An annual firearms deer hunting trip helped Greg Guenin of Brainerd complete restoration of his 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1.
High-intensity headlights to feel glare of inquiry
WASHINGTON -- Government auto-safety regulators say they will open a preliminary inquiry into whether a new generation of super-bright headlights pose driving dangers, responding to hundreds of complaints from consumers who say the lights produce blinding glare for oncoming traffic.
Integra: Affordable luxury with zip
BASE PRICE: $20,100 for LS sedan with manual transmission, $21,500 for GS sedan with manual transmission, $22,500 GS-R sedan with manual transmission.
Parents warned not to leave children in a hot car
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A child left in a family car for just moments can suffocate on a hot day or knock it into gear with tragic results, says a group seeking to make it illegal in every state to leave children unattended in vehicles.
Poll reports Christian boom among Asian-Americans
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- ''If spiritual revival has occurred among any group of people in the United States in the past decade, it is undeniably among Asians,'' says a report on U.S. religious trends by the nondenominational Barna Research Group.
Struggling Catholic radio network selling stations
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) -- The financially troubled Catholic Family Radio Network is looking for a buyer and could go off the air soon if no one is interested, an investor said.
For some, no doubt, Thomas should become fifth gospel
People love tales about supposed cover-ups of ancient scriptures.
Nebraska Methodist won't admit he led same-sex ceremony
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- On the advice of his lawyer, a United Methodist Church minister declines to confirm or deny that he actually conducted a ceremony for a gay couple June 3 that he had announced would occur.
Your presence is a gift
The other day I was having lunch with a group of pastors. The youngest, Pastor Ed, was bemoaning his church's poor attendance-to-membership ratio. He has worked so hard over the past three years to make worship meaningful and accessible, but still there has been little improvement. Like Job's comforters, all around the table were rich in words of wisdom.
Rewarding kids works for some parents
QUESTION: I am uncomfortable using rewards to influence my kids. It seems too much like bribery to me. I'd like to hear your views on the subject.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church, at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. Everyone is encouraged to wear red, signifying the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Church of the Nazarene honors its only remaining charter member
The preceding excerpt was printed in a Brainerd Dispatch column following the Sunday, Sept. 11, 1938, "organizing" of the Brainerd area Church of the Nazarene. Newlyweds Ellen and Lyle Davis were there.
Chicken dish features spicy Caribbean flavors
Caribbean food used to be something exotic sampled only during an island vacation. Now there's a ''Nuevo Latino'' trend and the spicy flavors of the Caribbean are finding favor all around this country. More and more, ingredients such as tropical fruits and different kinds of peppers are readily available for home cooks to re-create island dishes.
U.S. government urges use of food thermometers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched an education campaign to persuade people to use food thermometers for food safety and quality in the home year round.
Recipes go great with grilled burgers
Few things are more satisfying than a juicy, char-grilled burger cooked to perfection and tucked into a fresh toasted bun slathered with your favorite toppings.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 475.
VANDALISM --The Brainerd Street Department reported Wednesday the Brainerd impound lot was broken into and several vehicles were damaged.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 106, a year ago 238.
BAXTER -- Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday at Highway 210 and Inglewood Drive North in Baxter.
GARRISON -- One person was injured in a three-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 169, two miles south of Garrison.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 127, a year ago 144.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550.
BURGLARY -- Arliss Bement, 1000 block of Highway 210 Northeast, reported a break-in at her home.
Study: More teens into drugs, smoking; other risk factors down
ATLANTA -- Despite years of government-funded media campaigns urging teen-agers to stay clean and sober, cocaine, marijuana and cigarette use among high school students increased during the 1990s, according to a new federal study.
Web site gives information on hardwood
Just sighted: www.hardwood.org
New home design today can influence future design trends, just as some of today's homes incorporate the best of the past.
BAXTER -- The city of Baxter issued 37 building permits in May with a total valuation of $1,393,700.
