Audi allroad is a cold-weather friend
Winter weather makes a lot of consumers wonder whether it's time to get a new vehicle -- something hardier, able to glide above the snow, better able to handle these cold, blustery months.
Subaru Outback offers a big, boxy package
Despite the long-standing advice about buying the cheapest house in the best neighborhood, some people still choose to do the opposite. It's like that with cars, too; some opt for high-ticket makes on the cheap -- late-model used, perhaps -- while others prefer to start with a less-expensive, brand new car and pile on the options.
2001 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD: No toying around in truck country
Heavy-duty pickup trucks are respected in southern Virginia, but they're treated with disdain in the state's urban north and the neighboring District of Columbia.
Replacing faulty Ford ignition device recommended
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lawyers for nearly 2 million former and current owners of Ford vehicles suspected of being prone to stalling recommended recently that the automaker replace what a judge has said are faulty ignition devices.
Behind the FLASH
DETROIT -- A rousing gospel choir belting out "Oh Happy Day" heralded the unveiling of a retro-styled Ford concept car while multicolored cascades of confetti formed a rainbow tumbling onto newly released Ford Thunderbirds. A new Cadillac truck burst onstage amid dry-ice fog and strobe lights. And Chrysler sent its latest Jeep clambering down an elaborate artificial mountainside to great fanfare.
Ford builds simulator to test driving distractions
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. has built a driving simulator to study how drivers can get distracted by cell phones and other gadgets.
Getting an education beyond school walls
NEW YORK -- Schools can't please all of the students all of the time.
Technology allows students to leave lunch money at home
PENN VALLEY, Pa. -- The tiny ridges on a student's index finger could soon make school lunch money and lunch-line bullies a thing of the past.
Do the math
A massive overhaul of math instruction in U.S. schools will be necessary if students are to achieve the skills and understanding required in today's high-tech world, according to a long-awaited report from the National Research Council, released Tuesday.
Raw story on eggs
Dear Heloise: I would like to know what is that YUCKY WHITE STUFF IN A RAW EGG? I remove it before using the egg. -- Ethellene, Lilly, Perryton, Texas
Thread of family feud runs through wedding, funeral
DEAR ABBY: My husband and two sons had a family business. One son got married 13 years ago. Six years ago, the business split up. The business survived, thanks to my husband and older son.
Enjoy the game, and tasty treats
It's Super Bowl season again, and that means kick off time for serving up tasty food for you and your friends.
Bake quick and easy quesadillas during half time
You could bake these quick and easy quesadillas during Super Bowl half time and earn the cheers of the whole crowd.
Pecan bars offer game supporters sweet nutrition
These Pecan Power Bars may be just the thing to bake for Super Bowl Sunday, to provide something better than merely handy for football fans to grab at tense moments.
Check out Web site for nutritional content of hot dogs and condiments
Add this Web site to your bookmarks: www.hot-dog.org/feature.htm.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a garage fire at 6:39 p.m. Tuesday at 1022 13th Ave. N.E. in Brainerd.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 292, a year ago 213.
BURGLARY -- Jason Stephanie, 500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast, reported his garage broken into.
Brainerd police officers arrested a 30-year-old Brainerd woman and a 46-year-old Yakima, Wash., man Monday for possession of methamphetamine.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 900.
Golf turns into sport for all seasons
EAST GULL LAKE -- The Legacy Courses at Cragun's Resort have been called the most challenging 27 holes in the area.
Senate panel OKs Norton nomination for Interior post
WASHINGTON -- Gale A. Norton's nomination as Interior secretary won easy approval from a Senate committee Wednesday after Democrats on the panel served notice that they will be watching to make sure she keeps her promises to uphold environmental laws.
Democrats force delay on committee vote on Ashcroft
WASHINGTON -- Democrats want written answers to at least 126 questions from attorney general nominee John Ashcroft before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on recommending him to join President Bush's Cabinet.
