Scientists group calls for more fuel-efficient cars
WASHINGTON -- With gas prices and concern about global warming rising, a group of scientists released a report Wednesday urging the auto industry to dramatically speed up development of more fuel-efficient automobiles.
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally: A small wonder
NAPOLEONVILLE, La. -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is beginning to take the small-car market seriously. It is choosing value over economy and trying to put fun and excitement where none existed -- in its least-expensive automobiles.
Consumer Reports rates Mitsubishi SUV 'not acceptable' due to rollover risk
DETROIT -- For only the third time, Consumer Reports magazine has rated a vehicle "not acceptable": Mitsubishi Motors' Montero Limited sport-utility vehicle, which the magazine says has a high likelihood of rolling over during sharp turns.
Chevy Trailblazer ventures into SUV country
The name may be the same, but make no mistake: the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer is no Blazer.
U.S. Catholic bishops' actions on church-related colleges, hospitals could create years of uncertainty
ATLANTA -- A meeting of 266 U.S. Roman Catholic bishops that concluded last Saturday leaves the future of the nation's Catholic colleges, hospitals and health care facilities murky.
Pay attention to daily rituals to keep them alive
We were just guys sitting around the same booth in the same diner we sit in every Monday. We were eating our usual breakfast specials, chewing the fat, breaking the bread as they say, and wondering out loud why people didn't seem to have rituals anymore.
Presbyterians delay vote on women in combat
DALLAS -- The Presbyterian Church in America will wait until next year to debate whether military women should serve in combat positions, which some members oppose because they say it is "the biblical duty of men to defend women."
The following people were confirmed at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd: Andrew Cottingham (left), Ashley Widmark, Anna Phelps, Emily Jones, Ashley Boman, Jocelyn Jones, Maya Kuehn and Nicole Spear.
White House pushing for scaled-back faith-based bill
WASHINGTON -- The White House is pushing House Republicans to scale back legislation opening government programs to religious charities in an effort win broader support for the measure.
Adopted kids come in every sort of package
QUESTION: Are adopted children more likely to be rebellious than children born to biological parents? If so, are there any steps I can take to prevent or ease the conflict? My husband and I are thinking about adopting a toddler, and the question has me worried.
Harvard Divinity School leader to leave
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The first Roman Catholic priest to lead the Harvard Divinity School plans to leave his post by year's end to become chief executive of Catholic Charities USA.
Chicago area Catholic youth athletic league changes decision, agrees to admit black parish
CHICAGO -- A Catholic athletic conference that refused to admit a primarily black grammar school, saying parents worried about sending their children to its neighborhood for games, has reversed its decision.
Hinduism conference gives chance for both faithful and curious to learn
GANGES, Mich. -- Janet Poole was raised as a Protestant and considers herself a Christian. Recently, however, the 35-year-old has found herself heading East on her spiritual journey.
Churches unite to give area kids something to do in the summer
The recent tragic death of a 15-year-old Brainerd youth prompted the Rev. Bob Evans of Temple Baptist Church in southeast Brainerd to do more for Brainerd youths this summer.
Report cards go online
WASHINGTON -- When report card day rolled around for Pam Murphy's children, she didn't watch the mail for an official-looking envelope or dig in a backpack for a crumpled slip of paper.
Lawmakers seek investigation of another charter school
ST. PAUL -- A lawmaker asked the state Wednesday to investigate an Iron Range charter school, alleging that its management company has kept two different sets of financial records.
Servicemen paid price for cheap cigarettes
DEAR ABBY: In 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, I was a 17-year-old seaman on a destroyer in the North Atlantic. There were several other teen-agers on board. We all smoked, as did the rest of the crew. Cigarettes were 6 cents a pack. At that price, the saying was, we couldn't afford NOT to smoke.
Mom finds its hard to stomach daughter's taste in boyfriends
DEAR ABBY: Our daughter, "Kristen," is almost 17. She's always been a good kid -- keeps her grades up and makes the honor roll regularly. She's never been a problem.
Dear Heloise: Thank you for the pamphlets I received today. I also want to ask you for the proportion of dishwasher detergent and bleach in water to soak dirty dish towels to remove all the stains.
Beware of the recluse spider
Dear Heloise: I never knew about the brown recluse spider until one turned up in a bag of mulch I was applying around a tree on our front lawn.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 136, a year ago 114.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday hogs: 900.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 500.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 186, a year ago 162.
