New era for mall marks end for Heinens' salon
Dirt piles, chunks of pavement and earth-moving machines now occupy space in the East Brainerd Mall parking lot as Montgomery Ward was demolished and mall renovation efforts began in earnest.
Initiative Foundation adds three to staff
LITTLE FALLS -- Initiative Foundation announced the addition of a business finance specialist, community development specialist and administrative assistant to its regional offices in Little Falls.
Consumers should expect big bargains this holiday season
NEW YORK -- Even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it was difficult for Elliot Cohen to attract shoppers to Chalano, his small, mid-priced jewelry store on Fifth Avenue. Now times are tougher, and that's why last week he decided to woo shoppers with discounts of up to 70 percent off, a markdown likely to continue through the holiday season.
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch is sponsoring the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 506 James Street in Brainerd. The event will be catered by the Chaparral.
Airline experts impatient over lack of security plan
DALLAS -- As congressional negotiators work on a plan to improve security at the nation's airports, people who follow the airline business are concerned about the industry's ability to win back fliers who are staying home out of fear.
Wall Street cautiously optimistic for recovery in 2002
NEW YORK -- The stock market's rally this past week following the latest interest rate cut was certainly no surprise given that prices generally rise in anticipation of or following a reduction. Yet, analysts say this upturn is different, because this time investors believe the economy really is about to get better.
State program uses insurance to help employers avoid layoffs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A little-known Minnesota program that can help some employers avoid layoffs is getting more activity this year than any other since it started in 1994.
Yanisch takes area business pulse
Commissioner Rebecca Yanisch, Department of Trade and Economic Development, visited Brainerd this past week and attended the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. annual meeting. Yanisch, from East Grand Forks, said she understood challenges from greater Minnesota. Yanisch was the featured speaker at BLADC's 15th annual meeting at the Ramada Inn.
Mille Lacs Band gains diabetes specialist
ONAMIA -- A new doctor will help the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe increase the focus on diabetes prevention and treatment.
Arrive early, travel light
NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Petersen, editor and publisher of InsideFlyer magazine, spent the last two weeks on airplanes, taking 72 flights among more than four dozen cities to survey the security procedures put in place after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Let the digging begin
East Brainerd Mall renovations plans took on a physical reality as workers removed debris from the former Montgomery Ward store and dug trenches through the parking lot.
Big-name members departing from airline board
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The board set up to supervise distributing $10 billion in federal loan guarantees to the troubled airline industry is losing its big-name members.
Used cars fill lots as prices fall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As interest rates as low as zero percent spur a surge in new car sales, used car lots are filling up fast and values are plummeting.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital's transportation program is providing van service to the hospital and affiliated metropolitan area physicians' offices for patients coming from greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including Brainerd Medical Center.
Terror in a suitcase
NEW YORK -- Among terrorist weapons experts worry about, one device tops the list: the atom bomb.
Discounters come out ahead in retail slump
Halloween offerings and fire-sale promotions were not enough to bring consumers back to the malls in October, retailers and analysts reported Thursday, as discount and value stores once again reported the only significant gains in retail sales.
Missouri Baptists oust moderate church, seek to regain control of five agencies
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- A 1,000-member suburban Kansas City church was ousted from the yearly meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention because it left the national Southern Baptist Convention for becoming too conservative.
Study looks at secularism in America
While much is made of America's spiritual renewal, the number of adults with no religious identification more than doubled in the past decade, according to a well-regarded survey of religion in America.
Jerry Falwell's media representative for 17 years ends professional ties
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell's media representative the past 17 years has ended professional ties with the Virginia preacher, who was denounced over remarks after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Saved by grace
God speaks to us in many ways. Are we listening?
Episcopal diocese will appeal loss of parish property in gay-related split
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Attorneys for the Episcopal Church's Diocese of South Carolina will appeal a state judge's October decision to grant local residents ownership of property at All Saints parish in Pawleys Island.
Parents must steer lightly through adolescent turbulence`
QUESTION: My 16-year-old daughter is driving me crazy. She is sassy, noisy and selfish. Her room looks like a pigpen, and she won't work any harder in school than is absolutely necessary to get by. Everything I taught her, from manners to faith, seems to have sailed through her ears. What in the world do my husband and I do now?
