Want to start home-based business? Think it over
NEW YORK -- Getting a layoff notice is most certainly a disappointment and can create instant fear and uncertainty. Yet some people see the loss of a job as an opportunity to launch their own companies and operate out of their homes.
Massive facility going up near fairgrounds
Lexington Manufacturing's massive facility is going up near the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in south Brainerd.
Preparing now for layoff can make life easier
If you think there's a possibility you may be a layoff target, use the present to do a few things that will put you ahead of the game if a pink slip does come your way.
Wall Street weathering earnings season well, but it's still early
NEW YORK -- Stocks reacted to the first batch of third-quarter earnings results this past week with surprising strength despite the expected dismal news.
Money market mutual funds celebrate 30 years with peak popularity
NEW YORK -- Thirty years ago this month, Americans got a new place to stash their cash -- money market mutual funds.
Americans looking for new balance to lives after Sept. 11 attacks
NEW YORK -- In ways big and small, Americans have been looking to rebalance their lives since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
New day for venerable health insurer
NEW YORK -- Anthem Insurance Cos. Inc. exemplifies the modern Blue Cross Blue Shield company. It has snapped up seven other "Blue" plans and is in the process of acquiring another as it prepares for its initial public offering.
Polaroid files for bankruptcy protection
Polaroid Corp., the instant camera maker that was a "glamour" investment 30 years ago, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday.
What a difference a year makes!
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A year ago, sharply rising natural gas prices and America's growing thirst for energy prompted a rush by gas producers to find new reserves.
Home front war: Keep economy strong
NEW YORK (AP) -- On one side is a massive fiscal stimulus effort of tax cuts and spending increases. On the other is the fear and uncertainty of the public about a war without precedent.
Boeing faces mass layoffs
SEATTLE -- Aftershocks from last month's terrorist attacks are still being felt here at Park Avenue and North Sixth Street, a cold stretch of asphalt and concrete where American flags flutter and employees heading home from nearby Boeing Co. wonder whether they will have a job in the morning.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce is hosting the 2001 annual dinner on Monday at Breezy Point Resort.
Spirituals Project works to preserve 'gift to the musical world'
DENVER -- Charmaine Anderson stepped to the microphone, beads of sweat gathering on her face as her powerful voice filled the hotel ballroom.
Atheists decry post-attack focus on God
On the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, as the president spoke from a pulpit and a heartsick country united under patriotism and God, Lydia Rice felt estranged.
Bosnia's remnant of Jews hope new synagogue will bridge ethnic gaps
MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Amid the rubble of Mostar's war-wrecked main square, Zoran Mandlbaum caresses the cornerstone for a new synagogue -- a temple of hope he prays will help reunite this ethnically divided city.
Dr. Noel Francisco, author of the book, "No Grazing for Sacred Cows," will introd
Web site offers Bible verses to comfort in wake of terror
The site www.newlivingtranslation.com from the New Living Translation contains Bible verses chosen to offer comfort and guidance in the wake of terror.
Don't let fussy baby establish herself as tiny dictator
QUESTION: I have a very fussy 8-month-old baby who cries whenever I put her down. My pediatrician says she is healthy and that she cries just because she wants me to hold her all the time. I do give her a lot of attention, but I simply can't keep her on my lap all day long. How can I make her less fussy?
Site examines terror-related issues
The Web site www.911recovery.com offers articles on some of the questions of faith -- for example, is there a God? -- that have arisen since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Christian couple realizes vision for innovative form of youth ministry
Rhiannon and C.M. Rutledge launched their vision of an innovative form of youth ministry into action Sept. 8.
Pittsburgh foundation helps preserve old houses of worship
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Trying to make sure that its houses of worship age gracefully, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation has distributed $53,000 for repairs and improvements.
Second in a series
Last week we looked at the first two "pillars" of the Christian work ethic: integrity and faithfulness. These are two of the six pillars that must be in place in a positive way to offset any negative reputation earned by you, or passed on to you by another.
Top Senate backer casts doubt on religious charity help
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is unlikely this year to pass a version of President Bush's plan to expand the role of religious charities in social services, the measure's chief Senate booster acknowledged Tuesday.
Jim Leick (left) and Dennis Mack showed their lack of confidence in Gov. Jesse Ventura outside Central Lakes College on Thursday.