Ventura administration proposes sweeping telecommunications plan
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's broad new telecommunications plan includes a proposal to lower basic telephone rates for for residents and businesses in the Twin Cities metro area while raising rates for rural residential customers.
Happenings Wednesday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Ventura's budget heavy on tax cuts
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura delivered a strong, Republican-sounding message of tax cuts and limited spending in his two-year, $27.3 billion budget, released Tuesday.
Democrats step up opposition to Ashcroft
WASHINGTON -- On a day when several of President Bush's Cabinet choices were greeted by a welcoming Senate, his most politically charged selection -- attorney general nominee John Ashcroft -- generated increased tensions and stepped-up opposition from Democrats.
Bush, McCain meet to discuss campaign finance reform
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, the Republican maverick who nearly derailed President Bush's campaign last winter, came calling at Bush's White House Wednesday to discuss McCain's signature issues of campaign finance reform and pork-barrel spending.
Bush faces big test on seeking consensus on education proposal
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is seeking consensus on a multibillion-dollar blueprint to help schools that fall behind. His supporters give him high marks, while skeptics of vouchers and testing say he has more homework to do.
Greenspan sees room for tax cut
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress Thursday that rising estimates of budget surpluses make room for a tax cut. He said the U.S. economy has slowed dramatically, signaling that further Federal Reserve interest rate reductions are on the way.
Senate confirms Thompson as HHS secretary
WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Tommy Thompson to lead the Department of Health and Human Services amid praise for his efforts at overhauling the welfare system.
Legislation seeks state-run casino
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Dick Day said he will introduce legislation for a state-sponsored casino that would help fund roads, bridges and schools.
The Minnesota Senate will work with Gov. Jesse Ventura's two-year budget and listen to the public's feedback in upcoming legislative hearings, said Senate President Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd.
Commissioners face tough questions on accounting in budget
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers brought out props and hit commissioners with pointed questions Wednesday in an effort to prove Gov. Jesse Ventura's new $27.3 billion budget includes more new spending than he let on a day earlier.
Bush sits down with top Democrats
WASHINGTON -- Sitting down for the first time at the White House with Democratic leaders, President Bush said Wednesday it's time "to come together and get things done" despite expectations of gridlock and acrimony in the nation's capital.
Study bolsters evidence that breast-fed babies healthier
CHICAGO (AP) -- A study of more than 16,000 European mothers offers some of the strongest evidence yet that breast-feeding makes babies healthier.
Men help other men exercise; women rely on their families
WASHINGTON -- For college men, exercise works on the buddy system: If their friends exercise, they do, a study says.
Quick drug use improves heart attack survival chances
CHICAGO -- Giving cholesterol-lowering drugs to heart attack patients in the hospital can substantially improve their chances of survival, Swedish researchers suggest in another study underscoring the benefits of the quick use of statins.
Science teacher to talk about Costa Rica at CLC
Ken Perry, science instructor in the Brainerd School District, will present the Feb. 1 noon-hour Cultural Thursday event at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Certain fruit tree varieties grow best in northern Minnesota
WALKER -- John Dainsberg, master gardener, suggested fruit tree varieties likely to succeed in northern Minnesota.
WADENA -- The seventh annual Central Minnesota Creative Sewing Expo is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Wadena.
Woman revisits her roots by interviewing three generations of Hmong women
ST. PAUL (AP) -- As a Hmong woman who grew up in the Twin Cities, Bo Thao wanted to learn how war and migration from Laos affected other Hmong women but found little record of their experiences.
Semiretired farmer offers his own version of Smithsonian in form of antique-filled shed
GLYNDON (AP) -- Move aside, Smithsonian. The Kragsonian is here.
Area health briefs
Following is the Cass County WIC nutrition program schedule for February.
Central Lakes College offers state's only dispatcher certification program
Central Lakes College on Feb. 5 will become the state's first institution of higher learning to provide dispatcher training that certifies law enforcement personnel for state and federal employment opportunities.
Brever quietly leads S-M boys to surprising season
STAPLES -- Over the last three years Jeff Brever has been one of the most celebrated, honored and storied athletes in Minnesota.
