Blakesley's truck also has 20 inch tires, a stake body produced for Ford by Midland Steel Products Co., and side-mounted flares. It also is painted in original Rock Moss Green.
Ford to sell hybrid electric SUV in 2003
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. will sell a version of its Escape small sport utility vehicle powered by gas and electricity in 2003, with fuel economy close to 40 miles per gallon in city driving.
GM to include in-car phone service option on millions of vehicles
DETROIT -- Hundreds of thousands of new General Motors cars and trucks will have built-in phone service -- even their own phone numbers -- by the end of the year.
GMC Suburban, now Yukon XL is -- well, svelte
Would you believe a full-size sport utility vehicle that's, well, svelte?
Ford, Maytag build van fitted with appliances
DETROIT -- For those who feel they spend too much time away from home, Maytag Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have come up with a minivan that includes a kitchen, den and laundry room built-in.
Detective turns deacon
A newspaper reporter once asked Deacon John Reed, "How do you justify in your mind being a pastor and a cop?"
The Palm Sunday weekend service schedule for the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church is as follows: 7 p.m. today and Saturday with refreshments served, and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday with lunch and refreshments served. Guest speaker will be Dr. John Koivukangas of Oulu, Finland.
Gambling on Golgotha
What possible relevance does a gambling game among first century Roman soldiers have for us?
Resurrection in the midst of our lives
Easter is the season of resurrection. Christians around the world remember and celebrate the story of Christ's victory over death. Our churches are filled on Easter morning (you have to come early to get a back pew seat!) as young and old gather to sing with joy "Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!"
Some are born to make it; some are determined to fail
QUESTION: Last week you talked about why some kids with every advantage and opportunity seem to turn out bad, while others raised in terrible homes become pillars in the community. You cited the life of David Hernandez as an example. What happened to him?
Take precautions to prevent egg-borne illness
During this time of year when eggs are decorated and eaten, it should be noted that a few cases of foodborne illness have been caused by eggs.
Chocolate boasts both good and bad news for people who love to eat it
Admit it: You love chocolate. But you've always worried that it's not good for you.
Start Easter Day with scones
A pot of coffee, a pitcher of juice and an Easter basket brimming with homemade muffins or scones is a cheerful wake-up call on Sunday morning.
For a change, try spaghetti with stir fry
Every so often I will get a craving for a good stir fry, and will make it for supper.
BURGLARY -- Dorothy Keppers, 900 block of South Eighth Street, reported her garage had been broken into and numerous items were missing.
DNR officers responded to a fire Wednesday in Unorganized Territory north of Morey's on Highway 371. A grass fire started in the ditch and burned two-tenths of an acre. The cause has not been determined.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 138, a year ago 34.
The Brainerd Police Department reported one person was injured Thursday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Second Avenue Northeast and H Street.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 600.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Stuffed crust pizza, salad/dressing, pears, graham.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 67, a year ago 26.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
THEFT -- Heartland Animal Rescue Team, 1000 block of Danielson Road in Brainerd, reported the theft of a sable ferret Tuesday.
Smoking during pregnancy linked to children's behavior problems
CHICAGO -- Women who smoke while pregnant are far more likely to have children who develop behavior problems as toddlers, researchers reported today in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Architecture from A to Z
WASHINGTON -- A lush coffee-table tome published in 1997 celebrated the centennial of the Jefferson Building, oldest and most ornate of the three Library of Congress edifices. Blaine Marshall wanted to create a small, simple spinoff ''so tourists could take a bit of the library home.''
HUD wants mortgage packagers banned from buying scam loans
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration is proposing legislation to bar Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from purchasing loans originated through predatory practices, including those with excessive fees or unreasonable prepayment penalties.
Window seat can be the best seat in the house
Few places in a house are more inviting than a window seat, tucked in an alcove or maybe between bookshelves flanking a window: a perfect spot to read or linger over a cup of tea while the sun slants in.
Stained, beveled glass add unique color to home
Thermometer can tell best planting dates
It's not uncommon to hear of gardeners sticking thermometers into their soil this time of year.
Organizers ready to form new farm co-op
CROOKSTON (AP) -- Organizers of a new Minnesota farm cooperative say they have enough members and money to go ahead with the alliance.
