PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Since Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina stunned everyone with plans to acquire rival Compaq Computer Corp., she has found herself in a familiar position: defending her strategy.
Paying down debt can be good investment
NEW YORK -- If you've got some extra cash, one of the best investments you can make these days is paying down credit card debt.
Toy retailers bet parents will spend more, despite economy
NEW YORK -- Toy retailers and industry analysts are betting that parents won't scrimp on their kids when it comes to buying holiday toys, despite a slumping economy made more uncertain by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Changes at the mall
The East Brainerd Mall is all about change this fall.
The Brainerd Regional Human Services Center is offering three courses for the health care professional and paraprofessional.
Around the watercooler
RESTAURANT CAPITAL: Meals at New York's restaurants remain the costliest in the nation, according to the recently published 2002 Zagat restaurant survey for the city.
Stocks move higher as investors turn positive about earnings
NEW YORK -- Wall Street investors at first troubled by earnings reports reconsidered their concerns Friday, and decided the results were good enough to warrant a modest late-session advance.
Ruckus Interactive and RedDot Solutions announced that they have formed a partnership whereby Ruckus will sell and install RedDot software and configure RedDot-powered Web sites, intranets, extranets and other Web-based technologies.
Business groups sue over state's ergonomics rules, claiming there is no proven benefit
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A coalition of business groups and other employers sued the state over sweeping new ergonomic rules designed to protect workers from injury.
Potlatch planning temporary shutdowns in November, December
Potlatch is temporarily shutting down the Brainerd mill for several days in November and December in what the company says is a response to a weak demand and extremely poor market conditions.
Fiorina Q. and A.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- In an interview in her office with The Associated Press, Carly Fiorina discussed the Compaq deal, the flaws of conventional wisdom and life in the spotlight. Some highlights:
Senator gives straight skinny on swimming nude in Vermont
DEAR ABBY: I chuckled over your hot tub letters. When I was a young prosecutor in Vermont, an overly ambitious prosecutor in another county had someone arrested for skinny-dipping -- basically out of sight of everybody -- in a river. The local judge actually sentenced the "perpetrator" to jail, which caused an uproar.
MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS -- Volunteers needed for Brainerd area. Flexible opportunities available based on your schedule. Call Kathy at (218) 838-2154 or RSVP at 218-824-1345.
Easy trick to keep your sofa free of kittens
Dear Heloise: My daughter recently brought a foundling kitten home. It began jumping on our sofa and "marking" the cushions.
Child in need
There is a 7-year-old boy living near Brainerd who has recently enrolled in Kinship Partners. He has three siblings who have already been matched with a Kinship volunteer mentor.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1,300.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 223, a year ago 102.
Meets 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
Golf faces economic reality
NAPA, Calif. -- It is post-harvest time at Silverado Resort in the wine country, where the separate pleasures of grapes and golf compete for equal time.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Federal agency launches Medicare education campaign with humor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare's new multimillion-dollar consumer education campaign features humorous TV commercials touting a 24-hour hotline to help seniors navigate the massive health insurance system.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Volunteers sought to help students read
Toni Hanson puts on a telephone headset and pages through a bag of books, choosing one to read over the phone to her mentor.
Candidate forum to be in BHS Little Theatre
The site of the 7 p.m. Monday candidate forum has been changed from the Brainerd High School cafeteria to the Brainerd High School Little Theatre.
Two-hour power outage affects northwest Brainerd, Baxter
Drivers at several intersections through west Brainerd and Baxter used the honor system to navigate stoplights late Friday afternoon.
James H. McCormick, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, will visit the Staples and Brainerd campuses of Central Lakes College on Wednesday.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 21 - 40 years ago (1961) - The Larson Manufacturing Company of Brainerd is now producing gate mats, foot switches, wall cover plates and the company's newest plastic coated product the "Watch Dog," in quantity, but has yet to reach its potential, company officials indicated this week.
About 285 people attended the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program's 28th annual recognition banquet. The banquet combined a cowboy theme with music and dinner to honor volunteer efforts in Crow Wing County.
Greenspan: Fed carried on superbly without him
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who is often praised for his steady hand during times of crisis, said Friday that he was "essentially incommunicado" on Sept. 11, yet the Fed functioned quite well without him.
