No time for scenery
When the late James Jordan and his wife, Marjorie, cruised the no-speed-limit highways of Montana, they probably didn't observe much of the scenery.
DC minivan can't get any better: Or can it?
By sheer coincidence, on the day I turned back this week's test car, a Chrysler Town and Country Limited, a press invitation arrived for the unveiling at Detroit's auto show of the next generation minivan from what is now DaimlerChrysler.
Use frozen ravioli for quick, tasty dinner
My favorite new convenience product is frozen cheese ravioli. All the hard work required to make homemade tasting pasta is already done, so a hot, homemade meal can be ready in a jiffy.
Chinese New Year is cause for culinary celebration
The Year of the Dragon is roaring in, representing long life and prosperity, so invite a few friends to celebrate the coming good fortunes.
What's not to love about this dessert?
Raspberries, heavy cream and chocolate combine for a seductive Valentine's Day dessert.
WALKER -- A Wisconsin man was arrested north of Outing on Friday on a Waukesha, Wis., second-degree sexual assault warrant and will be returned to Wisconsin.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800. Compared to last Wednesday, slaughter steers and heifers steady to .50 lower. Compared to Monday, Holstein steers mostly steady. Slaughter cows and bulls steady to firm. Near 50 feeders expected for feeder auction.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 141, a year ago 106.
WALKER -- Christopher Develice, 31, Bemidji, was injured after his vehicle rolled Monday at the junction of Highways 200 and 371 north of Walker.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednseday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 800.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 267, a year ago 96.
Business and Industry Center sessions scheduled at CLC
Computerized accounting, employee motivation and business start-up are subjects to be covered in upcoming seminars at the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Mertens' record-breaking night one to remember for S-M
STAPLES -- Jill Mertens has a quiet disposition and a large smile. After her game against the Park Rapids Panthers on Friday she had an even bigger smile.
CLC receives grant for computer science
Ron Houle, Central Lakes College instructor in computer science and technology, is being trained to train other instructors.
More construction means more permits being issued in Cass
WALKER -- Permits that Cass County issues have increased steadily the last five years, reflecting increased construction and land development, Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks reported Tuesday.
HACKENSACK -- At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Deep Portage Conservation Reserve will host a two-part program.
Cass, Itasca boards discuss mutual interests
WALKER -- The Cass and Itasca county boards met Tuesday at the courthouse in Walker in the first of a series of cooperative meetings.
Deep Portage to host outdoor schools
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, Hackensack, is offering schools and workshops designed for sportsmen/women interested in improving their skills.
Pierz wrestlers enjoying their rise to success
PIERZ -- One match doesn't make a season, but when you can beat one of the state's best teams it sure helps down the road.
Cass County timber auction results listed
WALKER -- Cass County Land Department sold $424,592 worth of timber from county lands at an auction Thursday.
Higher weight class no problem for Road Crew's Keen
PINE RIVER -- Ben Keen of the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew has been to the state wrestling tournament, and he's doing everything he can to make sure he gets back.
Cass to hold public hearings on Pine River zoning, adult entertainment, liquor license fees
WALKER -- The Cass County Board has called for public hearings on three issues.
CLC students cash in on financial aid
The bank is open at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples.
County boards discuss concerns related to Indian reservation
WALKER -- The county share of state sales taxes collected on Indian reservations and proposed mutual aid law enforcement agreements between counties and reservations were discussed Tuesday by Cass and Itasca county board members.
Zonta donates funds to help women's education
The Central Lakes College Foundation and the Brainerd Area Zonta Club have become partners in furthering women's education.
STAPLES -- Staples Motley Communication Education offers the following two classes. Call 894-2497 to register.
Woman turns dilapidated barn wood into furniture
Hand crafted piece by piece.
Cass invites Itasca to join effort for regional jail in Brainerd
WALKER -- Cass County commissioners on Tuesday invited the Itasca County Board to join their effort with other counties for a regional detention center at the Brainerd Regional Treatment Center.
Deep Portage Conservation Reserve offers summer camps for children
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, Hackensack, will offer a variety of summer camps for children.
