Safe haven or not, investors tap blue chips to lead market higher
NEW YORK -- The scenario of Wall Street's comeback wasn't supposed to unfold like this: blue chips surging ahead while tech stocks trail behind.
Soft drinks losing fizz as bottled water sales brim
Soft drinks continue to lose their fizz among consumers, as bottled water and other noncarbonated drinks gain popularity.
Gigi's Hallmark ends 9 1/2-years at mall
Days are numbered for another East Brainerd Mall business as Gigi's Hallmark closes its doors later this month.
Q: I've been using a cell phone for a year now and I like my service, but I want a new phone to get some of the new services available, like e-mail and Internet browsing. Why can't I just get a new phone from a store? They tell me I have to spend a lot of money just for the phone if I don't get a new service. I don't want to get another account, just another phone. What can I do?
Here come's the sun
BAXTER -- At a new lakes area business, the sun experience comes without sand, but with chocolate and rock and roll.
BAXTER -- Emily Nesheim and Anita Strassberg joined Panache Salon and Day Spa in Baxter.
Calls for responsibility extend to fund managers
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's angst about corporate accounting has meant painful losses for many mutual fund investors. Now one of the fund industry's most influential and outspoken members is criticizing his peers for not doing enough to protect shareholders from scandals like the Enron collapse.
Summary of world history unit listed
A summary of California state standards for the unit of seventh-grade world history looking at the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.
We live in a world and society that makes us cynical when it comes to the subject of miracles.
Residents strike back after ACLU sues town over display of religious signs
FRANKLINTON, La. (AP) -- Civil libertarians won a battle over public religious displays in this small Louisiana town. But residents feel they're victors, too.
Is new Bible 'finest English translation' or 'dishonest and grossly unfair to the writers'?
It's hard to imagine more conflicting opinions than what conservative evangelical scholars are saying about the New Testament of Today's New International Version. The book doesn't go on sale until April but already there's a furor about its gender-inclusive terminology.
Muslims begin voter registration drive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations has started a campaign to register more than 100,000 Muslim voters before the November elections.
Retired L.A. bishop appointed interim head of Berkeley Divinity at Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A retired Episcopal bishop from Los Angeles has been appointed interim head of the troubled Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Moore to stage concert March 10
LITTLE FALLS -- A young Little Falls music promoter and a group of area churches have lassoed a Christian music pop star for an area fund-raising performance.
Gregory P. Chase will minister at 10 a.m. Sunday at Iron Range Christian Center.
Pope accepts invitation for August visit to homeland
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II accepted an invitation Thursday to visit Poland in August, his first trip back to his homeland since 1999.
Missing Virgin Mary statue found; St. Paul Lutheran clergy follow tip and crack case
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Thanks to some nifty detective work, two Lutheran pastors recovered a missing statue of the Virgin Mary and returned it to the Little Sisters of the Poor.
World history course in California draws criticism for section on Islam
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Complaints that California schools present Islam in glowing terms but shortchange Christianity are highlighting a classroom dilemma: How do you teach -- but not preach -- religion?
President tells radio audience he'll push teacher hiring, training
WASHINGTON -- President Bush pledged on Saturday to help recruit and train a new generation of teachers for America's schools.
On February 5, Washington Middle School hosted Activity Day. Throughout the building and on the grounds classes not traditionally offered were taught. Students were allowed to sign up for classes they wanted to attend. Washington staff then polled those requests and placed students into classes. Classes that were offered ranged from training homing pigeons to outdoor cooking.
The last child
"I'm always last," declared 10-year-old Calvin. "It's not fair!"
Smokers face a grave ending
DEAR ABBY: I think the poster idea for an anti-smoking campaign is fantastic. For a number of years I've had my own idea for a poster:
Dear Readers: For anyone contemplating getting a parakeet as a pet, there are a few things you should know before taking one home. If you've never had a pet bird before, get a book about its care -- it will be a big help to you. Pet birds need daily exercise, especially if the cage is not large enough for them to fly about. Before letting a bird out to fly, the American Veterinary Medical Association has some good advice for all pet bird owners, new and old alike.
