Census shows travel times up and fewer car poolers in many metro areas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For a lot of Americans, the trip to and from work grew longer during the 1990s, and many preferred to bypass the HOV lanes and go it alone.
'What the heck is it?'
Sharon Swenson's car had Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura asking, "What the heck is it," before the 2001 Minnesota Governor's Opener at Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes Parade in Pequot Lakes.
Imports safest bets in mid-size sedan crash tests
DETROIT -- Import auto brands dominate the crashworthiness ratings among mid-size sedans released Tuesday by an insurance safety group that conducts independent tests.
Vanity license plates inspire creativity
MANKATO (AP) -- Vanity, thy name is license plate -- and has been in Minnesota since 1977.
2002 Ford Focus SVT: Leaving defects in the dust?
You never know what you're going to get when you buy or rent a Ford Focus. If you're lucky, you'll enjoy the mini-hot-rod experience of driving the 2002 Focus SVT sport hatchback. If you're not, you'll wind up with a base ZX3 LX hatch and a passport to the nearest Ford dealer's service bay.
New station wagon buyers break the grocery-getter mold
From women fleeing the stigma of being a "minivan mom" to skiers seeking a snowgoing alternative for the ubiquitous sport utility vehicle, a growing cadre of car shoppers is rediscovering the station wagon.
Detroit cardinal looks to priests for insight on scandal
DETROIT (AP) -- A standing-room-only crowd of about 400 priests from Detroit's Roman Catholic archdiocese met with Cardinal Adam Maida to share their thoughts and discuss what they've heard from parishioners since the sex abuse scandal broke.
The question of social justice
Jesus told us to love one another. He did not exclude any group, any race, any person.
Contemporary Christian benefit concert scheduled June 7
BAXTER -- A benefit concert featuring Christian artists will be 7 p.m. June 7 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter, with proceeds going to support Lakewood's 2002 Mission Team to Poland.
Nisswa congregation reaps benefits of area man's wood carving hobby
NISSWA -- When an old hobby turned into a spiritual awakening for Dale Livingood, the congregation at Christ Community Church in Nisswa saw and felt the effects.
Openly gay Methodist minister can stay on pulpit
SEATTLE (AP) -- An openly gay Methodist pastor has been allowed to remain on the pulpit after a committee's investigation determined not enough evidence existed to sustain a charge of homosexuality against him.
Despite anger toward pedophile priests, some parishes are managing to forgive
CELESTINE, Ind. (AP) -- Week in, week out, year after year, German immigrants in this small farm town have passed through the doors of St. Peter Celestine Catholic Church to marry, mourn and confess their sins.
The Iron Range Christian Center, normally meeting at Irondale Town Hall, will have services at 7 p.m. June 7 and 8 with a guest speaker, the Rev. Richard Sigmund, healing evangelist, in the Crosby-Ironton High School choir room in Crosby.
Demand is higher, but access more difficult for airport chapels after attacks
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Hans Holthausen stepped into the amber light and quiet of the chapel at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, taking a moment for peaceful reflection before flying back home to Munich, Germany.
Groundbreaking takes place at Crosslake church
CROSSLAKE -- A groundbreaking ceremony took place May 19 at Crosslake Lutheran Church.
HINTS FROM HELOISE
Dear Heloise: I decided to make a small change to help conserve energy. I purchased a folding clothesline on a pole and inserted it into an umbrella stand outdoors on my deck.
DEAR ABBY: "Reminiscing in Reno" shared a memory of Edward G. Robinson's generosity to servicemen during World War II. I would also like to add a memory I have of that kind human being.
DEAR ABBY: As the summer progresses, many people will try recreational scuba diving for fun. Please warn your readers how dangerous scuba diving can be.
HINTS FROM HELOISE
Dear Heloise: I have been using a technique my dad taught me when I first obtained my driver's license many years ago.
Teaching children to read is schools' No. 1 priority
QUESTION: Schools are asked to accomplish many things on behalf of our kids today. What part of the curriculum would you give the greatest priority?
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimate: 400. Last Wednesday: 436. Year ago Wednesday: 582. Tuesday actual: 417.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 97, a year ago 112.
