Today's class divisions could shrink tomorrow
NEW YORK (AP) -- After having defined why his view of the economy was superior to that of his opponent, it might disappoint the next White House occupant to hear economists declare that the candidates' views actually were quite similar to one another.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
A break from gray of winter
With winter whiteness approaching, those craving color may want to stop in a new store on Highway 371 North.
NASA engineers visit FLOE International to develop welding refinements
McGregor -- Floe International, a leading manufacturer of aluminum trailers, boat lifts, and dock systems, was visited yesterday by NASA engineers from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to further refine the company's welding processes.
Wall Street Journal to close regional editions, cut 34 jobs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Wall Street Journal will stop publishing its six weekly regional editions, eliminating 34 jobs, to focus on its national edition, which commands much higher advertising rates.
Security problem reveals mortgage applications online
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A security breach in the software used by many mortgage brokers caused at least 700 Americans' loan applications -- including Social Security numbers -- to be divulged on the Internet, officials said Wednesday.
Second life for wood of landmark Thiesse barn
Wood from a landmark Brainerd area barn is now gracing several retail establishments, including a flower shop in the Mall of America.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1150.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 286, a year ago 357.
October jobless rate increases a notch
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 2.8 percent, hovering for the third month around that mark but up from 2.7 percent in September, the Minnesota Department of Economic Security said Tuesday.
Chrysler's new boss faces same merger problems as old boss
DETROIT -- After two years of trying to make its trans-Atlantic merger work, DaimlerChrysler AG is still two companies divided by an ocean of troubles.
Bridgestone/Firestone announces layoffs, cutbacks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced Friday it will lay off 1,100 workers at two plants and curtail production at a third because of sluggish tire sales.
Investors' malaise threatens typical December stock rally
NEW YORK -- A malaise has settled over Wall Street while investors, longing for a reason to buy stocks, are instead finding only excuses to sell: the increasingly dismal earnings outlook and renewed concerns that interest rates might actually rise instead of falling.
Design for long-term living
ROSEVILLE -- The contract called for Arthur Shuster Inc. to design and furnish the interior of a health care complex in Sun City, Ariz.
Christine Kellett recently joined Lakeland Public Television as a corporate support representative.
Parents can help middle child establish solid identity
QUESTION: Does the middle child really have greater adaptive problems than his or her siblings?
Christ Lutheran Church of Baxter will host a contemporary Christian music concert of praise at 9 a.m. Sunday featuring singer/songwriter Susan Ann. She lives in Cannon Falls with her husband Kurt Lueneburg and their two children.
Baptists generally support faith statement, but with sharp debate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A new Southern Baptist statement of faith saying the Bible is without error and women shouldn't be pastors generally won support in sharply divided state meetings, leaving many wondering whether the rift over the church's conservative shift will ever be healed.
Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship joins movement against hate crimes
PEQUOT LAKES -- As they do on the second Sunday of every month, the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship met last weekend at Pequot Lakes City Hall.
They had to wake me up ...
The best Christmas gift I ever received came after I'd already fallen asleep.
National Council of Churches courts Catholics, evangelicals, Pentecostals
ATLANTA -- The National Council of Churches, a mainline Protestant and Orthodox group, is reaching out to Roman Catholics, evangelicals and Pentecostals to create a "new national expression of Christian life."
Brainerd School Board ponders how best to handle district growth
The Brainerd School Board continues to work on its long-range comprehensive plan, focusing on what's best for students' educational needs.
Change means stress for pets
Dear Readers: Do you ever feel stressed? All of us have felt this way at one time or another. Guess what? Pets can also become stressed. Usually the most stressful time for a pet is when a new baby or other pet is introduced into the household.
Travelers may be in no mood for thanks this Thanksgiving
Travelers who finally make it over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving holiday may wish they had never left home.
Simplifying your life can help ease tension, reduce cost of holiday season
NEW YORK -- As we go into the holiday season -- a time of overdoing, overeating and overspending -- it might be helpful to touch base with people who promote the idea that less is more.
Over the river and through the woods is a painful journey
DEAR ABBY: As a child, I adored my grandparents. I couldn't wait until Sundays when we would go to their house and spend all day with them. My grandparents have now passed on, and I have my own children.
