Tax law changes make it easier for small businesses in 2002
NEW YORK -- This year promises to be easier for small businesses from the standpoint of income taxes -- a variety of changes in the tax laws are giving smaller companies a little relief.
New cafe at home in former home
Transforming a home into an Italian restaurant complete with floating candles and fresh flowers on the tables took weeks of physical labor.
Consumers: Watch out for deposit insurance ceiling
NEW YORK -- Many Americans know that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. protects their accounts at banks and savings institutions for up to $100,000.
Terrorist attacks to cost U.S. 1.6 million jobs in 2002
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will cost the nation's cities more than 1.6 million jobs this year, according to a study of more than 300 metropolitan areas released Friday by the Milken Institute.
Stop-and-start trading might be healthy
NEW YORK -- The stock market's performance so far this year might seem a little confusing -- a big rally that quickly ran out of gas even as the economic signals looked better.
Robinson's Repair opens in former West Side auto building
Robinson's Repair opened this past week in the former West Side auto building on Washington Street near Riverside School.
Tech funds look good so far -- but experts cautious
NEW YORK -- Technology began 2002 as the darling of the stock market, even heralded as the "first baby of the New Year" by Lipper Inc., the mutual fund research firm.
Federal regulators close Miami-based bank over unsound financial condition
MIAMI (AP) -- Federal regulators are poring over the records of a Miami-based commercial bank that the government shut down for being financially unstable.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Problems abroad could affect U.S. economy
NEW YORK -- Most Americans don't pay a lot of attention to foreign affairs. After all, it's going on "over there" and doesn't seem to have much impact on life here.
Teach your parents well
NEW YORK -- Many of the children of America's baby boomers are already young adults, and they have learned a thing or two about the world.
LITTLE FALLS -- Dr. Suzette "Suzie" Olson joined the dental practice of Dr. Mel Bauer in Little Falls after graduating from the University of Minnesota in May.
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.
The Aitkin Area Christian Women's Club will have a continental breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion
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.
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.
Temperatures topped out at 43 degrees Friday, adding another day to the mild week.
Crosby-Ironton to lose another superintendent
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton School District Superintendent John Yeamen is resigning June 30, a little less than a year since he took the position.
Memories we cherish are of people, not of things
DEAR ABBY: My beloved 93-year-old Grandma Beanie passed away recently. She was kind and gentle, and we were lucky to have her as long as we did. Her funeral gave my family and me time to reflect on what is really important in life.
CD-ROM addresses questions of faith for college students in wake of Sept. 11
This Web site -- www.testimonyproject.com -- offers a free interactive CD-ROM as an electronic outreach to college students after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
As far as the eye can see, you will find people playing cribbage every Wednesday night during the winter at Chopper's Bar & Grill in Brainerd.
Resolve to help a child this year
When making a resolution for the New Year, what are your requirements? Is your resolution something that will improve your life or another person's life? Or, perhaps, is it something that will improve the world around you? If your answer to these questions is "Yes," we have just the thing for you!
Back to the nest
The number of young adults who move in with their parents after long absences has doubled since the 1950s, according to Work/Life Benefits, a consultation and referral firm based in Lakewood, Calif.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 301, a year ago 478.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday hogs: 700.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 209, a year ago 287.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday hogs: 1,000.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Carbon monoxide alarms checked
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to two carbon monoxide alarms Friday.
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.
House DFL launches Web site to gather citizen comment
ST. PAUL (AP) -- House DFLers put up a page on their Web site Friday to gather information from citizens on how the state should cover a projected budget shortfall.
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.
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 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.
Pawlenty to announce running mate Monday
ST. PAUL (AP) -- House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty, a Republican candidate for governor, plans to announce his running mate Monday.
Bush says he's focusing budget on economy and war against terrorism
WASHINGTON -- The budget the White House sends to Congress this month will give as much weight to pumping life into the stalled economy as it does to prosecuting the war on terrorism, President Bush said Saturday.
With focus on defense, homeland security, economy, other spending will be tight, Bush budget chief says
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will propose lavishing resources on defense, homeland security and reviving the economy while clamping down on growth elsewhere in government, the White House budget chief says.
