Ungainly trucks a quick route to Winston Cup
A lot of NASCAR fans drive pickup trucks to the races. So it's no surprise that trucks are getting some of the drivers to the same events.
Ford Focus ZX5 leads hatchback comeback
Hatchbacks continue to make a comeback in this country. Just look at the new 2002 Ford Focus ZX5.
St. Francis, St. Mathias and St. Andrew's Council of Catholic Women are co-sponsoring a women's retreat Thursday. Sister Michelle Meyer and Sister Kay O'Neil will present "Life is Too Short Not To Have A Good Time: Esteeming Self and Affirming Others."
Former executive has change of heart
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Rip Riordan used to run a broadcasting company. As president and chief operating officer for Clear Channel Television Inc., he was responsible for 21 TV stations and 1,500 people. He had power and money and job security and stock options, all the things wannabe corporate executives dream about long before they can afford their first Italian suit.
Sometimes it is good to get back to basics, in the spiritual life as well as the physical. I would like to share with you some thoughts about who God the Father is, next week God the Son, the following God the Holy Spirit.
Lutheran pastor who served in Crosslake and Outing resigns after admitting sexual misconduct
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Lutheran minister in Wisconsin has resigned from the clergy after admitting to sexual misconduct.
Dalai Lama's personal choir on tour in North America
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Tibetan Buddhist monks stand over their just-completed artwork -- a gorgeous sand mural, painstakingly arranged color-by-color and grain-by-grain over three days.
Jesus is important in Islam, too, but he's not the Jesus of biblical Christianity
Many Christians might not realize it but Jesus is important for Muslims, too, as a messiah and leading prophet.
Metropolitan Theodosius to retire as head of Orthodox Church in America
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) -- Citing health problems, Metropolitan Theodosius, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, has announced plans to retire in July after leading the church for 25 years.
In the midst of turmoil, converts find new home in Roman Catholic Church
BOSTON (AP) -- Megan Denell's search for a spiritual home brought her to the doors of the Roman Catholic Church, where she found a strength of community like nothing she had experienced.
Ramstad seeks to save housing tax exemption for clergy people
WASHINGTON -- A Minnesota congressman is trying to limit the housing tax exemption for members of the clergy -- in an effort to save it.
Christian rock radio station aimed at youths to air from Pequot Lakes
The Network Minnesota Christian Broadcasters, Inc., is constructing a studio at its headquarters in Pequot Lakes to house Z100, the corporation's third station.
State college professors ratify contract
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Members of a union representing Minnesota State Colleges and Universities faculty have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract that includes controversial health benefits that have hung up other state union agreements.
Lifestyle changes can combat daughter's excess weight
QUESTION: My youngest daughter is on the verge of being overweight. I don't want to single her out or embarrass her, but I do want to help her deal with this now and not let it get out of control. What is the best way to deal with this when her siblings don't have the same problem?
DEAR READERS: I received a mountain of mail responding to "Karen in Virginia," whose twin sister resented her selecting a wedding date near her own:
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for 10 years and happily married for six. We live in a small town and have been restoring a 100-year-old Victorian home since our marriage; we've put a lot of our heart and soul into this house. We have terrific neighbors, and it is a beautiful neighborhood. We chose to live in this small town because my husband was previously married and has three children who live here with their mother. At the time, we thought it would be a good idea so he could remain close to the children. We get along well with them, see them often, and can attend their school and sporting activities.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 450.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 350.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 189, a year ago 297.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 146, a year ago 260.
Add great taste to barbecued pork with Asian-flavored sauce
This recipe for barbecued pork uses pork tenderloin glazed with an Asian-flavored sauce. It will be ready in under half an hour, plus five minutes' resting time.
Make the best of strawberry time
WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Don't waste a second of strawberry time. Keep these points in mind as you choose, store and eat your rosy fruit.
Heart-healthy tips for eating out offered
Following are heart-healthy tips for eating out from the American Heart Association:
Here's a tip to store frozen casseroles
Storing unbaked frozen casseroles for quick and easy meals is a real convenience, but I don't have that many casserole dishes that I don't need for other uses.
