SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Tom and Fiorella Williams put in an order for a new Honda Civic Hybrid sight unseen, without so much as a test drive.
Who wants to pay forever?
It was time to say goodbye.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 33-year-old HIV-positive man. Last week at my office, I was shocked when two of my co-workers declared that they could tell whether or not people are HIV-positive just by looking at them.
DEAR ABBY: I am a lifeguard at a public swimming pool. Please inform parents that the presence of a lifeguard does not guarantee the safety of their children.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 700. Last Tuesday: 1,009. Year Ago Tuesday: 610. Monday actual: 649.
SOUTH ST. PAUL(AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: Estimated receipts: 600. Last Wednesday: 588. Year Ago Wednesday: 535. Tuesday actual: 775.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 71, a year ago 58.
Dress up meat and potatoes with maple syrup, horseradish
Maple Syrup and Apple Braised Pork With Horseradish Mash uses a stylish combination of ingredients to dress up meat and potatoes, while staying within low-fat bounds.
Put your fish on the grill
Warmer weather will have everyone outdoors again soon. Even though it has been a long time coming, isn't that a cheery thought for those of us who live in Minnesota?
Is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable?
Spring is the time to enjoy fresh rhubarb. Rhubarb falls under the category of vegetable, although most people use it as a fruit.
Dress up brunch by combining cheese, brown sugar, strawberries
Bruschetta is toast with Italian flair, but simple enough to be dressed up with a couple of other ingredients and turned into a delectable brunch dish.
Taste test Baker's has best semi-sweet chips
Would you believe Wednesday was National Chocolate Chip Day? (What! Only one day?)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Nominations being accepted for Ginger Brauer award
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is accepting nominations for the second annual Ginger Brauer Breast Cancer Support award.
WALKER -- Suzanne Marie Curo, 44, Waite Park, was sentenced recently in Cass County District Court for felony theft to serve 45 work release days.
St. Joseph's Medical Center
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
BAXTER -- Two men, ages 53 and 31, were arrested on drug charges Wednesday in Baxter, the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division reported.
Adult use ordinance to be discussed
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. today at Brainerd City Hall to discuss the city's current adult use ordinance and possible changes to make the ordinance current. Any changes to the ordinance would be voted upon by the city council. The meeting will be televised on channel eight.
Pierz girls win CMC golf title
CLEARWATER -- The Pierz Pioneers finished second in a Central Minnesota Conference girls' golf meet at Eagle Trace, but earned enough points to hang on to their team standing and win the CMC title Tuesday.
Among the pros
She realizes dream of becoming a golf pro at the Pines
NISSWA -- Like many women, Joni Meyer sacrificed her dreams to raise a family, but she never forgot her dreams.
Twlight Golf League
Dondelinger increased its lead over Reichert Bus thanks to a 9-3 win over the Lions in the men's Twilight League at Pine Meadows May 9.
Tiger no longer gets to pick cup partner
Tiger Woods won't be able to choose his own partner if he decides to play in the World Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
The MGA/PGA Cup Matches are scheduled May 20 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
Don't move your head
Don't move your head.
Lee records ace -- sort of
On a cold May night, Jerry Lee hit the golf shot of his life only to be ridiculed by the masses.
Asian presence on PGA Tour emerges
IRVING, Texas -- The seeds for Asian success against the best golfers in the world might have taken root in the final half of the 1998 season.
Pierz boys win; Aulie medalist
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pierz Pioneers and Crosby-Ironton's Ricky Aulie paced the field at the Patriot Invitational boys' golf meet Tuesday at the Preserve.
Major provisions in the House and Senate budget deal
Highlights of the Legislature's plan to erase a $439 million deficit and set aside $301 million in reserve:
Step by step, how the 2002 Legislature attacked the deficit
The year began with state leaders facing a projected $1.9 billion deficit, about 7 percent of the $28 billion budget for the two-year fiscal period ending June 2003. In late February, state finance officials raised the forecasted deficit to $2.3 billion.
U.S. cancer rates to double
Cancer incidence is expected to double over the next 50 years for Americans and the greatest burden will be among those 75 and older whose cancer rates will nearly triple because of their unprecedented ranks in the population, according to a report being released Wednesday.
