Wall Street finally enjoys an upbeat week
For the stock market, happy days are here again. Two of them, anyway.
On the money
NEW YORK -- As you've watched your savings accounts shrink, have you given any thought to how the 2-1/2 year market slide and depressed interest rates have affected your parents' retirement nest egg?
Around the watercooler
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: America's corporate badboys have tainted the job of chief executive officer, at least for now, according to a new survey of 150 senior executives.
Q. I received a letter from a company offering to help me recover unclaimed money that a state is holding and that may be mine. They want me to pay a fee for the service. Should I pay?
Opinions sought on county land use
Have an opinion on Crow Wing County's land use?
NEW YORK -- It sounds almost cliched: A business partnership is like a marriage.
Gregg Meierhofer recently joined Brainerd Savings and Loan as a loan officer at the Brainerd Savings Loan Center.
Firm's collapse blow to business of regenerative medicine
The business of regenerative medicine was dealt another blow this week with the collapse of Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc. of San Diego, a pioneering company that sold a replacement skin for burn victims and diabetics.
DEAR HELP WANTED: I am an experienced computer consultant who has been out of work for the past 14 months.
Minnesota and higher education
The following editorial was published Tuesday in the Duluth News-Tribune.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 400. Last Friday: 1719. Year ago Friday: 393. Thursday actual: 435.
State corn and soybean harvests forecast at record levels
ST. PAUL (AP) -- At a time when prices are relatively high, Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest record corn and soybean crops this year, the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service said Friday.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 172, a year ago 62.
GARRISON -- Four people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 18 at Highway 6 west of Garrison.
WADENA -- Three juveniles were arrested Friday in connection with a Sept. 29 burglary at Bill's Guns, two miles north of Wadena.
Nathan and Norma (Stangel) Eckman, Brainerd, a boy, Brian Vernon, 5 pounds, 12 ounces, Aug. 28, 2002. Grandparents are Robert and Vicki Eckman, Walker, Darrell and Tami Stangel, Crosby, and Duane Gard, Pine River.
Report: Pentagon plans smallpox vaccinations
NEW YORK (AP) -- With the White House moving toward a military attack against Iraq, the Pentagon is expected to start vaccinating up to 500,000 troops against smallpox once the vaccine is licensed in mid-November, a published report said.
State has its eye on food safety
BAXTER -- Executive Chef Howard Smith of Black Bear in Baxter tells employees to sing "Happy Birthday" while they wash their hands.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - Nature's fall paintbrush is reflected in the Mississippi River near Ahren's Hill. The blue sky of autumn emphasizes central Minnesota's annual explosion of color.
Post office closed Monday
The Brainerd Post Office won't be making deliveries or pickups and the post office lobby won't be open Monday in observance of Columbus Day.
With great-grandchild Trenton Wagner (left), and youngest grandson Conner Cluever on the right, John Cluever welcomed family and friends at his retirement party Friday in his shop in northeast Brainerd. After barbering in the Brainerd area for 54 years, Cluever has decided to hang up his clippers. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Horse runs off, still missing six weeks later
It's been about six weeks since Dustee, a 6-year-old gelding, became spooked while being ridden at an endurance competitive riding event and ran off into the wilds of the Pillsbury State Forest in Pillager.
Former Lund Boats executive sentenced for embezzlement
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The former chief financial officer for Lund Boats was sentenced to more than five years and three months in prison Friday for embezzling more than $14 million from the company over 18 years.
It was incorrectly reported in the Oct. 6 edition of the Daily Dispatch that Milt Wagner won the High Gun man award at the Lakeshore Conservation Club's Labor Day shoot. The award was won by Brackett Wagner.
The Brainerd Comprehensive Planning meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Brainerd High School little theater.
LF township hall fire believed arson
LITTLE FALLS (AP) -- Fire damaged a century old township hall where ballots were to be cast in next month's general election.
Handy tips for keeping food safe to eat
From storing food to cooking it, there are several things people can do to avoid a food borne illness.
The Twins are in Anaheim this weekend as the league championship series continued. Read about the outcome in Sports Monday.
BAXTER -- Motorists should plan for delays on Highway 210 from Elder Drive South to Baxter Drive from Monday through Saturday .
Smallbox vaccine use sparks federal debate
WASHINGTON -- It's one thing to offer a risky, possibly deadly, smallpox vaccine. It's another to urge people to take it.
Fort Bragg soldier accused in bizarre murder plot
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Jonathan Meadows wanted a new life so badly, he was willing to take another life to get it, police say.
Top lender for poor credit risks agrees to pay millions to settle predatory lending claims
CHICAGO (AP) -- Household International, one of the nation's biggest lenders to people with bad credit, said Friday it will pay up to $484 million to settle claims it duped tens of thousands of mostly poor home buyers across the country with hidden and unnecessary costs.
