New Mercedes C-Class definitely not grade B
It used to be that entry-level luxury sedans were mostly wannabes -- lower-priced, four-door cars that didn't quite deliver the stirring performance of a real BMW or the upscale ride of a pricier Mercedes-Benz.
GM to manufacture hybrid
DETROIT -- Scurrying to keep up in the battle for customers who want new vehicles to be environmentally friendly, General Motors Corp. announced Tuesday that it intends to offer hybrid gasoline-electric power plants in a variety of models beginning with an all-new, car-based sport-utility vehicle in 2004.
Ford pledges SUV safety improvements by 2005
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. plans to offer tire pressure monitors and other safety improvements on all its Ford-branded sport utility vehicles by 2005.
DETROIT -- New sport-utility vehicles, car-truck "cross overs" that incorporate many elements of SUVs, and the most anticipated sports coupe in years look to dominate the Detroit auto show, the annual Motor City confab that is quickly developing a reputation as the Snow Bowl of car shows.
FedEx, Postal Service strike huge, unprecedented deal
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday that it has struck a seven-year, $6.3 billion alliance with FedEx Corp. for air delivery of priority, express and first-class mail. In addition, FedEx will be allowed to put drop boxes in post offices around the country.
New jobless claims fell sharply last week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for state unemployment insurance plunged last week but still hovered at a level suggesting that employers' demand for hiring workers is easing.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimated receipts: 650. Compared to Tuesday, slaughter steers and heifers were steady. Holstein steers 1.00 to 2.00 lower. Early sales slaughter cows 2.00 to 4.00 lower. Bulls steady 3.00 to 4.00 lower.
Regulations would tighten attorney, accountant standards on tax shelters
WASHINGTON -- Labeling tax shelters one of the nation's worst tax abuses, the Treasury Department is moving to toughen ethical requirements for attorneys and accountants whose opinions are used to make the schemes sound legitimate.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Religious count of Congress:
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A survey of the religious affiliations listed by members of the new U.S. Congress shows Roman Catholics in first place as usual with 150 representatives and senators, a drop of one from the outgoing Congress. Sixty-one percent are Democrats.
The Aitkin Christian Women's Club will have a program at 9 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion Club called "Keeping Ourselves Healthy" with a feature by Lois Moroney called "Preventing Osteoporosis," music by Michelle Johnson of Palisade,
A friend indeed
You have probably heard it said that "a friend in our time of need is a friend indeed!"
Halt to inmates working for churches urged
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Sheriffs Association has recommended an immediate halt to using jail inmates as free labor for churches.
Poll: Americans are wary about religion in politics
NEW YORK -- A post-campaign poll from a secular think tank found that Americans are wary of religion in the political arena but want more of it in public schools and think U.S. society would benefit if more people became devout.
Nation's best Sunday school teacher named
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tim Norton said it was a caring Sunday school teacher who helped him along the straight and narrow as a child. Now Norton is being honored as the nation's best Sunday school teacher.
Alcoholic must be confronted in the spirit of tough love
QUESTION: My husband drinks excessively. Aside from getting help for my family, what should I do specifically for him? How on earth am I going to get him to go to Alcoholics Anonymous or some similar treatment program? He is deep in denial, and I'm not even sure he's thinking right now. He couldn't make a rational decision to save his life. How am I going to get him to cooperate?
Retreat center offers year-round opportunities
The experience of pain is a mystery as old as time.
Teacher pay debate revolves around who sets standards
ST. PAUL -- Efforts to link teacher pay more to performance hinge on who sets the standards and how much school districts receive to make the change, people studying the issue concluded Wednesday.
State gets F for education standards, accountability
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Fuzziness surrounding the Profile of Learning and Minnesota's comparably light testing load left the state with a failing grade for standards and accountability in a state-by-state report card issued Wednesday.
Judge faults New York state for inequity in funding NYC schools
NEW YORK -- Gov. George Pataki and New York State have failed to provide enough funding for New York City children to get a "sound basic education," violating the state Constitution and federal civil rights law, a judge ruled Wednesday in a landmark school funding lawsuit.
