Convertibles take a hard road
Despite countless articles over the past two decades about their ''comeback,'' convertibles still account for an unimpressive 3 percent of the passenger car market in the United States -- and even less of the total vehicle market, including trucks.
Dodge Dakota Quad Cab offers more space, power
Small pickups are pretty much alike, for the most part -- jouncy riding vehicles with four-cylinder engines standard and six cylinders optional, cargo boxes between six- and eight-feet long and with available extended cabs whose rear seats are best used only occasionally and by small people.
Oh, those gas prices
PORTLAND, Maine -- Marianne Tarraza gave little thought to fuel costs when she bought her Lincoln Navigator last summer. Gas was cheap.
On the trail of the Honda Odyssey
Is this why they named it the Odyssey?
Kia Spectra aimed at 'basic car' market
Sport utility vehicles and trucks are grabbing the headlines. But small entry-level cars are quietly making sales gains this year, too.
WASHINGTON -- Drivers focusing on newspapers, makeup, snacks, cell phones or other diversions that prevent concentrating on the road cause at least 4,000 accidents a day and perhaps as many as 8,000, organizers of a new safety campaign said Tuesday.
Internet could drive rush of custom-order buying to GM
BRESCIA, Italy -- As Internet-driven supply and manufacturing processes become more sophisticated, General Motors Corp. believes that within three years as many as 80 percent of its new cars and trucks could be custom-ordered by consumers.
Consumers brace to take hit during travel-heavy July 4 weekend
CHICAGO -- Joyce LeFlore turned on the engine of her shiny black Infiniti and watched the gasoline gauge to see how much $15 bought her.
Cyclists fear drivers with road rage
WASHINGTON -- There was the driver who pulled a gun on him, and the driver who ran a pickup truck onto a sidewalk after him, Christopher Scott recalled.
Two sedans shine in crash tests
The new Lincoln LS luxury sedan and the redesigned Toyota Avalon mid-size sedan earned ''best pick'' recommendations and rare sweeps of top ratings in the latest round of highway-speed crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Mazda denies planning widespread closures in U.S.
Denying a Japanese newspaper report that Mazda Motor Corp. plans to cancel up to 40 percent of its U.S. dealer franchises, officials at the company's U.S. headquarters said Wednesday that they are, however, in the midst of a ''revitalization'' program that has led to the demise of about 100 dealerships since 1997.
The Rite of Confirmation was recently held at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Sportland Corners, Nisswa.
Spontaneous religious revival shows no signs of ending
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- A spontaneous religious revival in western Kentucky is in its eighth week and is prompting some comparisons to Pentecostal revivals in Toronto and Pensacola, Fla., which started in the mid-1990s and are still going.
Freedom isn't free
As we approach Independence Day, we are reminded of the freedom we enjoy as a nation and as individuals.
Influential 'Hymns Ancient and Modern' has new name for new edition
NORWICH, England -- ''Silent Night'' and ''Joy to the World'' at long last have won places in ''Hymns Ancient and Modern,'' the book that sets the tune for many an English parish church.
You can't be too careful when protecting your kids
QUESTION: I have a friend who guards her kids as if they were in mortal danger. I feel like I should let mine spread their wings a little, even though they're only 9 and 11 years of age. Who do you think is right?
Southern Baptist split? Texas moderates consider leaving
DALLAS (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's largest state unit may sever ties with the denomination -- a move that would dramatically drain membership and financial support.
Representatives worldwide sign charter for religious cooperation
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Worshippers wearing a rainbow of saris, robes and yarmulkes filed into a hall at Carnegie Mellon University, clapping and singing in praise of the world's religions.
Heat up cool days with bowl of soup
Even though summer meals mean a lot of grilling, the rainy, cool days we have been experiencing make me hungry for a bowl of soup, especially creamy, cheesy, baked potato soup with chunks of baked potatoes, fresh green onion and crispy fried bacon.
Make the most of strawberry's short season
'Tis the season, in temperate zones, for strawberries fresh from the patch. They are best picked and eaten whole, still moist with the morning dew and warmed slightly by the sun.
