GM plans to revive 'GTO'
Why is GM killing its rear wheel drive, V-8-powered Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, but planning to import a muscle car from Australia? It might not make sense to Camaro and Firebird lovers but it does for GM, said Mike Wall, an analyst at the forecasting firm IRN Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Million-mile man still cruising in 1966 Volvo
Irv Gordon's car just might be the most-traveled passenger car of modern times, which makes his tips for automotive longevity -- stay out of accidents and change the oil often -- well worth listening to.
Honda SUV boldly gives up some of its cuteness
PRICE: $18,800 for base 2WD LX; $19,200 for base 4WD LX; $21,500 4WD EX with manual; $22,300 for 4WD EX with automatic.
HINTS FROM HELOISE
HINTS FROM HELOISE
DEAR ABBY: I am responding to "Been There in Iowa," the divorced mother of two who convinced her ex-husband -- even if he did nothing else -- to call the children once a week to tell them he loved them.
HINTS FROM HELOISE
Dear Heloise: I can never find the flash button on my phone (used for switching lines if you have call waiting -- H), and it is in a different place on each phone in the house. So I bought some very brightly colored nail polish and painted each flash button bright red. It works -- like a charm! -- Susan in Baltimore
DEAR ABBY: I am a high school senior. With graduation day fast approaching, I have some pressing questions.
Fieldwork begins on Minnesota crops
Fieldwork has started in Minnesota's major crop areas thanks to unseasonably hot weather that dried and warmed soils, the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 121, a year ago 206.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 700. Last Tuesday: 658. Year Ago Tuesday: 644.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550. Last Wednesday: 376. Year Ago Wednesday: 550.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 28, a year ago 132.
Fruit that's fit to be dried
Are you tired of the run-of-the-mill trail mix variety of dried fruits? Dried white nectarines offer a sweet change from apricots, prunes and raisins.
Whip up Sassy Salmon Burgers in just half an hour
Sassy salmon burgers are a versatile variation on a favorite theme, to assemble for pan-frying any time you need a meal on the table fast -- under half an hour.
Use scallops and asparagus in stir-fry for springlike dish
Scallop and Asparagus Stir-Fry is a fresh and springlike dish, a delectable way to use seasonal produce and pique the taste buds.
Meatless lasagna a refreshing change
This week's recipe for lasagna proves a welcome change from the standard meat-and-tomato-based dishes.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department announced the skills clinics for Mustang, Bronco and Pony League players, scheduled for tonight, have been postponed because of cold weather.
St. Joseph's Medical Center
State lawmakers addresses
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
House, Senate energy bills take divergent approaches, setting up big battle over final legislation
WASHINGTON -- An energy bill headed for passage in the Senate presents a different picture of the nation's energy priorities than those of President Bush and the Republican-led House, which passed its version last year.
Study: More dairy means less diabetes risk
Overweight people who consume lots of dairy products may be less likely to develop risk factors for diabetes, a study shows.
Bowel drug likely to return
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- A once-popular drug for irritable bowel syndrome appears headed back to the market with tough new restrictions.
Guidelines could mean less anxiety for women awaiting results of Pap tests
CHICAGO (AP) -- Millions of women whose cervical-cancer results come back inconclusive could enjoy the benefits of a more convenient follow-up treatment under new Pap test guidelines issued by a panel of experts.
Ice going out
Cass County residents have been watching ducks and loons arrive as soon as ice receded from their lakes last week. This is McKeown Lake east of Hackensack.
Bi-County Head Start applications for 2002-2003 being taken
Bi-County Head Start is accepting applications for the 2002-2003 Head Start year.
CLC to recognize retiring employees, others for longevity
Central Lakes College on May 3 will recognize one retiring employee and 42 others with longevity citations.
'Betty's Pies' building near Two Harbors to be razed
TWO HARBORS (AP) -- After nearly a half-century, a North Shore landmark will be torn down this week.
STAPLES -- A defensive driving course will run from 5 to 9 p.m. May and 9 in Room 100 at Staples Motley High School.
