Crosslake contractor's license to build suspended by state
CROSSLAKE -- Jay Smedberg and Associates, Crosslake, a residential building contractor, is prohibited from engaging in construction activity, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reported Wednesday.
Last year's debt can spoil this year's holiday season
How much money have people saved for the approaching holiday season is a question credit counselors are now asking.
Pine River-based Houston Ford's business addition is turning a few heads and bringing descriptions of a mini-Cabella atmosphere.
Old companies and new share problems
NEW YORK (AP) -- We watch in awe the terrifying descent in the fortunes of those once-glamorous high-tech startups, which so recently focused on the limitless heavens and now count the days until the money runs out.
A bear market? It's still hard to say yes
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's performance the past few week -- managing to put together a rally only to see it evaporate at the first sign of trouble -- begs the question: Can we say, finally, that we're in a bear market?
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe at Grand Casino Mille Lacs announced September associate promotions.
Around the watercooler
HOLD THE CLEAN FUEL: Nearly half of American consumers remain cool to the idea of paying more for electricity to help mitigate global warming, according to a new survey.
Corporate Report magazine to fold
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Next month's issue of Corporate Report magazine will be the last for the 31-year-old business publication, which will be folded into its sister publications.
Minnesota Power was presented with the Spirit of Minnesota Award in recognition of its economic development program.
McDonald's beefs up quest for hot items
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- You won't find a dish resembling the McPizza or Arch Deluxe, two forgettable flops, in test kitchens at McDonald's corporate headquarters.
Lasery surgery for pets available
BAXTER -- Lakeland Veterinary Hospital, Baxter, added laser surgical capabilities for animal patients.
Toy retailers aim to win back preteens from electronic gadgets
NEW YORK -- For the past two years, 11-year-old Michael Pociask has been snubbing toy stores in favor of much cooler alternatives: electronics chains like Best Buy, packed with high-tech gadgets and video games.
S.S. Celebration to undertake second Halloween voyage
BAXTER -- The cruise ship S.S. Celebration, which coincidentally is the size of a church, will sail away in the imagination of all those who enter this alternative Halloween extravaganza Tuesday at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Seasons of life can change quickly
What a beautiful fall season this has turned out to be. In my opinion, we couldn't have hand picked a fall any better than what we have experienced this year.
For some, Halloween is holiest night of year
Is Halloween more than a goofy night for candy and costumes? Those fundamentalist Christians who bemoan it as a pagan holiday know what they're talking about.
Early stimulation leads to lifelong capacity to learn
QUESTION: What causes a child to be a "slow learner" -- one who just doesn't learn like other children in the classroom?
There will be a seminar at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 8 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2100 Lynwood Drive, Baxter.
Wired seniors still prefer paper for college applications
NEW YORK (AP) -- This year's high school seniors may be wired and tech-savvy, but most of them will be applying to colleges the old-fashioned way: by mailing in a paper application.
School officials get light-hearted primer on children from Keillor
BYLINE3: ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Garrison Keillor knows a thing or two about teaching children. After all, he has a 31-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.
Pie in the Sky idea flies high
STAPLES -- Velma Hart of Staples started her Pie in the Sky Pumpkin Farm just southwest of Staples on Highway 210 to help her market pumpkins.
The complex truth about what children need
If you asked your kids what they really, really need to have a good life, you'd get laughably simple answers.
Quincy Hayes, in charge of seasonal merchandise at a Target store in Virginia, finds the days before Halloween downright ghoulish. He's got six large, double-
Pumpkins, spider webs an American export
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The Abominable Giant Man Eating Zombie Tea Party is one of the many costume bashes spooking Singapore's nightclub scene this Halloween.
Fireball was her foe Memories of Halloweens past
There is no other holiday like Halloween. Where else, when else do millions of people buy $4 billion worth of candy, then send their children out to collect it from one another in a spate of frenzied exchanges?
Child in need
Kevin is one happy young man. His brother Jake is equally as deli
Life is measured by memories, not points
As her son collected his gear for the start of his senior football season, he betrayed an apprehension she'd not seen in him in years past. In the way that mothers are hard-wired into their reticent sons, she knew that he was nervous.
Census says more moms returning to labor force within year of giving birth
WASHINGTON -- Kirsten Ross gave birth to her second child seven weeks ago and was back at work as soon as she got home from the hospital.