Teen-ager's discovery has parent hunting for right words
QUESTION: My 13-year-old son is at the full bloom of adolescence.
The marital threat of emotional infidelity
Are you a woman who shares secrets with a male friend? Are you the kind of man who reviews his weekend plans with a female co-worker? Or do you go out for drinks with a colleague of the opposite sex?
Wife can't stop loving her ex-husband
DEAR ABBY: I am 34 years old, married and very confused. My current husband, "Austin," and I have a good marriage. He is wonderful to me. I have three children from a previous marriage.
Betty Crocker coupon program updates itself
GOLDEN VALLEY -- After helping generations of homemakers collect sets of traditional flatware and dishes, the Betty Crocker catalog is taking a slightly different tack: selling trendier kitchen ware.
ONE-ON-ONE MATH TUTOR -- Help third graders catch up to class with math skills. Flexible, 11-11:50. Susan Rogers 828-0842.
February youth volunteer of the month
NAME: Jeni Rosnau, Franklin Junior High School student
Nelsons awarded for new initiatives
Ron and Barb Nelson of Brainerd were honored with the Crow Wing County 2002 New Initiative Award for their dairy farm, greenhouse and produce farm in Daggett Brook Township.
SOUTH ST. PAUL,(AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1,500.
Robots do the milking at a handful of U.S. dairy farms
BROGUE, Pa. -- With the help of robots and a little training, 150 cows on the H.E. Heindel & Sons dairy farm are practically milking themselves.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 248, a year ago 361.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday hogs: 400.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 163, a year ago 185.
FARM FAMILY OF YEAR
FORT RIPLEY -- Working on a farm is all that Leonard Koering knows.
LITTLE FALLS -- Two people were hurt in a two-vehicle collision Friday at Morrison county roads 46 and 264, north of Little Falls, the Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Chicken nuggets, smiley potatoes, corn, funnel cake.
Brainerd City Council
Brian and Nancy (Marshik) Knettel, Nisswa, a boy, Griffin Henry, 9 pounds, 3 ounces, Feb. 5, 2002.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Brainerd - Trinity Lutheran Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Wednesday.
Chemical dependency and AA groups
More volunteers ill after trying Alzheimer's vaccine
WASHINGTON -- A promising experimental Alzheimer's vaccine that was reported last week to have triggered a dozen cases of brain inflammation in human volunteers has caused similar complications in three additional people and has been permanently withdrawn from human testing.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Breeders seek to improve the rose in many ways
The Queen of Flowers is not without blemishes and no one understands this more than the people whose job it is to improve the looks and performance of the garden rose.
Design K-7 is off to a strong start
Design K-7 is a ranch that ripples across the front. The projecting bay windows liven up the faade and pack an extra design punch.
Geraniums offer splash of color inside in winter, as well as outside in summer
What flowering plant offers great color variety and thrives indoors during the winter months, as well as blooms outside all summer long?
Nonfamily homes outnumber married-with-children families in the suburbs
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- Suburban life is at a crossroads. Not only are suburbs inching farther away from city hubs, they no longer are dominated by the married-with-children crowd.
Check out this interior design books
Its annoyingly chirpy endorsement ("as seen on Oprah") notwithstanding, "House of Belief: Creating your Personal Style," is one of the most exhilarating interior books published recently.
Eliminate mildew with this concoction
We have long been passing along this formula to eliminate mildew.
Home is a Victorian vision
Victorian-inspired accents highlight the exterior of this home, Plan K-7, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, and add visual interest and style to this simple, updated design.
Check home for water leaks
What can you do to be certain you don't have a water leak somewhere in your home?
Tree of Knowledge workshop set in April
AITKIN -- If the birches in your yard are looking a little peaked or your lilac never seems to bloom, the Tree of Knowledge workshop may be for you.
Four Brainerd RE/MAX agents were honored for outstanding sales achievements in 2001.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 3 - 20 years ago (1982) - The Brainerd School Board set dates for public hearings at five elementary schools: the first stage in a proposal to close up to three school buildings here. Recommended for possible closure are Lincoln, Edison, Riverside, Garrison and Pine Center elementary schools.
