Mini Cooper small, but not short of fun
Honey, I shrunk the car.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congregation of nuns uses Internet, TV ads to attract potential sisters
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- Life is short. Eternity isn't.
Woman is elected to succeed world Anglicanism's first woman bishop
WENHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The Rev. Gayle Elizabeth Harris was elected suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to succeed the retiring Barbara Harris, the pioneering first woman bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The Men's Club of Park United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual fishing trip to Mille Lacs Lake on Wednesday. The launch will leave the Blue Goose at 6:30 p.m. that day.
Controversy over faith statement may spread to missionaries at Baptist meeting
Aftershocks from past gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention -- where splits opened between conservatives and moderates -- will likely reverberate next week in St. Louis when the denomination holds its annual meeting.
President: Romania can't force restitution of Catholic churches
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- President Ion Iliescu said Monday the state cannot force restitution of Eastern Rite Catholic churches seized by the communist regime and given to Romania's Orthodox Church.
A family's faith tested
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- On Monday, Elizabeth Smart played "Silent Night" on the harp at her grandfather's funeral. It was his favorite tune, and Christmas his favorite time because it brought together his entire family.
The power of prayer
The Rev. Richard Sigmund doesn't claim to be a healer, but he says he has seen remarkable miracles happen through prayer.
State Catholic dioceses are expected to follow national policy
ST. PAUL -- The six Catholic dioceses in Minnesota are expected to accept the policies on sexual abuse that U.S. bishops adopt when they meet later this month in Dallas.
Episcopal insurance company no longer requires sex abuse awareness training
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Episcopal Church's insurance company, considered a leader in increasing awareness of sexual misconduct, has quietly eliminated a training mandate for clients, the denominational newspaper reports.
W. Virginia students recite Lord's Prayer at graduation despite judge's ruling
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union will ask the Kanawha County school board to officially abolish a policy allowing student-led prayers, after a federal judge declared it invalid.
Amid renewed Catholic debate about priestly celibacy, what does Bible say?
At the June 13-15 meeting of America's Roman Catholic bishops to discuss priestly sex-abuse scandals, one matter will be off the agenda: reconsideration of priestly celibacy.
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.
A fair system of justice will establish sibling peace
QUESTION: I've been very careful to be fair with my children and give them no reason to resent one another. Nevertheless, they continue to fight. What can I do?
DEAR ABBY: I am a 14-year-old girl and a pretty good student. My problem: I have friends who like to drink and do drugs. While I have no interest in getting caught up in that stuff, I don't want to lose their friendship.
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.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 400. Last Thursday: 555. Year ago Thursday: 559. Wednesday actual: 688.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 288, a year ago 248.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 119, a year ago 197.
Grapes are a dieter's delight
Salads fit perfectly in today's busy lifestyles because they are healthy, low-calorie and quick to make.
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?
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
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.
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.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Fifth time is a charm for Patriots
ONAMIA -- Roseau appeared in its 12th straight Class 1A state girls' tournament and was looking to capture its third straight title with all six girls back from last year.
Pequot wins title in first trip to state
ONAMIA -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' golf team is for real and so was its score Thursday as the Patriots won the Class 1A state tournament at Izatys Golf and Yacht Club.
Raider golfers in fifth
CHAUTAUQUA, N,Y, -- Thanks to Eric Rowbottom's 69 and Justin Heitkamp's 77 the Central Lakes College Raiders jumped up one spot to fifth place after the third round of the National Junior College Division III tournament Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Don't neglect your lilacs
With their blossoms gone, lilacs have finished earning their keep. Until next spring, the bushes will go unnoticed. Before you turn your back for the year on your lilac bush, though, prune it. Annual pruning keeps a bush within bounds and happily and abundantly flowering.
Tips to buy furniture to furnish your first home
When it comes to purchasing essentials for your first home, buying furniture and setting up your bedroom are good starting points.
Home life has changed
Oh, the things we've brought home over the past 20 years!
Old suburbs losing families to new developments far from cities
COLLINGDALE, Pa. (AP) -- The neatly aligned rows of attached homes were once inhabited by the families of workers who toiled in nearby factories.
Porous paving and green roofs can ease impact of development on water supplies
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- A roof that sprouts plants and a parking lot that drains rainwater like a sieve may not be signs that some maintenance work is needed. Instead, you might be looking at the latest in groundwater conservation.
Home complements the outdoors
A grand deck and huge windows bring the out-of-doors into this vacation retreat, Plan K-21, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network. Ideal for the lakeshore or the ski hill, its floor plan covers 1,416 square feet of living space.
Could a carport make Design K-21 better?
