DAVIS, Calif. -- After a 10-mile run, University of California, Davis cross-country runners conducted some unusual research -- they sniffed their socks.
Imation stock falls after third-quarter warning
OAKDALE (AP) -- Imation Corp. stock fell more than 13 percent Friday after the company said it expects third-quarter revenues to be down 16 percent and is considering sale of the company.
Once-dominant Pizza Hut cooking up new appeal
DALLAS -- Larry Dykstra remembers when the extent of Pizza Hut's decline hit him like a pie in the face.
Around the watercooler
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Those successful enough to become middle managers or senior executives apparently should not fret about the impact an involuntary career change could have on their financial and personal well-being.
Japanese and Pacific region funds fall from grace
NEW YORK -- After a stellar 1999, Japanese and Pacific region funds have fallen on hard times. Indeed, the categories have experienced a complete reversal of fortune in the space of nine months.
Quality to the front
WILTON, Conn. (AP) -- Do you recall when the word "quality" was likely to be part of a company slogan rather than a guarantee -- a goal often sought but not achieved, a promise made easily and just as easily forgotten?
Nefstead stepping down as S-M chamber director
After nearly six years as a tireless supporter of the Staples-Motley area, Mel Nefstead is stepping down as the chamber of commerce executive director.
When your job isn't what you expected
WASHINGTON -- When they are hired or take on new responsibilities, most workers have a general, if not specific, idea of the tasks and expectations their managers have for them.
Dan Hegstad was promoted to station manager of KAWB in Brainerd.
Big-time mergers play out as delicate balancing acts
NEW YORK -- DaimlerChrysler AG's recent announcement that the international car maker's Chrysler unit had lost $500 million last quarter is a pointed reminder of the delicate balancing act needed to ensure a successful merger between two giant corporations.
Advocates, regulators focus on possible bias in online travel services
NEW YORK -- Online travel agencies that promise to find low airfares may be playing favorites with the airlines.
Visitors giants in miniatures shop
PEQUOT LAKES -- Items look real enough to use -- if a person were as tall as a pop can.
3M to buy telecom firm, majority stake in dental company
MAPLEWOOD (AP) -- 3M Co. is continuing its recent string of acquisitions, adding a majority stake in a German dental products maker and buying an Indiana-based maker of telecommunications and electronics products.
Fed decision not enough to reassure battered Wall Street
NEW YORK -- No one expected the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this past week, yet Wall Street was far from thrilled when the central bank announced it was indeed leaving rates alone.
Taking a holistic approach to customer service
NEW YORK -- It's widely believed that businesses, regardless of their size, must operate online if they expect to survive. Customers increasingly expect to do business over the Internet.
Recreation or re-creation?
Do you live for vacation? Are you disappointed when you've been anticipating vacation for months, making plans, frantically getting things in order at work before you leave and then suddenly vacation blows by and you return to work less than refreshed, wishing you had time to "take a rest" after your vacation?
Country church near Pillager undergoing another addition
PILLAGER -- There's a casino near Pillager, but it's not a place to gamble money. It's a place to worship.
Missions Sunday will feature Bob and Karen Andrews, missionaries to Central African Republic, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Community Covenant Church in Brainerd, as well as David and RoxAnn Kelly, missionaries to Ecuador, at 6:30 p.m.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER - MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Taco salad or tacos, soft pretzel, corn, pineapple chunks.
HACKENSACK -- It almost happened twice.
Tips for taking car trips with pets offered
Dear Readers: If you are traveling with your pet, especially by car, there are a few things you should know to make the trip pleasant for all concerned.
Child in need
Oftentimes the kids on Kinship Partners' waiting list are kids who have special needs.
Don't punish child for offense he can't comprehend
QUESTION: Our 2-year-old son is not yet toilet trained, although my mother-in-law feels he should be under control now. Should we spank him for using his pants instead of the potty?
'Gender wars' catch kids in the cross fire
The phrase "gender wars" was first used to describe the skirmishes between men and women that followed the liberation of one of the combatants.
Pets of Week
Zinny, Mercy and Rue are three 4-month-old female Lab/terrier/springer mixes who are black-and-white with long silky hair.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County Court:
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire at the Lake View Trailer Park Friday afternoon on Lot No. 30.
Crosslake City Council
Adam W. Kurowski, 20, and Melissa L. Jordan, 19, both of Brainerd.
The State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle rollover at 11:54 p.m. Friday in Mille Lacs County at the junction of highways 47 and 18 and 460th Street.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 450.
