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."
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
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.
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.
Wholesale prices up 0.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale inflation rose 0.3 percent in April as gasoline prices took the biggest jump in 10 months. But that didn't keep consumers from going on a shopping spree: Retail sales went up sharply.
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.
Chicago is survivor in competition for Boeing
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co.'s executives got the red-carpet treatment during their first day in their new home city, even if they are leaving most of the company back in Seattle.
McVeigh execution a catalyst for nun's 'Declaration of Life'
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Publicity surrounding Timothy McVeigh's scheduled execution is generating renewed interest in an anti-death penalty document already signed by thousands.
Help tend to your company's Spirit
If you want to see polarity in action, walk into any business and start talking about Spirit. Half the place will invite you to a lunchtime Bible study group. The other half will run screaming for the door, as if you tried to sell them a Watchtower.
Is life unfair?
"Life is unfair," as President Jimmy Carter once said.
Vatican investigates theologian's views on religious pluralism
In an escalating conflict between religious pluralism and Roman Catholic orthodoxy, the Vatican is investigating an American Jesuit theologian who proposed, in an award-winning book, that people can find salvation by means other than Jesus Christ.
Unpopular religious groups could get money under Bush proposal
WASHINGTON -- Sending taxpayer dollars to the neighborhood church or synagogue sounds like a great idea to many Americans. But what about government money for the Nation of Islam, Scientologists, Hare Krishnas or Wiccans?
Church's struggle is sign of a greater Episcopal divide
ACCOKEEK, Md. -- The sign outside Christ Episcopal Church is clear about who the parish rector is.
BHS cheerleader to be missionary athlete
Brainerd High School junior Erin Anderson is going to Holland this summer in a role she's quite pleased about.
Prioritize your priorities
This is it!
St. Francis Church in Brainerd will conduct an ongoing series called Catholics Returning Home at 7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning May 23 in the church basement. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church. For more information, call Pam at 829-8753.
Pope's confessions in Greece, Syria continue theme of his reign
Deep into his reign, Pope John Paul II keeps pursuing a long-held vision of bringing his church closer to other faiths by confessing Roman Catholics' past sins, a rare gesture for a pope.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD - MONDAY -- B-Poptart, cheese slice or yogurt, juice. L-Corn dog, macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit.
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.
Mother's Day snagged by opener
Tina Beck of Brainerd has been looking forward to Sunday for an entire year.
All in the family reap rewards by gardening for mom
DEAR ABBY: Mother's Day is approaching, and I'm feeling sentimental. I'd like to tell you what our family used to do on Mother's Day. Mom didn't need any more clothes or jewelry. So, for years, all the adult children, grandchildren and in-laws put on our work clothes and showed up at Mom's home on Mother's Day.
Anticipate teen years as dynamic time of transition
QUESTION: My children are still in elementary school, and I want to avoid adolescent rebellion in the future if I can. What can you tell me to help me get ready for this scary time?
Shampoo your tub
Dear Heloise: I redid my bathroom walls with a plastic tub surround; I also had the bathtub reglazed. What should I use to clean the soap scum off the wall -- and the stains off the tub -- that will not damage the surface?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 87, a year ago 273.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THEFT -- Lori Schneider, 500 block of 28th Street Southeast, reported Monday her Yamaha four-wheeler was stolen.
Several features on Page 4T in today's Tempo section should have been placed in Friday's edition.
Crow Wing sheriff - Report Thursday of a break-in at Whitefish Golf Club. A safe was missing.
The Brainerd Fire Department investigated a fire alarm at Acrometal Cos. Inc., reported at 9:35 a.m. Thursday.
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.
Pierz first at CMC conference meet
PIERZ -- Kayla Boser shot a 49 to earn co-medalist honors at the Central Minnesota Conference girls' golf meet in Pierz Thursday.
