Marketing 'THE RINGS'
It looks like a typical big-budget holiday blockbuster. But the marketing behind "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" was unlike most for a movie of its size, thanks to the geek factor.
ADM elects new president; says a former exec won't return
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -- Archer Daniels Midland Co. has elected Paul Mulhollem to be its new president and the company has reiterated its previous indications not to allow the return of a former executive convicted years ago of price fixing.
Can credit card company help me in billing problems?
Q. An unfamiliar charge appeared on my credit card bill recently, and I called my credit card company for help. They issued a temporary credit and, when it was determined I'd been billed erroneously, removed the charge. Do all credit cards offer this service, and do they set any limits?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Bromberg's success wrapped in cellophane
NEW YORK -- For Diane Bromberg, a cellophane-wrapped basket filled with cookies, jams and chocolates is more than a calorie-laden delight; it's a symbol of her success.
Recession seeps into every corner of the economy
ST. LOUIS -- Long before the recession made its national debut, it paid an early visit last year to Elkhart, Ind., a little industrial city that lives at the cutting edge of U.S. economic cycles.
The new Dollar Days store in the Westgate Mall is the largest store in regional chain that includes four other locations.
Economic woes mean fewer options, higher costs for farmers seeking insurance
OMAHA, Neb. -- Tim Gubbels, who operates a small grain elevator in Laurel, Neb., is worried about getting insurance.
Age discrimination, subtle and obvious
On the Job regularly hears from older workers about perceived slights in the workplace and, with the economy limping along, the difficulties they encounter as they attempt to change careers or get a new job after being laid off.
BAXTER -- Tim Reichel is the new manager at the Holiday Station store in Baxter.
A return to the basics for AT&T
After four years of wandering in the telecommunications wilderness, AT&T is finally about to retreat into the phone businesses it once dominated -- but as a smaller, less-profitable company than before it mounted its costly ventures into cable television, wireless phone service and Internet access.
In the fine print, cardholders seeing rates rise based on other debts
Alan Cowan said he's never been late paying his credit card bills. So he was surprised this spring when he opened his First USA bill and found an "important notice" that said in small print that his 9.99 percent interest rate was going up to 19.49 percent.
UPI founder Johnson signs copies of book
Arnie Johnson, former owner and founder of Universal Pensions Inc., was signing books at Book World in the Westgate Mall this past weekend. Johnson authored "Got a Problem? Get a Duck!: Getting Where you Want to be."
Morningstar index, funds and other products on the way for 2002
NEW YORK -- Coming soon to a portfolio near you: Morningstar-branded equity indexes, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
Wall Street shrugs off Argentina's financial troubles
NEW YORK -- Even as Argentina's economy crumbled and its angry citizens took to the streets this past week, Wall Street paid little attention.
Combing the sheep
Brainerd High School FFA members Sammi Miller (left) held "Possie" the sheep while Sami Engen groomed her before the Living Nativity on Wednesday night at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Separate sex-ed classes make sense for boys and girls
QUESTION: Our local school board is currently trying to decide whether boys and girls should be segregated for courses on sexuality and "family life." What are your feelings with regard to coed sex-education programs?
Southern Baptists hail 'Lord of the Rings'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Some conservative Christians have attacked the movie "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and related books by J. K. Rowling, claiming they foster occult religion. But two Southern Baptist theologians are hailing J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" fantasies.
What makes you light up?
The unseasonably warm weather has given me the opportunity to decorate my yard this year with lights -- I blame it on the weather because I just got to it Monday.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter will have Christmas Eve services at 3:30, 5 and 9:30 p.m.
Wisconsin's first Wiccan prison chaplain says she'll help inmates, not evangelize
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The first Wiccan minister to serve as a Wisconsin prison chaplain says her job is to work with prisoners and volunteers of all faiths, not to convert people to witchcraft.
Breath of Life receives Bremer Foundation grant
Christ Community Church, as fiscal agent for Breath of Life Adult Day Service, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to assist with funding to start the adult day service.
SMU Latin language students post an Advent calendar on the Internet
DALLAS (AP) -- Southern Methodist University students in Paula Lemmon's Latin classes are counting the days to Christmas, using a twist on the conventional Advent calendar.
'Daughter' of First Lutheran Church congregation will be ordained
Heather MacIver Arnold has been a member of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd since she was in second grade. In a ceremony this weekend at the church, Arnold will become an ordained Lutheran minister.
Priest who brought 14,000 children from Castro's Cuba to Florida dies
MIAMI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic priest who led Operation Pedro Pan, which brought 14,000 children out of Fidel Castro's Cuba to Florida 40 years ago, has died.
New York churches search for the right tone this Christmas
NEW YORK -- It's been a somber few months at All Souls Church.
Tumbling stock market, drop in donations force churches to scale back
When the stock market soared, the worldwide network of United Methodist missionaries thought big.