I grew up in the '60s and early '70s in the drug culture, and even though I was raised in a Christian home and had a "good head on my shoulders," for some reason I always had to learn things the hard way.
Area pastor produces audiotape on Christian response to terrorist attacks
Pastor Guy Doud of New Hope Church in Nisswa has produced a sermon series on audiotape that focuses on the Christian response to the terrorist attacks and the uncertain future.
As Presbyterian Church begins gay policy vote, top leader denounces conservative activists
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- As local units of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) begin months of voting on whether to repeal a ban on actively homosexual clergy and lay officers, the denomination's titular head has denounced conservative activists.
Supernatural themes in 'Harry Potter' continue to anger certain conservative Christian critics
LOS ANGELES -- The new Harry Potter movie heading to theaters next week has enflamed a small legion of conservative Christian critics who claim the boy wizard is a tool leading children to witchcraft and sin.
Merrifield Community Nazarene Church recently installed a new pastor, the Rev. Larry Harshman. The Rev. Richard Sickels, Minnesota District superintendent, conducted the installation.
The numbers game: Accuracy elusive when counting followers of religion
An expert on Islam, authors of a highly respected religion encyclopedia and analysts from the University of Chicago and the City University of New York all studied the same, straightforward question: How many Muslims are in the United States?
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 450.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 147, a year ago 342.
SOUTH ST. PAUL. (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 550.
WALKER -- The following people recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
How to reach your state legislators
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
Riverwood Healthcare Center-Aitkin
Jerame D. Hare, 26, and Cynthia M. Goble, 21, both of Nisswa.
For Norman, a thrilling, turbulent road to the Hall of Fame
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Hogan pursued perfection. Sam Snead had that sweet swing. Jack Nicklaus set the standard for greatness with his 18 major championships. Arnold Palmer and his swashbuckling style brought golf to the masses.
Judge blocks federal order that shut down Oregon's assisted suicide law
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon doctors can prescribe lethal medicines again to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives now that a judge has temporarily blocked a federal order that had essentially shut down the state's unique assisted-suicide law.
Bush tells U.N. that all nations must fight terror
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Bush told the United Nations on Saturday that all countries share an urgent obligation to battle terrorism and will be judged by history by their response. "For every regime that sponsors terror, there is a price to be paid and it will be paid," Bush said.
Senators seek Bush support for revoking baseball exemption
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Minnesota's two senators are turning to a former baseball owner in their effort to save the Minnesota Twins -- President Bush.
On TV, Bush calls for calm, vigilance
ATLANTA -- President Bush said Thursday that the United States is waging "a war to save civilization itself," as Americans enter an era of civic and government responsibility that will call for a renewed spirit of courage and resolve.
Senate's economic stimulus plan exposes widening rift between Democrats, Republicans
WASHINGTON -- Narrow committee approval of a $66.4 billion stimulus plan opened the first round in a bitter Senate battle over whether government spending or tax cuts are a better economic tonic.
Bush to increase National Guard at airports as a confidence boost for traveling public leery of flying
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is giving the states a major increase in funds to expand the National Guard's role at airports to build confidence in air travel before the traditionally busy holiday season, officials say.
Bush, Putin could reach arms deals, but obstacles remain
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-Russia relationship has undergone seismic shifts since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. When Russian President Vladimir Putin visits President Bush this week, the two leaders will have a historic opportunity to solidify some of those changes.
Four houses are set for the sixth annual Grand House Tour on Dec. 1.
Little Falls selected for state historic preservation awards
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls' focus on preserving the city's architectural history is being recognized by state awards.
Make sure sump pump works
If you live in an apartment or high rise, you probably don't have one.
Moving buildings is a family affair
ST. PAUL (AP) -- As the massive Armstrong-Quinlan House makes its slow trip -- 20 feet per hour -- through downtown St. Paul, it is under the watchful eyes and steady hands of three generations of movers.
Web site unites housing nonprofit groups
WASHINGTON -- The generally low-tech nonprofit groups concerned about affordable housing and community development entered the high-tech 21st century this week.
Longtime Brainerd home razed
A longtime Brainerd home fell to demolition Wednesday morning. The original house, on South Fifth Street near Brainerd High School and Lincoln Elementary School, was built in 1868.
