Smart cars, smart roads can help out dumb drivers
McLEAN, Va. -- Federal highway officials think they've found a way to prevent thousands of traffic accidents every year: "smart intersections" that warn drivers they're about to run a red light or smash into a truck.
States asked to follow new crash reporting guidelines
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an effort to track accidents caused by cell phone use, highway officials are encouraging states to report when crashes are caused by distracted drivers.
Jeep sticks with tradition in Wrangler Rubicon
Let other automakers gussy up their sport utility vehicles and turn them into luxurious family haulers that never venture off pavement.
IBM sees an automotive future with a 'butler in the dashboard'
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- A driver of the future -- the near future, IBM says -- will be able to dictate and send e-mails, get spoken directions to a restaurant, even play a game of "Name That Tune" with his onboard computer.
Final guess the (part of) vehicle is a stumper
My final guess the vehicle or actually part of a vehicle stumped our readers.
GM recalls about 254,000 Saturn L-Series
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Corp. is recalling about 254,000 of its Saturn L-Series cars from model years 2000-03 to correct an engine problem that has led to fires.
Loan program offered to farmers
The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program offers producers financial assistance for the purchase of modern grain storage and drying equipment.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 700. Last Tuesday: 825. Year Ago Tuesday: 875. Monday actual: 416.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 135, a year ago 283.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500. Last Wednesday: 575. Year Ago Wednesday: 536. Tuesday actual: 772.
Uncommon combination of ingredients makes tasty meal
Some dishes can be so easy and so simple. Their secret? Often it proves to be their original, perhaps uncommon combinations of ingredients.
Need a quick pan of bars? Try these
If you need a quick pan of bars, no need to buy a prepackaged mix. You can make Blonde Brownies with just a few ingredients commonly found on hand.
Strawberries sweeten firecracker dessert
Summer brings plenty of occasions for entertaining, both casual and festive, and strawberries rank high on menus for ease of presentation, color -- and popularity.
AITKIN -- Two people were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 169, 15 miles north of Aitkin.
WALKER -- The owner of a Pillager elk farm was found not guilty of violating the DNR's game farm regulations.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
The team of Don Sandberg, Todd Ringler, Tom Stevens and Bob Gerlach carded a 56 to win the AAUW scholarship scramble at Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake.
Playing out of the rough
With all the rain we've gotten the last month, a tip on how to play out of the heavy stuff couldn't come at a better time.
Kientzle will now be leaving his imprint on St. Cloud course
For the first time in his career Tom Kientzle was a man without a job.
Elk River provides an obstacle on Fairways course
A second year course in St. Cloud has a familiar face to the Brainerd lakes area running it.
With two weeks left three points separates the top five teams in the Men's Twilight Golf League at Pine Meadows.
Study finds health benefits in Mediterranean-style diet
People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and fish have at least a 25 percent reduced risk of dying from heart disease and cancer, researchers reported in a study being published Thursday.
Study: Doctors not following treatment guidelines
Poverty or lack of health insurance are far from the only barriers to good medical care -- even people with good insurance and doctors they like often don't get all the care they should, a researcher says.
Public asked for help in regard to West Nile
State health officials are offering reminders about minimizing mosquito exposure as more West Nile virus reports come in and they are encouraging the public to report dead birds.
Hormone therapy increases breast cancer risk, study finds
Hormone replacement therapy not only increases a woman's risk of breast cancer, but also produces a more aggressive form of cancer and delays detection of tumors, both of which make it less likely that the cancer will be cured, according to a new report published Wednesday.
ONAMIA -- Sweet grass is considered one of the four sacred herbs in American Indian culture and is known for its aromatic fragrance.
Fishing event for disabled people scheduled in Bemidji
BEMIDJI -- Disabled anglers from three states will flock to the lakefront in Bemidji Saturday and Sunday to take part in the annual Fishing Has No Boundaries event.
It may be tricky to call St. Cloud State this week
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- It could be difficult for people to call St. Cloud State this week as the university switches to a new telephone service provider.