Power-packed pasta shells to go
Forget sandwiches for brown-bagging it at work or heading off for a weekend picnic. Pack the same ''hero'' ingredients -- ham, turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce -- into cooked pasta shells. To keep them fresh, carry the dressing on the side.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 229, a year ago 198.
PILLAGER -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday in Cass County, the State Patrol reported.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday Cattle: 300. Compared to Tuesday, slaughter steers and heifers .50 lower in a light test. Holstein steers steady to .50 lower. Slaughter cows and bulls steady.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 331, a year ago 141.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 300.
Margaret Kalis and Randy Kurowski, a girl, Emily Rose, 9 pounds, 9 ounces, June 3, 2000.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Secret government database keeps tab on doctors' problems
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Gary Hall says he doesn't mind if patients can see a secret federal database that shows he's had $5.3 million in malpractice payments and has been censured, fined and placed on probation by his state medical board.
HMOs plan to cancel 700,000 enrollees due to lack of funds
WASHINGTON -- Health maintenance organizations, complaining that payments from the federal government are inadequate, are expected to cancel coverage next year for more than 700,000 people enrolled in Medicare HMOs.
Experimental impotence drug pulled from FDA consideration
WASHINGTON -- Faced with serious safety questions, the maker of the experimental impotence drug Uprima withdrew its application for government approval Friday, leaving its fate in limbo.
Crosslake tour of log homes set
CROSSLAKE -- The 10th annual Log Home and Cabin Tour sponsored by the Crosslake Area Historical Society will be July 27 and 28.
Porches designed to let in light
An old-fashioned front porch may be the best place ever invented for chilling out on a sultry summer day.
Cultivate a healthy attitude toward pests
Some gardeners go to one extreme or the other in dealing with plant pests.
Control emerging bagworms now to prevent major damage later
Bagworms, so damaging to conifers, are just beginning to emerge, said J. Peter Deahl, of the Care of Trees.
Prevent common paint problems
Usually it's the paint itself that gets the blame for paint problems on your home's exterior. In most cases, the cause lies elsewhere. Here are some common problems and ways to prevent them.
Grand Rapids company creates loader-digger for homeowners
Deprived of toys as a child?
Tips to repair and maintain leaky garden hoses
It's an unspoken law of yard work that a garden hose always stops just short of where you need it.
CROSSLAKE -- The red log cabins nestled amid flower beds with a bluff-top view of Trout Lake could inspire a patriotic card painter.
Tour of private gardens scheduled July 9
A public tour of private gardens will run from noon to 5 p.m. July 9 featuring six Brainerd lakes area gardens.
Americans lightening up with party accessories
For people who relish the fun, kitschy decor of the 1940s and '50s, a party just isn't a party without a goofy string of palm trees glowing somewhere in the background.
Add touches, save money with fishing cable
Have you wondered how you might add a switch, light or receptacle to your home with all those finished walls, ceilings and floors concealing the wiring?
Cheap, yet chic
NEW YORK -- Americans these days are just as interested in dressing their homes as they are in dressing themselves. But not everyone can afford the $50 throw pillows and $2,000 couches that fill the marketplace.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Sue Pettit and Paul Ripley, both of Brainerd, were among the champions yesterday in the second annual Johnny Inkslinger Open Tennis Tournament held at Don Adamson Park.
The target: Sen. Rod Grams
EAST GULL LAKE -- Four U.S. Senate candidates, three DFLers and one Independence Party member told a group of economic developers on Thursday why they want to defeat Republican Sen. Rod Grams this November.
Region 5 Board to meet July 13
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Board will meet at 9 a.m. July 13 in the Staples office.
Brainerd's July 4th celebration
Picnic for Developmentally Disabled -- 5 p.m. at Camp Confidence.
Charter school advocates urge state to stay on course
ST. PAUL -- Charter school advocates cautioned state lawmakers Wednesday against dramatically changing course in response to the recent closure of St. Paul's Success Academy.