Aitkin captures title
BAY LAKE --Ricky Aulie of Crosby-Ironton and Brian Hills of Aitkin shared medalist honors with rounds of 38 in a Mid-Minnesota Conference boys' golf meet Thursday at Ruttger's.
Warrior golfers 4th
LITTLE FALLS --The Brainerd Warriors girls' golf team finished tied for fourth with a score of 200 and the Little Falls Flyers finished sixth with a 207 in a Central Lakes Conference meet Thursday.
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.
House passes abortion waiting period bill, Ventura threatens veto
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The House passed a 24-hour abortion waiting period Thursday as part of a giant health and human services spending bill, a move that Gov. Jesse Ventura says will cause him to veto the bill.
Bush orders shift in drug war focus
WASHINGTON -- President Bush ordered a major shift of emphasis in the war on drugs Thursday, vowing an "unprecedented" and "unwavering commitment" to cut drug demand within the United States.
US plans new AIDS contribution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is putting more money on the table to fight AIDS around the world. But even before the official announcement is made, advocates are saying the money isn't enough.
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.
Energy task force expected to recommend tax breaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's energy task force will recommend tax breaks to promote conservation and develop renewable energy sources, but still focus primarily on increasing conventional energy supplies, according to government officials.
Angry House votes to withhold payment of some U.N. dues
WASHINGTON -- The House showed its anger over the United States' ouster from the U.N. Human Rights Commission by voting to withhold some overdue payments to the world organization.
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.
Bush asks Congress for expanded trade authority
WASHINGTON -- President Bush asked Congress Thursday for expanded authority to negotiate trade agreements, seeking to break through a political stalemate that hindered the Clinton administration.
Senate backs budget plan, including tax cut
WASHINGTON -- In a major milestone for President Bush's quest to reshape federal fiscal policy, the Senate Thursday gave final congressional approval to a federal budget that authorizes a sweeping tax cut, a major reduction in national debt and a slowdown in government spending.
Senate defeats tougher standard for drunken driving
ST. PAUL -- The Senate rejected a tougher standard for drinking and driving Thursday. After the 33-30 vote, the bill's chief sponsor said it would take "a miracle" to get it through in 2001.
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.
Cancer pill approved
WASHINGTON -- Victims of a rare but deadly form of leukemia could have a new treatment available within a week following approval of a drug being hailed as a breakthrough in fighting cancer.
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.
CDC: Smaller racial minority groups have higher risk for pregnancy-related deaths
ATLANTA -- American Indian, Asian and Hispanic women are much more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women, government researchers said Thursday.
Petition urges making three allergy drugs nonprescription
WASHINGTON -- A petition to allow three popular prescription allergy drugs to be sold over the counter has triggered a battle between health insurers and pharmaceutical companies.
House price limits by county
House price limits for the 2001 Minnesota City Participation Program by county:
Make sure Design J-64 is flexible for the long term
Design J-64, a farmhouse with a wrap-around front porch and light-filled foyer, creates a strong first impression. Its front entrance and foyer have all the right design elements: shelter, light and glimpses to the rear of the house.
A knot garden is ideal for small spaces
Walls that surrounded medieval monastic gardens imposed their geometry upon the planted beds within. The beds usually were rectangular, and they were divided into more rectangles or other geometric shapes. Soon, people began to notice that all these lines and curves within the beds were quite ornamental, and thus originated the "knot garden."
Variety of loans available for prospective homeowners
Prospective homeowners may find different types of loans or a combination of loans that best meet their needs. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency offers loan definitions and suggests buyers contact their area lenders for additional information.
Whirlpool tubs a popular fixture
Whirlpool tubs in new bathrooms top many homeowners' wish lists.
Income, home price guidelines rise for first-time homebuyers
First-time homeownership is getting a boost in Crow Wing County.
Fishing legend Marv Koep hopes to guide Ventura to walleye catch
BREEZY POINT -- Marv Koep, who last year was inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame, said it's easy to become a fishing legend.
