Mariners wanted: Great Lakes shipping industry seeks workers
The Great Lakes shipping industry has its "help wanted" sign out.
Make sure privacy, security are part of your online holiday shopping experience
NEW YORK -- Lawyer Christine Varney won't do her holiday shopping at just any online retailer.
Water park adding to hotel comfort
The goal at the Comfort Suites in Baxter is to have the water park open on Friday.
Building Advantage, patch by patch
DULUTH (AP) -- You'll find Duluth businessman Nathan Bentley's handiwork on the sleeves of State Patrol troopers and Brownie troop members alike.
San Jose still No. 1 in high-tech, but others narrow lead
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Jose held on as the country's No. 1 high-tech job source, but cities like Colorado Springs and San Francisco showed big job-growth spurts. Boston was solidly in second place.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Unity Family Healthcare board announced Carl Vaagenes was hired as the president and chief executive officer of the Little Falls health care organization that includes St. Gabriel's Hospital, St. Otto's Care Center, St. Camillus Place, Alverna Apartments and Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center.
Labor market will be kind to liberal arts majors this year, study shows
DETROIT -- Job prospects haven't been this good for liberal arts graduates in years.
Stock market's extreme optimism giving way to extreme pessimism
NEW YORK (AP) -- What makes the current economic scene so strange is the reaction to news of a downturn. Extreme confidence seems now to have been replaced by unwarranted pessimism, with little else in between.
Intel reaction could signify market correction is coming to an end
NEW YORK -- Stocks spiked dramatically this past week after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested an interest rate cut might be a possibility early next year. They also advanced whenever Florida court rulings pointed to a possible resolution of the presidential election deadlock.
Women find gender makes less difference at work
Being a new worker matters, to you and to your employer. But how much does it matter what sex you are?
A big step forward
BAXTER -- The Light Depot is taking a step back into a new, larger facility.
Trinity Lutheran Church's confirmands
No 'early edition' required
"What if you knew, beyond a doubt, what was going to happen tomorrow?"
Minnesota church to defy Lutheran ban and ordain lesbian pastor
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A local congregation has voted 176-0 to defy the policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and ordain an openly lesbian minister next April.
Prevent discipline problems by spending time with your kids
QUESTION: My husband and I are doing far too much disciplining of our kids. Is there another way to encourage them to cooperate?
Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will present a Christmas concert titled Exultate at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, presented by the Chamber Choir and Orchestra from the Twin Cities.
Area artist cuts Christmas CD for church's pipe organ restoration
What started for Nancy Waller as "a little recording" for family and friends snowballed into a professionally produced music CD.
Catholic Diocese builds vocations with Internet
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tapping the new generation raised on the Internet, the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines has unveiled a Web site aimed at helping it recruit men for the priesthood.
Teaching rated as stressful
Teachers have a more stressful profession than ironworkers, nuclear plant decontamination technicians, Catholic priests and tax collectors.
Studying abroad takes off
The number of U.S. college students studying abroad has jumped 45 percent in the last four years, a new survey says, with Latin American and African destinations gaining popularity.
Religion being taught in class
Religion is finally being taught as a subject in most school systems after being ignored for many years, but the information given to students in the early grades is too superficial, according to a new report.
When grief hits at holiday time, it's best to focus on the simple joys
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season? Is someone in your family sick or in a nursing home? Are you no longer able to do your traditional seasonal activities? Experts say individuals experiencing such losses often face the holidays with tidings of dread and anxiety rather than comfort and joy.
These gifts say, 'I've got style'
Your holiday shopping list is long, right? Bet your personal wish list is even longer! So many presents to get. So many presents to dream of getting.
Researcher finds hours that parents work affect students
Children whose parents work night shifts are much more likely to fail in school, a Harvard School of Public Health researcher has found.
'Alphabet Pal' electronic pull toys are recalled
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 500,000 "Alphabet Pal" electronic pull toys are being recalled because of a choking hazard to young children, the government said Friday.
Injuries prompt recall of nearly 100,000 scooters
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 100,000 scooters -- one of this holiday season's most popular toys -- were recalled Thursday by federal safety officials because problems with their handlebars can cause riders to lose control.
