A truck is still a truck despite its options
You can hang all the three-pointed stars you want to on a little truck and you can pack it with enough leather to upholster a brace of cows, but when all is said and done, it's still a truck.
A wagon is coming from DaimlerChrysler
DaimlerChrysler says it will offer a wagon concept vehicle for sale early next year as a 2004 model.
Dunn joins broadcast crew
Former National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel pilot Mike Dunn will join the NHRA broadcast team in presenting the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series on ESPN.
Mini Cooper's pricing makes it a bargain
When the new Mini Cooper hits showrooms in the United States later this year, it will be the least expensive car from BMW Group in decades.
'02 Toyota Prius: Wedding electricity with gasoline
NEW YORK -- Maggie Gold, our longtime family friend, married Jonathan Seelig here last week. We drove to their wedding in a 2002 Toyota Prius hybrid gas-electric sedan. It was an easy choice.
Ford idles a classic luxury car
Back when Lexus was at most a gleam in Toyota's eye, and the few German models here were as popular as a flat tire on a rainy night, what with World War II about to break out, Cadillac and Lincoln owned the U.S. luxury car market.
Subaru GT Legacy Finding solace in sensibility
WASHINGTON -- There were rumors of snow. I was unconcerned. I had the perfect car -- the 2002 Subaru GT Legacy Limited sedan.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday Cattle midsession: 650.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 123, a year ago 292.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500 estimated.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 483, a year ago 251.
Use frozen meatballs for soup that's easy to fix on a blustery winter day
It's quickly prepared -- but this soup doesn't need more work. It's complete, a cheering meal in itself for a wintry day or evening.
Add leftover fried bacon to pancakes
The other day I had some leftover bacon; not enough to serve for breakfast but enough to experiment with.
Work on your Super Bowl game plan
Keep these tips in mind to make sure your Super Bowl party is a winner, a nutritious as well as tasty treat for all your guests.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Positive earnings reports and encouraging words about the economy from Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan combined to push stock prices sharply higher Thursday.
WALKER -- A Cass County jury Wednesday acquitted Wade Devere Borders, 39, Brainerd, of gross misdemeanor harassment and misdemeanor obscene or harassing phone call charges.
Megan Rae Lavoi, 23, Solway, was sentenced for gross misdemeanor DUI to 30 days jail, placed on two years supervised probation and fined $900.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday on Highway 210 at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport.
Kiffmeyer to seek second secretary of state term
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is passing up a shot at higher office this year and said Wednesday she would seek re-election to her current job.
Cutting funding for domestic abuse programs debated
Happenings at the Minnesota Capitol:
Nations asked to adopt curbs on spread of weapons
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton called on the 66-nation Conference on Disarmament on Thursday to approve new curbs on the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Special elections will be key in abortion debate
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two special elections Tuesday could go a long way in determining how abortion measures fare in the upcoming legislative session.
Congress' budget office projecting sharply smaller 10-year surplus, and deficits this year and next
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal surpluses have plunged to $1.6 trillion over the coming decade and annual deficits are back for the next two years, say new congressional projections that herald a budget squeeze sure to color this fall's election for control of Congress.
Greenspan sees encouraging signs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress Thursday that he saw a number of encouraging signs that the country's first recession in a decade could soon be over.
Cass County's future focus of annual retreat
HACKENSACK -- Cass County officials switched focus at the sixth annual planning retreat from the future of county government to the entire county's future.
81 people died last year in Cass County
WALKER -- Dr. M.B McGee, Cass County medical examiner, reported by letter to the county board there were 81 deaths in Cass County last year, up from 74 in 2000.
Cass board hears rules on removal of noxious weeds
WALKER -- Jeff Sciira, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, told the Cass County Board on Tuesday he receives about a half a dozen complaints from county residents annually concerning noxious weeds.
Cass meetings set around county to take comments on comprehensive plan
WALKER -- The Cass County Board has set five county board meetings this spring away from the county seat to receive additional public comment and questions on the proposed Comprehensive Plan revision.
State's average-sized farms are struggling
MOORHEAD (AP) -- Fifth-generation farmer Jon Evert walked away from the life he loved. He had little choice.
Todd County deputy on Olympic security force
David Stumpf, a criminal justice instructor at Central Lakes College and a deputy sheriff, likes working community events where he has had the pleasure of experiencing "Minnesota nice."
