The following students were selected as Franklin Junior High School students of the month
Dear Heloise: I would like to share a tip my wife and I use whenever we frequent a fast-food place or restaurant.
Cute chicks and ducklings make foul pets for kids
DEAR ABBY: In years past, you have warned parents that it is inappropriate to give young fowl or baby animals to small children as Easter gifts. Not only are the children too young to properly care for them, but they pose a health risk.
Staples City Council
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a trash container fire reported at 12:54 a.m. Saturday at Washington Middle School.
THEFT -- Jennifer Caughey, 700 block of Norwood, reported Friday the theft of a laptop computer valued $1,500.
MASTERS NOTES: In Tiger's shadow
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Mark Calcavecchia began with a birdie Sunday to jump into a quick three-way tie for the early lead and made the t
The Tiger sweep
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Tiger Woods' final birdie putt dropped into the cup on the 18th green Sunday to win the Masters by two strokes over David Duval, a great wash of images and emotions swept through his mind.
Players debate the Grand Slam
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Let the protectors of golf's ancient traditions debate whether the term "Grand Slam" is appropriate for what Tiger Woods has accomplished.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- To my great-grandchildren:
THE KEY: 16 was a killer for them
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- As the ball flew sweetly off his 7-iron and headed toward the pin on the 16th green, David Duval thought he might have won the Masters.
Duval, Mickelson still waiting for major glory
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- They say history is written by the winners.
Mirroring presidential races, state campaigns get longer
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The long campaigns Americans associate with the presidential race are being mirrored in ever-lengthening state elections. And nowhere are the endurance races more evident than in New York.
House panel defeats tougher drunken driving threshold
ST. PAUL -- Already tripped up in the Senate, a bill to toughen the state's drunken driving standard lost a round Monday in the House.
Bush sees imminent damage to U.S.-Chinese relations
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Monday that "diplomacy takes time," but cautioned China that relations with the United States will suffer unless the 24 crew members of a U.S. spy plane are released soon.
Bush releases $1.96 trillion budget with spending curbs
WASHINGTON -- President Bush sent Congress on Monday the full details of his $1.96 trillion budget, promising to restrain what he considers the excessive growth of government spending by trimming a multitude of government programs, from energy conservation to putting police on the streets.
Former Brainerd summer resident, Herberger's president and CEO, dies
Robert J. Sullivan, a former president and chief executive officer of Herberger's and a former Brainerd area summer resident, died Saturday in Naples, Fla. He was 72.
The Brainerd Dispatch's Spring Sports Edition publishes Tuesday.
Bataan event is 6 p.m. today
The anniversary of the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, will be marked with a wreath-laying ceremony at 6 p.m. today at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.
Future of Pine River depot topic of debate
PINE RIVER -- Evaluating the historic significance of the railroad depot in Pine River may mean looking at the wider picture of state settlement.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) -- The opening of golf season at Brainerd Golf and Country Club has been delayed until April 15 due to condition of the greens.
Signs of spring
A young bald eagle took a bath Friday afternoon in a small marsh west of Walker while a pair of mallard ducks kept a watchful eye. (AP Photo)
Teen enjoys both hearing, deaf worlds
Blaire Herman is like most Brainerd teens -- she loves listening to music, talking with her friends on the phone and dancing.
Minnesotans battle rising rivers
The flood outlook for the Brainerd area is better than in the southern part of the state.
U.S. officials meet again with all 24 crew members
HAIKOU, China -- After a weekend of hardline rhetoric and growing U.S. impatience, two American diplomats met Monday with all 24 crew members of a downed U.S. spy plane.
Governor, bankrupt utility blame each other for power woes
LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Gray Davis and Pacific Gas & Electric executives traded acrimonious barbs -- but no solutions -- as the state's largest utility headed into bankruptcy court claiming $9 billion in debts.
Fruit of the Loom sues competitor
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fruit of the Loom is suing competitor Gildan Activewear Inc., accusing the Montreal company of stealing trade secrets to grab a competitive edge in the cutthroat apparel business.
