New York to move ahead on electric cars, whether buyers want them or not
Electric cars will be arriving by the thousands in New York showrooms in late 2005 under a compromise regulation announced recently by Gov. George Pataki, though no one is sure whether consumers will be willing to buy cars that cost more and need frequent recharging.
Suite construction under way
Workers from Les DeVries Construction of Onamia were busy installing the framing for a three-booth suite at North Central Speedway Tuesday.
Pontiac Vibe ready for battle against Chrysler PT Cruiser
Move over, Chrysler PT Cruiser. Get ready for some real competition.
Hydrogen fuel-celled vehicles hold promise for future
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration might have found a way to ultimately wean Americans from gasoline-powered vehicles.
NCS improvements in full gear
North Central Speedway is in full gear in making improvements.
Park United Methodist Church
Students recently confirmed at Park United Methodist Church
Actions of aid workers freed in Afghanistan raise questions about missionary work
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As a Roman Catholic missionary in the Islamic nation of Mauritania, Sister Claire Rheaume discussed her faith only with close friends and never made the sign of the cross before meals at restaurants.
Court hears arguments in use of eagle feathers in American Indian religion
DENVER (AP) -- Three people have asked a federal appeals court to allow them to use eagle feathers in their religious practices, even though they are not members of federally recognized American Indian tribes.
'In God We Trust'
B.A.Y. Ministries will present BAY Rally 21 "In God We Trust" beginning at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School
St. Francis Catholic Church
Students recently confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church
Don't rock your child's boat unless he's ready to founder
QUESTION: When discussing adolescence, why do you often focus your comments on parents? It's the kids who do crazy things.
Religion and violence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From bloodshed in the Bible and the combat of the Crusades to today's terrorist attacks in the United States and suicide bombings in the Mideast, violence in the name of religion has a long history.
Presbyterians abandon plan for hospitality center at Olympics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Financial woes have forced the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to drop plans for a denominational welcome center at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Religious leaders pore over census numbers to find ways to reach prospective members
The Rev. Richard Magnus looks at the mountain of data gleaned by the Census Bureau and thinks about churches -- where to build them, whether they need bilingual pastors, if they should offer day care.
Skogen serves as chaplain at Lakewood
STAPLES -- The Rev. Bradley Skogen begins 2002 as chaplain at Lakewood Health System.
Some say Jesus was opposed by his brother, James, but this scholar disagrees
During his ministry, Jesus was opposed not only by Pharisees and bureaucrats in Jerusalem, but by his own sisters and brothers, including the best-known among them, James.
Chicago Archdiocese to close 14 elementary schools
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago plans to close 14 elementary schools in the city and suburbs because of continued low enrollment and dwindling finances. The archdiocese also will consolidate two schools and open three new ones.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday hogs: 650.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 298, a year ago 507.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 241 year ago 305.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 400.
Put together a refreshing grapefruit salad in 20 minutes
This refreshing salad that you can assemble in about 20 minutes has a combination of flavors to brighten up winter meals, including grapefruit, papaya, honey, black beans, cumin and cilantro.
Preserve baking items in freezer
After the holidays, I had nuts and different chips left over from the holidays. To preserve their shelf life I put them all in a wire basket and put them in the freezer.
Winter is good time to roast vegetables
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Sometimes vegetarian cooking seems more about replacing, replicating and removing forbidden ingredients than about -- gasp! -- finding great ways to eat great vegetables.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, a name was misspelled in an obituary for Edna Melby on Page 5A Thursday. Her parents' last name was Carder.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Phillip and Lisa (Peterson) McConville, Detroit Lakes, twins, Meghan Ashlee, 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and Emmalyn Isabella, 5 pounds, 8 ounces, Jan. 11, 2002. Grandparents are Rudolph and Mary Peterson, Brainerd, and Mike and Paula McConville, San Antonio.
CROSSLAKE -- A Crosslake man was injured Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident at County Roads 66 and 1 in Crosslake.