Three Minnesota residents killed in accident in Illinois
MARION, Ill. (AP) -- Three northeastern Minnesota residents were killed and one seriously hurt when their sport utility vehicle flipped over several times on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois while they were on their way to Orlando, Fla.
House adopts compromise on feedlot bill despite concerns
ST. PAUL -- The House adopted modifications to new feedlot rules Thursday despite lingering concerns that small farmers won't be able to afford the changes that would be needed to comply with the regulations.
Some state-based companies would gain from proposed tax change
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A proposed change in the way business income taxes are figured -- expected to be the source of a House-Senate conference committee battle -- offers a glimpse into the competing pressures on legislators who must make many choices in a complicated spending plan.
Ventura says he's struggling with decision on abortion bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura expressed strong misgivings about government intervention while he struggled with whether to sign or veto a bill that would require a 24-hour waiting period and more detailed informed consent for women seeking abortions.
Grams' son pleads guilty to more charges
ANOKA (AP) -- Morgan Grams, the son of U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, pleaded guilty to more charges involving a rental car incident last summer.
'U' tells Haskins it may sue
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota officials have told former men's basketball coach Clem Haskins they may sue him to recover at least some of the buyout money he received last year.
Day of Young Child festival set Saturday
For the 10th year, Crow Wing County licensed child care providers are offering a day of fun for area children and a variety of information for their parents.
Blaze destroys Grand Rapids oil warehouse
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A warehouse storing petroleum products was destroyed by fire, injuring two firefighters and causing petroleum to seep into a nearby water channel.
Seven projects to receive paint for restoration efforts
Seven area projects were award recipients in the Central Minnesota Picture-it-Painted program.
Regents get proposal to raise U of M tuition 5.5 percent next year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tuition at the University of Minnesota will rise about 5.5 percent next year if regents approve a plan presented by university President Mark Yudof.
The note at the bottom of a column in Wednesday's editorial page should have said Jim Davidson is a syndicated columnist and motivational speaker.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Bill Demmers was recently presented a 60-year pin and certificate marking his years as a member of the International Typographical Union. Demmers who worked some 40 years as a linotype operator for The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, was given the pin by Joe Melby, Composing Room foreman.
Students form Serteen club
After years of thought and several weeks of preparation, the first Serteen club in the Brainerd area has been formed.
Brainerd man served with alleged killer
A Brainerd man who served in the Navy with the suspected Detroit area serial killer said he never would have guessed him as a murderer.
Happenings Wednesday at the Minnesota Capitol:
First half of real estate taxes due soon
The first half of real estate taxes are due May 15.
371 task force ready to wrap up
The 371 Moratorium Task Force has one more meeting to complete its draft of development rules. The draft then will go to the Crow Wing County Planning Commission.
Mustang, Bronco, Pony league skills clinics postponed
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation skills clinics for Mustang, Bronco and Pony leagues scheduled for Saturday have been postponed because of expected weather conditions.
Marge Anderson honored with humanitarian award
ONAMIA -- Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Marge Anderson was honored Thursday with the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award, which she received at the National Indian Gaming Association conference in Portland.
Baxter moves forward with annexation plans
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Thursday moved forward with plans to annex about 185 acres of land, including land west of Highway 371 North and less than 120 acres of land within the Northland Arboretum that includes a portion of the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Chalk one up for MADD
Liza MacDonald (left), Students Against Drunk Driving member, Megan Kohls, MADD Youth in Action, Vince Arnone, First Presbyterian pastor, Justin Johnson and Jessica Olson, both MADD Youth in Action members, drew chalk messages on the sidewalk near the entrance to Brainerd High School this morning. The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving was warning students against underage drinking, especially for the high school's prom Saturday night. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Scheeler says Baxter sent ultimatum to Menards
A Brainerd City Council member has expressed concerns that the city of Baxter has issued an ultimatum to Menards regarding annexation, but Baxter officials denied the claim today.