Favored son gets rings; daughter feels hurt
DEAR ABBY: About four years ago, my dad bought my mother a beautiful set of diamond rings to upgrade the set he had given her many years ago when they first married. My mother gave her smaller rings to my brother, who then proposed to his girlfriend and later married her. I thought it was very nice of my mother, and I was happy for my brother.
One-dish dinner can be on the table in just 45 minutes
This "one-dish dinner" comes from "Gourmet Every Day" (Random House, $29.95) with the promise that you'll have it on the table in less than 45 minutes.
Pasta dish is breeze to get on the table
Tagliatelle With Poppy Seed Butter can make such a stylish impression as part of a vegetarian meal that you may overlook one of its virtues: It is a breeze to get on the table.
Homemade buns a simple task
Having fresh, homemade buns in your bread drawer doesn't need to be a big ordeal.
Seafood Gumbo low in fat
If this is the time of year when you crave meals that are hearty, but feel obliged to look for something that's not fattening, this Seafood Gumbo will slot right into your menu plan.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Poptart, cheese slice or yogurt, juice. L-Corn dog, macaroni & cheese, grn. beans, strawberry juice treat.
Michael Dustin H. Miles, 28, and Dawn M. Numedahl, 31, both of Healdsburg, Calif.
MORRISON COUNTY -- Four people were injured Thursday in a two-vehicle accident in Morrison County.
Barnum, Eric J. and Bobbi K.
MERRIFIELD -- The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department arrested two adults and one juvenile after chasing them on snowmobiles at midnight Wednesday on Train Bell Road in Merrifield.
Howes gets committee posts
Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, recently announced his committee assignments for his second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Thompson has long history of ties to tobacco interests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Bush's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services has traveled the world with tobacco lobbyists and raised tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from tobacco interests.
Dayton appointed to three committees
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Dayton got his first choice of committee assignments, Agriculture, but his first committee work was on the Armed Services Committee, which held a confirmation hearing Thursday on Defense Secretary-designate Donald Rumsfeld.
Rumsfeld vows to press for missile defense system
WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld pledged Thursday that as secretary of defense he would press for a missile defense system as part of a transformation of America's military to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Norton drew parallel between states rights, Confederate cause in 1996 speech
WASHINGTON -- In a 1996 speech to a conservative group, Interior secretary-designate Gale Norton likened her struggle to preserve states' rights to the cause of the Confederacy, saying "we lost too much" when the South was defeated in the Civil War.
Paige defends standardized tests at confirmation hearing in Senate
WASHINGTON -- Education secretary-designate Rod Paige Wednesday defended the widespread use of standardized tests to measure the progress of students, teachers, principals and other school officials, calling the exams indispensable tools of school reform.
Clinton rejects recession fears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton, declaring that "the American economy today is strong," used his final economic report to take a share of credit for the country's remarkable prosperity, while urging Congress to stay on the path of budget discipline.
GOP builds support for tax plan overhaul
WASHINGTON -- Support is building among Republican leaders to overhaul President-elect Bush's tax cut plan and to seek early congressional action as a means of stimulating an economy that appears headed for a downturn.
Governor supports further connecting state's criminal records
ST. PAUL -- With dozens of projects vying for state funding, Gov. Jesse Ventura has put his weight behind at least one so far -- further connecting the state's criminal records.
Happenings Thursday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Otremba elected to caucus post
State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, has been elected by her fellow lawmakers as an assistant leader of the House DFL Caucus.
Happenings Wednesday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Bush urges Democrats on Hill to 'tone down' rhetoric
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush, his Cabinet selections complete, is urging Senate Democrats critical of some of his choices to "tone down their rhetoric."
New labor nominee similar to Chavez, but with differences
WASHINGTON -- Elaine Chao has much in common with Linda Chavez, the woman she replaced Thursday as President-elect George W. Bush's nominee to lead the Department of Labor.
