Ford to offer warranties to track tire defects
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is now offering tire warranties on its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models as a way to alert itself to problems like those that led to last year's Firestone recall.
Auto sales fall sharply as industry ends record year
DETROIT -- The best year ever for the U.S. auto industry ended with a whimper as a slowing economy and bitter storms pushed December sales down about 8 percent.
Sebring: A cure for the winter doldrums
It's officially winter. And there's hardly a better way to chase away seasonal doldrums than to check out the newest convertible.
2001 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner: Testing the testosterone crowd
Texas is a state of strong feelings. Biases are paraded with bravado, especially in the matter of pickup trucks.
Hot dishes taste great in winter
Cold weather always seems to give appetites a boost, and hot dishes are especially welcome.
A recipe for quality time with your kids
NEW YORK -- For many families, the kitchen has become the living room. A lot of time is spent in there cooking, cleaning and doing homework at the table.
Searing is key to moist tuna steak
Tuna steak stays moist and flavorful when it's cooked quickly, and pan-searing over high heat is ideal. This method seals the juices inside, and gives the outside an appetizing caramel-colored crust.
BENA -- A 30-year-old Bena woman has been arrested by Cass County authorities in connection with the stabbing of her husband on New Year's Day.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 283, a year ago Holiday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 700.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a car-semi accident reported at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 64 at Highway 87 west of Backus in Cass County.
LITTLE FALLS -- A fifth suspect was arrested Wednesday in St. Paul in connection with the November robberies of a Subway restaurant and Casey's service station in Little Falls.
THEFT -- An ATV and a snowmobile were reported stolen from Trus Joist MacMillan in Deerwood.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday Cattle: 650.
Bolduc, Renae D. and Clifford D.
Richard and Stacy (Hellie) Herold, Buckman, a girl, Alli Marie, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, Nov. 22, news. Grandparents are John and Karen Hellie, Pierz, Dan Herold, Pierz, and Laura Herold, Pierz. Great-grandparents are Clarence and Delores Herold, Pierz, and Ed and Audrey Vieth, Royalton.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 304, a year ago 81.
Bush huddles with business leaders on the economy
AUSTIN, Texas -- After warning anew of a possible slowdown, President-elect Bush is taking stock of the economy in a gathering of business leaders from throughout the nation.
Arafat conditionally accepts Clinton formula for settlement with Israel
WASHINGTON -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat gave President Clinton his qualified acceptance of a U.S. formula for a negotiated settlement with Israel and the next move is up to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday.
New Congress convenes with parties nearly equal in strength
WASHINGTON -- The 107th Congress, more evenly divided between the two parties than it has been in decades, promises to make history on its very first day.
Round of Cabinet hearings begins with Commerce nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Bush, hoping for swift Senate approval of his Cabinet selections, got some good news Thursday in a warm reception at the first Senate hearing on one of his nominees, Commerce Secretary-designate Donald Evans.
Bush concludes Cabinet nominations
AUSTIN, Texas -- President-elect Bush completed a strikingly diverse 14-member Cabinet Tuesday, naming an Asian American Democrat to be his transportation secretary, an Arab American defeated senator to be his energy secretary and a Hispanic woman from the Reagan administration to be his labor secretary.
Ventura happy about Lessard's defection
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Unable to build his party in the news election, Gov. Jesse Ventura picked up a legislative ally by recruiting disaffected DFL Sen. Bob Lessard for the Independence Party.
Bush calls for quick passage of his $1.3 trillion tax-cut proposal
AUSTIN, Texas -- With a new sense of urgency, President-elect George W. Bush on Wednesday called on Congress to enact his $1.3 trillion tax cut quickly, citing the gloomy portrayals of a troubled economy that were delivered to him by nearly three dozen business leaders.
Powerful lawmaker Shuster, recently rebuked, to retiree
PHILADELPHIA -- Rep. Bud Shuster, a 14-term congressman rebuked by the House ethics committee in the fall for allegedly accepting improper gifts and favoring a lobbyist, said Thursday he will retire at the end of January.