Have you ever looked at an A-frame house and thought that it looked like an inverted ship? That's because early A-frame structures -- called "cruck" houses -- first were built by medieval shipbuilders who moonlighted as house builders. The roofline of an A-frame reminds me of the keel of a boat.
Mildew in the home is easy to remove
Q. Julie asks: I have a mildew problem on the ceiling above my shower. I do not have a window in the bathroom. I want to paint, but am worried it might just be covering a problem instead of repairing it. I use bleach about every two weeks to clean the ceiling and walls, and it does make the appearance on the mildew go away for a few days. What would be the best thing for me to do?
Seal all six sides of exterior door when painting them
It's time to get out your paint tools and deal with the exterior doors on your home.
Try using fluorescent bulbs to save energy
To see better and save money at the same time, try fluorescent lighting.
Inexpensive radiation detectors cater to terror fears, but do they really work?
NEW YORK -- A company says it has sold hundreds of $149 home radiation detectors since it began advertising on cable news channels last week, but experts caution that the devices would be of little use in a true nuclear emergency.
Get control of weeds in garden
Examine garden beds for emerging weeds. Unchecked, the weeds can overtake young ornamental plants and, if allowed to go to seed, create problems for years to come.
Swedish home furnishings come to America
Two decades ago, few Washingtonians had ever heard of Ikea.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association board of directors requested a June meeting with Baxter city officials and the city council to look at issues related to Baxter's building department.
An easy-to-build work companion
Construction in our family goes back several generati
Having a HART
BAXTER -- The old four-door car came to a stop Wednesday afternoon, then slowly backed up on Danielson Road just behind a grove of trees next to Heartland Animal Rescue Team.
Panel favors task force on Franklin's future
The Brainerd School District's Building Committee took its first step Thursday on what to do with Franklin Junior High School on Kingwood Street in Brainerd.
This was Brainerd
June 7 - 60 years ago (1942) - Tire rationing and the threat of gasoline rations do not seem to be curtailing early tourist trade in the Brainerd area. Early as the season is, there are many out-of-state cars arriving in this locality every day.
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.
Reconstruction of North Fourth Street, from Washington Street to Bluff Avenue, will begin Monday.
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.
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.
In an Associated Press Page 1A story in Wednesday's Dispatch, Greater Lakes Association of Realtors President Jo Christensen's name was misspelled.
Residents in area of school say district moving in right direction
Some residents who live next to Franklin Junior High School said Thursday they believe the Brainerd School District is moving in the right direction in regard to the school's future.
Losos remains in serious condition
Brian Losos, 18, a Brainerd High School senior, remains in serious condition at St. Cloud Hospital today.
Minnesota anglers have a new fisheries management plan to debate. Look for the story Sunday in North Country.
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.
Dry spell started mid-May
Thursday night's lightning storm produced no substantial rain in the Brainerd area, continuing a dry spell that stretches back to May 15, the DNR Forestry Office reported today.
A preacher who claims he's seen miracles will perform services in Crosby. Look for the story in Friday's Religion section.
School's general funds expected to rise
The Brainerd School District's projected general fund balance for next school year is expected to grow by about $202,000 from the 2001-02 school year.
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.
Storm sparks fire, but little rain
Thursday night's storm threatened rain, but produced fire.
Bush warns against turf battle over his security proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Friday warned Congress against sparking a "turf battle" over his plan to create a Department of Homeland Security, and said he was sending top adviser Tom Ridge to Capitol Hill to promote the terrorist-fighting plan.
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.
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.
Wildfire raging in north Los Angeles County burns homes, forces 2,000 people to flee
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire sparked by welders' tools raced across northern Los Angeles County, destroying at least six homes, consuming 23,500 acres of tinder-dry brush and forcing 2,000 resident to flee.
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.
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House on Thursday approved President Bush's proposal to permanently repeal the estate tax, setting the stage for a much tougher fight on the issue in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Cult punk rocker Ramone dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A little over a year after losing its lead singer, the Ramones have lost another band member. Dee Dee Ramone, the bassist, has died of a possible drug overdose.
Rowley criticizes bureaucracy of FBI
WASHINGTON -- FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, thrust into the spotlight after she p
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.
Stars come out on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON -- C-SPAN is looking more like "Entertainment Tonight" these days.
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.
Ryder to stand trial for shoplifting
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Winona Ryder was ordered Thursday to stand trial on shoplifting charges following a court hearing in which a Saks Fifth Avenue security investigator testified that she saw Ryder snip anti-theft tags off two expensive black purses that the actress never paid for.
