Tired of minivans? Consider the EuroVan
Tired of minivans? Officials at Volkswagen of America Inc. hope so.
Cadillac, Lincoln ready to roll with 'luxe trucks'
If you thought the $50,000 luxury SUV was the pinnacle of vehicular excess, just wait for the luxury pickup truck.
Ford plans to build passenger car for Chinese
DETROIT -- In its first move to enter the potentially gigantic Chinese passenger car market, Ford Motor Co. will produce its compact Ikon at its newly established joint venture in China, according to a person familiar with the plans.
2001 Lexus ES 300: Happy ending after long separation
I met the Lexus ES 300 a decade ago, when we both were young and looking for different things.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- When the "Tour de Sol" started in 1989, its message of fuel efficiency fell largely on deaf ears.
Veterans, like Jesus, gave their lives
We, the veterans, love Memorial Day!
Worship service to honor lost loved ones
Twenty-five years ago, Father Kirby Blanchard became the first priest to manage the Pastoral Care Department at what is now St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Shortly after his tenure began, a special worship service was started through the hospital's sponsorship.
U.S. Orthodox church head takes medical leave
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) -- The Orthodox Church in America, one of the nation's two major Orthodox denominations, said its leader, Metropolitan Theodosius, has been granted a total medical leave for four months.
Crosslake church receives gift of rocks
CROSSLAKE -- Clarence and Edna Sargent, members of First Presbyterian Church in Osakis, recently delivered a "box of rocks" to Crosslake Presbyterian Church.
Church expects a fourth of Greeks to back ID card protest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Orthodox Church said it expects that by June 26 more than 3 million people will have signed its petition asking the government to reverse its decision to stop recording religion on state identity cards.
Some boos at graduation after judge bars prayer
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- The class valedictorian was booed and another student was applauded for holding a moment of silence after a judge barred prayer at Washington Community High School's graduation.
Area band All Weather Human takes first in Midwest contest
The Brainerd area's All Weather Human Christian rock band took top place in the final round of a Midwest band competition last weekend at the Minneapolis based The New Union music club.
The solutions have never changed
Newer trucks, cars and SUVs apparently have melodious chimes mechanisms that remind us to close the door, buckle up, and, among other things, turn off the lights.
Pay attention to our actions and their effects
The other day I heard a radio talk show promotion boasting the fact that the host "has never had an intimate relationship with a tree." The promo offered this as proof that, when we tuned in to the show, we would be hearing straight talk from a logical, down-to-earth front man and not some "environmental whacko."
Conservative movement among Presbyterians attracts 110,000 in just weeks
More than 250 conservative congregations have quickly rallied around a new movement within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), built on opposition to same-sex unions and the belief that faith in Jesus Christ is the only route to eternal salvation.
Evidence gathering for Mother Teresa's canonization to be completed by August
CALCUTTA, India -- An inquiry to gather evidence for declaring Mother Teresa a saint will be completed within three months, an archbishop said.
Choose your battles carefully when changing teens' behavior
QUESTION: In the interest of keeping peace in the household, you have suggested leniency with rebellious teens on issues that don't really matter. What does this mean in practical terms? Give me some examples of demands that would rock my daughter's boat unnecessarily.
There will be a vegetarian food sampling from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Brainerd Seventh-day Adventist School gymnasium. There will be free food, recipes, door prizes, meat/dairy alternatives and nutrition information available. Area health stores will be represented.
Lutheran bishop resigns after taking part in non-celibate lesbian's ordination
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California's ranking Lutheran bishop announced he would resign a month before his term ends for participating in the ordination of a non-celibate lesbian in St. Paul, Minn.
Couple faces court troubles for opening house to strangers
DANVILLE, Ky -- Two years ago, Mark and Tammy LaPalme opened their home to a convicted sex offender to test their newfound faith as born-again Christians.
Catholic group asks Seton Hall to rescind honorary degree
NEWARK, N.J. -- A Roman Catholic group has asked Seton Hall University to rescind an honorary degree it awarded to a college president who served on a commission for an abortion rights group.
Report: U.S. schools condone harassment of gays
LOS ANGELES -- Gay and lesbian students in U.S. public schools face pervasive discrimination not only from peers but from teachers, administrators and other school officials who condone the harassment or participate in it, a watchdog group alleged Wednesday.
