Study: Midsize cars losing market share to SUVs
DETROIT -- Midsize cars, the auto industry's mainstay vehicle segment that includes the best-selling Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, are losing customers to sport-utility vehicles and "crossover" SUV/passenger cars much more than just two years ago, according to a study released Tuesday.
For 2001 Dodge Neon, the word is WHOOEE!
Billboards for the original Dodge Neon displayed one word next to the Neon picture: "Hi."
Automakers, environmentalists agree on clean vehicle tax credits
WASHINGTON -- Several major automakers and environmental groups have joined forces for the first time to support tax credits to promote cleaner vehicles and reduce fuel consumption.
Subaru Impreza WRX adds some jazz
Subaru, a company best known for family cars with all-wheel drive, wants to jazz up its image a bit, and the 2002 Impreza WRX ought to help. It's quick, it's great fun to drive and, though Subaru's assertion that it's competitive with a 3-series BMW is questionable, it surely tries.
Study finds traffic light cameras reduce collisions and injuries
DETROIT (AP) -- Cameras aimed at catching drivers who run red lights may also help prevent collisions and injuries, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Groups blame Ford for tire accidents
Two consumer groups said Wednesday that Ford Motor Co. is primarily to blame for the accidents involving Firestone tires and Ford Explorers that have killed scores of people.
Chrysler announces voluntary recall of some new minivans
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Chrysler arm of DaimlerChrysler AG announced Wednesday a voluntary recall of some new minivans, citing a possible front suspension problem.
Seven employees of defunct securities firm plead guilty
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seven brokers from a now-defunct securities firm pleaded guilty to cheating some 16,000 customers out of more than $176 million through "pump and dump" schemes.
Honeywell to cut 850 more jobs in Twin Cities suburbs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Honeywell International Inc. said Wednesday that 850 employees are being laid off at its plants in Roseville, Hopkins and Minnetonka as part of its 6,500 worldwide job cuts announced last week.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Biggest wage, benefit increase in year; jobless claims way up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' wages and benefits in the first quarter took their biggest leap in a year, suggesting the slowing economy isn't hurting workers who still have jobs. However, new claims for state unemployment insurance last week hit a five-year high.
School officials struggle with zero tolerance weapons policies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Some schools nationwide are rethinking their zero tolerance weapons policies after students either unwittingly brought weapons to school or were caught with items that were never intended to be weapons in the first place.
Study: One-third U.S. schoolchildren are bullies, bullied or both
Nearly one-third of U.S. schoolchildren in the 6th through the 10th grades have bullied other kids or been bullied, according to the first study of its kind, published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Chocolate sauerkraut cake
Dear Heloise: I remember reading in your column a recipe for a cake made with sauerkraut. I would love to make it for a bake sale. -- Vianne, Baltimore
New dad fears name change will damage bond with boy
DEAR ABBY: When we learned our baby was going to be a boy, my wife and I settled on a name we both loved.
FTC: Record industry markets adult music to teens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The record industry aggressively peddles adult music to America's teens even as Hollywood curtails ads for violent movies to youths, regulators said in a report to Congress.
Alert pharmacists best against overmedication
DEAR ABBY: This is in response to "Lee in Walnut Creek, Calif.," whose husband was on 11 different medications and experienced either drug interactions and/or dosage problems that led to increasing disability.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 132, a year ago 152.
Deadline extended for wool and mohair sign-up
The deadline to file for the Wool and Mohair Market Loss Assistance Program II was extended from mid April to May 4.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 750.
Landowners trade crops for water and wildlife
VESTA -- At first glance, it doesn't look like much -- some newly planted trees and shrubs, a bit of switchgrass and a small pool of water.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 206, a year ago 130.
Farmers dig into pockets to help each other stay on land
ENDERLIN, N.D. -- He sat at the kitchen table and read slowly down a long list of numbers. He saw a river of debt -- and a drowning farmer.
Reindeer can be raised for profit
LAKE CRYSTAL (AP) -- Selling calves is a profitable business for Daryl and Yvonne Simon and their business partner, Bev Herda. It's so good that they've sold four already -- and the calves haven't been born yet.
