Memories of a Model T
Don Dabill of Pine River struck up a bargain with a sawmill to buy his first car, a 1926 Ford Model T Roadster, at age 19 in 1939.
Ford recalls Villagers, F-series trucks at risk for fire
WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than half a million Mercury Villagers and F-series trucks that could leak fuel and possibly catch on fire.
DaimlerChrysler to introduce extra large SUV in U.S.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- DaimlerChrysler AG will begin selling a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive vehicle in the United States to compete with General Motors' Hummer, the company said Wednesday.
Audi S4 Avant is leader of station wagon pack
As baseball legend Yogi Berra would say, "It's deja vu all over again."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Presbyterian church breaks ground in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- Ten years of faith and patience are bearing fruit for about a half dozen people of Presbyterian heritage who began meeting roughly a decade ago for Bible study and fellowship.
A 'little lunch' leads to a church
BAXTER -- A few years back, a handful of pastors from the local Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations were having a "little lunch" together when the idea surfaced.
Women become consecrated virgins in rare Catholic rite
NEW YORK -- At the bridal shop, the saleswomen were puzzled.
Talking doesn't come easily for many married men
QUESTION: When my husband and I were dating, we could talk for hours about anything and everything. Now that we're married, we go out to dinner and have nothing to say to each other. What has gone wrong? Richard just keeps his thoughts to himself.
Russian Orthodox official urges pope to postpone visit to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top official from the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine has sent a letter to Pope John Paul II urging him to postpone a planned visit this summer, a news report said.
The Brainerd Christian Women's Cl
Dad urged to take offensive in blocking ex-wife's boyfriend
DEAR ABBY: "A Dad in a Dilemma" wrote that his ex-wife informed him she's moving in with a registered sex offender, and he's concerned about sending his girls to stay overnight with her. Your advice to not let his daughters stay at their mother's house was correct.
Dear Heloise: How do you keep the MATTRESS ON A TWIN BED FROM SLIDING? I have used rubberized shelf mesh, but to no avail.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 267, a year ago 202.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 300.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 350.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 214, a year ago 284.
Chase away winter chill with hot soup
Over the weekend when the temperatures were cold, and we were all fighting a touch of the flu and colds at our house, I made a big pot of Chicken Noodle Soup with chewy homemade noodles.
Families can have Lemon Chicken on table in half an hour
The preparation time for this dish of Lemon Chicken is about 15 minutes. Allow another 15 minutes for cooking, and you'll have dinner on the table in about half an hour.
Liven up a meal with Cajun cooking
With Mardi Gras approaching, perhaps a taste of Cajun cooking with its lively flavors can conjure up some of the Carnival spirit at your dinner table.
Magazine checks out how America eats
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans' favorite food tastes range from pizza, no surprise as most-reached-for takeout, to elegant asparagus at the top of the veggie pop charts, Bon Appetit magazine says.
The Dispatch inadvertently omitted the name of Jennifer Sweet in a Page 5A story Monday on the senior Brainerd Kixters as the result of incomplete information supplied to the newspaper.
WALKER -- In Cass County court, Joshua Dean Neyens, 19, Brainerd, was ordered to serve 60 work release days for gross misdemeanor DUI. He was fined $1,000 and placed on three years supervised probation.
WALKER -- An Apple Valley hunter who is accused of fatally shooting a member of his hunting party last November has been charged in Cass County Court with felony reckless use of a firearm.
Leslie L. Tranby Sr., 57, and Sharon L. Block, 38, both of Hillman.
Bengtson, Christine A. and Steven L.
School lunch menus
Keith and Nadine (Brummer) Schaefbauer, Crosby, a girl, Mary Elizabeth, 8 pounds, 11.5 ounces, Feb. 15, 2001. Grandparents are Tom and Shirley Brummer, Brainerd, and Joan Schaefbauer, Virginia. Great-grandparents are Edward Brummer, Zimmerman, and Lawrence and Elizabeth Kline, Bismarck, N.D.
AITKIN -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident reported at 3:49 p.m. Thursday on Highway 169, about two miles north of Aitkin.