Tips to prepare meals in minutes
To prepare "meals in minutes" was the challenge, and a team of three accomplished chefs presented solutions at a recent cooking demonstration in Manhattan organized by Cutco Cutlery Corp.
Low-fat strawberry pie is in season
There's nothing more valuable to a cook's repertoire than a few timeless recipes -- ones that have been proven over time, are delicious any time and can be prepared in no time.
Lime juice comes in a bottle
Looking for new ingredients for your summer marinade? A change of pace in your vinaigrette? Or maybe the sun is over the yardarm and it's time for mojitos, that summer mix of rum and lime. If you don't have the limes or if you don't have the energy to squeeze them, keep a bottle of Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lime Juice on hand.
Jessica McGuire and Billy Young, Nisswa, a girl, Mazzy-Mae LaVonne Young, 7 pounds, 8 ounces, May 23, 2002. Grandparents are Kevin and Julie McGuire, Nisswa, Polly Young, Nisswa, and Barney Young, Brainerd.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
The Brainerd Fire Department and the DNR responded Thursday to a grass fire at Stewart Forest Products, 2003 Sleepy Hollow Road.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Camp Confidence Classic nears
The Camp Confidence Classic is scheduled June 14-15.
Insulin fails first test as diabetes-preventing drug
BOSTON (AP) -- To doctors' disappointment, a landmark study has found that preventive injections of insulin do not ward off a common form of diabetes.
Dill is an appealing herb to plant in any type of garden
WASHINGTON -- The fernlike foliage of dill and its lacy clusters of lime-gold flowers make the herb an appealing candidate for any garden -- flower, herb or vegetable.
Antiques, auctions go mainstream
Two decades have changed how Americans relate to antiques and auctions. A field once dominated by dealers and the very rich has made room for "yuppies, the old guard, new guard, decorators," said John Hays, deputy chairman of Christie's New York.
Paint product is filled with iron particles that attract magnets
Q. Linda asks: I read in one of your recent newspaper columns about a paint that magnets will stick to. Is there such a thing and where can I get it?
Tips to use a ladder safely
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recently published statistics that illustrate the dangers of ladder accidents.
Phase Two of Willows project in Brainerd continues
Construction of homes in the southeast Brainerd neighborhood development known as the Willows continues with contracts for eight of 26 homes under way since February.
Home is a modern classic
A classic exterior surrounds modern living inside this well-planned family home, Plan K-20, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network. Its floor plan has 2,526 square feet of living space.
Crosslake log village opens
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Historic Log Village is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.
Tip of the week
Do white rings on your fine wood furniture have you perplexed?
Buildings include immigrant homes
* The Norwegian house, at 18 feet by 28 feet, is the largest cabin. Its roof purposely was collapsed during the move and had to be reassembled.
Nisswa -- Tina Anderson was named top real estate agent of the first quarter of 2002 at Positive North GMAC Real Estate in Nisswa.
Renovator has experience with old buildings
NISSWA -- Mark Johnson collects log cabins the way some people collect cars.
Here's what to look for in home repair bids
So, you're ready to solicit bids for your home project. You have the names of three contractors. That's all there is to getting the best price, isn't it?
Cabins evoke many feelings
Whether nestled by the mountains, woods or water, a cabin is both a cozy form of shelter and a rustic approach to architecture, all the more snug when jam-packed into not much more than a few hundred square feet.
Tomato or potato?
Ever notice how much alike a tomato and a potato are? Not the edible parts, but the leaves and the flowers. The plants could be mistaken for twins.
Three cheers for red, white and blue
It's natural for Americans to show their patriotic spirit on three holidays during spring and summer -- Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Design K-20 is neutral without being boring
There isn't a lot I would change about Design K-20. A Colonial exterior surrounds a contemporary interior. It has an open floor plan with many of the hot buttons that savvy consumers are looking for, including a downstairs den with bath that could double as a guest suite.
St. Joe's announces expansion
Responding to increasing demand for services, St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd announced a $21.2 million expansion to be completed in the next few years.