Wenzel to offer bill on Perpich portraits
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, will introduce legislation to allow two portraits of former Gov. Rudy Perpich to be hung in the state Capitol, in recognition of the fact the Perpich was the only Minnesota governor to serve two non-consecutive terms.
Initiative Foundation grants record amount
The Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation serving 14 counties in central Minnesota, recently awarded 22 community grants totaling $389,600.
To clarify a Tuesday Page 1A story on the proposed Legacy at Cragun's nine-hole golf course addition, Cragun's Resort owns the land surrounding Stephens Lake e
Getting down to the basics
Finding letters on a computer keyboard or knowing how to obtain a copy of a birth certificate is not easy for everyone.
DNA collection from convicts expands with new law
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota expects to quadruple the number of DNA samples it collects each year from convicts starting Saturday, when officials expand the state's database to include murderers, kidnappers and a broad range of offenders.
Ventura declaration leaves counties puzzled
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's declaration of a state of emergency in 14 northwest Minnesota counties because of flooding left officials in some of those counties wondering where the disaster was.
Doctor profiles tough for consumers to access in Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota, usually a trail blazer in health-care initiatives, is lagging behind other states in making useful information about doctors easily available to consumers.
Officials break ground on northern crime lab
BEMIDJI (AP) -- State and area officials broke ground on a new crime lab this week with hopes it will bring faster justice to northern Minnesota.
In Thursday's Tempo section, the wrong day was listed for the Brainerd Fourth of July celebration's Battle of the Bands. The event will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday at Don Adamson Field.
District 12 incumbents Samuelson, Hasskamp, Wenzel endorsed at convention
LITTLE FALLS -- All three District 12 incumbents were endorsed for another term in the Minnesota Legislature this week.
Air service in area expanded
Northwest Airlines is expanding summer and fall air service to the Brainerd lakes area.
Governor calls for more diversity in rural economy
MAHNOMEN (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura received enthusiastic receptions as he traveled through Red Lake Falls, Fertile, Mahnomen, Callaway and Detroit Lakes on Day Two of his bus tour.
State driver exam stations get one-year reprieve
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Driver exam stations will remain open in nearly two dozen rural communities for at least another year.
Two killed, one wounded at Austin motel
AUSTIN (AP) -- Two men were found dead and another was wounded early today at the Downtown Motel in this southern Minnesota city in what police were calling a double homicide.
Report: Woman shot husband, nephew, herself on wedding anniversary
LITCHFIELD (AP) -- On her 18th wedding anniversary, Brenda Clifford fired 11 shots into her husband, six into her nephew and one into one of her cats before shooting herself.
Union, hotel managers reach tentative agreement to end strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hotel workers voted by a large majority Wednesday to accept a tentative 5-year contract agreement and end their strike, one day before the start of a massive Alcoholics Anonymous convention.
Blind lawmaker leads group of blind school kids
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Unlike traditional state Capitol tours, where children are hushed and ordered to keep their hands to themselves, about two dozen kids on Thursday were encouraged to touch the woodwork, hug the massive marble columns and chatter as loudly as they wanted.
The time of Mission Township's annual Fourth of July parade was listed incorrectly in Wednesday's Neighbors section. The parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Widow of Timberwolves player files wrongful-death civil lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The widow of Minnesota Timberwolves player Malik Sealy is suing the man who was driving the wrong way in the car crash that killed the basketball player.
Red Wing Shoe drops plans to buy Sorel manufacturer
RED WING (AP) -- Red Wing Shoe Co. said Wednesday that it has dropped plans to purchase Kaufman Footwear, the Canadian company that makes Sorel and Black Diamond brand products.
Duluth's broken bell to be repaired
DULUTH (AP) -- When this city's Peace Bell -- a gift from the people of Ohara, Japan -- was rung at its rededication, the sound was anything but peaceful.
All state legislators' seats open
All 101 Minnesota legislators will face election in 2000 ensuring that the summer's parades and county fairs will be well attended by politicians.
