Teresa Serfling, the daughter of Curt and Kathy Serfling of McGregor, was selected as student of the month for January by the youth activities committee of the Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615.
Tax preparer offers advice you can take to the bank
DEAR ABBY: Tax time is approaching. As a tax practitioner, I am asking for your help. Please inform your readers:
Presidential best wishes
Dear Heloise: Do you have the address to request a BIRTHDAY GREETING FROM THE PRESIDENT? My mother will be 85 years old, and I would like to request one for her. -- Lois, Via E-mail
Crosby-Ironton School Board
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident reported at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Washington and Northwest Seventh Streets.
Mickelson guts out bizarre win
SAN DIEGO -- Phil Mickelson spent the week at the Buick Invitational trying to recover from food poisoning that kept him from practicing and barely strong enough to play. In the end, it was Frank Lickliter who felt sick to his stomach.
Stewart makes most of exciting developments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- If Sunday's Budweiser Shootout is an indication of what to expect in next Sunday's Daytona 500, then NASCAR's fears of another boring superspeedway race may be over.
Morgan secures 19th Senior tournament title
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Gil Morgan almost saw a victory at the ACE Group Classic fall in the water.
President boosting military morale with pledge of pay raises
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is reassuring U.S. troops he intends to bolster what he sees as sagging military morale, carrying a promise of pay raises directly to the field.
Senate to debate social promotion as legislative pace picks up
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers wade into the thorny debate over social promotion in schools Monday with a Senate hearing on a bill to prevent third-graders from moving on unless they prove they can read at a basic level.
New welfare debate centers on marriage
WASHINGTON -- Conservatives who successfully argued that the nation's welfare system must aggressively push poor people into jobs are preparing to push something more personal: marriage.
Genome map continues to provide revelations
The first detailed survey of the human genetic code is revealing many striking things about the blueprint for making a human being. Among them: how similar we all are to each other. And how different.
High rates of STDs worry state health workers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Health officials are worried that among Minnesota teens, rates of two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases are among the highest in the nation.
Snowmobile crash kills Deerwood teen-ager
TROMMALD -- A 15-year-old Deerwood teen is dead following a two-snowmobile collision Saturday on County Road 30.
After 100 years, Sibley Township has hall
SIBLEY TOWNSHIP -- More than 100 years after it was established in Crow Wing County, Sibley Township residents finally have their own town hall.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Work continues at the wastewater treatment plant which will serve Baxter and Brainerd in the years to come. Construction of the new plant will cost approximately $8 million and is being financed through the Environmental Protection Agency.
County treasurer honored
In 1986 Laureen "Laurie" Borden had to fight to win the Crow Wing County treasurer seat but since then it has been smooth sailing.
Morgan Stanley chief says it was mistake to have Clinton speak
NEW YORK (AP) -- The chairman of Morgan Stanley has told clients it was a mistake to invite former President Bill Clinton to speak at a company conference last week, a company executive said Sunday.
United Express passengers injured during rough landing in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) -- Seven passengers aboard a United Express flight from Indiana suffered minor injuries after the plane made a rough landing at O'Hare International Airport.
Spacecraft due to land on asteroid today
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Scientists prepared for a series of rocket firings Monday that would send an 1,100-pound spacecraft toward a space rock known as Eros in man's first attempt to land an object on an asteroid.
Death row prisoner freed after DNA tests cleared him
RICHMOND, Va. -- Earl Washington Jr. walked out of prison Monday after spending 9 1/2 years on death row for a murder he didn't commit.
Japanese ask to have sunken ship risen to search for bodies
HONOLULU -- As hope for finding survivors faded, officials investigating the sinking of a Japanese fishing boat by a U.S. submarine said nine missing people may have been trapped as the boat plunged to the ocean bottom. The Japanese asked U.S. officials to raise the ship.
Public debate needed to guide direction of agriculture, forum speakers say
COLLEGEVILLE (AP) -- Public debate is needed to guide the direction of U.S. agriculture on issues that go beyond saving the family farm to food safety and the environment, experts said at a forum here.
