A religious double standard
During the last presidential campaign, there was much ``God-talk'' from Vice President Al Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman. Some commentators decided that Lieberman's injection of God into the campaign was not
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 328, a year ago 152.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800.
In the Crow Wing County truth-in-taxation public hearing story published on Dec. 8, Terry Sluss, county commissioner, was misquoted.
Martin vs. PGA: The case no one wanted
WASHINGTON -- The day that nobody in golf wanted to see arrive has finally come. The Supreme Court will hear Casey Martin vs. the PGA Tour Wednesday.
High court will weigh disabled pro golfer Casey Martin's request to use cart on tour
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Casey Martin longs for the day when he is known as an ordinary golfer, instead of the sport's most famous litigant. But his career could very well be over before the legal battle is.
Reno says she's leaving office with no great regret
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Janet Reno's holiday party had barely started last month when word came from the Florida Supreme Court of Al Gore's startling -- though short-lived -- legal win in the presidential recount battle.
Bush seeks to mend fences with blacks on King day
HOUSTON -- James Moore stepped outside of his home Monday morning and, seeing dozens of police cars, instinctively ran back inside. "Then I thought, 'Wait, I didn't do anything,' " Moore said. He ventured out to learn the cause of the commotion: President-elect Bush, who had come to Moore's poor, black neighborhood to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.
Poll: Majority expect recession, tax cuts not a major priority
WASHINGTON -- A majority of Americans fear the country is headed into a recession, says a new poll, and they aren't particularly enthusiastic about President-elect Bush's top priority to stave off economic troubles.
Clinton's imprint felt in politics, social policy
WASHINGTON -- No single lens looks wide enough to capture the perplexing panorama of Bill Clinton's presidency.
An inaugural quiz, with selected questions and answers taken from quizzes compiled separately by the National Archives and Records Administration, the White House Historical Association and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:
Democrats concede Ashcroft confirmation likely, but question him sharply
WASHINGTON -- As Democrats conceded former Sen. John Ashcroft's likely confirmation as President-elect Bush's attorney general, they questioned him sharply Wednesday about his views on abortion rights and gun control.
Session chalks up first law
Less than two weeks after gaveling in, the new session of the Legislature has produced its first law.
Young urges acceptance of Bush, calls on President-elect to unify country
ATLANTA -- Andrew Young celebrated Martin Luther King Day on Monday by urging Americans to put the divisiveness of the election behind them and accept George W. Bush as their president. He also urged Bush to avoid his party's "polarizing instincts."
Bush as president
WASHINGTON -- Look for shorter speeches, swifter decisions, fewer late nights.
A good economy and bad behavior highlight the Clinton years
As the eight-year presidency of William Jefferson Clinton nears its end, it is a commentary on his legacy that he has been obliged to pursue it down to the final days.
Treasury nominee appears at hearing
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary-designate Paul O'Neill told senators Wednesday that President-elect Bush's tax cut would not threaten the budget surplus or trigger inflation. He confirmed that Bush is considering whether to make the cuts retroactive to boost the flagging economy.
Ashcroft speaks out against racial profiling as hearing nears
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush's choice for attorney general, John Ashcroft, spoke out against racial profiling as he prepared to face questioning about his civil rights record at a Senate confirmation hearing.
Powell pledged to help world 'that wants to be free'
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State nominee Colin Powell pledged at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that the Bush administration stands ready to help "every country that has a desire to be free."
New medical standard brings pain into focus
WASHINGTON -- On a scale of 0 to 10, Elizabeth Anders rated her pain as an 8 when she woke up after knee replacement surgery late last month. A nurse quickly gave her a dose of medicine that brought it down to a 2.
Taking steps to help overcome the workplace afternoon lull
It's the middle of the afternoon, you've been at work more than five hours, and you can't seem to stay awake let alone stop yawning or focus on your current task.
PHILADELPHIA -- Hospital cutbacks and closings coupled with nurse shortages are forcing more and more overcrowded emergency rooms around the country to send ambulances elsewhere.
How many vitamins?
WASHINGTON -- Call it vitamania: About 40 percent of Americans pop vitamin pills. But just how much of each vitamin does your body need? When does food provide enough? And how much is too much?
Crash diets dont work in long run
WASHINGTON -- Most diets can help people lose weight, but only moderate-fat, high-carbohydrate regimens seem to keep the pounds off for good, according to the first comprehensive scientific review of popular diets by the federal government.
