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.
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.
Christine Kellett recently joined Lakeland Public Television as a corporate support representative.
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.
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.
Obesity is a problem in U.S. pet population, too
Start eating smaller portions.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Pets of the week
Abbey is a one-year-old spayed female Basset Hound mix who would make a good family pet.<
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.
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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.
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.
The age of a girl who died in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday was reported incorrectly on Thursday.
Woods extends Johnnie Walker lead
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Tiger Woods remains stuck on 65, not a bad number for a golfer to stall.
Rookie team shines in shootout
MIAMI (AP) -- Arnold Palmer playfully jumped on Peter Jacobsen's back as they walked toward the 18th green.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
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.
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.
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.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Quietly, with little recognition and no fanfare, one of central Minnesota's most valuable resources celebrates its 100th anniversary on Monday.
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.
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.
The Crow Wing County United Way drive has raised more than 85 percent of its $385,000 goal.
Two brothers face charges
CROOKSTON (AP) -- Two brothers from rural McIntosh face criminal charges in the kidnapping, torture and attempted murder of man.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Recount Q. and A.
Q: What's going on?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mesa signs with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies wanted someone to shore up a bullpen that had just 34 saves last season.
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.
Timberwolves down San Antonio in overtime
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are winning in Terrell Brandon's absence despite an increase in turnovers.
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?
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.
Taking the bite out of the Timberwolves
Now we know why he's named Stern.
Sixers remain unbeaten
Undefeated still, and more impressive by the moment.
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
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.
Krzyzewski records 500th victory
Georgia State and Oakland claimed landmark victories against state rivals and earned respect in the process.
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.
A Week 12 look at Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
CAROLINA (4-6) AT MINNESOTA (8-2)
Sabres slash Wild
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres could afford taking the NHL-expansion Minnesota Wild for granted.
Florence E. Lundsten
Florence E. Lundsten, 86, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
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.
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.
Helen Ann Zentkowski
CHULA VISA, CALIF. -- Helen Ann (Parsons) Zentkowski, 68, Chula Vista, Calif., died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000.
Clara T. (Sather) Tuil
STAPLES -- Clara Theresa (Sather) Tuil, 86, Staples, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Erling Stafsberg, 87, Brainerd, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at his home.
Carl O Virnig
PIERZ -- Carl O. Virnig, 91, Pierz, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
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.
It's turkey time
PILLAGER -- If you want to talk turkey, Jerry Hiltner is your man.
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.
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.
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.
North Country Calendar
November - 25 -- Muzzleloader deer season opens
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deer hunting should remain one-on-one
Get your deer?
Pillsbury State Forest, Minnesota's oldest, turns 100
The Pillsbury State Forest is a forest of firsts.
Four generations recently gathered were Abbygail Grace Wohl-Kovatovich, daughter; Becky Wohl, mother; Claudia Wohl, grandmother; and Evangeline "Van" Kaspar, great-grandmother.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Koering, Fort Ripley, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. They were married Nov. 19, 1960, in Fort Ripley.
Ruth Patrias, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She was born Nov. 16, 1901.
Gary and Pat Tweed, Pequot Lakes, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 28, 1970, in Pequot Lakes.
Sheldon and Karen Lentz, Brainerd, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 15, 1975, in Grand Forks, N.D.
Lynette Marie Anderson and Corey Christopher Cowdin were married Aug. 19, 2000, at Immaculate Heart Church of Crosslake with the Rev. Dennis Hoffman officiating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dolores Jensen, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Mississippi Terrace Apartments, 215 S.W. Fourth St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly league leaders
Area events Monday
Swimming and Diving
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.
Seawolves defeat Mavericks
MANKATO (AP) -- Corey Hessler scored the winning goal as Alaska-Anchorage defeated Minnesota State, Mankato, 3-1 on Friday night.
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.
Local sports shorts
The North Star Ice Racers Association will have a driver's meeting 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at North Star Auto.
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.
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:
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
High-definition TV still has a long way to go
I want my DTV.
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:
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.
Windy and cold with some snow.
Dressed for snow
Weather drawing by Theo Erickson of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Rudy Hillig will retire from the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center on Nov. 30.
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.
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."
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