The two faces of teens
Those of us who are convinced that our teen-agers have at least two personalities -- the polished one they show to teachers and other parents and the grumpy one they inflict on us -- are right.
Pets of the week
Abbey is a one-year-old spayed female Basset Hound mix who would make a good family pet.<
Child in need
Years ago, homemade meant you couldn't afford to buy it readymade. Store bought clothing or factory built furniture was an indicator of wealth. Hand-sewn or crafted was the trademark of poorer folks.
What to do with a pudgy pet
Worried about your pet's weight but not sure if he's really obese? Here's what the pet experts suggest:
Obesity is a problem in U.S. pet population, too
Start eating smaller portions.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 600.
The age of a girl who died in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday was reported incorrectly on Thursday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to an oven fire reported about 7:23 p.m. Friday at 1306 South 8th St. The grease fire was extinguished quickly with no injuries or extensive damage reported.
Baxter City Council
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Brainerd City Council
BURGLARY -- Report made of a break-in at Simonson Lumber, 518 W. Washington St.
Bomb threat at Little Falls High School
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls High School was dismissed at about 1:30 p.m. Friday after a bomb threat was phoned into the school.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-French toast, sausage, juice. L-Soft shell taco, trimmings, corn, applesauce, cowboy bread.
Rookie team shines in shootout
MIAMI (AP) -- Arnold Palmer playfully jumped on Peter Jacobsen's back as they walked toward the 18th green.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Once the most popular bridesmaid in women's golf, Lorie Kane took a step toward yet another victory with a 5-under 67 that gave her a share of the lead with Meg Mallon in the season-ending Arch Wireless Championship.
Woods extends Johnnie Walker lead
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Tiger Woods remains stuck on 65, not a bad number for a golfer to stall.
Clinton makes historic visit
HANOI, Vietnam -- President Clinton told the Vietnamese people on Friday that the "shared suffering" of war has intertwined their nation and his in both the pain of the past and the promise of a better future. He spoke and toured in what was an enemy capital, reconciled during his eight years as president.
Palm Beach begins manual vote count
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Buoyed by a Florida Supreme Court order, Palm Beach County election officials Thursday night began a complete manual recount of last week's presidential balloting, proceeding despite Secretary of State Katherine Harris's announcement Wednesday that she would not accept the results of the review.
Bush decides against asking for Iowa recount
Seeking to draw a contrast to the ongoing recount in Florida, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush Thursday declined to request a recount of the presidential vote in Iowa, where Vice President Al Gore won by a little more than 4,000 votes.
Bush wins key court victory
George W. Bush won a key court victory in Florida's high-stakes presidential election Friday when a state judge backed Secretary of State Katherine Harris' decision to reject manual recounts under way in two Democratic counties. Officials began tabulating absentee ballots from overseas, sparking fresh controversy.
At a glance: Developments in Florida recount summarized
Developments in the Florida presidential election recount:
Congress explores options
WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democratic lawmakers were gearing up Friday for the possibility that the choices of the presidential electors could be challenged and turn what has become Congress' ceremonial counting of the Electoral College tally into a moment of high political drama.
An unhappy side effect of pregnancy: Rude comments
Just once, Marilyn Davidson would like someone to say something nice to her belly. Six months' pregnant with twins, the elated Davidson is "still waiting" for someone to greet her and her expanding abdomen without making a snide comment.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
New eczema drug approved by panel
WASHINGTON -- The first new type of drug in decades to treat the troubling skin disease eczema moved a step closer to market Thursday as the government's scientific advisers unanimously declared Protopic ointment effective for both adults and children.
Study suggests playing bridge can bid up your immunity
New findings suggest brainy card games such as contract bridge may at least temporarily raise production of a key blood cell involved in fighting off illness. After 90 minutes of play, bridge players had increased levels of immune cells, according to research reported last week.
Information available on Medicare, prescription drugs
State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, has announced the availability of two brochures to help seniors with questions about Medicare and the state's Prescription Drug Program.
Doctors complete living-donor nerve transplant
HOUSTON -- An 8-month-old Mexican boy was recovering in a Houston hospital Friday after a team of doctors transplanted nerves from his mother's legs into his lifeless left arm.
