Humid with highs in the 70s to around 80.
Weather drawing by Caylea Franzen of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy with scattered showers west and central. Partly cloudy becoming cloudy east. Chance of showers northeast. Highs in the upper 50s northwest to the upper 60s southeast.
State forecast for south dakota.
Added missing saturday precipitation
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 60s northwest to the upper 70s southeast.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Partly to mostly cloudy and cooler. Chance of showers. Highs in the middle 60s northwest to near 80 extreme southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy and cooler. A slight chance of an afternoon shower east. Highs in the middle 50s north to the upper 60s southeast.
Erin regenerates while new tropical depression forms in the eastern Atlantic
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Erin regained strength in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, regenerating two days after it weakened to a tropical wave.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning. Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs from the mid 60s north to near 80 far south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the lower to mid 70s northwest to the mid 80s east.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
There will be a bake and vegetable sale at 4 p.m. Sunday with a potluck supper to follow. Sponsored by Lake Hubert Grange. Take Highway 371 north of Brainerd to Sportland Corner, CR 13 east two miles to Rice Lake Road, and 1/4 mile north on left side (old school house).
A couple of weeks ago, forty of so alumni of the Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Michael Smith and Sarah Aamot-Lundin, gav
Want an alternative to the "bar scene"? A chance to build supportive, accepting and fun relationships with other singles who are 30-55 years old, single and si
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bob Hope was released from a hospital Thursday after a 12-day stay to treat what doctors said was a mild case of pneumonia.
Million-child jump in Britain fails to set seismometers swinging
LONDON (AP) -- What is the sound of a million people jumping?
Mount Pinatubo canal flowing vigorously, reducing threat of flash floods from crater lake
ATOP MOUNT PINATUBO, Philippines -- Water was flowing swiftly through a canal atop Mount Pinatubo on Saturday, easing fears the crater would collapse under the weight of its volcanic lake.
Delegates to U.N. racism conference agree on final declaration
DURBAN, South Africa -- Delegates to a U.N. racism conference appeared to agree on a final declaration Saturday, breaking deadlocks over how to deal with slavery and the Middle East that had threatened to derail the gathering.
Japan's economic gloom deepens
TOKYO -- Japan's gloom deepened Friday as the government reported that the economy contracted at a rate of 3.2 percent a year, the worst performance in this troubled country since late 1999.
Eight foreign workers plead innocent in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Eight foreign workers on trial for preaching Christianity in devoutly Muslim Afghanistan pleaded innocent Saturday, in their first appearance before the Taliban's highest court.
Delegates at racism conference debate compromise language over Mideast and slavery
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Delegates to the U.N. racism conference struggled to bridge their deep divisions Friday on how to address the Middle East conflict and the legacy of slavery before the conference's scheduled end Friday evening.
China's detention of American engineer could cloud Bush visit
BEIJING (AP) -- China has been holding a 66-year-old American engineer for the past 1 1/2 years on suspicion that he bribed officials for secret documents, an attorney for his family said Saturday.
Zimbabwe agrees to abide by plan to stop violent takeovers of white-owned farms
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Zimbabwe pledged Friday to abide by an internationally brokered deal to stop violent takeovers of white-owned farms, but denied all responsibility for the bloodshed.
Alleged Colombian drug boss arrives
MIAMI (AP) -- Alleged drug kingpin Fabio Ochoa arrived in Miami early Saturday to face prosecution on charges he belonged to a gang that sent 30 tons of cocaine a month to the United States, a federal official said.
Witnesses say dozens dead, churches burned in religious violence in Nigerian city
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Muslim-Christian violence raged in Nigeria's northern city of Jos on Saturday, where frightened witnesses described dozens dead, churches burned and residents fleeing their homes or banding together for protection.
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