Grant money to help solve some of city's housing woes
Programs for prospective homeowners vary from down payment assistance to help with closing costs.
Assess home's safety
To help assess the safety of your home, Cindy Hellyer, a corporate gerontologist with the Hartford Financial Services Group, offers the following checklist:
New guidelines outlined to make houses safer
Accidents don't just happen, says the National Safety Council.
Don't worry about fruit drop
Small, unripe peach, plum and apricot fruits typically drop from trees about now.
Hallways one of most important spaces in house
Hallways get no respect. Whether ushering us in the front door, out the back or along a lineup of bedrooms, corridors are one of the most important but least improved spaces in the house.
Brainerd issues 24 permits in May
The city of Brainerd issued 24 building permits in May for construction valued at $690,395. Year-to-date the city of Brainerd has issued 76 building permits for construction valued at $3,142,345.
Old rose varieties regain popularity
In 1867, a French rose-breeder named Jean-Baptiste Guillot produced a pink hybrid tea rose that launched the era of the modern rose.
Master bedroom doubles as computer room
Joan Kristal and Steve Penansky's Bethesda, Md., bedroom has filmy curtains, a fluffy duvet and a Victorian-style headboard.
Marking tools might lead to recovery
Putting your personal identification on the tools you own serves as a reminder and encourages friends and neighbors to return a tool they've borrowed.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Donald E. Green of Star Route, recently joined the firm of George Bedard Real Estate as a sales associate. A 13-year resident of the Brainerd area, he is a member of the Elks and the American Legion.
Study: Minnesota's racial disparity of incarceration worst among 49 states
NEW YORK (AP) -- Minnesota has the worst record of racial disparity in the rate at which blacks and whites land in prison, according to a study of 49 states.
VENTURA (AP) -- The new city of Ventura, named after Gov. Jesse Ventura, could end up with another name after more than one-fourth of its 2,800 residents signed a petition to change it.
U of M grapples with genetic research issues
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota Board of Regents knows that before the institution embarks on major genomics research, the university must gain the public's trust.
Whittier School places No. 1 in math, reading
Some of the smartest students in the state live right here in Brainerd.
Not all students in class of 2000 are graduating
Of the approximately 67,000 high school seniors in Minnesota, about 840 haven't passed one or both of the basic skills tests required to graduate.
Animal rights group protests gopher bounty in Viola
VIOLA (AP) -- An animal rights group wants would-be gopher hunters to keep their paws off the critters -- not cut off the animals' paws.
Lum Park Beach will open Saturday.
Tours of school buildings done
The Brainerd School District's committee of the whole has finished its research for the school's long-range comprehensive plan.
Ventura to push for shorter session
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said today he will push for legislators to meet in session every other year, as well as continue his campaign for a unicameral Legislature.
Davies to retire from Court of Appeals
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Jack Davies said Wednesday he would retire in September.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Scarce energy resources and inflation will continue to drive energy costs upward throughout the 1980s. This was the conclusion reached at Madden's Resort by speakers of the United Power Association.
Consultant to look at Northwest merger scenarios
MINNEAPOLIS -- A longtime aviation consultant for the Metropolitan Airports Commission has been asked to calculate the potential effects of airline mergers on Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
All booked up
River Nith Coffee and Books at the Westgate Mall held its going out of business sale Thursday. Hundreds of people mobbed the gates when they were opened at 10 a.m.
In a Page 1A story in Wednesday's Dispatch, a quote by Baxter city administrator Larry Kruse s
Expect sales tax rebate in August
Another sales tax rebate will arrive in taxpayers' mailboxes in late August, making this the fourth consecutive year that Minnesotans will receive a rebate from the state budget surplus, said Rep. Steve Wenzel of Little Falls.
Man arraigned in Mountain Iron homicide
VIRGINIA (AP) -- A Cotton man accused of killing a Mountain Iron man in a drug-related incident was arraigned Wednesday in St. Louis County District Court on first-degree murder charges.
