GM, Toyota present early deliveries for 2003
The auto industry is presenting consumers with twins in an early launch of the 2003 model year.
Porsche's 2002 Boxter S scores with both style and substance
The Volk at Porsche have been at it again.
2002 Hyundai Sonata continues value-for-dollar tradition, and it's sportier too
BASE PRICE: $15,499 for base Sonata with four-cylinder engine and manual transmission; $15,999 for base model with automatic transmission; $16,999 for Sonata GLS with manual transmission; $17,499 for GLS with automatic.
2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCross: Hiding the Hatchback label
No one in America wants to grow old. At least that's what many automakers think. As a result, they are going overboard to appeal to younger buyers -- even to the point of renaming the obvious.
Mercedes offers lower-cost alternative
It's been more than a decade since you could buy a new Mercedes-Benz in this country for under $30,000, but you can now -- in fact, for about $5,000 under $30,000.
Disabled woman publishes book of faith, hope and inspiration
BREEZY POINT -- Cynthia Rassmussen is a published author, which means the realization of a cherished dream for the Breezy Point resident.
Last week we were talking about the hindrances that can keep us from praying effectively or not at all.
Aid Association for Lutherans presented $6,095 to the Family of Christ Lutheran School in Baxter though the AAL member gift matching program. Annual gifts of $25 and $100 made by AAL members to participating Lutheran elementary or secondary schools, colleges or seminaries are matched dollar-for-dollar by AAL.
Greek Orthodox offer icon electronic card service
NEW YORK (AP) -- Orthodox Christians can send icon cards via e-mail for many occasions as part of a new service offered by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Toppled Taliban raised the women's issue in Islam, but Christianity's debate also continues
Repression of women by Afghanistan's toppled Taliban drew worldwide attention to the varied views within Islam. Christianity, too, has internal differences, especially about the milder matter of whether to allow women clergy.
National Catholic Reporter raises issues many in church would like to keep private
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The National Catholic Reporter, a small, independent newsweekly more than three decades old, prides itself on being "a place where the forbidden conversations can occur."
Study: Rosary can help bring bodily repose
Many Roman Catholics say the rosary for their spiritual well-being. Now a group of European researchers have found that repeating the centuries-old "Ave Maria" is also good for one's body.
Separation of parent and child can have long-lasting effects
QUESTION: Everyone knows that divorce is tough on children. What about parent-child separation that occurs for reasons other than divorce? Is the pain any less intense for kids when a parent has a good reason to be away?
From principal to prison lifer to priest, this murderer believes he shows rehabilitative promise
SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) -- In 1985, O.C. Fero, a high school principal and experienced educator, snapped: He fatally shot his superintendent at a job evaluation during which he was asked to resign.
Don't be too quick to judge unsharing friend
DEAR ABBY: My best friend of 12 years is a quilter, pattern designer and teacher. She recently showed me a pattern she created as a memorial to the Sept. 11 attack on America. She plans to sell the pattern as well as teach its construction at a local quilt shop. She does NOT plan to contribute any portion of the proceeds to any charitable organization connected with the attack. This has shown me a side of her I did not want to discover.
Solving sink smell
Dear Heloise: I want to write to tell you how grateful I am of a suggestion you gave a lady on her basement sink smelling. You told her to put 1 cup of bleach in it for 1 hour, then rinse well. I had a musty smell in our house for four years, and I could not locate it.
Faster processors, clever hackers make home computers a riper target
WASHINGTON -- As if you didn't have enough to worry about, that top-of-the-line computer on your desk at home could be yet another way to threaten your security.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 271, a year ago 190.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday hogs: 900.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 61, a year ago 173.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle receipts: 450.
It helps to plan meals in advance
The holidays are past, the Christmas cookies and candies are gone, and the time has come to take off a couple of pounds I accumulated over the holidays.
French toast variation gives brunch a boost
A make-ahead breakfast or brunch dish is a great advantage for winter weekends -- or anytime when the cook does not need to be up at dawn.
Resolve to eat less, but some, fat
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Another season of resolutions and waistline reductions is beginning, so let's start by debunking a popular vegetarian myth.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Pepperoni pizza round, salad/dressing, diced peaches, Animal crackers.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
BAXTER -- The State Patrol and Baxter Police Department investigated at least two accidents this morning in Baxter.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
One person was treated for smoke inhalation Wednesday after paper set on top of a heater started on fire and filled a southern Crow Wing County residence with smoke.
