The Brainerd Junior High School speech team recently completed its tournament season. Heart of the Lakes conference awards were presented to the top speakers in each of the 13 Minnesota State High School League categories: Natasha Leyk, earned second in discussion; Kayla Wallin, second in serious prose; and Carmen Cummings, third in humorous interpretation. Other team members were Brad Folta, Sarah Jacobson, Vincenza Spagnuolo, Meghan Hagedon, Brittany Steinkraus, Danielle Knopik, Ashley Goedker, Amy Espersen, Kaiji Ollila, Amanda Wooden and Kayna Schindele.
English 101: California parents take English classes with kids
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- At first, Tomasa Galeana got strange looks from her classmates at Thomas Edison Elementary School.
Average teacher salary rose 31 percent in 1990s to $43,000
WASHINGTON -- Salaries for the nation's teachers just barely kept pace with living costs in the 1990s, rising 31 percent to about $43,000, the nation's largest teachers union said Monday.
Stepfather exiled from burial plot after discovery of abuse
DEAR ABBY: Our stepfather is still alive, but my family and I are trying to decide where to bury him when the time comes. When our mother died six years ago, we purchased two burial plots so they could be laid to rest next to each other. We even had a headstone engraved with both their names.
In search of better milk, farmers pamper herds with water beds
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. (AP) -- They say happy cows are more productive cows. Arie Jongeneel is hoping his herd of Holsteins, resplendent on their water beds, will bring forth a dairy deluge.
1. Call to order
Players will try to master changes at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- David Duval was bending over to fix his pitch mark Sunday on the 11th green when one of the members at Augusta National, Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles, called to him from the 12th tee.
Tewell on target
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- By his own admission, Doug Tewell doesn't have the stuff to be a superstar.
Lyla Billman of Merrifield is a bright-eyed, cheerful baby girl who shows no signs of the struggle for life she experienced before and after her birth nine months ago.
This was Brainerd
100 years ago (1902) - Henry I. Cohen, one of the leading merchants on Front Street has decided to add another line to his business in this city and next Monday will be ready with a first class stock of groceries.
The Heartland Animal Rescue Team will host its seventh annual "Hoofin' It for HART" pets and people walk-a-thon from 9:30 a.m. to noon May 4.
Blaine girl, Little Falls woman die in separate accidents
LITTLE FALLS -- Two people died in separate automobile accidents over the weekend in Morrison County, the State Patrol reported.
The Brainerd Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at t he Brainerd Public Library. The time and day were reported incorrectly in Sunday's edition.
Marcher had personal reason to participate in Bataan event
Garrett Trapnell, St. Paul, let his fellow marchers, numbering about 100, and passing motorists know one reason why he was participating Saturday in the fifth annual Bataan Memorial Death March south of Brainerd.
Tuesday's Dispatch will feature a Pequot Lakes meeting covering student drug use.
Powell goes to Mideast
AGADIR, Morocco (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, after meeting Monday with Morocco's moderate King Mohammed VI, demanded "a clear statement from Israel that they are beginning to withdraw" from Palestinian territories and "to do it now."
Gas up more than 8 cents
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) -- Gasoline prices, which have risen steadily since February, jumped more than 8 cents in the past two weeks.
Protesters gather to mark one-year anniversary since shooting triggered riots in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Chanting "No justice, no peace," hundreds of marchers denounced what they called an enduring racial divide in the year since the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
Amid turmoil back home, Palestinian girls stranded in U.S. after attending Oscars
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two Palestinian girls, one the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary, say they cannot return home from their trip to the Academy Awards because their refugee camp outside Bethlehem is under siege by the Israeli army.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Wall Street Journal is hyping its first major design change since World War II with a tongue-in-cheek campaign showing some approaches it won't be taking.
President's brother travels world promoting new business venture
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A decade after his ties to a failed savings and loan brought his family unwanted attention, Neil Bush is crisscrossing the globe promoting a company with a mission to transform the way children are taught.
