Behemoth H&R Block branching out
NEW YORK -- H&R Block, the behemoth of tax preparation firms, is branching out.
Accounting panelists give views
Professionals in government accounting gave their views on the Enron/Arthur Andersen scandal and issues related to public and non-profit business records as a panel for students at Central Lakes College.
Potlatch Corp. is taking a more aggressive approach to get the word out about the company's future.
Potlatch reports 4th-quarter loss
Potlatch reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2001 indicating continued poor market conditions for most of its products and market-related shutdowns at several facilities, including the Brainerd mill.
A new program called FastTrac Manufacturing will be offered Feb. 20 to May 8 at Central Lakes College.
Credit card lenders raise rates on financially strapped consumers
SAN FRANCISCO -- While millions of borrowers are basking in low interest rates, refinancing their mortgages and buying new cars, other consumers are watching their credit card rates climb further into the stratosphere -- to 30 percent and beyond.
3M cutting 500 jobs in St. Paul
MAPLEWOOD (AP) -- 3M said Thursday that it will cut 500 jobs as it phases out most production operations at its tape and abrasives plant on St. Paul's East Side and develops a technology resource center at the site.
Where do I get tax advice?
Q: I'm thinking about hiring a professional tax preparer this year to help me file my tax return. How do I choose one who's good and how much can I expect to pay?
Wall Street still has no answers
NEW YORK -- Fourth-quarter earnings supposedly were going to give Wall Street some idea of when business -- and stock prices -- would finally revive. Instead, investors are as directionless as ever.
Forget rumor, Home Depot staying
Home Depot has no plans to close its Baxter store and Wal-Mart has no plans to move into the spot.
Teresa Giese and Andria Rivers purchased Lewie's RV Center, on Highway 371 North, from their father, Lewie Smith.
Pillager honor roll students listed
PILLAGER -- The following students are on the Pillager School honor roll for first semes
CLC fall semester honor students announced
The fall 2001 semester at Central Lakes College produced 622 honor students among the 3,000 enrolled in classes offered from the Brainerd and Staples campuses of the community and technical college.
States offer tax credits to offset private school costs
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- As her 13-year-old son struggled with attention deficit disorder, Jeanette Troche was frustrated that his Philadelphia public school couldn't provide the needed help.
Washington Middle School honor roll students listed
The following Washington Middle School students are on the second quarter honor roll:
Pequot Lakes middle school honor roll announced
PEQUOT LAKES -- The following is the second quarter honor roll for middle school students at Pequot Lakes School.
Pequot Lakes honor roll for grades 9-12 released
PEQUOT LAKES -- The following is the second quarter honor roll for Pequot Lakes High School (grades 9-12):
Grandparents not immune from heartbreak of divorce
As a psychotherapist who has worked with families for more than 25 years, Dr. Lillian Carson knows how devastating divorce is on parents and children. She also knows firsthand how tough a breakup can be for grandparents.
What a deal
More than 300 students and their parents attended a family night organized by the Brainerd School District Title 1 staff Monday at Brainerd High School.
Ask your kids to 'be mine'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers; it's for those you love.
Shop smart for that Valentine's Day diamond
NEW YORK -- As Valentine's Day approaches, many Americans are looking to buy a diamond or other gemstone for that special someone.
Try family mentoring
Have you ever thought of being a Kinship Partner as a family? There are lots of things kids can learn from your mentoring a child as a family.
No room in widow's heart for needy men
DEAR ABBY: Why is it that men can be so insensitive toward recent widows? Some of them hit on us within a month of the death of our loved one, while we're still in shock.
Trevor and Missy (McCollough) Wood, Brooklyn Park, a girl, Josie Jean, 7 pounds, 9 ounces, Jan. 30, 2002. Grandparents are Dave and Sharon Wood, Brainerd, and Terry and Mary McCollough, Brainerd, and Bonnie McCollough, Coaldale, Colo. Great-grandparents are Florence Heffner, St. Paul, Milt Hamman, Wisconsin, and Cecil McCollough, Brainerd.
