Join the chase with Mustang Bullitt GT
Just for a moment, I felt like actor Steve McQueen.
Buell Lightning will give motorcycle fanatics a serious jolt
The fellow on the Japanese hyperbike pulled up at a stoplight and cast a long, wondering glance at the bright yellow Buell X1 Lightning. It was the usual once over: Look under the bodywork at the throbbing V-twin, sweep across to the low bars, check out the sticky tires at both ends. An approving nod, and he was off.
Mike Skinner walked through the garage area with a smile on his face. For a driver plagued by so much uncertainty, he looked completely unaffected.
Taking Liberty with Jeep works out fine
If Jeep "wrote the book" on four-wheel drive, as the brand's owners are fond of saying, it was the Cherokee, helped by its contemporaries, the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and Ford Bronco II, that wrote the book on the compact SUV as a family vehicle.
New York among 40 states considering bans on drivers using hand-held cell phones
ALBANY, N.Y. -- From New York to California, governments seem driven to distraction by motorists with cellular phones.
Trucks sell well despite high gas prices
Car shoppers around the country may be grumbling about soaring gasoline prices , but their buying habits haven't changed much.
Church censured for ordaining lesbian
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Lutheran congregation that ordained a lesbian pastor against Evangelical Lutheran Church in American rules has been publicly censured by its bishop.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a car fire at 10:11 p.m. Thursday on Pine Street.
New hazards crop up on golf courses
The biggest enemy of a golfer isn't a sand trap or slow play -- it's weather.
A blast from the past in a stormy U.S. Open
TULSA, Okla. -- It was a shot that Tiger Woods has made look routine, a 2-iron that pierces through the wind and stops within the shadow of a flag at high noon. Only this time, it belonged to a man twice his age.
Tiger begins quest for five majors in a row
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods has won four straight majors, and there's nothing to suggest this week will be any different.
Senate passes education bill after billions added
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats vowed to defend billions of dollars in added spending in the education bill passed by the Senate, saying victory for President Bush's plan would ring hollow without more money for schools.
House, Senate meet briefly before recessing until Monday
ST. PAUL -- A day after House and Senate leaders traded budget offers in public, they were back behind closed doors Thursday trying to find a compromise.
Bush Vieques pullout opposed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's plan to end Navy bombing exercises on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island is generating fierce opposition from conservative Republicans, who say Congress can block the proposal.
At the Legislature
ST. PAUL (AP) - The House and Senate moved closer to a budget agreement Wednesday with the exchanging of several offers, but it was unclear if the progress would even carry into the next day.
New home-furnishings store a hit
That first glimpse of Vega, a new home-furnishings store in Washington, delivers a palpable hit: color and texture combined with clean, crisp contours. The result? A sleek, luscious space filled with contemporary pieces to covet.
Save money on replacement central air conditioners
Homeowners pricing replacement central air conditioning systems don't need to simmer over installation costs and contractor work schedules.
GSA expands program to sell property online
PETERSBURG, W.Va. -- Another real estate agency might have hidden the mousetrap in the master bedroom before showing the house at 109 Pine St.
Is an 80-10-10 mortgage for me?
Q: I'm buying a home and have just 10 percent for a down payment. My lender has suggested an 80-10-10 mortgage as an alternative to paying private mortgage insurance until I reach 20 percent equity. How does this work?
The Gardener's Guide: Water conservation takes many forms
No one wants to stand by and watch their tomato plants wilt away to nothing in dry weather. Then again, who wants to run their well dry or waste water? The challenge is to keep plants happy and, at the same time, conserve water.
After the storm
Troy Larson cut trees this morning at a damaged home south of Brainerd. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
After major storm, no such thing as business as usual
When the storm winds blow, one of the first things they destroy is business as usual. Thursday morning in Brainerd, businesses that lost power in Wednesday night's storm were scrambling to find alternative ways of going on with their business, if they were able to open at all.
Utility crews scramble to restore power
Whether it was a tornado or straight-line winds, the storm that swept through Brainerd on Wednesday night couldn't have chosen a worse path in the view of Brainerd Public Utilities.
BREEZY POINT -- A community meeting to gather feedback on the Pequot Lakes School District's recently defeated bond referendum is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Breezy Point City Hall.
