Inconsistencies, rule-bending in first two races in Winston Cup
In the minutes after he was penalized for driving below a yellow line, Geoffrey Bodine likened NASCAR's enforcement of the rules to another recent judgment call in sports.
Truck designers scramble to keep up with finicky consumers
With light-truck sales accounting for more than half of the U.S. market, automakers are finding they now must do with trucks what they've been doing all along with passenger cars: update them constantly.
Hyundai Tiburon: A good sport for the money
BASE PRICE: $15,999 for base our-cylinder model; $17,999 for GT with manual.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 170, a year ago 171.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 400.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 186, a year ago 155.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800.
Top prize at Pillsbury Bake-Off goes to sandwich for first time
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An accountant was awarded the $1 million top prize Wednesday in the Pillsbury Quick & Easy Bake-off for Chicken Florentine Panini, the first winning sandwich.
Meatless meal will satisfy all
There are many people who just plain prefer not to eat meat. For some it's a change of pace now and again; for others it's a choice in life.
Macaroni and cheese, meatloaf are comfort foods
A new brochure offers simple recipes, charts, tips and techniques to make comfort foods healthier without losing their "feel good" taste.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
The Brainerd Police Department is investigating a string of car break-ins in northeast Brainerd this past weekend.
The Brainerd Fire Department is investigating a garage fire early today on County Road 144 in Long Lake Township.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Peter and Kimberly (Scrimshaw) Jacobs, Yuma, Ariz., a girl, Grace Ann, 8 pounds, 7 ounces, Feb. 7, 2002. Grandparents are Ronald and Karen Scrimshaw, Merrifield, Sherri and Terry Larson, Brainerd, and Bob and Yvonne Jacobs, Nisswa.
MOTLEY -- One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday on Highway 64, six miles north of Motley.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department disclosed significant changes Thursday to the proposed settlement in their landmark antitrust case, partly to stem criticism from many legal and technology experts that the software giant was getting off too easy.
Budget bill becomes law over Ventura's objections
ST. PAUL -- In what legislative veterans were calling the most significant veto override in generations, a plan to shave nearly $2 billion from the state's deficit became law Thursday after the Senate trumped Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto.
Greenspan sees signs recession ending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress Wednesday that he sees increasing signs the country's first recession in a decade is coming to an end. He cautioned the rebound this year is likely to be a subdued one.
Bush backs Dole's Senate run
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For more than a generation, members of the two families have vied for prominence in Republican politics, with either a Dole or a Bush serving on every GOP presidential ticket since 1976.
Dayton won't fund 2006 election with own money
WASHINGTON -- Mark Dayton spent nearly $12 million of his own money to win his Senate seat in 2000. For 2006, the checkbook is closed.
Senate announces $7.5 billion transportation proposal
ST. PAUL -- In a time of deep budget deficit, it's tough for lawmakers to come up with even an extra penny for anything.
Ventura veto sticks -- for now
ST. PAUL -- After almost single-handedly upholding Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto, House Democrats are ready to override if the deal is right.
Consumer spending lifts economy
WASHINGTON (AP) --The U.S. economy, propelled by the biggest surge in consumer spending on big-ticket goods in 15 years, grew at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the final quarter of 2001, the government reported Thursday.
Pledge of Allegiance bill clears House, advances in Senate
ST. PAUL -- In a chamber decked with American flags, the House approved a bill Wednesday that would require recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week in public and charter schools.
Bill would give Farmland Foods workers more unemployment benefits
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Workers laid off when a Farmland Foods plant in Albert Lea burned down in a fire last summer are being considered for more unemployment benefits.
Otremba's vote crucial in House's failure to override budget bill veto
ST. PAUL -- All eyes fixed on the red light by Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba's name and several people gathered around the soft-spoken woman.
Bush to visit Twin Cities
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- President Bush will visit Eden Prairie High School before headlining a fund-raiser Monday for U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman.
CLC going for 10-year accreditation
The "games" going on at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples will include a self-study by every department and program leading up to a visit in October by the North Central Association evaluation committee.
Suffering two strokes doesn't stop 92-year-old Breezy Point woman from continuing to cut quilt squares for the poor
BREEZY POINT -- For more than 50 years, Catherine Blaeser, Breezy Point, has been making quilts to give to the poor. She estimated she has made a few thousand quilts in her lifetime.
Duluth woman helps Russians with alcohol problems
DULUTH (AP) -- Helping the children of Petrozavodsk, Russia, grow up to be resilient is Cheryl Graham's passion.