This was Brainerd
MAY 30 - 80 years ago (1922) - Pete Woelvert and A.C. Ebert were fishing yesterday. With 24 minnows, they caught 29 pike, two perch and three suckers. On the way home a Ford passed Ebert and he never got over it.
Hats off to the grads
Katie Ahlberg reached for her cap after the wind sent it airborne as the Brainerd High School graduation class of 2002 walked onto Don Adamson Field on Thursday night for the school's 115th graduation ceremony. The brisk wind and sunshine continued throughout the program. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Pequot students, staff attend ceremonies for new elementary school, high school improvements
BREEZY POINT -- Cue the geese and somebody release the eagle.
Twins test passed
It could be a teacher's worst nightmare -- having an identical set of twins in the classroom.
Brainerd police officers stopped 47 vehicles during the Memorial Day weekend Safe and Sober May Mobilization enforcement saturation program.
Operating the switchboard for nearly two decades, Laurie Miller has been the voice of the Brainerd Potlatch mill. She expects to answer her last phone call this month. Look for the story Sunday.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will offer an American Heart Association CPR course, which includes CPR for infants, children and adults, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 18 at the YMCA.
Hop on bus
Crow Wing County residents should be able to hop on the bus to go anywhere in the county in about a month.
Having a ball
St. Francis School kindergartner Cati Jay ran with the ball Wednesday during the 14th annual Kinderfriend Day at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd.
Potlatch suit mediation attempt fails
Mediation efforts to settle a lawsuit between the state and Sappi Limited and Potlatch fell through Thursday morning in St. Paul.
Lilyquist, Mellby to face off for Cass seat
WALKER -- Rusty Lilyquist of Trelipe Township and Ted Mellby of Hiram Township won the 10-candidate Cass County Commissioner District 3 primary election Wednesday.
Losos still in critical condition
Brian Losos, the-18-year-old Brainerd High School senior who suffered a broken vertebra after diving off a dock Wednesday night, is still in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Denise Lipinski said today.
A court item on Page 8A May 23 involving Kelli Lee Kuschel, 31, Pillager, should have said she was sentenced to 15 days jail or 30 days electronic monitoring for violating probation on a charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
LITTLE FALLS -- An open house will run 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Little Falls Community Middle School Commons for community members to meet Little Falls Superintendent Sharon Thomas and her husband, Ben Glidden.
Nisswa's historic village recently doubled in size with five vintage 1800-era log buildings added. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
This was Brainerd
MAY 31 - 30 years ago (1972) - The dedication and grand opening of the $3.5 million addition and remodeling project at St. Joseph's Hospital will be held Sunday. The new conference rooms are named after Dr. J.L. Camp and Dr. J.A. Thabes.
Verndale man shoots himself
VERNDALE -- A 37-year-old Verndale man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, the Wadena County Sheriff's Department reported.
BHS senior critical after diving accident
A Brainerd High School senior was critically injured in a diving accident less than 24 hours before his graduation ceremony tonight.
Live fire village toured at Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY -- Soon hardened, abrasion-resistant steel panels, eight feet wide and eight feet long, weighing 5,000 pounds will arrive at Camp Ripley.
WASHINGTON -- Waiting for the word that could crown him the nation's spelling king, Pratyush Buddiga faced the judges and worried that he'd get "some really long word" he didn't know.
Customs chief cites threat of nuclear smuggling
WASHINGTON -- The Customs Service's chief wants U.S. inspections done on American-bound cargo containers while they are in foreign seaports, addressing the threat that terrorists might try to smuggle deadly weapons, nuclear included, into the United States.
Study shows warming climate causing flowers to bloom earlier in spring
WASHINGTON -- In a new measure of how climate warming is changing biology, British researchers have found that plants are blooming up to two weeks earlier in the spring and they forecast this trend will continue as temperatures rise.
Judge rules against closed immigration hearings of terrorism suspects
A federal judge in New Jersey dealt a significant blow Wednesday to the government's efforts to hold terrorism suspects in secret, ruling unconstitutional a directive closing immigration hearings deemed of "special interest" to the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks.