BURGLARY -- A burglary was reported at Auto Value Part Store, 305 N.W. Fourth St.<
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 273, a year ago 124.
Fire destroys garage
OSSIPEE -- The Mission Fire Department, aided at the scene by the Crosslake Fire Department, responded to a garage fire Thursday at a residence off County Road 116 near Ossipee.
Golfers will get chance to help the needy
It's only October but the giving season is already under way. Turkey Tee Times is a new program developed to make families' Thanksgiving complete.
Health care solutions to be forum topic
Finding solutions for the region's health care worker shortage in central Minnesota is the topic of a regional forum set from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 in the cafeteria at Central Lakes College.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
On brink of nursing shortage?
The nursing shortage may be like a tsunami with the critical wave yet offshore and area health care professionals seeing a looming problem coming this way.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Supplemental information for vitamins, minerals
A new independent newsletter free of financial conflicts may help people make better choices in the baffling, hype-infested marketplace of vitamins, minerals and botanicals.
Rx: Error free by 2003
Calling doctors' illegible handwriting a major public health menace, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices is campaigning to make all drug prescriptions electronic within three years.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
How well we've learned to sell homes, automobiles
NEW YORK (AP) -- It is difficult at times to understand the insatiable desire of the American consumer for houses and automobiles until you appreciate the power of merchandising.
Design J-33 not likely to be built in mass production
Design J-33 is a smaller, more Craftsman-like version of a beach house plan (Design J-26) that appeared a few weeks ago. I guess someone at HomeStyles just wanted to be sure we were awake.
Repot outside plants
Repot houseplants that have been left outdoors for the summer before bringing them back indoors, says the Maryland Home & Garden Information Center.
Matt Pecarich joined Century 21 Brainerd Realty.
Stainless at Tiffany's
Tiffany's & Co., a legendary store with a sterling reputation, is serving up its first line of stainless flatware this season.
Mobile home parks changing from generation ago
PEQUOT LAKES -- Often maligned by popular culture and tornado disaster movies, mobile home parks are still offering an alternative for affordable housing.
Two native plants are almost always pretty
Nature sometimes has the best designs. Harsh contrasts usually result when any primary colors -- red, yellow and blue -- are placed side-by-side.
Keep tile grout in good shape for appearance, health
Grungy tile grout is considered by many people to be the scourge of mankind. It is ugly and a pain in the neck to clean. And, recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that certain types of mold can negatively affect one's health.
Swiss chard is a garden's Old Faithful
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- When the days are getting cool, I like to go out to the garden and cut Swiss chard for my dinner.
Dress up your siding with paint
Aluminum and steel sidings, which took the nation by storm in the '50s and '60s, promised -- and delivered -- an end to regular and costly painting.
Study finds ethnic, economic disparities in mortgage lending
SAN DIEGO -- Despite the rise in homeownership across the country, blacks and Latinos were nearly twice as likely to be turned down for mortgage loans than whites, according to a study.
Fall is good time to pitch hazardous products
The turn of the seasons brings on a burst of activity as people get busy cleaning out closets, garages and basements before winter settles in.
Entry forms are being taken for the third annual Winter Wonderland Parade set for 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in downtown Brainerd.
Paul Bunyan Trail development in Chippewa National Forest begins
The first phase of Paul Bunyan Trail development in the Chippewa National Forest began this week.
Police union alleges St. Paul sets traffic ticket quota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The St. Paul police union is threatening to file a lawsuit against the city, which the union says is illegally pressuring officers to meet quotas for writing traffic tickets.
Long live the king
LUVERNE (AP) -- On Andrew's big night, he sat on stage in his high school gym and waited as the reigning homecoming royalty silently read a scroll bearing the names of their successors.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 6 - 40 years ago (1960) - Fifty Twosome Dance Club will hold their "kick-off" dance of the 1960-61 season on Friday at the Club LaGuyal. Music for dancing will be by Howie Hill and his Orchestra.
Loyal fans brave cold
Maria Ervasti (left) and Connie Denny wrapped themselves in a blanket to to stave off wind chills of 15 degrees as their Verndale Pirates football team held off the Wheaton Warriors 36-34 in overtime at Verndale on Friday.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 8 - 80 years ago (1920) - Thirty-eight Pillager people, by actual count, were in Brainerd last Saturday, visiting dentists, doctors, lawyers, stores, garages, etc.