Central Lakes College students win advertising awards
STAPLES -- Nine second-year students in the Media and Communication program at Central Lakes College in Staples have been awarded honors from the Advertising Marketing Federation of Central Minnesota.
Radio station's joke disrupts courthouse
FARIBAULT (AP) -- A radio station owner has apologized for telling an on-air joke about lawyers being taken hostage at the Rice County Courthouse.
Duluth Shipping News publisher finally sees success
DULUTH (AP) -- The tug W.N. Twolan pushed its big barge across the Duluth harbor and toward the Aerial Lift Bridge, ready to head out onto Lake Superior.
DNR wants Twin Citians to have firearms facility
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State Department of Natural Resources officials are proposing a shooting range and firearms education facility in suburban Forest Lake for Twin Citians who want a place to learn about hunting.
Two parties won't hold required poll on caucus night
ST. PAUL -- Two of Minnesota's four major political parties intend to ignore a state law requiring them to hold a gubernatorial straw poll at next Tuesday's precinct caucuses.
Study: Carpool lanes on 35W, 394 should be open to all
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Opening carpool-bus lanes on Interstates 35W and 394 to all drivers would speed up trips, cut gas consumption and reduce exhaust emissions, according to a new study.
Youth turkey hunt in works for Minnesota
As an avid waterfowler, Tom Glines knows Minnesota's youth duck hunt is not popular with all hunters.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club will meet at 2 p.m. Monday in the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library meeting room in Crosby.
LITTLE FALLS -- Lt. Col. Rolf Thronaes, officer in charge of the 29th annual U.S. Norwegian Troop Reciprocal Exchange at Camp Ripley, was one satisfied customer Saturday at the Ridge Shooting Preserve east of Little Falls.
Mexico is topic of March 7 program at CLC
Sociologist Gary Payne will provide a color slide presentation of images from deep within Mexico at the March 7 Cultural Thursday program on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Brainerd high first semester honor roll listed
Brainerd High School first semester honor roll:
$2 million challenge comes with grant
A public challenge came Wednesday with a $7.1 million award to the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation.
Pequot Lakes man dies in crash
MOTLEY -- A Pequot Lakes man died Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 64, six miles north of Motley.
Program cited in helping students stay in school
An early intervention program in Crow Wing County is helping students stay in school, reducing the number of violent incidents and preventing some out-of-home placements.
'I Love To Read Month'
Franklin Junior High eighth-grader Brianna Elg read while Riverside fifth-graders Terra Johnson (left) and Emma Tautges listened in Nikki Stirewalt's fifth-grade class at Riverside School Tuesday. Franklin students read from books they authored.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-Brainerd High School won the Region 8AA Girls' Gymnastics Championship here this weekend and Freshman Crystal Savage was first in the all-around competition and in three individual events.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will offer an American Heart cardiopulmonary resuscitation course from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 7 at the YMCA.
Comp time returns for sheriff's office
Nine years ago, the Crow Wing County Board eliminated compensatory time from the sheriff's department.
Rural Pine River man running for state House seat
William Weis, rural Pine River, announced Wednesday he'll seek the Minnesota House of Representatives District 4B seat.
Mississippi Horizons lists honor roll students for first semester
The first semester Mississippi Horizons honor roll is as follows:
Mississippi Horizons cites top students
Mississippi Horizons Students of the Month for the first semester include:
Board approves welfare program sanctions
Crow Wing County recipients out of compliance with the Minnesota Family Investment Program will receive the same sanction this year they received in 2001.
ONE YEAR LATER
PINE RIVER -- Jessica Winch wishes she would have stopped to visit her mother at her place of work a year ago Wednesday.
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport Commission will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday in the airport conference room.
Love of books leads to career as librarian
Wendy Lee used to spend hours picking out a stack of library books.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982)-Most Minnesota school boards are scratching their heads for ideas and their pockets for money as budgets tighten.
Read Across America Day, a statewide and national celebration of reading, is Friday, which commemorates the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
Open water on North Long Lake
Ice on the Highway 371 bay of North Long Lake opened recently, presenting a dangerous obstacle for anglers and snowmobilers who traverse the lake. Despite low temperatures, the large crack formed a wide swath of open water Wednesday.
Husband rises to Yates' defense in child murders
HOUSTON -- Russell "Rusty" Yates has only one family member left to lose. On Wednesday, he slipped into the witness box to defend his wife, Andrea Pia Yates, who is on trial for drowning the couple's five children in the bathtub.
