NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Web site offers chance to compare salaries
With holiday spending on the minds of many consumers this last weekend before Christmas, a state Web site will let workers compare their salaries.
Rich Reese, who has a home in Breezy Point, has been named chairman of Fortune Brands Inc.'s Jim Beam Brands Worldwide subsidiary, and Thomas J. Flocco will succeed him as Jim Beam Brands' president and chief executive officer.
Let your heart be full of song
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor upon the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for
Joel Hanson got his first guitar as a gift from his father when he was just 5 years old.
The First Presbyterian Church of Brainerd will present the Christmas story in word, carols and special music at their annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m. Pastor Harold Tongen will give the meditation.
Pets of the week
Trusty is a black sheph mix male dog approximately 3 years old.
Jason and Dylan know what the best Christmas gift would be
Do you remember hearing the Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth?"
'IT'S MY TIME'
You're restless. Not so young, but restless. What are you going to do with the rest of your life?
Best gift paper holds up to curious shakes and deters sneaky unwrappers
It's all about the wrap, especially during the holidays, when gifts have a longer shelf life than, say, birthday presents.
You've got no problem choosing the perfect holiday present for Grandma Emma and Cousin Joe. But you're clueless when it comes to gifting people like your cleaning lady, hairstylist, mailman and kids' schoolteacher.
The night before Christmas, who will be there?
I have celebrated every Christmas of my life in Pittsburgh.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 1400. Last Friday: 360. Year Ago Friday: 284. Thursday actual: 566.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 225, a year ago 49.
Tuesday-9 a.m., Building and Grounds Committee and CAM, Services Building Meeting Room 1.
School lunch menus
Sams airs concerns with JOBZ plan
Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, urged caution as the state proceeded with approving the various Job Opportunity Building Zones projects. Designation of the zones was announced Thursday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Koering looks at JOBZ in District 12
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, applauded the inclusion of several Crow Wing County communities in last week's announcement
Breast cancer blood test closer to reality
Mammography has saved many lives in recent decades by detecting breast cancer before a lump could be felt in the breast. But, within this decade, there may be an even better way -- a blood test.
If I'm sick, is it okay to work out?
When you ask around, you'll find plenty of what we find to be useless advice to "use common sense." Argh. Some authoritative sources, like the American College of Sports Medicine's Fitness Book, advise you to take it easy for a few days, since you won't see much fitness decline unless you remain inactive for two weeks or so.
Ever wonder what causes toothaches?
The last time you had a toothache, you probably weren't as concerned about what caused it as about how to stop the pain, but if you are now pain-free and curious, here are some things dentists say are causes, with decay being the primary suspect.
Victims of clergy abuse
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
What to do about the flu?
The unusually early flu epidemic, complicated by shortages of an injectible vaccine that is a poor match for the predominant Fujian strain that is circulating this year, has sparked the expected signs of alarm: panicked calls to doctors and hospitals and long lines at the clinics that have not yet run out of flu shots.
5-year-old girl is Georgia's first flu fatality
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- As the wait in Georgia continues for additional supplies of flu vaccines, state health officials Thursday confirmed that the death of a 5-year-old metro Atlanta girl was the result of the flu.
Is surgery enough?
Many women with a noninvasive form of breast cancer have chosen in recent years to undergo only surgery. Radiation was not necessary, they were told. That advice may have been wrong.
New center finds answers to undetermined chest pain
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The tempo is calm and soothing.
PILLAGER -- Even though there are just six days left before Christmas morning, a Pillager family does not have to wait that long to see Santa Claus.
Bellecourt to serve at least 16 years for slaying
Darrick Bellecourt will serve at least 16 years in prison for the Oct. 13, 2002, murder of Zack Peterson.
CLC fights bias with task force
Walking into the front entrance at Central Lakes College, a person of color may stop, look and listen and not see anyone of the same race or ethnic background.
Survey: About half of non-whites feel welcome at CLC
About half of the non-white Central Lakes College students feel students at the college welcome them.
CLC students experience bias
People of color who attend Central Lakes College in Brainerd acknowledged they have been discriminated against mainly in the community, but also noted it can happen on campus.
Consolidated Telecommunications Co. has announced that applications for the company's 2004 Scholarship Program are now available at school guidance offices.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 21 - 40 years ago (1963) - A bright future for Brainerd's Junior College seems to be assured, not only is a new building to house the college now under construction, but there is no doubt about the Brainerd institution being taken over by the state.
Loan helps Missota, but future bleak
A $750,000 loan from a private lending partner will be given to Missota Paper Co. to meet its payroll, which will allow the plant to stay open, though idle, for the next couple of months.