Hardwater snowmobile buddy races held
McGREGOR -- Eagle Point Lounge in McGregor was the site for hardwater snowmobile buddy races for area contestants Saturday.
Gull View plans to submit new zoning application
LAKE SHORE -- Tom Steffen, managing partner of Gull View Resort LLP, said in an interview late Wednesday the development group will submit a new zoning application for the former Gull Lake resort property.
The Brainerd Kixters will perform their high kick state routine, varsity jazz funk state routine and the junior varsity high kick routine at a state kickoff show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd High School gym.
Vento won't seek re-election due to lung cancer
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento, who is not seeking re-election this year because of lung cancer, will leave Congress without one of its most outspoken advocates for environmental protection and the homeless.
Do you read me?
Brainerd School Superintendent Jerry Walseth reads to Garfield fifth-graders Tuesday as part of "I Love to Read Month." (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Minnesota pays well for low-skill employees
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Less-skilled workers make more in Minnesota state government than they would in the private sector, but the reverse is true for more highly trained workers, according to an analysis of public salaries and benefits being released today.
Bears to bears
Brainerd Savings and Loan loan officer Jan Slayton (left) and Brainerd Police Officer Holly Ailts are covered with Teddy Bears which were donated by the financial institution and its customers for use in trauma situations by Brainerd Police officers. The bears are given to children in stressful situations for comfort. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Manhattan Beach to take a look at future
MANHATTAN BEACH -- Shaping the future for Manhattan Beach will be the topic for a public gathering this weekend.
Petition seeks regulaton of adult entertainment
WALKER -- Jim Clarke, speaking as a concerned Walker citizen, presented a 400-signature petition to the Cass County Board on Tuesday calling for effective regulation of adult entertainment.
Gas prices rise again
Gas prices are again on the rise in the Brainerd area.
DNR makes new walleye regulations for Lake Mille Lacs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Lake Mille Lacs anglers will have to throw back all walleye under 14 inches and over 18 inches this year, with one trophy allowed over 28 inches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.
Airline offers flight attendants raise in absence of contract
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines has given its flight attendants an unexpected 4 percent pay raise, suggesting contract negotiations could drag on indefinitely.
Cass County planners reject plan for Gull View
LAKE SHORE -- The Cass County Planning Commission Monday night denied a conditional use application for Gull View Resort.
Chuck Albrecht savors chance to serve as lakes area chamber chair
Chuck Albrecht has seen many changes in the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce over the years, and in September he saw one more as the board of directors voted him chair of the chamber.
No snow, no go
No snow means it's a no-go for the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club's Lumberjack Classic that was scheduled for Sunday.
Unexpected departure opens up race
ST. PAUL -- DFLers hoping to succeed U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento are lining up quickly.
Brainerd High School competitive cheer team members perform at a pep fest Tuesday at Brainerd High School . The squad, which includes Amber Hack (left), Nicole Brausen, Sara Tabor, Katy Matich, Jennifer Nakajima, Jamie Smith, Kim Mulroy, Beth Goble, Genesta Bakkila, Debbie Murray and Tina Van Essen, preforms the winning routine for the student body. Other members are Erin Anderson, Katie Rempel and Katie McCabe. Coaches for the team are Jenn Mahoney and Michelle Wasilensky. (Dispatch Photo bySteve Kohls)
Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir members Chris Lauer (left) and Rissa Clemens prepare roadside signs for the 50-family rummage sale scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Brainerd High School cafeteria. Proceeds from the event will benefit the choir's trip to France in March. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Cass to change salt-to-sand ratio
WALKER -- Cass County Engineer David Enblom told the Cass County Board on Tuesday that, depending upon outdoor temperatures, he will increase use of salt relative to sand.
Crow Wing County Commissioner Terry Sluss will continue his role to reduce tobacco use in Minnesota.
Two arrested in pair of Cass County shootings
WALKER -- Two people have been arrested following a pair of Jan. 29 shootings in Cass County.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - The Brainerd High School Kixters placed first place at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, according to Cindy Clough, the danceline instructor and coach. The Kixters were in competition with 40 other dancelines.