Bicentennial farm family gets out of the business
LAKE CRYSTAL (AP) -- The sun was setting in rose and gold as Bob Schroeder polished his farm equipment, lined up for the next day's auction. He was proud of his machinery, from the two gleaming red tractors that were his favorites to the orange 1934 Allis Chalmers tractor that he had restored.
Cass appoints five to Shingobee Sewer District Board
WALKER -- The Cass County Board appointed five people to the Shingobee Sewer District Board on Tuesday, to serve from this date forward.
Cass Extension worker airs concerns in letter
WALKER -- Cass County Extension Committee Chair Sybil Nies has written a letter to state Sen. Tony Kinkel and state Rep. Larry Howes outlining the area extension committee concerns over proposals to regionalize extension services.
Cass board OKs three bargaining unit contracts
WALKER -- Cass County has reached agreement with three of five union bargaining units for three-year wage contracts, running through 2004. The board voted Tuesday to accept those three agreements.
Volunteer drivers helped 640 Cass seniors
WALKER -- Barb Westberg, Cass County Council on Aging director, reported Tuesday to the county board 86 volunteer drivers provided 2,455 rides to 640 senior citizens needing to go to medical and other appointments in 2001.
Twin Cities Boy Scouts build ice castle on area lake
IDEAL TOWNSHIP -- It's been a dismal winter for snowmobiling and other outdoor activities.
Questions at retreat deal with reasoning behind preparation of county's comprehensive plan
WALKER -- Ninety-five people attended the annual Cass County planning retreat Friday at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack.
County is looking for parks director
If you like to develop, maintain and operate parks, there may be a job for you in Crow Wing County.
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Area Agency on Aging will host a a discussion about "Vital Aging" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in classroom E100 at Central Lakes College in Staples.
Cass County residents told not to expect new hospital any time soon
WALKER -- Seeing a new hospital built in central Cass County is pretty unlikely any time soon, Health and Human Services Director Dorothy Opheim told the county board Tuesday.
Michael Matanich, developer of Staples college, dies
Michael J. Matanich, who for 22 years served as director of the Staples Vocational Technical Institute, now known as the Staples campus of Central Lakes College, died Wednesday.
Health budget exceeded
WALKER -- Cass County Health and Human Services received 102 percent of budgeted income in 2001 and expended 4 percent more than budgeted.
Pierz students focus on diversity
PIERZ -- To learn more about the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and to build diversity awareness, six teens from different high schools gathered Wednesday at Pierz Healy High School in the media center to talk about their own cultures.
County works on saving cell phone expense
Crow Wing County expects to save $500 a month on cellular phone bills.
Bethany celebrates Scandinavia
Miriam Bautch (left) was served cookies by Sons of Norway Sagatun Lodge 18 member Cherie Shelstad during Bethany Good Samaritan Village's Celebrate Scandinavia program Wednesday.
County orders buses for new transit system
The Crow Wing County Board ordered three buses at $50,000 each Tuesday for the countywide transit system.
Graduation standards phased in
Even though the American Federation of Teachers criticizes Minnesota graduation standards, the Brainerd School District is pleased with its marks.
Cass totals cost of inmate care
WALKER -- Cass County spent $65,411.43 for jail inmate health services last year.
County discusses what it hopes to accomplish in '02
From implementing the countywide transit system to passing a dog ordinance, the Crow Wing County Board plans to accomplish various tasks this year.
Cass selling land
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to have a purchase agreement drafted to sell 81 acres of land to Wilkinson Township for $500 per acre or $40,500.
Cass weighs what it could lose in aid cuts
WALKER -- Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported to the county board Tuesday the county could lose up to $1,205,063 over two years in state homestead and agricultural aids if the state makes cuts the governor proposes.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-An unrelenting January storm dumped 10 to 12 inches of snow on Brainerd as plowing crews tried to keep up with fierce gusts of wind which hampered efforts to keep roads clear.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet 3:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.
Detox center gets hospital grant
The St. Joseph's Medical Center Board recently donated $100,000 to the Crow Wing County Detox Center.
March for Life
Marchers walked from Sixth and Oak streets in Brainerd to the Crow Wing County Courthouse Tuesday to mark the 29th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
Cass seeks bids for garbage transfer station north of Pine River
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to advertise for bids to construct a garbage transfer station building north of Pine River and consider awarding contracts Feb. 19.