Gas station shooting eighth fatality linked to Washington-area sniper attacks
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A traveling businessman shot while a state trooper stood 50 yards away was the 10th victim of a sniper who has been stalking the Washington area, authorities confirmed Saturday.
Frustrated judges try shaming convicts into good behavior
PHILADELPHIA -- Faced with an unending stream of unrepentant crooks, vagrants and addicts who shrug off short jail terms and scoff at probation, a small number of judges are returning to an old weapon in the war on crime: shame.
Astronauts take 2nd spacewalk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A couple of husky astronauts whose first spacewalk was a tiring, difficult affair ventured back outside Saturday for another round of construction work on the international space station.
Prosecutors: Islamic materials found in apartment of terror cell suspects
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say they found Islamic books and printouts from the Internet -- including one titled "How Do I Train Myself for Jihad" -- in the apartment of two suspected members of a terrorist cell.
Court ruling slows generic versions of Prilosec
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal court ruling Friday boosted a drug company's efforts to block generic versions of its blockbuster heartburn drug Prilosec.
TRAGEDY IN THE FOG
CEDAR GROVE, Wis. -- One by one, 38 cars plowed into a fiery heap of vehicles, the burning wreckage obscured by thick fog.
Administration ponders Iraq without Saddam
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is considering plans for a postwar Iraq that could keep U.S. troops in the Middle Eastern country long after President Saddam Hussein's departure.
Questions and answers as government finalizes smallpox policy
Q: What is smallpox and why is it so worrisome?
Top insurer tells seniors imported drugs will be reimbursed
NEW YORK -- The country's biggest health insurer has informed members of the senior citizens lobbying group AARP that it will reimburse them for prescriptions filled in Canada and elsewhere abroad.
Canada to deport man wanted as witness in Short slayings
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Canadian officials said they would deport the North Carolina man whom officials have said they want to question as a witness in the deaths of Jennifer Short and her parents.
Thunder Stix arrive by hand delivery
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The 10-day lockout at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach had cargo stacked up for days. It nearly derailed delivery of the Anaheim Angels' most popular giveaway: Thunder Stix.
It's not Elway and Marino any more
Jay Fiedler and Brian Griese aren't Dan Marino and John Elway by any standard. But they'll be doing Sunday night what Marino and Elway rarely did in their long and distinguished careers: facing each other on the football field.
The Houston Texans started their first season with a good defense and anemic offense that included five first-time starters, plus rookie running back Jonathan Wells, who plays as much as starter James Allen. They're still ranked last in the league in offense but they're getting better.
National sports briefs
Former Yankees and Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter was hired by the Texas Rangers on a four-year contract.
Score one for the little guys
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The high-rollers already are back home. This year's baseball playoffs are for the little guys.
Father-son connection is alive and well
SAN FRANCISCO -- At the start of the week, before his son's team had even qualified, Jack Snow fielded several questions from callers wondering whether he planned to root for the Cardinals or the Giants in the event they met in the National League Championship Series.
Win or lose, Baker's future with Giants appears uncertain
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dusty Baker returns home at the peak of his managerial career, his San Francisco Giants poised just two victories from the World Series.
Byron 'Barney' O. Ware
AITKIN -- Byron "Barney" O. Ware, 100, Aitkin, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Charlie W. Zaleckis
Charlie W. Zaleckis, 84, Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Henry H. Stoltz
SOBIESKI -- Henry H. Stoltz, 87, Sobieski, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at St. Benedict's Center in St. Cloud.
Bernette H. Mickelson
Bernette H. Mickelson, 77, Brainerd, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
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News council can help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
A recent AP story on abortion and the governor's race said the next governor could usher in a "new era of abortion politics in Minnesota" and talked of the "cement walls" erected by Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, the DFL gubernatorial candidate, to thwart the passage of pro-life legislation.
OTHER OPINIONS Forgetting anyone?
When the Senate Judiciary Committee met this week to report juWhen the Senate Judiciary Committee met this week to report judicial nominations for consideration by the full Senate, two names were conspicuously absent: Michael McConnell and Miguel Estrada..
An exposed portion of Mississippi River bottom near Kiwanis Park provided a perfect reflecting perch for five seagulls last week. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Oak wilt is caused by a fungus
My mind and memory were put to the test recently when Robert's dad asked me about oak wilt. As I mentally researched, I realized it had been years since the topic had come up in conversation.
New recipes for a wild game favorite
Pheasant hunting has bee
Cavreboarding combines skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It's nearing 11 p.m. as six guys hop on a city bus, each of them toting a wheeled contraption that looks like the monster truck of skateboards.
FARMERS vs. FOREST
MARAHOUE NATIONAL PARK, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Wielding machetes in Ivory Coast's protected Marahoue National Park, a knot of farmers gathered piles of dead underbrush, cut down a month before and lying flat and brown on the forest floor.