This was Brainerd
MAY 11 - 100 years ago (1901) - The council on Monday evening directed the dog ordinance to be amended raising the dog tax from one to three dollars. The council deserves a bouquet.
Commander Don Hauck recently. The post is distributing poppies at various locations in Brainerd and Baxter. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Anglers shouldn't have to worry about weather, bait supplies
Everything should be working in the angler's favor for the fishing opener Saturday.
An increase in home price limits will benefit first-time homebuyers in Crow Wing County. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
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.
Events surrounding the Governor's Fishing Opener in Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes are under way. Look for stories and pictures Sunday.
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.
Governor's Fishing Opener schedule of events
Friday 2 p.m. -- Second annual Walleye Widow's Weekend Shopping Spree with Lt. Gov. Mae Schunk and former NFL kicker Chip Lohmiller starts at Patriots Driving Range.
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.
Gov. Jesse Ventura is not sure whether he'll land a walleye but he's ready to enjoy trying.
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 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.
HINCKLEY -- Hundreds of American Indian elders from across Minnesota are expected to attend the Wisdom Steps
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.
McVeigh execution delay urged
WASHINGTON -- Justice Department lawyers have recommended that Attorney General John Ashcroft delay the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh for 30 days, two government officials said Friday.
Court papers suggest Olson's lawyers changing defense strategy
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prosecutors have evidence that may link ex-Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara Jane Olson to fuses ordered two weeks before an attempted bomb attack on police cars.
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.
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.
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.
After long battle, Army women stake new claim to their own museum
FORT LEE, Va. -- A nightgown sewn from a silk parachute. The dog tag of a World War I Army nurse. A dinner set of white china. A Soviet-made machine gun belt captured by a female MP from the Army. The personal papers and photos of the first black woman commissioned as an Army officer.
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.
U.S. curtails effort to stop tax havens
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration plans to curtail an international effort to crack down on tax havens, reversing an initiative backed by the Clinton administration in part because of concerns the effort would lead to higher domestic taxes.
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.
Federal judge blocks road ban in national forests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Expanses of national forest land that would have been spared from logging and road building this weekend won't receive that protection after a federal judge blocked the Clinton administration policy.
Media plan extensive McVeigh execution programming
It's the kind of story media organizations love: dramatic, historic -- and utterly planned and packaged.
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.
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.
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.
Judge dismisses suits blocking Nazi compensation fund
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge Thursday removed a major obstacle holding up payouts from a $4.6 billion fund for more than 1 million victims of Nazi-era slave labor, but other hurdles remain.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas forward Juwan Howard took down another airborne San Antonio Spurs player and again was hit with a flagrant foul.
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.
Penguins eliminate Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Darius Kasparaitis was shocked, Jaromir Jagr was drained and Mario Lemieux was thinking about the bottom line.
Mashburn sparks Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A big game by an opposing player in the NBA playoffs can send a coach scrambling for answers. Milwaukee's George Karl is in that position now.
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.
Smoltz hopes for quick return after second start in minors
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- John Smoltz's second rehabilitation start in the minors was rockier than his first, but the Braves right-hander said Thursday he hopes to be back in an Atlanta uniform as early as next week.
X-treme flop XFL folds after one season
NEW YORK (AP) -- "He Hate Me" -- aka Rod Smart -- was right.
Frank Thomas out for year
CHICAGO (AP) -- Frank Thomas will have surgery next week. He hurt his triceps diving for a ground ball against Seattle on April 27 when he was making a rare appearance at first base.
Dr. E. C. Goblirsch
LITTLE FALLS -- Dr. E.C. Goblirsch, 95, died Monday, April 16, 2001.
Richard P. Gaugler
FARGO, N.D. -- Richard Paul Gaugler, 88, Fargo, N.D., died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at home.
Frederick W. Goehtz
CUSHING -- Frederick W. Goehtz, 72, Cushing, formerly of Little Falls, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at home.