Child in need
Recently in this country with the terrible tragedies of Sept. 11 there has been a surge of patriotism among the American people. This is great and what better way to show you care about your country and community than to volunteer.
Grandpa is not living up to grandson's expectations
DEAR ABBY: I'm worried about Grandpa, who is 96. Ever since Grandma died two years ago, Gramps has been acting like a playboy. Granted, he works out every day and looks like he's only 70, lives independently in his own home and still drives a car. However, Grandpa chases around with women half his age, spending money like it's water, going to social events and sometimes having a cocktail!
Lakes Area Senior Activity Center
Four people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 371 north of Baxter at Crow Wing Power.
ONAMIA -- Two people were injured in a car-deer crash Friday on Highway 169, south of Onamia.
1. Call to order
The Brainerd Fire Department responded Thursday to a car fire in the 300 block of 14th Street Southeast in Brainerd.
Mark Cullett and Theresa (Mose) Lewis, Brainerd, a girl, Tyanna Lynn Cullett, 6 pounds, 9 ounces, Sept. 19, 2001. Grandparents are Dolores and Robert Mose, Brainerd, and John and Elaine Cullett, Brainerd.
Wind doesn't bother Parry in Vegas Classic
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Craig Parry didn't plan to be playing at this time of year. And he didn't figure to be playing well, after missing the cut in his last four events.
Senate passes anti-terrorism, aviation security bills
WASHINGTON -- Hoping to reassure Americans about their safety, the Senate voted to turn over airline and airport security to the federal government and give police broad new wiretapping, search and detention powers to fight terrorists.
House, Senate clash on anti-terrorism bill
WASHINGTON -- Differences between the House and Senate are holding up final approval of legislation to increase the government's power to spy on, detain and punish suspected terrorists.
Study will try smaller dose of smallpox vaccine to stretch limited stockpile
BETHESDA, Md. -- Researchers are beginning a large new study to see if they can dilute the nation's small stockpile of smallpox vaccine to make it stretch farther in case of a bioterrorist attack.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Blood Pressure Clinics
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Be surrounded by beautiful things, but not at the environment's expense
ACTIVISM HITS HOME: Danny Seo's transformation -- from activist wunderkind (as a teen-ager, he founded the national Earth 2000 you
Baxter lists building permits issued in last three months
The city of Baxter issued 44 building permits with a total valuation of $13,823,411 in July; 46 permits with a total valuation of $1,931,608 in August; and 36 permits with a total valuation of $1,156,820 in September.
Freeze-proof your outside faucets
If you live in a climate that gets cold and bitter, here's a warm-weather project that'll make you feel real smart come winter.
Extension offers tips to store, preserve pumpkins
Pumpkins with the deepest orange color will likely have the highest amounts of vitamin A.
Turn your garage into living space
Converting the garage and leaving the car somewhere else always has been an obvious way of gaining living and work space.
Prepare your house for colder weather
Are you prepared for winter? Better yet, is your home prepared? Cold weather is coming, and the last thing you need is to be caught in ice and snow, making an exterior repair that should have been handled when Mother Nature was in a milder mood.
Designer thinks small
Does an international design mogul like Terence Conran really care about helping a struggling student in a one-room apartment or a family cramped in a tiny brick colonial?
Couple has big ideas for small spaces
A north Brainerd home is an example that small spaces can be well served by colorful gardens.
Spitz is an apple with history and flavor
Esopus Spitzenberg -- what a name for an apple! Nonetheless, this is a variety of apple you might just want to plant.
Warm up to new heating systems
After the sticker shock of last year's heating season, consumers in the market for new or replacement heating systems would do well to look closely at new heating technologies.
Enjoy the shoulder season in the garden
This is the shoulder season in the garden.
Baxter budget, goals addressed
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council met in a workshop Thursday to discuss its 2002 budget and goals.
Zoning to affect river's future
Monitoring and the data collected -- now entered on an Internet Web site -- provide greater civilian access to Mississippi River studies than ever before.
Art helps students deal with Sept. 11
Since the terrorist attacks unfolded in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania the morning of Sept. 11, students and teachers across the country have found ways to help the victims rebuild their shattered lives -- and also constructively deal with their own grief.