CLC Theatre director to be guest at Cuyuna Range Women's Club luncheon
DEERWOOD -- The annual Cuyuna Range Women's Club spring luncheon, open to both men and women, will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood.
Happenings at Central Lakes College
Students volunteer at soup kitchen
Mille Lacs Band announces election results
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's primary election April 16 narrowed the field of candidates to the two top finishers in each race.
Kidney, liver top list of needed organs for transplants
National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, April 21-28, is a time to celebrate the gift of life and the successes of transplantation. It is also a time to raise awareness about the donation process and how many more donors are needed.
Budding chess champs
PILLAGER -- Checkmate!
Crosslake man shares the good news of organ donation
In 2000 there were 5,984 donors nationwide and 22,844 transplants.
After Potlatch goes, what next?
A community meeting to discuss information gathered in response to the impending closure of Potlatch's Brainerd mill is set from 7 to 9 p.m. May 7 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Baxter council looks at easy city workload
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday was presented with several staffing ideas to help ease the current city workload.
Remap may leave four seats at stake
Four of the five Crow Wing County commissioners may have to run for re-election this fall.
CROSBY -- A fund has been set up for a Cuyuna man who lost his home in a fire April 16.
E-911 house sign work is resumed
The Crow Wing County Highway Department started work again this week on installing the house signs for the Enhanced 911 project.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 25 - 20 years ago (1982) - Brian Douglas Schultz, son of Roman and Joan Schultz of Brainerd, was ordained to the ministry of priesthood in the Presbyterian Order in the Roman Catholic Church last Saturday.
More than 50 people recently learned how conservation easements can affect their land. Look for the story Friday in Housing.
Pop tab donation
Faye Brown (left), Dorothy Carlson and Glenn Brown, members of the Alpha Chapter, O.E.S., helped Jane Patrick, McDonald's public relations employee, pour 93 ice cream buckets, totaling 465 quarts of pop tabs Tuesday. The tabs will be sent to the Ronald McDonald House in the Twin Cities in the name of Nicole Koester, granddaughter of Joe and Elsie Melby of Baxter. The Eastern Star members have been saving pop tabs as a community project since 1991 and during that time have collected a total of 3,910 quarts. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
County board denies CBIR request for off-sale liquor license
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday denied a request from Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway for an off-sale liquor license.
Brainerd High School students will stage the play "Antigone" Thursday through Saturday. Look for information Thursday in Tempo.
Bonds to be sold for airport runway project
The $2.5 million general obligation improvement bonds will be sold May 28 for the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport runway project.
A bald eagle tried to balance on the top of a tamarack tree near the Beaver Dam Road in Brainerd Tuesday. Motorists can watch the progress of the nesting pair of eagles in the swampy area west of the road. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Kinkel won't say whether he's interested in top job at college
State Sen. Tony Kinkel, DFL-Park Rapids, may be leaving the Legislature, but he still knows how to give a political answer.
Whitefish residents win road upgrade
Some residents on Crow Wing County Road 140 near Whitefish Lake have driven on gravel road for 25 years.
Potlatch, union agree on severance plan
A severance agreement was reached Tuesday between Potlatch and Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy workers union Local No. 79.
School construction could start in August
Groundbreaking on a $47.2 million middle school in Baxter may occur in August.
Warriors softball player Yvonne Larson bundled up against the cold north wind at practice Wednesday. The team will meet Rocori at 5 p.m. today in Brainerd. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Cass board calls for special election to replace Witham
WALKER -- The Cass County Board during a special meeting this morning declared a vacancy in the Third Commissioner District and called for a special election to fill the vacancy.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 24 - 30 years ago (1972) - Willmar is about to lose its city bus service because the bus company reports a lack of use. In Brainerd, the bus has proved to be important to older people who have no transportation. Additional action by the council will be required this summer if the subsidy is to be continued.
Death of Fred Powers grieves friends, family
There will be an important person missing from Steven Day's and Nikki Hanson's May 18 wedding.
Enron-related bills face slow going in Senate
WASHINGTON -- The House has passed bills designed to extend new protections to workers' pensions and tighten oversight of the accounting industry in response to the Enron Corp. debacle.