White House skeptical that Mideast peace deal will materialize
WASHINGTON -- In the unlikely event there really is a last-gasp breakthrough in the Middle East peace process, the turning point may be traced back to a moment Tuesday evening when President Clinton took a break to attend a reception for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
State health officials look at fish warnings
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State health officials are evaluating how best to inform people about the dangers of mercury in fish.
Cass Council on Aging to meet Jan. 15
BACKUS -- The Cass County Council on Aging will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the Backus Senior Center.
Boy Scouts' annual popcorn sale a success
The Pine Tree District, Boy Scouts of America, serving Crow Wing, Aitkin and Cass counties, recently completed its annual popcorn sale.
Consolidated Telephone Co. sponsors youth trip to Washington, D.C.
Consolidated Telephone Co. announced its sponsorship of an educational tour of the nations capital for area high school students.
Garrison Mille Lacs Lake Lions award scholarships
GARRISON -- The Garrison Mille Lacs Lake Lions Club has awarded three $1,000 non-traditional scholarships.
Irradiated ground beef gaining in popularity nationwide
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Irradiated ground beef, introduced in the Twin Cities-area in May, has spread to more than 2,000 stores nationwide.
Holocaust survivor tells about atrocities
Julius Ancer "knows" he has survived the Holocaust for a purpose.
Cass to continue treating gravel roads
WALKER -- Van Waters and Rogers will continue providing calcium chloride to treat Cass County gravel roads this year as they have the last three years.
Teams know they must focus on Galovich to stop Rangers
CROSBY -- A week after scoring her 1,000th career point in a Crosby-Ironton Ranger uniform, Kati Galovich is showing opponents how she reached the milestone.
Cass to move Extension Service to Pine River Shopping Block
WALKER -- Since Cass County accepted the donation of Pine River Shopping Block office space in December, a condominium board has been formed to represent owners of that building and manage it.
Onamia man named Joseph Plut Scholar
Brian Miner, a 1998 graduate of Onamia High School, has been named a Joseph Plut Scholar at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, where he is a sociology student.
Hit the slopes -- on an inner tube
BREEZY POINT -- It's been two decades since the snow tubing hill at Primetime Food & Spirits in Breezy Point has been used.
A Tisket ... Tasket owner finds niche in Austin
AUSTIN (AP) -- Having trouble finding a gift for that special someone in your life? The solution may lie in the childhood rhyme, "A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket ..."
Cass to test placement of legal notices on Internet
WALKER -- There will be a one-month pilot project to place Cass County legal notices on the Internet this month.
Cass officials learn of county association's goals
WALKER -- Carol Lovro, Association of Minnesota Counties lobbyist, outlined for the Cass County Board on Tuesday legislative positions AMC has taken this year.
Wilson to join Staples Community Foundation
STAPLES -- The Staples Community Foundation announced Jack Wilson has joined its board of directors.
No matter what the season, Miller quarterbacks his team
LITTLE FALLS -- During the football season Nate Miller showed his versatility and athletic ability on the field for the Little Falls Flyers.
Minnesota's newest politicians move to Washington
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's three newest members of Congress are moving to Washington, but they all say they don't intend to get too comfortable.
C-I's Anderson running over opponents as Golden Gopher
CROSBY -- During her high school cross country and track and field career at Crosby-Ironton, Krista Anderson broke records, gained respect and put fear in many opponents.
High tech, simple gadgets compete in sports markets
Al Samson thinks the hottest item in sports marketing is headgear that lights up and plays music.
Airman from Brainerd does his part to promote peace during exercise in S. Korea
PUSAN, Republic of Korea -- The son of a Brainerd couple plays the same role in international politics as U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Area health briefs
The Cass County WIC Nutrition Program schedule for January follows:
Mid-Minnesota 150 Sled Dog Race set Jan. 26-28
The 14th annual Mid-Minnesota 150 Sled Dog Race from Aitkin to Outing to Remer will be Jan. 26-28.