Hillary bearing brunt of pardon fallout
WASHINGTON -- She came to Capitol Hill amid lofty expectations, the first presidential spouse ever elected to public office and one of a phalanx of Democrats who gave the party new life in a Senate evenly split with Republicans.
Norton promises Indians better schools
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton emphasized education in outlining her Indian affairs agenda Wednesday, promising to replace some schools immediately and to attend to a backlog of repairs in others.
University of Minnesota regent selection may fall to governor
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans are willing to let Gov. Jesse Ventura pick five University of Minnesota regents rather than leave the process open to political mischief.
Happenings Thursday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Powell's Mideast trip complicated by U.S.-British airstrike on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Colin L. Powell leaves Friday for a whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe, but the tenor of his first overseas trip as secretary of State has been transformed as a result of the U.S.-British airstrike on Iraq last week.
Proposal would help fight child porn on Internet
ST. PAUL -- Tougher penalties and easier police access to computer files are needed to curb the growth of child pornography on the Internet, state lawmakers and police said Wednesday.
Bush's first news conference
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, in his first news conference since moving to the White House, sounded a tough note toward Iraq on Thursday and warned that "we're going to send a message" to China over its help in building Iraqi air defenses.
Hillary Clinton decries brother's taking money for pardon work
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called her brother's decision to take money to lobby for pardons a "terrible misjudgment" as a House committee began investigating whether President Clinton's brother, Roger, influenced the last-minute executive actions.
Appeals court upholds judge's requiring accounting of Indian funds
WASHINGTON -- The federal government must fix problems with a multibillion dollar system of accounts for American Indians and give the Indians an accounting of how much money they should have, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Ventura, Yudof share stage -- and cordial words
ST. PAUL -- Two of the state's most powerful men declared a temporary truce Wednesday in their often testy battle over funding for the University of Minnesota.
Plan to expand state drug program clears panel
ST. PAUL -- A Senate committee took a small step on a big issue Wednesday, endorsing a bill that would allow more low-income seniors to qualify for state help paying their prescription drug bills.
Study: Gene variant cuts risk of heart attack in moderate drinkers
Scientists have identified a gene that may help explain why moderate drinking can ward off heart attacks.
Report questions health claims for 'safer' cigarettes
Light cigarettes, as well as new slow-burning and other "safer" varieties claiming to reduce health risks, may actually be just as harmful as conventional cigarettes, according to a major report released Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences.
Design J-53 perfect for narrow lot
In many urban neighborhoods, there are lots so narrow that no one has built on them. Then, along comes a unique design like Design J-53, and anything starts to look possible.
Decorating your home bit by bit is easier on budget
With instant gratification seemingly the law of the land, it's nice to know that decorating on the installment plan can be more satisfying than getting it all done the day after tomorrow.
Big brother -- or sister -- is watching
Ever wish you could be in two places at once?
The changing house
The homes people live in evolved out of simple need or grand design, or both, then were inevitably polished by the urge to change.
Cultivate garden beds before rains
Cultivate beds for ornamentals and vegetables now, before planting and in advance of the spring rainy season, said John G. Shaffer, landscape designer and gardener in Adamstown, Md.
While gardens may be buried under snow, February is a good time to start planting.
Growing white asparagus, a garden delicacy
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- White asparagus, long a European delicacy, has lately become popular also in America.
Caulking requires careful effort
One squeeze of the trigger can put the finishing touch on a project or create a huge mess.
Paneling is easier than painting, wallpapering
Compared with painting and wallpapering, we think paneling is easier because it's a more "carpenter friendly" project. No drips, no spills, no tears. Just cut, glue and nail.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association general membership meeting will begin with orientation for new members at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ramada Inn in Brainerd.
Just which cherry tree did Washington cut down?
George Washington's birthday (Feb. 22) is a proper time to think about cherry trees.
Care for your countertop appliances
Countertop appliances will operate more efficiently and last longer with care and maintenance.