Senate votes to send wolf management bill back to panel
ST. PAUL -- The Senate voted 33-32 Thursday to send a wolf management plan back to a House-Senate conference committee, possibly putting the legislation in jeopardy for another year.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - A crowd of several hundred people were on hand Saturday evening to witness the crowning of Pamela Bensen, the new Miss Brainerd. The 17-year-old daughter of Joel and Marilyn Bensen was also named winner of the swimsuit competition.
McCain to sign his book at megamall
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain is expected to be at the Mall of America next week to sign copies of his best-selling book, ''Faith of My Fathers.''
The 10th annual Rotary Club garage sale will be held April 19-21 at the National Guard Armory in Brainerd.
Little Falls says pay kindergarten not new idea
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School District is not the only one in the state to charge parents a monthly fee to have their children attend kindergarten.
Drunken driver gets 15 years for killing two
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A drunken driver who killed two women during a police chase received a 15-year prison sentence.
Ventura encouraged by meeting over children's health insurance money
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Jesse Ventura asked Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala on Wednesday to allow Minnesota to participate in a federal program that helps pay to cover uninsured children.
Open house set to discuss Highway 169 expansion plans
ONAMIA -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled a public information open house Thursday, April 27, to begin the initial project development phase of a proposed four-lane expansion of U.S. Highway 169 along the west side of Lake Mille Lacs.
As school cuts loom, C-I board members address large group
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton School Board members, who have been verbally attacked in recent weeks by angry teachers, community members and students over the district's financial crisis, addressed a large group Thursday at the school.
County Auditor Roy Luukkonen looks ahead to changing role
Roy Luukkonen has worked in the Crow Wing County auditor's office since 1968, and is now preparing to adjust to changes in the new millennium.
Abortion-related bill blocked
ST. PAUL -- While Gov. Jesse Ventura considered whether to sign into law a waiting period for abortions, lawmakers blocked legislation to expand the scope of charitable donations by state employees over fears that the money could go to groups that provide abortions.
Federal subpoenas issued to University of Minnesota over basketball program
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued to University of Minnesota officials seeking information about academic fraud in the men's basketball program and about details relating to former Gopher Bobby Jackson's academic eligibility while at the university.
Tribe could sue over bill to allow burning of turkey manure, Prairie Island extension
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe could sue if legislators don't amend a bill that would change a law that allowed extra storage of radioactive wastes at the Prairie Island nuclear plant.
Washington police arrest seven with human blockade equipment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington police stepped up security today following the arrest of seven World Bank protesters and confiscation of equipment they allegedly planned to use for blockades.
More options than ever for last-minute income tax payments
WASHINGTON -- For millions of last-minute taxpayers who suddenly realize they owe money to Uncle Sam but don't have the cash on hand, it could be time to whip out the credit cards or make an installment payment deal with the IRS.
Confederate flag compromise passes S.Carolina Senate; NAACP still critical
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State lawmakers have taken a key step toward removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome, but the NAACP said today that the move won't end a racially tinged controversy that led to a punishing tourism boycott and new scrutiny of Southern heritage.
Spending, tax fight revs up as Congress OKs budget
WASHINGTON -- Congressional passage of a $1.83 trillion budget for next year clears one hurdle for Republicans, but also signals the start of months of election-year battling with President Clinton over spending and taxes.
Crashed Marine Osprey's flight recorder found
MARANA, Ariz. -- Investigators hope a flight data recorder recovered from a burned MV-22 Osprey will help unravel what caused the crash and explosion that killed 19 Marines.
Philippine ferry boat survivors say no life vests available
JOLO, Philippines -- No life vests were available for scores of illegal passengers on an overloaded Philippine boat that capsized, killing at least 87 people, survivors said today.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Seventeen members of a Senegalese dance troupe walked off the stage and disappeared in the San Francisco Bay area, forcing organizers to cancel the remainder of their U.S. tour.
Bush meets gays, says he's 'better person' for it
AUSTIN, Texas -- Emerging from a meeting with gay Republicans, George W. Bush today declared he was ''a better person'' for hearing their stories although he said they still disagree on such subjects as gay marriage.
Police link former sailor to possible slayings worldwide
DETROIT (AP) -- A former sailor suspected of killing five Detroit-area prostitutes has been linked to at least six other slayings, and police say they are investigating whether he went from port to port killing women while serving in the Navy.
