GM sets price for Hummer H2 SUV
General Motors Corp. has always promised that it would bring the forthcoming Hummer H2 sport utility vehicle in at less than half the price of its king-size sibling.
Determined hero came to Roush's rescue
Jack Roush's lungs were filling with water, his life ebbing away on the bottom of an Alabama lake.
Civic-minded car thieves targeting the Integra
Successful retailers know their markets. So, it seems, do car thieves.
Mini Cooper small, but not short of fun
Honey, I shrunk the car.
2002 Centurion Cobra Limited: Dandy day-tripping
They appear as motorized cicadas, those legions of recreational vehicles that crawl over the nation's highways all summer and disappear by fall's first frost. They are as big as interstate buses and as small as minivans. Many are tag-alongs, such as the pop-up tents on wheels that need to be pulled by trucks or cars outfitted to tow trailers.
WASHINGTON -- DaimlerChrysler engineer Wolfgang Weiss was driving a new car that cost more than $1 million to build, but he was still worried it would break down on his cross-country drive.
Study: Part-time collegians who work long hours more likely to quit
College students who work long hours and study part time -- a strategy used by many to manage the costs of their educations -- are far more likely than their classmates to drop out of school, new research shows.
HINTS FROM HELOISE
Dear Heloise: My daughter will be off to college this summer, and I would like to make her a "must have" box for her dorm room. Any suggestions? -- R.G., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DEAR ABBY: Your advice was on target to "Grandmother of Five in North Texas," who warned the woman on her cell phone in the restaurant that important information overheard by the wrong person could endanger her daughters at home.
DEAR ABBY: I was adopted at birth, 34 years ago. My adoptive parents always told me I was adopted. They also told me that I was lucky they took me because nobody else wanted me, and "that girl" who gave birth to me abandoned me at the hospital.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 119, a year ago 197.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle estimate: 800. Last Tuesday: 417. Year ago Tuesday: 857. Monday actual: 437.
Grapes are a dieter's delight
Salads fit perfectly in today's busy lifestyles because they are healthy, low-calorie and quick to make.
Roasted pork has rich taste, but is low in fat
Richly satisfying food doesn't need to involve loads of fat or hours of work.
Tips to pick and prepare the best strawberries
Strawberries in June: They're the precursor to everything good about summer. Before the tender raspberries and blackberries, before the luscious stone fruits, even before the corn on the cob come the dainty, vibrant red strawberries of spring.
Mix fruit, mustard for surprising taste
Slow to wake up in the morning? But you still like the idea of a breakfast or brunch treat that will start the taste buds tingling?
A 25-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Monday on drug charges after the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant at a northeast Brainerd home and seized 48 grams of methamphetamine.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
St. Joseph's Medical Center
The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 6:32 p.m. Wednesday to Brainerd Medical Center on South Sixth Street because of a gas odor. No gas leak was found.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 4:06 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 371, five miles north of Baxter, the State Patrol said.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
A 5-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a May 28 accident on Highway 371 was released from the hospital.
Flyers' Messerschmidt in 74th place at state
COON RAPIDS -- Ashley Messerschmidt of Little Falls carded a 105 in the opening round of the Class 2A girls' state tournament Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course.
Training aids, exercises can improve golf swing
Golf training aids and exercises are a great way to improve your swing.
Pine Meadows golf leagues
With three weeks remaining in the first half of the men's Twilight Golf League at Pine Meadows, Johnson's Barber has a 4.5-point lead following an 8.5 to 3.5 win over Dondelinger May 30.
Raiders men slip in standings
CHAUTAUQUA, NY -- A second-round team score of 319 dropped the Central Lakes College Raiders men's golf team into sixth place of the National Junior College Division III tournament Wednesday.
Heitkamp, Raiders in second
CHAUTAUQUA, NY -- Central Lakes College Raiders golfer Justin Heitkamp fired an opening-round 74 at the National Junior College Division III golf tournament Tuesday, tying two other golfers for second place, four strokes behind the leader.
Pequot Lakes moves into first place in golf meet
ONAMIA -- In their first ever state tournament appearance the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' golf team looks like yearly veterans.