Bin Laden edges Bush in reporters' survey on the top religion newsmaker of 2001
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A survey of North American religion reporters, issued Wednesday, named Osama bin Laden the year's top religion newsmaker, edging out President George W. Bush.
Sharing the gift of time
Recently I joined the staff of Kinship Partners. I had previously read the Child in Need articles and wondered what the program was all about and how it worked.
Parents who shower together can safely leave their kids
DEAR ABBY: Hello? Is anybody home? How could you agree with "Lucy in Cheyenne, Wyo.," who admonished married couples not to shower together because they leave the children unsupervised when they do? Tell that ice cube to get a life!
Keeping the faith
PILLAGER -- When fire gutted their church Dec. 8, members of the First Baptist Church in Pillager had to scramble to hold services and make decisions about the building.
An abundance of catalogs means more lifestyles for sale
In December, catalogs are the mail carrier's bane, as slippery as fish, too thick and numerous for any box or slot. They lie on our porches, against our doorways in drifts. We bring them into our homes, set them aside, then reach for one as we sip our morning coffee, or balance them against our knees at night in the half-hour before sleep.
December volunteer opportunities listed
RUN ERRANDS -- Volunteers needed to run errands around SJMC, once a week for four hours. Call Deb or Sara 828-7610.
Nurseries filled with Emilys, Jacobs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Linda Murray is like many other expectant mothers. It's just a few days before her due date and she still hasn't decided what to name her bundle of joy.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday Cattle close: 400.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle receipts: 250.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 266, a year ago 282.
Leslie Davis and Lewis Pacheco, Onamia, twin boys, Rylie Arik Pacheo, 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and Ryan Henry James Davis Pacheo, 6 pounds, 8 ounces, Nov. 27, 2001.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded Friday to a house fire at 809 SE 19th St. in Brainerd.
Drug arrests made
The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division made several drug arrests last week in Brainerd, according to Crow Wing County Sheriff Dick Ross.
CASS LAKE -- The State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle accident at 3:57 p.m. Thursday about two miles west of Cass Lake.
Administration now faces task of enforcing education reforms
If history is any guide, the Bush administration will face stiff resistance as it pushes states to carry out the ambitious education reforms passed by Congress this week.
Congress in review: Patriotic best and partisan worst
WASHINGTON -- A political defection that turned the Senate upside down and a terrorist attack that wounded the nation were the defining events of a year in which Congress was at both its patriotic best and partisan worst.
Congress wraps up medley of bills, adjourns
WASHINGTON -- Congress has adjourned for the year after wrapping up a $20 billion anti-terrorism package and a medley of other bills, but lawmakers exited pointing fingers over the economy and other unfinished business.
Bush targets two more groups for terrorist blacklist
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush marked the first 100 days of his war on terrorism by trying to choke off money to two more terror groups -- one suspected of giving Osama bin Laden nuclear technology.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Pfizer settles after jury issues $43 million verdict in diabetes drug case
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A woman who said her liver was destroyed by Pfizer Inc.'s recalled diabetes drug, Rezulin, still faces the prospect of a transplant. But her attorneys say a settlement reached with the drug giant hours after it lost a huge jury verdict will bring her justice.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Banish winter by bringing joy of gardening indoors
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Whether you're an expert in the greenhouse or just a window sill guy, indoor plants expand the joy of gardening through the year. And new cultivars add the thrill of discovery.
Lighting display veterans share advice on decorating yards
This holiday season the biggest icicles hanging from house eaves are fueled by an electrical current.
Design J-96 has a past
What does today's Christmas tree have in common with Design J-96? Both are Victorian vernacular.
Brainerd project receives $303,000 housing fund
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, a private nonprofit committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in outstate communities, will provide $303,000 to support a Brainerd housing project.
Removing snow, ice may not benefit trees
The snow and ice that winter brings to Minnesota can damage trees and shrubs. But trying to remove the snow and ice isn't always a good idea.
Emily Habitat sponsors chili fund-raiser
EMILY -- Emily Habitat for Humanity sponsored its second annual Habitat for Humanity Chili Cook-off and Live Auction on Dec. 8, raising funds that will help the group continue to build homes for families in need of decent, affordable housing.
If you've got a bubble in a plastic laminate countertop it's not a good thing. This material is used on the majority of countertops in the world and usually provides years of service without complaint.
Help prepare a parent's home for winter weather
Winter -- particularly the icy, snowy part of winter -- is worry for every adult child who must care for elderly parents who live alone.
First-time homebuyer program has school ties
Below market-rate interest home loan funds are available for first-time homebuyers who buy or build homes in one of the three school districts in Crow Wing County -- Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes.