Sesame Street Busy Poppin' Pals toys recalled
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some 170,000 Sesame Street Busy Poppin' Pals toys are being recalled because of a choking and laceration hazard to young children, the government said Friday.
BACKUS -- A 68-year-old Brooklyn Park man was injured Friday in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 87, five miles west of Backus, according to the State Patrol.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a gas leak at Little Duke's gas station, 2100 Excelsior Road, at 1:27 p.m. Friday.
HEAD:Brainerd School Board Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday District office SECTION A 1. Roll call 2. Delegations, petitions, communications 3. Approval of minutes:
BURGLARIES -- It was reported the residence of Max Howick, Deerwood, was broken into.
Carrie Johnson and Jason Wynn, Crosby, a boy, Tyler Reese Johnson Wynn, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Nov. 22, 2000. Grandparents are Richard and Susan Johnson, Deerwood, and Kim and Susan Wynn, Deerwood. Great-grandparents are Doug Abear, Deerwood, and Carol and Marlys Wynn, Aitkin.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Kevin and Brenda (Dukowitz) Seefeldt, Browerville, a boy, Hunter Jon, 8 pounds, 11 ounces, Nov. 3, 2000. Grandparents are Leroy and Betty Seefeldt, Staples, and Gladys Dukowitz, Motley.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County Court: Michael Allen Wendland, 29, Lake Shore, was ordered to serve 120 days on work release for gross misdemeanor DUI. He must pay a $500 fine, a $1,000 DUI penalty and $360 probation fee. Wendland will be on three years supervised probation.
President urges Congress to break impasse, focus on education spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton urged Congress on Saturday to end the budget battle by focusing on an education spending package that will provide the "basic building blocks of the 21st century workforce."
Court cases steamroll to close
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- As four court cases to decide the legality of Florida ballots steamrolled toward conclusion Friday, George W. Bush's team made a last-minute legal maneuver in the Florida Supreme Court.
Clinton, GOP narrow budget differences
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and congressional leaders are narrowing differences over school spending, immigration and other budget disputes, raising hopes that the contentious 106th Congress could finally adjourn as early as next week.
Election officials sift through ballots to count undervotes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With the fate of the presidential race in the
GOP address highlights Congress' agenda in Bush presidency
WASHINGTON -- In remarks taped before a Florida Supreme Court decision cast new uncertainty on the presidential election, Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., used the Republicans' weekly radio address Saturday to outline the GOP-run Congress' planned agenda under a Bush administration.
Democratic lawyers resuscitate Gore's court battle
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Democratic lawyers resuscitated Al Gore's dark-horse court battle Thursday when a second election official was forced to concede that she had allowed the state Republican Party to remove flawed absentee ballot applications from her office -- and that her arrangement with the GOP may have violated state law.
Hand recount begins in Florida; Bush asks three courts to halt it
Racing the clock, election judges sifted through thousands of ballots across Florida on Saturday in a partial manual recount ordered by the state Supreme Court. George W. Bush beseeched the U.S. Supreme Court to order a halt, but Al Gore's campaign manager said the count should continue "for good or bad."
Senate passes bankruptcy overhaul bill despite promised veto
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defying President Clinton's veto promise, the lame-duck Senate has sent him a bankruptcy overhaul bill that would make it harder for people to erase credit card and other debts in court.
Florida legislature looks like a factor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court's lifeline to Democrat Al Gore infuriated Republican state lawmakers, but it made their role in the presidential election drama much more important.
Keep eyes open
Reputable providers of laser vision correction surgery should turn away patients who would be unlikely to benefit from it, industry officials say.
Doctors who need doctors
What do you call a highly educated, financially successful person with easy access to health care who nonetheless fails to see a physician regularly?
Signs of the season at the White House
WASHINGTON -- Ho ho ho. The ghosts of the Clintons' Christmases Past have all gathered for one last cup of spiked eggnog.
For the holidays, try ingenuity on your front door
Before the lights on the tree, before the stockings on the mantel, there's the wreath on the door -- the first welcome sign of the holidays.
Building dream (doll) houses
DEERWOOD -- A Deerwood woman builds a few houses each year, but the houses are the ones where grand pianos can fit in the palm of a hand.
BAXTER -- The city of Baxter issued 14 building permits totaling $1,130,850 during the month of November, including the following permits:
Poinsettia wins the popular vote
When Joel Poinsett discovered the plant that would bear his name, in Mexico in the 1820s, he had no way of knowing it would become America's No. 1 potted plant.