The Junior Deacon's Club at Deacon's Lodge Golf Course will provide four group lessons weekly, three two-day camps, and playing opportunities throughout the summer.
Trent Jones Jr., Cragun leave a Legacy
"I asked him, 'Why are you still doing this? Why are you sleeping in the plane, and talking to people all over the world?' and he said, 'Because I want to leave a Legacy behind' and I said that's the name of the course."
Messerschmidt competes in state
Sophomore Ashley Messerschmidt of Little Falls finished with a two-day total of 202 to finish 70th in the Class 2A state girls' golf tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids Wednesday.
Cass seeking help in activating emergency weather radio service
OUTING -- Four years after receiving a grant to provide emergency weather radio service to central Cass County residents, Emergency Management Director Mike Carey told the county board Tuesday he still is struggling to get clearances to activate the system.
Cass officials prevent event planned in southern Cass County
OUTING -- Cass County Chief Deputy Tom Burch and Cass Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks reported Tuesday plans for a "rave" party in southern Cass County June 1 and 2 were stopped, because the county has a Lawful Assembly Ordinance.
Eisler presented with square dance award
Betty Eisler of Lake Shore recently was presented with the "Young at Heart" award by the Square Dance Federation of Minnesota.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum to host workshops
ONAMIA -- Porcupine quill work is a traditional art form used by the Ojibwe people to decorate clothing and costumes. The Mille Lacs Indian Museum will host a workshop teaching the intricate art on June 15 and 16.
Cass County Triad elects officers
The Cass County Triad, at its recent annual meeting, elected officers: Pat Lahti, Backus, chairperson; Betty Waldron, Outing, vice-chair; Mary Louise Isakson, Walker, secretary; and Bernadette Miller, Hackensack, treasurer.
Onamia Days celebrated this weekend
ONAMIA -- Onamia Days will be celebrated Friday through Sunday in Onamia, with sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, beer garden, a carnival, youth Olympics, turtle races, live music, food, a teen dance, a kiddy parade and more.
What is a watershed?
Think of a funnel: all the water that falls anywhere inside ends up at the bottom. A watershed is the land around a lake where rain, snowmelt and other water that is not absorbed into the soil runs off into the lake. Every lake has its own watershed.
Dairy Association honors first baby
The Crow Wing County American Dairy Association presented the first baby born in June at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd with a savings bond. His parents were given a variety of dairy products to kick off June, which is Dairy Month.
Staples Community Foundation to host Dollars for Scholars funds
STAPLES -- The Staples Community Foundation announced that the Staples and Motley Dollars for Scholars Chapter has decided to use the local foundation as the custodian of some of its scholarship funds.
The annual meeting of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ideal Town Hall.
DNR proposes changes for OHV use in Foothills State Forest
The DNR proposes to reclassify a portion of the Foothills State Forest to restrict the operation of off-highway vehicles to clearly marked trails within an area south of Cass County Road 2 in southern Cass County.
Cass sets public hearings on plans
OUTING -- Cass County Board will hold final public hearings and proposes to adopt the revised county comprehensive plan, Mississippi Headwaters Plan and Highway 371 Plan at the June 18 board meeting in the courthouse in Walker.
Cass County increases zoning permit fees
OUTING -- Cass County Board voted to increase zoning permit fees 3.8 percent, effective July 1.
Assocation offers summer yoga classes
Lakes Area Yoga Association announces the start of summer yoga classes. Yoga classes offered this session include introductory, continuing, gentle and prenatal yoga.
Father follows in son's footsteps
STAPLES -- Don Larson is following in son Clint's footsteps.
HCC garage/bake sale canceled
The community wide garage/bake sale planned for Saturday at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby has been canceled due to a lack of participants.
A lasting impression
BAXTER -- The last day of school can be a bittersweet time if you're a fifth-grader. Summer vacation and attending a new middle school next fall are things to look forward to, but it can be hard to say goodbye to your familiar elementary school and classmates.
Bay Lake Area Lions recognize four club members
Bay Lake Area Lions Club President Jack Heule presented four Lions members with certificates of appreciation at the membership meeting in the Deerwood American Legion May 28.