WASHINGTON -- The gardener encumbered by lack of space to grow things can literally double yields by reaching for the sky.
Regional child-care conference scheduled Feb. 3 in Staples
STAPLES - Central Lakes College and four other agencies are sponsoring the regional Child-Care Professionals Conference on Saturday, Feb. 3, on the Staples campus.
Straughn shows consistent play on court for Aitkin
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers girls' basketball team has seen more valleys than peaks this season, but one constant as been the play of team leader Jennifer Straughn.
Event serves as breeding ground for thoroughbreds
SHAKOPEE (AP) -- Art Eaton was just minutes away from a shot at his dream date, but if he was nervous, it didn't show. Eaton, a farmer from Cannon Falls, knew he might soon fork over seven grand to buy a one-night stand for his horse.
Pruning is key to growing healthy fruit trees
WALKER -- Correct pruning can determine whether an apple tree will grow strong enough to fight diseases and produce large, juicy apples.
Ice castle lights up area lake
IDEAL TOWNSHIP -- It began as a winter adventure more than 10 years ago, a way to show a German foreign exchange student a good time while in Minnesota.
PEQUOT LAKES -- A former Pequot Lakes man will have his chance at sitting in the hot seat on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" The show airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
2 arrested for vandalism in 'mailbox war zone'
Two people were arrested Tuesday after vandalizing more than 40 mailboxes at residences near County Road 115 in the Round Lake area.
Federal highway projects in works
The Crow Wing County Board heard an update Tuesday on what federal highway projects the county highway department will work on this year.
County seeks to increase public's role in setting direction for parks
Have a vision for a Crow Wing County park committee?
Pierz School District schedules votes
PIERZ -- Residents in the Pierz School District will head to the polls again next month to vote on a proposed building bond issue.
Board makes social service pay changes
The Crow Wing County Board made changes to step adjustments in the social service department Tuesday.
Growth and building trends are the subjects of discussion with Brainerd, Baxter and Crow Wing County officials and area builders. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
The Crow Wing County Health Department will sponsor Child and Teen Checkup clinics in Brainerd from 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 22.
MnDOT working on US169 project
BAXTER -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reviewing comments received and preparing the final design for improvements to Highway 169 between Highway 27 north of Onamia and Highway 18 in Garrison in Mille Lacs and Crow Wing counties.
Area lawmakers' addresses
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Students and educators alike discovered firsthand in Little Falls what an artist residency is all about. Look for the story Thursday in Tempo.
Smoke, if you've got 'em
LITTLE FALLS --Residents in Little Falls may continue to smoke in public restaurants.
Two arrested in probe of alleged illegal activities at the New Winnipeg Lounge
Brainerd police officers arrested two Brainerd residents following an investigation of illegal activities at the New Winnipeg Lounge in downtown Brainerd.
Commissioners briefed on what may happen in St. Paul
Carol Lovro, a representative of the Association of Minnesota Counties, talked to the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday about issues the association expects to address before the Legislature this session.
Moose Lodge future in doubt
The future of the Moose Lodge in Brainerd remains uncertain.
Cass Lake man charged in shooting death
CASS LAKE -- A 25-year-old Cass Lake man was charged Tuesday for the shooting death of Geraldine Whipple.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, the location for a senior dance was listed incorrectly Sunday. The dance will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Pequot Senior Center. There will be no dance in Deerwood.
Lake Shore OKs dock ordinance
LAKE SHORE -- A dock ordinance aimed at defining the use of docks, including areas of marginal shoreline and wetlands, was adopted by the Lake Shore City Council Tuesday night.
CROSBY -- At the Crosby-Ironton School Board meeting Monday, newly elected board member Wayne "Tez" Altonen was nominated to be treasurer.
