Angela Sobania, the daughter of William and Vickie Sobania of Royalton, was selected student of the month for Februar
Across country, parents gladly camp out and wait for spots at unique public schools
WASHINGTON -- The people lining the sidewalk in the tranquil neighborhood weren't young fans camping out for tickets to the new "Star Wars" movie. They were parents trying to get their children into one of 30 precious pre-kindergarten spots in the capital's only bilingual elementary school.
Mom's husband isn't 'Grandpa' in eyes of pregnant daughter
DEAR ABBY: I am 28 years old and pregnant with my first child. My beloved father passed away a few years ago, and my mother has since remarried. Mom keeps calling her new husband "Grandpa."
Another Phoenix building movie career
NEW YORK (AP) -- Say hello to the latest acting Phoenix: Summer Phoenix.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Epic fantasy reigned supreme at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, where "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won five awards, including best film and best director for its New Zealand filmmaker, Peter Jackson.
Meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
AITKIN -- A St. Louis Park man was treated Sunday at Riverwood HealthCare Center in Aitkin for minor injuries following a one-vehicle accident.
Jeff and Megan (Saumer) Oelke, Pequot Lakes, a girl, Hannah Ruth, 7 pounds, 15 ounces, Jan. 29, 2002. Grandparents are Bev and Duane Oelke, Plymouth, Diane and Bob Guidi, Brainerd, and Ken and Peggy Saumer, Brainerd.
BURGLARY -- The Baxter Police Department responded to a break-in at 9:35 a.m. Sunday at Frito-Lay, 400 Cypress Drive S., Baxter.
Manure digester funds in budget bill
Funding for Rep. Greg Blaine's manure digester proposal was approved by the House and Senate last week. The bill, part of the omnibus budget reduction bill, provided $660,000 to the Rural Finance Authority for loans for digester systems.
State budget fracas reaches crescendo as new forecast due
ST. PAUL -- Throw out the civics book. Something from the fiction section might be more appropriate for a current guide to how a bill becomes a law in Minnesota.
Gorilla in the snow
While heavy snow fell Sunday morning, motorists did a double take as a gorilla appeared on Highway 371 North in Baxter.
The March 12 Brainerd School District bond referendum will be discussed during a 7 p.m. forum today at Brainerd High School. Read about what was said in Tuesday's Dispatch.
This was Brainerd
FEBRUARY 25 - 60 years ago (1942) - Brainerd store keepers who sell 12-gauge shotguns may find soon that sale of such guns to hunters is barred by the government. The government has called a halt to the sale of such guns to make the weapons available for war plant protection and guard duty.
Lakes Area Women's Expo organizers released more details regarding the event set 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16.
Sauk Rapids woman dies after driving around crossing arms, colliding with train
SARTELL (AP) -- A Sauk Rapids woman was killed after she drove around crossing arms and collided with a train, authorities said.
You may recognize them Mom, her 11 children have appeared in commercials, television shows, movies
Even if you're unfamiliar with the Stroia Ballet Co. or the Brainerd Kixters, you may recognize one of Terry Vincent-Scribner's 11 children.
MicroNet, CTC agree to merger
Two Brainerd companies, Consolidated Telephone Co. and MicroNet Inc., announced a merger today that will result in no loss of jobs.
Crosslake couple loses mobile home to fire
CROSSLAKE -- A Crosslake couple lost their mobile home Saturday as a result of a fire.
Internationally, Enron was one of government loan agency's biggest customers
WASHINGTON -- Enron Corp. has asked a federal agency to pay a huge insurance claim on an idled power plant in India, a project financed in part by a still-outstanding government-backed loan.
Secret indictment by U.S. of alleged mastermind in the Pearl kidnapping took place last year, Newsweek says
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government wanted an Islamic extremist extradited weeks before he was implicated in the slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a Bush administration official says.
Existing homes sales set record in January
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Motivated by low mortgage rates and increasing confidence in the economy, Americans drove up sales of previously owned homes to a monthly record in January.
