No more ho-hum
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp., once a leader in automotive style but resigned for the last three decades to producing largely ho-hum vehicles, is designing a comeback.
Saturn strives to be more user-friendly
Not too long ago, a good reputation, affordable pricing and friendly showrooms did much to popularize the Saturn.
With Mitsubishi's Montero, a sport-brute takes a civilized turn
WASHINGTON -- An ascetic would see things differently. He'd object to the wood trim, leather seats, tinted windows and big-boom sound system in the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Limited sport-utility vehicle.
Transform blueberries into juicy toppings for summertime desserts
Blueberries in their summer season can easily be transformed into juicy toppings for desserts or ice cream or whatever takes your fancy.
Spring, early summer vegetables pack good nutrition
NEW YORK (AP) -- Locally grown fresh vegetables make an especially welcome showing each spring and early summer. Serving them raw as ''crudites'' or lightly cooked makes the most of their nutritious value, and also makes preparation fast and easy for the cook.
Tips for whipping cream offered
To enjoy the ''creme de la creme,'' here are some tips from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council to bear in mind as you whip the cream for summer desserts:
Make meals Dad will enjoy this weekend
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. I feel exceptionally blessed to still have my dad. I have a special place deep in my heart for my dad and feel so complimented when people tell me I am so much like my father.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 266, a year ago 113.
THEFT -- Travis Hahn, 700 block of College Drive West, reported the theft of stereo equipment from his vehicle.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550.
WALKER -- Jeffrey Wallace Ferrier, 42, Park Rapids, pleaded guilty recently in Cass County District Court to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. The judge ordered him to serve one year jail with credit for time served.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 191, a year ago 173.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800.
Blast the egg out of the bunker
Fear of the bunker shot is a common reaction for many golfers. Usually this fear is a result of past experiences of bladed shots that fly over the green or flubbed shots that roll back into the crater of sand you just excavated. It's a common reaction to fear something which you have difficulty performing. Overcoming bunker fear is a lesson for today and can be as simple as developing a mental picture of how to perform the shot.
Breezy offers options for learning golf
BREEZY POINT -- For golfers, Breezy Point Resort has it all, with two distinctly different golf courses and a selection in its golf instructors.
Traditional keeps changing
BREEZY POINT -- The saying "never judge a book by its cover" also holds true for Breezy Point Resort's Traditional golf course.
Fellow pros honor Stewart
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- At 7 a.m. Wednesday in the filtered sunshine on the 18th green at Pebble Beach, it was the moment to officially say goodbye to Payne Stewart for the last time.
Country Club Estates finally over took GLS for the lead in the Men's Twilight League at Pine Meadows Thursday.
Pebble Beach is magical
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Magical is thy name.
Woods stars in favorite role
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Poor Tiger Woods. It doesn't make any difference whether he shows up at the Buick Classic or the Deutsche Bank/SAP Open or the U.S. Open, he will always be the player everyone else has to beat to win the tournament.
Exercise reduces women's stroke risk
CHICAGO (AP) -- Women who get 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day, even just a brisk walk, can reduce their chances of having a stroke by as much as 30 percent, a study says.
Rain forest theme for Spanish language camp at CLC
"A Fantastic Journey to the Rain Forest" is the theme for a foreign language camp at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Central Lakes College only MnSCU college offering Windows 2000 engineer degree
Central Lakes College is the only place among 36 campuses in the state's largest higher education system with an associate in applied science degree for a "cutting-edge" computer networking program.
Voices of the Land
Love of place was the theme for area essayists who took part in the Voices for the Land statewide writing project.
The Back Forty
Today the prairie grasses are bent with frost. The surrounding woods stand stark, birch and aspen reach bare finger-like branches clawing into the gray sky. Ominous winds pick up, moving through the tops of spruce and pine. November chill.
It's 2 in the morning and you're sound asleep in your nice cozy bed. You feel a light tap on your shoulder and a voice whispers for you to wake up.
'Ride for Unity' bike ride set in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- St. Gabriel's Hospital Auxiliary has scheduled the fifth annual "Ride for Unity" bike ride on July 1.