Enlargers donated to Central Lakes College photographic imaging program
STAPLES -- The Central Lakes College Photographic Imaging technology program has received a donation of $3,500 worth of Chromega color enlargers from White House Custom Colour of St. Paul.
Protecting against fire
Even before Friday's devastating wildfire, a program was being introduced here to inform homeowners how they can better protect their property from fire.
Entrants sought for Little Miss and Mister pageants
Children ages 4-8 are encouraged to enter the Little Miss and Mister Fourth of July Pageant to be 1 p.m. June 29 at Gregory Park in Brainerd.
Little Falls man drowns after falling from dock
LITTLE FALLS -- An 82-year-old Little Falls man drowned in Green Prairie Fish Lake Tuesday night after his sweatshirt got caught on a vertical post of his dock, causing him to fall, according to the Morrison County Sheriff's Department.
DNR says grass fire out
A grass fire that consumed 720 acres south of Brainerd is now 100 percent extinguished, officials declared Wednesday.
Cass supports use of residential property in Pine River for commercial parking lot
OUTING -- As a property owner in Pine River, the county board was asked to comment on and voted to support a variance application and a request to use residential property for a commercial parking lot in that city.
A boater floated through the channel from Round Lake into Gull Lake in Nisswa Tuesday night.
Tons of garbage found on sled trails
Tons of garbage, including stoves, four refrigerators, 47 tires, 20 car batteries and two pickup box loads of televisions, were picked up on snowmobile trails in Center and Mission townships Monday by members of the Merrifield Marathons recreation club.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 5 - 20 years ago (1982) - Rep. Don Samuelson, a 12-year Minnesota DFL House veteran announced that he will leave that position and run for the District 13 Senate seat.
Freya Manfred, author and poet, will speak noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library as the second speaker in the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Speakers Series.
Baxter tables tax abatement request from Arnie Johnson
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council isn't ready to approve its first tax abatement district just yet.
Board gives OK for Cass to spend $10,000 on waterfowl project
OUTING -- Land Commissioner Norm Moody obtained county board approval Tuesday to spend $10,000 as the county's share of a project to reconstruct a waterfowl impoundment area and road leading to it in Trelipe Township.
Cass auditor: maximum levy hike 3 percent
OUTING -- Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson informed the county board Tuesday it appears Cass County's state mandated maximum levy increase for 2003 will be about 3 percent.
Samuelson says he'll work on bill to address non-compete clauses
Senate President Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, said today he'll work with Attorney General Mike Hatch to draft legislation that will address problems caused by non-compete clauses in business contracts.
Mansions replacing cabins in lakes region
IDEAL CORNERS -- In most places in rural Minnesota, $1.6 million buys the nicest house on the block. The lakes region of central Minnesota is no longer one of those places.
Losos remains in serious condition
Brian Losos, 18, a Brainerd High School senior, remains in serious condition at St. Cloud Hospital today.
Helicopter may have caused outage in East Gull Lake
EAST GULL LAKE -- A helicopter pilot who stopped for lunch at an East Gull Lake restaurant Thursday may have accidentally clipped a power line, leaving the restaurant, adjoining golf course and a neighborhood without power for over two hours.
A preacher who claims he's seen miracles will perform services in Crosby. Look for the story in Friday's Religion section.
Samuelson, Nesheim, Nagel endorsed
District 12 DFLers unanimously backed one veteran lawmaker and two relative newcomers at their endorsing convention Tuesday night at the Fort Ripley Town Hall.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 6 - 40 years ago (1962) - City buys old post office for $53,000 and plans to convert it into a parking lot.
State to pay Cass for detour sites
OUTING -- Minnesota Department of Transportation will pay Cass County $7,753.83 to use County State Aid Highways 3, 4, 65 and 74 as detours during the resurfacing of Highway 6 from Remer to Highway 2 this summer.
In an Associated Press Page 1A story in Wednesday's Dispatch, Greater Lakes Association of Realtors President Jo Christensen's name was misspelled.
Baxter discusses future intersections on 210
BAXTER -- Future Highway 210 intersections were discussed at Tuesday's Baxter City Council meeting.