Kennedy cousin Skakel convicted of 1975 murder
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was convicted Friday of beating Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley to death in 1975 when they were 15.
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.
WASHINGTON -- In creating a giant new Cabinet department to defend the United States from terrorist attacks, President Bush is hoping to solve several problems at once -- some real, some bureaucratic, some merely political.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homeland security plan was closely guarded secret
WASHINGTON -- The decision was made largely by just four of President Bush's most trusted senior aides, working in a bunker-style, secure conference room beneath the White House.
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.
California judge fines tobacco firm $20 million for ads targeting teen-agers
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The nation's second-largest tobacco company has been fined $20 million for pitching cigarettes to teens in the pages of Spin, Vibe, Hot Rod and Rolling Stone -- a ruling the company claims is censorship.
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.
NYSE, Nasdaq seek stricter corporate governance rules to improve public confidence
NEW YORK (AP) -- Companies that want to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq Stock Market would have to meet tougher accounting and governance standards under newly proposed rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red Wings strike back against Hurricanes
DETROIT (AP) -- This wasn't how the Detroit Red Wings envisioned the Stanley Cup finals going, not at all.
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.
For Nets, O'Neal is the foe
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- That's 76 points and 65.1 percent shooting and 28 rebounds in two games against the New Jersey Nets this season for the man from Newark, a few tollbooths southwest of the Meadowlands.
Winning a race, saving a sport
NEW YORK -- A cranky traveler, War Emblem snorted and hopped when the crowd edged too close as he emerged from the van at Belmont's paddock after the flight from Louisville.
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.
Alvina M. Pikula
BAXTER -- Alvina M. Pikula, 82, Baxter, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
LITTLE FALLS -- Roderick "Rod" Grell, 73, Little Falls, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at his home.
Duane A. 'Dewey' Watson
BAXTER -- Duane A. "Dewey" Watson, 49, Baxter, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in La Crosse, Wis.
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.
Robert E. 'Bud' Storry
Robert E. "Bud" Storry, 82, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home.
Henry 'Hank' Witt
LITTLE FALLS -- Henry "Hank" P. Witt, 82, Little Falls, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at his home.
Marion O. Beseman
LITTLE FALLS -- Marion O. Beseman, 76, Little Falls, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at her home.
SWANVILLE -- Florence "Floss" Palm, 97, Swanville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Delmer E. Hegman
PALISADE -- Delmer E. Hegman, 72, Palisade, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in Aitkin.
NEW HOPE -- Leah T. Behme, 85, formerly of Pine River, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at St. Therese Nursing Home, New Hope.
Roderick 'Rod' T. Grell
LITTLE FALLS -- Roderick "Rod" T. Grell, 73, Little Falls, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at his home from cancer.
Delmer E. Hegman
PALISADE -- Delmer E. Hegman, 72, Palisade, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in Aitkin.
Robert E. 'Bud' Storry
Robert E. "Bud" Storry, 85, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home.
Leahnette A. Lindholm
Leahnette A. Lindholm, 82, Brainerd, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
As a result of incorrect information provided The Dispatch, two survivors were omitted from the Marian Beseman obituary on Page 5A Thursday and one survivor was omitted from the Anna Molstad obituary on Page 5A Wednesday.
Irene Balko, 84, Brainerd, died Thursday, June 6, 2002.
Frances A. 'Floss' Palm
SWANVILLE -- Frances A. "Floss" Palm, 97, rural Swanville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Marie E. Braun
LITTLE FALLS -- Marie E. Braun, 77, Little Falls, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Duane 'Dewey' A. Watson
BAXTER -- Duane "Dewey" A. Watson, 49, Baxter, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in La Crosse, Wis., in a motor vehicle accident.
Irene Balko, 84, Brainerd, died Thursday, June 6, 2002.
BAXTER -- Alvina Pikula, 82, Baxter, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
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 following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post:
The Pentagon has been doping out a number of war games scenarios regarding Pakistan and India's escalating dispute over Kashmir. They all end in nuclear annihilation.
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.
The proposed Halfway House to be built in Nokay Lake Township is an ill-conceived plan. Why? It lacks concrete planning. The number or category of ex-convicts allowed to live there is unknown. One organizer stated in a recent newspap
G(global) W(warming) Bush?
During the 2000 presidential campaign, candidate George W. Bush said he was skeptical about Vice President Al Gore's fundamentalist doctrine on the threat of global warming.
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.
GM: Van that erupted in flames wasn't part of recall
BLAINE (AP) -- A 1994 Chevrolet Astro van that burst into flames, killing three children, was not part of a General Motors recall for fuel system problems, a GM official said.
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.
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.