House, some buildings damaged near LF
A house and some buildings near Little Falls were damaged Wednesday night following what was likely a twister, a Morrison County Sheriff's Department dispatcher said.
National Guard members securing tornado area
To get beyond the county fairgrounds on Crow Wing County Road 45 south of Brainerd, a person first has to get past the Minnesota Army National Guard.
Brainerd Medical Center forced to close down
Thursday normally is one of the busiest days of the week at Brainerd Medical Center. Most doctors are working and about 500 appointments are scheduled.
Rural Brainerd residents Mike Brown (left) Heather Jensen and Jeanne Koering listened to options at a special meeting conducted at the Public Safety Building at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds Thursday night. Law enforcement, county commissioners and relief agencies presented their plans of assistance for the residents who suffered damage from Wednesday night's tornado. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Scenes of disaster
Shards of galvanized steel cluttered the entry to a steel building along Crow Wing County Road 45. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Power lines snapped
The tornado snapped power lines along Crow Wing County Road 45 southeast of Brainerd making them look like matchsticks as crews were kept busy restoring power on Thursday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Bad weather brings rising water
Wednesday's violent storm and Thursday's rain dropped more than 5 inches of rain in the Brainerd area, pushing streams and rivers up their banks.
Family thankful for neighbors who noticed collapsed basement wall
Quick-acting neighbors in northeast Brainerd may have averted disaster Wednesday night.
Emergency workers spring into action
When the tornado hit at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in south of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, Dave Schuldheisz, county emergency management director, was off to coordinate efforts from behind the scenes.
View from above
It's hard to assess just how devastating Wednesday's tornado was just southeast of Brainerd unless you've viewed the entire wreckage from above in local pilot Lee Andrew's helicopter.
Storm survivors shaken but safe
Storm survivors crawled though downed trees and power lines in the darkness Wednesday night. Their route was punctuated by lightning strikes.
In the vein of the show must go on, "Late Nite Catechism," a play designed as a fund-raiser for St. Francis Catholic School, was moved from Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd to Lakewood Free Evangelical Church in Baxter because of the lack of power in Brainerd.
Destructive storm hits
Gary Thiesse had only one concern this morning: Finding a place for his family to live.
Tornado destroys century old dairy farm
It took more than 100 years to build the McKay dairy farm to what it was Wednesday, and just minutes to tear it apart.
Twister hits Parkers Prairie
Another twister Wednesday damaged several farm buildings and two mobile homes near Parkers Prairie, about 30 miles north of Alexandria in west-central Minnesota, around 6:45 p.m.
Emergency storm help available, needed
Anyone with any damages from the storm should visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency offices at the Crow Wing County fairgrounds or call (218) 829-1711.
Echo helps out Dispatch during power outage
PEQUOT LAKES -- Putting together a daily paper is challenging enough, but when a citywide power outage shut down the Brainerd Dispatch's newspaper plant today employees found themselves scattered far and wide as they worked on today's edition.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Melanie Maine, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horton Maine of Brainerd was recently selected to compete in the 1981 Miss Minnesota T.E.E.N. pageant to be held at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester.
Home destroyed, but survivor says they were lucky
Tangled living room furniture was pushed against a leaning second floor wall of the Crackel home east of Brainerd. The roof was upended just feet away in the backyard. Pink insulation was strewn along the grass.
Lights back on as city views damage
Twenty-five hours after being blacked-out, electricity was returned to most Brainerd residents at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dispatch's main phone number down
The Brainerd Dispatch's main phone number, 829-4705, is currently out of commission.
Feds were more than ready when disaster hit Brainerd
All the tornadoes that hit the state this spring have actually helped the Brainerd lakes area.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM SAFETY RULES
Severe thunderstorms produce strong, damaging winds, large hail and deadly lightning. Stay indoors and away from w
Because of power outages resulting from Wednesday's storm and The Dispatch's ensuing technical difficulties, the Housing/Real Estate/Classified section is included in the Tempo section today.
This was Brainerd
JUNE 14 - 40 years ago (1961) - Walleyes to nine pounds, Northerns to 14, Bass bigger than 4 1/2 pounds and many panfish in the one and two-pound class highlighted the week just past in Paul Bunyan Vacationland.
