Coca-Cola 600 (Race No. 12 of 36)
New TV time ends Indy 500, Coke 600 double shift
CONCORD, N.C. -- When John Andretti competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day, the real race didn't come at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin
Mark Martin, 46, won last Saturday night's all-star race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, and he returns to the 1.5-mile raceway this Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600. Martin is ranked 10th in the Nextel Cup Series standings and his Roush Racing team is committed to sending the 25-year racing veteran into retirement with his first championship.
Despite signs of thaw, issues facing IRL-Champ split
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Of all the great battles in American sports, this one outlasted them all.
All-star feuds generate tickets sales for this Sunday's Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. -- The 10-car crash during last Saturday night's all-star race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway may have cost owners about $700,000 in damages, but it should be worth that much -- or more -- in increased ticket sales for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.
DEI to share information among its teams ala rivals Hendrick and Roush
CONCORD, N.C. -- There's a revolution underway at Dale Earnhardt Inc.
In Danica's hometown, anticipation high
ROSCOE, Ill. (AP) -- Danica Patrick's hometown isn't exactly awash in checkered flags, nor is it buzzing with anything more than the usual activity for a place that boasts all of 6,200 residents.
Consolidated Telecommunications Co., based in Brainerd, recently announced that Mark Myhre joined the company as sales and product development manager.
About the lodge
The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes is set on 10.5 acres just off Highway 371 North in Baxter.
Northwest Airlines pulls pretzels from flights
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the latest cost-cutting move by a struggling airline carrier, Northwest Airlines Corp. is nixing pretzels on its domestic flights, months after it stopped serving free meals.
Northwest calls mechanics negotiations stalled
MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. considers its seven months of contract talks with mechanics at an impasse and wants a federal mediator to release the company from further negotiations.
High-tech water park to feature customized holographic images
BAXTER -- Water parks no longer are limited to simply getting people wet.
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Restaurant to open along with hotel
By late summer, diners in the lakes area will have another option when it comes to eating out. This one will have a lot of experience behind it.
Set at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes hotel and water park just off Highway 371 North in Baxter.
Ad agency opens
A new advertising agency opened this month in Brainerd, but the names behind the venture are familiar ones in the lakes area.
Crow Wing court
Shane Jared Beckman, 27, Brooklyn Park, was sentenced for felony first-degree DUI to 180 days jail, placed on seven years supervised probation and fined $900.
Diana Tscheu and Charlie Banks Jr., Emily, a boy, Noah Henry Banks, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, May 16, 2005.
Crosslake council meets Thursday
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake City Council will meet in a special session at 4 p.m. Thursday at city hall.
A Page 1A story Thursday should have said Joe Birmingham, Central Lakes College president, intends to resign after he is formally named president of Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas.
Crow Wing County meetings:
Monday Memorial Day County offices closed.
Kitchens, baths go big, modern and European
Kitchen and bath makeover fans will have plenty of stylistic directions and pretty products to choose from if the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas is any indication.
All honeysuckles have virtue
Believe it or not, there are people who can dislike a plant with so sweet a name as "honeysuckle." Not that every honeysuckle should be loved.
Take it outdoors
Summer is just a few weeks away, so it's a perfect time to scout around for whatever you might need to make the most of every single nice day.
Check for aphids
Examine new growth on vegetables, perennials, roses and shrubs for aphids and other sucking insects that can weaken plants and transmit disease.
Circulate clean air around home
More than just a ceiling fan, the new Purifan is also an air purifier.
Formica fights back as popular countertop material
It's been a tough few years for Formica.
Wood creates 'old home' look
This new kitchen is designed to look old. Sound strange?
Tune in to Talking House
BAXTER -- Looking for a home to buy has been made easier with Talking House.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
David is searching for a good role model
Recently Kinship Partners received a phone call from a parent of two of the children on our waiting list. She was concerned as to why her children hadn't yet been matched with partners. It is so hard to have to say that we have more kids waiting than we have partners available. The reality is that each one of these "waiting" children needs an adult partner to be a positive role model in their lives. You could be just the person to make a difference in a child's life by volunteering to be a Kinship Partner.
Aitkin Rippleside Elem.