Health Department notifies plant employees about asbestos risk
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The state Department of Health has sent letters to 235 people who worked at a W.R. Grace & Co. plant, looking for anyone who may have been exposed to asbestos decades ago.
Doctors sometimes skimp on own care, study shows
Doctors are said to make lousy patients. Now comes a study indicating that many docs avoid being patients altogether.
WASHINGTON -- A new federal label for organic food is aimed at helping the $7.8 billion industry, but some organic farmers and certifiers worry that it will actually make it harder for producers to distinguish their products from others.
Use of diet drugs to conquer childhood obesity examined
In an approach to childhood obesity long considered taboo, the nation's two prescription weight-loss drugs, Xenical and Meridia, are now being tested in children and teen-agers.
Simple steps can improve exercise plan
The Centers for Disease Control and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend that you do 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise five or more days a week. That can include anything from walking briskly for 2 miles to doing yoga to playing basketball to doing heavy housecleaning.
Unemployment rate holds steady in December
ST. PAUL (AP) -- For the second straight month, Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, a figure that outpaced the 2.5 percent rate recorded in December 1999, the Minnesota Department of Economic Security reported Tuesday.
Work ethic helps W-DC's Trout to 17-0 start
WADENA -- Living on a dairy farm just outside of Wadena, Luke Trout knows what a day of hard work is.
Area doctor's training included operating on professional hockey, football players
CROSBY -- Arthroscopic surgery is a rapidly advancing practice. Professional athletes, and even the common community member, can have corrective surgery one day and be back on the job the next day.
Cass to conduct study of Washburn Lake
WALKER -- The Cass County Environmental Services Department will conduct an inflow/outflow study of Washburn Lake in response to concerns some lake residents expressed about the effect of beaver dams there.
Cass discusses how to handle growth at Y junction
WALKER -- Cass County Commissioner Jim Dowson and county Sanitarian Craig Gilbertson will represent the county on the multi-jurisdictional study of ways to provide community sewer service to the Y Junction area southeast of Walker.
Cass detox clients billed for services
WALKER -- Detoxification clients in Cass County began receiving bills for that service from the county Oct. 1.
Rush City man pilots fastest sled of day
BREEZY POINT -- Rick Schellback of Rush City won $200 for having the fastest sled of the day at recent radar runs sponsored by the Pequot Brush Pilots Snowmobile Club.
Cass County permits for new construction level off in 2000
WALKER -- Cass County land use permits for new construction leveled off during 2000, dropping slightly from 1999.
Number of property abstract documents drops slightly in 2000, according to Cass Recorder's Office
WALKER -- The Cass County Recorder's Office recorded fewer property abstract documents in 2000 than in 1999.
Cass to publish board minutes, agendas on county Web site
WALKER -- Cass County will begin publishing board minutes and agendas on the county Web site at wwwmncasscounty.com.
Snowboarders' protection is inadequate, study contends
Snowboarders go down hard when they fall, and wrist guards don't give them enough protection on the body part that gets hurt the most, researchers say.
Cass Health Department faces rising caseloads
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday authorized the Health and Human Services Department to hire an additional temporary financial worker to help handle the rising caseload.
Varieties planted should be classed for northern climate
WALKER -- Growing berries, cherries, currants and grapes can yield a delightful array of fresh salads, pies and jellies each summer.
Cass inmates' health care costs are double budgeted amount
WALKER -- Health care for Cass County Jail inmates cost the county more than double the budgeted amount in 2000.
Chough knows firsthand the pressures of being professional team doctor
CROSBY -- If you've seen the movie "Any Given Sunday" starring Al Pacino, you might understand the political aspect of being a professional sports trainer.
Fish houses have been dotted across Crow Wing Lake this winter.
Cass gives permission to DNR to buy land around Donkey, Mule lakes
WALKER -- Cass County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously gave their authorization for the DNR to buy about 362 acres of land surrounding Donkey Lake and bordering the southeast shore of Mule Lake from private landowners.
LF cant afford to take Davich out of game
LITTLE FALLS -- Rachel Davich is a quiet person by nature, but when she runs on the basketball court her ability screams.
Minnesotans walk, hawk goods at snowshoe festival
MEDINA (AP) -- Under a pearlescent sky and with powdery snow crunching underfoot, Susan Pauly tentatively stepped out on what looked like 3-foot-long black-and-blue paddles strapped to her boots.