The Brainerd Street Department will begin street cleaning operations in the central business district Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
School lunch menus
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Davis takes lead
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It was only one day, one round, 18 holes, but if you wanted to
Snead recovering from stroke symptoms
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Sam Snead participated in his 62nd straight Masters on Thursday, hitting a ceremonial first tee shot that flew right into the gallery and broke a spectator's glasses.
Davis Love III 33-34 -- 67
Duval eyes elusive green jacket
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- David Duval might not win his first Masters. Chances are, though, he'll be in contention on Sunday.
Prep golfers pick colleges
The number of area high school golfers who are playing in college will increase by at least two next year.
Traditionally, Masters creates mixed emotions
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- And so, for the 66th time, the sports world gathers Thursday to ponder a question more enduring than an oak, more colorful than an azalea, more compelling than a long amen.
Thanks for the memories, King Arnie
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Even for the King, it was a moment he knew was inevitable.
Reaction to Palmer
"The golf course has just gotten a little too big for him." -- Tiger Woods
Expected to not, it's hard to say goodbye
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- We knew it was coming, but it hurts to say goodbye.
Researchers say a pill may someday replace sweaty workouts for the health conscious
WASHINGTON -- Pop a pill, get in shape.
Lawn mower tune-up tips offered
If, after mowing, you discovered later that what was once a green and beautiful lawn became a bright white patch of something else, read on. A dull lawn mower blade is the culprit.
Spring into cleaning: Here's how pros do it
Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the daffodils are blooming -- and the sun is shining on all your dust and dirt.
STAPLES -- The Living Legacy Garden Twilight workshop is set April 18 at Central Lakes College in Staples.
Simplify your plant feeding -- they don't need special food
Many gardeners buy special foods for their plants, but it's rarely necessary.
This sprinkler even looks pretty
Even if drought persists and watering is restricted in the warm months ahead, this copper butterfly sprinkler can sit there just looking pretty.
Shoreland Landscaping Workshop Series offered
The University of Minnesota Extension Service is offering a Shoreland Landscaping Workshop Series, which enables participants to design shoreland landscapes with environmentally sound practices. These practices can be applied to new developments or existing shoreland properties.
Balance out a big garage in Design K-13
A jutting, front-facing garage dominates the front of Design K-13. This type of garage design is the darling of many developers. It takes up less space and allows more homes to be built per acre. More homes equal more profits for developers.
Tips to make spring cleaning more efficient and effective
Here are some tips for making spring cleaning more efficient and effective from the professionals at Merry Maids, clutter consultant Michelle Passoff and organizational expert Georgene Lockwood.
New shrub roses have long blooming season
The varieties of new shrub roses available today, as well as old favorites, boast a long season of bloom with good flower shape and color -- as well as colorful rose hips in the fall.
Home is spacious and versatile
Spacious and versatile, this home, Plan K-13, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, offers many options to how you live. Its floor plan covers 2,193 square feet of living space.
Give a colorful new life to a piece of furniture
Besides providing an expressive outlet, paint projects are just downright fun. You can create gifts, try new techniques or add bright spots of pizazz to your home on furniture, glass, wood, found objects and fabrics.
Furniture pieces can be made to look like new again
They are water warped, sun dried and sometimes neglected, but quality furniture pieces can be given a new lease on life.
Check out Longaberger Co.'s handcrafted baskets this spring
A tisket a tasket, what's spring without a basket? Check out Longaberger Co.'s handcrafted wares this season. Baskets and pottery are popping up in summery pastels, deep jewel colors, floral patterns and patriotic themes.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - The Brainerd School Board made it official last night, voting 5-1 to close Garrison and Edison elementary schools at the end of the year.
Residents of Brainerd's northside are invited to a Northside Association meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Whittier School in Brainerd.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
The Brainerd Fire Department investigated what turned out to be a false alarm at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center today.
As a result of incorrect information received from the State Patrol, the death of a 3-year-old Blaine girl in a traffic accident was inaccurate in a Page 1A story Monday.
Resort staffs to have less visible international look
College students from throughout the world will soon be arriving in Brainerd to work at area resorts this summer, as they have done for years.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Wise Road zoning disputed
A proposed zoning change to allow business expansion on Wise Road is facing residential opposition.
