For 2001 Mazda Millenia S, quality is standard but respect optional
Luxury is perception. Consider the 2001 Mazda Millenia S sedan. Mazda executives call it a "luxury" automobile. That's because they are seeking status for their flagship car. Auto industry analysts and Mazda's rivals call the Millenia "near-luxury." That's because they need to discriminate, or, as they put it, "differentiate."
Subaru's other wagon carves legacy
Crocodile Dundee, a.k.a. actor Paul Hogan, did such a good job touting the wonders of Subaru's Outback vehicles in TV ads that today, most Subaru wagons sold are Outback models.
Cell phones, electronic devices take drivers' eyes off the road
WASHINGTON -- Congress is getting an earful about the dangers posed by drivers who chat on cell phones when they should be watching for red lights, sharp curves and stop signs.
Sputtering signs in the online auto business
DETROIT -- For those who hate auto showrooms, online buying sites accessible from home or the office have offered a car-shopping refuge for thousands of consumers.
Greenspan urges caution in changing deposit insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday policy-makers should proceed with caution as they explore overhauling a Depression-era system that insures deposits in banks and thrifts.
Retailers post better-than-expected April results, but analysts don't see rebound yet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many of the nation's retailers reported an improvement in sales for April, but Wall Street analysts don't see this as a reassuring sign that consumer spending is on the rebound.
Boeing selects Chicago for headquarters
SEATTLE (AP) -- Boeing Co. has chosen Chicago as the site of its new corporate headquarters, sources involved in the bidding process told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Likely pick for SEC chief stirs concerns
Harvey L. Pitt, President Bush's apparent choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a high-profile securities lawyer who is well-regarded on Wall Street and in Washington regulatory circles.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Jobless claims drop, but remain high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for state unemployment insurance dipped last week but still remained at a high level, suggesting employers' demand for workers continues to be weak.
Minnesota college savings program to get up and running
ST. PAUL -- Four years after it was created by the Legislature and days after becoming the subject of Gov. Jesse Ventura's first veto of the year, a state college savings program may be ready to go.
Working students gain more access to education
Going back to school isn't necessarily a full-time endeavor. Especially for working adults with families and lives full of activity.
College savings accounts popular, despite drop in returns
LANSING, Mich. -- Sandra Wade has watched the stock market gyrate wildly over the past six months, but she isn't worried about her son's college savings account.
Educators introduced to Microsoft's new Office XP package
Microsoft presented an introduction to its new Office XP package and support services for educators May 1 on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
According to the College Board's 2000 "Trends in College Pricing" report:
CLC cites top 45 students
Forty-five students who have earned the highest grade point average during their enrollment on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College received Academic Achievement Awards at the May 1 Awards Day on the Brainerd campus.
Teachers make a difference every day
Imagine having a bachelor's degree and being paid $10,100 less than individuals in other professions with comparable education.
Saving for education
A majority of states now offer parents a way to save for their children's college education. As of March 30:
Retiring instructors, president honored at CLC
Four Central Lakes College instructors and retiring President Sally Ihne were honored Friday for their combined 116 years of service to education in the region.
Outstanding people honored at CLC, Brainerd
The Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College held its annual Awards Day on May 1 and recognized the following individuals, as well as others:
Franklin students help younger students
In the past three months, 20 ninth-graders hit 28 elementary classrooms to spread the word to younger students about issues they will be facing.
Superintendent: Aitkin schools are in good shape
AITKIN -- While many schools in the state are experiencing financial difficulties, the Aitkin School District is in good shape.
CLC to host Swami during Indian Philosophy Week
May 14-18 is Indian Philosophy Week at Central Lakes College, where the Brainerd campus will host Swami Chidamananda, a popular Eastern spiritual leader acclaimed for his ability to unfold complex concepts with ease.
Donation of formal dresses make prom dreams come true
DEAR ABBY: When my daughter was in college, she worked part-time as a coach in a nearby high school. One of the girls on the squad confided that she wouldn't be attending her senior prom because she didn't have the money to buy a dress. My daughter immediately offered to lend her one -- with shoes and jewelry to go with the outfit. The kid was thrilled.
Dear Heloise: I used to have recipes for flavored coffee and cocoa. These were the types made with powdered milk and mixed with hot water.
USDA sees higher wheat,livestock prices
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has mixed news for the nation's farm economy, predicting sharply higher prices for wheat and continued strong returns for livestock this year but flat to lower prices for soybeans, corn and rice.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 850 includes 50 feeder cattle.