Cass board authorizes land exchanges with state
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Thursday authorized land exchanges with the state to transfer all state leased land to county ownership.
Women faculty reach tentative settlement in St. Cloud discrimination case
ST. PAUL -- Women who claimed they were paid less than men to teach and overlooked for promotions at St. Cloud State University agreed Thursday to a tentative settlement that would allow them to recover more than $830,000.
Cass wrestles with employee health insurance
WALKER -- Cass County will avoid paying up to $280,000 more annually for employee health insurance as a result of a Nov. 29 arbitrator's ruling.
Cass deals with gravel vs. blacktop
WALKER -- The Association of Minnesota Counties will compare expenses for building and maintaining gravel versus blacktopped roads, Cass County Engineer David Enblom reported to the county board Thursday.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1960) - Fifty-Twosome Dance Club will hold its "Holiday Ball" at the Club LaGuyal. Program dancing will start at 9:30 p.m. to the dancing of Howie Hill's orchestra. A buffet supper will be served at midnight.
Pets of the Week
Trina is a 7-year-old female Labrador mix who loves to fetch a ball and is good with children.
County explains hike in welfare budget
During a Crow Wing County Truth-in-Taxation public hearing Thursday, Ken Kielty, Bay Lake Township, expressed his concern about his property tax increase, including an 8 percent increase in the county portion.
Area panel honored for efforts to teach students to be peacemakers
Area students have been learning how to become peacemakers.
Five child-care studies planned
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning announced Friday it will conduct five studies over the next three years with the goal of improving child-care services in the state.
E. coli cases increase to 28 in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Another Minnesotan was hospitalized after being exposed to E. coli bacteria in ground beef, raising the number of state residents sickened during the latest outbreak to 28, health officials said.
In a Page 1A story in Thursday's Dispatch on World War II veteran Bill Johnson of Deerwood, the story should have stated that Johnson flew through the jungles of Africa and over the Amazon River in South America, where he was also stationed for a short time.
Talk is to turn downtown into cultural center
How does a city revitalize its heart after a successful bypass?
Firing a Pearl Harbor salute
Brainerd American Legion Post 255 Color Guard member Dan Schoonover (foreground) and Brainerd VFW Post 1647 Color Guard member Bob Marsh fired their rifles Thursday during a 21-gun salute at the All Veterans Memorial near the Crow Wing County Courthouse.
Snoopys auction raises $238,150
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Sotheby's online auction of 21 of the 101 Snoopy statues that graced St. Paul this summer raised $238,150 for charity in memory of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, who grew up here, the company said Friday.
Safe and Sober patrols to target impaired, unrestrained drivers
Nine Crow Wing County law enforcement agencies have started holiday patrols as part of the national Safe and Sober program.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1970) - Almost 500 Burlington Northern Railway employees in Brainerd were still idled because of the nation-wide rail strike this noon. Though only four of the railway unions are actually on strike, the rest of the employees are honoring the picket lines, thus shutting down service completely here.
Cass accepts donation in Pine River Shopping Block
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Thursday to accept Dick Houston's donation of 1,400 square feet in the Pine River Shopping Block.
Still on the go
Do you know anyone who can get excited about attending a three-hour county board meeting?
The Crow Wing County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in its offices on the first floor of the Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd.
Northwest precanceling flights for maintenance
ST. PAUL -- Those planning to travel on Northwest Airlines over the holidays would be wise to check their answering machines often.
News of early mine shutdown hits hard as Christmas approaches
HOYT LAKES (AP) -- The timing couldn't be worse for the workers of LTV Steel Mining, who expected another eight months on the job.
Cass board may publish minutes on the Internet
WALKER -- Cass County will look at the cost for publishing county board meeting minutes in 2001 on the Internet, as well as in an official county newspaper .
Ski Gull will open for the winter season at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Northwest Airlink plane makes emergency landing in Fargo
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A Northwest Airlink commuter jet was forced to return to Hector International Airport after one of four engines malfunctioned.
Engineering physics students at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will demonstrate experimental devices of scientific merit Tuesday as part of an Engineering Expo.