Preserving the culture
The American Indian Dance Theatre recently perfomed at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Convention Center.
Tobacco studies turn focus on smokers who can't quit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota tobacco researchers know a lot about nicotine addiction, but they also admit to not knowing enough.
CLC Heavy Equipment program gets donation
The Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance program in Staples has received a $3,000 donation from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, Rosemount.
Pequot Lakes woman receives $1,500 scholarship as Outstanding Business Student
Amy Olstad of Pequot Lakes, a freshman at Central Lakes College, has been named the 2002 Outstanding Business Student.
Minnesota's professionals seeking unemployment increases dramatically
Matthew Overbeek used to pilot jets for Sun Country Airlines, but now he flies paper planes as a stay-at-home dad and part-time student.
Ducks Unlimited cites area life member's contributions
As the only life member of the lakes area chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Con O'Brien understands the importance of preserving habitat.
Learn about the ticks we encounter
There are two ticks people commonly encounter in Minnesota: the blacklegged tick, formerly known as the deer tick, and the American dog tick, also known as the wood tick.
10-year-old shoots perfect 300 score in archery
TRACY (AP) -- If it were baseball and Joshua Lubben was one inning away from a no-hitter, his dad probably wouldn't have said a thing.
DNR expects less worm defoliation than last year
DULUTH (AP) -- The cold, damp weather throughout Minnesota has a bright side.
Inpatient program at Mayo Clinic helps people quit smoking
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Kristen Romano arrived at the Mayo Clinic's inpatient stop-smoking program with the confidence she could quit and with five minutes to spare. Just enough time for one last cigarette.
He's happy to be able to read once again
NISSWA -- Reading was once one of Bob Mooney's favorite pastimes, but his bookshelves at his home south of Nisswa are empty now.
Ironton hotel, last synagogue on Iron Range on endangered list
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- There's some good news on this year's list of endangered properties in Minnesota -- at least one of them, by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is already being fixed up.
Rare blood donor
Joe Birmingham, president of Central Lakes College, gave blood during the American Red Cross Bloodmobile stop in the Brainerd campus gym last week.
The race for a more fuel-efficient car at CBIR
Teams from 60 high schools competed at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway Tuesday for the 14th annual Minnesota Technology Education Association Supermileage Challenge.
This was Brainerd
MAY 15 - 40 years ago (1962) - Voters in the East Gull Lake District voted overwhelmingly in favor of merging with Brainerd yesterday. This was the final step on the district becoming a part of the Brainerd district.
Parks director on board now
Michael Kearns is officially the new parks director for Crow Wing County.
This was Brainerd
MAY 16 - 60 years ago (1942) - Brainerd's Municipal Airport was closed, apparently for the duration of the war, this morning as local plane owners prepared to dismantle their ships according to order of the Civil Aeronautics authority.
Former Brainerd High School coach Clark "Corky" Johnson and golf pro Bill Israelson of Staples have been inducted into the Bemidji High School Hall of Fame
Crow Wing board grants Lake Hubert Association request
The Crow Wing County Board on Tuesday agreed to a request from the Lake Hubert Association to close Highway 13 from noon to 5 p.m. June 22 between Clark Lake Dam Road and South Clark Lake Road, about 4.5 miles.
Search for singers
A 60- to 65-person adult choir is forming in the lakes area, with auditions scheduled in June. Look for the story Thursday in Tempo.
Kauppi to head county P&Z on interim basis
Crow Wing County Zoning Technician Chuck Kauppi will serve as interim planning and zoning administrator after Dean Williams leaves the head post next Friday.
Resource office for Potlatch workers opens next to city hall
Potlatch union officials have opened an information and resource office in the former senior center next to Brainerd City Hall.
Learn how to grow a wildflower garden. Look for tips from a master gardener in the Housing section Friday.
Sluss to seek new county board term
Crow Wing County Commissioner Terry Sluss announced Tuesday that he'll run for re-election this fall.
Redistricting forces three commissioners to run
Three Crow Wing County commissioners will have to run for re-election this fall.
County stays with old logo
The Crow Wing County Board made a decision on which logo it should use on letterheads and business cards Tuesday.