A black bear was found dead Sunday on Highway 371 South about three to five miles south of the bypass, apparently killed by a motor vehicle.
THEFT -- It was reported the vehicle of Pete Swift, Brainerd, was stolen from in front of the Log Cabin Restaurant and Lounge.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 130, a year ago 38.
MOTLEY -- Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday on Highway 64 in Cass County, four miles north of Motley.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 156, a year ago 103.
The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 1:24 p.m. Thursday to investigate the smell of gas on Ojibwa Road, off Highway 371, in Unorganized Territory.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 500.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER
Edstrom, Lori A. and Kreg A.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 550.
BURGLARY -- Two rural Backus men were arrested on several counts of burglary for a cabin break-in in Cass County.
NARITA, Japan (AP) -- Results Saturday after the second round of the $765,000 Cisco World Ladies Challenge between the United States LPGA and the Japan LPGA, on the 6,396-yard, par-72 Sosei Country Club course:
Flesch has date with Tiger
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Steve Flesch has never played with Tiger Woods. But the reports he has received from some of his friends on the PGA Tour indicate it should be a good time.
Tiger still on top
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour after a six-week break. It didn't take him long to remind the rest of the field at Disney World what they have been missing.
Inman takes two-shot lead in SBC Senior Classic
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joe Inman is trying to win his third tournament at the Wilshire Country Club since joining the Senior PGA Tour two years ago.
Some Lasik patients seeing red as laser eye surgery spreads
Call it the hidden side of the Lasik juggernaut: A patient
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Author of breast cancer book raises funds for research
Is it possible to find and treat weird breast cells before they turn into cancer?
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Carpeted stairs are safer, quieter
Stairs leading directly from a living room or central hallway look more attractive and inviting when carpeted.
Plant now for next year's garlic
It's a little late, but there's still time to plant garlic. Comb farm markets and nursery catalogs and canvas friends for garlic bulbs.
Woman makes clocks that rock
Joan LeMon makes clocks that rock from objects frozen in time.
Tips to make a hot compost pile offered
Burning all those leaves you raked up used to be a rite of fall. But it's against the law in many places now, and it's also wasteful.
History of Wilson School, Barrows
BARROWS -- A historical handbook on schools at the Crow Wing County Historical Society records Wilson School's move to Barrows from another location in Crow Wing Township in 1911. However, the school has 1914 listed below its name.
Turn home's ceiling fan into an air purifier
If dust, smoke, pollen, mold or pet odors make your indoor life miserable, here's a simple, new idea: Turn your ordinary ceiling fan into an air purifier with the Purifan System from Heartland Technologies in Derby, Kan.
System solves dilemma of hanging artworks made of cloth
One problem in decorating is hanging artwork made of cloth -- a quilt made by your grandmother, a wall hanging you found at a craft show -- and not destroying it in the process.
Tips to choose the best countertop
In this age of high-priced construction, countertops are getting as hard to choose as plumbing fixtures or light fixtures.
Schools of the past stand as haunting reminders
At dusk, when the light slips away, they stand as silent sentinels with the ability to scare the faint of heart.
LITTLE FALLS -- Christmas around the world is the theme for this year's holiday season at the Musser and Weyerhaeuser mansions in Little Falls.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Despite a setback from the voters in last month's primary election, a city Dial-A-Ride Bus system is still on the minds of the city council's Transportation Committee members.
Lakes area could benefit from urban development study
The lakes area may be ahead of the learning curve in urban development.
Bryanna Foss, a fourth-grader at Lake Region Christian School in Baxter, reacted during a game of Pumpkin Checkers on Tuesday at the Pie in the Sky Pumpkin Farm
Two ads for Hackensack's Howes cause political uproar
Both House District 4B candidates said Thursday the political uproar about two advertisements made for Rep. Larry Howes is an argument between the two House party caucuses.
Countywide schools off table for now
ALEXANDRIA (AP) -- A proposal to consolidate school districts into countywide districts as part of the governor's plan to improve K-12 education won't advance for now, said Education Commissioner Christine Jax.
Planning, zoning commission postpones request for sign on Highway 371 South
The Crow Wing County Planning and Zoning Commission had to postpone discussions on a conditional use permit Thursday.