Hallock is loaded with Swedes -- but just one Volvo
HALLOCK (AP) -- It's not hard to find the man many call Sweden's most dedicated son in this town.
Settlement extends life for Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- This season won't be the last for the Minnesota Twins thanks to a determined public board that stood up to professional baseball.
Lawsuit accuses two priests at St. John's of sexual abuse
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two men who say they were sexually abused by priests when they were students at St. John's Preparatory School in the 1980s filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the abbey and order that run the school of fraud and deceit.
Moe says tripartisan government doesn't work, will end soon
As Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, DFL-Erskine, shifts gears from legislative leader to full-time gubernatorial candidate he's reached a conclusion about Minnesota's so-called tripartisan government.
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.
DNR says Bloomington police acted appropriately in cougar shooting
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Bloomington police officers appropriately shot and killed a cougar seen crouching and snarling near a popular hiking path last Friday, officials with the Department of Natural Resources have concluded.
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.
Bruininks named interim president of 'U'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Robert Bruininks was named interim president of the University of Minnesota on Friday to replace President Mark Yudof, who is leaving to become chancellor of the University of Texas.
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.
Triathlon scheduled in Baxter
BAXTER -- The Whipple Wave Triathlon is scheduled for July 7 at Whipple Beach in Baxter. The race begins at 9 a.m. with a half mile swim, 20 mile bike and 5 mile run. For more information call (218) 963-3284 or (218) 824-5365. Registration will close after 500 entrants.
Warriors lose in 12th inning
MANKATO Chayci Rutz hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 12th to lift the Prior Lakes softball team to a 2-1 win against the Brainerd Warriors in the Class 3A State Softball Tournament at Caswell Park in Mankato Friday.
Tuchscherer out after first round
BLOOMINGTON -- It was less than an ideal season for Brainerd Warrior Paul Tuchscherer even before the Class 2A state boys' tennis tournament even began.
Bees lose in first round
Holdingford scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Brainerd Bees in the first game of the St. Cloud Class B amateur baseball tournament Thursday.
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.
northwoods league baseball
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
With the mound located just 40 feet from home plate, fast-pitch softball can be dominated by a pitcher.
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.
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.
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.
Legion sweeps Pierz
The Brainerd Legion baseball team swept Pierz in a doubleheader at Don Adamson Field 4-2 and 4-3 Wednesday.
Tribe erupts with homer flurry
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jim Thome got Cleveland going with his 300th career homer -- just what the Indians needed.
State high school tennis
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.
Hunter, Jones fuel win
MINNEAPOLIS -- Bartolo Colon pitched a shutout his previous game. This time, he couldn't get out of the fifth inning.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aspiring writers sought for seminar
Are you an aspiring writer with dreams of being published but don't know where to begin?
Five questions with Mickey Hart
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mickey Hart has gone from the Grateful Dead to "Mondo Head."
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?
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.
Catch of the day
Weather drawing by Cayle Winkler-Doran of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
On the wing in spring
Weather drawing by Chris Hastad of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms northwest. Highs in the middle 70s to the middle 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to around 80. Cooler 60s near the great lakes.
State forecast for North Dakota
This morning...Scattered showers...And possibly a thundershower south and west. Partly sunny northeast. This afternoon...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s to around 80.
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.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A chance of thunderstorms north and west late. Partly sunny north and mostly sunny south. Highs around 80 east..To around 90 west.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms central and south. Partly sunny north. Highs around 70 northeast to the lower 80s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms north and central. Partly sunny south. Highs in the 70s to the mid 80s.
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.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy with a chance for showers and thunderstorms all but extreme northwest and extreme southeast. Highs from the 70s north to the 80s south.
Names and faces
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) -- Former President Clinton revealed in Northern Ireland that his new dog will have an Irish name.
North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 121; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 112; Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 95.5; and Pat Lande and MariJane Pearce, 91.
U.S. envoy: Tensions ease, but Kashmir war threat remains
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- A top American diplomat said Friday that tensions had eased between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, but it was too soon to rule out the threat of a war over Kashmir.
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.
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.
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.
Arafat seeks peace action by U.S. as Israeli tanks raid Jenin
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat asked the United States Friday to convene a Mideast peace conference as quickly as possible, while Israeli tanks raided Jenin, hometown of the latest Palestinian suicide bomber.
One American hostage dies, another rescued but wounded in Philippine raid
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) -- U.S.-trained troops freed a Kansas missionary after more than a year in captivity Friday but her American husband and a Filipino nurse were killed during the shootout with their Muslim extremist kidnappers in the mountainous jungles of the southern Philippines.
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