$12 million sports facility could move ahead at Fort Snelling
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Plans for sports fields to be built on Fort Snelling's historic polo grounds could move ahead, now that the National Park Service has dropped its opposition.
St. Paul officials try to gauge impact of Peanuts on Parade
ST. PAUL (AP) -- City officials estimated that 450,000 people came here last summer to track down many of the 101 Snoopy statues scattered around downtown and city neighborhoods as part of the hometown tribute to the late "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz.
Volunteers on Cass County committees, commissions to be paid $75 per meeting
WALKER -- Volunteers on all Cass County committees and commissions will receive $75 per meeting beginning this year, the county board decided Tuesday.
From blueberries to gooseberries, here's how to grow the best fruits
Following are tips by John Dainsberg, Cass County master gardener, on planting small fruits in this area.
LITTLE FALLS -- A seven-week Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program will start Monday, Feb. 5, at the St. Francis Health and Recreation Center in Little Falls.
Hugs for Frosty
Rachel and John Bartosh hugged Tuesday the seven-foot "Frosty the Snowman" their father created at their home on Paul Circle in southeast Brainerd. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Baxter agrees on 2001 goals
BAXTER -- After one retreat and two council workshops, Baxter's 2001 goals have been set.
Baxter boosts permit, zoning fees on April 1
BAXTER -- To manage rapid growth without spending taxpayer money, Baxter building permit and zoning fees will be increasing April 1.
Economic developer supported
Several Brainerd City Council members in a Tuesday meeting supported the idea of adding an economic developer to city staff.
Brainerd council puts loan on hold
A loan from city of Brainerd's revolving fund, approved two weeks ago, was put on hold Tuesday.
Merrifield man held for terroristic threats
CROSSLAKE -- A Merrifield man was arrested Saturday for terroristic threats and attempted assault, Crosslake police reported today.
Swanville man dies in accident
BOWLES -- A 21-year-old Swanville man died Tuesday as a result of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident Thursday on Stearns County Road 1, a quarter-mile south of the Morrison County line.
Taking names BHS Hall of Fame is soliciting nominations
Brainerd High School graduates have made their marks in society. Many have led distinguished careers in fields ranging from entertainment to medicine to science.
Corrections / clarifications
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly spelled a word in Mary Koep's Jan. 15 letter to the editor. The letter should have referred to personnel increases of $290,789.
One dead following accident
ROYALTON -- One person died and three others were injured following a three-vehicle accident Monday in Morrison County, two miles west of Royalton, according to the Morrison County Sheriff's Department.
Sen. Tony Kinkel, DFL-Park Rapids, will conduct "Listening and Learning" sessions on Friday.
Baxter City Council
District delays Internet decision Flexibility preferred to long-term accord
The Brainerd School District wants the best technology it can afford.
CROSSLAKE -- Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest awarded Camp Knutson in Crosslake a $30,000 grant for the 2001 summer camping season.
Baxter increasing park fees
BAXTER -- To be in line with other area cities, park dedication fees will increase in Baxter.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1971)-Fishermen weren't the only ones dropping a line through the ice of Walker Bay on Leech Lake this week. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company crews dropped about two and one-half miles of 50 pair telephone cable to the bottom of the bay, apparently the longest such lake crossing in the state.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a chimney fire at 6:25 p.m. Saturday on Minnehaha Trail.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Brainerd employment decreased by 1.2 percent in December, with a "lethargic" employment rate predicted through the remaining winter months. Jobs decreased by 106 during December, going from 8,681 in November to 8,575 in December.
High court says baseball Giants must face sex harassment suit
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused to free the San Francisco Giants from a lawsuit by players in the Dominican Republic who say they were sexually harassed by the team's former Latin American scout.
High-level Mideast peace talks resume amid settlers' attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and the Palestinians resumed high-level peace talks Tuesday even as violence continued: In the Gaza Strip, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farms and homes in retaliation for a settler's death at the hands of militants.
Female POW says captivity was surprisingly peaceful
SAN ANTONIO -- Her mother walked through her days in a fog, not knowing if her only child was dead or alive. Her father prayed day and night. Hundreds of people she'd never met wore POW bracelets inscribed with her name.
Semi crashes into California's Capitol
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A tractor-trailer slammed into the state Capitol, killing the driver and igniting a fiery explosion that forced the evacuation of lawmakers working on California's power crisis. Police were investigating whether the driver deliberately rammed the truck into the building and had a grudge against the governor.
