Financial education for teen-agers going online
NEW YORK -- If you don't think teen-agers need help learning the ins and outs of personal finance, consider for a moment the case of the $84 pizza.
Changing growth's nature
Green space may be the catch term for new business ventures in the Brainerd/Baxter area.
European currency woes dog U.S. stocks
NEW YORK -- McDonald's European business is in the news, but not because of its Big Macs.
Federal official supports disclosure of credit scores to consumers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers should get access to the scores used to determine whether they receive credit cards, car loans or home mortgages, and what interest rate they pay, an official of the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.
Wildrose Farm in Breezy Point up for small business honor
Wildrose Farm in Breezy Point is a nominee for Minnesota Small Business of the year.
Armstrong looking to rebound from declining sales, asbestos woes
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A decade ago, builder Stan Custer might have used vinyl flooring in his luxury homes, but good economic times have changed that.
Gates still tops richest list; Oracle's Ellison a close second
NEW YORK -- Poor Bill Gates. Well, poorer, anyway.
Stora Enso begins cutting jobs at plants in Minnesota, Wisconsin
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- Stora Enso, the Finnish forest products giant that merged with Consolidated Papers Inc. weeks ago, has begun cutting salaried jobs at plants in Minnesota and Wisconsin to reduce $40 million in annual costs, company spokesman Tim Laatsch said.
Problem business loans on rise, fueling worry over banks
WASHINGTON -- Troubled loans to U.S. business have more than doubled in two years to $100 billion despite the robust economy, fueling concern that banks are using overly lax credit standards to compete for market share, federal banking regulators said Wednesday.
As season changes, so does employment
Autumn officially began Friday, but workers in seasonal jobs knew the change was coming before the weather.
Ex-prospector sees gold-like glimmer in future of refined peat
SIREN, Wis. (AP) -- For Doug Green, the glimmer of gold radiates from loose dirt that covers his body from head to foot.
Supreme Court rules against 3M scientists
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Supreme Court dismissed the case of two 3M scientists who contended the company reneged on its promise to compensate and promote technical personnel in the same manner as it did managers.
ST. CLOUD -- Current and would-be entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to learn about starting and building a technology venture in a conference presented by the Anderson Entrepreneurial Center of St. Cloud State University and Hall and Byers P.A. of St. Cloud.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a false alarm at 6:58 p.m. Friday at Building 21 at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 350.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 176, a year ago 225.
Crow Wing County Board
Tonya Dieter and Mike Dallaire, Brainerd, a girl, Kiehra Kay Dieter, 6 pounds, 8.6 ounces, Aug. 17, 2000. Grandparents are Kim Hauglie, Mark and Cindy Dieter, and Arthur and Cindy Dallaire, all of Brainerd.
A two-vehicle collision in Aitkin County injured two teens Friday, the State Patrol reported.
Eat more air to lose weight
Hit a plateau in your diet plan? Consider adding more air. Increasing the volume of foods by pumping them up with air can help reduce how much you eat without decreasing satisfaction, according to Barbara Rolls, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Cancer screening available online
Early detection is a key to successful treatment for cancers of the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. But these gynecologic cancers can be difficult to detect because they often occur without symptoms or present symptoms that are ignored.
British court rules in favor of separating conjoined twins, despite parents' wishes
LONDON -- Declaring themselves "a court of law, not a court of morals," three judges from Britain's Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Friday that doctors may operate to separate conjoined twins even though surgery will lead to the death of one of the girls.
Child in need
Michael's life has not been an easy one. At 4 years of age his father left the family. He and his sisters and mother have made it alone ever since. Michael has never heard from his father, but still holds out hope that he will meet him someday. He is not at all sure what he would say to him.
Housing, parks projects also considered for future
Housing and parks projects are being considered for Brainerd's near future.
Once banned, couples are now common at Brainerd School District
Times have changed in the Brainerd School District.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 24 - 80 years ago (1920) - Mrs. Anna Kamarth, on Oak Street sold her farm through Dawes Land Co., 160 acres for $1600. This farm is located on the new pavement, and the high price paid should encourage the building of more good roads.
Ventura would ask for proof of domestic partnership for state employees benefits
ST. PAUL -- If his administration moves forward with a plan to provide benefits for domestic partners of state employees, Gov. Jesse Ventura would demand proof of a committed relationship, he said Friday.