For farmers nearing retirement age, stopping can be hard
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Tom Siderius and his wife could easily sell their farm in rapidly growing northwest Montana and ease into retirement. Instead, they continue working, socking away what they can from the farm and her job in town.
Baby boomers need to think about retirement spending strategies
NEW YORK -- Most Americans focus on saving for retirement during their working years and don't think much about how they're going to spend their nest eggs in retirement.
Ceremony marks the closing of Franklin Junior High
Franklin Junior High School held a special flag-raising ceremony Friday. Color guard members from the Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255 and VFW Post No. 1647 presented arms as fellow color guard members raised the American flag. This was the final flag raising for the school, which closed Friday after 73 years.
Patriotic ceremony at Franklin
A member of the Brainerd VFW Post No. 1647 color guard held an American flag as a color guard member from the Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255 (hidden from view) raised the flag Friday at Franklin Junior High School as the school's ninth-grade band played the national anthem.
This was Brainerd
MAY 27 - 40 years ago (1965) - Snow fell on May flowers today and scattered frost or freezing temperatures were predicted. The snow was brief, accompanied by rain.
One last memory
Franklin Junior High School will raise and lower the American flag one last time Friday before closing as a school
Look out, world!
Look out world
No. 3 feels good to BHS team
The Brainerd High School economics team was two questions away from qualifying for the final two in the 2005 National Economics Challenge Sunday and Monday in New York City.
Officers mobilize to crack down on beltless
Police Sgt. Becky Putzke urges belt use for public safety.
Pillager family to host student from Thailand
PILLAGER -- The Jeremiah (Jimmy) Hall family of Pillager will host Kiattiyos Towan, a Youth For Understanding USA student from Thailand, for the 2005 academic year.
Getting off the bus
After Friday, the lumbering yellow school buses will disappear from area roadways, signaling the start of summer vacation for students in the Brainerd School District.
This was Brainerd
MAY 29 - 100 years ago (1905) - Special Excursion to Duluth and Superior: Round Trip $2.50 via the Northern Pacific railway. A grand opportunity to visit Lake Superior and see the great iron and coal docks, elevators, parks and boulevards.
Brainerd Jaycees win awards
The Brainerd Jaycees won the following awards at the recent Minnesota Jaycees 2005 Spring All State Convention at Craguns:
Bailing out over Berlin
Ken Micko and his wife moved to the lakes area permanently in 1977, about a decade after buying a cottage on Gull Lake. But during World War II he was a 22-year-old bomber pilot. He remembers limping back to England over the North Sea on two engines and throwing everything out to lighten the plane, including guns and parachutes. Long flying missions were more than nine hours. Short ones were little more than five hours. On one of the worst missions before he was shot down, Micko watched the wing blown off a B-24 bomber ahead of him and then another, a P-51, disappear entirely after a blast.
Central Lakes College to host Camp Invention
Central Lakes College was selected as a new host for Camp Invention, a national science and creativity day camp that encourages children to develop their innate creative abilities.
Seniors learn a lesson of change
Brian Agre, an AP Scholar and Honor Graduate with Distinction, smiled Friday to the crowd as members of the Brainerd High School Class of 2005 took their places for commencement in the high school gym.
The Brainerd Economic Development Authority will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Nightmare: 16 minutes of hell over Berlin
On Nov. 17, 1945, Charles Huston wrote Ken Micko a letter describing what he saw when Micko's plane was shot down over Berlin. After the war Huston worked for the Milwaukee Journal and later The Associated Press.
"I came in and right then and there I saw everyone's faces. We were all just pumped. We were ready to get out there and hit the snot out of the ball."
Cass County sheriff's deputy shoots suspect
WALKER -- The Cass County Sheriff's Department reported a 47-year-old Cass Lake man was shot and wounded by a sheriff's deputy when the deputy responded to a domestic call involving a firearm at the man's residence.
BHS graduation ceremony site still up in the air
The site of the Brainerd High School graduation ceremony will be determined sometime Friday morning, BHS Principal Steve Razidlo said Thursday.
Unions honor C-I retirees
IRONTON -- Crosby-Ironton Education Minnesota 1325 and AFSCME 1691 honored 14 Crosby-Ironton School staff members with more than 400 total years of service with a retirement banquet Thursday at Gary's Sports Bar and Grill in Ironton.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker Sunday at the annual veterans memorial service at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Tuesday is the last day people can apply for energy assistance.