Part of eight-story Manhattan building collapses; housed technical school
NEW YORK (AP) -- Part of an eight-story building housing a technical school collapsed Thursday on Manhattan's West Side.
Abuse victims skeptical Vatican summit will lead to change
For victims of clerical sex abuse, the communique U.S. prelates issued after their Vatican summit ended was more significant for what was not said than for what was.
Analysts seek clues in public silence of bin Laden
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden's failure to appear on video or audio tapes recorded since December may indicate the al-Qaida leader is dead, sick or on the run, but senior intelligence analysts Tuesday suggested it also could be part of a strategy to make his reappearance more dramatic when timed to another terrorist attack.
Woman kills husband, mother, sister before turning gun on herself
SLIDELL, La. (AP) -- A woman shot and killed her husband, sister and mother before she turned the gun on herself, leaving a note on the front door that read: "Call 911. Door is unlocked. We are all dead."
VATICAN CITY -- American cardinals meeting with Pope John Paul II reached consensus on a "one-strike-you're-out" policy that would dismiss any priest involved in a future sex abuse case, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick indicated Wednesday.
Wal-Mart testing out used-car businesses adjacent to Houston-area stores
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The world's largest retailer is taking a test drive in the used-car business.
Durable-goods orders fall 0.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods fell 0.6 percent in March, the first drop in the last four months, reflecting slackened demand for cars and computers. New-home sales moved lower.
Tensions loom as Bush meets Saudi crown prince to discuss Mideast
WACO, Texas -- Officially, President Bush and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah are meeting to advance the Mideast peace process. But a growing number of conflicts, and Bush's strong support for Israel, threaten to overshadow the talks at the president's ranch.
Tobacco giant pushes cigarette fire standards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest tobacco company now says all cigarettes should be manufactured so they extinguish themselves if smokers don't stamp them out.
Wages, benefits rise at slowest pace in three years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. workers' wages and benefits rose in the first quarter at the slowest pace in three years as the spotty economic recovery translated into less generous compensation packages.
More than 100 workers arrested at D.C. airports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft says the arrests of dozens of airport workers on fraud and immigration charges illustrates the government's zero tolerance policy in its war on terrorism.
Investigators into deadly California crash say freight train ran red light
PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators trying to determine why a freight train plowed into a passenger train have turned their attention to the moments before the deadly crash, when they say the freight train ran a red light.
Crash raises anew pressing issues of overcrowded rails, collision avoidance
Tuesday's deadly collision between a commuter train and a freight train in Orange County, Calif., may be symptomatic of a crowded rail system that still relies largely on human judgment instead of a sophisticated collision-avoidance system.
USS Cole comes home to Norfolk
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The USS Cole returned to its home port Thursday a stronger, better ship than when a terrorists' bomb ripped it open and killed 17 of its sailors a year and a half ago in Yemen.
Airman suspect in string of rapes
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- An Air Force Airman was jailed on $1 million bail after turning himself in to police investigating six sexual assault cases in this college town that have been linked to a slaying and rapes in Philadelphia.
U.S. church leaders head home after stopping short of zero-tolerance policy
VATICAN CITY -- American cardinals headed home Thursday from their summit at the Vatican, carrying plans for new policies to remove priests involved in sexual abuse -- but facing a tough sell from some U.S. Catholics seeking a stricter stance of zero tolerance.
Man who hammered Liberty Bell gets nine-month term
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A self-described wanderer who pulled a hammer from a backpack and pounded on the Liberty Bell last year was sentenced Tuesday to nine months behind bars.
Hundreds of homes threatened by Colorado wildfire
BAILEY, Colo. (AP) -- Firefighters labored Thursday to protect hundreds of homes from a wind-whipped wildfire that had more than doubled in size in 24 hours.
Army finds evidence of 2nd accidental anthrax release
For the second time this month Army officials have found evidence of an accidental release of anthrax spores in an Army biodefense research building in Frederick, Md., this one involving a different and relatively benign strain of the microbe.