New scholarship offered at Central Lakes College
A new, Vocational Start-Up Scholarship is now available to eligible students at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1961)- Bill Matthies, 1302 N.E. 9th Avenue, skin diver, made two dives into 70 feet of frigid water where he located a pick-up truck. The truck broke through the ice on Gull Lake Sunday sinking slowly enough for the three occupants to escape.
Brainerd council gets set for year
Brainerd City Council members switched seats as they reorganized for the new year and covered new and old issues in about two hours Tuesday.
On his first day out of a job, former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams passed the time by watching politics.
The Brainerd Chapter of Kiwanis International announced a $1,000 donation to the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association.
Gas prices climb; heating costs skyrocket
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gas prices in the state are expected to reach record heights, as short supplies and lower than normal temperatures have driven the wholesale cost of natural gas up 58 percent between December and January.
County board sees growth as top issue for 2001
Dealing with growth will be the top issue the Crow Wing County Board will take on in 2001.
Man charged for bilking hunters with fake trip
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) -- A man was charged with one count of felony theft for allegedly bilking eight hunters out of $6,902 by promising them a fishing and hunting trip to Alaska subsidized by a sportswear company.
A helping hand
Sierra Vickrey (right) held on to Libby Tuomi's arm as the pair skated across the Gregory Park rink on Tuesday. They said they skate better together. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
County auditor, administrator work on functions
Crow Wing County Administrator Peter Herlofsky, Jr. has been on the job for about 100 days and has had one difference of opinion with County Auditor Roy Luukkonen.
Larsen heads board
The Crow Wing County Board held its reorganizational meeting Tuesday and named Ed Larsen as the chairman of the board. Terry Sluss was chairman last year.
Baxer raises utility rate 5%
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved a 5 percent increase in the utility rate.
Catch me, I'm falling
Matthew Swaggert of Baxter kept busy teaching his 4-year-old son, Basil, how to ice skate at the Gregory Park rink on Tuesday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
The Brainerd Area Lakers chapter of Special Olympics Minnesota will offer an informational and training meeting for community members interested in coaching or leadership volunteer opportunities.
Cass retreat planned
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday set the annual county strategic planning retreat agenda for Feb. 7 and 9 at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve.
Sammy's day at state Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Don Samuelson's first day as state Senate president was supposed to be a romp -- 45 minutes or so of ceremonial pomp and procedural votes as newly sworn senators convened before their family and friends.
Lessard to join Independence Party
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State Sen. Bob Lessard will join the Independence Party, giving Gov. Jesse Ventura an ally in the Legislature, he said Wednesday.
With Brainerd judge Dave Ten Eyck reading the oath, State Sen. Don Samuelson (left) DFL-Brainerd, is sworn in as the president of the state Senate Wednesday at the Capitol. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
LTV Steel Mining announces early shutdown in Hoyt Lakes
HOYT LAKES (AP) -- LTV Steel Mining Co. said Wednesday it was closing its mine and taconite plant in this Iron Range city immediately, nearly two months ahead of schedule.
Controversy surfaces early in session
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Ceremony gave way to controversy Wednesday -- especially in the Senate -- as the Minnesota Legislature convened for the 2001-02 session.
Unsuccessful council candidate to tape, edit meetings for cable TV
Brainerd City Council meetings will be taped, edited and submitted to cable television this year.
Committee assignments upset DFLers in House
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Rep. Betty Folliard thought a mistake was made when she saw the final list of committee assignments for the 2001-02 session.
A 5-2 split
Tuesday night's Brainerd City Council meeting had several 5-2 split votes.
The Dispatch incorrectly listed the perch restrictions in a Page 1A story in Sunday's paper. Effective Dec. 1, the limit was changed to 20 a day and 50 in possession.
The news is narrowing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Saint Paul Pioneer Press is joining its rival across the river in the attempt to combat rising newsprint costs by cutting the width of the newspaper by 2 inches.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Higher gasoline prices are marching toward the pumps probably beginning in the next several weeks with increases of up to around five cents a gallon and possibly reaching as high as $2 a gallon by year's end.