For her first public speech, Brianna Elg wants to honor veterans with her recitation of the Gettysburg Address at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery.
Sible Carlson, 85, formerly of Longville, Minn., died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd, Minn.
Harlan J. Anderson
Services for Harlan J. Anderson, who died May 22, 2005, were held at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Terry D. Mikelson
July 29, 1948-May 22, 2005
AITKIN -- Donald Michael McGuire, 67, of Aitkin, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin. Arrangements are pending at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
Elseda L. Minion
RANDALL -- Elseda Lorraine Minion, age 86, of Randall, Minn., passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at home.
The Rev. Allyn Hanson
AITKIN -- The Rev. Allyn Hanson, age 97, of Aitkin, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in Davenport, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at the Aitkin United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour before the services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Rita M. Bzdok
LITTLE FALLS Rita M. Bzdok, 77 year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2005, at St. Ottos Care Center in Little Falls.
Rita M. Bzdok
LITTLE FALLS -- Rita M. Bzdok, age 77, a resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 26, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Arrangements are pending with the Shelley Funeral Chapel.
Marian L. Smith
MOTLEY -- Marian L. Smith, age 84, of Motley, died Tuesday evening, May 24, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church in Motley with the Rev. Edward Koehler officiating. Burial will be in the St. James Cemetery in Philbrook. Relatives will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Mary Catherine Blanshan, age 70, of Baxter, and formerly of Mankato, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd.
St. Joe's Auxiliary marks 50 years
Volunteers can burn out just as easily as employees. It's difficult to sustain a real passion for a cause and be willing to put in the necessary work over a long period of time.
Too much Bush-bashing
It's always sad when a solid, trustworthy institution loses its bearings and joins in the partisan fracas that nowadays passes for political discourse. It's particularly sad when the institution is Amnesty International, which for more than 40 years has been a tough, single-minded defender of political prisoners around the world and a scourge of left- and right-wing dictators alike. True, Amnesty continues to keep track of the world's political prisoners, as it has always done, and its reports remain a vital source of human rights information. But lately the organization has tended to save its most vitriolic condemnations not for the world's dictators but for the United States.
Birmingham moves on
With spring comes the time for good-byes and graduations, but students aren't the only ones who move on to new adventures.
If politicians were serious about protecting American family values, how about enacting an amendment preventing sex offenders from getting married and having children, instead of fighting people who actually want to get married and do care about each other? Sex offenders, not gays, are a threat to family.
Open Forum: Koering helps keep taxes down
The recent transportation proposal heard at the state Capitol would have been devastating to greater Minnesota. Not only would it have increased our taxes by $1.1 billion through a gas tax increase and license tab fees, it would have sent that money straight to Minneapolis and St. Paul for transit projects, leaving our area out in the cold.
Open Forum: The tried and true pattern of imperialists
Laura Bush, George Bush';s wife, traveled to Jerusalem to visit or tread on Jewish and Muslim holy sites, which, under the current world situation generated by her husband, made both Jews and Muslims very angry, saying, "You're not welcome here." Mrs. Bush's reaction was to say, "What we all want is peace, and the chance that we have right now to have peace...."
Contact state lawmakers during the special session
Rep. Paul Gazelka.
DNR joins rally to support waterfowl
Can this area be returned to its former waterfowl glory?
Cut Canada down to size when pursuing trophy walleyes
Canadian shield lakes can be intimidating. The water seems so vast. But there are simple ways to cut those lakes down to size, according to Mike Norris, outdoor media personality and fishing educator.
State parks open house is June 5
June 5 is open house day at Minnesota's state parks. Visitors can enjoy most state parks free of cost. Some parks have special events and activities planned for the day.
The Classic chairman
A fishing trip with grandma to catch sunfish on Round Lake led to a rewarding and exciting volunteer job that has kept Doug Dypwyck hopping for the past 10 years.
Northern pike study on Mille Lacs continues
Anglers who catch a Mille Lacs northern pike marked with a numbered tag are asked to report it to the DNR.
