School board pushes for more funding on special education
The Brainerd School Board has been expressing its concern to members of Congress asking them to fulfill their promise to increase federal funding for special education.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 173, a year ago 266.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 184, a year ago 127.
Crow Wing sheriff
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
A burglar at Twisted Roses was arrested early Sunday after trying to hide from police officers in the duct work of the building.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Izatys gets high marks for smooth golf meet change
Izatys Golf and Yacht club had a few growing pains in its first year of hosting the Class A state boys' and girls' golf tournament, but overall things went smoothly.
Dettbarn surges into Twilight tie
Dettbarn Construction made it a two-team race in the first half of the men's Twilight League at Pine Meadows June 7.
Be realistic when selecting club
For the majority of golfers, one of the quickest, and easiest, ways of improving your golf score is to do one thing -- select more club.
Monster par 5 gets their attention at Southern Hills
TULSA, Okla. -- The biggest buzz Monday was created by the 642-yard, par-5 fifth hole, the longest hole in U.S. Open championship history and a hole that everyone was eager to watch the pros play.
Woods has everyone diving for cover in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. -- What is this, the Tiger U.S. Open? You would have to think so, the way his face is plastered all over the place.
Push is under way to get more women playing golf in lakes area
At Izaty's Golf and Yacht club June 7-8, 15 area athletes competed at the Class A state golf tournament.
Around area courses
Zackary Lundbohm of Baxter shot a four-over par 76 highlighted by a hole in one on the par 3, 14th playing 135 yards using a wedge in the Brainerd Optimist Club's junior golf tournament at Pine Meadows Monday.
Wild North golf Northeast Minnesota courses work together to compete with lakes area
LUTSEN (AP) -- Minnesota golfers are finding that playing "up north" can mean more than just the Brainerd lakes area.
U.S. Open begins to heat up
TULSA, Okla. -- Jesper Parnevik played a practice round at Southern Hills on Monday and it was so hot, his Popsicle-purple pants nearly melted.
Bush urges new directions for NATO
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Making his NATO debut, President Bush urged the allies on Wednesday to "extend our hands and open our hearts" to former Soviet bloc nations that aspire to join their alliance.
Vouchers defeated in Senate
WASHINGTON -- The price of President Bush's education plan is one of the few issues remaining after Senate Democrats defeated a Republican attempt to give poor students federal money to attend private or parochial schools.
GOP lawmaker ready to support Democrats on patients' rights
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia has told colleagues he will support a Democrat-backed patients' bill of rights heading swiftly for Senate debate, The Associated Press has learned.
Bush dismisses global warming accord, calling it fatally flawed
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday declared the Kyoto global warming agreement of 1997 to be "fatally flawed," and said more scientific research must be done before the world can devise a workable strategy for dealing with climate change.
Budget impasse leaves public TV funding in limbo
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two lawmakers crafting a major state spending bill are concerned that rural Minnesota may lose access to longtime public television programs like "Sesame Street" if the state doesn't act soon.
Governor says Senate DFL reneged on agreement
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura went a step further in his criticism of lawmakers Tuesday, accusing Senate DFLers of backing out of an earlier budget agreement.
Bush administration rejects California's ethanol waiver Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration announced Tuesday it has rejected California's request for a waiver from a clean-air rule, drawing an angry response from Gov. Gray Davis, who said the decision could raise gasoline prices.
Bush begins European trip with vow of loyalty
MADRID, Spain -- President Bush opened his first tour of Europe on Tuesday with a leisurely tour of a royal game preserve and a promise to skeptical allies that, trans-Atlantic tensions aside, he'll be a "trustworthy friend" in Washington.
Audit finds Pentagon can't account for spare parts spending
WASHINGTON -- Despite repeated complaints that military readiness is being hurt by a shortage of spare parts, the Pentagon cannot document whether $1.1 billion Congress provided in response to such pleas actually went for spare parts, according to a new audit.
Poll: Most Americans support missile shield
WASHINGTON -- A just-released poll has found that a majority of Americans supports proposals to build a missile defense system, even if the system is costly.
Half of absentee fathers have other children in their lives, too
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Half of fathers who live apart from their children are tied to at least one other set of kids, researchers said Monday, meaning many dads face complicated decisions about where to spend their time and money.
Session wasn't so special to lawmakers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday for the 40th special session in state history, but lawmakers weren't ready to wrap up business for the year as Gov. Jesse Ventura had hoped.