Mustard-flavored shrimp is easy dish for a tasty bite
NEW YORK -- Stand by, sophisticates. Rice crispies and cornflakes are key ingredients in an informal, tasty dish from acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, who presides over New York's elegant restaurant Daniel, Cafe Boulud and his new DB "bistro moderne."
Say summer with fruit, vegetable, kabobs
Nothing says summer more than the fresh fruits and vegetables available at this time of the year.
Cookbook offers recipes, as well as sidebar tips
Every recipe in a new cookbook comes with an informative sidebar -- by the time you've read about it and made the dish you'll find you've absorbed a lesson in cooking.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
WALKER -- Frank Clifford Meagher, 24, Burtrum, was sentenced recently in Cass County District Court for gross misdemeanor DWI to 60 jail days, fined $1,000 and placed on three years supervised probation.
BURGLARY -- Faye Anderson, 1000 block of Seventh Avenue Northeast, reported a burglary to her garage. Tools, a band saw and a belt sander were taken.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to what turned out to be a false alarm at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Potlatch.
Gladiators of the links emerge
It might take me a month to recover. Maybe longer. I am bushed, fatigued, dehydrated and spent. And I didn't even participate in what people were hyping as the most grueling competition ever experienced by humans.
Ward can do the math, leads LPGA
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Oddities seems to follow Wendy Ward in the LPGA Championship.
Hoch figures Woods helps all
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) -- Begrudge Tiger Woods' pre-eminence on the world golfing stage? PGA Tour veteran Scott Hoch would rather thank him.
Just in case, Senate DFL draws up 'lights-on' bill
ST. PAUL -- The House had a brief skirmish over a sales tax rebate. The Senate DFL came forward with a "Plan B." But in the end Thursday, lawmakers made little progress toward resolving the budget dispute.
House rebukes Rep. Hilliard for campaign violations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Earl Hilliard escaped nearly unscathed from an ethics investigation into his finances, earning a written rebuke that spared him the possibility of a fine, reprimand or expulsion.
Bush backs bill restricting human cloning
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Wednesday announced that it favors the most far-reaching of several competing bills to make human cloning a federal crime -- one that would outlaw not only the creation of cloned children but also the creation of cloned human embryos for research.
Budget obstacles stall state
ST. PAUL -- Some state services and projects will begin shutting down as early as Thursday in case the Legislature fails to pass a budget by the end of the month, a team preparing a government closure said Wednesday.
House working on energy tax breaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are quietly working on a package of energy tax breaks to help people buy hybrid gas-electric cars and subsidize manufacturing of energy-efficient home appliances.
DOT seeks $2.5 million fine in fatal pipeline explosion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Department is seeking a $2.5 million fine against El Paso Energy Pipeline for safety violations that caused an explosion in August near Carlsbad, N.M., killing a dozen people.
Senate panel to examine Indian gaming
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee plans to hold oversight hearings to review the law governing Indian gaming, its staff director said Thursday.
Samuelson, Sviggum still hope state shutdown can be avoided
House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said this morning an agreement between lawmakers would probably have to come today or Friday in order to avert a statewide government shutdown. When pressed for a prediction, he speculated a shutdown would not have to be implemented.
Democrats: bank privacy notices confusing
WASHINGTON -- The privacy notices going out to customers from banks and brokerages often are confusing and hard to read and may discourage people from exercising their rights, Democratic lawmakers are telling regulators.
Courts asked to intervene in government shutdown
ST. PAUL -- Attorney General Mike Hatch filed an unprecedented motion Thursday, asking the courts to assure continued funding of critical functions of state government in the case of a shutdown.
Democrats beat back GOP amendment, say it threatened HMO bill
WASHINGTON -- Beating back what they said was a Republican ploy to sink their patients' bill of rights initiative, Senate Democrats pledged to keep the legislation alive and denounced a presidential veto threat.
Budget negotiations trudge along at Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura welcomed hundreds of ethanol proponents to a conference Wednesday with a bit of humor focused squarely at Minnesota's budget standoff.
Senate votes to formally start work on patients' rights bill, but road ahead difficult
WASHINGTON -- The Senate, breaking an early stalemate, voted without dissent Thursday to consider amendments to the patients' rights bill pushed by the Democratic majority.