Legionella discovered in body of patient
COON RAPIDS (AP) -- The bacterium that causes Legionnaire's disease was found in the body of a patient who died at a hospital in this northern Twin Cities suburb, and could have caused that person's death, state health officials said.
Friends at the Northwoods Cafe in Pillager received a "letter" from a former guest, a lovable pooch. Read about a dog's life Monday in The Dispatch.
Universal Pensions Inc., Brainerd, purchased a portion of the U.S. Bank's Master Retirement Program, the bank announced Friday.
Grant recipients announced, applications sought
The Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation serving 14 counties in central Minnesota, awarded seven community grants, totaling $54,000, this past month.
They keep their eyes on the potatoes
LITTLE FALLS -- Lucy Tanner and Sandy Morse have found horseshoes, yellow foundation bricks, golf balls and shoes in their line of work each fall.
State representative asks for park superintendent's removal
A longtime critic of government restrictions in Voyageurs National Park on Thursday said the park's superintendent should either step down or be removed from her post.
Three-year-old doesn't remember accident that took his arms
ROBBINSDALE -- Three-year-old Parker Sebens doesn't remember the grain auger accident that severed his arms almost three weeks ago and sent him to the hospital in critical condition.
Ventura urges Congress to press on with free trade initiatives
WASHINGTON -- Continuing his free trade crusade, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura urged a Senate panel to build on permanent normal trade relations with China by opening up trade to other countries, including Cuba.
Audit shows Brainerd school finances in good shape
The Brainerd School District's financial situation seems to be in good shape.
Minnesota woman dies in Key West scooter crash
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A Minnesota woman died when she crashed her rented motor scooter into the back of a delivery truck.
Hackensack woman dies in crash on 371
BACKUS -- One person died and three were injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 371 at Highway 87, just north of Backus.
Baby boomlet in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Perhaps it was the New Year's celebrations, which were especially big as the calendar flipped over to 2000.
Grand Rapids children's museum targets forestry
GRAND RAPIDS -- Children in 10 counties, including Crow Wing County, have the opportunity to learn more about forestry.
Most good ideas tend to be simple.
Lawmakers criticize Revenue Department for rebate recall
ST. PAUL -- Both chairmen of the Legislature's tax committees criticized the Department of Revenue on Thursday for recalling nearly 17,000 sales-tax rebates erroneously sent to children. Neither was consulted first.
Walk for Diabetes scheduled Saturday on Paul Bunyan Trail
Brainerd's fourth annual Walk for Diabetes will be Saturday on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Baxter.
Ventura says drinking age and military age should be the same
WASHINGTON -- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura suggested Thursday that it wasn't fair to require men to register for the draft at 18 while making them wait until they were 21 to drink.
Health care challenges include a national nursing shortage that is not critical in the lakes area, but it is a looming concern. Look for the story Sunday.
Waiting their turn
Apparently no one has informed the pigeons perched Thursday on a billboard sign for Baxter's Paul Bunyan Amusement Center along Highway 210 in Baxter that the seasonal helicopter rides ended on Labor Day.
Minnesotan's yak farm helps Tibetan-Americans stay in touch with culture of their homeland
COLD SPRING (AP) -- On a recent brilliant autumn day, a farmer led his herd of Tibetan yaks up a slope and across the wind-blown green land.
BHS students may have to pay to park
Brainerd High School students may have to start using some of their gas money to park at the school.
Interested citizens who would like to submit questions to area political candidates in a series of debates sponsored by The Brainerd Dispatch and Lakeland Television may send their questions to: Debates 2000, Brainerd Daily Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401. Debates are scheduled for Oct. 16, 19 and 20. Participants in the Oct. 16 debates include Senate District 11 candidates Republican Wayne Hoffert and Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, at 6 p.m. and House District 11B candidates Republican John Blashack and Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, at 7 p.m. The 6 p.m. Oct. 19 debate will include House District 12B candidates Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, and Republican Mary Marana. The Oct. 20 debates will include Senate District 12 candidates Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, and Republican Paul Koering at 6 p.m. and House District 12A candidates Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, and Republican Dale Walz at 7 p.m. State water management program offered Monday Minnesota is taking a new approach to unify water management and to measure results. The 10-year program ignores political boundaries and is organized as water flows -- into seven water basins. Teams in each basin involve local governments, American Indians and citizens to identify common and basin-specific goals and objectives under the guidance of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Details of the first step in Gov. Jesse Ventura's Water Management Unification Initiative will be announced 10 a.m. Monday at the state Office Building. Speakers will include Gene Gugoson, EQB chairman; Dean Barkley, Minnesota Planning director; and Marilyn Lundberg, EQB Water Resources Committee director. Statewide goals are to improve water quality, conserve the diverse characteristics of state waters, restore and maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems and provide diverse recreational opportunities. Annexation, government issues to be addressed in Walker State Rep. Peg Larsen, R-Lakeland, the Minnesota Legislature's Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs Committee chair, scheduled a meeting Monday to discuss annexation and other local government issues in Walker.