Master Gardener program benefits Cass County
The University of Minnesota Extension Service-Cass County Master Gardener Program has completed more than 1,231 hours of volunteer services for the 20002001 fiscal year.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 23 - 20 years ago (1981) - Many people decorate their yards at Christmastime, but for William Ahlgrim of 811 Northeast Sixth Avenue the art of Christmas decorating takes on a new meaning. Because, every year this 87-year-old retiree turns his front lawn into a holiday spectacle, complete with Santa Claus, choir angels, merry-go-rounds and numbers of lights. Even Christmas music is provided.
In the spirit
You could say Christmas has sort of exploded in Rick Shatka's yard, falling down around his house at 1913 Graydon Ave. in Brainerd in a burst of more than 24,000 twinkling lights, Christmas displays and 40 motor-operated characters.
There's still chance for white Christmas in lakes area
Staff and wire reports
Dance to the music
Music General's The Nutcracker Performance Holiday Show
Deerwood man, 84, dies after head-on collision
DEERWOOD -- An 84-year-old Deerwood man died Thursday after the vehicle he was driving and another vehicle struck head-on.
Pierz school superintendent Hahn resigns
PIERZ -- Pierz School District Superintendent James Hahn has handed in his resignation letter to the Pierz School Board.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Matthew Fust, son of Walter and Joyce Fust of Brainerd, was recently named "Student of the Month" by the Brainerd Exchange Club.
Caring community brightens family's Christmas
Life hasn't been an easy journey for Susanne Knott.
Wrapping for the holidays
On Thursday, Brainerd Moose Club members Connie Murray (left), Jane Stucke and Arleen Elliot packaged stuffed toys into gift boxes that will be given to 22 families with 63 children.
Crow Wing Power workers help out Camp Confidence
Crow Wing Power donated their time and supplies to Camp Confidence through the United Way's Day of Caring program.
The reorganizational meeting for the Brainerd School Board has been scheduled for noon Jan. 2 at the school district offices at 300 Quince St.
A Fort Ripley boy can now hear again, thanks to generous Brainerd residents and kind strangers who helped pay for his surgery.
The Crow Wing County Health Department is sponsoring a flu clinic on Wednesday. Hours are from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the walk-in clinic at 219 Laurel St.
Reading letters to Santa
"He knows when you are sleeping.
Last-minute shoppers face lots of temptations
NEW YORK -- A holiday warning: Last-minute shopping may be hazardous to your wealth.
Anthrax vaccinations begin as officials struggle to explain process
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government scientists are fanning out to counsel some of the thousands of people weighing whether to get three shots of anthrax vaccine, more antibiotics -- or to call it quits and hope their bodies are free of the bacteria.
Consumer spending falls as economy shrinks
WASHINGTON (AP) --Consumers, after shopping up a storm in October, cut back on their spending in November by 0.7 percent. Incomes fell for the third straight month as the nation's unemployment rate climbed to a six-year high.
At Christmas in 1941, new Roman Catholic convert Avery Dulles was in his first days as a civilian U.S. Navy worker, having just quit Harvard Law School. He would receive an officer's commission that eventually led to battles in the Mediterranean and a bout with polio.
Comedian Foster Brooks, 'overnight success' at 59, dies at 89
LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Foster Brooks, a one-time television newscaster who became an "overnight success" at the age of 59 after creating a comic drunk act that made him a favorite in Las Vegas showrooms and on television variety shows, has died. He was 89.
Cincinnati's racial wounds are not healing with time
CINCINNATI -- Brenda and Roger Owensby stand at the curb, asking strangers to help them get justice for their son.
Osama bin Laden names some Sept. 11 hijackers in videotape, according to more thorough translations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Osama bin Laden speaks fondly of several Sept. 11 hijackers on the videotape released by the U.S. military, asking Allah to "accept their action," according to a more thorough translation of the tape by a government-hired Arabic expert.
Circus trainer acquitted of elephant abuse
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A jury took less than two hours to acquit a circus trainer charged with elephant abuse, ending a closely watched trial that stemmed from a unique California law.
Payout plan for terror victims announced
NEW YORK (AP) -- The government announced an aid program that would give families of victims of the terrorist attacks an average of $1.65 million -- a plan that some families say doesn't go far enough.
Bush calls on Americans to remember those who grieve after Sept. 11
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Saturday he would like Americans to pause to "remember all those who feel loss, separation and need" at Christmas following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Debate brewing worldwide over safety of popular 'energy drinks'
Bar-goers mix them with vodka to stay up and party longer. Students drink them to help pull all-night study sessions. And some athletes down them to boost performance.
State taking over troubled Philadelphia school system
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- State and city leaders reached agreement Friday on a state takeover of the troubled Philadelphia school system as part of an ambitious plan to install a private company to help run the district and dozens of its worst schools.
Stores try to spur final holiday buying spree
NEW YORK (AP) -- With round-the-clock hours, advertising blitzes, extra catalogs, discounts and more discounts, stores are desperately trying to draw last-minute shoppers and salvage what could be the weakest holiday season in more than a decade.
