Some Pennsylvania school districts are fighting 'cyber' charter schools
MYERSTOWN, Pa. -- Kara and Cameo Lengeman don't have to worry about sharpening their pencils when test time arrives, but a good Internet connection is vital.
The Brainerd Knowledge Bowl team took 18th place with 106 points at a state competition recently at Cragun's Resort. Team members are seniors Graham Lampa, Troy Androli and Meghan Thurlow; Kirstin Dunham, a sophomore; and Tiffany Stenglein, a junior.
Loss of hearing is based on how loud, how long
DEAR ABBY: As an otologist (ear physician), I am delighted to see the public's attention drawn to the problem of hearing loss, especially noise-induced hearing loss, which is entirely preventable. However, Nanette Fabray MacDougall's recent letter and your response perpetuated a popular myth: Brief exposure to loud sound is damaging to people's hearing.
MORRILL -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident reported at 1:31 p.m. Sunday on County Road 10, about four miles northeast of Morrill, the Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported.
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Fire Department responded about 4 p.m. Monday to a fire at the Crosslake Lutheran Church.
Watson wins Senior PGA Championship
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Tom Watson's first major on the senior tour turned out to be the one he couldn't win on the regular tour -- the PGA Championship.
Lickliter joins the winners' club
POTOMAC, Md. (AP) -- Frank Lickliter paused before answering the question, his eyes suddenly introspective as he seemed to replay locker room repartee in his head.
Bush announces low-income power aid, but no price caps
LOS ANGELES -- President Bush traveled across the country to deliver news Gov. Gray Davis doesn't want to hear: He won't force down soaring electricity prices that have cost California nearly $8 billion since January.
Special sessions aren't so special
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura isn't very happy about having to call legislators back to the Capitol for a special session to finish their work. But such extra gatherings are not unusual.
NATO policy-making body skeptical on missile defense plan
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- NATO's top policy-making body stopped far short of endorsing the Bush administration's plan for a national missile defense Tuesday, preparing to offer only to "continue substantive consultations" with Washington.
The right formula
Traveling 69 mph, ninth-grader Eric Peterson's carbon dioxide-powered car surpassed 100 competitors' cars by twice the speed to win the Tech 2001 Student Competition this spring.
Vandals strike Evergreen Cemetery
Less than 24 hours after Memorial Day services, vandals damaged a portion of Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Scenes along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway will be featured on special decks of playing cards. Read more about this story in Wednesday's Neighbors.
Two area people die in holiday traffic accidents
Two people died in separate accidents over the Memorial Day weekend in the Brainerd lakes area.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - A longtime resident of Brainerd, 70-year-old Archie Teigen has been actively playing the fiddle for about 10 years and in doing so, he has won awards in 41 contests. He has never had a music lesson, and can't read a single note.
How to reach your state legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
The Franklin Junior High musical production of "Flapper" by Tim Rice and Tim Kelly will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Charter Communications Channel 8 in Brainerd.
Death March survivors
Walt Straka (left) and Russ Swearingen placed a wreath at the All Veterans Memorial near the Crow Wing County Courthouse during the Memorial Day ceremony Monday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Because of incorrect information supplied to The Dispatch, the starting time for a Keith Emerson retirement party was listed incorrectly in a Sunday business story. The retirement party is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. today at the Moose Lodge in Brainerd.
Tornado smashes through Colorado town
ELLICOTT, Colo. -- Dozens of residents of a sparsely populated town in southern Colorado spent the night in a church after a tornado crushed trailer homes, sprayed hail and injured 18 people.
Crews battling fires in north, central Florida
MAYO, Fla. (AP) -- Crews battled dozens of brush fires around the state Tuesday, including a blaze that has burned nearly 61,000 acres in north Florida.
High court refuses to hear church-vs.-state case
WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case testing whether public display of the Ten Commandments violates the principle of separation of church and state.
Fire forces partial evacuation of northern California town
SUSANVILLE, Calif. -- A raging forest fire forced the evacuation of 54 homes, charred 3,500 acres and coated the town with dark soot as firefighters worked to keep the blaze from reaching the city center.
Americans mark Memorial Day with tributes, flags
Americans across the country marked Memorial Day with solemn remembrance by making pilgrimages to gravesides, bearing flowers and flags to honor soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battle.
Massachusetts tackles time to save energy, fight crankiness
BOSTON -- It was the higher electric bills every month that made Lois Sarno think it was time for a change: a time change.
Supreme Court says golfer can use cart in tour events
WASHINGTON -- Disabled golfer Casey Martin has a legal right to ride in a cart between shots at PGA Tour events, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.
U.S. spy plan may be coming home soon
WASHINGTON -- Although its wings and tail might be separated from its fuselage, a damaged U.S. surveillance plane stuck in China finally would be sent home under a tentative U.S.-Chinese agreement.
Bank: GM to make bid for Daewoo Motor
SEOUL, South Korea -- U.S. auto giant General Motors Corp. will submit a proposal this week to take over South Korea's ailing Daewoo Motor, Daewoo's main creditor said Tuesday.
Rain in the East; tornados possible in Oklahoma
Scattered showers fell across New England and the mid-Atlantic early Tuesday, while thunderstorms swept over the Plains and cool air hovered near the Pacific Northwest.
Consumers' spending up; confidence rebounds
WASHINGTON -- Consumers were choosy shoppers in April: They spent on services but cut back on big-ticket items, such as cars. Their confidence in the economy, however, rebounded in May after a sharp drop the month before.
Agassi, Capriati open with wins at French Open
PARIS (AP) -- Andre Agassi and Jennifer Capriati began their bids for a second consecutive Grand Slam title, winning in straight sets Tuesday on the second day of the French Open.