Two found dead in Breckenridge fire were shot; police call deaths murder-suicide
BRECKENRIDGE (AP) -- The deaths of a former husband and wife whose bodies were found in her burned home were apparently the result of a murder-suicide, police said Thursday.
Wenzel upset with abortion ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling invalidating Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortion is a "sad step backward" and will make it harder to enact such a ban in Minnesota, Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, said Wednesday.
Advocates of school choice in Minnesota praised the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the government can provide computers for religious schools, although it's unclear what direct impact the decision will have in the state.
State group weighs in on abortion decision
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The head of the state's most powerful anti-abortion group called Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on so-called ''partial-birth'' abortions ''a sad day.''
New state laws at a glance
Some of the new laws and appropriations that take effect July 1, 2000.
In preparation for the Fourth of July activities scheduled at Brainerd High School's Don Adamson Field, mosquito spraying is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Airport gets $246,600 FAA grant
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $246,600 to the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport to help begin engineering several safety devices.
Drive set for WW II vets
State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, announced the kickoff of a $150,000 fund-raising drive for a World War II Veterans Memorial to be located on the state Capitol mall.
Otremba: Gas tax roll-back plan is risky
ST. PAUL --House leaders' calls for a temporary roll-back of Minnesota's gasoline tax may sound like a good idea as gas prices soar this summer, but the proposal is short-sighted and fraught with problems, said State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Advertisement Downtown Brainerd's 3rd Beautification Anniversary July 1, 2 and 3. * Shopping convenience * Over 100 stores * Free 2 hour parking. The Beautification Project included widening of streets, tree planting, etc.
Campaign seasons approaching
Filings for city, county and state elected offices will open next week.
Good Ol' 'Charlie Two Shoes'
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- As a boy in a mud-hut village in China, he befriended a company of U.S. Marines, and later suffered under the Communists because of it.
Boy asks judge for life sentence for abusive father
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The spelling may have been childish, but the 7-year-old boy was clear about what should happen to his father for beating him repeatedly.
Italian actor Vittorio Gassman dies at 77
ROME (AP) -- Vittorio Gassman, one of Italy's most respected actors who played both leading men and comedic roles on stage and screen, died Thursday. He was 77.
Government to launch airline maintenance checks
WASHINGTON -- Fresh from forcing Alaska Airlines to make significant changes in its maintenance programs, federal regulators are turning their attention to the nation's nine other major airlines.
Authorities assure Rev. Jackson that hanging of black teen is being fully investigated
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he has been assured by federal and state authorities that sufficient manpower is being used to investigate the hanging death of a black Mississippi teen-ager.
Americans' incomes rise faster than spending in May
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' incomes in May rose twice as fast as their spending, pulling the nation's personal savings rate up to its highest point since the beginning of the year.
House approves bill to give doctors bargaining rights
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Friday to extend collective bargaining powers to doctors contracted to HMOs. Supporters said it makes doctors battling managed care cost-cutting stronger advocates for patient rights while opponents warned of rising health care costs and more uninsured Americans.
Leaders want 3 percent pay raise for members of Congress
WASHINGTON -- House leaders of both parties have agreed to push for a 3 percent cost-of-living pay raise for members of Congress, participants said Wednesday, an increase that would be legislators' third in four years.
Fed decides not to raise interest rates -- for now
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve declared a cease-fire in its battle against inflation, deciding that another interest-rate increase is unnecessary right now. But some economists expect the Fed to resume the attack as early as August.
Blaze explodes through nuclear reservation
RICHLAND, Wash. -- A huge wildfire roaring across the Hanford nuclear reservation burned out of control early Thursday within miles of areas contaminated by radioactivity. At least 25 homes were destroyed and thousands of people were urged to evacuate.
Murder-suicide at hospital leaves resident pathologist, supervisor dead
SEATTLE (AP) -- A resident pathologist who was about to lose his job fatally shot his supervisor and himself at the University of Washington Medical Center, police say.
Ship of refugees fleeing violence lost in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An overloaded ship carrying almost 500 people, many fleeing sectarian violence in the Maluku islands, was missing and presumed sunken Thursday in remote eastern Indonesia.