Despite the publicity, ATVs continue to damage Foothills State Forest
It shouldn't have been allowed to come to this.
Jamie Preimesberger and Andy Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Kim Preimesberger, Deerwood, and Mark Preimesberger and Holly Huseth, Shakopee, and Julie and Paul Anderson, Deerwood. A Jan. 4, 2003, wedding is planned in Crosby.
Shawna Norwood and Shawn Barnett announce their engagement. Parents are Greg Norwood, Park Rapids, formerly of Pequot Lakes, and Robin Champlin, Phoenix, and Dave Sullivan, Prescott, Ariz., and Mary Bower, Phoenix. A Nov. 16 wedding is planned in Phoenix.
A new place for learning
The doors to the Brainerd School District's Learning Center opened last week.
Marie Flansburg, Brainerd, will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the home of Bob and Kathy Flansburg. She was born Nov. 8, 1917.
Richard and Eileen Harrison recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party at the Deerwood Auditorium. The event was hosted by their children. They were married Sept. 22, 1952.
Kristina Lea Holtzleicer and Bruce Allen Draeger announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Sharon Holtzleicer, Deerwood, and Roger and Joy Draeger, Brownton. A Nov. 16 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa with a dinner and dance to follow at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
Five generations recently gathered were Arik Pietz, son; Tanya Pietz, mother; Cathie Pearson, grandmother; Don Hardy, great-grandfather; and Veta Hardy, great-great-grandmother.
Keri Larson and Toby Wooden were married Aug. 31, 2002, at Brainerd Christian Fellowship with George Cahoon officiating.
Paul and Norine Affeldt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family today in St. Cloud. They were married Oct. 11, 1952, in Sauk Rapids by the Rev. C.A. Affeldt.
Retirement open house
There will be a retirement open house for Gale and Marlys Plante from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Fort Ripley Community Center. The event is hosted by their family. No gifts please.
John C. and Florence (Hendricks) Nelson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Church Hall in Brainerd. The event is hosted by their children. No gifts please. They were married Oct. 18, 1952, in Motley.
Heather Byers and Eric Pikula announce their engagement. Parents are Ann Byers, St. Paul, and Jerry Byers, Mankato, and Mike and Pam Pikula, Baxter. A November wedding is planned in St. Paul.
Rana Kostecki and Joe Browning were married Aug. 17, 2002, at The Depot in Duluth with Pastor Presuhn officiating.
Taya Hanson and Wally Peterson were married Aug. 10, 2002, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Seamus Walsh officiating.
Norman and Betty Rohl will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Pillager Elementary School. No gifts please. The event is hosted by their children.
North Dakotan woman killed in crash near Moorhead
MOORHEAD (AP) -- A North Dakota woman was fatally injured in a collision south of Moorhead Friday night, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Pawlenty says he won't appeal ruling
ST. PAUL -- Republican Tim Pawlenty said Friday he will abide by an ethics board ruling that could empty his campaign fund in the final weeks of the gubernatorial race, declining to challenge the decision in court.
Two dead in fiery crash on Interstate 94 near Avon
AVON (AP) -- Investigators returned Saturday to the scene of a fiery crash that killed two people on Interstate 94 in central Minnesota.
Nonprofit jobs increase
DULUTH (AP) -- The number of nonprofit organizations with employees in Minnesota grew 27 percent from 1993 to 2001, when nonprofit employees accounted for slightly more than 9 percent of the state's work force, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits said Friday.
Pioneers run wild for 37-26 victory
PIERZ -- The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles came into Friday's football game at Pierz with the most potent offense in the Central Minnesota Conference.
Pillager-Sebeka game postponed
SEBEKA -- The Pillager Huskies traveled to Sebeka Friday only to be turned away by ominous skies and lightning.
Koch helps Pequot pounce on Cass Lake-Bena
CASS LAKE -- Pequot Lakes' Tim Koch scored on a 3-yard pass reception and 85-yard kickoff return to help the Patriots knock off Cass Lake-Bena 17-2 in North Star Conference football Friday.
PR-B gathers up Drakes
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers ended homecoming week with a 53-8 victory over the Blackduck Drakes in North Star Conference football Friday.
Victory provides home-field advantage
While wrapping up the Central Lakes Conference football title Friday, the Brainerd Warriors also clinched home-field advantage for the playoffs.
Big Lake defeats Staples-Motley
BIG LAKE -- The Big Lake Hornets defeated Staples-Motley 42-13 in non-conference football Friday.
Area events Saturday
Twins face key decisions this winter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major-league teams assess their needs in the offseason, maybe make a trade, possibly sign a free agent, or clean house.