Advances in technologies help farmers
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- This is not your father's farming operation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 136, a year ago 184.
String of children killed in farm accidents raises safety issue
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- Tom Williams raised four sons on the dairy farm where he spent his own childhood. To him, injuries are an unfortunate part of growing up on a farm.
Farmer fancies native grass over corn, soybeans
OWATONNA -- Don Vogt isn't afraid to try new things.
Grocery stores offering precooked, no-fuss meals
CHICAGO -- If meals get any quicker to fix, you may have to set the table and call the family before you start them.
Chicken recipe is easy to fix, nutritious
A reliable recipe collection readily earns space on the cook's bookshelf. This one offers a low-fat spicy chicken and broccoli recipe that combines taste and ease of preparation with sensible nutrition.
Have cheese bread on hand at all times
Cheese bread is a perfect accompaniment with soup, salad, spaghetti or most any meal. The problem is I don't always have the time or the ingredients to make it up when I really want to serve it.
Catfish roasted with spinach, herbs can be ready in no time
Once the cook has made sure the catfish and the spinach are at hand, other ingredients for this dish are probably on the pantry shelf -- and dinner can be ready in about 20 minutes.
THEFT -- Lori Schneider, 500 block of 28th Street Southeast, reported Monday her Yamaha four-wheeler was stolen.
ROYALTON -- The Royalton Fire Department, with mutual aid from Little Falls and St. Cloud Fire Departments, responded to a train fire about 4 a.m. this morning midway between Little Falls and Royalton along Highway 10.
Several features on Page 4T in today's Tempo section should have been placed in Friday's edition.
Thanks to a decisive win over Peoples Security, Dettbarn Construction launched itself into first place in the Men's Twilight Golf League at Pine Meadows May 3.
Spring lessons offered
Community spring golf lessons are being offered at the Crosswoods Golf course in Crosslake. It's a five-session lesson and the cost is $25. For more information contact Jack Stone at (218) 692-3686.
Nancy Lopez fails to qualify for U.S. Open
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Standing above the 18th green at a country club north of Atlanta, Nancy Lopez matter-of-factly discussed her failure to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open when suddenly, without warning, the tears began flowing.
Aitkin boys lead GRC quadrangular golf tournament
DEERWOOD -- The Aitkin Gobblers boys' golf team won a Great River Conference quadrangular Wednesday at Cuyuna Country Club with help from Brian Hills who won medalist honors with a score of 35.
Renneke top Warrior golfer with an 86
MENAHGA -- Lisa Renneke finished in 11th place with a score of 86 and the Brainerd Warriors were 12th with 391 strokes at the Menahga Invitational Wednesday.
Warm-up time is important
I see it all the time a golfer pulls up to the bag drop, parks their car, rushes into the pro shop, and they are off to the tee.
House medalist; Warrior boys second
LITTLE FALLS -- Ben House was the medalist as the Brainerd Warriors boys' golf team was edged out of first place by Alexandria at the Little Falls Invitational Tuesday.
Aitkin girls runners-up in golf
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers girls' golf team was runner-up in its invitational Monday at Cuyuna Country Club. Onamia was first with 205 strokes followed by Aitkin with 257 and Hinckley-Finlayson 264.
Eagles Landing has its own personality
FORT RIPLEY -- If you don't notice the new golf carts at Eagles Landing Golf Club don't worry.
Keep in touch with state legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Funding bill clears Senate with abortion measure intact
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Ignoring Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto threat, the Senate approved a $6.7 billion bill Tuesday that ties funding for nursing homes, hospitals and welfare programs with a measure that sets new guidelines for abortions.
Bush coming forward with first judicial picks
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is nominating 11 conservatives to federal appeals courts, after scaling back the size of his first slate of judicial picks in response to Democratic objections.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Get your quarters ready -- for the first time since 1975, pay toilets and urinals would be allowed under Minnesota law.
Bush naming conservative to top drug post
WASHINGTON -- Trying to bring renewed vigor to the war on drugs, President Bush on Thursday named conservative John P. Walters as his drug policy director and pledged to pay "unprecedented attention" to helping drug-addicted Americans get treatment.
Senate budget approval seems sure as pivotal Democrat voices support
WASHINGTON -- A final 2002 budget clearing the way for President Bush's proposed tax cuts and spending restraint seemed assured of congressional passage Thursday as a pivotal Democratic senator announced he would vote for the Republican-written plan.