Arthur W. Steltz
Arthur W. Steltz, 49, Brainerd, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at home.
SILVER BAY -- Bernard Swiderski, 85, Silver Bay, formerly of Onamia, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay.
Blenda E. Spitchke
PRINCETON -- Blenda E. Spitchke, 104, Princeton, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Elim Home in Princeton.
FLENSBURG -- Beverly Super, 42, Flensburg, died today, May 11, 2001, in Flensburg.
Wildred J. Dahlheimer
PIERZ -- Wildred J. Dahlheimer, 96, Pierz, died today, May 11, 2001, at Fairview Southdale Medical Center in Edina.
Beatrice Pull, 101, Brainerd, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Lewis Williams, 86, Aitkin, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Evelyn S. Regnell
LITTLE FALLS -- Evelyn S. Regnell, 83, Little Falls, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Musings on a deep subject
First, a clarification.
Time for action - Dispatch Editorial
The Brainerd Police Department has been without a chief long enough.
Lately there has been a lot of negative press concerning the proposed GPS tower that will be installed in our area. If the United States Coast Guard says the GPS tower is for public safety and will benefit the citizens of Minnesota, I, for one, believe them.
Open Forum guidelines
The Dispatch encourages readers to sound off in the Open Forum.
Stadium talk - Dispatch Editorial
It's crunch time at the state Capitol in St. Paul. About two weeks remain before legislators must adjourn yet several important items of business -- including major spending and tax bills -- remain unfinished.
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.
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.
The late Ralph Burrows posed with his 1939 Ford racer in this photograph taken in 1954.
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule (winners in parentheses) and driver point standings:
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.
NASCAR BUSCH CVS Pharmacy 200
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.
Sharp all smiles after turning in fastest lap
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Sharp grabbed his baseball cap, sat down at the table and grinned.
Report says tests of state's drinking water reveal good news
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's drinking water supply is sound, with none of 955 community systems exceeding state or federal levels for pesticides and industrial contaminants, according to the state Department of Health.
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.
Tribes file lawsuit challenging governor's power over gaming
Three Chippewa Indian bands that want to open a casino at a financially troubled greyhound race track in western Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the governor's power to block the project.
Body of one missing Olivia boy found
OLIVIA (AP) -- The body of one of two missing Olivia boys has been found in a drainage ditch, more than a month after the search began for the young cousins.
No settlement reached; strike continues in Benton County
FOLEY (AP) -- Human services workers in Benton County will continue to strike after mediated talks failed.
Duluth newspaper to eliminate 6.3 percent of its workforce
DULUTH (AP) -- The News-Tribune will eliminate 17 positions in the wake of parent company Knight Ridder's decision to cut expenses, a newspaper executive said Thursday.
Bush to visit St. Paul next week
ST. PAUL -- President Bush plans to visit St. Paul on Thursday to tour an alternative energy plant and deliver a speech, Mayor Norm Coleman's spokeswoman said.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Twins stadium bill might have some life
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A new financing plan for a $300 million Twins stadium was expected to be proposed Friday at the Legislature.
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.
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.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Brainerd Family YMCA and Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will again bring British Soccer Camps to the lakes area.
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.
Wolverines finish 2nd
FRAZEE -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Becca Immonen won three events to help the Wolverines girls' track and field team to a second place finish at the Daggett Invitational in Frazee Thursday.
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.
Pierz gets first softball win
KIMBALL -- The Pierz Pioneers picked up their first win of the season and first in two years with a 12-5 victory over the Kimball Cubs in Central Minnesota Conference play Thursday.
Saehr leads Pioneers to win
PIERZ --The Pierz Pioneers had 11 different players have at least one hit in a 6-4 victory over the Kimball Cubs on Thursday.
Flyers beat Apollo
LITTLE FALLS -- The team of Bud Godzala and Andy Spofford won the No. 1 doubles match against St. Cloud Apollo to help the Little Falls Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Eagles in Central Lakes Conference tennis Thursday.