County awaits feedback on sign moratorium
The Crow Wing County Board was not ready to make a decision on placing a moratorium on off-premise signs along Highway 371 throughout the county Tuesday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Walt Straka of Brainerd, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, recounted his 42 months of captivity as American hostages returned to families of freedom on Sunday. The day of his release, like that of the hostages, was "quite a day," Straka said.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet 3:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.
One dead in collision east of Motley
MOTLEY -- One person died as a result of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday on Highway 210, two miles east of Motley.
Bukovich chooses to be chief
LAKE SHORE -- Police Chief John Bukovich told the Lake Shore City Council Tuesday he'd decline the Lake Shore City Council seat he was elected to Nov. 7 and continue in his full-time job as chief.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Hanspeter Borgwarth, manager of the Earl B. Olson Turkey Farms, was a speaker for one of the educational sessions of the National Turkey Federation's 43rd annual Convention held at Orlando, Fla. Borgwarth spoke on "Production Management Challenge for the '80s."
The fine art of hill rolling
Mississippi Horizons sixth-grader Philip Boyd passed the time Wednesday afternoon by rolling down the snow-covered hill by the school while waiting for his mother to pick him up. His mother was able to watch his final performance from the parking lot. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Bush keeps power on
WASHINGTON -- Federal directives that require wholesalers to sell power to California's nearly broke utilities will stay in effect for two more weeks, but won't be extended again, the Bush administration says.
Gore to teach, write book
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al Gore will spend the next few months teaching and writing while he decides whether to pursue a career in politics.
Georgia House votes to shrink Confederate emblem on state flag
ATLANTA -- After being warned by the governor that Georgia's divisive flag issue could cause "irreparable harm," the state House voted to shrink the flag's dominant Confederate battle emblem to a tiny symbol.
Last two Texas prison escapees surrender to police in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Cornered in a hotel room, the last two Texas prison escapees surrendered without a fight early Wednesday, 42 days after they broke out of a maximum security unit with an arsenal of weapons.
J.C. Penney to lay off 5,300, close 47 stores
PLANO, Texas (AP) -- J.C. Penney Co. said Thursday it will cut 5,300 jobs, or about 2 percent of its work force, and close 47 stores.
Kitty Kelley to take on the Bush family
Watch out, Bush family. Kitty Kelley is getting ready to make a feast of you.
Jury must decide wrestling's role in child's death
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Did a 12-year-old boy murder his younger playmate in what prosecutors have termed "a brutal, savage beating"? Or did Tiffany Eunick die accidentally as she and Lionel Tate imitated what he had seen his wrestling heroes do on television?
Inauguration intruder shakes Bush's hand, just as he did Clinton's
WASHINGTON -- Four years after he pulled the same stunt at President Clinton's second inauguration, a man without the proper clearance walked through security checkpoints and then stepped up and shook President Bush's hand shortly after the swearing-in, sources familiar with the incident said.
Marine Corps asks Pentagon to take over Osprey inquiry
WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging that its credibility is at stake, the Marine Corps asked Wednesday that an inquiry into the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft program be shifted from its investigators to the Pentagon inspector general.
Financier had powerful allies in quest for pardon
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers with close ties to President Clinton sidestepped normal procedures as they conducted a behind-the-scenes campaign to win a presidential pardon for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich on charges he cheated the government out of $48 million in taxes, according to documents and interviews.
Airlines up fees for changing nonrefundable tickets
CHICAGO (AP) -- Want to change that airline reservation? Get ready to pay more -- $90 or $100 in some cases.
State scrambles to find long-term solution
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California is "burning through" money about as fast as it is consuming electricity, putting added pressure on the state to quickly find a solution to the energy crisis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gray Davis expressed confidence the state could keep its lights on without going broke now that dozens of energy suppliers have made long-term offers to sell the state power.
White supremacist to plead guilty in 1999 hate-crime shootings
LOS ANGELES -- The white supremacist accused of killing a mail carrier and wounding five people at a Jewish community center has agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison as part of a plea agreement with the government, sources said.