Dozens more charges filed against crematory operator as FEMA declines to declare disaster
NOBLE, Ga. (AP) -- The operator of a crematory where hundreds of corpses have been found now faces more than 100 criminal counts for failing to cremate the bodies and deliver their ashes to relatives.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the convictions of three police officers convicted in the Abner Louima torture case.
Priest sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexually assaulting boy, exposing self
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to 18 months in jail and 20 years probation after pleading guilty to molesting and exposing himself to teen-age boys under his care at two churches.
U.S. soldiers could help train anti-terrorism troops in ex-Soviet republic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of U.S. troops could be sent to the former Soviet republic of Georgia to help train its military to fight guerrillas linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
Judge suspends medical license for doctor accused of killing son
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- A judge on Tuesday denied bail and suspended the medical license of a Minnesota obstetrician accused of traveling halfway across the country and fatally stabbing her teen-age son.
American Tissue Inc. is 'winding down'
American Tissue Inc., once the fourth-largest U.S. paper manufacturer, has fired most of its 2,700 employees as it struggles to emerge from bankruptcy.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is seeking samples of DNA from Osama bin Laden's family to determine if human remains found in Afghanistan belong to the terrorist leader, government sources said Wednesday.
Body of missing girl believed found outside San Diego
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators believe the gruesome discovery of a nude, partially burned girl's body ends the hunt for Danielle van Dam, the 7-year-old who disappeared more than three weeks ago.
Ex-Enron CEO puts up a combative defense
WASHINGTON -- Senators said they didn't believe him. Former colleagues continued to contradict him. Yet, ever the salesman, former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling defended himself at length and combatively before Congress.
Expert: FBI tests for fingerprint experts 'a joke'
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The FBI's tests for fingerprint examiners are "a joke" because the examples are far easier to read than typical crime scene prints, an expert testified.
Study says middle-age Americans face 90 percent lifetime risk of high blood pressure
CHICAGO -- Middle-age Americans have a 90 percent chance of eventually developing high blood pressure, a new study estimates. But experts say many can still beat the odds with diet and exercise.
Pharmacist pleads guilty to dispensing diluted drugs
ST. LOUIS -- They had known in advance what he would say. But the cancer patients packed into a Kansas City, Mo., courtroom on Tuesday still recoiled in fear and in fury when pharmacist Robert Courtney pleaded guilty to diluting their chemotherapy drugs with salt water.
National sports briefs
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- John Henry strolled up the third-base line to the outfield, a glass of champagne in his hand as he took a solitary moment to contemplate his new status as owner of the Boston Red Sox.
Richardson unsure how long he will coach Razorbacks
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Nolan Richardson spoke calmly and proudly about his past, confident that his time in Arkansas has been well spent, though unsure how much longer he will coach the Razorbacks.
Dragila withdraws from USA Indoor Championships
NEW YORK (AP) -- There will be a first-time indoor national champion in the women's pole vault.
Evelyn A. Kyllingstad
Evelyn Ann Kyllingstad, 67, Brainerd, died today, Feb. 28, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
PINE RIVER -- Anna Mae Fox, 89, Pine River, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
CROSSLAKE -- Florence Gallati, 85, Crosslake, died today, Feb. 28, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Elizabeth H. Cartie
AITKIN -- Elizabeth H. Cartie, 84, Aitkin, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at home.
Jane A. Noehring
Jane Anne Noehring, 72, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at Sun Health Hospice in Peoria, Ariz.
AITKIN -- Anna Tedman, 98, Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, died today, Feb. 27, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Kenneth L. Lane
PEQUOT LAKES -- Kenneth L. Lane, 54, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002.
Dorothy A. Innes
Dorothy Ann Innes, 71, Brainerd, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Donna M. Tubbs
EDEN VALLEY -- Donna M. Tubbs, 54, Eden Valley, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at her daughter's home in Eden Valley.
Virgil C. Schalz
Virgil C. Schalz, 75, Brainerd, died today, Feb. 27, 2002, at Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.
Ruth G. Johnson
AITKIN -- Ruth G. Johnson, 95, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Gladys L. Eberhardt
Gladys Leila Eberhardt, 86, Brainerd, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Marilyn J. Fredstrom
BAXTER -- Marilyn J. Fredstrom, 80, Baxter, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Jane A. Noehring
SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Jane A. Noehring, 72, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, in Sun City, Ariz.
