Cars taking a back seat to trucks in sales
DETROIT -- The big American auto makers all unveiled brand-new or completely redone trucks in the past week to cash in further on the high-profit truck market, which is growing even as the overall U.S. market shrinks.
Radical concept: GM unveils hydrogen-powered car
DETROIT (AP) -- The Bush administration launched a partnership Wednesday with domestic automakers to spur the growth of hydrogen fuel cells to power the next generation of cars and trucks, helping to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil while reducing tailpipe pollution.
SUV field still sprouting offshoots
There are, by most industry counts, 55 sport-utility vehicle models available in the United States today and 18 more in the wings.
Joy turns to 'bummer' for Tommy Murray
Sixteen-year old Tommy Murray's joy at being an honorary member of a National Hot Rod Association POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel team could be over.
Altima, TrailBlazer win Car and Truck of the Year at North American auto show
DETROIT -- Practicality and value won over flash and luxury as the Nissan Altima was named the 2002 North American Car of the Year on Sunday.
The Aitkin Area Christian Women's Club will have a continental breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion
Prayer partner or prayer warrior?
This is the last installment on prayer, so I want to do a quick review.
As Russia celebrates Christmas, Putin hails Orthodoxy's role
MOSCOW (AP) -- As Russian Orthodox believers marked Christmas under reckoning of the old Julian calendar, President Vladimir Putin toured the "Golden Ring" of historic religious towns east of Moscow and extolled Orthodoxy in a Christmas message to the nation.
The rivers of woe
On May 18, I was in an airplane, flying to Moline, Ill., for my sister's and brother-in-law's funeral. To their funeral. This was the morning after death: The initial cries of horror and disbelief had subsided, and "the solemnest of industries" lay ahead. I felt all wrung out and hung out to dry like a used dish cloth. There wasn't another tear left in my head. I leaned against the window and watched the fields and towns below.
Riverside Union congregation to dedicate new church building
Riverside Union Church will host a dedication service Sunday for its recently completed church, built eight miles south of Brainerd. Pastor Harvey Peterson began conducting the congregation's services in the new building in December.
Archbishop of Canterbury announces his resignation
LONDON (AP) -- The Archbishop of Canterbury announced his retirement Tuesday after more than a decade as the spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans and a reign plagued by infighting over women priests, gay clergy and the Church of England's financial problems.
Rev. W.A. Criswell, longtime Baptist leader who preached literal truth of Bible, dies at 92
DALLAS (AP) -- The Rev. W.A. Criswell, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention who clashed with liberal theologians over his belief the Bible is literally true, died Thursday. He was 92.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 301, a year ago 478.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 75, a year ago 290.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 750.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday hogs: 700.
Dish up a piquant pork roast for a change of taste
Pork Roast With Spicy Cranberry Orange Glaze is a change-of-pace main dish to offer family or guests.
Food safety tips when using a crockpot
For many of us, preparing a home-prepared meal every day does not fit into our busy lifestyles. The crockpot or slow cooker is a popular appliance for quick meal preparation.
Combine orange, chocolate for bread pudding
The appealing combination of orange and chocolate makes this bread pudding special. The recipe from the American Heart Association's "Low-Fat and Luscious Desserts" (Potter, $22.50) lets you enjoy it for its healthful characteristics, too.
Friend's dinner would be great for a valentine
It's fun to entertain and be entertained during the holidays, but after all is said and done, I had a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend at the home of Roger and Leisha Tietz in Bemidji.
Radar run results for Mark Breneman, Motley, were listed incorrectly in Wednesday's Neighbors section. He was clocked at 135.5 mph on a Polaris in the MOD 4 division.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
President issues blunt warning to Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, in a blunt warning to Iran, said Thursday the U.S.-led coalition "will deal with them diplomatically, initially" if Tehran tries to destabilize war-torn Afghanistan.
Ventura budget plan eyed skeptically
ST. PAUL (AP) -- While promising full hearings, leaders of the House and Senate found little they liked in Gov. Jesse Ventura's plan to balance the budget.