Racetrack name to be BIR again
Bill Singleterry and the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway, just gave Brainerd some additional prominence in the racetrack's name.
Wayne Renn has ceased production of his cable television show because of technical difficulties. Read what happened in Thursday's Tempo section.
Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly indicted on child porn charges in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) -- A videotape purporting to show a sexual tryst between R&B star R. Kelly and an underage girl has landed the singer in jail, the latest legal trouble for the artist already dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct.
Girl abducted from home at gunpoint
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A national manhunt was launched for a brazen kidnapper who abducted a 14-year-old girl from her bedroom at gunpoint while a younger sister cowered in fear.
Despite pressure, FBI agent who rocked Washington goes through paces
WASHINGTON -- Just days ago, FBI agent Coleen Rowley swam, biked and ran through a triathlon in less than 90 minutes, good preparation for a different kind of endurance event: her appearance Thursday at a Senate hearing.
New claims for jobless benefits decline to lowest level in a year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment insurance plunged last week to the lowest level in a year, an encouraging sign amid a sluggish labor market.
Dayton accuses FBI director of withholding information
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Dayton on Wednesday accused FBI Director Robert Mueller of concealing information from Congress about FBI agent Coleen Rowley's critical memo in a meeting two weeks ago -- only hours before news of the memo became public.
WASHINGTON -- In a major restructuring, President Bush will propose creation of a Cabinet domestic security department to take over border security, intelligence and other issues now housed in eight separate federal agencies.
Reputed Sept. 11 mastermind apparently met with hijackers in '99, officials say
WASHINGTON -- Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who authorities now believe first conceived of the Sept. 11 attacks, apparently met with the terrorist plot's chief suicide hijackers in 1999 in Hamburg, Germany, U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday.
Stars come out on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON -- C-SPAN is looking more like "Entertainment Tonight" these days.
FBI chief says he needs more agents, money and time
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told Congress on Thursday his agency needs to devote more agents, money and time to meeting its "paramount mission of prevention" in an age of terrorism.
New parole hearing ordered for Van Houten
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A judge ordered a new parole hearing for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, saying her good behavior behind bars should be considered.
Endeavour finally on its way to space station
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Endeavour darted toward the international space station early Thursday to deliver the fifth crew that will call the orbiting outpost home.
Suspect in murder of abortion doctor extradited to U.S.
PARIS (AP) -- James Kopp, the suspect in the 1998 murder of a New York doctor who performed abortions, was extradited to the United States on Wednesday and was expected to appear in U.S. federal court later in the day.
U.S. unveils new security program
WASHINGTON -- About 100,000 visitors a year from more than two dozen countries where terrorists have been known to live will be required to give fingerprints, register with the U.S. government and detail their movements under an unprecedented plan unveiled Wednesday.
Red Cross to clear up where the money it collects goes
WASHINGTON -- The American Red Cross, stung by criticism that it should be clearer about how it uses disaster donations, plans significant changes in its advertising and public solicitations.
Teen escapes from abduction; suspect later killed by police
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A man suspected of abducting a 14-year-old girl was shot to death during a chase into the mountains after the teen-ager escaped.
Seagal reportedly shakedown target Newsday
NEW YORK -- Movie tough guy Steven Seagal was the target of a mob shakedown, law-enforcement authorities said Tuesday.
U.S. kept out Atta's roommate, but didn't track money transfers
WASHINGTON -- The government kept hijacking ringleader Mohammed Atta's roommate from entering the United States on at least four occasions but didn't track his money transfers that led directly to the eventual hijackers, law enforcement officials say.
Counterterrorism official points finger at Kuwaiti as mastermind of Sept. 11 attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The likely mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks is a Kuwaiti-born lieutenant of Osama bin Laden who had previously plotted to attack the World Trade Center and to bomb several airliners simultaneously, a top U.S. counterterrorism official says.
Rumsfeld says West must act against terrorist threat without 'absolute proof'
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The United States and allied nations must not wait for "absolute proof" of an impending terrorist attack before acting to stop it, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday.