Lieberman lays groundwork for presidential run
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is actively exploring setting up a special committee that would provide funds for him to campaign across the country and remain in the national political spotlight -- and thus build a strong foundation for a possible presidential run in 2004.
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A day after his father recommended him as U.S. attorney for South Carolina, Strom Thurmond Jr. was in a small-town courtroom trying to avoid the media spotlight as he assisted with jury selection in a murder trial.
Prosecutor says Furrow's mental problems led to deal
LOS ANGELES -- Federal prosecutors dropped their plan to seek the death penalty against white supremacist Buford O. Furrow Jr. after getting access to voluminous medical records showing he had tried for a decade to get treatment for homicidal and suicidal urges, U.S. Attorney Alejandro N. Mayorkas said Wednesday.
Whirlpool cut up to 6,000 jobs
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. met Wall Street's lowered fourth-quarter earnings expectations Wednesday and affirmed its plans to trim as many as 6,000 jobs.
Agassi gains Aussie final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Andre Agassi pounded shots that made Patrick Rafter lunge, dive, scamper and jump. It was all too much.
Without apology, Ray Lewis eyes Super Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. -- It was scary.
Umps practice calling higher strike zone
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Salaries aren't the only thing going up in baseball.
Team U.S.A. wins World Cup of pastry in France
It was a slightly out-of-breath but elated Steven Palumbo, an assistant White House pastry chef,
Lions hire Mornhinweg to replace Moeller
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- For decades, the Detroit Lions have been criticized by fans and observers of not doing enough to get the team in position for a serious shot at the Super Bowl.
Hingis beats Serena, now faces Venus
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams couldn't beat Martina Hingis despite a 4-1 lead in the final set. Now it is sister Venus' turn to try.
Wendy S. (Giffin) Nelson
ST. CLOUD -- Wendy Sue (Giffin) Nelson, 39, St. Cloud, formerly of Crosby, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Clyde E. Sylvester
BAY LAKE -- Clyde E. Sylvester, 92, Bay Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
PINE RIVER -- Gene Robinson, 53, Pine River, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
ONAMIA -- Edna Kobernus, 98, Onamia, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
Marguerite E. Curtis
Marguerite E. Curtis, 92, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Julian 'Ken' Danner
Julian "Ken" Danner, 72, Brainerd, formerly of Coon Rapids, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at home.
Frederick R. LaFond
LITTLE FALLS -- Frederick R. LaFond, 88, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
John J. Skarbakka
AITKIN -- John J. Skarbakka, 82, Nordland Township, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
John M. Tew
GARRISON -- John M. Tew, 38, Garrison, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- John Block, 96, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Frank J. Ahles
LITTLE FALLS -- Frank J. Ahles, 94, Little Falls, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Fred LaFond, 88, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Viola F. Grenier
Viola F. Grenier, 87, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Marion E. Carey
Marion E. Carey, 94, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Adolph W. Selen
Adolph W. Selen, 90, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Harry L. Hart
LITTLE FALLS -- Harry Leon Hart, 72, Little Falls, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at home.
Mathilda B. 'Tillie' Turner
LITTLE FALLS -- Mathilda B. "Tillie" Turner, 103, Little Falls, formerly of Randall, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
AITKIN -- David Zilverberg, 81, Aitkin, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Wendy S. Nelson
ST. CLOUD -- Wendy Sue (Giffin) Nelson, 39, St. Cloud, formerly of Crosby, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Michael D. Swenson
SAN DIEGO -- Michael Dean Swenson, 20, San Diego, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in San Diego.
In December the Baxter Police and Personnel Commission and the city council approved a police department plan to start a new program to target the young people in the community. This program involves the use of a police motorcycle unit and unfortunately some misconceptions arose.
To try and balance the article on Jan. 19 Open Forum about Planned Parenthood.
The Clinton deal - Dispatch Editorial
Almost lost in the inaugural pomp and ceremony which accompanies the transition of power in this country was the extraordinary legal deal struck between President Bill Clinton and Independent Counsel Robert Ray.