U of M emerging from shadow of medical scandal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The National Institutes of Health is lifting most of the sanctions it imposed on the University of Minnesota over the school's poor oversight of its research funds in the early 1990s, school officials said.
Baxter officers to join county response team
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday authorized two Baxter police officers to participate in the Crow Wing County Emergency Response Team.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Center Dave Nord, whose previous high scoring effort was 33 points in a 64-56 win at Bemidji, elected to treat the home fans to some scintillating moves here Friday night in leading Coach Dick Juillerat's Brainerd High School Warriors to a 73-54 triumph over Willmar. Nord scored 36 points.
Phil sees shadow
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -- With bitter cold and fresh snowfall as confirmation, part-time weatherman and full-time groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning and predicted six more weeks of winter.
'Renegade' Reuter dominates
Area legislators reported a fairly normal first day of the legislative session as lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday.
Cass to apply for variance from Walker to add onto social services building
WALKER-- Cass County will seek a variance from the city of Walker to add onto the social services building with less parking than city ordinances require.
Audit: Teacher salaries lag behind inflation in Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Likely adding fuel to a debate over teacher raises, a legislative audit being released today reports that average salaries for educators have not kept pace with inflation.
Jet's 'black box' found
PORT HUENEME, Calif. -- A cockpit voice recorder salvaged from the ocean is in good condition and may help explain how the Alaska Airlines pilots responded to a tail control malfunction before the jet's horrifying ''corkscrewing'' plunge, authorities said today.
FTC votes to challenge BP-Amoco purchase of Arco
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission voted narrowly Wednesday to seek a court order blocking the $27 billion purchase of Atlantic Richfield Co. by BP Amoco, making the proposed merger the largest the commission has ever tried to fight in the courts.
Ventura pushes worker's compensation changes
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is tanned and ready to put some detail on a proposal today to reduce worker's compensation costs for smaller businesses.
With the backing of major business organizations, key Senate Republicans released a tax cut package Wednesday worth $650 million focused on income tax rates, commercial property taxes and changing how businesses are taxed.
A state senator from Nebraska gave Minnesotans a history lesson on the country's only unicameral Legislature.
Woman gives birth to triplets for second time
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Defying odds of about one in 50 million, a woman has given birth to triplets for the second time in less than two years.
McCain, Gore gain momentum
Sen. John McCain opened the Southern front in his battle for the Republican presidential nomination today, boosted by the momentum of a startling landslide over George W. Bush in New Hampshire.
Fed raises rates by one-quarter of a point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve raised key short-term rates one-quarter of a percentage point Wednesday to ward off inflationary pressures in a roaring U.S. economy, and coupled the action with warnings that suggest more hikes are on the way.
Vermeil retires while he's on top
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Dick Vermeil's retirement plans don't center around sitting in a rocking chair all day surrounded by his grandkids.
National sports briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tamarick Vanover and Bam Morris, both members of the 1999 Kansas City Chiefs, have been linked to a federal drug investigation that affidavits say extends to Mexico and includes ''numerous states.''
National sports briefs
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mike Martz said he won't let go of the NFL's No. 1 offense, even if he's now the man in charge of the Super Bowl champions.
Lewis held without bond in killing of two
ATLANTA (AP) -- Ray Lewis' attorney proclaimed the innocence of the Pro Bowl linebacker and expressed confidence he will be cleared of murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two men following a post-Super Bowl party.
TOOELE, Utah -- Marjorie Pearce, 70, Tooele, Utah, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Silver Hills Nursing Home of Las Vegas, Nev.
Dagmar H. Johnson
LITTLE FALLS -- Dagmar H. Johnson, 95, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Dagmar H. Johnson
LITTLE FALLS -- Dagmar H. Johnson, 95, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Lutheran Care Center of Little Falls.
Brian D. Swanson Jr.
CORONADO, Calif. -- Brian Donald Swanson Jr., 25, Coronado, Calif., and formerly of Little Falls, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Coronado Hospital of Coronado, Calif.