Annexation of airport into expanded city is possible
It's only in the talking stage now, but if the idea flies Brainerd could land the airport within its city limits.
Nearly 1 in 5 Brainerd administrators, teachers has spouse employed in district
Many teachers and administrators in the Brainerd School District don't just work together -- they go home together.
Ventura taps Carlson exec for tourism job
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura on Friday filled the top job in the state tourism office, a division he considers one of the most vital to the state economy.
Man indicted in shooting of wife
HASTINGS (AP) -- A Dakota County grand jury has indicted a man on murder charges in the shooting death of his estranged wife, who worked for the St. Paul Police homicide unit.
Pets of the week
Minnie, a gray female cat, has been spayed. She is described as very affectionate and with beautiful green eyes.
Rainy weather fans
Jackie Steinke (second from left) and Abby Brauch were among the Crosby-Ironton High School Ranger fans who braved the rain on Friday afternoon, standing behind the fence to cheer their team on in its 55-12 football victory over Two Harbors.
Packinghouses get more humane
MILAN, Mo. -- It's an unnerving sound, the screeching from a truckload of hogs parked outside a slaughterhouse. A few hours later the pigs hardly make a squeal as they're hurried off to be killed.
O.J. Simpson's ex-girlfriend files burglary complaint against him
MIAMI (AP) -- O.J. Simpson's ex-girlfriend has filed a burglary complaint against the former football great, claiming he broke into her home, erased a message on her answering machine and took a letter.
Winter fuel costs will rise; after that, nothing is certain
This winter the mailman will be delivering markedly higher heating bills throughout much of the country.
Diesel fuel price rise has crippling effect on truck firm
The price of crude oil drilled from the depths of the Earth is at a 10-year high -- a major headache for Ronald Cooper, vice president of his brother's trash-hauling firm in the Washington suburb of Woodbridge, Va.
U.S. suspends security clearance of envoy to Israel
WASHINGTON -- The State Department has suspended the security clearance of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin S. Indyk pending an investigation into alleged security violations, a State Department official said Saturday.
Famed journalist Carl Rowan dies
WASHINGTON -- Carl Thomas Rowan, a well-known commentator and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who was once called America's "most visible black journalist," died Saturday. He was 75.
Clinton: Tapping oil reserve 'plainly prudent' and right
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton said Saturday that tapping the government's emergency oil reserve is "plainly the prudent thing to do" and announced a series of other actions to shield low-income families from exorbitant heating costs this winter.
National Guard: More duties abroad strain lives at home
Colleen Roberts, a captain in the Washington state Army National Guard, put her life on hold last winter for a seven-month mission with U.S. peacekeeping forces in Kosovo.
Troubled 'Dr. Laura' television show halts production for a week
NEW YORK -- Dr. Laura Schlessinger's new television show made it on the air despite advertiser boycotts and protests by gay rights groups. Now, viewer apathy may knock it off.
Kraft recalls taco shells after confirming unapproved biotech corn
WASHINGTON -- Kraft Foods is recalling millions of packages of taco shells after tests confirmed they were made with a variety of genetically engineered corn that isn't approved for human consumption because of questions about whether it could cause allergic reactions.
White House guests gave Hillary campaign funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, hosted 404 overnight guests at the White House or Camp David over the last 14 months, the White House said. Collectively they gave $624,000 to the first lady's Senate campaign, according to an analysis by a watchdog group.
Ford raises recommended tire pressure for Explorers
WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co. Friday accepted Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s new recommendation and advised consumers to inflate the tires on Explorer sports utility vehicles to 30 pounds of air per square inch. For years both companies had recommended 26 psi.
Timberwolves open camp Oct. 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves will open training camp Oct. 3, the team announced Friday.
Off-season should manage to be hard on some skippers
Assuming all 30 major league managers will survive the final week of the season, this will be one of the few campaigns since Doubleday -- that's Abner, not Nelson -- in which there will have been no firings.
Will Mr. Johnson please shut up?
Note to Keyshawn Johnson:
NFL by the numbers
Unbeaten Vikings resolve to play better
EDEN PRAIRIE -- The consensus among the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings is that the rest of the NFL is in for more of a scare once they get their act together.
Chisox get a scare from Durham
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ray Durham will need a few days of recovery time. That doesn't mean he won't be ready to celebrate if the Chicago White Sox clinch the AL Central while he's on the bench.