The Brainerd Warriors shared the Central Lakes Conference football title with Alexandria in 2001. The teams didn't play each other but both went unbeaten in conference play to share the crown.
She's short but mighty on volleyball court
Devan Preimesberger sets the Crosby-Ironton Rangers offense in motion.
Verndale remains unbeaten
VERNDALE -- Kyle Ashman and Casey Finck combined for 281 total yards and four touchdowns as the Verndale Pirates remained unbeaten with a 41-6 Pheasant Conference football victory over Wheaton Friday.
C-I athlete is racing to the front this year
For most of his cross country career, Joe Radinovich has run second.
Perham stings W-DC
WADENA -- Seth Meier caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Kephart and Travis Pettit scored but the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines lost to the Perham Yellowjackets 47-14 Friday in Northern Lakes Conference football.
Onamia beats Aitkin in volleyball
ONAMIA -- The Onamia Panthers defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 15-6, 15-12, 15-5 in a Great River Conference volleyball matchup Thursday.
Proctor blanks C-I
CROSBY -- The Proctor Rails scored early and often in a 54-0 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in Sea Range Conference football Friday.
Sauk Rapids stops Flyers
LITTLE FALLS -- Bo Carrow's 63-yard touchdown reception from David Sperl saved the Little Falls Flyers from being shutout as they fell to the Sauk Rapids Storm 21-6 in Central Lakes Conference football Friday.
Local sports shorts
The Lakes Area Golden Gloves Boxing team will have its season-opening practice 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd.
Romero has to hope fame is fleeting
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- J.C. Romero dressed carefully. He shook out the creases in each pant leg, tucked in the black tank top. He put on his jacket slowly, buttoned each button, seven of them, carefully. He shook his watch out of a sock and snapped the clasps. He put on shaded glasses, even though it was 9 p.m. and plenty dark out.
Wild open with 5-1 triumph
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Wild coach Jacques has noticed a difference in Manny Fernandez, even in his pregame routine.
St. Cloud edges Ferris State
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Jake Moreland had 40 saves to lead St. Cloud State to 2-1 nonconference victory over Ferris State on Friday night.
Success fails to endear Pohlad to fans
Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad should be the pride of the Twin Cities these days, celebrating his team's run to the American League Champ
Vikings still searching for win No. 1
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Joey Harrington is just being honest.
Angels take 2-1 lead
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels are having the time of their lives. They've even started to show it.
Wolves cool Heat
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Troy Hudson scored 19 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 90-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night in the first NBA exhibition game played in the Dominican Republic.
Iowa state forecast
Frost advisory for east central iowa tonight...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Showers and isolated thunderstorms...Mainly early in the northwest...And in the afternoon southeast. Temperatures falling into the lower to mid 40s northwest. Highs southeast in the 60s...Then falling late.
Pile of leaves
Weather drawing by Shalissa Pulak of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Scattered morning snow showers west...Then partly cloudy. Becoming partly sunny and windy east. Highs mainly in the 40s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Gusty northwest winds and much colder. A chance of rain or snow showers north. A chance of mainly morning showers with a few thunderstorms south. Temperatures falling into the 30s north and into the 40s south.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy and windy with a chance of snow showers. Becoming partly sunny west this afternoon. Highs from the mid 30s northeast to lower 40s west.
Tapping into the down-spirit of Mayberry
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- Doug Reeves parked his station wagon at the meterless curb on Main Street, leaving it open and unlocked -- you can do that here -- and walked through the door of Floyd's City Barber Shop.
There will be three ways to win at the Nisswa Area Women of Today's 15th annual fashion show "An Evening in Paradise" on Tuesday in Breezy Point. Raffle tickets will sell for $1 each. Those who buy tickets need not be present to win. New this
The Brainerd Fire Department would like to thank all those who helped make our Open House another huge success. It is the continued support you give us that enables us to host this event annually during Fire Prevention Week. Your participation helps us accomplish our goal of promoting safety in our community and for this we extend our heartfelt thanks.
Police say would-be suicide bomber arrested near U.S. Embassy in Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- U.S. Embassy security guards overpowered a would-be suicide bomber who had tried to enter a crowded cafe nearby on the Tel Aviv beachfront on Friday, police said.
U.S. troops find Afghan warehouses filled with weapons
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. troops found two warehouses filled with a staggering arsenal believed to belong to a maverick Afghan commander, the military said Saturday.
Seven killed, 59 injured in shopping mall blast that shocks tranquil Finland
VANTAA, Finland (AP) -- A bomb exploded in a busy suburban shopping mall near where a clown was inflating balloons for children, killing seven people and injuring 59 people, police said Saturday.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- For the Bush administration and its Western allies, the unexpectedly strong showing of religious parties in Thursday's parliamentary elections has yielded a harsh lesson in the law of unintended consequences, at least as applied to Pakistani politics.
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