Hepaticas are up!
Spring comes slowly to these northwoods of central Minnesota. It's not quite here yet when the male robins scurry around on cold feet. It's not quite here when the snow geese come bellowing across the tree tops.
Grants approved for four area projects
Four area projects received grant funding from the Initiative Foundation based in Little Falls.
The Tamarack Swamp
We set off for the tamarack swamp, my sister and I, looking like two scarecrows dressed in knee-high boots, ragged shirts, old raincoats, and felt hats from a bygone era. For more than 100 years family members have delighted in our tamarack swamp, named "Paradise" by our ancestors.
Aitkin County River, Lakes Fair is Saturday
AITKIN -- The fourth annual Aitkin County River and Lakes Fair is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Aitkin High School, 306 Second St. N.W., in Aitkin.
EMILY -- The annual meeting of Cuyuna Country Heritage Preservation Society will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Bungalow Supper Club & Sportsmen's Bar on Bungalow Lane in Emily.
Students share how they became involved in statewide writing contest
Four area students became regional finalists earlier this year in the statewide Voices of the Land contest.
Man recognized for work with Emotions Anonymous in PR
Don Hanson, of the Leader area, was presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award for the state of Minnesota in a ceremony at the annual Community Support Program Conference at the St. Cloud Civic Center.
Greek cuisine added to July 4 Food Court at Crosby Memorial Park
CROSBY -- Final plans are being made for the Fourth of July Food Court in Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake, with food being served from noon until the fireworks display at dusk.
"Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky, and the clustering stars above, seems to impart a quiet to the mind." -- Edwards
Area sports briefs
WALKER -- The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley ninth-grade boys' basketball team will play LeRoy-Ostrander at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the first round of the eight-team Minnesota State Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Whitney Center in St. Cloud.
Artist's house of mirrors reflects lakes area's beauty
PEQUOT LAKES -- The towering trees and multitude of lakes in the Brainerd lakes area have always provided a natural backdrop for many aspiring and established artists, painters and photographers.
Three-star commander visits soldiers at Camp Ripley during training
CAMP RIPLEY -- Lt. Gen. John M. Riggs, a three-star, First U.S. Army commander, visited soldiers of the 34th (Red Bulls) Infantry Division during their annual training at Camp Ripley.
Pierz area wastewater facilities to be dedicated
PIERZ -- The Rich Prairie Sewer and Water District in Pierz will dedicate its new water and wastewater facilities at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.
The Point on Gilbert Lake
A light breeze makes the leaves on the trees rustle. A wind chime hanging from a branch tinkles a rhythm like quiet church music. The low branches on the trees hug the ground. It's late afternoon and the sky is gloomy.
Workshop for livestock farmers offered
ISLE -- A workshop titled "Livestock Grazing Management and Monitoring" will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Richard and Phyllis Erickson farm in Isle for anyone interested in doing a better job managing pasture acres.
Sustainable Farming Association events planned
The Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota will hold the following events in June.
There are six of us. Six women. Some of us know each other, others are strangers. We've come together to canoe the Boundary Waters.
South Half, Northeast Quarter, Section Seven, Hayland Township
I'm not sure when I realized our place is a holy place -- when I started paying attention, or why -- but at some point, I recognized it.
The forest is a place where you can go to escape the real world. It's as mysterious as the deepest ocean. The forest is busy with life, yet quiet and peaceful. Sounds of animals and the wind fill the air.
They're off and moving
Joel Polaczyk, Eagan, and his son, Nicholas, watched their turtles head toward the finish line Wednesday on the opening day of the 35th annual Turtle Races in Nisswa. Races will be held at 2 p.m. each Wednesday through the summer. (Dispatch Photo by Paul Burton)
First Americans in Flight
Bad weather didn't stop a dedicated group of students from flying high Wednesday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Perhaps one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a motorist in Brainerd is to be in a big hurry and arrive at a railroad crossing just as the crossing arms come down and a long coal train begins moving through. Because of the frustrations, many of us don't take the time to realize how important the Burlington Northern is to the community as part of its economic base.