Cass awards bid for Onigum Road
WALKER -- Tri-City Paving presented the lowest package of six bidders to rebuild and resurface Onigum Road east of Walker and replace a bridge on that road for more than $4 million.
Cass property owners pay low percent of market value in taxes
WALKER -- Cass County collects the lowest overall property tax percentage of market value of any of Minnesota's 87 counties, 0.75 percent.
Soldiers reviving trucks from decades gone by
CAMP RIPLEY -- Camp Ripley passers-by may consider the rows of five-ton tractors lined up west of the main gate an abandoned remnant of the training and work of nearly five decades past.
CLC offers two free technology camps
Central Lakes College recently hosted two, free day camps focusing on technology for central Minnesota residents.
Lakes area cities part of statewide childhood initiative
Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point are among 12 Greater Minnesota communities selected as the first participants in a statewide Early Childhood Initiative, a $5.9 million effort that supports community-based planning for early childhood development.
Rowing on the river
LITTLE FALLS -- While Little Falls residents may be accustomed to seeing a fishing boat or sailboat floating down the Mississippi River, the 60-foot rowing boat on the river last week, complete with eight rowers manning their oars and a coxswain shouting orders from the bow, might have turned a few heads on shore.
Fort Ridgely historic site won't close after all
FAIRFAX (AP) -- Another Minnesota historic site that was slated to close has gotten a reprieve.
County building project moves ahead
Crow Wing County is moving forward with its preliminary plans for a $35.76 million building project that could include construction of a justice center.
West McDonald's closing on Monday for rebuilding
The west Brainerd McDonald's, a fast food fixture on Washington Street since the Nixon administration, will serve its last Big Mac on Monday.
Social service impact less than feared
Crow Wing County Social Service Department will see less in cuts from the state than anticipated.
Issues contested in murder case
Attorneys in the case of a man accused of killing his brother argued evidence in a contested omnibus hearing Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court.
The Brainerd Family YMCA Day Camp canceled its Friday car wash.
Long-distance, long-term pen pals enjoy chance to meet again
It all started 43 years ago with a letter, written from one North Dakota teenager to another teenage girl living in Norway.
County explores park set-asides
Having developers set aside 10 percent of their usable land to the public for park purposes is something Crow Wing County is considering.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - "A group of Brainerd women dedicated to service in the community," that's how Cay Ebert describes the Brainerd Service League.
Cass cuts loom
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to set preliminary guidelines for department heads calling for cuts to services in 2004, which could mean reducing staff by 17.3 full-time positions.
A Pillager School Board story on Page 6A Tuesday should have said the board agreed to eliminate a three-fourths secretary position for $13,000.
People can sign up Friday for national do-not-call list to block telemarketers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- People fed up with unwanted telemarketing can sign up Friday for a national do-not-call list that will block many sales calls.
Brainerd's citywide cleanup results listed
On June 7, the Brainerd citywide cleanup effort involved 98 volunteers. During five hours, 500 vehicles arrived in the parking lot near the BISYS building and the Brainerd School District building in northeast Brainerd.
Lakes area on alert for flooding
The thunderstorms may be gone, but the water they left behind is still causing problems in several area counties.
Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., will visit several central Minnesota locations that were hit hard in storms this week. Friday, he will visit Little Falls, Buffalo Lake, Alexandria and Glenwood.
Possible stabbing investigated in Lake Shore
LAKE SHORE -- The Lake Shore Police Department was called to a home off Cass County Road 78 this morning on a report of a possible stabbing.
Region 5 panel, director work out their differences
The Region 5 Development Commission and Executive Director Bob Hutton worked out their differences, it was learned today.
Big storm missed lakes area
The severe thunderstorms that pounded southern and parts of central Minnesota Tuesday night missed the Brainerd area, dropping only a half inch of rain and causing no significant damage.
Task force aimed at replacing lost jobs seeks vision of future
A task force with a goal of developing a strategy to replace lost area jobs took its first steps Wednesday in Brainerd.