'America's Most Wanted' receives most tips ever
PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The host of "America's Most Wanted" said an episode about the 22 most wanted terrorists produced the most tips the show has ever received.
Rival endorses NYC mayoral candidate
NEW YORK (AP) -- With the democratic candidates finally making peace and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani denied another term in office, two men are now vying to take on a colossal task: taking charge of a wounded city still dealing with threats.
U.S. special forces 'attacked and destroyed targets'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said Saturday that U.S. special forces "attacked and destroyed targets" in Afghanistan and showed video of the ground troops clearing an airfield building by building.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 100 Army Rangers and other commandos struck into the Taliban's stronghold of southern Afghanistan in the first of many likely hit-and-run raids in the escalating war against terrorism.
Former home of Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives now a museum
MIAMI (AP) -- The house where Elian Gonzalez lived with relatives for five months during a widely publicized, international custody dispute has been transformed into a museum honoring the boy.
Investigators cite progress in tracking path of anthrax letters
WASHINGTON -- Authorities say they have pinpointed the New Jersey post office sorting box from which anthrax-bearing letters were sent, advancing their investigation even as two more people were found to have the skin form of the disease.
NY's 'Firefighter's Heaven' pulls together
WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y. -- Even before Sept. 11, it was known as "Firefighter's Heaven," a growing bedroom community and refuge for the firefighters of New York City.
Military explosives found in bus terminal locker
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A bus terminal was evacuated for several hours Friday after a station employee found an unclaimed suitcase containing a military-grade plastic explosive and 1,000 feet of blasting cord.
Washington voters consider raising cigarette taxes to highest in nation
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington voters are being asked to boost their cigarette taxes to the highest in the nation, with the bulk of the money going into health coverage for thousands of people who are uninsured.
Two U.S. soldiers die in copter crash
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A U.S. helicopter supporting a commando raid in Afghanistan crashed early Saturday in Pakistan, killing two U.S. servicemen -- the first American combat-related casualties of the campaign.
America's youngest adults confront prospect of war for first time
WASHINGTON -- They learned of war at a safe distance, through textbooks and television, during the twilight of the Soviet Empire.
Bush: Terrorists wanted to kill world economic system
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- As he mourned the deaths of two American soldiers in Pakistan, President Bush told business executives Saturday the attack on the World Trade Center was an assault on a free enterprise system that has fueled prosperity throughout the Pacific rim.
Nets hope new Kidd makes them a contender
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- As a general manager, Rod Thorn knows his place in NBA history.
Plenty of seats available for NL championship
ATLANTA (AP) -- College student Adam Brand didn't have to wheel and deal with scalpers or flip through the newspaper to find a ticket to the NL championship series.
Unbridled, 1990 Kentucky Derby champion, euthanized
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Unbridled, the 1990 Kentucky Derby champion, was euthanized after a bout of colic.
Schilling seizes the moment for Diamondbacks
ATLANTA (AP) -- For Curt Schilling, it truly was a complete game.
49ers QB forges strong working relationship with Mariucci
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- There was a time when Steve Mariucci didn't believe in Jeff Garcia. There was another time when Garcia didn't think Mariucci knew what he was talking about.
Alaska Fairbanks defeats Alaska Anchorage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Fairbanks won the first game of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup, defeating Alaska Anchorage 5-2 Friday at Fairbanks.
Mariners try to reverse fortunes against Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lou Piniella boldly predicted it, and the New York Yankees agree: The AL championship series is far from over.
Lipinski has no regrets as Olympics approach
SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) -- She's now a 19-year-old professional skater dabbling in acting and dealing with chronic hip problems. Hardly what anyone envisioned for Tara Lipinski as the Salt Lake City Olympics approach.
Tale of tape tells all for inept Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tom Coughlin felt no need to rant and rave at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, the day after they took him to the self-described low point of his 32 years in coaching.
Mirnyi downs Kafelnikov to reach Stuttgart final
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Qualifier Max Mirnyi upset another prominent player at the Stuttgart Masters Series, defeating Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6 (3), 6-3 Saturday to reach his first final in an important tournament.