Public schools under fire over Indian education
MINNEAPOLIS -- A day after American Indian leaders criticized Minneapolis public schools for low graduation rates of Indian students, others disagreed with placing the blame solely on schools.
State of education
Youngsters whose parents didn't go to college have a tougher time getting into a school and finishing with a degree. That's just one of many observations highlighted in an annual federal report released Thursday on the state of education in the United States.
Removing fridge fumes
Dear Heloise: I have read several requests in your column asking how to remove odors from the refrigerator
Dream man refuses to make marriage a reality
DEAR ABBY: I am a 45-year-old divorced mother of three. "Jeff," the man I am seeing, is kind, patient, understanding and generous. He is a gentleman. There isn't anything I want or wish for that he does not get for me. Jeff sends me flowers several times a month. He loves my children dearly. I could not ask for a more perfect man.
No gunk buildup with softener
Dear Heloise: I was reading your hints last night about fabric softener buildup. I add the softener to the dispenser, and then I fill the dispenser with water.
Sharing son's ashes spreads his spirit
DEAR ABBY: The letter about a loved one's ashes touched me personally. Please accept one more letter on the subject.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 147, a year ago 147.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 112, a year ago 99.
New food products range from odd to odder
CHICAGO (AP) -- New food products are constantly being introduced around the world. Among novelties recently sighted are:
Food makers agree on labeling allergy-inducing foods
WASHINGTON -- Food labels may soon disclose the sources of flavorings that could cause allergic reactions, such as butter or peanuts, and use more easily understood terms for ingredients like casein, a milk product.
Barbecue pot roast is low in calories, fat, cholesterol
This barbecue pot roast will please those looking for a tasty favorite with healthful qualities -- the recipe contains fewer calories and less fat and cholesterol than conventional versions.
Team roast chicken with fresh corn and zucchini for dinner
Those with a taste for fresh corn, eyeing the calendar and looking forward to the arrival of local crops, may wish to note that supplies are already available.
Over-ripened bananas are good in cake
Having bananas that were too ripe for banana bread prompted me to make a recipe I have had for years for Banana Snack Cake.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
BURGLARIES -- Angela Palmer, 900 block of 28th Street Southeast, reported Tuesday her residence broken into.
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a brush fire Thursday that spread after catching a layer of poplar fuzz on the ground.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
MCGREGOR -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 65 in McGregor.
Course wins first day of Women's Open
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) -- Everyone wanted to know how Annika Sorenstam played, what the pregnant women shot and whether the 13-year-old player kept her cool.
Tiger lurks 2 shots back
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Just about everything went wrong for Tiger Woods in his first few holes at the Memorial Tournament.
Legislators finish work on nearly $3 billion higher education package
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers wrapped up work Thursday on a $2.9 billion funding bill for higher education that left college officials predicting double-digit tuition increases.
President working on 'bare bones' extra defense spending request
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will ask Congress for extra defense spending of $5.6 billion in the current fiscal year, far less than the armed services expected to receive from a new president who campaigned on a promise to substantially increase the Pentagon budget, administration officials said Wednesday.
Ventura tentatively plans to call special session on Wednesday
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Wednesday he plans to call a special session June 6 for the Legislature to pass its tax and spending bills -- but only if they finish their work by Monday.
Groups take second swing at lawmakers
ST. PAUL -- Lobbyists hit the Capitol hard Wednesday, trying to make their cases one last, persuasive time before legislators make final decisions on the major tax and spending packages.
Tentative agreements reached on transportation, public safety issues
ST. PAUL -- Key lawmakers have reached tentative agreements on several transportation and public safety issues, including tougher penalties for drunken driving and a requirement that children under 18 wear seatbelts in vehicles.
Government to create new safety standard for baby bath seats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says it will create a new safety standard for baby bath seats, which have been linked to the deaths of 78 infants since 1983.
Brainerd legislators' views on tax, spending bills differ
The 2001 Legislature's compromise on tax and spending bills -- is it in the bag or bound for a snag?
Massive mailout of tax refunds expected to boost economy
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration wants Americans to know their tax refund checks will soon be in the mail. If private economists are right, the checks of up to $300 per person will be arriving just in the nick of time to avert a full-blown recession.
Ventura urges cooperation between environmentalists and loggers
DULUTH (AP) -- Minnesota's forests are important both economically and for the quality of life for the state's residents, Gov. Jesse Ventura said Wednesday as a forest summit got under way.
