Second-quarter results at Cisco fall short of expectations
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco Systems Inc., the world's top supplier of equipment for the Internet and other computer networks, blamed the softening U.S. economy as it missed Wall Street's earnings expectations for the first time in more than six years.
WASHINGTON -- Schools that raise money by selling sodas and snacks on campus are sending mixed messages and discouraging kids from eating healthy meals, the Agriculture Department says.
Lawmaker says charter school system lacks accountability
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Inadequate supervision of taxpayer money and weak financial controls plague Minnesota's charter school movement, a state lawmaker asserted Tuesday as he released his review of more than 50 school reports.
Dear Heloise: "OLEO IS MARGARINE" was a great article! I called my mom in Michigan and quizzed her about it.
Television is getting hotter, sex study finds
LOS ANGELES -- Sexual content on television has risen sharply since 1997, showing up in two of every three programs last season, according to a study released Tuesday.
Tax preparer urges parents to leave deductions home
DEAR ABBY: I have been preparing tax returns for 15 years. In all this time, I have seen many people from all walks of life. My pet peeve is people who bring their children with them when they have us prepare their taxes. I have had children unplug my computer, spill drinks on my desk, run around as if my office is a play school -- and their parents do nothing to discipline them. I find it impossible to concentrate when a child is screaming or crawling under my desk.
LITTLE FALLS -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover reported at 1:21 p.m. Monday on Highway 371 in Morrison County, 1-1/2 miles north of Morrison County Road 48.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday 800.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 398, a year ago 240.
THEFT -- Kevin Banick, County Road 106, reported the theft of several power tools from a horse trailer parked a quarter-mile so
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle: 300.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
GOP, lobbyists still plan to expand Bush's tax cut package
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans and lobbyists say they like President Bush's proposed tax cut, but they won't back down from plans to add their own priorities, even though Bush is promising to defend his proposal "mightily."
Sharon victory may pose challenges for Bush administration
WASHINGTON -- The election Tuesday of Ariel Sharon as Israel's prime minister may pose immediate challenges for the Bush administration at a time when the White House had hoped to step back and reassess America's involvement in Arab-Israeli negotiations -- and even before the administration has finished assembling its Middle East policy team.
Clintons say they'll return disputed gifts to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton say they'll be happy to return the fancy sofas, rattan chairs and other furnishings they took from the White House if it turns out that the gifts were meant to dress up the executive mansion for future presidents too.
Bush closing White House offices on AIDS, race relations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has decided not to keep White House offices on AIDS and race relations created by his predecessor, shifting the issues to other West Wing offices.
Happenings Monday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Pentagon told not to expect budget hike
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the top brass of the U.S. military Tuesday that President Bush has decided to stick with the Clinton administration's planned Pentagon budget of $310 billion for the next fiscal year, military officials said.
Ventura tells tribal leaders he opposes state-owned casino
RED WING, (AP) -- Backers of expanded gambling in Minnesota got discouraging news Monday from Gov. Jesse Ventura, who told tribal leaders that he is cool to the idea of building a state-operated casino.
Ventura backs change in seat-belt law
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura lent his support Wednesday to a proposal that would allow police to stop drivers for not wearing their seat belts, an about-face that could give the measure traction in the Legislature.
McCain to join sponsorship of patients rights bill
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will join Senate Democrats Tuesday to announce his co-sponsorship of a modified version of legislation known as the "patients bill of rights."
President urges airlines, workers to settle disputes
WASHINGTON -- Spring break and summer vacation plans for thousands of travelers could be beached if workers at the nation's four largest airlines strike over contract negotiations that so far have been unsuccessful.
Group seeks more state aid to combat heating costs
ST. PAUL -- Arguing that nearly $90 million in federal money will not be enough to help low income people pay heating bills, a group asked the state to dip into the surplus for $30 million more.
Around the world, hunger recedes and fat grows
In an epochal triumph of plentiful food and easy-living technology, the human race is rapidly growing fat and out of shape, experts say.
Mental health advocates petition lawmakers for help
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Early intervention in the lives of mentally ill children could prevent juvenile crime later, mental health advocates told lawmakers.