Study: Overdoses from a 'cousin' of the date-rape drug are on the rise
At least two people have died from a chemical cousin of GHB and six others have overdosed in the decade since the government banned the sale of the "date-rape drug," a study found.
It's important to sand properly for best appearance
Sanding is one of the most common construction and repair tasks you have to do around your home.
Rondorf home in Staples undergoes face-lift
STAPLES -- A stately home in Staples is getting a fresh start and a boost from the past.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Council Meeting is set from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Central Lakes College computer lab.
Paint, moldings, hardwood floors and doors, quality lighting fixtures cited
Quality tells, every time, especially in renovations.
Pros, cons of warm-air heat
Question: I am thinking of buying a house that has warm-air heat. Could you tell me some of the advantages and disadvantages of this type of heating system?
Gadgets, products help with home improvement projects
Gadgets and products to help with home improvement projects are out there in the marketplace:
Tips to select circular saws, blades offered
When our contractor grandfather was building homes at the turn of the last century, 2 by 4s were a full two inches by four inches and the material was cut to size with a hand saw.
Continued development expected with ergonomic task chairs
Rip Van Winkle could open his eyes today and easily recognize the tables, beds, easy chairs and sofas now in use.
Ordering seeds starts the gardening season
It may seem like only yesterday that you "closed" the vegetable garden gate for winter. Yet already you're back. Seed catalogs, now in your mailbox, get you thinking about what to plant this year.
Garden variety books abound
Garden-book publishers have spent years churning out endless variations of the "essential" general horticultural reference. They've been pocket-size and they've been giant tomes weighing almost 10 pounds. They've been multi-volume encyclopedias and glitzy picture books.
Cordless drill attachment is slick three-in-one accessory
One of the best cordless drill attachments we've seen is the new Xchange Drill-and-Drive System ($18).
Overweight and unhappy no longer!
NISSWA -- The overweight, unhappy woman staring back in the photographs that Kim Snook-Northenscold always carries in her purse looks like a completely different person than the youthful confident woman she is now.
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the airport conference room to discuss the final 2001 budget, goals and objectives.
That's a lot of holes in the ice
Just how big has the annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza become? Would you believe it's the biggest ice fishing contest in the world?
Red Lake Band of Chippewa to build casino in Bemidji area
BEMIDJI (AP) -- The Red Lake Band of Chippewa, which recently expanded its Warroad casino, plans to build a new casino and hotel at the southern edge of the Red Lake Reservation, according to a copyright story Wednesday by The Pioneer of Bemidji.
Area gas prices leap
Gas prices in the area took a significant jump Thursday, mirroring fuel cost increases from a year ago.
Tool company closing Staples plant, moving to location in Baxter
Ultra Tool Co.'s purchase of a Baxter business created a business opportunity that will ultimately close the tool company's plant in Staples.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - A Brainerd City Council Committee, hoping the city maintains its good safety record, will recommend Monday that the city enter a three-year Worker's Compensation program designed to lower insurance costs.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 11 - 40 years ago (1961) - Fourteen-year-old Gary Isackson, son of the Ray Isacksons, 1023 South Sixth Street, made his first try at the winter art of spearing a highly-successful endeavor as he connected with a 20 3/4 pounder at Gull Lake.
Mobile home park panel organizes at first meeting
The Brainerd Manufactured Home Park Closing Ordinance Subcommittee met for the first time Thursday at Brainerd City Hall.
County highway technician wins Green Thumb award
After 50 years in the highway engineering business, John Rankin has received his first state award for his work.
The Brainerd Public Library will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on Jan. 18 to allow all library staff members to attend a regional staff workshop.
A Nisswa woman underwent a radical procedure four years ago that helped her lose more than 100 pounds.
Vikings in limelight
Cody (left), Bernell and Amy Shepherd were illuminated by the sign that used to adorn the Viking Tire building on Washington Street in Brainerd.