600 and counting
SANTA TECLA, El Salvador -- As the death toll in a devastating earthquake topped 600 and continued to climb, authorities shifted their attention from searching for trapped survivors to coping with the growing number of corpses.
Court approves extra jail time for sex predators
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Keeping sexually violent predators confined after their prison terms expire does not automatically violate their constitutional rights, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Agencies aiding earthquake victims in El Salvador
The following aid agencies are accepting contributions for assistance in El Salvador. They are members of InterAction, a coalition of relief, development and refugee assistance agencies.
WASHINGTON -- A decade after his father's administration launched a thundering air campaign against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush faces a regime in Baghdad that is stronger, more stubborn, more devious -- and more successful at defying the United States.
Teen goes on trial in slaying he blames on pro wrestling
MIAMI -- A teen-ager who says he accidentally killed a 6-year-old girl while imitating pro wrestlers kicked and slugged her repeatedly, inflicting injuries more severe than those seen in many car crashes, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Gulf War's legacy
What is the legacy of the Persian Gulf War?
Economic slowdown may chill demand for houseware gadgets
CHICAGO -- Housewares makers are flooding the market this year with the usual surfeit of pricey gadgets, smart appliances and other fun items that could hardly be considered necessities.
Joy turns to anguish as quake survivor fights for life
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- For two days and a night, the young musician lay beneath 15 feet of cinderblocks and mud while rescuers worked desperately to pull him to safety.
WASHINGTON -- Martha Sandoval understood a little English -- enough to know what signs like "stop" or "right turn" meant, but not enough to read a book, or a driver's license exam.
Motorola says layoffs will improve efficiency, claims market share up
CHICAGO -- Motorola Inc. is laying off 2,500 employees, about 2 percent of its work force, but the wireless giant contends its share of the global cellphone market is showing signs of improving.
California gets its comeuppance
There was a time when our biggest worry living in Southern California was that a football game on local television might be "blacked out."
Students safe after quake
Groups of students visiting in El Salvador from Minnesota schools were reported safe after an earthquake killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of people in Central America last weekend.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The mission -- to rescue a downed pilot -- was going very wrong. Enemy fire riddled the helicopter carrying flight surgeon Maj. Rhonda Cornum, and the aircraft was plunging to the Iraqi desert.
Aging crew brings WWII ship home
AKRON, N.Y. -- When they weren't repairing engines or dodging bad weather, Lauren Whiting and his crewmates aboard a decrepit World War II landing craft found a few minutes to sit in the sun and shoot the breeze.
Red Cross bans donors who have lived in Western Europe since 1980
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- As a precaution against mad cow disease, the American Red Cross will ask the government Thursday to ban blood donations from certain people who have lived in Western Europe since 1980.
Officials warn of $20 million shortfall in heating aid
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The state agency that assists the poor with paying utility bills is more than $20 million short of being able to provide the same level of assistance as last year, a letter from the agency warned legislators.
Mann, movie theater owner and producer, dies at 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ted Mann, the entrepreneur and movie producer who started with a failing St. Paul theater and later built the largest independent movie theater chain in the nation, died of a stroke Monday. He was 84.
OPEC poised to slash oil exports
BRUSSELS -- Nearly three years ago, as Asia's economies began slipping into crisis, OPEC oil ministers made a grave miscalculation: In a bid to maximize their income, they decided to boost output. But with the so-called Asian contagion came a collapse in demand for oil, and prices plummeted to less than $10 a barrel, provoking tremors of political and economic instability among oil exporting countries from Venezuela to Saudi Arabia.
Clinton will have to watch for return of skin cancer
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton will have to do two things in his first six months as an ex-president: Take extra precautions in the sun, and see his dermatologist.
Another power alert called in California
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) -- Power grid operators called a Stage 3 alert Tuesday morning, once again raising the possibility of blackouts that the state narrowly avoided last week.
Federal officials set May execution date for McVeigh
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The government has scheduled his execution date and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh insists he doesn't plan a last-minute bid for presidential clemency.
Cuccione, member of boy band '2gether,' dies at 16
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Cuccione, youngest of the five-member spoof boy band 2gether, has died at age 16 from complications from Hodgkin's disease.
Inventories up, sales down in November
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Inventories at U.S. companies grew briskly in November while sales fell for the second month in a row, further evidence of a weakening economy.