Ten Cass residents seek county board post
WALKER -- Ten candidates have filed for the special election in Cass County Commissioner District 3 to fill the unexpired term through the end of this year created by the death of Commissioner Glenn Witham.
Boad tables CBIR liquor request
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday tabled a request from Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway for an off-sale liquor license.
BAXTER -- An open house will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Baxter to review and discuss the construction-staging plans for the $3.5 million Highway 210 reconstruction project in Brainerd and Baxter.
A too-short but full life
When friends think of retired Brainerd State Patrol Capt. Joe Schueller, they remember his "million-dollar smile" and also talk about living every day to its fullest.
Lucille Schellin (left) and Rose Robison, co-chairpersons of the Mahlum-Hanson VFW Post 1647 Auxiliary Poppy Drive, pinned the first poppies on themselves Wednesday.
Testing on the track
Chad Zubke of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley school tested his team's Supermileage car in the pit area before competition Tuesday at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway. The 14th annual Supermileage Challenge continues today at the track. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
STANDING ROOM ONLY
More than 200 people filled the Brainerd City Council chambers and adjacent hallways Wednesday night to listen to discussion and give input on amendments to the city's adult use ordinance.
Potlatch workers may be eligible for benefits
Former employees of Potlatch in Brainerd have learned that if they meet certain criteria they may be eligible for up to 78 weeks of federal unemployment benefits, state Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd and president of the Minnesota Senate, said.
Day of Caring
Herberger's employees Michelle Olsen (left), Jackie Reinke and Cindy Dallaire scraped the Salvation Army food booth at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds on Wednesday.
Jail administrator's firing changed to demotion
Former Jail Administrator Rod McCulley was back at work today at the Crow Wing County jail.
Mississippi Horizons student Jennifer Witt reacted as she stood on a podium after placing second in the 100-meter dash during the Area 5 Special Olympics track meet Wednesday at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
County approves first dog ordinance
After hearing testimony from both sides, the Crow Wing County Board unanimously approved its first dog ordinance Tuesday.
As the result of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, a name was misspelled in an obituary for Dell Hayes on Page 5A Wednesday. The correct name for a surviving daughter is Kimberly Christopherson, Big Lake.
New resident says she has encountered racism in city
Jackie Okerlund, who moved to Brainerd 15 months ago, said she has seen more racism here than anywhere else she has lived.
Basking in the sun
Jamie Guderian and Amanda Gfroerer basked in the sun as they watched the Brainerd Warriors vs. Alexandria varsity baseball game at Don Adamson Field Tuesday.
HOLLYWOOD -- We'll never see another "Star Wars," no matter how much we want to. And we want to very much.
Israel accused of wrongly detaining aid workers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An American relief worker jailed in Israel for a week accused the U.S. government Wednesday of supporting Israel in what she believes is a crackdown on humanitarian aid workers.
Fugitive financier Frankel pleads guilty in $200 million fraud case
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Martin Frankel's admission that he looted insurance companies of more than $200 million doesn't end the case of one of the most brazen swindles on Wall Street.
FBI director plans new terrorism fighting team in Washington
WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Robert Mueller is seeking to address some of the flaws exposed by the Sept. 11 attacks by creating a new terrorism-fighting team in Washington that will oversee all U.S. terrorism investigations worldwide, officials say.
House GOP pushes tougher welfare rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pushed for stricter welfare rules, saying massive changes made in 1996 marked a stunning success that can be improved upon if even more people are pressed into the work force.
Carter touts democracy in live, uncensored TV speech in Cuba
HAVANA -- Jimmy Carter addressed Cubans in an unprecedented hour of live, uncensored television -- telling them that their country does not meet international standards of democracy and repeatedly promoting a grass-roots campaign for greater civil liberties.
Napster Inc., the San Francisco Bay Area start-up that brought online music piracy to the masses, teetered on the brink of bankruptcy Tuesday as it struggled to transform itself from industry outlaw to ally.
Moment of silence
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Just before taking a test, senior Katie Marco often says a short, silent prayer for success.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy faces as much as eight years in juvenile hall for hitting another boy with a spitball.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Smoking by high-school students has dropped to its lowest level in a decade, the government said Thursday, crediting steep cigarette taxes and school programs that discourage kids from picking up the habit.