Open house gives reminder of firefighters' importance
Families attending the open house at the Brainerd Fire Department Thursday learned safety drills and fire safety lessens but were also reminded of how important firefighters are to a community.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Edwin F. Erickson, vice president and general manager of Potlatch, presented a gift of $10,000 to John Stensrud of the Crow Wing Historical Society which will be used for Woodland's Indian exhibit at the new museum.
Thompson's Mrs. America Pageant to air on PAX
Mrs. Minnesota Kathy Thompson of Brainerd didn't place into the top 10 of the Mrs. America Pageant held last month in Hawaii, but Brainerd lakes area residents will be able to watch the local business owner and mother of two Saturday night on the PAX network.
Cass Lake boy pleads guilty as adult to killing his father, stabbing two others
BEMIDJI (AP) -- A 15-year-old Cass Lake boy pleaded guilty as an adult to killing his father and stabbing two other people.
Brainerd's Walk for Diabetes raised a record sum at the fifth annual event.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 14 - 80 years ago (1921) - A peculiar accident happened at the Post Office. Carl Rosenberg, leaning alongside of the revolving door, got his ear caught in the door as it swung. He gave a yell and he was quickly extricated from his predicament without much injury to his ear.
The Brainerd School Board has scheduled a closed meeting for 11:30 a.m. Monday citing a Minnesota statute that pertains to negotiations.
The 1-3 Vikings take on the Detroit Lions, another team with a losing record, Sunday. Read about the outcome in Sports Monday.
Bush, thousands honor Pentagon victims
WASHINGTON -- They said it was henceforth sacred ground, hallowed by those who died within, and as they stood beside a Pentagon entrance that was shrouded in black Thursday, President Bush and thousands of others bade formal farewell to those who perished there on Sept. 11.
FBI warns new terror attacks could come within days
WASHINGTON -- A new FBI warning about the possibility of more terrorist attacks doesn't mince words: Every American at home and abroad needs to be on alert for the next several days.
Real estate heir suspected in wife's 1982 disappearance is now charged with slaying neighbor
NEW YORK -- Investigators from both coasts were traveling to Texas to look for links to a pair of unsolved cases after the arrest of a New York real estate heir on murder charges. One case involved the disappearance of the suspect's wife 19 years ago.
Military preparing for next phase: Ground action in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- American soldiers are poised for another phase in the strikes against Taliban and terrorist targets in Afghanistan: action on the ground, rather than just from the air.
Giuliani rejects $10 million check
NEW YORK -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani refused a $10 million check for the Twin Towers Fund from a Saudi prince Thursday after learning the billionaire had singled out U.S. policy toward Israel as a reason for the Sept. 11 attacks.
Pilots push for return to guns in cockpit
LAS VEGAS -- Slid into a holster and nestled between manuals and maps, the .38 special was packed into pilot Don Worley's flight bag before every trip. Once inside the cockpit, Worley strapped the gun to his belt. He never had to use it, but he was ready.
Chemical companies step up security
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Chemical companies across the nation are building barriers at entranceways, restricting access to facilities and scrutinizing their inventories as they clamp down on security to prevent terrorism.
Seattle prosecutor, a prominent gun-control activist, shot to death
SEATTLE -- High-ranking officials from the governor to U.S. attorney general expressed shock at the deadly shooting of a federal prosecutor who was a prominent gun-control activist.
Suspects caught in Yellowstone indicted on burglary, weapons charges
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the Wyoming portion of a cross-country crime spree in which an elderly Minnesota couple was beaten.
Fourth anthrax infection, this time NBC network employee, leaves New Yorkers, nation nervous
NEW YORK -- New Yorkers streamed into emergency rooms after an assistant to NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw was infected with anthrax, intensifying fear about bioterrorism in a city and nation already on edge.
Airlines flunk first federal test of post-Sept. 11 rules on baggage scanning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airlines are not complying with government orders issued after last month's terrorist hijackings to scan checked baggage for bombs, the Transportation Department's inspector general says.
Justice Scalia says United States constitution distinguishes country
MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia described the U.S. Constitution on Friday as an "enduring" document that makes the United States an international government leader.
Bush comforts jittery nation
WASHINGTON -- Each of President Bush's prime-time appearances since the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes has signaled a new phase in the American response. The Oval Office address on the day of the attacks vented the nation's fury. The speech to Congress on Sept. 20 outlined the battle plan. And Thursday night was about reassurance and calm.