Discipline advised for 11 Forest Service workers in deadly fire
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A review team has recommended punishments ranging from reprimands to firing for 11 U.S. Forest Service employees for their actions during a wildfire in the Cascades last summer that killed four firefighters.
Ashcroft position used to challenge D.C. gun law
WASHINGTON -- Attorneys for two men accused of violating Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns are arguing that the law is unconstitutional, citing the Bush administration's position that the Second Amendment gives private citizens the right to bear arms.
Bodies found in store gunman's apartment
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A gunman who opened fire in a grocery store, killing a woman and young girl before police shot him to death, also had two decomposing bodies in his apartment, authorities said Friday.
Bush moves to prevent drilling off Florida coast Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday moved to prevent oil and gas drilling in a large tract off the Florida coast and in parts of the Everglades, despite his administration's emphasis on increasing domestic energy supplies.
Silent tributes mark end of search at ground zero; empty stretcher symbolizes the missing
NEW YORK (AP) -- With the peal of a Fire Department bell and the departure of an empty stretcher, the victims of the World Trade Center's unspeakable horror were remembered Thursday in a ceremony without words.
Defendant killed, deputy wounded in Milwaukee courtroom shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A courtroom erupted into chaos when a murder defendant enraged that a jury found him guilty suddenly leapt over the defense table, shot a deputy while wrestling for his gun and was shot dead by a police officer who had earlier testified against him.
Jobless claims drop again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for unemployment insurance fell for the second straight week, suggesting the economic recovery is motivating some companies to lay off fewer workers.
In shift, FBI director says bureau might have been able to detect Sept. 11 plot
WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Robert Mueller, acknowledging serious lapses in how the FBI mishandled some information prior to Sept. 11, suggested for the first time that investigators might have detected the terrorist plot if they had pursued leads more diligently.
FBI's new authority to monitor Americans draws fire from civil libertarians
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is drawing sharp criticism from civil libertarians and others for new terror-fighting guidelines that will allow FBI agents to monitor Americans at religious services and in other public meetings.
Troubled Osprey returns to sky after two-year hiatus
LEXINGTON PARK, Md. (AP) -- An overhauled V-22 Osprey took a modest first flight Wednesday, 18 months after the military grounded the Marine Corps' helicopter-plane hybrid because of two fatal crashes.
Airmen survive crash of rescue helicopter after climbing disaster
TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. (AP) -- A climbing accident that killed three people on Mount Hood nearly turned into a far worse disaster when an Air Force Reserve rescue helicopter crashed and careened down the slope.
Federal judges throw out anti-porn law requiring filtering software at libraries
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Public libraries cannot be forced to use Internet filters designed to block pornography, three federal judges said Friday in overturning a new federal law.
Town still evacuated four days after derailment
POTTERVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- Officials barred the town's 2,200 residents from their homes for a fourth day Thursday as propane vapors and thunderstorms hampered efforts to clean up chemicals leaking from a derailed train.
Barge pilot slept little in two days before collapse
WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (AP) -- The towboat pilot whose barge struck an interstate highway bridge, killing 14 people, had slept a total of less than 10 hours in the two days before the accident, a federal investigator said Thursday.
AARP joining class-action suit against pharmaceutical manufacturers
WASHINGTON -- The AARP, the nation's largest lobbying group for older Americans, is accusing pharmaceutical companies of paying their competitors not to market cheaper generic drugs.
Gunman who stormed into CBS studio charged
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A suicidal gunman who stormed CBS Television City and held off police for four hours has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a firearm.
SEDALIA, Colo. (AP) -- A freight train car came loose Wednesday and killed an employee doing track work as it raced 32 miles before it was stopped in a Denver rail yard, officials said.
Serial rapist gets 2nd life term
PHILADELPHIA -- He engaged in "pillow talk" with his rape victims, advised some of them on how to stay safe from future attacks and even sent police a letter about the rapes he committed.
Foreign brewer to buy Miller Brewing Co. for $5.6 billion, parent company says
MILWAUKEE -- South African Breweries PLC has agreed to buy Miller Brewing Co. for $5.6 billion to become the world's second-largest brewer, Miller's parent company announced Thursday.
