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.
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.
Retailers report what could be the worst holiday season in a decade
NEW YORK -- In what may have been the poorest holiday season in a decade, the nation's retailers reported sales figures that were even worse than expected, the result of a souring economy and bad winter weather.
Emphasis on exercise, being thin push back puberty
QUESTION: Are there limits to this trend toward younger and younger sexual development? If not, the kids of the future may enter puberty in the middle of childhood. That could create enormous problems when sexual awareness precedes emotional maturity by a decade or more.
Imgrund sells business, heads to Nicaragua
Today, Brainerd businessman Tom Imgrund is on his way out of the lakes area, headed for a new life in a place much warmer (hence, much farther south) than here.
Houses of worship struggle with dilemma of security vs. accessibility
NEW YORK -- The recent bloodshed at a church in the Caribbean and a New York archbishop's frightening encounter in St. Patrick's Cathedral illustrate a difficult balancing act for religious leaders: how to keep places of worship accessible -- but still safe.
Hispanics struggle to keep Three Kings tradition alive in N.Y.
NEW YORK -- For kids in many parts of Latin America, Jan. 6 is Christmas Part II -- a day when the three wise men of the Bible sneak into children's bedrooms to leave toys for the good and coal for the bad.
Jewish leader sees increasingly open anti-Semitism
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- The leader of Germany's Jewish community said anti-Semitism has become increasingly bold and that the country has yet to make a resolute stand against a surge in extreme right-wing violence.
Rise above opinions for national unity
In this nation of "liberty in law," public opinion is a mighty force. Accurate knowledge is the basis for correct opinions.
St. Christopher's Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the home of Blanche Adair; St. Isidore's Guild will not meet in January
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.
Bolduc, Renae D. and Clifford D.
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.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday Cattle: 650.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 190, a year ago 273.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
THEFT -- An ATV and a snowmobile were reported stolen from Trus Joist MacMillan in Deerwood.
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 1:55 p.m. Thursday in the Scearcyville area of Sylvan Township.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 283, a year ago Holiday.
Brainerd police-THEFT -- A $2,000 generator and a $50 propane tank owned by Nor-son Inc. were stolen from a building site on Industrial Park Road.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Taco salad or taco, soft pretzel, corn, banana.
McCain, Feingold push forward on campaign finance reform
WASHINGTON -- Arizona Sen. John McCain's pledge to push a campaign finance overhaul to the top of the Senate's agenda threatens to revive once-rocky relations between the former presidential candidate and President-elect Bush.
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.
From cheers to jeers, Ventura strikes chords
ST. PAUL -- Behind the showmanship and broad policy pronouncements from Gov. Jesse Ventura on Thursday, lawmakers found some promising ideas and others that will be a hard sell.
Bush administration will review last-minute Clinton acts
AUSTIN, Texas -- As President-elect Bush packs for Washington, a spokesman on Friday pledged a review once Bush takes office of "each and every" last-minute executive order by President Clinton.
Samuelson elected president of Senate
This is the entire Page 1A story that was inadvertently cut off in Thursday's editions of The Dispatch.
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.
The new Congress
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have installed a new team to head the committees that will try pushing President-elect Bush's agenda through the 107th Congress. Senate leaders still have not determined how they will run a chamber split evenly between the two parties for the first time ever.
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.
Ventura's proposals at a glance
Highlights of Gov. Jesse Ventura's proposals outlined in State of the State address:
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.
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.
Clinton urges states to make use of cancer program for women
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton called on the states Thursday to make rapid use of a major expansion of Medicaid to pay full treatment costs for thousands of uninsured women with breast or cervical cancer, the first time such coverage has been offered.
Brain surgeon cleared in operating on wrong side of patient's brain
NEW YORK (AP) -- A neurosurgeon twice accused of operating on the wrong side of patients' brains has been cleared and had his license restored.
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.
Q & A
Question: My home has a heating system with a metal chimn
Adding extra cable outlets
Several years ago, we traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, where we were amazed to find that nearly every home had a TV antenna.
What's big for '01 in design?
Nearly every country on the globe is now a player in the decoration of American homes, thanks to free trade, interwoven economies and an Internet that sends creative trends zipping across borders in nanoseconds.