Senate committee to investigate Enron collapse
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Enron's business practices had the mark of "a massive shell game with multiple layers of conflict of interest," says a senator who plans to subpoena documents as part of a broad investigation into the energy company's collapse.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's most popular and powerful computer technology will be available to Russia, China, India and Pakistan because of a Bush administration decision to relax Cold War-era restrictions.
Bush, unions tangle over labor issues
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has been focusing more attention on labor issues of late, much to the chagrin of major union officials.
Ventura to break tradition with speech
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura chose to break convention and planned to deliver his State of the State address from his residence instead of to a live audience so he could focus on the state's deficit, his spokesman said.
State residents are married ... without children
Married without children is one of the trends highlighted by the state demographer's office from detailed analysis of news Census numbers.
Newer clothes dryers run more efficiently
Does your clothes dryer leave things damp, or overdried and super wrinkled?
Minnesota Grown program, logo available to growers
Minnesota Grown is a trademarked logo and labeling statement that helps producers market to consumers who prefer locally-produced products. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers the Minnesota Grown program and logo to farmers, processors and others for advertising, packaging and other promotions.
Trading Spaces gains audience
Take two neighbors and let each revamp a room in the other's house -- with a $1,000 budget and assistance from one designer and one carpenter.
Violets have much to offer, year-round
Of all the flowers that linger this late in the season, Johnny-jump-ups are among the best.
Lakes area living styles
About 30 percent of area households are made up of people living alone.
Replace a lamp socket
This do-it-yourself project is pretty easy to do and can actually make your home safer a lot safer. We were once paid $55,000 to partially rebuild a fire-damaged condominium that had exploded into flames when
Storybook cottage is for readers
A storybook cottage designed with the avid reader in mind, Plan J-98, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, is well-suited as a getaway home or as a primary residence. The home's floor plan covers 1,473 square feet.
Design first, demolish second
Move over "measure twice, cut once." There's a new home improvement axiom in town: "It's easier to erase lines on paper than take out 2x4s."
Design J-98 is a miniature masterpiece
Design J-98 is one of my top 10 favorite house plans under 1,500 square feet. It is economical to build and easy to live in.
Read how Riverside Elementary School fifth-graders master math problems in Sunday's Dispatch.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - The Brainerd Airport Commission yesterday took the initial step toward remodeling the old terminal building at Brainerd-Crow Wing County Municipal Airport. John Riedl Sr., airport manager, was given permission to obtain cost estimates.
When Mona Aho turned 50 last May, she thought it was time to slow down a little.
Rights issue raised over seizing library computers
A First Amendment issue has been raised concerning the seizure of nine computers from the Brainerd Public Library in November.
No break yet in Bieganek murders
Almost two weeks after their deaths, investigators are still looking for answers in the murders of Theodore and Angeline Bieganek.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-One of the 584 entrants in the fifth annual Quarter Mile time trials crossed the starting line Saturday at Pleasant Acres Resort on Gull Lake. The event, which drew participants from a three-state area, was sponsored by the Baxter Snowmobile Club, the Baxter Lions Club and Polaris.
The Brainerd Public Schools Foundation announced a scholarship has been established in memory of Gene Sundberg.
Man who drowned in Mille Lacs Lake identified
ISLE -- The identity of an 80-year-old Brooklyn Center man who died Tuesday after falling through the ice on a snowmobile on Mille Lacs Lake has been released.
Bob Nystrom of Brainerd was sworn in Wednesday as the newest Brainerd School Board member.
The outdoor skating rinks at Gregory Park and Bane Park in Brainerd are now open.
New logo tried out by some departments in county
Longtime residents of the Brainerd lakes area may recognize a letter in the mail from Crow Wing County just by the tall, green, pine tree logo.
Police arrest cook in December slaying of priest at New Mexico monastery
BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) -- A short-order cook who has done jail time in four states was charged Thursday with fatally stabbing and bludgeoning a priest who worked at a treatment center for troubled clergymen.
Shutdown of Interior Web sites leaves public in dark
The abrupt shutdown of Internet sites run by the U.S. Department of the Interior four weeks ago has left Americans in the dark about activities on millions of acres of federal lands, national parks and monuments.
Probe of Torricelli ends; no charges
NEW YORK (AP) -- The investigation of the finances of New Jersey's Sen. Robert Torricelli has ended and no charges will be filed, outgoing U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White announced Thursday.