Council remembers Chuck Widmark
The Brainerd City Council Tuesday opened its meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Chuck Widmark, the former Brainerd City Council member who died Sunday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-In November 1980, Burlington Northern Railroad officials announced a new railroad merger. It would mean, they promised their employees, greater job security plus an additional 200 jobs. Today promises like those are hard to come by.
Dispatcher's firing upheld
WALKER -- Cass County commissioners learned Tuesday a Minnesota state arbitrator has upheld the firing of a Cass County Sheriff's Department dispatcher for off-duty criminal misconduct.
Council fights proposed aid cutback
If Gov. Jesse Ventura has his way, Brainerd could lose more than a half-million dollars in aid this year.
Cass seeks to keep home open
WALKER -- The Cass County Board passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the governor and Legislature to keep Ah-Gwah-Ching nursing home open to better serve the health care needs of Minnesota residents.
Rivals will see gains from Kmart's losses
Kmart Corp.'s model of selling a broad array of goods at value prices -- once a winning strategy -- in recent years has become vulnerable to newer, tougher and more innovative retailers that each have picked off segments of Kmart's target customers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A stronger-than-anticipated economic report Tuesday failed to impress investors, who instead retreated into the now-familiar pattern of unloading technology stocks as they worried about the timing of a recovery.
Jobless claims drop for third straight week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for unemployment insurance dropped for the third straight week to the lowest level in almost six months, suggesting a slow economic rebound is finally reaching U.S. workers.
Enron hearings begin
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fired Enron auditor David Duncan refused to testify to Congress about the shredding of the Texas-based energy company's documents, invoking his Fifth Amendment protection Thursday against self-incrimination.
Kmart customers react to bankruptcy filing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Larry Guydon remembers when Kmart was premiere discount retailer in town, long before Target and Wal-Mart stores began multiplying across America.
A book for those crazy about numbers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans ate 76 billion pounds of red meat and poultry in 2000, up 21 percent from 1990.
FBI looks into Enron shredding
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior officials of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm are receiving subpoenas to compel them to testify to Congress about the massive destruction of Enron-related documents.
50,000 pressure washers have counterfeit plugs that could lead to electrocution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 50,000 electric pressure washers recalled by a Minnesota company have counterfeit plugs that may fail to protect consumers from electric shock.
Lindh appears in federal court
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- In his first court appearance, Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh told a federal judge "Yes I do, thank you" when asked Thursday if he understood charges that he conspired to kill his fellow Americans in Afghanistan.
Poll indicates one-third think terrorism is likely at Games
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One-third of the public in an Associated Press poll believes a terrorist attack is likely at the Winter Olympics next month in Salt Lake City.
Capriati, Hingis advance
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Martina Hingis will get another chance against Jennifer Capriati in a rematch of last year's Australian Open final.
Madden feels like he's been kicked in the stomach
Despite two decades of appearing on television and radio, John Madden still considers himself a coach and teacher, not a broadcaster.
Tyson and Lewis fight, and it's only a news conference
NEW YORK -- Mike Tyson might have jeopardized a fight that took years to make with one left hand that whizzed past the face of Lennox Lewis.
Dungy's goal is to rebuild Colts defense
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- On his first day on the job, Tony Dungy promised to rebuild Indianapolis' defense and lead the Colts to the playoffs and eventually the Super Bowl.
Colts hire Dungy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tony Dungy was the only coach Jim Irsay wanted.
NDSU moves closer to Division I
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota State University could move from NCAA Division II to Division I in athletics, but first it must find out whether students, alumni and fans will support the jump, consultants say.
Capriati, Safin into semis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Marat Safin went through the darkest period of his tennis career just after Jennifer Capriati won her first Grand Slam event at the 2001 Australian Open.
Jayhawks finally conquer Iowa State jinx
Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison left their home state with a win.
Illinois, Indiana win blowouts
Illinois and Indiana tuned up for their meeting this weekend with blowout wins.
UPSALA -- Lorraine Johnson, 73, Upsala, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Carl A. Schellin
AITKIN -- Carl A. Schellin, 85, Aitkin, died today, Jan. 23, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
AITKIN -- Edwin Mattson, 88, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Jimmy M. Jones
Jimmy M. Jones, 63, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at his home.
Carl A. Schellin
CROSBY -- Carl A. Schellin, 85, Crosby, formerly of Aitkin, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Phyllis M. Mueller
GLEN -- Phyllis M. Mueller, 72, Glen, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.
