Not ready for SUV? Consider Ford Focus
Can't afford a sport utility vehicle? Don't like the ride, handling or looks of an SUV?
Analysts say mortgage rates appear to be bottoming out
Despite the Federal Reserve's surprise rate cut on Wednesday, the year-long decline in mortgage rates appears to be nearing an end, analysts say.
Fed rate cut may have killed bear market
NEW YORK -- A surprise interest-rate cut and positive corporate earnings news sent stocks soaring Wednesday, vaulting the NASDAQ composite index to its fourth-biggest gain -- and leading some on Wall Street to declare the bear market over.
Front-line missionary seeks help for those in war-torn Sudan
That's what the Rev. Michael Howard is confronted with every day in his ministry -- victims, and the effects, of a 47-year war. Howard has ministered in this war-torn place, New Sudan, for four years.
Calligraphers to take eight years to complete handwritten Bible
COLLEGEVILLE (AP) -- "I just have two clients, the first is God and the other is the queen," joked British calligrapher Donald Jackson.
Study shows Amish groups are thriving
PHILADELPHIA -- Amish communities and other isolated religious colonies are thriving by persuading their children to continue their largely preindustrial ways and remain with their churches, according to a new study.
Traumatic childhood can be spur to future success
QUESTION: Do childhood traumas inevitably twist and warp a person in the adult years?
Respect reflects religion, responsibility, returns rewards
Respect is a little word that has a profound meaning, for without respect a person will not really "make it" in whatever he or she does or hopes for in this world and life.
It's time to re-examine how the Ten Commandments came to be
The Ten Commandments are in the news again.
Gathering with Pastor David Schoessow will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake. It will be an informal study of the major teachings of Scripture.
Unity and diversity
In spite of the diversity of doctrines, worship styles, traditions and even ethnic backgrounds, our local churches find opportunities and places to express and exemplify the unity that is in our Lord Jesus.
Church members upset by ultimatum over tithing
BOSTON (AP) -- The letter had the threatening tone of a bill collector, but it wasn't from a credit card or utility company demanding past-due payments. It was from a church.
Report calls for police checks on Catholic clergy, staff, volunteers
LONDON -- Police should make checks on all clergy, staff and volunteers in the Roman Catholic Church to stamp out sexual abuse of children, a report commissioned by the church said Tuesday.
State math, reading test results show little change
ST. PAUL -- Years of steady student gains on math and reading tests leveled off in 2001, with this year's class of eighth-graders posting almost identical marks as their middle-school predecessors.
Relatively few students use opportunity to take Basic Standards Tests early
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Fewer than 300 fifth-through-seventh-graders took advantage of a chance to take the Basic Standards Tests in reading and math years early -- a first-time opportunity the state education chief wants to end.
Daughter engaged to gem needed no diamond
DEAR ABBY: The letter from "Mother in Hampton, Ga.," who told her daughters she would not give her approval for marriage unless they received a one-carat diamond engagement ring, reminded me of a situation in my family years ago.
Length of time in child care linked to bad behavior
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The longer young children spend in day care away from their mothers the more likely they are to be overly aggressive by the time they reached kindergarten, according to the largest study of child care and development ever conducted.
Price for widow's hand too costly
DEAR ABBY: I have been seeing a widow who lives in the home she shared with her husband. His will allows her to live there as long as she wishes or until she remarries. At that time, the title will pass to the children from her husband's first marriage.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 141, a year ago 164.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 450.
Farm event canceled over foot-and-mouth concerns
ROCHESTER (AP) -- An annual farm breakfast that attracts thousands of visitors was canceled because of worries over the possible spread of foot-and-mouth disease.
Needed: Low fat, low cholesterol recipes
My dear friend Chuck recently was put on a restricted low fat-no cholesterol diet by her doctor. Even though I have not been known to be a very low fat-low cholesterol type cook, it is my mission to help her find a variety of tasty recipes.
Celebrate Earth Day with mud pie, dirt flowerpots
Earth Day, April 22, is a time for paying attention to the environment and the world we live in -- and there will be plenty of ways to do that.