State lawmakers continue work on the budget
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers plodded toward agreement Thursday on several parts of the $27.3 billion budget they are charged with crafting.
GOP defector Jeffords has received multiple death threats
WASHINGTON -- Vermont Sen. James M. Jeffords has received multiple death threats since announcing last week that he is leaving the Republican Party, a move that gives Democrats control of the Senate, an aide said Thursday.
DFL legislator to file fund-raising complaint against Walz
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A DFL lawmaker said Thursday he would file a complaint against Republican Rep. Dale Walz of Brainerd alleging illegal fund-raising.
On AIDS' 20th anniversary
ATLANTA -- Gay men too young to remember the earliest reports of AIDS are now spreading the disease at alarming rates that remind health officials of the explosive first years of the epidemic.
The art of sharpening knives
A sharp knife can make a carving job easier and safer.
Scandinavian furniture experiences Renaissance
In the 1950s and '60s, Americans clamored for sleek Scandinavian chairs, tables and sofas in teak and monochrome fabrics. Then, like too much of a good thing, the craze faded out.
Guidelines to choosing the best plywood for project
Plywood is stronger and more stable than solid lumber, but choosing the right panel isn't always easy.
Don't be hasty in adding housing to list of woes
NEW YORK (AP) -- When you add up all the economic woes, fears and worries that are being dramatized daily you can understand how American consumers might be getting into a psychological funk.
Armchair travelers can find crafts from faraway places
Travelers often go to the ends of the earth to bring home colorful indigenous crafts to add distinctive notes to their homes.
Feng shui for skeptics
WASHINGTON -- The latest books on feng shui are piling up, as the ancient Oriental art of placement becomes a lifestyle staple of the new millennium. We have seen books on feng shui for the garden, feng shui for the office, even "Feng Shui for You and Your Cat," which might be taking things too far. Meow.
Give clematis an early start
Q. When is the best time to plant summer-flowering clematis and daylilies?
A lady's-slipper is an orchid in which the lip of the flower is slipper-shaped.
An expert's landscapes
Michael Balston wrote a well-received book on garden design in the 1980s and then disappeared from the scene, or so it seemed. Now we know why. He was busy crafting some pretty nifty outdoor spaces himself.
Be careful with pink seeds
Hot pink is an eye-catching color. That's why seeds are dyed that bright hue to show they've been coated with a poisonous pesticide.
A comprehensive overview of a successful, affordable, single-family housing development will be covered in a two-day training session in Brainerd.
Police solve the great doormat caper
Where do you report a stolen home-security sign?
Laminate patterns growing
In the wacky world of plastic laminates, river rocks never wash away, grass doesn't need cutting, a heap of jellybeans never gets stale and a red-and-white checked picnic cloth doesn't have to be laundered.
Check with well contractor on water safety
Q. Mary asks: I recently had someone test my water. I learned that my water
Here's how to deal with those garden enemies
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Beginner gardeners soon learn that other creatures besides themselves enjoy flowers and vegetables. You are working for the furry and feathery kingdom as well as yourself when you sow seeds and plant plants.
Today's gas fireplaces not only give us the ambiance and charm of a warm fire at the flip of a switch, or a click of a remote, they also allow a clear view to the outdoors through windows above the firebox where chimneys used to be.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Blair Chisholm, a Junior Golden Glove boxer from Brainerd, won the Region 7 Intermediate Championship in the Junior Olympic Boxing Tournament over the weekend. The tournament was held in North St. Paul and featured boxers from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Two area restaurants smoke-free for today
Two area restaurants will be smoke-free today in observance of World No Tobacco Day.
Nestled in a corner garden in Nisswa, a Minnesota orchid reappears like a family friend. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
New CLC president 'excited'
Central Lakes College has a new president.
Mississippi Headwaters Board meeting rescheduled
The Mississippi Headwaters Board meeting scheduled for today was changed to July 12 because of a family emergency.
Graduation night in Brainerd
Jennifer Harsh received a ride from Adam Hardy during the Brainerd High School graduation processional Thursday night.
After 30-plus years of teaching, Brainerd couple decides it's time to retire
When Diana Heikkila had an interview with the Brainerd School District superintendent in 1967 at Bemidji State University she had no clue where Brainerd was even located.
Walz says he knew nothing about fund-raising activities by Jetsporters group
Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, said Thursday he had no knowledge of any fund-raising activities on his behalf by the Jetsporters Association of Minnesota, adding the accusations of wrongdoing took him by complete surprise.