Staples woman hangs herself in jail cell
LITTLE FALLS -- A 43-year-old Staples woman died Wednesday at St. Cloud Hospital after hanging herself in the Morrison County Jail.
Caucuses to take first pulse of election year 2002
Tuesday's precinct caucuses will offer political junkies their first chance to feel the public pulse in the 2002 election year.
Region 5 meeting planned
The Region 5 board of directors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m. March 14 at the Region 5 office in Staples.
The Crisis Line and Referral Service will conduct a training session for volunteers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd.
A Crow Wing County Historical Museum exhibit traces the daring cross-country trip of four Brainerd women in the 1920s.
Whittier fourth-graders learn about Mexican folk art, then share knowledge with others
Nancy Bieganek's fourth-graders at Whittier Elementary School in Brainerd now can be considered experts on Oaxacan folk art.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1972) - Basic construction work got under way at the Northwest Paper Co. on a $1.4 million primary wastewater treatment plant.
Republican Party caucus locations listed
Three of the four Crow Wing County political parties will meet at central locations at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while the Republican Party will conduct caucuses in the respective precincts. Republican caucus locations are:
Some people go out in the outdoors and hunt for mushrooms. Others, like Bill Marchel, look for shed deer antlers. Look for the story Sunday in North Country.
Brainerd Community Education will sponsor the Mall of America's Underworld Adventure program for elementary students from 9 a.m. to noon March 28 in the Lincoln Elementary School gymnasium.
Justin Wallin of PL seeks GOP bid for Samuelson's seat
Justin Wallin, 24, of Pequot Lakes announced last week he's running for the District 12 Senate seat. He'll seek the Republican party endorsement.
Attorney general hopeful says he'd be less political than Hatch
Republican Tom Kelly Friday pledged to keep the law enforcement and political aspects of the Minnesota attorney general's office separate if he's elected to the post this fall.
Winter carnival at Confidence Learning Center
Emily Bellah and Jerry Jenkins (above photo), both of Brainerd, were among students who enjoyed the dogsled rides and other activities Thursday at Confidence Learning Center.
Grim search for more bodies at crematory turns to technology for help
NOBLE, Ga. -- Investigators looking for more corpses at the Tri-State Crematory are turning to high technology, using ground-penetrating radar and infrared equipment that can detect whether the soil has been disturbed as far back as 20 years ago.
Shadow government at work at secret location
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time long-standing plans to ensure survival of federal rule after catastrophic attack on the nation's capital.
Witnesses cite Yates' husband's religious zeal, controlling nature
HOUSTON -- The cloistered household in which Andrea Pia Yates drowned her five children was laced with offbeat, dangerous religious zeal, according to testimony in Yates' capital murder trial Thursday.
Shauntay Hinton, Howard University student and Miss District of Columbia, crowned Miss USA
GARY, Ind. (AP) -- Shauntay Hinton told Miss USA pageant host Deion Sanders that active citizenship is the freedom she values most.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- In Richard Nixon's private musings, the middle road rarely surfaced as the best path to travel. On matters large and small, a newly released trove of Nixon tapes from 1972 shows the extremes in which the former president often thought, even if he didn't always follow through that way.
Poll finds belief in energy shortage growing, but not support for Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The belief is growing in this country that a real energy shortage exists, says an Associated Press poll.
'I SEE HIS BUTT'
WASHINGTON -- Some were mortified, others tickled, when a bare-chested statue of George Washington sat on Capitol Hill long ago, one arm outstretched, the other raised.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A pediatrician stabbed her 10-year-old son to death and wounded his younger brother, then called police to tell them what she had done, police said Friday.
Senate Democrats fail to end delay on elections bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats failed on Friday to get enough votes to end delaying tactics and vote on an election overhaul bill as Republicans and Democrats remained hung up over whether to require first-time voters to show identification.
Judges give cool reception to White House in cases against Cheney energy task force
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration was thwarted on two fronts Thursday as it battled lawsuits seeking to pry secrets out of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.
Democrats taking shots at status of war effort
WASHINGTON -- After months of studied solidarity behind the war on terrorism, congressional Democrats are posing increasingly skeptical questions about the campaign's goals and direction, as well as President Bush's proposed military buildup.