The name of Mark Redemske, principal of the Cuyuna Range Elementary School, was misspelled in a story in Tuesday's Dispatch about the Crosby-Ironton School District's search for a superintendent.
Kinship Partners Inc. on Thursday announced its participation in the first Give Back Day, an event designed to promote greater philanthropy from all Minnesotans.
State could make ramp meter changes soon after study
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Twin Cities freeway ramp meters might not be turned on right away after a state study on their effectiveness ends.
Wood industry feels effects of global competition
DULUTH (AP) -- The 2-by-6s that workers sorted at Hedstrom Lumber Co. earlier this month were going to a buyer who paid $270 per thousand board feet. It cost the company $350 per thousand board feet to make them.
Man testifies friends were to blame in Basta killing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A tearful Dale Stewart blamed his friends Friday for the fatal shot he fired at Tony Basta as the youth rode his bike down Mississippi River Boulevard on April 26.
Hold that tiger!
PILLAGER -- It's a quiet Pillager neighborhood where several residents say they no longer go for walks because they're afraid of a neighbor's pets. Some parents don't allow their children to walk to the school bus stop anymore, either.
Anchorage police arrest fugitive sought for more than a decade
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A man who escaped from a Minnesota jail 21 years ago is back behind bars.
Southeast Brainerd woman honored as outstanding volunteer
Cheryl Wilson of Brainerd wanted to keep a low profile, but now it is too late.
Residents of Baxter's Parkwood area protest assessments
BAXTER -- Residents of the Parkwood area of Baxter are upset with the assessments to their property.
This was Brainerd
80 years ago (1920) - A heavy sticky snowfall fell in Crow Wing County and made muddy roads and walks for Election Day. What effect this will have on the women vote is problematical.
Candidates representing District 12, Brainerd, Baxter and Crow Wing County will be part of a televised forum scheduled for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Report: Domestic killings claim 30 women this year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Domestic violence claimed the lives of at least 30 women in Minnesota this year, up from 18 in 1988, when the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women started tracking such deaths annually.
For Ventura, honor of town in his name may be short-lived
VENTURA -- Forget about George W. Bush and Al Gore. The big choice for voters here Nov. 7 will be the three-way race between the wrestler, the saint and the compromise.
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council will meet from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Monday at city hall to discuss comments made by residents concerning the Parkwood project assessments.
Standard time returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most Americans lose an hour of light starting today.
Woman convicted of vehicular homicide gets probation
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minneapolis woman got probation, instead of prison, for killing someone while driving fast and drunk on the wrong side of a freeway.
Pets of the Week
Major is a year-old yellow Labrador mix who is described as playful and good with children.
Dondelinger staffers were incorrectly identified in their Business Notes photographs last Sunday.
Detroit Lakes man dies of rabies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 47-year-old Becker County man who died of rabies at a Fargo, N.D., hospital is the first human case of the illness in Minnesota since 1975 and only the fourth in the past century, state health officials said Thursday.
Novelist who targets teen readers to sign copies of his books in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- An award-winning author who specializes in coming-of-age novels geared for middle school readers will discuss his works at a book signing next week in Little Falls.
Lawyer says Dame asked to be admitted to hospital before slayings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The man accused of killing five family members asked to be admitted to a hospital for treatment the day before the deaths of his sister, her husband and their three children, the man's attorney said.
BHS student a finalist in Internet challenge, but Cairo trip canceled
Char Smith, 16, a junior at Brainerd High School, recently learned that she is a top 10 finalist in the fifth annual ThinkQuest Internet Challenge, along with her two distant cousins, Mandy Bundy, 13, and Karisa Powers, 14, both of Soldatna, Alaska.
Pequot Lakes man dies in car accident
PEQUOT LAKES -- A Pequot Lakes man is dead following a two-vehicle accident Friday on Cass County Road 168.
Virginia school bus crash injures 44
CHILHOWIE, Va. (AP) -- A school bus overturned after colliding with a car Friday afternoon in southwestern Virginia, injuring 44 people, state police said.
State takeover threatened of Philadelphia schools
PHILADELPHIA -- If the Philadelphia teachers' strike isn't settled by Monday, the mayor is threatening to call the governor, the first step toward a state takeover of the city schools.