DNR suggests new plant options for LTV
HOYT LAKES (AP) -- LTV Steel Mining Co.'s taconite plant here could be turned into a pig iron or semi-finished steel slab facility, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
New-student scholarship available for limited time at CLC
Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples is offering a $500 scholarship to any eligible new student who enrolls only during the week of June 12-16.
County administrator candidates get chance to make an impression
It was a time of first impressions.
Man indicted in second killing of elderly woman
BUFFALO (AP) -- A man accused of killing a 92-year-old woman in Hackensack has also been indicted in the killing of an 82-year-old woman in Otsego.
MnDOT's good news:
We're getting the overpass after all.
Two rescued from burning apartment in St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Two men remained hospitalized in serious condition early today after firefighters rescued them from a burning apartment.
The second annual Ag Camp is a five-day, four-night camp that will run from noon Aug. 7 to noon Aug. 11.
Mille Lacs band to pick leader
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The stakes are much higher in next week's election for chief executive of the Mille Lacs Chippewa band than which person is named head of the tribe.
C-I superintendent moving on
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton Superintendent Bill Makinen has accepted a position as superintendent with the Greenway School District in Coleraine.
Blom leaves courtroom after complaining Poirier's family stared at him
VIRGINIA (AP) -- Murder suspect Donald Blom left the courtroom during the third day of jury selection after complaining that the family of Katie Poirier was staring at him.
Boxes full of books bought
Customers were given boxes upon entering River Nith Coffee and Books on Thursday during the Westgate Mall bookstore's going out of business sale.
Reich: Twin Cities set for global economy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twin Cities area is in good shape for the new global economy and has several important advantages over coastal technology hot spots, said former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
Tribal election candidates speak
ONAMIA -- Marge Anderson remembers what life on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation was like before casino profits made a host of infrastructure improvements possible.
Lawmaker requests inquiry into St. Paul charter school
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A state lawmaker said he will ask the Ramsey County prosecutor and Attorney General Mike Hatch to open criminal and civil investigations into a St. Paul charter school that shut down last week.
'I'm on Fire'
Heat from a blowtorch apparently started a fire at the WJJY/K101 radio stations Wednesday afternoon, causing major damage to the building's attic and roof.
Man's death at Willmar mobile home court called homicide
WILLMAR (AP) -- Police said the death of a man at a mobile home is considered a homicide.
A story in Wednesday's Neighbors section on John Wetrosky being hired as executive director of the Pine River Chamber of Commerce should have sai
Mysterious disease reminiscent of AIDS outbreak surfaces
WASHINGTON -- In a scenario eerily reminiscent of the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic, nearly five dozen intravenous drug users in Scotland, Ireland and England have become ill or died since April of a mysterious illness whose origins health officials have not yet identified.
Clinton joins mourning for Obuchi at Japan rites
TOKYO -- Thousands of mourners gathered today to honor the late Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, praising him for his dedication to his country and his efforts to pull Japan out of its lengthy economic slump.
Appeals process could be lengthy
The ultimate success of the federal government's effort to break up Microsoft will depend on unknown political and legal cycles, but there seems to be one certainty among legal and political experts: Nothing will happen quickly.
Clinton to give final graduation address at Carleton
President Clinton passed over dozens of invitations from other schools when he decided to deliver the final commencement address of his administration, a potential history-making event, at tiny Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
Violent death of priest stuns community
GERMANTOWN, Md. -- The slaying of a priest, perhaps after a burglary, prompted expressions of grief that echoed far beyond the parish where he'd served as pastor for 18 months.
House expected to pass bill repealing federal estate taxes by 2010
WASHINGTON -- Although inheritance taxes affect the families of only about 2 percent of all Americans who die and many are quite wealthy, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are responding to farmers and small business owners like Mark Sincavage of Blakeslee, Pa.