OTHER OPINIONS Unpardonable
What conceivable justification could there be for former President Clinton, on his last morning in office, to have pardoned fugitive financiers Marc Rich and Pincus Green?
A loss of moral authority
On a March, 1998 trip to Africa with President Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was serving as Clinton's ``spiritual adviser'' and seeking to stem the fallout from the Monica Lewinsky affair, told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, ``Sex is not the one string on the guitar. There are nine other commandments.''
A local issue has arisen recently that I'm sure many people have viewed passively, and understandably so. Very few may realize the far reaching economic impact this will have on our community.
WASHINGTON--"If John Ashcroft is telling the truth," a Senate Democratic staffer remarked, "George Bush has given us another David Souter."
News council can help
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Ice racing winners listed
Greg Tomberlin, Jeff Eckland, Justin Jones, Linda Tomberlin and Henry Koering won races at the North Star Iceway Sunday.
Day-care provider found dead after sex abuse allegations
ZUMBROTA (AP) -- A day-care provider who was accused of sexually abusing some children in his care was found dead in his home of an apparent suicide.
Minnesotan recovering from dog attack
A 66-year-old Minnesota man visiting his son's winter home in Texas is recovering after being mauled by three pit bulls and a blue heeler.
Father credits prayers with helping child recover after wandering outside
FARGO, N.D. -- Support from around the country is helping a 20-month-old boy battle hypothermia, frostbite and pneumonia after wandering from his northwestern Minnesota home in the middle of the night, the boy's father said.
Court of appeals rules in favor of jurors' queries
ST. PAUL (AP) -- With certain restrictions, jurors can lawfully ask questions during criminal trials, the state Court of appeals ruled.
Sierra Club asks loggers to lay off white pines
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Sierra Club's northern Minnesota chapter wants the logging industry to keep its saws off the state's white pines.
Proposed mergers of Duluth hospitals raise concerns
DULUTH (AP) -- Two proposed hospital mergers that would connect all three hospitals in this port city to Roman Catholic health systems has raised concerns that infertility treatments, morning-after contraceptive pills and other services that violate church guidelines could be restricted.
Copeland's plan to build orphanage rejected
BROOKLYN PARK (AP) -- Mary Jo Copeland's plan to build a children's home was rejected by the city council in this northern Minneapolis suburb after members refused to rezone the property she wanted.
Potlatch's Cloquet plant assessed for violations
The Potlatch Corp. Cloquet pulp and paper mill was assessed a $12,500 penalty for air quality rules and facility permit violations, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Wednesday.
College leaders vocal in budget criticism
ST. PAUL -- Before Morrie Anderson gave his take on Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chancellor jokingly showed off the number for a depression help-line affixed to his notes.
16-year-old member of the Red Lake Nation isn't afraid to set his sights high
PONEMAH (AP) -- Tim Sumner, a 16-year-old member of the Red Lake Nation, has focused his eyes on lofty goals.
Somalis, former Soviets top list of immigrants in state
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota attracted more immigrants from a wider range of countries during most of the 1990s than in past decades, according to a Minnesota Planning report.
Pequot Lakes boys notch first shutout
BREEZY POINT -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' hockey team earned the first shutout in school history Tuesday with a 4-0 win over the Big Lake Hornets.
Brainerd girls skate past Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS -- The Brainerd Warriors beat the Fergus Falls Otters 3-1 in non-conference girls' hockey Tuesday.
Warriors to ski in nation's largest meet Friday
WELCH -- The Brainerd Warriors will compete in the 26th annual Hastings-Welch Village Invitational, the nation's largest co-ed high school alpine ski meet, Friday at Welch Village Ski Area.
Women's College Basketball
Pillager girls edge Verndale 47-46
VERNDALE -- The Pillager Huskies edged the Verndale Pirates 47-46 in Park Region Conference basketball Tuesday to earn their first conference win of the year.
BHS girls lose
BEMIDJI -- Lynnea Salscheider scored with five seconds left in the game to lift the Bemidji Lumberjacks to a 47-46 non-conference girls' basketball victory over the Brainerd Warriors on Tuesday.