Carl Edwin Mattson
AITKIN -- Carl Edwin Mattson, 81, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Beatrice 'Bea' Holub Schultz
STAPLES -- Beatrice "Bea" Holub Schultz, 76, Staples, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Michael J. Matanich
STAPLES -- Michael J. Matanich, 84, Staples, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Walter J. Dircks
Walter J. Dircks, 83, Platte Lake Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at his home.
Leonilla B. Lust
LITTLE FALLS -- Leonilla B. Lust, 90, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at her home.
No perfect plan
To be honest, I don't do a very good job of dog paddling while attempting to swim.
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News that Kmart Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday was yet another disturbing testament that the U.S. economy is going through rough times.
Stop the shredder
Demonstrating a brazen disregard for the law Enron officials or their designees apparently shredded hundreds of thousands of documents starting last fall when the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it was probing what has become the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
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Did you know that by the time they are 18, one out of four girls and one out of six boys will have been sexually assaulted?
Now the school board is asking for another bond referendum to build new schools. Our schools
The judgeship game continues
This editorial appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times:
How to reach state lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
John is making his mark
Trevor John of Crosslake aboard his Polaris has racked up some impressive finishes in snocross racing in the World Snowmobile Association's Snocross Worldwide Championship Series recently.
Borg, Tomberlin ice-racing winners
Randy Borg and Randy Tomberlin were winners in their classes in ice racing at the Northstar Track Sunday.
NASCAR adjusts spoiler rule for Tauruses
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR has given the Fords a quarter-inch decrease of the rear spoiler height for the season-opening Daytona 500 after six days of testing by all four auto makes used in Winston Cup racing.
CHISAGO CITY. (AP) -- Police arrested a 17-year-old boy Tuesday after the snowmobile he was driving struck and killed a 2-year-old boy Monday night.
State pension plan's loss from Enron is $20 million
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The state public employee pension fund lost about $20 million in the collapse of Enron Corp., a tiny fraction of its $40 billion in holdings.
Beet cooperative pays $215,000 to settle dispute with MPCA
OLIVIA (AP) -- The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative will pay the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency $215,000 to settle a dispute involving a fish kill and other alleged violations.
Appeals Court judge resigns his oversight of trust fund
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A state Appeals Court judge has resigned from his oversight of a trust fund for a mentally retarded woman that had come under scrutiny for alleged improprieties.
Animal-rights group targets fishing in state parks
WINONA (AP) -- Minnesota anglers like their fishing enough to wake up before dawn in the summer and sit on thin ice in the winter, so they probably won't take kindly to the latest campaign by an animal-rights group.
Man with many drunken driving convictions pleads innocent to escape
DETROIT LAKES (AP) -- A man with at least 20 convictions for drunken driving has pleaded innocent in Becker County District Court to an escape charge.
Union says another firm is interested in Fingerhut
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A New York equity fund is considering the purchase of Fingerhut Cos., according to a union representing Fingerhut workers.
Cuts could hurt small cities, counties
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's proposals to cut aid to local governments could force the state's smallest cities and counties to make cuts in basic services, including police patrols and snowplowing.
Teen charged in death of 2-year-old child struck by snowmobile
CHISAGO CITY (AP) -- A Lindstrom teen-ager told deputies he had three beers on the same evening prosecutors say he drove a snowmobile that struck and killed a 2-year-old boy in a city park.
Officials seek to balance public safety against right to know
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Balancing public safety with citizens' right to know will become a more difficult task as lawmakers head back to the Capitol next week.
Little Falls boys beat Staples-Motley
LITTLE FALLS -- Break out the brooms.
Northland derails Raiders
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team only played 20 minutes of quality basketball and lost to the Northland Pioneers Wednesday in North Division play.
Willmar gymnasts outscore Little Falls
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals defeated the Little Falls Flyers 142.41 to 127.93 in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics on Tuesday.
Local sports shorts
Central Lakes College guard Garth McFadden has been named North Division men's basketball player of the week in the Minnesota Community College Conference.
C-I-A nips Moose Lake/WR
MOOSE LAKE -- The Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels 5-4 in boys' hockey Tuesday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Before the gymnastics season began, the Brainerd Warriors lost returning state entrant Annalisa Aakhus, who moved to Bemidji.
CLC women fall in conference encounter
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team couldn't hold on to a two-point first half lead and lost 64-48 to the Northland Pioneers Wednesday.