Tax talk probably will dominate 2001 session
ST. PAUL -- The state's bank account overflowing with cash, lawmakers of all political stripes return to the Capitol next month eager to slice state taxes.
Cass declines Leech Lake Reservation request
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Thursday to decline Leech Lake Reservation's request to exchange land for a 141-acre county site near Northern Lights Casino to enable the reservation to install a sewer system for the larger casino now under construction.
House GOP caucus meetings won't be public anymore
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Wide-open access to House Republican strategy sessions will be curtailed in the 2001 legislative session, putting that caucus on equal footing with the three other political groups in the Legislature.
Residents weary of election that just won't end
In three little words Dee Hondl of Baxter summed up the perspective of many Brainerd area citizens about the 2000 presidential election.
Counties finish recounting ballots in 2nd Congressional District
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Preliminary returns from a ballot recount in the 2nd Congressional District show Republican Mark Kennedy widening his lead over incumbent DFLer David Minge, the Kennedy campaign said Friday night.
Grant supports redeveloping shops site
A $348,570 redevelopment grant was awarded to the city of Brainerd with expectations of new businesses, jobs and continued efforts to expand a light industrial and warehouse area in the city's center.
Former SLA fugitive's trial may be delayed again
LOS ANGELES -- The bombing conspiracy case of Sara Jane Olson, already delayed 25 years while she was a fugitive and more than a year since her arrest in Minnesota, is headed for further delay, a court official and a source close to the case said Friday.
Mrs. Minnesota encourages students to help senior citizens
Third-graders at Riverside Elementary School may now have an easier time talking with their grandparents and other senior citizens after a visit from 37-year-old Cyndi-Lee Mack -- Mrs. Minnesota of America of 2000.
James Sarff gets 15 years in prison for kidnapping, assault
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An Eagle Bend man apologized to his estranged wife Friday before he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for assaulting her, kidnapping her and forcing her to go to Mexico with him.
Erik Steen as Ebenezer Scrooge: Twin Cities man stars in "A Christmas Carol"
Professional actor Erik Steen applied the first makeup before making his appearance as the featured actor in this year's production, "A Christmas Carol," which is concluding at Central Lakes College.
Minnesota Democrats urge Clinton to file steel complaint
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation urged President Clinton on Friday to investigate steel imports.
Cass EDC may receive $36,000 from county
WALKER -- Cass County Economic Development Corporation probably will receive the $36,000 contribution from the county it sought for 2001 rather than the $18,000 the budget committee recommended to the board.
Crews of space station and shuttle finally meet
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- The three residents of the international space station finally greeted their first visitors on Friday, after flying side by side for almost a week.
Space station crew enjoys brief visit from Endeavour
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A brief visit from space shuttle astronauts has made life more enjoyable for the international space station crew. But station commander Bill Shepherd says they've still had plenty of work.
Oxygen system mix-up suspected in nursing home deaths
BELLBROOK, Ohio (AP) -- A mix-up in an oxygen-delivery system is suspected of causing the deaths of two nursing home residents and the hospitalization of eight others.
Woman sues to be Santa
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Donna Underwood believes she can play Santa Claus as well as any man, including any of the male Santas working at the mall where she was fired.
California's power woes affect entire West Coast
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as Californians cut back on power use to avert rolling blackouts, neighboring states are asking their residents to dim the lights and resist the urge to crank up the heater in hopes of easing the strain on their shared supply.
Pearl Harbor survivors' personal recollections sharp after 59 years
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Denver Gray remembers the carnage created by a bomb dropped at Hickam Air Field.
Past members hope Up With People rebounds from financial problems
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The curtain is closing for Up With People, but many cast members who toured the world to spread the group's musical message of peace and understanding remained hopeful it would someday rise from financial collapse.
Town removes, then restores, nativity scene
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) -- A nativity scene is back on public land after four attorneys volunteered to defend the city against possible American Civil Liberties Union action.
Cole crew failed to implement parts of security plan
WASHINGTON -- The crew of the USS Cole did not implement all of the self-protection measures the ship's skipper had drawn up before it was hit by a terrorist bomb in Aden harbor in Yemen, a senior defense official said.