Drunken driver sentenced for 11th conviction
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- An unemployed construction worker who became a poster boy for toughening state drunken driving laws was convicted Wednesday of his 11th offense and sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Proposed settlement reached in illegal New York strip searches
NEW YORK -- A proposed $50 million settlement has been reached in a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of tens of thousands of New Yorkers illegally strip searched after they were arrested for misdemeanors, lawyers said Wednesday.
Utah sues Census Bureau
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah sued the Census Bureau Wednesday claiming the count overlooked more than 14,000 Mormon missionaries working abroad and cost the state an additional seat in congress.
Wanda Jean Allen becomes first black woman executed in United States since 1954
McALESTER, Okla. -- Victims' family members said the execution of convicted killer Wanda Jean Allen brought them closure as they decried protesters who fought the nation's first execution of a black woman since 1954.
Panel urges U.S. to spend $30 billion for Russian nuclear security
WASHINGTON -- A blue-ribbon task force recommended Wednesday that the United States spend up to $30 billion over the next eight years to improve security over Russia's nuclear stockpile.
Merger of AOL, Time Warner clears last hurdle
WASHINGTON -- A year and a day after proposing a bold deal to create the biggest media company of the Internet age, America Online and Time Warner Inc. on Thursday cleared the final government hurdle to their $99 billion merger.
Bush names former GOP diplomat to trade post
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush has selected Robert Zoellick, who served in previous Republican administrations at the State and Treasury departments, to be U.S. trade representative, officials close to the transition said Thursday.
Prosecutor: Guards allowed inmates to have sex at South Carolina governor's residence
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Two guards were charged with letting inmates have sex at the governor's residence, deepening a prison sex scandal that has already involved convicted child killer Susan Smith.
Lawsuit charges racism in Florida vote process
MIAMI -- Civil rights groups are suing Florida election officials on behalf of thousands of blacks, saying they were denied the right to vote in the presidential election because of institutionalized racism.
Bridgestone's top executives resign
TOKYO -- Unable to prevent its U.S. Firestone tire problems from lapping up onto Japanese shores, Bridgestone on Thursday announced the resignation of three top executives, including its hard-charging president, Yoichiro Kaizaki.
Police shoot, kill man holding girl hostage at California high school
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- A gunman who briefly took a 17-year-old high school student hostage was shot and killed by police.
Jeb Bush says he took no special measures to safeguard election
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Thursday that although he was aware of predictions that the presidential race in Florida would be close, and that minority voter turnout was expected to be high, he took no special measures to ensure that the election was conducted properly.
Three elderly sisters found dead, huddled by coal stove
WEISHAMPLE, Pa. (AP) -- From their home at the bottom of a ravine in the stark coal-and-farm country of central Pennsylvania, the Knorr sisters could not see their neighbor across the street, or the houses on the hill behind them.
Wholesale prices up sharply for year although moderate in December
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices surged 3.6 percent last year, the biggest increase in a decade, despite a moderation in price pressures in December, the government said Friday.
Anti-cop N.H. lawmaker resigns
CONCORD, N.H. -- A newly elected state lawmaker who called for the killing of police officers in certain cases resigned Wednesday under pressure from his party and the voters.
Allegations of Marine Corps links to gay pornography investigated
The Marine Corps is investigating whether Marines at Twentynine Palms, Calif., and other bases have posed naked for gay pornography being sold on the Internet, officials said Wednesday.
Four men in custody in shooting that killed seven
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Four suspects were arrested early Friday in the slayings of seven people in a drug house last month, the worst mass shooting in the city in years, police said.
Suspect arrested in California shootings
NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) -- A man accused of killing three people and wounding two others at a county office and restaurant surrendered peacefully after his brother, a police officer, turned him in.
Billionaire agrees to record plea bargain for Clinton donations
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a record-setting plea bargain, Indonesian billionaire James Riady agreed to pay an $8.6 million fine and plead guilty to using foreign corporate funds to back Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, the Justice Department announced.
Jockey's death ruled accidental
LOS ANGELES -- Renowned jockey Chris Antley, whose death last month was investigated as a homicide, died of an accidental overdose of methamphetamine and a weight-loss drug, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Thursday.