House committee hears Senate GOP plan for congressional districts
ST. PAUL (AP) -- House Republicans held a hearing Thursday to find out more details about a redistricting plan released by their Senate colleagues last month.
Antidepressant use soars in youth, study finds
NEW ORLEANS -- The use of antidepressants soared among children and teen-agers between 1988 and 1994, a study says.
Study shows contraceptive patch as safe and effective as the pill
CHICAGO -- The world's first contraceptive patch -- now awaiting U.S. government approval -- is as safe and effective as the pill, and easier to remember to use, research suggests.
Sweet booze attracting teen drinkers, consumer group says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Hard lemonades" and other fruit-flavored malt drinks meant for adults old enough to drink are luring teen-agers, consumer advocates contend.
Consumer groups' lawsuit alleges collusion in breast cancer drug pricing
NEW YORK (AP) -- A coalition of consumer groups sued three drug companies Wednesday, asserting a relationship among the firms artificially inflated the cost of a generic form of the breast cancer treatment drug tamoxifen.
Compassionate Pierz teen helps children with disabilities
PIERZ -- It is difficult for many children with physical or developmental disabilities to make friends. They may not be invited to birthday parties or sleepovers. Once they become teen-agers, it can be more difficult finding friends to go to movies or to prom.
Baby-sitting class scheduled in Staples
STAPLES -- Lakewood Health System is offering a baby-sitting course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the lower level classrooms at Greater Staples Hospital.
Pillager, S-M softball coaches look to build programs
Just west of Brainerd two softball coaches are beginning a building process that both hope won't take too long.
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Senior Citizens Club will hold its monthly meeting and potluck at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Cuyuna Range Community Center, Crosby.
Books can be guide to recreation
Some outdoors activities start vicariously indoors, with books:
Hasselberg leads young squad of Staples-Motley golfers
STAPLES -- Some may say Mary Hasselberg carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, but she wouldn't know what they are talking about.
Pequot runner Jacobs hopes luck is on his side this year
PEQUOT LAKES -- To say Mike Jacobs has regrets would be an understatement.
Spring pop concert
200 singers from featured groups such as A Cappella Choir, Bards, Concert Chorale, Windfall, Herd of Bananas and For Women Only, will perform familiar tunes. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
This was Brainerd
MAY 9 - 80 years ago (1921) Coolest place in town: New Lyceum theater today and Tuesday. 10 and 15. Double feature: Tom Mix in "Hands Off" and Buster Keaton in the "Haunted House."
An increase in home price limits will benefit first-time homebuyers in Crow Wing County. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Building shows increased activity in Crow Wing
Residents and contractors in Crow Wing County were busy pounding nails last month.
Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener schedule of events
Friday 6-9 a.m. -- Watch a live broadcast of KMSP-TV's "Good Day Minnesota" morning show from the lakeside deck at Breezy Point Resort with hosts Tim Sherno and Alix Kendall.
County adds support to water district
The Crow Wing County Board agreed Tuesday to support the establishment of a water district in the Cuyuna Range.
Anglers shouldn't have to worry about weather, bait supplies
Everything should be working in the angler's favor for the fishing opener Saturday.
Society to award area grants
Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, announced recently that the Minnesota Historical Society has approved grants-in-aid to history projects in the Brainerd area.
An adult CPR course will be offered from 6-10 p.m. May 17 at the American Red Cross office, 521 Charles St. in Brainerd.
Panel suggests creating county parks department
The Crow Wing County Land and Parks Committee suggested Monday the county establish a park department.
Friends are stunned by Charlie Mills' strange journey from Crosby to Denver
CROSBY -- Friends and family are stunned how Richard Charles "Charlie" Mills turned up in Denver about 48 hours after he was last seen in Crosby, but they're thrilled the Crosby man survived the ordeal.
Anglers trashed lake
GARRISON -- It looked as if the remains of a shipwreck had somehow blown onto the shores of Mille Lacs Lake.
Bill would ban billboards on bypass
Legislation banning billboards on the Highway 371 bypass around Brainerd was passed Wednesday by the Minnesota House and sent to Gov. Jesse Ventura's desk.
This was Brainerd
MAY 10 - 100 years ago (1901) - The Brainerd Depot-master complains that the ladies gather at the station for social converse and that he cannot hear the trains come in.
Four mystery writers will bring their "Minnesota Crime Wave" tour to Little Falls. Look for the story Thursday in Tempo.