Factory orders, productivity rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories rose 1.2 percent in April, the biggest increase in six months. Business productivity in the first quarter grew at its strongest pace in 19 years.
Confronting worst-case terrorist scenario, Congress searches for way to keep operating
WASHINGTON -- In the new age of terrorism, Congress is quietly developing emergency plans to deal with a doomsday scenario in which many lawmakers are killed or injured during an attack.
Homeless couple who started deadly warehouse fire gets probation
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A formerly homeless couple who accidentally started a warehouse blaze that killed six firefighters will serve no jail time under an agreement reached Thursday.
Shuttle launch again delayed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- For the second day in a row, thunderstorms forced NASA on Friday to call off space shuttle Endeavour's launch on a mission to the international space station.
Clijsters upset, Venus wins
PARIS (AP) -- Kim Clijsters, last year's French Open runner-up, was knocked out in the third round Friday by the 87th-ranked player in the world.
Senegal stuns French to open World Cup
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- The first World Cup in Asia already is memorable after one game, a huge upset.
Are Devil Rays next on baseball hit list?
If Tampa Bay is next on commissioner Bud Selig's hit list, then no one has told Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli.
Western finals goes to Game 7
DENVER (AP) -- Dominik Hasek criticized his teammates after consecutive losses in the Western Conference finals. He took matters into his own hands this time.
Nets one step closer to first NBA finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After 26 years of struggle, turmoil and bad basketball, the New Jersey Nets are almost there. They are one victory from their first trip to the NBA Finals.
Capriati, Agassi make third round at French
PARIS (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati won a contest of struggling servers to reach the third round of the French Open, while Andre Agassi advanced when his opponent quit because of a foot blister.
A great rivalry comes down to Game 7
DETROIT (AP) -- Steve Yzerman admits he's nervous, and with good reason.
Government seeks dismissal of lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is fighting a lawsuit that contends a federal law that has greatly increased opportunities for women in school sports is unfair to male athletes.
Kings insist Lakers will feel the pressure
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings insist the pressure is on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Zidane no, Beckham yes for World Cup openers
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- While France must do without its star in Friday's World Cup opener, England apparently will have its top player on the field two days later.
Selig questioned by owners about contraction
CHICAGO (AP) -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was questioned by team owners over what the sport gained from its failed attempt to eliminate teams as he gave an update Wednesday on labor talks.
Celtics can't afford another slow start
BOSTON (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets are approaching Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals as if it could be their last game of the season.
PINE RIVER -- Melvin Thiers, 78, Pine River, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at home.
George P. Dale
CROSSLAKE -- George Paul Dale, 62, Crosslake, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
John J. Jackman
TAMARACK -- John J. Jackman, 83, Tamarack, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
Eugenia C. Meyer
PIERZ -- Eugenia C. Meyer, 92, Pierz, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
John J. Bottila
McGREGOR -- John J. Bottila, 95, McGregor, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Carlton Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton.
Helen 'Beth' E. Louden
STAPLES -- Helen "Beth" Elizabeth Louden, 65, Staples, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the Staples Care Center.
Mavis J. Taylor
PEQUOT LAKES -- Mavis Jean Taylor, 68, Pequot Lakes, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Ann A. Klar
CROSBY -- Ann A. Klar, 93, Crosby, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Donald L. Devick
Donald Leroy Devick, 71, Brainerd, formerly of Robbinsdale, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at home.
Virginia 'Jinny' L. Moore
SAUK RAPIDS -- Virginia "Jinny" Lee Moore, 61, Sauk Rapids, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002.
BACKUS -- Denver Baldwin, 89, Backus, died today, May 31, 2002, at home.
Edwin L. Groenhoff
CROSSLAKE -- Edwin L. Groenhoff, 77, Crosslake, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Ann A. Klar
CROSBY -- Ann A. Klar, 93, Crosby, died today, May 30, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Beatrice W. Peterson
PEQUOT LAKES -- Beatrice W. Peterson, 82, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Bessie O. Phillips
Bessie O. Phillips, 82, Brainerd, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Roy E. Davis
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Roy Eugene Davis, 92, Yakima, Wash., died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
Eugenia C. Meyer
PIERZ -- Eugenia C. Meyer, 92, Pierz, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
On Monday, May 27 our country and our city took time to remember the real reason why we can call our home ... the home of the free and the brave. In Brainerd, many attended the Memorial Day Service at Evergreen Cemetery and heard one of the most moving speeches ever presented.