The following recently were sentenced in Crow Wing District Court for misdemeanor underage consumption.
Samuelson named to conference committee
Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, said Wednesday he would keep a close eye on funding for the Northstar Corridor after he was appointed to the conference committee debating the capital investment or bonding bill.
PUC has 30 days to respond to city plan to use funds
The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will have 30 days to examine the impact of a city council plan to use $3 million in utility funds to pay for city space needs.
BHS grad has shot at winning $100,000 in computer contest
A 22-year-old Brainerd High School graduate has a shot to win $100,000 in a national computer programming contest.
Best Buy donated $10,000 to the Crow Wing County United Way as part of its recent grand opening.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
STAPLES -- A 9-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a car on Highway 10 Thursday in Staples.
15-year-old's death investigated
The Crow Wing County Coroner's Office reported today a 15-year-old rural Brainerd boy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A foggy walk to work
John Kruize walked across Excelsior Road in the fog this morning on his way to work at Mills Fleet Farm. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Horses in the mist
Horses, owned by Connie St. Sauver, were reflected in a pool of water along Lower Roy Lake Road in Nisswa this morning. Warm rain fell overnight, melting snow and creating fog. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
As good as new
Furniture restoration not only adds to a quality piece's value, it links family legacies in wood. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
This was Brainerd
60 years ago (1942) - Probably harder hit by the fall of Bataan than any other city of its size, Brainerd today became a listening post for word, any news at all, of the fate of the men in the Bataan action.
WALKER -- A southern Cass County man will serve 71 months prison for first-degree controlled substance crime (manufacturing methamphetamines).
Study: 10,000 people report they lost $18 million to Internet fraud
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Online scams cost nearly 10,000 Americans a total of $18 million last year, a report says.
FDA rules nicotine-spiked lollipops illegal
TUCKER, Ga. (AP) -- When customers came to pharmacist Jon Carr desperate for a way to quit smoking, he gave them lollipops spiked with nicotine -- a way to satisfy their cravings without the toxins of a cigarette.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are criticizing a House bill headed for passage that largely contains President Bush's pension reform plan, saying it would not prevent workers from losing their retirement savings in another Enron-style collapse.
Students in smaller schools less likely to engage in risky behavior, study says
Students who attend small schools are less likely than others to engage in risky behavior such as drug use, violence or early sexual activity, largely because they feel better connected to their teachers and one another, according to a new study released Thursday.
Prosecutor calls grand jury to probe diocese
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. -- Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Thursday he doesn't trust Catholic Church leaders who say they are rooting out priests who sexually abuse children.
Powell, Sharon meet
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon failed to reach agreement Friday on a timetable for withdrawing Israeli troops from Palestinian cities and towns.
Rare white thoroughbred foal born
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Barry Ezrine was thrilled when Patchen Beauty, a popular racehorse at Kentucky tracks, went into labor last week to deliver her first foal.
Despite crackdown, government struggles to keep pace with growing tax evasion problem
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three tax evaders who told their stories to the Senate represent only the tip of an iceberg of tax cheating that costs the government as much as $70 billion annually, officials estimate.
Boy, 14, arrested in rape, murder of psychologist, 52
BANDON, Ore. (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy was arrested on charges of murdering and sexually assaulting a 52-year-old psychologist whose body was found on a beach.
Members of bishops' committee accused of shielding molesters
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Two of the five Roman Catholic bishops on the committee developing the church's national response to the sex abuse crisis are accused in lawsuits of helping protect priests who molested children.
Police chief accused of arson in Lanesboro fire
PRESTON (AP) -- The police chief of Lanesboro was accused of arson Friday in a fire that destroyed three historic buildings in the scenic southeastern Minnesota city. Authorities said he apparently wanted to save and impress his ex-girlfriend, who lived in one of the buildings.
House OKs Enron-inspired pension bill
WASHINGTON -- A divided House on Thursday approved new rules designed to better protect the retirement savings of U.S. workers, the first Enron Corp.-inspired reform to pass since the collapse of the energy giant.