Light and logs create deluxe lakeside living living
Ringing in the new year meant a four-month anniversary for a family in a new log-sided home on Gull Lake.
Helping evergreens through heavy weather
There was a time in the garden when winter preparations routinely meant wrapping and sheltering evergreens against cold, snow and ice.
Hackey pack gathers in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- Not everyone can be the star football player or get that all important solo in the choir, but everyone can enjoy a good circle of hackeysack.
On his first day out of a job, former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams passed the time by watching politics.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Sears Roebuck and Company recently announced the retirement of Kermit Hill, manager of the catalog store in Brainerd. Hill has been associated with Sears for more than 25 years.
Baxter airs report on key city issues
BAXTER -- What are the most important concerns in Baxter?
Tower meeting planned
BAXTER -- An informational meeting is planned this month to discuss the preferred location for a 299-foot Coast Guard tower.
Body found in ditch The body of a 62-year-old man who apparently died of a heart attack was found Thursday in a ditch on Tyrus Road in Platte Lake Township, Crow Wing County Sheriff's officials said today.
The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was found a short distance from his vehicle by a passerby at about 11:57 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets are now available for the 12th annual Chocolate Lovers and Others Extravaganza set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Central Lakes College food court.
Hudson to chair school board
During a Brainerd School Board meeting Thursday, board member Lew Hudson was named this year's board chair.
Ventura delivers State of the State address
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura renewed his commitment to tax reform and a limited government Thursday, but also found room in his State of the State address to lead listeners on an alphabetical journey through the cities and towns he's visited as governor.
Special friendship developed after women met through unusual circumstances
Hilda Paggen often called Lynda Erickson her "special angel," ever since Lynda saved Hilda's life two years ago.
Cost to mail letter rises a penny Sunday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The cost of mailing a letter goes up a penny on Sunday, to 34 cents.
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.
Brittany Thurstin (left) prepared to throw a snowball at her brother, Thomas, as they walked home from Harrison Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. The mild weather helped melt the snow, which was the right consistency for making snowballs. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
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.
Brainerd council honors employees
Service pins were presented to three Brainerd city employees at the city council meeting Tuesday.
Clinton acts to protect forests
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is declaring nearly a third of the country's federal forest land off limits to most logging, but some Republicans already are urging President-elect Bush to scuttle the plan.
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.
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)
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.
Brainerd School District to poll residents on needs, priorities
The Brainerd School Board took another step forward in its work on a long-range comprehensive plan.
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.
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.
SPEECH / Sviggum got positive feeling from speech
interests of the citizens of Minnesota."
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.
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.
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.
Parents of accused gunman say he suffered depression
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The parents of the man charged in last week's office rampage in Massachusetts say their son has been hospitalized for depression, and was being treated at the time of the deadly shootings.
Union on offensive over package handling
EAGAN (AP) -- The union representing three Northwest Airlines baggage handlers who were videotaped playfully tossing mail into a bin five days before Christmas blamed the incident on the airline's outdated equipment.
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.
Few are partial to BCS after latest numbers game
MIAMI -- There were a lot of significant numbers posted this year:
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.
Tugboat rescues stranded ferry carrying 257 NYC commuters
HIGHLANDS, N.J. -- A tugboat freed a commuter ferry that ran aground on a sandbar in waters off northern New Jersey, stranding 257 people for five hours.
Wall Street hammers stocks of California utilities
SAN FRANCISCO -- Teetering on the brink of financial collapse, California's two largest utilities have been handed a double whammy by getting only a fraction of expected rate hikes and experiencing Wall Street's wrath.
Serious side effects reported in drug taken after HIV exposure
ATLANTA -- At least 22 people have suffered serious side effects, including liver failure, from taking an AIDS drug that was prescribed to prevent HIV infection in people accidentally exposed to the virus.
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.
Two Iron Range mines reducing taconite production
Two Iron Range mining companies said Thursday they will cut taconite production this year, citing weak demand for steel in North America and what they consider unfair trade practices by foreign steelmakers.
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.
