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.
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.
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.
Chaplain (Maj.) Thomas L. Solhjem, 75th Ranger Regiment, will speak during two church services at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, as well as during Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., at the Brainerd Assemblies of God Church.
Winners of Dove Awards for gospel music
Major winners of Dove Awards for gospel music:
Some Catholic officials, parents talking frankly to youths about abuse scandal
Meghan Smith and other young Roman Catholics sat quietly at first as their youth minister brought up the many sex abuse allegations lodged against priests. She'd never heard it talked about so openly, not even in her own family. But soon the youth group and the lay minister were in full discussion.
St. Paul ELCA selects new bishop
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Rev. Peter Rogness was elected bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at the annual St. Paul Synod assembly meeting at Concordia University on Sunday.
Vatican summit pushes real work to American bishops at June meeting
With strong condemnations and words of regret, America's top Roman Catholic leaders made it clear they understand action is desperately needed to stem the clergy sex abuse crisis.
One of the best descriptions of pastoral ministry is from Karl Barth, a German theologian of the early 20th century, who wrote that we should preach the gospel with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I recently found the intersection of three news stories and a gospel text that I think deserve our attention.
Michael W. Smith wins six Dove Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Christian music industry showed renewed affection for one of its old favorites at the 33rd annual Dove Awards, giving Michael W. Smith six awards, including best artist.
Monasteries offer solace to the stressed
COLLEGEVILLE -- At first, the quiet of a monastery cell is unnerving.
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
Sons just naturally frustrate their dads
QUESTION: Why does my son seem to unknowingly frustrate me on a regular basis?
DEAR ABBY: I am an 11-year-old Muslim girl who is a faithful reader of your column. It has helped me remember that I'm not the only one with problems. Here's mine:
Tools for women hit the nail on the head
Two years ago, a clutch of professional women in Denver were invited to a Pampered Chef home party where upscale kitchenware was being sold. As they were leaving together, they grumbled that the last thing they needed was another copper pan or veggie steamer.
Lawmakers reach deal on six-year farm bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a farm bill that would boost agricultural spending by about 70 percent, marking a reversal of a 1996 law that was intended to wean farmers from government support.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 121, a year ago 206.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 300. Last Thursday: 234. Year Ago Thursday: 477.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550. Last Wednesday: 376. Year Ago Wednesday: 550.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 133, a year ago 129.
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.
Meatless lasagna a refreshing change
This week's recipe for lasagna proves a welcome change from the standard meat-and-tomato-based dishes.
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.
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.
Media watchdog available
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State lawmakers addresses
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, District 12A
Property taxes are due May 15
Laureen Borden, Crow Wing County treasurer, said property tax statements have been mailed and several were returned because of address changes.
School lunch menus
Michael and Kathryn Olander, Staples, a girl, Katelin Jo, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, March 22, 2002.
WALKER -- The following recently were sentenced in Cass County District Court:
Deputy State Fire Marshal Mark Germain Thursday reported the April 13 fire that damaged Body by Bart was accidental.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
There it goes
Brainerd High School golfer Nikki Bender watched her ball travel down the third fairway at the Preserve Golf Course Thursday. Bender was playing the first day of the two-day Warrior/Patriots Invitational. On Friday, the golfers will play the Pines at Grand View Lodge. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Hasselberg's play reflects pressures
PEQUOT LAKES -- In less than ideal weather conditions, and more than golf on her mind, Staples-Motley's Mary Hasselberg managed to break into the top five in the first round of the Warrior/Patriot girls' golf invitational Thursday at Grand View Lodge's Preserve course.
Pierz golfers capture 3rd
ROCKFORD -- Diane Stangl's 55 led the Pierz Pioneers to a third-place finish in a Central Minnesota Conference girls' golf meet Thursday.
Mahady leads Warriors to fifth place in Little Falls golf meet
LITTLE FALLS -- Charlie Mahady shot a 3-over-par 79 to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a fifth-place finish in the first Central Lakes Conference boys' golf meet of the season Thursday at Little Falls Country Club.