Abortion clinics receive anthrax threat in Fed Ex packages
WASHINGTON -- Federal Express packages containing a white powder and the threat: "This contains anthrax. You're going to die," arrived Thursday morning at more than 200 abortion clinics in the Midwest and along the East Coast.
Southeast Brainerd homes restored
The Community Revitalization Program appears to be going strong in southeast Brainerd, although the program was scaled back from original projections.
Don't neglect gutters, downspouts
It will never cease to amaze us how difficult it has been to get the word out about how important it is to keep water away from a home's foundation. Take gutters and downspouts for example.
NEW YORK -- Bioterrorism experts say the teaspoonful of powdered anthrax spores sent to Sen. Tom Daschle's office could have come from an Iraqi weapons laboratory or a New Jersey basement.
Design J-90 results in a car-centered home
Is Design J-90 a house with a garage, or a garage with a house? In this compact design, home and chrome compete for importance.
Some buildings may never be free of anthrax spores, experts say
WASHINGTON -- There is no practical way to kill or remove every bit of anthrax from contaminated buildings, experts told Congress Thursday.
Chaska man dies in Highway 6 rollover
GARRISON -- One person is dead following a single-vehicle roll-over accident Thursday on Highway 6, a mile north of Highway 18.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
Wherever people look they will most likely see a red, white and blue American flag held in a child's hand or blowing in the wind out of a car's window.
Inmates working for chaplain volunteered
Concerns that county inmates were working on the Crow Wing County chaplain's house were unfounded.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Brainerd High School cruised to its seventh straight girl's swimming victory here submerging Park Center 118-48 in a non-conference meet.
Public transportation meeting set for Nov. 16
An information meeting to discuss transportation issues and a proposed cooperative agreement between the city of Brainerd and Crow Wing County is set at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Minnesota Department of Transportation headquarters in Baxter.
Brainerd School District summarizes budget
Because voters passed an operating levy earlier this week, the Brainerd School District will look at a projected $9.55 million fund balance at the end of June 2003.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Flags are flying in our city today and at noon Father Edward Barrow was scheduled to play a concert on the carillon bells.
St. Joseph's foundation announces community grants
St. Joseph's Medical Center Foundation announced its Community Health Initiative Grant awards for the fourth quarter of 2001.
Positive Parenting team wins national award
Julie Despot, Extension educator in Crow Wing County, was a member of the Positive Parenting team receiving the National and Central Region Florence Hall Award at the Sept. 30-Oct. 4 conference in Portland, Ore.
Little Falls dairy farmer Greg Blaine will be sworn in as the House District 12B state representative Thursday.
School choir will go to Norway instead of Italy
The events of Sept. 11 changed travel plans for students in the Brainerd High School a cappella choir.
Millie's legacy is love
PEQUOT LAKES -- "Grandma Millie" Berg has been called the queen of all grandmas, a woman who had so much love to give that at 96 she was still riding a school bus to Pequot Lakes School four days a week to care for preschool children with special needs.
Baxter planning officials ready to present their proposed wetlands plan
BAXTER -- Seven years in the working, Baxter planning officials are prepared to present a proposed wetland management plan to the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission.
Among serious talks of budgets and contracts Thursday at the Brainerd School Board meeting, a lighter note was taken when discussing bids to remodel the Super One building in east Brainerd for the Early Childhood Family Education program.
The drive-through collection mailboxes on South Fifth Street next to the post office will be closed Wednesday morning for construction at the Post Office.
Joke brings police to airport
An airline passenger's joke brought Brainerd police officers to the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport today.
The trumpet section of the 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band played one of their opening numbers at its concert in Tornstrom Auditorium Friday night.
Teachers' contract approved
Teachers in the Brainerd School District will receive a 5 percent increase in salary the next two years -- a 3 percent increase this year and 2 percent the following year.
Landslide damaged road under repair on Southwest Fourth Street
Repairs began Monday on Southwest Fourth Street, closed since May after a landslide took out part of the street.
Brainerd DARE students send encouraging notes to NYC students
Brainerd DARE students are sending their best wishes to New York City students affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Brainerd OKs pact with Pequot, C-I for girls' hockey
Girls from neighboring school districts will come together to play hockey with the Brainerd Warriors.
Missing sheriff turns up at hospital
EUREKA, Ill. (AP) -- A sheriff, who had been missing since questions were raised about thousands of dollars in charges to department credit cards, has reportedly turned up at a hospital.
