Auto manufacturers report better-than-expected sales
DETROIT -- Aided by aggressive sales incentives, auto manufacturers reported better-than-expected sales in March, providing evidence that there is still strong consumer demand for cars and trucks despite the slowing U.S. economy.
Land Rover Discovery: A big room that moves
Don't think of the 2001 Land Rover Discovery Series II as just a sport utility vehicle. Think of it as a mobile room with skylights and big windows.
Sunshiny hues appear on the horizon for autos as well as fashion
If you're old enough to remember the film "The Yellow Rolls-Royce" and the lyrics to Donovan's "Mellow Yellow," then you probably also recall a time when yellow cars were common on America's streets.
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe: A big-small, car-truck compromise
The 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe is a motorized peace treaty.
National survey: Parental control over education desired
Results of a national survey about education point to a majority of opinion in favor of parental control instead of government decision makers.
Doud speaks on CNN about American education system
For years Guy Doud has talked about challenges the American education system faces. Tuesday morning, a worldwide audience was listening.
A handful of hints
Dear Heloise: Here are some of my favorite hints:
Chain-smoking aunt burns up angry niece
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Children plan to be no-shows at widow's anniversary party
DEAR ABBY: My father passed away five years ago. In May, my parents would have been married for 50 years.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 245, a year ago 267.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 346, a year ago 202.
Compared to Monday, slaughter steers and heifers 1.00 higher. Holstein steers 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter cows steady to 2.00 higher. Bulls steady. Near 50 feeders expected for the auction.
Compared to Monday, slaughter steers and heifers 1.00 higher. Holstein steers 1.00 to 2.00 higher. Slaughter cows steady to 2.00 higher. Bulls steady. Near 50 feeders expected for the auction.
Easter eggs dyed au naturel boast soft, subtle hues
Michael Chiarello, founding chef and partner of Tra Vigne restaurant, in California's Napa Valley, comes from a big southern Italian family, where growing, preparing and enjoying food was at the center of everything, especially at Easter.
Make Easter a special occasion with panettone
This Easter panettone, a variation of the traditional Italian braided loaf, is flavored with citron, raisins, pine nuts and anise seeds and citron.
Serve potatoes as main meal or side dish
We really like potatoes at our house. Sometimes I serve them as a side dish and sometimes as the main meal topped with cheese and meat and served with a tossed salad.
Heat up your ham in a hurry and make quick glazes
Here is the low-down on warming a ham, plus ideas for glazes in a hurry, from the new cookbook "Family Circle Quick & Easy Recipes: More Than 300 Tasty, Easy-to-Make Recipes Plus 75 Photos" (Broadway, $24.95).
THEFT -- Gary Johnson, rural Little Falls, reported his 1986 Chevy Blazer stolen at about 6 p.m. Wednesday from Sport and Print, located on the 100 block of First Avenue Southeast in Little Falls.
Chad E. Lincowski, 28, and Aimee C. Grembowski, 24, both of Brainerd.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Norman tries again for Masters title
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- In one of those Augusta National moments, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus, two guys with 61 Masters appearances between them, teed off together for a practice round.
Masters begins with ceremonial start
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Byron Nelson teed off for the last time at the Masters Thursday, joining with Sam Snead for the ceremonial start at Augusta National.
Bad times lead to bad business as Masters resale market crumbles
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Bubba Carter stood on a sidewalk outside a convenience store near Augusta National Golf Club, his mood worsening as a cold rain started to fall. Scanning the street for customers, all he saw were clusters of fellow scalpers.
Senate Democrats push to shrink tax cut
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats continued their drive Wednesday to shrink President Bush's cherished $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax cut proposal with efforts to shift some of the money to farmers, schools and other popular programs.
DNR funding bill resurfaces at Legislature
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Broad support for a bill allowing voters to decide if the state should dedicate more money for the outdoors didn't stop the Department of Natural Resources commissioner from offering his own list of suggestions Tuesday.
Senate GOP hoping to revive Bush's $1.6 trillion tax cut
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Republicans say they are intent on restoring President Bush's proposed $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax cut to near its original size, now that the heart of his economic blueprint has suffered its first bruises.
