Brent Levig, the son of Laurie and Mark Levig of Brainerd, has been accepted into Alexandria Technical College for the 2002-03 school year. Levig is enrolled in the carpentry program.
Parents urged to nudge -- not push -- children
NEW YORK (AP)-- If anything needs to be done at his son's elementary school, Michael Sands is the first in line to volunteer. He arranged a visit by fighter pilots on Career Day, he has brought in snacks for the kids -- and teachers' favorite coffees.
Compulsive eating can be a matter of life and death
DEAR ABBY: I read with great empathy the series of letters that began with "Frustrated Wife," who was overweight and whose husband had moved to another bedroom.
Els holds off Tiger
MIAMI (AP) -- Ernie Els watched Tiger Woods' long drives, the clutch putts and the fervent fist pumps. He heard the frenzied gallery and even felt the momentum shift in the final round of the Genuity Championship.
Pediatrics Academy issues skateboard, scooter guidelines
CHICAGO (AP) -- Unless they're supervised by adults, kids under 10 shouldn't use skateboards and those under 8 shouldn't use non-motorized scooters, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Baxter city staffers feel growing pains
BAXTER -- Baxter's growth is catching up with its city employees.
Hug for a state champion
Brainerd High School wrestling coach Bob Brakke gave Class 3A state champion Andy Pickar a lift after Pickar became the fifth wrestler in school history to earn a title. Pickar recorded a 6-4 decision against Henry Sibley sophomore Adam Rall to win the 140-pound class Saturday. Story on Page 1S. (Dispatch Photo by Jason Henke)
Cullen creek culvert
Cullen Creek tumbled out of the culvert under the Paul Bunyan Trail in Nisswa Sunday as central Minnesota residents endured the coldest weekend of the year. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
The Brainerd Warrior Activities Department is hosting a reception for last week's wrestling and swimming and diving state participants. The reception will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Sports writer Jeremy Millsop takes a look at boys' basketball section play in Tuesday's sports.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - The Brainerd Warriors emerged victorious in the State High School Wrestling Tournament in St. Paul. Brainerd defeated Anoka 35-12 for the Class AA Team Championship.
A Brainerd school meeting story on Page 6A in Friday's Dispatch listed the wrong date. The Brainerd School District's Curriculum/Student Activities committee will meet at 7 p.m. March 11.
A trip in the 'Whizbang' Museum display chronicles 1923 trip of four brave Brainerd women
At noon on May 26, 1923, four Brainerd women set out together in an old Starr automobile they nicknamed, "Whizbang," on a seven-week adventure to California and back.
Man drowns in 4-wheeler plunge
A 47-year-old Brainerd man drowned on North Long Lake Saturday after his four-wheeler went through the ice.
Brainerd finance committee will The Brainerd School District's Finance/Insurance Committee will meet at 12 p.m. March 14 in the district office. The committee will discuss the statewide health insurance Legislative proposal. Day at capitol Thursday
Reagans celebrate golden anniversary
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, they are still inseparable after years together in Hollywood, the White House and finally, in the shadows of Alzheimer's disease.
Americans killed as war heats up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least seven Americans were killed when two helicopters took enemy fire in the largest offensive of the five-month war to root terrorists out of Afghanistan, a Pentagon source said Monday.
Senate probes home abuse
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nursing home patients have been dragged down hallways, doused with ice water, sexually assaulted and beaten in their beds, yet few prosecutions have resulted, a congressional investigation found.
Abuse costing dioceses
Sexual misconduct by Roman Catholic priests has cost the church in lost faith and broken lives. Yet the damage from the scandals has been financial as well as spiritual.
Many states have considered banning cell phones at the wheel, but only one has acted
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Many states over the past year have considered banning the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving, but so far only one -- New York -- has taken that step.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs was fined $7,500 by the NBA on Sunday for kicking the Minnesota Timberwolves' Wally Szczerbiak in the face.
Denver claims MacNaughton Cup
Hockey players in the WCHA spent 28 games traveling from Michigan to Alaska to win the conference championship and the MacNaughton Cup, but it all came down to a the final seconds of overtime on Friday in Grand Forks, N.D.
BELLE PRAIRIE -- Mary Rasinski, 87, Belle Prairie, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Enid M. Hanson
AITKIN -- Enid M. Hanson, 87, Aitkin, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Riverwood Extended Care Center.
WALKER -- Leland Hammond, 59, Walker, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Dakota Clinic in Walker.
ELMDALE -- Rita Wensmann, 69, Elmdale, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at her home.
PINE RIVER -- Margaret Erickson, 88, Pine River, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Robert M. Johnson
MOOSE LAKE -- Robert Matthew Johnson, 58, Moose Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at home.
RANDALL -- Thomas Lund, 49, Randall, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Robert S. Brown Sr.
PINE RIVER -- Robert S. Brown Sr., 86, Pine River, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at home.
Hulda J. Crocker
PILLAGER -- Hulda J. Crocker, 95, Pillager, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Seraphine Wiherski, 82, Little Falls, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Helen C. Banks
EMILY -- Helen C. Banks, 73, Emily, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
Virginia 'Bunny' Guy
LITTLE FALLS -- Virginia "Bunny" H. Guy, 88, Little Falls, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at her home in Little Falls.
Paul Eugene Praske
AITKIN -- Paul Eugene Praske, 77, Aitkin, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Leona Hartwig, 84, Pequot Lakes, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at home.
Feelings and facts
While having passion for a particular cause might be noble, known facts and expert opinion ought to be the basis for one's actions regarding something as important as the upcoming referendum. I hope responsible voters will be able to discern between "feelings" and "facts" when it's time to vote on March 12.