Meets 8:30 a.m. Tuesday
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
AITKIN -- A 32-year-old Aitkin woman suffered minor injuries Friday in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 210, the State Patrol reported.
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Todd County Sheriff's Department received two reports of thefts from fish houses on Lake Osakis and Sauk Lake Thursday morning.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a small grass fire Friday afternoon near the Thiesse Road in south Brainerd.
Tiger makes Buick cut, Mickelson doesn't
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tiger Woods needed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to make the Buick Invitational cut, but two-time defending champion Phil Mickelson wasn't as lucky Friday and will miss the weekend rounds of his hometown tournament.
Budget bills to move at fast clip through House and Senate
ST. PAUL -- It's all about the budget this week at the Capitol.
Senators seek to require better fuel economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key senators have unveiled plans to require dramatic increases in vehicle fuel economy, prompting a fight from automakers who say the proposals are a threat to increasingly popular and fuel-hungry light trucks.
Conrad raps Bush's 'Enron' budget in radio address
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats used their weekly radio address Saturday to lambaste President Bush's budget, saying it is using Enron-style accounting tactics to cover up the nation's burgeoning debt.
Dozens of postal workers report health problems after handling irradiated mail
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least 87 suburban postal workers who handled irradiated mail have reported health problems including nausea, headaches and breathing problems, union leaders say.
North Texas man infected with HIV from donated blood
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A Texas man has become the first American infected with the AIDS virus from donated blood since the nation's blood banks implemented rigorous new HIV-screening technology three years ago.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
Emily woman named Mrs. Crow Wing County International
Mrs. Minnesota International officials have announced that Michelle Hyatt of Emily has been
Bodies not yet identified, but names of couple who owned burned home released
LONGVILLE -- Positive identification has not been made yet on the bodies found in a Longville lake home's ashes, said Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher.
Threat of nasty weather doesn't deter anglers
A forecast for snow and high winds Saturday didn't discourage thousands of anglers from slipping and sliding their way onto Gull Lake for the 12th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
Baxter receives $300,000 grant
BAXTER -- A precision manufacturing facility in the Baxter Industrial Park will be assisted by a $300,000 Minnesota Investment Fund grant, the state reported.
A Pequot Lakes woman is helping to raise funds for the American Heart Association after heart disease claimed the lives of several family members. Read more about this story Monday.
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Council on Aging will meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Region 5 offices in Staples.
Stier, Crow Wing County's human resource coordinator, is fired
Crow Wing County Human Resource Coordinator Siegfried Stier was fired Thursday.
Driver dies in rollover near Pierz
PIERZ -- A 22-year-old died early Saturday morning when his Saturn four-door left the road and rolled near Pierz.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 10 - 30 years ago (1972) - Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 held its 1972 Pine Tree District, Boy Scouts of America, Recognition Banquet. Highlight of the program was the presentation of the Eagle Scout Award to six Boy Scouts: Jerry Rosnau, Brian Anderson, Kerry Koep, Lyndon Kirk, John Hansen and William Friday, Jr.
Montana lesbian couple driven from home by arson fire
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Just days after a lesbian couple had been named as lead plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the Montana university system, their house was set on fire.
Lay could testify Tuesday; legal experts say Skilling's testimony could cause legal problems for him
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even though his former protege was hammered by Congress, former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay may decide to testify after all to the Senate this week.
Sara Jane Olson to appeal in effort to withdraw guilty plea
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former SLA fugitive Sara Jane Olson, who tried to withdraw the guilty plea that sent her to prison, has filed notice she will appeal it to a higher court.
Police arrest man in two old murders linked by DNA
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan man was arrested in the murders of two women more than a decade ago, including a Northwest Airlines flight attendant from Minneapolis, police said Friday.
Federal judge orders end to 51-year-old Bible classes in Tennessee county's public schools
CHATTANOOGA (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered an end to Bible classes that have been taught for 51 years in the public schools of the county where the "Scopes Monkey Trial" was held.