Pentagon assessing tribunals in Guantanamo; Red Cross to visit Afghan detainees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's top lawyer visited Guantanamo Naval Base this week to work on plans for military tribunals that might try suspects in the war against terrorism.
Rumsfeld: Bin Laden, Omar may still be in Afghanistan Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- After more than 100 days of war and weeks of speculation that they may have escaped, Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Omar, the top two fugitives the U.S. war on terrorism, are likely still in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
Powell vows long-term U.S. role in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan prime minister told Secretary of State Colin Powell during a historic visit Thursday that Afghanistan needs a long-term commitment from the United States so it can become a normal country after years of being run by terrorists. Powell promised, "We will be with you."
In obvious and subtle ways, terrorism changes architecture
In the restless weeks since Sept. 11, a host of conflicting emotions has stirred the imaginations of architects: Anger. Defiance. Hope. Melancholy. And, perhaps especially, guilt.
Top annual flower performers in Minnesota listed
Following are the 2001 top annual flower performers in Minnesota, according to annual flower variety trials at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris; North Central Research and Outreach Center, Grand Rapids; and St. Paul Campus.
Sometimes projects are so complicated, the simple alternatives are overlooked
Q. Steve asks: We've put laminate flooring in the living-dining area. I have located replacement stair treads (oak) and have cut them to length, finished and varnished them. The stringer is routed for the treads and risers. The treads and risers are installed from underneath. The underneath area of the staircase is accessed from within our shop area. I can access four of the five steps and treads. I anticipate the fifth will be cut out in pieces because it is not accessible from below (due to finished wall that encloses the shop).
Make a reasonable list of what your home needs and stick to it
The problem with resolutions is they tend to be driven by emotion and guilt. Take a few moments -- if not a few days or weeks -- to really give hard thought to what your home needs and what you can accomplish. Make a list and check it twice -- if not more often.
Pollarding is useful and, to some, pretty
You either like the look of a tree that has been pollarded, or you do not.
Resolve to clean cluttered closets
Holiday decorations are back in storage but the new year can bring another home project -- organization.
Use low-voltage lighting outside to save energy
Are your outdoor security lights on all night?
Salad greens in January
WASHINGTON -- The arrival of true winter brings with it conflicting feelings of relief and regret: Yes, the guilt of not spending enough time on the garden is temporarily assuaged by nature itself, but the sight of spent lettuce, darkened by a sheen of frozen cells, prompts a real pang.
Curb appeal comes with a price on Design K-1
Know why Design K-1 has curb appeal? Look first at the outline of the foundation. The footprint of this country-style home is irregular, with bay windows and bump-outs. These features create depth and look more interesting to the eye than straight walls.
Here's when to make major home repairs
WASHINGTON -- No one ever wants to put money into a house. Owners will do it less grudgingly if they have to because of health or safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the house.
Help offered to keep those resolutions
At this time of year, our thoughts turn to the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, who urged balance among mind, body and spirit.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-Despite talk of a possible lawsuit against the city, the Brainerd City Council voted 4-2 to deny the request of a group of doctors who wanted to establish a drug store in their South Brainerd office building.
In Brainerd, Samuelson, attorney general Hatch discuss health care legislation they will support this session
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch and Senate President Don Samuelson on Thursday announced the health care legislation they will push for in the 2002 legislative session.
Sled dog race short of snow
Imagine, if you will, 40 to 50 dog sled teams racing through the Northland Arboretum pulled gracefully by Samoyeds, Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-Rep. Don Samuelson presented a Minnesota State flag to Baxter Mayor Jon Main. The flag will be displayed at the new Loren Thompson Memorial Park.
Washington Middle School sixth-grader Daniel Morris taught his mother, Veronica Morris, how to do a traditional African dance Thursday night in the gymnasium.
Televised meetings not on school board's schedule
Brainerd lakes area residents won't be seeing Brainerd School Board meetings broadcast on television anytime soon.
Brainerd Jaycees win awards
Members of the Brainerd Jaycees recently were honored during the state convention in Austin.