Judges reverses self, says ex-Klansman fit for trial in fatal 1963 church bombing
A judge in Birmingham, Ala., reversed himself Thursday and ruled that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry is mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls.
Actress-model Catya Sassoon dies at age 33
Catya Sassoon, the model-turned-actress daughter of celebrity hair stylist Vidal Sassoon, has died. She was 33.
Marines find papers, guns at abandoned compound
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Marines helping search for leaders of Afghanistan's Taliban militia and the al-Qaida terror network found documents, guns and other items that could be useful, defense officials say.
Jobless claims rise sharply for second week in a row; construction spending up in November
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for unemployment insurance shot up for the second week in a row, suggesting many U.S. workers are still suffering from an economy that is trying to claw its way out of a recession.
Mother's mistake leaves child with a glued eye
Christine Giglio reached for a tube of prescription ointment for her 9-year-old daughter's pinkeye Thursday morning, never noticing that she had mistakenly grabbed a tube of nail glue she had used over the holidays to fix a broken nail.
Storm dumps snow, sleet on the South
ATLANTA -- A hard freeze overnight left roads in the South even more treacherous after snow and sleet caused power outages, snarled traffic and prompted South Carolina's governor to call up the National Guard to help stranded drivers.
Woman slain in Dallas office shooting; alleged gunman later shot
ADDISON, Texas (AP) -- A man fatally shot and stabbed a woman inside a suburban Dallas office building Thursday before he was critically wounded by police gunfire.
Police officer killed by 3-year-old son who picked up gun
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A rookie police officer was shot to death by his 3-year-old son, who had grabbed the man's service weapon from a kitchen table.
5 United reservation centers to be closed
United Airlines, citing its reduced service and the weak economy, said Thursday that it plans to close five reservations centers, including four in California, and furlough 899 employees.
Writer jailed more than five months for not turning over notes is being set free
HOUSTON (AP) -- A novice crime writer spent her last night behind bars as her jail stint for refusing to hand over notes about a murder case approached its end.
Bat-wielding principal in 'Lean on Me' resigning as youth jail director over criticism
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The former bat-wielding principal portrayed in "Lean on Me" said Friday he's resigning as director of a juvenile jail where investigators said some youths were straitjacketed so tightly they could barely breathe.
Cloned piglets may be step toward unlimited organ supply for human transplants
WASHINGTON -- In what experts say is a major step toward an unlimited supply of human transplant organs, scientists have cloned piglets lacking one of the two genes that prompt the human immune system to reject swine tissue.
Kmart in trouble?
Kmart Inc.'s stock plunged to its lowest point in more than a decade Wednesday after one financial analyst predicted that an unexpected shortfall in the discount retailer's December sales could lead the chain to file for bankruptcy protection even as its largest competitor continues to thrive.
Daschle describes threatening letter with powder as 'copycat mailing'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A threatening letter containing a powdery substance brought emergency crews running to Sen. Tom Daschle's Capitol office, but the majority leader says the material does not contain anthrax like the letter sent to him on Oct. 15.
Unemployment rate climbs to 5.8 percent in December; year ends with job losses easing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in December, highest in more than six years, as businesses cut 124,000 jobs and the year ended with the job market in the depths of recession.
Colorado governor urges probe of allegations police shot Columbine student Rohrbough
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Owens urged prosecutors to reconsider investigating whether a police officer accidentally killed a student during the 1999 Columbine massacre.
The year they moved the Rose Bowl
The year was 1942, and the nation was recovering from a surprise attack that left thousands dead.
Back-to-basics approach works in Big Ten
Tough nonconference schedules, familiar game formulas and endless rebound drills all helped Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan to win their Big Ten conference season openers.
It's time to crown a national champion -- maybe two
PASADENA, Calif. -- Huskers vs. Hurricanes in the Rose Bowl -- what a way to finish college football's craziest season.
Hurricanes are a deserving champion
PASADENA, Calif. -- Bad bowl system. Four lousy games.
Rose Bowl security: Arrive early or miss kickoff
To those in the capacity crowd, security measures at the Rose Bowl Thursday will not be noticeably different from the customary precautions at UCLA games since Sept. 11.
Labor talks likely to start in middle of next week
NEW YORK (AP) -- As baseball players resumed their grievance to stop owners from eliminating teams, union head Donald Fehr said Thursday that bargaining for a new labor contract will probably start next week.