Under protest, White House turns over Enron documents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under protest, the White House gave a Senate committee more than 2,100 pages of subpoenaed documents related to contacts with Enron Corp. officials.
Currency trader indicted on bank fraud charges
BALTIMORE -- John M. Rusnak, the Allfirst Financial Inc. currency trader who lost $691.2 million in what prosecutors called a "complex and sophisticated" scheme, was indicted Wednesday on federal bank fraud charges.
Prosecution drops plan to call slain reporter's widow as witness
HYDERABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Prosecutors dropped a request Wednesday to have the widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl testify against four men charged in his murder, saying they will conclude their case this week.
Woody Allen says producer kept millions in profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- Woody Allen said a former producer and close friend withheld millions of dollars from him, and "it was too much money to just cavalierly walk away."
VA hospitals could close with shift of focus, dollars
WASHINGTON -- Veterans hospitals across the country and the vets they serve will come under intense scrutiny as officials consider where to cut back and where to add new services.
Oklahoma sues towboat pilot, 2 companies over bridge collapse
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma filed a lawsuit accusing a towboat captain and two barge companies of negligence for a crash that caused a highway bridge to collapse, killing 14 people.
WASHINGTON -- Friendly fire from fellow Republicans is looming as an increasing risk for the White House as Congress gears up its investigations of government intelligence failures before Sept. 11.
Medical journal criticizes journals
CHICAGO -- The Journal of the American Medical Association has put aside presenting medical advances this week to turn a critical eye on itself, finding imperfections in the way it and other medical journals report scientific research.
Nets, underdogs again, within reach of NBA title
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lucious Harris considered the possibility, and his eyes lighted up.
PARIS (AP) -- Andre Agassi's bid for another French Open title was stopped Thursday by Juan Carlos Ferrero, whose consistent groundstrokes led him to a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 quarterfinal victory.
Quick early pace could hurt War Emblem
NEW YORK (AP) -- Running 1 1/2 miles in the Belmont Stakes is tough enough for 3-year-old colts, who may never go that far again.
Next stop for Bonds is Mays
The next step might take some time, even for Barry Bonds. Willie Mays is still at least a season away.
Hurricanes stun Red Wings in overtime opener
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings can put away their brooms because they will not be sweeping anything in this year's Stanley Cup finals.
France ties Uruguay
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Senegal showed its World Cup upset of France was no fluke by tying Denmark. The French then offered further proof when they managed just a 0-0 tie with Uruguay -- plunging the beleaguered defending champions to the verge of tournament elimination.
U.S. upsets Portugal in World Cup opener
SUWON, South Korea (AP) -- America woke up Wednesday to one of its greatest soccer wins.
LAKERS WIN OPENER
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers are three victories now from their glorious three-peat, and yet the message in Phil Jackson's handwriting on the grease board late Wednesday night suggested they had made the NBA Finals more of a series than it needed to be.
Williams sisters, Capriati reach semifinals at French Open
PARIS (AP) -- With their thunderous groundstrokes, sizzling serves and loud grunts, Venus and Serena Williams clearly can play on clay.
Leahnette A. Lindholm
Leahnette A. Lindholm, 82, Brainerd, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Marie E. Braun
LITTLE FALLS -- Marie E. Braun, 77, Little Falls, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Robert E. 'Bud' Storry
Robert E. "Bud" Storry, 82, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Agnes Widmark, 93, Pequot Lakes, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Lois A. Stegner
NISSWA -- Lois A. Stegner, 75, Nisswa, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Delmer E. Hegman
PALISADE -- Delmer E. Hegman, 72, Palisade, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in Aitkin.
Marion O. Beseman
LITTLE FALLS -- Marion O. Beseman, 76, Little Falls, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at her home.
Henry P. Witt
LITTLE FALLS -- Henry P. Witt, 81, Little Falls, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Roderick "Rod" Grell, 73, Little Falls, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at his home.
NEW HOPE -- Leah T. Behme, 85, formerly of Pine River, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at St. Therese Nursing Home, New Hope.
Duane A. 'Dewey' Watson
BAXTER -- Duane A. "Dewey" Watson, 49, Baxter, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in La Crosse, Wis.