Reservist killed after shooting two in New Jersey, then two police officers
FORT DIX, N.J. -- An Army reservist went on a rampage and shot four people before he was killed by police in an exchange of gunfire at a shopping center.
Schoolchildren across America join in reciting Pledge of Allegiance
The younger ones may not have fully comprehended what they were saying, but schoolchildren from coast to coast, at virtually the same moment, bonded in spirit Friday to pledge allegiance.
Developments related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:
A's place Yankees at brink of elimination
NEW YORK -- This was the first of many dramatic at-bats, and Tim Hudson knew it. He also knew he wasn't afraid.
Capriati moves up to No. 1 when Hingis quits with injury
FILDERSTADT, Germany (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati will take over the No. 1 ranking for the first time because Martina Hingis quit her Porsche Grand Prix semifinal against Lindsay Davenport with a right ankle injury Saturday.
WCHA enters 50th season with wide-open race
As the Western Collegiate Hockey Association celebrates its 50th anniversary, officials might be feeling like the league peaked a year too soon.
Braves sweep Astros in first-round series
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves celebrated with beer, not champagne. After all, aren't they supposed to be in the NL championship series every year?
Selig wants to add punch to All-Star game
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Commissioner Bud Selig says he's looking to add some oomph to the All-Star game by giving the winner homefield advantage in the World Series.
Knight opens first season at Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- When his new Texas Tech team took the court for its second 10-minute scrimmage early Saturday near the end of Midnight Madness, coach Bob Knight was joined by his grandson.
Mariners ruin Finley's day early
SEATTLE -- Chuck Finley waited 15 years for this? He left his wife, two daughters and his Newport Beach, Calif., home, the Southern California lifestyle he so embraced and the familiarity of a franchise that nurtured him for 14 years, moved into a Cleveland hotel for six months a year, living on room service and bedside chocolates, all so he could experience this?
Diamondbacks take series lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Craig Counsell's flair for the dramatic put the Arizona Diamondbacks on the brink of their first playoff series victory.
Toronto blasts past Wolves
TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter scored 17 of his 27 points in the third quarter as the Toronto Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-85 in an exhibition game Thursday night.
Cowboys sign Leaf to three-year deal
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys' seven-month courtship of quarterback Ryan Leaf ended Friday when he signed a three-year, $2 million contract.
ROBBINSDALE -- Inga Judd, 66, Howard Lake, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
PALISADE -- Sharon Landrus, 61, Palisade, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Thomas C. Hall
Thomas C. Hall, 81, Brainerd, formerly of Carson City, Nev., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Edith T. Larson
Edith Theresia Larson, 88, Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Howard O. Wisti
MERRIFIELD -- Howard O. Wisti, 81, Merrifield, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
ST. LOUIS PARK -- Donald Jasorka, 80, Minneapolis, formerly of Randall, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Westwood Health Care in St. Louis Park.
Joan E. Tittle
MCGREGOR -- Joan Elanor Tittle, 62, McGregor, died Oct. 11, 2001, at her residence in McGregor.
Joan E. Tittle
McGREGOR -- Joan E. Tittle, 62, McGregor, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at home.
Mildred M. Counter
ANDOVER -- Mildred M. Backus, 81, Backus, died Oct. 11, 2001, in Andover.
Leighton A. Black
PINE RIVER -- Leighton A. Black, 92, Crosslake, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village in Pine River.
Edith T. Larson
Edith T. Larson, 88, Brainerd, died today, Oct. 12, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
The Dispatch's editorial opinions
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
It's the law Newspaper's lawsuit defends the concept of open meetings
Minnesota's lawmakers and courts have always put a premium on open meetings of public bodies. They've written and supported laws that require city councils, county commissions, school boards, hospital boards and other taxing bodies to conduct their business in the bright light of public scrutiny.
A free press is needed now
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
News council resolves disputes
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
A logo that's a no-go
If anyone still needs convincing that sports teams should drop their Indian nicknames and mascots, a visit Grand Forks, N.D., might do the trick.
Casino audits need public accountability
This editorial was published recently in The Pioneer of Bemidji.
I am writing in response to your front page article of Sunday, Oct. 7. The headline "Mississippi River healthy in the lakes area" is somewhat misleading. As I have fo
Senior Dining dispute
I felt compelled to respond to the recent letter that was printed in the Lakes Area Senior Newsletter titled: "Are your tax dollars being spent wisely?"