Lunker of a museum
LITTLE FALLS -- Seven years ago the Minnesota Fishing Museum opened in a former train depot with 50 old fishing lures that were gathering dust in founder Al Baert's basement. When word got out that a museum was in progress the available space filled quickly.
Here to stay
The Minnesota Fishing Museum weathered early financial straits to emerge as a growing tourist attraction on Little Falls' west side.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders ATV/OHV club will host an ATV safety training class for youths 12-15 years old. Students who complete the classroom and field test will be able to ride an ATV over 90cc.
Mushroom hunters, be on the lookout for false morels
False morel mushrooms are more reddish-brown than golden. The caps are wavy and have a "brain-like" appearance.
Jennifer Gleason and Ryan Karsten
Jennifer Gleason and Ryan Karsten announce their engagement. Parents are David and Lynn Hall, Nisswa. A July 2 wedding is planned in Kasson.
A'Lesha Margaret Kuschke and Dane Michael Arganbright
A'Lesha Margaret Kuschke and Dane Michael Arganbright announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Randi Kuschke, Nisswa, and the late Karen Arganbright, and Bruce Arganbright, Baxter. A June 9 wedding is planned at Pakala Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, with a reception June 18 at the Ramada Inn in Brainerd.
Kristen Doyscher and Kristopher Bo Williams
Kristen Doyscher and Kristopher Bo Williams announce their engagement. Parents are Mark and Becky Doyscher, Baxter, and Danny Williams and Nancy Williams, Gallatin, Tenn. A June wedding is planned at Cragfont Plantation near Nashville.
Phyllis June Pundt
Phyllis June Pundt, Brainerd, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-3:30 p.m. June 2 in the main dining room at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
David and Dianne Heath
David and Dianne Heath will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. June 4 at Lake Edward Town Hall. The event is hosted by their children. No gifts please.
Kathryn E. Lykins and Mark L. Handley
Kathryn E. Lykins, Nisswa, and Mark L. Handley, Mesa, Ariz., announce their engagement. Parents are Roger and Judy Lykins, Nisswa, and Neil and Barbara Handley, Mesa. A June 4 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Irving and Margaret (Roskop) St. Onge
Irving and Margaret (Roskop) St. Onge, Little Falls, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a 10:30 a.m. Mass in their honor June 5 at Holy Family Church in Belle Prairie. There also will be a family celebration June 12. They were married June 12, 1940, in Fort Ripley.
Jennifer Marie George and Adam David Hamdorf
Jennifer Marie George and Adam David Hamdorf announce their engagement. Parents are Sandy Kramer, Festus, Mo., and David George, High Ridge, Mo., and David and Jody Hamdorf, Festus. The groom's grandparents are Rose Pirner, Aitkin, the late Walter Pirner and the late John and Berniece Hamdorf. A June 25 wedding is planned at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, Mo.
Doug and Diane Gilson
Doug and Diane Gilson will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. June 4 at the Fort Ripley Community Center.
JASON AND SARAH JOHNSON
Sarah Cutkay and Jason Johnson were married May 7, 2005, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Dan Werthman officiating.
Dennis Lutterman will celebrate his retirement as director of rehabilitation at St. Joseph's Medical Center for 36 years with a retirement party open house from noon-4 p.m. June 5 at Lum Park.
Kate Moser and Stephen Klugherz
Kate Moser and Stephen Klugherz announce their engagement. Parents are Gary and Colleen Moser, Pine River, and Greg and Sue Klugherz, Savage. A July 16 wedding is planned in St. Paul.
PETER AND BROOKE KREMER
Brooke Freeburg and Peter Kremer were married April 9, 2005, in Brainerd.
Christ is all the strength we need
The assertion that "religion is for weaklings" most often is said for the purpose of condemning religion, or to praise irreligion, or both. The words seem to be intended to injure someone (who is their target), for no one likes to be described as a weakling, especially not by someone who sneers and acts so superior yet hypocritical.
NISSWA -- John (Uhrich) Cramer will perform excerpts from the "Cotton Patch Gospel" musical at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Sign of the times
HILLMAN -- Hillman, a town of about 45 people east of Pierz, may seem small, but the faith community is growing strong.