Velvety yogurt comes from Greece
Anyone who has spent time in Greece will tell you the yogurt is spectacular -- the velvety smoothness, the tang just shy of mouth-puckering.
Swiss steak doesn't have to be full of fat
Swiss steak is a hearty favorite, but this recipe shows it can be a low-fat offering. Suggested accompaniments: mashed potatoes and snow peas. Slow-cooker instructions are included.
Cookbook is a must for chicken lovers
This quick and easy recipe for chicken comes from a book to warm the hearts of the legions of cooks and diners who love chicken.
Enjoy salmon steak on grill
When it comes to salmon, I'm pretty much the only one in our family who enjoys a good salmon steak on the grill.
THEFT -- Nicki Ledoux, 10,000 block of County Road 24, reported the theft of two chain saws valued at $1,200.
The Brainerd Fire Department investigated a smoke smell Wednesday at a residence belonging to Richard Ryan on Brandon Way in Crow Wing Township.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Andrew and Janalyn (Kiltie) Rooney, Pillager, twin boys, Tyler Joseph, 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and Christopher Andrew, 6 pounds, 5 ounces, April 6, 2001. Grandparents are Ilona Benson, Crosby, Ronald Rooney, Emily, and Phillip and Jeannine Kiltie, Alexandria.
A 34-year-old Brainerd man and a 19-year-old Brainerd woman were arrested Tuesday on charges of sale of a third-degree controlled substance, the Brainerd Police Department reported.
Senate panel details $8.8 billion for K-12
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A day after a House panel laid out an $8.7 billion K-12 education funding plan, its Senate counterpart came forward with its own proposal that adds $100 million to the bottom line.
Money remains stumbling block on education bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Disagreements on money for elementary and secondary education threaten to stall debate on President Bush's education plan, with congressional and White House negotiators remaining billions of dollars apart on spending for schools in 2002.
Charter schools to face tighter fiscal restrictions
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Charter schools will face more scrutiny and tighter restrictions in Minnesota if a compromise approved by a House panel becomes law.
Congress pledges to stop felons from illegally drawing benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As much as $831 million a year in federal pension and health benefits is illegally paid to felons, fugitives, and eve
State auditor may run for governor
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State Auditor Judi Dutcher became the first DFL candidate for governor out of the gate Thursday when she formed an exploratory committee for the 2002 race.
Bush expresses willingness to compromise on taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is expressing a readiness to basically split the difference on his centerpiece plan for cutting taxes, bowing to the reality of a Senate that is unwilling to accept his proposed $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax reduction.
Congressional report seeks simpler tax code
WASHINGTON -- A new congressional report on the complexity of America's tax code recommends eliminating or streamlining dozens of taxes and abolishing numerous limitations on tax breaks based on income.
GOP seeks budget compromise amid split over taxes, spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans seeking compromise on a 2002 budget are conceding that it will permit less than the $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax cut President Bush wants. But a House-Senate dispute over spending threatens to be even tougher to resolve.
Bush says Pawlenty can run for Senate
ST. PAUL -- President Bush told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he wasn't standing in the way of a U.S. Senate run by Minnesota House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty.
Resources for back pain listed
You can minimize back problems by strengthening and stretching your back, stomach, hip and thigh muscles.
Pack of cigarettes gets more costly
NEW YORK -- Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, the two biggest U.S. tobacco companies, are boosting wholesale cigarette prices by 14 cents a pack for the second time in just over four months.
Nerve grafts restore sexual function after prostate surgery
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Salvaging a nerve from the ankle, surgeons have found they can rewire the penis so men achieve erections and have sex after operations to remove their cancerous prostate glands.
Chromosomes count to tell chance of oral cancer
A simple genetic test can help doctors accurately predict whether people with common white patches inside their mouths are likely to develop deadly oral cancer.
State is preparing to handle an aging population
In 2030, one in every four people in Minnesota will be 65 or older, according to the Minnesota Demographer's Office numbers from 1997.
Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus, Student Senate
The 2000-2001 CLC Student Senate from the Brainerd campus
Settling an estate: Whether you're 20 or 90, decisions must be made
BACKUS -- If you are already incapacitated, it's too late to decide who will handle your financial affairs or your health care. And, obviously, it's too late to write a will if you've already died.
CLC Graphic Arts students visit Chicago industry
Nine Central Lakes College Graphic Arts students and instructors traveled to Chicago on April 9-11 for a visit to Heidelberg USA.
Area health briefs
CROSBY -- The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program will offer a session May 22-June 28 in Crosby.
Jensen excels at everything, including track
PIERZ -- Kristine Jensen is involved in so many activities at Pierz High School she sometimes has trouble remembering whether she's playing in the band or jumping over hurdles.
Cass Outstanding Senior Citizens nominations sought
Nominations are being sought for Outstanding Senior Citizens of Cass County for the year 2001.
Linden Hill history tour set May 1
LITTLE FALLS -- Learn about lumber barons Charles A. Weyerhaeuser and Richard Drew Musser at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, during a Linden Hill history tour of the Weyerhaeuser and Musser mansions.
Staples Community Foundation has raised $100,000 in funding campaign
STAPLES -- The Staples Community Foundation announced its fund-raising campaign has passed the $100,000 level.
Two spring teams sport new coaches for Pierz Pioneers
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers spring coaching staff is sporting a familiar face, as well as a new face this season.
Nelson main base of Pequot baseball team
PEQUOT LAKES -- Since eighth grade, Chase Nelson has been the cornerstone of the Pequot Lakes baseball team.
Mille Lacs area water quality to be monitored
Water quality in and around Mille Lacs Lake will be monitored this spring and summer.
Students one year away from completing mosaic mural
ONAMIA -- Tile by tile, Onamia students have spent the past four years creating a priceless piece of artwork that celebrates the traditions and history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
CLC's Machine Trades program receives donation
The Machine Trades program at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College recently accepted a $3,000 donation from Command Tooling Systems of Ramsey.
Spaghetti dinner to kick off Run Around Woman Weekend
LONGVILLE -- The first activity of the Run Around Woman Weekend in Longville, an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Salem Lutheran Church.
Japan is Cultural Thursday topic at CLC
Motoko Kinebuchi, a Japanese student at Central Lakes College, will present the May 3 Cultural Thursday program for the public.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Lefty Gary Borg tossed a one-hitter and helped his own cause with a triple and single for three runs as Coach Lowell Scearcy's Brainerd High School Warriors made it four wins in a row this season 10-0 in five frames at Wadena.
Teen pregnancy falls in county
Teen pregnancy in Crow Wing County has dropped 46 percent from 1992, reported Cheryl Craig, the county teen pregnancy prevention coordinator.
Bid awarded for county maintenance building
The Crow Wing County Board awarded Tuesday a bid of about $487,100 for construction of a maintenance building for the solid waste department.
Hospitality school to open in June at Grand View Lodge
NISSWA -- A new school will open in June in the Brainerd lakes area.
Cushing woman arraigned in connection with fatal mishap
WALKER -- Brenda Joyce Strempke, 53, Cushing, was arraigned April 23 on one criminal vehicular homicide count in connection with a two-vehicle accident which killed Robin Schlechter.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 26 - 80 years ago (1921) - Travelers for the cities should make a note of the fact, as one man expressed it, that the 5:35 a.m. will leave at 4:20 a.m., the 1 a.m. train for Bemidji will leave at 12:15 a.m. This starts May 1 and if you don't remember the new timetable you will surely get left in Brainerd.
Jon Hassler received a hug from his former student Linda Gau Fields
Spring-like weather is a little late, but this week's warm temperatures should speed flower garden action. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Out-of-home placement costs staying under budget
The budget for out-of-home placements in Crow Wing County is looking good, reported Susan Beck, county welfare director.
