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.
At St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd, Palm Sunday Eucharist will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Dissident Lutherans form new association
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of dissidents in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met to form a new association for those who can't accept an accord that established full fellowship with the Episcopal Church.
Scholars still debate: Did Jesus really rise from the grave?
The Gospels teach it. Paul's epistles say it's essential. And Christianity has proclaimed it ever since:
Quality vs. quantity issue is based on flawed logic
QUESTION: I have very little time to spend with my children these days, but I make sure the hours we do get to spend together are meaningful. Do you agree that the quality of time you are with your kids is more important than the quantity?
Dying to self: The art of listening
Can you think of a time in which you felt a great sense of relief because someone listened to you?
Living Last Supper to be presented Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium
The Living Last Supper is becoming a Brainerd lakes area tradition during the Easter season.
Lakes area Catholics see diocesan bishop installed in Duluth
Lakes area Catholics are welcoming the eighth bishop of their diocese, who stepped into the spiritual office within the week.
Area church becomes Community of Christ
Effective today, the denomination formerly known as The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will celebrate its new denominational name, Community of Christ.
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.
Teachers' strike puts education on hold in Hawaii
HONOLULU -- A statewide public teachers' strike shut 180,000 children out of their classrooms Thursday and crippled the University of Hawaii's 10 campuses in the most far-reaching walkout ever in American education.
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.
Report: Fourth-graders read as well as eight years ago, but gaps widening between good and bad readers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average fourth grader's reading proficiency is about the same as eight years ago, test result show. The best readers are improving but children with reading problems are doing worse than ever.
Chain-smoking aunt burns up angry niece
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'Turn it down!' is battle cry for those sick of din
DEAR ABBY: Why do television and movie directors think they must fill every moment of a show with background music? I know many others feel as I do. I am particularly bothered when the wonderful nature shows have such loud background music that it's difficult to understand the commentary. What would be wrong with simply hearing the natural sounds of nature, like the sea or the forest?
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (U.S.DA) -- Thursday cattle: 350.
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.
Foot-and-mouth threatens traditional Dutch breeds
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Several rare breeds of cows, goats and sheep -- familiar from 16th century paintings by Dutch masters -- are threatened with extinction by the foot-and-mouth epidemic that has struck the Netherlands.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 245, a year ago 267.
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).
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Popcorn chicken, tri-taters, corn, cinnamon tastery.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
THEFT -- Carrie Stoltman, 2000 block of Kermit Lane, reported the theft of her 1988 Oldsmobile Delta.
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.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
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.
By this time, everybody knows about the dangers of the par-3 12th hole, the centerpiece of Amen Corner. Tom Watson experienced its dark (and wet) side when he made a quadruple-bogey seven on his way to a 78.
Rookie DiMarco is the early Masters leader; Woods 5 back
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Well, so much for local knowledge. Augusta National is supposed to be the private playground of the ultimate insiders, where you can succeed only if you know every pine needle by name, every tree by its bark and every green by its bite.
Thursday - At Augusta National Golf Club
Greens aren't kind to Tiger on first day
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's quiet here.
Happenings at the Minnesota Capitol:
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 plans to proceed with fall trip to China
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura plans to proceed with a trade mission to China this fall despite a diplomatic standoff between the United States and the Communist nation, which is holding the crew of a Navy surveillance plane.
Ventura's comments rankle hunters
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is taking some hits from hunters and conservationists for comparing recreational hunting to "hunting man" in wartime.
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.
Bush administration backs away from ending mandatory school lunch salmonella tests
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Thursday backed away from a plan to end mandatory testing for illness-causing salmonella in hamburger served in school lunches, only hours after the proposed change became widely known.
House GOP leaders release broad spending targets
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans on Thursday released their overall spending targets that will help guide debate through the final stretch of the legislative session.
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.
Ventura supports legalizing marijuana for medical use
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Wednesday that he supports legalizing marijuana for medical use.
Senate budget vote sets stage for battle over Bush tax plan
WASHINGTON -- The Senate engaged in marathon voting on the floor and intense negotiations off as it neared passage Friday of a 2002 budget plan that is almost certain to undercut President's Bush's plans for $1.6 trillion in tax relief over 10 years.
