Six automakers singled out for lack of child-seat programs
ATLANTA -- The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board criticized six automakers Monday for failing to establish programs to make sure children are properly secured in car safety seats.
Nissan Sentra grows up into big, powerful sedan
The Nissan Sentra is all grown up.
GM quits group opposed to global warming treaty
DETROIT -- Environmentalists are claiming victory following General Motors Corp.'s decision to quit a lobbying group that has led the opposition to a 1997 global warming treaty.
This makeover took three years!
It took three years for Kurt Anderson of Crosslake to completely restore his 1973 Ford F-100 pickup.
New minivans offer in-vehicle entertainment
First, the minivan changed the way American youngsters took to the road.
Motley church hosts Lenten fair
MOTLEY -- Lent commemorates the period of 40 days preceding Easter, which for many faiths began on Ash Wednesday.
Spring services will be at 7 p.m. Monday and 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Laestadian Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Refreshments will be served after the evening services. Guest speaker will be Aarno Haho, dean and minister from Kempele, Finland. The public is welcome.
Leaving big estate to children is fraught with peril
QUESTION: My wife and I are approaching our retirement years and we have been very blessed financially. We own several large businesses and will have a sizable estate to pass on to our three children. How do you feel about leaving large amounts of money to the next generation? Is there a right and wrong way to do it?
Not-so-sinful dessert will help you slim down
Spring is upon us, so can summer be far behind? Then it isn't too soon to start shedding some of the extra pounds we put on over the winter. But losing weight doesn't have to mean weeks of deprivation.
Use leftover corned beef to make Irish potatoes
Many Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day with corned beef, cabbage and hash; however, I was surprised to learn these dishes are almost never served in Ireland on special occasions.
MONDAY-FRIDAY Spring Break
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 181, a year ago 60.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500.
Stephen J. Morrison, 25, and Jodi M. Zappa, 23, both of Breezy Point.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 425.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 306, a year ago 135.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Relaxed, grinding Herron out to defend Bay Hill title
ORLANDO, Fla. -- His thick hair tousled under a visor, Tim Herron slouched into the high-back chair, put his foot up on the table and draped his arms over the back of his head as he assessed the state of his game.
Recycle those rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Rechargeable nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries are indispensible to keep your army of wireless gadgets going. But after a while they lose their punch and need to be phased out.
Q & A
Question: Our new wood stove smokes up the room when we open the stove door for stoking. We have a tri-level house, and the stove uses 6 feet of pipe from the stove to the ceiling, then another 6 feet of pipe through the roof topped with a rain cap. The salesman who sold us the stove said we needed another 2 feet of chimney for sufficient draft to stop the problem. We did this but the problem persists.
A popular trend in home design is the creation of dramatic and eye-catching ceilingscapes.
BAXTER -- The city of Baxter issued nine building permits in January and 14 in February with a total valuation of $1,632,000 in January and $1,297,800 in February.
Brainerd home boasts Irish heritage
A bit of the Irish firmly resides on Bluff Avenue in north Brainerd.
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You don't have to be Irish to enjoy Crosslake parade
CROSSLAKE -- Twenty-six years ago, a group of friends from Crosslake decided to throw a St. Patrick's Day parade.
Residents don't want tower in Mission Township
Residents asked transportation and Coast Guard officials to look for a new location for a proposed 299-foot tower in Mission Township.
Ventura calls lawmakers 'gutless cowards'
WINONA (AP) -- After calling state legislators ''gutless cowards'' for opposing some of his pet proposals, Gov. Jesse Ventura offered an olive branch of sorts to lawmakers.
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 23 in the region office in Staples.
House, Senate a world apart on education spending
ST. PAUL -- Senate DFLers upped the ante in the education spending debate Wednesday, while House Republicans fought over ways to send more money to schools.
House Republicans release bonding plan
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans are willing to match the price tag of Gov. Jesse Ventura's bonding bill, but not his priorities.
Students, parents anticipate spring break
With spring break just a day away, Brainerd students are waiting for the final bell to ring Friday signaling a week of freedom.
Aviation bill may benefit airport
Federal legislation that President Bill Clinton is expected to sign into law soon may provide funds for a new runway surface and a fire-rescue vehicle at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport.
Fears and facts about organ, tissue and eye donation
Fear: If I'm carrying a donor card and am admitted to a hospital, they may let me die so they can take my organs and tissues.
Girl helps stop bus after driver has stroke
HAM LAKE (AP) -- Twelve-year-old Samantha Redden knew she had to act fast when her school bus started swerving out of control.
W-H-A taxpayers could pay more by not approving referendum
WALKER -- It could cost Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District property taxpayers more next year to turn down the April 6 bond issue than to approve it, said Superintendent Boyd McLarty.
