VW bus keeps value, to family -- and book
Richard Schlinger of northeast Brainerd owns a vehicle which is worth as much (Kelley Blue Book high value) as it was brand new 21 years ago.
Pontiac Grand Am SE1 coupe: Trucking on, with a lower profile
I almost forgot what it was like to be in a car. That's how things have changed.
New 'first caddy' on duty at White House
DETROIT -- A new mailing address wasn't all George W. Bush got with his inauguration. The new president also received new wheels -- a brand new stretch 2001 Cadillac DeVille full of high-tech gadgetry.
GM, Ford problems deeper than slowing economy, S&P warns
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors and Ford are hemorrhaging cash and face problems that go beyond any economic slowdown, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday, warning of possible credit downgrades for U.S. automakers.
Long-awaited Lexus convertible arrives
Talk about persistence.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 206, a year ago 254.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500.
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.
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.
A big grocery list
Dear Heloise: My father lives alone in a retirement community and has poor vision, which makes reading handwriting difficult.
Safety tips from police help kids keep door closed
DEAR ABBY: I agree with your advice to "Concerned Knoxville Mom," who would like to scare her latchkey daughter into not opening the door to strangers. However, I have a better solution.
Dear Heloise: "OLEO IS MARGARINE" was a great article! I called my mom in Michigan and quizzed her about it.
Get the kids to help bake these edible Valentines
Jeweled Heart Cookies are little gems, with a sweet message for Valentine's Day. They'll disappear in no time, as easy to eat as they're easy to make.
Southwestern dish is filling, satisfying
When I was recently going through my recipes, I was looking for new tastes, something different than the usual.
Hearty bean chili is low in fat
This hearty dish is part soup, part stew -- let it play the role in your mealtime game plan that suits your taste and needs.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday 800.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 398, a year ago 240.
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.
The Dispatch incorrectly listed the author of "The Matchmaker" in today's Tempo section. It was written by Thornton Wilder.
THEFT -- Kevin Banick, County Road 106, reported the theft of several power tools from a horse trailer parked a quarter-mile so
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.
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.
Reaction to election plan follows party lines
ST. PAUL -- All voters would need photo identification and new voters would have to supply part of their Social Security numbers under a tough new anti-fraud plan by the state's top election official.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AIDS risk from single heterosexual encounter estimated one in 588
CHICAGO (AP) -- A study of heterosexual couples in Africa concludes that the chance of catching the AIDS virus from a single sexual encounter with an infected person is one in 588.
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.
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.
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.
Study: Most states fail to adequately protect kids in cars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just 2 1/2 weeks ago, Dwaine Lape was standing over two hospital beds, watching his grandson and granddaughter struggle to breathe on respirators. Had Zoe and Brendon been in child safety seats, maybe they wouldn't have suffered so, Lape thinks.
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.
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.
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 decline after heart bypass surgery is likely to be long-term
Many patients who undergo heart bypass surgery suffer a significant and, it turns out, long-lasting loss of brain power, a study suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kaylor, Cass County recorder, to retire March 31
WALKER -- Cass County Recorder Connie Kaylor on Tuesday announced her retirement, effective March 31.
Teeny, tiny baby
IRONTON -- She was a tiny little thing, her hand the size of her mother's thumbnail.
Cass to offer three properties for sale to neighbors
WALKER -- Cass County will offer three properties for sale to neighboring land owners.
CLC astronomy students discover new asteroid orbit
Students at Central Lakes College have something in common with Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dorothy Castle's recipes sought for cookbook
The Cuyuna Country Heritage Preservation Society will publish its new cookbook, "Roots & Recipes," this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 8 - 80 years ago (1921) - Louis Hohman has perfected a wireless system whereby six raps on the radiator invites the janitor to shoot up more heat.
Imagine a house that talks. Many everyday tasks in this digital dwelling in Nisswa are automated. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Suspended CLC auto programs discussed
Central Lakes College representatives met with members of the automotive industry Wednesday to answer questions and to search for solutions about the recent suspensions of automotive programs at the college.
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."
Townhomes to be built near Highways 18, 25 intersection
A project to build 30 townhomes near the intersection of Highways 18 and 25 in Brainerd received the city's approval today.
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.
Teacher wins VFW honor
She attempts to mold her Mississippi Horizons ninth-graders into the best citizens they can be now and when they're old enough to vote.