Panel rejects abortion waiting period; battle isn't over yet
ST. PAUL -- While the victory may be short-lived, opponents of a bill creating 24-hour waiting periods for abortions watched a Senate committee reject the measure on a 7-4 vote Wednesday.
Greenspan sees 'great tragedy' if trade protection takes hold
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, declaring anti-globalization protesters "wrong-headed," said Wednesday the United States must resist calls for erecting protectionist trade barriers.
Bills would change child support system
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state would enlist all of Minnesota's financial institutions to collect overdue child support payments under bills heading through the Legislature this week.
Ventura supports legalizing marijuana for medical use
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Wednesday that he supports legalizing marijuana for medical use.
House committee advances bill to make pet killing a felony
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A person who kills or tortures pets, companion animals or service animals such as seeing-eye dogs would be subject to felony charges under a bill a House committee advanced Tuesday.
Study backs cholesterol drug's heart value
Doctors have not traditionally prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in the critical hours after severe chest pain, but a study to be released Wednesday showed that such medications spared patients from additional cardiac complications, and even death.
Researchers discover gene related to anorexia
Researchers have found that one form of a gene involved in controlling appetite is more frequent among anorexics, a discovery that suggests disruptions of the brain's system for governing food intake contribute to eating disorders.
New drug shows remarkable response in cancer patients
WASHINGTON -- An experimental pill has produced remarkable responses with few side effects in patients with a type of leukemia, and researchers say the drug offers a model for developing treatments that can kill cancer cells without poisoning normal ones.
Cass employees to be surveyed on proposed insurance changes
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday authorized County Administrator Robert Yochum to survey employees about whether they would be interested in switching to a "cafeteria" insurance plan.
Special Olympics athletic team forms
The Brainerd Area Lakers is a newly organized Special Olympics adult-based athletic team.
Earth-moving contractors meet prospective employees
STAPLES -- Representatives from eight of the state's major earth-moving contractors met with prospective employees Thursday at the first Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance Job Fair.
Cass County volunteer drivers recognized
April 22-28 is designated as Volunteer Recognition Week.
Champions determined in Pierz basketball tournament
PIERZ -- Winners were determined in the third annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday.
Displaced Homemaker Program workshops set
The Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Program is conducting a series of progressive career and personal skills development workshops in Brainerd.
CLC Criminal Justice team wins awards
Three members of the Central Lakes College chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association have captured national awards.
PILLAGER -- Pillager students in teacher Karl Kaufmann's Forest Management Program witnessed firsthand the benefits of sound timber management at a timber sale last month that netted Pillager School $18,000.
Retreat for women scheduled in Little Falls
Mother's Day can be a time of sadness for women who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, still-birth, giving a child up for adoption or the death of a child no matter what age.
CLC students pioneers in industry partnership
STAPLES -- They're halfway home.
Leech Lake Tribal Council, Cass County Board assess effectiveness of programs to help children
WALKER -- Is anything the Leech Lake Reservation or Cass County has done to help children kept more of them in their own homes and cut county out-of-home placement costs?
Cass approves continued treatment for gravel roads
WALKER -- Cass County Engineer David Enblom obtained Cass County Board approval Tuesday to continue calcium chloride treatment on 37 gravel roads throughout the county and to make improvements to 27 more roads.
DNR targets rough fish hurt by a tough winter
NEW ULM (AP) -- The odor of rotting fish on lakes and ponds around Minnesota this spring might be the smell of success.
Region 4 boxing champions advance to tournament
The Region 4 champions from the Golden Gloves Boxoff in Wadena on March 24 advance to Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament at the Medina Ballroom.
Car, photo supplies donated to Central Lakes College
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, reported the following donations made to career education programs at the community and technical school:
Abandoned puppy an inspiration to Brainerd fifth-grader
Dan Cruser, high school counselor at Crosby-Ironton High School, was cross country skiing alone in the woods near the Crosby mines about a month ago when he heard a strange sound.
Dowson to represent Cass on emergency board
WALKER -- The Cass County Board named Commissioner Jim Dowson to represent the board at an emergency services management meeting April 12 in Little Falls.