Fans line up at midnight for new 'Star Wars'
LOS ANGELES -- Two plastic lightsabers up.
Housing construction declines
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Housing construction -- which started off the year with a bang -- declined in April for the second month in a row, a sign the building sector may be losing some steam.
Bush will propose joint projects with Russia in missile defense
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush will propose to Russian President Vladimir Putin next week that the two countries cooperate in joint projects to defend against missile attack, a U.S. official says.
Former president Carter calls for US-Cuba friendship as Bush moves toward tougher line
HAVANA (AP) -- As the current U.S. president moved toward a tougher line in the 40-year embargo of communist Cuba, former president Jimmy Carter called for "cooperation, friendship and love" between peoples of the two countries.
Hero dog proves baby's best friend
Pam Sica had left her 3-week-old baby on the bed for just a moment when her golden retriever started to bark.
Bush warned by U.S. intelligence prior to Sept. 11 of possible bin Laden plot to hijack airplanes
WASHINGTON -- President Bush was told a month before Sept. 11 that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network might hijack American airplanes, the White House said Thursday as lawmakers questioned whether the government ignored repeated warning signs.
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- Four young men, including two brothers browsing for videos, were shot and killed during a robbery at a Blockbuster store. It was the second fatal video store robbery in the area this week.
WASHINGTON -- Defying a veto threat, the Senate gave decisive support Tuesday to a proposal that the Bush administration warned would derail a bill that's intended to let presidents negotiate trade deals that Congress can approve or reject but not change.
'Star Wars' queen Portman no fan of series
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Though she's the current queen of the "Star Wars" universe, Natalie Portman did not grow up a fan of George Lucas' space epic.
New Jersey nets first trip to conference finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets haven't enjoyed this kind of glory since their ABA days.
Back to LA?
HOUSTON (AP) -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue appointed a group of five owners to explore alternatives for returning pro football to Los Angeles.
Forsberg, Roy lead shark attack
DENVER (AP) -- Peter Forsberg has been so good in the playoffs, it's easy to forget he missed the entire regular season.
Kobe's late spurt spurs Lakers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Once the fourth quarter arrives, the Lakers figure there's no way they can lose. With Kobe Bryant on their side, who can blame them?
Toronto advances in Stanley Cup play
TORONTO (AP) -- No time for Alexander Mogilny and the Toronto Maple Leafs to celebrate. The Eastern Conference finals await.
Some players think setting strike date inevitable
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's labor talks are stalled, and some players think it is inevitable the union will set a strike date for August.
Brandon M. Jarboe
EAGAN -- Brandon M. Jarboe, 23, Eagan, formerly of Nisswa, died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Anoka.
Richard G. Johnson
LAKE SHORE -- Richard G. Johnson, 75, Lake Shore, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at home.
RANDALL -- Frances Lahr, 88, Randall, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.
Joseph F. Schueller
Joseph F. Schueller, 55, Brainerd, formerly of Sleepy Eye, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at home.
Dora S. Larson
Dora S. Larson, 87, Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Joseph Schueller, 55, Brainerd, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at home.
FOLEY, Ala. -- Louis Flanders, 65, Foley, Ala., formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Foley Hospital in Foley, Ala.
Doris C. Norquist
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Doris Christine Norquist, 94, East Lansing, Mich., died Tuesday, May 7, 2002.
Dona Mae Reed
Dona Mae Reed, 77, Brainerd, formerly of Mendota Heights, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
HILLMAN -- Dell Hayes, 85, Hillman, died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Onamia.
Haskins arbitration decision brings a close to an ugly episode
Hundreds of young, Minnesota basketball players attended Clem Haskins' basketball camp over the years but we know of two former campers in central Minnesota who began wearing their t-shirts inside out after the academic fraud scandal that rocked the University of Minnesota basketball team in March of 1999.
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The budget deal
It wasn't pretty and it wasn't very efficient but the Minnesota Legislature finally came up with a solution to a projected $439 million deficit for the current biennium. On Wednesday, the Minnesota House and Senate sent a budget bill to Gov. Jesse Ventura and they appear to have the votes to override any gubernatorial veto.