Judge rejects postal workers' bid to shut down giant mail-processing plant in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge Friday rejected a postal union's attempt to close the city's largest mail-handling plant because of anthrax contamination.
Epidemic of shigella endangers young children in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI -- An epidemic of an infectious disease has swept this city in recent months, afflicting mostly young children in diapers and their caregivers.
Wholesale prices fall by record amount in October, led by big drop in energy costs
WASHINGTON -- Prices at the wholesale level plunged 1.6 percent in October, the biggest one-month drop in 54 years of record-keeping, as gasoline and energy prices fell by the largest amount in 12 years, the government said Friday.
Couple sentenced to 20 years probation for denying daughter diabetes' treatment
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A couple whose 13-year-old daughter died from diabetes and gangrene after they refused to allow medical treatment, citing their religious beliefs, were sentenced to 20 years probation.
Lawyer-client privacy bypassed in terrorist probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sidestepping the principle of lawyer-client privacy, the Justice Department is letting investigators monitor phone calls and mail between some terrorist suspects and their defense lawyers.
Judge arrested at courthouse, charged in child porn case
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- An Orange County Superior Court judge was arrested at his courthouse Friday and charged in federal court with possessing child pornography.
As criticism mounts, Red Cross promises full review of half-billion-dollar Liberty Fund
WASHINGTON -- The American Red Cross Thursday promised a full review of its half-billion-dollar Liberty Fund created for victims of Sept. 11 terrorism, suggesting it might widen the circle of those eligible for assistance and pledging better cooperation with other aid groups.
Pope John Paul II greets New York City firefighters in St. Peter's Basilica
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- New York City firefighters presented Pope John Paul II with the white helmet of their chaplain who was killed at the Word Trade Center, and the pontiff prayed Saturday for the families of the 343 firefighters who died in the rescue effort.
Experts doubt U.S. hate groups to blame for anthrax
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- American hate groups have talked for years about using anthrax to strike at the U.S. government.
Disgruntled loner may be anthrax culprit
WASHINGTON -- The terrorist who mailed anthrax-tainted letters is probably a man, something of a loner with scientific ability who "lacks the personal skills necessary to confront others" face to face, the FBI said Friday in a fresh plea for the public's help in solving the baffling case.
In anthrax crisis, 32,000 people have been prescribed antibiotics; Bush tours CDC
WASHINGTON -- About 32,000 people have been prescribed antibiotics to guard against anthrax since the first letter attack, but only 5,000 really needed to take the pills, health officials said.
U.S. slows visa process for Arabs, Muslims
WASHINGTON -- The United States will slow down the visa process for young men from Arab and Muslim nations so it can search for evidence of terrorist activities. Investigators also hope to interview 5,000 people already in the country from such nations.
Some in FBI opposed nationwide alert Oct. 29 about threat of terrorist attacks
WASHINGTON -- Senior FBI agents and supervisors opposed an Oct. 29 nationwide alert about the threat of new terrorist attacks but were overruled by Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, according to sources familiar with the episode.
U.S. war commander brushes aside criticism of tactics, says war effort going as planned
WASHINGTON -- The commander of the U.S. war in Afghanistan defended himself and his tactics in a rare Pentagon appearance, saying he has absolutely not been too reserved in the campaign.
Players' families subjected to fans' abuse in the stands
Diane Chandler became livid at what she was hearing about her husband in the third quarter of last Sunday's game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
In this season, one thing is certain: There's no sure thing
In a half-season with little rhyme and no reason, the NFL has come back to a basic truth:
Denver pounds Michigan
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- Denver goalie Wade Dubielewicz stopped 30 shots and eight Denver players scored goals as the Pioneers beat Michigan Tech 9-2 Friday night.
McNabb, Culpepper set for first meeting
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- While Tim Couch, Akili Smith and Cade McNown struggled in their first two seasons, Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper nearly met in the NFC championship game last year.
Red Wings star scores 600th goal against Phoenix
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Detroit's Luc Robitaille scored in the first period against Anaheim on Friday night, becoming the 13th player in NHL history to score 600 career goals.
Collateral damage Major League Baseball money war leaves fans victimized
For deciding to accept a $250 million offer from the other Major League Baseball owners to liquidate his struggling team, Twins owner Carl Pohlad is not the anti-Christ St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Nick Coleman and others consider him.