Study: Exercise relieves symptoms of breast cancer treatment
Exercise can beat back the weariness that accompanies chemotherapy and radiation and give early stage breast cancer patients better lives, researchers say.
Pill bottles 'talk' so elderly don't miss fine print
WASHINGTON -- The man squints at his medication, but his dimming vision can't make out even whether he picked up the Coumadin or Celebrex. So he aims a gadget the size of a deck of cards at the bottle, and a computerized voice begins reading his prescription instructions.
Study offers reassurance of cell phone safety
WASHINGTON -- A study of 420,000 cell phone users in Denmark concluded callers are no more likely than anyone else to suffer cancer -- but even this huge study, the latest to provide reassurance about the phones' safety, won't end the debate.
Researchers are alarmed by rise in drug-resistant HIV
CHICAGO -- As many as one of every seven Americans who is newly infected by the AIDS virus carries a strain that is resistant to at least one of the drugs now used to treat the infections, researchers said Tuesday.
Experts predict treatments for some cancers, Alzheimer within 25 years
CHICAGO -- Collaboration among experts in bioengineering, gene therapy and chemotherapy is expected to help tame cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases within the next 25 years, scientists say.
Dorothy Castle's recipes sought for cookbook
The Cuyuna Country Heritage Preservation Society will publish its new cookbook, "Roots & Recipes," this year.
CLC astronomy students discover new asteroid orbit
Students at Central Lakes College have something in common with Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Job Fair to be held Feb. 22 at Staples campus of CLC
STAPLES -- College students will meet prospective employers at the Central Lakes College Job Fair for the Staples campus Thursday, Feb. 22.
Kaylor, Cass County recorder, to retire March 31
WALKER -- Cass County Recorder Connie Kaylor on Tuesday announced her retirement, effective March 31.
Elementary education degree offered at CLC
Southwest State University and Central Lakes College will offer courses this fall on the Brainerd campus of CLC that will lead to a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
Cass board upset about Pine River senior nutrition site
WALKER -- People receiving senior citizen meals at the Pine River nutrition site likely will see equipment removed, as well as higher prices this year.
STAPLES -- An eight-hour AAA-St. Cloud State University Senior Driver Improvement Program will be held Feb. 20 and 21 at Nyhus Chevrolet Buick in Staples.
Wood peaking at right time for W-DC gymnastics team
WADENA -- For six years Kristi Wood has been jumping, swinging, flipping and tumbling as a member of the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gymnastics team.
Students learn how to fire weapons while skiing
CAMP RIPLEY -- It is hard enough for a person to side step or walk up a road ditch with cross country skis while lugging a 60-pound pack, snowshoes and a sleeping mat on his back.
Cass to offer three properties for sale to neighbors
WALKER -- Cass County will offer three properties for sale to neighboring land owners.
Teeny, tiny baby
IRONTON -- She was a tiny little thing, her hand the size of her mother's thumbnail.
CLC Foundation awards $26,000 in scholarships
The Central Lakes College Foundation awarded $26,139.10 in scholarship funds to 67 students at the Brainerd and Staples campuses.
PR-B's Kelley uses talents as center for basketball team
PINE RIVER -- In basketball, the center position is one of the most important on the court but it's also one of the toughest to fill.
Cass board, Walker council to meet
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to set a meeting with the Walker City Council to determine whether the council will approve changes the board believes necessary for future county government expansion there.
Miss Pillager rides in parade at St. Paul Winter Carnival
ST. PAUL -- Jennifer Alt, Miss Pillager, recently rode in a horse-drawn buggy with other visiting royalty in the Jan. 27 Grand Parade at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
Lakeshore design workshop to be offered this spring in Aitkin County
On Saturday, April 21, the first session of a three-part lakeshore design workshop will be offered at the Hazelton Town Hall.
Cass may be short on funds to maintain paved road system
WALKER -- Cass County Engineer David Enblom reported to county commissioners Tuesday the county will be short $1,856,099 the next five years for maintaining the county state aid paved road system at the rate work should be done.