Heart-rate monitors can help us get in shape
Some call them speedometers for the heart, others say they're like having a full-time coach strapped to your body, but nearly everyone in the fitness business agrees that heart-rate monitors are one of today's hottest devices.
Woman sues, says doctor left device inside her
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A Willmar-area woman is suing a doctor who, she says, accidentally left a piece of surgical equipment inside her during an operation.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
A touch of history enhances poinsettias
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Poinsettias have become such familiar festive plants we tend to forget their relative newness on the winter holiday scene.
HOUSING MARKET TRENDS
High demand for houses and a low supply is making the lakes area home market good for sellers and difficult for buyers.
Hints on painting woodwork
Here are some tips on painting woodwork. Things we'll look at here include brushes, buckets, rollers and preparing the woodwork.
Tips offered to make home safe for winter
Tightening up leaks in the home can reduce this winter's heating bill and increase people's comfort, according to University of Minnesota professor Pat Heulman.
Possibilities abound for growing cranberries
For gardeners, Thanksgiving is a special holiday, a time to celebrate the harvest and put it on the table, just as the Pilgrims did hundreds of years ago.
Turn children's play in the home into learning
There are things for your little ones to learn in every room of your home. We just need to look at what is available in each room and think like a teacher.
Products aimed at home decorators
There's something about fall that stimulates a homeowner's creative juices -- or maybe it's just that the crisper weather makes doing any kind of project more of a pleasure.
Counter those rising winter heating bills
In a few short months you probably will hear a news report that goes something like this: "As temperatures begin to soar downward to zero or below, and as the wind-chill factor adds to the problem, residents are becoming more and more concerned about fuel costs -- costs that are so high it will make it hard for some Americans to keep their furnaces running this winter."
Staples foundation receives grant
STAPLES -- The Staples Community Foundation has announced that it is the recipient of a Challenge Grant. Stan Carlson, public relations director of the local foundation, made the announcement.
ONAMIA -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold an open house/p
Two brothers face charges
CROOKSTON (AP) -- Two brothers from rural McIntosh face criminal charges in the kidnapping, torture and attempted murder of man.
The Crow Wing County United Way drive has raised more than 85 percent of its $385,000 goal.
Skunks with rabies reported in Olmsted County
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Skunks with rabies have been reported in Olmsted County in the past week, and officials say pets are most at risk for the disease.
'The Ragtime Man' entertains full house at Tornstrom Auditorium
Max "The Ragtime Man" Morath treated his Tornstrom Auditorium audience Thursday night to a seminar in American popular music.
Merit pay for teachers gets boost
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The movement to pay teachers based on performance instead of seniority got a boost from the Association of Metropolitan School Districts.
NISSWA -- Nisswa Mayor Harold Kraus has been involved in the community for many years, and Thursday night he was honored as the city's 2000 Citizen of the Year.
Dayton gets plug from Senate minority leader
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said that he would do all he can to get Sen.-elect Mark Dayton his first choice of committee assignments -- agriculture -- after meeting with the Minnesota Democrat this week.
Northwest, Continental reach accord
DETROIT -- Northwest Airlines has formally agreed to sharply pare its voting stake in Continental Airlines in an antitrust case analysts say underscores the government's aggressive stance over major carriers looking to control or swallow a rival.
Tentative agreement reached in Frigidaire strike
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The union representing almost 1,700 striking workers at the Frigidaire Freezer Plant announced a tentative settlement early Friday morning.
More moonlighting brings even more criticism for Ventura
ST. PAUL -- For the record, Jesse Ventura's new boss promises to be understanding if the governor has to skip football games to attend to state business.
State officials leave for conference on global warming
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three of the state's top environmental and energy officials plan to leave Friday evening to observe negotiations next week in the Hague, the Netherlands, on global warming.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners Monday set Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the Mississippi Headwaters Plan for protection and development of the Mississippi River in Crow Wing County.
Duluth aquarium, zoo caught up in sales tax confusion
DULUTH (AP) -- The Lake Superior Zoo and the new Great Lakes Aquarium here have been collecting taxes on ticket sales and diligently paying them to the state.
Baxter decides on assessment for Parkwood
BAXTER -- Parkwood residents in Baxter will see a change in the amount they are assessed for the project.