Mother sentenced in baby's death
WARREN, Ohio (AP) -- A woman who drugged her newborn's formula so he would sleep while she went barhopping has been sentenced to five years in prison for the 2-month-old's death.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Chris Palmer was fired as coach of the Browns after going 5-27 in two seasons since he was selected to lead Cleveland back into the NFL.
Spielman interviews for Ohio State head-coaching job
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Add former Ohio State and NFL star Chris Spielman to the list of people being considered as the Buckeyes' new head coach.
A new breed of winners
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two teams that were 8-8 a year ago, the Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders, are playing for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Toomer's status is still uncertain
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Cris Carter and Randy Moss aren't the only wide receivers the New York Giants are worried about.
Report: Chiefs set to make Vermeil a $10 million coach
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dick Vermeil is finally set to return to the NFL as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Vick: 'I just have to be a man'
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- The scene told the story.
It all began with winning streak -- and a losing streak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' surprising surge to the NFC championship game is rooted in a guarantee and a winning streak.
Paul H. Driscoll
VIROQUA, Wis. -- Paul H. Driscoll, 87, Viroqua, Wis., formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, in Viroqua.
Louis Allen Moose
AITKIN -- Louis Allen Moose, Indian name Qwaise, 34, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at his home.
PIERZ -- Dora Marshik, 96, Pierz, formerly of Buckman, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at St. Mary's Villa in Pierz.
Beverly O'Brien, 66, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.
FORT RIPLEY -- MaryAnn Rudolph, 61, Fort Ripley, died today, Jan. 12, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
PINE RIVER -- Harold Hulke, 76, Pine River, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village in Pine River.
John A. Larson
CLOQUET -- John A. Larson, 95, Cloquet, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital and Convalescent Care Section.
Alice R. Blakeman
Alice R. Blakeman, 88, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Anna M. Hooks
EMILY -- Anna Mae Hooks, 85, Emily, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at her home.
ELK RIVER -- Lois Moen, 88, Elk River, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Fairview Hospital in Princeton.
CENTER TOWNSHIP -- Hazel Borden, 91, Center Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
PIERZ -- Dora Marshik, 96, Pierz, formerly of Buckman, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at St. Mary's Villa in Pierz.
William G. Duckers
NEW YORK MILLS -- William George Duckers, 81, New York Mills, formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Vivian Muriel Carlson
STAPLES -- Vivian Muriel Carlson, 95, Staples, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2000, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
LASTRUP -- Raymond Ross, 73, Lastrup, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
William G. Duckers
ST. CLOUD -- William George Duckers, 81, St. Cloud, formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
John Allen Moose
AITKIN -- John Allen Moose, Indian name Wahbeshkanikwad, 7, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Contact your federal lawmakers
Sen. Paul Wellstone
Don't just rebate, rebuild
With the tension of the presidential election behind us and the prospect of another tax rebate coming from our own state Legislature, Minnesotans -- politically speaking -- have nothing to worry about, right?
Televised meetings - Dispatch Editorial
Brainerd citizens who've pushed for televised city council meetings have to hand it to Matt Taylor. His irreverent look at that body's deliberations, which premiered Wednesday night on cable television, just might spur the council to provide a full-length video of the twice-monthly sessions.
The proper perspective on sports
The article that Mike Bialka wrote for the Dec. 31 edition of The Dispatch hit the nail on the head. It is time for the "silent majority" that has deep concerns about the direction, to stand up and take notice to what is happening.
I am responding to a recent letter to the editor by House Speaker Steve Sviggum containing political rhetoric that includes blatant inaccuracies.
Stadium talk - Dispatch Editorial
University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof knows there's a lot more to a major university than a good football team. He demonstrated the proper perspective on that issue this week when addressing lawmakers on the university's mission.
Norton: James Watt in a skirt?