Judges failed to disclose conservative junkets
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-two federal judges who took junkets paid for by major corporations failed to list the trips on financial disclosure forms, as required by law, an environmental law firm said Thursday.
Castro absent from low-key Cuban homecoming for Elian
HAVANA -- In the end, the seven-month battle over Elian Gonzalez that divided Americans and united Cubans concluded with a simple ceremony at Havana's international airport attended by the little boy's family and 800 schoolmates.
TV producer Lear buys 1776 copy of Declaration for $8.1 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- Television producer Norman Lear and a partner paid $8.14 million for a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence, and Lear says he is going to make it the star of a patriotic road show.
Archbishop freed unhurt after lengthy hostage standoff
SAN ANTONIO -- Authorities and church leaders were at a loss to explain why an unemployed man from El Salvador chose to take hostage the state's top-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman, known as a friend to immigrants and the poor.
Prescription drug bill pushed through House
WASHINGTON -- Republicans are hailing their House-passed prescription drug bill as a historic new Medicare benefit, but its prospects are iffy in the Senate and President Clinton has threatened a veto to force major changes in a measure Democrats claim is an election-year scam.
Case raises more questions about Texas death penalty
LIVINGSTON, Texas -- A Northwestern University journalism professor whose students have helped exonerate death row inmates in Illinois is now hoping to do the same for a Texas inmate.
Scientists unveil cloning technique that targets specific genes
Achieving a coveted scientific first, researchers in Scotland have developed a method for cloning large animals that are endowed precisely with valuable genes or lack specific undesirable genes -- manipulations that until now have been possible only in mice.
Volcano evacuation order lifted on part of Japanese island
KAMITSUKI, Japan (AP) -- Hundreds of people began to return to their homes on Miyakejima island Thursday as an evacuation order was partially lifted after experts said the chances of a volcanic eruption were fading.
Hanford fire dies out after scorching homes
RICHLAND, Wash. -- A fire that scorched nearly half the Hanford nuclear reservation and 20 homes as it crept within two miles of some of the most lethal nuclear waste on Earth was virtually out early Friday, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said.
Asian-American selected to replace Daley in Clinton Cabinet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton has chosen former Rep. Norman Mineta of California as commerce secretary, making him the first Asian-American Cabinet secretary, administration officials said Thursday.
Latino inmate is executed after Bush refuses to grant stay
AUSTIN, Texas -- Despite protests from civil rights and Latino advocacy groups, Texas Gov. George W. Bush refused on Thursday to grant a stay of execution in a death penalty case laced with charges of racial bias.
Hospital won't recommend unsupervised visit for Reagan attacker Hinckley
WASHINGTON -- St. Elizabeths Hospital officials have withdrawn their recommendation that presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. be released for unsupervised visits with his parents.
Senate Republicans advance limited patient rights bill; Democrats critical
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are on record for the first time in favor of giving patients a limited right to sue HMOs, but what they call a major concession Democrats dismiss as mere political cover in the run-up to the fall elections.
Prosecutor: Enough evidence to try Skakel for 1975 slaying
STAMFORD, Conn. -- After three days of hearings, the decision on whether a Kennedy relative should stand trial as an adult in the 1975 beating death of a teen-age neighbor was in the hands of a judge.
Disney World hostage standoff ends peacefully
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- An armed man who held his 4-year-old son and a room service waiter hostage at a Walt Disney World hotel for 11 hours surrendered after a negotiator promised he could see his three other children.
M&M's are no longer plain; they're 'milk chocolate'
NEWARK, N.J. -- Say goodbye to plain M&M's.
Marriage experts say current approach to preventing divorce flawed
DENVER -- Saying they have taken the wrong approach to marriage counseling for three decades, more than 100 scholars, religious and civic leaders pledged to turn the tide on divorce.
GOP reworking 'partial-birth' abortion bill
WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress soon may push forward with legislation that would ban so-called partial-birth abortions now that the Supreme Court has given guidance on how to make such a bill constitutionally valid.