Senate vote gives rare victory to campaign finance reform
WASHINGTON -- In a rare Senate victory for campaign finance reform, lawmakers voted to force secretive political organizations to say who's paying for TV advertising and other bills.
GM, Ford, Chrysler to give benefits to same-sex partners
DETROIT -- The three biggest American automakers are banking on health care benefits for the partners of gay employees as a low-cost way to lure new workers in a tight labor market.
A secret life
INDIANAPOLIS -- To the people of Noblesville, he was Bob Hoquim, an entrepreneur who started an Internet provider used by the Indiana state government and the local police department.
General draws fire over gay's murder
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The departing commander of Fort Campbell, where a gay private was bludgeoned to death by another soldier last July, said today there hasn't been a climate of homophobia during his nearly 2 1/2 years in charge of the Army base.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- When Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori defied the Organization of American States last week by going ahead with an election that OAS observers had described as ''far from free and fair,'' officials in Washington and beyond hoped that Latin America would take the lead in repudiating him.
GOP turns back Democrats on patients' rights, but vows compromise bill soon
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans pledged to forge ahead with patients' rights legislation, but said Democrats have damaged chances of getting a bill passed this year.
P&G boss to retire; stock price falls
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Procter & Gamble Co.'s boss abruptly announced today he is stepping down from the company, which has been dogged by disappointing earnings. Its stock price fell.
Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly dies
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Tribune cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and creator of the daily comic strip ''Shoe,'' died early Thursday. He was 52.
Man pleads innocent to 1966 racial killing
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A white man acquitted of the 1966 killing of a black farm worker pleaded innocent Thursday to new murder charges brought by federal prosecutors.
Malicious program embedded on home computers linked to Internet
WASHINGTON -- In a dark, musty office ominously called the ''Attack Lab,'' a cadre of former government sleuths worked through the night to discover a major new threat to Internet users.
TV 'Survivor' outlasting 'Millionaire'
NEW YORK -- A clash of the titans is emerging on television, with CBS's ''Survivor'' fast becoming a summer hit capable of taking on -- and beating -- ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.''
TAMPA, Fla. -- Much of Florida's emerald landscape has turned brown, its wells are being tapped dry and sinkholes have opened up, swallowing parts of houses, streets and back yards.
Hope released from hospital
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- A week after he was hospitalized for intestinal bleeding, a frail but smiling Bob Hope stood and waved to cameras Wednesday and then was sent home.
Wholesale prices unchanged in May
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices held steady in May as falling costs for energy products, eggs and other food items more than offset increased prices for cars, paper products and books.
Microsoft vows to fight court-ordered breakup
REDMOND, Wash. -- Undaunted by a federal judge's order to break Microsoft Corp. in two, company co-founder and chairman Bill Gates continued to assert that the computer software giant has not broken antitrust laws and vowed to launch an appeal that could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON -- It's a grim forecast: Salmon quit running the Columbia River as the cold water fish move farther north; sugar maples in New England disappear; the barrier islands off the Carolinas are swept away by higher seas.
Mobs take to streets in Sri Lanka after suicide bombing kills 23 people
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Police today detained 15 suspects in a suicide bombing that killed 23 people, including a popular Cabinet minister, and Sri Lanka's president urged against retaliatory attacks on the Tamil minority.
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration Thursday announced it will ban all over-the-counter sales and most nonagricultural uses of Dursban, one of the most common household and garden pesticides, but its chief manufacturer insisted the chemical is safe and vowed to continue selling it overseas.
British diplomat killed in ambush, putting terrorism spotlight on Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- Britain's defense attache was killed today in a roadway ambush that police believe could be the work of Europe's most elusive urban guerrilla group, November 17.
Oregon family battles state over life-saving transplant
PORTLAND, Ore. -- No matter how you do the math, it never adds up for Brandy Stroeder -- or Gov. John Kitzhaber, or Brandy's doctors, or the Oregon Health Plan.