Clinton to sign law to combat violence against women
WASHINGTON -- Every 12 seconds in America a woman is beaten, President Clinton said Saturday in announcing plans to sign a bill that helps battered immigrant women and extends a law to cover women abused by their boyfriends.
Gator eats dog
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) -- An 8-foot alligator crawled out of a pond and ate a 65-pound Labrador retriever after the dog splashed in the water while training with its owner.
Congress in weekend sessions as budget battle rages
WASHINGTON -- A nasty budget war between President Clinton and Congress over taxes, education and immigration is forcing lawmakers to endure rare weekend sessions just 10 days from the presidential and congressional elections.
Damage from Microsoft break-in may be more than some suggest
SEATTLE -- If valuable computer secrets stolen from Microsoft Corp. are disseminated, they could hurt the company more than it is letting on, some analysts say.
Pentagon revising list of those exposed to nerve gas
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is reversing itself on who was exposed to nerve gas during the Persian Gulf War, and who wasn't.
Suspected terrorist mastermind is focus of bombing probe
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden, the exiled Saudi suspected of masterminding terrorist plots around the Middle East, has emerged as a prime focus of the investigation into the USS Cole bombing, but several American officials say investigators have no hard evidence he directed it.
Wait's over for PlayStation2 -- or is it?
Unless a cousin who owes you a favor happens to manage a Toys R Us, odds a
Serial killer sentenced to 408 years
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man who confessed to killing 13 people and one attempted murder tearfully apologized Thursday and asked God to right his wrongs as he was sentenced to 408 years in prison.
FDA plans to ban two poultry drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration plans to ban two antibiotics widely used by poultry farmers because of a risk that humans could become infected with germs that resist treatment.
Hackers break into Microsoft's computer network
SEATTLE (AP) -- Hackers broke into Microsoft Corp.'s computer network and may have stolen blueprints to the latest versions of the company's Windows and Office software.
Software glitch was at heart of traffic control shutdown
WASHINGTON -- A lone air traffic controller, sitting in the darkened confines of the Palmdale, Calif., Air Route Traffic Control Center, shutdown much of the air traffic across the southwest last week by merely typing in a few too many characters on his computer.
Economic pace slows dramatically
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed dramatically in the summer to a 2.7 percent growth rate, less than half the pace of the previous quarter, as American businesses and the federal government cut back on spending and home construction dropped sharply.
Pro soccer player competes despite having pacemaker
Jamie Harding has a small scar on his upper chest. When people see it, they ask the professional soccer player how he got it. Few believe his reply.
Wild edges Flames despite only 13 shots on goal
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild took full advantage of their limited opportunities.
Kenyon Martin's homecoming just like old times
CINCINNATI -- A key to the city. A championship ring. Standing ovations. A double-double. Even a technical foul. Kenyon Martin's homecoming had it all.
Did Valentine leave Leiter in too long?
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets missed the last train out of Queens on Thursday night, and Al Leiter cried.
Timberwolves owner apologizes for agreement
MINNEAPOLIS -- NBA commissioner David Stern called it a "shocking" case of fraud. Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor claims that isn't the whole story.
Bundle of points by the Bay?
As the San Francisco 49ers get set to play host to the St. Louis Rams, ponder this:
Fans hopeful despite basketball blight
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- If sports go a long way toward defining a state's identity, Minnesotans must be in some pain.
'The greatest team in baseball history'
NEW YORK -- Frame the weathered benchwarmer swatting the fresh ball into the dying center field grass.
Jeter wins another Sereis and MVP award with it
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter has a Mona Lisa smile, a thin grin that makes him look as if he knows something that you don't.
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- The tightest championship battle in CART's 22-year history winds up Sunday in the Marlboro 500, with five drivers still in the running for the season title.
Bucs hope to re-establish offensive 'identity' vs. Vikings
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried to warn anyone who would listen.
NFL team stats
NHL scoring leaders
Through Oct. 27
Quotes of the week
"It's the happiest day of my life. I don't know how to explain this moment. It's a dream come true. Today they gave me a chance to come through. I did and it was unbelievable." -- Luis Sojo, after getting the game-winning hit in Game 5 of the World Series, to give the Yankees their third World Series.
Forget the coach: fire the owner
It surprised no one when the Cardinals fired Vince Tobin this week.