Police find five dead in Virginia home
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Police acting on a telephone tip found five bodies -- at least some of them shot -- scattered throughout a suburban Richmond home.
FTC lays out plans to probe alleged price collusion by oil companies
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday laid out his agency's plans to investigate alleged collusion by oil companies, which he described as a possible source of this month's record-high gasoline prices in parts of the Midwest.
Wildfires put nation's nuclear safety on hot seat
RICHLAND, Wash. -- ''One wonders,'' said Mike Vowels, frowning as he glanced past his son's Little League game toward the smoke-stained sky to the north.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defends spying campaign against Microsoft
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. -- With an estimated $47 billion personal fortune, Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison will never be mistaken for a humble civil servant.
Major airlines form new online company to sell discount tickets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A new online airline ticket service backed by six major carriers, including Northwest Airlines, plans to sell cheap seats that otherwise might have been left empty.
Identifying secret cash
WASHINGTON -- Congress sent President Clinton legislation forcing secretive groups to say who is paying for campaign-style TV ads, radio spots and phone calls that are being used to influence elections across the country.
California insurance commissioner resigns amid scandal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, embroiled in one of the state's largest political controversies in years, resigned Wednesday after being accused of using millions of dollars from insurance settlements to further his own political career.
Clippers reap mother lode
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Clippers made themselves better, the Orlando Magic cleared cap space and the New Jersey Nets hung on to their No. 1 pick, a teary-eyed Kenyon Martin.
Przybilla taken ninth by Rockets
MINNEAPOLIS -- In the back of Joel Przybilla's mind, he hoped it wouldn't happen. But it did.
Elred shows Twins why White Sox are winning
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cal Eldred's comeback season is going perfectly.
Off-court action heats up
WIMBLEDON, England -- Who knew the tennis court was such a dangerous, treachery-filled place? On a rain-truncated fourth day at Wimbledon that saw a few more big names tumble out, none bigger than French Open champion Mary Pierce, the big mouths took over the day anyway.
It's Rocker vs. the Mets
MONTREAL -- John Rocker's anger has been on simmer since he returned from the minor leagues two weeks ago, but it's still there, bubbling just below the surface.
A contrite Rocker his Shea appearance
NEW YORK -- The first genuine-looking sign of conciliation came an hour before the first pitch Thursday night, when John Rocker was brave enough to face a furnace: a few hundred ranting, screaming, profane early-bird Met fans in leftfield wanting to pick a verbal fight.
Sampras hoping to play next match despite foot injury
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Pete Sampras is out of the hospital and into the third round at Wimbledon, hoping to continue the quest for his seventh title despite acute tendinitis in his left foot.
An ugly day at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- The day began with an ominous medical report regarding Pete Sampras and ended with a nasty spill by Andre Agassi that left him angry.
Dear John Rocker...
An open letter to John Rocker, our immigrant visitor for the weekend.
Twins pick on rookie
CHICAGO (AP) -- Manager Jerry Manuel wants to keep Kip Wells in the Chicago White Sox rotation despite the rookie's struggles.
NCAA considers changes in amateurism rules
An NCAA subcommittee is drafting an amendment that would allow student-athletes to obtain loans based on potential earnings as a professional athlete.
It takes only 18 pitches
NEW YORK (AP) --Facing the fans he once called ''stupid,'' John Rocker r was in total command Thursday night -- with his mouth and his pitches.
Guthridge to step down at North Carolina
Bill Guthridge took over as North Carolina's coach after the retirement of Dean Smith, the winningest coach in college basketball history. Guthridge followed Smith's tough act by leading the Tar Heels to two Final Four appearances in three seasons.
LaVerne M. Kottke
LaVerne Martha Kottke, 83, Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Pastor Raymond W. Schaible
BAXTER -- Pastor Raymond W. Schaible, 72, Baxter, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at home.
MOTLEY --Rosemary Albrecht, 76, Motley, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at home.