One piece of the puzzle
I was a member of the Citizens Advisory Task Force that Mr. Begin wrote so disparagingly about. I am also the parent of three children (Whittier and Washington), a taxpayer, a volunteer in the schools, and a substitute teacher.
Bush's visit - Dispatch Editorial
Students and teachers at Eden Prairie High School were busy preparing for the arrival of President George W. Bush today as he touted the teacher's training aspect of his recently signed education bill.
A Thesaurist leaves, exits
This editorial appeared in Sunday's Los Angeles Times:
Why Brainerd school district residents would vote "no" on the proposed school bond issue:
The Williams of Ralf Schumacher (center) flew over the Ferrari of Brazil's Rubens Barrichello as they collided while heading into the first corner of the first lap in the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Sunday.
Lucky break helps Marlin to victory
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Thanks to miscommunication by NASCAR, a malfunctioning tachometer didn't bring down Sterling Marlin.
St. Paul man pulls five teen-agers from burning car
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A St. Paul man pulled five teen-agers from a burning car after it crashed into a tree and his East Side house.
MnSCU board takes stand on mascots
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has gone on record opposing the use of discriminatory logos, names, mascots and nicknames by its member institutions and by opposing teams.
Letter discouraged minorities at SCSU
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- St. Cloud State University officials have asked the school's governing body to review a letter sent by two faculty members and a retired faculty member discouraging minority students from attending the university.
Bush stumps for teacher training and Coleman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is sharpening his focus on teacher training as he helps raise money in Minnesota for a Democrat-turned-Republican seeking to oust Sen. Paul Wellstone.
Brincefields fall in bid to repeat in Class 2A
ST. PAUL -- What was billed as the "match to watch" at the state Class 2A individual wrestling finals, and perhaps the entire state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday, lasted just 10 seconds.
Raider men lose in consolation final
MINNEAPOLIS -- In Sunday's consolation championship game against Rochester in the Minnesota Community College state tournament, the Central Lakes College men's basketball team came out smoking in the first half by shooting nearly 53 percent from the field.
Pierz's Luberts, B-H/V's Oyster 1A champs
ST. PAUL -- One hopes to be a multiple state wrestling champion.
S-M girls advance to section semifinals
HAWLEY -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team defeated the Perham Yellowjackets 57-41 in the Section 8, Class 2A quarterfinals Saturday.
Wadena-DC loses in 2A consolation championship dual
ST. PAUL -- With one of their best wrestlers out of the lineup with a knee injury, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines needed to make up some points.
Pickar state champion
ST. PAUL -- Andy Pickar joined an elite group of Brainerd Warrior wrestlers Saturday. Next season, he has an opportunity to write additional history.
Warrior girls advance to section final
The Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team needs just one more win to return to the Class 4A state tournament for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Kennedy third in state diving
MINNEAPOLIS -- Shaun Kennedy is moving on up.
Martinson scores 27 in W-DC defeat
PERHAM -- Andrew Martinson scored 27 points but the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' basketball team lost to the Perham Yellowjackets 67-65 Saturday.
Chisholm ousts Pequot Lakes girls
HIBBING -- In her last game as a Pequot Lakes Patriot, Julie Redebaugh scored 23 points, but it wasn't enough as the second-seeded Patriots were edged 43-42 by the third-seeded Chisholm Bluestreaks in the Section 7, Class 2A quarterfinals Saturday.
Pierz finishes sixth in Class 1A
ST. PAUL -- The second-ranked BOLD Warriors had the misfortune of drawing eventual co-state champion Frazee in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A team wrestling tournament.
Rochester ends season for Raider women
The Central Lakes College women's basketball team ended its season on a low note Saturday as it fell to the Rochester Yellowjackets 76-66 in the consolation semifinals of the Minnesota Community College Conference state tournament.
Gopher men looking forward to Big Ten tournament
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Illinois and Minnesota are eager to start the Big Ten tournament for different reasons.
UMD men win NSIC playoff title
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Chris Stanley knocked down a 12-foot jumper from the right wing with time running out to give Minnesota-Duluth a 59-57 win over Southwest State in the NSIC Conference Championship.
Reserves lead Wolves past Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves looked like one of the deepest teams in the league. Just ask Gary Trent.
Rangers hammer Twins, Radke 20-8
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Brad Radke was tagged for eight runs in the top of the first inning Sunday at Hammond Stadium as the Texas Rangers routed the Minnesota Twins 20-8.
Apple Valley, Blue Earth shine at prep wrestling meet
ST. PAUL (AP) -- On a day when the state's elite wrestlers converged on the Xcel Energy Center for the state wrestling finals, Apple Valley and Blue Earth gave notice that they still have a leg up on the competition.
State wrestling team tournament
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Canucks dump Wild
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Six players scored for Vancouver as the Canucks ended a four-game winless skid with a 6-3 victory Saturday night over the Minnesota Wild.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy or becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow or flurries. Highs from 10 to 20.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow or flurries. Highs in the lower 20s northeast to near 40 southwest.
Plains receive strong snow
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) -- The month of March roared in like a snow lion, triggering bone-chilling temperatures, dangerous roads and more than 20 deaths along the nation's midsection.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Some light snow or flurries. Accumulations less than an inch. Not as cold with highs in the 20s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy...Breezy and warmer with scattered flurries east this morning. Highs in the 30s east to the 40s west.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow west...And flurries central and east. Windy this morning with highs from the lower 20s northeast to the mid 30s southwest.
It's a grand old flag
Weather drawing by Paige Elyea in the Lowell first grade of Sharon Jendro.
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