A few telephone wires were buzzing after Monday's update on the state of the overpass plan for Highway 371 South.
BHS Dance Team performances to air on Channel 8
The state dance team finals, which includes performances by the Brainerd High School Dance Team, will be televised at 4 p.m. Tuesday on Channel 8 on Charter Communications, formerly known as Bresnan Communications.
Nora Johnson turns 108 years young today
If Nora Johnson were to count all her birthdays on her fingers and thumbs, she would need 12 hands.
Authorities unhappy that program lets some criminals go free early
EDINA (AP) -- Detective Eric Kleinberg looked at a recent string of burglaries in Edina and Minneapolis and one person came to mind.
Tower ordinance: More talk, but still little action
Sometimes it seems that Crow Wing County's progress toward a tower ordinance is like running under water.
Ventura wraps up tour in southern part of state
NEW TRIER (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura wound up his third two-day bus tour of rural Minnesota with a new pair of boots, a toast to the faithful and a renewed insight.
State agency to audit nursing homes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State officials hope a $30,000 audit of possible overcharging by nursing homes will catch most of the $5.25 million in yearly overcharges it typically finds.
Task force adopts screening requirements along Highway 371
The Highway 371 moratorium task force is beginning to experience deadline pressure.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - The Brainerd Kixters Danceline took third place from among 22 danceline teams competing in a State tournament at St. Olaf College. Brainerd scored 62.429 points.
Flip of coin decides township clerk race
Supervisor Eddie Woitalla flipped the coin that decided the Platte Lake Township clerk race Thursday night.
ST. PAUL -- Officials of the Little Falls School District joined state Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, at the state Capitol last week for a hearing on a proposal to provide $600,000 in special state aid to the district.
Transplanting the gift of sight
It's a decision most people would rather not make.
Autumn camping halted at more parks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Overnight camping may be dropped at 12 more state parks after Labor Day, pushing to 32 the number of parks facing that restriction, Department of Natural Resources officials said.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Because West Washington is considered an especially hazardous stretch of highway, the city of Brainerd is about to get a federal windfall. The improvement project from the Mississippi River bridge to the city limits at West 8th Street will qualify for Federal Hazard Elimination Funds.
Consumer prices jump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer prices shot up 0.5 percent in February, the biggest jump in 10 months, led by a record increase in fuel oil prices and sharply higher gasoline costs.
Wall Street goes wild
NEW YORK -- Now that blue-chip stocks have burst out of a months-long slump, Wall Street analysts are wondering whether the market's surge is the sign of a turnaround or just another volatile swing in a volatile year.
TV funnyman Durward Kirby dies
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Versatile TV funnyman Durward Kirby, who for years played second banana on ''The Garry Moore Show'' and for a time was co-host of ''Candid Camera,'' has died at age 88.
Dan Marino is talking to networks
MIAMI (AP) -- Dan Marino, after retiring earlier this week, might already be planning his second career.
Braswell leads Hoyas to triple-OT victory
After leading Georgetown to a triple-overtime victory in the National Invitation Tournament, Kevin Braswell's body finally gave out.
Twins' Koskie turns from hockey to baseball
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Hideki Irabu seems to be responding to a change in scenery.
Gonzaga pulls usual NCAA surprise
St. John's, LSU and Kentucky already are living dangerously in the NCAA tournament. At least they're still alive.
Knight can't recall choking ex-player
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana coach Bob Knight doesn't recall choking former player Neil Reed, although he might have grabbed him around the neck for motivational reasons.
Johnson pounded for 11 runs
The way Randy Johnson pitched, it didn't matter how much support his teammates gave him.
One man's top 25
1. Duke (27-4). Dreaded top billing all but kills NCAA title hopes.
49ers line coach dies
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Bobb McKittrick, the San Francisco 49ers' gritty offensive line coach who worked with five Super Bowl-winning teams in 21 years, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 64.
Milkwood joins Braves' Big Three
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Millwood, join the club. Consider yourself an official member of the Big Three.
When the Road to the Final Four ends, will Michigan State be the only team left standing?
Everyone loves a challenge, and this one's a real brack(et) breaker.
Tennessee had to work for new identity
After four years of being Chamique Holdsclaw's team, Tennessee had to assume a new identity this season.
Maryland gets tourney rarity -- an easy win
MINNEAPOLIS -- The matchups are too close to call most of the time. The teams are so even, the games so tight, we've come to expect the outcome to be determined with the ball in the air as the final buzzer sounds. The difference between a sixth seed and an 11th seed nowadays is next-to-nothing. You know what the definition of an upset is in today's NCAA tournament? A blowout, an easy night.
Brandon helps Wolves end drought in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Terrell Brandon knows how to show his teammates a good time in his hometown.