Baxter establishes criteria for subsidies
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday adopted criteria for businesses seeking subsidies from the city.
PEAKS Charter School in Pillager decried by lawmaker
PILLAGER -- A small school in a small town made big news this week.
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.
The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at Bethany Good Samaritan Village, 804 Wright St., in the Kingwood Court Room to discuss the police chief hiring status.
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)
A chilly wait to race
Bundled against the wind, Brainerd Warrior Nordic skier Kelli Jensen waited in the snow before beginning her pursuit race at the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships on Wednesday at Camp Ripley.
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.
Final figure: United Way raises $400,918
EAST GULL LAKE -- Crow Wing County United Way volunteers learned the final tallies for last fall's drive and it was welcome news.
A teacher in the Brainerd School District was inadvertently omitted from the retiring teachers listed in a Page 1A story Tuesday.
Man dies in snowmobile crash on Woman Lake
LONGVILLE -- A 38-year-old Rochester man died as a result of a snowmobile crash Wednesday morning near Longville, the Cass County Sheriff's Department said.
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.
Annexation case outcome favors Brainerd
On March 1, Brainerd will grow by 1,000 acres.
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.
Lindbergh fondly remembered by those in Little Falls who met her
LITTLE FALLS -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh was remembered as a sweet, petite woman as news of her death reached her late aviator husband's hometown today.
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.
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.
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.
Technical flub embarrasses NBC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even veteran broadcasters can get tripped up by an unexpected live microphone, as NBC News anchor Brian Williams found to his embarrassment Wednesday.
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.
White House shooter possibly suicidal
WASHINGTON -- Police are trying to determine why a former Internal Revenue Service employee with a history of mental illness fired several shots outside the White House in a midday drama that is raising questions about security at the president's home.
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."
Judge again keeps California power on
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Power-starved California enjoyed yet another reprieve after a federal judge ordered one of the state's biggest suppliers to keep the electricity flowing -- at least for another day.
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.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh dies at 94
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- When Charles Lindbergh set his 1930 transcontinental speed record, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was in the cockpit, seven months pregnant but running the plane's radio and gathering weather information.
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.
Miami mayor jailed on charges he struck his wife
MIAMI (AP) -- Mayor Joe Carollo spent the night in jail despite his wife's efforts to convince authorities that her husband didn't wish to hurt her when he hit her in the head with a tea canister.
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.
Teacher could not have survived wounds suffered at Columbine
DENVER (AP) -- The Columbine High School teacher killed in the nation's worst school shooting probably would not have survived even if he had gotten help sooner, two pathologists who reviewed his autopsy said.
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.
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.
New postal rate hike under consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another increase in postage rates could come as early as next year.
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.
Dale Evans, 'Queen of the West,' dies at 88
LOS ANGELES -- Dale Evans reigned until her death as the "Queen of the West," almost always alongside her husband of five decades, Roy Rogers, the "King of the Cowboys."
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its cargo, a billion-dollar science laboratory, chased after the international space station early Thursday following a spectacular sunset launch.
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.
Phillies win arbitration case
Travis Lee didn't do any better at arbitration than he did at the plate last season.
Zaun wins in arbitration
Players and owners split the second day of salary arbitration decisions, with Kansas City catcher Gregg Zaun winning and Detroit right-hander Chris Holt losing.
Illinois wins big
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Cory Bradford got tired of being kicked around by Michigan State. So he kicked back.
LSU makes inroads in recruiting wars 2001
Watch out. LSU is on the prowl again.
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.
Eleanor C. Anderson
AITKIN -- Eleanor C. Anderson, 83, Aitkin, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001.
Rose M. Rocca
DEERWOOD -- Rose May Rocca, 77, Deerwood, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at her sister's home.
Manley J. Cunningham
STAPLES -- Manley J. Cunningham, 97, Staples, died today, Feb. 8, 2001, at Staples Care Center.
Henry Poissant, 89, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Stanley Piasecki, 86, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Alvin C. Larson
Alvin C. Larson, 80, Brainerd, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Robert A. Meek
DILWORTH -- Robert Alan Meek, 62, Dilworth, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Agnes Sura, 87, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at her home.