North Central Blood Services of the American Red Cross is strongly encouraging all volunteer donors to give blood.
Guns banned from courtrooms
A bee perched on a yellow water lily on Carlson Lake near Cuyuna Monday. The yellow and white water lilies are beginning to bloom in the shallows of ponds and lakes in central Minnesota. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Scare leads to arrest
A male voice on a police radio frequency used by law enforcement raised a few heartbeats today when law officers first heard the words "shots fired" this morning.
Trus Joist to pay penalty over air quality violations
DEERWOOD -- Trus Joist, Deerwood, is required to pay $16,250 and take corrective actions as part of an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to resolve air quality violations.
School work continues
Kevin Hjermstad of Knaap-Grover Construction worked Tuesday at the Forestview Middle School site in Baxter. Despite heavy rains, the sandy soil at the site has helped keep the work progressing. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1973) - A tornado that roared like "40 freight trains," cut a swath of destruction for 10 miles from Eagle Lake to Bay Lake causing heavy property damage.
A Brainerd tree's early summer blossoms resembling sweet pea flowers create enjoyment for its owner and buzzing neighbors. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Closing of intersection is expected to be delayed
Drivers can expect the current Highway 210 traffic patterns to remain unchanged for longer than initially expected.
Woodland proposes closing 38 beds
Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd is proposing to close 38 long-term care beds in its facility, it was learned Tuesday.
Peter T. Hubner
LITTLE FALLS -- Peter T. Hubner, age 90, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at his home.
Blanche H. Moore
BAY LAKE -- Blanche H. Moore, age 86 of Bay Lake, died on Monday, June 23, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on Dec. 10, 1916, in Anoka County to George
Albin 'Jerry' Palmer
CROSSLAKE -- Albin "Jerry" Palmer, 75, Crosslake, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at the Crosby Care Center. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
Ruth A. Tschida
FOLEY -- Ruth A. Tschida, 78-year-old resident of Foley, Minn., formerly of the Freedhem, Minn., and Fort Ripley, Minn., areas, died Monday, June 23, 2003, at the Foley Nursing Home in Foley, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Mathias Catholic Church in St. Mathias, Minn., with the Rev. Seamus Walsh officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn., and from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Myrtle J. Davies
Myrtle J. Davies, age 100, died Wednesday at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. Arrangements are with the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
Cyrus 'Cy' DuBois
Cyrus "Cy" DuBois died June 24, 2003, at his home. He was born June 27, 1930, in Minneapolis to Cyrus B. and Nancy "Nan" (Bent) DuBois. In 1946 he won the C.F. Kettering trophy for best-designed soap box derby car at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. He served in the Navy from 1948-1949. He married Jane Anne Kiefner of April 19, 1952. In 1966-67 he coached the Holy Family Middie playoff champs in basketball. He was active in Little League serving as a coach for one of his sons and president of the league. During his lifetime he owned two businesses, Apparel Print in St. Louis Park and DuBois Woodcarving Gift and Sign Shop in Crosslake. His trade was tool and die maker but his love was working with wood, either making furniture for his home or carving decorative decoys. He showed his decoy carvings at the Wildlife Heritage Show at Daytons for three years before opening his own store in Crosslake. He loved sailing both summer and winter, building his own ice boat. He had a lifelong love of dogs, never being without one.
AITKIN -- Mary Lemire, 85, of Aitkin, died Monday, June 23, 2003, in t
PINE RIVER -- Daniel Mykkanen, age 53, of Pine River, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1949, in Walden Township to Arthur and Victoria Mykkanen.
Ruby T. Kostohryz
In loving memory 1914-2003
Albert A. McCuskey
Albert A. McCuskey, 75, of Brainerd, died Monday, June 23, 2003, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1927, in Holyoke, Minn., to Homer and Anna (Oltmans) McCuskey.
Wait and see
State legislation to allow cities to change the bar closing time from 1 to 2 a.m. was long overdue in order to keep the Twin Cities competitive with other convention destinations.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
So astounding was the response of the book-buying public to J.K. Rowlings' fifth bestseller about Harry Potter that some might wonder if wizardry were responsible.