Head of Internet body recommends major restructuring
NEW YORK (AP) -- The president of the Internet's oversight body recommended a major restructuring Sunday, saying the goal of leaving the Net in private hands has proven unworkable.
"Ashley is the most dominating player in the state because of her ability to play both ends of the ice," said South St. Paul coach Dave Palmquist. "She is a total team player."
Gladys L. Eberhardt
Gladys L. Eberhardt, 86, Brainerd, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Harlan J. Sherman
PINE RIVER -- Harlan J. Sherman, 90, Pine River, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Robert E. Hartley
Robert E. Hartley, 52, Brainerd, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Edward F. Richert
Edward F. Richert, 98, Brainerd, formerly of Nisswa, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Mary G. Lifflander
McGREGOR -- Mary G. Lifflander, 86, McGregor, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
Lawrence J. Anderson
CROSBY -- Lawrence John Anderson, 88, Crosby, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
EMILY -- Hugh Brown, 78, Emily, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
IRONTON -- Norman Bergsnev, 78, Ironton, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002.
TAMARACK -- Arlene Meld, 79, Tamarack, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, in White Bear Lake.
AITKIN -- Elizabeth Cartie, 84, Aitkin, died today, Feb. 25, 2002, at home.
AITKIN -- Adela Edson, 92, Aitkin, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at home.
Donna Bell Sundholm
AITKIN -- Donna Bell Sundholm, 82, Aitkin, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Joseph M. Mishler
AITKIN -- Joseph Michael Mishler, 25, Aitkin, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at his grandparents' home.
Della 'Val' V. Kubesh
Della "Val" V. Kubesh, 94, Brainerd, formerly of Hackensack, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Esther I. Reid
Esther I. Reid, 99, Brainerd, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Mario Lemieux grinned like a rookie. Scott Niedermayer and Michael Peca lifted their young sons onto their shoulders. Owen Nolan videotaped the entire scene from the ice.
Final medals table
At Salt Lake City
It's a wrap!
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Russians showed up. So did the South Koreans. After two weeks of scandal, Utah and America bid farewell to the Winter Olympics with a show of harmony and a collective sigh of relief.
Minnesota News Council
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Wanted: A modern, learning environment
As the referendum vote draws near, I find myself contemplating the possibility that all children in the Brainerd district might be allowed the opportunity to attend school in a modern, safe learning environment.
The Twin Cities may be thriving but outstate communities are not Greater Minnesota's economic needs have been ignored long enough. The time is here for state leaders to seek out new ways for economic development in outstate Minnesota because what we've been doing is not working.
To legislature and governor
Kenseth surprised by second NASCAR victory
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth was waiting for the inevitable defeat, and this time, it didn't happen.
Force loses bid for 100th career NHRA triumph
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Del Worsham denied John Force his 100th career victory in a dramatic finish during Sunday's Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.
Wellstone diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
ST. PAUL -- For years, people have asked U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone why he limps.
Poll shows public opinion swinging toward Twins ballpark
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesotans are warming to the idea of the Legislature crafting a plan to help the Minnesota Twins get a new ballpark, according to a statewide poll.
Moe enters race for governor
CROOKSTON (AP) -- In his 20 years running the Minnesota Senate, Roger Moe has earned a reputation for besting governors. Now he wants to be one.
Flyers eighth in section swim meet
SARTELL -- The Little Falls Flyers boys' swimming and diving team finished eighth in the Section 3, Class 1A meet Saturday.
Warriors' Lorenz sixth on beam
ST. PAUL -- With the team competition having ended at the Class 2A state gymnastics meet, two Brainerd Warriors turned their attention to the individual portion of the state meet Saturday.
Twelve area wrestlers advance to state in Class 2A
PERHAM -- Area teams will be represented heavily at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament following their performances in Saturday's Section 7, Class 2A individual meet.