Removing oil from well is difficult and not a do-it-yourselfer job
Question: About two years ago, the submersible pump broke in our 185- foot deep well. We had the pump rebuilt, but our well water took on an oily smell and began leaving a film in the toilet. We thought the condition would eventually clear up but it hasn't. The pump rebuilder claims that oil from the broken pump contaminated our water, and can offer no solutions to the problem. Is there anything we can do short of drilling a new well to get clean water?
Public shares comments on 371 expansion plans
BAXTER -- Yellow squares with handwritten notes dotted Highway 371 maps that stretched the length of meeting room walls. The squares revealed points of concern in regard to Highway 371 expansion plans.
BAXTER -- Nutrition Services Inc., Baxter, a nonprofit corporation, is accepting requests from area communities that would like noon meals served to seniors.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-A request to connect the Brainerd and Baxter water systems at certain points was rejected by the Brainerd Water and Light Board. Board members Leonard Peterson and Warren Welton voted to decline Baxter's offer on the grounds that it would not benefit the city of Brainerd at this time.
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Varsity Choir, Girls' Triple Trio, Boys' Quartet, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, directed by Wayne Ellingsen, will present their annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Mayberry Auditorium at C-I High School.
PL officials in no mood to embrace Dispatch after media uproar about hugging
PEQUOT LAKES -- It hit Pequot Lakes like a rising tidal wave of national media attention.
Theater volunteer Ione McGuire dies
Ione McGuire touched many lives at Central Lakes College.
Plan changes east side mall's look
The East Brainerd Mall might become a strip mall, if all goes as planned.
Dispatch stands by column
It appears the uproar over the Pequot Lakes School hugging controversy is but another example in a long list of kill the messenger chronicles.
Liaison role of city administrator questioned
It started with a reminder at the end of Tuesday's Brainerd City Council meeting and could grow to a greater discussion on how council members relate to city staff members.
What exactly is 'affordable housing?'
BACKUS -- Cass County commissioners began a search Wednesday for a definition of "affordable housing" in this county when they met with the Cass County Housing and Redevelopment Board.
Time to garden
Even though gardens are buried under deep snow, February is a good time to get plants started.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 22 - 60 years ago (1941) - Brainerd bids farewell and godspeed to more than four score young men who have volunteered their services in making their nation better prepared to meet any emergency that may arise in the future. They are members of Co. A of the 194th Tank Battalion.
Former township treasurer faces charges
WALKER -- The former treasurer of a township adjacent to Hackensack was arraigned Tuesday in Cass County Court on felony theft and theft by swindle charges.
School board picks firm to assist comprehensive plan
The Brainerd School Board is one step closer in preparing its long-range comprehensive plan.
Clinton's brother charged with drunken driving
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former President Clinton's half brother was charged with drunken driving following his arrest over the weekend in nearby Hermosa Beach.
Two dead in Navy plane crash off Florida coast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Navy jet crashed into the Atlantic on Wednesday, killing the instructor and test pilot, the Navy said.
Eminem stirs controversy, but Steely Dan steals show at Grammys
LOS ANGELES -- So much for the Grammys embracing edginess.
Powerball winner to quit job, buy a new car
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- A Pawtucket factory worker claimed a $93.5 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, saying he planned to quit his job and buy a new car.
Clinton's brother-in-law collected about $400,000 to assist pardon, commutation
WASHINGTON -- The investigation into former President Clinton's last-minute pardons is widening amid revelations that his wife's brother collected nearly $400,000 for helping secure a pardon and a prison commutation for two clients.
Sub accident investigators weigh evidence on ship location
WASHINGTON -- The skipper of the USS Greeneville has told Navy investigators that he was aware from sonar soundings that a ship was in the vicinity before the submarine made a rapid ascent to the surface and crashed into a Japanese fishing vessel on Feb. 9, a source familiar with the investigation said Thursday.
Rhode Island man wins Powerball
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- A Pawtucket man Thursday claimed the $93.5 million Powerball jackpot, the largest lottery prize in state history.
Asteroid or comet may have caused 'mother of all extinctions'
WASHINGTON -- Some 250 million years ago, almost 90 percent of life on Earth died in history's most devastating extinction. A new study suggests it was triggered by an asteroid or comet like the one that much later killed the dinosaurs.