Wolves' crime was getting caught
Christian Laettner. Isaiah Rider. Stephon Marbury. David Falk. The doofus owners, Marv and Harv, who built a cost overrun named the Target Center and tried to bail themselves out of debt by selling the team to New Orleans.
Defense key to Vikings' chance of reaching Super Bowl
Most discussions about the 7-0 Vikings begin with offense. Daunte Culpepper is cruising in rarefied air for a quarterback who has started only seven NFL games, Robert Smith is an elite albeit underpublicized running back, and Cris Carter and Randy Moss are the best wide receiver tandem in the league.
Leonard F. Bajula
Leonard Francis Bajula, 83, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at the Crosby Care Center in Crosby.
STAPLES -- Meredith Dahl, Staples, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Leonard F. Bajula
Leonard F. Bajula, 83, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Crosby Care Center.
Janet A. Fisher
Janet A. (Dike) Fisher, 74, Wilmington, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, of cancer at Provena St. Mary's Hospital of Kankakee, Ill.
Raymond W. Torgerson
ASHBY -- Raymond W. Torgerson, 86, Ashby, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at the Otter Tail Nursing Home in rural Battle Lake.
BACKUS -- Cecil Fox, 89, Backus, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Woodrest Nursing Home of Walker.
Lawrence I. Trana
CROSSLAKE -- Lawrence I. Trana, 87, Crosslake, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000 at his lake cabin.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Ross Gish, 81, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000, as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident.
BACKUS -- Cecil Fox, 89, Backus, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Woodrest Nursing Home in Walker.
What can a small business owner do when faced with an arbitrary law that costs you thousands of dollars each year?
Undecideds should decide to stay home
With polls indicating something close to a tie, it is by now frighteningly clear that the presidential election will be decided by people who've told pollsters they're still undecided.
Bring real representation for
Where is the enthusiasm?
It could be a photo finish kind of race for the American presidency.
Facing up - Dispatch Editorial
Yugoslavs took a big step forward in world opinion when they ousted dictator Slobodan Milosevic, but there's still a long way to go.
Free air time - Dispatch Editorial
Many people are talking about reducing the influence of money in political campaigns. The Public Broadcasting Service is doing something about it.
The other deficit
Vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman has taken to using God as a campaign surrogate to bless his and Al Gore's policies. That some Republicans have done this is no justification for Democrats doing it. This cynical tactic has been rightly denounced by liberals when religious conservatives try to co-opt God for their agendas.
Political letter deadline nears
With the general election less than two weeks away, Dispatch readers are reminded that 5 p.m. Wednesday is the cutoff time for receipt. No letters on the campaign will be published after Thursday.
Rifle range Despite a growing population, Brainerd area hunters can hunt with rifles
From International Falls to Albert Lea and from Hallock to Houston, firearms deer hunters will sight-in their guns this week.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Gull Lake still is producing walleyes in 13 to 40 feet of water.
Ripley bowhunters nearly match '99 harvest after first of a pair of two-day hunts
CAMP RIPLEY -- Bowhunters nearly matched last year's total deer harvest in Camp Ripley after the first of a pair of two-day hunts.
By bow or gun? Whichever you choose you get only one deer
Every year about this time the debate begins. Should I buy a firearms deer license and hopefully have a deer by mid-November, or continue hunting with my bow and run the risk of pushing the season all the way to the bitter end of December?
The Citizens Advisory Committee for the Crow Wing State Park management planning process will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Brainerd Public Library.
DNR outlines regional spending plans
ST. CLOUD -- The DNR outlined its spending plans for the coming year at a meeting here with outdoors groups on Oct. 25.
North Country calendar
October - 28-29 -- Camp Ripley Archery Deer Hunt, second season
Rehab center to the rescue
Last week I wrote about Blanding's turtles, their status as a state threatened species, research that has been underway for about a decade and the perils the turtles face because of habitat destruction, degradation and fragmentation. I also mentioned the two PBS "Venture North" filmings I coordinated in the early '90s at Mariah State Park near Monticello and the other this past August in Sherburne County.
Grades vary on Charlie's report card
We're not quite sure whether Charlie, our crossbred dog, should be called famous or infamous. Friends and neighbors, even strangers, greet me with just two words: "How's Charlie?" This makes us think that it's time for a report card on the dog.