Age without aches
WASHINGTON -- The weight goes on but the muscle comes off. The heart rate falls, bones get weak. Aging is one physical frustration after another.
Veteran's son searches for father's missing war history
CROOKSTON (AP) -- A couple of years ago Robert Anderson was rummaging through some of his father's old things when he came across a couple of service patches and a combat service diary, published after the war, for the 75th Infantry Division.
Schoolchildren discover a different era by entering historical classroom
BENSON (AP) -- Second-grade students in Benson got a live dose of history recently when they traded their modern elementary classrooms for a day in a quiet, one-room country schoolhouse.
Schools dump dodge-ball for a new physical education
TUKWILA, Wash. -- Eleven-year-old Ladell Carroll sprints down the blue tumbling mat, bounces once on a springboard, then flips his bulky body over six of his classmates.
Family-owned mill is a legacy, as well as a piece of the past
CALEDONIA (AP) -- Ivan Krugmire turns a metal wheel and -- slowly at first, then faster and faster -- the inside of the old flour mill comes alive with the noisy whirring of shafts, belts, pulleys and grinding stones.
Aitkin teacher finally receives the Purple Heart he earned 32 years ago
AITKIN -- An Aitkin High School teacher, who was awarded the Purple Heart on Memorial Day for injuries he suffered during the Vietnam War, recently reunited with two surviving members of his six-men reconnaissance patrol team.
CLC to offer rare degree in Golf Facilities Management
With 33 golf courses within 60 miles of Brainerd, a college degree program in Golf Facilities Management seemed logical.
Home-schooled students learn all about science and nature
Home-schooled students participate in nature and animal science courses at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center.
Senior citizens enjoy 'cruise' at annual conference
STAPLES -- "Cruising through Life" was the theme of the 20th annual Region 5 Area Agency on Aging Conference on June 6 at Staples Motley High School in Staples.
CLC hires two computer instructors
Faculty positions in computer instruction at Central Lakes College in Brainerd have been filled with two instructors who have been serving students as adjunct faculty in computer science.
STAPLES -- On the site of the Central Lakes Agricultural Center in Staples, a botanical garden/horticulture learning center is being established.
Habitat-building in Crosby a nail-pounding experience for Illinois youths
CROSBY -- Thirty-five youths from Oswego, Ill., quickly found out their Habitat for Humanity mission trip to Crosby is a nail-pounding, sweat-shedding experience.
Pillager hardest hit in area
Severe thunderstorms, featuring strong winds, heavy rain and large hail, made their way across the area Monday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Miss Brainerd Pam Bensen will leave for Austin today to begin the grueling week that will climax June 20 in the coronation of
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Orville Tengwall of Brainerd Honda and Ski-Doo and Wendell Fristedt, manager of Montgomery Ward recently donated bicycles which will be given to participants in a Bicycle Safety Program sponsored by Community Education and Brainerd Police with assistance from Crow Wing County Extension Service and the State Patrol.
Forecast calls for stormy week
Monday's severe thunderstorms could be just a preview of what's to come the rest of this week.
Jail to house state prisoners
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved an agreement with the state to house prisoners in county jail facilities.
The Fun Books For Kids organization will host a four-person golf scramble fund-raiser at 1 p.m. Friday at the Whitebirch Golf Course in Breezy Point.
Host families sought
The Spanish Department at Central Lakes College in Brainerd is looking for a host family for Rocio Fernandez of Argentina.
8 injured after storms batter state
BENSON (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy was listed in critical condition after he and six other people were injured when a tornado struck this west-central Minnesota town.
Aitkin airport to receive $150,000 grant
AITKIN -- Aitkin Municipal Airport was one of three in northeastern Minnesota that was recently awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
General fund balance to dip in next year's Brainerd school budget
The Brainerd School District's general fund balance will drop an estimated $786,000 in next year's school budget.
Gearing for shutdown
With the first day of summer still a week away, state employees are considering options to shut down state parks.
Charges have been dropped against a third person alleged to have been involved in an assault and robbery in March.
County board backs Hwy. 371 visitor's center
The Crow Wing County Board approved a non-binding agreement Tuesday in regard to a proposed Highway 371 Rest Area-Visitor's Center in Fort Ripley Township.
Some lakeshore lease lot owners undecided
Four out of 22 lakeshore lease lot owners are undecided about buying property they have been leasing from Crow Wing County.