Depression is leading cause of disability
Clinical depression, usually characterized by extreme or lingering sadness that interferes with daily function and is different from normal feelings of sadness brought on by life events, is considered the leading cause of disability in America. It's twice as common in women as in men.
Study: Diet, exercise can prevent type 2 diabetes
A major study confirmed in August that diet and exercise can prevent type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease that elevates blood sugar levels and heightens risk of heart disease, kidney failure, vision loss and limb amputation.
Eating right: The Everyday Challenge
During the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, readers were challenged simply to maintain their body weight status quo -- not "diet," not "lose a few pounds," but just prevent the five-pound holiday weight gain that many Americans suffer during that period. Judging from the response, the challenge helped a lot of people stay the course. Some folks even lost a few pounds anyway.
How do I find a good doctor?
Q. I just moved to town and need to find a doctor. How can I find a good physician and be sure he or she is in good professional standing and hasn't been charged with medical malpractice?
Track healthy habits
This phase of the crusade for good nutrition -- what we call The Everyday Challenge -- encourages you to adopt healthy eating habits, not "diet" or even restrict the amount of food you eat. Each week, one new habit will be introduced.
Drug may block progress of diabetes
Two new studies show that it may be possible to halt the progress of diabetes by giving people injections of a protein-based drug, scientists report.
Here's the right diet for the new year
In December, the surgeon general issued a first-ever report on overweight and obesity, and its conclusions: that obesity leads to disease and death; that it's largely the result of eating too much and m
Before building Design J-99, look at balance, scale
When it comes to home faades, symmetry is nice, but balance is better.
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.
Groups work together to build, raffle fish houses
Forget about sitting on an overturned bucket over a small, round hole in the lake ice.
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?
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?
Fish house builders, contributors listed
The Ultimate Fish House Raffle includes houses constructed by area builders with help from sponsors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brainerd teachers rank high in pay
Even though Minnesota teachers' salaries are less than the national average, teachers in the Brainerd School District take home a higher paycheck than most teachers in the nation.
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.
Rail line could run to Camp Ripley
BAXTER -- Area officials Friday were given a preview of the Northstar Corridor Rail Project, a portion of which could run to Camp Ripley.
Fish houses on North Long Lake bay must be removed
About 30 North Long Lake fish house owners are asked to remove their houses for the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, scheduled Saturday.
This was Brainerd
JANUARY 13 - 30 years ago (1972) - The Brainerd Lions Club announced today that as a 50th Anniversary project, it will spearhead "movement to coordinate the resources of the Brainerd area in order to construct an indoor hockey arena." J.F. Echternacht is chairman of the project for the Lions.
Begin to host meetings on school finances, referendum
Marv Begin, Fort Ripley, is asking the public to attend a meeting to discuss finances and the proposed $59.9 million bond referendum for the Brainerd School District.
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.
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."
Emily woman dies in Arizona crash
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A pregnant Minnesota woman from Emily was killed in a car accident while visiting relatives.
NISSWA -- Snowmobile clubs throughout the Brainerd lakes area are looking to the business community to help support the trails this winter season.
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.
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.
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.
Threat by wildlife to humans studied
WASHINGTON -- For all of America's vigilance against terrorists, danger does not always come on two legs.
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.
Number of contacts grows, but still no evidence of action by Bush's aides on behalf of stricken Enron
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Congress revs up its investigation into Enron, the White House is scrambling to blunt the political fallout, insisting no favors were given to the fallen energy company despite numerous contacts between its executives and high-ranking administration officials.
Wellstone pushes reconstruction package for Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Paul Wellstone wants the United States to commit nearly $7 billion to help rebuild Afghanistan over the next five years.
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."
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.
Prosecutors, victim's family hope some good comes from hockey dad's fatal beating conviction
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- As Thomas Junta was led out of a courtroom, prosecutors said they hoped parents of young athletes take note of his conviction in a man's beating death at their sons' hockey practice.
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.
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.