Kuschel works his way back into lineup
When a person loves something so much, it's only when they no longer have that "something," that they realize how much they truly miss it.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Pierz wins twice at Milaca triangular
MILACA -- Nathan Janson and Zach Solinger pinned their opponents in both matches as the Pierz Pioneers wrestling team defeated Sauk Rapids 51-21 and Milaca 37-20 at the Milaca triangular Tuesday.
Pickar brothers lead Warriors past Willmar
What started out as the destruction of the Pickar family rumpus room has turned into a pretty good thing for coach Bob Brakke and the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team.
In his grasp
Steve Perpich of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers (32) dove for a loose ball Tuesday night.
Aitkin benefits from wild finish
AITKIN -- It was a play that could have gone either way, but it helped the Aitkin Gobblers boys' basketball team defeat the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Tuesday.
Fergus Falls nips Warrior boys' hockey team 5-4
FERGUS FALLS -- Ryan Kantrud scored with one second remaining in the final period to give the Fergus Falls Otters a 5-4 non-conference victory over the Brainerd Warriors in boys' hockey action Tuesday.
Anderson sparks Flyers girls to win
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers are glad guard Becky Anderson wears purple and gold.
Pillager girls knock off Verndale
VERNDALE -- The Pillager Huskies jumped to a 16-2 lead after the first quarter and posted a 48-37 victory over the Verndale Pirates in Park Region Conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
Zemke to speak to boosters club
Brainerd Warriors boys' swimming and diving coach John Zemke will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
Warrior girls skate to 2-0 triumph
Fans may have been expecting a blowout when the 2-13-3 Fergus Falls Otters met the Brainerd Warriors in non-conference girls' hockey Tuesday.
Pequot Lakes boys smash Onamia
PEQUOT LAKES -- All 12 Pequot Lakes Patriot boys' basketball players scored in a 77-39 non-conference victory over the Onamia Panthers Tuesday.
Wild beaten in overtime
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Defenseman Ruslan Salei sat on the Anaheim bench with his head down after getting beat for the tying goal. A heads-up play by teammate Keith Carney got him off the hook.
Strike two Baseball loses another round in Minnesota courts
ST. PAUL -- Baseball's plan to eliminate two teams has two strikes against it in Minnesota's courts.
Baseball takes case to state high court
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Before sending players south for spring training, the Twins and major league baseball want Minnesota's highest court to determine if the team will play at all in 2002.
Tice interviews Louisville offensive coordinator
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- New Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice continued his search for an offensive coordinator with a five-hour interview with the offensive coordinator for the University of Louisville.
Miscues plague Wolves
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons couldn't explain why they looked so bad on Monday and so good two days later.
Twins sign Jackson to minor-league deal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins, whose hopes of playing the 2002 season were given a big boost a day earlier, signed veteran righthanded reliever Mike Jackson on Wednesday to a minor-league contract.
Reclusive artist carves spearing decoys by hand that are decorative, and functional
PINE RIVER -- Spearing divides ice fishing enthusiasts into sharply opposing camps, but most would agree on one thing: John Oman makes some pretty cool decoys for the controversial sport.
Ice fishing tourney set on Mille Lacs; antique snowmobiles to be on display in Pequot Lakes
Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. Explore Minnesota Now! for lodging specials currently being offered, check out the Web site www.exploreminnesota.com.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Kristina Bird credits her aptitude in math and science for her career goal as a surgeon.
Area dancers perform at Outback Bowl
Twenty-eight area dancers performed in the halftime show of the Outback Bowl game in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Day.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
Folk singer Hills lauded for both her voice and her song-writing
NISSWA -- A contemporary folk singer known for her vocal as well as her lyrical gifts is coming to the lakes area for a single performance Feb. 1.
The Monkees, the 1960s pop band created for a television sitcom by the same name, are enjoying another revival, if ticket sales for the group's Friday night performances at Grand Casino Mille Lacs are any indication.
Area actor-writer to test his standup comedy show with two performances in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- Area actor-writer Jason Schommer has developed a standup comedy show for the 2002 Minnesota Fringe Festival, scheduled for August in Minneapolis.
Combat thriller 'Black Hawk Down' takes command at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Black Hawk Down," director Ridley Scott's explosive tale of a U.S. military mission gone awry in Somalia, topped the box office with $33.6 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
'Black Hawk Down' portrays war as real as it can get
If you've never experienced a live-fire battle, "Black Hawk Down" is the next best thing.