House rebuffs Bush, sides with Jeb Bush on drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Siding with Florida's Republican governor against his brother, the House voted to delay a Bush administration effort to open part of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration.
Study of heart disease deaths in men finds highest risk in areas of high unemployment
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Men who live in regions with high unemployment and low-paying jobs are more likely to die from heart disease than those in other parts of the country, a study released Wednesday found.
New leukemia drug shows some signs of failure
The cancer drug that last month won the government's fastest approval ever is proving ineffective against an advanced form of leukemia, but scientists say they remain buoyed by the drug's otherwise stellar performance.
Q & A
Q. Bill asks: What is the best way to seal the garage door?
Garage door safety features a main concern
Kim Nylund, Door Service of Brainerd, said garage door safety features are a main concern.
You can go home again -- if you're a Boomer kid
CHICAGO -- When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah ...
Garage door design trends open multitude of options to homeowners
It looks like a stable door, but the only horses that go in and out are under the hood.
A guide to caring for cut flowers
Books on flower arranging are plentiful; books on caring for cut flowers are much rarer. So it is heartening that when one comes along, it's a keeper.
CROSSLAKE -- Paul Allen, Prudential Hedman Realty, Crosslake, was named to the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Inc. Leading Edge Society for 2000.
Homeownership rates up in most parts of country
WASHINGTON -- The booming economy of the 1990s sparked a rise in homeownership in most states as more people staked a claim on the American dream.
Keypad entry offers benefits
A popular garage door feature in the lakes area has been the keypad entry.
Tidy pioneer home theater convenient but lacking
If you put a complete, regulation-size home theater on the moon -- with five speakers, a subwoofer, audio-video receiver and DVD player -- it would weigh about as much as the earth-bound Pioneer HTZ-55DV.
Home boasts luxurious master suite
Two walk-in closets, a dual-sink vanity, a garden spa and a coffered ceiling make the master suite a highlight of this home, Plan J-70, by the HomeStyles Designers Network. Its floor plan covers 1,902 square feet of living space.
Clivia deserves more admiration
Many gardeners pretty much ignore their houseplants after spring, letting them spend the summer outside in dappled shade. Nonetheless, one houseplant that stood out among the rest throughout spring, and will be worth looking at through summer and on, is clivia.
Tips to put decking over slab
Using concrete makes for a great patio. Concrete takes irregularity out of the grade and produces an interesting and easy-to-maintain surface. It can be tooled as a surface drain to distribute water away from the home. It is relatively inexpensive and can be formed and poured in a weekend. And, a concrete slab can last a lifetime.
Garden chairs now boast color
Richard Schultz's aluminum Topiary chairs were created to blend right into the garden, like the whims
Taking measure -- keep a quarter or a dollar handy
Ever wonder who decided what "standard units" of measurements should be? It's widely believed that a foot is so called because it was the length of King John's foot; an inch the distance between knuckles on King Edgar's index finger; a yard the distance between King Henry's nose and outstretched thumb.
Gone in seconds
Shattered trees littered the ground after a tornado in seconds leveled what nature took decades to produce.
SBA opens disaster loan office in Brainerd
The Small Business Administration will open a temporary disaster loan assistance office Monday at the Brainerd Public Library to help area individuals and businesses with their SBA applications.
Counties look for ways to work together
PEQUOT LAKES -- Animal control regulations likely will be one example of county laws where Cass and Crow Wing counties will try to adopt uniform codes.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Three area girls -- Sherri Skogland and Gay Gunsbury of Brainerd and Theresa Gold of Motley -- will be among the 345 teenage girls from throughout the state participating in the 1981 Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant set for June 25-27 in St. Cloud.
Disaster assistance available
Crow Wing County has been declared a natural disaster area by President Bush and the county was added to the Minnesota disaster assistance list.
It's the pits
Underwater photography students know the subject of the Cuyuna Range mine pits in depth. Their photos are featured in Sunday's North Country.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Henry Ordemann, 64, who has a summer home at Breezy Point, and caddy Barry Johnson were on the course at 5 a.m. yesterday trying for 30 holes non-stop despite less than perfect weather.
WALKER -- Kitchigami Library 2000 revenues, including state and local aids, investment interest, sales and donations, ran $1,505,832, or $236,916 more than expenditures. The $901,236 reported earlier as annual income reflected only local government aid.