A prayer from St. Francis
Matt Sather (left), 13, unraveled the 45-foot-long prayer chain he and his classmates at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School made for his 20-year-old brother, Spc. Jason Sather (right), who visited their classroom Tuesday to meet the students and see the paper chain. Sather is home on a 15-day leave from service in Iraq. When the sixth- through eighth-grade students recite their daily prayers, they pray for Sather, too, eating a Starburst candy and adding the wrapper to their prayer chain. Each of the more than 2,000 candy wrappers on the chain represents a single prayer made for Sather by students since he's been stationed in Iraq.
Staples-Motley doubles team advances
COLLEGEVILLE -- Staples-Motley doubles players Charlie Holmberg-Matt Edin were the only area performers who advanced following the first two rounds of the Section 6, Class 1A individual tennis tournament Thursday at St. John's University.
Four Pioneers win titles
PIERZ -- Kaitlyn Jensen won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.03 and Kayla Kapsner won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-0 to lead the Pierz Pioneers girls' track and field team to a third place finish at the Subsection 18, Section 5, Class 1A meet Thursday.
Boys' and girls' titles in the Cards
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' and girls' track and field teams won 14 total events en route to winning both Subsection 6, Class 1A team titles Thursday.
Brainerd girls repeat as subsection champs; boys second
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warrior girls' and boys' teams nearly scored a clean sweep of the North Subsection 8, Class 2A track and field meet Thursday.
Little Falls softball coach deals with setbacks
LITTLE FALLS -- Ron Hinnenkamp and the Little Falls Flyers have suffered their share of setbacks on the softball field.
Pillager wins first game of season
McGREGOR -- For the second year in a row the Pillager Huskies have won their first baseball game when it counted most -- in the postseason.
On radio and television:
Road to recovery
Little Falls softball coach Ron Hinnenkamp is recovering from his second bout with cancer while the Flyers compete in the North Subsection 8, Class 3A tournament.
She may be the last of the Meschkes, but she's hoping to play in two more tournaments.
On radio and television:
Regular race program
Pure Stock, Street Stock, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stock and Modifieds will compete Saturday night at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
Kavanaugh medalist; Cardinals runner-up
FERGUS FALLS -- Joe Kavanaugh of Pillager earned medalist honors with a round of 77 and six other lakes area golfers advanced following the North Subsection 1, Section 6, Class 1A boys' golf tournament Thursday.
Brainerd Warriors baseball coach Lowell Scearcy summed it up best.
Upcoming sporting events
Brainerd Parks and Recreation
Men's MS1 Softball
In the Brainerd lakes area:
NHRA to return to BIR
NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will continue their 2005 racing season at Brainerd International Raceway Friday through Sunday, June 5.
Big plays boost Brainerd
Brainerd Warriors third baseman Britta Parsons caught a line drive against Bemidji in the second round of the North Subsection 8, Class 3A tournament Thursday at Adamson Field.
Former Brainerd High School standout and current outfielder for the College of St. Scholastica baseball team, Chad Weiss, has signed to play this summer for the Brainerd Blue Thunder of the Northwoods League.
The Brainerd Warriors have been seeded first in the North Subsection 8, Class 3A baseball tournament and will host No. 7 Detroit Lakes 2 p.m. Friday in the opening round.
Patriot boys' and girls' teams take titles
WALKER -- Teddy Lundgren won the long jump and added runner-up finishes in the triple and high jumps while Teresa Parker won the high jump and discus to help the Pequot Lakes boys' and girls' track and field teams to first place in the Subsection 29, Section 8, Class 1A meet Thursday.
Duo advances to Section 8 meet
The Brainerd doubles team of Sean Switajewski (left) and Josh Holbrook will move on to the section meet.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
WHAT: Drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The event is the second of six in West Central Division competition. The divisions Sportsman Motorcycle class will also run in conjunction with the event.
His father was a wrestler and his older brother was a distance runner, so it only makes sense Eric Asfeld is a hurdler.
Hasselberg, S-M win subsection
FERGUS FALLS -- Cydney Hasselberg placed first with an 84 and Ashley Longbella carded an 89 to lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' golf team to a first place finish with a team score of 373 in the North Subsection 6, Class 1A tournament Thursday.
Openings remain for summer youth activities
Enrollment in a variety of Brainerd Parks and Recreation summer youth activities remains open.