Boston case draws more attention to sex abuse by priests
Q: Why have there been so many news reports lately about child-molesting allegations against Roman Catholic priests?
Almost all energy policy-meeting participants were from industry
WASHINGTON -- Industry 7. Environmental groups 1. That's the tally on Deputy Energy Secretary Frank Blake's meetings last year on a key pollution issue pending in the Bush administration.
Police, family seeking help in solving double homicide
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- The father of a funeral home director killed along with an intern last month says he is praying for whoever shot the two.
Arthur Andersen to pay $217 million to settle suits in Arizona business collapse
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm at the center of the Enron debacle, agreed Friday to pay $217 million to settle lawsuits filed after the 1999 collapse of an Arizona company accused of bilking elderly investors.
ABC wooing Letterman to replace Koppel, 'Nightline'
NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC's efforts to persuade David Letterman to switch networks could set up a classic struggle over whether entertainment or journalism is more important at a financially struggling company.
IRS audit rate no longer dropping
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average taxpayer still probably won't face an IRS audit, even though the overall rate is no longer dropping. Most audits involve returns that claim a tax credit for lower-income people.
Shuttle Columbia blasts off on 11-day mission to service Hubble telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Columbia and a crew of seven blasted into orbit Friday on an arduous mission to renovate the Hubble Space Telescope.
Iowa governor signs bill declaring English the state's official language
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Tom Vilsack signed a bill into law Friday declaring English the state's official language.
Bush's spokesman takes a rare slide off the script, lives to regret it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Life can be rough for presidential press secretaries. Richard Nixon shoved his. One even went down with the Titanic.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The resignation of a top EPA enforcement official, who complained about White House interference in pursuing violations at power plants, is prompting Senate hearings into the Bush administration's environmental record.
Kobe gets another last shot
LOS ANGELES -- The game had ended. But the action was just beginning.
National sports briefs
Monday Night Football and John Madden were paired in a blockbuster deal announced Thursday that reshapes the football broadcasting landscape and ends ABC's failed two-season experiment with comedian Dennis Miller.
National Hockey League
Razorbacks buy out Richardson's contract
Nolan Richardson coached Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA basketball title and helped pave the way for a generation of African American coaches, but his long career at the school ended Friday when Arkansas bought out his contract in the wake of Richardson's complaints he is treated differently because he is black.
National sports briefs
MIAMI (AP) -- Even with 25 mph gusts making the Blue Monster play two strokes harder, the Big Easy made it look like a breeze Friday in the Genuity Championship.
Kurt Albert Dobias
OZARK, Mo. -- Kurt Albert Dobias, 44, Ozark, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo.
Kenneth L. Stuntebeck
WADENA -- Kenneth L. Stuntebeck, 78, Wadena, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at home.
Virgil C. Schalz
Virgil C. Schalz, 75, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Virginia Guy, 88, Little Falls, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at her home in Little Falls.
Roger T. Scull
LOS BANOS, Calif. -- Roger Tony Scull, 64, Los Banos, Calif., formerly of Brainerd, died March 1, 2002.
Paul E. Praske
AITKIN -- Paul E. Praske, 77, Aitkin, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
PINE RIVER -- Margaret Erickson, 88, Pine River, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
PEQUOT LAKES -- James Arnold, 71, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at home.
Robert S. Brown
PINE RIVER -- Robert S. Brown, 86, Pine River, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at his home.
SALISBURY, Md. -- Leonard Treichler, 73, Salisbury, Md., died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
RANDALL -- Thomas Lund, 49, Randall, died Friday, March 2, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
CROSSLAKE -- Florence Gallati, 84, Crosslake, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Henry R. Zyvoloski
SOBIESKI -- Henry R. Zyvoloski, 93, Sobieski, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
BACKUS -- Alta Cripps, 96, Backus, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Evelyn A. Kyllingstad
Evelyn Ann Kyllingstad, 67, Brainerd, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
PILLAGER -- Hulda Crocker, 95, Pillager, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
Kenneth L. Lane
PEQUOT LAKES -- Kenneth LeRoy Lane, 54, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002.