New York merchants grapple with decline in tourism during the holiday season
NEW YORK -- Every year, Randy Pope makes his annual trip to New York from his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. Seeing New York in December is a memorable experience and Pope expects this year, despite the terrorist attacks, to be no different.
Latest Windows versions vulnerable to unusually serious hacker attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is urging customers to quickly install a patch to repair serious flaws in the newest version of Windows, which was marketed as the most secure ever.
Official count of victims of Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania
Official count of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:
Military announces plans to resume testing of V-22 Osprey
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon announced Friday it will resume testing of the V-22 Osprey, which has been grounded since last year following two crashes that killed 23 Marines.
Future of Fenway a factor in plans for Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) -- The winning bidders for the Red Sox renewed their pledge Friday to expand Fenway Park but didn't rule out the possibility of building a new stadium elsewhere.
Hearn continues his recovery from surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Announcer Chick Hearn, who missed his first Los Angeles Lakers game in 36 years because of open heart surgery, continued his recovery Friday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
Red Sox sign Damon
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chan Ho Park neared a deal with the Texas Rangers, Johnny Damon finalized his contract with the Boston Red Sox and Pokey Reese's odd week took another strange twist.
Montana wins 2nd I-AA title
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Montana's Yohance Humphery kept looking at his commemorative I-AA national championship cap.
Sooners win eighth straight
Oklahoma broke the 100-point mark in its last three games, all easy wins over teams the Sooners should have beaten easily.
Pioneereing journalist Dick Shaap dies
Dick Schaap, a pioneering journalist and sports broadcaster who was a thoughtful and prolific writer on a wide variety of subjects in an even wider variety of mediums, died Friday in a New York hospital following complications from hip replacement surgery in September. He was 67.
$660 million deal Red Sox partners agree to sell team for record sum
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox, controlled by the Yawkey family and its trust since 1933, could be turned over as soon as January to a Florida financier and a New York television executive in a record-breaking $660 million deal.
Marshall placed on probation
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- For the second time since 1990, Marshall has been punished by the NCAA for failing to control its athletic programs.
Nomo returns to Dodgers
Johnny Damon closed in on a $30 million, four-year contract with Boston, David Wells neared a deal with Arizona and Hideo Nomo returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Orlyn I. Larson
HACKENSACK -- Orlyn Ida Larson, 84, Hackensack, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
WILLMAR -- Sally Erickson, 84, Willmar, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Rice Care Center in Willmar.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Robert Swartout, 56, Spokane, Wash., formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001.
Nicholas J. McDermott
HILLMAN -- Nicholas J. McDermott, 91, Hillman, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Ruth Agnes Schrock
MOTLEY -- Ruth Agnes Schrock, 81, Motley, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
FORT MEYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Neher, 77, Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly of Hackensack, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in Fort Meyers.
Mary T. Sanoski
LITTLE FALLS -- Mary T. Sanoski, 89, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Albert Pence, 80, Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Louis L. Savor
EVANSTON, Wyo. -- Louis L. Savor, 61, Evanston, Wyo., formerly of the Pillager area, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in Evanston.
MOTLEY -- Fred Duell, 78, Motley, died today, Dec. 21, 2001, at home.
Berton F. Manske
DEERWOOD -- Berton F. Manske, 84, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
STAPLES -- Darlene Cizek, 74, Staples, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Berton F. Manske
DEERWOOD -- Berton F. Manske, 84, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, as a result of an automobile accident.
Clinton E. Anderson
AITKIN -- Clinton E. Anderson, 90, Aitkin, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Torch arrives in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The glass and metal cone of the Olympic Torch took an emotional route to the nation's capital Friday, passing the huge breach in the wall of the Pentagon left Sept. 11 when terrorists slammed a hijacked airliner into the massive building.
Where's the ice? Ex-inliners bolster U.S. medal hopes in speedskating
KEARNS, Utah (AP) -- Miami. Seattle. San Bernardino. Greensboro.
Family gives Weiss stability, security in his Olympic quest
While the rest of the medal favorites were warming up for the Olympics at the Grand Prix finals, Michael Weiss was at a Christmas pageant, watching his 3-year-old daughter sing carols with her class.
Countdown to the Salt Lake City Olympics
DAYS UNTIL OPENING CEREMONY: 48.
Czechs, Russians release Olympic rosters
Twelve players from the gold medal-winning 1998 Czech Olympic hockey team will defend their title at the Salt Lake City Winter Games, according to the roster announced Friday by the Czech Hockey Federation. However, defenseman Petr Svoboda, who scored the decisive goal against Russia in the title game, and f forward Martin Straka were left off the team because of injuries. Svoboda, who plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs, is suffering from post-concussion syndrome and Straka, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has a broken leg.