Supreme Court will consider limits for disability lawsuits against cities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether cities can face big-dollar punitive damage verdicts for not accommodating the disabled.
North Dakota man visits hospital where his arms were reattached
BISMARCK, N.D. -- John Thompson was unconscious, his arms ripped out by a piece of farm equipment.
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.
Hearst rises to earn another comeback award
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Through two torturous years of surgeries and rehabilitation, Garrison Hearst never doubted his resiliency -- even though not many people shared that faith.
Dolan's late bid throws Red Sox sale into confusion
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox held telephone discussions with the team's limited partners one day after a surprising $700 million late bid from Charles Dolan.
A leader out of touch with the times
It's time for Bud Selig to let go of contraction.
North Dakota loses
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Vladimir Novak scored with 2:12 remaining to give Alaska-Anchorage a 2-1 win over North Dakota on Friday.
Jordan intends to keep playing next season
MILWAUKEE -- Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan, who has dramatically revived the team's fortunes, said Friday he intends to play next season unless he decides he cannot physically compete at a high level.
At least in the NFL, Spurrier won't have to recruit
Like so many college coaches, Steve Spurrier was intrigued about life on the other side of the street. Now he's going to find out about it -- firsthand.
Denver wins 3-1
DENVER (AP) -- Wade Dubielewicz had 33 saves and the University of Denver won its eighth straight game with a 3-1 victory over Michigan Tech on Friday.
Big Bears Washington, Traylor immovable objects
CHICAGO (AP) -- When Nos. 92 and 94 of the Chicago Bears trudge off the field like oversized bookends, one would swear Soldier Field tilts toward one side.
Lindsay Davenport undergoes surgery, out at least four months
Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Friday and is expected to be sidelined for at least four months.
Joseph F. Wiedl
PEQUOT LAKES -- Joseph Frank Wiedl, 88, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at home.
Lester E. Novotny
FREEDHEM -- Lester E. Novotny, 60, Freedhem, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at his home in Belle Prairie Township, Morrison County.
Lester E. Novotny
FREEDHEM -- Lester E. Novotny, 60, Freedhem, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at home.
Joseph F. Wiedl
PEQUOT LAKES -- Joseph Frank Wiedl, 88, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at home.
Fred 'Fritz' C. Beebe
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Fred "Fritz" C. Beebe, 75, Billings, Mont., died Dec. 21, 2001, at Parkview Nursing Home in Billings, Mont.
Mildred A. Zimmerman
Mildred Adeline Zimmerman, 83, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Turna E. Saari
Turna E. Saari, 88, Brainerd, and formerly of Biwabik, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Terry Heglund, 47, Eau Claire, Mich., died Dec. 28, 2001, in Eau Claire, Mich.
Agencies express confidence in Olympic security
WASHINGTON -- As the federal government expressed confidence Thursday in the safety of the Winter Olympics, authorities prepared to heavily fortify Salt Lake City to protect against the possibility of any terrorist attack.
Researchers to monitor for bioterrorism
OLYMPIC UPDATE: University of Utah researchers will be monitoring patients' conditions for any threat of bioterrorism during the Winter Olympics. Since mid-October the researchers have been developing a system to check electronic medical records for abnormal patterns in patients' symptoms that could signal a bioterrorism attack.
Should kids be flying planes?
So who failed?
Low gas price was nice
A year ago this month, gas sold for $1.58 in Brainerd. Two years ago, it was $1.39.
Knitting up the safety net
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Thin ice - Dispatch Editorial
After a dozen successful years on Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-Day Bay, the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza moves to North Long Lake this Saturday.
Economic wake-up call
From the vantage point of those on the front lines of business -- those who see the economy as it stands today -- it's clear we are nowhere near recovery from the recession. We need to awaken from our dreams and act.
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.
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
He had the beef all along
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times:
Sometime around Dec. 25, a lady lost two little dogs with their collars and tags. Sometime around Jan. 5, someone saw them down by American Steel in Brainerd. Instead of
CROSS LAKE - Rattle spoons or a plain hook and shiner minnow have been the best bets for walleyes along the 18- to 25-foot breaks on most lakes. Crappie reports have been good during the evening hours on small glow jigs. Look to the weed edges of area lakes for pike.