RANDALL -- Ardes Adamek, 75, Randall, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at the St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Alice Jarvis, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at the Onamia Hospital.
FERGUS FALLS -- Steve Magdich, 87, Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at the Otter Tail Nursing Home, rural Battle Lake.
Dorothy Alice Palm
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS -- Dorothy Alice Palm, 74, Columbia Heights, formerly of Upsala, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Unity Hospital in Fridley.
Evelyn A. Carlson
AITKIN -- Evelyn A. Carlson, 90, Aitkin, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at the Riverwood Extended Care Unit in Aitkin.
Guinea provides spirit of the Games
SYDNEY -- They're already bigger than the island country they hail from, which is a pinhole on the globe. Their fame could last as long as it took them to swim a lap. Yes, Cathy Freeman did light the torch and Marion Jones may win five gold medals, but they can only hope to match the international stardom of the Equatorial Guinea swim team, which has grown to Jamaican bobsledian proportions.
They're the world's fastest humans
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Maurice Greene won the men's 100-meter dash and finally achieved his Olympic goal. Marion Jones won the women's 100, but took just the first step toward fulfilling hers.
How U.S. athletes did
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- How U.S. athletes fared Saturday at the Summer Olympics:
NBC's coverage no medal winner with nation's TV critics
When CBS taped events from halfway around the world and crafted them into a prime-time television story on "Survivor," it worked brilliantly. NBC isn't having quite the same luck with the Summer Olympics.
Gymnastics fails to boost TV ratings
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC's TV ratings for the Sydney Olympics did not get a big boost from the women's all-around gymnastics competition.
Americans set two world marks on final day of swimming
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The United States left the pool with a bang Saturday, setting world records in decisive relay victories over host Australia on the final day of Olympic swimming.
U.S. men beat Japan in soccer
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Look out Sydney, here they come.
Cuba beats U.S. in baseball
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- No way, U.S.A.
Delays as deadly as defeat
WASHINGTON -- The influence of Washington lobbies is often exercised invisibly, through tactics of procrastination. At times like this, when Congress is within weeks of adjournment, postponing action on a bill can be as effective as defeating it.
Instant Runoff Voting
Minnesotans at last know who the DFL candidate for the U.S. Senate race is: Mark Dayton. Dayton won with 41 percent of the vote, which makes him the next in a long line of candidates who won an election without gaining clear majority support.
I take my daughter to the various grade school playgrounds. I have found broken equipment that kids play on.
New tack in global war on poverty
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
NBC's Olympics coverage doesn't rate a medal from sports fans Sports fans who like to watch the Summer Olympics are being poorly served by NBC, which has exclusive TV rights. It started out a bad situation, and it has gotten progressively worse.
Waterfowl hunters must register with the HIP
With duck season starting Saturday hunters are reminded to register with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Harvest Information Program.
An absence in the duck blind After 50 years of partnership, an area waterfowler faces opening day alone
When Bruce Yund opens the duck season Saturday the ritual will contain much that is familiar. The 79-year-old Breezy Point resident will crouch in the same blind on the same lake he's hunted for 50 years.
New MWA chapter forms in Brainerd
A new organization aimed at improving local waterfowl hunting is taking shape in the Brainerd area.
Roach still thrives on tournament scene, says he will return
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Sometimes Gary Roach wonders what life would be like if he just went fishing. What if he stopped competing on the Professional Walleye Tour, gave up the Wave Wacker and every other tournament and just went fishing for fun only?
Seelhoff caps remarkable season with PWT championship
BISMARCK, N.D. -- When the history of the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Tour is written the year 2000 might well be titled, "The Year Ron Seelhoff Took Command."
North Country calendar
September - 30 -- Duck hunting season opens
BRAINERD/NISSWA - While most area lakes have produced walleyes, Gull continues to be red hot. Numbers of fish are being taken on minnows in 17 to 40 feet of water.
Melissa Bourassa and John Helwig announce their engagement. Parents are Bruce and Beverly Bourassa, Brainerd, and John and Renae Vogt, Brainerd, and Dennis and Julie Helwig, Blaine. An Oct. 7 wedding is planned for 2 p.m. at St. Francis Church.
Angela Kim Larsen and Joseph Michael Osterloh announce their engagement.