Professor slayings suspect had apparently been reading white supremacist material
LEBANON, N.H. (AP) -- One of two teen-agers charged with killing two Dartmouth College professors apparently had been reading white supremacy and Holocaust revisionism material, ABC News reported Thursday.
Rams designate Carter as franchise player
Kevin Carter, whose falloff at defensive end was a reason for the decline of the St. Louis defense last season, was designated as the Rams' franchise player Thursday, a move that left him unhappy.
National sports briefs
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Clifford "Fido" Purpur, a North Dakota hockey pioneer and a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, has died at age 88.
A-Rod draws a crowd, Jeter draws George Clooney
On his first day of spring training, Alex Rodriguez drew plenty of questions about money. At the New York Yankees' first full-squad workout, Derek Jeter drew the eye of George Clooney.
Illinois loss opens up Big Ten race
Sean Connolly's game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State made a lot of people at Michigan State happy.
Sixers get Mutombo
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a center who can help them win a championship this year. To get him, they gave up a center who might have kept them a powerhouse for years to come.
Improbable shot wins for Auburn
When the Auburn Tigers practice long-range shots, Reggie Sharp never makes any. Apparently, he needed game pressure to nail one.
Ione Sibet McGuire, 92, Brainerd, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Clarence W. Jordan
Clarence W. Jordan, 88, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Presbyterian Homes in Roseville.
Actress Rosemary DeCamp dies
Rosemary DeCamp, the venerable actress whose work ranged from radio to motion pictures to television including leading roles in "The Life of Riley" and "The Bob Cummings Show," has died. She was 90.
Glenn E. Huff
MOTLEY -- Glenn E. Huff, 79, Motley, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at his home.
AITKIN -- Victor Lemire, 78, Aitkin, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Lyman C. Dale
Lyman C. Dale, 79, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
PINE RIVER -- Leora Kelsey, 69, Pine River, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at her home.
Ione McGuire, 92, Brainerd, died today, Feb. 22, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
STAPLES -- JoAnn Farber, 61, Staples, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Michael Arms, 37, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at his home.
PINE RIVER -- Herman Weiss, 78, Pine River, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at St. Cloud VA Hospital.
William C. Hendrickson
LAKE SHORE -- William C. Hendrickson, 84, Lake Shore, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Douglas L. Phillips
MINNEAPOLIS -- Douglas L. Phillips, 52, Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at University Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis.
Wesley R. Menton
DEERWOOD -- Wesley Raymond Menton, 78, Deerwood, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
STAPLES -- JoAnn Farber, 61, Staples, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Greater Staples Hospital.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Borghild Thomsen, 91, Greenville, S.C., died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at her home.
PINE RIVER -- Leora Kelsey, 69, Pine River, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at home.
Clarence W. Jordan
ROSEVILLE -- Clarence W. Jordan, 88, Roseville, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Roseville.
Robert E. Floyd Jr.
STAPLES -- Robert Eugene Floyd Jr., 38, Staples, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Now some people are complaining that they think President Bush is leaning too far to the right.
Explorers - Dispatch Editorial
Tales of explorers and their adventures have always had a strong appeal for youngsters.
The McCain-Feingold bill's future
WASHINGTON--Earlier this month, when the Democratic National Committee met in Washington to install Clinton fund-raiser Terry McAuliffe as its new chairman, there was a moment, which went largely unreported, that sheds light on the coming congressional debate on campaign-finance reform.
The 'Having it All' lie
"White House Distaff Staff Make Family a Priority," proclaimed a headline in last Thursday's Post, over a story showing that the Bush administration plans to encourage one of the capital's sunniest self-delusions.
Open Forum guidelines
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
He walked alone Producer Stanley Kramer believed movies should have messages
At the climax of the 1952 Western classic "High Noon," Marshal Wil Kane (played by Gary Cooper) takes a lonely walk down an empty main street to take on four gunslingers bent on killing him. He faced them alone because the townspeople, who he thought were his friends, were too selfish and cowardly to lend him a hand.
I thought I'd "heard it all" when it came to ridiculous behavior by school administrators. However, the front page story which greeted me about Pequot Lakes Junior High Schoolers being disciplined for excessive hugging, goes to the top of the list for asininity!