Houston residents return home to find storm destruction
HOUSTON (AP) -- Dayon Kane spent the day spraying his home with disinfectant, pulling up soggy carpets, and carrying soaked clothes and furniture to the street curb.
Report opposes discipline in Los Alamos blaze
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A new report on last year's wildfire that left more than 400 families homeless in Los Alamos recommends against disciplining any National Park Service workers, blaming the fire on inadequate agency policies, rather than staff mistakes.
Lyme Disease study halted
A study of a three-month antibiotic regimen for people suffering from pain, fatigue, trouble concentrating and other symptoms of Lyme disease has been halted because the patients didn't benefit, researchers reported Tuesday.
Inspectors union says USDA not enforcing humane-slaughter law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Slaughterhouses are butchering cattle and hogs while the animals are still conscious despite a federal law that requires livestock to be killed humanely, the union of federal meat inspectors said Wednesday.
Army's black beret day Thursday
WASHINGTON -- A small group gathered around Army Lt. Col. Steve Campbell's Pentagon desk as he tried on his new black beret.
Embassy bomber gets life without parole
NEW YORK -- A deeply divided jury on Tuesday spared the life of a 24-year-old terrorist convicted of killing 213 people in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, sentencing him instead to life in prison without parole.
Judge sets free man convicted of two murders
SAN FRANCISCO -- A man serving a life sentence for two 1984 murders was released from prison on bail Monday after a judge said she believed there were problems with his trial.
Ruling behind him, Martin is back on course
CONCORD, Ohio (AP) -- While everyone else spent the last two weeks arguing about him and his cart, Casey Martin finally relaxed -- and then he got mad.
Advocates say drug-price increases hitting seniors hard
WASHINGTON -- The prices for medicines used by the elderly have been rising more rapidly than their other normal living costs, says a group that advocates federal aid for prescription drugs.
Census: Small but growing number of gays, lesbians living together
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Carolyn Conrad and K.P. Peterson made history last year when they became the first couple in America to join in a same-sex union legally recognized by their own state.
NEW YORK -- In a nation famous for vicious criminals, there has never been anyone quite like Timothy McVeigh. Al Capone was a thug and Richard Speck was a sadist -- but the remorseless, crew-cut man who blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing so many innocent people, was an ideologue, a terrorist without precedent in the American experience.
Survey: Violent crime plunged in 2000
WASHINGTON -- The violent crime rate plunged 15 percent last year, the largest one-year drop in the 27-year history of a leading government crime survey.
USDA says a Y2K child will cost $165,630 to raise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Parents of Y2K babies may gasp when they check out the final tab.
Teen pregnancy rate falls to record low
WASHINGTON -- Teen-agers appear to be getting the message that abstinence from sex or consistent use of birth control equals fewer babies.
Power company officials have collected millions
The top executives and directors at many of the large power companies that California officials accuse of profiteering from the energy crisis have collected tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars through stock sales.
Company unveils business software that makes it easier to search office computers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- New software introduced Tuesday by AltaVista Co. will let employees scour corporate networks, e-mail accounts and personal computers by stitching together valuable information scattered on far-flung office systems.
Judge orders coverage of birth control
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Seattle drugstore chain must include female contraceptives in its health insurance coverage, the first decision of its kind and one that could influence employer-provided benefits at other companies.
Explosion rocks Tacoma medical clinic where doctor performed abortions
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A doctor at a medical clinic that was rocked by an explosion believes he may have been the target because he occasionally performs abortions at the facility.
Vols stop Southern Cal
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Tennessee right-hander Wyatt Allen went to the mound against Southern California with one thing in mind.
Steinbrenner lashes out at Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) -- George Steinbrenner is unhappy with the New York Yankees. This time, he's blaming Derek Jeter, David Justice, Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch.
Games keep going Cubs' way
PHOENIX (AP) -- Two of the top power pitchers in the game squared off in Arizona, and neither was at his best.
Playful Shaq challenges Mutombo
PHILADELPHIA -- For months, their huddles were silent.
Miami stays unbeat in CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Miami's relievers figured it was their turn.
Lakers tired of stereotypes in this NBA Finals
PHILADELPHIA -- It's Philly vs. Los Angeles. It's scrapple vs. tofu. It's guts and heart vs. a cold, calculated winning machine.
Bonds does it his way in HR chase
SAN FRANCISCO -- It wouldn't take much to reverse the reputation Barry Bonds has spent so many years acquiring.