Colleges to train lead workers at Clow Stamping
Central Lakes College received a grant of $7,250 from the Initiative Foundation to train lead workers at Clow Stamping, Merrifield.
Taxable land main topic for Leech Lake Tribal Council, Cass board
WALKER -- The Cass County Board and Leech Lake Tribal Council took another step Friday toward trying to reach ways to work together on issues to benefit their constituents.
Application forms, maps to be available on Internet
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to allocate $30,000 to set up a county Web site, making county application forms and county maps available to the public on the Internet.
Cass gets update on remodeling projects
WALKER -- Eric Linner, Wold Architects and Engineers, told the Cass County Board on Tuesday the county social services building addition is two-thirds complete in the concrete framing and roofing stage.
Cass satellite veterans services offices to close
WALKER -- Cass County satellite veterans services offices will close indefinitely. The main office in Walker will remain open five days a week.
Cass to hear comments on feedlot ordinance
WALKER -- Public comment will be received at an 11 a.m. April 17 second reading of a proposed Cass County Feedlot Ordinance at the courthouse in Walker.
Airport fears faulty wind velocity data
Concerns over false wind velocity data at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport have led several area officials to lobby the Legislature for funds.
More allegations against charter schools surface
ST. PAUL -- Another charter school's finances came under attack Wednesday after documents surfaced showing its board used public money for cars, a $158,000 condominium and a Greece trip involving a single student.
Dog poisonings reported in Long Lake Township
Incidents of dogs being poisoned -- in some cases fatally -- from strychnine poisoning are being reported from a neighborhood in Long Lake Township, it was learned today.
70 years of wedded bliss
Jim and Vesta Murrow will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary April 17. In the fall of 1930, the postmaster in Vesta's hometown of Redfield, Iowa, told Jim he should meet the young telephone operator.
Homes are benefiting from a fire safety option long considered for commercial buildings -- sprinkler systems. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
PL to try again on school referendum
PEQUOT LAKES -- Pequot Lakes School District residents will head to the polls once again this spring.
One of the most successful country bands of the 1990s will perform this month in Bemidji. Look for the story Thursday in Tempo.
The eighth annual Living with Grief teleconference will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 18 in Room 1 in the lower level of the Crow Wing County Service Building at 322 Laurel St. in Brainerd.
School district working on plan to keep ECFE program at east mall
A more appealing proposal to keep the Brainerd School District's Early Childhood Family Education program at the East Brainerd Mall may be possible, school officials learned Wednesday.
Dowson added to new Cass panel on natural resources
WALKER -- Cass County Commissioner Jim Dowson will join a variety of citizen representatives on the newly forming Cass County Natural Resource Advisory Committee.
Foundation grants awards in March
Community grants from the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation were awarded to three area projects.
A Brainerd firefighter bled the fire hose lines Monday night after firefighters extinguished a cooking grease fire in the duct work at the Great Wall Restaurant. The fire, which happened at about 8 p.m. at the restaurant on the 700 block of Laurel Street, drew a large crowd of on-lookers but firefighters had it under control before any serious damage was done. About $5,000 in damages were reported. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
HART schedules walkathon
The fifth annual Pet and People Walk-a-thon, an event for Heartland Animal Rescue Team, will be Saturday, May 5, in celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week.
Three fourth-graders at Whittier Elementary School in Brainerd didn't think twice about helping James Elliott, a classmate who lost his house to fire.
Re-enactment stirs Bataan memories
Walt Straka wakes up in his north Brainerd home and thanks God every morning when he sees his own bedroom rather than the wood two-by-four ceilings he remembers from a Japanese POW camp.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - There is a campaign for funds going on right now that deserves the support of every business and professional man and woman in our area. The drive is called Outreach 81 and its sole purpose is to raise money so that the fine attributes of this general area can be advertised.
Baxter adds two tracts along Highway 371
BAXTER -- Two ordinances for annexation were adopted by the Baxter City Council Tuesday as parts of the Highway 371 Frontage Road Project.