CLC appoints president
Joseph C. Birmingham was appointed president of Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples today by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.
Johnson: UPI has been sold
After a quarter century of building Universal Pensions Inc., founder Arnie Johnson today announced the multi-million sale of his company to a public retirement services corporation based in New Jersey.
24 teachers, administrators retiring
Twenty-four teachers and administrators will retire this school year from the Brainerd School District. They are:
The Minnesota State Fair's Century Farm program will once again honor Minnesota families who have owned a farm for at least 100 years.
Brainerd Regional Human Services Center has new team in charge
Change is in the air as Jim Holien was named site director of the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center and Doug Seiler was appointed regional administrator of the northern region.
Sean Conley studied nearly half his life for the chance to be America's best speller, practicing 20,000 words. He needed 16 Thursday to win the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Colorful day of 'kinderfun'
Kindergartners from the Brainerd School District looked like a big box of crayons in their brightly colored T-shirts, said one of the performers at the 15th annual Kinderfriend Day on Wednesday.
57 years later, World War II veterans receive Staples-Motley High School diplomas
STAPLES -- For many decades Roland Mohler wouldn't attend his high school reunions.
Pequot Lakes honors top citizen, employee
PEQUOT LAKES -- Bernice Rohde was named Pequot Lakes Citizen of the Year on Wednesday by the Pequot Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at its spring dinner at Timber Ridge restaurant.
Last day of school leaves good taste in students' mouths
Preschooler Mitchell Cole enjoyed an ice cream cone during a Harrison School Ice Cream Social Thursday in the playground during the last day of classes.
BHS graduation to be indoors
The Brainerd High School graduation ceremony will be in the gymnasium at 7 p.m. today.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Congratulations to Brainerd High School track coaches Mark Embretson and Kay Edgeton, named Region 8AA Coaches of the Year by their compatriots for the 1981 season.
Man sentenced to prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct
A Michigan man, found guilty in April of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, has been sentenced to 48 months in prison.
Census numbers on age, diversity and housing are helping to create an updated snapshot of a changing lakes area. Look for the story Sunday.
Census: Young workers leaving heartland
WASHINGTON -- Young adults are moving away from small cities and towns in America's heartland, leaving behind elderly residents and officials struggling to prevent their communities from eroding into modern-day ghost towns.
World's second-largest dinosaur unearthed in Sahara
Fossil-hunters working on a prehistoric tidal flat in what is now the Egyptian Sahara Desert have found the remains of an enormous, previously unknown creature that appears to be the second-largest dinosaur ever discovered.
Florida teen, banned from graduation over knife found in car, won't face trial
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- An honor student who was banned from graduation because a kitchen knife was found in her car at school won't face trial, a prosecutor said.
McVeigh weighs seeking delay in execution
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Lawyers for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh went to the prison where he is being held Thursday to discuss seeking a stay of his execution.
Gasoline market prices falter
Prices of gasoline traded on financial markets came under pressure again Thursday, capping a week-long slide that bodes well for U.S. motorists later this year -- even if they don't see immediate relief from high prices at the pump.
Defender of Joe Camel tapped as FTC's consumer watchdog
WASHINGTON -- An economist whose writings were used to defend a tobacco company's right to advertise Joe Camel to teenagers during a Federal Trade Commission investigation will become the FTC's new consumer-protection chief, according to government and industry sources.
Firestone requests government investigate Ford Explorer safety
WASHINGTON -- The government should investigate the safety of the Ford Explorer, says Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s chief, who claims a steering problem may be at fault in hundreds of rollover accidents involving his company's tires.
Six armed children in standoff with police
SEATTLE -- Six children were holed up in a rural north Idaho house Wednesday, armed with guns and 27 dogs in a bizarre standoff that police vowed to keep from turning violent.
Police cite Bush's twin daughters, third person in alcohol case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Police on Thursday cited President Bush's 19-year-old twin daughters for allegedly violating state alcoholic beverage laws.
Crews fight wildfires in California, Florida, Nevada
SUSANVILLE, Calif. -- A 4,350 acre wildfire scorched the city limits and reached within a quarter-mile of an RV park, threatening dozens of evacuated homeowners whose fortunes now lie in the hands of firefighters.
Attorneys reach tentative deal in Downey drug case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Attorneys for Robert Downey Jr. have reached a tentative deal with prosecutors that would keep the award-winning actor out of prison.