Early childhood screening for children who will be eligible for kindergarten in 2002 and 2003 will be conducted the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Early Childhood Center at the East Brainerd Mall.
St. Joseph's, often near capacity now, takes concerned look at census figures
St. Joseph's Medical Center was near capacity 11 times in March and April and is looking forward to census data to plan for the future.
Five alternatives listed for Highway 169 improvements
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is nearing completion of the Highway 169 scoping process for improvements to the highway from Highway 27 north of Onamia to the Highway 18/Highway 6 intersection northwest of Garrison.
Board votes to support GIS
After a lengthy discussion, the Crow Wing County Board agreed Tuesday to affirm its commitment to the process of developing a Geographic Information System.
Bloomington man indicted on manslaughter charges
WALKER -- A Cass County grand jury recently indicted Robert Henry Armstrong, 30, Bloomington, on second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet 3:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.
Ex-congressman, ag secretary Bob Bergland campaigns for university
When college freshman Bob Bergland started his studies at the University of Minnesota in 1946, the school was teeming with ex-servicemen attending school on the GI Bill. One of his classmates was 25 years old with a war background that included hand-to-hand combat.
BREEZY POINT -- The Police Explorer Conference will be Thursday through Sunday at Breezy Point Resort.
Teen arrested for gun threat
A 17-year-old Brainerd teen was arrested Wednesday after threatening to take a gun to Brainerd High School and kill students.
A New York-based actress will stage her critically acclaimed show during the Crossing Arts Alliance's "arts crawl." Look for the story Thursday in Tempo.
Event to focus on deaf awareness
The Central Lakes College American Sign Language 'PAH' Club will be presenting the Deaf Awareness Days Friday and Saturday in the college's gymnasium.
Consolidated linemen injured
CROSSLAKE -- One man has been released from a hospital and the other is in stable condition following an electrical accident Tuesday south of Crosslake.
Baxter focuses on loose ends
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council met Tuesday to direct city staffers on projects that have been forgotten or overlooked.
Davenport holds on
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- City workers kept watch on sandbag levees as the bloated Mississippi River hovered at its crest Wednesday, not quite as high as predicted and short of a record.
Whitman sued by man she was photographed frisking
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Former Gov. Christie Whitman is being sued by the man she was photographed frisking during a police ride-along in 1996.
Computer problems delay robot workout
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- Astronauts finished installing the international space station's new 58-foot robot arm but ran into computer trouble Wednesday that delayed a mechanical handoff of a giant packing crate to a smaller arm attached to space shuttle Endeavour.
Regulators order limited price controls to ease West's power crisis
WASHINGTON -- Responding to growing political pressure, federal regulators are ordering limited price caps during California electricity emergencies in an attempt to head off severe price spikes this summer when the state is expected to face critical power shortages.
Daughter of Oklahoma City bombing victim to report on McVeigh execution
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The people watching reporter Carla Wade on "Good Morning Arkansas" probably don't know about her father.
NASA agrees to space station tourist
WASHINGTON -- An American tycoon who offered the Russians $20 million if they'd fly him to the international space station will get his wish this weekend when he's rocketed into orbit on a dream-come-true adventure.
Death raises questions about customs agents
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Customs agent on a non-emergency assignment crashed his government car into a tractor trailer he was trying to pass while speeding at least 20 miles per hour above the limit on a dusty, dirt road. The collision killed his partner.
Airline to pay stranded passengers
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -- At least 3,700 Northwest Airlines passengers who endured lengthy delays during a January 1999 blizzard will get checks averaging $1,300.
High court scales back civil rights act
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court made it harder to enforce the nation's civil rights laws Tuesday, ruling that states, schools and colleges may not be sued for policies that have a discriminatory effect on blacks, Latinos or other minorities.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods jumped by 3 percent in March.All the strength came from strong demand for ships, cars and other transportation equipment.
Poll suggests anxiety over nuclear power easing
WASHINGTON -- Americans have grown slightly more comfortable with nuclear power over the past two years, an Associated Press poll suggests, with half now saying they support using nuclear plants to produce electricity.