The Brainerd School Board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the district office to discuss Superintendent Jerry Walseth's contract.
Red Cross accepting storm donations
The Northern Lakes Area Chapter Red Cross office is accepting disaster relief donations for those affected by last week's tornado.
Donations available for tornado victims
The Dorcas Community Services in Brainerd has donations for those affected by last week's tornado.
New United Way exec off to whirlwind start
When the Crow Wing County United Way Board conducted its final interview with the organization's new executive director it was in the dark -- literally.
Naturalist to do programs at Crow Wing State Park
Turtles, like leatherbacks and snappers, have been spotted recently at familiar nesting sites at Crow Wing State Park, a place they call home.
Area charitable foundation's growth passes $1 million
Charity begins at home, and the Brainerd lakes area is a charitable place.
A dominant focal point on many homes, garage doors are gaining from technology and creating options for homeowners. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Increased fire protection for west side of Gull Lake coming
EAST GULL LAKE -- Increased fire protection is coming to the west side of Gull Lake.
In a Page 1A story June 12, Joye Ausland's name was misspelled.
Al Hester of Al's Painting suffered a brain hemorrhage June 14 and has undergone extensive surgery and will need additional surgery, friends announced in a news release.
The Brainerd American Legion will have a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion club, 708 Front St. Cost: $4. For information call 829-2249.
U.S. Bank has established a special financial assistance program to aid residents and businesses that suffered damages from the recent severe weather in the Brainerd lakes area.
'Everybody Has A Story'
With the flick of her wrist, a teenage girl in Vernal, Utah, threw a dart at a map of the United States, a twist of fate that sent a CBS News correspondent and his photographer to the spot where the dart landed -- Brainerd.
Crosby man recognized for mental health volunteer work
Volunteer efforts by a Crosby man in support of mental health options were recognized by the state this spring.
Counties pursue regional jail idea
PEQUOT LAKES -- Six area counties expect to adopt a joint powers agreement for regional adult detention services by July.
Delta pilots approve contract
Pilots at Delta Air Lines on Wednesday easily approved a five-year contract that will make them the highest paid pilots in the industry, ending any future strike threat against the airline until at least 2005.
U.S. trade deficit narrows to $32.2 billion in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April as Americans cut back on purchases of foreign-made goods, including TVs, toys and telecommunications equipment.
U.S., allies threaten Russia, Philippines with sanctions over money laundering
WASHINGTON -- The United States and its economic allies are giving Russia, the Philippines and the Pacific island nation of Nauru until Sept. 30 to crack down on money laundering or face new, tighter sanctions.
Appeals court cuts pension of jailed former United Way chief Aramony
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court cut nearly in half the pension of United Way's former president, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence for cheating the charity out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Drug cartel bust results in 261 arrests
WASHINGTON -- Federal agents have arrested 261 people in connection with a Mexico-based drug trafficking cartel responsible for putting millions of dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana on the streets of 16 U.S. cities, government officials said Wednesday.
14 indicted in bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen in Saudi Arabia
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Thirteen Saudis and one Lebanese were indicted Thursday in the 1996 bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia.
Interior chief wants to ditch plan returning grizzly to region
WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Wednesday proposed rescinding a plan to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Bitterroot ecosystem of central Idaho and western Montana.
Supermodel Taylor upgraded to good condition nearly eight weeks after accident
ATLANTA (AP) -- Supermodel Niki Taylor was upgraded to good condition and moved out of intensive care Thursday, nearly eight weeks after suffering liver damage in a car accident.
Showdown looms in energy wars
WASHINGTON -- Power producers in California say they've been stiffed for billions of dollars in unpaid bills, while state officials retort that their citizens have been bilked of as much as $9 billion in illegal overcharges.
Daylong standoff at Atlanta construction crane ends with man hanging himself
ATLANTA -- A man who climbed a 200-foot construction crane and held police at bay for an entire day hanged himself early Friday after authorities and psychologists tried for hours to talk him down.
Five children drowned in bathtub, mother charged
HOUSTON -- A woman called police to her home Wednesday and showed a stunned officer the bodies of her five young children, all apparently drowned in the bathtub. "I killed my children," she told authorities before she was arrested.
Actor Carroll O'Connor dies at 76
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Carroll O'Connor, whose gruff charm as the cranky bigot Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" pioneered a new era of TV comedies that brought race relations into America's living rooms, has died of a heart attack. He was 76.