It wasn't pretty 48 turnovers in Bemidji's win over Warriors
Playing an opponent with a similar record the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team was hoping to snap a five-game losing streak Tuesday.
Eighth-grader's free throw seals win for Pequot Lakers
PEQUOT LAKES -- With four first-year starters for the Pierz Pioneers girls' basketball team and three for the Pequot Lakes Patriots, any resemblance of last year's Class AA tournament teams is minimal.
Flyer gymnasts defeat Wolverines in Wadena
WADENA -- The Little Falls Flyers gymnastics team edged the Wadena-Deer Creek/Verndale Wolverines 124.175 to 122.725 Tuesday.
C-I boys defeat Aitkin
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 62-39 in non-conference boys' basketball Tuesday.
Little Falls wrestlers still flying high in CLC
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls wrestling team remained undefeated in the Central Lakes Conference as the Flyers took down Willmar 42-10 Tuesday night.
Brainerd wrestlers defeat Sartell
SARTELL -- The Brainerd Warriors wrestling team defeated the Sartell Sabres 40-22 in a Central Lakes Conference match Tuesday.
Raider men escape with victory
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Central Lakes College men's basketball team was outscored 63-41 in the second half but hung on for a 98-92 North Division win over the Itasca Vikings Wednesday.
Kelly's 28 points lead PR-B
HIBBING -- Justin Kelley finished with a career-high 28 points to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers past the Hibbing Bluejackets 79-62 in non-conference boys' basketball Tuesday.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- For the second time in four years, Mike Montgomery's Stanfords Cardinal are unbeaten in mid-January. It's a tricky situation for a coach, and Montgomery sums it up for his players with a dictum that sounds more like Yogi Berra than John Wooden.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
As a youngster attending elementary school in Colorado, Shaun Kennedy was permitted to skip from kindergarten to second grade.
Local sports shorts
The Annual Knights of Columbus free throw contest is scheduled noon Saturday at the St. Francis Elementary School gym. The event is open to boys and girls ages 10-14. For more information contact Kevin at 828-9565.
Wadena-Deer Creek girls shut out Morris-Benson
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines girls' hockey team scored three goals in the third period on its way to a 4-0 shutout victory over Morris-Benson on Tuesday.
Fergus shocks Brainerd
Between the second and third periods of Tuesday's Brainerd Warriors and Fergus Falls Otters boys' hockey game, fans got to participate in a little game called "Chuck The Puck," lobbing pucks at a bucket sitting at center ice.
CLC women stay atop division
GRAND RAPIDS -- Sizzling shooting and control of the boards led the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team to a 93-33 North Division win over the Itasca Vikings Wednesday.
Warrior nordic skiers fourth, 10th at meet
CAMP RIPLEY -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' nordic ski team was fourth and the boys' team 10th at the Little Falls Invitational Tuesday.
Central Lakes College volleyball coach Jane Peterson, national coach of the year in community college volleyball, will lead a regional squad on tour and competition in Belgium this summer.
Wolves stifle Suns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns were reluctant to use their built-in excuse for their lack of offense.
Evans leads Hawkeyes to win over Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota knew what to expect from Reggie Evans. The Gophers just didn't know how to stop him.
Gophers beat Brown
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Grant Potulny scored two goals, both on power plays in the third period, to lead Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over Brown on Tuesday night.
Wild plays havoc with defenseless Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pierre Gauthier, Anaheim Mighty Duck president and general manager, was not stationed at an Arrow
Spartans handle Northwestern
The 16 points Jason Richardson scored and the 15 points and six rebounds by Zach Randolph weren't much by Big Ten standards -- but they didn't have to be.
Carter expected to stay
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Cris Carter on Thursday was expected to announce that he will return to the team next year, and possibly play two more seasons.