Postal Service Pays $248,128 for two local moves by executives
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service spent $142,311 to move one executive 10 miles and $105,817 to move another one 30 miles, even though both continued to report to work at the agency's L'Enfant Plaza headquarters here.
Experts: NASDAQ sell-off may get worse before it gets better
It could get worse before it gets better.
Washington police wage battle of wits with protesters
WASHINGTON -- Washington police are waging a battle of wits with protesters who vow to disrupt meetings of world finance ministers Sunday and Monday.
Wholesale prices surge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices shot up 1 percent in March, led by the biggest jump in energy costs in nearly 10 years.
Web site to give away $10 million in sweepstakes
NEW YORK -- There are thousands of Web sites offering sweepstakes to potential customers, but the stakes will make a big jump this weekend with a $10 million giveaway.
15,000-acre fire burns in Florida
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Firefighters battling a 15,400-acre wildfire in coastal Florida were aided by windy conditions that helped contain the blaze, which has been burning since Sunday.
Russian lawmakers approve START II
MOSCOW -- After years of delay, Russian lawmakers today approved the START II treaty to scrap thousands of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads, clearing the way for further arms reductions.
Smith & Wesson appears to ease off gun control pact with feds
WASHINGTON -- Smith & Wesson, America's largest manufacturer of handguns, has issued a ''clarification'' of its landmark pact with the federal government that would effectively eviscerate much of the gun controls trumpeted by the Clinton administration.
Consumer price surge roils markets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer inflation jumped 0.7 percent in March, the biggest gain in almost a year, led by sharp increases in gasoline and other energy prices.
Spy chiefs deny that agencies eavesdrop on Americans at home
WASHINGTON -- Two of America's top spymasters Wednesday fervently denied accusations that they illegally snoop on U.S. citizens at home and abroad by reading e-mail, tapping cellular phones or even listening to baby monitors.
Elian's case back in court
MIAMI -- The government asked a federal appeals court today to order Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives to return the boy to his father, who agreed to stay in this country until an appeals court rules on the case. The relatives, turning to another court for help, invoked the U.N. human-rights charter in asking that Elian stay.
Sponsor of bill allow higher-flow toilets says he'll continue fight
WASHINGTON -- The sponsor of an effort to repeal the federal law requiring low-flow toilets plans to push ahead with the proposal, despite a House panel's one-vote rejection of the idea.
Police refuse Kennedy request to release video
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police have turned down Rep. Patrick Kennedy's request to release a videotape of his confrontation with an airport security guard.
GOP accuses Democrats of blocking marriage tax cut
WASHINGTON -- A 10-year, $248 billion income tax cut for millions of married couples faces an uphill battle in the Senate as Republicans accuse Democrats of using irrelevant issues to block consideration of the legislation.
Jury refuses to exonerate Sheppard in '54 killing of wife
CHICAGO -- Forty-six years after Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in a trial that riveted the nation, 34 years after he was acquitted in a second trial and 30 years after the once-rakish osteopath died a broken man, a civil jury hearing a wrongful imprisonment suit on Thursday declined to clear him of the crime.
Clinton brings gun control push to Colorado
DENVER -- President Clinton brought his crusade for tougher federal gun control laws to Colorado on Wednesday, vigorously promoting local efforts to put on the state ballot an initiative to require background checks of all buyers at gun shows.
Three first-graders accused of plotting murder of classmate
LAKE STATION, Ind. (AP) -- Police say three first-grade students were plotting to kill a classmate, even going so far as drawing a crude map of where slaying was to take place.
Congress ready to vote final approval of $1.8 trillion budget
WASHINGTON -- Congress is ready to grant final approval to a Republican-written $1.8 trillion budget for next year that calls for tax cuts, debt reduction and extra money for defense, education and medical research.
Anthony Hopkins acquires U.S. citizenship, newspaper says
LONDON (AP) -- Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has shed his British passport and become a U.S. citizen, the Evening Standard reported today.