Navy commander charged with raping junior enlisted sailor
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The commanding officer of a 300-member Navy flight squadron was charged with raping a junior enlisted sailor.
It's Iverson's weekend
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With Shaquille O'Neal and Vince Carter out, Allen Iverson is getting closer to having the All-Star weekend all to himself -- assuming he survives his own parties.
Jordan enjoying Wizards' rebound
Michael Jordan will play in his 13th NBA all-star game on Sunday -- seven days before his 39th birthday -- but he said the success of the Washington Wizards this season might mean more to him than his individual accomplishments.
Sampras, Roddick give U.S. 2-0 lead
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Having never seen 19-year-old Karol Beck, Pete Sampras didn't know what to expect from the Slovakian in their first-round Davis Cup match.
Matthews enjoying his 14th straight Pro Bowl in 19 seasons
HONOLULU (AP) -- Coming to the Pro Bowl has become more enjoyable for Bruce Matthews now that the AFC is winning Super Bowls.
Bucs coaching search back to square one
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Bill Parcells rejected them. Jon Gruden couldn't be pried from the Oakland Raiders. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scuttled plans to hire Marvin Lewis after telling him the job was his.
Columbus gets much-needed win against Red Wings
The Columbus Blue Jackets were in dire need of a victory. That it came in Detroit was a surprise.
Wisconsin wins in overtime against Colorado College
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Peter Sejna's two goals helped Colorado College overcome a 3-0 deficit and tie the University of Wisconsin 5-5 on Friday night.
Ralph Crose, 88, Brainerd, formerly of Crosslake, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at his home in Brainerd.
NISSWA -- Elena Maki, 74, Nisswa, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PIERZ -- Robert Vankeuren, 22, Shakopee, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, as a result of a car accident near Pierz.
AITKIN -- Vernon Lundeen, 93, Aitkin, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the Riverwood Extended Care Unit in Aitkin.
Jean E. Hurd
HACKENSACK -- Jean E. Hurd, 69, Hackensack, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Amy V. Turnquist
RANDALL -- Amy V. Turnquist, 99, Randall, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at the White Bear Lake Care Center in White Bear Lake.
Gladys M. Jensen
AITKIN -- Gladys M. Jensen, 83, Aitkin, formerly of Big Sandy Lake and Minneapolis, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Audrey Brandenburg, 79, Brainerd, formerly of Chaska, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Richfield Care Center.
Frank F. Boody
LITTLE FALLS -- Frank F. Boody, 79, Little Falls, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Lester 'Deane' Shutter
BURTRUM -- Lester "Deane" Shutter, 81, Burtrum, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at the Owatonna Hospital.
Russell E. Scheuneman
AITKIN -- Russell E. Scheuneman, 85, Aitkin, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Greenspan chronicles the elation and agony of Olympics
Bud Greenspan has spent more than half a century chronicling the Olympics, the elation of winners and the agony of losers, telling their stories in films that serve as official records for the world's most prestigious athletic event.
A ceremony worth remembering
The 2002 Winter Games are off and running, launched with a dramatic opening extravaganza that celebrated the courage, strength and spirit that is the Olympics
Chat with Bush makes opening ceremony even more special for U.S. skater
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- This is one phone call Sasha Cohen won't ever forget.
A golden Olympic moment
Pat and Emily Lanin aren't competing for gold medals but they view their roles as volunteers at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City as a golden opportunity.
Winter Olympics open with pageantry and patriotism
SALT LAKE CITY -- In a nation at war, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opened Friday as a celebration of peace, one marked by extraordinarily tight security, a heartfelt display of patriotism and the pageantry of a ceremony that depicted the history and splendor of Utah and the American West.
Minnesotan carries flag
Team USA, led by flag bearer short track speedskater Amy Peterson of St. Paul, entered the Rice-Eccles Olympic stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics on Friday in Salt Lake City.