Students, educators learn firsthand about artist residencies
LITTLE FALLS -- Elementary school students cavorted in the gymnasium with a professional folk dancer, gathered at the feet of a storyteller or learned the intricacies of fencing from a Shakespearean actor during Artist Residency Day in Little Falls.
For week of Jan. 25-31; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Pierz elementary students to stage play
PIERZ -- Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at Pioneer Elementary School in Pierz will perform the play "Let Your Hair Down, Repunzel" Feb. 1-3.
Minneapolis artist showing works at CLC
Artist David Dick of Minneapolis has opened an exhibit of recent work in the Central Lakes College Gallery on the Brainerd campus.
Country Legends show disappoints many
STAPLES -- Weekend performances by Frank Dell and his Country Legends Family Show have left two area venue operators "reeling with disappointment" and have prompted some in their audiences to demand ticket refunds.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Ryan Henkensiefken missed the state debate tournament by a whisker, as he argued the case for protecting Americans against illegal search and seizures by the police.
Cowboy poet to give concert in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls House Concert Series will present its next artist, cowboy poet Blanche Evridge, Friday, Feb. 9, at Jason's Casual Dining, formerly Jerry's Supper Club of Little Falls.
GRAA fills board of directors vacancies
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association of Little Falls has filled three vacancies on its board of directors.
Parents fight against disease that claimed daughters
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I would like to thank you for printing our letter about our two daughters, and how we were inspired by Emily Perl Kingsley's poem "Welcome to Holland." Our daughters eventually lost their lives to epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic condition.
Auditions to be held this week for 'Woman in Mind' at Central Lakes College
Auditions for the play "Woman in Mind: December Bee" at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will be held at 7 p.m. today and Friday in the Dryden Theatre.
Nicholson's facial expressions, body language carry 'The Pledge'
"The Pledge" demonstrates once again that casting Jack Nicholson in the lead is a surefire formula for motion picture success.
'Hello, Dolly!' opens on Valentine's Day at CLC
Brimming with popular songs, lively dances, comic action and dazzling sets and costumes, "Hello, Dolly!" opens Feb. 14 at Central Lakes College.
Riders of The Purple Sage to perform in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- Since 1936 the Riders of the Purple Sage have continually been an important part of our American and western music heritage.
Broadway vocal music is focus of concert
The Lakes Area Concert Association turns to Broadway for the next installment of its 2000-2001 performing arts season.
Jennifer L. Dougall, Baxter, won first place in the "color division" of Lake Superior Magazine's annual amateur photography contest.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The following Pequot Lakes Community Education classes will start in the next week to 10 days.
'Sorry, Wrong Number'
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes High School Theatre Department will present two free public performances of "Sorry, Wrong Number," which is its one-act play entry for the Minnesota State High School League Theatre Competition.
A full moon has its day in the sun
There were a few clear days in early January when the moon was enormous and full.
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Weather drawing by Cody Demo of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Tuesday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Minnesota State Forecast
Today... Flurries ending from west to east this morning with partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs from near 10 west to steady temperatures in the teens east.
Behind the wheel
Weather drawing by Amber Bandel of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- A trash collector was convicted Tuesday of handling property stolen from "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham.
Dear Soldier From Lincoln With Love
Students at Lincoln Elementary spread their "caring for others" spirit worldwide over the holidays.
District 181 Classroom Music Department launches website
Brainerd's classroom music department recently unveiled its new website at http://music.brainerd.k12.mn.us.
Making music possible with Pepsi
A partnership between schools and a major corporation are making it possible for students to receive the gift of music in their classrooms.
Tanker captain, crewmen arrested in Galapagos fuel spill
PUERTO BAQUERIZO, Galapagos Islands -- Authorities detained the captain of a crippled tanker who took the blame for the accident that spilled at least 185,000 gallons of fuel in the Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador says currents have spared Galapagos from a disaster
LIMA, Peru -- As cleanup teams worked Tuesday to contain an oil spill threatening rare wildlife in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, the Ecuadorean government said that favorable ocean currents have spared one of the world's most significant and sensitive ecosystems from an ecological disaster.
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