Anna M. Tedman
AITKIN -- Anna M. Tedman, 98, Aitkin, formerly of Palisade, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Enid M. Hanson
AITKIN -- Enid M. Hanson, 87, Aitkin, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Federal government is asking states to do more with less
Talk to your area lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
I am pleased to see that the Brainerd School District is including 5th grade as part of the new proposed Middle School. We moved here from Fergus Falls a few years ago. Fergus Falls has used that configuration for their Middle School for over 25 years.
Time for a plan
It is time
What's up, Doc?
We tend to think that we're living in an era in which the microchip will make everything technological bigger and better than ever. But the death of the great cartoon director Chuck Jones late last month at age 89 reminds us that it's just not true.
Trusting in parents
Every building project, including a school or a community, must have a foundation. The foundation of society is the family. The family is the first organization of individuals into a group. Although small and
Tuesday night, March 5 is the beginning of the Minnesota political election process. How many times have you heard, "I don't understand why this party or that party nominated the candidate they did for governor, president or some other office"?
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Look for the area's best crappie and sunfish action in Wilson Bay and Booming Out Bay on Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, the Cullen Chain, Upper Gull Lake, Round Lake, Jones Bay on Pelican Lake, and North Long Lake.
Unusually high oxygen levels in Brainerd-area rearing ponds could diminish walleye fingerling production next fall. DNR Fisheries Supervisor Tim Brastrup said he's dismayed by the oxygen readings he's found in area rearing ponds.
Bear season opener is back where it's usually been
After two years of August openers, bear season returns to its traditional Sept. 1 opener this year.
Think small for late-winter panfish
Time goes on, seasons change, and now it's time to fish for crappies. This isn't because northerns, walleyes and bass are on hold for a while, but because late winter is one of the best times of the year to catch silvery, sweet-tasting crappies.
Official scorers can determine how your deer's rack measures up
People who admire deer antlers -- and that includes most hunters and wildlife observers -- often compare one deer's rack to another.
North Country calendar
March - 1-31 -- Crow hunting season (first split)
Invading birds have town up tree
BREESE, Ill. -- This trim farm town on the prairie turns creepy each day at dawn and at dusk.
Don't become a statistic
"179 Minnesotans die in ice-related accidents."
Charles and Marjorie Russell
Charles and Marjorie Russell, Pequot Lakes, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Sedona, Ariz. The event was hosted by their family. They were married March 1, 1952, in Lawrence, Kan.
Paula R. Maxwell and Jay K. Lang
Paula R. Maxwell and Jay K. Lang announce their engagement.
Leslie Maria Bloomquist, Roseau, and Todd Allen Wensloff
Leslie Maria Bloomquist, Roseau, and Todd Allen Wensloff, Roseau, announce th
Christy Lynn Schlosser and Chad Cronquist
Christy Lynn Schlosser and Chad Cronquist announce their engagement. Parents are Wallace and Karen Schlosser, Nelson, and Darrel and Sheryl Cronquist, Brainerd. A June 15 wedding is planned at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River.
Charity Vosler and Donald Meyer III were married Oct. 20, 2001, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Ken Abramson officiating.
Tracy Bock and Wade Gurneau were married Feb. 14, 2002, at the Chapel of Love at the Mall of America in Bloomington with the Rev. Connie L. McCallister officiating.
Molly Chaney and Ryan Radtke were married Oct. 20, 2002, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa with Chris Meier officiating.
Grand Am driver killed in practice
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Grand American series driver Jeff Clinton was killed Friday when he crashed during practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
U.S. Bank helps move Sun Country sale forward
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. Bank, the only secured creditor of Sun Country Airlines, has given its approval for the airline's sale to a new group of investors.
Unicameral proposal faces uncertain future
Happenings at the Minnesota Capitol:
Maplewood tutor given probation for affair with student
STILLWATER (AP) -- A Woodbury woman was given probation and no prison time for having sex with a 15-year-old student she tutored at a church school.
Ventura ponders special session, curbing use of governor's mansion
ROSEVILLE -- Gov. Jesse Ventura raised the idea Friday of calling a special session if legislators don't fully fix the state budget. And he wouldn't rule out curbing use of the governor's mansion to save on security costs.