Pierz boys golf into CMC lead
PIERZ -- Doug Virnig's 39 led the Pierz Pioneers boys' golf team to a Central Minnesota Conference victory Thursday. Dan Fischer shot a 42 and Nathan Meyer a 43 for Pierz.
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.
Cancer from fries, bread?
The process of frying and baking starchy foods such as potatoes and bread causes the formation of potentially harmful amounts of a chemical listed as a probable carcinogen, the Swedish government said this week.
Oh, deer! There go the tulips
Q. How do you prevent deer from eating the tulip shoots as they come up? Last year, all my tulips were cut off evenly, before the actual flower appeared. I was told it was probably deer. I planted more this year. Is there anything I can do?
Tri-County Leech Lake Watershed Project seeks resources grants
WALKER -- The Tri-County Leech Lake Watershed Project has applied for three Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources grants.
McKnight Foundation gives affordable housing a $28 million boost in the Twin Cities market
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The McKnight Foundation awarded $28 million Thursday to add 5,000 affordable homes and apartments to the housing market in the Twin Cities area.
Spring turns buyers toward brighter colors
At the first sign of a tulip, consumers gravitate toward brighter colors and breezy patterns in the housewares department. The stores are ready for them.
Home is a vacation retreat
With its rustic exterior and multiple outdoor recreation areas, this vacation retreat, Plan K-15, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, is a welcoming sight. Its floor plan has 1,647 square feet of living space.
Furniture designers focus on enjoying life at home
This season, furniture designers are using buzzwords like "comfort zone," "haven," "warm," "welcoming" and "retreat" as they focus on enjoying life at home.
Gardening in containers grows popular
Gardening in containers, whether large or small, has become popular because they offer versatility and a chance for the individual to be creative.
Containers broaden the range of fruits you can grow
At the French palace of Versailles, a whole wing -- the orangery -- was built as a winter home for potted oranges. But you don't need an orangery to grow tropical and subtropical fruits such as fig, guava, passion fruit, kumquat, lime, or even oranges. Just some pots.
Residents learn how to protect their land through conservation easements
HACKENSACK -- Your primary motivation should be to preserve natural resources, not get a tax benefit, said John Sumption, Cass County Soil and Water Conservation officer and Environmental Services deputy director.
Spring fertilizer application can help reduce stress on trees
Many trees are stressed because of low moisture, compacted soil and competition from grass and nearby trees and shrubs. Physical damage and nearby construction also cause stress on trees.
Love for tulips has history
You think you like tulips. Yet your affections probably don't compare with those of the Dutch of 250 years ago, when "tulipomania" swept though Holland. Then, the best bulbs sold for more than their weight in gold.
Try remote-control switching
We have a decorator lamp in our TV room. It is colorful and rests atop a tall floor speaker in a corner between the entertainment center and the wall.
Tip of the week: Fluorescent lighting
If your fluorescent ceiling light is humming and flickering, and there are eight generations of dead insects on the upper side of the lens, read on.
LITTLE FALLS -- A Linden Hill History Tour is set 6:30 p.m. May 6 at the mansions in Little Falls.
Hispanic homeownership up
MANASSAS PARK, Va. (AP) -- Cuban-Americans are more likely than Mexican-Americans to own their homes. Puerto Ricans tend to rent rather than buy.
Wet your plants
The drought upon much of the nation makes gardening a challenge this season, but here's a product to give your foliage a much-needed shower.
Design K-15 could make a better first impression
Most people build vacation homes like Design K-15 with the front porch facing a lake or meadow view. This makes sense. But what will guests see as they come in from the road? A rear faade that is blank and featureless.
Lawn disease diagnosis available
Perhaps your lawn hasn't taken on the green, healthy look yo
Forget rules, decorate in your own personal style
Television decorating guru Lynette Jennings is a strong advocate of personal style. From her program on the Discovery Channel, "Lynette Jennings Design," to her own diverse two homes, she lives it.
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.
At head of the class
Crow Wing County, with a growing retail center, may be at the head of the class when compared to surrounding counties in a workforce survey.
At least two injured in two-vehicle accident
Brainerd firefighters extricated a woman from a Ford Festiva that was involved in a two-vehicle accident today at Dogwood Drive and College Road in the Baxter Industrial Park. The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. At least two people were injured in the accident. (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.