Lawmakers agree on election-year farm bailout
WASHINGTON -- Farmers are in line to get their third big bailout from Congress in as many years, with most of the money arriving in the thick of this fall's political campaigns, under a budget agreement between House and Senate negotiators.
Frogs are disappearing
In the largest such study to date, researchers reported today that the world's frogs, toads and other amphibians are disappearing, and the decline began long before scientists first sounded the alarm in the 1980s.
MIAMI -- The Elian Gonzalez custody case hurtled toward a climax today, with the boy's Miami relatives vowing to defy a government order to surrender him for a trip to Washington and a reunion with his father. ''They will have to take this child from me by force,'' the boy's great-uncle declared to a crowd of supporters. But he also called for peace.
Ex-Indiana player said Knight used racial slur against black player
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter, a former Indiana University basketball player, claims in an upcoming book that Hoosiers coach Bob Knight used a racial slur during an angry tirade against a black player.
For openers, Dallas edges Edmonton
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars have an interesting routine going. They beat the Edmonton Oilers by one goal, then talk about how lucky they were to do it.
Royals win with homer in last inning -- again
Royals fans are used to games turning around in the ninth inning, just not in Kansas City's favor.
Royals win again in last at-bat
The Kansas City Royals didn't need another game-ending home run to win. Carlos Beltran's ninth-inning single was good enough.
Browns focusing on Brown as No. 1
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Courtney Brown could be on the verge of becoming a Cleveland Brown.
Radke sharp despite loss
BOSTON (AP) -- Pete Schourek and Brad Radke had reason to be pleased with their outings, even though they're still looking for their first wins of the season.
Johnson trade a real mystery
Unless it's simply a case of being cheap, there appears to be no sound explanation for what the New York Jets are doing.
Florence G. Smith
Florence G. Smith, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Deloris M. Harjes
NISSWA --Deloris M. Harjes, 63, Nisswa, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Alice 'Dolly' Conway
GARRISON -- Alice "Dolly" Conway, 97, Garrison, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at the Mille Lacs Health Care System Nursing Home in Onamia.
Edna M. Gottsch
ONAMIA -- Edna M. Gottsch, 87, Onamia, died today, Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Onamia Nursing Home.
Clifford M. Carey
Clifford M. Carey, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Horace B. Plummer
LONG LAKE -- Horace B. Plummer, 84, Long Lake, formerly of Onamia and Mille Lacs Lake area, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Albert F. Hartman
FORT RIPLEY --Albert F. Hartman, 75, Fort Ripley, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at his home.
Edna M. Gottsch
Edna M. Gottsch, 87, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Mille Lacs Nursing Home of Onamia.
Clifford F. Peck
BENTON CITY, Wash. --Clifford Francis Peck, 63, Benton City, Wash., died March 18, 2000, in Benton City of cancer.
Florence G. Smith
Florence G. Smith, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
MORRILL -- Joseph Schraut, 88, Morrill, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Foley Nursing Center of Foley.
William E. Hatlestad
MOORHEAD -- William E. Hatlestad, 100, Moorhead, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Eventide Lutheran Home of Moorhead.
It is no wonder our youth continue to get a bad reputation. When our youth are doing things to break the law they get photos and front page articles. When they are willing to stand up and be heard to have the laws enforced, there is little or no media coverage.
A tax-cut-and spend Republican?
He began the presidential campaign calling himself a compassionate conservative, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush may be inventing a different species of politician: a tax-cut-and-spend Republican.
I can't believe that a judge would cut off some years of a prison sentence. To shoot anyone, especially an officer of the law, should be a lot more years than he is getting.
Uncivil war - Dispatch Editorial
The way things are going in the war of words and annexation petitions between Brainerd and Baxter they'll need a Menards somewhere close just to help supply enough lumber for a Great Wall between the two cities.
Here are some excerpts from recent editorials that appeared in Minnesota newspapers.
Why she didn't just leave
Why didn't she just leave?
Elian Gonzalez case a Cold War struggle -- ten years late
WASHINGTON--For years now we have been hearing Bill Clinton and other Democratic luminaries (most recently, Bill Bradley) tell us how difficult the world is today compared with Cold War days when things were easy. Easy because communism was evil, and we knew it, and thus our decisions about how to act in the world were informed by the moral imperative to oppose it.