Shooting spree gunman convicted
PITTSBURGH -- A jury found Richard Baumhammers guilty of murder and hate crimes, rejecting arguments that he was too delusional to know what he was doing when he killed five people and paralyzed another in a 90-minute shooting spree.
Mass transfer creates crisis for Alabama's overcrowded prisons
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's prisons are full, and the county jails are so crowded that dozens of inmates have been left to sleep on tables and floors.
Poll: Majority support closed-circuit execution telecast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While few Americans say they would want to watch the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a slim majority in an Associated Press poll say they support allowing survivors and victims' relatives to witness it in a special closed circuit telecast.
Arkansas man executed for killing five
VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- The state executed a murderer Tuesday who said he wouldn't appeal his sentence because it would bring more torment to the families of his five victims.
Florida teen cross-examined on handling of gun before teacher shot
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A prosecutor grilled Nathaniel Brazill on Wednesday on the actions the boy took before the fatal shooting of his favorite teacher.
Man dies after softball hits him
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) -- A father of two died after being hit in the head with a softball during a church league game.
Prosecutors to appeal delay in Olson trial
LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors in the case of alleged Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson said Wednesday they plan to ask a California appeals court to reconsider its decision to delay her conspiracy trial until September.
Cheney hints at details of administration's energy plan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's energy task force will recommend regulatory changes to encourage the construction of new power plants and tax credits for the purchase of cars that run on a combination of gas and electricity, administration officials said Tuesday.
Park Service to photograph speeders
WASHINGTON -- The next time you're whipping around a tree-lined curve in a national park -- dodging cars, tourists, and wayward moose -- you may find an unwelcome present in your mailbox back home: a speeding ticket.
Top commanders recommend review of air patrols over Iraq, mainly due to danger to U.S. pilots
WASHINGTON -- The two U.S. military commanders overseeing the no-fly zones in Iraq have recommended that the Bush administration sharply reduce the number of patrols conducted by American and British pilots, mainly because of the mounting danger that an allied plane could be shot down, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.
Media plan extensive McVeigh execution programming
It's the kind of story media organizations love: dramatic, historic -- and utterly planned and packaged.
Elton John guitarist's son drowns in pool
LOS ANGELES -- The 9-year-old son of a guitarist for Elton John drowned Monday evening when a small tent he was playing in fell into the family's swimming pool in Calabasas, authorities said.
Amid numbers for rising Latino population, mystery Hispanics puzzling
The rising number of Mexican Americans accounted for more than half of the past decade's growth in Hispanics, according to census figures that detail the changing makeup of the Latino population, soon to be the country's largest minority.
Appeals court acts to delay Olson case
In a highly unusual move, a California appeals court has ordered the trial of alleged Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson delayed until September unless a judge in the case can convince it otherwise.
Police search Robert Blake's home for second time after wife's slaying
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Detectives investigating the shooting death of Robert Blake's wife searched the actor's home for a second time, while Blake's attorney said he would deliver several boxes to police headquarters Thursday.
Father blames school play in suicide of second son
SWANZEY, N.H. (AP) -- The father of a student-athlete who killed himself 19 months after his older brother did says the younger teen should never have been given the lead role in a school play about suicide.
Military leaders say urban squeeze threatens training
WASHINGTON -- Restrictions on military training imposed by development and environmental concerns could put the lives of soldiers at greater risk when they face combat, military leaders and lawmakers say.
Rumsfeld unveils space defense plan
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced a Pentagon reorganization plan Tuesday that he called the first step toward protecting U.S. satellites from hostile attack, but critics charged that it is intended to project American power and weapons technology into orbit.
Alaska seeks to regulate waste discharges from cruise ships
JUNEAU, Alaska -- With cruise ships plying the Inland Passage in unprecedented numbers, the state of Alaska is leading a movement to clean up what has become a global concern: the discharge of millions of gallons of highly contaminated waste water from luxury vessels.
10Bush's stance on power crisis feeds GOP anxiety
WASHINGTON -- As power shortages and price spikes spread beyond California, congressional Republicans are beginning to worry that the Bush administration's reluctance to offer much immediate relief could hurt the party in 2002 elections.
Miss USA says bombing exercises on Vieques should be stopped
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Miss USA says she thinks the U.S. Navy should halt bombing exercises on Vieques until studies prove the training does not harm residents of the island.
Study: Militia movement on decline
WASHINGTON -- Five years after it reached a peak, the anti-government militia movement has dwindled in numbers to "a shadow of its former self," according to a study released Tuesday.