Pop tab donation
Glenn Brown (left), Worthy Patron; Faye Brown, Worthy Matron; Dorothy Carlson, chairperson of the pop tab project of the Alpha Chapter #23, Order of the Eastern Star; Jane Patrick, McDonald's public relations; and Heather Eggert, McDonald's assistant manager, poured some of the 525 quarts of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House into a container Wednesday at the McDonald's in west Brainerd.
Bid awarded for Nisswa library
The Brainerd School Board awarded a bid Wednesday to M.G. Carlson Construction in Baxter for an estimated $700,000 for the Nisswa library project.
Baxter goes ahead with industrial park addition
BAXTER -- By the end of the year, businesses should be able to begin filling Phase III of Baxter's Industrial Park.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - The election of officers for the Downtown Brainerd Businessmen's Council was held recently. They are: Don Nyberg, Tom Larson, Lorri Hoff, Margaret Larson and Ray Burnett.
Cass assessor fears added tax burden will hit homesteads
WALKER -- State legislative actions this year could shift a lot of the property tax burden from seasonal properties to homesteaded ones, said Cass County Assessor Steve Kuha.
Ballot review favors Bush
MIAMI (AP) -- George W. Bush's narrow margin of victory in Florida would have as much as tripled had the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a hand recount of the undervotes to be completed, a newspaper review of the ballots concluded.
Texas gives inmates access to DNA testing
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law giving convicts in the nation's No. 1 death penalty state access to state-paid DNA testing that could exonerate them.
MIAMI (AP) -- During his trial for stalking tennis star Martina Hingis, Dubravko Rajcevic testified that she communicated with him through his television.
China releases few details about pilot
BEIJING, April 5 -- His name is Wang Wei. He has been called an "outstanding pilot" in the Chinese air force. And most likely, he is dead.
Mad-cow little risk to travelers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Travelers to Europe are at little risk of catching mad-cow disease, given the precautions that have been put in place and the relatively few illnesses reported, U.S. health experts said Wednesday.
Explorers immersed in Earhart
Three miles under the Pacific Ocean, in a darkness so absolute that many species of fish have no eyes, a deep-sea exploration company hopes to find the plane that disappeared in 1937 with legendary aviator Amelia Earhart aboard.
Iowa community college expects tuition hike
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) -- Tuition at Iowa Western Community College, where students currently pay $78 per credit hour, could increase by as much as 20 percent next year, said Dan Kinney, the school's president.
No more napalm
FALLBROOK, Calif. -- The Navy bid farewell Wednesday to the last napalm stockpile in the United States, a Vietnam-era relic that had become a headache for the military and a painful reminder for the nation.
Spy plane latest point of strain between U.S., China
HAIKOU, China -- When the U.S. Navy's spy plane, damaged by its collision with a Chinese fighter jet, lumbered onto the runway of a Chinese air base Sunday, it also landed in the middle of already tense relations between the world's dominant power and Asia's rising power.
Pilots cite design flaw in Osprey crash
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- The crash of a V-22 Osprey aircraft that killed four Marines here in December was caused by a design flaw that had been known for months but went largely uncorrected, according to pilots who participated in an official investigation of the accident.
United Airlines flight attendants threaten random strikes
CHICAGO (AP) -- United flight attendants have voted overwhelmingly to authorize random, unannounced strikes if the airline's purchase of US Airways goes through.
Boy uses belt to stem bleeding when train cuts off his leg
ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A boy whose leg was severed by a train used his belt as a tourniquet to save himself from bleeding to death -- a skill he learned from his mother when she was studying to be a nurse.
Dan Rather spoke at Democratic Party fundraiser
Dan Rather, the longest-serving and most outspoken of the major network news anchors, recently served as the star attraction at a Democratic Party fundraiser.
Sources: U.S. spy plane banked sharply before collision
BEIJING -- The midair collision that touched off a crisis between China and the United States occurred after a Chinese F-8 interceptor started to fly directly below a U.S. surveillance plane and the American aircraft executed a banking maneuver off to the left, Western sources said Wednesday.
Mineta says higher peak travel prices could reduce delays
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Charging airline passengers or motorists more to travel at peak times could reduce congestion, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta told a congressional committee Wednesday.
