Chevy shows off new Colorado pickup
Chevrolet will introduce its Colorado, a mid-size pickup this fall.
Guessers wanted for Guess the Car
I have more than 20 photographs of vehicles for upcoming Guess the Car features. This means that this feature could run through February.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimate: 350. Last Wednesday: 507. Year Ago Wednesday: 226. Tuesday actual: 647.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday estimated receipts: 700. Last Tuesday: 856. Year Ago Tuesday: 771. Monday actual: 372.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 124, a year ago 48.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 225, a year ago 205.
Recipes for a spring or summer potluck
A warm, spring day prompted Doug and Renee Campbell to host a Spring Fling Potluck with friends over the weekend.
How to reach federal lawmakers
Sen. Norm Coleman
Cases of Lyme disease soar in Minnesota, Wisconsin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The number of Lyme disease cases in humans in Minnesota and Wisconsin soared last year, prompting health officials in both states to warn the public to guard against tick bites.
Minnesotan who got smallpox vaccine developed heart inflammation
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesotan who developed heart inflammation after getting the smallpox vaccine is one of several cases that prompted health officials around the country to investigate a possible link between heart problems and the vaccine.
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How To Choose Internet Advertising
Extend your reach through the Internet
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Finding a professional spa dealer is the most important step.
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Getting Financially Fit
HOW TO SELECT A PERSONAL INJURY TRIAL LAWYER
Civil Trial Specialist Certification Matters
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY DRYCLEANER
The appearance of your clothing reflects your image.
HOW TO CHOOSE A NEW CAR
Once you make a choice, do your homework.
HOW TO CHOOSE A PHYSICIAN
Everyone eventually gets sick
HOW TO SELECT A PRIVATE SCHOOL
Understanding the Benefits of a Private Education
HOW TO BE SAFE WHILE OPERATING LAWN & GARDEN EQUIPMENT
For some, lawn work is enjoyable work, creating a yard that makes you feel proud when you drive up to your home. When operating equipment, a number of safety tips should be kept in mind:
How To Choose Newspaper Advertising
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Maximize your leisure time by working with the right company.
HOW TO BUY A USED CAR
Stick with a dealership you trust.
How To Create A Meaningful Service With Cremation
The reasons for preferring cremation are varied. If you are interested in learning more, then his article is for you.
HOW TO BUY A BOAT
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Koering, Reetz receive awards
Two people were recognized for outstanding leadership provided to the Resource Conservation & Development program through the Crow Wing County field office.
Deaf Awareness Days highlight rights of people who are deaf
Getting pulled over by a police officer can be stressful enough.
Dayton to appear at DFL dinner April 12
NISSWA -- The Crow Wing and Cass County DFL will sponsor a dinner with Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., April 12 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa
Workshop to teach how to cook for a crowd safely
Are you planning a graduation party? In charge of this year's family reunion? Do you volunteer at a church supper or dish out the hot dogs at a fund-raiser?
Just Say Cheese
PINE RIVER -- Calcium and exercise help build strong bones and teeth throughout a lifetime. It is important to begin daily dairy product consumption at birth to ensure strong bones later in life.
Mayan culture topic of program to be presented April 3 at CLC
The Mayans of Chiapas, indigenous people of Mexico, will be featured at the April 3 Cultural Thursday program on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Minneapolis librarians sue over Internet porn
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A barrage of Internet pornography has turned the downtown library into a hostile work environment for a dozen librarians, according to claims in a federal lawsuit.
Parent/child aquatic program offered in Crosby
CROSBY -- An American Red Cross parent/child aquatic program will be offered at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby.
CLC to offer motorcycle safety training courses
Central Lakes College is offering motorcycle safety training in a partnership with the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center and Driver and Vehicle Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
CLC to host job fair April 2
The Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College will host the 13th annual Regional Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 in the central core area.
Mayo Clinic physician has an eye-opening experience
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Being a physician didn't keep Dr. Mark Bolander from becoming a patient.
High school students learn about graphics art, photography careers
STAPLES -- Sixty high school students from eight area schools attended Media Day at Central Lakes College in Staples last week.
Feed management workshop to be held near Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- A one-day feed management workshop will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at Enchanted Dairy near Little Falls.