Navy awards multibillion-dollar computer services contract
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a bold move to privatize its computer services and strengthen its defenses against hackers, the Navy awarded a contract potentially worth $9 billion to a Texas company to link hundreds of separate Navy and Marine Corps computer networks into a single, seamless system.
Farnsworth dies of self-inflicted gun wound
LINCOLN, N.M. -- Richard Farnsworth was battling terminal cancer during the filming of "The Straight Story," a movie that earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. His fight ended Friday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ex-Starr spokesman Bakaly acquitted of Clinton probe leaks
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge acquitted the former spokesman for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr of contempt of court charges despite concluding he was misleading about leaks from the investigation of President Clinton.
Shuttle launch off until next week because of valve, bolt problems
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Discovery's flight to the international space station has been postponed until next week because of a sluggish valve and suspect bolts.
Jobless rate falls unexpectedly
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 3.9 percent in September and total employment rose by 252,000 after posting two months of declines. The jobless rate for blacks fell to a record monthly low.
Clinton, Congress agree on plan to protect public lands
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton and Congress agreed on a six-year, $12 billion plan to protect public lands and expand conservation efforts, but still have miles to go to finish their budget work for the new year.
Clinton congratulates Congress over drunken-driving standard
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is congratulating Congress for sending him legislation that would set a national standard for drunken driving.
House passes measure to curtail sex trade
WASHINGTON -- The House, responding to a dramatic increase in sex trafficking in the past decade, on Friday passed a measure designed to protect women and children smuggled into the United States and forced into prostitution and other forms of slave labor.
Ford, GM vehicles being recalled over seat-belt latches
DETROIT (AP) -- An auto parts maker has recalled seat-belt buckle latches in nearly 300,000 General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. vehicles over concerns they may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash.
Indecency charge throws conservative legal foundation into turmoil
ATLANTA -- Some of Matthew Glavin's greatest successes have come in court.
Congressional negotiators consider Cuba food trade
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cuba would be allowed to buy U.S. food for the first time in four decades under legislation nearing final approval in Congress, but tight controls on financing are certain to limit sales.
Rich Iowa widow allegedly duped by identity-switching ex-attorney
BURLINGTON, Iowa -- When his son was born during the Great Depression, Wilfred F. Rice was adamant that he grow up to be well-educated and refined, appreciating the finer things in life.
Daughter says Frank Sinatra got mob boss to help JFK in election
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Frank Sinatra got Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana to help John F. Kennedy win the presidency, one of the singer's daughters claims in an upcoming "60 Minutes" interview.
Feds sue plant for firing Muslim over refusal to shave
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a company for firing a Muslim worker who refused to shave his beard for religious reasons.
Yankees return to comforts of home
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics had a bad trip to New York before even arriving at Yankee Stadium.
Carter: Bucs' Johson should have known better
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson isn't being thrown the ball as much as he predicted he would in Tampa Bay, which comes as little surprise to the Minnesota Vikings' Cris Carter.
Seattle seeks sweep of White Sox
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have their best pitcher at home to stop the Chicago White Sox from doing what they haven't done in two games: hit in the clutch.
Taylor ends season with another victory
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Olympic fatigue didn't stall Angelo Taylor's finishing kick.
Vikings, Bucs reach a crossroads Monday night
MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL season is only six weeks old. Is it too soon to call any one game pivotal?
The irresistible force, the immovable object and Thurman
The Miami Dolphins have allowed just 38 points in five games, by far the best in the NFL.
They're dressed to the nines now in NHL
Now that the NHL has expanded to 30 teams, marketing tactics must grow as well. This season 11
They're wild about the Wild in Minnesota
People along the Iron Range, the vast rolling hills in northern Minnesota where iron ore is hauled from the ground, are ready for the NHL. They hear the call of the Minnesota Wild.
Can Tampa Bay lose three games in a row?
Two weeks ago, Tampa Bay was 3-0, the best team in the NFL -- or at least the co-best with St. Louis. The defense was as good as ever, and the Bucs had an offense averaging 31 points in their first three games.