Postal Service needs overhaul to avoid cutbacks, postmaster says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Postal Service needs a major overhaul to avoid threats to the universal mail service Americans expect, Postmaster General William Henderson said Wednesday.
Chinese appear to be on shaky legal ground, experts say
WASHINGTON -- Chinese officials appear to have no legal basis for detaining crew members or seizing electronic equipment on the U.S. spy plane that landed in southern China after a midair collision, several American experts in international law said Tuesday.
Jobless claims jump to highest level since 1998
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for state unemployment insurance jumped last week to their highest level since 1998, suggesting that employers' appetite for workers has waned.
Are stocks worth so little? The bear market says so
NEW YORK -- As stock prices keep plunging, there's a nagging question on Wall Street: Are companies really worth so much less than they were a year ago?
WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would repeal the estate tax but take two years longer to do so than President Bush had sought.
Search suspended for sunken fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The search for a fishing vessel that sank without warning with 15 crew members aboard has been suspended, the Coast Guard said Thursday.
Delta flight returns to U.S. after Russian controllers turn it away
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Delta Air Lines flight en route to Japan was forced back to the United States on Thursday after Russian air traffic controllers said it didn't have permission to fly through their air space, an airline spokesman said.
Welfare caseloads begin to rise in some states
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans on welfare has begun to rise in about a dozen states and has stopped falling in most others, forcing policy-makers and politicians alike to rethink their approach to aiding the poor.
Trucker found guilty in deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants
LONDON (AP) -- A Dutch driver was convicted of manslaughter Thursday and sentenced to 14 years in jail for the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants whose slow suffocation in the back of a tomato truck cast horrifying light on the international trafficking of human beings.
Spy plane's crew did right thing by landing, experts say
WASHINGTON -- Amid fears that Beijing could reap an intelligence windfall from the U.S. spy plane being held on China's Hainan island, the first murmurs of doubt began circulating in Washington and beyond Wednesday about whether the Navy crew did enough to keep its sensitive equipment from falling into the wrong hands.
China standoff may be easing
WASHINGTON -- The standoff with China over a downed reconnaissance plane showed signs of easing Thursday. China's ambassador called at the State Department and the White House said "we have reached a diplomatic point where matters are heavily engaged."
U.S. refuses to apologize to China for air collision
WASHINGTON -- The United States on Wednesday refused to apologize to China for an incident in which a U.S. spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet.
Average salary breaks $2 million for first time
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball broke a big barrier on opening day, with the average salary pushing past $2 million for the first time.
Nomo throws no-hitter
BALTIMORE (AP) -- First, Hideo Nomo conquered Coors Field. Then he gave a command performance at the bandbox called Camden Yards.
Cleanup and questions follow riot
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- With the burned-out vehicles cleared away and smashed windows boarded up Tuesday, police tried to sort out the riot involving University of Arizona basketball fans.
Michigan State looks for national title
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Tom Izzo couldn't lead Michigan State to another basketball championship. Now, it's Spartans hockey coach Ron Mason's turn to take a shot.
Duke victory masks changes in college basketball
MINNEAPOLIS -- Great season, huh? That's the kind of judgment one offers in the glow of a riveting championship game, such as the one played Monday night. It was the kind of game that puts the gloss on a sport's imperfections and lets everyone walk away feeling good. Duke vs. Arizona had a little of everything, from storylines to drama to superb play -- everything except a tied score in those final five minutes. One wonders how Duke would have responded had Arizona managed to pull even just once. But that's nitpicking. Give the Devils their due.
John E. Thorn
STAPLES -- John E. Thorn, 85, Staples, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
George W. Warburton
PEQUOT LAKES -- George William Warburton, 96, Pequot Lakes, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
ONAMIA -- Frank Skinaway, 89, Onamia, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Onamia Nursing Home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Jim Fox, 62, Little Falls, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Helen L. Schoula
Helen Louise Schoula, 86, Brainerd, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
GARRISON -- Thelma Tigue, 92, Garrison, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Mabel V. Isle Wolfgram
DEERWOOD -- Mabel Viola Isle Wolfgram, 95, Deerwood, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
STAPLES -- John Thorn, 85, Staples, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Wallace 'Wally' Newman
BREEZY POINT -- Wallace "Wally" Newman, 74, Breezy Point, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at home.