Former Sen. Bob Kerrey says his squad killed civilians in Vietnam
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Former senator and governor Bob Kerrey says he is haunted by a raid he led into enemy territory in Vietnam 32 years ago, in which only civilians -- women, children and older men -- were killed.
After 46 years, lost love letter arrives
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Nearly a half-century ago, James Bracy scrawled four pages of love-laced prose to his young wife, dropped the letter at the post office on his Army base, and forgot about it.
Hawaii teachers approve contract, end strike
HONOLULU -- Hawaii's public schoolteachers overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract, allowing them to return to classrooms Wednesday for the first time in three weeks.
Kings even series
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- This time, the fans in Arco Arena had everything to shout about.
Ricky and the Babe Henderson breaks Ruth's walk record
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rickey Henderson got his walks record and a dirty uniform in another loss for the San Diego Padres.
Tuesday, April 24
Sabres brace for second-round meeting against potent Penguins
Don M. Kaser
Don M. Kaser, 66, Brainerd, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
David C. Klodt
PORTLAND, Ore. -- David C. Klodt, 78, Staples, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, in Portland, Ore.
LITTLE FALLS -- Priscilla Kollodge, 101, Little Falls, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Allan T. Dorstad
BLAINE -- Allan Theodore Dorstad, 60, Blaine, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at home.
Lila M. Johnson
SWANVILLE -- Lila Margaret Johnson, 81, Swanville, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at home.
Lee H. Witter
ST. PAUL -- A memorial service for Lee Harold Witter, 83, who died Feb. 27, 2001, in Sun City, Ariz., will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul.
Charles F. Miller
MOTLEY -- Charles F. Miller, 73, Motley, died today, April 26, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Esther J. Klappenbach
MINNEAPOLIS -- Esther J. Klappenbach, 94, Minneapolis, formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at the Park Crest Baptist Care Center in Minneapolis.
LITTLE FALLS -- Florence Weiss, 92, Pierz, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Irma L. Cheney
Irma L. Cheney, 84, Brainerd, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Kliewer
JACOBSON -- Elizabeth "Betty" Kliewer, 66, Jacobson, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at home.
Allan T. Dorstad
BLAINE -- Allan Theodore Dorstad, 60, Blaine, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at home.
Harold E. Chute
ST. JOSEPH -- Harold E. Chute, 82, St. Joseph, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at home.
AITKIN -- Gilbert Eigsberg, 97, Aitkin, formerly of the East Lake area, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at Aicota Nursing Home in Aitkin.
George L. Post Sr.
GARRISON -- George Leon Post Sr., 67, Garrison, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Elizabeth L. Baker
CROSBY -- Elizabeth Louise Baker, 73, Emily, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
LITTLE FALLS -- Rose Jamma, 92, Pierz, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at St. Otto's Nursing Home in Little Falls.
Edward E. Mogensen
Edward Einar Mogensen, 74, Brainerd, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at home.
Saturday, April 28 is Worker's Memorial Day -- a day designated to remember workers who have died or been disabled on the job. The AFL CIO started this tradition and many major employers now join in remembering the sacrifice of workers and in recommitting to safe workplaces and work practices.
Mommy at her desk
It seems fitting, on the eve of the ninth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, that we're seeing a little uptick in working-mother news. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has released yet another chapter in its long-running study of the effect of child care on kids, ambiguously suggesting that too much time (amount unspecified, of course) in child care may make youngsters more aggressive. And Massachusetts is having a lively debate about whether it's good, or bad, or indeed anyone's business that its new acting governor is seven months pregnant with twins.
Long-term plan needed for state's highways It's long-past time for the state of Minnesota to adopt a comprehensive, long-term plan to fund the state's highways and transit systems.
A couple of weeks ago, St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman went to Washington, D.C. for a conference.
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
Fatal collision - Dispatch Editorial
Whatever a U.S. Navy court of inquiry decided on the fate of Commander Scott Waddle was going to be subject to criticism. That much was sure.