On the homefront
Pvt. Lester Bock, with a Marine unit out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., where he was assigned to security, was sent to Kuwait as part of a force service support group. His wife, Paula Bock, said she last heard from her husband in a let
This was Brainerd
MARCH 27 - 20 years ago (1983) - Don Rasmussen, Brainerd's enterprising postmaster has come up with an addressing plan that will be to the advantage of everyone in our area once it is implemented.
Gardens can be good for people, both physically and emotionally. Look for a story on the upcoming Garden Expo at Central Lakes College in Friday's Housing section.
The Brainerd High School bands will present their winter concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Tornstrom Auditorium of Washington Middle School in Brainerd.
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, will conduct three town meetings Saturday to discuss issues before the Legislature. He also has scheduled four town meetings April 5.
Initiative Foundation grants announced
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation awarded eight community grants totaling $30,500 in February, including a few area grants.
Disability services may be delayed
Crow Wing County residents who have a mental retardation or related condition and are eligible for county services may be placed on a waiting list, it was learned Tuesday.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 26 - 30 years ago (1973) - There is a move under way in the Legislature to change the names of Minnesota's state junior colleges to community colleges.
Three firms interested in buying school
It will be another month before Brainerd School District residents know what the future of Franklin Junior High School may be.
Pawlenty tours camp shoot house
CAMP RIPLEY -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty didn't do any shooting Wednesday but security and military preparedness were the order of the day as he toured Camp Ripley's new $1.6 million live-fire facility.
War images hit close to home for two area women
A week into the war with Iraq, Bethany Mayer and Saundra Hall have been trying to avoid watching television news.
County OKs ban on certain lawn fertilizer
Crow Wing County residents soon will not be able to use any fertilizer that contains phosphorus on their lawns.
Fishing regulation changes sought
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Walleye and northern pike fishing regulations would change a bit if the Department of Natural Resources gets its way.
Win a painting
Find out how you can win a painting by Brainerd artist Evelyn Matthies in Thursday's Tempo section.
Mayors meet with Coleman staffers
Transportation, tourism and homeland security were among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon in a short session that staffers of Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., conducted with the mayors of Baxter and Brainerd at Brainerd City Hall.
MERRIFIELD -- With Old Glory draped over a blackboard and a Norman Rockwell print "Freedom of Speech" nearby, election judges counted and recounted Lake Edward Township election results Tuesday night.
BEMIDJI -- Harold Glenn, 68, Bemidji, formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at home.
Francis J. Vaars
LAKEPORT, Calif. -- Francis Joseph Vaars, 80, Lakeport, Calif., formerly of Brainerd, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, in Lakeport.
Catherine M. Geise
UPSALA -- Catherine Marie Geise, 87, Upsala, formerly of Freeport, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at St. Benedict's Care Center in St. Cloud.
Cecelia H. Johnson
Cecelia H. Johnson, 90, Brainerd, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Dr. Robert D. Courteau
ONAMIA -- Dr. Robert David Courteau, 79, Onamia, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at home.
Sadie A. Peterson
Sadie A. Peterson, 88, Brainerd, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Homer L. Anderson
BAILEYS HARBOR, Wis. -- Homer L. Anderson, 72, Baileys Harbor, Wis., formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
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Minnesota, faced with a $4 billion deficit, can choose to save as much as $25 million a year from federal aid-highway construction funds simply by lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent -- a decision the Legislature failed to make last year and is now reconsidering.
Our country is barraged with problems primarily of an economic nature which on the face of it require at least as much attention as attacking Iraq or finding Osama bin Laden.
If you did not attend The Lakes Bee at Tornstrom Auditorium on March 18 you missed quite a show. Young people ranging from third grade to eighth grade from Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties participated in the spelling bee. The Bee was sponsored by The Dispatch, and the winner advanced to the National Bee in Washington, D.C.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
Despite a stoic, Scandinavian reputation, Minnesotans are really fun-seekers at heart. Watch us at the walleye opener or enjoying drag races at Brainerd International Raceway. Observe us water-skiing on Minnesota's beautiful lakes or biking on the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Puckett's accuser describes violent attack
MINNEAPOLIS -- The woman who accused former Twins star Kirby Puckett of sexual assault testified Thursday that she was terrified and tried to escape as Puckett dragged her into the men's bathroom at a suburban restaurant.