LITTLE FALLS -- Martha Zyvoloski, 105, Little Falls, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at St. Otto's Health Care Center in Little Falls.
Leona L. Roberts
STAPLES -- Leona Louise Roberts, 91, Staples, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at Staples Care Center in Staples.
Clifford Crowley, 48, Pine River, died Sunday, June 10, at his residence.
Russell L. Partridge, 86, Brainerd, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Bradley R. Waage
MOTLEY -- Bradley R. Waage, 50, Motley, formerly of Anoka, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Martha Zyvoloski, 105, the Little Falls woman who achieved her ambition of living in three centuries, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at St. Otto's Health Care Center in Little Falls.
Richard Simons, 79, Pillager, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at his home.
PIERZ -- Crystal Sullivan, 37, Pierz, formerly of Little Falls, died Friday, June 8, 2001, as the result of injuries in a motor vehicle accident.
Michael J. Stage
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Michael J. Stage, 46, Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Minneapolis, died Sunday, June 10, 2001.
Clifford Crowley, 48, Pine River, died Sunday, June 10, at his residence.
State tourney time
The calendar reads June and the Brainerd High School Warriors have qualified for the state baseball tournament once again.
Turning health care on its head
PITTSBURGH--It was a gathering of lions, a meeting any health care lobbyist would have paid big money to crash. Seated around the table at a local hospital the other day were Tommy Thompson, the secretary of health and human services; the most influential senators in their parties on health issues, Democrat Ted Kennedy and Republican Bill Frist; Dr. Mark McClellan, a health policy adviser to President Bush; assorted senior staffers from Washington and health experts from around the nation.
Teen sex is not inevitable
The sex industry is a multi-billion dollar operation, if one includes pornography, much of cable TV (is that redundant?), pregnancy prevention devices (mislabeled ``birth control'') and virtually all contemporary magazines. It should then come as no surprise that the sex industry has a vested interest in recruiting new ``customers.'' Just as the tobacco companies must hook kids on cigarettes to survive, so must the sex industry need to hook teens on sex.
WASHINGTON--In the 1960s, the radicals' slogan was, "The personal is political." Now, there is increasingly strong evidence that making politics personal really works.
Regulators broaden probe of energy company
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators Monday broadened a high-profile inquiry into allegations that a Texas energy company manipulated California's natural gas market, in a departure from a previous ruling.
Bush's growing pains
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senator's defection. Public relations missteps. Foreign policy surprises. Five months in office, President Bush has suffered a series of setbacks knocking him off his confident stride.
It didn't surprise anyone when the 2000 census revealed significant growth in the Brainerd lakes area in the last 10 years.
Ventura team details plans to deal with government shutdown
ST. PAUL -- While calling the possibility of a government shutdown remote, a Ventura administration team released details Monday on how it was preparing for one if the Legislature doesn't pass a budget by June 30, the fiscal year's end.
State workers could be idled at last minute
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The work status of state employees in a threatened government shutdown might not be determined until hours before noncritical state functions would be suspended July 1, a state official said.
APPLE VALLEY (AP) -- Authorities briefly evacuated six homes Wednesday morning after lightning apparently struck a gas line and caused a few minor fires.
'Lights on' brushed off by Ventura
ST. PAUL -- With the property tax changes he has long sought within reach, Gov. Jesse Ventura hinted Tuesday that he might veto a so-called "lights on" budget even if legislators decide it's the only way out of their deadlock.
All-Central Lakes Conference teams announced
DULUTH -- Several Brainerd area residents have registered to compete in Saturday's Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon and the 25th annual Grandma's Marathon in Duluth.
State baseball tourney brings top teams together
Sometimes the polls are accurate.
Means carries 8-0 mark to state
To go unbeaten in any sport takes an equal dose of good fortune and ability.
Scearcy vs. Senske Two of state's best coaches, teams to meet at state
It should be the marquee matchup in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament.
Gulls lose pitching duel
WATERLOO, Iowa -- Lincoln Mincks gave up just one run, but that's all the Waterloo Bucks needed as they topped the Brainerd Mighty Gulls 1-0 Monday in Northwoods League baseball.
Brainerd Mighty Gulls at Waterloo, Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
Mighty Gulls run into their Waterloo
WATERLOO, Iowa -- Waterloo rallied from a 5-0 deficit to force extra innings before stealing a 6-5, 14-inning marathon from Brainerd here Tuesday at Riverfront Stadium on Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier Night.