WASHINGTON -- Now, from the same people who brought the nation's schools a maniacal over-reliance on testing and a definition of academic success that only an accountant could love, it's time for a return to single-sex education.
I am writing in response to the recent Open Form letter that applauded the California vice principal who lifted girls' skirts in front of male students and adults to make sure they were not wearing thong underwear at a dance.
BOSTON -- Even in this democratic age, some organizations have clung to the hierarchical principle--and been admired for it. Through two decades of declining trust in representative institutions--notably, quarrelsome legislatures and
The dominant news item of the past month has been the terrible bloodshed in Israel. Although several points of view may be perceived in the news coverage, most of the news is biased: toward the Jewish point of view, and against the Muslims as being primarily responsible for the cycles of violence.
Dividing horse pastures into small paddocks boosts productivity
Dividing the pasture area for your horse into several small paddocks is one of the best ways to make the pasture more productive.
Fishing opener, Mother's Day and other signs of spring
Another Minnesota springtime milestone has passed -- the 2002 fishing opener, aka Mother's Day weekend.
HACKENSACK -- American Legion Post 202 of Hackensack recently installed officers.
Pequot Lakes graduate returns from Navy Seabees
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Navy Seabees and support personnel from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, including a Pequot Lakes High School graduate, began returning this month from sites around the globe, including Guam, Diego Garcia and Bahrain, as they complete their regularly scheduled seven-month deployment.
Don and Nancy Samuelson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Brainerd Armory. They were married May 17, 1952, in Brainerd.
A far-reaching thunder
The Thunder at the Lakes Memorial Day drag race at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway has attracted interest from the national media, said Scott Quick, CBIR's general manager, in a phone interview Monday.
Veterans compete for spotlight with young guns
The first sign Sterling Marlin got that something might be amiss came during a drive through his Tennessee hometown. Everywhere he went, people stopped him to complain that they couldn't get enough information on him.
NASCAR Winston Cup schedule and standings:
Budget bill sent to Ventura; appears likely to survive veto
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A plan to balance the state's ailing budget drew lukewarm to scathing reviews Wednesday, but easily passed both the House and Senate and appears veto-proof as it goes to Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Lemen is endorsed for challenge to Oberstar
McGREGOR (AP) -- Eighth District Republicans Tuesday endorsed Bob Lemen of Grand Rapids to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the November election.
After pushing Ventura aside, lawmakers must now deal with him on bond needs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After pushing Gov. Jesse Ventura aside for most of the legislative session, state lawmakers suddenly must deal with him to get much-desired money for capital projects in their districts.
Tax refund checks still not mailed out
ST. PAUL (AP) -- About 1 million Minnesota tax returns, mostly filed by mail rather than computer, have not been processed by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, said Deputy Revenue Commissioner Dennis Erno.
Report: University of Texas interested in U of M's Yudof
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof could be on a list of potential candidates for chancellor at the University of Texas, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Profile of Learning will remain unchanged after a House-Senate committee deadlocked over whether to fix or abolish the graduation standards.
Preece, judge for 30 years, dies
BEMIDJI (AP) -- James Edward Preece, a district judge here for 30 years and co-author of the Minnesota Civil Trial book, died Tuesday night of an aortic aneurysm. He was 75.
State budget logjam broken
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After weeks of inaction on the biggest issue they face this year, House and Senate lawmakers were poised Wednesday to pass a budget-balancing bill and speed it on to Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Brainerd boys' tennis team remains winless
Facing an unbeaten opponent in the always tough St. Cloud Tech Tigers, a blowout may have been a foregone conclusion for the Brainerd Warriors boys' tennis team Wednesday.
Flyers finish fourth
MENAHGA -- Ashley Messerschmidt fired a 93 and Jenna Herzog and Paige Johnson both shot 94s to help the Little Falls Flyers to fourth place at the Menahga Invitational Wednesday.
PL blasts Sebeka
SEBEKA -- Jenna Carlson finished 5-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs as the Pequot Lakes Patriots smashed the Sebeka Trojans 20-14 in Park Region Conference softball Wednesday.
Warriors girls beat Alexandria by 10-run rule
ALEXANDRIA -- Sacha Holbrook went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI to lead the Brainerd Warriors softball team past the Alexandria Cardinals 14-4 in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday.