Energy prices fuel consumer inflation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer inflation rose in May, largely reflecting a big jump in gasoline and electricity costs. Manufacturing activity plunged for the eighth month in a row.
Winning $46 million Big Game lottery ticket arrives in mail
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Three days after lottery officials said no one had stepped forward to claim a year-old $46 million Big Game jackpot -- the winning ticket arrived in the mail.
No death penalty sought for FBI spy
WASHINGTON -- On the path to a plea agreement, the Justice Department has decided not to pursue the death penalty against accused FBI spy Robert Hanssen if he reveals his secrets to prosecutors, a source close to the case said.
Comair, pilots reach tentative deal to end strike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Comair and its striking pilots have reached a tentative deal to resume operations at the airline, which has been grounded for 2 1/2 months.
Prosecutor seeks to put Ruby Ridge case to rest
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Nine years after a federal agent shot and killed the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, an Idaho prosecutor says he's prepared to put the case to rest.
Lakers one win away from NBA title
PHILADELPHIA -- Ron Harper and Brian Shaw are just the kind of players Phil Jackson loves -- veterans who have been through big games.
Gerald 'Whitey' Wehler
CROSSLAKE -- A memorial service for Gerald "Whitey" Wehler, who died Jan. 27, 2001, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church in Crosslake.
Mildred 'Millie' Arness
PALISADE -- Mildred "Millie" Arness, 86, Palisade, died today, June 15, 2001, at home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Daniel Strzelecki, 52, Little Falls, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Delores A. Lemire
AITKIN -- Delores A. Lemire, 72, Farm Island Township, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
MERRIFIELD -- Colleen Hoppe, 63, Merrifield, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at home.
Betty Lee Browning
LITTLE FALLS -- Betty Lee Browning, 77, Little Falls, formerly of New Port, Ky., and Dallas, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Painting the president green
At the rate he is visiting national parks they'll soon all be stomped to dust by the mob of day-tripping courtiers, bodyguards and media hyenas who are part of the movable White House that accompanies George W. Bush everywhere he travels.
It's deeply ingrained in our collective consciousness by now: When it comes to expressing himself, President George W. Bush is a Lone Star State Stiff. His verbal slip-ups are seized upon as evidence of a lack of intelligence. Whether the popular perception is rooted in truth no longer matters.
The House Omnibus Transportation Finance Bill that was passed on a straight party line vote by Republicans is a bad bill for rural Minnesota. It barely covers the inflationary cost for highways and transit and does not provide additional monies unless a constitutional amendment is passed.
Making the best of it
Adversity can bring out the best in an enterprising business person, even when the lights are out for 25 hours.
After the storm - Dispatch Editorial
There's something humbling about the destructive power of a tornado. With little warning and surgical precision it can demolish a home that a family has built, improved and lived in for many years.
A simple solution - Dispatch Editorial
There are probably only a handful of people who truly understand Minnesota's tax system. A few of them are even legislators.
A bright light dimmed in the Brainerd area on June 2, when Shirley Zebroski died at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Probably best known in her role as an RN at the hospital, she was so much more. Trul
Jack Strong (left) stood by his 1951 Studebaker four-door racer with Bob Sikes and his father, Orvan, at North Central Motor Speedway in this photograph taken in 1961.
North Central Motor Speedway
Results through June 9
Peddleboats among CBIR attractions
The possibility of renting peddleboats at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway and Resort is just one of the many additions to the raceway this summer.
Local sports briefs
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Little Falls American Legion fastpitch softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Sauk Rapids Tuesday.
Cretin-Derham Hall stops Warriors
ST. PAUL -- Joe Mauer was the No. 1 pick of the Twins as a catcher in last week's major league draft. He probably could also have been drafted as a pitcher.
Brainerd wins 1-0 over New Ulm at tourney
The Brainerd Warriors Baseball team beat New Ulm 1-0 today at Midway Stadium in St. Paul in the Class 3A State Tournament.
Milton pitches Twins to 3-1 victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Eric Milton couldn't quite match Brad Radke but he did more than enough to help the Minnesota Twins win.