Taxpayers pick up part of tab for Bush visit to St. Paul
ST. PAUL (AP) -- When President Bush appears at a fund raiser for former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman's Senate campaign Monday evening, the Minnesota Republican Party will have to pay only part of the president's travel costs.
Gubernatorial candidates meet in first multi-party forum of season
ST. PAUL -- Smack in the middle of a fast-moving legislative session, leaders of the House and Senate joined in the first multi-party gubernatorial debate of 2002.
St. Francis teen dies in crash
ST. FRANCIS (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl was killed and a 17-year-old girl was critically injured after a two-car collision just east of the high school Thursday afternoon.
Woman charged in son's death was accomplished -- but troubled
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Shoreview obstetrician charged with killing her 13-year-old son in California was bright and accomplished, acquaintances and old classmates say.
Season snowfall lags behind normal pace
Seasonal snowfall measures continue to lag behind the normal rate with the year-to-date snowfall amount at 29 inches compared to the 10-year average of 41.7 inches.
Wolverines still battling for place
ST. PAUL -- The top-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were disheartened by the fact they were not in the running for the Class 2A state team wrestling championship this weekend.
Pickar makes it to finals for Warriors
ST. PAUL -- Brainerd wrestler Andy Pickar is in familiar territory.
Warriors coast past Sartell
SARTELL -- Mike Zauhar scored 20 points and Jake Phillips added 17 to lead the Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team to a 62-50 Central Lakes Conference victory over Sartell Friday.
WDC wrestler doesn't let trip to hospital stop him
ST. PAUL -- Not even a trip to the hospital two hours before the state Class 2A semifinals could keep Logan Brincefield from his quest to repeat as state champion.
Schwegel trying to live up to graduate's deeds
If you're going to look up to somebody, why not have it be one of the leading scorers in school history.
Pillager rolls to win
PILLAGER -- Lee Roberts and Jeff Eastman each tossed in 14 points to help the Pillager Huskies defeat Park Christian 75-55 in boys' basketball Thursday.
Royer puts emphasis on team play this year
Matt Royer has sacrificed his stats for a chance at something better.
Brincefield brothers are on their way
ST. PAUL -- The brothers Brincefield are one day closer to their goal of repeating as state champions.
Area events Saturday
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Kennedy glum after preliminary dives at state
MINNEAPOLIS -- Shaun Kennedy scored more points in a section meet than any other diver who qualified for this week's Class 2A state meet.
Warriors advance Sellnow, Pickar to semifinals
ST. PAUL -- The Brainerd Warriors' wrestling team advanced two athletes to the semifinals of the Class 3A Individual State Wrestling Tournament at RiverCentre Thursday.
Local sports shorts
Jay Mrozek and Val Diedrich were honored as Northern Division male and female players of the week.
Pioneer seniors deliver again in 1A action
ST. PAUL -- All season the Pierz Pioneers have counted on seniors like Dan Britz and Kevin Smude to deliver critical victories at crucial times.
Raider men can't clear first hurdle
MINNEAPOLIS -- All good things must come to an end.
Area Class 3A individual results
103 -- Vince Sellnow (Brainerd) major dec. Luke Sundgren (Blaine) 13-4, Sellnow dec. Mike Tingle (Robbinsdale Cooper) 7-2, Sellnow faced Josh Hansen (Albert Lea Area) in the semifinals today.
Area schools send three wrestlers to 1A finals
ST. PAUL -- The Pierz Pioneers advanced two wrestlers to the state Class 1A Individual finals Saturday and the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders advanced one.
Raiders fall in Class A
ST. PAUL -- It was like the 98-pound weakling kicking sand in the face of the bully.
Youth Basketball summer season
The entry deadline for the Mid America Youth Basketball summer season is May 1.
Pierz' Janson gets untracked after slow start
ST. PAUL -- Three Pierz Pioneers and Joeb Oyster of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale won their first two matches in the Class 1A individual state wrestling tournament Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.