Real trouble - Dispatch Editorial
It's hard to see what good can come for state Republicans from former party chair Bill Cooper's effort to expose so-called impostors within conservative ranks.
I would like to let the citizens of Brainerd know that there will be a special council meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be televised on Channel 8. The items that will be discussed are:
Delay can't kill Olympic spirit
Delays may be forgivable when the Games are half a world away. But in Utah?
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call in a comment, dial 829-2900 or 1-800-547-2909 then enter code 8008.
Journalism and citizenship
Every now and then someone is able to remind us why we picked a certain profession and what we gain from it.
North Country calendar
Fishing slow? Make some noise!
How many times have you told everyone in the fish house to be quiet or they'll scare the fish. Walk softly across the floor. Don't bang that bucket. Quit sliding stuff around. Don't slam the door!
Matt Cooper, Brainerd, caught this 10-pound, 5-ounce walleye Saturday, Feb. 2 on Gull Lake.
Minnesota well represented in its variety of spruce trees
Gigantic glistening snowflakes gently tumbled from the gray sky to land on thick branches of the spruce outside the picture window. Although I had a long list of things to do, the swirling snowflakes held me captive and I watched them accumulate, forming fat piles on the needles.
The wolves are all right
CAMP RIPLEY -- Minnesota's timber wolves are doing better today than at any time since humans came here en masse in the 19th century. While wolves are endangered in other states their status has been upgraded to threatened in Minnesota.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Look to Wilson Bay, White House Bar, Center Bar, Squaw Point, Dutchman's Bar, and Hole in the Day Bay for walleyes on Gull Lake. During the day you'll find active fish in 18 to 40 feet of water, but slide up shallower at night.
Humane Society to hunters: 'Clean up your act'
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently released a scientific report claiming that upwards of 60 percent of all ducks and geese struck by pellet
Legislative plan announced to protect state waters
ST. PAUL -- Clean, fresh water is part of Minnesota's heritage. To protect that legacy, a coalition of non-profit environmental and conservation organizations today announced plans for a legislative campaign called Protect Our Water.
More Minnesota deer hunters are illegally placing bait in the woods to attract deer, according to state conservation officers.
Jamie Embretson and Scott Lavinger
Jamie Embretson and Scott Lavinger announce their engagement.
Jim and Leona Copeland
Jim and Leona Copeland, Fifty Lakes, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Feb. 16, 1952, in Portland, Ore.
Steven and Karen Rosenow
Steven and Karen Rosenow, Baxter, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 13, 1977, in Stewart.
Jennifer Rae Stevens and John Anthony Gilles
Jennifer Rae Stevens and John Anthony Gilles announce their engagement. Parents are Myron and Kathy Stevens, Brainerd, and Mona Winter, Plato, and Leona Gilles, Duluth. A July 13 wedding is planned at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth.
Jennifer May Klein and Brent "Bucky" Larson
Jennifer May Klein and Brent "Bucky" Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Tom and Tammy Klein, Brainerd, and Mark and Nancy Larson, Brainerd. A March 9 wedding is planned with a reception to follow in the summer.
Mandy Pyles, Johnson City, Tenn., and Aaron Braaten
Mandy Pyles, Johnson City, Tenn., and Aaron Braaten, formerly of Brainerd, announce their engagement. Parents are David and Patti Pyles, Tel Aviv, Israel, and Roger and Shirley Braaten, Brainerd. A March 9 wedding is planned in Johnson City, Tenn.
Lisa Haman and Jeff Marks
Lisa Haman and Jeff Marks announce their engagement. Parents are LeRoy and Karen Haman, Bluffton, and Ed and Denise Marks, Brainerd. An April 20 wedding is planned.
Heather Marie Swift and Joshua Jon Wiegand were married Sept. 8, 2001, at the Leader Community Hall.
Ida Lovmo will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Care Center, 1200 First Ave. N.E., Little Falls. No gifts please. The event is hosted by her family. She was born Feb. 16, 1902, in Gettysburg, S.D.
