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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
The night before Christmas, who will be there?
I have celebrated every Christmas of my life in Pittsburgh.
Pets of the week
Trusty is a black sheph mix male dog approximately 3 years old.
'IT'S MY TIME'
You're restless. Not so young, but restless. What are you going to do with the rest of your life?
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.
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
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.
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.
New center finds answers to undetermined chest pain
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The tempo is calm and soothing.
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.
7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Medical Center (Open). Call Bill at 829-3801.
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.
Victims of clergy abuse
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark and Gladyce MacLeod of Baxter won The Dispatch's Area Wide Lighting Contest.
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.
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.
AITKIN -- Lillian Schauer, age 87, of Aitkin, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Catherine (Arens) Blaeser
PEQUOT LAKES -- Catherine (Arens) Blaeser, age 94, of Pequot Lakes, formerly of St. Paul, died peaceful
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
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.
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,
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.
Jan. 3 -- Lake trout fishing opens inside BWCAW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Burggraff and Randy Charles Brenny
Amanda Burggraff and Randy Charles Brenny announce their engagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jill Suzann Streifel and Alan Douglas Schmidt
Jill Suzann Streifel and Alan Douglas Schmidt announce their engagement.
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.
Five generations recently gathered, all of Brainerd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geiser wants to complete honor rolls
Stephanie Geiser wanted to be unique and stand out among the best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kavanaugh adapts to power forward
Joe Kavanaugh's quick adoption of a new position has the Pillager Huskies off and running.
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.
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.
Area events Saturday night
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weather drawing by Mikaela Boyd of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs upper 20s northeast to mid 30s west.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy east early...Otherwise mostly sunny.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Warmer. Highs from the lower 30s north and
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 30 northeast to 50 southwest.
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.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny central and east. Partly cloudy west. Highs in the upper 30s northeast to around 60 southwest.
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