Cards one game away from advancing
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One more victory, and the St. Louis Cardinals will pay off a 4-year-old debt.
National sports briefs
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The NHL will now decide when Marty McSorley returns to the ice.
Wild ready for debut
MINNEAPOLIS -- They finally will skate as one Friday night onto The Pond, these 23 castaways thrown together as the Minnesota Wild.
How Tampa Bay and Minnesota match up
TAMPA BAY (3-2) AT MINNESOTA (4-0)
Hail to the Vikings?
Most people laughed when Dennis Green suggested at the start of the season that his Minnesota Vikings might have a shot at the Super Bowl.
Wisconsin again looking to turn around season against Buckeyes
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The 24th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, who dropped 20 spots in the poll after an NCAA scandal and back-to-back losses, are out to turn things around the way they did a year ago: by beating No. 8 Ohio State.
Daunte proves there's no time like present
The expectation was that Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper would have to be gone over with coarse sandpaper and fine sandpaper, given a couple of coats of stain, another coat of varnish and then polished. Then, he might be ready for display.
Marshall no longer has a stranglehold on the rest of the Mid-American Conference.
STARS -- Jim Edmonds, Cardinals, had three doubles and two RBIs to lead St. Louis past Atlanta 10-4.
Wild joins the NHL, loses to Mighty Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Well, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks certainly upheld the honor of the NHL's original 26 teams Friday night at the Arrowhead Pond. But -- and doesn't there always seem to be a but when the Ducks are involved? -- it was no casual skate through and around one of the league's two new teams.
Mets manage to pull another miracle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There's one more amazin' chapter in the New York Mets' wild playoff history.
FOR EGGHEADS ONLY: If Buffalo's Marcellus Wiley (Columbia) sacks Miami's Jay Fiedler (Dartmouth) on Sunday, it will be the first time one Ivy Leaguer sacked another in the NFL since 1984. The sacker then was Reggie Williams (Dartmouth) of Cincinnati and the sackee was Joe Dufek (Yale) of Buffalo.
One of the QBs will get 2nd loss
MIAMI (AP) -- Florida State's Chris Weinke wants to stay off his left foot as much as possible. Miami's Ken Dorsey wants to stay off his back as much as possible.
Kathleen M. Daniels
Kathleen Mae Daniels, 47, Brainerd, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000 at her home.
Charles C. Clink
PEQUOT LAKES -- Charles "Chuck" Carl Clink, 74, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village in Pine River.
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Louis Flategraff, 70, Pinehurst, N.C., died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at First Health Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C.
Charles 'Chuck' C. Clink
PEQUOT LAKES -- Charles "Chuck" Carroll Clink, 74, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village of Pine River.
Betty J. Johnson
SWANVILLE -- Betty J. Johnson, 60, Swanville, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Elsie L. Sather
CROSBY -- Elsie L. Sather, 91, Crosby, formerly of Woodrow, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Cuyuna Range Medical Center of Crosby.
HACKENSACK -- Vivian Muryes, 88, Hackensack, died Thursday Oct. 5, 2000 in Backus.
PILLSBURY -- Betty Johnson, 59, Pillsbury, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Kathleen Sayers Watkins
WASHINGTON -- Kathleen Sayers Watkins, 59, Washington D.C., died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, in Du Bois, Pa.
OTHER OPINIONS - Streamlining
Ventura comes up with an idea that's accountable and prudent Gov. Jesse Ventura's administration has made a smart move by changing the way state agencies are funded and adding incentives to put out-of-date programs out to pasture.
Under the image
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of Russia's standing as a world superpower, the country has gone to great lengths to convey an image of strength when it knows the world is watching. In the recent Summer Olympics, for example, Russian athletes maintained the country's traditional excellence.
As a young voter I take offense at the accusations that low voter turnout among 18-24 year olds is due to a "non-caring, care-free, responsibility-less" generation. How c
City space needs
The city of Brainerd has been studying its space needs for months now and just recently received a report containing various recommendations which the City Council has acted on.
Federal lawmakers' addresses
Sen. Paul Wellstone
I agree with my opponent that Brainerd has experienced tremendous growth in the 1990s.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Trespass laws to be clarified in upcoming session
The DNR will work with legislators, landowners, and conservation and recreation groups in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session to clear up trespass issues on private property.