Smaller plates have slowed cars down for DieHard 500
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Smaller restrictor plates will slow down the speeds at Talladega Superspeedway. Some drivers feel it won't be enough to stop the usual contenders.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
To call Mike Smulski's approach to hurdling unorthodox may be an understatement.
Musselman diagnosed with cancer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Portland Trail Blazers assistant Bill Musselman has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the same form of cancer that struck New York Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.
Dykhoff powers W-DC's 15-2 romp
WADENA -- Kari Dykhoff started the 2000 season the same way she left off 1999.
Quartet leads Warriors' win
CROSBY -- Of the 18 events at the Crosby-Ironton Track and Field Invitational Thursday, Brainerd's Aron Stumvoll, Mike Smulski, Jesse Strowbridge and Mike Weiss won nine of them.
Cromwell bests Brainerd girls
CROSBY -- Despite a come-from-behind win by the 4x400-meter relay team, the Brainerd Warrior girls' track and field team couldn't overcome the Cromwell Cardinals at the Crosby-Ironton Invitational Thursday.
Flyer netters stop Brainerd 6-1
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers won crucial matches at No. 3 singles and at No. 2 and 3 doubles in a 6-1 triumph over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday.
Warrior girls' golfers finish 2nd at Cold Spring
COLD SPRING -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' golf team finished second at the first Central Lakes Conference meet of the year Thursday, four strokes behind Rocori.
Local sports shorts
Minnesota used six pitchers to hold Iowa State to just five hits en route to a 6-3 baseball victory Wednesday.
Raiders like going to Prom
Wednesday's doubleheader against Fergus Falls at Mills Field stood out for Central Lakes College Raiders sophomore Darren Prom for more than one reason.
Boys place 6th
ALEXANDRIA -- Joe Morgan fired an 83 for the Brainerd boys' golf team Thursday to pace the Warriors as they finished sixth in the first Central Lakes Conference meet of the spring.
PL boys finish second in Aitkin track meet
AITKIN -- The Pequot Lakes boys track team finished in second place with a score of 107 points Thursday at the Aitkin Invitational. Aitkin finished in a close third with 103 points.
Sonics upset Timberwolves
SEATTLE (AP) -- Although Vin Baker is still in a funk, coach Paul Westphal has found a way to end the Seattle SuperSonics' prolonged slump.
Mason: Gophers not complacent this year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota football coach Glen Mason knows a thing or two about turning around dreadful programs, so he knew just what to look for during spring practice.
Gulls sign outfielder
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls signed outfielder Keith Laski, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior from Eastern Illinois University.
Aitkin's Leiviska strikes out 17
ISLE -- Senior righthander Travis Leiviska fired a complete game and struck out 17 batters Thursday to lead the Aitkin Gobblers to a 9-2 victory over the Isle Indians.
PR-B golfers edge W-DC
PINE RIVER -- Justin Kelley of Pine River-Backus shot a round of 39 to earn medalist honors Thursday and the Tigers recorded a team score of 172 to edge Wadena-Deer Creek by 10 strokes in a boys' golf dual meet.
Warriors suffer error epidemic
Sometimes errors can be like an infectious disease.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department is extending the adult softball registration deadline to April 20. A few openings remain in some leagues to accommodate a more teams. Men's Class D is filled. Any team interested in playing in a Brainerd league must submit a $100 registration fee.
Staples-Motley edges Detroit Lakes
DETROIT LAKES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinal boys' tennis team swept all four singles matches Thursday as they squeezed out a 4-3 victory over Detroit Lakes.
Area events Thursday
High School Baseball
High School Baseball
Spring concert planned April 20 at CLC
Spring songbirds are back in the lake country, and so are the sounds of voices and instruments.
Performances in Park set in Brainerd
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled another year of acts for Performances in the Park.
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.):
Humorous folk duo to be in concert in Nisswa
NISSWA -- A humorous folk duo will be in concert Friday at the Nisswa Community Center, sponsored by the Grassroots Concerts series.