Melissa Drake and Greg Hannah announce their engagement. Parents are Cris and Cheri Drake, Brainerd, and Curt and Kathy Hannah, Baxter. An Oct. 7 wedding is planned at 4 p.m. at Park United Methodist Church.
Christy Lenk and Wade Wacker announce their engagement.
Brooke L. Glover and Jason Gene Woodhouse were married Aug. 5, 2000, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Red Wing with Father Tom Walker officiating.
Kelly Ann Barrett and Schawn Phillip Johnson were married June 17, 2000, at St. Francis Catholic Church of Brainerd with Father Rich Kunst officiating.
Lara Olson and Chad Petersen announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Lynn Olson, Rochester, and Donald and Diane Petersen, Brainerd. An Oct. 6 wedding is planned in Rochester.
Cristina Gard and Eric Ruhl announce their engagement.
Herb and Mahala Fawkes, Deerwood, will celebrate their 76th wedding anniversary with family and friends today. They were married Sept. 25, 1924.
Don and Gloria Norman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Calvary Westside Church of Aitkin. The event will be hosted by their children.
Kenneth and Betty Rudlang will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Pine River Legion. The event is hosted by their children. No gifts please.
Alexia Chase and Benjamin Goble were married Aug. 5, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Pastor David Holtz and Pastor Kris Ruffato officiating.
Tom and Mim Vesely, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 20, 1975, in Freeport, Ill.
N.D. governor candidate remains in race despite breast cancer
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Democratic nominee for governor has breast cancer but will remain in the race, her campaign confirmed Friday.
12,000 turn out for Nader
MINNEAPOLIS -- Person by person, dollar by dollar, Ralph Nader has been building support for his Green Party presidential bid.
The take on Tipper: 'She's real'
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Out campaigning, Tipper Gore often tells her audiences, "Politics is personal."
Laura 's campaign: Glad to head back to school
WHITEHALL, Ohio -- Laura Bush reads to children with an unwavering smile, trades pets' names with pupils, hold hands in the hall and, if she's in the mood, makes "rabbit ears" behind a child's head when it's time to take a picture.
Initial test of Indy F1 track passes muster
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Fast, slow and no flow. That's the word from the drivers following the first day of practice for the first United States Grand Prix at Indy.
Mayfield wins Winston Cup pole
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Given that he's been up and down since the start of the season, Jeremy Mayfield didn't exactly surprise anyone with another pole.
C-I leaves Two Harbors in fog
CROSBY -- On a day that resembled a setting from an Edgar Alan Poe poem the Crosby-Ironton Rangers football team won the battle of turnovers and everything else.
Park Rapids stops Staples-Motley
PARK RAPIDS-- The Park Rapids Panthers defeated the Staples-Motley Cardinals 20-6 in a Northern Lakes Conference game on Friday.
SCSU football coach reprimanded for prank
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- St. Cloud State head football coach Randy Hedberg was reprimanded and ordered to seek counseling to improve interpersonal skills after he played a prank on an injured player.
Willmar pulls upset
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar took a giant stride toward its first Central Lakes Conference football championship since 1993 with a stunning 14-7 win at Alexandria in a battle of unbeaten teams Friday.
High school football
Ada-Borup 22, Red Lake Co. Central 8
Area events Saturday
High School Volleyball
BHS' Selk thinks additional games will be OK for programs
For years the Minnesota State Hockey Coaches Association was rejected when it asked the Minnesota State High School League to increase the number of contests in a season.
Eagle Valley blasts Pillager
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies were dominated by the Eagle Valley Rebels Friday night 43-6 in a Prairie Conference game.
Currie is workhorse for W-DC
WADENA -- Senior running back Tyler Currie rushed 40 times for 280 yards and three touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past the East Grand Forks Green Wave 38-14 in a Northern Lakes Conference football game Friday.
Kern, Bramer pace Verndale
VERNDALE -- The Verndale Pirates football team defeated the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines 36-8 Friday by getting strong performances from Matt Kern and Chris Bramer.
CLC's fast learner offsets her lack of experience
Experience isn't always the most important factor in success. Desire, hard work and the self-confidence to ask questions and learn quickly from answers received can mean just as much.
Warriors make big splash at Apollo
ST. CLOUD -- In a swirling mist at Michie Field the Brainerd Warriors football team reigned over St. Cloud Apollo.