Six drug companies to slash AIDS drug prices
UNITED NATIONS -- In preparation for the United Nations' biggest global campaign ever against a single disease, secretary-general Kofi Annan persuaded six major drug companies Thursday to cut further and faster the prices of AIDS treatments they supply to developing countries.
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.
Pea planting heralds a new spring
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- The weather may still feel wintry, with snow barely gone, but gardeners gladly ignore the wind chill factor to celebrate a first rite of spring -- planting peas.
One old shrub can make many new ones
Any shrub that forms suckers, which are new shoots that sprout directly from the roots, can be propagated by "division." Division is easy and quick because new plants already have shoots and some roots when they are separated from their mother plant.
Century 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. recently received the Gold Medallion Award and the Quality Service Award for its outstanding achievements in 2000.
Other safety tips in case of a home fire
Safety tips to help in the event of a home fire include:
Building deck stairs is a challenge
If you have plans to build a deck that will have more than one level or will be more than about 15 inches above the ground, you'll need stairs.
A fire sprinkler system is a set of water pipes connected to a normal water supply on one end and heat activated nozzles on the other.
Real estate Q & A
What is a CMA?
Home fire sprinkler systems may be wave of the future
MERRIFIELD -- Dark, choking smoke fills the bedroom hallway upstairs as a fire that began off the dining room gains momentum in the middle of the night.
Cornelian cherry shrub announces arrival of spring
Whoever first said "timing is everything" must have had the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) in mind.
Barnyard diseases endanger supply, and price, of leather furniture
WASHINGTON -- Consumers haven't yet connected the slaughter of cows in England with the buttery leather club chair they want for their family rooms. But soon they may.
Tate modern designers to receive Pritzker Architecture Prize
Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Swiss architects responsible for the widely acclaimed design of the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London, were named as this year's winners of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
There are four parts to better soundproofing
Planning on doing some soundproofing? Think more insulation is all you need? Think again.
Here's what to do if faucets screech and pipes hum when water is running
Q. Shirisha S. asks: I open any tap in my house and I hear a train-like noise. It also feels as if air is being sucked into the tap. When we use two taps, the noise disappears. Using two taps is not a permanent solution. So tell us what kind of problem we are facing and how to fix it.
Turn a shoe from a memorable event into a keepsake
When friends or family members celebrate special occasions, the perfect gift is some sort of keepsake that will remind them of you and of the event, be it a wedding, a winning soccer game, a birthday or a bowling trophy.
Wait for spring growth to check damage to broadleaf evergreens
Many broadleaf evergreens look awful after this year's winter, says Phil Normandy, of Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md.
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.
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.
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)
Mary Benson of north Brainerd has always firmly supported the causes she believes in, whether protesting the Vietnam War while in college or volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
Foundation grants awards in March
Community grants from the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation were awarded to three area projects.
Master Sgt. Steve Kindermann of the Stellar Brass, one of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies' two brass-percussion ensembles, performed a trumpet solo in "Ashokan Farewell" during the band's concert Thurs-day night at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd. Kindermann, who joined the Band of the Rockies in 1994, has been a featured soloist with the Stellar Brass. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Homes are benefiting from a fire safety option long considered for commercial buildings -- sprinkler systems. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Ready to retire
After 14 years at the helm of the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center, Harvey Caldwell is retiring. Sunday, Caldwell reflects on dramatic changes at the center during his tenure.
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.
Bad hair day?
Pequot Lakes Elementary School Principal Don Lenzen grimaced as Pequot Lakes American Legion member Dennis Misener clipped his hair during a student assembly Thursday.
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.
Two arrested for growing marijuana
CROSBY -- Law enforcement officials arrested two people and seized 262 marijuana plants after a search of a Wolford Township residence.
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.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Accepting the need for a new city fire hall, members of the city council's Building Committee concentrated on where it should be built.
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.
About 600 archers are expected to be in Brainerd this weekend for the Minnesota State Archery Association Indoor Championship.
Pillager charter school chair wants to appeal state decision
PILLAGER -- PEAKS Charter School Board Chair Mark Wolhart said Thursday he wants to appeal the state's decision that the Pillager school is not financially viable.