Teacher says she's no witch
HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) -- An elementary school teacher has sued a school district for $1 million, saying she was fired because co-workers and administrators think she's a witch.
Blues legend John Lee Hooker dies
SAN FRANCISCO -- For six decades, John Lee Hooker's rich sonorous voice coupled with a brooding rhythmic guitar inspired countless musicians and electrified audiences with songs like "Boom Boom" and "Boogie Chillen."
Big Tobacco will continue to face courtroom challenges
Tobacco companies may soon be out from under a multi-billion dollar lawsuit by the Justice Department but still face a slew of legal worries, according to analysts who said the Justice suit was not even the worst liability threat facing cigarette makers.
Poll: Americans see increasing economic divide
WASHINGTON -- The economic boom of the 1990s improved the financial outlook for upper middle class and wealthy Americans, but it had little impact on the outlook or financial condition of those who make less money, a poll says.
AMA's new president makes gun safety his platform, raising concern over group's role
CHICAGO -- The new president of the American Medical Association is making gun safety his platform, prompting concern that the usually cautious doctors' group is straying too far into social activism.
FBI comes under broad attack in Senate
WASHINGTON -- The FBI came under broad attack Wednesday for a "fortress mentality" that blocks any outside scrutiny, as congressional leaders sought to rein in a once-vaunted agency they said appears to be spinning out of control.
Historian's Vietnam course is dropped
BOSTON -- Two days after Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis admitted lying about his service in Vietnam to decades of Mount Holyoke College students, the small women's school in Western Massachusetts announced Wednesday that Ellis would no longer teach his signature course on Vietnam and American culture.
Gates, Buffett top list of Forbes' billionaires
NEW YORK -- There's new proof that Warren Buffett's value-oriented investing strategy pays off: He slipped by one of Microsoft Corp.'s co-founders to become the world's second richest man, according to Forbes magazine.
National sports brief
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Utah Jazz rookie DeShawn Stevenson was charged with statutory rape after the 14-year-old girl's mother accused him of having sex with her daughter.
NCAA places New Mexico St. on four years' probation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Neil McCarthy's era of triumph and turmoil at New Mexico State returned to haunt the school one more time Wednesday.
Bonds breaks two records with one swing
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Barry Bonds broke two major league records with his 38th homer Wednesday night, including one set by Babe Ruth in 1928.
CROSBY -- Dennis Kagel, 57, Crosby, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at home.
Theodore 'Ted' R. Elyea
PEQUOT LAKES -- Theodore "Ted" Robert Elyea, 70, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Gladys M. Goninan
Gladys M. Goninan, 75, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Gladys M. Goninan, 75, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Emmett Joseph Richardson
CROSBY -- Emmett Joseph Richardson, 85, Crosby, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Kenneth F. Kullgren
CROSSLAKE -- Kenneth F. Kullgren, 82, Crosslake, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at home.
A not so innocent abroad
Describing the limited objective of President Bush's first official visit to Europe, Chief of Staff Andrew Card said it was to explode the myth that Bush is a go-it-alone cowboy not quite up to the job. The President achieved that objective and more.
The good news this week that the teen pregnancy rate is down, as are abortions, might be credited to a number of factors including the focus on abstinence, the use of birth control or even just the robust
For locals only
Some of my friends are happily stringing up their fly rods. Summer is around the bend. For weeks, they've been jockeying through workday traffic without so much as a single murderous thought. They are blissfully lost to daydreams of cool mountain rivers and big skies. Of trout. Of Montana.
Dads and the high court
It's a heck of a lot worse than a bad tie.
OTHER OPINIONS Love of credit
The United States is a country in love with credit. And apparently the example adults are setting with tThe United States is a country in love with credit. And apparently the example adults are setting with their credit card purchases is beginning to quickly rub off on younger people.
The mayor's trip - Dispatch Editorial
International travel is no longer the mysterious phenomenon it once was. The convenience of air travel and relatively high standards of living in many countries have resulted in an increasing number of travelers crossing oceans and continents to reach their vacation destinations.
Bush scorecard: A big zero on tobacco
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
I do not recall any other situation in my years at the state Capitol as a legislator that resulted in more calls, more letters or more e-mails than the impending special session. Many of you have asked my opinion regarding the reasons for the overtime session and who, if anyone, is to blame.