Jerome E. Rhode
AITKIN --Jerome Edward Rhode, 86, Aitkin, retired educator, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Arnold E. Riedel
Arnold E. Riedel, 70, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Clifford E. Rogers
Clifford E. Rogers, 71, Brainerd, died today, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
STAPLES -- Anne McGregor, 87, Staples, died today, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Pauline M. Thrun
Pauline M. Thrun, 77, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
Dolores 'Roby' Vergin
ROCKFORD --Dolores "Roby" Vergin, 86, Rockford, formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Delano Health Care Center.
MESA, Ariz. -- Shirley Harting, 77, winter resident of Mesa, Ariz., and Brainerd, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, in Mesa.
Gordon M. Jacobs
McGREGOR -- Gordon M. Jacobs, 79, McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Riverwood Extended Care Center of Aitkin.
Joe L. Brumberg
Joe L. Brumberg, 81, Brainerd, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Woodhaven Senior Community Center of Brainerd.
Paul H. Budlong
LITTLETON, Mass. -- Paul H. Budlong, 70, Littleton, Mass., died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass.
Arnold E. Riedel
Arnold E. Riedel, 70, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Elizabeth A. Fossum
Elizabeth A. Fossum, 87, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000 at her home.
ROBBINSDALE -- Frank Atwood, 96, Robbinsdale and Fifty Lakes, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at his home in Robbinsdale.
Allen 'Doc' LeDoux
CROSBY -- Allen "Doc" LeDoux, 78, Crosby, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of St. Cloud.
Poor women need cancer coverage too
WASHINGTON -- If you're a woman with a low income and no health insurance, you'll probably find it comforting to know that the federal government provides free tests to help determine whether you might have have breast or cervical cancer. Unfortunately, however, if the tests determine that you do have such a cancer, you'll be left pretty much on your own.
Our editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Alan Greenspan walks the right path
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:
Make it work - Dispatch Editorial
Everyone knows that squeaky wheels are the ones that get oiled.
Free speech and baseball
Apparently Bud Selig's first action after baseball owners empowered him to act in the best interests of the game was to act in the worst interests of free speech.
Having been raised in a community that owned and maintained its skating facilities
Conflict has prevailed in Ireland since the Normans landed in 1169. The centuries have seen the people of Ulster, the northern tip of the island, struggling through short intervals of tranquillity and long periods of war, but at no other time had the prospect of a lasting political settlement between the Irish and English communities seemed so close as recently. Under a new Northern Ireland Assembly, Catholics and Protestants for the first time had begun to govern themselves -- a remarkable achievement. But now the old stalls and troubles have returned.
What about the 1970s?
The tumultuous 1960s usually get the credit, or the blame, for shaping contemporary American culture. It was the decade of Woodstock and marijuana, of student unrest, protests over Vietnam and civil rights and the days when President Johnson's Great Society battled poverty and the Supreme Court created Miranda rights.
McCain's surprising victory
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
I really think that instead of fighting over an inflated pig bladder, they should change it to Super Bowling. With bowling you could get on the ball, throw the ball in the gutter and have folks say why don't you get on the ball?
C-I-A boys coast
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin boys' hockey team scored five first period goals Tuesday en route to a 9-1 drubbing of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
CLC women erupt for 12th straight
The Central Lakes College women's basketball team has won 12 straight games, but coach Dennis Eastman is sure the Raiders still haven't peaked this season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The road continues to be an unfriendly place for the Gopher men's basketball team. Minnesota (11-8, 3-6 Big Ten) is yet to win on the road in the Big Ten this year.
Third-ranked Pioneers roll
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers wrestling squad is ranked third in Class A and showed why by pounding the Kimball Cubs 53-16 and the Albany Huskies 51-18 at their triangular Tuesday.
S-M gymnasts win
STAPLES -- Katie Palmer won two events as the Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 119.85-113.8
Warriors skate to 4th straight win
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warrior boys' hockey team picked up a big Central Lakes Conference win Tuesday as it defeated the Alexandria Cardinals 4-1.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
J.P. Platisha has been a sharpshooter from the moment he first put on a Brainerd Warriors hockey jersey.