Slow down this season
Do you really have time to sit down and read the newspaper this morning?
Not too long ago someone stole a deer that we had sitting at my brother's grave. We had it there for two years and no one seemed to mind, then one day somebody got the urge to steal it from there.
Sometimes a well-turned phrase can cut through vague and obscure public discussion on an issue and quickly illuminate a key point.
Enron's end run - Dispatch Editorial
The collapse this month of the giant energy company Enron Corp. was a calamity for nearly everyone involved except the people responsible for it.
News council can help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Polaris' new center in Roseau is an experience
ROSEAU (AP) -- The newest attraction in this community known for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and hockey isn't a museum.
The continuing saga of the flying squirrel
Pot pourri' scattered on the stove, top of the window valance scrunched and petite black droppings were the clues informing me the critter was back. Now that a bit of cold weather has set in, the regular rodent resident of this house has returned. I knew it was only a matter of time before it would show its perky face.
The cold and dark of winter makes us all better people
We people of the North have a peculiar make up. We live in a land with winters that many with less fortitude deem as a hostile environment, yet we flourish in many ways. Our annual plunges into a polar world make us better people.
The Cuyuna Range Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an ice fishing contest on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 on Serpent Lake at Crosby. The contest is from noon to 3 p.m. and tickets are $5 per hole.
BLM draws flak for real estate appraisals
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- The Bureau of Land Managment has come under fire from government auditors and two watchdog groups for conducting real estate appraisals that benefit private landowners at the expense of taxpayers.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Walkable ice has covered the smaller lakes and bays in this area. Tip-ups and shiners or sucker minnows are turning northern pike and walleyes in 20 feet of water on Round Lake, Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, Mollie Lake, and at the Highway 371 Bay on North Long.
Scientists spot a new type of squid living at extreme depths of the world's oceans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moving like a ghostly figure in the inky black of the ocean deep, a new and bizarre type of squid with spidery, 20-foot-long limbs has been spotted in a series of photographs taken by scientists in submersibles.
Perch fishing is a pastime most pursue only in winter
Perch are winter's fish. Walleye, northern pike, bluegill and crappie are pursued in all seasons, but perch in most lakes are pretty much left alone until ice covers the surface. When that happens, legions of anglers throughout the Upper Midwest suddenly turn once again to perch, which taste just as good as their more famous cousin, the walleye.
Potlatch looks into leasing land to private parties More than 54,000 acres in Brainerd area could be affected
One of Minnesota's largest private landowners might change how it manages its lands and the changes could affect hunters.
Janelle Eidenschink and Donal Reilly were married Sept. 2, 2001, at St. Julianna Church in Chicago with Father Tom O'Halleran officiating.
Mindy Adamek and Anthony Whipple
Mindy Adamek and Anthony Whipple announce their engagement. Parents are Larry and Deb Adamek, Long Prairie, and Rob and Sue Whipple, Nisswa. A July 20 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross.
Heidi Yoder and Andrew Johnson were married Dec. 1, 2001, at Staples Alliance Church with the Rev. Jonathan Wiggins and the Rev. Ottis Yoder officiating.
Renee DeVowe and Jason Baker were married Aug. 11, 2001, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
Misti Lea Baldwin and Dylan Shane Dwyer were married Oct. 6, 2001, at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake with the Rev. David Schoessow officiating.
Rachel Besmehn and Adam Cox were married Sept. 15, 2001, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd with the Rev. Paul Fruth officiating.
Kala Karst and Brian Diederich
Kala Karst and Brian Diederich announce their engagement. Parents are Ray and Linda Karst, Pierz, and Gary and Faye Diederich, Pierz. A Jan. 15 wedding is planned in Kona, Hawaii.
Kathy Jeanne Machula and Kieran Charles Moore were married Nov. 16, 2001, at the Fort Snelling Chapel in Fort Snelling.
State plan could cut aid to 9,000 students
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State grants to more than 9,000 public- and private-college students in Minnesota would be eliminated or reduced if the agency in charge of financial aid carries out a 10 percent budget-reduction plan.
Dream catchers: Selling the sacred?
MILLE LACS LAKE -- When Millie Benjamin was growing up, she spent her nights sleeping under a dream catcher, a traditional Indian object believed to ward off nightmares.
Watkins man found guilty in death of 14-month-old son
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A Stearns County jury on Thursday found a Watkins man guilty in the October 2000 death of his 14-month old son.
Hubbard County woman confesses to 1992 deaths of two daughters
AKELEY (AP) -- The mother of two children who died under unusual circumstances nine years ago confessed this week that she smothered both of them to death, authorities said Friday.
Skyrocketing fares don't follow demise of Sun Country
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The doom and gloom predictions of skyrocketing airfares in markets where Sun Country stopped competing with Northwest Airlines so far haven't proved true -- although airfares have inched up in those markets.