Unorganized Territory to have three precincts
Unorganized Territory will have three precincts instead of only two -- the former Davenport and Kennedy precincts.
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.
Communication tower to go up near Legionville
Residents who live near Legionville camp will be getting a neighborhood addition -- a 195-foot cellular communications tower.
More than 50 people recently learned how conservation easements can affect their land. Look for the story Friday in Housing.
In the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport runway project story
School construction could start in August
Groundbreaking on a $47.2 million middle school in Baxter may occur in August.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, the time of the memorial service in an obituary for John R. Ellingson was listed incorrectly on Page 5A Tuesday. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
CROSBY -- A fund has been set up for a Cuyuna man who lost his home in a fire April 16.
This was Brainerd
APRIL 26 - 80 years ago (1922) - The Brainerd district of the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota is confident the season of 1922 will be one of the greatest in the history of lake resorts. Forty-five resorts tributary to Brainerd are affiliated with the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Area funeral director helps grieving families deal with miscarriages, babies' deaths
BAXTER -- When a mother loses a baby to miscarriage or stillbirth, nurses and doctors in the Brainerd lakes area have someone they can call.
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)
Economy sizzles in first quarter
WASHINGTON (AP)-- The economy, knocked down by last year's recession and terror attacks, rocketed back in the first quarter at an annual growth rate of 5.8 percent.
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.
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.
Sour economy, tax cuts lead to record refunds
WASHINGTON -- Last year's big tax cut combined with the economic downturn to give Americans more tax refunds than ever. The refunds were larger than ever too.
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.
Prosecutors: Blake won't face death penalty if convicted in wife's death
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Robert Blake won't face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing his wife, prosecutors said.
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.
Nearly 3,000 Hershey employees walk off job
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- Nearly 3,000 Hershey Foods Corp. workers walked off the job Friday, saying they were upset with the company's contract offer that would increase their health care costs.
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.
House approves splitting INS apart; Senate starts work on bill next week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has taken the first step toward disbanding the beleaguered Immigration and Naturalization Service and splitting the agency's responsibilities into two new Justice Department bureaus.
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.
Dozens injured, some critically, in explosion in Manhattan building
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seconds before a building blast rocked a city block and injured 42 people, at least ten critically, Chad Dougatz said he heard an overwhelming rumble.
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.
Lower tax receipts could double U.S. budget deficit
WASHINGTON -- Individual income tax receipts are running far below expectations this year, threatening to punch a $50 billion-plus hole in the current federal budget and undercut efforts to pay for the 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut.
Chernobyl residents remember disaster, but worry about jobs
SLAVUTYCH, Ukraine -- Hundreds of people, many of them still working at the Chernobyl power plant, braved a biting cold on Friday to lay flowers and light candles at a memorial service to loved ones who died in the world's worst accident 16 years ago.
Man executed for crime spree
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Alton Coleman, who was sentenced to death in three states for a 1984 crime spree, was executed by injection Friday.
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.
Bush and Abdullah try to renew peace effort amid tensions between their nations
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah tried to breathe new life into Abdullah's Mideast peace initiative, a point of agreement in a relationship tarnished by disputes over terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian crisis itself.
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.
Sen. Jesse Helms reported in stable condition after open-heart surgery
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Sen. Jesse Helms was in stable condition after undergoing a five-hour operation to replace a worn-out pig valve installed in his heart 10 years ago.
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.
SEC launches probe of Wall Street analysts
NEW YORK -- The Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday launched a "formal inquiry" into potential conflicts of interest facing Wall Street analysts, joining an investigation already underway by the office of New York's attorney general.
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.
Lopes, of Grammy-winning trio, dies in crash
ATLANTA -- Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the effervescent, sometimes volatile member of the Grammy-winning trio TLC, was killed in a car crash in Honduras, her record company said early Friday.
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.
Lower sales, Pillsbury integration hurt General Mills earnings
MINNEAPOLIS -- General Mills meal helpers didn't help as many consumers as expected and its Pillsbury refrigerated dough failed to rise, causing the giant food company to slash its earnings outlook for the fiscal fourth quarter.