Berkman leads Astros to 8-3 win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Lance Berkman hit a grand slam and a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Taste of Minnesota to feature diverse entertainment schedule
ST. PAUL -- One of Minnesota's largest free festivals will feature the most diversified entertainment lineups in its 19-year history, according to A Taste of Minnesota promoters.
Viking Games, Trade Fair slated in Crosby
CROSBY -- "The Crazy Viking" of Minnesota football fame is expanding his domain this weekend with the first Viking Games and Trade Fair at Yawkey Park in Crosby.
Brainerd alum Tom Schmid has been offered the leading role in a "Jekyll & Hyde" production at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Westchester, N.Y., but acceptance would mean leaving Broadway's "Annie Get Your Gun," the actor-singer said in an e-mail last week.
Author and tree farmer to speak at Brainerd library
Robert Treuer, author, independent scholar and tree farmer, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the "brown bag lunch" in the Brainerd Public Library large meeting room.
Sixth-graders lead art tour at Central Lakes College
Fourteen sixth-graders at Mississippi Horizons School in Brainerd served as docents to guide classmates on a tour of the more than $200,000 in public art displayed at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
American Celebration to offer week's worth of activities
Brainerd's weeklong July 4th celebration will be "bigger and better than ever" with additional events and an extra day at week's end, according to the principal organizer.
Tickets remain for 'Late Night Catechism'
Ticket sales for today's local performance of "Late Nite Catechism" -- a national touring stage production -- are lagging behind expectations, but organizers are hoping for a last-minute crush of sales at the gate.
Lakes Area Artists to show, sell works
BREEZY POINT -- The Lakes Area Artists' sixth annual exhibition and sale will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, as well as 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Breezy Point City Hall.
Lowell School receives awards for best student art display at art fair
At the recent Student of the Month Awards Day, Lowell Elementary School was awarded a plaque and a $100 check for the best student art display at the annual Children's Art Fair held at Mississippi Horizons School this spring.
Judy Garland Festival on tap in Grand Rapids
Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
Fourth of July events
5 p.m. -- Picnic for developmentally disabled adults, Camp Confidence.
Heartland Symphony to hold annual meeting
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual membership meeting and election of new directors to the board Monday at The Fort Steakhouse, located on Highway 371 between Brainerd and Little Falls.
Warnberg to perform Sunday in Little Falls Concert in the Park series
LITTLE FALLS -- Musician Charles Warnberg, a veteran of Little Falls community theater productions, will perform Sunday in the Concerts in the Park series.
The following students of Sue Kavanaugh presented a piano recital recently in the Franklin Junior High School auditorium: Sarah Dens (front, left), Kassi Kavanaugh, Tiffany Klang (second row, left
Auditions for 'Aladdin and His Magic Lamp' set June 25 in Crosby
CROSBY -- Crosby-Ironton Community Education announces auditions for Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of the exotic classic, "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp."
Heads up! Class is in session, with Maripat Donovan's "Late Nite Catechism," a critically acclaimed one-woman national touring show that will take you back to your 1950s religious training experiences.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's Billboard magazine.
Picasso meets Einstein in Steve Martin comedy to be staged at CLC
A chance encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in a Paris bistro provides the grist for the comedic drama that opens Central Lakes College's summer theater season next week.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with a chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs from the 60s north to the 70s south.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers this morning northwest. A chance for showers this afternoon...Possibly a thunderstorm in the south. Highs in the middle 60s to middle 70s.
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Morning showers ending southeast...Otherwise mostly sunny. A chance of late afternoon thunderstorms northwest. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered morning showers or thunderstorms east and south. Otherwise partly sunny. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of showers statewide...Possibly a thunderstorm west. Highs 60 to 70.
Showers, thunderstorms in Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Deep South; mostly clear in West
Showers and thunderstorms were expected in much of the eastern half of the country on Friday, with the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison lingering along the North Carolina coast.
Bush in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- President Bush crossed Europe's old Iron Curtain divide Friday to spotlight Poland's successful transition from communism to democracy. "Poland serves as an example of what's possible," he said.
Bush in Sweden to defend refection of Kyoto treaty
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) -- President Bush on Thursday parted ways with much of Europe over climate change, maintaining his opposition to a global warming treaty but pledging to seek "new channels of cooperation" on the issue.
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