Don't let unseasonable weather stop you from going hunting
Despite the balmy temperatures that have the summer hanger-oners smug with satisfaction, fall is marching on and weather reality will eventually come.
GUY AND KATHLEEN MAXWELL
Kathleen Meyer and Guy Maxwell were married Aug. 5, 2000, at their home in Traverse City, Mich., with the Rev. Richard Sellack officiating.
Veronica Mendiola and Paul Germann announce their engagement. Parents are Thomas and Trini Jenkins, Cokato, and Gerald and Darlene Germann, Staples. A Dec. 9 wedding is planned in Minneapolis.
Ernest and Elsie Loya, Brainerd, will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary with their family on Monday.
JASON AND THERESA KRUCHTEN
Theresa Mertens and Jason Kruchten were married July 29, 2000, at an outdoor wedding at the groom's parents' home in Brainerd with Pastor Dan Clites officiating.
Marv and Gerry Winson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion in Brainerd. No gifts please.
JARED AND DAWN KIRBY-REED
Dawn Reed and Jared Kirby were married Sept. 13, 2000, at Nicollet Island in Minneapolis with Lojo Russo and Tim Ruzicki officiating.
John and Donna Williams recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. They will celebrate with their family at the home of Craig and Clare Williams. They were married Oct. 29, 1950, in Decorah, Iowa.
Jody Osowski and Mark Giza announce their engagement. Parents are Ronald and Virginia Osowski, Oslo, and Marvin and Mary Giza, Staples. A Nov. 25 wedding is planned at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Oslo.
GLEN AND RACHEL COOK 3
Rachel Hoyt and Glen Cook were married Sept. 15, 2000, at the Hyatt Regency in Maui, Hawaii.
ADAM AND MICHELLE CARRY
Mikki Hawkins and Adam Carry were married Sept. 16, 2000, at Cascade Methodist Church of Deerwood.
Kelle Sauer and Chris Anderson announce their engagement. Parents are Keith and Patricia Sauer, New Brighton, and Mark and Maureen Anderson, Brainerd. A Dec. 2 wedding is planned at Incarnation Lutheran Church of Shoreview.
MERLIN AND LYNN JOHNSON
Lynn Burr and Merlin Johnson were married Aug. 15, 2000, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev.
ERIC AND AMY GUNDERSON
Amy Owen and Eric Gunderson were married Aug. 26, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd with Pastor David Holte officiating.
For Nader backers, conviction collides with pragmatism
MINNEAPOLIS -- With months of hard work finally paying off for their candidate, this should not be a difficult time for Ralph Nader supporters.
Missouri Senate race still close despite death of Carnahan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Senate race between the late Gov. Mel Carnahan and Republican Sen. John Ashcroft remains extremely close little more than a week after Carnahan's death in a plane crash.
Poll: Bush, Gore in tight race; Dayton holds big lead over Grams
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A new poll confirms Minnesota's tight presidential race, and shows Green Party candidate Ralph Nader cracking double digits.
Minge holds big financial edge over Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- Rep. David Minge, D-Minn., out-raised GOP challenger Mark Kennedy by more than 3-1 in the last reporting period, which ended Oct. 18. Minge finished the period with a campaign chest of $429,000, while Kennedy finished with $86,000.
Democrats hope to rebound from defeats of 1998
ST. PAUL -- For state Democrats, the coming election will mean more than a tally of wins and losses. This year is about redemption.
Clinton, Lazio rush back to upstate battleground
NEW YORK -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rick Lazio, having faced off at a New York City television studio for their final debate, were rushing back to the battleground of their Senate race -- upstate New York.
Control of Legislature hinges on handful of House seats
Like a magnet, the Bemidji area attracted one visit after another this fall from prominent figures in the DFL and Republican parties, who know the region is critical in the battle for control of the Minnesota House.
Dayton releases FBI file, IRS audit
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton tried Friday to defuse a growing distraction in his Senate campaign by releasing 1970s FBI documents and an Internal Revenue Service audit he believes stemmed from his Vietnam War opposition.
GOP leaders say they will be helped if Clinton vetoes tax, immigration bills
WASHINGTON -- Republicans warn that if President Clinton delivers on his promise to veto a tax-cut package and a spending bill that revamps immigration laws it will hurt Democrats' prospects in the Nov. 7 elections.