James 'Jim' M. Fox
LITTLE FALLS -- James "Jim" M. Fox, 62, LIttle Falls, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls of cancer.
Robert Vogt, 73, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Beatrice M. Scharf
Beatrice M. Scharf, 82, Brainerd, formerly of Coleraine, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in Brainerd.
Milosevic must face all his crimes
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
WASHINGTON -- It is rare that a major piece of legislation passes in Congress with as much uncertainty about its effects as the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill. There are as many opinions about its consequences as there are observers of the debate that has just finished.
Aristotle (384-322 BC), a mentor to Alexander the Great, and who studied with Plato, who in turn was a student of Socrates, reasoned from facts that he could test.
A man and his hat
I have a favorite photo of myself as a child that was taken when I was 5 or 6. It's my birthday, and I'm wearing a brand-new cowboy suit complete with holsters and cap pistols for quick draws, some chaps, a vest, a bandanna and a 10-gallon hat. My expression is one of pure joy.
OTHER OPINIONS Tuition reciprocity
Tuition reciprocity leaves everyone who takes part in it better off as a result. Ten million dollars is real money. So real, that some Minnesota lawmakers are wondering whether the tuition reciprocity system is worth that price. Here's hoping they go where the evidence leads them: to the fact that the system is worth just about every dime.
More tower talk
In the guest column Tower Talk, the writer makes several incorrect statements that can be misleading.
I have never been as offended by anything in a newspaper as I was by the Mike Peters political cartoon which ran on Monday, April 2 depicting the children of people who own guns as killers. With one swipe Mr. Peters, and by publication, this paper, has managed to malign, slander and defame a large portion of your readers.
TIF talk - Dispatch Editorial
Tax-increment financing. It's either the greatest thing since cell phones or an evil form of corporate welfare, depending upon whom you ask.
Veteran driver Marcis missing in action this season
Dave Marcis, the last of the independent drivers, has a unique presence in the NASCAR garage, with his no-frills cap slightly askew and his trademark wingtip shoes adorning his feet.
2001 NASCAR Winston Cup
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule (winners in parentheses) and driver point standings:
Little E grows up fast
The maturing process for Dale Earnhardt Jr. accelerated rapidly with the death of his father in the Daytona 500.
Construction expected to tie up roads across state
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesotans are headed for a heavy summer road construction season as state transportation officials try to take care of long-delayed projects.
Board pardons three, turns down two requests
ST. PAUL (AP) -- For only the second time, the Minnesota Board of Pardons Tuesday dealt with a misdemeanor conviction alone in pardoning a man hoping to become a police officer.
Call for extras goes out for Tim Allen movie being filmed in Twin Cities
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Filming of Tim Allen's corporate satire "Joe Somebody" started today in the Twin Cities, and filmmakers need extras.
Less rain may slow river's rise near Wahpeton
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) -- This area got less rainfall than expected, slowing the rise of the Red River, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
House panel considers Iron Range bills
ST. PAUL -- Laid-off steel workers on the Iron Range had the sympathy of a House committee, which on Monday considered several bills that would provide aid to the workers and make it easier to one day reopen the plants.
Underground shuttle opens at Twin Cities airport
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Travelers found a new way to get around at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday when the Metropolitan Airports Commission launched a new underground shuttle.
Mediation board calls Northwest, mechanics back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The National Mediation Board has called Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union back to Washington this weekend to assess the status of their contract negotiations.
Train derails in Grand Rapids, spills 2,300 gallons of diesel fuel
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A train derailment near here caused 2,300 gallons of diesel fuel to leak into the ground.
Amid protests, panel hears bill averting welfare cutoff
ST. PAUL -- A welfare plan in the works in the Legislature is either an effort to keep benefits flowing to those most in need or a move to divert money from the poor to the rich, based on testimony a House committee heard Wednesday.