Cornell to open medical school branch in Middle East
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cornell University plans to open a branch of its medical school in the wealthy Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, The New York Times reported Monday.
MIA officials search through wreckage of own team's helicopter
THANH TRACH, Vietnam -- American officials who normally excavate Vietnam War-era crash sites for clues about missing U.S. pilots searched instead Monday through the wreckage of a helicopter in which 16 members of their own team were killed.
Gas prices up 7 cents; demand up
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) -- Gas prices at the pump shot up 7 cents in the past two weeks, the first such rise since early January, an oil industry analyst said Sunday.
China-U.S. military exchange program threatened
WASHINGTON -- Just two weeks ago, a Chinese military band struck up as a U.S. guided missile cruiser paid a goodwill visit to Shanghai.
Jagr sits out, but wins scoring title
Jaromir Jagr sat out the Pittsburgh Penguins' final regular-season game, and barely held on to win his fourth straight scoring title.
Boston College beats North Dakota for title
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- With one wave of his stick, Krys Kolanos ended 52 years of frustration for Boston College.
Kings find teamwork pays off in the NBA
The Sacramento Kings figure teamwork can take them a long way in the NBA playoffs.
Final NHL standings
Pirates' slugger Willie Stargell dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, the thunderous home run hitter who carried the Pittsburgh Pirates into two World Series with his power and helped win them with his patriarchal leadership, died early Monday after a long illness. He was 61.
Weekend's major league linescores
AITKIN -- Henry Ruschmeier, 69, Aitkin, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at his home.
LAKE SHORE -- Gary Brown, 61, Lake Shore, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Dennis J. Andybur
KIMBERLY -- Dennis J. Andybur, 56, Kimberly, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at his home.
Ruth Gustafson, 93, Brainerd, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Elwin D. Ford
STAPLES -- Elwin Dale Ford, 89, Staples, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Laurence A. Nelson
WALKER -- Laurence A. Nelson, 83, Walker, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Woodrest Nursing Home in Walker.
Andrew G. Sammon
Andrew G. Sammon, 96, Brainerd, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
BAXTER -- Lois Stolski, 84, Baxter, formerly of Minneapolis, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
The following letters were written in Dave La Shomb's Brainerd High School American Government class.
U.S. is a bad place to be a fetus
Ours is a country in which you are ill-advised to be a fetus.
OTHER OPINIONS Keep them home
State senators and representatives are 13 weeks into this year's session. So far, 4,551 pieces of legislation have been formally proposed. Gov. Ventura has signed 12 measures into law.
Jarrett seizes opportunity
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- With victory there for the taking and only five laps remaining, Dale Jarrett hated that Ricky Rudd was leading.
Bernstein wins Las Vegas race
LAS VEGAS -- Kenny Bernstein won for the 54th time of his career Sunday at the second annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt's wife seeks help in autopsy photo fight
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt's wife appealed again to keep her husband's autopsy photos private, fearing they will wind up on the Internet for everyone to see.
Castroneves posts narrow triumph
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- For nearly two hours, Helio Castroneves gritted his teeth, watched his rearview mirrors and was virtually perfect.
Elizabeth Drewlow, Wahpeton, N.D., strained to send a sandbag along a line of area volunteers building a dike Saturday along the Otter Tail River in Breckenridge. Construction crews, volunteers and 30 National Guardsmen worked in the rain to raise the dikes along the Red River and Otter Tail. (AP Photos)
St. Paul congregation could face censure for ordaining lesbian pastor
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The congregation of the St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church could face censure, suspension or expulsion from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America when it ordains longtime pastoral minister Anita Hill.
Search continues for missing boys
OLIVIA (AP) -- Authorities hoped to use a helicopter Sunday to search for two young boys who are believed to have fallen through the ice in Olivia Thursday evening.
Business owner convicted of beating man
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors say a business owner was motivated by hate in October when swung a piece of wood with two hands at the head of a Hispanic man who was speaking Spanish during his lunch break.