Cass County has 16,000 acres of non-taxableIndian trust land
WALKER -- Assessor Steve Kuha reported Tuesday there are 16,000 acres of non-taxable Indian trust land in Cass County.
Cass zoning permit fees to increase each year based on consumer price index
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to increase zoning permits annually in the future based on the consumer price index. That will be 3.4 percent this year, rounded to the nearest dollar.
Trip to Target Center to see Lipizzaner Stallions planned
The Cass County Council on Aging is offering a trip to the Target Center in Minneapolis to see the Royal Lipizzaners Stallions performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Pout House -- a place to fish, and relax
PEQUOT LAKES -- With a fresh coat of blue paint and "Pout House" stenciled on the outside in yellow, Joey Neznik's and Matt Royer's fish house has taken on a new life.
Swooping from atop trees, down to fields all part of a day's work for helicopter pilot
CAMP RIPLEY -- High above the jack pine forested area in the northwest portion of the 53,000-acre Camp Ripley Military Reservation last month, John Olson spotted several whitetail deer running through the woods from the Hughes 500 helicopter he was piloting.
Cass County official faces sexual assault charge; put on leave
WALKER -- The Cass County veterans service officer, who faces a criminal sexual assault charge, was placed on paid leave Tuesday by the Cass County Board.
Football star to play for 'U'
Brainerd Warriors offensive lineman Trevor McCulloch hugged his mother, Kim Henson, after signing a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Minnesota next fall. McCulloch signed the paperwork at a ceremony, which was attended by coaches and family, this morning at Brainerd High School. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Baxter establishes criteria for subsidies
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday adopted criteria for businesses seeking subsidies from the city.
Official: School funding falls short
If Gov. Jesse Ventura has his way, the Brainerd School District will be looking at such a modest increase in district revenues that it wouldn't keep up with the cost of inflation or the district's growing heating costs.
A teacher in the Brainerd School District was inadvertently omitted from the retiring teachers listed in a Page 1A story Tuesday.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1941)-A wholly worthwhile community project is that of setting aside suitable areas for use in building up a modern residential district which will be a credit to the city. Such an area south of the Brainerd business district has been zoned for a residential district which in future years will furnish a most pleasing entrance to the city from the south.
Firm pulls application for city loan
Mid America Molding Inc. has withdrawn its application for a loan from the city of Brainerd.
Brainerd district using newsletter to lobby lawmakers
The Brainerd School District has devised a new way to lobby legislators -- its own legislative newsletter.
The city of Brainerd received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.
State services Former state hospital still serving the community
Old-timers still refer to the buildings at the intersection of Highways 18 and 25 as the state hospital, and for some, that may never change.
Builders question Baxter requirements
BAXTER -- Proposed requirements for buildings in the Phase III expansion of Baxter's Industrial Park were met with concern Tuesday before the Baxter City Council.
21 teachers leaving at end of year
Together they've amassed 537 years of educating students in the Brainerd School District, or an average of 26 years each.
Kixters to celebrate their 25th anniversary
The Brainerd Kixters will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school dance program with state kick-off shows at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Brainerd High School gym.
City plans arboretum funding
Funding from Brainerd for Northland Arboretum is close.
Agency staff and professionals who work with families experiencing financial difficulties are invited to attend an upcoming Dollar Works training from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Crow Wing Services Building in Brainerd.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Brainerd's 19-year-old musical whiz, Paul Lagergren, puts another notch in his musical belt this month with the release of his first album, "Forever Free."
Council thanks area legislators for help on CLC program
The Brainerd City Council Monday approved sending a letter to area legislators expressing its support for saving automotive programs that Central Lakes College plans to suspend.
Free skiing planned for Crow Wing Power members
Crow Wing Power members can ski for free from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at Ski Gull.
Brainerd plans welcome signs
Brainerd will have three new signs greeting visitors to the city by Memorial Day.
Iowa band can sing the beer song again
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The University of Iowa marching band can again celebrate Hawkeye basketball victories by singing the polka song "In heaven there is no beer."
Let in Mexican trucks or pay compensation, panel tells U.S.
WASHINGTON -- The United States on Tuesday lost one of the most contentious disputes under the historic North American Free Trade Agreement when a special panel ruled that Mexican trucks should no longer be denied unfettered access to U.S. roads.