Gary Scheeler wants Brainerd Public Utilities to go underground -- at least that's where he wants the city's electrical wires to go. The energetic Brainerd City Council member is pushing the Public Utilities Commission to initiate a policy to convert the city's existing aerial power lines underground.
Nutrition Services Incorporated is the provider of the Senior Nutrition P
Helping others hunt Backus veteran's inventions make it easier for handicapped people to handle guns
CAMP RIPLEY -- When Dennis Bolstad, a Vietnam War veteran, was discharged from the Navy he went to gunsmith school in Colorado "just so I'd have something to do."
A day spent tallying the turtles
The August afternoon was sweet and still. Not a ripple creased the smooth surface of Lake Maria. A quiet bustle of activity centered around two picnic tables near shore. At one, "Venture North" producer and host, Karen Sunderman, interviewed lead turtle researcher Tony Gamble, while videographer Steve Ash rolled the film.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Anglers continue to find a strong walleye bite on Gull Lake in 25 to 40 feet of water during the day, and in 6 to 20 feet at night. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with rainbow minnows or nightcrawlers have worked best.
Famed Yellowstone ranger told not to discuss park
A Yellowstone National Park back country ranger who brought national attention to unscrupulous hunting practices was issued a gag order by park officials and told to leave his seasonal post a month before the hunting season ends.
Fall turkey hunting season opens Wednesday
They aren't the most attractive bird, nor are they graceful flyers or adorned with colorful plumage, but Benjamin Franklin was fond of them and so are thousands of Minnesota hunters who will hunt them over two 5-day seasons between October 17 and October 28.
Wisconsin angler wins Wal-Mart walleye title
GREEN BAY, Wis. Dean Arnoldussen doesn't view himself as a professional fisherman. "I just love to catch fish," he says.
Fishermen worry about sweeping conservation measures
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The commercial fishermen on the docks at San Pedro aren't hauling in the catches they used to.
Winter walleye anglers on Mille Lacs will be allowed to keep walleyes between 14 inches and 18 inches and one walleye over 28 inches in their possession limit, the DNR has announced. The new regulation should be in place by Dec. 1.
Declining numbers of pheasants and hunters are a concern
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Forty years ago, 270,000 pheasant hunters chased roosters, bagging 1.3 million birds in only a 30-day season. That's South Dakota-style hunting right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
The flush of the pheasant is as good as birdhunting gets
Until you've matched wits with a cagey old rooster pheasant you have no idea just how tough gamebird hunting can be. Pheasants are hard to find -- especially this year, with numbers down drastically after a hard winter -- too wary to let you get close enough for a good shot and powerful enough to shed shotgun pellets like an armored tank.
Washington state trapping ban unleashes nuisance wildlife on landowners
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Nearly a year after Washington state voters banned most forms of trapping, landowners, wildlife officials and trappers say they're dealing with the consequences: Dam-building beavers flood timber land. Coyotes snatch more lambs. River otters treat salmon hatcheries as all-you-can-eat buffets.
Five generations all from the Brainerd and Fort Ripley areas recently gathered were Alex and William DeRosier, sons; Pat DeRosier, father; Sandy DeRosier, grandmother; Bud Pickar, great-grandfather; and Marion Pickar, great-great-grandmother.
Russell and Mabel Wetherell
Russell and Mabel Wetherell recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family in Door County, Wis. They were married Sept. 21, 1941, in Milaca.
Marlys Sinclair Rogers and Troy Gerald Handeland were married June 16, 2001, at Grand View Lodge with Dr. Thomas Allsbrook Norvell officiating.
Jim and Lori Loisel
Jim and Lori Loisel, Brainerd, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Monday. They were married Oct. 15, 1976, in Brainerd.
John and Gail Frank
John and Gail Frank recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Oct. 9, 1976, in Nisswa.
Carrie Wing and Ben Franzen were married Sept. 8, 2001, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd with Father Bill Scarich officiating.
Lydia Menzel will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Rabbit Lake Town Hall and community center in Iron Hub. No gifts please.
Bill and Joyce Stimac
Bill and Joyce Stimac, Aitkin, formerly of Crosby, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and retirement with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. No gifts please. The event is hosted by Todd Bailey and Rhoda Benally.