Revelations about Enron, dealings with Bush officials, raise prickly questions
WASHINGTON -- A cascade of revelations about the bankrupt Enron Corp. and its dealings with Bush administration officials is raising questions about potential conflicts of interest as the Justice Department investigates the politically connected company.
Ventura leans toward another bid
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday he is leaning toward seeking a second term, although he left himself some wiggle room.
Ventura's deficit fix
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura on Thursday recommended small cuts in education funding and a 5-cent gas tax hike as part of a plan to help the state contend with a budget deficit of nearly $2 billion.
Ventura plan irks some
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After delivering his recommendations for balancing the state's budget, Gov. Jesse Ventura said he'd consider the plan successful if everyone complained.
Groups work together to build, raffle fish houses
Forget about sitting on an overturned bucket over a small, round hole in the lake ice.
It's not easy to get to a fireplace damper that's rusted shut
Q. Melissa asks: The flue is rusted shut on my earth stove (fireplace insert). How can I get this unstuck?
Help to make it through cold season
Although none of the sources we rely on -- meteorologists, almanacs or aching joints that double as barometers -- will commit to a forecast through March, wary sages believe that a mild autumn presages a cold, snowy winter.
Fish house builders, contributors listed
The Ultimate Fish House Raffle includes houses constructed by area builders with help from sponsors.
Good storage is key to how well kitchen functions
The kitchen takes a beating during the holidays with food preparation for dinners, brunches, parties and food gifts. So now, with that season behind us, it's a good time to take stock of what works and what doesn't in the most-used room in the house.
Violent screen images have measurable impact on kids
QUESTION: I'm concerned about the violent content of some children's cartoon shows and the toys and other products connected with them. My husband thinks they're harmless. What's your point of view?
Winter blossoming branches require patience
Don't cut forsythia branches for indoor flowers yet. Forsythia and other trees and shrubs are not ready for spring -- indoors or outdoors. Woody plants can sense when winter is over and can't yet be fooled into unfolding their blossoms.
Before building Design J-99, look at balance, scale
When it comes to home faades, symmetry is nice, but balance is better.
RE/MAX International ranked among the top 20 franchise organizations at No. 13 in Entrepreneur magazine's 23rd annual Franchise 500 report.
Colorful cabbages brighten wintry streets
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- They may give you a start when you first see them.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-The Brainerd Daily Dispatch turned over $112.50 it received as restitution for vandalized newspaper tubes to the Crime Stoppers Program.
Katie Hettver (clockwise from left), Nathan Schroeder, Ben Weber and Sabrina Borders-Beach looked up at the American flag as they sang the national anthem to conclude the Lincoln School's Lincoln Salutes America concert at Tornstrom Auditorium Thursday night.
Under the ax
Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state nursing home near Walker, was among the first state agencies to feel Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget-chopping ax Thursday.
School panel favors March 12 for referendum
Brainerd School District referendum requesting $59.9 million for school construction needs likely will be put to voters on March 12.
Little Falls School District, residents meet to discuss goals for 2002-03
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School District has identified six goals for the 2002-2003 school year.
Quilting for a cause
The Lowell School students (left) spread the blankets across the cafeteria tables to work on tying the quilts' edges. (Dispatch Photos by Clint Wood)
After referendum, Pequot Lakes residents to see tax changes
PEQUOT LAKES -- Taxpayers in the Pequot Lakes School District will see changes to their tax statements after passing a $19.9 million building referendum.
Man sentenced in LF stabbing
LITTLE FALLS -- A 25-year-old St. Cloud man was sentenced to nearly two years prison for cutting another man's throat.
Weaver visits area
BAXTER -- Charlie Weaver, Minnesota Department of Public Safety commissioner, talked -- and listened -- Thursday to Brainerd area law enforcement officials to hear about local needs and to discuss what he expects in the legislative session.
Heartland Poets, a local chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in the large room at the Brainerd Public Library.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-Duane J. Nelson, son of Hilding and Rita Nelson, Rt. 1, Brainerd, has been selected for the 1982 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."