Baby's bones discovered in attic
WASHINGTON -- The tiny body was swaddled in orange fabric, tucked in a blue suitcase and stowed between rafters in a dusty attic in Tenleytown, lying undisturbed and undetected possibly for decades. Until Tuesday.
Released U.S. hostage won't discuss abduction
NAZRAN, Russia (AP) -- Three days after ending his captivity in Chechnya, U.S. aid worker Kenneth Gluck met Tuesday with a North Caucasus leader, but refused to discuss the hazy circumstances of his abduction.
Judge's order keeps California in power another day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California appeared to have dodged yet another energy shock Wednesday when a judge stepped in to order a major power supplier to keep pumping electricity.
Businessman who won pardon under investigation
WASHINGTON -- A wealthy businessman convicted of crimes in the 1980s was under investigation for possible tax evasion and money laundering even as then-President Clinton pardoned him last month, a federal law enforcement source said Tuesday.
Productivity grows at 2.4 percent rate in fourth quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' productivity, a key measure of rising living standards, slowed to a 2.4 percent rate of growth in the last three months of 2000, reflecting a cooling economy.
Defense: Clients prosecuted unfairly for association with bin Laden
NEW YORK (AP) -- Defense lawyers tried to distance their clients from the bombings of two U.S. embassies after prosecutors portrayed the four defendants as key figures in Osama bin Laden's alleged plot to kill Americans around the globe.
Former prosecutor pleads guilty to interfering with Waco investigation
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly eight years after the Branch Davidian siege ended in flames, the office investigating the government's actions has closed and a former prosecutor has pleaded guilty to interfering with the probe he helped prompt.
Former employee kills four, then self at Illinois engine plant
Police cars and other emergency vehicles surrounded the entrance of the Navistar truck plant in Melrose Park, Ill., Monday after a former employee about to begin a prison term for stealing from the company opened fire with an assault rifle, killing five people, including himself, and wounding four.
Sen. Torricelli becomes focus of federal investigation
NEW YORK (AP) -- A major political contributor to Sen. Robert Torricelli's 1996 Senate campaign claims the New Jersey Democrat knew about some illegal donations and encouraged them, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
EPA, state officials unveil wood stove replacement program
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Home owners with wood burning stoves made before July 1992 can pay less for a new, more efficient stove under a plan unveiled Monday by federal and state environmental officials.
Gun locks fail safety tests
WASHINGTON -- All but one of 32 models of gun locks tested recently by the government could be opened without a key, calling into question the safety of millions of devices sold as a way to prevent firearms accidents.
Rush-hour bombing injures nine on subway platform
MOSCOW -- A small bomb exploded on a subway platform during rush hour here Monday, injuring nine people and reviving fears that terrorists are targeting the Russian capital.
NASA poised to launch $1.4 billion lab for international space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA started fueling the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday for a sunset launch with the Destiny laboratory module, the most expensive piece of the international space station.
Four others wounded in Monday attack
MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- At first, Martin Reutimann couldn't believe it. "I heard somebody yell, 'There's a guy in the center aisle with a gun!"' the 24-year-old engineer said.
Founder of Florida restaurant chain, cruise business shot dead
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The founder of the Miami Subs Grill restaurant chain and SunCruz gambling-cruise operation was shot and killed in his car, police said.
Slain mail-order bride came to America in search of opportunity
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -- Anastasia Solovieva wanted adventure and education and thought a mail-order bride service could help her find the life she dreamed of away from the former Soviet Union.
Report: Factory workers beaten, starved in Samoa
NEW YORK (AP) -- Factory workers in American Samoa who made clothes for J.C. Penney Co. and other retailers were beaten, poorly fed, underpaid and spied on while they showered, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Man with gun shot outside White House
WASHINGTON -- A man with a gun was shot outside the White House fence Wednesday after he refused to surrender to Secret Service officers, a law enforcement officer said. President Bush was reported safe inside the residence.
Snowmobile fatalities on track for record
DUXBURY, Vt. -- In a rush of snow, exhaust and noise, Andrew Bombard pulls up to a store along the main snowmobile thoroughfare through this valley.