Two percent of test deer in Wisconsin had chronic wasting disease
The finding that 2 percent of the deer killed in a special hunt in southwestern Wisconsin carried a fatal brain disease will require more efforts to trim the deer herd, a top wildlife official says.
Negotiators clear major Enron-related issue on bankruptcy bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers aimed a long-stalled bankruptcy bill directly at Enron executives Tuesday by deciding to block wealthy debtors from using luxury homes to shield assets from creditors.
A temperature change in the rail, possibly complicated by routine maintenance done several days earlier, may have been a major factor in the derailment of Amtrak's Auto Train in Florida last week, said investigative and industry sources.
What bounce in recruiting?
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Seventeen-year-old Yessica Matuce of New York City enlisted in the Army in January. But the attack that brought down the World Trade Center not far from her home had little to do with it.
Massachusetts man found guilty of office massacre
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Rejecting defense arguments that a software engineer believed he was traveling back in time to kill Nazis when he fatally shot seven co-workers, a jury on Wednesday found Michael McDermott guilty of seven counts of first-degree murder.
Columbine father publicly apologizes
DENVER (AP) -- A man who accused a police officer of mistakenly killing his son during the Columbine High School massacre apologized publicly.
Andersen seeks to reopen talks with government
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A week after negotiations collapsed, Arthur Andersen has renewed efforts to settle criminal obstruction-of-justice charges related to the destruction of documents on Enron Corp.
Trains collide, two killed
PLACENTIA, Calif. -- They were left dazed, bloodied and shellshocked. Some were thrown from their seats, others clambered from windows of the mangled train.
Montanan pleads guilty in illegal trade of walleye for venison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A northeastern Montana resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating federal game laws by exchanging deer hunting tags for walleye allegedly brought in by two Minnesota residents from Federal Dam.
Church observers say pope statement on abuse unusually direct; victims cautiously optimistic
Many U.S. Roman Catholics welcomed Pope John Paul II's statement on sex abuse Tuesday as a long-awaited acknowledgment that the church has mishandled molestation claims and harmed innocent people in the process. Advocates for victims were anxious to hear what solutions the Vatican would support.
Senators lose bicoastal battle to drop ethanol mandate from energy bill
WASHINGTON -- Senators from both coasts lost their effort Tuesday to strip from energy legislation an ethanol provision that they warned would lead to gasoline price spikes.
House panel votes to extend sexual abstinence programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House committee has voted to renew a sexual abstinence program after turning back a Democratic attempt to let states decide whether to include discussion of birth control methods.
Man convicted of killing his children while his ex listened over the phone
DALLAS (AP) -- An accountant was found guilty of capital murder Wednesday for shooting to death his two young daughters while his ex-wife listened helplessly on the telephone.
Just like old times Giambi delivers big hit in Oakland
A trip back to Oakland helped Jason Giambi regain his MVP form.
NCAA considers $20,000 loans
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Top college players could receive $20,000 in loans if a new rules package is approved by the NCAA.
Jazz show Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Sloan and John Stockton led the undermanned Utah Jazz into the NBA's toughest arena and emerged with a startling victory. They insisted it was nothing special.
National sports briefs
Suddenly, Brent Johnson looks like Patrick Roy, and Roy is as masterful as ever.
Ottawa's Lalime records third straight shutout
Just one goal might make the Philadelphia Flyers feel better. Patrick Lalime has no intention of letting them have it.
Hockey overshadows first-place Expos
Montreal manager Frank Robinson heard the Expos fans cheering, and couldn't understand why.
Miami Dolphins player Wagstaff injured in car accident
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins guard James Wagstaff was listed in serious condition at Broward General Medical Center after a single-car accident early Thursday.
Booed at his former home, Giambi strikes with bat
His former fans booed him, held up derogatory signs and threw back one of his foul balls.
Called up for major league debut, Foster wins for Braves
A whirlwind day for John Foster turned out better than he ever imagined. Not only did he make his major league debut, he wound up with a win over the World Series champions.