Grand Forks Mayor Owens loses
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens, who led the city's recovery effort following the devastating flood and fire of 1997, lost her bid Tuesday to serve a second term.
Ventura appears on soap opera
LOS ANGELES -- First he was a wrestler, then a politician, now a soap opera star. What will Jesse Ventura try next?
County choses Best as jail service provider
After hearing legal advice Tuesday, the Crow Wing County Board agreed to go with Best Inc. as its food service contractor for all Crow Wing County jail and detention center facilities.
Board delays making choice
Two strong applicants, one position.
Blom's defense says tooth didn't come from Katie Poirier
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- A tooth found in a fire pit on Donald Blom's property is ''inconsistent with'' Katie Poirier's, Blom's defense team said in court papers filed Tuesday. And papers filed by the prosecution allege Blom planned to sabotage his own trial.
Rudy, Lola Perpich portrait to be unveiled in State Capitol
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The official portrait of former Gov. Rudy Perpich will be replaced later this month with an oil portrait of the late governor and his wife, Lola.
The driver's education story on Page 1C Sunday should have stated taking behind-the-wheel training will no longer reduce the minimum time before a novice driver can take a road test.
Vote against Anderson was vote for change
It was a vote for change backed by hundreds of ballots.
Ventura running up travel tab
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's six-day trip to California is costing Minnesota taxpayers as much as $10,000, even though he was scheduled to spend only one day on state-related business, according to a television report.
C-I School Board to hire interim superintendent
CROSBY -- About 35 people filled the media center at Crosby-Ironton High School this morning to hear how the C-I School Board plans to find a new superintendent.
Deluge causes flooding in Grand Forks area
GILBY, N.D. -- Residents of northeastern North Dakota are eager for a dry spell after storms dumped more than a foot of rain in 12 hours, flooding basements, swamping fields and washing out roads.
PR establishes TIF district
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River City Council Monday night established a tax increment financing district for the first building project planned for the Barclay West development area.
There were no homicides in Crow Wing County in 1999
Crow Wing County went through 1999 with no homicides.
Sluss will seek new county board term
Crow Wing County Chair Terry Sluss announced Tuesday he will seek re-election to his District 3 county commissioner seat.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - The group that operates the Brainerd Civic Center is making a push for funds that should get the support of all area residents interested in hockey, figure skating and the continued development of the center for other activities.
Senate committee takes on racial profiling in law enforcement
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Ramsey County District Court Judge Salvador Rosas recounted to a Senate committee his run-in with St. Paul police two years ago, a traffic stop he believes was motivated by his race.
Time for reading
Joan Steiger and Kay Marvin organized books Tuesday at the East Brainerd Mall for the Brainerd Area Service Club book sale. (Dispatch Photo by Paul Burton)
The Brainerd School District has a plan to help keep the 2000-01 estimated $562,000 deficit from getting any worse.
Duluth passes smoking ban
DULUTH (AP) -- This city became the second in Minnesota to ban most smoking in restaurants when the City Council passed an ordinance after long debate.
The date of the second annual EMS Community Awareness Event at the East Gull Lake Airport was listed incorrectly in Wednesday's Neighbors section. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
PARK RAPIDS (AP) -- Police said Wednesday that a 17-year-old boy whose body was found in a Pizza Hut parking lot apparently died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
More than 1,500 expected to bring appetites to Mariucci feast
More than 1,500 people are expected to turn out Friday night at Camp Confidence for an 11-course Italian meal, prepared by Sertoma Club members.
Sixteen jobs were cut at the Potlatch plant in Brainerd as part of a company-wide workforce reduction.
Performance in Park event moved to BHS cafeteria
Tonight's Performance in the Park featuring the Amazing Jeffo has been moved to the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Marge Anderson loses in tribal vote
Marge Anderson was ousted as chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Tuesday elections.
Three indicted on first-degree murder in random shooting of bicyclist
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Ramsey County grand jury indicted three young men Wednesday on first-degree murder charges in the random drive-by shooting of a St. Paul bicyclist.