WASKISH -- It was 2 p.m., the nodding-off hour for ice fishermen, when the tug was on the line.
A convert is won to darkhouse spearing
Darkhouse spearing for northern pike is a hotly-debated issue. Parties on both sides have valid claims, but seldom agree on a compromise. After going on record some years ago as opposed to darkhouse spearing, I've found a different side to the sport.
Some wacky birds are showing up in Minnesota this winter
The buzz among birders began in early December and continues into mid January. Sightings include an Anna's hummingbird in the Twin Cities, a brambling near Detroit Lakes, eastern phoebes near Little Sauk and Long Prairie, a robin near Backus on New Year's Day, a belted kingfisher near Pillager, Carolina wrens in Rochester and bluebirds in Big Lake.
Roadkill charity Alaska program salvages moose meat for the state's needy
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Billy Dickerson Jr. and Cody Dyer trudged through the deep snow and dense woods with one mission: retrieve a moose carcass that had become roadkill.
Thirty-seven people representing fish, wildlife and conservation interests across Minnesota have been appointed to serve on nine citizen oversight subcommittees for the DNR Game and Fish Fund. The chairs of those subcommittees serve in turn on an overall Budgetary Oversight Committee for the Game and Fish Fund.
DNR backs off on motorized duck decoy moratorium
The DNR said it will not seek legislation for a two-year moratorium on motorized waterfowl decoys this year.
Stephanie Adams and Adam Conklin
Stephanie Adams and Adam Conklin announce their engagement.
Kendra Lindberg and Steven Stevens
Kendra Lindberg and Steven Stevens announce their engagement.
Gina Diaz and Kevin Kirkeby were married Oct. 20, 2001, at Our Lady of Pompei Church in Manhattan with the Rev. Joseph Cogo officiating.
Dan and Margery Collins
Dan and Margery Collins, East Gull Lake, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 28, 1951, in Brainerd.
Eugene and Helen Swanson
Eugene and Helen Swanson recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 28, 1941.
Ethel Eliseuson will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 20 at station 3 at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Shanna Marie Johnson and Brian Wayne Chileen were married Sept. 1, 2001, at the home of Mike and Bonnie Mabes with Pastor David Anderson officiating.
Robert and Vivian "Babe" Engholm
Robert and Vivian "Babe" Engholm will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house beginning at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Tropical Nights, 718 Laurel St.
Heather Kasper and Kyle Maine were married May 12, 2001, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter with Pastor Jennifer Wilson officiating.
Stephanie Erickson and Joseph Moody were married Aug. 25, 2001, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Andrew Prin officiating.
Helen Molin will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Beth Norris and Tom Brennan
Beth Norris and Tom Brennan announce their engagement. Parents are Carol Norris, Aitkin, and the late Chuck Norris, and Tom and Mary Lou Brennan, Warrington, Pa. A June 1 wedding is planned in St. Paul.
Adele Boch and Clayton Houle were married Oct. 20, 2001, at the home of Linda and Paul Laughton.
Muriel Fox, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 20, with a short program at 1:30 p.m., in the community room at Oak Crest Manor 1, 2106 Spruce Drive.
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.
Ice fishermen took advantage of the mild weather Friday to enjoy an afternoon of ice fishing on Lake Sleepy Eye in Sleepy Eye. (AP Photo)
Other states' gas tax rates listed
Gas tax rates for different states as of Jan. 1, 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Some have changed since that time. Numbers are cents per gallon. Minnesota's is currently 20 cents.
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. Cloud State employees to help clean Southwest State
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Thirteen St. Cloud State University employees on Saturday helped with cleanup efforts at fire-damaged Southwest State University.
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.
Ventura needles Iowans during radio broadcast
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura threw a few good-natured jabs the way of neighboring Iowa during his weekly radio show Friday.
Pucketts to divorce; wife alleges Kirby threatened her
MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett and his wife Tonya are getting divorced, the couple announced Friday, less than a month after Tonya Puckett told police her husband threatened to kill her during an argument.