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.
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.
Shift in winds helps crews battle Colorado wildfire
BAILEY, Colo. (AP) -- A shift in winds helped firefighters battle a 2,500-acre wildfire, but officials feared the arrival of warmer temperatures could slow the fight.
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.
Energy bill outrages environmentalists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Motorists can rest assured that their gas-guzzling SUVs won't be threatened by new energy legislation moving through Congress. And there's good news there too for farmers and wind turbine operators.
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.
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.
Justice Department rejects Arthur Andersen's settlement proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has rejected a proposal from accounting firm Arthur Andersen for settlement of a criminal obstruction charge stemming from the shredding of Enron Corp. documents, an Andersen attorney said Friday.
NCAA backs off from making major reforms
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA adopted new eligibility rules, although it stopped short of two moves that would have a far-reaching effect on college sports.
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.
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.
Martinez has that unbeatable look of old
Pedro Martinez has that unbeatable look of old and seems all the way back from the arm problems that cut short his 2001 season.
Just like old times Giambi delivers big hit in Oakland
A trip back to Oakland helped Jason Giambi regain his MVP form.
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.
Lakers hold off Blazers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are at it again.
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.
Ruby M. Koeder
PEQUOT LAKES -- Ruby M. Koeder, 82, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Marilyn B. Lewis
NISSWA -- Marilyn B. Lewis, 68, Nisswa, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Marian E. Spencer
STAPLES -- Marian E. Spencer, 98, Staples, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at the Staples Care Center.
David J. Ratka
MONTICELLO -- David J. Ratka, 26, Monticello, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital.
FARGO, N.D. -- Coy Banks, 70, Fargo, N.D., died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at the VA Hospital in Fargo.
BACKUS -- Ralph Halverson, 68, Backus, died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Fred Powers, 28, Brainerd, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
Wayland J. Waller
HILLMAN -- Wayland Jean Waller, 74, Hillman, died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Mille Lacs Home in Onamia.
Connie M. Reier
FARGO, N.D. -- Connie M. Reier, 50, Fargo, N.D., died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at home.
Marcella 'Marci' Kulus
LITTLE FALLS -- Marcella "Marci" Kulus, Little Falls, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Dora Becker Vrudny
CRYSTAL -- Dora Becker Vrudny, infant daughter of Joseph and Kimberly (Becker) Vrudny, Crystal, was born and died Thursday, April 18, 2002.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Ruby Koeder, 82, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Marcella 'Marcy' Kulus
LITTLE FALLS -- Marcella "Marcy" Kulus, 74, Little Falls, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
RaQuel A. Sam
ONAMIA -- RaQuel A. Sam, 2, Onamia, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
PERHAM -- Leonard Lehmann, 45, Perham, died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at home.
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.
Julia R. Woitalla
HARDING -- Julia R. Woitalla, 90, Harding, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
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.
Pat Robertson's high horse
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, who's spent a considerable number of years on television handicapping the sins of others and prophesying their destruction, owns a racehorse.
Imagine getting sued for what your great-great grandfather did -- legally -- a century and a half ago. That is the predicament of Aetna Inc., which now faces a lawsuit demanding reparations because the company insured slaves in the 1850s.
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?
In serving America...age is just a number.
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
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More family time
WASHINGTON -- Karen Hughes says she wants to spend more time with her family.
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
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.
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.
Date Race Winner
Where: 2-mile D-shaped oval at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
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.
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.
In the spotlight: Robby Gordon
Hometown: Bellflower, Calif.
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.
Sullivan taps Scheevel as running mate
ST. PAUL -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Brian Sullivan on Friday tapped a southern Minnesota dairy farmer, state Sen. Kenric Scheevel, as his running mate.
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)
Senate OKs bill requiring Pledge of Allegiance be said at school
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Senate passed a bill 54-8 Thursday that would require the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week in public and charter schools.
Three arrested after sexual assault reported at Richfield High School
RICHFIELD (AP) -- Police were investigating a reported sexual assault at Richfield High School.