This is news you're just itching to hear
You can tell it's summer, because once again, bugs are starting to become a nuisance.
Family gathers to mourn murder victim from St. Cloud
LAKEVILLE, Mass. -- Jason Burgeson loved alternative music and the rock band Pink Floyd. He could reel off every line from a ''Monty Python'' skit and wrote stories and verse.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will host the second annual fund raiser lake swim on Aug. 19 at Parker Scout Reservation on North Long Lake.
St. Paul police officer arrested for drunken driving, report says
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A St. Paul police officer was arrested for drunken driving while driving an unmarked police car, according to a television report.
WASHINGTON -- ''Stop!'' shouted the frightened air traffic controller as a giant Boeing 747 that had just landed headed into the path of another jumbo jet preparing to take off from the Chicago runway.
Giuliani vows to probe gang sexual assaults in Central Park
NEW YORK -- New York City officials vowed a crackdown Wednesday on predators and police alike, as evidence mounted that some officers did little to stop the sexual attacks on at least 24 women in Central Park -- a near riot in which roving packs of men sprayed victims with water, stripped off their clothes and tried to molest them.
Electronic signature bill moves toward passage
WASHINGTON -- Business executives will be able to close major deals without going to the office and consumers should be able to buy a car without ever facing a salesman under legislation on ''electronic signatures'' moving through Congress.
Appeals court agrees to hear Microsoft appeal
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday agreed to hear Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of the landmark antitrust case, while the U.S. Justice Department called it ''an ill-conceived attempt to end-run'' government efforts to send the case directly to the Supreme Court.
Continental plane lurches during check, jams nose into terminal wall
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A Continental Airlines plane lurched forward early today during an engine check, crashing its nose into a nearly empty passenger terminal at Newark International Airport.
Man convicted in Xerox killings
HONOLULU -- Byran Uyesugi's attorneys took two weeks laying out their claim that the former Xerox copier repairman was legally insane when he fatally shot seven co-workers last November.
Elian's relatives seek rehearing
MIAMI -- Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives are planning to meet a deadline Thursday to file an appeal in federal court in their bid to keep the 6-year-old Cuban boy in the United States, attorneys for the family said.
Putin denies political grounds are behind media tycoon's arrest
MOSCOW -- Facing a wave of criticism from politicians and journalists, President Vladimir Putin denied on Wednesday that the arrest of media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky was punishment for criticizing the Kremlin.
South Koreans elated at summit accord, wary of difficulties ahead
SEOUL, South Korea -- The inter-Korean summit turned out better than many had imagined, ending in clasped hands, champagne toasts and a historic accord to work toward eventual reunification.
Love's sparks rekindled -- at 95
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) -- After his wife died, loneliness and curiosity took 95-year-old Paul Johnston to the doorstep of his college sweetheart's home.
List of burned homes grows in Colorado
CONIFER, Colo. -- Lloyd and Margie Knodel wept after learning their home had been destroyed by the Colorado wildfire devouring hundreds of pine-studded acres, fueled by sweltering temperatures and gusty winds.
Detroit struggles to power up after massive outage
DETROIT -- Crews struggled today to restore power in municipal buildings, schools, police stations and jails left in the dark after a cable problem knocked out a power station.
Southern Baptist Convention approves statement against women as pastors
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Southern Baptist Convention approved a revised statement of faith on Wednesday that says women should not serve as pastors.
Feds charge 120 people in big securities fraud crackdown
NEW YORK -- Charges were brought Wednesday against 120 people in what federal prosecutors said was the largest securities fraud crackdown in U.S. history. Among those charged were members of all five New York City organized crime families.
Retired Army officer accused of spying
TAMPA, Fla. -- As his wife waited in a car outside, George Trofimoff stepped inside a Tampa hotel for a meeting. The retired Army Reserve colonel with an address on Patriot Drive emerged in handcuffs, accused of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for a quarter-century.
Consumer prices tick up in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices inched up 0.1 percent in May as falling costs for gasoline, tobacco and clothing helped restrain rising costs for airfares and the biggest jump in food prices since October 1998.