Gas tax could go up for first time in more than a decade
ST. PAUL -- Transportation is one of few areas spared from cuts in Gov. Jesse Ventura's comprehensive plan for repairing a projected $1.95 billion pothole in the state's budget.
Fatherhood under the microscope in college program
ST. PAUL -- Even fathers occasionally need a little guidance.
$21 million sought to house homeless in St. Cloud, Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS -- Backed by studies showing the number of homeless people on the rise in Minnesota, advocates for the homeless are asking the Legislature to spend about $21 million on low-cost apartments in St. Cloud and Minneapolis.
Kloss finds success as post player
PIERZ -- In order to help her team, Allyson Kloss has had to change her game.
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.
CLC women beat Hibbing
HIBBING -- Val Diedrich led the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team with 29 points helping the Raiders cruise by the Hibbing Cardinals 80-58 in Northern Division Minnesota Community College Conference play Friday.
Area events Saturday
Crosby-Ironton graduate Tony "The Bullet" Bonsante will fight in his first title match 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.
Captain role is not new for Britz
PIERZ -- Dan Britz knows what it takes to lead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poor free-throw shooting contributes to Brainerd loss against Little Falls
For the second time in a row, the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team had a chance, but watched as it slipped away with each missed free throw.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity swimming and diving team defeated St. Cloud Apollo 60-53 Thursday night.
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.
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.
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.
Wadena-Deer Creek defeats Crosby-Ironton
CROSBY -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines had only five players in the scoring column, but were still able to come away with a 52-38 triumph over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Friday.
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.
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.
Switch to wood bats stands
Let there be wood.
Warrior girls show they're a force
Class 4A girls' basketball teams in Minnesota would be wise to beware of the Brainerd Warriors.
Mesabi East pounds C-I-A in hockey
HOYT LAKES -- The Mesabi East Giants scored four goals in the third period and posted a 7-1 win over the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies in non-conference boys' hockey Friday.
Crosby-Ironton boys fall to Wadena-Deer Creek 71-67
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines had four players score in double figures and posted a 71-67 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Duluth defeats St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD (AP) --Adam Coole held off a torrent of 43 shots Friday night as Minnesota-Duluth upset top-ranked St. Cloud State 3-2 and gained its first WCHA victory.
Wild, Mighty Ducks tie
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Mighty Ducks both found satisfaction in a tie.
Tice puts his stamp on Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Mike Tice made it clear that things will change with the Minnesota Vikings under his watch.
Alabama businessman seeks to be first black majority owner in baseball
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Donald V. Watkins is notable enough in Alabama as a rich black businessman. But he is better known in his home state as an outspoken lawyer with a knack for confrontation.
Tice the right choice for Vikings job
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Mike Tice, who has a 6-foot-8 frame and an order -- to shape up the Minnesota Vikings -- that's even taller, made it clear on his first official day as head coach that things were swiftly changing.
Vikings hire O'Leary as assistant coach
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice is more interested in George O'Leary's football success than off-field troubles.
Second baseball owner had loan arrangement with a Pohlad company
NEW YORK (AP) -- A second baseball owner admits one of his companies accepted a loan from a business controlled by Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad.
St. Cloud pulls off win in hoops
ST. CLOUD (AP) --Nate Miller and Jonny Reese each scored 18 points to lead St. Cloud State past Northern Colorado 85-60 Friday night.
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.
Vikings raise ticket prices
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings raised season ticket prices an average of 6 1/4 percent for eight of nine ticket sections in the Metrodome for the 2002 season.
Twins invite Mauer to spring training
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer, the overall No. 1 pick in last year's draft, has been invited to spring training by the Minnesota Twins.
Timberwolves blast Lakers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to prove they belong among the elite teams of the Western Conference.
Badgers punish Gophers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- All six of Wisconsin's senior forwards contributed to the scoring in an 8-3 victory over Minnesota Friday night -- the first game since coach Jeff Sauer announced he will retire after this, his 20th season with the Badgers.
Computer-printed photo is only as good as its paper
You have a new digital camera, a slick inkjet printer, and a good photo editing program. What else do you need to create the ideal home studio?