Evalyn L. Olsen
PHOENIX -- Evalyn Louise Olsen, 93, Phoenix, formerly of McGregor, died Friday, May 31, 2002.
BAXTER -- Alvina Pikula, 82, Baxter, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Thomas E. Moddes
Thomas E. Moddes, 55, Lake Edward, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at home.
SWANVILLE -- Florence "Floss" Palm, 97, Swanville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Irene Balko, 84, Brainerd, died Thursday, June 6, 2002.
Anna L. Molstad
NISSWA -- Anna L. Molstad, 92, Nisswa, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at Crosby Care Center in Crosby.
As troubling as the news of the former Potlatch plant's closing was, the month of May also brought some good economic news to the area.
Behind the shadow
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Last Friday night, as he has so often before in his almost 40-year Senate career, Ted Kennedy stood before hundreds of the faithful at the Massachusetts Democratic convention, giving them the message.
The Barrows fire
The devastation caused by Friday's ravaging wildfire just south of Brainerd was a grim reminder of how dangerous the combination of warm temperatures, wind and timber can be.
The importance of wetlands
Not long ago, wetlands were once considered wasteland, a hindrance to development and crop production. That's no longer the case. Today, wetlands are considered a key element of a healthy ecosystem.
The University of Minnesota has lent its name, prestige and resources to a book that endorses consensual sex between adults and minor children. Officials at the U of M Press say they've received unprecedented criticism of ''Harmful
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post:
Council needs new faces
Growth and economic development is very important for the city of Brainerd. The city needs to broaden the tax base and provide more job opportunities.
Demonstration ban dumped by court
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Pequot Lakes race car driver has busy schedule
Roger Rager of Pequot Lakes has been busy.
Ormsby's dream to race comes true
Gary Ormsby Jr. said he can remember since the day he was born, sitting in his late father's NHRA Top Fuel Dragster and dreaming of being a drag racer.
Taste of victory could have been just a little sweeter for Tom Feierabend
Tom Feierabend's Wissota Super Stock feature win, his first win this season, at North Central Speedway Saturday could have been even more special to this 60-year-old.
Three children killed in Blaine van fire
BLAINE (AP) -- Three children were killed Tuesday afternoon when the van they were riding in became engulfed in flames on a highway here.
Firms brace for another jump in health care costs
A Hewitt Associates survey shows Minnesota employers are expecting increases between 15 and 25 percent in health care insurance costs for 2003, and employers say they are planning to place more of the burden on employees.
Dame gets consecutive life sentences
ANOKA (AP) -- Larry Dame was sentenced to five consecutive life terms on Wednesday for murdering his sister, her husband and their three children.
Van model from fatal fire was subject of a recall for fire risk
BLAINE (AP) -- The model of van that caught fire and killed three small children has been subject to a national recall for fuel-line problems that can lead to vehicle fires.
St. Paul thinking solo on stadium financing plan
ST. PAUL (AP) -- City leaders are exploring a financing plan for a Twins stadium that would depart from the funding method proposed by Gov. Jesse Ventura, shifting all borrowing responsibilities from the state to St. Paul.
Police find no connection between victim, 'U' student
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Four months after two workers were gunned down in a funeral home, the motive for the killings remains a mystery and all leads have failed to produce a legitimate suspect, the police chief said.
Police seek link between funeral home victim, student
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Investigators are trying to determine if there was a link between one of the victims in a double homicide at a funeral home and a University of Minnesota student arrested on a 1999 weapons charge.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura on Thursday appointed two state Supreme Court justices: Appeals Court Judge Sam Hanson and attorney Helen Meyer.
Weaver trying to fast-track driver's license changes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state's public safety commissioner has asked the Office of Administrative Hearings to approve his plan to tighten issuance of driver's licenses to foreigners without public notice, hearings or comment.
Oberstar meets with diabetes advocates
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., on Sunday, met with Brainerd area diabetes advocates who are urging him to fight for increased funding for diabetes. Some 30 people attended the meeting at First Presbyterian Church and shared their personal struggles with diabetes.