U.S. soldier in Germany convicted of murdering her two children by drowning them in bathtub
MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) -- A U.S. soldier accused of drowning two children in a bathtub was convicted of murder Thursday after a court-martial in which prosecutors said she committed the "evil act" to hurt a husband she suspected of being unfaithful.
Big jump in gasoline, energy costs send wholesale prices up 1 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) --Wholesale prices shot up 1 percent in March lifted by the biggest jump in gasoline costs in nearly three years.
Bush will ask Congress to OK treaty eliminating 'dirty dozen' chemicals
WASHINGTON -- President Bush plans to ask Congress to support a global treaty phasing out a dozen highly toxic chemicals but without a provision allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to add more pollutants to the elimination list, administration officials say.
Senate vote nearly unanimous in support of election reform
WASHINGTON -- A nearly unanimous Senate approved a landmark $3.5 billion bill Thursday that would require states to upgrade flawed and often-antiquated voting systems in response to the 2000 election debacle.
Despite U.S. opposition, world's first permanent war crimes tribunal to come into force on July 1
UNITED NATIONS -- Despite vehement U.S. opposition, the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal will come into force on July 1, after receiving more than the 60 needed ratifications Thursday from U.S. allies and nations around the globe.
Vaccine program mismanaged, experts say
WASHINGTON -- Six months after the worst germ attacks in U.S. history, the Pentagon is scrambling to develop a new generation of vaccines to protect troops and perhaps the American populace from biological weapons.
Newspaper execs urged to think past bottom line
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Newspapers could face extinction if executives do not stop focusing on profits at the expense of journalism's core public service mission, a top newspaper editor said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON -- Israel's continued defiance of President Bush's demand for an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian cities and towns is eroding support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon inside the White House, administration sources said Wednesday.
CDC study puts economic loss from smoking at $7 a pack
ATLANTA (AP) -- Each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States costs the nation $7 in medical care and lost productivity, the government said Thursday.
Watchdog group: INS destroyed Elian Gonzalez case document
MIAMI (AP) -- An Immigration and Naturalization Service attorney's e-mail memo could have bolstered Elian Gonzalez's request for asylum during his stay in Miami, but the then-head of the INS ordered it destroyed, a watchdog group says.
Failure to itemize deductions could cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers are cheating themselves out of nearly $1 billion in overpaid income taxes simply because they fail to claim itemized deductions.
Court overturns concealed weapons ban
CINCINNATI -- A state appeals court on Wednesday declared Ohio's ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional -- delighting gun-rights advocates who are pushing hard to give citizens in all 50 states the right to carry hidden firearms.
Revenge may have been motive for rampage
DOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- The trial took less than two days. Fewer than a half a dozen witnesses testified. The jury decided quickly, acquitting the defendant, Dominick Galliano, of charges he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13.
Parked jetliner rolls into LA street
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A parked jetliner waiting for maintenance began rolling and smashed through an airport fence Wednesday, coming to a stop with its nose blocking a side street.
CLEVELAND -- Rep. James A. Traficant, an Ohio Democrat, was convicted Thursday for taking kickbacks from his staff and accepting bribes in exchange for political favors, bringing to a close a contentious 2 1/2 month trial marked by outbursts from the defendant as he argued his own case.
Spacewalkers tackle tough job
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Astronauts clamped a giant girder to the international space station on Thursday, then a pair of spacewalkers went out to permanently bolt it into place.
As the National Guard gets attention for its role in homeland security and the war on terrorism, it's also the subject of investigations into inflated troop numbers and misconduct among some former top generals.
Tigers don't change their (losing) stripes
Who said Detroit hasn't changed? Right now, 2002 seems a lot like 1952.
The Colorado Rockies had Randy Johnson in real trouble. Two runs home, no outs and the bases still loaded in the first inning at Coors Field.
Luis Gonzalez chews gum before witnesses in Denver
DENVER (AP) -- Weary of the monthlong saga, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez chewed gum in front of television cameras on Thursday, then put the gum in a bottle for mailing to an Arizona radio station.
Bonds, Burrell do it again They win with walkoff hits
Barry Bonds and Pat Burrell are making an early habit of these game-ending hits.