PAUL BUNYAN BOWL
Honek leads Cardinals past PR-B in girls' action
PINE RIVER -- Led by Michelle Honek's 20 points, the fifth-seeded Staples-Motley Cardinals advanced to the second round of the Section 8, Class 2A playoffs by upseting the fourth-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers 51-36 in girls' basketball Thursday.
Minneapolis outburst buries CLC women
Before the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team could even score a point they found themselves in an abyss.
Medford blocks Pioneers
ST. PAUL -- Ranked sixth in Class 1A, and with seven individuals in the top 10, the Medford Tigers posed a formidable hurdle for the Pierz Pioneers.
Aitkin finishes strong
AITKIN -- Sam Esary's 11 points put the Aitkin Gobblers boys' basketball team over the Pine River-Backus Tigers 48-38.
8th-grader qualifies for swim finals Peter Goeman responds in favorite pool
MINNEAPOLIS -- As a seventh-grader, Peter Goeman practiced with the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team and competed only in the section meet.
Raiders pinned in consolation semis in loss to BOLD
ST. PAUL -- After suffering an upset to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the State Class A Team Quarterfinals, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders coach Steve Techam decided to rest his wrestlers still competing for individual honors.
Milaca school upsets W-DC
ST. PAUL -- In a matchup of the No. 1 and 2 teams in Class 2A, No. 2 came away with a one-point victory.
Gophers edge Huskies
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- St. Cloud State forward Mark Hartigan was unfamiliar with the Sports Illustrated jinx before Friday. Now, he's a believer.
Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament
At the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
TWINS BEAT TRIBE, RED SOX
The Twins are still undefeated in Grapefrtuit League action.
Indians hand Twins their first loss of spring training
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Jim Thome homered, and Russell Branyan had two RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Friday.
Spurs bounce back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Robinson knew the San Antonio Spurs would be able to shake off a tough loss.
Purdue, Indiana women advance; Badgers upset Gophers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The decision to move the Big Ten tournament back to Indiana after a one-year hiatus has proven a good one for the basketball-crazed state and its home schools.
Huskies have arrived in the WCHA
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The magnitude of this weekend's series against Minnesota has been a long time coming for St. Cloud State hockey.
This could be the Twins' banner year
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's truly amazing what this thing called spring (don't worry Minnesota, it's on its way) can do. Maybe it's the steadfast sunshine, maybe it's the fresh (choose one: Florida, Arizona) air or the plethora of palm trees. Or maybe it's the steadfast sunshine.
Defending Big Ten swimming champ Minnesota leads after first day
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Defending champion Minnesota won the 400-yard medley relay Thursday as it amassed 192 points to take the lead after the first day of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving championships.
Apple Valley dominates AAA
ST. PAUL (AP) -- As usual, Apple Valley is in for a busy Saturday at the state wrestling tournament.
Minnesota holds lead in swimming
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Defending champion Minnesota held onto its lead in the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving championships on Friday as it boosted its total to 487 points on the tournament's second day.
Sites to check out
A roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet:
Shuttle mission threatened
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- NASA expressed confidence that a cooling system problem aboard space shuttle Columbia would not prematurely end the spacecraft's mission to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.
Cyber safety for children
Parents who worry that their children might come across inappropriate Web sites and links on the Internet might want to consider a new educational portal.
Computer owners can rein in branders
Question: Who owns the branding rights to your computer?
Borland Software regains its stride amid the high-tech wreck
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Borland Software Corp. sunk so low in the 1990s that it became ashamed of itself -- the company changed its name to Inprise to distance itself from a mortifying five-year slump.
Technology will let the inanimate speak for itself
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The bar code of the future includes a little bit of the World War II dogfighter.
Blogging rides the next wave
It's called "blogging," short for "web logging," and as a mass phenomenon, it may become one of the most enduring legacies of the goofy dot-com era.
Software snags crooks, sneaking spouses, but alarms privacy advocates
SEATTLE (AP) -- Right now, your boss, your spouse or the government could secretly be reading all your typed words -- even the ones you deleted -- while surreptitiously snapping your picture.
Making a Web for everyone
I met Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, in the fall of 1999.
Weather drawing by Brett Moser of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind chill advisory east tonight...