The Westgate Mall will host its annual Spring Community Services Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 26.
People interested in youth tobacco prevention are invited to a videoconference from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Room No. C237 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Visitors to the Brainerd lakes area are typically Minnesota residents, in their late 40s, college educated and well-to-do.
Long Prairie man dies after standoff in New Hampshire
LONG PRAIRIE -- During an eight-hour standoff with New Hampshire law enforcement officers Saturday, a Long Prairie man apparently took his life rather than give himself up to officers.
A student walked to the parking lot at Central Lakes College during a snow flurry Wednesday.
Contributions at red kettles also up over last year
The Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Corps served near record numbers of children and families during the 2001 holiday season.
Dean, professor, student killed in shooting spree at Virginia law school
GRUNDY, Va. (AP) -- A student upset about flunking out of law school shot his dean and a professor to death in their offices and opened fire on a crowd of students, killing one and injuring three others, authorities said.
Charges against former SLA members are gratifying for victim's son
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- For nearly three decades, Jon Opsahl has relentlessly lobbied prosecutors to bring his mother's killers to justice.
Olson faces murder charge
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sara Jane Olson, the former radical fugitive who admitted trying to bomb police cars decades ago, finds the past haunting her again as she faces a murder charge linked to a 1975 Symbionese Liberation Army bank robbery.
Shoe bomb suspect Reid enters innocent pleas to terrorism
BOSTON (AP) -- The man accused of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with bombs in his shoes pleaded innocent Friday to terrorism-related charges in federal court.
SEC chair: Enron case shows need for change
WASHINGTON -- Enron Corp.'s collapse was just the latest in a series of horrific accounting failures at big companies, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission said while calling for a new private-sector agency to regulate the accounting profession.
Scientists find HIV-like virus in chimp in the wild for the first time
WASHINGTON -- Pursuing the hunt for the origin of AIDS, researchers have found an HIV-like virus in a single chimpanzee in the wild for the first time -- and in a different part of Africa than they'd suspected.
Housing construction dips in December but total for year posts solid gain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Construction of new homes and apartments fell 3.3 percent in December but the total housing activity for the year managed a solid 2.2 percent increase, a remarkable achievement for an industry that normally is one of the hardest hit during a recession.
Wreck leaks deadly gas in Minot
MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- A train derailed west of this North Dakota city early Friday, sending a cloud of anhydrous ammonia gas over the area, killing one resident and sending dozens more to the hospital.
Man accused of killing wife, three children arraigned
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- A man accused of killing his wife and three children and then fleeing to a Mexican resort showed no emotion during two court hearings, giving brief answers to a judge's questions before he was arraigned on aggravated murder charges.
U.S. officials hope public release of new videotape, photos will help apprehend suspected terrorists
WASHINGTON -- Appealing to the public for help in tracking down terrorists, the Justice Department released videos and photos of five suspected members of al-Qaida, including one shown cradling a rifle and a Yemeni man who authorities believe was supposed to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks.
White House bioethics advisers tackle human cloning
WASHINGTON -- White House bioethics advisers were weighing the benefits of medical advances against the moral hazards of human cloning, a day after President Bush challenged the group to be the "conscience of the country."
Enron, Anderson swap accusations
WASHINGTON -- Enron Corp. and its auditor, Arthur Andersen, are trying to pin responsibility on each other for allowing questionable financial practices to continue and push Enron toward bankruptcy. Enron abruptly fired Andersen, citing its destruction of thousands of documents and its accounting advice.
Supposedly strong terror case collapses
NEW YORK (AP) -- It seemed, at least to prosecutors, highly suspicious. A radio used to communicate with pilots was found on top of a copy of the Quran in the room of an Egyptian student that overlooked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
Lawmakers probing Enron have accepted more than $700,000 in political donations from company
WASHINGTON -- More than $700,000 in campaign donations has gone from Enron Corp. to the members of seven congressional committees investigating its collapse, but none of the lawmakers has decided to drop out of the probe.