Boise State defeats No. 8 Fresno State
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Fresno State's unlikely run at college football's biggest prizes ended in a most unlikely way.
Regene Hayenga Paulson
Regene Hayenga Paulson, 84, Brainerd, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
William A. Carlson
William A. Carlson, 87, Brainerd, formerly of Effie, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PIERZ -- Marion Veith, 76, Pierz, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at home.
Howard Irving Kimball
DEERWOOD -- Howard Irving Kimball, 85, Deerwood, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
FERGUS FALLS -- Adella Herrmann, 89, Fergus Falls, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at the Pioneer Retirement Community.
HACKENSACK -- Leonard Melvin Brown, 83, Hackensack, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at his home.
Lois J. Kieley
LITTLE FALLS -- Lois J. Kieley, 72, Little Falls, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Joseph A. Rogich
AITKIN -- Joseph A. Rogich, 79, Mille Lacs Lake area resident, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at his home.
Phyllis Lee Dunlap
Phyllis Lee Dunlap, 67, Moneta, Va., formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001.
Athletes, drugs don't mix
In most Minnesota schools, if you play sports and are caught drinking or using drugs, you can expect to miss two games or two weeks, whichever is greater. A second offense means three weeks or six events, and the third offense results in ineligibility for four weeks or 12 events.
Look for Iraq's hands to be dirty
There is little doubt that several U.S. institutions have been intentionally attacked with anthrax. While most of the exposures reported have been of the cutaneous variety -- where anthrax spores penetrate the body through cuts in the skin -- the two cases of inhalation anthrax discovered in Florida should be of special interest.
In response to a letter of Oct. 15, 2001, I can't see what all the fuss is about on Diner's Club meals. I for one eat most of my meals at home. I do not eat a big meal at noon, so I don't go to the nutrition sites to eat. I like my big meal at night, so I go to the Country Kitchen sometimes!
Bureaucracy under repair
WASHINGTON--Whatever their views before Sept. 11, Americans of all stripes have relearned the lesson that when there is a crisis, it's handy to have a government that can cope. Not just the heroic firefighters, police and rescue workers, but bureaucrats in the Pentagon and State Department and scientists at the Centers for Disease Control have won acclaim. Trust in government is at a 35-year high.
FLW bass tour to have record cash awards
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. -- The Wal-Mart FLW Bass Tour has upped the ante for 2002 with a $650,000 boost to tournament purses, the sport's first live network television series, an all new championship format and three new venues.
North Country treasure Rice Lake Refuge has something for everyone
McGREGOR -- In March 2003 the National Wildlife Refuge system celebrates its 100th anniversary, at which time the nation's approximately 530 refuges will get a huge influx of visitors.
There's more to turtle harvesting than meets the eye
Last week I wrote about filming painted turtles from Lake Maria and about the process of gathering data from the collected specimens. This week let's examine the research project of analyzing the commercial harvest of painted turtles in Minnesota.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Walleyes and northern pike are very active on Gull Lake. As a general rule, work 24 to 35 feet of water during the day and 6 to 20 feet after dark.
Searchers found a lost hunter in Rum River State Forest near Onamia earlier this week.
Minnesota is elevated to "elk state" status, opens way for more funding for projects
MIDDLE RIVER, Minn. -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently designated Minnesota as an official "elk state," paving the way for more money for projects that will benefit Minnesota's elk herd.
South Dakota pheasant numbers down but still strong
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department pheasant brood surveys in August suggest the number of birds in the state is about 5 million, down 19 percent from the 2000 survey.
Southern states might get longer waterfowl seasons
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed extending duck seasons to Jan. 31 in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. The proposal was published in the Oct. 10 "Federal Register."
Krista Hansen and Jamie Vogt
Krista Hansen and Jamie Vogt announce their engagement. Parents are Randy and Sheree Hansen, Brainerd, and Paula Pickar-Bickford, Brainerd, and Jeff and Diane Vogt, Brainerd. A Dec. 22 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Amy LaValle and Mark Hansmann were married Aug. 11, 2001, at Breezy Point Resort with Linda Sinotte, Morrison County court administrator, officiating.