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny and cold. Highs zero to 5 above west...And 10 to 15 east.
Winter storm moves into central, eastern states, dropping widespread rain, snow
A winter storm that dropped over a foot of snow on parts of the central Rockies was moving through the central states early Saturday, threatening to bring rain and snow to the Midwest, South and Northeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind chill advisory this morning for much of the west...
Weather drawing by Cassie Walters of Mr. Johnson's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
The Weather Elsewhere
Minnesota state forecast
Winter storm warnings and advisories over the southeast today...
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm warning today and tonight southwest...
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm warning today east third...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning southern half tonight and saturday...
State forecast for south dakota
Winter weather advisory this afternoon and tonight extreme southeast corner...
Minnesota state forecast.
Winter weather advisory for tonight and saturday for far southeast...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning today and tonight for most of the south and east...And in the lake superior snowbelt...
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
On Thursday, Feb. 21, Kinship Partners was treated to a "Taste of the World," thanks to Jeana Wetzel and a great group of foreign exchang
Programs for the Brainerd-Baxter Area Golden "K" Kiwanis include: Wednesday, Superintendent Jerry Walseth on "School Districts Bond Issue;" March 13, Jo
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 70; Ann Richardson and Ann Whalen, 68.5; and Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 59.5. East-West: Joyce Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 66.5; Marion Benest and Chris Leininger, 61.5; and Dale and Helen Dickie, 61.5.
Major U.S., Afghan offensive opened against Taliban, al-Qaida force
GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- U.S. warplanes and helicopters opened a new offensive Saturday against Taliban and al-Qaida believed regrouping in Afghanistan's eastern mountains in an air assault backed by Afghan forces on the ground, Afghan leaders said.
30 dead in village burning in Indian state amid continuing Hindu-Muslim violence
AHMADABAD, India (AP) -- Armed attackers forced villagers to huddle together, then set fire to their homes Friday, killing at least 30 people in one of several attacks during widespread religious clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat state, authorities said.
5 Palestinians killed in fighting in Palestinian refugee camp
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Moving deeper into two Palestinian refugee camps, Israeli troops killed five Palestinians in gun battles Friday, while commanders defended the assault on the crowded shantytowns -- a first in 17 months of fighting -- against scathing criticism at home.
Package of hazardous chemicals sent to home of British prime minister Blair
LONDON -- Anti-terrorist officers were trying to trace up to 14 packages containing dangerous chemicals Saturday after two were sent to Prime Minister Tony Blair's Downing Street residence and a lawmaker's female assistant.
Macedonian police kill seven men they say were foreigners planning attacks
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonian police killed seven gunmen in a shootout Saturday and asserted that some or all were foreigners -- probably Pakistanis -- who were suspected of planning attacks on embassies in the volatile Balkan country.
Vengeful Hindus kill Muslims as death toll in religious strife reaches 415
AHMADABAD, India (AP) -- Vengeful Hindus torched Muslim homes, killing scores, and rioting spread through the western state of Gujarat on Saturday as the death toll in India's worst religious strife in a decade reached 415, officials said.
U.S. troops to go to Yemen
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops will help train Yemen's military to fight terrorists under a plan approved by President Bush.
Pearl killing suspect may be extradited
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- The suspected mastermind of the abduction and slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl could be extradited to the United States to stand trial, Pakistan's foreign secretary said Friday.
Israel searches for militants in one Palestinian refugee camp; leaves another
BALATA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops searched house-to-house for militants and weapons for a third day Saturday in the densely packed Balata refugee camp, while soldiers pulled out of a second camp nearby.
Guantanamo hunger strike appears to be losing momentum
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- A hunger strike by prisoners at this remote U.S. naval base seemed to lose momentum after the U.S. military agreed to allow the Taliban and al-Qaeda captives to wear turbans, as long as guards could inspect them at any time.
Embassies still vulnerable despite precautions
WASHINGTON -- Despite miles of new concrete barriers, towering walls, bomb-residue tests, metal detectors, gas masks and tight restrictions on diplomats' travel, a recent tunnel found near the U.S. Embassy in Rome makes clear that America's overseas missions remain strikingly vulnerable.
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