Olson to be sentenced today
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara Jane Olson, ensnared by her radical past, is now confronting a future that holds the possibility of life in prison.
Airlines begin new baggage screening; few delays
Airlines began new baggage screening techniques at the nation's airports Friday morning, but passengers who showed up fearing the worst encountered few delays.
Accomplice in millennium bomb plot sentenced to 24 years
NEW YORK -- A federal judge, declaring the defendant "created a grave risk to the safety and well being of the American people," sentenced an Algerian man Wednesday to 24 years in prison for conspiring to provide support for a plot to explode a suitcase bomb at Los Angeles International Airport.
Mavericks owner makes good on promise, manages Dairy Queen
COPPELL, Texas (AP) -- Trying desperately to perfect the curly tip on a soft-serve cone, Mark Cuban licked the remains of another failed effort from his fingertips and handed the messy treat to an anxious 3-year-old boy.
Red Sox sale approved
PHOENIX (AP) -- Now that they've approved the record $660 million sale of the Boston Red Sox, baseball owners will turn their attention to proposed sales of the Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos.
Sampras survives; Roddick tumbles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Pete Sampras avoided the growing pileup of injured and beaten players at the Australian Open and stayed on course for a possible 14th Grand Slam crown.
Washington called 'prime candidate' for team
PHOENIX -- Commissioner Bud Selig Thursday for the first time said Washington is "the prime candidate" to receive a relocated Major League Baseball team, predicting a move would come "in the near future."
Mickelson happy to be back
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson returned to the PGA Tour rested and with lots of practice under his belt -- and it showed.
Venus makes it to fourth round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams was happy just to survive three rounds of the Australian Open. Martina Hingis was upset that she conceded a game.
How important is playing at home?
Three of the four home teams won last week in the NFL's wild-card round. That's not unusual: In the past four seasons, home teams have won 27 of the league's 34 playoff games.
Big plays make for Big Ten wins
Big free throws, big 3-pointers and big second halves added up to Big Ten victories Wednesday night.
Parcells remains undecided about returning to coaching
In spite of further signs that point to Bill Parcells' imminent arrival as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coach, Parcells said Thursday he had not decided whether he will return to the sidelines.
Salt Lake City commuters struggle with Olympics traffic
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- When Jed Smith runs into Olympic-related road closures downtown, he falls back on old habits: "I flip on the radio. And I swear. That always helps."
Rookie enjoys lead at Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- After two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, your leader is a 31-year-old Australian playing his second tournament of a two-week-old PGA Tour career, who finished his 65 at Indian Wells by holing a bunker shot for an eagle.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Football League injury report for this week's games as provided by the league:
Josephine D. Thomas
HARLINGEN, Texas -- Josephine D. Thomas, 87, Harlingen, Texas, formerly of the Pelican Lake area, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, in Harlingen.
Edna F. Melby
LITTLE FALLS -- Edna F. Melby, 86, Little Falls, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais.
Roy A. Anderson
McGREGOR -- Roy A. Anderson, 96, McGregor, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Frank H. Phelan
LITTLE FALLS -- Frank H. Phelan, 87, Little Falls, formerly of Crystal Falls, Mich., died today, Jan. 18, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Jack H. Grove
Jack H. Grove, 78, Brainerd, died today, Jan. 18, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Madonna 'Donna' Collins
Madonna "Donna" Collins, 75, Brainerd, died today, Jan. 18, 2002, at her home.
Jodi A. Gorton
MOTLEY -- Jodi Ann Gorton, 45, Motley, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at home.
Elsie M. Kalash
LITTLE FALLS -- Elsie M. Kalash, 87, Little Falls, formerly of Swanville, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Sharon K. Ackerson
STAPLES -- Sharon Kathleen Ackerson, 63, Staples, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Greater Staples Care Center in Staples.
MERRIFIELD -- Alice Prescott, 63, Merrifield, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Elsie Kalesh, 87, Little Falls, formerly of Swanville, died today, Jan. 17, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Sharon K. Ackerson
STAPLES -- Sharon Kathleen Ackerson, 63, Staples, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Greater Staples Care Center in Staples.