The politics of disasters
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Federal lawmakers' addresses
Sen. Paul Wellstone
The Brainerd Dispatch and its editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
The Dispatch offers stock car racers the opportunity to share your 50s, 60s and 70s era stock car racing photos and memories. Call Carl Specht at 855-5873 for details.
Robbie Allison, 9, aims for racing career
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Liz Allison watched her 9-year-old son, Robbie, crash the first time out, and wondered if he'd still want to be a racer.
Thiesse on LaFavre Racing Team
Nate Thiesse, a former Wissota Super Stock points champion at North Central Motor Speedway, was featured in a recent Actionline, an American Speed Association (ASA) newspaper which features a member of the ASA racing family in each issue.
NASCAR Winston Cup
Robinson ready to break new ground
FONTANA, Calif. -- Shawna Robinson thinks she can make history without being considered a NASCAR sideshow.
Ventura gives advice on Wisconsin gubernatorial race
Mulling a possible third-party candidacy for Wisconsin governor, Allen "Ed" Thompson has turned to Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura for advice.
One dead, one wounded after shooting in Duluth
DULUTH (AP) -- Four people were in custody Wednesday after a shooting that killed a man and wounded a woman.
Health officials preparing for mosquito-borne virus
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- While not expected this year, Minnesota health officials are preparing for the likely arrival of the potentially deadly, mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
Minnesota teen enters the fast lane
VICTORIA (AP) -- Susan Rosenzweig considers herself a typical mother.
House GOP may ally with Ventura on property tax reform
ST. PAUL -- The House Republican tax plan is still under construction, but one option getting a close look is foregoing income tax cuts in favor of property tax relief and a state takeover of education funding.
Delays not expected to increase at Minneapolis airport
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Despite more airplane traffic, flight delays are not expected to increase in the next 10 years at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Zappa pleads innocent
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A judge entered an innocent plea Tuesday for the Minnesota man accused of abducting a 17-year-old girl outside a Kearney shopping mall earlier this month.
Avon man builds a dream for little girl with cancer
AVON (AP) -- A Holdingford family found out how one man's talent can fulfill a little girl's dreams.
S-M takes two from Wadena
WADENA -- Michelle Honek notched nine strikeouts in the first game of a doubleheader against Wadena-Deer Creek to help Staples-Motley Cardinals to an 8-1 win over the Wolverines.
Raider baseball team splits with Vermilion
The Central Lakes College Raiders baseball team split two games with visiting Vermilion on Tuesday.
Warriors sweep Apollo in softball
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors softball team scored 34 runs in its doubleheader against St. Cloud Apollo to win 16-4 and 18-1 in Central Lakes Conference play Tuesday.
Warriors settle for split
Scoring 18 runs should be enough to sweep a doubleheader. But this is Minnesota, it's early in an inclement spring and hitters are ahead of the pitchers.
Three Cardinals earn medalist honors in Mid-Minn meet
WADENA --Travis Wilson, Andrew Murray and Isaac Landecker of the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' golf team each shot 39s to share medalist honors in a Mid-Minnesota Conference meet Tuesday.
Raiders jump off to 4-0 softball start
There is something besides the fresh smell of spring wafting through the air around the Central Lakes College Raiders softball field these days.
Girls find out what it's like to taste victory for a change
Last year the Brainerd Warriors girls' track and field team was competitive but just couldn't find the win column.
Aitkin nips Wadena-Deer Creek in tennis
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers defeated the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 4-3 in non-conference tennis Tuesday.
Four members of the Brainerd Warrior girls' track and field team turned in honor roll performances (best since 1984) in Tuesday's meet against St. Cloud Tech.
Sprints not carrying the load for boys this year
Last year, the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team was known for its great sprinting.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Rocori, Little Falls split
RICHMOND -- The Little Falls Flyers split a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader with the Rocori Spartans, dropping the first game 6-1 and coming back for a 5-1 victory in the nightcap Tuesday.