Honeyed lamb boasts Mediterranean flavor
A simple dish that has ground lamb as its base, Honeyed Lamb With Couscous gets a distinctive Mediterranean flavor from ingredients that include almonds, honey and fragrant spices.
BURGLARY -- Barry Malz, Nokay Lake Road, reported his camper was broke into.
Walker woman dies in collision
AKELEY -- A Walker woman is dead following a two-vehicle, head-on collision Tuesday on Highway 34, about three miles west of Akeley in Hubbard County.
THEFTS -- Paula Schroeder, Pequot Lakes, reported Friday a $600 sign stolen from her residence.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
School lunch menus
MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, fruit. L-Chicken nuggets, wild/white rice, grn. beans, funnel cake, diced pears.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
A little history lesson on golf
The sport of golf has been around for centuries, thanks to the evolution of rules and equipment, but three concerns for 2001 are leading debates about the sport's future.
Durant, Janzen share the lead
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) -- Joe Durant's putting and Lee Janzen's driving got both golfers to the same place: a share of the first round lead in the Shell Houston Open.
Pak takes right first step
LINCOLN, Calif. -- Nobody has to tell Se Ri Pak how tough it's going to be stopping Annika Sorenstam.
Senate gives boost to U of M, MnSCU
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Senate panel endorsed a two-year, $277 million higher-education funding increase, more than doubling the amount of increased funding recommended by Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Study: Ear tube implants may not help children
Implanting ear tubes -- an operation done on hundreds of thousands of toddlers each year -- does not appear to improve their speech and learning development and may not be worth the risks and the cost, a study suggests.
Study finds possible link between Agent Orange, leukemia
WASHINGTON -- The dangerous aftereffects of the chemical Agent Orange used in Vietnam may have extended to the children of veterans of that war.
Drug companies drop lawsuit against South Africa over cheaper AIDS drugs
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Pharmaceutical giants dropped a lawsuit Thursday challenging a South African law that would allow cheaper AIDS drugs to get to millions of Africans, ending an international battle that deeply embarrassed the companies.
Two home Web sites battling for the top spot
So who's No. 1?
Contemporary White Fish Chain home wins state award for its design and construction
CROSSLAKE -- A White Fish Chain home, getting attention for its design and construction, is a mix of natural light and contemporary style.
Four RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty staffers in Brainerd gained honors recently.
Grubs wreak havoc
If parts of your lawn lift off like a toupee, grubs have been at work chewing grass roots. Grubs are larvae of J
Going trendy with puntarella
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Chicory leads a double life. Its roots have long provided a cheap coffee substitute. Its leaves, by contrast, are upscale, enjoying trendy roles in gourmet salads.
An improved sleep sofa
When is a sleep sofa not a sleep sofa? When it's been designed by the master, Le Corbusier.
You open the garage, start the car and let it warm up for a minute or two. When cold weather comes, many folks like to let their car idle for a few minutes to warm up before pulling out of the garage.
Nurture your houseplants
What are you, an herbicidal maniac?
The art of buying plants
For most people, a home is their largest investment. so, it makes sense to do all possible to maintain its integrity and appearance.
Hot water heater safety pressure valve that runs all the time wastes water, energy
Q. Bonnie C. asks: Our hot water heater safety pressure valve runs all the time and drains all the water out of the tank. Why?
Here's a quick way to mill a half-lap joint
When building with any framing lumber, half-lap joints are often used on long runs and for 90-degree intersections. They keep the mating surfaces flush and the wood thickness uniform. Although there are several ways to cut a half-lap, here's how to quickly mill one using nothing more than a portable circular saw and a chisel:
Murderers among us?
BREEZY POINT -- One week ago today four teen-agers out horseback riding in Breezy Point found the body of 51-year-old Rachel Anthony, a Pequot Lakes woman discovered missing Feb. 28.
The Brainerd Regional Human Services Center will conduct its 42nd annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday to mark National Volunteer Week April 22-28.