O.J. Simpson, Denise Brown verbally spar on TV
NEW YORK -- In a bitter confrontation on live television, O.J. Simpson and Denise Brown traded insults, with Brown calling Simpson an ego-driven ''pig'' and renewing accusations that he killed her sister.
Taking the rap
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Best-selling rapper Eminem was charged with more weapons counts Thursday, this time for allegedly brandishing a gun in a confrontation with a member of the rival group Insane Clown Posse.
Judge rules in favor of Wal-Mart in Medicaid dispute
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart, which grew huge by beating the prices of competitors, scored a court victory as a judge struck down a new state Medicaid policy that reimbursed large chain pharmacies at a lower rate than smaller ones.
Belmont Stakes: Test of the Champion it isn't
NEW YORK -- The Belmont Stakes is often referred to as the Test of the Champion. This year will be one of the exceptions.
WASHINGTON -- The hopes of Cuban baseball star Andy Morales for a major league career in the United States were dashed when the Coast Guard repatriated him and 30 others, five days after they were picked up at sea while trying to flee.
Devils' Brylin back to do it again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sergei Brylin was a rookie when he won his first NHL championship. He doesn't remember the feeling, so he's eager to win again.
Preventing the Shaq attack
LOS ANGELES -- The Pacers took a long look at the drawing board Thursday and found the same, mind-bending equation staring right back at them.
Mays, Canizaro lead Twins
HOUSTON (AP) -- Enron Field has finally met its match -- the Minnesota Twins.
Young calling it a career
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Young still believes he can play. That's just not enough to keep his brilliant career going.
Shaq dominates, Lakers win Game One
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal was extremely good. Reggie Miller was extremely bad.
Hingis comes up short again
PARIS (AP) -- As a defeated Martina Hingis walked off center court, the crowd that rooted against her all afternoon applauded, seemingly pleased with her showing at this year's French Open.
Stars shine in third overtime
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Dallas Stars were ready to play all night to keep their season alive. They very nearly did.
Lynx defeat Miracle in WNBA action
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Minnesota Lynx coach Brian Agler liked the way his team started while Orlando Miracle coach Carolyn Peck liked the way hers finished.
Clyde W. Fregin
RANDALL -- Clyde W. Fregin, 64, Randall, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Robert F. Bader
Robert Frederick Bader, 73, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Lake Ridge Health Care Center of Roseville.
Robert A. Haukland
CROSSLAKE -- Robert A. Haukland, 63, Crosslake, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Robert Bader, 73, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at the Lake Ridge Health Care Center of Roseville.
Marian C. Grant
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Marian C. Grant, 93, Alameda, Calif., formerly of Merrifield, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, after an extended illness.
Roman J. Pfaffendorf
Roman J. Pfaffendorf, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Alfred M. Flategraff
PINE RIVER -- Alfred M. Flategraff, 75, Pine River, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital of Fargo, N.D., of cancer.
Roman J. Pfaffendorf
Roman J. Pfaffendorf, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Recently I praised the Lands and Forestry Advisory Committee for recommending a policy that said Crow Wing County tax-forfeited land would be closed to OHVs unless posted open the same as every oth
(This letter was written as part of a Brainerd High School class project.)
Clinton and 'Star Wars'
''Star Wars'' is coming to an Earth near you.
Will gun debate help Gore?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats predict the debate over guns will rally voters -- especially women -- to support Al Gore for president. Polls offer little evidence of that now, however.
Terrorism - Dispatch Editorial
Like Rodney Dangerfield, the National Commission on Terrorism was getting no respect, no respect at all.
Clinton's raid - Dispatch Editorial
President Bill Clinton's Labor Department, against the advice of its own lawyers, is completing new regulations that will allow the federal government to raid the state unemployment trust funds.
Preparing for the presidency
WASHINGTON--If you call the Bush or Gore campaigns, as I did last week, and ask if anyone is planning the transition to the presidency, the answer is an astonished ''No!'' It's months until the conventions and the focus is entirely on the fall campaign, they say. First things first. It would be presumptuous to think otherwise.