New postal rate hike under consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another increase in postage rates could come as early as next year.
XFL certain to drum up new tricks to try to keep viewers
NEW YORK -- Never the types who are satisfied until every angle has been covered, Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol get right back to work this week with one task in mind:
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mo Vaughn of the Anaheim Angeles probably will sit out the 2001 season while recuperating from surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left arm.
Illinois wins big
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Cory Bradford got tired of being kicked around by Michigan State. So he kicked back.
Doherty gets first No. 1 as coach
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Matt Doherty became accustomed to being No. 1 when he played for North Carolina in the early 1980s. The Tar Heels were the top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll 29 weeks during his career.
Late arrival can't slow Iverson as 76ers beat Nuggets
Neither the snow nor the Denver Nuggets could slow down Allen Iverson.
Media critics take their turn at Ventura
By JOHN AKERS
Phillies win arbitration case
Travis Lee didn't do any better at arbitration than he did at the plate last season.
NBC sinks to XFL
Shame on the network of the Olympics, Sarnoff and Garroway, Huntley and Brinkley, Gowdy and Costas for selling out to the dark side of gratuitous violence, tawdry titillation and lousy football, otherwise known as the XFL. Now we know what the X stands for. Brand X -- and hardly worth wasting a perfectly decent Saturday night to watch.
Hazel I. Hardy
MERRIFIELD -- Hazel I. Hardy, 78, Merrifield, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Robert K. Souther
CROSSLAKE -- Robert K. Souther, 72, Crosslake, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at home.
Alvin C. Larson
Alvin C. Larson, 80, Brainerd, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Edward R. Ksiazek
ONAMIA -- Edward Raymond Ksiazek, 81, Onamia, formerly of St. Paul, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Robert A. Meek
DILWORTH -- Robert Alan Meek, 62, Dilworth, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Toivo J. Mackey
IRONTON -- Toivo John Mackey, 81, Ironton, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
AITKIN -- Eleanor Anderson, 83, Aitkin, died today, Feb. 7, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Hazel I. Hardy
CROSBY -- Hazel I. Hardy, 78, Crosby, died today, Feb. 6, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Alvin C. Larson
Alvin C. Larson, 80, Brainerd, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Mary J. Schumacher
LITTLE FALLS -- Mary J. Schumacher, 81, Little Falls, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Bernie D. Palmer
ROYALTON -- Bernie D. Palmer, 64, Royalton, died today, Feb. 7, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Alvin O. Macheel
MOTLEY -- Alvin Otto Macheel, 80, Motley, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at home.
Toivo J. Mackey
IRONTON -- Toivo John Mackey, 81, Ironton, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Can civility work?
He's only been in office a little more than two weeks, and already President George W. Bush has had members of the Kennedy clan over for eats and a movie, visited a ``policy retreat'' (if it were only so) of Senate Democrats, named a Democrat to his Cabinet, quoted Martin Luther King Jr., invited the Congressional Black Caucus to the White House, and told Republicans to turn the other cheek to Democrats who smeared John Ashcroft during his confirmation hearing.
As a Catholic writer, I believe that anyone who is serious about their religious beliefs is in touch with God and will find the truth. Some people will never find the truth and will live in mediocrity.
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Reagan's ideas live on
WASHINGTON--On Ronald Reagan's 90th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the launching of his big tax-cut initiative, President Bush is preparing to send Congress his own proposal for across-the-board reductions in tax rates.
The arboretum - Dispatch Editorial
The Brainerd City Council gave its tentative stamp of approval Monday to what will be a smart investment when it backed about $48,000 in annual funding for the Northland Arboretum.
I want to congratulate the Brainerd Jaycees for another exciting and successful $100,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Way to go, Jaycees!
The revenge of Clinton's defenders
WASHINGTON -- In relocating to New York, Bill Clinton has chosen a town full of people who were willing to overlook a little perjury but who firmly draw the line at free flatware.
The news council
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After 11 years of marriage, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman say they are separating because their work is keeping them apart.