Freda E. Jensen
Freda E. Jensen, 95, Brainerd, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Capt. Eric D. Bergstrom
HONOLULU, Hawaii --Capt. Eric D. Bergstrom, 31, Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Tripler Medical Center of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gas pump blues - Dispatch Editorial
The summer of 2000 will be remembered as the season of high gas prices. The volatile prices at the gas pump are the leading conversation-starter in the office break room or at the water cooler.
How to succeed in business
According to a recent survey, people in the work force think people just entering the work force are poorly prepared by high schools and colleges.
Perilous times on the tarmac
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
Give him his rights - Dispatch Editorial
When the TV cop show "Dragnet" first appeared in the fifties, it was praised for its grubby realism. For detective Joe Friday, played by Jack Webb, police work wasn't about shootouts and car chases. Friday spent most of his time slogging from place to place, slowly building a case by following leads and gathering facts.
I read the article about the Nisswa Pickle Fest Parade. Jodie is right but she forgot something. Throwing candy
A writer in his letter to the editor in the June 14 Dispatch reflects modernistic thinking about birth control and cites two books to back his views.
CART takes off in new direction with Rahal
Two years ago, Bobby Rahal was driving a race car. Now, he's driving CART.
INTIMIDATOR IS BACK
Dale Earnhardt was supposed to be getting old, mellowing out, becoming an elder statesman of stock car racing.
NHRA signs deal with ESPEN
NEW YORK -- The National Hot Rod Association and ESPN have agreed to an exclusive five-year television agreement and strategic partnership that will put the NHRA Drag Racing series on ESPN and ESPN2 through the year 2005.
Lakes such as Gull, Edwards, Round, North Long, Hubert, Pelican, Whitefish and Lower Hay have all provided consistent walleye and northern pike activity.
Braves blast Bemidji in 18-6 slugfest
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Braves picked up their 20th win of the season as they defeated the Bemidji Mud Cats 18-6 in seven innings on Wednesday.
Legion keeps winning
With clutch hitting and strong pitching the Brainerd Legion team continued their dominance over Bemidji as they took both games of a doubleheader Wednesday.
Northwoods League Baseball
Northwoods League Baseball
Area football players enjoy 'sweet' victory
Brainerd's Mitch Feierabend and Pine River's Brandon Schwegel had an experience of a lifetime playing in the annual high school football all-star game.
Gulls erupt for win over Wausau
WAUSAU, Wis. -- A four-run fourth inning for the Brainerd Mighty Gulls sparked an 8-6 victory over the WausauWoodchucks on Thursday.
Local sports shorts
PRINCETON -- Rookies Sye Anderson and Nick Musel, both of Brainerd, finished first and second, respectively, in the Midwest Modified feature at a sprint special at Princeton Speedway on Wednesday night.
Explaining the Wolves' draft choice
MINNEAPLOLIS -- Listening to Hubie Brown, Kenny Smith and Rick Majerus comment on the TNT telecast about various picks in the 2000 NBA draft, you'd think they were buttering them up to come play for their team.
Braves beat Maple Lake
HINCKLEY -- Thanks to Jade O'Brien's 4-for-4 performance the Brainerd Braves were able to stave off Maple Lake 11-10 in the first round of the Hinckley baseball tournament over the weekend.
'Chicken Run' is movie that will entertain the whole family
Aardman, the British animation company, has sweetened up the summer movie season with "Chicken Run," its claymation feature now playing at area theaters.
Decision not to wear bra is more function than fashion
DEAR ABBY: Regarding the teen-age girl who is being called a lesbian because she finds wearing a bra uncomfortable -- at age 66 I have grown weary of people whose only exercise is jumping to conclusions!
'Ballad of Lucette' to be performed in Hackensack
HACKENSACK -- After a two-year absence, a theatrical group sponsored by Northwoods Arts Council will perform the "Ballad of Lucette" again this July.
Two Jim Carreys outrun animated chickens for the box office lead
LOS ANGELES -- Two of Jim Carrey in one new film earned $24.2 million to lead the weekend movie box office, outpacing the debut of an animated chicken-coop escape saga.