County United Way exec stepping down
Maria Prozinski, executive director of the Crow Wing County United Way, has announced her resignation from that post effective June 15.
Free hearing screenings will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Helping You Hear, 601 N.W. Fifth St., Suite 5, Brainerd.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - There is a very important item that should be placed on everyone's "things to do" calendar during the next three days. Visit the Commerce and Industry Show at the Brainerd Civic Center. Many of the booths at the show tell the stories of the very important small industries.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 19 - 80 years ago (1921) -- The Murphy Auto Company Monday morning sent through Brainerd two Studebakers they have sold to purchasers in Pine River and Walker.
Cass hears report on others' lobbying efforts
WALKER -- Cass and Crow Wing counties discussed but took no action this year on a suggestion the two counties might benefit from joint legislative lobbying.
Training exercise set at Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY -- Aircraft representing the Civil Air Patrol, National Guard, news media, DNR, State Patrol and Medivac will be involved in a training exercise Sunday at Camp Ripley.
Brainerd eighth-graders improve test scores
Eighth-graders in the Brainerd School District scored higher on the graduation standards tests than last year's students, school officials reported this morning.
An 8,000 square-foot Crosslake home won an award for quality design and construction. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Pine River depot meeting slated Monday
PINE RIVER -- A public informational meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
The 11th annual Brainerd Rotary garage sale will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.
A person was misidentified in a picture on Page 8N of Wednesday's Neighbors section. Reva Hanson, Cass County master gardener, was shown giving tips about creating floral arrangements.
Fire causes damage at resort
Fire damaged a cabin today at Lakeside Resort on Lower South Long Lake.
HOW HIGH WILL GAS PRICES CLIMB?
Gas prices at most Brainerd-Baxter area filling stations jumped from $1.59 to $1.69 per gallon Thursday, nearing price highs from mid-summer 2000.
Fourth of July fund-raising pinned on pins
Fund-raising for the Fourth of July celebration has begun with a bang.
Hunting for buck deer's fallen antlers, or "sheds," has become a popular pastime in recent years. Look for the story Sunday in North Country.
Paul McCartney, Powell discuss land mines
WASHINGTON (AP) -- British singer Paul McCartney pushed for the worldwide eradication of land mines during a meeting Thursday with Secretary of State Colin Powell, but evidently made no headway on a ban.
Greenville's captain on his way out of Navy, sources say
A top Navy admiral has decided against courts-martials in the Greeneville submarine disaster but will order the sub's captain to an administrative hearing that will force his departure from the service, Navy sources said Wednesday.
Government relaxes rules on network ownership
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission relaxed its restriction against two networks belonging to a single company, a decision that most immediately impacts Viacom Inc.'s ownership of CBS and the fledgling UPN network.
Shuttle closing in on space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Endeavour closed in on the international space station early Friday as its crew prepared to install a massive billion-dollar robotic arm at the 240-mile-high outpost.
2nd day of U.S.-China talks 'productive'
BEIJING -- U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended a second day of talks described as productive but producing no sign of agreement Thursday on the return of an American spy plane or Beijing's demand to end surveillance flights near its coast.
DON'T LABEL ME
EVANSTON, Ill. -- You can call them Generation Y, Millennials or even Echo Boomers, a tag created as a nod to their Baby Boomer parents.
Wayne State law professor dies after drugs surgically removed
DETROIT (AP) -- A Wayne State University law professor described as a brilliant scholar died in Canada, where doctors surgically removed a dozen cocaine-filled balloons from his body after one burst during a trans-Atlantic flight, authorities said.
Shots fired at school, no one hurt, boy arrested
MONROE, La. (AP) -- A youth fired a gun at a school principal and a bus driver Friday, but no one was hurt, police said.
Panel says Osprey needs more work, continued support
WASHINGTON -- A blue-ribbon study group on Wednesday urged continuation of the Marines' troubled V-22 Osprey aircraft program, arguing that it has no "fundamental flaw" that would justify cancellation.