Mark and Gladyce MacLeod of Baxter won The Dispatch's Area Wide Lighting Contest.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 19 - 40 years ago (1963) - The National Guard has been called on to help the post office here with the Christmas rush. Two National Guard trucks have been hired to help deliver the hundreds of packages that arrive in the post office each day.
Esser to face heat in senior center post
Steve Esser has his work cut out for him.
MacLeod display named winner of lighting contest
The Baxter display of Mark and Gladyce MacLeod was the runaway winner in The Dispatch's Area Wide Lighting Contest.
Crow Wing County MADD board member Pat Bluth told the story of the death of her daughter Tammy (photo at left) after a drunk driver struck the rear of the car she was riding in near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport on Sept. 13, 1985.
'Tis the season for singing
Travis Goeden (left) and Jaelyn Kappes sang a carol during the St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School Christmas program Thursday. The packed gymnasium was treated to Christmas readings, plays and songs by all grades of the Brainerd school.
Christmas is going to the dogs (and cats) as far as pet lovers are concerned.Read about Christmas for pets in the Sunday Business section.
Newell H. Kittelson
LITTLE FALLS -- Newell H. Kittelson, 85 year old resident of Little Falls, Minn., formerly of Plymouth, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at his home in rural Little Falls. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Little Falls with John Yourczek as giving the memorial talk.
Florence B. Techam
CHASKA -- Florence B. Techam, 86, of Chaska, Minn., died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Auburn Manor in Chaska, Minn.
BACKUS -- Bernice Rinke, age 88, of Backus, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Woodrest Nursing Home in Walker. She was born July 21, 1915, in Chokio, Minn., to Rufus and Margaret Marlow.
AITKIN -- Lillian Schauer, age 87, of Aitkin, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Christopher Tersteeg, age 77 of Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. He was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Bird Island, Minn., to Charles and Anna Tersteeg. H
Magdalen M. Michener
IRONTON -- Magdalen Mary Michener, age 87, of Ironton, died on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born on June 20, 1916, in Riverton to John and Elizabeth
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Catherine (Arens) Blaeser
PEQUOT LAKES -- Catherine (Arens) Blaeser, age 94, of Pequot Lakes, formerly of St. Paul, died peaceful
ONAMIA -- Walter Seagren, 87 year old resident of Onamia
AITKIN -- Maverine Johnson, age 92, of Aitkin, died Friday at the Riverwood Extended Care Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Christmas greetings from Ireland
For many years it was a privilege and an honour to write to the editor and have my few thoughtful words printed in your paper. My association with The Brainerd Daily Dispatch goes back to 1951 when shortly after being assigned as an assistant pastor to St. Francis of Assisi parish community where I met the McCollough family, and for over 50 years remained friends. At the risk of being patronizing, Brainerd, Crow Wing and Cass Counties have beautiful people.
You can help make the Northstar commuter train a reality! You can actually help get the train rolling on the tracks. A few more people just might do it!
Nice ice - Dispatch Editorial
Many Brainerd area charities are counting cold weather among their holiday season blessings this year. Cold weather translates into thick ice which hopefully translates into a brisk advance ticket sale for the Jan. 17 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake.
The Christmas wars
Thanks to overzealous individuals on both sides of the issue, the celebration of Christmas is one more topic that inspires opponents to work themselves into a state of agitation.
On a call-in show on a local radio station recently, Sen. Paul Koering seemed to imply that riding ATVs in unfrozen, privately-owned wetlands is a private property rights issue, and that decisions regarding recreational use and impacts to wetlands should be made at the level of land owners,
Trapping is a vanishing vocation
Though an ancient ritual, trapping is nearly invisible to the public. If law didn't require pelts to be registered each year then trappers might never be seen, for they don't sit in trees wearing blaze orange.
Winter is the time of year when runaway dogs kill the most deer. Minnesota law allows conservation officers and peace officers to shoot domestic dogs that are chasing deer, and dog owners who let their dogs kill or pursue deer are guilty of a petty misdemeanor and will be fined up to $500 for each violation.
Small changes can work wonders when ice fishing
Sometimes the difference between catching a limit through the ice and going home skunked is almost nothing. Simple things like changing bait, using a different color or moving a few feet can make the difference.
New rod is all the buzz
A new ice fishing rod was all the buzz last weekend at Nature Vision's preview of its new line of ice-fishing products.