Lifelong friends perform like Andrews Sisters as Company B
STAPLES -- It all started when three old friends were cast as the Andrews Sisters in a Hibbing Community College production of "The 1940s Radio Hour."
Heartland Symphony Orchestra is scheduling youth audition times
Heartland Symphony Orchestra is scheduling audition times for this year's youth auditions.
Seven seniors to seek Miss Nisswa crown
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Area Women of Today will host the Nisswa Scholarship Pageant and Little Miss Nisswa Pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
BREEZY POINT -- The Breezy Point Area Women's Club awarded a $500 scholarship to Patty Durham, an elementary education student in the Southwest State University program based at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Couple goes ahead with wedding plans despite woman's cancer
FERGUS FALLS (AP) -- When Lynn Sonstebo Bauer, formerly of Underwood, was diagnosed and hospitalized for leukemia just a month before her wedding, it wouldn't have been surprising for the couple to postpone the wedding. Not Lynn and Michael Bauer.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Colder. Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Highs from zero far northwest to the middle 20s southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Cloudy with scattered flurries. Temperatures steady or slowly falling from the 20s north to an early morning high in the low 50s southeast.
The rink is ready
Weather drawing by Erik Carter in the Baxter 4th grade of Mr. Trucano.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries. Highs from the mid 20s northwest to the lower 40s southeast.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Decreasing cloudiness this morning...Partly sunny this afternoon. Highs 15 northeast to the lower 40s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Becoming sunny east this morning...Mostly sunny west. Highs in the upper 20s north to the low 40s southwest.
Happy to be out in the snow
Weather drawing by Tate Geraets in the St. Francis first grade of Mrs. Smith.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Decreasing clouds from west to east. Scattered flurries near lake superior. Highs in the mid 20s north to 30 to 35 south.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 40s west and central... And 30s east.
State forecast for south dakota
This afternoon...Becoming partly cloudy west and south central. Cloudy east and north central with a few flurries. Nearly steady temperatures in the teens to lower 20s in the east. Highs in the upper 20s to upper 30s in the west.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Variable cloudiness with flurries and light snow west. Cloudy with flurries east. Highs 5 below zero northeast to the lower 20s southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy north with some flurries. Partly cloudy south. Highs from the teens north to near 30 south
Families struggle with missing deployed troops
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- On this forlorn Army post, Karina Blaz is struggling with the unaccustomed hardships of the Snow Belt and the heartache of not knowing if her husband is in harm's way.
Minority children face more challenges
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota is growing more diverse, yet minority children remain behind in key demographic measurements, such as infant mortality and graduation rates.
The book on divorce After 'I do' becomes 'I don't' life goes on
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- In the beginning, E. Mavis Hetherington was looking for as much pathology as the next person.
Health problems hit Ground Zero workers
The first signs of chronic lung conditions have begun to emerge in data from a quickly assembled medical analysis looking into the health of people who have worked, even for an hour, at Ground Zero.
Daughter who sleeps nude keeps mom awake at night
DEAR ABBY: I started college last fall and moved into a dorm. My roommate and I get along great. She sleeps in the nude. It shocked me at first, but the weather was hot, so I tried it. Now I wouldn't sleep any other way.
Christmas shared with elderly neighbor is treasured memory
DEAR ABBY: I read the letter from the "Grinch" who didn't want her elderly neighbor intruding on her family Christmas morning.
Helping parents cope with snow days
At this time of year, two words can strike fear into the heart of any parent.
Palestinian killed in clashes with Israeli troops; undercover troops raid bakery
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli undercover troops wearing traditional Arab headdresses arrested a suspected Palestinian militant in a raid of a Hebron bakery Thursday. A Palestinian intelligence officer was killed in a gunbattle with Israeli troops in another West Bank town.
Pope brings religious leaders together for prayer
ASSISI, Italy (AP) -- Imams, patriarchs, monks and rabbis from around the world joined Pope John Paul II on Thursday to pray for peace and to proclaim that following the Sept. 11 attacks, religion must never be used to justify violence.
Former Lebanese Christian warlord assassinated in car bombing in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- A former Lebanese Christian warlord held responsible for a massacre of Palestinian refugees 20 years ago that for many symbolizes the outrages of Lebanon's civil war was killed Thursday in a car bombing at his house.
U.S. soldier wounded in foot
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Army special forces soldiers attacked an al-Qaida cell in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, capturing and killing a number of the al-Qaida fighters. One American was wounded in the foot.
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