Lake Shore man sentenced for pull tab crime at Kelly's
WALKER -- Delbert Alan Laughlin, 29, Lake Shore, was ordered Monday to pay $4,957 restitution and fined $1,000 for his part in the disappearance of Ski Gull pull tab receipts from Kelly's Bar and Restaurant.
BHS grad will carry torch
A former Brainerd woman who was seriously injured in a tornado 2 1/2 years ago has been selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passes through Colorado in February.
Fishing event moved
The 13th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza has been moved from Gull Lake to North Long Lake.
Utility rates going up in Brainerd
Brainerd utility rates will increase this year.
Grand jury indicts JDL leaders on bomb plot charges Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- A federal grand jury indicted leaders of the militant Jewish Defense League on Thursday on charges of plotting to bomb the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, the King Fahd mosque in Culver City and a field office of U.S. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif.
Astronomers say average color of light from the stars is a shade of green
WASHINGTON -- When Mother Nature decorated the universe, she chose a color slightly greener than a pale, pale turquoise. And like an ordinary human homeowner, she'll redecorate eventually, shifting to a more reddish hue.
Pilot who survived successive crashes nonchalant; rescuers insist he's a hero
DURANGO, Colo. -- In one day, Justin Kirkbride survived a plane crash in Colorado's rugged mountains, walked six hours to summon help, then boarded an Air Force helicopter that crash-landed during the search. But he insists his tumultuous day was no big deal.
U.S. forces begin assembling hooded, chained prisoners for move to Guantanamo
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taliban and al-Qaida war prisoners, hooded and chained, are being assembled by U.S. forces at Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan for movement to a detention facility in Cuba.
Ford to close five plants, drop four vehicles in restructuring
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would shed 35,000 jobs, close five plants and eliminate four vehicles in a restructuring that the CEO called "painful but necessary."
Justice begins criminal probe of Enron collapse
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation of Enron Corp., the bankrupt energy company whose collapse caused many employees to lose their life's savings.
African carvings point to earlier evolution of modern behavior
The very modern human traits of complex and abstract thinking may have evolved in Africa 77,000 years ago -- almost twice as early as previously believed -- according to a team of anthropologists who unearthed intricate geometric carvings on bits of rock from a South African cave.
Sheriff's deputy fired for allegedly giving conflicting accounts of Columbine killings
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- Citing "unacceptable conduct," a sheriff fired a deputy accused of giving conflicting statements about the shooting of a student whose parents say was accidentally killed by an officer during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
Military plane crashes near New Jersey highway during training; solo pilot ejects to safety
LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- An F-16 with the New Jersey Air National Guard crashed near a busy highway Thursday, and the pilot ejected safely, officials said.
Harsh terrain hampers efforts to recover 7 Marines killed in crash
WASHINGTON -- Steep, rocky terrain hindered efforts Thursday to recover the bodies of seven marines killed when their tanker plane crashed into a mountain in Pakistan, defense officials said.
Investigators say FBI agents falsely charged government over $1,800 for party attendance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI special agents inappropriately charged the government $1,864 for their travel to the Washington area to attend a 1997 retirement dinner for a demoted FBI top official, congressional investigators concluded.
Threat by wildlife to humans studied
WASHINGTON -- For all of America's vigilance against terrorists, danger does not always come on two legs.
CIA: China to aim many missiles at U.S. by 2015
WASHINGTON -- China is expected to have as many as 100 long-range nuclear missiles aimed at the United States by 2015, many of them on hard-to-find mobile launchers, a new CIA report says.
Hockey dad takes stand in his trial for manslaughter
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- A hockey dad testified that he acted in self-defense during a fatal scuffle with a man after their sons' practice, saying he landed three off-balance punches before he walked away not knowing the victim was seriously hurt.
D.C. investment firm heavy on connections
WASHINGTON -- Even by Washington standards, The Carlyle Group has some serious clout.
NFL injury report
Warner wins second MVP award in three years
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kurt Warner had a debut season for the ages in 1999. This year, he topped it.
Questions abound in playoffs field
The offense functions methodically but efficiently. The defense yields points and running yards grudgingly. The team minimizes its mistakes.