For week of April 13-19; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Authors from Crosby, Bemidji up for Minnesota Book Awards
ST. PAUL -- Two area writers, whose literary themes are as indigenous to these parts as Ojibwes and tall pines, are in the running for the Minnesota Book Awards.
At the movies: Capsule review of new films
Capsule film reviews from The Associated Press:
Bullock's '28 Days' is aggressively mediocre
She's young, beautiful and living the good life -- if you're watching from a distance. Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) has a cute boyfriend, a great New York City apartment, a wide circle of friends and a rewarding job as a writer.
Four lakes area students at Bemidji State University have been published in "Dust & Fire," the college's 14th annual anthology of women's writing. It's produced by the BSU Women's Studies Program and Women's Center as a "means of recognizing women writers and artists," a college release said.
'Lion's Game' a ferociously good thriller
For sheer suspense, there's nothing better than the opening of Nelson DeMille's latest thriller, "The Lion's Game'' (Warner, $26.95).
Vacancies, absenteeism harm Heartland Symphony Orchestra
Heartland Symphony Orchestra's spring series of concerts last weekend could have been a painful musical experience, if not for soothing performances by trumpeter Steve Hoganson and this year's "young artist" winners.
Ma, Meyer, O'Connor take 'Appalachian Journey'
When Mark O'Connor, Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer recorded ''Appalachia Waltz'' in 1996, they heralded a new movement of modern string-band music in which classical and folk traditions could meet on common ground.
'Rules of Engagement' knocks Julia Roberts off box office throne
LOS ANGELES -- The reign of court dramas continues at movie theaters.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
This time, patient is villain, not victim
Villains in medical thrillers are usually either ruthless doctors, mad scientists or greedy managed-care companies. Patients are almost always victims.
Doris Stengel of Brainerd will deliver a program, "The Rhythms of Poetry," at the Heartland Poets meeting from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Brainerd Public Library.
Fine Arts Banquet
The top fine arts students at Brainerd High School will parade through the spotlight Monday at the 21st annual Fine Arts Banquet.
'High Fidelity' is silly comedy that gets old fast
If the failed-at-love tales of juveniles in adult bodies ring the funny bone, meet "High Fidelity," playing now at area theaters.
Contemporary quilts, fiber art on display at CLC gallery
Central Lakes College opened an exhibit of contemporary quilts and fiber art Tuesday in the gallery on the Brainerd campus.
Twin Cities blues band to play in Breezy Point
BREEZY POINT -- Big John Dickerson, a fixture in the Twin Cities blues scene, and his six-piece Blue Chamber band are coming to the lakes area this weekend for a one-night stand at Commander Bar.
Time to fly a kite
Weather drawing by Abbey Buchta of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
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Tonight...A mixture rain and snow showers likely this evening. Then showers tapering off. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible. Remaining cloudy. Lows from 20 to 25. North wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent in the evening.
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Weather drawing by Nicole Debeltz of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
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Amsterdam 47 39 rn
Tonight...A 40 percent chance for rain. Rain mixed with wet snow at times. Lows in the upper 30s. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast.
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Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nike has struck a wrong chord with Bo Diddley.
Public reference librarians are just waiting to be asked
DEAR ABBY: I read with interest today that you have a ''secret weapon'' -- a librarian at the Hollywood library. Thank you for broaching the subject of public libraries finding information for people.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Wife wants to cut husband's endless storytelling short
DEAR ABBY: A friend of mine complains that her husband, who's in his 80s, talks far too much in social settings. She says his ramblings and storytelling threaten to ruin their social life, which consists of small, private dinners and the occasional cocktail reception. She says if she doesn't shut him up, their friends will shun them because they've heard all his stories before. However, he has either forgotten this -- or relishes so much in the telling that he repeats them anyway.
HINTS FROM HELOISE
Dear Readers: I received an e-mail from Betty Kyle asking for a nonstreaking FORMULA FOR CLEANING WINDOWS. She said nothing has cleaned them properly.
Duplicate bridge is played at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Senior Center. North-South: Ray Norrgard and Bill Black, 36.5; Phyllis DeRosier-Don Mason, 34; and East-West: Mark Anderson and Clayton, 35.5; and Sandy Chase and Gordon Becker, 34.5.
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