North Central Motor Speedway Results through June 16
Loomis helps Gordon zoom to front
Robbie Loomis couldn't say no when Jeff Gordon called before last season to offer him one of the best jobs in NASCAR.
Favorite or not, don't count Jarrett out
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dale Jarrett, second to Jeff Gordon in the Winston Cup point standings, realizes he's hardly the favorite going into Sunday's Dodge-Save Mart 350 on the road course in scenic Northern California.
DNR warns canoeists from rivers, streams
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Earlier this week, two canoes overturned on the Minnesota River near Mankato, and the current briefly pulled one passengers underwater. Last weekend, seven people nearly drowned when two canoes capsized in separate incidents on the Cannon River in southeastern Minnesota.
Some officers wary of racial profiling accord
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Some police officers here said they were wary of an anti-racial profiling pact signed by police, civil rights leaders and a federal mediator.
Disaster claims could spill into fall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Severe weather that swept through Minnesota this spring has produced nearly 70,000 claims for two insurance companies, and disaster teams are preparing to handle claims into the fall.
Child protection court experiment extended
ST. PAUL (AP) -- An experiment that unlocked the doors of child protection court cases in 12 Minnesota counties was set to end this Friday, but the chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court has extended the project until Dec. 31.
Campers could be ousted if shutdown occurs
ST. PAUL -- Campers might get some unwelcome visitors if Minnesota lawmakers don't pass a budget by next Saturday: State park workers asking them to pack up and head out.
St. Paul police to hand out cards, make it easier for motorists to block searches
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In an agreement aimed at racial profiling, city police will hand out officer identification cards to motorists they stop and inform drivers in certain cases that they can refuse to allow their car to be searched.
A brood of screech owls perched on a branch by a house on North Fifth Street in Marshall on Tuesday. This is the second year the owls have roosted in the same spot, according to property owner Kathy Lozinski. (AP Photo)
Mankato sweeps Gulls
MANKATO -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls were swept by the Mankato Mashers in Northwoods League baseball action 9-4 Wednesday.
Local sports shorts
Trent Snyder, 17, of Deerwood raced his 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to his second feature win this season in a NASCAR Late Model 40-lapper at the 1-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre on June 16.
Gentlemen (and ladies), start your canoes
With so many lakes, rivers and streams suited for paddling in the Brainerd lakes area, it's no wonder so many people have experienced the pleasure of gliding silently along the surface of the water in a canoe.
Canoeists come in all shapes and sizes
In preparation for an assignment on canoeing I competed in my first ever canoe race, the citizen class tandem race of the Sweet Heart Canoe Derby held last weekend in Hackensack.
NORTHWOODS LEAGUE BASEBALL
Over-the-hill boys try out for Twins
Bill Trombley, a spindly-legged right fielder from Brainerd, watched other hopefuls in the batting cage Monday. He said he had been working out and heading to batting cages the past three weeks. He was taking the fantasy seriously. (AP Photo)
Burks continues home run binge
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly has seen Ellis Burks pull a low fastball 400 feet to left, push a slider over the wall in right and hit four home runs in two games.
Twins activate Guardado from DL
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Minnesota reliever Eddie Guardado, the key to the Twins' bullpen, was activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, two weeks after having surgery on his left knee.
Indians slosh to win
CLEVELAND (AP) -- By the time the heaviest rainstorm blew across Jacobs Field in the seventh inning, the Cleveland Indians had already poured it on the Minnesota Twins.
Wolves add two more years to Flip's contract
MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders is staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves for reasons the Portland Trail Blazers could not match.
Though story line is confusing, Travolta finds box office hit with 'Swordfish'
"Swordfish" -- John Travolta's latest vehicle for testosterone addicts -- offers everything you'd expect in an action flick.
Picasso and Einstein
Central Lakes College opened its summer theater season this week with the Steve Martin comedy "Picasso at the
Larson home to be site of Arts in the Garden
Encore Arts Association will host Arts in the Garden from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 315 C St., Brainerd.
Measures taken to try to keep those under 17 out of R-rated films
Movie theaters across the country are responding to political pressure for tough admission policies to R-rated films, but the get-strict approach is nothing new for Mann Theaters of Minnesota.