Lawmakers get session rollling
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A bricklayer, pipe fitter, microbiologist, golf pro and plenty of lawyers, businessmen, farmers and educators compose the 2001 Legislature, which convenes Wednesday for five months of making laws and setting the budget.
Tower meeting planned
BAXTER -- An informational meeting is planned this month to discuss the preferred location for a 299-foot Coast Guard tower.
Cass County Board slow in getting untracked for '01
WALKER -- Cass County Administrator Robert Yochum believed he had thought of everything to start the first county board meeting this year well organized and smooth running.
Excited Dale Walz sworn in as new state representative
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, suffered some good-natured razzing from his colleagues on the Baxter Police Department in the days leading up to his being sworn in as the new representative from District 12A.
CLC advises closing more programs
Central Lakes College is recommending closing two more programs at the end of the 2001 spring semester.
A Gull Lake log home took shape last fall and was completed in time for the new year. Look for the story in Friday's housing section.
Opening dates announced for this year's hunting seasons
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources announced tentative openers for this year's hunting seasons.
Brainerd Community Education, the Brainerd Family YMCA and AmeriCorps are sponsoring a bus trip for students in grades fifth through ninth to the Mall of America in Bloomington on Jan. 19.
Cass timber sales reported
WALKER -- Cass County generated $1,810,556.56 from timber sales in news, Land Commissioner Norm Moody reported to the county board Tuesday.
Brainerd council honors employees
Service pins were presented to three Brainerd city employees at the city council meeting Tuesday.
Ventura's employment status means certain data public
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Information that Employee Relations Commissioner Julien Carter collected on Gov. Jes se Ventura in a review of his XFL contract is available to the public, another commissioner ruled in an opinion Carter received Tuesday.
Work continues on 371 corridor plan
WALKER -- Public comment regarding the Highway 371 Corridor Plan will be accepted, and findings from meetings held last fall at two Crow Wing County and two Cass County locations in May and June this year will be reported.
Threat sends Pillager students to churches
PILLAGER -- Students were back to school today after being dismissed early Wednesday afternoon from Pillager schools after a student found a bomb threat note in a boys' bathroom.
'Favorite Martian' and versatile actor Ray Walston, 86, dies
Ray Walston, whose three-year turn as a sitcom Martian gave him a public profile but only scratched the surface of his talent in a seven-decade acting career on stage, screen and in television, died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.
Happy days here again on Wall Street
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve Wednesday cut short-term interest rates by half a percentage point -- a dramatic move designed to bolster investor and consumer confidence and prevent the economy from slipping into recession. The Fed also hinted that further cuts may be in the offing.
Wind easing, helping in battle against California wildfire
ALPINE, Calif. -- A fire that tore across 10,230 acres of dry brush and destroyed at least four houses burned into a second day Thursday, but the fierce Santa Ana winds that had fanned the flames were expected to die down.
Miami throws case to voters
NEW ORLEANS -- Done in by decimal points, confounded by computers, the Miami Hurricanes took their case for college football's national championship as far as humanly possible Tuesday night, defeating Florida, 37-20, in the Sugar Bowl because the Orange Bowl wasn't available.
Utilities burned at size of California power rate hike
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Public Utilities Commission Wednesday unveiled an emergency plan for temporary electricity rate hikes of about $5 per month for residential users -- an amount that one of the state's biggest utilities said was so meager it may spark blackouts.
Famed flamenco dancer Jose Greco dies at 82
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- Jose Greco, a flamenco dancer and choreographer who became known as the greatest Spanish dancer in the world, has died. He was 82.
Sears closing dozens of stores as outlook tightens
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. announced plans Thursday to close 89 stores amid a tightening outlook for retailers that caused its sales to fall slightly last month.
Former Secretary of State Rogers dies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- William Pierce Rogers, the urbane lawyer who was attorney general in the Eisenhower administration and secretary of state under President Nixon, has died, a spokesman for his law firm said Wednesday.