Bellotti reportedly visiting Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti visited Ohio State University on Monday with Andy Geiger, the athletics director who is trying to find a new coach, according to broadcast and newspaper reports.
Trial illustrates the downfall of an athlete
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rae Carruth didn't want this. Not the woman carrying his child to be shot four times and implicate him before enduring a slow, agonizing death.
Blue Jackets stop Wild 3-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Since the newest expansion teams were created at the same time and drew players from the same pool, the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets are quite similar.
Angels sign Canseco
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jose Canseco agreed to an incentive-laden contract with the DH-desperate Anaheim Angels on Tuesday that could pay him as little as $200,000 or as much as $5 million.
Owners to discuss balance
PHOENIX (AP) -- When baseball owners meet for the first time since Alex Rodriguez singed a $252 million contract with Texas, money and competitive balance will be the big topics.
Kentucky gets big triumph
Keith Bogans didn't guarantee Kentucky would beat No. 4 Tennessee, but he came awfully close.
Defensive, offensive powers meet
The key area high school matchup this week might resemble an imaginary battle of past Super Bowl winners.
The big question: Will Winfield wear a Yankees' cap?
Dave Winfield's career was as much about his resolve as it was his otherworldy talent, though there's no question he was specially blessed. Winfield's career was about guts as well as grace, and his 6-6 frame was filled with both attributes.
Winfield, Puckett lead list of hopefuls
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett spent two seasons together on the Minnesota Twins. Soon, they might be teammates again -- as Hall of Famers.
Surgeon: Williams heart surgery went well
BOSTON (AP) -- Doctors remained optimistic Tuesday even as baseball great Ted Williams was back under sedation in intensive care a day after he underwent a lengthy operation to repair failing heart valves.
Davenport makes it look easy
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The reward for surviving the Dokic Tempest was supposed to be an easy second-round match against a 146th-ranked qualifier from Germany who was playing in her first Australian Open.
Pierce leads Celtics past Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Antoine Walker was struggling with his shot, so he put the game in the capable hands of Paul Pierce.
MOTLEY -- Stanley Smith, 72, Motley, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Greater Staples Hospital.
WALKER -- Richard Paycer, 76, Ah Gwah Ching, formerly of Brainerd, died Jan. 11, 2001, at the Ah Gwah Ching Center.
Ella M. Tapley
WADENA -- Ella Magdalene Tapley, 88, Wadena, died Jan. 13, 2001, at Shady Lane Nursing Home in Wadena.
SWANVILLE -- Gene Steffen, 21, Swanville, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Ann M. Zinniel
BURTRUM -- Ann M. Zinniel, 46, Burtrum, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital because of complications from breast cancer.
Lillian M. Szcpanski
AITKIN -- Lillian M. Szcpanski, 90, Aitkin, formerly of Jacobson, died today, Jan. 17, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Ann M. Zinniel
BURTRUM -- Ann M. Zinniel, 46, Burtrum, died today, Jan. 16, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
J. Ardell Johnson
GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. -- J. Ardell Johnson, 71, Green Valley, Ariz., and Hackensack, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Green Valley, Ariz.
ANOKA -- Dolores Herold, 93, Anoka, formerly of St. Paul, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001.
Bernard J. 'Bernie' Vandervest
ORTING, Wash. -- Bernard J. "Bernie" Vandervest, 78, Orting, Wash., died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Wash.
Ruth Mueller Mann
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Ruth Mueller Mann, 99, Waynesville, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Waynesville, N.C., after a brief illness.
William J. 'Bill' Sauer
CROSSLAKE -- William James "Bill" Sauer, 58, Crosslake, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Claude G. Vorderbruggen
BLUFFTON -- Claude G. Vorderbruggen, 72, Bluffton, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.
AITKIN -- Stephania Edstrom, 93, Aitkin, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Sadie L. Magnan
FORT RIPLEY -- Sadie L. Magnan, 90, Fort Ripley, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001.
Elaine E. (Gosch) Larson
LITTLE FALLS -- Elaine E. (Gosch) Larson, 80, Little Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
DeWayne W. Wiggins
ST. LOUIS PARK -- DeWayne Willard Wiggins, 73, St. Louis Park, formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001.
State lawmaker addresses
Area legislators and how to contact them.
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
A recent Open Forum article authored by Mary Koep, my opponent in the past two elections, included the statement, "Not one to be bothered by facts, then chair Mr. Sluss answered," once again attempting to present as fact, partial and mis-leading statements.