Peterson credits hard work for his 500th win
STAPLES -- As soon as Lynn Peterson set foot in the Staples-Motley High School cafeteria late Tuesday night he received a standing ovation.
Wizards beat Wolves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a new coach and a liberated feeling, Juwan Howard might just shake that underachiever tag.
Lake Region stops Nevis
BAXTER --The Lake Region Christian Hornets boys' basketball team defeated the Nevis Tigers 60-52 in a non-conference game Tuesday night.
Raider men make a statement
Dave Hurst and his Central Lakes College teammates wanted to show the rest of the state just how good they really can play.
Flyers open strong to jolt Sauk Centre
LITTLE FALLS --The Little Falls Flyers boys' hockey team scored five goals in the first period and cruised to a 7-1 non-conference triumph over the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters Tuesday.
Unbeaten Pequot Lakes girls roll to 14th win, defeat Sebeka
SEBEKA -- The unbeaten and top-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team outscored Sebeka 63-52 in a Park Region Conference girls' basketball game Tuesday.
Cards rebound to beat Warriors
STAPLES -- When a basketball team is relentless on defense, shoots 67 percent from the field and 91 percent at the line it deserves to be ranked no less than third in Class AA.
Warrior girls clinch second place
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team locked up second place in the Central Lakes Conference with a 6-0 win over the Alexandria Cardinals on Tuesday.
Brainerd girls snap losing streak
ST. CLOUD --The Brainerd Warriors overcame a 4-point halftime deficit and went on to register a 49-47 victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
Brainerd boys' ski team repeats
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd boys' nordic ski team repeated as champion while the Warriors' Aron Stumvoll and Chad O'Brien won individual boys' titles in the Central Lakes Conference meet Wednesday at Riverside Park.
Gobblers feast on C-I's cold shooting
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers boys' basketball team had defense on its collective mind.
WALKER -- The Eelpout Peelout, a five-mile run, is slated for 10 a.m. Feb. 12 as part of the 21st annual International Eelpout Festival.
Local sports shorts
A boxing card is scheduled to begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wadena Armory.
Sims leads Gophers' recruiting class
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's 2000 high school football recruiting class boasts seven state products, including Dominique Sims of DeLaSalle, who chose the Golden Gophers over Colorado and Northwestern.
Verndale stings LRC Hornets
VERNDALE -- The Verndale Pirates girls' basketball team defeated the Lake Region Christian Hornets 49-31 in non-conference action Tuesday night.
Are you ready for some baseball?
While the Tampa Bay Devil Rays add power hitters like Greg Vaughn and Vinny Castilla the Twins sign Butch Huskey as a home run threat.
Dreamworks, ABC, 'American Beauty' top nominations
HOLLYWOOD -- DreamWorks and ABC received the most Screen Actors Guild award nominations in the feature and television categories, the guild said Tuesday, with ''American Beauty'' leading the pack of movie nominations with four.
Cleaves' 'Broke Down' excellent
"Broke Down'' (Philo) -- Slaid Cleaves
Atypical art show bridges gap between art, science
NEW YORK -- Tiny red squares of varying shades cover the paper, creating a mesmerizing mix that looks as if it came straight out of a modern artist's mind.
Lovers, love abound in valentine books
Many names are famous alone. But some names are so well-known as part of a couple that the mention of one name usually brings to mind the other.
'Eye of Beholder' tops lackluster box office
LOS ANGELES -- Ashley Judd's latest thriller, ''Eye of The Beholder,'' was in the eyes of many moviegoers last weekend, debuting at No. 1 at the box office.
The promoters of Moondance Jam 2000 say this year's event, scheduled for July 12-15 at the outdoor concert's rural Walker site, will include an all-new lineup of classic rock and roll acts.
The Crow Wing County Historical Society will be closed Feb. 7-12 due to "artifact and collection processing duties," a museum spokeswoman said this week.