Area events Saturday
Blue Jays may talk to Twins' general manager
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays, in search of a new general manager, have permission to interview Terry Ryan, general manager of the Minnesota Twins since 1994, the Twins said.
Audrey Mousseau, 83, Pine River, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
William D. Turner
William "Bill" D. Turner, 46, Brainerd, died Nov. 8, 2001, at his home.
ONAMIA -- Bernice McBride, 84, Onamia, formerly of San Diego, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at the Onamia Health Care Center.
PINE RIVER -- Calvin Watters, 90, Pine River, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Marilyn J. Peterson
STAPLES -- Marilyn Jean Peterson, 45, Staples, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at home.
FOLEY -- Florence Schraut, 89, Foley, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at the Foley Nursing Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Louis Welna, 99, Little Falls, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Mildred L. Berg
WALKER -- Mildred L. Berg, 96, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at the Woodrest Care Center in Walker.
JENKINS -- Ruth Kimball, 59, Jenkins, died Nov. 8, 2001, at her home.
Jeannine D. Cumbie
DEMOREST, Ga. -- Jeannine Delores Cumbie, 72, Demorest, Ga., died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at her home.
ROGERS -- Adeline Shoedine, 82, Rogers, formerly of Upsala, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Wellstead of Rogers assisted care living center.
Barbara J. Bock
Barbara J. Bock, 53, Brainerd, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at her home.
Alice J. Horn
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Alice Joan Horn, 64, Grants Pass, Ore., formerly of Brainerd, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at her home.
JENKINS -- Ruth Kimball, 59, Jenkins, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at her home.
The views of two vets
Looking at the Sept. 11 tragedies through the eyes of two former World War II POWs gives one a little different view on this Veterans Day.
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Workers again bail out corporate America
That "amazing spirit of sacrifice" the president has repeatedly commended? That's for the pink-slipped hotel maids standing in line for free groceries.
A look at Brainerd's accomplishments
I was disappointed to see your article in The Brainerd Daily Dispatch titled, "Our deteriorating city." While there are still things we need to work on and improve, the fact is this is a great city. Y
Baseball shrinks back
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
Gas prices are a regular topic of conversation at our work place.
The tobacco money
This editorial was published recently in the Free Press of Mankato.
DEA's odd priorities
WASHINGTON -- Asa Hutchinson, the former Republican representative from Arkansas now serving as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has a reputation as a straight shooter. When he was up for confirmation a few months ago, even Democrats who had strongly opposed his views as a manager of the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton testified in support of his nomination.
Fear and jitters in the Big Apple
"I hope the Empire State Building is still standing," the elderly woman said as she walked up beside me on a corner in midtown Manhattan on a recent Friday evening.
Has Quality Deer Management time come?
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A recent Safari Club survey shows the majority of Minnesotans support an expanded hunting season to help regulate the state's rapidly growing deer population.
Walleyes and northern pike continue to hit at a good pace on Gull Lake. Wilson Bay, River Bar, Sandy Beach Bar, Hayfield, Stone Boat House Bar, and Center Bar are all producing fish. Look as deep as 30 feet
Duck dispute threatens Kansas official's USFWS confirmation
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Duck.
North Country calendar
24 -- Muzzleloader deer season opens
Legend of how the Big Dipper came to be
Hasn't this been an unbelievable week of wonderful weather? Last Monday it was 79 degrees in Wheaton on Minnesota's western border. Not bad for Nov. 5!
It's time to issue hunting's first commandment
These are tough days for pedestrians in rural Minnesota. Everywhere they turn there's a guy in blaze orange toting a gun. Deer hunters are used to this, but non-hunters accustomed to an evening stroll on which they see only a bicyclist or fellow walker but who now encounter hunters with high-powered rifles might find it a bit unnerving.
Federal duck stamp winner a family affair -- again -- for family from Minnesota
WASHINGTON -- Winning the federal duck stamp contest was again a family affair for the Hautmans of Minnesota, with Joe adding to the design dynasty Wednesday that he and his brothers have carved out since 1989.
The Merrifield Marathons will conduct snowmobile safety classes Nov. 27, Nov. 29 and Decc 4 and Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marathons Center (21135 Highway 25) in Merrifield.