Hillary's time to shine: Sworn in as New York senator
WASHINGTON -- Pledging to continue the Democratic battles championed by her husband's administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton struck out on a political career of her own, becoming the only first lady to transform herself into a U.S. senator.
75 homes in Arizona evacuated after derailment creates acid spill
PHOENIX (AP) -- A Union Pacific train derailed on the outskirts of a southern Arizona town, spilling about 20,000 gallons of sulfuric acid and forcing the evacuation of some 75 homes, authorities said.
Consumers, businesses benefit from Fed rate cut
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve's dramatic announcement lowering interest rates a half percentage point won widespread applause as a sign the nation's chief monetary policy makers won't let the U.S. economy founder.
11 killed in house fire in southern Delaware
OAK ORCHARD, Del. (AP) -- Eleven family members were killed early Wednesday by a fire that filled their southern Delaware home with smoke, state police said.
Factory orders rise 1.7 percent in November
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories bounced back a bit in November, rising 1.7 percent as demand grew for airplanes, electronics and industrial machinery.
Russia said to put nuclear weapons back in Baltics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Russia has moved short-range nuclear weapons onto one of its military bases in the Baltics, senior Clinton administration officials said Wednesday. Some in the administration believe the Russians may be seeking to step up pressure on NATO to withdraw similar weapons from Europe.
CONCORD, N.H. -- A newly elected Republican state lawmaker has enraged his constituents, party leaders and police by saying he favors killing police officers when they cross the line. One police chief calls him "a hate-mongering lunatic."
Experts differ on usefulness of missile defense system
WASHINGTON -- How's this for a scary scenario: Iran takes some missiles supplied by North Korea and places them, along with a mobile launcher, aboard an ordinary merchant ship.
Ohio State fires Cooper after bowl loss
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- As John Cooper made his farewell speech after being fired as Ohio State's coach, the reasons for his dismissal could be seen just over his shoulder.
Cooper defends program, fights his emotions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- John Cooper fought back tears, his drawn face reflecting his first firing after 38 years as a football coach.
It's unanimous: Strike up another round of 'Boomer Sooner'
MIAMI -- There's nothing fluky about Oklahoma's national championship season.
Oklahoma wins national title
MIAMI -- Oklahoma has celebrated Heisman winners and champions before. It has had Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, the Boz, the Selmon brothers -- Lee Roy, Dewey and Lucious -- and Joe Don Looney.
Wizards win consecutive games first time
WASHINGTON -- There's a proverb that states that
The man who brought OU back
MIAMI -- The walk to his office each day carries him past cases filled with trophies, down hallways echoing with the successes of predecessors named Bud and Barry.
AP top 25
The Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press final college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and ranking in the previous poll:
Another Saints player moves up to stardom
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Willie Jackson isn't interested in discussing his big game.
From suspect to award winner Ravens' Lewis named Defensive Player of the Year
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- After enduring the most difficult time in his life, Ray Lewis delivered the NFL's most devastating defensive effort this season.
Oklahoma defense dominates
MIAMI (AP) -- Torrance Marshall, Rocky Calmus and the rest of Oklahoma's defenders never doubted themselves -- even if almost everyone else did.
Seminoles, Sooners set for Orange Bowl showdown
Tuesday, Jan. 2
Sooners make a statement
MIAMI -- A wind came sweepin' down the plain, indeed.
Vikings' Culpepper too tough to slow down
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Perhaps Daunte Culpepper is at least close to indestructible.
Weinke, 'Noles struggle minus Snoop Minnis
MIAMI -- Maybe it was top receiver Snoop Minnis' absence, or offensive coordinator Mark Richt's new job, or the defensive wizardry of Oklahoma coach Bobby Stoops.
Opposing offenses going where Griffith isn't
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Opposing offenses make a point to avoid Minnesota's Robert Griffith.
Thrashers, Wild struggle to tie
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's not playing like an expansion club. Just ask the second-year Atlanta Thrashers.
Howard K. Gillson
Howard K. Gillson, 83, Brainerd, and formerly of Pillager, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Adolph O. Slettom
LITTLE FALLS -- Adolph O. Slettom, 86, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at home.