Congressmen call for resignation
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bud Selig was urged to resign by the House Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, who said the commissioner appeared to violate major league rules in a 1995 loan from a company controlled by the Minnesota Twins owner.
Loan makes Bud look bad
In a sport rife with Machiavellian relationships and entanglements, the fact that Commissioner Bud Selig appeared to violate a major league rule when he secured a short
Share the wealth? Owners ask players for luxury tax, large increase in revenue sharing
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked players to accept a luxury tax that would slow the increase of salaries and proposed that teams vastly increase the amount of local revenue they share.
Fleischer tears knee ligaments, likely to miss Olympics
WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. skier Chad Fleischer tore ligaments in his right knee during a World Cup downhill training session Thursday, an accident likely to keep him out of next month's Salt Lake City Olympics.
NFL wild-card playoffs
Saturday, Jan. 12
Ridge says Salt Lake City Olympics will be among most secure places
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Next month's Salt Lake City Olympics will be the most secure sporting event in history, U.S. domestic security chief Tom Ridge said Thursday.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Joseph Wiedl, 88, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at home.
Turna Saari, 88, Brainerd, died today, Jan. 10, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Pearl V. Carlson
CROSBY -- Pearl Violet Carlson, 93, Crosby, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Dolly M. (Young) Knight
PEQUOT LAKES -- Dolly M. (Young) Knight, 77, Pequot Lakes, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at Country Care Homes in Pequot Lakes.
Adeline L. Schlichting
LITTLE FALLS -- Adeline Lorraine Schlichting, 80, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Fred 'Fritz' C. Beebe
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Fred "Fritz" C. Beebe, 75, Billings, Mont., died Dec. 21, 2001, at Parkview Nursing Home in Billings, Mont.
William 'Bill' D. Lukecart
LITTLE FALLS -- William "Bill" D. Lukecart, 71, Little Falls, formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at home.
Lester E. Novotny
FREEDHEM -- Lester E. Novotny, 60, Freedhem, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at home.
Mitchell 'Mitch' Anderson
CUSHING -- Mitchell "Mitch" Anderson, 45, Cushing, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Turna E. Saari
Turna E. Saari, 88, Brainerd, and formerly of Biwabik, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
JENKINS -- Jessica Holmgren, 20, Jenkins, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, in Brainerd.
Mildred A. Zimmerman
Mildred Adeline Zimmerman, 83, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Michael Edward Waskey
CROSSLAKE -- Michael Edward Waskey, 52, Crosslake, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Terry Heglund, 47, Eau Claire, Mich., died Dec. 28, 2001, in Eau Claire, Mich.
Joseph F. Wiedl
PEQUOT LAKES -- Joseph Frank Wiedl, 88, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at home.
Barbara J. Bossus Bohrer
ST. PAUL -- Barbara Jean Bossus Bohrer, 65, St. Paul, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, in St. Paul.
Knitting up the safety net
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
I was picking up my grandson one day last week at a local grade school in Brainerd, while I was sitting in my car waiting to go in and get him, I witnessed three people walk out of the school with youn
The wrong guy, by a mile
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:
Enron was at home at the White House
President Bush says he's had "no contact with Enron officials in the last six weeks."
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
The cost of bipartisanship
In Washington, the surest road to bipartisanship is through increased government spending. Most Republicans and Democrats are equal opportunity spenders of other people's money.
Some people in the area have had their nose to the ground and picked up a whiff of $12 million in public money available for airport improvements. This money is apparentl
Fictional librarians might be meek and mild but those in the Kitchigami Regional Library System appear ready to stand up to authority when they think First Amendment rights are being abridged.
Passing the buck
Gov. Jesse Ventura didn't surprise many when he apparently singled out local government aid as a target of state budget cuts as the legislature prepares to tackle a billion-dollar budget deficit.
Should kids be flying planes?
So who failed?
Health officials study ways to keep donor tissue safe
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The investigation into the deaths of three Minnesota knee surgery patients has turned from conditions at St. Cloud Hospital to a national effort to find a way to keep cadaver tissue safe for transplant.
St. Cloud man uses chemicals to forge checks
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Prosecutors say a St. Cloud man stole checks from local mailboxes, used chemicals to erase the writing and then made the checks payable to himself.