Climbers rescued from Mount Rainier
PARADISE, Wash. (AP) -- Four stranded climbers and five rescue rangers were plucked from Mount Rainier by a high-altitude helicopter two days after the hikers were stranded by an avalanche.
Actress, TV personality Arlene Francis dies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Arlene Francis, the witty actress and television personality who was a panelist on the popular "What's My Line?" show for its 25-year run, has died. She was 92.
U.S. jobless claims continue to rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New claims for state unemployment benefits increased again last week, suggesting the nation's fragile labor market still is struggling.
DaimlerChrysler recalls a third of 2001 minivans
DaimlerChrysler Corp. announced Thursday that it will conduct a special "product improvement action" to recall a third of its 2001 minivans, after federal regulators found the locks on the vans' rear sliding doors failed in crash tests.
Time running out to collect lottery jackpot
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A tiny slip of flimsy paper is still worth $46 million, but it's not worth a cent come midnight June 9.
Jobless rate dips slightly to 4.4 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.4 percent in May, the first improvement in eight months, even as manufacturing industries continued to lay off thousands of workers. Factory activity plunged for the 10th month in a row.
INS to charge for expedited visa work
WASHINGTON -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service will begin allowing foreign celebrities, athletes, executives and other specific types of workers to pay $1,000 to get work visa applications processed within 15 days instead of waiting the usual three months or more.
Danforth says FBI uncooperative in Waco investigation
WASHINGTON -- The FBI was so uncooperative in the Waco investigation that special counsel John Danforth threatened FBI Director Louis Freeh with a search warrant to gain access to relevant documents, Danforth said Thursday in an interview with The Washington Post.
Crime rate levels off after decade of decline, signaling end to historic crime decrease
WASHINGTON -- The FBI said Wednesday the total number of murders, rapes and other serious crimes in the United States leveled off last year for the first time in nearly a decade, prompting experts to declare that the nation's historic crime drop may be over.
Timothy McVeigh asks for stay of execution
WASHINGTON -- After earlier declaring he was ready to die, Timothy J. McVeigh decided Thursday to seek a postponement of his execution because, according to his lawyers, the convicted Oklahoma City bomber said he wants to "promote integrity in the criminal justice system."
Police say six-year-old beat to death his younger brother
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy allegedly killed his 3-year-old brother by beating him with a baseball bat during a ball game, police said.
Spy suspect Hanssen pleads innocent
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was escorted amid heavy security into court on Thursday and pleaded innocent to federal charges of spying for Moscow, charges that could lead to the death penalty.
Ford,Goodyear announce tire replacement plan
DETROIT (AP) -- Drivers affected by Ford Motor Co.'s recall of 13 million Firestone Wilderness AT tires can get free replacements at more than 5,000 Goodyear dealers, the automaker and tire company announced Wednesday.
15-year-old involved in standoff in custody; other five kids remain holed up in Idaho house
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- One of six children involved in a standoff at their rural home was taken into custody overnight after he went to a neighbor, authorities said Friday.
Malone, Krzyzewski, Chaney elected to Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Temple basketball coach John Chaney is proud to join the Basketball Hall of Fame. He would just like to do it quietly.
First-day stumbles leave NCAA meet wide open
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- As evening settled onto Hayward Field, Jonathon Riley slipped farther behind in the men's 10,000. By the end of the race, he was in 10th place, and Stanford's hopes of repeating as NCAA champion were all but gone.
Bonds climbs up homer ladder
Barry Bonds would gladly trade home runs for wins.
Bucks' conspiracy theories not as simple as NBC
MILWAUKEE -- It's right up there with "My dog ate the homework," and "My alarm didn't go off."
Pedro ends winless streak against Yankees
The New York Yankees' streak of success against Pedro Martinez was bound to end.
Bourque two wins away from cup as Devils pull another no show
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After more than 22 years of anticipation, Ray Bourque might not have to wait too much longer to drink from the Stanley Cup.
Sampras ousted from French Open
PARIS (AP) -- Pete Sampras failed yet again on the red clay courts of Roland Garros, falling to Spain's Galo Blanco 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2 Thursday in the second round of the French Open.
Stringfellow soars to NCAA long jump title
EUGENE, Ore, (AP) -- Without a star to carry them, the Oregon Ducks somehow have grabbed the lead midway through the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Ronald D. Fuller
DEERWOOD -- Ronald Dean Fuller, 42, Deerwood, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, as the result of a motorcycle accident.