Brainerd Legion won't play unless a coach is found
Gay Zelinske has been passionate about American Legion baseball for nearly a half-century. He coached the Brainerd team for 19 years and is one of the state's most respected Legion baseball officials, serving as director of the District 6 and state tournaments.
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls have announced the signing of Sean Peichert of Creighton University and Josh Welborn of the University of Northern Alabama for the 2001 Northwoods League baseball season.
Cardinals, W-DC split in baseball
STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals and Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines split a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday.
Renneke shrugs off bad weather
Conditions have been less than playable for high school golfers this spring.
Young, inexpensive Twins are making a killing
Playing baseball in Minnesota is different.
'Scrappers' battle past Boston
BOSTON (AP) -- A.J. Pierzynski isn't as well known as Pedro Martinez.
Timberwolves face the longest odds
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When coach Flip Saunders boldly predicted that Minnesota would upset San Antonio, he imagined something far different from what happened in the first two games.
Twins eager to face Martinez tonight in Boston
BOSTON (AP) -- One loss didn't shake the Minnesota Twins' confidence. They're even eager to face Pedro Martinez.
Scientists: Fossil dinosaur was covered in primitive feathers
A duck-sized dinosaur fossil unearthed in China last year sports a downy coat from head to tail, bolstering evidence that feathers arose first for insulation and not flight, scientists report.
Sasseville, Alzheimer honored posthumously at state Book Awards
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Jolie Lynne Sasseville and James Drey Alzheimer, founders of Stone House Press, were honored posthumously for their contributions to the Minnesota book community.
'Bridget Jones's Diary' No. 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Bridget Jones's Diary" climbed to the top of the weekend box office from its debut last week in third place.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
Pillager School Bands to give spring concerts
PILLAGER -- The Pillager School Bands will present their annual spring concerts Monday in the school's Performance Center.
New York-based actress to stage one-woman show as part of arts crawl
The Crossing Arts Alliance has received an unexpected bonus from the New York City theater circuit for its May 5 arts crawl event.
'Bad News' is good news for Dortmunder fans
There's "Bad News" for fans of John Dortmunder.
Geritol Frolics to entertain audience with 'Comedy Tonight'
Before television, before radio and even before silent movies, the most dominant form of popular entertainment in America was a vaudeville traveling circuit of variety shows.
Pequot Lakes High School students to stage 'I Remember Mama'
PEQUOT LAKES -- Student actors at Pequot Lakes High School will explore what life was like as an immigrant trying to make it in the New World at the turn of the last century when they stage "I Remember Mama" May 3-6.
Writers wanted for environmental essay contest
The 1,000 Friends of Minnesota announces its second Voices for the Land essay contest.
Hassler visits class studying his books
Author Jon Hassler returned to the scene of his earliest literary successes Tuesday in a guest appearance before a Central Lakes College class that is studying his works.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Katie Lykins' musical and academic achievements read like a checklist on how to succeed at Brainerd High School.
Watercolor, acrylic paintings by London to be at Matthies' gallery
Jean London is an artist who has had a lifelong involvement in the visual arts.
Live music - For week of April 26-May 2; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
BHS senior fine arts students honored at banquet
Area residents paid tribute Monday night to about 185 Brainerd High School seniors who have excelled in artistic and creative endeavors en route to graduation.
Publishers Weekly best-sellers
Variety is the spice of CLC vocal concert
Three choirs will sing a variety of vocal styles in Saturday's Central Lakes College Spring Choral Concert.
This is the weekend to catch the lakes area's newest performance group in concert.
Ground broken for Nisswa Community Children's Library
Construction began late last week on the Nisswa Community Children's Library, which is expected to be completed by Oct. 1. The library will add 6,000 square feet onto the approximately 36,000 square-foot Nisswa Elementary School. (Graphic by Widseth, Smith and Nolting and Associates Inc.)
County Road 103 tops author's list of roads most in need of repair
As we enter the long and inconvenient season of road construction, undoubtedly most of us will encounter occasional work zones and detours. My first exposure of the year was over the weekend.