Ronald C. Reek
DEERWOOD -- Ronald Charles Reek, 87, Deerwood, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Cody A. Wakefield-Nelson
BARROWS -- Cody A. Wakefield-Nelson, 3, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Minneapolis Children's Medical Center.
Ronald C. Reek
DEERWOOD -- Ronald Charles Reek, 87, Deerwood, died today, April 11, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Thomas L. Hane
BACKUS -- Thomas L. Hane, 75, Backus, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at home.
Ann D. Karcher
PIERZ -- Ann D. Karcher, 85, Pierz, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Pierz Villa.
SAN DIEGO -- John Huelsebusch, 56, San Diego, died Thursday, April 4, 2002.
LITTLE FALLS -- Celia Kanieski, 81, Little Falls, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Clarence W. Borash
ROYALTON -- Clarence W. Borash, 83, Royalton, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Viola Castella Taylor
DEERWOOD -- Viola Castella Taylor, 88, Deerwood, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
LITTLE FALLS -- Jacob Karpinski, 74, Little Falls, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ludwina Silbernick, 97, Little Falls, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Shane J. Volkmuth
Shane J. Volkmuth, 15, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at home.
As a business owner in Brainerd for over 30 years, I feel it is important to address the economic impact that the closing of Potlatch is going to ha
Civility in America
BALTIMORE -- P.M. Forni has spent the past seven years considering the importance of civility and good manners to contemporary life.
Stringer has a long and distinguished resume which includes private legal practice, a stint as Gov. Arne Carlson's chief of staff, and a career at Pillsbury where he rose to executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer.
The Israeli military has documents seized from Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah which it says prove the Palestinian leader's direct involvement in the murder of Israeli civilians. While no amount of evidence would be sufficient to persuade most Europeans, the American left and Peace Now activists of Arafat's complicity in terrorism, these documents demand a verdict from virtually everyone else.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
George Bush has no right to tell Ariel Sharon to pull Israeli troops out of West Bank Palestin
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
On a binge
Campus drinking is out of hand, as Minneapolis found out University of Minnesota students, celebrating the spectacle of their team's defeat of Maine for the NCAA hockey championship, made quite a spectacle of themselves Saturday night.
Voice your opinion
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Stock car show has visitors racing in from long distances
Jean Mass, a North Central Speedway representative, said the speedway's 13th annual stock car show at Dondelinger last Friday and Saturday attracted visitors from as far away as Bemidji and Anoka.
Transportation chief talks about traffic congestion
ST. PAUL -- Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg leads an agency that will spend $1 billion on projects this summer, but he says far more is needed to keep congestion from growing, and he hopes the Legislature agrees.
Koochiching's cold-weather tests produce more money
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- The economic impact of Koochiching County's cold-weather testing program was $396,000 this winter, up $20,000 from a year ago.
Police chief, mayor meet with student editor at 'U'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The mayor and police chief met the top editor of the University of Minnesota student newspaper Wednesday to discuss allegations police used unreasonable force against student journalists covering a riot of hockey fans after the school's team won the national championship.
Senate negotiators take step in budget talks
ST. PAUL -- It was a small step. But it ended a stalemate among legislators trying to fix the state's remaining budget deficit.
Wet trails in five state forests closed temporarily to ATVs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Trails for all-terrain vehicles in at least five state forests were closed by the Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday to prevent rutting and other environmental damage on wet soil.
DNR imposes burning restrictions
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- Despite some April snow, the Department of Natural Resources is imposing burning restrictions on central and northern portions of the state.
Legislative leaders resort to theatrics
ST. PAUL -- Unable to reach a session-ending deal at the bargaining table, legislative leaders resorted to political theater Wednesday, exchanging mock ransom notes and accusing each other of obstructing progress on key legislation.
Northwest Technical faculty want president removed
Northwest Technical College faculty gave a vote of no confidence to the school's president and are calling for his removal, citing a lack of trust.
Eager for anti-tobacco funds, Pawlenty fires at Target Market
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans on Thursday stepped up their pressure on Target Market, an anti-smoking advocacy group funded with money they want to use to reduce the state's budget deficit.
Two more resign from arts board
MAPLE LAKE (AP) -- Two more members of the Central Minnesota Arts Board have resigned over disputes with the board's leadership.