Missing secrets at Los Alamos prompts probe, political fallout
WASHINGTON -- The disappearance of nuclear secrets from a vault at the Los Alamos weapons lab has prompted a criminal investigation and unleashed another torrent of criticism about security at the Energy Department, leaving the Clinton administration scrambling to contain the political fallout.
Republicans moving ahead with drug proposal
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are pushing forward with plans for legislation meant to make it easier and cheaper for the elderly to get prescription drugs, trying to get ahead of President Clinton on what is bound to be a major election-year issue.
Appeals court sides with government in Ruby Ridge case
A state cannot prosecute a federal law enforcement agent who acted ''honestly and reasonably'' when shooting at a fleeing suspect, a sharply divided federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a closely watched case stemming from the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
Missing Los Alamos data highly sensitive
WASHINGTON -- Two computer hard drives missing from the Los Alamos National Laboratory contain highly sensitive data about the nuclear arsenals of France, China and Russia, in addition to secrets about American nuclear weapons, U.S. officials disclosed Wednesday.
Germany plans to phase out nuclear power plants
BERLIN -- Germany's government and its nuclear power industry agreed Thursday to end the country's use of atomic energy, a plan officials said could take the plants off line beginning in 2002.
Regulators on verge of approving mammoth Bell Atlantic, GTE merger
WASHINGTON -- The anticipated merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE will create a telephone powerhouse with the most local lines and wireless customers in the nation.
Ex-North Star hopes golfers score goal for Camp Confidence
From celebrities to hackers, the fairways at Pine Meadows in Brainerd will be full of every kind of golfer Friday, but for a good reason.
Price hikes prompt Midwest governors to press EPA to suspend new cleaner gas rules
CHICAGO -- With gasoline selling for more than $2 a gallon in their states, the governors of Illinois and Wisconsin have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend new fuel regulations they blame for soaring prices.
OPEC refusal to hike production stirs oil prices
Growing uneasiness about OPEC's refusal to immediately raise production sent crude oil rocketing to three-month highs Tuesday for the second day in a row.
Rebels allow police to regain control of Solomons' capital
HONIARA, Solomon Islands -- Rebels who seized the capital of the Solomon Islands last week agreed Thursday to let the police take over security, easing tensions in the strife-torn country.
Gunman who shot pope extradited to Turkey, imprisoned
Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey -- The gunman who shot Pope John Paul II was imprisoned Wednesday in Turkey to finish serving a 10-year prison sentence for assassinating a newspaper editor.
USDA planning tougher safety standards for school meat
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is planning new safety standards for the ground beef it buys for the nation's schools after a judge barred the agency from shutting down its biggest supplier.
Significant progress in Korean summit reported
SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of North and South Korea reported significant progress Wednesday during their historic summit meeting about easing tensions on the peninsula, reunifying thousands of families separated by the Korean War and providing desperately needed investment in the North's failing economy.
Missing secrets probably doom Richardson as Gore's running mate
While Washington lost any lingering confidence in security at the United States' nuclear facilities this week, something more ephemeral dissipated, too: Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson's chances of being picked as Al Gore's running mate.
Solomon Islands prime minister resigns under duress
HONIARA, Solomon Islands -- The prime minister of the Solomon Islands resigned Wednesday, saying it was done under duress but that it would pave the way for peace between warring factions in the South Pacific nation.
New jobless claims fall last week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Industrial production at the nation's factories, mines and utilities posted a surprising increase in May that came amidst a number of other economic reports showing slower growth.
Man rescued from portable toilet
HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. (AP) -- Losing your keys into the depths of a portable toilet is bad enough. But one man who found himself in that situation Wednesday only made things worse for himself.
AL East race tightens
The Boston Red Sox tightened up the AL East race, while the Chicago White Sox have opened up some room in the Central.
Steinbrenner is hot after a slugger
NEW YORK -- You knew he would re-surface soon, doing that master-of-the-universe power walk of his with his chest stuck out like the prow of a battleship as he cleaves his way through the stadium corridor.