Flyers edge Tech
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers defeated the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 13-2 in a Central Lakes Conference game Friday night.
Pequot Lakes defense, mark still perfect
PEQUOT LAKES -- If Hollywood filmed the perfect football homecoming clich it would go like this. The home team scores a lot of points, the visiting team scores none. There are fireworks and, after the game, a golden sunset, dancing, a bonfire and a karaoke contest.
Pierz coasts to victory
PIERZ --The Pierz Pioneers scored 21 points in the second quarter and went on to record a 34-6 victory over the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers in a Central Minnesota Conference match up Friday night.
Warrior coaches have mixed reaction
Four of the five Brainerd High School coaches whose teams may play additional contests this winter like the idea of more events.
Forest Lake def. Cloquet 15-5, 15-3, 15-9
Aitkin edges Ogilvie 6-0
AITKIN -- Dillon Heins of Aitkin blocked a punt and scampered 25 yards in the fourth quarter as the Gobblers edged the Ogilvie Lions 6-0 in a Great River Conference football game on Friday.
Net is vulnerable to hoaxes
Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
Digital camera presents limitations
With gear, beauty is in the hands as well as the eye of the beholder, and Canon has found a new way to satisfy both of those senses.
What to look for in an ink-jet printer
Buying an ink jet printer has never been easier -- or harder. It's easier than ever because there are so many good printers on the market. And it's harder because there are so many good printers to choose from.
Playing the name game for profit gets personal
What's in a name? If you ask the owners of JimSmith.com, BrianFrank.com and many other people who have registered their fairly common birth names as dot-coms, the answer is jealousy.
E-mail anywhere you go is possible
The Sharp TM-20 e-mail device offers a new way to keep connected while you travel. This 6-by-3-inch unit receives and sends e-mail using any phone -- but without requiring a phone cord, thereby getting around wireless communications' pitfalls of low bandwidth and poor signal quality.
Apple unveils trial of new operating system
Apple Computer Inc. last week officially rolled out a trial version of its new operating system, OS X, which it says will be easier to use and less prone to software crashes.
Beyond the banner ad
Visitors to a Web portal got a sneak peek this summer at the frontier of online advertising: a banner showing a Ford Thunderbird being auctioned on eBay. The ad opened a window into the Web auction, displaying a mini-photo as well as the constantly changing price and number of bidders.
Weather drawing by Amanda Nord of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
It's parents vs. media marketing
We suspected our crafty kids were sneaking into R-rated movies the minute we dropped them off at the multiplex.
The Camp Confidence seventh annual auction was held Sept. 9 and raised over $18,000 after expenses. Many thanks go out to the volunteers and businesses that contributed to the huge success of this event. Doug Campbell was chairman.
Brainerd Area Zonta will meet for their program meeting at noon Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn. Rotary member Ruth Gmeinder will speak on the Rotary's literacy project in Haiti. Contact Shirley at 829-0062.
What a great start to the 2000 United Way Drive! The chili cook-off/kick-off with 60 teams and over 1500 in attendance is a reflection of the support and belief that you have in Crow Wing County United Way and its agencies.
Confession is good for soul, but not for future marriage
DEAR ABBY: Six months ago, I met a man through a mutual friend. We've been inseparable since our first lunch date. A month later he said he had a "confession." I thought, "Wow, so do I ...!"
Russian provide latest challenge to U.N. sanctions on Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Russian airliner touched down in Iraq on Saturday, carrying a soccer team, musicians, businesspeople and medical supplies, the latest challenge to U.N. sanctions put in place after the Persian Gulf War.
Boy's narrow escape throws light on child jockeys' fate
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- All 10-year-old Mohammed remembers is meeting a mysterious red-bearded man in his village in Pakistan, and then waking up from a drug-induced stupor in an airport thousands of miles away.
Mining town reflects bitter political split in Yugoslavia
PLEVLJA, Yugoslavia -- Shiny white Montenegrin police Land Rovers zoom through the winding streets of this mining town ruled by President Slobodan Milosevic's loyalists. A patrol of Yugoslav soldiers in full military gear parades in front of local cafes, flexing their muscles.
Suit filed as Milosevic trails opinion polls
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- A pro-government group has filed a lawsuit against several public opinion agencies that reported President Slobodan Milosevic trailing in polls ahead of Sunday's presidential vote, state media said Saturday.
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