Jan. 3 -- Lake trout fishing opens inside BWCAW
Take your garbage off the ice
I was hauling one of my houses across the lake the other night, looking to see which spots had been fished already, when I spotted a Dr. Pepper can. Pretty sad. Winter is such a beautiful season and to see a pop can left by someone the night before made me sick. If we want to keep our lakes as pristine as possible we have to clean up after ourselves.
New format would simplify special fishing regulations
The DNR is introducing a new format that would simplify special regulations for four species of game fish on individual lakes.
Bobwhite sightings probably are escaped birds
"Bob-bob-white, bob-bob-white, bob-bob-white," comes the call from the chunky northern bobwhite. In spite of the geographic reference in its name, you won't hear the song of the bobwhite in north-central Minnesota.
Samantha Beth Watson and Brian Daniel Knisley
Samantha Beth Watson and Brian Daniel Knisley announce their engagement. Parents are Danny and Patricia Watson, Brainerd, and William Knisley, Ohio. A Jan. 24, 2004, wedding is planned in Pine Center.
With the military
Air Force Airman Shawn M. Rakowski, son of Michael and Joyce Rakowski, Brainerd, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Elisa Joy Thiede and John Anthony Aglieco were married Sept. 20, 2003, at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church in Camp Foley with Father John Thiede and Deacon David Craig officiating.
Jennifer Sweet and Dan Owens
Jennifer Sweet and Dan Owens announce their engagement. Parents are Tim and Jody Sweet, Brainerd, and Steve and Kathy Owens, Brainerd. A wedding is planned Friday at Lord of Life Church in Baxter.
Marlene Marie Berkner and Patrick Sean McGinnis
Marlene Marie Berkner and Patrick Sean McGinnis, Eden Prairie, announce their engagement. Parents are Duane and Sharon Berkner, Brainerd, and Daniel and Josephine McGinnis, Houston. A May 2004 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.
Beatrice R. Henderson and Carl V. Sundquist were married Dec. 14, 2003, in Portland, Ore., with family and friends in attendance.
Leonard Borg, Brainerd, will celebrate his 85th birthday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Timbermist Conference Center in Merrifield. He was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Brainerd.
Amanda Burggraff and Randy Charles Brenny
Amanda Burggraff and Randy Charles Brenny announce their engagement.
Richard (Chub) and Lorna Klein
Richard (Chub) and Lorna Klein, Brainerd, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their children. They were married Dec. 19, 1953, in Brainerd. They will celebrate at a later date with family and friends.
Stephanie Elizabeth Turk and Chad Jeremy Weik
Stephanie Elizabeth Turk and Chad Jeremy Weik announce their engagement. Parents are Bill and Sara Turk, Little Falls, and Bill and Jan Weik, Pequot Lakes. A Jan. 3, 2004, wedding is planned in Las Vegas.
Five generations recently gathered, all of Brainerd.
Jill Suzann Streifel and Alan Douglas Schmidt
Jill Suzann Streifel and Alan Douglas Schmidt announce their engagement.
Despite athletic excellence, Luberts yearns to be low-key
Craig Luberts doesn't yearn for attention. It would suit him just fine if he could be anonymous.
Geiser wants to complete honor rolls
Stephanie Geiser wanted to be unique and stand out among the best.
Pierz leads field in Brainerd wrestling tournament
With nine wrestlers in the semifinals the Pierz Pioneers were in position to win the 37th annual Paul Bunyan Invitational this weekend at Brainerd High School.
Roberts leads BHS skiers
ST. CLOUD -- Christina Roberts was a skier possessed.
Pirates pound Parkers Prairie
PARKERS PRAIRIE -- The Verndale Pirates had four players score in double figures and rolled past the Eagle Valley Rebels 75-34 at the Parkers Prairie boys' basketball tournament Thursday.
LITTLE FALLS -- The free throw may be the easiest point a basketball player can earn.
Area events Saturday night
Foster hits 1,000 as Patriots win
PEQUOT LAKES -- Like Teresa Parker 17 days ago, Flecia Foster stood on the foul line with history in reach.
Perpich, Lorenz keep Warriors unbeaten
ST. CLOUD -- The duo of Katie Perpich and Kathleen Lorenz led the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics to a 143.3 to 121.225 win over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in Central Lakes Conference action Friday.
Local sports shorts
The annual Paul Bunyan snowmobile time trials are scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 27 at Ernie's on Gull Lake.
27 turnovers doom CLC women
IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Turnovers once again were the downfall of the Central Lakes College women's basketball team as the Raiders lost to the Gogebic Community College Lady Samsons 71-50 Friday in the McDonald's Shootout.