Anti-smoking group complains about Hibbing's lobbyists
HIBBING (AP) -- The Minnesota Smoke Free Coalition criticized the city of Hibbing for hiring lobbyists who also work for a tobacco company.
Indictment against father in son's car death dismissed
ANOKA (AP) -- The Anoka County attorney's office dismissed the second-degree manslaughter indictment against a Minneapolis man whose infant son died after being left in a sweltering minivan while his father was at work.
Ventura nixes traditional cookie mixer
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Holidays at the state Capitol this year won't include a traditional coffee and cookie gathering in the Rotunda for state employees.
Notorious drunken driver back in Detroit Lakes court
DETROIT LAKES, (AP) -- After a year on the run, a Fergus Falls man known as a habitual drunk driver on Friday finally faced charges of escaping from jail.
Owner of money-transfer company wants frozen funds back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The owner of a Somali money-transfer company met with U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger to try to retrieve money frozen by the federal government in its war on terrorism.
Voyageurs faces snowmobile suit
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- The Voyageurs Regional National Park Association and 10 other environmental groups say they'll sue Voyageurs National Park over its plan to reopen 11 bays to snowmobiles.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Police arrested a man Thursday night in the thefts of at least two and as many as five Salvation Army stands and kettles in the St. Paul area.
Tribal leaders suggest fixes to government trust account system
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Minnesota tribal leaders on Thursday suggested ways to fix the government's embattled Indian trust account system and raised concerns about the Interior Department's proposed restructuring of it.
Court orders new trial for man in St. Cloud murder
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a man serving a life sentence for the St. Cloud beating death of his girlfriend.
Kidnapping suspect found competent to stand trial
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Minnesota man accused of abducting a 17-year-old girl outside a Kearney shopping mall in April and taking her on a thousand-mile odyssey was ruled competent to stand trial Friday.
Brainerd Invitational attracts state's top teams
Earlier this month, the Star Tribune touted the Brainerd Invitational gymnastics meet as the "first big meet of the season."
Flyer boys edge Sabres
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers scored in each of the first two periods to defeat the Sartell Sabres 2-1 in a Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey game Thursday.
Sauk Centre skates past C-I-A
CROSBY -- The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters boys' hockey team defeated the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 8-1 in non-conference play Friday.
Roberts scores 1,000th career point
SWANVILLE -- Lee Roberts may not have reached 1,000 yards passing in football this season, but he reached the 1,000-point mark for a career in a non-conference boys' basketball game Thursday.
Fosston's loss is Little Falls' gain
LITTLE FALLS -- Fosston is the two-time defending Class 1A girls' basketball state champion. In addition, on Dec. 15 the Greyhounds set a state record by winning their 58th consecutive game.
Brainerd MJ Sports Pee Wee A
Brainerd MJ Sports Pee Wee A hockey team was runner-up in the Little Falls tournament Dec. 7-9.
Going for the puck
Brainerd senior forward Kirk Flanagan (20) battled for position with an Alexandria player in Thursday's game. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Boys' ski team finishes 2nd
BIWABIK -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' alpine ski team finished second while the girls' team was fifth in the Mesabi East Invitational at Giants Ridge Thursday.
Warriors enter own meet with unbeaten record
Different opponent, same results.
Sports Santa knows who's been naughty
Sports Santa recently read that the average male has more than 200,000 hairs on his head. No wonder many of Santa's friends have been telling him for years he's below average.
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity gymnastics team defeated Alexandria 130.25 to 86.05 Thursday night.
Raider women lose to Minneapolis
ANOKA -- After splitting its first two games of the season against Minneapolis, the Central Lakes College Raiders lost 56-36 to the Marauders at the Anoka-Ramsey tournament Friday.
Area events Saturday
Edward Jones 3-0
Stegora doesn't let sore ankle stop her
Not even a sore ankle can stop Shiela Stegora from scoring.
Johnson coming of age as sophomore wrestler
Adam Johnson is only a sophomore, but in the wrestling community he's approaching Paul Bunyan-like status.
Smetana helps C-I girls defeat Aitkin
CROSBY -- Whitney Smetana tallied a double-double in leading the Crosby-Ironton Rangers past the Aitkin Gobblers 36-19 in girls' basketball action Friday.
Sartell defeats Flyers in gymnastics
SARTELL -- The Little Falls Flyers dropped a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet to the Sartell Sabres by a 139.625 to 130.75 score Thursday.
Senior Cori Severson has been named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warriors girls' swimming and diving team.
Little Falls wrestlers coast to victory over Brainerd
After the first match of the night in the Brainerd Warrior wrestling team's dual meet with the Little Falls Flyers Thursday, the Warriors looked like they were ready to roll.
Detroit Lakes boys edge Staples-Motley
DETROIT LAKES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals fell to the Detroit Lakes Lakers 60-55 in Mid-State Conference boys basketball Friday.