Miami plays like a national champion
PASADENA, Calif. -- You knew when it was 34-0 at the half that the bowl championship series had gotten this title-game thing half right.
Terrapins bowled over by Gators
MIAMI -- If Steve Spurrier figured he had room against Maryland to tinker with his quarterbacks -- well, he was right.
Donald G. Lybeck
Donald G. Lybeck, 74, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002,, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Dr. Robert A. Weyhrauch
Dr. Robert A. Weyhrauch, 78, Crosslake, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, in Waterloo, Iowa.
John H. Stensrud
John H. Stensrud, 93, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Earl D. Glover
AITKIN -- Earl Davis Glover, 99, Aitkin, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Hilmer 'Red' G. Schweigert
LINCOLN -- Hilmer "Red" George Schweigert, 83, Lincoln, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at his home.
Donald G. Lybeck
Donald G. Lybeck, 74, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Sue Ann Thiery
ONAMIA -- Sue Ann Thiery, 52, Onamia, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at home.
Clarence C. Hinrichs
MORA -- Clarence Claude Hinrichs, 93, Mora, formerly of Deerwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at home.
Wilbert E. Hauser
AITKIN -- Wilbert Eugene Hauser, 85, Aitkin, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Riverwood Extended Care in Aitkin.
Richard 'Magua' Duoos
PEQUOT LAKES -- Richard Wallace "Magua" Duoos, 65, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at his home.
David A. Parsons
DULUTH -- David A. Parsons, 70, Duluth, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002.
Paul E. Carlson
STAPLES -- Paul E. Carlson, 97, Staples, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at the Greater Staples Care Center in Staples.
LITTLE FALLS -- Mildred T. Pearson, 105, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Richard D. Marquardt
MOTLEY -- Richard D. Marquardt, 53, Motley, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Greater Staples Hospital in Staples.
Alois G. Bienusa
SAN ANTONIO -- Alois G. Bienusa, 74, Texas, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, in Texas.
Helen K. Youngbauer
MOTLEY -- Helen K. Youngbauer, 82, Motley, died today, Jan. 4, 2002, at Greater Staples Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Bernice Hall, 82, Little Falls, died today, Jan. 4, 2002, at St. Otto's Health Care Center.
Emily Fern Miller
PALISADE -- Emily Fern Miller, 85, Palisade, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, in St. Paul.
Don't the politicians and executives get it? In order to stimulate the economy, money must get into the hands of the consumer. The trickle-down theory (with tax deductions for corporations and t
Appointments that stick
WASHINGTON -- Republicans shouldn't be disappointed that the Bush team hasn't given recess appointments to nominees stalled by Senate Democrats. Had
Keep it open - Dispatch Editorial
Over-reaction to security concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies is a political predilection that lawmakers find hard to resist.
WASHINGTON -- It was a classic stealth maneuver -- and it worked. Two days after Christmas, with President Bush at his Texas ranch and most of official Washington on vacation, the White House announced the rejection of regulations that would have barred companies which repeatedly violate environmental and workplace standards from receiving government contracts.
Should they be millionaires?
I've been pondering those million-dollar settlements for the families of victims of the terrorist attacks, and the idea still bothers me.
For those who swore off flying after the Sept. 11 air tragedies, consider this news item: There were fewer major airplane accidents in 2001 than in any year since World War II.
Rehnquist's take on judicial vacancies
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
I am one of those that has written about gas prices. I read with interest the letter from the gentleman defending the gas station owners. I am not sure who is responsible for the pricing, some stations it is the owners and some it is the corporation behind the franchise.
Stewart fans: Get ready, get set
Seven months from today, NASCAR Winston Cup racing fans of Tony Stewart should be able to watch him race at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, Wis.
Litchfield to use shame to discourage adult businesses
LITCHFIELD (AP) -- The city of Litchfield in central Minnesota hopes to use public shame to discourage adult businesses from moving there.
Flags flown at half-staff to honor Solon
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Flags on all state buildings will be flown at half-staff from sunrise Friday until sunset Saturday in honor of Sen. Sam Solon, Gov. Jesse Ventura has ordered.
Minnesota insurers to stop terrorism coverage
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce said Thursday that a lack of Congressional action has forced it to permit commercial insurers to exclude terrorism from their policies.