Marie J. Sullivan
Marie J. Sullivan, 87, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Glenn E. Ruud
Glenn E. Ruud, 63, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at home.
Louis 'Bud' S. Morgal
CUSHING -- Louis 'Bud' Schilling Morgal, 69, Cushing, and Jensen Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Dec. 31, news, at home.
MERRIFIELD -- Elmer Sassen, 84, Merrifield, and formerly of Mankato, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
MERRIFIELD -- Elmer Sassen, 84, Merrifield, formerly of Mankato, died today, Jan. 3, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Walter 'Wally' Schroetlin
Walter "Wally" Schroetlin, 72, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, in St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Hilda G. Paggen
Hilda G. Paggen, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Evelyn Gruenhagen, 87, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Adolph Slettom, 86, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at home.
PINE RIVER -- Willis Dunnuck, 88, Pine River, and formerly of Backus, died Sunday, Dec. 31, news, as the result of a traffic accident.
Delima Marie Huesers
PINE RIVER -- Delima Marie Malaterre Huesers, 77, Pine River, died Sunday, Dec. 31, news, as a result of a traffic accident.
John E. Berg
NISSWA -- John E. Berg, 70, Nisswa, died Sunday, Dec. 31, news, at home.
Glenn E. Ruud
Glenn E. Ruud, 63, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at home.
Will an experienced, diverse Cabinet work well for Bush?
WASHINGTON -- This much can be said about George W. Bush's Cabinet-in-Waiting: Its members will have more experience -- both inside and outside of Washington -- than those who advised any of his immediate predecessors. And it will be more diverse than the Cabinets of all the Republican presidents before him.
OTHER OPINIONS Universities
If colleges don't measure their performance politicians might Leaders in Washington, including President-elect George W. Bush and lawmakers vying to head the House Education Committee, say that federal aid to colleges and universities will increasingly be determined by how well they impart specific skills to students.
The soda subsidy
WASHINGTON -- Rod Paige, George W. Bush's nominee to run the Department of Education, has been praised as a tough administrator who brought a reformist rigor to the job of superintend
OTHER OPINIONS Metrodome plan
Whoa! Slow down, Red. Give the Metrodome a chance. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which owns the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, last month came up with a renovation plan that from all appearances could give the Minnesota Vikings some pretty nice digs.
Politicians who will be missed
WASHINGTON--As the new Congress convenes, let us pause for a moment to honor people whose careers in public office have ended--at least for the moment. Four governors, 10 senators and 39 members of the House are in the group--not counting those who have been elected or appointed to other posts.
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The article written by Mike Bialka regarding coaches and the problems they have to put up with from parents, fans, etc. was right on. Being a head coach, I have had to deal with many of the concerns Mike was discussing. And, I coach a relatively minor sport, girls golf. Tell Mike to keep up the great work.
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Bush smarter than intellectual critics
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The stereotype about President-elect George W. Bush being dumb has traveled the Atlantic and has taken hold in some of the British press and in the minds of some British and Irish citizens. People ask me if Bush is as dumb as they've been told he is. When I mention his Yale and Harvard degrees, they are surprised. When I speak of his inherent decency in contrast to they-know-who, most nod appreciatively.
The puck stops at Tyler
Tyler John saw so much rubber last week he may have thought he was working for a tire company.
Wrestlers in the spotlight
After two weeks off, high school wrestling highlights this week's area athletic attractions with three matches loaded with state talent.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brainerd High School graduate Chris Bjorklund scored 12 points in Cal Poly's 91-63 men's basketball loss to North Carolina State Saturday.
Area events Thursday
Warrior girls 3rd, boys 5th at Cathedral meet
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' nordic ski team placed third in the St. Cloud Cathedral Classical meet Tuesday with 122 points while the boys' team finished fifth with 129.
Gophers suffer 80-64 loss to Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Not surprisingly, Marcus Griffin likes the Illinois plan to get the ball inside more.