Werner Klemperer, Col. Klink on 'Hogan's Heroes,' dies of cancer at age 80
Werner Klemperer, the character actor whose greatest success came in the role of Col. Klink, the German prison camp commandant of TV's "Hogan's Heroes," died Wednesday at his New York home after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.
FAA: Major airlines generally meet government rules
WASHINGTON -- Major airlines are working to improve their safety management programs and all meet basic federal regulations, says a government report that looks at the industry in general but contains few details about individual carriers.
Jobless rate ticks up to 4.0 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent in November as job growth remained weak for a second consecutive month, the latest sign that the red-hot economy is cooling.
More states restricting media access to inmates, survey finds
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A growing number of states is restricting the media's access to prison inmates, according to a nationwide survey.
Truck that carried ballots up for auction on Internet
After the ballot confetti we now know as chad, the yellow Ryder truck that delivered ballots to a Tallahassee, Fla., court could be the most enduring symbol of this historic election. Now the Chad Chariot can be yours -- in an online auction.
Order against United mechanics lifted
CHICAGO -- A federal judge Thursday lifted an order forbidding a work slowdown by United Airlines mechanics, brushing aside a company warning that the move would disrupt service.
Undersea explorer records evidence Pearl Harbor could have been warned
WASHINGTON -- A midget Japanese submarine rests on the sea floor outside Pearl Harbor, a remnant of America's sudden introduction to World War II and a reminder of missed opportunity.
First hemispheric report card on drugs to be presented
WASHINGTON -- Western Hemisphere nations this week will judge their own strengths and weaknesses in fighting drugs under an Organization of American States analysis that some hope eventually could ease a source of tensions in U.S-Mexican relations.
Fans gather to mark 20th anniversary of Lennon's murder
NEW YORK -- Some fans chronicled stories of chance street encounters with John Lennon. Others stood alone on the fringe of the growing crowd, soaking in the atmosphere.
Mark Grace ends 13-year tenure with Cubs, signs contract with Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) -- Mark Grace quickly put his career with the Chicago Cubs behind him and agreed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a $6 million, two-year contract Friday.
NFL 2000 is year of the runner
From Robert Smith to Lamar Smith to Emmitt Smith, NFL backs are running wild this season.
NFL coaches walk balance beam
Any time an NFL coach is fired, Fox football analyst John Madden points out that only two head coaches in NFL history have operated in a perfect situation, one with no outside interference.
Rams' Martz: What, me worry?
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There's big trouble in paradise, yet you'd never know it from listening to the St. Louis Rams' rookie coach.
Wild not mighty enough in overtime loss
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After being shut out by the Minnesota Wild through regulation, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks needed just a minute in overtime to end the game.
Wild continue to dominate Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Alpo Suhonen is just about ready for his players to get mad.
McHale, Taylor agree to hiatus from Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and vice president Kevin McHale each formally agreed with the NBA to stay away from the team for several months as punishment for an illegal deal with former player Joe Smith.
Lemieux ending retirement
Mario Lemieux overcame a debilitating back injury and Hodgkin's disease to become one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history. Shaking off the rust of three years' retirement should be a breeze.
Hampton gets baseball's richest contract as winter meetings open
DALLAS (AP) -- Mike Hampton opened the winter meetings with a brushback pitch to the game's financial structure, a $121 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado Rockies that is the largest contract in baseball history.
Brees wins Maxwell Award
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Purdue quarterback Drew Brees, believed to be an also-ran behind Josh Heupel and Chris Weinke in the Heisman voting, was out in front for the Maxwell Award.
Week 15: Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams
3:15 p.m., FOX OPENING LINE -- Rams by 4. RECORD VS. SPREAD
Age shouldn't be a factor for Heisman
What's shaping up as the closest Heisman Trophy race in 15 years will end Saturday night when the winner's name is announced at the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan.
Garnett propels Wolves to victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett dominated both ends of the court against the Washington Wizards.
Dolphins, Buccaneers play for more than just Florida bragging rights
Jason Taylor, the Miami Dolphins' garrulous defensive end, suggested this week that the Dolphins can go all the way to the Super Bowl. Trace Armstrong shut him up.
Victoria Hoffman, 57, Mission Township, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at her home.