Day care worker charged with sexual abuse of 4-year-old
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a day care worker with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for abusing a 4-year-old child at an Eden Prairie day care center.
W-DC softball team drops its opener
BRANDON -- Mikaela Schmitt was 3-for-4 but the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines lost their softball opener 11-4 to Brandon-Evansville Tuesday.
Local sports shorts
Several area players participated in the Minnesota state singles racquetball tournament at the Northwest Athletic Club in Brooklyn Center last weekend.
Track and Field
Bjorklund completes college basketball career at Cal Poly
Chris Bjorklund was recruited by Division I basketball universities like Minnesota and Colorado during his four years at Brainerd High School.
Local sports shorts
Randy Mertes of Brainerd won his 10th weightlifting title in the Minnesota State Championships March 31 at the East Side YMCA in St. Paul.
Track and Field
Brainerd High graduate gets taste of women's hockey final four as a trainer
As the crow flies, it isn't that far from Brainerd to Minneapolis. It's a much harder road when the trip involves earning a trip that gets you into the NCAA Women's Hockey Frozen Four national championship game with one of the participating teams.
U of M women's basketball program investigated
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn said she is not "a rule breaker" and will cooperate with an investigation of alleged NCAA rules violations in her program.
Minnesota downs Portland
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have fewer big-name players than the Portland Trail Blazers -- and consecutive victories over them.
Wild tie Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Fighting to secure a playoff berth, the Edmonton Oilers expected to get two points against the struggling Minnesota Wild.
Twins open with 3-2 victory
DETROIT (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers would surprise many if they finished above .500 this season.
Gophers must replace starters, coaches
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- To say there's no one returning to the Minnesota Gophers' defense would be only a slight exaggeration.
St. Cloud area artist Petheo to judge annual Spring Expos
St. Cloud area artist and educator Bela Petheo will be the judge for the Brainerd Area Art Club's eighth annual Spring Expos.
Motivational speaker and writer Bob Cushman will discuss his latest work, "Time Flies Whether You're Having Fun or Not," at a 6:30 p.m. book signing today at Bookin' It Bookstore in downtown Little Falls.
Great River Strings choir rehearsals set
AITKIN -- The Great River Strings Ensemble will add a chorus for its next concert titled "Strings and Song."
Inuit works on display
DEERWOOD -- "Inuit Images," an exhibit of prints by indigenous artists of Canada's Northwest Territory, opened last weekend at Ripple River Gallery in rural Deerwood.
Plan to skip Seagal's 'Exit Wounds' unless you enjoy trash talk, hokey fight scenes, lame characters
If you spend your nights soaking up the latest "world class wrestling" fare, then "Exit Wounds" is the movie for you.
ABC, CBS in dead heat in good ratings week for new shows
NEW YORK -- During a week of promising series debuts, ABC and CBS finished in a virtual dead heat in Nielsen Media Research's prime-time ratings race.
Kenny Rogers to help Grand Casino mark its 10th anniversary
ONAMIA -- Country superstar Kenny Rogers will help Grand Casino Mille Lacs usher in its 10th anniversary celebration with a pair of performances today.
Free military band concert
Stellar Brass, a spin-off ensemble of the Air Force Band of the Rockies, brings its rousing, patriotic musical performance to Brainerd today, with a 7 p.m. concert in Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School.
Visit spring babies at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley
Tourism events around the state of Minnesota this week, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
Guthrie selects French architect to design riverfront home
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Guthrie Theater announced Monday it has selected French architect Jean Nouvel to design its new riverfront home in Minneapolis.
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3 Doors Down is multiplatinum band
NEW YORK -- The members of 3 Doors Down barely had a chance to bask in the glow of their recent American Music Awards win before being reminded they haven't reached superstardom yet.
Folk singer Schmidt to give Nisswa concert
NISSWA -- Claudia Schmidt will bring her adventurous musical spirit to the Nisswa Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Capsule review of 'Along Came a Spider'
"Along Came a Spider" -- Little Miss Muffet herself had more plot, motive and character development than "Along Came a Spider," the latest adaptation
Aitkin students to stage 'The Boy Friend'
AITKIN -- Aitkin High School students will present the Broadway musial "The Boy Friend" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the high school auditorium.