Kixters fourth at state
The Brainerd High School Kixters placed fourth out of 12 of Minnesota's top AAA dance teams Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
S-M boys defeat Brainerd
STAPLES -- When two teams are similar, like the Brainerd Warriors and Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball teams, whoever comes out on top has to work for it.
Domier leads S-M girls past Brainerd
STAPLES -- Rachel Domier dominated the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team.
Three Warriors, 4 Flyers wrestle way to state
ELK RIVER -- The Brainerd Warriors will send three wrestlers and the Little Falls Flyers four to the Class 3A state individual tournament following Saturday's Section 8 meet.
Pierz, Wadena-DC boys lose
BRAHAM -- Andy Grossbach, a 6-foot-8 center, poured in 28 points as the third-ranked Braham Bombers defeated the Pierz Pioneers 65-42 Saturday.
Pierz sending nine wrestlers to state
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers dominated the Section 6, Class 1A individual wrestling tournament by winning seven championships and sending nine wrestlers to state in 13 weight classes.
Five B-H-V wrestlers advance to state in Class 1A
OSAKIS -- The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders will send five wrestlers to the individual state tournament following their finishes in Saturday's Section 7, Class 1A meet.
Eight Warriors qualify for state in swimming, diving
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team captured third place in the Section 8, Class 2A meet Saturday and qualified eight individuals for state in five events.
Three Flyers compete at state gymnastics meet
Three Little Falls Flyers competed in the Class 1A state meet and went away with an experience of a lifetime.
Wolves avenge worst loss of season
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves evened their score with the San Antonio Spurs.
Michigan State stuns No. 14 Minnesota women
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In a season where it seemed they could do no wrong, Minnesota learned there are no guarantees.
Big Ten indoor championships called off after pole vaulter dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Teary-eyed Penn State athletes led a lap around the track, and a moment of silence replaced competition at the Big Ten men's track and field indoor championships Sunday.
Race for MacNaughton Cup comes down to final weekend
Denver and St. Cloud State prolonged the uncertainty this weekend by splitting their series and pushing the race for the MacNaughton Cup to the final weekend of regular season play.
South St. Paul, Benilde St. Margaret's skate to first girls' hockey state titles
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- South St. Paul may not have run up the score as much as everyone might have expected, but they dominated anyway.
Rickert's free throw lifts Gophers past Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Rick Rickert only had one point in the second half, but Minnesota's star freshman has his timing down.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Increasing clouds with flurries west and central. Mostly cloudy with flurries east. Highs 5 to 15 above.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of light snow or flurries. Mostly cloudy with highs from near 10 north to the middle 20s south.
The Weather Elsewhere
Parts of central Minnesota get up to 9 inches of snow
Shovels are back hitting the sidewalks after parts of central Minnesota received 6 to 9 inches of snow.
Learning is fun
Weather drawing by Grace Rueger in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch tonight and tuesday for parts of the lake superior snowbelt...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Occasional light snow or flurries with little or no accumulation. Windy and cold. Highs in the single digits northwest to near 20 far southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Windy and cold with scattered flurries. A chance of light snow this afternoon west. Highs in the upper teens northwest to lower 30s southeast.
Snow scattered from Northwest across Plains to upper Great Lakes, cold in northern Rockies
Cold air pressing south out of Canada kicked off heavy snow in the northern Rockies on Sunday and produced scattered snow showers across the Northern Plains and upper Great Lakes.
Elections by Mexico's former ruling party too close to call
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The two candidates to be the next president of Mexico's former ruling party put any thought of victory party on ice after initial results showed the election too close to call.
Guerrillas hold Colombian presidential candidate
SAN VICENTE DEL CAGUAN, Colombia (AP) -- A presidential candidate who accused guerrilla leaders of drug trafficking in a recent meeting was being held hostage by the same rebel group in southern Colombia's war zone.
Israeli troops wound pregnant Palestinian women
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops shot and wounded a pregnant Palestinian woman in labor and killed her husband as they tried to reach a hospital Monday -- a day after another pregnant woman was shot in an almost identical case at the same West Bank roadblock, Palestinians said.
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