Pequot Lakes girls pummel McGregor
McGREGOR -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots improved to 4-2 overall with a 69-47 non-conference victory over the McGregor Mercuries on Thursday.
Alexandria swims past Brainerd
ALEXANDRIA -- In what can be considered a great swimming rivalry, the Alexandria Cardinals edged the Brainerd Warriors 95-91 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Pierz wrestlers improve to 6-1
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers defeated Eden Valley-Watkins 42-28 in Central Minnesota Conference wrestling action Thursday.
Warrior girls show inside strength in beating LF
LITTLE FALLS -- Rachel Davich of Little Falls is considered one of the premier post players in central Minnesota, if not in the state.
Brainerd boys drop wild one
All that was missing was a ringmaster and a few animals to complete the freakish atmosphere at the Brainerd Area Civic Center Thursday night.
PAUL BUNYAN BOWL
Double trouble Brothers teaming up for Warriors
Younger brothers are often considered pests. They're always tagging along, getting in the way and generally making life intolerable for the older brother.
Scull discovers first hand about C-I's rivalry with Aitkin
CROSBY -- Tyler Scull saw his first action in the Aitkin Gobblers and Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' basketball rivalry and passed the test with flying colors.
Pierz wrestles past Aitkin in 34-25 win
AITKIN -- The Pierz Pioneers wrestling team improved its record to 7-1 with a 34-25 victory over the Aitkin Gobblers Friday.
Apollo defeats Brainerd boys
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team lost to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 59-37 Friday in Central Lakes Conference action.
Twins moving ahead like normal -- somewhat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins, still unsure if they'll even exist next season, mailed out contracts Thursday to all 28 unsigned players on their 40-man roster.
Wolves outlast Hornets
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves finally found a way to hang on in the fourth quarter.
Vikings' Bouman says he's ready to play Sunday
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Vikings quarterback Todd Bouman said he'll start against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday despite limited practice this week because of an injured thumb on his throwing hand.
Contraction or not, Twins announce schedule
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twins still don't know if they have a future, but they finally have a schedule.
If there's a team, here's the '02 slate
All times are central.
NFL fines Moss $10,000 for taunting
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Vikings receiver Randy Moss faces another fine from the NFL -- this time a $10,000 penalty for taunting during last Sunday's 27-24 loss at Detroit.
St. Cloud stops Minnesota State in WCHA action
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Ryan Malone had one goal and an assist to lead St. Cloud State to a 3-1 victory over Minnesota State, Mankato on Friday.
Get Info on: Google, AOL's Mac Users
Search engine Google has updated its Usenet archive to cover articles going back to May 3, 1981 -- an addition of about 700 million newsgroup postings.
A strategy game with unit alchemy
In a genre full of sameness, I expected Battle Realms to be just another ho-hum real time strategy game for my PC. Boy, was I ever wrong.
ExciteAtHome's death won't kill the company's broadband legacy
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- ExciteAtHome made plenty of dumb decisions on its way to the dot-com graveyard.
Video Game Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER 3, Activision
A digital point-and-shoot for the serious hobbyist
If Santa's feeling both flush and photogenic this year, a new digital camera by Ricoh is worth a look.
Movie realism distinguishes holiday season's video game hits
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Video game enthusiasts sure don't have visions of dancing sugar plums in their heads this Christmas.
Software Review: Adventures Along the Oregon Trail, 5th Ed.
THE OREGON TRAIL: ADVENTURES ALONG THE OREGON TRAIL, 5TH ED., Learning Co.
PRODUCT REVIEW: Off-road racer offers captivating graphics
It's a shame many owners of sport utility vehicles never use them for their intended purpose: slogging through mud bogs, snaking up mountain passes or careening off sand dunes.
Going for an alternative photofinish
Whenever the family gets together, I take pictures, and on each occasion I promise to send copies to Grandma Jen and Uncle Bob and Cousin Barry and everybody else who found themselves in my viewfinder.
Mine-sniffing technology improving, but expensive; low-tech methods still used
NEW YORK -- Clearing the millions of anti-personnel mines hidden in Afghanistan's fields, village paths and mountain passes is one of the toughest jobs imaginable, even for Western militaries whose tools include ground-penetrating radar and infrared sensors.
War in Afghanistan demonstrates air power's new ability to dominate the enemy
WASHINGTON -- In their thundering attacks on Afghanistan's cities and caves, U.S. warplanes demonstrated how much air power can do and how much it has improved as a weapon of war.
Holiday Lingo Lessons
With the holiday season come certain traditions: hopelessly tangled Christmas lights, gridlock at the mall parking lot, that bloated feeling after the office party -- and, not least, a blizzard of buzzwords in consumer-electronics advertising.