Fire destroys food building at Southwest State
MARSHALL (AP) -- Fire destroyed the food service building at Southwest State University on Wednesday, leaving the school without an on-campus eating facility and throwing the scheduled Jan. 16 resumption of classes into question.
Marshall crew fights hot spots in building; school delay likely
MARSHALL (AP) -- Firefighters worked with construction crews to douse hot spots in the burned-down food service building at Southwest State University on Thursday, while school officials said it appears doubtful they can restart classes as scheduled Jan. 16.
Immigrants dismayed by wire-transfer law
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hundreds of Somalis and other immigrants in Minnesota were turned away Wednesday as they tried to wire money back home because many money-transmitting firms shut down rather than break a new state licensing law.
No solutions in last State of the State speech this term
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans must wait a week for Gov. Jesse Ventura to fill in the countless details he left blank in the final State of the State address of his term.
Question: Is the pen mightier than the sword?
NEW YORK MILLS (AP) -- Is the pen mightier than the sword?
Grand jury declines to indict Minneapolis officer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Hennepin County grand jury has declined to indict a Minneapolis police officer who shot a 15-year-old boy to death following a chase last summer.
National Steel plant reopens; full year of production planned
KEEWATIN (AP) -- National Steel Corp. restarted its taconite plant here Tuesday night, ending a ten-week shutdown.
Casino plan, housing plans touted
ST. PAUL -- After weeks of listening to sports stadium plans with hefty price tags, members of a state task force turned their attention Thursday to a handful of ideas that advocates promise would come free or at a discount.
FDA gives approval for Internet monitoring of heart devices
FRIDLEY (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has given Medtronic Inc. approval to market a new Internet-based network that connects patients' implanted defibrillators to doctor's offices, the company announced.
Cleanup under way at swamped Guthrie Theater
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A ruptured water main sent tens of thousands of gallons of water pouring into the Guthrie Theater, damaging administrative offices and production areas of the Minneapolis cultural landmark.
Great Lakes the next stop for Antarctic explorers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen are back in the frozen Antarctic, but this time it's to prepare for an adventure closer to Bancroft's Minnesota home.
Duluth police arrest 'transient drug dealers'
DULUTH (AP) -- Police have arrested 19 people who allegedly brought handfuls of drugs from big cities to sell for higher prices in Duluth, said Chief Scott Lyons, who dubbed the suspects "transient drug dealers."
BAHA tournaments this weekend
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association is hosting a girls' 12 and under and girls' 15 and under B tournament this weekend.
Wolverines drop first league hockey game
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines lost their first Mid-State Conference boys' hockey game of the season 5-3 to the Detroit Lakes Lakers Thursday.
Pierz boys prevail
ROYALTON -- Chris Zilka led the Pierz Pioneers boys' basketball team to a 46-39 victory over the Royalton Royals in non-conference action Thursday.
Warrior girls, Lakers skate to 3-3 tie
DETROIT LAKES -- The Brainerd Warriors and Detroit Lakes Lakers skated to a 3-3 overtime tie Thursday in non-conference girls' hockey.
Local sports shorts
MIDWAY, Utah -- Brainerd's Jaime Mueller finished 11th in the women's pursuit 10-kilometer event at the U.S. Biathlon Olympic Trials Wednesday.
Flyers' gymnasts beat Apollo
LITTLE FALLS -- Although they were a little disappointed with their effort, the Little Falls Flyers still managed to defeat the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 126.5 to 116.2 in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics Thursday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
A team's best player sometimes has an attitude or an ego, possibly because they are natural athletes and they don't believe they have to practice or play as vigorously as teammates.
Raider wrestler runs unbeaten streak to 15
PARKERS PRAIRIE -- Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale's Jarod Oyster remained undefeated with a 15-0 record, winning his match with a 14-2 major decision, and helping the Raiders defeat the Parkers Prairie Panthers 58-10 Thursday.
Brainerd defense stops Greyhounds
Even former Duluth East Greyhound Rick Rickert, now with the University of Minnesota, would have had trouble scoring against the Brainerd Warriors defense Thursday.
Warriors stifle Duluth East
DULUTH -- The Brainerd Warriors held the Duluth East Greyhounds to 34 percent shooting from the field and improved to 8-2 overall with a 52-41 non-conference girls' basketball victory Thursday.
Brainerd boys ski to 5th place
BIWABIK -- The Brainerd Warrior boys' alpine ski team placed fifth while the girls' team placed seventh in the Grand Rapids Invitational at Giants Ridge Thursday.