Character on 'The Simpsons' to get rubbed out for good
LOS ANGELES -- Alas, poor Maude Flanders, we hardly knew her.
Investment in arts proves profitable for New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS -- When progress seemed to slumber in New York Mills a decade or so ago, this quiet west-central Minnesota town rallied behind the idea of investing in the arts as a strategy for recovery.
Hollywood's quiet season still offers some star turns
LOS ANGELES -- Movie-goers will get ''shafted'' in 2000 and see Tom Cruise accomplish another impossible mission. But first, a little quiet time.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Publishers Weekly best selling books
Valentine's Day treats for young readers
X's and O's at the end of a letter send kisses and hugs to the lucky recipient. ''SWAK'' seals the envelope with a kiss. Such letter-writing traditions are learned at an early age.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.
Radio stations moving away from live disc jockeys
SAN FRANCISCO -- Radio stations once were recognized by their lineup of voices. Wolfman Jack, Cousin Brucie, Alan Freed -- their names were synonymous with their shows, their styles. They didn't just spin records, they were personalities involved with their communities.
'End of the Affair' satisfies both the mind and the eye
Moviegoers with a penchant for stylistic period films based on well known literary works should consider seeing "The End of the Affair," a Sony Pictures Entertainment release that has reached a limited national theatrical audience so far.
Mitchell plans to keep music in her life always
As a singer and instrumentalist, 17-year-old senior Katharine Mitchell says she can hear the melody of her life's work.
Viewer had to work to enjoy 'Living Roots of Music'
LITTLE FALLS -- You'd have to be a pretty smart cookie to truly appreciate the cerebral tone of Lauren Pelon's stage show, witnessed by a sparse crowd last week at Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls.
Singer Sandler to perform 'Maurice and Me' in Staples
STAPLES -- Singer Tony Sandler is coming to Staples on Sunday for his third performance in six years at Centennial Auditorium, this time with a one-man song and dance revue called "Maurice and Me."
Youths find gathering place at Old Fire Hall in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- The Old Fire Hall in Crosslake opened last June to serve as a community center providing a safe, fun place for area youths to get together.
Lakota man uses storytelling skills to enlighten, brighten lives
CROOKSTON (AP) -- His art is as old as the dawn of mankind. Words are his medium, the audience his palette. Francis Country uses words to paint vivid images, evoke emotions and pass along wisdom.
PEQUOT LAKES -- A successful team is a team with players who know what their roles are and have the ability to fulfill them.
Lakes area news
CROSSLAKE -- Reeds Market and Lakewood Bank will host the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's C.H.O.W. Time event from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in Crosslake.
Hard work paying off for Pequot Lakes girls
PEQUOT LAKES -- Six summers of playing basketball in a hot, sticky gym while their friends were at the beach is paying off for the Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team.
Lakes area events
Miss Nisswa Scholarship Program, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Nisswa School. Tickets, $3.
School nurse's pace is feverish
Her hair bouncing and her hands busy dispensing medications, Alexandria, Va., school nurse Karen Meehan chuckled at the memory of how her high school nurse spent her days in the 1960s: looping thread through a needle as she stitched her personal crochet patterns.
Around the world
Amsterdam 49 45 rn
Around the world
Amsterdam 47 43 cdy
Tonight...Mostly cloudy and blustery. Some flurries possible. Lows from 15 to 20. West wind 15 to 25 mph...Becoming northwest.
Weather drawing by Desmond Janousek of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Let it snow!
Weather drawing by Megan Griggs of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 20 11 cdy
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 32 12 clr
Around the region
Alexandria 25 13 .00
Tonight...A few evening snow showers. Decreasing clouds late. Lows from 10 to 15. Northwest wind diminishing to around 10 mph. Snow chance 30 percent.
Around the region
Alexandria 40 24 tr.
Old-fashioned manners not just page from past
DEAR ABBY: I must respond to ''Disillusioned in Dallas,'' the 22-year-old man with old-fashioned manners who said it was difficult to find women his age who are receptive to being treated courteously.
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