Ray enjoys NCAA more than Olympics
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- For Elise Ray, the NCAA championships are turning out to be a lot more fun than the Olympics.
Sixers ready for Pacers
Allen Iverson is ecstatic over Philadelphia's first-round opponent. Iverson's opponents are pretty happy with the matchup, too.
Hamilton quits Wizards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After meeting with Michael Jordan for more than two hours, coach Leonard Hamilton gave a vague resignation speech that raised more questions than it answered.
McRae relishes Tampa Bay challenge
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays lost again, but Hal McRae still found reasons to smile.
Senators and Canucks are swept
The Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes worked overtime to keep their playoff hopes going. Ottawa and Vancouver couldn't exit the NHL postseason any quicker.
Mavs finish on strong note
DALLAS (AP) -- Even at their optimistic best, the Dallas Mavericks never expected this season to turn out this good.
Three NBA teams changing coaches
Three down, and maybe some more to go.
National sports briefs
ST . LOUIS (AP) -- Mark McGwire is going to be stuck on 555 home runs for a while.
Stars, Blues survive in overtime
Grumpy Old Men and a rookie defenseman just thrilled to be involved grabbed the spotlight in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Vick ready for draft
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Michael Vick might not be able to dodge the rush on Saturday. He could be the one mesmerized, like so many defenders he's left behind in a vapor trail.
Yankees not in Kansas City anymore
The New York Yankees aren't in Kansas City anymore.
Questions galore in draft
NEW YORK (AP) -- First comes Michael Vick. After that, intrigue.
Lawrence V. Born
BAY LAKE TOWNSHIP -- Lawrence V. Born, 84, Bay Lake Township, formerly of Anoka, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at home.
Dorothy A. Rovik
PINE RIVER -- Dorothy A. Rovik, 89, Pine River, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Ralph L. Lee
PINE RIVER -- Ralph Lawrence Lee, 79, Pine River, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at Whispering Pines in Pine River of cancer.
PINE RIVER -- Dorothy Rovik, 89, Pine River, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Irene H. Hoerner
MINNEAPOLIS -- Irene H. Hoerner, 98, Minneapolis, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Minneapolis.
Dorothy B. Perkovich
PARK RAPIDS -- Dorothy B. Perkovich, 89, Park Rapids, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at St. Joseph's Health Care Services in Park Rapids.
Rose Mary Grotjohn
ROSEAU -- Rose Mary Grotjohn, 97, Roseau, formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at Sheltering Oaks Manor in Roseau.
Edna C. Rodekuhr
WALKER -- Edna C. Rodekuhr, 85, Walker, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Victoria Peterson, 51, Brainerd, died Monday, April 16, 2001.
Hildegarde Scott, 85, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Leonard C. Lee
AITKIN -- Leonard C. Lee, 81, Aitkin, formerly of Deerwood, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at home.
William L. Doyle
PINE RIVER -- William LeRoy Doyle, 59, Pine River, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at home.
John 'Mac' Goble II
PILLAGER -- John "Mac" Goble II, Pillager, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Sophie M. Bruggman
McGREGOR -- Sophie M. Bruggman, 94, McGregor, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Vicki Peterson - Dispatch Editorial
Vicki Peterson's life was a testament to compassion and commitment. She cared deeply about helpless animals but did more than just fret about them -- she directed her energy toward an ongoing solution.
Let Israel be Israel
Responding to Israel's attack late Monday on Palestinian terrorist positions in the Gaza Strip, Secretary of State Colin Powell blamed the Palestinian side and their unprovoked mortar attack on Israel for the new outbreak of violence. He also blamed Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon for triggering an Israeli attack on radar installations in Lebanon that are operated by Syrians. It was a welcome change from the ``blame Israel first'' behavior of previous administrations.
A short-sighted policy
When Minnesota's tobacco lawsuit was settled, leaders declared that we could now use the $6.1 billion settlement to break the cycle of tobacco use that most often begins with smokers becoming addicted as adolescents.