Raiders return to action in CLC classic
With conference play looming large on the horizon for the Central Lakes College Raiders men's' basketball team, finishing up the preseason schedule with a bang is priority No. 1 for head coach Jim Russell and his players.
BHS gymnasts stay unbeaten
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors remained unbeaten in five dual meets with a 140.95 to 140.45 victory over the Sartell Sabres in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet Thursday.
10th-ranked Tech defeats Warriors' wrestlers
ST. CLOUD -- The 10th-ranked St. Cloud Tech Tigers defeated the Brainerd Warriors 42-24 in Central Lakes Conference wrestling Thursday.
Menahga edges Pillager girls in league opener
MENAHGA -- The Menahga Braves edged the Pillager Huskies 43-41 in the Park Region Conference girls' basketball opener for both teams Thursday.
The Brainerd Family YMCA is accepting registrations for students interested in participating in its kindergarten through third grade youth basketball league.
Birk is lone Viking on Pro Bowl team
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk said he took extra care to enjoy his trip to the Pro Bowl last season because he didn't know if he'd ever make it back. But he will.
Illini down Gophers
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Frank Williams wasn't at his best against Minnesota. For the first time in weeks, his teammates were.
Wynn to start Monday night, Carter hurt
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Spergon Wynn will be the starting quarterback on Monday night when the Minnesota Vikings close out the season at Baltimore, although he may not have Cris Carter to throw to.
Wolves slow to get going
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves played Milwaukee without the Bucks' three leading scorers in the lineup, but it took the Wolves some time to take advantage of it.
Wild open new year on happy note
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild were more than ready to start anew in the new year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota running back Tellis Redmon will not return for his senior year with the Golden Gophers.
Report: Vikings to fire Green
Minnesota's Dennis Green is expected to be fired even before the team's final game, a source close to the coach said Friday.
Twins hire Gardenhire
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins, uncertain if they'll even play next season, hired third-base coach Ron Gardenhire as manager Friday.
Report: Redmon to leave Gophers, enter draft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Running back Tellis Redmon has decided not to return to Minnesota for his senior season, WCCO Radio reported.
Hollywood's 2001 odyssey:
LOS ANGELES -- For Hollywood, 2001 was another year of record revenue, a time for the birth and rebirth of big film franchises and a period of soul-searching over violent action films after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Twin Cities folk duo to perform
A slew of traditional string instruments and down-to-earth lyrics will take center stage Saturday when the folk duo Curtis & Loretta appears in the Brainerd Community Concerts series.
Scholar of Tolkien languages helped 'Lord of the Rings' moviemakers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- David Salo is an expert in languages that exist only in the imaginary world of hobbits and elves.
'N Sync was in the money in 2001
Take nonthreatening hunks, silky harmonies and fancy dancing, add high-tech stage shows and music videos. Then stand back and wait for the young girls to show up with cash in hand.
100-voice Twin Cities Gospel Choir to stage show in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- If gospel music suits your fancy, then the Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls is the place to be Jan. 19.
NBC to fight football on Super Bowl Sunday with centerfold models
NEW YORK -- Will America switch from the Super Bowl at halftime to watch bugs crawling all over Playboy Playmates?
2001 was vintage year for television viewers
It was a very good year for television viewers.
Aitkin, Breezy Point, Cass Lake to host winter events
Tourism events around Minnesota, 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.
Arbor Day Foundation cites Crosby author
A Crosby forester and author has been singled out for recognition by the National Arbor Day Foundation based in Nebraska.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular music as they appear in the year-end issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Rippleside students to give winter concert
AITKIN -- The Rippleside Elementary School choirs and band will present a winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
Ballet version of 'Cinderella' to be staged
Classical ballet will swirl into the spotlight for the next installment in the Lakes Area Concert Association's 2001-2002 performing arts season.
State forecast for north dakota
Freezing rain advisory this morning central...
Rare winter storm pulling out of South leaves behind airport delays, treacherous roads
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A potent mix of snowfall and deep freeze has wrapped the South in a dangerously icy cocoon, leaving at least 10 people dead from accidents on slick roads.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly sunny. Highs in the 20s to lower 30s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy with highs from the middle teens to middle 20s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from the upper teens northeast to near 40 southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly to partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s to lower 40s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Increasing clouds far west...Sunny to partly cloudy central and east. Highs from the 20s far east...To the 40s west.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from the upper 20s to middle 30s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from 25 to 35.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of light snow...Sleet...Freezing rain or a mixture north. Increasing cloudiness statewide. Highs from the middle 20s to middle 30s.