Bench-rest shooting combines mental precision and mechanical know-how
COLD SPRING (AP) -- The sport may seem baffling and tedious to the untrained eye.
Irregular behavior is part of what makes deer hunting so much fun
Deer season 2001 is predicted to be a banner year, possibly setting a new harvest record. Yet despite a burgeoning whitetail population the same factors that have mystified hunters for decades are making deer elusive for some of us again this year.
Spring wild turkey license application deadline is Dec. 7
Applications for the spring 2002 turkey season must be made no later than Friday, Dec. 7. The cost is $3 and must be paid at the time of application at any ELS agent. Applications can also be made by calling (888) 665-4236.
Divorce taints happy image of marriage
If marrieds are happier, why the high divorce rates?
Give a child in need the gift of an adult partner this holiday season
Many of us get so busy with the approaching holidays that we tend to put things off until after the first of the year.
Tina Johnson and Ryan Tilbury were married June 9, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes with Pastor Dave Stevens officiating.
Raymond and Sharon Fitzer, Pequot Lakes, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Nov. 11, 1961, in Brainerd.
A heartfelt thanks to all of you! We couldn't do it without you! Two hundred children had a safe and fun event because you gave of your time and talents. The staff, volunteers and staff's children made our 12th annual carnival a tremendous success.
Color-full books teach kids a lesson in tolerance
NEW YORK -- Flip through several children's books and you'll find pages full of color -- and not just the magic-marker type.
Traci Keefe and Kraig King were married Aug. 25, 2001, at Pine River Lutheran Church in Pine River with Pastor John Twitton officiating.
Jennifer Johnson and Steve Taylor announce their engagement. Parents are Michael and Linda Johnson, Pillager, and Bob and Pat Taylor, Staples. A Feb. 23, 2002, wedding is planned in Cartersville, Ga.
John (left) and James Wallin will celebrate their 60th birthdays with an open house at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Brainerd American Legion. No gifts please.
Kathy Fierst and John Kowalke announce their engagement. Parents are Dan and Linda Fierst, Pequot Lakes, and Norris and Bette Kowalke, Akeley. A Feb. 9, 2002, wedding is planned.
Spring is in the air?
Could this be November with construction workers wearing sleeveless shirts, area parks full of children dressed in T-shirts and even a South Sixth Street resident mowing his lawn in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt?
Four generations recently gathered were Rachel Huber, daughter; Vicki Huber, mother; Paula Danzl, grandmother; and LaVonne Danzl, great-grandmother.
Eugene and Marlyn Wedan, Nisswa, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 23 at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. The event will be hosted by their family. They were married Nov. 23, 1956, in Brainerd.
Kari Erickson and Anthony Whitlock were married Sept. 22, 2001, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor Darrell Pedersen officiating.
Heather L. Murrer and David A. Ingebrigtson were married June 16, 2001, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Pastor Mark Erickson officiating.
Everham's drivers sweep Winston Cup front row
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Led by Ray Evernham's duo of Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood, Dodges were almost ovewhelming in qualifying Friday for the Pennzoil Freedom 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Rochester prison officials say convicted terrorist can't be moved
ROCHESTER (AP) -- A convicted terrorist linked to Osama bin Laden cannot be moved to "an undisclosed location" from a federal prison hospital because it would violate public information rules, according to federal officials.
Ventura reaffirms he won't support state-subsidized stadium
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura reaffirmed Friday that he would not break a campaign promise made in 1998 to support a state-subsidized sports stadium.
Boy Scouts reach agreement with Winona United Way
WINONA (AP) -- The United Way of the Greater Winona Area will restore funding to a pair of local Boy Scout councils that refused to sign an agreement not to discriminate against homosexuals.
Sun Country for sale, could cut jobs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sun Country Airlines, the largest competitor to Northwest Airlines in the Twin Cities, has been put up for sale and needs an infusion of cash, an airline spokeswoman said Thursday.
Dry fall could mean fires
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After several weeks of balmy autumn weather, a section of east-central Minnesota is at high risk for fire, the state Department of Natural Resources said.
Main Minneapolis, St. Paul post offices tested for anthrax
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The state Health Department is testing the main post offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul for anthrax contamination.