BACKUS -- Alta Cripps, 96, Backus, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- Anna Fox, 89, Pine River, died today, Feb. 27, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
GARRISON -- Janet Aske, 73, Garrison, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002.
Marjorie M. Jendro
ST. CHARLES, Ill. -- Marjorie May Jendro, 75, St. Charles, Ill., formerly of Swanville, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Delnor Community Hospital.
Rose S. Midthun
CROSBY -- Rose Stella Midthun, 88, Crosby, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Norman R. Landis
DULUTH -- Norman R. Landis, 79, Duluth, formerly of Brainerd and Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at his home.
Many of us came here because of the many
Amid the stories of massive corporate mergers and Fortune 500 companies we sometimes overlook the smaller success stories of the business world.
U.S. senators' addresses
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If we could separate the bluster and bravado from the policies, Gov. Jesse Ventura would get two distinct report cards from this corner.
A family tradition
For decades, our community has considered
Crosslake sledder advances to fourth place in class points
Trevor John of Crosslake advanced to fourth place in the World Snowmobile Association Snocross Worldwide Championship Series Pro Open class points with a third-place finish in a class final at the seventh round of the series at Canterbury Park last Sunday. Blair Morgan on his Ski Doo won the Pro Open final.
Treasurer, longtime member resign from Red Lake Tribal Council
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Dan King, Red Lake Tribal treasurer since 1998, resigned after a recall election was scheduled for tribal members to decide whether he should remain in his post.
Ex-appellate judge to plead guilty of theft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Roland Amundson, the judge who just quit the state appeals bench, will plead guilty to stealing from a trust account he managed for a mentally retarded woman, his lawyer says.
Homes in Baytown Township may have dangerous water
BAYTOWN (AP) -- More than 100 homes near the Lake Elmo Airport are being immediately tested for potentially dangerous levels of the chemical trichloroethylene in their drinking water.
Commissioner of Human Services resigns
ST. PAUL -- The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced Wednesday that he would resign to become president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Sun Country resumes scheduled flights
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sun Country Airlines resumed scheduled flights between Denver and Laughlin, Nev., Wednesday and was to expand to five more cities Thursday.
DNR looks at restricting ATVs in two forests
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- All-terrain-vehicle riders would be restricted to designated trails at two northern Minnesota forests under a proposal being reviewed by state wildlife officials.
Queen Silvia of Sweden in Minneapolis to discuss child abuse
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Protecting children is the focus of Queen Silvia of Sweden's third trip to the Twin Cities.
Another suit filed to block Fingerhut
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Alaska Ironworkers Pension Trust filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to stop Federated Department Stores Inc. from taking steps to liquidate its Fingerhut subsidiary.
Ramsey County Board votes to remove added security
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Ramsey County commissioners voted unanimously to remove metal detectors and armed deputies that were added to the courthouse and City Hall since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Twin Cities see increase in animal fighting
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Animal control officials say they're cracking down on a recent explosion of animal fighting in the city and surrounding communities. About 100 dogs have been confiscated in the past 18 months.
FOLEY (AP) -- A St. Cloud man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of his granddaughters.
Mounds View students stop bus after driver faints
MOUNDS VIEW (AP) -- With an 11-year-old behind the wheel and a 13-year-old stepping on the brake, a group of middle school students safely guided their school bus to a stop after the driver fainted.
Kennedy leads Warriors' state swim hopes
Shaun Kennedy finished fifth and fourth in his previous trips to the state swimming and diving meet.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association is hosting the Gold Region Bantam A tournament this weekend at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Pierz wins big in Section 6, Class 2A over Mora 62-27
PIERZ -- Emily Stumpf scored a career-high 24 points as the Pierz Pioneers girls' basketball team trampled the Mora Mustangs 62-27 in Sub-section 6, Class 2A quarterfinals Tuesday.
BHS edges Hudson in floor hockey
HUDSON, WIS. -- Chris Nelson collected three goals and an assist to lead the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team past Hudson, Wis. 7-5 Tuesday.
Fergus Falls' third-period outburst dooms LF
ALEXANDRIA -- It seemed like the third time might be the charm for the Little Falls Flyers in Tuesday's Section 4, Class 1A boys' hockey Championship game in Alexandria.
Raider men are on a roll
Even though the Central Lakes College men's basketball team set a school record for wins in a season, the Raiders know as they enter the Minnesota Community College state tournament that all records and gaudy wins are out the window.
Women like home cooking
The Central Lakes College women's basketball team has a few factors in its favor as the Raiders enter the Minnesota Community College Conference state tournament.