Violet A. Oium
Violet A. Oium, 84, Brainerd, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Wayland J. Waller
HILLMAN -- Wayland J. Waller, 74, Hillman, died today, April 25, 2002, at Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Ruby Koeder, 82, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
HARDING -- Julia Woitalla, 90, Harding, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at home.
Julia R. Woitalla
HARDING -- Julia R. Woitalla, 90, Harding, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Kenneth 'Ken' J. Peterick
ROYALTON -- Kenneth "Ken" J. Peterick, 59, Royalton, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at home.
RaQuel A. Sam
ONAMIA -- RaQuel A. Sam, 2, Onamia, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Daniel C. Thielman
LITTLE FALLS -- Daniel C. Thielman, infant son of Daniel D. and Lisa (Leyendecker) Thielman, Little Falls, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Marcella 'Marci' Kulus
LITTLE FALLS -- Marcella "Marci" Kulus, Little Falls, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Marian E. Spencer
STAPLES -- Marian E. Spencer, 98, Staples, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at the Staples Care Center.
Fred Powers, 28, Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Marilyn B. Lewis
NISSWA -- Marilyn B. Lewis, 68, Nisswa, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Dora Becker Vrudny
CRYSTAL -- Dora Becker Vrudny, infant daughter of Joseph and Kimberly (Becker) Vrudny, Crystal, was born and died Thursday, April 18, 2002.
Fred Powers, 28, Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Marilyn B. Lewis
NISSWA -- Marilyn B. Lewis, 68, Nisswa, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Connie M. Reier
FARGO, N.D. -- Connie M. Reier, 50, Fargo, N.D., died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at home.
Clara T. Hoffman
Clara T. Hoffman, 99, Brainerd, died Monday, April 22, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
A decision she won't regret
In Washington, one is more likely to find people who believe tabloid stories on alien invaders than people who accept at face value a pure motive behind the resignation of a top White House aide.
The article by Renee Richardson on the Northstar project is very timely and well done. Readers need to know that the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has not supported the project. Representatives Dale Walz, Greg Blaine and Larry Howes should be urged to support Northstar.
Trying to predict what, if anything, the 2002 Legislature will do about various stadium proposals is like trying to predict Minnesota's fickle spring weather.
Presidential counselor Karen Hughes' announcement that she'll return to Texas this summer sparked considerable commentary about the role of working mothers and their challenge of balancing family and career.
More family time
WASHINGTON -- Karen Hughes says she wants to spend more time with her family.
The city of Brainerd is proposing to rezone 30 acres of land north of the Wise Road (County Road 49 North) between Beaver Dam Road and Highway 371 from R-F (rural residential) to B-4 (general business). The reason for the rezoning is
A reform that may backfire
WASHINGTON -- The pop quiz questions for today: Will a Supreme Court which bars the government from regulating simulated child pornography allow that same government to restrict political speech in the days just before an election?
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Speedway's 22-show season roars in Saturday
BARROWS -- It will be a case of the old meeting the new when North Central Speedway opens its 22-show season Saturday, weather permitting.
In the spotlight: Robby Gordon
Hometown: Bellflower, Calif.
Busch rises in ratings
FONTANA, Calif. -- Whether you believe television ratings, attendance figures or the exodus of drivers from the open-wheeled division to stock cars, one thing is clear: NASCAR's second tier, the Busch Series, has lapped its rivals from the Championship Auto Racing Teams and Indy Racing League circuits.
Ed Jensen out to defend title
Weather permitting, North Central Motor Speedway opens its season Saturday and Ed Jensen of Brainerd will be the only racer defending his points title championship.
Karen Rizer, the speedway's track promoter, said she has mixed feelings on her husband Todd not racing his super stock at NCS this season.
Where: 2-mile D-shaped oval at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Date Race Winner
Racing has lost its stock
FONTANA, Calif. -- The Ford Motor Co. doesn't make a two-door Taurus. General Motors doesn't make a Monte Carlo with a front bumper that's less than 3 inches off the ground. And DaimlerChrysler doesn't make anything that resembles the Intrepid that will race this weekend at California Speedway.