Braving the cold for a flu shot
Some of the 1,100 people who received their flu shots during a three-day period this week lined up Thursday in front of the Medicine Shoppe on South Sixth Street in Brainerd as light snow fell.
Staples man charged in Oklahoma shoot-out, pursuit
LAWTON, Okla. -- Texas prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge against a central Minnesota man who was taken into custody following a shoot-out and pursuit through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Okla.
Lakeview Mobile Home Park, focus of tenants conflict, to officially close soon
Lakeview Mobile Home Park is expected to close officially in a matter of weeks.
Pine River chef prepares free Thanksgiving meal for less fortunate
PINE RIVER -- For eight years, Brian Chaffe volunteered to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless at the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane, Wash.
Quietly, with little recognition and no fanfare, one of central Minnesota's most valuable resources celebrates its 100th anniversary on Monday.
Police officers injured during bank robbery attempt in Edina
EDINA -- A police veteran nearing retirement was critically injured and another police officer was wounded in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect armed with an assault rifle Thursday.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 19 - 60 years ago (1940) - Crow Wing County has 678 employed on WPA Projects with the addition of 171 allowed under the new quota announced. The 171 additional men have been assigned to projects this week.
Jury convicts skier blamed in fatal collision
EAGLE, Colo. (AP) -- A ski racer has been convicted of criminally negligent homicide after a fatal collision with another skier three years ago on Vail Mountain.
Judge issues restraining order against United mechanics
CHICAGO -- United Airlines won a court order Friday preventing its mechanics from carrying out a work slowdown as the Thanksgiving travel period got under way.
Judge orders Firestone to stop destroying tires
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge Friday ordered Bridgestone/Firestone to stop destroying its recalled tires until some can be preserved for use as evidence in lawsuits against the company.
Apparent drunk driver reportedly tried to run over officer near governor's mansion in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- An apparent drunken driver of a pickup truck tried to run over a police officer about a block from the governor's mansion early Saturday, police said.
Recount Q. and A.
Q: What's going on?
Wings reattached to world's largest wooden airplane -- Hughes' 'Spruce Goose'
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nearly a decade after it was disassembled, the world's largest wooden airplane has gotten its wings back.
Man who killed estranged wife, boyfriend is executed
SMYRNA, Del. (AP) -- A man who shot his estranged wife and her boyfriend in the head while she pleaded with a 911 operator for help was executed by injection.
U.S. Army to buy 2,000 light-armored vehicles
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army took a major step in shedding its Cold War image Friday by agreeing to spend some $4 billion on more than 2,000 light-armored vehicles, providing soldiers with speed and maneuverability for the anticipated smaller-scale, urban-based wars of the 21st century.
Court ruling gives Democrats a boost, worries Republicans
WASHINGTON -- From the beginning of the battle for Florida, Texas Gov. George W. Bush built his strategy around the goal of grabbing the high ground against Vice President Gore by having the results in the presidential race certified, if not quite sealed, sometime Saturday. Friday the Florida Supreme Court demolished that plan.
Amtrak officials hope travelers will flock to Acela bullet train
BOSTON -- For decades, the people running Amtrak had to wince when Americans returning from overseas train trips proclaimed: "Why can't you do that here?"
Neighbor keeps wary eye on troubled Army arsenal
DENVER -- When Jeff Kanost bought his home two decades ago, he was intrigued by the idea of having a wildlife refuge in his backyard.
Biotech corn problem hurting U.S. exports
WASHINGTON -- The government is reporting a steady drop in exports of corn, evidence that the mishandling of genetically engineered grain on Midwest farms is starting to damage U.S. markets overseas.
Oklahoma man completes record-breaking trip in WW II vintage biplane after
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma man has become the first person to fly around the world solo in an open-cockpit biplane, logging 23,000 miles over five months in a World War II vintage plane.
High court blocks execution of killer thought retarded
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The Supreme Court has blocked the execution of a convicted killer whose low IQ is at the center of a debate over whether he should be put the death.
Overseas ballots pad Bush lead
Aides to George W. Bush hailed a count of overseas absentee ballots that padded his lead in Florida Saturday to 926 votes over Al Gore. But they complained that ongoing hand recounts in three counties are "flawed and subject to human error."