Toni Rogers and Thomas Haugen were married Sept. 22, 2001, at Pine River Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Foote officiating.
Bob and Dorothy Matthews
Bob and Dorothy Matthews, Crosby, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Ironton Legion Club. The event is hosted by their family. They were married Feb. 14, 1942, in Chicago.
Shannon Loidolt and Joey Vettleson were married Sept. 29, 2001, at St. John's Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup with Father Roger Thoennes officiating.
Jessie and Philip Roth
Jessie and Philip Roth, Brainerd, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday. They were married Feb. 14, 1942, in Brainerd.
Red Lake Band of Ojibwe seizes Pine River angler's plane after it lands on reservation
RED LAKE (AP) -- A tribal judge will decide whether a Pine River angler will receive his plane back after it was seized by the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe when the man illegally landed on reservation waters to fish.
Jobless claims up 27.5 percent
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Unemployment insurance claims in Minnesota increased 27.5 percent in January from a year ago, with white-collar workers becoming one of the fastest-growing groups of unemployed people.
Ventura backs coal plant on Iron Range
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday he supports an idea to build a giant power plant on the site of an LTV taconite operation that closed last year in Hoyt Lakes.
Bloomington INS office adds waiting room, heaters, chairs to tent
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- The wait at the main Immigration and Naturalization Service office for Minnesota and the Dakotas isn't nearly as cold and uncomfortable as it used to be.
U of M loses about $8 million in Enron collapse
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota endowment lost $8.3 million in the collapse of Enron Corp. and the school's investment adviser accepted part of the blame.
Carleton College names new president
NORTHFIELD (AP) -- Carleton College named Robert A. Oden Jr., the president of Kenyon College, as its next president Friday.
Staples-Motley defeats rival Crosby-Ironton
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball team defeated Mid-State Conference rival Crosby-Ironton Rangers 59-43 Friday.
Local sports shorts
BUFFALO -- The Wright County Blades defeated the Brainerd Warriors 7-0 in the quarterfinals of the Section 8, Class 2A girls' hockey tournament Friday.
Top-ranked Frazee tops Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale in wrestling
FRAZEE -- Class 1A's ninth-ranked Bertha-Hewitt Verndale Raiders wrestling team fell to Class 1A's top-ranked Frazee Hornets 42-19 in non-conference wrestling Friday.
Foster fills key role for Patriots
Flecia Foster established herself early as a player to be reckoned with.
C-I-A loses 4-3 to Park Rapids
PARK RAPIDS -- Alex Koester scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Park Rapids Panthers past the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies 4-3 in Mid-State Conference boys' hockey Friday.
Patriots cruise by Pirates
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team improved to 4-1 in the Park Region Conference and 11-5 overall with a 73-42 victory over the Verndale Pirates on Friday.
Exchange student from Paraguay finds success on basketball court
LITTLE FALLS -- Renzo Ferrari hasn't let complications with the English language interfere with his influence in Little Falls.
Ninth time is charm as Brainerd defeats Rocori
The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team finally got the monkey off its back and nipped the Rocori Spartans 48-46 in Central Lakes Conference play Friday.
Area events Saturday
Baker helps ignite Olympic flame
"Light the Fire Within" is the theme of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City.
Davis' hat trick leads Wolverines
Hockey is a team sport, but sometimes a player can single-handedly determine a game's outcome.
Warrior girls fly past Thunderhawks
GRAND RAPIDS -- Joan Ebnet poured in 24 points and Megan Arns chipped in with 12 to lead the Brainerd Warriors past the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 61-48 in non-conference girls' basketball Friday.
Denver beats UMD
DENVER (AP) -- Kevin Ulanski and Chris Paradise each had a goal and an assist as the University of Denver defeated Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 on Friday.
Minnesota State defeats Alaska Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- B.J. Abel's backhand shot in overtime trickled over the glove-hand shoulder of Alaska Anchorage goalie Kurt Johnson to give Minnesota State, Mankato a 5-4 WCHA victory over the Seawolves Friday night.