Wellstone plane traveling too slowly, report says
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The airplane that crashed with Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others aboard was flying perilously slow on its final approach, federal investigators reported in documents released Wednesday.
Police arrest anti-war protesters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the war continues in Iraq, anti-war demonstrators have begun shifting tactics from peaceful protest to more direct confrontation.
Police recover body of missing UW-Eau Claire student
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- The body of a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student missing since November was found in a lake Tuesday night, the student's father said.
Fairview Riverside workers authorize one-day strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hospital workers at Fairview Riverside Hospital voted Tuesday to authorize a one-day strike.
Ventura supports troops, but defends right to protest war
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As he expressed support for American troops fighting in Iraq on Wednesday, former Gov. Jesse Ventura also defended the right to protest against the war.
Former POWs concerned
ST. PAUL (AP) -- When Kenny Hanson heard that American soldiers had been taken prisoner in Iraq, his mind flashed back 50 years to a hill in Korea.
Red Lake schoolchildren send soil, letters to soldiers in Iraq
RED LAKE (AP) -- Earlier this month, Red Lake Elementary School students filled little bags with a few spoonfuls of Red Lake soil and a pinch of tobacco for a special blessing.
Legislature examines new rules for child support
ST. PAUL (AP) -- New rules for Minnesota's child support system are gaining ground at the Legislature.
The choir boy also is a boxer
Ricky Aulie has a mean streak but you wouldn't know it by looking at him.
Raiders enjoying nice weather
So far, so good.
Claiborne hoping to find fresh start with Vikes
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Chris Claiborne is coming to Minnesota in search of a fresh start, and the Vikings will have no problem finding a use for the ex-Detroit linebacker.
Why the Twins will win it all this season
Ask Athletics pitcher Tim Hudson about one of his peskiest opponents, and he makes it sound as if the team's hitters are waiting for him with bats in hand, ready to inflict fresh torment.
Red Wings shut out Wild 4-0
DETROIT (AP) -- Igor Larionov made sure the Detroit Red Wings weren't surprised this time.
Blues stop Wild
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Chris Osgood is fitting in perfectly with the St. Louis Blues.
Metropolitan sports commission could be in for an overhaul
ST. PAUl -- The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission would get a new name under a bill approved by a Senate comittee on Wednesday, despite testimony from a Minneapolis official who said the change wasn't necessary.
Twins rout Pirates
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Jacque Jones came within a double of hitting for the cycle and Michael Cuddyer and Luis Rivas had three hits apiece Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-7.
Wolves cool the Heat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett wasn't concerned about just missing another double-double. Getting a win was the only thing that mattered to him.
Humphries wins Player of Year award again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kris Humphries is the center of attention in many ways.
Rogers yields only 2 hits to Reds
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Rogers held Cincinnati's slumping offense to two hits in five innings during his Minnesota debut, and the Twins beat the Reds 2-1 on Tuesday.
Gophers will return familiar faces
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota tight end Ben Utecht walked into the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex Tuesday and couldn't wipe the smile off his face.
For week of March 27-April 2; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Berge Family to perform two bluegrass concerts
The Berge Family, a four-piece acoustic bluegrass and a cappella group, will perform at 8 p.m. April 4 at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center in Brainerd.
Musicians, poets, comics sought for Open Mic Night in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association will host an Open Mic Night for area performers at 7:30 p.m. April 3 at the Great River Arts Center in downtown Little Falls.
Rosnau to sign books in Crosby
CROSBY -- In conjunction with National Library Week, April 7-12, the Hallett Memorial Library will host an author book-signing.
Today marks your last chance to see "The Hours" starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman. The movie will play at Westport 3 tonight before leaving the area.
Aitkin vocal students earn superior ratings at contest
AITKIN -- Aitkin High School entered 41 events March 19 in the Subsection 25 solo and ensemble contest in Willow River.
CLC production considered for regional presentation
The recent production of "Brother Truckers" at Central Lakes College is being considered for inclusion at the Region V American College Theatre Festival in Denver next January. Final determination will not be made until December.