Iverson has time to bleed for 76ers
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Allen Iverson wanted this win so badly that he swallowed his own blood while clinching it.
Lakers take another 'working vacation'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The playoffs have been a romp, practically a working vacation for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bessie I. Janeck
Bessie I. Janeck, 79, Brainerd, died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Evelyn F. Mennenga
CROSSLAKE -- Evelyn Francis Mennenga, 87, Crosslake, died Thursday, May 24, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LaVerne 'Vern' 'Oscar' Harren
CROSBY -- LaVerne "Vern" "Oscar" Harren, 71, Crosby, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at home.
Thomas H. Miller
CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Thomas H. Miller, 76, Cherokee, Iowa, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, May 25, 2001.
LITTLE FALLS -- Roy Martin, 87, Little Falls, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Roseanna Josephine Crawford
Roseanna Josephine Crawford, infant daughter of Jessica and Steven Crawford, was stillborn Sunday, May 27, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Walter L. Christensen
GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- Walter Leonard Christensen, 81, Gulf Breeze, Fla., died Thursday, May 3, 2001.
Jimmy M. Thompson
Jimmy M. Thompson, 64, Brainerd, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PILLAGER -- Carl Gomoll, 80, Pillager, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at home.
LOS ANGELES--The other evening, mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa was reading dutifully from his script for the audience at Congregation Kol Tikvah in the San Fernando Valley. But when he reached the name of medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides, he hesitated for an awkward moment and then garbled the pronunciation so badly there was no disguising that he had never seen the speech before.
The pending legislation that would ease access to handguns would not serve the causes of peace or justice. While current proposals are intended to recognize the right of individuals to defend themselves, easing access to handguns is not the correct path. Instead, our elected leaders should work for effective and courageous handgun control.
Under the proposed law, four or more DWI convictions in a decade is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, with at least a three-year prison sentence.
Rain once again foils plans at NCMS
Saturday's race program at North Central Motor Speedway in Barrows was postponed by rain.
Castroneves already making plans to defend his Indy 500 title
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- This is one Indianapolis 500 champion who plans to defend his title.
Stewart shrugs of criticism, Burton gets first win
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- His ribs ached but his lead in the points race was on the line. So Dale Jarrett did the only thing he could -- he forgot about the pain and finished the race.
Church group tackles welfare reform
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A group of churches that pledged to help families move from welfare to work in the wake of welfare revision in Minnesota hopes to share its experience with the Bush administration.
Investigation of deformed frogs at a standstill
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A state agency has scaled back an investigation of deformed frogs in Minnesota despite legislative funding of $600,000 during the past two years that was to keep the study going through June 30.
Teen suspected in Bemidji
BEMIDJI (AP) -- A man was found shot to death and two other people stabbed in separate attacks in Beltrami County. A relative of the dead man was being held Tuesday.
Newspaper carriers may be a dying breed
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Donny Foster believes the news will go on without him.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesotans received twice as much money this year as they did the year before to help pay heating bills, and applications for aid continue to arrive even though federal money ran out this month.
Warriors stay alive with victory over Roccori
Through three innings Monday the outlook was grim for the top-seeded Brainerd Warriors in the third round of the South Subsection 8, Class 3A baseball tournament at Adamson Field.
Girls' and boys' basketball leagues are being formed at Central Lakes College.
High school athletes keeping busy
The pomp and circumstance has already started for some seniors in the area but there are a few senior athletes striving to fulfill one last goal.
Flyers alive in softball
ROCORI -- The Little Falls Flyers softball team bounced back with a 9-4 win over Sartell after losing the first game 10-5 to Rocori in the double-elimination Subsection 8, Class 3A tournament Saturday.
DeChaine powers Braves to 16-4 win
HOLDINGFORD -- Dan DeChaine hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Brainerd Braves hammered the Holdingford Express 16-4 in a seven-inning game Monday.
Warriors snap out of doldrums
For whatever reason the Brainerd Warriors appeared lethargic in the first few innings of their 5-3 victory over the Rocori Spartans in the third round of the South Subsection 8, Class 3A baseball tournament Monday at Adamson Field.
Bees edge Pesty's 5-4
Tim Martin pitched no-hit baseball for five innings to spark the Brainerd Bees to a 5-4 Sauk Valley League win over H.R. Pesty's Sunday at Mills Field.
Patriots advance in 7AA
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team improved their season record to 16-4 with an 11-1, six-inning Subsection 7AA win over Aitkin Saturday. The game was played in Brainerd at Don Adamson field.
Twins back on top
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After spending the past week flirting with disaster, the Minnesota Twins are back in first place.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Some isolated showers possible north early this morning...Then partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s to low 70s.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for north dakota
Today...A chance of showers and thunderstorms west. Mostly sunny east. Highs 60 to 75.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds west...Sunny central and east. Highs in the 70s.
Just a few more days
Weather drawing by Cassie Walters in the Baxter School third-grade class of Mrs. Brenny.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Showers and thunderstorms west...Showers and thunderstorms likely central. Increasing clouds east with a chance of showers in the james river valley this afternoon. Highs from 60 northwest and north central to the middle 70s southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Some morning clouds northeast...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny statewide. Highs from around 70 to the middle 70s.
Names and faces
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- A legendary Jersey Shore rock club had a special guest at its birthday party over the weekend: Bruce Springsteen.
Extremists say they'll kill hostages if rescue attempted
MANILA, Philippines -- A Muslim extremist group that snatched 20 people, including three Americans, from an island resort threatened Tuesday to kill all the hostages if it spots the military moving in for a rescue attempt.
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