Johnson, Pequot nip Aitkin
PEQUOT LAKES -- Chris Johnson pitched a four-hitter and Matt Bartella was 2-for-3 to help the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 2-1 regular-season ending non-conference baseball victory over the Aitkin Gobblers Friday.
Berg helps Cards soar on in playoffs
HOLDINGFORD -- Shari Berg pitched all seven innings, giving up three hits with one walk and five strikeouts and went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI to power unbeaten Staples-Motley past St. Cloud Cathedral 4-2 Thursday in the District 19, Section 6, Class 2A championship.
Spam can be managed, up to a point
In the decade or so since Web access became a consumer commodity, we've fixed many things about the Internet, from the pokey speed limit of dial-up modems to browsers that crash three times an hour. But spam is a bigger nuisance than ever.
The room began to hum, but no one so much as raised a hand.
Next via Internet: Tailored TV
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.
Alienware has a hot one for gamers
I drive a Buick. Before that, I drove a Dodge Caravan. These are not exactly the hottest cars on the planet, but each served my purposes at the time I bought it. So there you have it -- the confession of guy who likes boring cars.
Favorite Vacation Photo
It's a dog's vacation too. After a three day ride in the car to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington, Brainerd residents Andy and Marilyn Swift let their dog, Mickie, frolic in the December surf of the Pacific Ocean. The cold and salty waves didn't keep her from diving in and racing the waves to shore.
Stuck at the airport? Some travelers head to the gym during wait
CHICAGO -- When Harvey "Chip" Reed has a few hours to kill between flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, he doesn't wander aimlessly or fill up on fast food. He works out.
Plan for the unexpected when children fly alone
NEW YORK -- Etkar Surette Jungwirth was 10 the first time he flew alone from New York to Austria. But he knew what to expect. He'd made the trip before, first with his mother, then with an older sister.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered showers late in the morning...Then
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and
Stormy weather in parts of central U.S. and scattered rains in the East, Pacific Northwest
Forecasters predicted stormy weather in parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley on Saturday, while scattered rains were expected to dampen the eastern United States from the Great Lakes to the Southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Frost advisory southwest early this morning...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms south and east. Showers and thunderstorms likely west and north. Highs from the mid 50s north to the mid 60s south.
Stormy weather in the central United States on Friday
Stormy weather moved into the central United States on Friday, triggering showers and thunderstorms, and forecasters predicted temperatures into the 100s in parts of the West.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west. Partly to mostly cloudy east with scattered afternoon showers. Highs in the 60s except upper 50s northeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy northeast to mostly sunny southwest. Chance of afternoon showers north and slight chance of late afternoon showers or thunderstorms southeast. Warmer south. Highs in the 60s north to the 70s south.
It's really coming down
Weather drawing by Cal Johnson of Mrs. Olson's second grade class at Nisswa school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms...Especially this afternoon. Highs from the mid 50s north to the upper 60s far south.
Time for summer fun
Weather drawing by Michelle McDonald in the Nisswa fifth grade of Mr. Edinger.
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Mostly cloudy and cool with scattered showers central and
Memorial Day Weekend Should Cooperate With Most Outdoor Activities
STATE COLLEGE, PA, May 26, 2005 -- AccuWeather.com meteorologists said today that the weather for the upcoming holiday weekend will cooperate with most people's plans to enjoy outdoor activities. Weather conditions will be nicest on the west coast, with the Southern Plains and southeast being at the greatest risk for showers and thunderstorms.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy and cool with scattered showers. A few
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning northeast. Scattered
Bethany Auxiliary meeting
Thank you, Dale Kuglin and everyone at BAY Ministries for bringing in the Christian rock concert with Skillet, Everyday Sunday and Kids in the Way. All three bands were awesome! It was exciting to see so many young people gathered for a fun and positive evening. In a world where we are bombarded with messages filled with harmful things like drugs, pornography and promiscuity, it was refreshing to hear lyrics and messages that encourage us to make wise choices in our lives. Thanks for all of the long hours you put in and problems you overcame to make this concert one of the best ever to come to the Brainerd-Baxter area! And thanks to the Brainerd Dispatch for your coverage before and after the concert.
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