Aitkin students rehearse '42nd Street'
Sophomore Brenda Smith plays the lead character, Peggy Sawyer, in Aitkin High School's production of "42nd Street." Here, some of the lead characters in the play try to convince Peggy at the railroad station to take over the lead role after the leading lady broke her leg. They are Adam Siemers (left), Aaron Patrick, Levi Baer, Joe Buron and Jared Perry.
Nothing to do? Try an outdoor show or a circus
This is the Explore Minnesota events report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
Boys' choir to perform annual Potato Bake Concert
STAPLES -- The Central Minnesota Boys' Choir will perform its annual Potato Bake Concert April 6 at the United Methodist Church in Staples.
Photo exhibit slated April 6-18 at CLC-Staples
STAPLES -- The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host an exhibit of outstanding photographs from the Photo Imaging Education Association from April 6-18.
Miller loves tuba's big, loud sound
Brainerd High School junior Andrea Miller went from playing a small, delicate flute to playing a large, loud tuba when she was in eighth grade at Franklin Junior High School.
Do we reap what we sow?
NEW YORK MILLS -- There is one week left to submit an answer to the timely question posed by this year's Great American Think-Off.
Brainerd girl wins Heartland Symphony junior youth audition
Brianna Jensen of Brainerd is the junior winner of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra's youth auditions. Andrea Jakubowski of St. Cloud is the senior winner.
Retired CLC art instructor seeks to help future artists through scholarship fund
Evelyn Matthies, a retired Central Lakes College art instructor, is anything BUT retired.
Pine River-Backus junior attends music seminar
PINE RIVER -- Pine River-Backus junior Anna Wetrosky recently attended a four-day vocal music seminar and then performed in a concert Saturday at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Author, Holocaust survivor to speak at Brainerd library
Henry Oertelt, author of "An Unbroken Chain: My Journey Through the Nazi Holocaust," will speak at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Brainerd Public Library about his book and survival of the Holocaust.
Guthrie to bring tour to Pequot
PEQUOT LAKES -- Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts will present "Guthrie on Tour -- The Stuff of Dreams" at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Pequot Lakes School Auditorium. The Guthrie Theater touring company will perform the play.
Little Falls to host Central Lakes Music Festival
LITTLE FALLS -- The 17th annual Central Lakes Music Festival will be Friday, hosted by Little Falls High School.
"Impressions" by Brainerd residents Roger Cooper and John Erickson is a finalist in the anthology division of ForeWord Magazine's fifth annual Book of the Year Awards, which recognize excellence in publishing from independent presses.
A 55 Alive four-hour refresher course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 7 at the Pine River American Legion.
Tapped maple trees
Tapped maple trees near the Mississippi River.
Wisconsin elk with chronic wasting disease came from Minnesota
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An elk found dead on a farm has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first time the disease has been found in Wisconsin in an animal other than deer, state agriculture officials said Tuesday.
Benefit planned for former Hackensack man
HACKENSACK -- Volunteers from the Hackensack and Walker areas are planning an April 26 fund-raiser to help Walker-Hackensack-Akeley alumnus and former Hackensack resident Brett Miller, 26, with mounting medical expenses related to cancer treatments.
Bill takes aim at ATV riding in ditches
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A bill moving through the Legislature would give local governments greater authority to restrict the driving of all-terrain vehicles in roadside ditches, which can damage the environment.
Support declared for state's mining industry
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty and members of the Iron Range delegation set aside their numerous differences Monday to express joint support for the state's mining industry.
Backus woman receives guide dog
BACKUS -- Darlene Norman, Backus, was part of the recent graduating class for the Oregon campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch thursday night and friday for north central to west central...
Minnesota state forecast
Winter storm watch far southeast thursday night and friday...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Morning snow west and central...Changing to rain and spreading eastward during the day. Highs 40 to around 50.
Iowa state forecast
Winter weather advisory over west central iowa late this afternoon through midnight...
Weather drawing by Steven Croak of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter weather advisory south central this afternoon...
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm watch late tonight and thursday far southwest...
Drops of rain
Weather drawing by Lara Ammermann of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Snow advisory northeast today...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers this afternoon west. Highs in the upper 50s northeast to near 70 southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
Heavy snow warning and snow advisory today portions of north...
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm warning this afternoon into friday for parts of northwest and north central...
Brainerd Public Utilities Commission to meet Tuesday
The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at 1151 Highland Scenic Drive.
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