Penguins force series to 7th game
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Martin Straka got the victory. Mario Lemieux got the save.
NBA's Sixth Man
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Aaron McKie, who helped the Philadelphia 76ers capture their first Atlantic Division title since 1990, won the NBA's Sixth Man Award.
Shaq records amazing double
LOS ANGELES -- Wilt Chamberlain never managed to do what Shaquille O'Neal just did.
Iverson winds up with 54-point night
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving never had a night in the playoffs for the 76ers like the one Allen Iverson had against Toronto.
Johnson strikes out 20
PHOENIX (AP) -- Too bad it didn't end in nine innings for Randy Johnson.
Devils come back again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils already had plenty of incentive to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. Missing Scott Niedermayer just gave them more.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas forward Juwan Howard took down another airborne San Antonio Spurs player and again was hit with a flagrant foul.
FLENSBURG -- Evelyn Regnell, 83, Flensburg, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Nancy M. Haglund
CLOQUET -- Nancy Marilyn Haglund, 56, Cloquet, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital.
Leona C. Roden
LITTLE FALLS -- Leona C. Roden, 79, Little Falls, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at her home.
Dr. E. C. Goblirsch
LITTLE FALLS -- Dr. E.C. Goblirsch, 95, died Monday, April 16, 2001.
Glenn E. Bennett
CROSSLAKE -- Glenn Earl Bennett, 80, Crosslake, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Evelyn S. Regnell
LITTLE FALLS -- Evelyn S. Regnell, 83, Little Falls, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
William B. Seep
AITKIN -- William B. Seep, 87, Aitkin, formerly of St. Cloud, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Marjorie I. Vuchetich
Marjorie Isabel Vuchetich, 88, Brainerd, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Jennifer Ann Gates
EDINA -- Jennifer Ann Gates, 27, Eden Prairie, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
While there were many things to like about the Health and Human Services Omnibus Finance Bill that came before the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee last week, I voted against it because of what the bill didn't do.
I would like to offer my support on Mr. Weaver's stand to not issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. I don't think the reason given for issue that it will make the streets safer is a logical one. If that was the case, then perhaps we should issue licenses to 12 year olds in case they decide to take the family car out for a spin.
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Musings on a deep subject
First, a clarification.
Time for action - Dispatch Editorial
The Brainerd Police Department has been without a chief long enough.
Bush's urban strategy
WASHINGTON--If you remember the newspaper maps of county-by-county results from last November's presidential election, showing vast expanses of rural and small-town America supporting George W. Bush and the few dots in the big cities that backed Al Gore, you know why urban policy has not been a high priority for this administration. The president has had little to say on the subject, and his housing and urban development secretary, Mel Martinez, has been one of the least visible members of the Cabinet.
Asking the right questions
Maybe the most important question facing the Social Security reform commission President Bush appointed last week is deciding which question to ask.
It's playtime - Dispatch Editorial
The verbal alarm about out-of-shape children was sounded a few weeks ago by Surgeon General David Satcher and it has the familiar ring of a recess bell waiting to be answered.
One year later, remembering Adam Petty
ATLANTA -- Even when a Petty dies, the show must go on. But it doesn't mean is has to be the same.
NASCAR BUSCH CVS Pharmacy 200
The late Ralph Burrows posed with his 1939 Ford racer in this photograph taken in 1954.
Sharp all smiles after turning in fastest lap
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Sharp grabbed his baseball cap, sat down at the table and grinned.
CBIR welcomes back kart racing after three years
The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway welcomed back the Northland Region Karting Association back last weekend after a three-year absence.
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule (winners in parentheses) and driver point standings:
Northwest mechanics easily favor new contract
ROMULUS, Mich. -- Mechanics and cleaners at Northwest Airlines easily approved a contract proposal reached after more than four years of negotiations and a near-walkout, a union member confirmed Wednesday.
Walker Art Center may close for up to a year during expansion
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Walker Art Center may close for up to a year during its $90 million expansion, administrative director David Galligan said.
Dalai Lama addresses Legislature
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Dalai Lama told the Minnesota Legislature on Wednesday that human intelligence has created many of the world's problems, but it also holds the solution.
Future of Minneapolis' mayor suddenly in doubt
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As Sharon Sayles Belton seeks a third term as mayor of Minnesota's largest city, she has some good things to show voters: low crime, growing population and a healthy economy despite slowdowns elsewhere.