Although she's earned such colorful epithets as "James Watt in a skirt," amusing labels can't fully capture why Gale Norton, newly nominated as secretary of Interior, is unfit to be ent
Tax cuts fuel Irish economy
DUBLIN -- ``Prosperity is a new visitor to Ireland,'' says the taxi driver. ``She's not been here before.''
Moe shows leadership
A recent editorial in The Brainerd Daily Dispatch ridiculed Sen. Roger Moe's trial balloon
National Mediation Board refuses to declare impasse in Northwest Airlines-mechanics talks
MINNEAPOLIS -- The National Mediation Board has denied a request by Northwest Airlines mechanics who asked to be released from mediated contract talks so they could begin a 30-day countdown to a strike.
Minnesotans pay more for child care than national average
Minnesota's families pay more on average for child care than the national average, according to a new study by the Urban Institute in Washington.
Study contends loss of rural land is accelerating in state
The rate at which development overtook Minnesota's rural land doubled during the mid-1990s.
Seven Foley students injured in school bus crash
GILMAN (AP) -- At least seven Foley School District students were injured -- one critically -- when the bus taking them home from school collided with a tractor pulling a manure spreader Thursday.
State's new area codes take effect Sunday
Minnesota gets two new area codes this weekend when parts of the Twin Cities switch to the 763 and 952 area codes.
Abortion foes seek constitutional amendment
ST. PAUL -- Abortion opponents will try to get around Gov. Jesse Ventura's resistance to abortion restrictions with a bill introduced Thursday that would give voters the chance to amend Minnesota's constitution.
Haskins denies making illegal payments
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Clem Haskins denied making improper payments in connection with the team's academic fraud case.
Workers extracted a pickup truck Wednesday from near the Mississippi River inlet on Lake Bemidji, near Bemidji. The lift system was set up on 11 inches of ice about 50 feet from where the truck broke through 3 inches of ice Saturday evening. The driver was headed for more bait to ice fish when the accident happened and was not seriously injured. (AP Photos)
Report: State should do more to prove worth of early childhood programs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota needs to do more to show its ambitious programs to help children under age 5 are having the intended effect, according to a report to be released Friday.
Minnesotans approve of Ventura's performance
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Nearly three in four Minnesotans approve of how Gov. Jesse Ventura is running the state, but they are divided about his side jobs in the private sector, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Rebate glitch still leaves $1 million outstanding
ST. PAUL -- The state's chief tax collector disclosed Thursday that the Revenue Department has yet to retrieve $1 million in checks erroneously sent to children, senior citizens and dead people ineligible for last year's sales tax rebate.
Minnesotans share settlement with Qwest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pending final approval from a judge, about 95,000 Minnesota telephone customers will share a class-action settlement of $5.8 million because they encountered installment delays by the former US West.
Baseball stadium supporters say efforts blocked by tribal donations
ST. PAUL -- Leaders of a group that seeks to expand gambling in Minnesota and use the money for a new Twins stadium say American Indian tribes have blocked their path through large donations by their political action committees.
Minnesotans divided on wine sales in grocery stores
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesotans are almost evenly split over a legislative proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores, but are more divided based on gender, income and age.
Little Falls nordic skiers place 5th at Mora Invitational
MORA -- The Little Falls Flyers nordic ski teams placed fifth at the Mora Invitational Tuesday.
A wild night at the civic center Even the fans go to the penalty box in Warriors' 7-1 loss
When the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team plays St. Cloud Apollo later this month it might want to decline the Eagles' penalties.
Panthers outscore W-DC boys
WADENA -- The Wadena Deer-Creek Wolverines fell to the Park Rapids Panthers 4-2 in a Mid-State Conference boys' hockey game Thursday.
Diamondbacks invite Revenig to training camp
Todd Revenig's return to The Show remains a possibility.
Local sports shorts
Tony Bonsante, a 1989 graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School, who formerly fought out of Brainerd, is now fighting out of Shakopee.
Giant questions face Vikings
On Sunday, the Vikings will suit up to continue the pursuit of the one prize that has eluded this storied franchise for as long as it has been a franchise, a Super Bowl championship.