Cardinals record another win
PEQUOT LAKES -- With athleticism and a crafty veteran the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team improved its winning streak to five games Friday.
Flyers oust Apollo
LITTLE FALLS -- Morgan Cekalla scored one goal and added an assist in the Little Falls Flyers 3-1 Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Thursday.
Verndale grabs first victory
VERNDALE -- With Cayla Collison's 12 points and Maria Moenkedick's 10 the Verndale Pirates girls' basketball team earned its first victory of the season, a 40-36 defeat of Swanville, Thursday in the first round of the Verndale tournament.
Warriors swim past Bemidji
BEMIDJI -- Andrew Mehr and Nate Tyner each won two individual events as the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team defeated Bemidji 120-63 in a non-conference meet Friday.
Raiders rout Road Crew
PINE RIVER -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders utilized six forfeits and three pins to defeat the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew 60-18 in Park Region Conference wrestling Thursday.
Warriors find scoring touch in win over Rocori
COLD SPRING -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team had three players score in double figures on its way to a 49-44 victory over the Rocori Spartans in a Central Lakes Conference clash Friday.
Warriors win sixth straight
SARTELL -- Morgan Shepherd's two goals and assist helped the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team to its sixth-straight victory Thursday, 6-4 over the Sartell Sabres.
Raider men hit the boards to earn win
IRONWOOD, Mich. -- For the second time in three games, the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team hit the century mark, beating the Gogebic Community College Samsons 105-86 Friday at the McDonald's Shootout.
Hasskamp leads Gobblers to first victory
PINE RIVER -- Aitkin's Melissa Hasskamp scored 19 points to lead the Gobblers to a 45-34 non-conference girls' basketball win over Pine River-Backus Friday.
Blue Devils burned
WADENA --The Park Rapids Panthers outshot the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena Deer Creek Blue Devils 56-16 and posted an 8-0 girls' hockey victory Thursday.
Kavanaugh adapts to power forward
Joe Kavanaugh's quick adoption of a new position has the Pillager Huskies off and running.
Brainerd High School graduate Mike Zauhar and the St. John's University football team will play Mount Union for the NCAA Division III championship 10 a.m. Saturday in Salem, Va., on ESPN2.
Crookston edges Warrior girls
CROOKSTON -- Gretchen Burke scored two goals to lead the Crookston Pirates past the Brainerd Warriors 2-1 in girls' hockey Friday.
Brainerd boys second, girls third at Giants Ridge
BIWABIK -- Stacy Verkennes finished second and helped the Brainerd Warrior girls' Alpine ski team to third place in the Virginia Invitational Thursday at Giants Ridge.
Brever's 31 points lead Cardinals over century mark
STAPLES -- Staples-Motley's Chad Brever poured in 31 points, including six 3-pointers, and Josh Smith added 20 for the Cardinals in a 102-40 victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers in a Mid-State Conference boys basketball game Friday.
Some joy for joystick game lovers
Several flight games have headed to video game consoles this fall. This is good news for the few pure joysticks out there for Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube.
Internet shopping gains popularity in holiday crowd
Internet shopping -- a fast-growing phenomenon but still a sliver of total retailing -- may be seeing a breakthrough this holiday shopping season, according to executives and analysts who following online trends.
Things to consider when going digital
If you're looking at digital cameras this holiday season, you have plenty of company. Digital cameras are better and easier to use than ever. And this year, you can buy one that produces close-to-film quality without breaking the budget.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny central and east. Partly cloudy west. Highs in the upper 30s northeast to around 60 southwest.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from the lower 20s northeast to the
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 40s southwest
Weather drawing by Mikaela Boyd of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of morning flurries east. A chance of snow showers in the snowbelt region of lake superior. Highs in the 20s.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy east early...Otherwise mostly sunny.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Warmer. Highs from the lower 30s north and
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s northeast to the mid 50s southwest.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Patchy light snow ending far east. Decreasing clouds
Happy Vikings Christmas
Weather drawing by Zach Kruchten of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 30 northeast to 50 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs upper 20s northeast to mid 30s west.
Snow showers in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest; central U.S. stays dry
Scattered snow showers fell across the Midwest and Pacific Northwest early Saturday, while the central part of the United States remained dry.
6 Table Mitchell Movement. North-South: Mark Anderson and Joe Heal, 94.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 89; and Don Rasmussen and Don Chilgren, 74.5. East-West: Kathy Buxton and Debbie Rottschaffer, 92; Warren and Betty Nelson, 81.5; and Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 79.5.
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