Hall of Famers
Just when Minnesota sports fans desperately needed some sort of good news to jolt them out of the January doldrums, Cooperstown came to the rescue. Baseball writers elected Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield, two Minnesota baseball legends, to the Hall of Fame Tuesday.
Dole: Don't make my mistake
The presidential election was one of the closest on record. The outsider from the South scratched out a narrow victory, then started putting his Cabinet together.
Tomberlin wins two ice races
Randy Tomberlin won two events at the North Star Iceway last weekend, pacing the rear wheel drive and front wheel driver super stud classes.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A school bus driver who pleaded guilty to driving while his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit was sentenced to 20 days in jail. Jerome E. Bixby, 43, also was placed on two years probation.
Murder, kidnapping charges expected in Two Harbors standoff
TWO HARBORS (AP) -- Prosecutors planned to file formal charges of murder and kidnapping against a Brimson man accused of holding his wife and her three children hostage and killing her ex-husband, authorities said Monday.
Ventura may take legal action against Pioneer Press over comic strip
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura might take legal action against the Saint Paul Pioneer Press over a planned comic strip based on the governor, his attorney said Tuesday.
Study says Minnesota parents use child-care centers more, relatives less
Working parents in Minnesota are more likely than those in other states to put their infants and toddlers in child-care centers, and less likely to rely on their relatives for child care, according to a nationwide study.
Police easily recover stolen safe and escape bike
WINONA (AP) -- Police here had no trouble cracking the case of the stolen safe.
Panel thinks three-way government is working
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In brochures, the Humphrey Institute's academics said they hoped Tuesday's policy forum would answer the weighty question of whether tripartisan government is working.
Leader in development of alcoholism treatment dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Philip L. Hansen, a leader in developing treatment for alcoholism and other chemical addictions in Minnesota, has died at age 73.
Backers go public with plan for Twin Cities-Rochester airport link
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Metropolitan Airports Commission agreed Tuesday to spend $25,000 to study the feasibility of a high-speed rail link between Minneapolis-St. Paul International and Rochester International airports.
Speakers note that work remains
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Thousands gathered at events across the state Monday to celebrate the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. through rallies, speeches and a march.
Wellstone to seek another term
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone will seek a third term in 2002, breaking a pledge to limit himself to two terms, The Associated Press has confirmed.
Bancroft, Arnesen reach South Pole
Two adventurers on a bid to become the first women to ski across Antarctica reached the South Pole on Tuesday, completing nearly two-thirds of their journey.
Northwest to update fleet with $5 billion purchase
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines ordered 24 Airbus A330s and 20 Boeing 757s to replace its aging subfleet of McDonnell-Douglas DC-10s, the company announced.
Fire breaks out in historic village recreation in Shakopee
SHAKOPEE (AP) -- Fire crews fought a blaze Wednesday morning at historic Murphy's Landing, a recreation of a historic Minnesota village from the 19th century.
Cards stop Pine River-BAckus
STAPLES -- The one thing that separates the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball team from other teams is its defense.
Pierz wrestlers gain split
MORA -- The Pierz Pioneers wrestling squad split its dual meets at the Mora triangular meet Tuesday.
Conference All Games
Pequot girls defeat Agates
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated the Two Harbors Agates 44-33 Saturday in a Section 7AA girls' basketball matchup.
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Brainerd High School graduate Chris Bjorklund scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Cal Poly to a 102-66 men's basketball win over California-Riverside Saturday.
Women's College Basketball
Flyer boys defeat C-I-A
LITTLE FALLS -- Chris Dobis scored four goals and had an assist to help the Little Falls Flyers boys' hockey team to a 9-3 victory over the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies in non-conference action Tuesday.
Verndale boys snap slump
MENAHGA --The Verndale Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak with a 58-49 win over the Menahga Braves in Park Region Conference boys' basketball action Tuesday.
Rangers' girls beat Gobblers
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers picked up their second win of the season with a 60-56 non-conference victory over the Aitkin Gobblers Tuesday.
Platisha scores six points in Warriors' win at Sartell
SARTELL -- Right wing J.P. Platisha scored four goals and collected two assists to lead the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team to a 7-0 Central Lakes Conference win Tuesday over the Sartell Sabres.
Warrior girls tumble
They say pure goal scorers are born not made. If that's true, the best thing Brainerd boosters could do for Warrior girls' hockey would be to produce an area baby boom.