HASTINGS (AP) -- The seventh defendant in the kidnapping and murder of a Hutchinson man whose body turned up in the Clearwater River has been acquitted.
Minnesota boy who wandered into cold goes home from hospital
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Two weeks after he nearly froze to death, 20-month-old Simon Nelson walked from a children's hospital here Monday with gift-toting nurses and family members in his wake.
Ventura gets testy with Duluth citizens
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's speech was supposed to be one of the highlights of the Duluth Days celebration, an annual two-day trek to the capital to put a friendly face on this northern neighbor.
St. Paul may have another Peanuts parade
ST. PAUL (AP) -- This city may have another Peanuts on Parade this summer.
Action taken to speed money to schools
ST. PAUL (AP) -- To Republican howls, Senate Democrats Monday carried a measure to take $30 million from the state surplus and give it to school districts to cover unexpectedly high heating costs.
Coleraine man dead after snowmobile accident
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A 25-year-old Coleraine man died in a snowmobile accident in Itasca County.
Slight error found on eighth-grade reading test form
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state education department said it has found a small error on some forms of the basic skills reading test that Minnesota eighth-graders were scheduled to take Tuesday.
Mankato fighting rail expansion plan
MANKATO (AP) -- If the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad expansion is routed through this southern Minnesota city, local officials say it will cost millions of dollars more to minimize its impact.
Northwest , mechanics in marathon talks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The National Mediation board has told Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union that face-to-face contract talks will continue as long as mediators see progress, a union representative said Wednesday.
Ruling restricts judges' power in sex-offender sentencing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A law permitting sentences beyond the state maximum for "patterned sex offenders" is unconstitutional in cases where judges hand down the stiffer penalty instead of juries, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Warrior wrestlers dominate Rocori
Almost quicker than you can say flying head scissors the Brainerd Warriors wrestling team had the Rocori Spartans, ranked 10th in Class AA, down 36-0 Tuesday night.
HILL CITY -- Jeremy Fyle of Pequot Lakes raced his 2001 Arctic Cat 440 ZR to his second win of the season in a 440 Liquid Pro class race on Hill Lake last weekend.
Brainerd girls clear subsection hurdle
The Zamboni driver at the Brainerd Area Civic Center could have resurfaced just half the rink Tuesday as the third-seeded Brainerd Warriors dominated their second-round South Subsection 8 girls' hockey game against the sixth-ranked Alexandria Cardinals.
Pequot Lakes girls defeat McGregor 49-41
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team defeated the McGregor Mercuries 49-41 in non-conference action Monday to improve to 12-3 overall.
PR-B wins 3-point shooting contest
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines won the battle of three-pointers, connecting on 10, while Pine River-Backus sank eight but the Tigers still won the non-conference boys' basketball game 59-49 Tuesday.
Warriors boys snap losing streak
The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 51-39 victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in Central Lakes Conference action Monday.
Wood leads W-DC gymnasts to win
WADENA -- Kristi Wood continued her stellar gymnastics season with a personal-best score on vault, floor exercise and all-around to help the Wadena-Deer Creek/Verndale Wolverines take second in a three-team meet Tuesday.
Warriors trip Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Brainerd Warriors got mean against the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks Tuesday for a 62-50 non-conference boys' basketball win.
Berg wins city women's bowling titles
Jean Berg won the singles and all-events divisions of the Brainerd Women's Bowling Association city tournament Jan. 20-28.
Proctor boys outscore Crosby-Ironton
CROSBY -- Despite a high-scoring second half, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers were defeated 58-48 by Proctor in non-conference boys' basketball Monday.
PL/C-I/A, W-DC skaters eliminated from tournament
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Tigers defeated the Pequot Lakes/Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Blades 3-1 Tuesday in the Section 8, South Subsection tournament.
Pillager hopes it can bounce back
If you were one of the few individuals who missed the exciting Little Falls Flyers and Staples-Motley Cardinals prime-time boys' basketball matchup last week don't worry as another showdown this week could produce the same results.
Cardinals defeat Rangers 47-46
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team edged the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 47-46 in a Mid-State Conference game Tuesday.