The presence of 1 million stalemated troops along the border between India and Pakistan, the nuclear-armed foes who have fought three wars in the last half-century, has set off alarm bells across the world.
Who stays at home?
The subtext to the wave of concern over the much-discussed epidemic of childlessness in successful career women is that women ca
It truly gave me a lot of pleasure and brought back many fond memories when I read Margie Meyers' letter in your paper for May 21, 2002, because I too was so fortunate as to live back in those good old says when Burma Shave signs were with us.
FBI shake-up Intelligence-gathering agencies must break down barriers
FBI Director Robert Mueller, besieged by critics for his agency's performance before and after Sept. 11, stood up and admitted Wednesday that his agency blew it.
The (revised) FBI Story
The FBI appears to have gotten the message --- the message contained in Special Agent Coleen Rowley's remarkable 13-page memo to Director Robert Mueller, detailing how agents were blocked from investigating suspected terrorists.
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Mental preparedness is the best weapon
It seems a lifetime ago, I was crawling under barbed wire while machine gun bullets whistled just a few feet overhead. I recall that it was a miserable experience, belly to the cold dirt, incessant racket and a gunnery sergeant screaming that I wasn't moving fast enough or paying enough attention or something or the other.
Payne to defend title
Californian Jay Payne is slated to defend his Top Alcohol Funny Car title at the second round of the NHRA Lucas Oils Division 5 Drag Racing Series at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway June 7-9.
Rager, Franzen among top 10 racers
Roger Rager of Pequot Lakes and John Franzen of Baxter were among the top 10 Wissota Championship Sprint Car racers in two features last weekend.
Racing is a Johnson family affair
It's an hour before qualifying and NASCAR sensation Jimmie Johnson isn't getting ready. Instead, he's halfway across the track leaning into the passenger side window of a Bandolero car as his younger brothers prepare for their own race.
Minneapolis agent who blew whistle is by-the-book lawyer
ST. PAUL -- Coleen Rowley wrote her first letter to FBI headquarters in the fifth grade, sending away for a "100 Facts about the FBI" pamphlet that convinced her she'd found the job of her dreams.
Twin Cities airport's latest terminal opening
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two new concourses will open Saturday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport even though they're not fully ready.
Detroit Lakes boy knocked out of spelling bee in fourth round
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 12-year-old Detroit Lakes boy was knocked out of the final rounds of the Scripts Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday after tripping over the word "serotinal."
After restructuring, CEO of Sun Country steps down
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Banmiller, who since December has led Sun Country Airlines through an abrupt shutdown, bankruptcy and change of owner, said Wednesday he'll leave as its chief executive officer at the end of the week.
U of M's Yudof tops list of candidates for Texas job
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The yearlong search for a University of Texas System chancellor is almost over. University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof, 57, was at the top of the list to replace Chancellor Dan Burck, who is leaving in August 2003, according to sources familiar with the search.
Minnesota River goals outlined in MPCA plan
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced plans to step up efforts to clean the Minnesota River.
Minnesota arts community facing troubled times
HOPKINS (AP) -- Trouble is brewing in the Minnesota arts community -- support has been slipping from several areas leaving many arts organizations struggling for a finite amount of money.
Twins settlement not likely before next week
ST. PAUL -- Action on a settlement that would keep the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome another year probably won't occur before next week as lawyers on both sides of the lawsuit put the details on paper, one official said Thursday.
State overestimates number of displaced workers after Sept. 11
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After Sept. 11, Minnesota officials braced for the economic fallout on the airline industry and estimated at least 15,000 workers would need government help after being laid off.
Brainerd athletes compete in Area 5 track meet
Brainerd athletes competed in the Area 5 track and field meet May 15 at the Brainerd High School track.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Bees of the Lakewood League edged St. Cloud Orthopedics 4-3 Wednesday at Mills Field.