Acorns are valuable food for animals, birds and humans
A sure sign and sound of autumn is acorns littering the lawn and dropping on the roof at night. The sound often startles me as the nuts break the nocturnal noiselessness by tapping on and rolling down the shingles. I'm a roof kind of person and love this unique dance of fall.
Mobile duck hunting
PIERZ -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there are more ducks migrating over North America than there have been in decades.
Business dedicated to restoring relics of boating's golden age
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Most of the old boats at the Great River Boat Works would be regarded as derelicts now: tired, old, worn out and used up almost beyond rescue.
Toss over the duck call, please, and the sunscreen too
On a day better suited for sun bathing, camo-clad hunters hunkered in cattails and wild rice on area lakes and marshes for the Sept. 30 Minnesota duck opener.
Julie Wiechmann and Theodore Otto were married June 10, 2000, at St. Francis Church with Father Richard Kunst officiating.
Laura Lynn Roelofs and Kristopher Kelly Lynk were married June 17, 2000, at First Presbyterian Church of Brainerd with the Rev. Ron Green and the Rev. James Fretheim officiating.
Caren Ackerson and Lee Hines were married July 8, 2000, at the Presbyterian Church of Randall with the Rev. Suzanne Cekalla officiating.
Leonard and Mary Stelzel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd American Legion. No gifts please.
Katie Doubet and Jed Eisel were married July 1, 2000, at Zion Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Pastor Paul Biegner officiating.
Karen Hatch and Clayton Barg were married March 11, 2000, at St. John's Church of Canberra, Australia.
Katy Caughey and Dana Blume were married July 8, 2000, at St. Mathias Catholic Church of Fort Ripley with Deacon Roger Marks officiating.
Brooke Meyer and Chad Ylinen were married June 10, 2000, at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Dan Cites officiating.
Danell Levno and Charles Eggert were married July 29, 2000, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Brainerd with the Rev. Paul Fruth officiating.
Amy Engler and Ted Halbur were married June 24, 2000, at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Jodi Kiel and Tom Johnson were married May 20, 2000, in Pease by the Rev. Gerald Vander Hoek and the Rev. LeRoy Nevin officiating.
Haley Wimmer and Jayme Gottsch were married Aug. 4, 2000, with Darrell Paske officiating.
Hazel Fundine will celebrate her 75th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Pillager Assemblies of God Church basement. No gifts please.
Marnie Pikula and Darin Coleman were married June 24, 2000, at St. Francis Catholic Church of Brainerd with the Rev. Leo Otto officiating.
Kenneth and Phyllis Whitney, Baxter, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at their home, 150 Charles St. N., Baxter. No gifts please.
Russell and Gladys Schmidt, Nisswa, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Nisswa Community Center. A buffet luncheon will be provided. No gifts please.
Presidential candidates seek crucial Florida votes
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Al Gore promoted his Social Security, Medicare and other retirement-related programs before senior citizens, as a feisty George W. Bush promised to challenge his rival during their next presidential debate on his "consistent pattern" of making embellishments.
Foreign policy finally stirs in presidential campaign
WASHINGTON -- Republicans give George W. Bush credit for promoting a Russian role in smoothing the transition from despot to democrat in Yugoslavia -- an idea dismissed in debate as risky by Al Gore even as his boss was trying to get Moscow to step in.
Clinton backs effort to defeat Oregon referendums seen as anti-union
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton said Friday the effort to defeat referendums in Oregon restricting the use of union dues for political purposes is a "metaphor for what this election is all about."
WASHINGTON -- The steady migration of the nation's restless population during the 1990s has helped make Sun Belt states such as Arizona and Florida -- once Republican strongholds -- surprisingly competitive in this year's presidential race.
Cheney and Lieberman differ politely in vice presidential debate
DANVILLE, Ky. -- Joseph Lieberman and Dick Cheney disputed their differences and promoted their tickets in a mannerly vice presidential debate that left the tough tactics for next time, when Al Gore and George W. Bush meet again.
Tire shortage could influence NASCAR races
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- If there's one constant in racing it's tires: Every car has them and all sets are exactly the same.
The next Jeff Gordon?
DEERWOOD -- As 16-year-old Trent Snyder sat next to his father, Steve, in the kitchen at their rural Deerwood home, he was asked what his long-term racing goal is.
Warriors need help to catch Willmar now
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors need a favor from Rocori or St. Cloud Tech in the Central Lakes Conference football race.
Willmar tramples Little Falls 41-18
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers football team fell to the unbeaten Willmar Cardinals 41-18 in Central Lakes Conference action Friday.