Melissa Logering and Wesley Boggs
Melissa Logering and Wesley Boggs announce their engagement. Parents are Dean and Toni Logering, Merrifield, and Mary Boggs, Brainerd. A fall 2002 wedding is planned at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.
Kenneth and Patricia Price
Kenneth and Patricia Price, Pequot Lakes, recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 13, 1956, in Minneapolis.
Kathy Jeanne Machula, Nisswa, and Kieran Charles Moore, Lake Shore
Kathy Jeanne Machula, Nisswa, and Kieran Charles Moore, Lake Shore, announce their engagement. Parents are Steven and Ricky Machula, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and William and Mary Moore, St. Paul. A Novemeber wedding is planned at Fort Snelling.
Jessica Leino and Jason Jones were married Aug. 25, 2001, at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood with Pastor David Anderson officiating.
Five generations recently gathered in Okabena were Ivan Scott Kreger, son, Fridley; Sheila (Gehrls) Kreger, mother, Fridley; Tim Gehrls, grandfather, Brainerd; Marvin Gehrls, great-grandfather, Brainerd; and Lillian Gehrls, great-great-grandmother, Okabena.
Todd Bodine wins pole for Old Dominion
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Todd Bodine, proving again to be an impressive qualifier, turned a fast lap at 93.724 mph Friday in his Ford to win the pole for the Old Dominion 500.
City, township officials debate annexation
WALKER -- How state law should direct city annexation of township territory is clearly divided between city and township viewpoints.
Henning residents told to boil water after e-coli detected
HENNING (AP) -- Residents of this west-central Minnesota town were advised to boil their water after E. coli bacteria was detected in the city's water supply.
Poll: Minnesotans dislike timing of strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Many more Minnesotans disapprove of the timing of the strike by state employees than think it's appropriate, according to a new Minnesota Poll by the Star Tribune newspaper.
Former nursing home employee charged in patient's death
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A former St. Paul nursing home employee was charged in the death of a patient who was injured when he fell while she was moving him.
State, striking workers hold weekend talks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Talks between the state of Minnesota and its two striking employee unions were to resume late Saturday morning following a marathon bargaining session that ended at 2:30 a.m.
Report: Mall of America on terrorist list
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Mall of America was one of at least five sites cased by terrorist groups linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network for possible attacks in the United States, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday.
Picketers try to confront Ventura by blocking tour bus
WILLOW RIVER (AP) -- Striking workers tried Friday to confront Gov. Jesse Ventura by blocking his tour bus outside a correctional boot camp, but he never emerged and he might have avoided them using a helicopter.
Science Museum closed after unknown substance found
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Science Museum of Minnesota was closed Thursday as police and health officials investigated an unknown substance found at the popular attraction, and it will remain closed Friday, authorities said.
Dozens of Twin Cities office workers face strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mediation has failed and dozens of unions in the Twin Cities face a strike by their own, unionized office workers.
Police say substance found at Science Museum not hazardous
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A mysterious, jelly-like substance found at the Science Museum of Minnesota was not hazardous, police and public health officials said Friday.
State collects less money than projected for year's first quarter
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Even before Sept. 11, Minnesota's fiscal year opened with a whimper.
Block can hit and set too in new role on volleyball team
PIERZ -- Kari Block can do more than what her name suggests.
Weekly league leaders
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Brainerd oral surgeon Bill Baker has been named one of top 50 players in the 50 years of the WCHA promotion.
Pierz clinches share of conference title
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers wrapped up at least a share of the Central Minnesota Conference title with a 34-20 win over the Rockford Rockets on Friday night.
S-M boys, girls win Mid-State titles
DETROIT LAKES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' and girls' cross country teams won Mid-State Conference championships Thursday.
Roberts leads Pillager as four-year starting quarterback
PILLAGER -- Lee Roberts might have more options than a lawyer graduating from Harvard.
Flyers' swimmers score win over Rocori
COLD SPRING -- The Little Falls Flyers won eight events and swam past the Rocori Spartans 110-71 in a Central Lakes Conference meet Thursday.
The Brainerd Warriors bowling team defeated St. Cloud Apollo 4-1 and St. Cloud Tech 5-0 at Paul Bunyan Bowl in Baxter last weekend.
Ashley Meschke, Pierz doubles team capture Subsection 7A championships
PINE CITY -- Ashley Meschke of Pequot Lakes claimed the singles championship and Shiela Stegora-Sheena Loidolt of Pierz won the doubles competition at the Subsection 7A individual tennis tournament Thursday.