TRACK and FIELD
Tuchscherer advances to state in tennis
ALEXANDRIA -- He fought off a bout of mononucleosis and now Brainerd Warrior tennis player Paul Tuchscherer will get his chance to battle through the Class 2A state tournament field.
Pequot Lakes advances in baseball
Todd Szymanski took a 2-hitter into the seventh inning and led the sixth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots to an 8-1 victory against the No. 3 Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars Wednesday in the opening round of the South Subsection 7, Class 2A baseball tournament.
Defense leads to Brainerd's early exit
ALEXANDRIA -- It's not supposed to end this way for the Brainerd Warriors baseball team.
Cardinals win track titles
MOORHEAD -- Adam Barnett helped the Staples-Motley Cardinals to the Section 6A track and field championship Thursday at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
BRAINERD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Every time Darren Clabo walked into the Brainerd Warriors track and field locker room he would glance at the top 15 discus throws in school history.
Staples-Motley nips Park Rapids
STAPLES -- Adam Johnson pitched a complete game, allowing only one earned run, in the Staples Cardinals' 3-2 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers in the Subsection 4, Section 8, Class 2A baseball tournament Thursday.
high school BASEBALL
Brainerd softball team wins one, loses one
WILLMAR -- Heading into Thursday's game against the Willmar Cardinals, it looked like the deck was stacked against the Brainerd Warriors softball team.
Brainerd baseball season ends
ALEXANDRIA -- They hit and pitched well enough to advance in the North Subsection 8, Class 3A baseball tournament.
Pierz's Solinger qualifies for state
COLLEGEVILLE -- Zach Solinger of Pierz qualified for the Class 1A state track and field meet after finishing second in the Section 5 meet Wednesday at St. John's University.
Rangers snap losing streak with ninth inning comeback
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers hope their wild comeback against the Minnesota Twins signals the start of a turnaround.
Minnesota-Morris names new women's basketball coach
MORRIS (AP) -- James Hall was named the head women's basketball coach at Minnesota-Morris on Wednesday, taking over a team that's lost an NCAA record-tying 70 straight games.
Minnesota athletic director search has its challenges
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota's search for an athletic director faces some serious challenges.
Vikings to target a free agent wide receiver
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings are still looking for a wide receiver, and they hope to land one this weekend.
Twins topple Angels in 10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Radke hurt himself again, and didn't make it out of the first inning.
Wide film choices bring record revenue at movie theaters
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Action blockbusters, family fare and thrillers combined to hoist Hollywood to a record $200 million Memorial Day weekend.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Greg Scheeler excels at turning a slag of metal or a stack of wood into something functional.
Prizes offered for summer reading at library
The Teen Summer Reading Program, for ages 12-18, offers "no tests, no pressure. Just reading for fun and prizes."
The case of the mother-and-son grifters
"Dead End: The Crime Story of the Decade: Murder, Incest and High-Tech Thievery" (M. Evans, 334 pages, $21.95) by Jeanne King.
The spate of new Hollywood blockbusters continues this weekend with the opening of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.
Artist's paintings to be sold to benefit art scholarship fund
WALKER -- There will be a sale of Olive George paintings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 at the Whistle Stop in Walker (the former depot building, one block north of Highway 371) to benefit the Olive George Art Scholarship Fund.
Free art workshops for children offered
The Crossing Arts Alliance Fine Arts Center, 617 Laurel St., Brainerd, will present free workshops for kids throughout the summer.
Research Center obtains 1930 census microfilm
CHISHOLM -- The National Archives released the contents of the 1930 federal population census records April 1. Microfilmed copies of the census records have started arriving at the Iron Range Research Center in Chisholm.
Romance writer Wendy Rosnau of Brainerd has announced the publication of her latest novel, "Beneath the Silk," by Silhouette Books. The novel is the first of three in a romantic-suspense series picked up by the publisher, the author said in news release.
Scandinavian Folk Music Festival to attract more than 130 musicians and dancers to Nisswa event
NISSWA -- The region's northern European heritage will take center stage early next month with the Nisswa-stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival.