A squeeze on the poor
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Washington Post:
WASHINGTON--The questions pop up at forums from Carbondale to Cambridge and from Birmingham to Santa Barbara: How do you explain George Bush's conservatism? Aren't you surprised that serious people are saying his administration is to the right of Ronald Reagan's? Is this what you expected?
The writer in "Bush was right" (Open Forum, 4/10/01) says, "We know that for the past 150 ye
Harvey Caldwell - Dispatch Editorial
Harvey Caldwell, the chief executive officer of the center who announced he'll retire this summer, played a key role in that transformation. It was a necessary evolution when the state's mentally retarded individuals started being
Our editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Since the first of the year Sam Gibbons and I have been videotaping, editing, adding commentary and airing the Brainerd City Council meetings on public access channel 8. It has been a fun and exciting challenge. Recently Charter Communications has been having problems getting our tapes aired on time, though we have faithfully submitted our videos by the deadline each week. I just wanted to write this letter to apologize for the inconsistency. From now on, we have a commitment from Charter to do their best to see that the tapes air on time. We have also asked Charter to air our tapes more than once a week just in case some of you out there want to watch, but have schedule conflicts. We are still working out the details, but for right now the Brainerd City Council meeting should air every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Charter Communications channel 8.
Drivers face Talladega danger
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Racing at nearly 200 mph surrounded by tons of heavy metal is a tough way to make a living. Doing it at the Talladega Superspeedway is even riskier.
Crowds turn out for stock car show
An estimated 3,000 people toured North Central Motor Speedway's 12th-annual stock car show at Dondelinger Chevrolet, Cadillac and Toyota April 6-7.
Busch fields shrinking because of rising costs
There aren't many lines of car-carrying haulers leaving the track early these days after NASCAR Busch qualifying sessions.
Drivers fretting over new rules
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Jimmy Spencer actually likes the restrictor plate racing at Talladega Superspeedway. No kidding.
Kevin Yeager definitely no racing rookie
North Central Motor Speedway's annual stock car show, the 12th-annual at Dondelinger Chevrolet, Cadillac and Toyota on April 6-7, always provides some local racing news.
Towns along Mississippi brace for high water
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- High school students piled off buses and onto the riverfront sandbag lines as the rising Mississippi lapped 5 feet from the top of a temporary levee.
Wellstone skeptical, doesn't accept report's findings
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Paul Wellstone said he will not accept an FBI report that suggests suicide was the cause of death for a Minnesota-born priest who was outspoken against the Kenyan government's human rights record.
Bill to hike gas tax clears panel
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state's gas tax would increase 3 cents a gallon to 23 cents and then be indexed to inflation under a bill that cleared a Senate budget subcommittee.
Vice president asks Pawlenty not to run for Senate
ST. PAUL -- One of the state's top Republicans pulled the plug on a possible U.S. Senate bid Wednesday after getting a call from Vice President Dick Cheney asking him to withdraw to avoid a bruising primary fight.
Minnesotans split on support for abortion bills
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two abortion-related bills moving through the Legislature this session got mixed reviews from Minnesotans, according to a Star Tribune Minnesota poll published Thursday.
Early efforts pay off as floodwaters recede
Although the St. Croix River on Minnesota's eastern border was steadily falling, volunteers in Stillwater put in one last day of filling sandbags Wednesday just in case.
Nelson bats, pitches Pequot past C-I
CROSBY -- Chase Nelson's three-run homer and six strikeouts helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots defeat the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 9-3 Thursday in a non-conference baseball game.
Bases-loaded fly does the trick as Warriors beat Alex
Baseball teams like to win games the macho way -- by virtue of power hitting, superior pitching or flawless defense.
Warriors improve to 2-0 in tennis
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors improved to 2-0 in the Central Lakes Conference and 2-0 overall with a close 4-3 victory over the Alexandria Cardinals on Thursday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Tech no-hits Flyers in baseball
ST. CLOUD -- Three pitchers combined to no-hit Little Falls as St. Cloud Tech defeated the Flyers 8-0 in Central Lakes Conference baseball at Putz Field Tuesday.