Kirkpatrick likes the outfield again
Dan Kirkpatrick was primarily a left fielder as he progressed through the various levels of the Brainerd baseball program.
Walsh re-signs with Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Wide receiver and special-teams player Chris Walsh has re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Monday.
Final team results from state prep softball tournament.
St. Cloud vs. Brainerd Mighty Gulls, Mills Field, 7:05 p.m.
Radke's pitching, Minetkiewicz' hitting spark Twins
BYLINE3: MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Mientkiewicz knows a thing or two about slumps, so he has a good idea how to get out of one.
HACKENSACK -- The fifth annual Sweetheart Canoe Derby will be Saturday and Sunday in Hackensack.
Camp lodge to benefit families with special needs
CROSSLAKE -- A new family lodge/retreat center began serving families Monday at Camp Knutson near Crosslake.
More than 540 women view summer fashions at Nisswa Women's Club fund-raising event
EAST GULL LAKE -- The Nisswa Women's Club recently presented its 18th annual summer fashion show to more than 540 women at Madden's Town Hall.
State forecast for North Dakota...
Flash flood watch today for most of the eastern third...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe southwest and south central this afternoon. Highs in the 60s west to the lower 80s southeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Thunderstorms east ending this morning. Otherwise a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 50s northwest to the 80s far southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms south. Highs from 70 to 80.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A chance of thunderstorms north. Hot and humid south. Highs from 85 to 95.
Weather drawing by Briana Kruize of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Cloudy with scattered showers west. A few thunderstorms possible southwest. Becoming cloudy with a chance of showers central. Possibly a thunderstorm south central. Increasing clouds east. Highs 65 to 75.
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The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Showers and thunderstorms south this morning. Otherwise partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s north...To 80s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Periods of showers and thunderstorms northwest...A chance northeast. Partly to mostly sunny and warm and humid elsewhere. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s far north...To lower 90s south.
Iowa state forecast
This morning...Scattered showers and thunderstorms ending far north...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny... This afternoon...A chance of showers and thunderstorms...Except dry southeast third. Highs in the upper 70s northwest to mid 90s southeast.
Minnesota state forecast...
Flash flood watch northwest today...
Dear Heloise: I recently had to start taking two prescriptions daily. One of the best ways to fill your prescriptions is by mail order for a 90-day supply, now offered through most health-care plans.
Actor gets married in complete Superman costume
METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) -- In the end, Superman didn't marry Lois Lane. He married Marcella Encinas.
Contract a good way to drive home responsibilities
DEAR ABBY: Please reprint your advice and driving contract for parents who have a teen-ager who wants to borrow the car. I would like to use it as a contract between my newly licensed daughter and us. Thank you. - KAREN EAGLESON, NEPEAN, ONTARIO, CANADA
Names and faces
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) -- It was supposed to be the announcement of the Kennedy political dynasty passing its torch to a new generation.
Caregiver stretched too thin needs break
DEAR ABBY: I was disturbed to read the letter from "Exhausted and Angry," who is single-handedly raising her two children, working a 40-hour week, caring for her bedridden mother, and is now faced with demands to care for her obnoxious "Aunt Stella."
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don't fit Eric Clapton for that gold watch yet.
World response to execution very negative
BERLIN -- With rare exceptions, the world watched with horror and disbelief Monday as U.S. authorities inflicted the ultimate penalty on America's most notorious terrorist.
Philippine president threatens rebels
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' president promised a "long and bloody war" against Muslim rebels who claim to have beheaded an American hostage -- a claim questioned by the military.
Philippine rebels claim American captive executed
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- Muslim rebels claimed Tuesday that they beheaded one of three American hostages and threatened to kill more of their captives on a jungle-covered island despite a concession by the Philippine government.
Israel, Palestinians accept U.S. truce plan
JERUSALEM -- CIA chief George Tenet on Wednesday brought together senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials to begin implementing a U.S.-brokered truce the two sides have grudgingly accepted.
Hopes of U.S.-mediated deal dim after Israel-Palestinian talks
JERUSALEM -- Expectations dimmed Tuesday that a U.S.-mediated agreement would emerge anytime soon to end Israeli-Palestinian violence, even though Israel said it accepts a proposal made by CIA chief George Tenet.
Something to be said for election excess
LONDON -- Wake a card-carrying member of Common Cause in the middle of the night, ask hi
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