Deerwood man dies in collision
McGRATH -- A Deerwood man died Thursday after his car and a semi-truck collided on Highway 18, about two miles south of McGrath, the State Patrol reported.
Powell upbeat on China talks progress
WASHINGTON -- The 24 Americans being held by the Chinese military are in good health and good spirits, but no agreement has been reached on their release, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday.
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.
Lawsuit charges that 'The Sopranos' insults Italian-Americans
CHICAGO (AP) -- An Italian-American organization on Thursday sued the makers of the HBO television series "The Sopranos," charging the program wrongly portrays most of the ethnic group as mobsters.
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.
First family's former cat missing
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An orange-and-white tabby cat named Ernie who used to make his home with George W. Bush is missing from his new home in Los Angeles.
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.
Marines say Osprey flaw may have been known 18 months before crash
WASHINGTON -- The Marine Corps blamed a fatal crash of the V-22 Osprey on the aircraft's computer software and a flaw in the flight control system that it had been aware of for at least 18 months.
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.
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.
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.
GM issues urgent recall of new mid-size SUVs
General Motors Corp. announced an extraordinary recall Thursday of its new midsize sport-utility vehicles, asking owners to park their trucks and wait for them to be towed back to dealers to fix a potentially dangerous steering problem.
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.
Hillary says she won't run for president
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long been speculated as a possible presidential candidate, told The New York Post that she has ruled out running for the White House not just in 2004, but in 2008 and beyond.
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.
Gas price hike is forecast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This summer could bring another round of severe price spikes in gasoline because of tight supplies and higher prices for environmental additives, especially in the Midwest, the Energy Department said Friday.
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.
FBI director Freeh, deputies to take lie-detector test
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director Louis Freeh and his senior deputies will take lie-detector tests as part of stepped-up security procedures following the arrest of a veteran FBI agent charged with spying for Moscow over a period of 15 years.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Four U.S. embassies shut down
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. embassies in Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador and the U.S. consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador, were closed on Friday because of security concerns, a State Department official said Thursday night.
Jobless rise sends stocks plunging
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 4.3 percent in March, the highest level in 20 months, as businesses cut 86,000 jobs. The payroll reduction was the largest since the end of 1991.
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.
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.
7-footers deliver in the NBA
Leave it to the 7-footers to deliver in the NBA.
Indians' GM stepping down
CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Hart, who inherited a team that lost 105 games in 1991, announced that he will step down as Cleveland's general manager on Nov. 1 and be replaced by his assistant, Mark Shapiro.
Nomo throws no-hitter
BALTIMORE (AP) -- First, Hideo Nomo conquered Coors Field. Then he gave a command performance at the bandbox called Camden Yards.
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.
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.
STAPLES -- Mary Larson, 89, Staples, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Rose Janey, 91, Little Falls, died today, April 6, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
George M. Jensen
George M. Jensen, 97, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Robert W. Vogt
Robert W. Vogt, 73, Brainerd, formerly of Carrollton, Texas, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Gaynerd 'Gunner' H. Trahan
GARRISON -- Gaynerd "Gunner" H. Trahan, 77, Garrison, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at his home.
Helen L. Schoula
Helen Louise Schoula, 86, Brainerd, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Robert Vogt, 73, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
John E. Thorn
STAPLES -- John E. Thorn, 85, Staples, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Marion F. Wittenberg
Marion Francis Wittenberg, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
George W. Warburton
PEQUOT LAKES -- George William Warburton, 96, Pequot Lakes, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
MALMO -- Harland Pedersen, 79, Malmo, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
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.
Frank G. 'Stigway' Skinaway
ONAMIA -- Frank "Stigway" G. Skinaway, 88, Onamia, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
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.
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.
Freedom test - Dispatch Editorial
Conservative writer David Horowitz recently gave college newspapers across the country an unofficial freedom test, which many, including the Minnesota Daily at the University of Minnesota, failed.
More tower talk
In the guest column Tower Talk, the writer makes several incorrect statements that can be misleading.
None dare call it censorship
Remember when censorship was about banning a book or an idea? Today, the First Amendment covers even Larry Flynt's uncovered magazine.