Great River Arts Association director resigns
LITTLE FALLS -- Sandy Johnson, the longtime executive director of the Great River Arts Association in Little Falls, recently announced her resignation from the post she has held since 1994.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Listen for the sounds of El Nino Big Band this summer
If you haven't encountered the El Nino Big Band, you probably will over the next few weeks.
Singers invited to sing with Sweet Adelines
Heartland Harmony Sweet Adelines Chorus invites area female singers to perform on stage this summer.
Arts in the Park to boast record number of artists
The 26th anniversary Arts in the Park will be bigger and better than ever, according to organizers, but the event will retain its essential role as a "quieter, lazier part" in the annual five-day July 4th Celebration in Brainerd.
Bookstores plan marketing extravaganza next week for fourth Harry Potter book
NEW YORK -- Harry Potter's wizardry has already cast a spell upon readers worldwide, but bookstores are hoping he'll create some cash-register magic with next week's launch of the fourth story in the best-selling series.
Summer art class registration open in New York Mills
NEW YORK MILLS -- Space is still available in several upcoming art classes for children and adults at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
If you like off-color humor, you'll like 'Me, Myself & Irene'
"Me, Myself & Irene" pushes the envelope of good taste, as it appeals to our funny bones with a litany of raunchy scenes and the slapstick antics of star Jim Carrey.
Gospel Night: Group includes former Cathedral Quartet members
The headliner at this year's Gospel Night in Tornstrom Auditorium is carrying on a 30-year tradition in Christian quartet music.
Moondance Jam 2000 gets under way July 12
WALKER -- Moondance Jam 2000 cranks up the show July 12 for a four-day run of classic rock and roll at its outdoor stages and campgrounds a few miles east of Walker.
Historical music to kick off Crow Wing Park series
Musician Ross Sutter will be at Crow Wing State Park at 8 p.m. Saturday to perform and share his love for history.
Gaalswyk gives piano concert at area church
Melanie Gaalswyk, East Gull Lake, gave a Senior Piano Concert last Sunday at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Rain forces Art in Garden indoors in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- It was supposed to be a garden party, featuring the flowered landscape of her Little Falls home and the art of some of her favorite watercolorists.
Nisswa Freedom Fest to feature Battle of the Bands
NISSWA -- It's a flashback to the '60s, when rock and roll contests were entertaining community showcases for area musicians, as the Nisswa Volunteer Fire Department revives a Battle of the Bands on July 7.
Quite Light Opera Co. to present 'The Mikado'
ST. CLOUD -- Quite Light Opera Co. will present "The Mikado," featuring a full pit orchestra, humor and wit, dancing and singing.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 78 59 rn
Tonight...A 30 percent chance for mainly evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy. Lows 55 to 60. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Under the sun
Weather drawing by Kayla Jo Cluever of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Around the world
Amsterdam 62 51 cdy
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 78 58 .01 cdy
Two kinds of weather
Weather drawing by Cassy Nelson of Mrs. Shaffer's summer school class at Harrison school.
Around the world
Amsterdam 63 48 cdy
Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows from 50 to 55. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid have announced their separation after about 10 years of marriage.
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Keep your distance from 4th fireworks
DEAR ABBY: Each year on the Fourth of July, thousands of adults and children are seriously injured by fireworks. Many burns and injuries affect eyesight, permanently damaging, and in some cases, blinding the victims. Because of this, the American Optometric Association has joined the Millennium Fireworks Safety Partners, a coalition of 35 national organizations, in urging people to avoid private fireworks and instead enjoy professional displays.
The Brainerd High School Class of 1980 reunion will be an informal get-together beginning at 7 p.m. July 7 at the Eagles in Brainerd. There will be an evening meal and program at 6 p.m. July 8 at the Brainerd Armory. Any questions, call Neal Spilman at 746-3489.
Waterproof window covering
Dear Heloise: I have a window in my bathroom in the shower/tub area, and I'm unable to find a WINDOW COVERING for it. I am going to have to create some kind of window dressing that will also be waterproof, and I need suggestions. -- V. Grawet, Omaha, Neb .
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