State economists issue warning
ST. PAUL -- Just minutes after the governor outlined a vision for the state brimming with tax cuts built around a projected $3.01 billion surplus, state economists delivered some bad news.
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.
Murder in Guffey
GUFFEY, Colo. -- Four people were killed this week in two unrelated incidents in a quiet mountain hamlet of 50 residents.
Jobless rate holds steady
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent in December even as hiring by American businesses slowed to the weakest pace in four months.
Killer shrimp stalks the waterways of aquarium exhibit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The SplashZone, a normally tranquil children's section at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has become the scene of underwater carnage at the claws of a killer shrimp.
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.
Vikings want fans to keep it down on offense
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings want their fans to keep the noise down while they've got the ball.
Another Saints player moves up to stardom
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Willie Jackson isn't interested in discussing his big game.
It's unanimous: Strike up another round of 'Boomer Sooner'
MIAMI -- There's nothing fluky about Oklahoma's national championship season.
Wolves capitalize on Seattle's soft defense
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gary Payton has not missed a start in 348 games. The SuperSonics don't want to find out what would happen if he did.
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:
Buckeye committee meets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The committee charged with finding Ohio State's next football coach met for the first time on Thursday and tossed around the names of candidates to replace the fired John Cooper.
Opposing offenses going where Griffith isn't
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Opposing offenses make a point to avoid Minnesota's Robert Griffith.
Vikings to test firepower aagainst Saints
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Keep an eye on the lines when Minnesota's offense takes the field against the New Orleans defense in the second round of the NFC playoffs on Saturday.
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.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Sooners make a statement
MIAMI -- A wind came sweepin' down the plain, indeed.
Thrashers, Wild struggle to tie
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's not playing like an expansion club. Just ask the second-year Atlanta Thrashers.
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.
National sports briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs want to hire Dick Vermeil as head coach, but the St. Louis Rams have blocked the deal for now.
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.
Howard K. Gillson
Howard K. Gillson, 83, Brainerd, and formerly of Pillager, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 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.
Evelyn J. Gruenhagen
Evelyn J. Gruenhagen, 87, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Walter 'Wally' Schroetlin
Walter "Wally" Schroetlin, 72, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, in St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PINE CENTER -- Tyrus Urbanski, 62, Pine Center, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001.
Helen Ellwood, 81, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at her home.
Glenn E. Ruud
Glenn E. Ruud, 63, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at home.
Morris G. Garthe
Morris G. Garthe, 81, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
LeRoy F. Lingwall
CROSBY -- LeRoy F. Lingwall, 79, Crosby, formerly of Emily, died today, Jan. 5, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Loren R. Plettel
LITTLE FALLS -- Loren R. Plettel, 39, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Clara Regnell, 101, Little Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Adolph O. Slettom
LITTLE FALLS -- Adolph O. Slettom, 86, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at home.
Gladys E. Mullally
STAPLES -- Gladys E. Mullally, 91, Staples, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
James Arthur Waldorf
FERGUS FALLS -- James Arthur Waldorf, 46, Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
Marie J. Sullivan
Marie J. Sullivan, 87, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at 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.
MERRIFIELD -- Elmer Sassen, 84, Merrifield, and formerly of Mankato, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Julia Flategraff, 85, Pine River, died today, Jan. 5, 2001, in Pine River.
Joan Hartwig, 68, Brainerd, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Margaret E. Hollenbeck
CROSBY -- Margaret Ella Hollenbeck, 82, Crosby, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
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.
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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
Baxter's Parkwood project
'Twas June of news
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.
An emotional day - Dispatch Editorial
Rep. Don Samuelson had his hands full Wednesday on his first day as president of the Minnesota Senate.
The Brainerd Dispatch's editorial opinions
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
On Friday, Dec. 22, news, I met my brother in Fleet Farm's parking lot; while we were there we watched as
Shred of hope for the Mideast
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Aitkin comeback means mat win
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers won the last five matches to defeat the Brainerd Warriors 33-31 in non-conference wrestling Thursday.
The puck stops at Tyler
Tyler John saw so much rubber last week he may have thought he was working for a tire company.