Norwegian choir to perform in Brainerd
The Nes Sanglag, Norway's oldest organized choir, will appear in Brainerd at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 N.E. Eighth Ave., sponsored by Sagatun 18 Sons of Norway Lodge.
Swedish Midsommar Festival set in Bemidji
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.
For week of June 21-27; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
'Tomb Raider' racks up big points at the box office
LOS ANGELES -- The high score for the weekend belongs to Lara Croft. Her tally: $48.2 million.
Linus, the head of Urban Hillbilly Quartet, to perform solo show in downtown Brainerd
The front man for the Urban Hillbilly Quartet is breaking out as a solo act, a schedule that includes an area performance this weekend.
CLC's children's production features young cast members
If the widely held belief that "catching them early can pay dividends in the future" needs confirmation, look no further than the cast for Central Lakes College's latest children's theater production.
'Tomb Raider' full of special effects, as well as Jolie
"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" verifies at long last that a character born as a computer-game action hero can be successfully converted to the big screen, despite the film's many shortcomings.
Aitkin theater to present comedy
AITKIN -- Aitkin Community Theater will present the comedy "See How They Run" by Phillip King at 7 p.m. June 29-July 2 in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
July 4th audience will be familiar with tunes by The Turtles
Budgetary limits played the melody, audience familiarity the harmony in selecting the headliner act for this year's July 4th outdoor concert in Brainerd.
St. John's Abbey is one-day tour destination
COLLEGEVILLE -- St. John's Abbey in Collegeville is the destination for a one-day, drive-yourself tour Friday, Aug. 3, co-sponsored by Friends of the Brainerd Library and Crow Wing County Historical Society.
July 4th activities
5 p.m. -- Picnic for developmentally disabled adults, Camp Confidence.
Award-winning author to speak at Brainerd library
Will Weaver, who writes for adults and young adults, will speak and read from his fiction from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the "brown bag lunch" in the Brainerd Public Library large meeting room.
Billboard Hot 100
Little Falls artist Kathy Braud received one of four "merit awards" at a recent national juried watercolor show at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, the artist said this week.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Sunny and warm. Highs from around 90 west to upper 70s east.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny west to partly sunny east. Highs 75 to 80.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of morning showers or thunderstorms east and south. Highs from around 70 to the middle 70s.
Weather drawing by Ashley Philippi of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
The Weather Elsewhere
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers or thunderstorms most areas. Highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Isolated showers or a thunderstorm east...Otherwise partly sunny. Highs in the 70s except some mid 60s near lake michigan and superior.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy southeast. Mostly sunny north and west. Highs in the 70s to lower.
State forecast for North Dakota
Thursday...Sunny. Highs from 70 northeast to lower 80s far west.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy with a few showers west...Occasional showers and a few thunderstorms north...Scattered thunderstorms central and east. Highs 70 to 80.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 70s northeast to near 90 southwest.
Weather drawing by Ashlyn Pfeil of Miss Balsley's third grade class at Lowell school.
LAKES AREA SENIOR
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk-show host Ricki Lake and her husband, Rob Sussman, have a new addition to the family.
Movie 'Pearl Harbor' losing its box-office glitter
LOS ANGELES -- The stars weren't famous enough. The running time was too long. The hype too great. The reviews devastating.
There will be a motorcycle poker run beginning at noon Sunday at the Old Waterfall on Hwy. 371. All makes and motorcycles invited to attend. $5 entry fee. Free food. Proceeds will go to Heartland Animal Rescue Team.
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BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Jay Leno plugged into California's energy crisis for some low-voltage laughs on Thursday, using candles and flashlights to stage an electricity-free "Tonight Show."
Iraq claims U.S.-British attack killed 23
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq warned that an alleged U.S.-British airstrike on a soccer field "will not go unpunished," the official Iraqi News Agency reported Thursday.
Pakistani strongman strengthens grip on power
NEW DELHI, India -- Pakistan's military ruler unexpectedly was sworn in as president Wednesday, strengthening his domestic political grip and diplomatic bargaining power as he heads for an extraordinary July 14 summit with the prime minister of India, Pakistan's nuclear rival.
Peru gives imprisoned American 20-year sentence
LIMA, Peru -- The parents of Lori Berenson denounced Peru's courts Thursday after their daughter, jailed in an Andean prison for five years, was convicted in a civilian retrial of collaborating with leftist guerrillas and sentenced to 20 years.
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