Rogge, Theise power Raiders
The Central Lakes Raiders softball team borrowed a page from the comeback playbook of the Minnesota Twins Wednesday as they rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Bethany College 11-10 in the first game of a double dip played at CLC.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls have announced the signing of three players from Illinois State for the 2001 Northwoods League season.
Little Falls defeats Willmar in tennis
LITTLE FALLS -- Josh Peterschick won his No. 1 singles match to help the Little Falls Flyers to a 6-1 win over the Willmar Cardinals in boys' tennis action Thursday.
Kittelson taking no-nonsense approach
Amy Kittelson missed qualifying by a fraction of an inch for the Section 8AA discus event last season.
Tigers edge Verndale in softball
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Verndale Pirates 8-7 in Park Region Conference softball Thursday.
Warriors edge Alex in softball
ALEXANDRIA -- Sacha Holbrook's line-drive single to right field in the sixth inning drove in the winning run in the Brainerd Warriors' 2-1 Central Lakes Conference softball win against the Alexandria Cardinals Thursday.
Brainerd Braves know they make a good target for foes
When the Brainerd Braves begin defense of their amateur baseball state championship they will be the target of every opponent and some key personnel will be absent from the lineup.
BHS golfers place 6th, LF 5th
SARTELL -- Lisa Renneke shot a 44 to lead the Brainerd Warriors girls' golf team to a sixth-place finish in a Central Lakes Conference meet Thursday.
Kelly had an inkling Twins would get off to fast start this season
MINNEAPOLIS -- The people that get paid to be baseball experts are talking about the Minnesota Twins' hot start in 2001 and prefacing it with words like unlikely and surprising and improbable.
Twins continue their winning ways
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Manager Tony Muser would like to see his Kansas City Royals be more opportunistic.
Wolves aim to upset top-seeded Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA, and the Minnesota Timberwolves have the confidence of a team that qualified for the playoffs despite a tumultuous season.
Defense still tops Vikings' draft needs
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have obvious needs, but coach Denny Green refuses to believe they are needy.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
When it comes to electronics, Chris Serani is the maestro.
Brainerd Lakes Area Writers Alliance to meet Saturday
The Brainerd Lakes Area Writers Alliance will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the large room at the Brainerd Public Library.
Men's Chorus to end season with dinner concerts
STAPLES -- The Staples Area Men's Chorus will conclude its season with two dinner concerts.
Tribute album, 'A Nod to Bob,' features interpretations of some of singer's finest songs
MINNEAPOLIS -- Happy 60th birthday, Bob Dylan.
Seven area communities to be part of 'arts crawl'
If the visual or performing arts move your soul, you'd better circle May 5 in your planner.
Get your event in Tempo
To submit items for publication in Tempo, contact Tempo Correspondent Terry Mikelson by:
'Spy Kids' pulls three-peat at top of box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Spy Kids" and "Along Came a Spider" held the top two spots at the box office again over the weekend.
Mayer to perform Friday in Grassroots Concerts debut
NISSWA -- Minnesota's Peter Mayer will bring his exploration of the musical spirit to Nisswa for a Grassroots Concerts debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Franklin junior high students to stage 'Flapper
The Franklin Junior High School Drama Department will present "Flapper" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. April 26 in the Brainerd school's auditorium.
Twin Cities dance troupe to work with Wadena-Deer Creek sixth-graders
WADENA -- Zenon Dance Co., a pillar in the Twin Cities cultural scene, will arrive April 30 in Wadena for a weeklong residency at area schools.
Sign of spring: Bird festivals scheduled across Minnesota
Tourism events around the state of Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
'Blow' emphasizes the success-to-failure theme
From today's perspective, it's hard to remember the bygone days when illicit drug use was associated with youthful innocence, casual decadence and generational tension.
Last Minute to play benefit concert for Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center
The Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center has recruited the Last Minute bluegrass band for a benefit concert this weekend.