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.
Tech ends Brainerd's tennis streak
ST. CLOUD -- In a battle of undefeated Central Lakes Conference tennis teams it was the St. Cloud Tech Tigers remaining that way as they defeated the Brainerd Warriors 5-2 Thursday.
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.
The Riverfest 5-kilometer run/walk and fun run is scheduled 8:30 a.m. June 9 in Little Falls.
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.
Willmar hands Warriors setback in softball
WILLMAR --The Willmar Cardinals capitalized on five Brainerd Warrior errors and scored four unearned runs in a 4-0 Central Lakes Conference softball game Thursday.
Warriors give Willmar 11-3 loss
WILLMAR --The Brainerd Warriors scored five runs in the top of the first inning and added five more in the top of the fourth en route to an 11-3 triumph over the Willmar Cardinals in Central Lakes Conference baseball Thursday.
These Twins may be for real
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins found a new way to win.
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.
Twins establish new security rules for fans
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Minnesota Twins fans return to the Metrodome on Friday, they won't be able to buy beer from vendors working the aisles in the general-admission seats and there will be a substantial increase in security.
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 ...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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."
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.
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.
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.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.
Weather drawing by Hunter Verkennes of Mrs. Swanson's first grade class at Lincoln school.
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.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly to partly sunny. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms south central. Highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s. Tonight...A chance of evening thunderstorms south central. Otherwise clear to partly cloudy...With a slight chance of thunderstorms east central late. Lows from 40 to 50..
Strong storms in Plains; West unseasonably warm
Thunderstorms with strong wind and heavy rain were forecast for the Midwest on Friday, while temperatures west of the Rockies were expected to remain unseasonably warm, exceeding 100 degrees in parts of the desert Southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A slight chance of morning showers northwest. Scattered showers and thunderstorms ending during the morning southeast...With a chance again this afternoon. Otherwise partly to mostly sunny with highs from the mid 60s northwest to the mid 70s southeast.
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.
Wisconsin state forecast
Frost advisory north tonight...
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.
Fishing is fun
Weather drawing by Tanner Steven Collette of Mrs. Minerich's second grade class at Nisswa school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Variable cloudiness. A few morning sprinkles in the east central and northeast with some patchy fog early in the far southeast. Highs in the 60s.
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Tornado victims near Northfield thankful nobody was hurt
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) -- With pieces of their home littered throughout their family farm, Maralee and Jim Feldman say they're not asking "Why Me?"
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.
Iowa state forecast
This morning...Showers and thunderstorms ending southeast...Partly sunny elsewhere. This afternoon...Showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 70 to 80.
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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.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with isolated morning showers central. Mostly sunny west and east. Highs 60 to 70.
North-South: Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 94.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 91.5; Eldon Hegstrom and Gus Schlick, 91; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 90. East-West: Warren and Betty Nelson, 106.5; Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 100.5; Marcella Jensen and Joyce Roemer, 93.5; and Ed Abt and Bob McClellan, 80.
Names and faces
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- John Walsh, the host of "America's Most Wanted" who took part last month in a Kentucky ceremony to honor crime victims, has returned $15,000 he received for the appearance.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
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.
Brazilians confirm, second outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Authorities Thursday confirmed a second outbreak of highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Rolls-Royce recalls vehicles after explosion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Inc. is recalling five models after a brand new car exploded at a Michigan dealership.
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.
Britain has foot-and-mouth under control
LONDON -- Independent scientists on Friday confirmed the government's claim that Britain has contained the foot-and-mouth epidemic that crippled the livestock industry, frightened tourists away and even forced the delay of a nationwide election.
Dutch court convicts seven, acquits one in deaths of 58 illegal Chinese immigrants
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- A Dutch court Friday convicted seven men in the deaths of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants who suffocated in a cargo truck found in England last June -- a tragedy that focused international attention on the dangers of immigrant smuggling.
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