Erving makes plea for missing son
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- What was supposed to be a 20-minute trip to a Lake Mary shopping mall on Memorial Day weekend has turned into the 2 1/2 week disappearance of NBA great Julius Erving's 19-year-old son.
Hamilton relishes challenge of Wizards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leonard Hamilton gave a hearty laugh before answering the doomsday questions. If looking cheerful in the face of overwhelming odds is a good thing, then he's off to a fine start as the new Washington Wizards coach.
Rocker recalled by Atlanta
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- His rock star run at Richmond is over. As John Rocker prepares to rejoin the Atlanta Braves in Pittsburgh, even he can't help but wonder how he'll be received by the same teammates who were thrilled to see him go.
National sports briefs
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Reliever John Rocker returned to the Atlanta Braves after a brief stint in the minors, but was lifted after just six pitches -- all balls -- of an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Passenger says Moss did nothing wrong to get thrown off plane
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A US Airways passenger says Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss did nothing to provoke a confrontation with a flight attendant that led to his removal from the airplane.
Lakers beat Pacers in OT, grab 3-1 lead
INDIANAPOLIS -- They carried the team, then they carried each other at the end of Game 4, embracing unabashedly on the sideline before the cameras and the world.
NBA Finals: Game 4 at 8 o'clock tonight
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Sam Perkins has been around long enough to know when the wind is shifting. Midway through the NBA Finals, he thinks the breeze is at the Indiana Pacers' backs.
Twins form citizen panel to keep team in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins on Wednesday named a citizen committee to look into issues facing the small market team as it struggles to remain viable in a major league dominated by large market clubs with deeper pockets.
Raptors fire Carter
TORONTO (AP) -- It wasn't wins and losses that got Butch Carter fired. It was just time for him to go.
Hudson stymies Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tim Hudson had the Minnesota Twins frustrated from his first pitch.
'Any snipers in the room?
His coach says maybe, but he says there is no maybe about it. Kobe Bryant waited all his life for this stage.
That was no dream That was Kobe Bryant
INDIANAPOLIS -- The kid has us in his clutches now, an entire city locked in his long arms, tucked below that sheepish grin, soaring toward that shiny basket at the far reaches of the imagination.
Athletics edge Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Oakland rookie Mark Mulder is learning to trust his curveball.
Donald Aune, 88, Brainerd, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Myrtle Ligman, 89, Little Falls, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Lisle M. Keppers
Lisle M. Keppers, 96, Brainerd, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Ray L. Johnson
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. --Ray L. Johnson, 65, North Miami, Fla., formerly of Backus, died Dec. 25, 1999.
Marietta P. Waetjen
FOREST LAKE --Marietta P. Waetjen, 91, died Monday, June 12, 2000, in Wyoming.
Jessie J. Laverty
INDIANOLA, Iowa --Jessie J. Laverty, 92, Indianola, Iowa, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Lutheran Hospital of Des Moines, Iowa.
Sam A. Rheude
PINE RIVER --Sam A. Rheude, 66, Pine River, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at home.
Ann M. Svedvik
CROSSLAKE -- Ann Marie Svedvik, 77, Crosslake, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village of Pine River.
Randall K. Hanke, 48, Brainerd, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Jane W. Anderson
CROSSLAKE -- Jane W. Anderson, 87, Crosslake, died today, Thursday, June 15, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Ernest R. Thorson
CUSHING -- Ernest Richard Thorson, 81, Cushing, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Berkshire Residence of Osseo.
Donald J. Aune
Donald J. Aune, 88, Brainerd, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at his home.
William 'Bill' Klein
William "Bill" Klein, 75, Brainerd, died Monday, June 12, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.
Local economy gives national insight
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you want to get a sense of direction about the economy -- whether, for example, inflation is the threat all those big-name analystsare saying it is -- check out business in your hometown.
The younger Bush
From some angles, George W. Bush can look eerily like his father, former President Bush. At times, when the Texas governor is mangling a sentence, he can sound like his dad, too. But one of the most striking things about the son's presidential campaign is how different it is from the old man's. It's a difference that points toward a very different presidency if G.W. Bush becomes only the second son to follow his father in attaining the White House.