92% of sophomores pass writing test
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The passing rate among Minnesota high school sophomores on a required writing exam shot up to 92 percent this year, a 6-point gain over last year's results for public school 10th graders.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Grand Marais man charged in wife's death
GRAND MARAIS (AP) -- A rural Grand Marais man who suffered from mental illness killed his wife in the belief that she had poisoned his dinner, according to murder charges filed Tuesday.
Trooper charged in death of popular turkey
CHASKA (AP) -- A state trooper has been charged with animal cruelty in the death of a well-known local turkey.
Dayton aims to close dairy export 'loophole'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton introduced legislation Wednesday that would increase tariffs on milk protein concentrates, which the dairy industry blames for depressing milk prices.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The family of a woman whose husband allegedly killed her and put her body in a freezer issued a statement Wednesday disputing that her death was a mercy killing.
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls announce the signing of three players for the 2001 Northwoods League season from Neosho County Community College in Kansas.
Flyers edge Willmar in tennis
WILLMAR -- The Little Falls Flyers tennis team nipped Willmar 4-3 in Central Lakes Conference competition Tuesday.
Pequot boys, girls second in Patriots invitational
PEQUOT LAKES -- Jeremiah Duval and Teresa Parker each won two events to help the Pequot Lakes boys' and girls' track and field teams to runner-up finishes at the Patriots' Invitational Tuesday.
Aitkin tumbles in area softball
BRAHAM -- The Braham Bombers defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 15-1 in five innings Wednesday in a Great River Conference softball game.
Cardinals third at Menagha-Sebeka meet
MENAGHA -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' golf team finished third and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed ninth at the Menagha-Sebeka invitational at Blueberry Pines Tuesday.
Urbanek tackles new challenge as Warriors' next basketball coach
When Matt Urbanek was hired as head coach of the International Falls High School boys' basketball team in 1998-99 he faced an immense challenge.
Net research helps his distance
Jamie Strowbridge is a student of throwing the discus. He attended a four-day field events camp conducted by University of Minnesota track coaches last summer and a one-day clinic put on by former Olympian and former Gopher Ron Backes this winter.
Raiders' softball team favored going into regions
The Central Lakes College Raiders softball team has made its reservations for a return trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Arnold, Md., May 17-19.
Bramer pitches Verndale past Pine River-Backus 5-2
PINE RIVER -- Chris Bramer pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts, to lead the Verndale Pirates past the Pine River-Backus Tigers 5-2 in Park Region Conference play on Tuesday.
The Brainerd Family YMCA and Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will again bring British Soccer Camps to the lakes area.
Warrior boys third, girls fourth in True Team section
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warrior boys' team placed third and the girls' squad was fourth in the Section 8, Class 3A True Team track and field meet Tuesday.
Statistical leaders will see action in tournament
There will be no shortage of national-level talent between the chalk lines when the Central Lakes College Raiders, Rochester and Riverland softball teams step onto the field for the Region 13A tournament Friday and Saturday at North Hennepin Community College in Anoka.
Junior Olympic boxing at Wadena
The Junior Olympic state boxing tournament, featuring Minnesota junior boxers ages 10-16, is scheduled at the Wadena Armory 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 20.
Brainerd edges Sartell in softball
SARTELL -- Lindsey Thompson stole third base and scored on an error in the top of the seventh inning to give the Brainerd Warriors a 4-3 victory over the Sartell Sabres in a Central Lakes Conference softball game Tuesday.
Anderson, Tuchscherer, Warriors reach 8-0
The Brainerd Warriors tennis team is rolling through the Central Lakes Conference, picking up momentum as it goes.
Bach, Flyers sweep Alexandria
LITTLE FALLS -- Shanna Bach pitched 15 innings in two games, struck out four and gave up just two runs on six hits to lead the Little Falls Flyers over the Alexandria Cardinals 2-1 and 6-1 in Central Lakes Conference softball Tuesday.
Lineup experiment pays off; Warriors dump Sartell
Even though the Brainerd Warriors baseball team had won nine of its first 12 games, head coach Lowell Scearcy tinkered with his lineup Tuesday in hopes of increasing productivity as the postseason approaches.
Rocket shows Twins he still has his stuff
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Clemens had thrown 113 pitches, most right where he wanted them, when he gave up a single with one out in the eighth inning while protecting a two-run lead.
The difference between Twins and Yankees fans
MINNEAPOLIS -- Based on recent observations, the difference between Minnesota Twins fans and New York Yankees fans is that ...