Bonfire tragedy recalled
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Tranquility has returned to the polo fields on the Texas A&M campus.
Krzyzewski records 500th victory
Georgia State and Oakland claimed landmark victories against state rivals and earned respect in the process.
Kent earns NL MVP honors
It seemed appropriate that Jeff Kent was called off a tractor at his Diamond K Ranch near San Antonio Thursday to learn he had been voted the National League's most valuable player -- the ultimate tribute to the blue-collar ethic that has enabled him to mature into one of baseball's leading run producers.
Costas commends George W. Bush for baseball acumen
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Bob Costas gave a qualified endorsement to Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush on Friday, commending him for voting against the wild-card playoff system when he co-owned the Texas Rangers.
Jets-Dolphins: It's a day game, so people will be awake at the finish
The New York Jets' 40-37 comeback win in overtime over Miami on a Monday night a month ago was supposed to send the Jets north in the AFC East standings and the Dolphins south.
A Week 12 look at Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
CAROLINA (4-6) AT MINNESOTA (8-2)
Hingis advances to semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Martina Hingis will have a different view of her doubles partner in the Chase Championships semifinals.
Taking the bite out of the Timberwolves
Now we know why he's named Stern.
Driesell bringing credibility to basketball backwater
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Lefty Driesell has made no promises about turning Georgia State into the "UCLA of the East" -- a boast he made at Maryland about three decades ago.
Will Smith return?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Smith remained undecided Friday about his future, although it was clear he hasn't ruled out a return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Some notes on another wacky NFL season:
--The St. Louis Rams, the defending league champions, might well get back to the Super Bowl. But how good can they be when the defense has "improved" in the last three games by allowing 25 points a game?
Paterno's pride in Nittany Lions doesn't waver
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno is a little cranky these days. You can see that in the piece of aged barn wood he calls a face, which is gouged and scored by the 50-year effort of trying to hack a little
Wisconsin defeats Colorado
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dany Heatley snapped a tie at 8:20 of the second period Friday night to give Wisconsin a 2-1 victory over Colorado College, breaking the Badgers' five-game losing streak.
Timberwolves down San Antonio in overtime
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are winning in Terrell Brandon's absence despite an increase in turnovers.
Rivalry weekend puts fun into football
In the days before the annual Duke-North Carolina game, Tar Heels coach Carl Torbush makes sure an ungainly 200-pound brass bell, complete with a hand crank to ensure it is heard, gets hauled from the locker room to the practice field.
Kuerten falls at Paris Masters
PARIS (AP) -- Top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten hit a roadblock in his bid to finish the year at No. 1, losing to Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (5), 7-6 (11) Saturday in the semifinals of the $2.95 million Paris Masters.
Olympic gun deal nixed by IOC
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Products from condoms to life insurance to beer and wine are endorsed by the Olympic Games.
A banner year for baseball by the San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Though Jason Giambi and Jeff Kent were voted their respective leagues' best players this week, they're about as different as two people can be.
Sabres slash Wild
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres could afford taking the NHL-expansion Minnesota Wild for granted.
Mesa signs with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies wanted someone to shore up a bullpen that had just 34 saves last season.
Sixers remain unbeaten
Undefeated still, and more impressive by the moment.
Who would have guessed it?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Dec. 10 kickoff for the Minnesota Vikings-St. Louis Rams game in St. Louis has been changed from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Vivian (Horner) Reinke
ROSEVILLE -- Vivian C. (Horner) Reinke, 83, Roseville, formerly of Aitkin, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
AITKIN -- Lillian Durushia, 84, Aitkin, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Carl O Virnig
PIERZ -- Carl O. Virnig, 91, Pierz, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Albert Bury, 87, Little Falls, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Clara T. (Sather) Tuil
STAPLES -- Clara Theresa (Sather) Tuil, 86, Staples, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Lucille H. Burggraff
MOORHEAD -- Lucille Huldah (McLeod) Burggraff, 87, Moorhead, formerly of Little Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, at Eventide Nursing Home of Moorhead.