PRODUCT REVIEW: The castle gets a welcome makeover
With Return to Castle Wolfenstein, think evolution, not revolution.
Deck the halls with all sorts of gadgets A last-minute techie gift guide
Looking for a gift for the technophile on your holiday gift list? Welcome to a world of confusion.
Software Review: Monopoly Tycoon
MONOPOLY TYCOON, Infogrames/Deep Red
For protection, firewalls are hot stuff
In some ways, computers have become easier to use. Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) have made it possible for even novices to punch away at buttons and menus until something useful happens. What GUIs produce is the way we work on computers like the Apple or the IBM PC using Windows.
Weather drawing by Marissa Lueck of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
High wind warning this afternoon northwest and western plains adjoining black hills...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch northwest mainly saturday afternoon and saturday night...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning far northwest today and tonight...
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Cloudy west with a chance of light snow northwest. Partly to mostly cloudy east. Highs from the 30s west to the mid 40s far southeast. Temperatures falling west in the afternoon.
Iowa state forecast
Winter weather advisory west and north saturday and saturday evening...
Pulling the sleigh
Weather drawing by Amy Leikvoll of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Minnesota state forecast
winter storm watch saturday into saturday night from southwest through central into northeast minnesota...
Minnesota state forecast
winter storm warnings over the northeast for today and tonight with winter weather or snow advisories over most of the remainder of the state for today and tonight...Except far west and southwest...
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm watch far northwest saturday...
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of freezing drizzle west and central this morning with a chance of light snow this afternoon. Highs 20 northe
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory for eastern north dakota today and tonight...
Rain, snow in nation's midsection, Pacific Northwest; dry in most of East
A storm system was pushing rain and snow through the nation's midsection early Saturday, while another system moving onshore from the Pacific was beginning to spark rain showers in northern California.
Anthrax attack spoils annual push for sending soldiers holiday mail, so 'Dear Abby' and military turn to the Web
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With lingering worries over anthrax in the mail, "Dear Abby" and the military are turning to the Internet to make sure holiday letters get to U.S. troops.
Alarm pitched too high for hearing-impaired man
DEAR ABBY: National Fire Protection Association President John M. Buckman III urged families to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when changing their clocks back to standard time.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Dear Heloise: How do I clean the inside of my dishwasher? -- G. Schaffer, Lohman, Mo.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV has reached a deal with Johnny Knoxville to develop a feature film version of his prank show "Jackass," which brought the cable channel some of its biggest ratings -- and biggest criticism.
North-South: Cliff Johnson and Gordon Becker, 65.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 65; and Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 62.5. East-West: Ed and Sheri Abt, 58.5; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 53.5; and Dale and Helen Dickie, 52.
Diane Scearcy, director of the Central Lakes College Foundation, recently spoke a
Hamas calls off suicide bombings in Israel, boosting chances for truce to take hold
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Islamic militant group Hamas on Friday announced a suspension of suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel, boosting chances for a U.S.-brokered truce to take hold. In internal Palestinian fighting, five people were killed when a militant's funeral turned into a gunbattle.
India to recall ambassador, terminate rail, road links with Pakistan
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India said Friday it would recall its ambassador from Pakistan and shut down rail and bus links between the nations in response to a suicide attack on Parliament that it blames on Pakistan-based militants.
Palestinians mourn dead in infighting, say call for truce puts burden for peace on Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- After two days of internal Palestinian fighting, thousands of mourners attended funerals Saturday for six of those killed. At one point, they formed a human chain to prevent any further outbursts of violence.
Top U.S. military official links Somalia to bin Laden's al-Qaida network
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) -- The United States has strong indications Somalia is linked to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, but the next stage of America's anti-terrorism assault may not involve military action, America's top general said Friday.
Peacekeepers move into Kabul to safeguard hoped-for rebirth of shattered Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A convoy of 80 British Royal Marines entered the Afghan capital Friday, the first contingent of multinational peacekeepers launching a six-month mission to protect the new interim government.
Argentina's Peronists regain the presidency in time of crisis
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's Peronist party reasserted its role as the dominant political force, preparing to name one of its veterans Saturday to guide a country mired in an economic crisis that brought down the president.
Argentine unrest forces president to resign
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Driven from power by a devastating economic crisis and deadly riots, Argentina's outgoing President Fernando de la Rua returned to his offices for a last time Friday, lifting a state of emergency as he awaited the handover to a caretaker government.
More Americans to join cave searches; new bomb enters U.S. arsenal
WASHINGTON -- U.S. soldiers are keeping their focus on searching mountain caves and tunnels in Afghanistan that once held al-Qaida members as the Pentagon introduces a new weapon to kill those inside such underground complexes.
Karzai sworn in as prime minister as Afghanistan closes book on Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Hamid Karzai was sworn in as prime minister of Afghanistan's interim government Saturday, strengthening hopes he can heal a nation torn by war.
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