W-DC carries top ranking to state
The top-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will have bull's-eyes on their backs this weekend as they compete for the Class 2A state wrestling championship at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
'Z' leaves Brainerd gym in loss to Tech
Mike Zauhar grew up in the Brainerd High School gymnasium.
3 set to defend wrestling crowns
Three defending individual champions and two runners-up head the Brainerd area contingent traveling to the state wrestling tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Pillager boys win Park Region title for first time
HENNING-- For the first time in school history the Pillager Huskies won Park Region Conference, thanks to a 55-50 win over Henning Hornets Tuesday.
Goeman gunning for high finish at state swim meet
Ty Goeman entered last year's Class 2A swimming and diving state meet as the No. 1 seed in the 50-yard freestyle.
Diamondbacks begin search for Williams' replacement
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a replacement for Matt Williams -- again.
University of Minnesota seeks more private money for sports
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota officials say they need to come up with some creative ways to generate private donations to support the spiraling cost of big-time athletics.
South St. Paul's Albrecht scores 'perfect' ending
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It's a moment Ashley Albrecht couldn't forget.
Twins show they're still alive
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins did something Wednesday that seemed improbable a few months ago: take the field.
Gophers win Big Ten women's honors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota women's basketball coach Brenda Oldfield was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and point guard Lindsay Whalen conference Player of the Year on Tuesday in the latest chapter of the program's impressive turnaround.
Timberwolves don't back down from Lakers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Considering they have nearly identical records, the Minnesota Timberwolves should have no reason to be afraid of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Apple Valley leads the favorites at state tourney -- again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Apple Valley's wrestlers set a record just by walking in the door of the 2002 Minnesota state wrestling tournament.
Wild defeat Ducks 5-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild got only three shots from the six defensemen in their lineup.
Gophers come through in clutch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One down, one to go.
Nature is dominant theme of Grand Marais artist's woodblock prints
AITKIN -- If not for the counterculture movement of the 1960s, Betsy Bowen likely would be living a suburban life in her native Chicago.
Dance group's goal is to share different cultures through dance, music
LITTLE FALLS -- You would have to travel far to find a greater champion of cultural diversity than the Twin Cities-based Ethnic Dance Theatre troupe.
Razidlo brings passion for public issues to her role as lawyer on Mock Trial team
Mention an AIDS awareness campaign or any on a long list of other public health concerns, and Noelle Razidlo percolates with enthusiasm and commitment.
Deerwood artist started carving in wood at age 8
Woodcarver, sculptor and acrylic painter Joe Blaha from Deerwood is exhibiting 22 acrylic paintings and 21 wood carvings at the Evelyn Matthies Porthole Gallery in Brainerd during March.
Harpsichord duet to be highlight of BHS orchestra concert
The Brainerd High School orchestras will present their Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School.
NBC's Conan O'Brien signs on for four more years
NEW YORK -- NBC has extended "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien's contract for four more years in a deal that reportedly doubles his salary to nearly $8 million a year.
Brainerd teams wins ribbons, plaques at Just For Kix United We Dance Competition
On Feb. 10, more than 1,400 dancers from North Dakota and Minnesota competed at the annual Just For Kix United We Dance Competition at Brainerd High School.
CNN revamping 'Crossfire' show with Begala and Carville
NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN is giving its 20-year-old political debate show, "Crossfire," a makeover by hiring former Clinton aides Paul Begala and James Carville as the liberal voices.
Crosby-Ironton students preparing for their annual 'Feast of Eastertide' event
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton High School Concert Choir
German folk, popular music on tap in Staples
STAPLES -- The group billed as "the foremost amateur German-language male chorus in America" is coming to Staples as part of Centennial Auditorium's 10th anniversary performing arts season.
Michael Hart of Baxter is touring with the Concordia College Band, the Moorhead college announced recently. Hart is the son of Ronald and Arlene Hart. The band left Feb. 23 for a 12-stop performance tour across Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Oregon and California.
Aaliyah's vampire 'Queen' reigns at weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences went vampire hunting as "Queen of the Damned," featuring the late pop singer Aaliyah as an ancient bloodsucker, debuted as the top weekend movie with $14.8 million.
Jazz/pop pianist to perform in Pequot
PEQUOT LAKES -- Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts in Pequot Lakes is sponsoring Ronnie Kole, jazz/pop pianist, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Pequot Lakes School auditorium.