Rangers roll up yardage in win
EVELETH -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers rushed for 356 yards and had 451 yards of total offense in a 57-6 Sea Range Conference football triumph over the Eveleth-Gilbert Bears Friday.
Ranger boys win
DEERWOOD -- The Crosby-Ironton boys' cross country team won the Rangers Invitational Thursday at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge golf course and C-I's Sam Anderson and Kim Beaman were individual champions.
Area events Saturday
High School Volleyball
Alexandria boys blank Little Falls in soccer
LITTLE FALLS -- The Alexandria Cardinals boys' soccer team shut out the Little Falls Flyers 2-0 in Central Lakes Conference play Thursday.
Balanced Pierz rolls to victory
PIERZ -- The balanced offensive attack wasn't pioneered in Pierz, but the Pioneers worked it to perfection as they dismantled the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles' defense for a 28-7 Central Minnesota Conference football victory Friday.
High School Football
Rainy River blocks CLC
INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team lost to Rainy River 15-10, 15-11, 15-5 In North Division play Friday.
Warrior boys in shutout
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors held the Sartell Sabres to only four shots on goal and recorded a 7-0 shutout victory in Central Lakes Conference boys' soccer action Friday.
Park Rapids stops W-DC
WADENA -- The Park Rapids Panthers defeated the Wadena Deer-Creek Wolverines 20-18 in a Mid-State Conference football game Friday night.
Pequot Lakes coasts to 38-0 victory
WALKER -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots limited the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves to 60 yards of total offense and posted a 38-0 victory in North Star Conference football Friday.
Pequot dumps Verndale
VERNDALE -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team defeated the Verndale Pirates 15-11, 10-15, 15-7, 15-7 in Park Region Conference action Thursday.
Bremer casts his vote for Tom Kelly
Dick Bremer has been broadcasting Twins games for nearly 20 years. He is one of the most respected and knowledgeable broadcasters in the majors.
Verndale rallies, stops Wheaton in overtime
VERNDALE -- Matt Kern's three touchdowns were just enough to help the Verndale Pirates nip the Wheaton Warriors 36-34 in overtime in a Pheasant Conference football game Friday
Warriors' offense, defense make a point
SARTELL -- After returning to the Class 5A football ratings this week the Brainerd Warriors went out and confirmed that their ranking is warranted.
Braham stiffles Aitkin in 2nd half
AITKIN --The Braham Bombers shut out the Aitkin Gobblers in the second half and recorded a 26-14 victory in Great River Conference football Friday.
Raiders' SAC unit is put on alert
Back in the cold-war days, when citizens feared that Soviet nuclear missiles would come soaring over the pole, the Strategic Air Command was ever vigilant-- watching, waiting, ready to deflect or swat down any aerial assault.
Paterno's passion for coaching contineus
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- There's not much Joe Paterno hasn't seen in his 51 years of coaching college football. But one thing the Penn State coach certainly wasn't accustomed to was starting the season 1-4.
The Brainerd Warriors sophomore football team ran its record to 4-2 with a 36-0 victory at Sartell Thursday.
Pillager blanks Parkers Prairie
PARKERS PRAIRIE -- The Pillager Huskies jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Parkers Prairie Panthers 36-0 in a Prairie Conference North football game.
Computer desks need to get down to reality
Set aside your high-tech interests for a moment to consider a somewhat more low-tech subject: furniture.
CueCat kicks up a lot of kitty litter
The mouse on my desktop got a companion recently -- the CueCat -- and it's a fascinating gadget indeed.
Test of 'dynamic pricing' angers Amazon customers
Few things stir up a consumer revolt quicker than the notion that someone else is getting a better deal. That's a lesson Amazon.com has just learned.
Encarta, Britannica compete on disc and online
Now that the two standout multimedia encyclopedias, Microsoft Encarta and Encyclopedia Britannica, have started to put their contents on the Internet for free consumption, will their CD-ROM cousins wind up a footnote in the transition from leather-bound tomes to digital information?
Government Web sites don't comply with children's privacy law
WASHINGTON -- Contrary to a federal directive, major government Web sites including the one operated by the White House are not adhering to a law that requires companies to obtain parental consent before soliciting personal information from children.
Wizards look to IPv6 to expand Net's limits
As 360 million people worldwide trip happily through cyberspace -- buying books, sending e-mail and checking stock prices -- a crisis is quietly building that threatens to slam the brakes on the Internet's phenomenal growth.