Boy critical after being accidentally shot
DANUBE AP) -- An 11-year-old boy was in critical condition Wednesday after an accidental shooting north of Danube in west-central Minnesota.
State approves plan to spend tobacco dollars
ST. PAUL (AP) -- About 220,000 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota members along with 18,700 business customers will share in money the company won in a lawsuit with tobacco companies under a plan the state approved Wednesday.
Grunewald leads BHS' hopes
Of the five Brainerd Warriors heading to the Class 2A state track and field meet at the National Sports Center in Blaine, it's the youngest one that has the most experience.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
With the mound located just 40 feet from home plate, fast-pitch softball can be dominated by a pitcher.
Local sports shorts
The 11th annual Fred-Mark Invitational was played May 26 at the Pines in Nisswa and May 27 at the Preserve in Pequot Lakes.
Brother helps Tuchscherer prepare for state
In making his first trip to the Class 2A state individual tennis tournament at the Northwest Athletic Club in Bloomington, Brainerd Warriors junior Paul Tuchscherer will go up against some of the toughest competition he's faced all season.
Gulls' new coach brings intensity
Brainerd Mighty Gulls head coach Kyle Crookes will be entering new and familiar territory when the team opens its season 7:05 p.m. Friday against the St. Cloud River Bats at Mills Field.
Bracket helps Warriors
If rankings are any indication, the Brainerd Warriors softball team may be in position to advance in the Class 3A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Gulls focus on players' work ethic
Brainerd Mighty Gulls head coach Kyle Crookes wants one thing to be apparent when the team opens its season 7:05 p.m. Friday at Mills Field against the St. Cloud River Bats.
Devin O'Reilly has been named the most valuable member of the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team.
Tribe erupts with homer flurry
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jim Thome got Cleveland going with his 300th career homer -- just what the Indians needed.
Bird, Seattle storm past Lynx in OT
SEATTLE (AP) -- Sue Bird scored eight of her career-high 27 points in overtime as the Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx 78-68 Tuesday night.
A special draftee
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins found a familiar name on the second day of baseball's amateur draft Wednesday, selecting Toby Gardenhire, son of manager Ron Gardenhire, in round 38.
Rivas, Twins clobber Indians 23-2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With their entire lineup finally healthy, the Minnesota Twins showed the Cleveland Indians what they're capable of.
Twins draft prep outfielder
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have long believed in defense first, believing they can develop their players at the plate along the way.
State high school tennis
Folk instrumentalist Paul Imholte kicks off this summer's Performances in the Park concert series June 13 at Gregory Park, starting at 7 p.m.
Think-Off contest set Saturday
NEW YORK MILLS -- If you've ever wondered whether the pen is mightier than the sword, now is your chance to decide.
Music General to host spring revue
The Music General Dancers will present the 23rd annual spring revue, "A Night at the Moulin..." at Tornstrom Auditorium in Washington Middle School.
NEW YORK MILLS -- This is the weekend to help decide one of America's most burning philosophical questions: Is the pen mightier than the sword? At least that's the billing for this year's Great American Think-Off essay contest, a gimmick dreamed up a decade ago to promote New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Hollywood has license to spy
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's nothing covert about Hollywood's intrigue with secret agents this year. The industry has spies piled sky high in every imaginable genre, from straight espionage adventures to action comedies to outright spoofs.
Mary Hart marks 20 years of dishing on 'Entertainment Tonight'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While pundits mull Tom Brokaw's replacement, Peter Jennings' salary and Dan Rather's longevity, let's have a moment in the spotlight, please, for the perkiest anchor of them all.
'Urban folk purist' to perform in Brainerd
A finalist in the 2000 Minnesota "new folk" songwriting contest will perform June 15 at the Coco Moon Coffee Bar in downtown Brainerd.
Five questions with Mickey Hart
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mickey Hart has gone from the Grateful Dead to "Mondo Head."
Ya-Ya or yadda-yadda-yadda?
They talk, they laugh, they gripe and grouse, they accuse, they apologize, they wisecrack and mix up a fresh batch of Bloody Marys. Then they talk some more. A lot more.
Aspiring writers sought for seminar
Are you an aspiring writer with dreams of being published but don't know where to begin?