Man found dead in ditch near Clearwater had blunt head injury
CLEARWATER (AP) -- A man found dead in a highway ditch near here died from a blunt force injury to the head, the Wayne County coroner reported in a preliminary autopsy Wednesday. And police in St. Cloud arrested a man suspected of playing a role in the death.
Focus now is on two new stadiums
MANKATO (AP) -- The state stadium task force agreed in principle Thursday on a package of user fees and surcharges to help pay the public portion of any new stadium.
St. Paul woman smuggles gun into courthouse
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Police arrested a 31-year-old St. Paul woman Wednesday after she apparently smuggled a stolen .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun into the Ramsey County Courthouse.
Mankato murder suspect could die of illness before even going to trial
MANKATO (AP) -- A man accused of killing another man with a brick to the head is suffering a rapid health decline due to Lou Gehrig's disease, and may not be able to go to trial, his attorney said.
St. Cloud president to speak against Indian nicknames
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The president of St. Cloud State University will urge other presidents in the National Collegiate Athletic Association to take a stand against the use of American Indian nicknames and mascots.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Megan Arns' talent was obvious two years ago when as an eighth-grader she was one of the first players off the bench for the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity swimming and diving team defeated St. Cloud Apollo 60-53 Thursday night.
Flyer gymnasts lose to Alexandria on the road
ALEXANDRIA -- The Alexandria Cardinals edged the Little Falls Flyers 125.55 to 125.2 in a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet Thursday.
Warriors show diving strength
While some swim teams throw any warm body into the diving event in the hopes of picking up a few team points, the Brainerd Warriors are stacked at that position.
Brainerd gymnasts remain unbeaten
St. Cloud -- The unbeaten and fourth-ranked Brainerd Warriors defeated previously unbeaten St. Cloud Tech 143.375 to 141.225 in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics Thursday.
Nordic teams ski to victory at Detroit Lakes
DETROIT LAKES -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' and girls' nordic ski teams both won the Detroit Lakes Invitational Thursday.
Road Crew tramples Parkers Prairie
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus Road Crew improved to 8-3 overall with a 52-22 Park Region Conference dual-meet wrestling victory over the Parkers Prairie Panthers Thursday.
Icebreakers edge Warrior girls
ST. CLOUD -- Jenna Struzyk of St. Cloud Apollo/Cathedral scored with 1:34 remaining in overtime to give the Icebreakers a 2-1 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Warriors Thursday.
Staples-Motley girls defeat PR-B
PINE RIVER -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the Pine River-Backus Tigers 60-39 in girls' non-conference basketball Thursday.
Floor hockey team routs White Bear Lake 8-1
WHITE BEAR LAKE -- The Brainerd Warriors broke open a close game with four goals in the second period and posted an 8-1 adapted floor hockey victory over White Bear Lake on Thursday.
Warrior girls show they're a force
Class 4A girls' basketball teams in Minnesota would be wise to beware of the Brainerd Warriors.
Little Falls boys skate past Pequot Lakes
BREEZY POINT -- Junior Bo Corrow and senior Paul Herman each recorded hat tricks to lead the Little Falls Flyers to an 11-2 boys' hockey victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots in non-conference play Thursday.
Pillager boys improve to 9-2
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Pillager Huskies improved to 9-2 overall with a 75-53 boys' basketball triumph over the New York Mills Eagles in Park Region Conference play Thursday.
Alpine skiers take second at Cook County Invitational
LUTSEN -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' and girls' teams couldn't quite overcome the Duluth East Greyhounds and settled for a second-place finish at the Cook County Invitational alpine skiing meet Thursday.
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association is hosting the Jason Fitterer Memorial Bantam A Tournament this weekend.
Monson unhappy despite victory
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite allowing Minnesota to shoot nearly 70 percent from the field, Michigan nearly overcame a 14-point second-half lead.
Conyers could back off resignation call Watkins continues to pursue buying the Twins
NEW YORK -- Rep. John Conyers Jr. would back off his call for Bud Selig's resignation if the commissioner dropped his threat to eliminate teams this season.