I love the USA
Weather drawing by Brooklyn Motschenbacher of Mrs. Wig's third grade class at Garfield school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy west with scattered snow showers this morning...Then decreasing clouds this afternoon. Partly to mostly cloudy east. Highs from 25 to 30 far northeast...To the lower 40s south central.
Fun in the snow
Weather drawing by Jacob Johnson of Mrs. Frank's second grade class at Riverside school.
A nurse's point of view
Dear Heloise: I read your "experi-hints." One hint advises to use a wooden spoon to apply lotion to legs. One must be very sure that the wooden spoon has no rough edges or any areas that could leave a splinter or scratch the leg. Maybe a very smooth, plastic, long-handled spoon would be better since it would not be made of wood that could splinter.
Mom who left her family must gain strength
DEAR ABBY: I am responding to "Lost Mother in the Midwest," who ran away from her family and now yearns to return to the fold. She should see a counselor immediately and begin to climb out of the horrible pit she is in. I have been there and recognize the words "unneeded, disrespectful, ignored, my fault," and "don't deserve their forgiveness."
Names and faces
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested on suspicion of refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a nightclub after a fight broke out.
Researchers find new evidence that heart can repair itself
Challenging generations of medical lore, researchers have found striking new evidence that the human heart can repair itself.
Names and faces
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) -- Buddy, former President Clinton's ebullient chocolate retriever, was killed by a car near the Clinton home, police said Thursday.
Julia Phillips, first woman producer to win best picture Oscar, dies of cancer at 57
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Julia Phillips, the first woman producer to win a best picture Oscar and the author of a famously scandalous Hollywood memoir, has died of cancer. She was 57.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club meets at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hallett Library. The program will be conducted by Tomoni Masuda of Japan and her American host Debbie Weide.
Howell movement. Cliff Johnson and Gordon Becker, 30; Betty Swart and Mary Jane Janacek, 25.5; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 23.5.
U.S. worried al-Qaida could reconstitute itself in Somalia
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces are increasing reconnaissance flights over Somalia, looking for signs that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network is reforming in the lawless African country, U.S. officials said.
Taliban leader reportedly surrounded
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- As the U.S. military shut down a desert base, Afghan officials said they were negotiating with tribal leaders to surrender weapons and were scouring mountain areas Friday for the fugitive Taliban leader and 1,500 of his fighters.
Argentina to devalue peso
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- President Eduardo Duhalde signaled in a speech Friday his government would devalue the peso, saying it was "a given" that the currency will be cut free from its peg to the U.S. dollar.
Negotiations for surrender of Omar at 'crucial stage,' Afghan official says
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Negotiations for the surrender of about 1,500 Taliba
Israel announces interception of Palestinian arms shipment as U.S. peace envoy holds talks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A U.S. envoy held truce talks Friday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as Israel's military chief announced the interception of a ship smuggling in 50 tons of Iranian-made weapons to the Palestinians.
As U.S. envoy arrives, Israel sends mixed messages
JERUSALEM -- In a double-edged message ahead of the arrival of a U.S. envoy, Israel on Thursday eased its stranglehold on West Bank towns, but also snatched five suspected militants in two raids into Palestinian territory.
Summit of South Asian leaders postponed until Saturday because Pakistan's president arrived late
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A summit that offered a chance for Pakistan and India's leaders to meet was postponed for a day Friday, and Pakistan said it had arrested more than 130 Islamic militants in a move that could ease tensions between the rivals.
Thousands flee firestorm, seek refuge on beach as Australian blazes burn
SYDNEY, Australia -- Thousands of people from two coastal villages took refuge on nearby beaches Thursday after a fast-moving firestorm isolated their communities and burned as many as 20 houses in a third hamlet.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- India's prime minister said Thursday he had no intention of holding face-to-face talks with Pakistan's president at a regional summit to defuse tensions between the rival nations, but he suggested diplomacy could avert war.
U.S. planes attack compound where al-Qaida thought to be regrouping
WASHINGTON -- U.S. warplanes bombed a suspected al-Qaida base in eastern Afghanistan for the second time in as many days Friday after coalition observers detected some of Osama bin Laden's forces trying to regroup there, military officials said.
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