The "Shock and Awe" military campaign in Iraq by the Bush/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz team fascinated and captivated most Americans. In the 1930s the same method of warfare that fascinated and captivated the Germans was called, "Blitzkrieg" by Hitler/Goering/Goebbels.
I could not read the name on the cartoon regarding abortion in Tuesday's Dispatch, but I would bet my best horse that it is a childless misogynistic man. It is a shared belief that women who ask to be treated as intelligent human beings are fat and ugly (as depicted).
Sen. Norm Coleman
Who watches the media watchdogs?
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Maybe marriage, not divorce, is the problem
As I was filling out papers the other day -- soon to join the 4 million in this year's divorce statistics -- I wondered why I felt so ashamed, so on the verge of sending notes of apology to the 150 wedding guests my husband and I invited almost 15 years ago.
Bostrom makes return
Four years ago, a Californian riding a Ducati paced the AMA Superbike Classic at Brainerd International Raceway by about nine seconds.
Northwest Airlines officials unhappy with airspace plan
FARGO, N.D. -- A proposal to use North Dakota airspace for military training would cost Northwest Airlines millions of dollars and might result in service cuts to cities in the state, officials said.
School funding task force to be named
ST. PAUL -- Within the next week or two, Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to establish a task force to study and recommend changes to the way Minnesota's public schools are funded.
Why the rotten weather? Blame jet stream
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The jet stream was flowing unusually far south for this time of year when it hit a front of hot, moist air rubbing against a cool-air mass and sparked the violent storms in Minnesota this week.
BUFFALO LAKE -- Police Chief Greg Gowan saw the tornado coming -- a "perfect funnel cloud -- black as oil," roaring toward his city.
Teen accused of killing his father can use $25,000 from dead man's estate for defense
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A St. Cloud teen accused of shooting his father to death can use up to $25,000 from his father's estate to help pay for his defense, a judge has ruled.
Study: Gap widens between rural, urban incomes
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Rural workers in a six-state area of the Midwest that included Minnesota earned less than half of what those employed in urban counties make, a new study showed.
After tornado, Buffalo Lake cleans up and waits for power to return
BUFFALO LAKE (AP) -- Residents of this tiny farming community have plenty to talk about after a twister ripped through their town -- but they won't be able to hash things over anytime soon at a favorite spot.
Thieves target ATVs, skid loaders
LITCHFIELD (AP) -- The map shows where the enemy has struck.
Pawlenty presents clean water plans
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty unveiled a plan Tuesday that was aimed at cleaning Minnesota's water by battling "silt, sewage and sludge."
Koochiching County Caring Tree sponsors can no longer support project
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- Area children who need school supplies won't be able to rely on the Caring Tree this year.
Bemidji says it has real Paul
BEMIDJI (AP) -- The planned split of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues from the Paul Bunyan Amusement Center in Brainerd has gotten plenty of attention -- including a visit from the governor.
LP killings suspect pleads guilty
LONG PRAIRIE (AP) -- A Minneapolis man stunned prosecutors by pleading guilty in three Long Prairie killings, bringing an immediate sentence of three life terms without parole.
Greyhound names new CEO
DALLAS (AP) -- Greyhound Lines Inc. said Wednesday it has named an executive from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. to lead the bus company.
Trophy-winning action Community goes to rescue of youths
Where government failed, community succeeded.
'I never get sick of winning titles or meeting presidents'
Current Boston Bruins center Joe Thornton is just one of many big name hockey players to have trained at the Minnesota Hockey Camps in Brainerd and Nisswa.
Local sports shorts
A Region 8C Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 18 at Patricks Bar and Grill in Pierz.
The Baxter Eagles 15-under baseball team split two games against the Bemidji Lions Sunday, June 22, losing the first game 6-2 and taking the second 5-4.
Newcomer Loaiza helps Chisox close gap
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three months ago, Esteban Loaiza was a non-roster player invited by the Chicago White Sox to audition for a job.