Raiders sweep through early competition
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raider softball team defeated Fergus Falls 3-2, and Vermilion 7-4 Wednesday to advance to the state community college semifinals.
Staples-Motley sweeps Detroit Lakes
DETROIT LAKES -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals swept the Detroit Lakes Lakers 6-1 and 12-2 in Mid-State Conference softball Tuesday.
Pillager boys eighth in conference meet
ASHBY -- Pillager's Bryan Kavanaugh fired a 79, two shots off the pace, and the Huskies finished eighth in the Quad County Conference boys' golf meet Tuesday.
Little Falls outscores Willmar
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers needed only seven hits to defeat the Willmar Cardinals 11-2 in Central Lakes Conference baseball Tuesday.
Aitkin defeats Onamia
ONAMIA -- Darik Lamke of Aitkin was 3-4 including a home run and five RBI while teammate Josh Flier added a home run as the Gobblers upended the Onamia Panthers 8-3 in a Great River Conference baseball game Wednesday.
BHS 4th in CLC meet
LITTLE FALLS -- Goals were set and goals were met.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is one of the athletes that Brainerd Warriors softball player Megan Arns emulates.
Local sports shorts
PGA Professional Bill Israelson will be offering free 10-minute lessons in conjunction with the PGA/Golf Digest national "PGA Free Lesson Month" promotion 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Vintage Golf Course in Staples.
Flyer tennis team wins pair
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers won both ends of a tennis doubleheader against Central Lakes Conference rival Sartell by 6-1 scores Tuesday.
high school BASEBALL
Warriors capitalize on rare Alex error
In a contest that featured some sensational defense, an error decided the outcome.
S-M boys first, girls second at Mid-State meet
WADENA -- Led by Adam Barnett's two victories and a third-place finish, the Staples-Motley Cardinal boys' track and field team won the Mid-State Conference championship Tuesday.
Balance helps Brainerd girls place 3rd
LITTLE FALLS -- Balance is the name of the game for the Brainerd Warriors girls' track and field team as two relay teams and three individuals finished in the top three for the Warriors.
Aitkin tennis beats Greenway
COLERAINE -- The Aitkin Gobblers defeated the Greenway Raiders 5-2 in non-conference boys tennis Wednesday.
Pierz girls third, boys fourth in CMC meet
BELGRADE -- The Pierz Pioneers girls' track and field team finished third and the boys' team was fourth in the Central Minnesota Conference meet Tuesday.
Vikings sign FS Bradford
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms Wednesday with free safety Ronnie Bradford, formerly of Atlanta.
Twins deliver debut loss to Kansas City manager
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tony Pena was not about to let a little thing like a loss spoil his mood.
Royals end home skid
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The new manager of the Kansas City Royals is going to confront a lot of unhappy players if his name is not John Mizerock.
Piano students of Helen C. Anderson of Bridge of Harmony Studios recently gave a recital at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
'Spider-Man' hurtles past $200 million with record second weekend
LOS ANGELES -- It took just 10 days for "Spider-Man" to muscle its way into the top-30 list of highest-grossing films.
Dinner theater will raise funds for St. Francis School
A professional dinner theater production is coming to the lakes area to help raise funds for St. Francis Catholic School in Brainerd.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
As The Fifth Street Journal's resident computer expert, Rick Litke has bailed the school newspaper out of numerous production crises, said faculty adviser Wendy Vandeputte.
The long-awaited fifth installment in George Lucas' "Star Wars" series opens in theaters today across the country.
Eco Weekend planned on Whitefish Chain
This is the Explore Minnesota events report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
Aitkin choirs to present spring concert
AITKIN -- The Aitkin High School Treble and Freshman choirs, along with the Banglin' Janglers Handbell Choir, will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Aitkin High School Auditorium.
BHS orchestras' spring concert to feature soloists
The Brainerd High School orchestras' spring concert Tuesday will feature violin, flute and cello soloists and a guest appearance by violinist Katherine Wilcox.
'Friends' to conclude its most successful year
NEW YORK -- One character is unmarried and pregnant, the father her on-again, off-again lover. Another character -- not the dad -- awkwardly professes his love to the pregnant woman and is rebuffed.