Iowa seeks 9th NCAA wrestling title in 10 years
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Iowa has a stranglehold on the NCAA wrestling championships, and would like to retain the status quo.
Web sites promote 'March Madness'
WASHINGTON -- Chris Hamilton plays bagpipes, and as far as he's concerned, ''March Madness'' is something associated more with St. Patrick's Day than Thursday's start of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Ruth M. (Fordyce) Doud
Ruth M. (Fordyce) Doud, 69, Brainerd, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, in Pascagoula, Miss.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Gilbert Skow, 77, Pequot Lakes, died today, Friday, March 17, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Home of Pine River.
HETTINGER, N.D. -- Bernice Hallen, 81, Hettinger, N.D., died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at West River Regional Medical Center of Hettinger.
Marion E. Helm
CROSBY -- Marion E. Helm, 77, Crosby, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
RANDALL -- John Sage, 79, Randall, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at his home.
PALISADE -- Rosemary Cook, 64, Palisade, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Riverwood Health Care Center of Aitkin.
Lon T. Olson
CROSBY -- Lon T. Olson, 39, Crosby, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, in Perry Lake Township.
RANDALL -- John Sage, 79, Randall, died Thursday, March 9, 2000.
STAPLES -- Clara Kallies, Staples, died today, Thursday, March 16, 2000.
Rosemary E. Cook
PALISADE -- Rosemary E. Cook, 64, Palisade, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Riverwood Health Care Center of Aitkin.
Julia E. Udseth
PINE RIVER -- Julia Evelyn Udseth, 87, Pine River, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Wilfred F. 'Scut' Gjertson
Wilfred F. "Scut" Gjertson, 89, Brainerd, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Julia E. Udseth
PINE RIVER -- Julia Evelyn Udseth, 87, Pine River, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
A Brainerd-Baxter merger?
Time to clear the air ... about the Brainerd-Baxter merger possibilities:
Purse power can hamper U.S. lawsuits
On the campaign trail, the vice president roars about a ban on soft money. The decibel level is meant to drown out the static being replayed from 1996, when Al Gore was running around Buddhist temples and dialing for dollars from his government office. Now he's got religion, he says, having seen the McCain messiah and his flock of voters, who now wander in the political wilderness.
I write this letter and hope it gets published on St. Patrick's Day. Being Irish, I know the importance of this day. It is not about wearing green or drinking green beer, it's about how unity was brought to Ireland. Long ago the Irish had nothing to bring them together; they had nothing in common so they stayed in small groups. One day a priest named Father Patrick came to Ireland and brought the Catholic religion with him. This is the one thing that could bring the people together, and then it was almost taken away from us.
Gas crunch - Dispatch Editorial
Minnesota tourism officials put the best possible spin on rising gas prices earlier this month when they assessed the possible effect on travel and hospitality-related businesses.
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Death row errors constitute a national crisis
Theodore Roosevelt once told a story that illustrates the folly of being too eager to inflict punishment. The story concerned a group of cowboys who apprehended a man they suspected of being a horse thief. In the Old West, this was a capital offense, and the cowboys quickly strung the man up. Shortly thereafter they learned that another man had confessed to the crime.
Bravo, BHS Orchestra! If you missed the benefit concert Grant Wilcox's Orchestra performed on Tuesday evening, you missed a real treat. If I hadn't seen the students on the stage at Tornstrom, I'd think I was in Orchestra Hall. It was wonderful! A
Color man - Dispatch Editorial
Al McGuire would be about the last person you'd imagine would suffer from anemia. During his years as the volatile coach of the Marquette Warriors and more recently as a CBS basketball analyst, McGuire seemed to have enough competitive spirit to fill a gymnasium.
Floor hockey rules are different but scoring goals is still the thing
Some rules for adapted floor hockey are different and some of the athletes may wheel themselves around the floor, but sticks and pucks are still the tools of the game.
Pequot will be looking up to Sibley East
Pequot Lakes senior forward Heather Neznik admits to being a little frightened of opposing front lines who tower over her and her Patriot teammates.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Nick Praska isn't the most vocal member of the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team. But his performance on the floor speaks volumes.
BHS floor hockey team opens against Maple Grove
The Brainerd Warriors have been a force in adapted floor hockey ever since they began offering the activity as a varsity sport.
Tigers battle Broncos
PINE RIVER -- To say the Pine River-Backus Tigers boys' basketball team is in the Section 7AA finals is almost as common as saying hello.
Staples-Motley advances to section final
MOORHEAD -- The Bagley Flyers came close to defeating Staples-Motley in Section 8AA semifinal boys' basketball action Thursday night at Concordia College before the Cardinals came away with a 60-55 victory.
Gophers open with victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Golden Gophers have a few more opportunities left.