Eagan 2, Eastview 1
Fourteen-year-old Ben Lastovich of Baxter is ranked fourth in national silver gloves boxing by Ringside Magazine at 156 pounds.
Planning helps students get good letter of recommendation
DEAR ABBY: I must differ with something you stated in a recent column. For high school teachers and some counselors, being asked to write a letter of recommendation is not always a compliment. There are many students (and parents!) who think that teachers OWE them a letter. Around college application time, teachers are flooded with requests. The result is that teachers write generic letters that often have little bearing on the true abilities of the students, simply because of the volume of letters requested.
There's plenty to do in state to beat winter blues
Some of the tourism events around the state of Minnesota this week, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
Elly May of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' to stage country-gospel concert in Staples
STAPLES -- Yee doggies! Elly May Clampett is coming to town.
Great American Think-Off question 'popped'
NEW YORK MILLS -- As many people welcomed the new year dancing, visitors to the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center learned of the question to be
Top 10 films of news
1. "You Can Count On Me" -- The perfect script meets the perfect cast. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan captures the essence of sibling unity and disharmony in a taut comic drama propelled by tremendous performances from Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. This small-budget Sundance prize winner is wistful, hopeful, celebratory and hauntingly sad all at once. On screen, family matters don't get more exquisite than this.
Two area teens' dreams dashed when Up With People calls it quits
Up With People's decision to suspend operations last month came as a pre-Christmas blow to the aspirations of two area teen-agers, who expected to join the song-and-dance troupe for this year's international goodwill tour.
Philosophy professor has spent a lifetime collecting music
MINNEOTA (AP) -- In the late 1950s, huddled under bed covers late into the night with a transistor radio, a 7-year-old began listening to music that opened his eyes to the rest of the world.
Late surge of holiday flicks brings box-office record
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tom Hanks' "Cast Away" remained the top-drawing movie for a second straight weekend, taking in $40 million Friday through Monday. With no major new releases, holdovers also accounted for the rest of the top 20 during the extended New Year's weekend.
CLC Theatre Department seeks musicians
The Central Lakes College Theatre Department needs three musicians for the orchestra for the upcoming production of "Hello, Dolly!"
McCarthy fans will enjoy 'All the Pretty Horses'
Readers of Cormac McCarthy's "Border Trilogy" will recognize the award-winning author's successful formula in the movie version of "All the Pretty Horses."
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Year-end top video sales listed
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Chamber music duo Chance to perform concert in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- A chamber music duo that features vocals with cello accompaniment will perform Jan. 20 in Little Falls.
Volunteer group helps American Indian prisoners pray
BEMIDJI (AP) -- The men and women dressed in blue jailhouse fatigues file into a meeting room and sit in a circle of sage smoke to pray.
Ice Fest events kick off Friday in Breezy Point
BREEZY POINT -- The mammoth wall of ice has been built outside the Breezy Point Resort gates, greeting visitors to this weekend's annual Breezy Point Ice Fest.
Thick snow covered docks in Lake Shore. -- Jodie Tweed
Weather drawing by Miriah Nuesse of Mrs. Sedlachek's second grade class at Lowell school.
I like snow
Weather drawing by Kyle McLain of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Dear Heloise: A while back, you published a recipe for UNCOOKED FUDGE. The ingredients included cream cheese, powdered sugar and chocolate.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- When asked whether she prefers to be described as smart or sexy, Jennifer Lopez chose the latter.
Daughter cries for father who didn't want her born
DEAR ABBY: I have a beautiful 4-year-old daughter. I have raised her alone, with no help and no child support. The father has never seen her. I dated him for two years and broke up before I knew I was pregnant. He and his family tried desperately to convince me to abort, almost threatening me if I kept the baby.
Puerto Ricans celebrate inauguration of first female governor
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- For four years, Sila Calderon was mayor of San Juan, but on this day she was its queen.
Doctor says pope has Parkinson's
ROME -- For the first time, a person in a position to know has acknowledged that Pope John Paul II is suffering from Parkinson's disease.
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