Mayberry in the Midwest festival sells out
NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) -- Tickets to the Mayberry in the Midwest festival were as popular as Aunt Bee's apple pies.
Capsule reviews of 'Enough,' 'Insomnia,' 'Spirit'
Here's the gimmick: It's an animated movie about horses, but the horses don't talk. They whinny and neigh and nuzzle each other to communicate their equine thoughts. That's a fresh approach, but the filmmakers couldn't leave it alone.
Author to speak at Brainerd library
Sarah Stonich, author of "These Granite Islands," will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library in the first event in the Brown Bag Lunch summer speakers series, sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Scholarship started in honor of Evelyn Matthies
Central Lakes College announces that a new scholarship will be offered to arts and humanities students at the college in Brainerd and Staples.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLERS
A piano concert featuring students of Sue Kavanaugh was held earlier this month in the Franklin Junior High School auditorium.
Music General dancers complete competition season
The Music General dancers recently completed their 2002 competition season.
First book club at Brainerd Public Library offers summer reading materials
The Brainerd Public Library is starting its first book club for adult reading and participants can take part in monthly meetings or via e-mail.
Friends of the Library announce Brown Bag Lunch summer speakers series
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library announce the schedule for this year's Brown Bag Lunch summer speakers series.
Dr. Seuss' hometown prepares to unveil a national memorial
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Not in a boat. Not in a tree. A child's city he drew. It was different you see.
Community theater company to debut this weekend
HUBBARD -- A community theater company debuts in the lakes area this weekend when "A Night in the Theater" opens Friday in a church converted for this purpose.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Becoming breezy this afternoon. Highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Sunny west. Partly cloudy east. A chance of showers and thunderstorms northeast and far southeast this morning. Highs mainly in the 80s.
Swimming is fun
Weather drawing by Derik Camer of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. A chance for showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe in the afternoon. Warm and humid with highs in the 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny with a chance of showers southwest. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Warm with highs from the mid 70s north to the mid 80s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny and windy. Highs in the 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of thunderstorms central and east. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s southwest.
Under the stars
Weather drawing by Jacob Johnson of Mrs. Frank's second grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms southwest. Partly cloudy central...Mostly sunny northeast. Highs from the middle 70s northeast to the middle 80s south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of showers east this morning. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Hot. Mostly sunny this morning. Partly sunny this afternoon. A chance of showers this morning far northwest. A chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon everywhere but the northwest. Highs from 85 to 95.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Hope, the citizen soldier who entertained 10 million troops over more than five decades of globe-trotting USO tours, was honored on his 99th birthday Wednesday in a way befitting the nation's only "honorary veteran," with the dedication of the Bob Hope Veterans Chapel at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.
The wedding reception for Mindy (Nelson) and James Ball has been changed to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Moose Lodge No. 1246.
The Moose Lodge in Brainerd will serve breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Voting not top concern of many weary Algerians
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Amar Khaldi lives in a room with eight relatives. He rarely has running water and now his modest grocery store recently ravaged by floods has been ordered shut.
Russia celebrates its first Miss Universe win
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The cadets and officers at St. Petersburg's Police Academy on Thursday celebrated the crowning of one of their own as the new Miss Universe.
Israeli tanks, troops enter Nablus
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli tanks and troops poured into this West Bank city and refugee camp Friday, declaring a curfew and rounding up hundreds of Palestinian men in a search for militants.
Pakistan begins withdrawing troops from Afghan border as Musharraf threatens to deploy them to border with India
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Tensions boiled between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan Thursday as President Pervez Musharraf began withdrawing troops from his border with Afghanistan and warned they would be deployed along the Indian border if the Kashmir crisis is not defused.
India says confrontation with Pakistan stable, but U.S. advises Americans to leave
NEW DELHI, India -- India's defense minister said the confrontation with Pakistan was stable Friday, but the United States advised all but essential American diplomats to leave India and urged about 60,000 Americans there to depart as well.
New Afghan coalition forces chief rejects scaled-back mission
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- The incoming commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan said Thursday that remnants of al-Qaida and Taliban leadership are still in the country and that he doesn't believe the allied presence should be scaled back.
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