Myrtle C. Kiefer
Myrtle C. Kiefer, 86, Brainerd, formerly of Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Gilbert L. Berg
DEERWOOD -- Gilbert Louis Berg, 73, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Frances C. Doucette
Frances C. Doucette, 93, Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Mary 'Irene' Butler
DEERWOOD -- Mary "Irene" Butler, 84, Deerwood, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at her home.
O. Helene Scheper
CROSBY -- O. Helene Scheper, 88, Crosby, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center of Crosby.
Irene Morton Butler
DEERWOOD -- Irene Morton Butler, 84, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at her home.
PINE RIVER -- Wayne Swift, 86, Pine River, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Nancy E. Bodin Welgan
NISSWA -- Nancy E. Bodin Welgan, 48, Nisswa, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
MERRIFIELD -- Victoria Hoffman, 57, Merrifield, died today, Dec. 8, 2000, at her home.
Harriet Lily Lee
Harriet Lily Lee, 85, Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
BACKUS -- Howard Ganz, 86, Backus, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at his home.
Agnes Wiitala, 91, Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Oveline Cummings, 97, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
BACKUS -- Howard Ganz, 86, Backus, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at his home.
Frances C. Doucette
Frances C. Doucette, 93, Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Dakota Alexander Chamberlin
IRONTON -- Dakota Alexander Chamberlin, 14 days, Ironton, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Big impact - Dispatch Editorial
Even in good times, economic realities can be harsh and unforgiving. Forces that can't always be controlled often combine to create very real hardships for people.
Florida tally is nothing to count on
Americans have a beastly time accepting that some things are simply unknowable.
Whistleblowers - Dispatch Editorial
A case in point is the recent controversy exposed at the Army Corps of Engineers, a relatively obscure but vast agency, with a $12 billion annual budget, that is responsible for flood control and other water projects sought by Congress.
A techie's look at the future
If the ghost of Christmas future came to the lakes area what might show up in the mists of time not yet spent.
Resources and accountability
WASHINGTON--The voters, bless 'em, sure don't make it easy for the politicians. Not only did we have a presidential election that was close to a tossup but we also created the first 50-50 tie in the history of the Senate.
Two different yet related items appeared in the Dec. 5 edition of the Dispatch. First, there was a front page article regarding Kris Hasskamp's traumatic defeat by Dale Walz an
BRAINERD/NISSWA - The best bets for walleyes and northern pike are Gull Lake, North Long, Round Lake, Pelican, Lake Edwards, Mollie Lake and Nisswa Lake. Jigging spoons have provided more consistent action.
Early ice enjoyable after absence of two years
This year ice fishermen got something we haven't had for two years: good, solid ice early in December. The past two years balmy temperatures persisted almost until Christmas and ice fishermen lost almost a month of fishing.
The deer harvest in east-central Minnesota is up 18 percent over last year and is the highest in seven years. Both buck and antlerless harvests increased.
Mountain ash are important food source for the winter birds
Although it's not officially here until Dec. 21, it's beginning to look a lot like winter, wouldn't you say?
Gary Roach has appeared in The Dispatch hoisting nice fish, but "Mr. Walleye" enjoys hunting deer, too.
North Country calendar
December - 17 -- Pheasant season closes
Michele Notch and Doug Moudry were married Oct. 6, 2000, at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
Rachel Reppart and Bryan Barnacle were married July 29, 2000, in Custer, S.D., with Shawn Brown officiating.
Julie Kircher and Jeremy Frank were married July 22, 2000, at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
Shanna Johnson and Brian Chileen announce their engagement. Parents are Mike and Bonnie Mabels, Brainerd, and Cheryl and Scott Johnson, Brainerd, and Lester and Dee Chileen, Crosby. A Sept. 1, 2001, at the home of Mike and Bonnie Mabes.
Kent Edward Johnson, Brainerd, will celebrate his 80th birthday Monday with friends and family.
Dorothy Elizabeth Mogensen and Brent Matthew Gaffney were married July 1, 2000, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church with Pastor Darrell Pederson officiating.
Karin Peterson and Keith White were married April 15, 2000, at First Baptist Church of Fergus Falls with Pastor Doug Giese officiating.
Colette Kay Cloutier and Robroy Henry MacIver were married Oct. 28, 2000, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church of St. Paul with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating.
Julie Hunt and Lance Mudgett were married Dec. 18, 1999, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church of Baxter with Pastor Randy Ahlberg officiating.