Alice Pina Prescott
MERRIFIELD -- Alice Pina Prescott, 63, Merrifield, died today, Jan. 17, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
FORT MEYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Neher, 77, Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, died Dec. 18, 2001.
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Good ol' aspirin
We live in an age of miracles. One is the miraculous drugs that are appearing on the market to treat everything from high cholesterol levels to low sexual performance. The second miracle is how anyone can afford to pay for them.
Federal lawmakers' addresses
Sen. Paul Wellstone
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
As the March 12 Brainerd School board referendum nears The Brainerd Dispatch looks forward to a healthy debate on the issues and welcomes letters to the editor on the topic.
The Dispatch, the woman was saying, is like a public relations firm for the school district.
An option for reader complaints
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Here I was thinking the pro-life fol
Local voices heeded when it suits Bush
No sooner had George W. Bush taken office last year than he promised a fresh approach to the West. No more high-handed Washington decrees on public lands. The administration would listen to local sensibilities.
Anyone who doesn't think the U.S. recession is real need only scan today's headlines about the collapse of Fingerhut, a catalog firm that employs about 4,700 employees, statewide.
Gov. Ventura's proposed state budget adjustments do in fact "spread out the pain," with
Survey gives low marks to Minnesota hospitals for reducing medical errors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Fewer than half of 25 Minnesota hospitals surveyed meet one or more quality standards that have been shown to reduce medical errors, an employers' group says.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fingerhut Cos., one of the state's largest and most geographically diverse employers, is on the verge of collapse.
Appeals court panel rules sale of artifact was illegal
A Stillwater man who sold American Indian cultural items containing eagle feathers violated federal laws, a U.S. Appeals Court panel has ruled.
Snowmobile race cleanup to top $45,000
DETROIT LAKES (AP) -- Public agencies and private companies involved in the cleanup from the accidental sinking of snowmobile trailers in Big Detroit Lake say they expect to be repaid for their services.
New system proposed to crack down on false driver's licenses
ST. PAUL -- New measures are on the way to stop people from getting state driver's licenses that don't reflect their true identity, Minnesota's public safety chief said Thursday.
Employees upset by Federated's plan to sell or close Fingerhut
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Fingerhut employees had been hearing rumors for at least two weeks that Federated Department Stores Inc. was planning cuts in its catalog retailing unit.
Wellstone calls for federal aid for Fingerhut employees
ST. PAUL (AP) -- If any of Fingerhut's 4,700 Minnesota workers are looking to the state for help in retraining, they may need to hurry.
Met Council forecasting big population growth in the next 30 years
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Metropolitan Council predicts the Twin Cities area will grow much faster than experts had anticipated, adding nearly a million people over the next 30 years.
While others face cuts, Hatch offers raises
ST. PAUL (AP) -- As many in state government brace for program cuts and layoffs, Attorney General Mike Hatch last week granted his staff 8 percent pay increases and he plans another round of 7.6 percent raises in July.
St. Cloud teen-ager arrested on suspicion of shooting another
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy was arrested late Wednesday in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old St. Cloud boy earlier this month.
Brainerd boys edge Tech in double-overtime
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors handed St. Cloud Tech its first Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball loss of the season, beating the Tigers 76-75 in double overtime Thursday.
Maple Grove edges Brainerd in floor hockey
MAPLE GROVE -- The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team lost to Maple Grove 5-4 Thursday night.
Brainerd boys shut out Sartell
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors ran their unbeaten streak to five games as they defeated the Sartell Sabres 3-0 in boys' hockey Thursday behind the pads of goaltender Tom Cervantes.
Raiders lose in overtime
For one half, the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team was unstoppable. Armed with a pressure defense and an offense that took advantage of easy shot opportunities, the Raiders found themselves with momentum heading into halftime.
Kloss leads Pierz girls
HOLDINGFORD -- Allyson Kloss led the Pierz Pioneers past the Holdingford Huskers 85-49 in Central Minnesota Conference girls' basketball action Thursday.