PINE RIVER -- Ruth Smith, 66, Pine River, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at home.
Marlene E. Allers
BROOKLYN CENTER -- Marlene E. Allers, 69, Brooklyn Center, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
PILLAGER -- Carl Gomoll, 80, Pillager, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at home.
Marjorie M. Smith
PINE RIVER -- Marjorie Marie Smith, 90, Pine River, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Home in Pine River.
LITTLE FALLS -- Cecelia Schweitzer, 88, Little Falls, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at St. Otto's Health Care Center in Little Falls.
AITKIN -- Margaret Leggett, 80, Aitkin, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Cooperation - Dispatch Editorial
Today we offer a word of reassurance to longtime Brainerd and Baxter residents who get nervous when they hear the word "merger."
News council will help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
How to reach Minnesota legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
Education funding - School funding. Will the Legislature ever decide on how much money education will get?
OTHER OPINIONS Use the big broom
Nearly four years before the FBI arrested Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, it got a tip that he had compromised the bureau's computer security system. The source was former FBI agent Earl Pitts, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to spyi
Straight drive by the Supreme Court
This editorial appeared in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times:
As we look forward to another Minnesota summer and all of the wonderful times spent enjoying our lakes, please don't throw your trash in the lake.
One is the loneliest number
WASHINGTON -- The problem with census data is there's never space for a longer answer to the question. (Yes, I live like this but I didn't plan to. See, here's what happened ... )
Gordon wouldn't mind recapturing past at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon didn't become a three-time Winston Cup champion by reaching back for a little bit of the past.
Hobby Stocks took every dime
Kevin Close, pictured with his stock car racer in this column, said he and his crew chief, Steve Whitlock, put every dime into stock car racing from 1968 until 1972.
Durable also-ran Junie Donlavey still racing for enjoyment
The question comes frequently to Junie Donlavey, perhaps the most durable also-ran in the history of any sport: Why do you keep doing it when you never, ever win?
NASCAR Winston Cup
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule (winners in parentheses) and driver point standings:
Xcel appeals ruling requiring move of power lines
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy Inc. filed an appeal Wednesday against an injunction issued last week that would require it to move downtown power lines to make room for Minnesota's first light-rail line.
Nurses strike delayed as tentative deals reached
MINNEAPOLIS -- A strike involving thousands of registered nurses in the Twin Cities was postponed Friday morning after late negotiations led to tentative deals.
Another 1,200 seniors pass basic skills tests
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Of the 2,900 high school seniors who didn't pass the basic skills test in October, more than half failed after taking it again, state officials said Thursday.
FEMA adds 22 counties to disaster declaration
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency added 22 counties Tuesday to President Bush's May 16 disaster declaration, raising the total to 53 Minnesota counties eligible for state and federal assistance.
Late flurry of talks try to prevent nurses walkout
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Nurses and representatives from two more hospitals were called back to the negotiating table Thursday in the latest attempt to avert a possible strike by registered nurses at several Twin Cities hospitals.
Mille Lacs harvest rules changed
A busy fishing opener and strong catches by anglers has prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to change regulations for walleye fishing on one of the state's biggest inland lakes.
Mighty Gulls' schedule for 2001
Friday June 1 at Alexandria 7:05 p.m.
Pierz's Solinger qualifies to run at state
COLLEGEVILLE -- Pierz's Zach Solinger ran the 1600-meter race in 4:26.9 to place fourth in the Section 5A track and field meet Wednesday but qualified for the Class A state meet, beating the state standard time by 2.05 seconds.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Within three months last summer, Nick Weiland reached the pinnacle as a player on two state championship baseball teams.
Weiland keeps Warriors going
From the moment Nick Weiland delivered the first pitch you had an inkling it was going to be his day.
Local sports shorts
Five University of Minnesota football recruits, including offensive tackle Trevor McCulloch of Brainerd, have been selected to play in the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game 2 p.m. June 30 at Macalester College in St. Paul.
W-DC advances in baseball
WADENA -- Matt Schiller pitched a complete game and struck out nine batters to lead the second-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past the third-seeded Ottertail Central Bulldogs 10-3 in Subsection 3, Section 8AA baseball Thursday.