Tice puts his stamp on Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Mike Tice made it clear that things will change with the Minnesota Vikings under his watch.
Green opts for fishing instead of coaching
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dennis Green won't be coaching in the NFL next season. He'll be gone fishin'.
Vikings hire Tice
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Mike Tice, who took over the Minnesota Vikings when Dennis Green was forced out last week, was hired as head coach Thursday.
Reserves boost Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's reserve players are giving the Timberwolves a boost.
Free agents ponder future with Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Robert Griffith was an undersized, undrafted free agent when Dennis Green and the Minnesota Vikings took a chance and signed the strong safety out of San Diego State in 1994.
Wall Street Journal bestsellers
Mississippi Horizons band to give concert
The Mississippi Horizons eighth- and ninth-grade band, directed by Charles Carlson, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mississippi Horizons cafeteria.
Fire department benefit to feature Steve Hall and Shotgun Red
A benefit Feb. 10 for the Brainerd Fire Department equipment fund will feature Steve Hall and Shotgun Red and the Shotgun Red Band.
'Fellowship' rings up third No. 1 showing, crosses $200 million
LOS ANGELES -- The season of smarter cinema continues as classy Oscar hopefuls such as "The Lord of the Rings," "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" packed in audiences.
Bowers, 'king of autoharp' to stage show in Nisswa
NISSWA -- The second half of the Grassroots Concerts' 2001-2002 season will open Jan. 18 with Bryan Bowers, the "undisputed king of the autoharp," the promoters announced.
Aitkin, Brainerd ice fishing contests on tap this month
Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. Explore Minnesota Now! for lodging specials currently being offered, check out the Web site www.exploreminnesota.com.
Hanks, Spacek, Kasdan heirs team up
LOS ANGELES -- As in any family business, the movie industry often sees offspring following their parents into their profession.
Twin Cities singer-songwriter to perform
LITTLE FALLS -- The House Concerts series in Little Falls resumes Jan. 25 with Twin Cities singer-songwriter Wayne Hamilton.
Park yourself with one of these new books
Parking legally on New York's streets is almost impossible. But mild-mannered, hardworking Murray Tepper seems to have found the secret to finding a good spot.
Summer program aims to expose youths to art, and keep them out of trouble
LITTLE FALLS -- A Little Falls arts organization is developing a summer program for young people that its director says will "help them make the right choices in life."
'Hey, hey, it's the Monkees' at Grand Casino
ONAMIA -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs has tapped into a vein of 1960s nostalgia for its latest entertainment booking.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny west and central. Becoming sunny east. Highs from the lower 40s northeast to lower 50s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Increasing clouds north and west with a few flurries this afternoon. Partly sunny southeast. Highs from the lower 30s northeast to 45 far south.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Increasing clouds northwest this afternoon. Highs from the mid 30s north to the mid 40s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow or rain north and west. Partly sunny south...Then becoming cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy...Except mostly cloudy far east. Highs in the 30s east to the 40s west.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. A few afternoon sprinkles possible east. Highs in the lower 30s northwest to mid 40s southeast.
I like school
Weather drawing by Jacob McDonald of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west and north. Increasing clouds southeast. Highs in the upper 30s northeast to near 50 south.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Cloudy with a few flurries east. Partly sunny west. Highs from the lower 30s east to the lower 40s southwest.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Becoming windy west. A few flurries this afternoon east. Highs 35 to 45.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Mostly cloudy and colder with a chance of snow showers northeast and flurries elsewhere. Highs in the 30s.
The Weather Elsewhere
Let it snow
Weather drawing by Jazmine Polansky of Mrs. Holbrook's fourth grade class at Lowell school.
Names and faces
DETROIT (AP) -- Former "Baywatch" star Yasmine Bleeth was sentenced Wednesday to two years probation on a cocaine-possession charge.
Study: Low-salt, low-protein diet can prevent kidney stones; low-calcium diet downgraded
A diet low in salt and meat can dramatically reduce the risk of kidney stones, according to an Italian study that could spell the end for the low-calcium diet that doctors have been recommending for years.