Warrior boys ski to first place at Mt. Du Lac meet
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Paced by five top-10 finishers, the Brainerd Warriors boys' alpine ski team won the Cloquet/Esko/Carlton Invitational at Mt. Du Lac Wednesday.
Willmar swims to share of conference title
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals clinched a share of the Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving regular-season title with a 99-87 victory over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday.
Mindy makes mat history for Warriors
One wrestler's misfortune can be another's opportunity.
Road Crew defeats C-I wrestlers
PINE RIVER -- The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew took advantage of a depleted Crosby-Ironton team and defeated the Rangers 47-25 Thursday in non-conference wrestling.
Local sports shorts
St. Francis Church Knights of Columbus is sponsoring its annual free-throw contest from 9 a.m. until noon Jan. 26.
Flyer boys skate past Willmar
WILLMAR -- The Little Falls Flyers roared back from a two-goal third-period deficit to defeat the Willmar Cardinals 5-4 in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey Thursday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Where's the beef?
LF boys nip Alex
ITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers dealt the Alexandria Cardinals their first Central Lakes Conference defeat of the season by a 54-52 margin in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Duluth East brings its hockey show to town
It might be equivalent to Cretin-Derham Hall traveling to Brainerd to play football or baseball.
On the move
Central Lakes College Raiders freshman forward Val Diedrich (20) drove past a Mesabi Range player in their game Wednesday night.
What contraction? Twins sign Mays to 4-year deal worth $20 million
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins, facing an uncertain future, locked up another promising player for the long term Wednesday by signing pitcher Joe Mays to a four-year contract worth $20 million.
Wolves shrug off injury
STAPLES -- The one thing that couldn't happen did happen to the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines girls' basketball team Thursday.
Badgers' Penney doesn't let flu stop him; Gophers tumble
Jabs enjoys writing for newspaper to help students better understand the news
Joining the Fifth Street Journal staff offered an unexpected bonus for Cassie Jabs.
Lincoln Salutes America
Cassandra MacMillion was among the third-graders who sang all the armed forces' hymns during the concert. The students donned military headgear, including sailor hats and plastic helmets.
The Central Minnesota Boys Choir is soliciting donations for its second season, now in rehearsals, the group announced last week.
Auditions scheduled for C-I students
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton Community Education will present "Red Riding Hood," a Missoula Children's Theatre production.
'A Beautiful Mind' tells a compelling story
In a culture of disposable marriages, "A Beautiful Mind" reminds us that the power of love and commitment can still prevail over narcissistic design.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Anonymous donor starts scholarship honoring Poet Laureate Russell
An anonymous donation of $500 has initiated the Maxine Kaiser Russell Literary Scholarship Fund at Central Lakes College, said Diane Scearcy, executive director of the CLC Foundation that serves the Brainerd and Staples campus.
Pillager students to perform 'Just A High School Play'
PILLAGER -- Pillager High School's Applied Dramatics class will perform "Just A High School Play," written by E. Eugene Perry at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday in the high school performing arts area.
'Beautiful Mind,' 'Rings' stay on top of box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Moviegoers weary of pre-Oscar seriousness escaped to "Orange County" over the weekend, but the teen comedy couldn't quite match the struggles of a hobbit and a mathematician at the box office.
Photographer, computer artist opens exhibit at CLC
"The Digital Landscape," an exhibit of photographs by John Largaespada of Minneapolis, is available for free viewing in the Central Lakes College Gallery on the Brainerd campus through Feb. 13.
Robinson's gospel choir made up of variety of ethnic persuasions, not just African-American
LITTLE FALLS -- In some quarters, singer-director Robert Robinson is considered a miracle worker.
Lindbergh daughter to visit Little Falls to promote book she wrote about caring for her ailing mother
LITTLE FALLS -- Nearly a year has passed since her mother's death, but Reeve Lindbergh continues to ponder the final chapter of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's long life.