Bernie D. Palmer
ROYALTON -- Bernie D. Palmer, 64, Royalton, died today, Feb. 7, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
AITKIN -- Eleanor Anderson, 83, Aitkin, died today, Feb. 7, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Toivo J. Mackey
IRONTON -- Toivo John Mackey, 81, Ironton, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Elliot W. Nelson
LINCOLN -- Elliot W. Nelson, 70, Lincoln, died today, Feb. 8, 2001, at his home.
Hazel I. Hardy
MERRIFIELD -- Hazel I. Hardy, 78, Merrifield, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Reagan finally gets his due
I started volunteering for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in the fall of 1979. I had just received my bachelor's degree in political science, so I figured I had three career options: Go to graduate school, be a waiter or go directly into politics.
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.
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.
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.
State-run casinos - Dispatch Editorial
There was Bingo. There was dice-shaking for coffee and there was illegal gambling.
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.
Dear President Reagan: On behalf of millions of Americans who appreciate your life of dedication to a conservative cause that not only brought to our nation a large, needed tax cut as you promised to do, but also brought to t
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.
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.
Nonprofit groups oppose parts of Ventura's budget plan
ST. PAUL -- Representatives from the YMCA and Jewish community organizations Wednesday added their names to the list of groups feeling singed by Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget plan.
Former Long Prairie student charged for making alleged hit list
LONG PRAIRIE (AP) -- A former Long Prairie High School student accused of compiling a hit list of students and their families has been charged with making terroristic threats.
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.
St. Paul may have another Peanuts parade
ST. PAUL (AP) -- This city may have another Peanuts on Parade this summer.
Ventura says he might not run again if he gets his way
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In a deal that will surely tempt some lawmakers, Gov. Jesse Ventura said if the Legislature passes his budget and all his various reform plans, he might not run for a second term.
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.
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.
Tour bus catches fire
WINONA (AP) -- A tour bus from Wisconsin en route to Treasure Island Casino near Red Wing caught fire in Winona and forced the temporary closure of the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 61.
Raider men defeat Northland
Thief River Falls -- Garth McFadden scored 22 points and Travis Janich 15 while Joel Clough collected 12 assists as the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team beat Northland 78-65 in North Division action Wednesday.
Trevor takes big step
Big is an adjective that seemingly always has been associated with Trevor McCulloch.
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.
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.
Solorz, Martinson lead Raider women
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Amy Solorz scored 18 points and Amy Martinson added 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Central Lakes College women's basketball team to a 65-58 North Division over Northland Wednesday.
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.
Roberts gains state berth
Christina Roberts decided to try nordic ski racing for the first time this winter. It turned out to be a wise decision.
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.
Local sports shorts
Soccer has been added to the activities available at Sunday open gym and swim at Brainerd High School.
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.
Thielen, Gold qualify for state
In Jason Thielen's estimation there is no such thing as the sophomore jinx.
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.
Gobblers win twice in wrestling triangular
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers wrestling team won both of its meets in a triangular Tuesday against Mille Lacs and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus.
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.
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.
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.
Women's College Basketball
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.
She tries to make things happen
A point guard is an extension of their coach on the floor. They communicate the offense and defense to teammates, control a game's tempo and usually distribute the basketball so others can score.
Timberwolves turning turmoil into victories
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves said a public goodbye to their late teammate, Malik Sealy, at their home opener.
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.
McLennan sparks Wild win over Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jamie McLennan proved he can be effective for Minnesota -- at least against Tampa Bay.
Gophers take time to recruit here
Trevor McCulloch made Brainerd High School history when he signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play football at the University of Minnesota next 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.
Wolves' streak hits 11
MINNEAPOLIS -- Something about Chris Webber brings out the best in Kevin Garnett.
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.
Ely musher claims John Beargrease marathon
DULUTH (AP) -- Cliff Wang and his team of eight dogs rolled into Lester Park at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday night and claimed the 18th John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
Florida stops Wild
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- With nine points in the last five home games, Florida coach Duane Sutter has reason to believe in miracles.
Mason lands 22 recruits; now he's looking for coaches
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota head football coach Glen Mason took a break from his busy search for assistant coaches Wednesday to announce that 22 recruits have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Minnesota.
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.
List of the Gophers' recruits
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Football players who signed national letters of intent Wednesday to attend the University of Minnesota:
Smith leaves Vikings, NFL at the top of his game
MINNEAPOLIS -- Robert Smith is trading in his football uniform, perhaps for a lab coat.