Hjelmeland to play in All-Star Basketball Series
Dustin Hjelmeland of Staples-Motley is one of 40 senior boys' basketball players who will compete in the 18th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series.
Brainerd Area Civic Center will host the Minnesota Hockey PeeWee A state tournament this weekend.
Auburn nearly pays for playing waterboy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jimbo Tolbert's moment of fame lasted all of 6.2 seconds. At least he won't be infamous.
Tension rules the day in girls' semifinals
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's tough to say which basketball fans in Minnesota had the more nerve-racking night.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Two exhibits survey seething Paris art scene
NEW YORK -- ''When good Americans die they go to Paris,'' proclaimed Oscar Wilde, but for European artists, the goal was to get to the City of Light while they were still alive.
Founders of magazine for amateur musicians want a revolution
MINNEAPOLIS -- Admen Tom Whitney and Mark Morse will be happy if the magazine they're launching is a success. What they really want, however, is nothing less than a musical revolution.
Mary McCarthy's admirer became her biographer
Reading ''The Group'' and other books by Mary McCarthy inspired Frances Kiernan to read several biographies about her. But none satisfied Kiernan's desire to know McCarthy ''off the page.''
Heartland Symphony Orchestra to feature young artists in concerts
Heartland Symphony Orchestra's spring concert series next month will feature performances by three young area artists and a composition by a ninth-grader at Virginia High School.
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Two student art exhibits on display in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association is sponsoring two student art exhibits at area galleries.
For week of March 16-22; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
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Traditional Celtic band to play in Aitkin
AITKIN -- A traditional Celtic band -- complete with bagpipes and fiddles -- that hails from Chicago will perform in Aitkin this weekend.
MTV's 'The Real World' meets boy bands in ABC television show
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A sign hanging above a row of television monitors in the production room of the new ABC television show ''Making the Band'' tells producers and directors, ''Don't Forget Your Humanity.''
Murder mystery troupe to perform at Dollars for Scholars fund raiser
PINE RIVER -- The Impart Players murder mystery troupe will stage a production of its own creation as a fund raiser for Pine River-Backus Dollars for Scholars, the area acting group announced this week.
Community college students to perform
ST. CLOUD -- Nearly 300 students from the state's community colleges -- including Central Lakes College -- are expected to participate in a two-day choral and band festival at St. Cloud State University.
Best Picture reviews: 'American Beauty' and 'Cider House Rules'
"American Beauty" presents a cynical parody on suburban life with just enough moxie and intelligence to awaken angst among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which loves to reward a movie with a message.
Country star Tillis to perform
ONAMIA -- One of country music's favorite female stars is coming to the lakes area this weekend for a pair of performances at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Encore Arts show
Encore Arts is presenting an exhibit of artworks by students in the Brainerd and Pequot Lakes high school art classes.
Play to be staged at CLC focuses on women in Vietnam War
A social-activist theater company out of Barrett will stage its take on women in the Vietnam War for an area audience at Central Lakes College next week.
The Great River Arts Association in Little Falls is recruiting entertainers for this summer's Concerts in the Park series, which starts June 4.
'Cider House Rules' is about everything, yet nothing
"The Cider House Rules" seems a perfect candidate for a long-running television series, considering its light-headed look at abortion, incest and other serious moral issues.
Bingham spends last semester in art classes in preparation for career as art teacher
Shelly Bingham is wrapping up her senior year at Brainerd High with a course schedule as sweet as her lifelike pencil drawings.
Publishers Weekly best selling books
Lakes Area Concert Association season continues with violinist
The Lakes Area Concert Association season resumes tonight at Tornstrom Auditorium with violinist Erika Raum, described as a rising star in classical music circles by area promoters.
College professor finds book among 'lifers' in prison
BALTIMORE -- It was pure coincidence that Drew Leder's book about teaching philosophy in the Maryland State Penitentiary was released the day that, according to the Justice Policy Institute in Washington, the number of Americans in prison passed 2 million.
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Tonight...Clear. Low from zero to 5 above. Light wind.
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St. Patrick's Day
Weather drawing by Ashli Meyer of Mrs. Pelto's third grade class at Baxter school.
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Tonight...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Low in the lower 20s. South wind 10 to 20 mph.
Duplicate bridge is played at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Senior Center. Ray Norrgard and Bill Black, 48; Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 43; Gladys Norrgard and Beverly O'Brien, 41.5; and Gordon Becker and Phyllis DeRosier, 40.5.
There's more to life than babies
DEAR ABBY: Over the past few years, I have noticed more and more reports of young people -- some barely into high school -- who seem to have no higher goal in life than making babies of their own.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Child's playing on think ice breaks schoolmates' hearts
DEAR ABBY: Feb. 4 was a sad day. One less child is going to come back to school. He will never eat pizza, play games or laugh again. He passed away last night.
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