Bernice Rasinski will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Mathias Park. The event will be hosted by her family.
Heather Louise MacIver and Chad Michael Arnold were married July 29, 2000, at First Lutheran Church of Brainerd with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating.
On weekends, lawyer turns sled racer
Gary Gengel of Eden Prairie may be one of the few lawyers in the state who has a grip exerciser on his desk.
Woitalla, family enjoy snocross racing
Brad Woitalla of Little Falls plans to race one year as a professional in World Snowmobile Association sanctioned snocross racing before letting his children take his snowmobile's throttle.
Minnesota women lose in NCAA volleyball tournament
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Minnesota Gophers women's volleyball team lost to the University of California-Santa Barbara in the NCAA West Regional semifinal Thursday night, 3-1.
LF prevails in mat meet
SARTELL -- Matt Boser pinned two opponents and remained undefeated to help the Little Falls Flyers wrestling team to victories over Sartell 51-9 and Sauk Rapids 57-15 at the Sartell Triangular Thursday.
Burton leads S-M boys
STAPLES -- Bobby Burton led 11 Staples-Motley Cardinals scorers with 19 points in an 86-44 rout of the Park Rapids Panthers 86-44 in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Thursday.
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association will host a girls' 12 and under tournament beginning Saturday.
Scrappy Brainerd girls' hockey team falls to Bemidji
It's a marvelous thing to watch as a Zamboni machine works its magic. In a matter of minutes, it can resurface an entire hockey rink, smoothing out the inconsistencies and giving the teams a level playing surface.
Wadena-Deer Creek girls overcome Staples-Motley
STAPLES -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines held the Staples-Motley Cardinals to only 13 second-half points and recorded a 49-30 victory in a Mid-State Conference girls' basketball game Friday.
Brainerd gymnasts erupt in opener
LITTLE FALLS -- The Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team opened its season on a rousing note with a 138.35 to 116.2 Central Lakes Conference win over the Little Falls Flyers Thursday.
C-I boys defeat Pequot
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers buried nine three-point baskets and had four players score in double figures en route to a 70-50 non-conference triumph over the Pequot Lakes Patriots on Friday night.
Frazee outscores Wadena Deer-Creek gymnasts
FRAZEE -- Kristi Wood took home first place on the balance beam and won the all-around but it wasn't enough as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gymnastics team lost to the Frazee Hornets 119.5 to 115.05 Thursday.
Four unanswered goals propel unbeaten Armstrong over Warriors
Whenever a boys' hockey team can beat Hill-Murray, an 18-time state tournament participant, you know that team has the potential to be something special.
Brainerd uses depth to beat Alexandria
The Alexandria Cardinals had the marquee gladiators but the Brainerd Warriors won the war.
CLC men's basketball team records win
If the Central Lakes College Raiders' men's basketball team had been looking for an excuse to lose Friday night in Worthington, they could have easily found one. Instead, the team showed maturity and a knack for overcoming the adversity of a changing lineup as it defeated Minnesota West 84-79.
Author chronicles Minnesota football in "Pigskin Pride"
Do the sports fans in your life run and hide when they see you reaching under the tree for their Christmas present? Are they leery of receiving more socks or another fruitcake?
Gophers beat Marquette in OT
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Minnesota entered Thursday's game with a reputation as a 3-point shooting team, yet the Golden Gophers had to work inside -- in overtime -- to beat Marquette Thursday night.
Pine River-Backus girls bounce back for win
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls' basketball team recovered from its loss to Pequot Lakes to trample the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 70-35 in non-conference action Thursday.
Friday's 5-2 Brainerd girls' hockey loss is as close as the Warriors have come to beating Bemidji.
Warriors blank inexperienced Sartell 7-0 in girls' hockey
The Brainerd Warriors welcomed the Sartell Stormin' Sabres girls' hockey team to the Brainerd Area Civic Center for the first time Thursday.
Entzion resigns from athletics director post
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota State University athletics director Bob Entzion resigned Friday, two weeks after being arrested on a lewd conduct charge stemming from an incident in an Omaha, Neb., park.
Sebeka girls outscore Pillager
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies shot just 28 percent from the field in a 64-31 loss to the Sebeka Trojans in Park Region Conference girls' basketball Thursday.