Some reformers, these Republicans
WASHINGTON--If you believe what Republicans are saying, this Congress is writing a record for the ages. In a manifesto issued on May 25, House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas said, ''We set out at the beginning of this 106th Congress to advance four crucial reforms to secure America's future,'' and -- mirable dictu -- education, defense, taxes and retirement programs are all being improved and modernized with GOP votes.
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times:
If you have considered, the early human deaths caused by war, famine and disease, and if you considered that birth control would be more humane, you are not alone. The last three popes, which includes Pope John Paul II, have considered the problem as well.
Another oil shock looming?
Just as Americans are gearing up their SUVs for summer vacations, oil prices that Energy Secretary Bill Richardson promised would go down are starting to creep up again and may hit $40 or more a barrel by winter, if not sooner. Similar looming shortages of natural gas and home heating oil may even lead some to cry ''crisis'' this winter. Yet, with the Clinton administration spinning it as a problem solved, few have noticed that the world has entered an oil-supply situation more precarious than at any time since the 1973 oil shock.
Catching up with Winston Cup
June 18 -- Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa.
Missing the boat
Billy Boat once drove the fastest car in the Indy Racing League. He's now getting used to life at slower speeds.
Northwoods League Baseball
Local sports shorts
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays will conduct a tryout for high school and college players 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Mighty Gulls' game with the Grand Forks Channel Cats here Tuesday night was rained out. The tentative make-up date is a June 24 double-header at 6:05 p.m.
Stadium-less Gophers can't threaten to move to Iowa
MINNEAPOLIS -- Glen Mason's name pops up virtually every time a vacancy arises in the college football coaching fraternity.
Warriors to test Elk River's stars
Two of the state's most recognized athletes will be in Elk River uniforms when the Brainerd Warriors play the Elks in the Class 3A state baseball tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday at Siebert Field in Minneapolis.
High School Baseball
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
The fact Brainerd Warriors track star Mike Weiss is currently in Nebraska at a football camp says a lot of what he is all about athletically.
A who's who of the 3A state tourney field
The state champion in this week's Class 3A baseball tournament could emerge from the bottom bracket.
'Some Like It Hot,' 'Tootsie' top list of 100 funniest American movies
LOS ANGELES -- Something about men in women's clothing obviously tickles people's funny bones: ''Some Like It Hot'' and ''Tootsie'' came in at Nos. 1 and 2 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American movies.
Country-pop singer Milsap to perform at casino
ONAMIA -- A country-pop singer with more No. 1 hits than you can shake a stick at will fire up the area's live music scene this weekend with two performances at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Other students included Christopher Dens (front row, left), Sarah Dens, Kassi Kavanaugh, Mark Hoge, Valerie VanVickle (second row, left), Jennifer Dens, Whitney Carlson, Rachel Sebasky, Rollie Gaalswyk and Ben Hoge.
MacArthur displays paintings at Brainerd library
During June and July, Virginia MacArthur will display some of her artworks at the Brainerd Public Library.
University Film Society offers independent films
MINNEAPOLIS -- When the marquee at the local multiplex or the stock at the favored video store fail to inspire, then it's time to consider the independent fare offered by the University Film Society.
Collective Unconscious to perform in LF
LITTLE FALLS -- Jeff Engholm and The Collective Unconscious will perform as part of the Concerts in the Park series in Little Falls, which is presented by the Great River Arts Association and sponsored by the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce and Bookin' It Bookstore.
Northern Lights Quilt Show set at BHS
The Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will present its 10th Biennial Quilt Show, Northern Lights, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, in the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Brainerd Art Club exhibits in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- "Summer Bounty," a visual art show presented by the Brainerd Art Club, is made up of artworks in many different mediums from 11 members of the Brainerd club and is on display now in the Government Center Gallery in Little Falls.
Eight inducted into Delta Psi Omega
The Central Lakes College chapter of Delta Psi Omega has inducted eight students into the national theatre honor society, based on extensive participation in CLC theatre.