Laid-off workers treated differently in House bill
ST. PAUL -- A bill passed by the House would treat workers who lose their jobs in mass layoffs differently, depending on where they work.
Bus accident injures kids
EAST BETHEL (AP) -- A school bus with about 35 children aboard rolled onto its side Friday morning.
Furor over book on youth, sexuality helps turn it into a hit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The furor over a provocative new book on youth and sexuality has helped turn it into a hit.
Harassment case against Tonya Puckett is resolved
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a case involving allegations that Tonya Puckett made harassing phone calls to a woman who owns a limousine service.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Trio wins two events apiece
STAPLES -- Erin Cusac of Pine River-Backus, Adam Barnett of Staples-Motley and Jeff Pace of Pillager each won two individual events at the Staples-Motley Rainmaker track and field meet Tuesday.
Verndale romps past Pillager
VERNDALE -- The Verndale Pirates erupted for 13 runs in the first inning and cruised past the Pillager Huskies 30-2 in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Lakers shut out Staples-Motley
DETROIT LAKES -- The Detroit Lakes Lakers won every match in straight sets and defeated the Staples-Motley Cardinals 7-0 in the Mid-State Conference opener for both squads Thursday.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd High School Athletic Department, Brainerd Boosters Club and Cub Foods invited the public to the annual Warrior all-sports banquet April 29 in the Brainerd High School gymnasium.
High school BASEBALL
Parkers Prairie edges Pillager
PILLAGER -- The Parkers Prairie Panthers broke open a close game with three runs in the top of the third inning and went on to defeat the Pillager Huskies 6-1 in the Park Region Conference baseball opener for both teams Thursday.
Platisha 'practices' on home runs
Baseball practice began March 18 for every Brainerd Warrior except J.P. Platisha.
'Minnesota is still the place for me to be'
When Staples High School graduate Dick Bremer ascends from the depths of the Metrodome to the Fox Sports Net television booth before the Twins' home opener Friday night he may get a little misty eyed.
Shaq and gang seem to like old Minneapolis uniforms
LOS ANGELES -- By next weekend, when the real defense of their two NBA titles starts, the Los Angeles Lakers will have played their final five regular-season games against Western Conference playoff teams, maybe enough to get them in the mood.
Boone to transfer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Sophomore guard Adam Boone, a former Mr. Basketball in Minnesota, will transfer from North Carolina after the spring semester.
Wild rally to gain tie and ruin Dallas playoff hopes
DALLAS (AP) -- Down three goals midway through their third-to-last game of the season, the Minnesota Wild could've eased up. They'd never overcome such a deficit in their two-year history and it was hard to imagine them doing it now against a team fighting to make the playoffs.
Finally! Twins return home
The Brainerd High School Symphonic Band will perform during pregame ceremonies tonight at the Minnesota Twins season home opener at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Thome snaps out of slump to lead Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Nine games into the season, Jim Thome finally joined his teammates in all the fun.
MINNEAPOLIS LAKERS REVISTED
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seldom have the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledged that the franchise got its start in Minneapolis.
Indians sweep Twins
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Matt Lawton took great joy in helping Cleveland sweep the Minnesota Twins.
Gophers cut three sports
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota officials on Thursday recommended cutting three sports and merging the men's and women's athletics departments because of financial problems.
Gopher coaches try to save sports
MINNEAPOLIS -- Coaches in the threatened athletic programs at the University of Minnesota said Thursday they were disappointed and deserved more time to save their sports.
Celebrities list their favorite books
GARDINER, Maine (AP) -- California Gov. Gray Davis' favorite book is "A Man for All Seasons," actor-comedian Lily Tomlin likes "The Shipping News," and film star Mira Sorvino was fascinated by "A Brief History of Time."
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Pillager High School students will stage "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Celeste Ra
Isle High School students to stage musical 'Grease'
ISLE -- Isle High School will perform the musical "Grease" at 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. May 5 at the Isle School Auditorium.
Former Concordia choir singers now an a cappella quartet
The Lakes Area Concert Association turns to an a cappella quartet for the closing act of its 2001-2002 performing arts season.