Third again Bohn-Tuchscherer duo falls to foe from Elk River
This is a time of transitions. Spring is ending and summer heating up. A school year, with its memories and accomplishments, is passing into history but the hopeful possibilities of summer won't allow too much dwelling on the past.
Gulls hope Midwestern flavor will help
As the Brainerd Mighty Gulls prepare for their fourth season in the Northwoods League they will be relying on high intensity and a roster full of Midwestern players for success.
Alexandria's Carlson, Bemidji duo win Section 8AA tennis crowns
Kindergartners on a distant field sang, "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands."
Warriors battle Apollo for title
Third-seeded St. Cloud Apollo will make its third straight appearance in the South Subsection 8, Class 3A baseball tournament 1 p.m. Saturday when it plays the top-seeded Brainerd Warriors at Adamson Field.
Cardinals tumble in softball
PARK RAPIDS --The Staples-Motley Cardinals softball team committed three errors in the first inning and lost to the Warroad Warriors 4-1 in the Section 8AA championship game on Thursday.
Gulls open tonight at Alexandria
When Lincoln Mincks steps onto the mound, don't mistake the look on his face for anger.
Afternoon session added for British Soccer Camp
Because of tremendous response to the British Soccer Camps, the Brainerd Family YMCA and Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department are adding an afternoon session for recreational players.
NORTHWOODS LEAGUE BASEBALL
Justin Heitkamp has been named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warriors boys' golf team.
Angels stop Twins in 12th
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Torii Hunter hears the question all the time. How long can the Minnesota Twins keep up their winning ways?
Lynx could be work in progress
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx have an idea who will lead them through their third WNBA season, but not much more than that.
Lynx extinguish Fire
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Betty Lennox is happy the Minnesota Lynx won their season opener, but she'll save celebrating for a different day.
Take it from Mays: The Twins are no fluke
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Mays, another member of the band of anonymous heroes that is the Minnesota Twins, pitched a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Angels before 14,913 at Edison Field.
St. Francis School brings 'Late Nite Catechism' to Brainerd as fund-raiser
For its latest fund-raiser, St. Francis Catholic School is banking on a make-believe nun and her critically acclaimed parody on parochial education.
CLC Theatre to offer five productions this summer
Central Lakes College is spicing its summer theatrical lineup with five separate productions in an attempt to expand audience appeal, said a theatre department director.
Fall TV schedule is loaded with cops and sobbers
NEW YORK -- Cruel, cruel world.
Music General dancers to present '2001 ... a Dance Odyssey' as spring revue
The Music General dancers will present their 22nd annual Spring Dance Revue, "2001 ... a Dance Odyssey" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Just For Kix to perform in Twins pregame show
Just For Kix will be the featured performers a during pregame show at the Saturday, June 9, Minnesota Twins game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
'P' is for peril, Peters, 'Prey' and pseudonym
"P Is for Peril" in Sue Grafton's latest alphabet mystery, but "P" plays a pivotal part in other new mysteries, too.
Author to kick off Brainerd library Summer Speaker Series
Area author Wendy Rosnau will kick off the Summer Speaker Series at the Brainerd Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the large meeting room.
Comedy 'See How They Run' to be staged in Aitkin
AITKIN -- Aitkin Community Theater will present the comedy "See How They Run" by Phillip King at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30, and Sunday and Monday, July 1 and 2, in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
Judy Garland Festival set June 14-16 in Grand Rapids
Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
Inside Books to feature 'New Yorker' editor
ST. JOSEPH -- The Literary Arts Institute at the College of St. Benedict will present Inside Books, a weeklong introduction to publishing, July 15-20.
Batik wall hangings on display at Ripple River Gallery
DEERWOOD -- Grand Rapids artist Diane Rutherford will exhibit her batik wall hangings at Ripple River Gallery through June 24.
Scandinavian folk music festival to boast more than 100 dancers, musicians, including trio from Sweden
NISSWA -- The lakes area's summer festival season kicks off June 8-9 with the Nisswa-stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival.
'Pearl Harbor' leads assault on weekend box office record
LOS ANGELES -- Big bucks for "Pearl Harbor" and strong holdovers in "Shrek" and "The Mummy Returns" lifted Hollywood to its most lucrative Memorial Day weekend, according to studio figures Tuesday.
Enduring and endearing Ann-Margret, the actress, dancer, singer, marches on
RICHMOND, Va. -- Ann-Margret is done. She's said all she wants to say, which is to say not much. So, after 25 minutes, the interview is over. "That's enough," she says politely, in that breathy, cooing, Ann-Margret sort of way. "Don't you think that's enough?"