Little Falls wrestles past Litchfield
LITCHFIELD -- The Little Falls Flyers won at eight weight classes and recorded a 39-19 non-conference victory over the Litchfield Dragons Tuesday.
Women's College Basketball
The Brainerd Family YMCA is accepting team registrations for its adult volleyball leagues.
Brainerd defeats Minneapolis South in floor hockey
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team defeated the Minneapolis South Tigers 7-1 Monday to improve to 5-2 overall.
Pioneers lose twice at Kimball triangular
KIMBALL -- The Pierz Pioneers were defeated 36-33 by Kimball and 54-14 by Albany at the Kimball triangular Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Gibbs, the defensive coordinator for the University of Minnesota, has accepted a job with the NFL's Denver Broncos, according to reports published Monday.
Little Falls boys edge Sartell in overtime
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers edged the Sartell Sabres 4-3 on an overtime goal by Paul Herman at the 4:40 mark in overtime of a Central Lakes Conference game boys' hockey game Tuesday.
Cliff Wang of Ely leads Beargrease
TOFTE (AP) -- Ely artist Cliff Wang took more than a three-hour lead over his closest competitors in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on Tuesday.
Report: Vikings' Smith to retire
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Robert Smith, the leading rusher in Minnesota Vikings history, plans to retire from the NFL, the Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported Wednesday.
Racers reach fifth checkpoint in Beargrease Marathon
GRAND MARAIS (AP) -- Rita Lensing of Schroeder continued to hold the lead in the 400-mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon after reaching the Devil Track Lake checkpoint Monday night.
Bickerstaff carried off floor after breaking right leg
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Minnesota forward John-Blair Bickerstaff's college career came to an end with a sickening fall.
Injury leaves victorious Gophers subdued
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Winning their first Big Ten road game under second-year coach Dan Monson should have been a cause for celebration for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
McLennan sparks Wild win over Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jamie McLennan proved he can be effective for Minnesota -- at least against Tampa Bay.
Timberwolves turning turmoil into victories
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves said a public goodbye to their late teammate, Malik Sealy, at their home opener.
Nisswa Jaycees Winter Jubilee to feature parade, snow sculptures and dances
NISSWA -- The 29th annual Nisswa Jaycees Winter Jubilee will run Friday-Feb. 18 with the theme Odyssey 2001.
Welcoming outdoor visitors is part of daily routine
Daylight is starting to break, and I reluctantly rise to begin going about my day. As I shuffle to the bathroom with my eyes still half closed, a glance out the window reveals visitors are beginning to arrive.
EMILY -- Emily Charter School will hold regular board meetings at 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Weather drawing by Trashawnda Banks of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Patterns of winter
A walking bridge at Pine Meadows Golf Course in Baxter was surrounded by frosty pines as fog drifted over the area Monday.
Building a snowman
Weather drawing by Blake Krell of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
New England bombarded by severe winter storm
EAGAN (AP) -- Due to heavy, wet snow expected throughout the northeastern United States, Northwest Airlines issued a weather waiver Monday for passengers traveling in the region.
Names and faces
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Bay area woman has accused "Miami Vice" and "Nash Bridges" star Don Johnson of making lewd comments when the two crossed paths in a sushi bar.
Brainerd High School is trying to get in touch with former Brainerd High School wrestlers. The Brainerd High School wrestling team will be hosting a triangular wrestling meet with Bemidji and Fergus Falls beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Brainerd High School alumni wrestlers will be recognized between matches. For more information, call Kyle Zelinski at 829-2098.
Homeless heart hint
Dear Heloise: Seeing HOMELESS PEOPLE at major city intersections asking for money tugs at my heartstrings. But after numerous stories of how this money is used, I came up with a solution to ease my conscience.
Quilt winner shouldn't be judged by cover
DEAR ABBY: I would like to respond to the letter about the ladies in the quilting club who disapproved of the man who won their quilt in a raffle. They referred to him as "scum."
Sharon wins overwhelming victory
JERUSALEM -- A day after his lopsided election win, Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon stood before the massive tan stones of the Western Wall on Wednesday and proclaimed Jerusalem the "eternal and indivisible capital of Israel."
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