'Icky adult themes' turn youths off from politics
DETROIT -- If talk of sex, drugs and neighborhood parks peppered candidate rhetoric, then many more young people would vote, said some of the 2,000 high school students attending a weeklong civics conference.
Money isn't buying blowout in New Jersey Senate race
WASHINGTON -- For weeks, Republican Bob Franks of New Jersey relied on handshakes and word of mouth to counter millions of dollars in advertising by Democrat Jon Corzine, a former investment banker whose Senate campaign is the most lavishly funded in American history.
Swing voters lean toward Gore, not convinced
WASHINGTON -- Almost one-fourth of voters haven't finally decided on a candidate in this presidential election, polls suggest. That group tends to be more Democratic, more supportive of Al Gore and overwhelmingly of the opinion that he's the most qualified.
Dayton promises to release FBI files
HOPKINS (AP) -- DFL Senate nominee Mark Dayton promised to release documents on Friday that the FBI collected on him during the Nixon administration.
Dayton continues to pump money into campaign
WASHINGTON -- Mark Dayton continued to pour more of his own money into his Senate candidacy, loaning the campaign $1.9 million in the first half of October, according to his latest Federal Election Commission report.
Lieberman tests his popularity by conducting dual race
HARTFORD, Conn. -- It would be hard to find a politician more beloved in this state than the man many voters call "our Joe," Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. But with his apparent decision to let pass Friday's deadline for withdrawing from his Senate re-election campaign, the Democratic vice presidential candidate is sorely testing that affection, at least among many party leaders here and in Washington.
Bush, Gore are back to political basics
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- George W. Bush and Al Gore are getting back to the political basics with 10 days left in their White House campaigns, turning their rallies into get-out-the-vote drives with calls to supporters to try to persuade uncommitted neighbors to cast ballots their way on Nov. 7.
Makar plans to stay on as Labonte's crew chief
Jimmy Makar just laughs when people mention the rumor that he will leave his job as crew chief for Bobby Labonte if the team wins the Winston Cup championship.
Montoya enjoying last go-round on oval
FONTANA, Calif. -- Somebody asked Gil de Ferran if he will miss Juan Montoya next season when the defending CART champion goes off to race in Formula One.
Warriors outlast S-M
Big school vs. little school.
Wildcats, Gophers not used to Big Ten's top half
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Try to think of the last time Northwestern and Minnesota played. That's not hard -- it was last year.
Moe emerges as sole candidate to be Gophers' permanent athletic director
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Attorney Tom Moe emerged Friday as the only candidate under consideration to become the permanent men's athletic director at the University of Minnesota.
Raiders reach state volleyball semifinals
ROCHESTER -- The Central Lakes College Raiders defeated Northland and Ridgewater on the second day of the the Northland Pioneers in the first round of the Minnesota Community College state volleyball tournament Friday
Brainerd, Moorhead meet again
Until last season the Brainerd Warriors had never beaten the Moorhead Spuds in nine previous football games.
Schmitt, Warn, Milless advance to tennis semifinals
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mikaela Schmitt of Wadena Deer-Creek advanced to the semifinals in singles play and Laura Warn and Rose Milless of Staples-Motley advanced to the semifinals in doubles in the Class A state individual tennis tournament Friday at the Nicollet Tennis Center.
Pine River-Backus spikes Aitkin
PINE RIVER -- The second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the No. 7 Aitkin Gobblers 15-6, 15-7, 15-3 in the quarterfinals of the Section 7AA volleyball tournament Thursday.
Stanford game among career thrills
STANFORD, Calif. -- Once in a while those of us who beat the bushes in journalism have an opportunity to experience something memorable.
Raiders win state volleyball opener
ROCHESTER -- The Central Lakes College Raiders improved to 22-6 overall with a 15-5, 15-2, 15-9 triumph over the Minnesota West Bluejays in the opening round of the Minnesota Community College state tournament Thursday.
Gophers nip Anchorage
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Erik Westrum scored a power-play goal in the third period to give Minnesota a 2-1 victory over Alaska-Anchorage on Friday, a game in which referees called only four penalties.
Local sports shorts
ELK RIVER (AP) -- Champlin Park senior Riza Mahmoud has quite a highlight film from the state high school football playoffs.