Ventura won't close mansion if lawmakers come up with money
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura doesn't want to close his official residence and he told lawmakers Wednesday that if they find more money, he won't shutter it as planned April 30.
Repairing the Duluth Lakewalk
A backhoe moved rocks brought to Duluth by rail from Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron on Wednesday. The rocks are being used to replace missing shoreline along a portion of Duluth's Lakewalk that was damaged in a storm last year. (AP Photo)
Ventura will sign sparkler bill, but he wishes it went further
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura says he'll grudgingly sign a bill legalizing sparklers and other Fourth of July novelty items.
Four DFL gubernatorial candidates meet in environmental debate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pollution, parks, energy policy and other environmental issues grabbed the spotlight Tuesday evening at a debate among the four DFL candidates for governor.
Legislative leaders make progress toward budget deal
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Legislative leaders made the first significant progress in weeks toward a session-ending budget deal in meetings Tuesday.
Appeals court ruling protects late-paying renters
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Property owners are worried about the implications of a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that said landlords who accept late rent money from tenants can't evict renters for tardy payments.
Three arrested after sexual assault reported at Richfield High School
RICHFIELD (AP) -- Police were investigating a reported sexual assault at Richfield High School.
Student newspaper files police complaint for hockey celebration
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota student newspaper filed a complaint Tuesday over the alleged police mistreatment of reporters who were covering unruly hockey fans after the Golden Gophers won the national championship.
Survey finds SCSU students concerned about race
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Nearly a third of the students at St. Cloud State University say diversity and race relations are the greatest challenge facing the school, according to a new survey.
Windy conditions keep fire conditions ripe
Windy conditions have kept wildfires a concern around Minnesota despite the recent wet weather, according to the Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids.
MnDOT signs will alert motorists to construction
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation on Wednesday unveiled a system of automated signs that will warn highway motorists about traffic congestion in construction zones.
State to expand victim notification system
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Peace of mind could be just a telephone call away for crime victims around the state by the end of the year, according to state officials.
Minneapolis school board approves new bus schedule
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Parents of young children in Minneapolis will be juggling their schedules next year after the Minneapolis school board unanimously approved a new bus plan that will change start times at the district's elementary schools.
Four-term legislator from Frazee retiring, but she could run with GOP's Sullivan
FRAZEE (AP) -- Rep. Roxann Daggett, mentioned as a possible running mate for GOP businessman Brian Sullivan in the governor's race, announced Wednesday she won't seek re-election to the Legislature.
Nurse strike averted at Albert Lea, Fairmont hospitals
Hospital nurses in Fairmont have reached a tentative agreement that could avert a strike, and nurses in Albert Lea have approved a three-year contract.
Mason wants the Gophers to have to 'have the very best team they possibly can, just like the old days'
It was an opportunity to shake hands with University of Minnesota coaches Glen Mason, Dan Monson and J Robinson and men's athletic director Tom Moe.
Aitkin tops WDC in tennis
WADENA -- The Aitkin Gobblers picked up their fourth win of the season with a 6-1 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday in non-conference boys' tennis.
Kittelson nears girls' discus mark
Blustery spring days don't seem to bother Amy Kittelson and other members of the Brainerd Warriors girls' track and field team.
Warriors enjoy playing time
What looked more like a scrimmage was actually the Brainerd Warriors softball team pounding St. Cloud Apollo 8-2 and 10-0 in a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader Tuesday.
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity baseball team defeated Pine River-Backus 18-7 in five innings Monday.
Fitness Frenzy scheduled
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department's Fitness Frenzy Spring Break 5-kilometer run/walk is scheduled Saturday at Kiwanis Park.
Warrior Athlete of the Week
Laura Clemens has endured arthritis in her knees, double-jointed arms that dislocate and a torn deltoid muscle in her pitching arm.
BHS boys beat Tech by point in track
Devin O'Reilly has been a workhorse for the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team.
Gobbler girls finish second at conference meet
ISLE -- Tiffany Kullhem shot a 54 and Carrie Cummings 56 to lead the Aitkin Gobblers girls' golf team to a second-place finish in a Great River Conference meet Tuesday with a team score of 245.