The return of the spies
It sounds like the stuff of cold war novels. An American -- and not just an American but an FBI agent -- is arrested and charged with spying for Russia. Robert Philip Hanssen, 56, a 25-year veteran of America's premier law enforcement agency, was allegedly paid $1.4 million in cash and diamonds for selling out his country.
How to reach your state legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
NASCAR officials: Earnhardt's lap belt was broken
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt's lap belt was found to be broken after the stock car racing champion was fatally injured in a crash at the Daytona 500, NASCAR officials said Friday.
Straight from the church to the track
They went straight from the church to the racetrack, from a memorial service in Charlotte for Dale Earnhardt to the garages at nearby Rockingham.
Earnhardt buried in private service
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt's family bid farewell to the fallen driver in a private ceremony one day before the NASCAR community planned to say its goodbyes.
Drivers pay last respects to Earnhardt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even the heavens shed tears for Dale Earnhardt.
Dale Earnhardt through the eyes of his son
I know a man whose hands are so callused that gloves aren't necessary. Once, while cutting down a tree, he cut the back of his hand to the bone with a chainsaw. He didn't even stop to look until the job was done.
Publicity could help bring health insurance to Minnesota children
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A publicity campaign might help bring health insurance to some of the 48,000 Minnesota children who are without, Gov. Jesse Ventura and leaders of nonprofit groups said Thursday.
Report: Child care in Minnesota hard to find, expensive
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new report on child care in Minnesota documents what many parents already know -- that child care vacancies are low while costs and staff turnover are high.
Northwest Airlines, mechanics to meet again
MINNEAPOLIS -- Representatives of Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union will return to Washington to meet with federal mediators March 7, just five days before the union would be free to strike.
Got weekend plans? Think snow!
Area residents should prepare for another round of winter storms this weekend.
Gangelhoff pleads innocent to misdemeanor theft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jan Gangelhoff, the former tutor whose allegations triggered the academic cheating scandal in the University of Minnesota men's basketball program, pleaded innocent Thursday of misdemeanor theft in Wisconsin.
Stolen ashes found in Minnesota returned to widow
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- To John George Minea, the bronze urn with a fly fisherman on Georgia Eaton's knickknack shelf looked valuable enough to take as payment in a money dispute, authorities say.
Supreme Court clears Duluth officer in hit-and-run case
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Duluth police officer won his case before the state Supreme Court and was cleared Thursday of wrongdoing in a 1997 Hermantown hit-and-run case involving his friends.
63-year-old man dies in snowmobile accident
DULUTH (AP) -- A 63-year-old snowmobiler died in an accident in northeastern Minnesota, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department said.
Study: Small number of offenders are responsible for large number of crimes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- About 5 percent of criminals are responsible for nearly 20 percent of criminal convictions and even a greater percentage of only felonies, according to a study released Thursday by the legislative auditor.
Police investigating liquor store
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police have started an investigation of a liquor store suspected of selling alcohol to underage drinkers in the death of a University of Minnesota student.
Duluth institute gets grant to study Great Lakes
DULUTH (AP) -- A $6 million federal grant will allow scientists at the Natural Resources Research Institute to develop standards for monitoring water quality along the shores of the Great Lakes.
Winter snow may lead to spring flooding
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Heavy snowpack may mean flooding problems for portions of Minnesota this spring, weather officials warn.
State women's tourney to open at college
The Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team will make its seventh straight state tournament appearance when the Minnesota Community College State Tournament tips off Friday.
Warriors capture 7-0 floor hockey victory
With all the noise revolving around the Brainerd Warrior gymnasts going to state, the boys' hockey team in sections, and record breaker Shaun Kennedy and the Brainerd swimming and diving team preparing for sections; the floor hockey team has quietly continued their dominance in Minnesota.
Warriors' gymnasts hope to move up
In 13 trips to the Class AA state gymnastics meet in the last 19 years the Brainerd Warriors' best finish was sixth place.