I, Microsoft Corp., being of relatively sound mind and very sound financial body hereby declare that this is my last will and testament.
The Next Kid
Casey Atwood reluctantly climbed out of his buddy's hauler, where he was relaxing and telling jokes.
Jeff Hammond has come a long way on NASCAR circuit
Crew chief Jeff Hammond sits near a shiny, sleek car almost pining for the old days of dented-up racers on dusty dirt tracks.
Funny Car cop
Bruce Carlson of Prior Lake has a unique way to finance racing his NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car.
Schmidt, Sweet, Norem win at NCMS
Seventy-nine cars competed Tuesday as the winged warriors brought high-flying action to North Central Motor Speedway.
A tradition of excellence
BEMIDJI -- Five section titles in seven years.
Former Gophers QB Sandy Stephens dies at 59
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sanford ''Sandy'' Stephens, a former All-America quarterback who led the University of Minnesota to its only Rose Bowl victory, has died.
Northwoods League Baseball
Gopher pitches Gulls past Mashers before largest crowd of season
If it's pitching Brainerd Mighty Gulls coach Eric Coleman is looking for he may have found it.
LF softball team splits opener
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls American Legion fast-pitch softball team opened its season by splitting a doubleheader against Foley on Tuesday.
Local sports shorts
A fan bus to the Brainerd Warriors baseball game against Elk River in the Class 3A state tournament will leave 9 a.m. Thursday from the south doors at Brainerd High School.
Renneke finishes 25th at state
COON RAPIDS -- Lisa Renneke's fairway woods weren't working at a time when she needed them most.
Dobis state tennis tourney cut short
BLOOMINGTON -- Junior Chris Dobis couldn't get his game going in the State Class AA individual tennis tournament Thursday.
Northwoods League Baseball
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Until the South Subsection 8 Class 3A baseball tournament, Kevin Ericson had been the Brainerd Warriors best-kept secret.
Senior Aron Stumvoll has been named the most valuable athlete on the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team.
Mankato mashes Gulls
Gary Lane had little trouble finding the ball against the Brainerd Mighty Gulls as he went 3-for-5 to lead the Mankato Mashers to a 5-2 win Thursday.
Three area state qualifiers have much in common
Kurt Detloff, David Schwen and Andy Forbort have more in common than they may think.
All-Central Lakes Conference athletes honored
All-Central Lakes Conference teams in five sports have been announced.
Warrior senior on track in first varsity season
In three short months, Adam Guderian went from casual member of the Brainerd Warriors track and field team to a state participant.
Warriors hammer lefties
BEMIDJI -- In winning the Section 8, Class 3A title Wednesday the Brainerd Warriors baseball team hammered three Bemidji left-handers.
Musical pair that's sung on cruise ships comes ashore to area restaurant
LAKE SHORE -- A musical duo with a long list of cruise ship performance credits opened this week at Bar Harbor Supper Club.
Dancers Astaire, Rogers return with 10 of their most memorable movies
The most fluent dance team ever to appear in films, the incomparable Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, are back with 10 of the memorable movies in which they sparkled more than a half-century ago.
Cruise squeezes past 'Big Momma' to top box office again
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Big Tom beat Big Momma as Tom Cruise's ''Mission: Impossible 2'' remained tops at the box office with $27 million over the weekend.
Cycling safety tips will keep summer safe for all
DEAR ABBY: Summer is upon us, and millions of fellow cyclists across the country will once again be out on the roads. I personally ride around 4,000 miles a year in training, and thought I'd offer a few tips.
Judith Krantz's latest sizzler stars -- Krantz
Judith Krantz, author of ''Scruples,'' ''Princess Daisy'' and several other steamy novels, has written yet another page-turner.
Heartland Poets managing national convention
The Brainerd lakes area will be heavily represented when the National Federation of State Poetry Societies convenes its annual convention next week in Wayzata.