Rocori girls defeat Brainerd
COLD SPRING -- The Rocori Spartans outscored the Brainerd Warriors 25-16 in the second half and came away with a 42-33 victory in a Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball contest Friday night.
C-I/A boys skate past Moose Lake/Willow River
MOOSE LAKE -- The Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Grizzlies defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 4-2 in a non-conference boys' hockey game Friday.
Venture capitalists losing patience with shaky dot.coms
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When e-commerce companies began to evaporate this year, Silicon Valley venture capitalists Brad Garlinghouse and Joanna Strober paid a visit to Productopia.com to deliver a pep talk to the troops.
Startup folds but workers feel no pain in Internet economy
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Top executives wept as they gathered the staff of Productopia.com together at 4 p.m. on a Monday to deliver the news.
Trolling for skilled labor, a growing dot.com throws out the red carpet
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Somebody forgot to tell NextCard Inc. that the party is over for dot-com businesses.
HolidayPC buying guide
The annual exercise in mass hysteria known as buying a PC for the holidays has returned. Given the number of calls and messages I get at this time of year -- asking "What should I buy?" -- it's time for the annual guide to purchasing a PC.
AOL at 25 Stressing simplicity and ignoring techie critics, online service thrives
DULLES, Va. (AP) -- Lynne Keyser isn't bothered by techies who deride her online service as "Internet on training wheels." In fact, that's why she likes America Online.
Automated programs slow e-tail sites
SAN FRANCISCO -- Consumers using "shopping bots" -- computer programs designed to continuously log on to Web sites to help consumers find an item or compare prices -- are slowing holiday shopping Web sites to a crawl.
A fun time to sing
Weather drawing by Jacque Doucette of Mrs. Bieganek's fourth grade class at Whittier school.
Rev your engines
Weather drawing by Kevin Gohman in the St. Francis School first-grade class of Mrs. Smith.
Family is torn apart when widow, widower get together
DEAR ABBY: You have probably heard everything, but here goes. My sister-in-law died last summer. She had been very ill for a year. My brother-in-law, "Tom," took excellent care of her, but not too long before her death, she had to be put in a nursing home. While visiting his wife there, Tom struck up a friendship with a woman I'll call "Dolly." Tom is in his 70s. Dolly is in her 80s. Dolly's husband died about the same time as my sister-in-law.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Dear Heloise: The other day, I was watching a show on television, and the handyman gave a recipe for unclogging drains. It flashed off the screen before I could get my pen and write it down. Do you have a formula for unclogging drains? Thank you. -- R. Kelly Jr., Helena, Ark.
Woman has pretty hard time getting praise from hubby
DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years. My husband never tells me I look pretty. I know some women reading your column will think, "Who cares what somebody else thinks of you?" He tells my daughter she looks pretty -- and the girls in his office -- so I know he knows how to give a compliment.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Brainerd schools retired and senior volunteers will meet for morning coffee from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at the "White House."
Names and faces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The actor who plays the president of the United States on television's "West Wing" is asking his real-life counterpart for help.
I would like to thank all of the people who made this years 'City of
There will be a senior dance Saturday at Waukenabo. Music by the Buckaneers.
Health care and medical services
Blood Pressure Clinics
Chemical dependency groups and AA groups
Dear Readers: You don't have to buy toys for cats, according to Vera Underwood. Her family had a brindled cat, and a simple golf ball kept him busy for long periods of time.
European leaders debate draft treaty to revamp EU
NICE, France -- With a draft treaty in hand, European Union leaders began what threatened to be another grueling day of bargaining Saturday as they pushed to revamp the 15-nation union so it can expand into Eastern Europe.
Israelis, Palestinians resume clashes
JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen battled again on Saturday, while the Palestinians buried seven people killed a day earlier in one of the deadliest days since fighting here began more than two months ago.
Putin indicates he will pardon U.S. businessman
MAGNITOGORSK, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin indicated Saturday that he will pardon American businessman Edmond Pope, citing the recommendation of his pardons commission and a desire not to worsen relations with the United States.
Russian panel advises pardon for U.S. prisoner
MOSCOW -- Russia's presidential pardons commission recommended on Friday that President Vladimir Putin free U.S. prisoner Edmond Pope, who was convicted of spying earlier in the week and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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