Weather drawing by Megan Griggs of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 142.5; Ray Norrgard and Bob McClel
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Dear Heloise: I live in San Diego, and the water is so hard that it stains my SHOWER DOOR so badly that I hate using the shower. I came up with a solution.
In August we served 1,141 meals over 25 serving days for an approximate average of 46 meals per day. In September we served 985 meals over 25 serving days for an approximate average of 39 per day.
The Center-Mission Garden Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday with a potluck luncheon and meeting at the Mission Town Hall.
Mom must hold her ground against in-laws' indulgence
DEAR ABBY: "Angry Arizona Mom" hates to make waves when her in-laws give her sons sips of alcohol. I, too, didn't make waves when my stepfather taught my younger son and nephew to smoke. I wanted the boys to have a good relationship with their grandfather.
Ten children don't crowd romance out of marriage
DEAR ABBY: I agree with your answer to "Happily Married Husband," who revealed that five husbands in his circle of friends have gotten divorces because their wives spent too much time with their children and they felt displaced.
Nobel prize spoof cites bad ideas
BOSTON -- To keep cats from wandering across computer keyboards, deleting files and shedding between the keys, Chris Niswander created "PawSense," a program that detects their presence and emits a sound to send them scurrying.
Palestinian-Israeli battles leave four dead
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops battled thousands of Palestinian rock-throwers and several dozen gunmen in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, killing four rioters in what the Palestinians billed as a "day of rage."
Aeromexico plane crashes upon landing, killing at least six on ground
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An Aeromexico plane carrying 88 people skidded out of control as it was landing in heavy rain on the Texas-Mexico border, slamming into cars and through houses. At least six people in its path were killed, including a woman and her three young children.
Iranian Jews celebrate New Year while relatives languish in prison
SHIRAZ, Iran (AP) -- As Jews in this southern Iranian city went to synagogue this week to celebrate the High Holy Days, some visited the local prison to meet relatives who have been convicted of spying for Israel.
World leaders hail uprising, EU poised to end sanctions
LONDON -- As demonstrators toppled symbols of President Slobodan Milosevic's regime in a tidal wave of protests in Belgrade, many of the world's leaders relished the prospect of a new era for the Balkans, and Europe as a whole.
Guerrillas capture three Israeli soldiers
YARIN, Lebanon -- Lebanese guerrillas captured three Israeli soldiers in an assault with rockets and machine guns on patrols and border posts Saturday as violence that has rocked the Palestinian territories for more than a week spread to the Israeli-Lebanese border.
Joyful Albright welcomes Russia's backing of Yugoslav opposition leader
WASHINGTON -- An exultant Secretary of State Madeleine Albright welcomed Russia's decision to back Yugoslav opposition leader Vojislav Kostunica after long years of support for ousted President Slobodan Milosevic.
Russia joins support for overthrowing of Milosevic
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Russia joined the international outpouring of support Friday for the forces that toppled Slobodan Milosevic, stripping the disgraced regime of its key backer and helping Yugoslavia's new leaders solidify their control.
Viking ship arrives in New York
The crew aboard the Icelandic longship, the "Islendingur," sailed by the World Trade Center Thursday in New York Harbor.
Palestinians force Israelis out of Joseph's Tomb
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israel on Saturday pulled its soldiers out of Joseph's Tomb, a tiny enclave that had come under steady fire from Palestinian gunmen for the past week. Within hours, Palestinian civilians -- some armed -- stormed the site, setting fires and trashing Hebrew texts and equipment left behind by the army.
Unassuming law professor becomes the people's choice
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- The dour law professor poised to oust Slobodan Milosevic seemed an unlikely presidential candidate in the turbulent Balkans, where charismatic autocrats usually win elections.
Milosevic concedes; Kostunica poised to take charge
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- With the army behind him and Slobodan Milosevic wishing him well, Vojislav Kostunica appeared free to take his presidential oath and begin leading Yugoslavia out of a decade of war and turmoil and into a welcoming Europe.
Quake hits Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's strongest earthquake in five years struck a large region of the southwest on Friday, injuring at least 28 people and destroying buildings, homes and a Shinto shrine.
Milosevic slipped Communist tag, but not leaders' fate
Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was able to sidestep the anti-Communist rebellions that swept through Eastern Europe in the late 1980s by jettisoning his communist ideology in favor of hard-line nationalism. The switch in political identities bought Milosevic another decade in power, but now his fate seems little different from that of Communist Party leaders in neighboring countries.
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