Pequot walks to victory
PILLAGER -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team used 19 walks and three hit batters to beat the Pillager Huskies 18-3 in Park Region Conference action Tuesday.
Apollo sweeps Warrior baseball team
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles swept a Central Lakes Conference baseball doubleheader from the Brainerd Warriors by scores of 9-8 and 3-2 at Tuesday Putz Field.
high school BASEBALL
Aitkin stays unbeaten in baseball with 8-4 victory
ISLE -- Josh Flier went 3-for-5 with a run and Phil Martin was 1-4 with a double and three RBI as the Aitkin Gobblers beat the Isle Indians 8-4 Tuesday in Great River Conference baseball.
Local sports shorts
Handicapped parking will be available at the Brainerd Warriors All-Sports Banquet which will be conducted Monday in the Brainerd High School gym.
Gopher coaches pay tribute to outstate areas
The University of Minnesota Gophers Coaches Caravan rolled into Brainerd Wednesday, not only to build up support for Gophers athletics, but also to say thanks to those who have supported them in the past.
Warriors drop fourth in a row
ST. CLOUD -- Matt Holbrook was the lone Brainerd tennis player to pick up a win as the Warriors fell the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 6-1 in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday.
Raiders sweep Northland
The Central Lakes College Raiders baseball team improved to 11-7 in the North Division with a doubleheader sweep of Northland Wednesday at Mills Field.
Raiders meet the challenge
In what could be described as must win games, the Central Lakes College Raiders softball team came through in the clutch by sweeping their doubleheader against Ridgewater Community College with two come-from-behind victories, 4-3 and 3-2.
Tampa's mastery of Twins lives on
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Steve Cox said there's no secret to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' success against the Minnesota Twins.
Mavericks jump out to 2-0 lead
DALLAS (AP) -- Michael Finley saw what was happening across the NBA. Teams were wasting home-court advantage, and he didn't want his Dallas Mavericks to make the same mistake.
Nick & Nash Mavs' backcourt makes its point
DALLAS (AP) -- When Steve Nash and Nick Van Exel are in the backcourt, there's not much strategy in deciding who runs the floor for the Mavericks.
Twins shrug off another loss to Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Another loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays left the Minnesota Twins wondering why they can't beat one of baseball's weakest teams.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Just months after he regained control of football operations of the Minnesota Vikings' football operations, 31-year employee Frank Gilliam appears to have lost it, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday.
East Gull Lake author draws from experience as doctor in Vietnam War to write first book
Dr. Richard Siebert knew for years that somewhere in the landscape of his Vietnam War experience lay the contours of a novel.
Staples Area Men's Chorus to host annual Dinner Concert
STAPLES -- The Staples Area Men's Chorus is gearing for its annual Dinner Concert, featuring "good music, fine food and the fun of having performers come to your table," organizers said.
Brainerd High School students to stage 'Antigone'
The Brainerd High School Drama Club will present "Antigone" by Jean Anouihl at 7 p.m. today through Saturday in the BHS Little Theatre.
The Rock reigns with debut of 'Scorpion King'
LOS ANGELES -- The Rock knocked down box-office records for April and established himself as a viable action hero with "The Scorpion King," which took in $36.1 million for a No. 1 weekend debut.
Miller plays multiple instruments, sings
NISSWA -- Jim Miller of Bemidji, the first artist to perform in the Grassroots Concerts series 172 concerts ago, will return at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nisswa Community Center to close the series' spring season.
CLC to put on 'The Diary of Anne Frank'
The Central Lakes College theatrical season resumes next week with "The Diary of Anne Frank," but the Anne of this version will seem "less saintly" than the original, said Director Patrick Spradlin.
Spring activities planned across Minnesota
This is the Explore Minnesota events report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
Music Live! features variety of musical demonstrations by Brainerd students
The Brainerd School District presented the second annual Music Live! Classroom Music Gallery for kindergartners through eighth-graders March 18, featuring keyboards, computers, recorders, movement and more.
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Krippayne to give concert in Walker
WALKER -- Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Scott Krippayne will present a concert at 7 p.m. May 5 at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School in Walker.