'Oliver' to be staged in Staples in July
STAPLES -- Lamplighter Community Theatre will present its most ambitious production yet with the musical "Oliver" at 7:30 p.m. July 1-2 and 6-8 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
Brainerd actress lands role in play at Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview
Brainerd actress Marion Spradlin has landed a lead role in the stage production that will inaugurate the new Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview, the author's hometown in southeastern Minnesota.
With all its talent, 'Gone in 60 Seconds' should be better
If you've ever fantasized about hot-wiring someone else's car and taking a joy ride around town, "Gone in 60 Seconds" is the movie for you.
Brainerd is ready to celebrate the Fourth of July
Brainerd is preparing to roll out the carpet for its annual July 4th Celebration, with a schedule of events that will fit the occasion like a red, white and blue summer day.
The area's literary interests will be standing in clover next week, with a flurry of appearances by several prominent authors.
'Gone in 60 Seconds' zips into moviehouse lead, passing 'M: I2'
LOS ANGELES -- The biggest moneymaker at movie theaters so far this year enjoyed 16 days on top -- then it was ''Gone in 60 Seconds.''
For week of June 15-21; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
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Floral designer to give demonstration
Encore Art will present a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Brainerd Public Library with a floral designer discussing and demonstrating the technique of designing floral arrangements to go with works of art.
Great American Think-Off has first two-time winner
NEW YORK MILLS (AP) -- Is democracy fair?
Garrison author markets book via Internet
GARRISON -- A retired peace officer, spending his golden years in rural Garrison as an aspiring writer, is banking on the Internet to market his first novel, a whodunit in the private-eye tradition.
Novel paints Madame Mao in slightly softer tones
In "Becoming Madame Mao'' (Houghton Mifflin, $25), Jiang Qing, the wife of Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung, is portrayed as the ruthless and ambitious woman that most historical accounts say she was.
Final plans under way for Relay for Life in Pine River
PINE RIVER --Final plans for the Relay for Life sponsored by the Cass County Chapter of the American Cancer Society are being made. The Relay will be held from 6 p.m. Aug. 4 to 6 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Pine River track field.
Lakes area events
35th annual Turtle Races begin 2 p.m. Wednesday, downtown Nisswa.
Lakes area news
CROSSLAKE -- Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake will hold a community forum on the topic of housing options for senior citizens at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 25.
EMS Community Awareness Event in East Gull Lake to be held in honor of event's founder
EAST GULL LAKE -- Make your child's first experience with emergency personnel a pleasant one.
Keep on pumping
Exercise is a great way to stay healthy -- especially if you keep at it.
Computer classes offered at Emily Charter School
EMILY --Emily Charter School will be the site for computer courses this summer. Register with Deb Martz at 763-3401 (leave message).
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A rainy day
Weather drawing by Emily Holland of Mr. Hendrickson's third grade class at Baxter school.
Weather drawing by Kenzy Ostrowski of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Tonight...Scattered showers ending in the evening. Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Rain chance is 40 percent.
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Tonight...Evening rain tapering to scattered showers. Lows in the lower 50s. West wind around 10 mph. Rain chance is 80 percent early.
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Stepfather's past incest may be forgiven but not forgotten
DEAR ABBY: My mother is married for the second time. They were married when I was 14. A year later, she discovered he'd had an incestuous relationship with both of his daughters from the age of 5 until the oldest went to college and the second girl was 14 or 15. The relationship with the second daughter ended six months before he married my mom. Mother forgave him, and we all went to counseling.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Woody Allen was a hit in his off-screen role as a neighborhood activist.
Dear Heloise: I would really appreciate it if you could print the recipe for AMBROSIA SALAD. Thank you. -- Murni Mohamed, Bakersfield, Calif.
Blame for debt of family shared
DEAR ABBY: I am one of your male readers, and this is the first time in 30 years of reading you that I have written. You were right to tell the woman who ran up $17,000 in debt to tell her husband, but you missed an important point. He sounds like my son-in-law, someone who has ignored his fiscal responsibilities in his marriage.
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