Brainerd lights up gridiron
Adamson Field was blacked out at halftime Friday as Brainerd dance teams performed an electrifying light stick routine.
Gobblers hold off Rush City
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers defense held after Rush City recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter to preserve a 22-14 win in Great River Conference football Friday night.
Roberts helps Pillager past Sebeka
PILLAGER -- Senior Lee Roberts scored three touchdowns to help the Pillager Huskies to a 47-6 Prairie Conference North victory over the Sebeka Trojans Friday.
BHS polishes off Tech
When St. Cloud Tech and Brainerd played volleyball Sept. 18 the Warriors were extended to five games by the Tigers before emerging with the victory.
On a kick
Jorgen Hartje is getting a kick out of playing two sports.
Sauk Rapids eliminates Little Falls in section 8A
RICE -- The Little Falls girls' soccer season came to an end Thursday when Sauk Rapids beat the Flyers 3-0 in the opening round of the Section 8A tournament.
Verndale edges Wheaton 12-6
WHEATON -- The Verndale Pirates scored twice in the first half and held on for a 12-6 triumph over the Wheaton Warriors in a Pheasant Conference football game Friday.
Steiger-Whalen subsection doubles champs
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Brainerd Warriors doubles team of Megan Steiger-Megan Whalen won the doubles championship in the North Subsection 8AA tennis tournament Thursday.
S-M girls' cross country team steps into top rank
STAPLES -- For the last five years the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' cross country team has enjoyed the recognition of being ranked No. 1 in Class A.
Ridgewater outscores Raiders 19-7
WILLMAR -- The Central Lakes College Raiders lost to the Ridgewater Warriors 19-7 in Minnesota Community College Conference South Division football Thursday.
Rails break away from Rangers
PROCTOR -- The Proctor Rails broke open a close game by scoring 13 points in the third quarter and went on to post a 27-12 triumph over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a Sea Range Conference game Friday.
Warrior swimmers continue winning
Seven seniors took their final plunge into the Brainerd High School pool following a 116-70 swimming and diving win over the St. Cloud Tech Tigers Thursday night.
Flyers beat Apollo for first win
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers picked up their first win of the season with a 24-10 victory over the winless St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in Central Lakes Conference action Friday.
Rangers defeat Pequot Lakes 3-1
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers defeated the Pequot Lakes Patriots 15-13, 7-15, 15-8, 15-7 in a non-conference volleyball match Thursday.
Bendson helps S-M polish off Agates
STAPLES-- Kyle Bendson rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns to help the Staples-Motley Cardinals beat the Two Harbors Agates 47-19 in non-conference football.
PR-B triumphs over Pequot
PINE RIVER -- In a circus-like atmosphere, that's what the football fans of the Pine River-Backus Tigers and Pequot Lakes Patriots were treated to in a North Star Conference clash Friday.
Bemidji rallies against Mankato
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Bemidji State rallied for two goals in the third period as the Beavers beat Minnesota State, Mankato 7-6 on Friday night.
"It's just been a fantastic ride for me. Everybody's been wonderful to me. It's a good time for me to step aside and let somebody else take over." Tom Kelly, Twins' manager
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the words of the best player he managed in 15-plus seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Tom Kelly was a fundamental freak.
St. Cloud advances in tourney
ORONO, Maine (AP) -- St. Cloud State goaltender Dean Weasler turned aside 30 shots and five different Huskies scored goals Friday as St. Cloud State defeated Clarkson 5-1 in the opening round of the Icebreaker Tournament.
Top North Dakota State players suspended for breaking curfew
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota State suspended star running back Lamar Gordon and two other key players for one game Friday for breaking the team's curfew.
Wild beat Blackhawks with power play goals
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The penalty-prone Chicago Blackhawks gave the Minnesota Wild a chance to work on their power play.
UMD defeats Nebraska-Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Minnesota-Duluth took a 3-0 lead in the first period and beat the University of Nebraska at Omaha 5-2 Friday night in the Maverick Stampede.
Vikings-Lions: Someone has to snap out of slump
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Most of Minnesota's opponents, asked if they're surprised by the Vikings' slow start, have answered predictably.
Retiring or sticking around?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly will meet with team owner Carl Pohlad on Friday to discuss his future with the team, according to a team spokesman.