Airline service continues to improve, annual report says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airlines' efforts to bring back passengers after the Sept. 11 attacks are being helped by more on-time arrivals, fewer bags being lost and fewer travelers being bumped, said a study released Monday.
Gusty wind threatens to further delay Atlantis' trip
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- With a leaky line repaired, NASA fueled space shuttle Atlantis again Monday even though stiff wind threatened to further delay the space station construction mission.
Six N.Y. priests asked to leave assignments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Six priests from the Archdiocese of New York have been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct and their names have been handed over to prosecutors, the latest developments in an ongoing church probe that also include new allegations of misconduct in California.
Wisconsin officials exceed goal for deer shoot in battle against disease
Wisconsin wildlife officials have exceeded their goal of shooting 500 deer to test them for a deadly brain disease, state officials said Sunday.
Shaq helps burn fading Heat
The Los Angeles Lakers were thrilled to have Shaquille O'Neal back. The Toronto Raptors don't seem to miss Vince Carter very much at all.
Score one for the red, white and blue
HOUSTON (AP) -- It might not be too long before Davis Cup veterans are asking Andy Roddick all the questions.
Martinez gets first win since May 30
The Curse of the Bambino is over, at least for Pedro Martinez.
Griffey injures knee He'll be sidelined up to six weeks
While Pat Burrell, Marcus Giles and Daryle Ward hit walkoff home runs, Ken Griffey Jr. hobbled off toward an uncertain future.
Leander 'Lee' D. Filsmyer
PINE RIVER -- Leander "Lee" D. Filsmyer, 68, Pine River, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at home.
Steven J. Turcotte
MERRIFIELD -- Steven J. Turcotte, 47, Merrifield, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, in Minnetonka.
Hubert 'Hub' Walther
LITTLE FALLS -- Hubert "Hub" Walther, 86, Little Falls, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
AITKIN -- Hermann Christiansen, 89, Aitkin, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Aicota Nursing Home where he had been living for several years.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Ann Weigel-Nieman, 53, Bismarck, N.D., died April 6, 2002.
Cleta E. Gere
PEQUOT LAKES -- Cleta E. Gere, 89, Pequot Lakes, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
PILLAGER -- Stanley Johnson, 79, Pillager, died Sunday, April 7, 2002, at St. Benedict's Care Center in St. Cloud.
Donna M. Baum
BURTRUM -- Donna M. Baum, 66, Burtrum, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at her home.
AITKIN -- Ethel Schwab, 88, Aitkin, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Arnold L. Bauer
LITTLE FALLS -- Arnold L. Bauer, 68, Little Falls, died today, April 8, 2002, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
PROCTOR -- Tina Dahly, 87, Proctor, formerly of Walker, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at her daughter's home near Proctor.
PINE RIVER -- Patricia Barsness, 67, Pine River, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
The House Democrats punted
WASHINGTON -- Some time after Congress comes back to work this week, the Democrats will have a chance to address the questions of taxes, spending and fiscal policy. The budget resolution reported out of committee by a party-line vote will probably not come to the Senate floor until the energy bill is finished. But when it does, the Democrats can have their say.
Potlatch -- More than paper
The other morning I heard a story about how a very uninformed person was saying things like "Potlatch employees are finally getting what they deserve, and now they know what it is like
At a time when many Minnesota school districts -- especially rural ones -- are facing tough budget decisions, it makes sense that schools will need to begin shifting the costs of extracurricular activities onto the students who participate and their families.
We all recognize that The Dispatch is a private enterprise and that its editorial board can publish whatever it pleases in the space for editorials. However, for The Dispatch to publish an excerpt from the Bible, complete with a religious icon in the space for editorials is ill advised.
Childhood vaccines in short supply throughout Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In Minnesota, parents, kids and health care providers are feeling the effects of one of the worst childhood vaccine shortages ever, experts say.