Northwest, union reach tentative pact
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines and its mechanics ended a 4 1/2-year stalemate Monday morning, reaching a tentative contract agreement after negotiations had resumed before the National Mediation Board.
Teen pulls boy from swift river
ROCHESTER (AP) -- A 4-year-old Rochester boy pulled from Bear Creek after he fell into the swift-moving water remained in critical condition Saturday morning at St. Marys Hospital.
Winona woman to be featured in national Subway commercial
WINONA (AP) -- A Winona woman will get national exposure in a new Subway Sandwich commercial starting in May.
Minneapolis agrees to pay family $330,000 in police beating case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $330,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a 16-year-old suspected car thief who claimed he was beaten by police.
Homeless man sentenced in killing
MOORHEAD (AP) -- A 43-year-old homeless man has pleaded guilty to killing another homeless man with a rock in Dilworth and been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
People rally for deeper cuts in state taxes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- More than 1,500 people gathered on the steps of the Capitol on Saturday to hear speakers make the case for more and deeper cuts in state taxes.
Radio guide -- WYRQ-FM (92.1), KFML-FM (94.1), KKIN-FM (94.3), KTCF-FM (101.5), KTIG-FM (102.7), WCCO-AM (830), KWAD-AM (920), KKIN-AM (930), KTLF-AM (960), 3WI-AM (1270), KVBR-AM (1340), KLIZ-AM (1380), KLLZ-AM (1600)
Ex-player questioned in women's basketball probe
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A former University of Minnesota basketball player said she was questioned by university officials last month about teammate Natea Motley and coach Cheryl Littlejohn, who is on paid leave while the school investigates possible NCAA rules violations.
Royals bombard Twins in Sunday slugfest
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Although he wasn't quite the Mike Sweeney who hit .333 and drove in 144 runs last year, neither was he the Mike Sweeney who started the season 1-for-19.
Minnetonka youth hockey group to build $6 million rink
MINNETONKA (AP) -- Minnetonka's youth hockey association plans to build a privately funded hockey arena and training facility for an eye-popping $6 million.
Wild finish year with 4-2 defeat
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's final game mirrored its inaugural season -- hard-fought, close and just short of victory.
Canadians edge USA
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Canada has made a habit of winning world titles in women's hockey.
Lakers beat Wolves with 4th-quarter run
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Could the Los Angeles Lakers actually be a better team without Kobe Bryant? Probably not, but it's hard to argue with the results.
Twins open at home after good first week
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Solid pitching, sound defense and just enough hitting to get by on.
Rain, rain, go away
Weather drawing by Megan Griggs in the Baxter School fourth-grade class of Mr. Trucano.
Iowa state forecast
This morning...Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms south...Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy. This afternoon...A chance of showers and thunderstorms east...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s northwest to middle 70s far southeast.
Minnesota state forecast.
Today...Mostly cloudy north with a chance of light rain and snow. Variable cloudiness south with a chance of showers and thunderstorms far southeast. Highs from around 40 north to the middle 50s southeast.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy to cloudy. Chance of showers west and north. Isolated showers in the morning southeast. Highs in the 40s and 50s.
State forecast for north dakota
This afternoon...Snow far north central along the canadian border...With 1 to 3 inches accumulation possible. Cloudy with scattered rain or snow showers elsewhere. Highs from the mid 30s north central to around 45 southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Rain ending southeast...Otherwise mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the 40s north and east to the lower 60s southwest.
Names and faces
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Oscar-winning director Ang Lee is supporting efforts to preserve barracks on an island in the San Francisco Bay where thousands of Asian immigrants arrived in the United States in the early 1900s.
Toledo wins Peru presidential first round but faces runoff
LIMA, Peru -- Alejandro Toledo finished first in Peru's presidential election, but the U.S.-trained economist and self-styled "Indian with a cause" failed to gain a majority needed to avoid a runoff, according to preliminary results.
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