'Harvey' to be staged in Pillager
Jennifer Sundrud (standing, left), Steve Bell, Brian Rhett, Jim Vollegraaf, Melissa Smith, Bridgette Wyffels, Candice Rasmussen (seated, left) and Leonard Scholten admired the latest portrait of Harvey in Pillager's community production of "Harvey," which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday in the Pillager High School Performing Arts Area.
Geritol Frolics to stage 'Comedy Tonight'
The Geritol Frolics theater troupe will swing into action May 2-5 at Central Lakes College's John Chalberg Theatre with its latest song-and-dance production.
Commodores to sing hits at Grand Casino
ONAMIA -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs has reached into the archives of Motown Records for its latest entertainment booking.
Jazz concert at CLC
The Central Lakes College Jazz Band played April 10 in a spring concert in Staples.
The deadline for submissions to the Great American Think-Off essay contest has been extended to May 1, according to the event sponsor.
CLC instructor's work featured in book
Ceramic art by Central Lakes College faculty member Mic Stowell is included in "Painted Clay: Graphic Arts and the Ceramic Surface" by British author Paul Scott.
Aitkin Choir Pop Concert to be repeated a second night
AITKIN -- After moving the annual Aitkin High School Choir Pop Concert to the auditorium last spring, it was decided to add a second performance this year to accommodate more members of the community.
Quilt show set May 4-6 in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- Prairie Point Quilters will host its annual show May 4-6 at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Aitkin Middle School choirs to give spring concert
AITKIN -- The four choirs from Aitkin Middle School will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the high school auditorium.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Morning showers east...Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy statewide. Highs 55 to 65.
Stars are out
Weather drawing by Jared Nusbaum of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Love that weather
Weather drawing by Kaycie Mogensen of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms west through northeast. Highs from the mid 60s to mid 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Breezy and becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s. Cooler near lake michigan.
Minnesota state forecast.
Today...Showers and a few thunderstorms ending this morning northeast. Otherwise mostly cloudy north and mostly sunny and warm south. Highs in the upper 50s northeast to the middle 70s south.
The Weather Elsewhere
Evening temperature table
Keith Gallagher carried Shania Gallagher while Vickie Foreman joined them for a walk along East River Road near Boom Lake on Wednesday. The Mississippi River has forced the closure of the road but it is passable for foot traffic. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and possible thunderstorms west and central. Highs in the upper 50s to middle 60s.
State forecast for south dakota
Winter storm watch tonight for the northern and central black hills...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Warm and breezy. Sunny this morning. Partly cloudy this afternoon. A chance of thunderstorms late extreme southwest. Highs from 75 to 85.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A slight chance of showers north and west late. Highs in the middle 50s northeast to near 70 southwest. Tonight...Showers and thunderstorms likely east and north. A chance of mainly evening showers or thunderstorms southwest. Lows 40 to 50.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Showers and isolated thunderstorms ending this morning from southwest to northeast...Then partly to mostly sunny and warm. Highs in the 70s. Cooler near lake michigan and superior.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rosie O'Donnell is returning to "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn is taking a little career advice -- not from his coach, but from his fiancee.
Commander's breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Club. Pancakes, French toast, choice of sausages, scrambled eggs and beverage will be served.
Turkish hunger strikers dying over issue of prison reform
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- After months of surviving on sugared or salted water, Zehra Kulaksiz lies on a cot in a makeshift house in the poor outskirts of Istanbul with barely the strength to talk.
Burundian defense officials say coup leaders have surrendered
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- A group of junior army officers who attempted a coup to oppose President Pierre Buyoya's negotiations with Hutu rebels surrendered Thursday, the defense ministry said.
'Internet Twins' return to U.S. birthplace
LONDON (AP) -- The Internet twins, infant girls at the center of a trans-Atlantic custody battle, are back home in the United States, officials said Thursday.
Bush to sign treaty to ban 'dirty dozen' chemicals worldwide
WASHINGTON -- President Bush announced Thursday that he will sign and ask the Senate to ratify a Clinton-era treaty calling for the worldwide phaseout of a dozen highly toxic chemicals known as POPs.
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