Raider women remain unbeaten in division
VIRGINIA -- Amy Martinson scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Central Lakes College women's basketball team remain unbeaten in the North Division with a 69-62 win over the Mesabi Norse Wednesday.
Brainerd gymnasts remain unbeaten
Once again, the Brainerd gymnastics team met the competition and discovered it was themselves as the Warriors kept their unblemished dual-meet record intact by defeating visiting Park Rapids/Nevis 144.25 to 119.1 Thursday.
Mesabi Norse defeat Raider men 77-69
VIRGINIA -- Four Central Lakes College men's basketball players scored in double figures but it wasn't enough as the Raiders dropped a 77-69 North Division decision to the Mesabi Norse Wednesday.
Brainerd boys' skiers finish second, girls fourth
LUTSEN -- The Brainerd boys' alpine skiing team finished second and the Warrior girls placed fourth at the Cook County Invitational Thursday.
Hanson enjoys time in goal
Goaltenders are like catchers. Not only do both wear masks. They can take an absolute beating in games and are a team's last line of defense.
Tibbetts remains unbeaten for Aitkin
AITKIN -- Chris Tibbetts remained undefeated, pinning his opponent in the 112-pound weight class, to help the Aitkin Gobblers wrestling squad to a 51-12 victory over Rush City Thursday.
Warriors splash to victory
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors swept to victory in every event and recorded a 105-75 victory over Little Falls/St. Cloud Apollo in Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving action Thursday.
Warrior girls skate to 2-2 tie
T. CLOUD --The Brainerd Warriors and St. Cloud Tech Tigers skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in a Central Lakes Conference girls' hockey game Thursday.
Pine River-Backus just misses century mark with Menahga
PINE RIVER --The Pine River-Backus Tigers improved to 2-0 in the Park Region Conference and 7-2 overall with a 96-33 drubbing of the Menahga Braves in boys' basketball Thursday.
Blank leads Mainstreeters past W-DC
SAUK CENTRE -- Laura Blank of Sauk Centre won all four events and claimed the all-around title with a score of 37.90 to lead the Mainstreeters past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 131.40 to 120.20 in a non-conference gymnastics meet Thursday.
Supporting cast provides lift Brainerd girls score 61-38 victory over Little Falls
At the beginning of the girls' basketball season the Brainerd Warriors knew that returning players Lisa Renneke and Annie Zauhar would be the focal points to a successful year.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity boys' swim team won five events at Princeton Tuesday.
PR-B girls beat Cardinal in overtime
STAPLES -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers limited the Staples-Motley Cardinals to just six points in overtime in a 62-55 non-conference girls' basketball win Thursday night.
JV gymnasts set school record
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity gymnastics team set a school record in defeating Park Rapids/Nevis 132.3 to 80.8 Thursday.
Winfield, Puckett will knock down Hall of Fame doors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- By Tuesday, Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield will be in the Hall of Fame. Bert Blyleven, Jim Kaat and Jack Morris will be just outside the door, looking in.
Offensive line: Unsung heroes to be called upon again Sunday
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The offensive linemen were the unsung heroes of the Minnesota Vikings' NFC playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Home is a Wild place
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Other than cold temperatures and snow, the Wild are giving NHL teams more reason to want to stay away from Minnesota.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Dennis Green coaches one of the best offenses in the NFL, and his defense has been frequently bashed. Naturally, Green singled out the Minnesota Vikings' third unit.
Timberwolves soundly defeated by Mavericks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Christian Laettner provided the Dallas Mavericks with a size advantage against Minnesota, and Timberwolves fans gave him an earful every time he touched the ball.
Vikings' Thomas out for NFC title game
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- For the second year in a row, Minnesota Vikings free safety Orlando Thomas will be on the sidelines during the playoffs.
Moss doesn't hide his ego
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Randy Moss doesn't hide his ego.
Jim Belushi to appear at Grand Casino
ONAMIA -- Jim Belushi, star of the silver screen, will surface in Onamia later this month as front man for a touring rhythm and blues band.