Brainerd gymnasts show why they're ranked 4th
Earlier Tuesday, the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team earned what is believed to be the highest ranking in program history from the state gymnastics coaches association.
Rochester defeats Warriors in floor hockey action
BLOOMINGTON -- The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team played a skilled team in Rochester on Tuesday and came away with a 5-2 defeat.
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Brainerd Warriors boys' swimming and diving coach John Zemke will speak to the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club at its meeting noon Thursday at the Moose Lodge.
Warrior girls defeat Tech to reach .500
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team reached the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 55-41 Central Lakes Conference win over the St. Cloud Tech Tigers Tuesday.
W-DC girls fall in overtime
PARK RAPIDS -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines girls' hockey team was defeated 5-4 in overtime by Park Rapids in Mid-State Conference action Tuesday.
Warriors' early lead evaporates; Tech takes wrestling victory
In wrestling, sometimes the most difficult thing isn't getting your opponent down. Sometimes it's keeping him there.
Kennedy displays diving prowess
As a freshman Shaun Kennedy placed fifth in the Class AA state diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Mason still in running for Ohio State job
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden has joined Oregon's Mike Bellotti in dropping out of the Ohio State coaching derby.
Score two for the Twin Cities
In something of a twin victory for the Twin Cities, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett were notified Tuesday that they had been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. They will be inducted at Cooperstown, N.Y., on Aug. 5.
It's back to the drawing board Vikings face another challenging offseason
EDEN PRAIRIE -- The Minnesota Vikings overcame wholesale changes on their coaching staff, offensive line and at quarterback.
Puckett thrilled to join the Hall of Fame
MINNEAPOLIS -- If he still could see out of his right eye, Kirby Puckett would have been out on the field, taking hacks.
Klick crowned Miss Pequot Lakes-Crosslake at pageant
PEQUOT LAKES -- Carrie Klick was crowned Miss Pequot Lakes-Crosslake on Saturday at the 19th annual scholarship pageant in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
Nisswa Scholarship Pageant to be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Area Women of Today announce the scholarship pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
PR-B volunteers tackling family violence in area
BACKUS -- By providing a freshly spun web of support services, a dedicated group of Pine River-Backus volunteers is hoping to make a difference in the lives of families living in the Pine River-Backus School District.
Hackensack preparing centennial book
HACKENSACK -- The Hackensack Centennial Committee seeks volunteers living in the city and surrounding townships to help research area history for a centennial book in the next year.
Old Pine River depot still slated for demolition
PINE RIVER -- Demolishing the old Pine River railroad depot hinges now on clearance from the Minnesota Historical Society, said City Attorney Ted Lundrigan.
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve will offer three adult camps this spring and summer.
Weather drawing by Kristian Olson of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Best place for eggs
Dear Heloise: My mother takes the eggs she buys out of the carton and sets them in an egg-sectioned container in the refrigerator.
Go away, telemarketers
Dear Heloise: Constant UNWANTED TELEPHONE CALLS were becoming a nuisance, so I put my answering machine to good use. I changed the activation from four rings to one and included the following message:
Best education may be what you learn after your degree
DEAR ABBY: This is in response to "Supports the Value of Education." I started college right after high school, but gave it up to marry and have children. In my neighborhood in the 1960s, few women went to college at all.
Young wife backed into corner by old family friend
DEAR ABBY: I am 20 years old and happily married with one child. A longtime family friend has a huge crush on me. "Mr. Jones" is in his late 40s and is always buying me gifts -- items of jewelry, etc. He keeps trying to persuade me to go to bed with him. He has even asked me to leave my husband, saying he would treat me better.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- A top British entertainment magazine has crowned Paul Newman the greatest leading man of all time.
Ten years later, Saddam still boss
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Speaking in apocalyptic tones, President Saddam Hussein marked the Gulf War's 10th anniversary Wednesday by declaring the conflict a glorious moment in Iraqi history while ignoring the economic devastation the country has suffered during his rule.
Musician pulled from quake rubble is 683rd death
ARMENIA, El Salvador (AP) -- Although 682 people had already lost their lives to this weekend's earthquake, it was the 683rd death that brought the sense of tragedy home to the shocked people of El Salvador.
Congo leader reportedly killed in coup attempt
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congolese officials temporarily placed President Laurent Kabila's son in charge of the government Wednesday, a day after numerous foreign officials said the ruler of this troubled nation was shot and killed during a coup attempt.
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