Robb Report is trove of richness
Robb Report is the magazine that dares to ask the question: What will those wild, wacky rich people think of next?
Paul Bunyan Playhouse prepares for summer season
BEMIDJI -- Paul Bunyan Playhouse is banking on its 52nd annual summer professional theater season to reverse its declining financial prospects.
Will the show go on?
Technical difficulties at several area Charter Communications cable systems have derailed "The Wayne Renn Show," at least temporarily, according to the singer-songwriter.
Study: TV diversity still lags in quality
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Black characters get more television time than other minorities but they tend to be relegated to sitcoms, a study released Tuesday found.
Hackensack celebration planned this weekend
HACKENSACK -- Hackensack will celebrate Lucette and Paul Bunyan's 164th wedding anniversary Friday-Sunday with a series of events.
Paddling a canoe is like riding a bike
I remember canoeing with my mom when I was maybe 9 years old and we spent our summers together at Crosslake. Of course Mom did the majority of the paddling, but I learned how to hold the paddle to get the most result from the least amount of effort.
Fishing for fun
The town of Hackensack prepares for the annual kids fishing contest.
Sixth annual Canoe Derby planned on Birch Lake
HACKENSACK -- The Hackensack Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the sixth annual Canoe Derby June 14-16 on Birch Lake.
EMILY -- Emily Charter School is participating in a Minnesota-based fund-raising program called Kemps Give 'em Five.
A bellwort bloomed near Hackensack.
I like to camp
Weather drawing by Amber Posner of Mrs. Lykins' kindergarten class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...A slight chance of morning thunderstorms...Then mostly sunny and windy west. Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms east...Possibly severe. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
Catch of the day
Weather drawing by Cayle Winkler-Doran of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
Storm drenches Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois; 8 inches of rain recorded in some areas
The Midwest got a heavy dose of flooding after a storm dumped more than 8 inches of rain on some areas, sending creeks and rivers out of their banks and leading to evacuations of dozens of homes.
Minnesota state forecast
Updated to remove the morning dense fog
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny northwest...Partly sunny elsewhere. Isolated showers...Mainly east. Highs in the 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to around 80. Cooler 60s near the great lakes.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of morning fog northwest...Then becoming partly sunny. Mostly cloudy elsewhere. A chance for afternoon showers west. Highs in the mid 60s to low 70s. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. A chance for thunderstorms northeast into central this afternoon. Highs from the 70s northwest to around 90 central and south central.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms northwest. Highs in the middle 70s to the middle 80s.
The Heartland Senior Federation will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. There will be a speaker.
Cass to auction property Aug. 17
WALKER -- Cass County will hold the annual public auction of excess county property Aug. 17. The county will seek bids from licensed auctioneers to conduct this event.
Names and faces
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) -- Former President Clinton revealed in Northern Ireland that his new dog will have an Irish name.
Suicide attack kills 16 passengers on Israeli bus
MEGIDDO, Israel (AP) -- An Islamic militant drove a car packed with explosives alongside an Israeli bus Wednesday and then ignited a huge fireball that flipped the bus over twice. Sixteen passengers were killed and dozens wounded in the suicide attack on the 35th anniversary of the 1967 Mideast War.
Bomb explodes on bus in central Indonesia, killing four
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A bomb exploded inside a bus packed with commuters in central Indonesia, killing four people and injuring 17, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
India calls on Pakistan for joint monitoring of disputed Kashmir border
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India's prime minister on Wednesday called on Pakistan to jointly monitor their disputed Kashmir border, a conciliatory proposal that could pull the nuclear-armed rivals back from their war footing.
Israel blows up buildings in Arafat's headquarters in reprisal for bomb attack
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli troops stormed Yasser Arafat's headquarters early Thursday, blew up three buildings in the sprawling compound and shelled the Palestinian leader's living area in response to a Palestinian suicide attack on an Israeli bus that killed 17 passengers.
U.S. envoy says Pakistani president assured him he wants to avoid war with India
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A top American diplomat said he was assured Thursday that Pakistan's president will do all he can to avoid war with India.
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