Elwood and Audrey Wessman
Elwood and Audrey Wessman, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their families. They were married Oct. 12, 1951, in Dassel.
Katherine Jane Mathews and Martin Alden Nelson were married Sept. 1, 2001, at Cragun's Legacy Clubhouse with Darrell Paske officiating.
Renae Sundby and Ernest Draper were married Aug. 25, 2001, in Eagan with Pastor David Lillejord officiating.
Mayme Kraemer, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Instead of gifts, please donate to the senior center. The event will be hosted by her family. She was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Kelliher.
Elaine Motzko and Michael Youngquist were married July 28, 2001, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor James Almquist officiating.
Mya Eden Honeywell and Ryan Michael Williams were married May 25, 2001, at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater with Bob Copeland officiating.
Laurie Chester and Pat Humphrey were married Aug. 30, 2001, at Camp Shamineau in Motley with Pastor Ken Abramson officiating.
Five generations recently gathered were Dominic Golish, son, Bayport; Angela Beck, mother, Bayport; Randy Beck, grandfather, Bayport; Arlene Buchite, great-grandmother, Emily; and Elna Deyo, great-great-grandmother, Mississippi Terrace Apartments, Brainerd.
Jennifer Alene Northburg and Justin Jay Schwartz
Jennifer Alene Northburg and Justin Jay Schwartz, both of Brainerd, announce their engagemen
Compton wins pole, Stewart wears restraint
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Maybe he was distracted by his new head-and-neck restraint system, or maybe he was just worn down from his argument with NASCAR. Either way, Tony Stewart was uninspired at the EA Sports 500.
State offices free of anthrax
ST. PAUL -- An examination of 28 air and environmental samples taken from state Capitol offices and residences for Gov. Jesse Ventura turned up no evidence of anthrax contamination, the Department of Health announced Friday.
Strike by seaway workers would be felt in state
DULUTH (AP) -- With just weeks remaining before ice clogs the Duluth-Superior Port and closes the shipping season, a threatened strike by St. Lawrence Seaway workers could hurt several Minnesota industries.
Mary Richards statue delayed
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mary Richards won't be tossing her hat in downtown Minneapolis until spring.
Ventura has no pending plan for taxing Internet sales
WINNIPEG (AP) -- The impending lapse of a federal ban on taxes that target the Internet will bring no immediate action in Minnesota, Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday.
Northwest to proceed with orders for new jets
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines has informed its pilots union that it will take delivery of all new aircraft scheduled for arrival through the end of next year.
MCCL honors departing Schwietz
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Members of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life on Friday night honored Jackie Schwietz, the longtime executive director of the organization who resigned in June.
Malls increase security, but acknowledge concerns over scaring away the customers
Trick-or-treating and Halloween parties are being canceled at shopping malls across the country.
Leaders address border security
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -- Canada wants to work with North Dakota and Minnesota to improve border security, Manitoba Premier Gary Doer said.
South Dakota's governor taking Ventura comments in stride
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A little ribbing between Minnesota and South Dakota governors is nothing new and Gov. Bill Janklow is taking the latest round in stride.
Nuclear plants tighten security
ST. PAUL -- Managers at Minnesota's two nuclear plants have a request for would-be visitors: Stay away.
Redebaugh lead Patriots volleyball team
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes volleyball season has been less than stellar, but Julie Redebaugh has given Patriots fans something to watch.
Anderson gunning for state appearance
CROSBY -- There isn't a day that goes by that Sam Anderson isn't running somewhere.
Olson enjoys challenge as activities director
LITTLE FALLS -- Despite the financial difficulties facing the Little Falls School District, first-year activities director Mike Olson is optimistic about the future.
Local sports shorts
Eleven Brainerd area runners competed in the Twin Cities Marathon Oct. 7.
Area events Saturday Oct 20
Rainy River earns top seed by defeating CLC
HIBBING-- A playoff game of hug proportions didn't fall in CLC's favor on Friday as Rainy River defeated the Raiders 30-13, 23-30, 30-22, 30-21 at Hibbing.
Pillager track honors former coach
PILLAGER -- High school athletic departments seem to have revolving doors as coaches shuffle in and out.