Alfred 'Fritz' Konen
LITTLE FALLS -- Alfred "Fritz" Konen, 88, Little Falls, formerly of Pierz and Hawthorne, Nev., died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Florence E. Lundsten
Florence E. Lundsten, 86, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Kennith M. Deer
AITKIN -- Kennith M. Deer, 75, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, at Aicota Nursing Home of Aitkin.
Alfred 'Fritz' Konen
LITTLE FALLS -- Alfred "Fritz" Konen, 88, Little Falls, formerly of Pierz and Hawthorne, Nev., died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Erling Stafsberg, 87, Brainerd, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at his home.
Helen Ann Zentkowski
CHULA VISA, CALIF. -- Helen Ann (Parsons) Zentkowski, 68, Chula Vista, Calif., died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000.
Vote recounts - Dispatch Editorial
Since the media's magnifying glass has been zeroed in on the close Florida presidential race the point has been driven home that our elections are far from flawless.
So fair is not fair unless you "win"? That's the unvarnished liberal hubris behind the Democrats' attempts to hijack an election, and in full view of public and the press. It's the very definition of fiasco.
Our state jet - Dispatch Online
This one involves a state-owned $1 million Cessna Citation 500 jet that sits in a hangar in St. Paul about 25 days out of the month.
Things could get worse
WASHINGTON -- If you believe, as I do, that we are skating on thin ice in the dispute over Florida's presidential votes, then the forgotten case of Dr. Lloyd W. Bailey of Rocky Mount, N.C., may soon become much better known.
American electorate deserves an A +
The real story of the 2000 campaign and election will, in the end, be the resilience and patience of the American people. Voters had a hard time choosing in this election, and the results were so painfully close because people (collectively and individually) liked some qualities of both Al Gore and George W. Bush, and they disliked some characteristics of both men.
Is the White House worth winning?
The unexpected end game of Campaign 2000 has become so bruising and so nasty that the value of the prize itself has been substantially diminished.
It's turkey time
PILLAGER -- If you want to talk turkey, Jerry Hiltner is your man.
It is unfortunate that the House Republican Caucus Committee had to stoop to mailing inaccurate and false information in order to promote their area candidate for the State Representative seat.
Natural forestry plan fights fires with fire
STEVENSVILLE, Mont. --The warring factions that have fought for decades over what to do with America's public lands have finally agreed on one thing: The forests are sick.
Hunters head to north woods to keep alive traditions of generations past
ELY (AP) -- The tent was pitched on a knoll in a stand of white and Norway pines. The white A-frame, suspended from a balsam fir ridgepole, would have looked at home at any elk hunter's camp in the Rockies.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Center Bar, the Rock Pile, Holman's Point, White House Bar, Stone Boat House Bar and Hole in the Day Bar still are producing walleyes and northern pike on the north end of Gull Lake.
Deer hunting should remain one-on-one
Get your deer?
Bats and rabies
"Man dies of rabies in Fargo hospital," read the headlines. I have to admit it was an attention-grabber for me and I proceeded to read every word of the story. It was Minnesota's first case of human rabies since 1975.
Pillsbury State Forest, Minnesota's oldest, turns 100
The Pillsbury State Forest is a forest of firsts.
North Country Calendar
November - 25 -- Muzzleloader deer season opens
The 11th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is set for Jan. 20. The contest will take place on Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake. More than $150,000 in prizes will be awarded.
Lynette Marie Anderson and Corey Christopher Cowdin were married Aug. 19, 2000, at Immaculate Heart Church of Crosslake with the Rev. Dennis Hoffman officiating.
Dolores Jensen, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Mississippi Terrace Apartments, 215 S.W. Fourth St.
Mindy Ann Wetherbee and Joseph Alvin Koering were married Aug. 12, 2000, at St. Mathias Catholic Church of Fort Ripley with Father Paul Fruth officiating.
Ruth Patrias, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She was born Nov. 16, 1901.
Four generations recently gathered were Abbygail Grace Wohl-Kovatovich, daughter; Becky Wohl, mother; Claudia Wohl, grandmother; and Evangeline "Van" Kaspar, great-grandmother.
Sheldon and Karen Lentz, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 15, 1975, in Grand Forks, N.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Koering, Fort Ripley, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Nov. 19, 1960, in Fort Ripley.