Musician to play bagpipes, Celtic instruments in Crosby
CROSBY -- John Michael Hughes, piper, will play the bagpipes and other Celtic instruments at a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Crosby-Ironton Presbyterian Church.
The annual Brainerd High School Fine Arts Banquet will be Monday in the high school cafeteria, starting at 6 p.m. with a student art show. Hundreds of
Read an original poem, and win prizes
A local literary group will celebrate National Poetry Month with an old-fashioned "poetry slam" at a downtown coffee bar.
Poet laureate to read at CLC
Maxine Kaiser Russell, poet laureate of the League of Minnesota Poets, will head a slate of poetry readers scheduled April 26 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
'Panic Room' holds top box-office spot for second weekend
LOS ANGELES -- Jodie Foster beat Ashley Judd in a battle of female thrillers.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Briana Lester got a rough start in life, but knowing it has inspired her to "excel in whatever I do," she said this week.
C-I High School Concert Choir earns superior ratings
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton High School Concert Choir, directed by Wayne Ellingsen, participated in the Sub-section 24 Large Group Vocal Music Contest last Friday at New York Mills.
Haus turns to music for her causes
LITTLE FALLS -- Rena Haus is one of those folk singers who never saw a social cause she couldn't support.
A prominent music reviewer once wrote that Phil Keaggy "is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today," a ringing endorsement that area pop music fans can judge for themselves this weekend.
Leno wonders why his battle with Letterman has gotten nasty
NEW YORK -- Jay Leno says he doesn't understand why things are so "nasty" between him and David Letterman.
New books include novel in verse, a poet's memoirs
Some of Brad Leithauser's readers probably prefer his novels, while others would lean toward his volumes of poetry. His latest book -- a novel in verse -- should appeal to readers in both categories.
'Spring Exhibition' in Brainerd to draw artists from across Minnesota
Artists from across the state will gather in Brainerd later this month to exhibit their latest creations and acknowledge one another's accomplishments.
Weather drawing by Joshua Davis of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Periods of showers and thunderstorms northwest two thirds. A chance of thunderstorms this afternoon southeast. Highs in the upper 50s west to upper 70s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Dense fog advisory for western and central north dakota this morning...
Spring is here
Weather drawing by Kaylianna Mathison of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Dense fog advisory until 10 am cdt in the far east...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy this morning with areas of fog. Scattere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s. Cooler along lake michigan.
Wisconsin state forecast
Flood watch today portions of northwest wisconsin...
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms southeast...Mainly this morning. A chance of light showers northeast. Mostly cloudy northwest. Highs from the middle 40s northeast to near 60 southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Patchy morning fog east...Otherwise partly sunny statewide. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Dense fog advisory parts of the west this morning...
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory northwest until 10 am...
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a girl for Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis.
There will be an informal meeting about community supported agriculture at 7:30 p.m. today at the Brainerd Public Library meeting room.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Clayton Haglin and Mark Anderson, 80.5; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 68.5; and Eldon Hegstrom and Gus Schlick, 49.5. East-West: Joyce and Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 53.5; Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 53.5; and Ann Richardson and Chris Leininger, 51.5.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Halle Berry suffered an inflamed eye in an accident on the set of the latest James Bond film, the producers said Wednesday.
Venezuelan president resigns
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez, the former army paratrooper who polarized Venezuela with his strongarm rule and whose friendship with Cuba and Iraq irritated the United States, resigned under military pressure Friday after a massive opposition demonstration ended in a bloodbath.
Another suicide bombing
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop in Jerusalem's crowded outdoor market Friday, killing six people and wounding about 50, police said.
JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank -- Israel pulled out of two dozen small towns and villages in the West Bank on Thursday, but took over other Palestinian areas, sending mixed signals ahead of a truce mission by Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Dozens die in Afghan quake
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An earthquake shook northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, leaving a village in ruins and killing more than 30 people, aid officials said. At least 100 others were injured.
Israeli assault on West Bank camp leaves Palestinians shaken
JENIN, West Bank -- Khadra Samara, her family and closest neighbors lived in three adjacent cinder-block houses on Rwabe Street, a relatively quiet corner of the Palestinian refugee camp here.
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