WASHINGTON -- When he was sentenced to death four summers ago, armed federal marshals flew him away to prison. They took him by helicopter high up over the Colorado Rockies.
Learning from Lincoln
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois runs five major Abraham Lincoln historic sites, and the National Park Service has four others. Collections of Lincoln papers are scattered from Washington to Tennessee to California.
Experts: Texas escapees' 'remorse' is effort to manipulate the public
DALLAS -- They were a gang of murderers, robbers and abusers, described as having nothing to lose.
Police find three small bombs in Philly suburbs
LIMERICK, Pa. (AP) -- Three small explosive devices were found in Philadelphia suburbs over the weekend, raising fears that a serial pipe-bomb maker is at work. No one was hurt.
California utility seeks federal injunction to hike rates
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lawyers for one of California's debt-ridden utility giants sought a federal court injunction Monday that would allow it to immediately begin recovering billions in dollars it has spent for wholesale power since last summer.
Indianapolis newspaper columnist stabbed outside home
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis Star columnist was stabbed 10 to 15 times in the back during an attack in front of his home.
Atlantis astronauts gear up for second spacewalk to outfit lab on space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A day after opening the doors to Destiny, astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis had two main tasks: move a docking port and continue outfitting the new lab during a spacewalk.
Burton to press on with Clinton pardons probe
WASHINGTON -- Widening a congressional investigation into President Clinton's pardon of fugitive Marc Rich, a House committee chairman said Sunday he will grant immunity to Rich's ex-wife, issue subpoenas for her bank records and seek to obtain financial records from the Clinton presidential library fund.
Coalition challenging officials to pass consumer privacy law
WASHINGTON -- Even while federal officials promise to push harder on consumer privacy legislation this year, a collection of groups from across the political spectrum is challenging them to keep their word.
BOSTON -- Envision this: A couple goes to a seaside restaurant for dinner. Their table isn't ready just yet, so they take a walk on the beach. The sun is setting.
XFL ratings slide 50 percent in Week 2
Shades of the USFL.
At Pelican Marsh Golf Club
AITKIN -- Blanche MacDonald, 90, Aitkin, died today, Feb. 12, 2001, at Riverwood Extended Care Unit in Aitkin.
Steven J. Roubinek
ST. CLOUD -- Steven J. Roubinek, 15, Deerwood, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
LITTLE FALLS -- Hattie Lukasawicz, 79, Little Falls, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Carol J. Hanson
ST. CLOUD -- Carol Jean Hanson, 52, Brainerd, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Francis 'Frank' M. Kempenich
RANDALL -- Francis "Frank" Mark Kempenich, 78, Randall, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at home.
When I campaigned as a candidate for election to the Brainerd City Council last fall one of the top issues was that many of our citizens wanted the Dial-A-Ride service to extend the hours of operations to weekends and evenings. I promised the citizens that I would make this concern a priority issue if elected.
A reality check on defense spending
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Los Angeles Times:
The new communications boss
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
OTHER OPINIONS Higher education
A week after Gov. Ventura released his budget proposal, the outlook for Minnesota's higher education isn't any brighter. In fact, the state's higher education systems could soon face a major budget crisis.
Elliott leads Dodge charge to win Daytona 500 pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For two weeks, during unofficial preseason practice and official Daytona 500 practice, the Dodges weren't running fast enough to get out of their own way.
Contact your legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Bancroft, Arnesen cross Antarctica land mass
Minnesotan Ann Bancroft and her Norwegian traveling partner became the first women to cross the Antarctica land mass by skis Sunday when they reached the frozen ocean.
Top GOP leaders in Minnesota House visit DFL stronghold
EVELETH (AP) -- The two top Republicans in the Minnesota House listened and learned during a visit to the Iron Range, a DFL stronghold that's been hard-hit by the downturn in the domestic steel industry.