Milton stops Yankees with 4-hitter in series opener
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eric Milton stood on the Yankee Stadium mound trying to finish off his former team on a night he didn't have his best stuff.
CLC Community Band, Jazz Ensemble to perform
The Central Lakes College Community Band and CLC Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
Car shows, birding and music festivals slated
Tourism events around the state of Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
There's no stopping these female novelists
Each of five prominent, popular and prolific female writers has added one more novel to her resume -- bringing their combined total to 139!
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.
Audiences may be better off not returning to 'The Mummy' sequel
When the 1999 remake of "The Mummy" zoomed to the stars in box office receipts, the making of a sequel became a foregone conclusion.
'The Mummy Returns' earns record $68.1 million at the box office
LOS ANGELES -- "The Mummy Returns" entombed the movie competition at the weekend box office, earning a record $68.1 million.
Musicians Mary Abendroth and Paul Wilson of Nisswa are introducing Brainerd School District kindergarten students to Scandinavian culture during an in-school residency program this month.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of honors and awards for Josh Couch, a soloist and bass singer with A Cappella Choir.
State arts board program officer to answer questions
STAPLES -- A Minnesota State Arts Board program officer will be available to answer questions about arts board grant programs for artists Tuesday and Wednesday in Staples.
'Survivor' producer admits re-enacting some scenes
NEW YORK -- "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett has admitted to re-enacting some portions of the CBS series, at one point using body doubles to re-create a scene.
Brainerd woman wins top honors in annual CLC photo contest
Lynne Heroux, Brainerd, received top recognition in the 34th annual Central Lakes College photography contest.
Hit a nightclub
This is the weekend to explore the nightclub circuit, with live music scheduled for just about every venue in the area. It's the Governor's Fishing Opener and the nightspots will be hopping with visitors, and, who knows, the governor might show up.
C-I choirs to present concert
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Junior-Senior High School Choirs, directed by Wayne Ellingsen, will present their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Mayberry Auditorium.
Lakes area celebrates the arts
Audrey Moe (above), who plays "Sunshine" with the Deerwood Lakes Lions Club Clown Division, performed Saturday at Central Lakes College during the Crossing Arts Alliance's "Crossing Paths: A Celebration of Art and Community" event.
Crosby-Ironton High School vocalists earn superior ratings at section/state contest
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton High School Chamber Singers, Girls' Triple Trio, Boys' Quartet and vocal soloists participated in the Section/State Vocal Music Contest on May 4 at Mesabi Range Community College in Virginia.
Music General dancers win awards
The Music General dancers attended the 12th annual Showbiz Regional Talent Competition on April 25-29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Central Minnesota Boys' Choir to hold auditions for second season
After completing its inaugural season, the Central Minnesota Boys' Choir will hold auditions for its second season.
CLC students showing artworks at college
Visual art students at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, have opened an exhibit of two- and three-dimensional works created in conjunction with an opportunity for purchases made by Cragun's Resort.
BHS choirs to present annual Spring Pop Concert
Members of the Brainerd High School Vocal Music Department will present their annual Spring Pop Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Washington Middle School's Tornstrom Auditorium.
Rippleside choirs, band to perform
AITKIN -- The Rippleside Elementary School choirs and band will present a Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Aitkin High School Auditorium.
'Survivor' helps CBS to ratings victory
NEW YORK -- Thanks to the "Survivor" finale, CBS easily won the first week of the important May ratings "sweeps."
Actress delivers powerful performance about abuse
The audience that gathered for Denise Flemming's one-woman stage production last weekend witnessed a tour de force that will be remembered here for a long time to come.
Mystery writers to take 'Crime Wave' tour to Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The adage "if one's good, two's better" will be tested next week at a Little Falls bookstore where not two, but four Twin Cities authors will join forces to promote their latest works.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.
Military vets, Navy helped out on 'Pearl Harbor' movie
LOS ANGELES -- Ralph Lindenmeyer didn't want to relive his memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor. But a group of Hollywood filmmakers changed the war veteran's mind.
Rogers, Mandrell regain country spotlight
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- A theme of redemption filled the Academy of Country Music Awards as several once-fading artists reclaimed the spotlight.
The popular area rock band The Retractions and Primetime Food & Spirits are offering an "off the record bash" this weekend in the hope of attracting Gov. Jesse Ventura and large crowds to the Breezy Point nightclub.