Pillager graduate's symphony to premier Sunday at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis
Symphony No. 1, the classical-style composition of Russell Holsapple, 26, a composer from the Pillager-Motley area, will premier Sunday at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Film festival aims to offer kids more choices
NEW YORK -- Looking through film schedules in newspapers four years ago, Eric Beckman noticed few listings for children's films, but hundreds for independent films.
'Cowboy poet' to revive songs of the Old West in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The songs and lyrics of the Old West have been revived by "cowboy poet" Blanche Evridge, who will appear in a Little Falls "house concert" Friday at Jason's Casual Dining.
Books for Valentine's Day -- and one for anti-Valentine's Day
Has the thrill of romance faded? Has love's magic magically vanished? Are you ready to say, "It's over," to someone you're over?
It's unlikely movie-goers will fall in love with 'Valentine'
A funny thing happens on the way to the predictable conclusion of "Valentine," a slasher movie now playing at area theaters.
Scandinavian concert, dance to feature native instruments, costumes
Brainerd Community Education and the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America are sponsoring a Scandinavian concert and dance this weekend in Brainerd.
Norwegian music and dance is on tap this weekend at Lowell Elementary School in Brainerd, featuring a pair of professional fiddlers, the Norwegian Folk Dance Club and a local Scandinavian orchestra.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
The Great River Arts Association is recruiting area artists for the Party for the Arts fund-raising event March 24 in the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.
Guthrie Theater to bring 'Molly Sweeney' to Staples in April
STAPLES -- A Guthrie Theater cast departs Friday on a 30-city tour with "Molly Sweeney," a "sweetly haunting drama" by playwright Brian Friel.
Folk singer known as 'singing park ranger' to stage show in New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS -- Charlie Maguire, Minnesota's "singing ranger," will perform Saturday at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Arts Center.
Sophomore looks forward to more years of success on policy debate team
When it comes to competitive debate, Pat Freeman has risen to the top at an early age.
'Hello, Dolly!' boasts more than 200 costumes, three dozen hats
If the numbers are any indication, Central Lakes College is pulling out all the stops for its production of "Hello, Dolly!" -- in keeping with the musical's storied past.
Public radio's Garrison Keillor is now professor of comedy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It must be a quiet winter in Lake Wobegon.
Vacationland Figure Skating Club competes in Duluth
Seven figure skaters representing the Vacationland Figure Skating Club attended the Duluth Competition Jan. 18-21.
George Maurer Group to be free show for some
STAPLES -- Stung by the low-octane performance of its last booking, Centennial Auditorium is offering free tickets to the next two acts in its 2001 concert season to patrons who attended the Jan. 20 Country Legends Family Show.
Wildlife works by artist with ties to Aitkin on display at University of Minnesota museum
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota unveiled a major exhibit last week of paintings and sketches by one of Aitkin's favorite sons.
Brainerd team to participate in Music Listening Contest at Augsburg
Brainerd High School will send a team Friday to the Music Listening Contest at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Aitkin High School Choirs to present Classics Concert
AITKIN -- At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the choral ensembles of Aitkin High School will present their annual Classics Concert in the high school auditorium.
Staples Motley school choirs to give 20th biennial 'Pops' concert
STAPLES -- The Staples Motley High School choirs will present their 20th biennial "Pops" Concert at 8 p.m. Monday at Centennial Auditorium.
'Crouching Tiger' edges toward box office record
LOS ANGELES -- The martial arts epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is poised to become the all-time box office champ domestically among foreign language films.
EMILY -- Emily Charter School will hold regular board meetings at 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
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.
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.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with light snow or flurries. Partly sunny this afternoon northwest. Highs 5 to 10 above.
Storm dumps up to 7 inches of snow
A winter snowstorm dumped up to 7 inches of snow across the Brainerd area Wednesday, and more snow is expected later today.
Building a snowman
Weather drawing by Blake Krell of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter weather advisory parts of the central and north this morning...
Falling snow fun
Weather drawing by Katie Lippo of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
Iowa state forecast
Winter weather advisory today over northwest iowa...
Minnesota state forecast
Winter weather advisories parts of far south and northeast today...
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.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oops, she drank it again.
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.
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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