Injury might be blessing in disguise for Raiders' Clough
Maybe the hardest situation that any player is forced to handle is sitting on the sidelines, watching his or her team go on without them, knowing they're unable to participate.
Flyer runners win meet
BEMIDJI -- The Little Falls Flyers boys' cross country running team qualified for next week's Class AA state meet by winning the Section 8AA race Thursday.
Area events Saturday
Swimming and Diving
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W-DC advances to section in volleyball
PERHAM -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines defeated the Menahga Braves 15-10, 15-8, 15-10 for the Subsection 29 volleyball championship Friday.
S-M boys' team qualifies for state
NEW LONDON -- The Staples-Motley boys' cross country team won its fifth straight Section 6A championship Thursday while Wadena-Deer Creek's Adam Asfeld won the boys' individual title.
Russell takes steps to improve Raider men
Perfection is an illusive prize that is forever just off the edge of your fingertips.
Verndale advances to section final
VERNDALE -- The Verndale Pirates shut down the Underwood Rockets 43-6 in the Section 4, Nine-Man football semifinals Thursday and advance to play Hillcrest Academy of Fergus Falls for the championship Wednesday at the Fargodome.
Card netters place third
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the United South Central Rebels 4-3 to claim third place in the Class A state girls' tennis meet Thursday at the Nicollet Tennis Club.
AOL moves beyond computer to phones, TV
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) -- America Online Inc. may be the undisputed king of the hill when it comes to dial-up Internet service, but squealing modems won't be the way to connect for long.
Small town gets big payoff for driving Internet revolution
CORNING, N.Y. (AP) -- John Filhaber has thrived in America's high-tech hot spots and he's also familiar with the middle of nowhere -- he spent a year working with a giant telescope on a mountaintop in Chile.
Microsoft finally meets Mac users' standards with Office 2001
One thing you can say for the programmers at Microsoft: No matter how long it takes, they keep trying until they get it right.
HDTV: Is it coming or going
What if America had to throw out its TV sets -- all 250 million of them.
Net commerce expected to soar with digital signatures
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- It's no big secret any more that people can get great deals shopping for automobiles on the Internet. Capitol Honda in San Jose sold 108 cars online in the last month -- nearly double the month before.
Trick or treat
Weather drawing by Haley Hanson in the Lowell School first-grade class of Gayle Kub.
Weather drawing by David Hillstrom of Mrs. Baker's third grade class at Nisswa school.
Wealthy sister keeps score, other won't play
DEAR ABBY: My older sister "Jane" and I used to be close. She married 10 years ago, and her husband has done very well.
Honest supervisor goes extra mile to make things right
DEAR ABBY: This is in response to "Still Connected in Boise," whose cell phone was stolen when she left it on the seat in her car. My husband and I had a similar experience last year.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver in critical condition
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a sister of President Kennedy, was in critical condition with a postoperative infection, her family said Friday.
There will be a benefit for Doug Hesch at noon Sunday at the Old Waterfall in Brainerd.
The Nisswa Women's Club elected and installed new board members: Mona A
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.
The Daggett Brook 4-H Club met at Daggett Brook Town Hall. Members discussed the Halloween party, peel-offs and officer installation. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Daggett Brook Town Hall.
Clashes resume as Palestinians bury their dead
JERUSALEM -- Rock-throwing clashes erupted in the volatile Gaza Strip on Saturday as Palestinians buried their dead in mass funerals following a day of widespread confrontations.
Iraq going ahead with euro oil contracts
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq will start signing contracts with its oil customers in euros on Wednesday, its U.N. ambassador says -- part of a campaign to stop using dollars, the "currency of the enemy" -- despite U.N. calls to hold off on the move.
Fearing eviction, Americans wait anxiously behind barricade
ENSENADA, Mexico -- The views were spectacular and the property was cheap. Bob Mitchell thought the thin strip of land along a wide Pacific bay was a perfect place to retire.
Year after crash, EgyptAir crew's families still looking for answers
CAIRO, Egypt -- In the middle of the night, Aya El-Batouty sometimes can be found sitting in the family living room, talking to a portrait of her late father. One of the family must coax the child back to bed.
Kosovo Albanians vote in municipal elections
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) -- Guarded by NATO-led peacekeepers and U.N. police, Kosovars chose local officials Saturday in their first election since Yugoslav control ended last year.
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