FBI investigates Yudof over panel appointment
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The FBI has been snooping around the University of Minnesota this week, but it's not over anthrax or terrorism -- they just want to get to know the school's president a little better.
St. Cloud State students rescind motion regarding Indian mascots
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Student leaders at St. Cloud State University voted Friday to rescind a motion that required a code of conduct violation to be filed against student media that used American Indian nicknames and logos.
Kiffmeyer wants Sara Jane Olson investigated for voter fraud
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer said Sara Jane Olson, who last week pleaded guilty in a 1975 murder conspiracy case, may have committed voter fraud in Minnesota by voting under an assumed name.
Panel recommends tighter state Capitol security
ST. PAUL (AP) -- An advisory group on Capitol security voted Thursday to increase security at the State Capitol and surrounding state buildings.
Rally supports Minneapolis' closed Somali businesses
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One of five businesses shut down because of alleged ties to Osama bin Laden played host to more than 200 people in a candlelight vigil and rally in support of the businesses.
Pohlads ask Twins staff not to jump ship as elimination looms
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In a letter that acknowledges they do not oppose the elimination of the Minnesota Twins, owner Carl Pohlad and his son are asking employees to stay despite the uncertainty.
Unemployment claims in state on the rise
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's initial unemployment claims continued their increase last month, rising 91.3 percent compared to October 2000.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
PILLAGER -- Tony Mason is laying the foundation for a great senior year.
Raiders knock off top-ranked Joliet, reach national semifinals
ROCHESTER -- The defending champion Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team entered Friday's pool play in the National Junior College Division III tournament seeded fourth and with something to prove.
Campbell keeps going, and going, and going
Every team needs an athlete who is full of vim and vigor. Erica Campbell provides that energy for the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team.
GRAND MARAIS -- They came. They saw. They pillaged.
Raider men win season opener 90-75
MANKATO -- Five players scored in double figures as the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team opened its season Friday with a resounding 90-75 win over Waldorf, Iowa, in the opening round of the Bethany Lutheran tournament.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
STAPLES -- Hannah Landecker knows what it takes to win and she's not afraid to push her teammates to get that win.
Pillager sets tone with defense
GRAND MARAIS -- The talk around the state was how Cook County was looking for its fourth state football title.
The Brainerd Warriors bowling team defeated St. Cloud Apollo 3-2 and Sauk Rapids 3-2 at Granite Bowl South in St. Cloud last weekend to earn the Central Minnesota High School League title.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Warriors dominate section swimming prelims
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team set three school, two section and two pool records in the Section 8, Class 2A preliminaries Friday at Discovery Middle School.
Ebnet makes all-state team
Joan Ebnet is one of the most powerful hitters ever to play volleyball for the Brainerd Warriors.
Minnesota downs Mankato
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- John Pohl and Jordan Leopold each scored two goals and had one assist as Minnesota beat Minnesota State, Mankato 5-3 on Friday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It's early, and it's already ugly for the Chicago Bulls.
Value of Smith's return to Timberwolves measured beyond box score
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Statistically, it's difficult to justify the price the Minnesota Timberwolves have paid and are still paying to make Joe Smith a part of their team.
Minnesota vs. Philadelphia capsule
MINNESOTA (3-4) at PHILADELPHIA (4-3)
Gophers' goal: NCAA tourney
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Finally, Minnesota coach Dan Monson has a few more bodies he can boss around.
Despite being outshot 56-16, Wild beat up Bruins 3-1
BOSTON (AP) -- As Minnesota faces the prospect of losing its baseball team, the Wild are giving local sports fans reason to cheer.
Michigan moving on with Gophers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Really, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is focused on playing Minnesota this week.
Vikings sign Pro Bowl cornerback Dale Carter
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dale Carter, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback who recently completed an 18-month suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
Wisconsin badgers Bulldogs
DULUTH (AP) -- Andy Wozniewski had one goal and one assist leading Wisconsin to a 5-1 victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night.
St. Cloud State remains undefeated
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Dean Weasler stopped 32 shots on goal as St. Cloud State beat Colorado College 6-1 on Friday night to remain undefeated.
If Twins leave Minnesota, they wouldn't be the first
ST. PAUL (AP) -- When it comes to pro sports franchises, Minnesota has won them, lost them and lured them back.