KG: Drinks are on me
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- This round's on Kevin Garnett.
Gophers win 6-4
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Barry Tallackson scored two goals to lead the University of Minnesota to a 6-4 win over North Dakota on Friday.
Avalanche bury Wild
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche left their three-game losing streak in Denver.
St. Cloud defeats Michigan Tech
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- Matt Hendricks and Ryan LaMere scored third-period goals to give St. Cloud State a 4-3 win over Michigan Tech on Friday night.
It's not over for video game collectors
A boxed Barbie doll balances on each step of the stairs just inside the Long Island, N.Y., home of Mike Ghiraldi and Joanne Schultz. Stacked against the wall of an adjoining room are about 15 small boxes, each containing the scale model of a race car, an extension of Ghiraldi's drag racing hobby.
Hackacademy teaches PC users ins and outs of computer security
They call it the Hackademy. The so-called hackers school, on a dead-end street in a residential Paris neighborhood, is run by wiz kids who crack computer security codes as a sort of cyber-sport. Now they're taking what they've learned to the computer illiterati -- regular people with a limited understanding of technology.
Tech leaders see super-fast Web access as new manifest destiny
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- This is the future in America as high-tech leaders see it: People work from home more often. They watch high-definition TV on their computers. They get information on national security instantaneously.
Sites worth checking out
A roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet:
Board sports gain an edge
In real life, of course, skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing are distinct sports that happen to share a rebellious culture.
Innovative iMac melds form and function with finesse
You've never seen a computer like Apple's new iMac. And that's the point.
Tighter security requires new rules
Today's Internet is a lot like the old image of Dodge City, with honest citizens being harassed by a handful of 'Net cowboys, data rustlers and gunslingers looking to make a reputation for themselves as the fastest hack in the West.
Highways closed in Wyoming, Colorado as storm builds across Plains
Blowing snow shut down sections of major highways in Colorado and Wyoming on Saturday as a storm gathered strength on the northern Plains.
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory east central this afternoon...
Minnesota state forecast
Blizzard warning today into tonight for most of the red river valley area...
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm warning over most of the state for late this afternoon through sunday morning...
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm warning most of west and north today...And southeast this afternoon and evening...
The Weather Elsewhere
Come on, snow
Weather drawing by Ryan Arntson in the Lowell School first-grade class of Gayle Kub.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight through sunday morning for all but far southeast wisconsin...
Fair, dry again in most of the East; snow in north-central U.S.
A strong ridge of high pressure was expected to keep skies mostly clear and dry in the East on Saturday, while states in the northern Plains were bracing for snow.
The Pinetree Patchworkers will meet
U.S. frees $25.5 million in Afghanistan's assets frozen under Taliban rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration authorized the release Friday of $25.5 million to cash-starved Afghanistan in assets frozen while the country was ruled by the Taliban militia.
Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 71
LONDON (AP) -- Princess Margaret, the high-spirited and unconventional sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died Saturday after a life that echoed with regret and thwarted love. She was 71.
Bush, Sharon differ on whether to keep working with Arafat
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is willing to give Yasser Arafat at least one more chance, but Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister and Bush's partner in countering terrorism, isn't so sure.
Ex-Taliban foreign minister turns himself in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Taliban's foreign minister turned himself in to authorities in Afghanistan, giving American forces what could be one of the biggest intelligence prizes in the war so far.
Saudis more vocal about Palestinian issue
JANADRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The women's festivities at the year's largest Saudi cultural festival opened with six high school girls dressed in long, gold-embroidered dresses reciting verses lamenting the plight of Palestinians.
Suspect confesses a role in ambush-style slayings of four journalists
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A man has confessed to involvement in the execution-style roadside killings of four international journalists in November, an Afghan official said Saturday.
G-7 finance ministers: Argentina on right track, but needs to do more
OTTAWA (AP) -- Keep doing what you're doing, but work with the International Monetary Fund to do it better.
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