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
'Pearl Harbor' doesn't have much to offer
"Pearl Harbor" is one of those big-budget Hollywood concoctions that can be dismissed with a single word: "Baloney," as in "what a bunch of baloney."
Study: Tighter enforcement hurting box office of R-rated movies
LOS ANGELES -- A new study has found that R-rated films are taking a significant hit at the box office because of tightened enforcement of age restrictions on the rating, and Hollywood executives say that this is deterring them from making such movies.
Sharon Isbin plucks classical guitar from the shadows
MINNEAPOLIS -- Calling all composers (and Eric Clapton): Ever wanted to write for the classical guitar? Sharon Isbin would like a word with you.
The Arts in the Park organization is looking for donations to underwrite its annual July 1 festival at Brainerd's Gregory Park.
A Cappella Alumni Summer Chorale rehearsals to begin Tuesday
Rehearsals will begin Tuesday for the 2001 A Cappella Alumni Summer Chorale.
For week of May 31-June 6; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
"Moulin Rouge" starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, opens Friday across the country, marking Kidman's first film release since her breakup with husband Tom Cruise. This is the movie she was making when her private life began to unravel.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west. Mostly cloudy east this morning with patchy areas of fog and widely scattered light showers...Then partly sunny this afternoon with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Highs 65 to 75.
Summer is near
Weather drawing by Melissa Heeren of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny far west. Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms central and east. A few storms possibly severe this afternoon and evening east. Highs 65 to 75.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy north. Cloudy...With rain likely mainly in the afternoon south...Thunderstorms possible. A chance for afternoon showers central. Highs in the 60s to around 70. Cooler near lake michigan and lake superior.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of showers...Mainly west and south. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms west. Highs in the lower 60s southeast to lower 70s west.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny west. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers east. Highs around 70 far west to 55 to 60 east.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms ending northwest by midday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing central and east this afternoon. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy to mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. A few storms may be severe south central late. Highs in the middle 50s to middle 60s.
Weather drawing by Bailey Horn of Ms. Balsley's third grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Mostly cloudy and windy east with a chance of light showers. Highs around 60 northeast to mid 70s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Rain east. Areas of light rain ending west. Highs in the mid 50s east to upper 60s west.
Names and faces
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- First he got in trouble for raucous partying at his beach house. Now the city is cracking down on former basketball star Dennis Rodman's restaurant.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Gunnery Sgt. Michael Gangestad and his wife, Margie, will be celebrating their wedding and his retirement from the Marine Corps with an open house beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Lawn Tavern.
9 table Mitchell Movement. North-South: Walt and Betty Moynagh, 145.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 129;
Names and faces
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Less than two weeks after pleading no contest to charges of underage drinking, President Bush's 19-year-old daughter Jenna is suspected of illegally trying to buy alcohol at a restaurant using someone else's identification.
Germany approves release of $4.5 billion in payments to Nazi slave labor victims
BERLIN -- German lawmakers Wednesday gave a final go-ahead for $4.5 billion in payments to the last uncompensated Nazi victims, an estimated 1.2 million survivors of slave labor who will begin getting their long-overdue reparations within two weeks.
Philippine hostages reportedly seen in grenade-laden boat
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The military blockaded a 60-mile-long stretch of ocean Thursday after Muslim militants were reportedly sighted holding hostages in a boat booby-trapped with grenades. A general said that once the kidnappers were found, "the shooting will start."
Canadian teen rescued from car wreckage eight days after crash
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A Canadian teen-ager who survived eight days trapped in his crashed car with only a bottle of water underwent surgery Wednesday after being freed.
Killing of settler, death of pragmatic Palestinian dampen Mideast peace efforts
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli settler was shot to death in the West Bank on Thursday as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came under growing pressure from Jewish settlers to retaliate harshly for Palestinian shooting attacks.
Tourism decline continues to dent Israel's economy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The number of foreign tourists visiting Israel has plummeted since Israeli-Palestinian fighting erupted eight months ago, forcing job losses, hotel closures and cutbacks in flights, officials said Wednesday.
Only 10 percent of Russian children healthy
MOSCOW (AP) -- Only 10 percent of Russian children can be considered genuinely healthy by the time they graduate from school, the Health Ministry said Friday in a report released to mark World Protection of Children Day.
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