Pine River-Backus girls trip Rangers
CROSBY -- Kati Galovich out scored Sarah Laposky but the Pine River-Backus Tigers beat the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 68-52 in non-conference girls' basketball action Thursday.
Brainerd snowmobile team sets records
The race team of Rick House, Larry Johnson, Jim Woudsma and Jeff Cizek, all of Brainerd, Jim Nelson of Fargo, N.D., and Mike Cleary of Bloomington set four world records in the Hayward, Wis., Winterfest 1000-foot snowmobile speed runs last weekend.
Plathisha takes dreams into tourney
J.P. Platisha someday might be able to make a living by playing hockey.
Local sports shorts
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Christopher Foley of Madden's Inn and Golf Club in Brainerd has achieved Specialty Certification in Teaching from The PGA of America.
Warrior girls edge Sartell
SARTELL -- Thanks to five points from Katie Ahlberg the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team outlasted the Sartell Sabres 40-38 in a physical Central lakes Conference game Thursday.
Pillager boys defeat Verndale
VERNDALE -- The Pillager Huskies had five players score in double figures and cruised past the Verndale Pirates 82-64 in a Park Region Conference boys' basketball game Thursday.
Brainerd boys' hockey hopes derailed in Cloquet
CLOQUET -- The sixth-seeded Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team ended their season just like last year, with a loss in the Section 7AA quarterfinals Thursday.
Badgers dump Gophers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Kirk Penney led Wisconsin in scoring. Mike Kelley led them in motivation.
Vikings spent $108,000 lobbying in last half of 2000
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After months of legwork, a lobbyist for the Minnesota Vikings says he expects a stadium bill to be introduced within three weeks.
Wolves' losing streak hits 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Houston Rockets are getting balanced scoring and are slowly creeping into the Western Conference playoff race.
Pierzynski set to work behind plate
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - There are seven catchers in the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse again this spring. The difference this time around is that one of them, A.J. Pierzynski, knows the starting job is his to lose.
Dallas gets back at the Wild
DALLAS (AP) -- With Mike Modano out of the game with a concussion, Joe Nieuwendyk reached a milestone and delivered a victory for the Dallas Stars.
Minnesota's MVPs stroll the sidelines
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One by one, they ripped the labels off Minnesota's teams.
Bloomington Jefferson posts shutout
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Joccie Cookson had two goals and an assist and Larissa Luther made 19 saves as Bloomington Jefferson shut out Forest Lake 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the girls' state high school hockey tournament Thursday.
The International Library of Poetry is seeking entries for its annual writing contest, which will award $58,000 in prizes to 250 winners later this year. Deadline for submissions is April 30.
Former Little Falls teacher is now a successful historic romance novelist
LITTLE FALLS -- A former Little Falls science teacher has turned an "overactive imagination" into a successful career as a romance novelist.
Publishers Weekly best sellers
Spring events cropping up across Minnesota
This is the Explore Minnesota events report for Tuesday hosted by the Minnesota Office of Tourism, and brought to you by www.exploreminnesota.com.
Boos' leadership skills extend beyond work on newspaper
If you had to describe Danielle Boos with a single word, the word "leader" would come to mind.
A Moose County cat smells a rat
There's a drought in Moose County, but it isn't a crime drought.
Mass merchants offer convenience, less music choice
TROY, Mich. -- The rock band Train usually plays to packed halls in big cities, but three weeks ago the group performed on the ground floor of a light-gray office building in this Detroit suburb. Just 300 people watched the show.
Christian group to appear March 2
The Martins, a Christian group sponsored by River of Life Production of Brainerd, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Americans have sunny tropical islands just a short trip away
Americans don't have to go far to enjoy sunny tropical islands with beaches, fishing, diving and more beaches.
Bill Staines, the "happy wanderer" of the folk music circuit, opens the Grassroots Concerts spring series at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Nisswa Community Center. The New England native has been a fixture in the folk scene for more than 30 years, traveling more than a million miles, he says.
Little Falls troupe to stage murder mystery with full audience participation
LITTLE FALLS -- The Hole in the Day Players are bringing a new twist to their dinner theater productions at Jason's Supper Club in Little Falls.