Grammy-winning classical guitarist to perform in Duluth
DULUTH -- Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin will make a guest appearance Jan. 26 with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.
Pequot Lakes High School Theatre Club to sponsor events
PEQUOT LAKES -- Students in grades seven through 12 from Pine River-Backus, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa or Brainerd are invited to a mini one-act festival and workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 5 to 15 above northwest and near 20 southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny this morning. Increasing clouds north and west this afternoon. Highs from zero to 15 above.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the teens north to the upper 20s southeast.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow west and north...Flurries southeast. Highs 15 to 25 west and north...And the 20s southeast.
Weather drawing by Sarah Sanders of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Snow blows in
Weather drawing by Zach Shepersky of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries in the lake superior snowbelt. Partly sunny elsewhere. Highs from the teens northwest to the mid and upper 20s far southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Increasing cloudiness. Scattered flurries northwest late. Highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Increasing clouds with a chance of light snow west and south by afternoon. Highs in the teens northeast to 20s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with flurries. Highs around 10 north to lower 20s south. Tonight...Some flurries early this evening southeast. Becoming clear and cold overnight. Lows from 23 below northeast to near zero south.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with flurries this morning...Then becoming mostly to partly sunny. Highs 10 to 15 above.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a few flurries west...Partly sunny east. Highs 5 above northeast to around 20 southwest.
Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition Program
Gay man's dream of family could turn into nightmare
DEAR ABBY: Please reprint a letter you ran a few years ago from a gay man who was single, but wanted to be straight so he could fulfill his dream of marrying and having children.
Alleged shoe bomber Reid accused of being trained al-Qaida terrorist
BOSTON (AP) -- Accused sneaker bomber Richard Reid has been indicted on federal charges alleging he was trained by the al-Qaida terrorist network and was attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction when he tried to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner.
Runaway hotline offers help in crisis
DEAR ABBY: The holiday season is finally over -- and a lot of people are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The pressure of trying to maintain a greeting-card kind of family facade is overwhelming for families already experiencing problems. Parents aren't going to stop fighting because it's suddenly the time for peace and love. And Johnny isn't going to stop acting out, no matter how much everyone wishes differently.
North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 65, and Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 64. East-West: Bill and Mary Jane Pearce, 55, and Dale and Helen Dickie, 53.5.
Fired Enron auditor laying blame for document destruction on accounting firm's lawyers
WASHINGTON -- The auditor fired for destroying documents in the Enron Corp. affair is laying the blame squarely on his accounting firm, Arthur Andersen LLP, telling congressional investigators he was just following advice from its lawyers.
Microsoft announces corporate strategy shift toward security and privacy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates is steering his software empire onto a new strategic heading, putting security and privacy ahead of new capabilities in the company's products.
Names and faces
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Actress Parker Posey and Tom Beller, a writer, had only one gripe with the new security system in the Salt Lake International Airport.
Studies show even short periods of stress take toll on brain cells, a clue to post-traumatic stress disorder
WASHINGTON -- Short bouts of stress caused the brain cells of mice to become hypersensitive for weeks, says a new report seeking to uncover the molecular root of post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Marines hand over base to Army
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Dirty but delighted, U.S. Marines on Friday started climbing out of foxholes on the perimeter of the Kandahar base where they had lived for weeks, turning them over to Army troops taking control of the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.
Britain charges 2 Algerians with al-Qaida membership; suspects arrested in Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines
LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Suspected members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network have been detained in Britain, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines, with Britain accusing two suspects of plotting to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
U.S. defends conditions at Cuba camp as Red Cross workers begin to interview prisoners
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A team from the international Red Cross began meeting with prisoners Friday to evaluate whether the U.S. military is violating the rights of more than 100 captives taken from Afghanistan to this arid Caribbean outpost.
Philippine president: Islands are not the next Afghanistan
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines will not become a "second front" in the U.S. war against terrorism, even though Americans are preparing to help Filipino troops fight Muslim extremists, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Friday.
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