Vikings want to utilize the run against Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings again are relying on an offensive trio to win a game: Michael Bennett, Doug Chapman and Jim Kleinsasser.
Harry Potter items materializing on the Web
If you don't know who
Protect your e-mail as a first step
There's no application you use more than e-mail, and to make your computer secure, you need a system that will work all the time -- even when your computer goes south.
Wait before jumping on the XP bandwagon
Can you hear that $200 million train roaring down the track?
Open-architecture flight simulators put gamers at the control
When Dan DiBacco was a child, he loved to build World War II model airplanes.
Mac's OS 10.1 is the real deal
For Mac owners, this is The One.
Tech job seekers look for help in numbers, comfort
Adine Hoffman, a technology trainer, approached with an eager look.
In the park
Weather drawing by Baylie Stoltman of Mrs. Kobes' second grade class at Lincoln school.
Birds on the wing
Weather drawing by Rachelle Weise of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s to middle 50s.
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s far east to upper 60s far west.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from the middle 40s north to the upper 60s southwest.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from around 50 northeast to the lower 60s southwest.
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How to give a dog a bath
Dear Heloise: When bathing the dog, we use a waterbed faucet attachment that allows us to use lukewarm water by attaching a garden hose to an indoor faucet.
Pets abandoned on road rarely find homes
DEAR ABBY: Over the years, I have seen many letters in your column about dogs and cats, but I can't recall seeing one about a hidden problem -- abandoned pets. My neighbors and I live in a rural section of Washington. We constantly see dogs and cats dumped on our road. Frightened, they run from help. They are chased by predators. With no hunting skills, and no food or clean water, they suffer in unimaginable ways -- dying slowly.
North-South: Dale and Helen Dickie, 65.5; Clayton Haglin and Mark Anderson, 63. East-West: Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 77; and Al and Carol Kline, 66.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Model and actress Liz Hurley is pregnant with her first child, her spokeswoman said Thursday.
School lunch menus
The Brainerd Area Human Resources Association will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Ramada Inn in Brainerd. A panel of human resources people from retail, banking, hospitality, manufacturing and health ca
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Stop flyaway leaves
Locke White can't say he looked at a pile of leaves and thought "flyaway hair," but his solution for keeping raked foliage firmly in place would do the most elaborately coiffed Vegas entertainer proud.
Baby teeth found
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- About 85,000 baby teeth collected from 1959 to 1970 and only discovered recently could help pinpoint whether fallout from Cold War nuclear bomb tests caused cancer and other health problems years later, researchers say.
Patriots are ordinary people with extraordinary courage
DEAR READERS: Today, Veterans Day, we celebrate the sacrifice and patriotism of our nation's military. Many gave their lives to guarantee our freedom. We owe our veterans and those men and women currently serving in the military a deep debt of gratitude. I salute you all, as do my readers.
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Blood Pressure Clinics
Taliban admits losing Mazar-e-Sharif
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban acknowledged on Saturday that they lost the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, and an opposition commander said the attack on the capital, Kabul, would start within days.
Australian premier wins third term
SYDNEY, Australia -- Prime Minister John Howard and his conservative government won a third term Saturday in national elections dominated by the Australian leader's hard-line stance against illegal immigration.
At talks, 165 countries agree on rules to stop global warming, but U.S. stays on sidelines
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- International delegates agreed on Saturday to the first-ever rules aimed at stopping global warming -- a pact the United States, the world's biggest polluter, has rejected.
In interview, Bin Laden claims to have nuclear weapons
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Terror suspect Osama bin Laden claims he has nuclear and chemical weapons and will unleash them if the United States uses similar weapons against him, according to an interview published Saturday in one of Pakistan's largest newspapers.
WTO formally invites China to join
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The World Trade Organization formally invited the world's most populous country, China, to join on Saturday, bringing the once-isolated communist country -- and its 1.2 billion consumers -- firmly into the global marketplace.
Opposition says key northern city taken
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Opposition forces claimed Friday they broke though Taliban defenses and captured the key northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The report could not be independently confirmed, but if true it would represent a major victory in the U.S.-led campaign.
Israeli troops enter Palestinian-controlled town, destroy home of suspected militant
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli tanks entered Palestinian-controlled territory in the West Bank on Saturday and demolished the house of a man Israel blamed for a shooting attack last month. The army withdrew once the operation was over.
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