Rippleside fifth-graders to present Arts Program 'Let's Hear It for America'
AITKIN -- Fifth-grade students at Rippleside Elementary School will present an Arts Program at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the school's new gymnasium.
Elementary Honors Choir practices
Fifth-graders Josh Woodard (left), Annah Rueger and Elizabeth Belgum sang during rehearsal Monday for the 11th annual Elementary Honors Choir Project.
Excerpt from 'Mr. Commitment'
What I'd done wrong was no longer the point. It wasn't about apology, making up or explanation. All that counted now was winning.
'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' -- challenging theater
It's fun and easy to go to the theater to be entertained, to sit back and laugh at a comedy or cry at a love story.
New exhibit to open Tuesday at CLC
Alec Soth will be the artist in the spotlight Tuesday to March 28 at the Central Lakes College Gallery on the Brainerd campus.
Daylong celebration of the arts planned
The civic group that has anointed itself with the task of developing an area-wide cultural arts plan has selected May 5 for its coming-out party.
Great River Strings Ensemble to host guest pianist
The Great River Strings Ensemble, now in its second year, is composed of area string musicians of all ages and experience.
Harmony Engineers to host community concert
The second annual It's Good to Sing Concert hosted by the Harmony Engineers and supported by the A Cappella Alumni Association and Community Education will take place March 10.
Novel looks facetiously at relationship scene
"What's the difference between involvement and commitment? Think of eggs and bacon. The chicken was involved. The pig was committed."
Motley Staples Middle School students to stage 'Annie Jr.'
STAPLES -- Motley Staples Middle School will present "Annie Jr." March 9 and 10 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of mainly morning light snow or flurries...Then gradual clearing from the west. Highs in the 20s to mid 30s.
Minnesota state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight and saturday southeast and through saturday night northeast and southwest...
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight all central sections of state...
State sees record number of days with temps below 40
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Frigid temperatures may be the norm for a Minnesota winter, but 106 days without a slight break makes this season unusually harsh.
Temperatures and weather conditions during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. EST today.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds west. Mostly sunny east. Highs from the teens northeast....To the lower 40s southwest.
Let it snow
Weather drawing by Kendra Starks of Mrs. Sedlachek's second grade class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Snow showers northeast this morning...Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy with a brisk wind. Highs from the upper teens to upper 20s.
Making a snowman
Weather drawing by Giselle Tamasy of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the 20s northwest to 30s central and southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter storm watch far east saturday afternoon and saturday night...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...The west and central will be clear to partly sunny. The east will be cloudy this morning and partly sunny this afternoon. Highs in the teens east to near 30 southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for South Dakota
Various winter storm watches from tonight through saturday night central and east...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch for much of the north and west late tonight into saturday...
Blinding snow paralyzes East
RICHMOND, Va. -- Highway crews worked late into the night to clear roads that were blanketed with snow during an eastern storm that paralyzed the region and left at least 11 people dead.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Thursday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Truth about dad's birth opens wound that may never heal
DEAR ABBY: My father was born 50 years ago, and only learned the truth about his birth in the last few years.
Dear Heloise: I keep a pump-type LIQUID-SOAP DISPENSER that is filled with dish detergent on my counter near the kitchen faucet.
Names and faces
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Robbie Williams suffered bruises but was otherwise uninjured after a man pushed the pop star from the stage during a concert, a spokesman for his record label said Thursday.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Names and faces
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Singer Johnny Cash was released Wednesday from the hospital where he was treated for pneumonia, Baptist Hospital spokeswoman Jessica Etz said.
Duplicate bridge is played at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. Winners: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 39; Chris Leininger and Marion Benest, 38.5; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 38; and Gordon Becker and Don Rasmussen, 38.
Most bombs in recent strike on Iraq missed, Pentagon discloses
WASHINGTON -- Most of the bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes on Iraqi radar stations during last week's airstrikes missed their mark, Pentagon officials disclosed Wednesday, with most of the misses blamed on a new and expensive Navy guided bomb.
North Korea threatening to drop missile accords
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Thursday warned that it might restart long-range missile tests in light of signs the new U.S. administration could take a tougher line with the communist nation.
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