In response to the front page article "Welfare Program Deadline," I thought I might offer a few words of advice to the many people trying to get off this program and to the general public.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
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.
If the tables were turned....
The midair collision of a U.S. Navy EP-3 spy plane and a Communist Chinese fighter -- plus the subsequent emergency landing of the EP-3 at a Chinese military
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.
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.
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.
ELF claims attempted arson attack on Albertville store
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The radical Earth Liberation Front has taken responsibility for the attempted arson at a Nike outlet store in Minnesota.
Hastings Middle School evacuated after faintings
HASTINGS (AP) -- Students and teachers were evacuated from the Hastings Middle School after some people fainted Friday morning.
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.
Police fear cousins fell into ditch
OLIVIA (AP) -- Authorities were searching Friday for two missing children who were feared to have fallen into a water-filled ditch.
Toddler's family celebrates his recovery
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A toddler who nearly froze to death after wandering from his home in subzero temperatures is recovering, and his parents have plans for him.
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.
Plan streamlines regulations for new power plants
ST. PAUL -- It would be quicker for power companies to build new plants and transmission lines based on a long-awaited energy reform bill unveiled in the Senate Thursday.
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.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors All-Sports Banquet is scheduled Monday, April 30, with seating beginning at 6:15 p.m. and dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.
Solinger runs to Pierz's only win
COLLEGEVILLE -- Zach Solinger's victory in the boys' 1600-meter run was the Pierz Pioneers' only win in the St. John's Prep indoor track and field meet Wednesday.
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.
Revenig revives chance to return to the majors
One of the best moves Brainerd High School graduate Todd Revenig may have made in his baseball career was to pitch in the Mexican Pacific League last winter. His performance may have revived his chance to return to the major leagues.
Track and Field
High School Softball
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 rally for win in the 10th
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers got spoiled by Todd Jones in 2000.
Basketball coaches look to punch up quarterfinal games
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Representatives of the boys' and girls' basketball state coaches association hope to meet with state high school league board members this month about changing the state tournament format.
Minnesota downs Portland
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have fewer big-name players than the Portland Trail Blazers -- and consecutive victories over them.
Regents make no promises to Vikings on stadium
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota regents steered clear Thursday of making any commitments to the Minnesota Vikings on an on-campus football stadium the two would share.
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.
Reports point to probe of alleged benefits to players
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota officials have questioned students and staff members about whether a former women's basketball player received benefits in violation of NCAA regulations, according to published reports.
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.
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.
'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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sally Sundberg's piano students participated in a spring recital March 24 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great River Strings choir rehearsals set
AITKIN -- The Great River Strings Ensemble will add a chorus for its next concert titled "Strings and Song."
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.
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory northeast and east central through 9 am...
State forecast for North Dakota
Flash flood watch east tonight and saturday...
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 50s northwest to near 70 south.
Weather drawing by Jake Johnson of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
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.
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch west tonight into saturday...
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.
Weather drawing by Joey Winch of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs from the mid 40s north to around 60 southwest.
The Weather Elsewhere
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.
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory this morning across portions of western and northern wisconsin...
State forecast for South Dakota
Winter storm watch tonight northern black hills...
Names and faces
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong is riding his Tour de France success to a considerable fortune.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former girlfriend of Keanu Reeves died when she lost control of her Jeep Cherokee, struck three parked cars and was tossed from the sport utility vehicle as it overturned.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
North-South: Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 81.5; Phyllis DeRosier and Ann Whalen, 78; Clif and LuVerne Johnson, 67; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 67. East-West: Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 69.5; Bruce Eastman and Bill Black, 65; and Dale and Helen Dickie, 62.
Japanese prime minister announces intention to resign
TOKYO (AP) -- Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori told his Cabinet on Friday that he would step down, signaling the end of one of Japan's most unpopular governments since the end of World War II.
Israeli rockets signal new stage in fighting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Signaling a new stage in fighting, Israel rocketed two Palestinian police stations Friday and knocked out power to thousands of homes after four Israeli communities were attacked by Palestinian mortar fire.
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.
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.
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