Stable labor economy supports state
Minnesota's labor economy is one of the most stable in the Midwest, even as the nation's business climate continues to weaken.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad to raise wheat shipping rates
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad officials plan to increase most rates for wheat shipped to and through Minneapolis.
Northwest mechanics cry foul, pledge to keep preparing for strike
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of the mechanics union at Northwest Airlines cried foul this weekend over their treatment by the National Mediation Board and vowed to prepare for a strike regardless of President Bush's intent to stop one.
Searchers find 88-year-old man who wandered away from hospital
FERGUS FALLS (AP) -- An 88-year-old man who wandered away from a hospital was found alive Saturday following a 4 1/2-hour search in subzero temperatures.
Worthington man dies, boy burned in fish house fire
WORTHINGTON (AP) -- A rural Worthington boy was burned and his great-uncle died in an ice-fishing house fire on Round Lake in Jackson County.
Spuds defeat Warrior girls 68-51
MOORHEAD -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team fell behind early in the first quarter and couldn't overcome the deficit as the Moorhead Spuds won the non-conference matchup 68-51 Saturday.
Flyer boys raise record to 15-1
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers triumphed 68-42 over Duluth Central in a non-conference boys' basketball game Saturday to raise their record to 15-1.
Kennedy breaks 11-dive school record
ALEXANDRIA -- Shaun Kennedy once again dove into the Brainerd High School record books Saturday at the Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving meet.
Press lifts Fergus women past CLC
For 40 minutes Saturday, two women's basketball teams crashed, clawed and collided on the court at Central Lakes College, each trying to establish an advantage and earn a spot at the top of the Northern Division standings.
Local sports briefs
Brainerd High School graduate Chris Bjorklund needs seven points to become the all-time leading scorer in Cal Poly men's basketball history.
Warriors lose two wrestling meets
Vince Sellnow, Andy Pickar and Jesse Marohn won both of their matches at the Brainerd triangular but the Warriors' wrestling team was defeated twice Saturday.
Flyers boy skaters nip Wadena-DC 3-2
LITTLE FALLS -- Paul Flahave scored two goals to help the Little Falls Flyers skate past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 3-2 in non-conference boys' hockey Saturday.
W-DC/V gymnasts take fourth in Mid-State meet
FRAZEE -- The Wadena-Deer Creek/Verndale Wolverines gymnastics team went home from the Mid-State Conference meet Saturday with a fourth-place finish.
Szczerbiak most valuable player in Rookie Challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak had a bloody good time Saturday, leaving the floor with a gash under his right eye and the Most Valuable Player award in the Rookie Challenge.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Central Michigan pounded Minnesota with an eight-run seventh inning on the way to an 18-9 win at the Metrodome in Minnesota's season opener Sunday.
Spartans tighten stranglehold on first
A combination of Pride, Cash and a never-say-die attitude weren't enough to bring the Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team a win Saturday over conference-leading Fergus Falls Spartans.
North Dakota leads WCHA but Gophers closing in
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The WHCA-leading University of North Dakota clinched a home playoff berth this weekend, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers extended their winning streak to seven games.
Wild look like anything but expansion team
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild aren't acting their age.
Gophers scare Spartans in loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Though they were down to six scholarship players, Minnesota managed to scare fourth-ranked Michigan State.
Record field competes at Mora Vasaloppet
MORA (AP) -- Lynne Cecil of Bloomington was the sole repeat winner in Sunday's annual Mora Vasaloppet cross-country ski race.
Ventura relatively mellow for second XFL game
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura kept things uncontroversial for a second weekend in a row as a color commentator for the XFL.
Wild stop Lemieux, Penguins
ST. PAUL -- Jamie McLennan isn't ready to say his luck has turned, but stopping Mario Lemieux would boost any goaltender's confidence.
Weather drawing by Summer Reyna of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis support group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Medical Center in the downstairs meeting room. Questions, call Carol at 829-0192.
Names and faces
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Pneumonia has once again put singer Johnny Cash in the hospital.
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