Bill restricting ATV use ready for Ventura's signature
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A bill restricting all-terrain vehicle use in some state forests is on its way to Gov. Jesse Ventura's desk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota archbishop discusses sex abuse policies
ST. PAUL -- The archbishop just put in charge of a key committee on sex abuse declared his support Thursday for a zero-tolerance stance on sexually abusive priests and for giving lay people a greater role in church policy-making.
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.
Former president Bush to visit state this weekend
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Former President George Bush will speak Saturday night at an event hosted by the Center for the American Experiment.
Primmer takes three firsts for PR-B in Pequot meet
PEQUOT LAKES -- Phil Primmer won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and Justin Schwegel won the long and triple jump to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers to a runner-up finish at the Park Region Conference Invitational track and field meet Thursday.
Pierz splits in baseball
HOWARD LAKE -- The Pierz Pioneers rapped 16 hits and capitalized on four Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted errors to defeat the Lakers 17-4 in the first game of a Central Minnesota Conference baseball doubleheader Thursday.
North Central Speedway's test/tune session today, and its season opener Saturday, were canceled because of damp conditions.
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.
high school BASEBALL
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.
Junior hockey provides boost
Junior hockey has boosted the careers of at least two former Brainerd Warriors.
high school BASEBALL
Victory League North/East
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.
Rush City defeats Aitkin
RUSH CITY -- The Aitkin Gobblers were defeated 14-4 by the Rush City Tigers in an error-filled Great River Conference softball game Thursday. Aitkin's Amber Buttler Hallie Ladd and Jaime Burman were 2-for-3 and Amy Lammers was 2-2 .
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.
Brainerd men enter TOUGHMAN event
Come on, admit it. You've watched it before.
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.
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.
At last! Twins finally able to conquer Devil Rays in Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins overcame nine games of frustration in just one inning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Tara Brodmarkle's interest in writing encouraged her to sign on this semester with the Brainonian staff.
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.
Visual artists from across the state will flock to Brainerd this weekend for the annual "Spring Exhibition" by members of Artists of Minnesota.
Spring activities planned across Minnesota
This is the Explore Minnesota events report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
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.
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.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of rain south central and extreme southeast this afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s.
Weather drawing by Kayla Blair of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Change of seasons
Weather drawing by Enid Swaggert of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Tonight...Mostly clear west. Mostly cloudy east with a few flurries northeast. Lows 15 to 25.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Breezy east. Highs in the mid 40s to near 60.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly sunny. A chance for showers late southwest. Highs from the mid 40s to the mid 50s.
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.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly cloudy. Windy southwest. Highs in the 40s.
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.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Partly sunny north. Cloudy south. A chance of late afternoon showers far west. Highs in the 50s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny north. Increasing clouds central and south. A chance of rain southwest late. Highs from the middle 40s northwest to middle 50s southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny with highs in the lower 50s to lower 60s.
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.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Robert Atkins, who promotes a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, said he is recovering from cardiac arrest caused by a heart infection.
Lorriane Borg, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday today.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 85; Phyllis DeRosier and Ann Whalen, 76; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 70.5. East-West: Bill and Mary Jane Pearce, 64.5; Ann Richardson and Chris Leininger, 63.5; and Betty Carmon and Marv Falk, 63.
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.
French-fried Le Pen's success gives France the shock it needed
Right-wing nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen's strong showing in the first round of election voting shocked many French, who took to the streets in protest. They should have taken to the polls.
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.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Pilot error and stormy weather were the probable causes of the crash of a Los Angeles-bound jumbo jet that tried to take off on the wrong runway in Taiwan and slammed into construction debris, killing 83 people in October 2000, a government report said Friday.
German school massacre
ERFURT, Germany (AP) -- An expelled student dressed in black and carrying two guns opened fire in his former school Friday, killing 17 people before shooting himself as commandos closed in, police and witnesses said. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in recent history.
Bomb in mosque kills 12 women in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A bomb exploded in the women's section of a Shiite Mosque in a Pakistani province wracked by religious violence, killing 12 female worshippers and wounding at least 13 other people, hospital officials said Friday.
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