Spring tourism: North Country towns attracting bird watchers
GULLY (AP) -- For years, there hasn't been much tourism in northern Minnesota in April, when it's too late for snow and too early for fishing.
Beware of dock at Breezy Point Resort. -- Jodie Tweed
Flying a kite
Weather drawing by Katelyn Thorson of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers ending east early this morning...Then partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s to low 70s.
Flooding renews debate about Iowa river town's lack of protective wall
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- In a town where manicured walkways line the riverbank for miles and summer jazz festivals draw hundreds of thousands of people to the water's edge, it's hard for residents like Kami Rathburn to imagine a long cement floodwall blocking the view.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny skies. Highs of 65 to 75. Tonight...Mostly clear skies. Lows of 40 to 50.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 65 northeast to the upper 70s southwest. Tonight...Clear to partly cloudy. Lows 40 to 50.
Critters are out
Weather drawing by Gregory Brown of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for South Dakota
T0day...Mostly sunny skies. Highs of 70 to 80
State forecast for north dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny and windy. Highs 65 southeast corner to the lower 80s west.
Midwest riverside residents patrol levees as crest lingers
NIOTA, Ill. -- Carefully stepping over sandbags along a Mississippi River levee, Dennis Seigford probes the darkness with a flashlight and listens for the sound of running water.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs 65 to 75.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Early this morning...Isolated showers ending far southeast. Patchy fog north.
The Weather Elsewhere
New crest forecasts prompt counter measures
State highway crews expected to complete work Thursday on a new dike to try to stop the Minnesota River from covering U.S. Highway 169 between St. Peter and LeSueur when it crests for a second time in the next few days.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy northwest. Partly to mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance for mainly afternoon showers or thunderstorms south and east. Highs in the mid 60s north to the mid 70s southwest. Cooler near lake superior.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Sunny to partly cloudy. A slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm far south. Highs from the middle 60s northeast to middle 70s south.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robert Downey Jr.'s latest brush with the law has cost him the job for which he won a Golden Globe earlier this year.
Ike Cole, brother of Nat, dies
Isaac "Ike" Cole, the pianist-composer brother of the late Nat "King" Cole who worked on his niece Natalie's Grammy-winning 1991 album "Unforgettable With Love," has died. He was 77.
Names and faces
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Diabetes forced doctors to amputate the legs of Grand Ole Opry star Johnny Russell below the knee.
Plane reaches South Pole on flight to rescue ailing doctor
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile -- With flaming debris marking an icy landing strip, a small plane fitted with skis completed half of its perilous journey to rescue a sick American doctor at the South Pole.
Last dash awaits rescue plane carrying doctor from South Pole
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile -- The hardest part seemingly behind them, a rescue team that bucked stiff winds and the long polar night to evacuate a sick American from the South Pole looked to make one more jaunt across the Drake Passage to safety.
Bush's remarks on Taiwan cause stir
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has changed nothing in U.S. China policy, the White House and State Department are insisting. But on Capitol Hill, nobody seems quite sure exactly what he did.
Punishment suggested for pilot in Kuwait bombing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of American forces in the Persian Gulf area has recommended that disciplinary or administrative action be considered for a Navy pilot whose errant bombs killed six people in Kuwait last month, officials familiar with the accident investigation said Thursday.
CIA doubted target was drug plane before Peruvian fighter arrived
WASHINGTON -- Shortly after a CIA anti-drug team told the Peruvian Air Force about an unidentified plane over the Amazon jungle, the plane's flight pattern made the Americans question whether it was a drug plane, U.S. officials say.
China threatens retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan
BEIJING -- China lashed out Tuesday at the U.S. decision to sell the largest arms package in a decade to Taiwan and warned that it reserved the right to take retaliatory action.
Ousted Philippine leader Joseph Estrada arrested
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- An angry crowd stoned police as they cleared a path to escort ousted President Joseph Estrada from his home in the first arrest of a Philippine leader over corruption. Thousands more of Estrada's backers protested later Wednesday outside the base where he was fingerprinted.
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