Megan Kostohryz and Jamie Morgan announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Mary Kostohryz, Bemidji, and Steve and Marla Morgan, Aitkin. A May 19, 2001, wedding is planned at St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Brainerd.
Katrina Anderson and Joseph Zimmermann announce their engagement. Parents are Marty and Julie Anderson, Brainerd, and Gary and Karen Zimmermann, Wausau, Wis. A Dec. 2 wedding is planned at Our Savior Lutheran Church of Excelsior.
Susan Collett and Trent Pikula announce their wedding ceremony. Parents are Richard and Carole Collett, Preston, and Leslie and Janette Pikula, Brainerd. A Dec. 23 wedding is planned in Preston.
Gary and Pat Tweed, Pequot Lakes, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 28, 1970, in Pequot Lakes.
Mindy Coulter and Joe Glazier announce their engagement. Parents are Donovan and JoAnn Coulter, Pine River, and Mark and Jane Glazier, Pine River. A June 2, 2001, wedding is planned at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Pequot Lakes.
Brainerd to host snocross race
It would be safe to say the World Snowmobile Association is more focused on the 13th annual Brainerd/Baxter International Snocross Race of Champions on Dec. 9-10 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds then racers are focused on the green flag at the start.
Waltrip in spotlight at final race
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- With the championship already in Bobby Labonte's hands, the spotlight in the season-ending NAPA 500 focuses on retiring Darrell Waltrip -- and that's just the way he likes it.
Albany crushes Foley in 3A
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ben Grutch ran for two touchdowns as Albany beat Foley 34-0 in the Class 3A semifinals Friday afternoon.
Brainerd girls' swimming and diving team seeks to dip into record books by reaching state finals for first time in two decades.
When Brainerd High School sends seven girls to the state swimming and diving meet the Warriors will attempt to do what they haven't accomplished in more than two decades -- qualify for the finals.
Cretin-Derham Hall defeats Wayzata in Class 5A
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer threw three of his four touchdown passes to Tony Leseman to lead Cretin-Derham Hall to a 31-21 victory over Wayzata in the Class 5A semifinals Friday.
Eden Prairie wins Class 5A semifinal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Seth Wigle rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Eden Prairie beat Hastings 17-7 in the Class 5A semifinal Thursday at the Metrodome.
MINNESOTA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA may have forced Minnesota to remove its most recent references to postseason success, but there are still a lot more banners in Williams Arena than players.
CLC's national champs hailed
Jane Peterson (left in photo above), Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball coach and National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Coach of the Year, and Jessica Hess talked team members after a recognition ceremony Thursday at the college.
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Gophers defeat UNC-Greensboro in men's basketball season opener
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Terrence Simmons scored 12 points for Minnesota and keyed a second-half surge as the Gophers defeated UNC-Greensboro 81-61 Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Gophers hope to tackle Hawkeyes, bowl bid
MINNEAPOLIS -- Barely a month ago, Minnesota was a Rose Bowl contender and Iowa seemed destined for another one-win season.
Gophers shut out St. Cloud State Huskies
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Adam Hauser made 25 saves as Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 2-0 Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series.
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Watende Favors scored five points in overtime to lead the Cal Poly Mustangs to a 93-87 overtime win over Northwest Basketball Camps (NBC) Thursday.
Cromwell wins in Nine-Man
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jesse Lind rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns Friday as Cromwell beat Stephen-Argyle 34-23 in the state high school Nine-Man semifinals.
Seawolves defeat Mavericks
MANKATO (AP) -- Corey Hessler scored the winning goal as Alaska-Anchorage defeated Minnesota State, Mankato, 3-1 on Friday night.
Detroit Lakes falls in 4A
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Phil Porta scored the winning goal on a 1-yard run with nine seconds left as Cambridge-Isanti rallied from a 28-0 deficit to defeat Detroit Lakes 31-28 in a Class 4A semifinal Friday night.
North Dakota outlasts Duluth
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) --Trevor Hammer had a goal and an assist to lead North Dakota to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday.
North Dakota State University center makes his uncle proud
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Uncle Ted, like many in his World War II generation, was a tough man. Rare was the day when he would show emotion.