Raiders to return to national golf tournament, Sauer to defend title
After last year's surprise third-place finish at the NJCAA Division III men's golf tournament, the Central Lakes College Raiders won't be surprising anyone this time.
St. Cloud State skates by Michigan Tech
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Mike Doyle scored two goals Friday night as St. Cloud State beat Michigan Tech 7-2 in the conference opener for both teams.
Opportunity knocks for second-year back
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- It's hard to ask a young player in the NFL to be patient these days, but that's exactly what's been asked of Minnesota Vikings second-year running back Doug Chapman.
Mankato sneaks past Duluth in conference opener
DULUTH (AP) -- Grant Stevenson scored two goals to lead Minnesota State, Mankato, over Minnesota-Duluth 6-5 Friday evening in the conference opener for both teams.
Packers could spy Culpepper to prevent easy run yardage
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper is bigger than most linebackers.
Gophers cruise by Bemidji 7-2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Troy Riddle and John Pohl each scored two goals as Minnesota beat Bemidji State 7-2 Friday evening.
Wild lose in overtime
ST. PAUL (AP) -- One point did little to soothe the Minnesota Wild's disappointment.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kailee Wong thought he was part of a fierce rivalry in college while playing for Stanford against Cal.
GREEN BAY at MINNESOTA 3:15 p.m.
FOX OPENING LINE -- Packers by 3.
Brandon paces Wolves over Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- At 31, Minnesota's Terrell Brandon is showing no sign of slowing down as he prepares for his 11th NBA season.
NFL 2K2, Sega Sports
Will war games continue to attact players now?
If war is hell, why are war games so popular?
E-mail pamphleteer shines in crisis
NEW YORK (AP) -- One Sunday over the summer, The New York Times reported in a front-page story that Internet users were tending to gravitate toward the Web sites of traditional media.
Resetting BIOS is the final step
If you ever build your own PC, the last step in setting it up is to tweak your BIOS. No, that's not something consenting adults do, it is a way of altering permanent settings (basic input-output statements) that your computer loads when it starts up.
Pop goes the Web sales pitch
Ask the everyday Web user what the person thinks of "pop-under" ads, and you may get a look of puzzlement. Ask the person's opinion of the "X10" ad, and you may get a string of obscenities.
Online buying tips
Daunted by safety concerns and the usual madness that accompanies mall shopping during the holidays, more consumers are expected to do their buying online this year.
Hot sites on the Web
A roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet:
Bugs are getting nastier
This summer, the words, "Hi! How Are You?" were cause for alarm if you owned a PC.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Sunny to partly sunny with highs from the low 60s northeast to near 80 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds with a chance of showers west and south... Mainly this afternoon. Highs in the 50s to lower 60s.
State forecast for South Dakota
This afternoon...Clear to partly cloudy skies. Highs in the mid 50s and 60s.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the 50s.
Rain drenches southern Florida; cloudy, fair skies in the West
Showers and thunderstorms drenched the Florida Keys and areas of the state's southern coast Friday afternoon.
Minnesota state forecast
This afternoon...Scattered showers northeast. Showers ending southeast. Mostly clear west and clear to partly cloudy east. Highs from 50 north to the middle 60s southwest. Tonight...A chance of showers northwest. Partly cloudy south and east. Lows from 30 north to the lower 40s south.
Weather drawing by Katie Ranney in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Central Lakes College for recognizing Carol and myself as Outstanding Alumnus.
Lowell School Care teams and their families would like to thank our Target corporation for the past six years of a fantastic partnership! Target has provided grant monies for transportation an
Daniel Dicks will present a program on water gardening at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nisswa Garden Club luncheon meeting to be held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Developments Friday related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops entered two more West Bank towns Saturday in what was emerging as the broadest Israeli military operation in more than a year of fighting. Five Palestinians were killed, including a woman whose home was hit by a tank shell.
Student, chief engineer from sunken Japanese ship identified
HONOLULU (AP) -- Navy divers have recovered the bodies of six Japanese men and students killed when their fishing ship was struck by a U.S. submarine, and officials plan to begin taking the victims' relatives to the site.
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