Jones, Twins shed slump
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins pushed their struggles aside with some excellent relief pitching, and Jacque Jones chased away his slump with a couple huge hits.
UND signs former North Dakota Mr. Hockey
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Goalie Nate Ziegelmann, named North Dakota Mr. Hockey in 2001 as the best high school player in the state, has signed a national letter of intent to play this season with the University of North Dakota.
Wolves hold late first-round pick in draft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves aren't kidding themselves.
Author, teacher William Durbin to speak Monday at Brainerd Public Library
William Durbin, an award-winning juvenile author and teacher, will speak at the Brown Bag Lunch program noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. Admission is free.
Monica "After the Storm" (J). 2 1/2 stars
Video and DVD
"The Hours" -- Nicole Kidman puts on a fake nose and a sour puss
Latest Marvel movie is a hulking mess
"Hulk" is not a dumb summer blockbuster. It's something much more horrifying: It's boring.
Harry! Harry! Potter book sets sales record in first weekend
Harry Potter just keeps topping himself.
For week of June 26-July 2; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Luke Wilson steals the show in 'Alex & Emma'
"Alex & Emma" starts rather slowly. In fact, it seems like screenwriters Jeremy Leven and Adam Scheinman are in need of a muse, someone to tell them what rings false about their story, someone to get the ball rolling.
Ventura, the TV host, seems stuck in the wings
MINNEAPOLIS -- Months after announcing that he soon would get his own nightly cable show on MSNBC, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has yet to hit the airwaves on a regular basis.
St. Cloud Area All-Star Jazz Band to play in the park in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The St. Cloud Area All-Star Jazz Band will be featured at the Great River Arts Association's summer Concerts in the Park series 4 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park.
'American Idol:' Where No. 2 is No. 1
In Ruben vs. Clay Round Two, "American Idol 2" runner-up Clay Aiken came out on top.
'Children of Eden'
The Hole in the Day Players will present the play at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium at Little Falls High School.
The top 10 movies at North American
'Impressions' book wins awards
"Impressions," a collection of poems and nature photography by area artists Roger Cooper and John Erickson, recently won four awards for books released in 2002. They are:
It started with a poster of five gospel groups and a single phrase: "I have a dream."
Summer music festival guide
Festivals in Minnesota and the upper Midwest will provide something for every musical taste this summer.
Take a tour of the scenic byway -- you'll learn a lot
"I've learned more about the area in these three hours than I have in all the years I've lived here."
Columbine on the Woodtick Trail north of Hackensack. Monica Lundquist
Pine River to celebrate Summerfest this weekend
PINE RIVER -- Pine River Summerfest will run Friday through Sunday at Paul Bunyan's Playground. Following is a list of activities.
Deep Portage lists upcoming classes
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve offers the following upcoming events.
It's shape up or ship out for Duluth charter school students
DULUTH (AP) -- One after another, seven sailboats recently left a Park Point dock. Turning downwind they gathered speed and then, maneuvering into the wind, sailed past the end of the dock and into open water.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered early morning showers east...Otherwise becoming partly sunny. A chance for afternoon showers northwest. Highs from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Flood watch for parts of the northwest today...
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Sunny becoming partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers or thunderstorms west by afternoon. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for minnesota
Flood watch for much of minnesota today...
State forecast for minnesota
Today...Mostly cloudy north and partly sunny south. A chance of showers across the north with showers and a few thunderstorms possible south. Cooler and breezy. Highs from the upper 50s far north to the lower 70s south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Thunderstorms likely west and central...Especially this afternoon. A chance of thunderstorms east. Some storms may be severe. Highs from the mid 70s far northwest to the mid 90s far southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly sunny with highs in the 70s.
State forecast for north dakota
Flood watch far south central and southeast today...
State forecast for south dakota
Flood watch far northeast this morning...
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny and breezy. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs 65 to 75.
Under a cloud
Weather drawing by Toni Gohman of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
Have a great summer
Weather drawing by Taylor Hardesty of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
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