Gophers remember 'Victory Right'
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- It was a play Northwestern practiced every week, a jumble of receivers, defensive backs and tipped balls so frenzied it looked more Pop Warner than planned.
Skarperud leads UND
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Tim Skarperud scored two goals to lead North Dakota to a 6-2 win over Colorado College on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both teams.
OS X After 6 months of tweaking, it's ready
Apple introduced Mac OS X in March, but you'd never know it from the company's advertising.
Diminutive camera delivers sharp images
When I was young and unburdened by home ownership or parenthood, I spent a lot of time taking pictures.
Windows XP Stable but often annoying
Six years ago, Microsoft unveiled a new operating system that it promised would work faster, more reliably and more simply than anything it had ever made before. Now it's about to make the same offer.
After attack, games to get some editing
In the aftermath of Sept. 11's terrorist attacks, upcoming games and movies with violent -- or painfully evocative -- scenes involving Manhattan skyscrapers or airliners are being postponed, reappraised or altered.
Owner of lucrative disputed telecom licenses has no network, services
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (AP) -- The deserted office tucked away in a corner of Three Skyline Drive hardly seems like the headquarters of a multibillion-dollar company. There is no receptionist at the front desk. The walls are unadorned. The lone splash of color comes from the cherry red fire extinguishers no one has bothered to mount on the walls.
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind advisory west this afternoon and evening...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of rain the afternoon west. Highs in the 60s.
Weather drawing by Luke Surma of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Showers ending early west...Then sunny and breezy. A chance of showers east. Highs in the 50s.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for south dakota
Wind advisory for parts of west this morning...
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers west into parts of central. Partly sunny east. Highs in the middle 50s to
More storms expected in Texas after day of tornadoes; mild conditions forecast in Northeast
Thunderstorms were predicted to hit the southern Plains again on Saturday, a day after tornadoes ripped through northern Texas and damaged several buildings.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Occasional rain southeast. A chance of rain northeast to south central. Partly or mostly sunny northwest. Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s.
Weather drawing by Whitnee Hale of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Showers and a few thunderstorms spreading across most of the state. Highs in the 50s to lower 60s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory west this afternoon and tonight...
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Showers and rain west spreading north and east. Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mainly cloudy. Scattered showers west with occasional rain east. Highs from the lower 50s north to the lower 60s south.
With the military
Air Force Airman Levi W. Ackley, son of Albert Ackley, Aitkin, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
North-South: Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 110.5; C
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER
Tom MacDonald, Brainerd, was the winner of the 45-70 Limited Edition Marlin gun from the Baxter Lions Club raffle.
The Community Ladies Aid would like to thank all 600+ people who attended the annual Harvest Supper on Oct. 6 at Deerfield Town Hall. This year's quilt winner was Curtis Lindemoen of Nevis.
Determined girl overcomes ridicule
DEAR ABBY: You printed a letter about school bullies. I went to school more than 20 years ago, and it hasn't changed. My family was poor. My clothes in high school were yard-sale stuff. One morning I walked into school and kids stopped and pointed at me, laughing. I remember a teacher coming into the hall to see what was going on, and he laughed, too. I was wearing colors that didn't go together, but it was the best I could do. My life was a nightmare.
Russia, Ukraine, concede that missile likely downed jet
MOSCOW -- Russia and Ukraine ended a week of defensive denials Friday and formally acknowledged that a wayward Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile most likely downed a Russian passenger jet last week, killing all 78 people on board.
British official rules out 'mass invasion' of Afghanistan
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition is not planning a massive invasion of Afghanistan though some action on the ground is likely, Britain's top aid official said Saturday.
Taliban turn down Bush's 'second chance' to surrender bin Laden
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's ruling Taliban have rejected President Bush's "second chance" offer to surrender terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden, a Taliban official said Saturday.
U.N., Annan win Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, Norway -- The United Nations and Secretary-General Kofi Annan won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to achieve a "more peaceful world."
Administration steps up campaign to fragment Taliban
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is stepping up its campaign to rattle the Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, and Vice President Dick Cheney says the tactic appears to be working.
Airstrikes devastate mountain cave complexes, Pentagon says
LONDON (AP) -- British officials said Friday they believe Afghanistan's Taliban government has exaggerated the number of civilian casualties in U.S.-led raids.
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