Sell-out expected for high-flying country band's Bemidji concert
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji State University student organization has snared one of country's highest-flying acts for its annual spring music fling.
Sally Sundberg's piano students participated in a spring recital March 24 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter.
Entries sought for annual photo contest at CLC
"Crossing Paths" is the theme for the 34th annual photo contest scheduled for Central Lakes College on the Brainerd campus for April 30 to May 11, said contest coordinator Larry M. Kellerman.
'Harvey' to reappear on Pillager stage
PILLAGER -- Elwood P. Dowd's famous invisible rabbit, "Harvey," will reappear on the Pillager Performing Arts Area stage at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20 and 21 after a 27-year absence.
Music General dancers sweep at state contest
The Music General dancers competed at the 32nd annual Minnesota Dance Contest on Saturday and Sunday in Wayzata, taking 14 first-place awards.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):
'Spy Kids' grabs top slot at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Children across the country accepted missions to fill theaters over the weekend and sent "Spy Kids" to the top of the box-office charts.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
American tour includes stop May 1 in Minneapolis
NEW YORK -- When U2 began its American tour last month in Miami, it left the lemon behind.
A serpent surrounded by ice and snow in Crosby. -- Jodie Tweed
Easter bonnets on parade
Vi Fenton's Easter bonnet, which tied for second in the "Most Humorous" category, featured flower and vegetable seed packets.
Sculptors put beauty of figure-skating into metal
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Her body, covered by a windblown dress, stretches on one leg into a backward crescent. Her arms lift up and out. Her free leg curves.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 50s northwest to near 70 south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Areas of fog and drizzle...Mainly this morning. Scattered showers...With a chance of thunderstorms southwest. Highs in the 40s to mid 50s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Occasional showers and thunderstorms southeast. A lesser chance of showers elsewhere. Fog and drizzle west. Highs from 40 northwest to the middle 50s southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A chance of showers west. A chance of showers or thunderstorms southwest. Partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 40s northwest to near 60 south.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of showers north and west...Possibly mixed with snow in the extreme northwest. Highs from 40 northwest to the middle 50s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Winter weather advisory most of west and central this morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Areas of morning fog and drizzle east. Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers south. Highs in the 40s to lower 50s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs in the 50s to the lower 60s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs from the mid 40s north to around 60 southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
Weather drawing by Jake Johnson of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
Weather drawing by Nathan Eschenbacher of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Scattered showers...With a chance of thunderstorms south central. Highs in the 40s north and east to the 50s southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You'd think being married to Brad Pitt, and being a big celeb in her own right, that Jennifer Aniston's life would be fabulous.
Names and faces
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong is riding his Tour de France success to a considerable fortune.
Ex-Philippines leader charged with illegally amassing $82 million
MANILA, Philippines -- His presidential immunity stripped, Joseph Estrada was indicted Wednesday on charges alleging he amassed $82 million from kickbacks and payoffs in 2 1/2 years in office.
Palestinian security chief's convoy fired on after talks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops sprayed machine gun fire at cars carrying top Palestinian security officials as they returned early Thursday from talks with Israel on reducing friction after six months of bloodshed.
EU: Bush wrong on global warming
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union leaders on Wednesday said President Bush was "completely wrong" to pull out of a global warming agreement and held out hope the United States might yet get back on board.
Sudan military leaders killed in plane crash
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Sudan's deputy defense minister and 13 other high-ranking military officers were killed as their plane crashed on takeoff in southern Sudan on Wednesday, state television reported. A low-ranking soldier was also killed.
British indicate progress against foot-and-mouth
LONDON (AP) -- There have been signs of progress in stemming the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, making it less likely Britain will resort to a controversial vaccination program, Prime Minister Tony Blair's office said Wednesday.
Serbs rebuff Hague envoy
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- Serb authorities rebuffed a U.N. war crimes tribunal envoy's attempt to deliver an arrest warrant for Slobodan Milosevic, saying he needed to present it to federal authorities.
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