Out in force: Fans line up for midnight screenings of latest 'Star Wars' movie
LOS ANGELES -- The fans' anticipation is so thick you can cut it with a light saber.
Pequot Lakes native publishes book about her travels to the South Pacific
A decade ago, at a low point in her life, Iona Kargel turned her passion for travel and exploration into a career.
Auditions set for lakes area adult choir
The area's choral music audience soon will have another entertainment option to consider.
Tom Schmid, the lawyer-turned-actor-and-singer with Brainerd roots, has landed on his feet in Los Angeles, after a recent move from New York City. He's been cast for a three-segment run on CBS' daytime soap "The Young and the Restless," he said in an e-mail this week.
Art shows galore
Lakes area art lovers will have a plethora of openings and exhibits to consider over the next several days, including a reception for American Indian artists Friday at the Crossing Arts Alliance Center in downtown Brainerd.
Pequot students to stage plays
PEQUOT LAKES -- Pequot Lakes students will stage two short plays Friday and Saturday in the Pequot Lakes School auditorium.
'Star Wars: Episode II' to be on DVD this fall
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- The new "Star Wars" movie is hitting DVD at light speed compared with "The Phantom Menace."
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs 60 to 70. Tonight...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of evening showers southwest and south central. Lows in the 30s.
Weather drawing by Mikaela Allord of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms central and south this morning...With isolated to scattered showers this afternoon. Cloudy with highs in the 60s.
Weather drawing by Kaylianna Mathison of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms east. A chance of showers and thunderstorms west this morning. Highs in the middle 60s north to near 80 far south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy early...Becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. A chance for morning showers south. Highs from near 50 north to the lower 60s south early...With temperatures falling this afternoon.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds northwest half...With increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms...Mainly this afternoon. Becoming partly sunny southeast half. Highs from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A few showers southwest early this morning...Otherwise partly sunny and breezy. Much cooler with highs from the middle 40s north to upper 50s south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers west and extreme south. Isolated rain or snow showers northeast and southeast early this morning. Highs in the 40s west...To the lower 50s to lower 60s east.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers this morning...With a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon north and west. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Cooler northwest but breezy and warm with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms southeast. Highs in the 60s northwest to near 80 southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A few early morning snow showers southeast. Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Liza Minnelli's 94-year-old stepmother has dropped her lawsuit accusing the entertainer of elder abuse and breach of contract.
Rollin' Rangers will meet for the first campout of 2002 May 19-22 at Crosslake Campground. Hosts: Rodger and Margaret Farber and Ray and Etta Flicek.
India blames Pakistan for deadly militant attack in Kashmir
JAMMU, India (AP) -- India holds Pakistan "directly responsible" for a deadly attack by suspected Islamic militants on an army base in Kashmir, the defense minister said Wednesday. Pakistan rejected the accusation.
Heat wave kills hundreds in India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- A weeklong heat wave in southern India with temperatures of up to 120 degrees has killed 373 people in Andhra Pradesh state, the government said Wednesday.
Dutch voters take turn to the right
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch voters veered to the right after eight years of unchecked liberalism, giving a surprisingly wide victory to the opposition Christian Democrats and a new anti-immigration party whose charismatic leader was murdered last week.
Palestinian legislators demand Arafat share power; Sharon proposes interim government
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Emboldened by Yasser Arafat's promise of reform, Palestinian legislators demanded Thursday that he share some of his vast power. Israel dismissed the reform debate as a ploy and said the United States and others should appoint an interim government to replace Arafat.
Mystery fever hits Afghan troops
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- British forces racing to find the cause of a mystery fever that has struck 18 soldiers at an Afghan air base evacuated another six men to the United Kingdom for emergency treatment Thursday, a British military spokesman said.
Arafat holds out vague promise of reform but tells Palestinians to be patient
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Yasser Arafat, who is under growing pressure at home and abroad to carry out reforms, acknowledged Wednesday that he has made mistakes and promised to restructure his government and hold elections. Yet he did not present a detailed plan and instead appealed for patience.
Spaniards say planned terrorist attack thwarted
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish law enforcement authorities said Wednesday they thwarted a major terrorist attack planned for a summit of Latin American and European leaders.
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