Remer parade, events March 16
REMER -- Remer's 16th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration will be Saturday, March 16.
HACKENSACK -- The Ukrainian art of egg decorating will be featured Saturday, March 16, at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
CROSSLAKE -- Crosslake will host St. Patrick's Day activities Saturday, March 16, including a parade, a new Pot O' Gold treasure hunt and a free costume contest.
Scenic byways must be much more than just scenic
Sometimes a name can be a bit deceiving.
Area health briefs
Cass County Public Health nurses will perform senior health screenings in March.
College student from Pequot Lakes helps elementary children with reading
DECORAH, Iowa -- Garrett Grev, a Luther College freshman from Pequot Lakes, is one of nine Luther College football players helping elementary students read through a cooperative program between the Luther College Athletic Department and the Decorah Community School District.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch far southwest friday night...
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Cloudy west and central with snow showers developing. Increasing clouds east. Highs 20 to 25. Tonight...Evening snow showers or flurries then partly cloudy west and central. Flurries early then partly cloudy east. Lows zero to 10 above.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy west and south central. Light snow or flurries developing southwest. Decreasing cloudiness eas
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds west. Mostly sunny east. Highs from the upper teens to middle 20s. Tonight...A chance of light snow or flurries. Lows from around 5 below northeast to near 15 southeast.
State forecast for south dakota
Winter storm warning this afternoon and tonight for the northern black hills and western and central foothills...
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a few scattered flurries. Cold with highs from the single digits above zero north to the middle 20s southeast.
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm watch for friday central...South central and southwest...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s.
Weather drawing by Halee Hastad of Ms. Caughey's third grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for south dakota
Wind advisory northwest today...
Weather drawing by Adam Nemeth-Miles of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Grammys honor blues music of Alicia Keys and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack
LOS ANGELES -- The Grammys came down with a case of the blues, giving five awards each to the melancholy piano songstress Alicia Keys and the old-school bluegrass and soul of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
One IV treatment a year may be enough to protect bones from osteoporosis, study suggests
For the millions who suffer fractures or thinning bones because of osteoporosis, a simpler treatment could be on the horizon: A single intravenous dose of medicine a year rather than a pill a day may be enough to prevent the condition, research shows.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dubbing some of his sister's lines in "Queen of the Damned" helped Rashad Haughton cope with her death.
Embryo screening used to free baby from early Alzheimer's
Applying sophisticated genetic tests to batches of human eggs, doctors in Chicago have helped a 30-year-old woman give birth to a baby that is free of her family's curse of early Alzheimer's disease.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Actor Russell Crowe lost his temper with a television executive after his acceptance speech at the British Academy Film Awards was edited out of a delayed transmission, officials said Tuesday.
Making smoking uncool is challenge for ad campaigns
DEAR ABBY: This is in reply to the 81-year-old woman who proposed creating an anti-smoking poster with two healthy sisters on each side of the unhealthy sister who smoked. It won't work!
Sept. 11 effect on charities appears less serious than feared
The post-Sept. 11 drop-off in donations to charities not serving the victims of the terrorist attacks apparently did not last long.
Yoga classes offered this
Character actor, B-movie lead, Lawrence Tierney dies at 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veteran actor and B-movie leading man Lawrence Tierney, whose tough-guy characters during the 1940s and '50s often mirrored his troubled real life, died Tuesday. He was 82.
Pictures of man's ex-wife haunt grieving widow
DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Tom," had a heart attack and died six months ago. I was his second wife. He was married to his first wife, "Becky," for seven years before their divorce. They split up because Becky found someone who made more money. Five years later, Tom married me. We had seven happy years together. There were no children in either marriage.
Dear Heloise: I thought I'd pass on a hint that I found: Sometimes plastic containers retain a hard-to-clean "sticky feeling" from sitting out in the kitchen cooking area. I tried soaking them in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, and they came out great! -- M.M., Dallas
LONDON (AP) -- Police in the western English county where Prince Harry reportedly experimented with alcohol and marijuana said Thursday he would not face any police action.
Relief agency staff accused of sexual abuse
LONDON (AP) -- Refugee children in West Africa have accused dozens of aid workers of sexually abusing them, in some cases offering food rations in return for favors, say investigators from the United Nations and a major children's charity.
Muslim attackers set train afire, killing 55 Hindus
GODHRA, India (AP) -- A Muslim mob set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists home from a disputed religious site Wednesday, killing at least 55 people, officials said. Fearing religious strife could spread, the prime minister appealed for calm.
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