Pick up these books for kids if they're looking for a Harry Potter fix.
At 150, Harper's still takes the cake
In February, the New Yorker published its 75th-anniversary issue, an impressive feat of magazine longevity.
TV ratings move in mysterious ways
What's up with those TV season ratings anyway? How does NBC's ''Jesse'' get canceled out of Nielsen's Top 20? How does the WB's ''Jack and Jill'' get renewed when it's below No. 150? And who even knew the ''Pax Three-Hanky Movie'' was on the air at all?
Web 'pirates' unearth treasure -- hit films
Young people like Jonathan Steele terrify the lords of Hollywood. When Steele wants to see a movie, he doesn't need to go to the multiplex or to his local Blockbuster. He goes to his computer.
Sandra Brown's latest isn't her greatest
After visiting the Deep South in her previous novel, ''The Alibi,'' author Sandra Brown returns to her native Texas in "Standoff'' (Warner, $19.95).
Is democracy fair?
NEW YORK MILLS -- It's a question worth asking in this election year, even if the answer seems as primed for debate as the candidates running for office.
For week of June 8-14; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Chad Kratochwill (left) leaned back to hit a high note on his guitar and smiled at his singing partner, Seth Doud, as the pair performed Lynrd Skynrd's "Free Bird" during Brained High School's 113th annual commencement ceremony last week. Kratochwill graduated. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Publisher's Weekly best-selling books
Musical General dancers to present Spring Revue
The Music General dancers will present their 21st Spring Dance Revue at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Brainerd doctor to discuss ADHD and treatment of condition at library
Dr. Mike Severson, pediatrician at Brainerd Medical Center, will present "A Conversation on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): Is Treatment Necessary?" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library's large meeting room.
Summertime, and the livin' is vicarious with 'Big Brother'
LOS ANGELES -- On the CBS Studio Center lot, tucked into a corner usually given over to parking spots, is the house that voyeurism built.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Patterson's 'Cradle and All' full of suspense
''Colleen Galaher had that coloring we think of as stereotypically Irish: transparent white skin, apple cheeks, clear green eyes, and, of course, her marvelous titian hair.''
If you enjoy martial arts, take in 'Shanghai Noon'
Jackie Chan transports his acrobatic martial arts to the Old West in "Shanghai Noon," now playing at area theaters.
Concert in the Park to feature A Cappella Fest
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association, with support from the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce and Bookin' It Bookstore, will present an A Cappella Fest during Sunday's Concert in the Park at 4 p.m.
Harry Potter is an unlikely hero
Whether they exist in real-life or in legend, heroes epitomize our quest for the best. Bravery, physical agility, integrity, honesty and overall excellence are characteristics that come to mind.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 76 57 rn
Around the world
Amsterdam 69 47 clr
Tonight...Mostly cloudy with showers or thunderstorms likely. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Around the world
Amsterdam 69 47 clr
School is out
Weather drawing by Christopher Nelson of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 70 48 cdy
Tonight...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower to mid 60s. East winds 10 to 20 mph.
Dog caught in rain
Weather drawing by Garth Askegaard of Mrs. Frank's second grade class at Riverside school.
Brandi Carey and Alvin Carey, Brainerd, will have their graduation open house beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Lum Park, weather permitting. Otherwise, the open house will be at 711 Norwood Street, Apt. 2.
Display flag proudly, properly
DEAR ABBY: Since Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day, your readers might appreciate a reminder about how to correctly display ''Old Glory.'' The U.S. Flag Code, adopted in 1923, prescribes the following rules for proper handling of the flag:
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Burt Bacharach, who required shoulder surgery after a fall in April, has canceled performances for June because the injury is still bothering him.
Keep leather furniture beautiful
Dear Heloise: We have a LEATHER SOFA AND RECLINER. How would you recommend we clean them and with what? -- Julie Gee, Belgrade, Maine
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