School lunch menus
Older student achieves degree of success
DEAR ABBY: About 10 years ago, a letter appeared in your column from a woman who was debating whether to return to college. She said if she attended part time, it would take eight years to get a degree, and she'd be 45 years old. You told her in eight years she would be 45 years old anyway, and not to let that dissuade her. Your response struck a chord with me.
Dear Heloise: A while back, I read a hint in your newspaper column regarding recycling electric blankets after they quit working. I didn't clip out the hint because my electric blanket was still providing heat at the time. Could you please reprint that hint? I am now a widow and cannot afford to waste a perfectly good blanket. -- Sheila Burgan, Phoenix
The Pillager Huskie Booster Club meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at the Pillager High School.
Study shows aspirin dose for heart patients should be cut in half
LONDON -- One or two baby aspirins a day -- not the standard dose of regular strength adult aspirin -- are enough to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke for those at high risk, major new research shows.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Rock and his wife are expecting their first child, the actor-comedian's spokesman, Matt Labov, said.
New soul stars dominate American Music Awards show, but Jackson creates stir
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new generation of soul stars -- Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child and the late Aaliyah -- dominated the American Music Awards, but an older star created a bigger stir.
Child left behind advises lost mother
DEAR ABBY: I am responding to the letter from "Lost Mother in the Midwest," who suddenly left her family because she was overwhelmed with personal problems and felt unneeded and alone. I know what it's like to be one of the children left behind, and I cannot be silent.
Is there room for a cuddly Raggedy Ann doll in the national toy hall of fame?
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Mr. Potato Head is there. So is the Hula Hoop, Barbie, the Slinky and even Silly Putty.
Battle over Yucca Mountain as nuclear waste depository far from over
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department's embrace of Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the nation's future nuclear waste dump is being hailed as a breakthrough by the nuclear industry and its supporters.
After Taliban looting, bank is a mess
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- They showed up on the morning the Taliban quit Kabul -- the central bank's president, his cashier and a few armed men. They loaded up more than $7 million in dollars, Afghanis and Pakistani rupees. Then, like other Taliban, they were gone.
Colombian military placed on high alert after peace process collapses
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The military made preparations to retake a rebel safe haven after Colombia's president said the rebels had broken off peace talks and he gave them 48 hours to vacate the Switzerland-sized zone.
Israel destroys dozens of buildings in refugee camp after assault on outpost
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli army bulldozers destroyed dozens of buildings in a Gaza refugee camp early Thursday, Palestinians said. The raid came in retaliation for a deadly assault by Islamic militants on an Israeli army post that threatened to derail U.S. truce efforts.
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- In a tough warning from India's military, the army chief said Friday that his country is "ready for war" and threatened massive retaliation if Pakistan struck with nuclear weapons.
Boy dies in Pakistan-India border shelling
CHAK FAKIRA, India (AP) -- A 4-year-old boy was killed and his two cousins were seriously injured in border gunfire and mortar shelling Thursday between Indian and Pakistani troops, Indian police said.
Kabul in a box
KABUL, Afghanistan -- He has kept shop inside its metal walls for six years now, peddling his bright bolts of cotton and nylon every day through three governments and more bullets and bloodshed than he cares to remember.
Australian fire threat receding, but more hot weather on way
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The threat to people and property from about 80 wildfires still burning across Australia's most populous state had receded Thursday, but fire crews were bracing for expected hot, windy weather.
U.S. vows to investigate reports of dozens of civilians killed
NIAZI KALA, Afghanistan -- The United States has pledged to investigate reports that dozens of civilians were killed when its warplanes bombed this little clump of mud-brick homes on Dec. 29.
20 Afghan war prisoners on way to Guantanamo
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION, Cuba (AP) -- Twenty war prisoners from Afghanistan were crossing the globe Friday from frozen Central Asia to tropical eastern Cuba, where U.S. troops awaited their flight under extraordinarily tight security.
Gunmen attack Marine base
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Marines hunted Friday for gunmen who attacked their airport base in Kandahar during the first high-security flight of al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners to a U.S. base in Cuba, where they will be questioned and possibly tried.
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