Software offers tax help
BYLINE3: Federal and state governments love ringing in the new year -- it means they can start collecting tax returns on income earned in the old one.
Legal scholar warns of innovation threats
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet is something like the nation's electric grid, where anyone can plug in an appliance.
NEW YORK -- Ellen Spertus was outraged when Kozmo.com still sent her e-mail after she declined such pitches. So she sued the online retailer under California's 1998 anti-spam law.
Judge rejects proposed Microsoft settlement suit
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A federal judge Friday rejected Microsoft's offer to donate computers and software to schools to settle dozens of a private antitrust lawsuit accusing it of overcharging for its products.
Q & A on computer problems
Q. I just installed a DVD drive in my IBM. The instructions say to plug an audio cable into the sound board. My CD-RW drive is already plugged into the only audio input. Can I rig up a Y connector so that the two audio cables are in parallel and the two drives would be connected to the single audio input? I noticed that I have sound on old CDs but not on DVD.
Sites to see
TV Science Fiction From the '50s
Best and worst of '01 and the trends of '02
If I were really good at prognosticating, I wouldn't be writing this column. Instead, I'd be sunning myself on a beach in a land with no winter, sipping a rum-and-tonic and reading someone else's prognostications.
A fingerprint scanner for the rest of us
When my wife first saw it, she declared it was a silly little gadget designed for the lazy. Now she uses it all the time. I can't think of a better endorsement for DigitalPersona's U.are.U Personal, a fingerprint scanner for Windows XP.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny east. Increasing clouds west with a chance of light rain northwest in the late afternoon. Highs around 40.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Increasing clouds northwest this afternoon. Highs from the mid 30s north to the mid 40s southeast.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Becoming windy west. A few flurries this afternoon east. Highs 35 to 45.
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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 South Dakota
High wind watch northwest and westcentral sunday...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy early...Then becoming sunny. Breezy with highs in the 40s to lower 50s.
Let it snow
Weather drawing by Jazmine Polansky of Mrs. Holbrook's fourth grade class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Decreasing clouds northeast. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Blustery with highs in the 30s to lower 40s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny west and central. Becoming sunny east. Highs from the lower 40s northeast to lower 50s southwest.
Regional Weather Forecast
Where's the snow?
Weather drawing by Riley Thramer in the third-grade class of Mrs. Hines.
Light snow moving through Great Lakes; rain in Northwest, along Gulf Coast
A strong disturbance was moving a burst of light snow through the Great Lakes early Saturday, while rain was pushing through the Northwest and Gulf Coast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...A chance of morning snow showers north. A chance of light rain or light snow southeast. Clouds decreasing from the northwest during the afternoon. Highs from near 30 northwest to near 40 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.
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.
The Pillager Huskie Booster Club meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at the Pillager High School.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
The staff of the Women's Center would like to send a huge 'Thank You!'
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.
Jean O'Leary is the 2002 president of the Nisswa Women's Club. She will assume her duties at the noon Thursday meeting at Iven's on the Bay. Linda Hanson will present a program on money management. Hostesses: Diane Collins, chair; Joyce Sheplee, Shirley Allen, Jeanyne Hess and Marilyn Robb.
School lunch menus
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Rock and his wife are expecting their first child, the actor-comedian's spokesman, Matt Labov, said.
U.S. studies clues from Afghanistan to avert further terror attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and its allies have found information in Afghanistan that helped authorities break up alleged al-Qaida terrorist cells in Singapore and elsewhere, U.S. officials said.
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.
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.
First prisoners from Afghanistan arrive at U.S. base in Cuba
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION, Cuba (AP) -- Bound, masked and surrounded by heavily armed U.S. Marines, 20 of the most dangerous al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners arrived for indefinite incarceration at this remote Caribbean naval base.
U.S. recovers bodies from plane crash, strikes al-Qaida training camp
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military investigators have recovered the bodies of five of the seven U.S. Marines killed when their plane crashed in Pakistan last week, a military spokesman said Saturday.
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.
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.
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