Former area businessman publishes his first novel
A former Brainerd business owner recently achieved a lifelong goal when his first novel, "Things in Ditches," arrived in bookstores in mid-December.
'Traffic' is worth taking in for the thoughts it provokes
With "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich," film director Steven Soderbergh may justifiably appear on stage at most of this year's award ceremonies, including the Oscars competition.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Winter festivals going on across state
Tourism events around the state of Minnesota this week, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
Great River Arts Association ready to fill board of director vacancies at its annual meeting
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association will fill three vacancies on its board of directors at Tuesday's annual meeting.
Trio that plays piano, bass, percussion to be on stage Jan. 20 in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Great Lakes Area Performing Arts season resumes Jan. 20 with the Tom Prin Trio.
Rippleside choirs, band to perform concert
AITKIN -- The Rippleside Elementary School choirs and band will present a Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
ABC wins its third ratings week in a row with games
NEW YORK -- ABC played games last week and came up a winner in the ratings, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
An area resort owner with a passion for bluegrass and "old time" music is launching a new concert series for Brainerd area music fans.
Ballet dancer likes to use dancing themes in his drawings
Drew Lester says the "mechanics of movement" inspire him, both as an artist and a dancer.
Area artists looking for financial support should be aware of recent announcements from several quarters.
Heartland Poets to meet Friday in Brainerd
The Heartland Poets, a chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library.
Auditions slated for 'Woman in Mind' at CLC
Auditions for the play "Woman in Mind" at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, and Friday, Jan. 26, in the Dryden Theatre.
'Cast Away' stays atop box office as 'Traffic' closes in
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Cast Away," starring Tom Hanks as a man stranded on an island, was the No. 1 movie for the third straight weekend, grossing $22.2 million.
Time to get out and shovel
Weather drawing by Megan Griggs of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
Regional weather forecasts
Powerful storm dumping rain, snow causes California headaches
LOS ANGELES -- A powerful storm roared across California, dumping rain and snow, downing trees and power lines and keeping emergency crews dashing.
The Weather Elsewhere
Northeast Minnesota and Morthwest Wisconsin zone forecasts
St. Louis-koochiching-n. Itasca-n. St. Louis-s. Itasca-including the cities of...Big fork...Ely...Grand rapids...Hibbing... International falls 415 am cst thu jan 11 2001
Minnesota state forecast
Dense fog advisory portions of the west this morning...
Weather drawing by Brianna Brooks of Mrs. Larson's fifth grade class at Harrison school.
Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 42.5; Ray Norrgard and Bill Black, 41.5; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 38; and Al and Carol Kline, 37.5.
Ways to get rid of wallpaper
Dear Heloise: I once had a "recipe" for REMOVING WALLPAPER with a mixture of liquid fabric softener and vinegar. I am unable to locate it. Would you know it? -- Christine Rush, Via E-mail
Teacher's hurtful works set bad example for class
DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of two daughters, one of whom is 9 years old. The other passed away eight years ago just before she turned 3.
Center closed. Meals on Wheels only - Hamburger hotdish.
Names and faces
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- "Survivor" Rudy Boesch has been busy.
No Gun Ri report: U.S. soldiers killed civilians, but no proof of orders to fire
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States and South Korea have concluded after 15 months of investigation that American soldiers killed "an unknown number" of refugees during the early days of the Korean War at No Gun Ri, where poorly trained troops were under the command of "leaders with limited proven experience in combat," a joint summary says.
American abducted in Chechnya
MOSCOW -- Gunmen ambushed a medical relief convoy in Chechnya and kidnapped an American who was heading the mission, aid workers and officials said Wednesday.
American woman trampled to death by elephant
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- An American woman was trampled to death by an elephant in a Tanzanian national park after it became enraged by the clicking sounds of her camera, officials said Thursday.
Israel, Palestinians resume high-level peace talks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and the Palestinians are resuming high-level peace talks, officials from both sides confirmed Thursday.
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