Backus explores whether to adopt state building code
BACKUS -- The Backus City Council's exploration of whether to adopt the state building code will go back to a now-expanded study committee following Monday's public hearing on the issue.
PEQUOT LAKES -- A Parents/Children for Non-Violence Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.
Stamp to herald opener
PEQUOT LAKES -- Stamp collectors can get a piece of history this weekend at the Governor's Fishing Opener.
Cuyuna trail plan explained to board
If the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association plan for a trail system becomes a reality the Cuyuna Range area could see the system extend for 40 miles or more.
Backus senior housing clears hurdle
BACKUS -- The Backus City Council voted Monday to authorize the Backus Economic Development Authority to issue and sell up to $275,000 of general obligation revenue bonds for a senior housing project and to proceed toward construction.
Basshenge: A new monument to music in northern Minnesota
BIRCHDALE (AP) -- Egypt has its pyramids and the Salisbury Plains their Stonehenge. Now Highway 11 near Birchdale, located on the Rainy River about 40 miles west of International Falls, will have its own colossal monument -- Basshenge.
Temperatures soar in Calif.; Rockies get rain
Showers were moving across the Rockies and into the northern Plains early Wednesday, while temperatures in the Southwest were expected to climb into the 100s for a second straight day.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms could be severe. Highs from the middle 60s north to the lower 80s south.
The Weather Elsewhere
I love mom
Weather drawing by Summer Reyna of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
This morning...Showers and thunderstorms ending southeast...Partly sunny elsewhere. This afternoon...Showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 70 to 80.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny east. Becoming mostly cloudy west and central. A chance of showers west and far south. An afternoon or early evening thunderstorm is possible west. Highs in the 60s.
Weather drawing by Hunter Verkennes of Mrs. Swanson's first grade class at Lincoln school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Increasing cloudiness northwest with a chance of late day thunderstorms. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast forSouth Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms overall but the northwest. Highs in the upper 60s northwest to the upper 80s extreme southeast.
Midwest storms bring tornadoes to Minn.; Southwest remains hot and dry
Storms that spawned tornadoes across southern Minnesota were moving toward the Great Lakes on Thursday, while the Southwest was expected to remain hot and dry.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Widely scattered showers east. Possibly a thunderstorm southeast. Windy with highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s.
State forecast for SouthDakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers...Scattered thunderstorms west and south...Mainly this afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 60s north to the lower to mid 70s south.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy northwest. A chance of showers northeast with scattered showers along with a few thunderstorms across the south. Highs from the upper 50s northwest to the lower 70s south.
Severe weather hits southern Minnesota
Residents sifted through debris Thursday after more than a half-dozen tornadoes dropped from the sky and damaged or destroyed more than 20 homes across southern Minnesota.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms northwest. Partly to mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs in the 70s. Cooler near lake michigan.
The public is invited to participate in games, a silent auction, hair beading and a cakewalk. Food also will be available.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Her book deal was no more enduring than her TV show. Bette Midler won't be writing a tell-all detailing her failed bid to become a TV comedy star.
Jordan to resume regular flights to Iraq within month
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's state airline plans to resume regular flights to Iraq within a month, Information Minister Taleb Rifai said Wednesday.
FBI uses high-tech net to snag Russian alleged hackers
SEATTLE -- Invita Security Corp. looked like a typical Internet company: It had offices, computers, employees and a secure computer system. The only thing missing was the customers.
In Iran, Castro says U.S. 'imperialist king' destined to fall like Iran's king
TEHRAN, Iran -- The United States is an "imperialist king" destined to fall, just as the U.S.-supported king of Iran fell in the 1979 Islamic revolution, Cuban President Fidel Castro told Iranians on Wednesday.
German school damaged by misfired U.S. Army tank rounds
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.S. Army said Wednesday it was investigating an incident in which two rounds fired by a Bradley armored vehicle hit the roof of a school in southern Germany, causing some damage.
Ghana soccer stampede leaves at least 121 dead
ACCRA, Ghana -- Distraught relatives searched hospitals for loved ones Thursday after a stampede at a packed soccer game between two of Ghana's top teams killed at least 121 people -- Africa's worst ever soccer disaster and the fourth sports tragedy on the continent in a month.
Two Israeli teens stoned to death on West Bank
TEKOA, West Bank -- Two 14-year-old Israeli boys were bludgeoned to death with rocks and their bodies discovered in a West Bank cave Wednesday. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said they were victims of "Palestinian terror."
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