Star Wars merchandise arrives in stores -- just in time for release of new release
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" is about to open in theaters, it must be time for "Star Wars: Attack of the Toys" to begin invading stores.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Tara Brodmarkle's interest in writing encouraged her to sign on this semester with the Brainonian staff.
Visual artists from across the state will flock to Brainerd this weekend for the annual "Spring Exhibition" by members of Artists of Minnesota.
The Pine River Area Art Club and Pine River-Backus Community Education have teamed up to offer a watercolor workshop next week with artist Rose Edin.
Minnesota meets Norway: Brainerd man participates in Home Guard exchange
It wasn't exactly the "land of the midnight sun" when Sgt. 1st Class Chris DeGeest arrived in Bergen, Norway.
Baxter decoy carver finds interest in this art form is escalating, but hasn't peaked yet
BAXTER -- Bob Johnson said he felt confident when he went to Perham two weeks ago for the John Jenson National Fish Decoy contest.
Spring has sprung
Weather drawing by Anja Smith of Mrs. Ruen's first grade class at Baxter school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Windy. Scattered snow showers northeast this morning. Partly to mostly cloudy north and mainly sunny south. Highs from the middle 30s northeast to the lower 50s extreme south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Wind advisory statewide today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Breezy east. Highs in the mid 40s to near 60.
Iowa state forecast
Severe thunderstorm watch central and southwest until 1 pm...
State forecast for North Dakota
Tonight...Mostly clear west. Mostly cloudy east with a few flurries northeast. Lows 15 to 25.
Minnesota state forecast
Wind advisory central and west today...
Change of seasons
Weather drawing by Enid Swaggert of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory northwest..Central and east today...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today... Partly to mostly cloudy...Windy and cool. A chance of snow showers or flurries northeast. Highs from the upper 30s far north to lower 50s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Showers and thunderstorms. Falling temperatures west half with a chance of snow showers far northwest. Breezy. Highs in the 50s northwest to near 70 southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny with highs in the lower 50s to lower 60s.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert Iler, who plays the rebellious, pot-smoking son of a mob boss on HBO's "The Sopranos," pleaded guilty Tuesday to mugging two youths and stealing $40.
Crow Wing County Council on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. The agenda will be made up. All officers should attend.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pop singer Jewel was injured when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray, the co-president of her record label said Wednesday.
Lorriane Borg, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday today.
Spanish police detain al-Qaida suspect
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police on Wednesday arrested a Syrian-born man authorities say was crucial to helping the al-Qaida terrorist network finance operations in several countries. It was the third suspected al-Qaida member arrested in Spain in the last 10 days.
Israel demands changes in U.N. team looking into Jenin fighting
JERUSALEM -- Israel pressed for changes Wednesday in a U.N. team due to look into its assault of the Jenin refugee camp, calling the investigation biased against it, as U.N. chief Kofi Annan refused to delay the mission.
Israelis: Operation dismantled infrastructure of suicide bombers
JERUSALEM -- Qis Adwan, Israeli intelligence said, had loaded explosives into the vest of a suicide bomber headed to Netanya's Par
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Nine young Palestinians walked out of the Church of the Nativity on Thursday, accompanied by two monks and carrying the bodies of two Palestinians. It was the largest group to leave the church in the three-week standoff.
Extradition case dropped against Algerian pilot once suspected of training hijackers
LONDON (AP) -- Extradition proceedings against Algerian pilot Lotfi Raissi -- once described by U.S. authorities as a trainer for the Sept. 11 hijackers -- were dropped Wednesday after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence he was linked to terrorism or had committed any crime.
Argentina roiled by powerful official's resignation
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- President Eduardo Duhalde struggled Wednesday to devise a new rescue plan for Argentina's devastated economy and fill the void left by the resignation of his powerful economy minister.
Russian rocket lifts South African space tourist into orbit
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- The world's second space tourist soared into orbit Thursday on a Russian rocket, overcoming last-minute jitters as he embarked on a $20 million ride to the International Space Station.
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