Gophers suffer 80-64 loss to Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Not surprisingly, Marcus Griffin likes the Illinois plan to get the ball inside more.
Raiders pin loss on the Road Crew
PINE RIVER -- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders defeated the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew 39-21 in Park Region Conference wrestling Thursday night.
Flyers skate to first conference win
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers picked up their first Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey win of the season Thursday with a 7-1 victory over the Sartell Sabres.
Four-goal Alexandria third period beats Brainerd boys
ALEXANDRIA -- Four unanswered goals in the third period sparked the Alexandria Cardinals to a 5-3 Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey victory Thursday over the Brainerd Warriors.
Brainerd boys' alpine ski team makes history in wins
MT. DU LAC, Wis. -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' alpine skiing team did something Thursday that it had never accomplished before, scoring back-to-back wins in an 11-team invitational.
Redebaugh's 35 points lead Pequot girls
PEQUOT LAKES -- Class AA's 10th-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team trounced the New York Mills Eagles 89-43 in Park Region conference action Thursday.
Area events Thursday
Warrior gymnasts clip scoring marks
By all accounts, it was a near perfect night in Brainerd Thursday.
The Brainerd Warriors girls' sophomore basketball team lost 44-34 to the Duluth East Greyhounds Thursday.
Rickert scores 40 in win over Warriors
DULUTH -- University of Minnesota Gophers 6-foot-11 recruit Rick Rickert poured in 40 points to lead the Duluth East Greyhounds to an 80-68 boys' basketball win over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday.
Hanson nets shutout for BHS girls
In the last five games, four of which have been victories, the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team has allowed three goals.
Fourteen-year-old Ben Lastovich of Baxter is ranked fourth in national silver gloves boxing by Ringside Magazine at 156 pounds.
It will be like a basketball festival at BHS gym
Warriors, Cardinals girls to meet Saturday
Staples-Motley and Brainerd girls' basketball teams haven't met since December of 1983 when the Cardinals beat Brainerd 56-41 in the Warriors' holiday tournament.
Brained girls show signs of promise
Coming off a disappointing Elk River Holiday Invitational the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team had something to prove to themselves and to the Duluth East Greyhounds.
LF outscores Apollo gymnasts
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers outscored the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 123.7 to 107.9 in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet Thursday.
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.
Year-end top video sales listed
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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.
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."
CLC Theatre Department seeks musicians
The Central Lakes College Theatre Department needs three musicians for the orchestra for the upcoming production of "Hello, Dolly!"
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.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
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.
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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.
Weather drawing by Miriah Nuesse of Mrs. Sedlachek's second grade class at Lowell school.
Weather drawing by Jordan Van Sickle of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 77.5; Bill Black and Ray Norrgard, 64; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 55. East-West: Marcella Jensen and Joyce Roemer, 69; Mona Gorham and Tony Vornbrock, 55; and Chris Leininger and Marion Benest, 55.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Original Heloise dishwasher hint
Dear Heloise: After you first published the hint about putting ORANGE POWDERED DRINK MIX in the dishwasher, I took it one step further. As these drink crystals are mostly citric acid, I have been using the pure citric acid (bought at the bulk-food store) .
Wife hung up by husband's gay double life online
DEAR ABBY: I am a 53-year-old woman who never thought she would be writing to you. I have been married 33 years. The past several years have not been the happiest.
Names and faces
Ever since Grammys were first awarded to music stars 43 years ago, the prize and the organization that oversees it have been ridiculed for favoring the bland and safe over the edgy and controversial. On Wednesday, the ridicule stopped.
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.
Doctor convicted of killing 15 may have killed hundreds, authorities say
LONDON -- A doctor already notorious as one of Britain's most prolific serial killers for the murder of 15 elderly patients may have killed hundreds of others, according to a "chilling" report that examines the fate of his patients over decades, the government said Friday.
Australia and New Zealand ban imports of European beef
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia and New Zealand will ban all beef imports from Europe to protect consumers from the human variant of mad cow disease, government officials said Friday.
This time, no shooting
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Don Molzhan, 74, just crossed the Atlantic in a rust-encrusted World War II ship pestered by roaches, leaking toilets and creaky machinery.
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