Browerville comes up one point shy in Class 1A
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tyler Olson's 7-yard touchdown reception and 2-point conversion catch from Jordan Aakre in the fourth quarter Friday gave Warren-Alvarado-Oslo a 14-13 victory over Browerville in the state high school Class 1A semifinals.
Five Flyers spring back after trophy denied because of relay disqualification
The Little Falls Flyers won the 400-yard freestyle relay in the Section 3A swimming and diving meet.
Otter Tail advances in 2A
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sean Belmont passed for a touchdown, ran for one and returned an interception for another Friday afternoon to lead Otter Tail Central past Moose Lake/Willow River 48-0 in the Class 2A semifinals.
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The North Star Ice Racers Association will have a driver's meeting 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at North Star Auto.
Holiday gift ideas abound
Ever get stumped on what to buy your computer person for the holidays? I can't help you with other people's tastes, but I can give you some of the less obvious ones that work for me:
Russian cosmonaut brings in cargo ship for docking
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A Russian cosmonaut aboard the international space station had to bring in a cargo ship by remote control Friday night after an automatic system failed.
Television meets Internet Promise and pitfalls of a pending digital marriage
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- America Online Inc.'s pending takeover of Time Warner Inc. promises to create unmatched cross-marketing muscle. And with such promise often comes pitfall, and in a marriage like this, the biggest pitfall could be consumers themselves.
As lines between shopping channels blur, online sales may knock Santa's socks off
The prospects for holiday shopping online, which once looked as full of promise as any Christmas tree surrounded by presents, have recentl
Net appliances make surfing easier But are they perfect gift for Grandma?
NEW YORK -- Want to do e-mail and Web-surf without the hassle of a computer? You're a candidate for an "Internet appliance," a machine that doesn't force you to figure out the megahertz and megabytes.
New products from online photo services
If ever two technologies were made for each other, digital photography and the Web were soul mates from the start. Over the past 18 months, dozens of Web sites have appeared that allow you to share digital photos in online albums and order prints or photo-enhanced gifts.
Tips for hassle-free net shopping
So what should consumers do to make sure their online shopping experience is as hassle-free as possible? Here's what the e-commerce experts recommend:
High-definition TV still has a long way to go
I want my DTV.
Weather drawing by Aleksandr Park of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Windy and cold with some snow.
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Weather drawing by Theo Erickson of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- In the beginning, there was Martha. Then came Oprah, and now Rosie.
Rudy Hillig will retire from the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center on Nov. 30.
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Wife of straying tomcat utters not even meow
DEAR ABBY: What would make a wife compromise her morals, values and ideals and allow her husband of 25-plus years to stay with her, after finding out that he was a raging Casanova? This lady, after confrontation by his lover, found out that her husband has had multiple affairs that began not long after they were married. Now she is subjecting herself not only to disease, but to public humiliation.
North-South: Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 106.5; Gladys Norrgard and Sandy Chase, 101.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 100; and Ray Norrgard and Bill Black, 98. East-West: Clif Johnson and Bob Chase, 91.5; Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 91; Al and Carol Kline, 87.5; and Marion Benest and Chris Leininger, 86.5.
Sons of downed pilot share their emotions at MIA recovery site
TIEN CHAU, Vietnam -- By a rice paddy where their father was shot down and killed during the Vietnam War 33 years ago, the sons of pilot Lawrence G. Evert watched as Vietnamese workers dug and sifted through mud in hopes of finding his remains.
Yemen identifies Cole bombers as Afghan War vets
ADEN, Yemen -- The two men who steered a small boat laden with plastic explosives into the USS Cole on Oct. 12 have been identified as veterans of the U.S.-backed guerrilla war to drive Soviet forces from Afghanistan, according to Prime Minister Abdel-Karim Ali Iryani.
At muddy MIA site, Clinton pledges to try to find all remains
TIEN CHAU, Vietnam -- Eyes brimming, President Clinton stood with the sons of an American pilot shot down 33 years ago by the rice paddy where U.S. and Vietnamese workers are digging for his remains, and said they should have "a chance finally to take their father home."
Arafat calls for halt to gunfire from Palestinian areas
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Friday ordered gunmen to stop shooting at Israelis from areas under his full control, the first sign he is ceding to U.S. and Israeli demands to order a cease-fire explicitly.
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