St. Cloud men drown in Leech
WALKER -- Two St. Cloud men drowned Saturday after the pickup truck they were in broke through the ice on Leech Lake.
Opponents lining up against sex-abuse reporting bill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Churches, schools and local governments are lining up against a proposal to extend the amount of time alleged victims of sexual abuse have to file a lawsuit.
Eveleth-Gilbert defeats Aitkin tennis team
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers' tennis team was defeated 6-1 Saturday by the Eveleth-Gilbert Bears in its season opener.
The week ahead
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Anderson, Pace, Kirzeder lead C-I meet
St. Cloud -- Sam Anderson of Crosby-Ironton and Laura Pace of Pillager each won three events, while Brian Kirzeder of C-I won two, in the Rangers' indoor meet Friday at St. Cloud State University.
Pine River grad keeps Wolves healthy
MINNEAPOLIS -- Who is the professional sports athletic trainer? Who are these behind-the-scenes heroes that keep our favorite athletes' bodies running smoothly?
Raiders 1-4 in softball games over weekend
WORTHINGTON -- The Central Lakes College Raiders softball team came away from its 600-plus mile, 10-hour weekend road trip with a disappointing one win in four games.
Police tally damage from postgame rowdiness
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police were tallying the damage from students who hurled beer bottles and rocks at police and broke windows after Minnesota won the NCAA hockey championship.
Hauser silences Gopher critics
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Adam Hauser heard the criticism throughout his four-year career, despite being Minnesota's all-time leader in most goaltending categories.
Maine 0 1 2 0 -- 3
Twins jump on Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins haven't forgotten former manager Tom Kelly's philosophy of getting to a pitcher early.
Minnesota's first NCAA title in 23 years didn't come easily
ST. PAUL -- A school with a rich hockey tradition like Minnesota will always attract the area's top talent. But that hadn't translated into a title for the Gophers since 1979.
Twins place Rivas and Buchanan on the 15-day DL
TORONTO (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins placed second baseman Luis Rivas and outfielder Brian Buchanan on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
Wolves dump Suns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- For the first time in weeks, the Minnesota Timberwolves were pleased with their play in the fourth quarter.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy skies in the west. Scattered light showers this morning...Lingering in the black hills this afternoon. Cloudy in the east with a few sprinkles or light showers...Then skies becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 50s...With mid 40s northeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Cloudy this morning...With flurries east. Clouds breaking to some sunshine this afternoon. Highs from the upper 30s northeast to the lower 50s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory this morning for north and west central wisconsin...
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory for central...Northeast and east central and iowa through 10 am...
Weather drawing by Katie Salfer in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
Minnesota state forecast
Dense fog advisory southeast through mid morning...
Conference for parents, child-care providers, set April 27 in Wadena
WADENA -- Parents and child-care providers are invited to "The Road to Reading and Writing," a mini-conference about children from birth to age 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Northwest Technical College, 405 Colfax Ave. S.W., Wadena.
Names and faces
PHOENIX (AP) -- Police are reviewing claims by an exotic dancer and her boyfriend that Mike Tyson assaulted them during a confrontation at a strip club.
Former guerrilla leader is front-runner in East Timor's first presidential vote
AILEU, East Timor (AP) -- On a soccer field in East Timor's central mountains, thousands came to hear Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao make his campaign pitch.
Colombian city fears more violence after bombings kill 12 and wound 60
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (AP) -- Mourning family members planned funerals for 12 people who were killed when bombs rocked a popular nightspot area over the weekend, as residents of this provincial capital worried the attacks heralded a bloodier phase in Colombia's civil war.
Sharon: Israel's offensive will continue despite U.S. demands
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israel's offensive in the West Bank will continue
Bomb explodes near Afghan defense minister's convoy, killing four
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A bomb exploded Monday near a convoy carrying Afghanistan's defense minister, killing four bystanders and injuring 16 others in what officials said was another attempt to destabilize the interim government.
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