Erin MacDonald, Janelle Huss and Katie Erickson, all juniors at Brainerd High School, attended Bethel College in St. Paul recently for Minnesota Girls State, a program sponsored by the Brainerd American Legion Au
Bond between child and parents runs deep, effects are lasting
RICHMOND, Ind.-- He is gone -- torn from her life by cancer when she was 15 years old. Seven years later, Connelly Stokes-Prindle still finds herself longing for her father's advice.
Grandparents find new roles
THURMONT, Md. (AP) -- Hunched on the living room floor in front of a Lego set, 5-year-old Michael Simmons turned and waved at his grandmother. "Look, Grandma," he said, holding a newly built toy in hand.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 34, a year ago 247.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday hog estimate: 800 includes 200 feeder pigs. Last Monday: 803. Year ago Monday: 1087. Wednesday actual: 266.
Roger E. Beuning, 56, St. Joseph, and Barbara J. Barnhart, 62, Brainerd.
St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd
A gas leak at lot 15 in Stoneybrook Mobile Home Park in south Brainerd caused the evacuation of three or four homes in the park.
Three people were hurt in a three-vehicle accident Sunday on Highway 25, just north of Highway 18, in Brainerd.
St. Joseph's, Brainerd
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Julie Nayquonabe and Adam Benjamin, Onamia, a boy, Adam James Benjamin Jr., 6 pounds, 3 ounces, June 7, 2002. Grandparents are Elmer E. Nayquonabe, Onamia, Larry Wind, Onamia, and Arvina Benjamin, Minneapolis.
GARRISON -- Five people were injured Monday in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 169 in Garrison.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Fist-pumping Inkster wins women's Open
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Watching from 40 feet away as her ball plopped into the cup on the sixth hole, Juli Inkster pumped both fists.
Aces could be wild
It's every golfer's dream, but it's the most difficult thing to accomplish.
HIV among U.S. newborns declines 80 percent in last decade
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The number of infants born in the United States with HIV infection has declined by 80 percent during the last decade, new research shows.
WASHINGTON -- Government scientists abruptly ended the nation's biggest study of a type of hormone replacement therapy, saying long-term use of estrogen and progestin significantly increased the women's risk of breast cancer, strokes and heart attacks.
Most HIV-positive gay men in U.S. cities don't know they're infected
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A study of young gay and bisexual men in major U.S. cities found that more than three-quarters of those infected with HIV were unaware they had the AIDS virus.
Volunteers undergo smallpox vaccine trials amid fears of terrorism
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With the jab of a needle, volunteers are being injected with a smallpox vaccine as part of government-sponsored experiments that come amid heightened fear of biological terrorism.
Deans to be hired for high school
The Brainerd School District hopes to improve communication with parents and students at the high school by adding two deans.
Cars put on display
Fewer antique and classic vehicle owners brought out their vehicles Sunday afternoon because of the overcast and humid weather, said Nancy Cross, Brainerd Community Action executive director.
A trip to Norway
Staff Writer Jodie Tweed recently traveled to Norway to stay with distant cousins and uncover her family history. Find out more in Wednesday's Neighbors.
Corn maze turns Bunyanesque for this year
The corn plants are knee high right now in farmer Al Jabs' cornfield.
Fourth festivities wrap up with Arts in the Park
A busy Fourth of July week ended Sunday with a smaller turnout than some years for Arts in the Park in Brainerd.
Baxter motorcyclist killed; suspect held by witnesses
A 22-year-old Buffalo man was arrested Friday after his van collided with and killed a 62-year-old Baxter man on a motorcycle, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
This was Brainerd
JULY 9 - 20 years ago (1982) - The resort business in the Brainerd lakes area is alive and well this summer even though business has slacked off a bit and resorters find themselves facing a changing clientele.
County attorney seeks re-election
County Attorney Don Ryan, 41, filed for office today, seeking his third term as Crow Wing county attorney.
Happy life cut short by accident
BAXTER -- To his children, Curtis Heikkenen was in the prime of his life.
Some locales get 7 inches of rain
A large thunderstorm swept over central Minnesota late Sunday and early today, dropping more than 7 inches of rain in some places.
WALKER -- The ninth annual meeting of the Tri-County Leech Lake Watershed Project will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Cass County Courthouse in Walker.
This was Brainerd
JULY 8 - 30 years ago (1972) - Getting employees involved and enthusiastic along with the old "Customer is always right" are the two formulas Howard Hamilton credits for his success as president of the Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Brainerd and St. Cloud.
Bridge work enters final stages
The final stages of construction have been started on the Highway 371 interchange bridge south of Brainerd.
Race for a Cure
Luke Schumacher (351), David Schwen of Brainerd (131), Gabriel Mercado of Aitkin (139), Ben Willenbring (331), Josh Meyer (332), Cindi Wiebusch (312) and Dan Seeman led a large field of runners competing in the 5-kilometer run during the third-annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure at Don Adamson Field Saturday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Gulls in action
Tuesday's sports section will feature the Brainerd Mighty Gulls' home encounter tonight with Rochester.
'They didn't win'
Though its windows are still boarded up, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Brainerd reopened today five days after someone fired several gunshots into the building.
The gunshots fired into the Planned Parenthood building Friday have reflections of the 1994 arson that destroyed the same building.
WorldCom executives, former auditors clash over responsibility for accounting irregularities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- WorldCom executives clashed with former auditors Monday over responsibility for nearly $4 billion in accounting improprieties that rocked U.S. markets. The telecommunications giant's former CEO and finance chief refused to testify to a House panel investigating the debacle.
President winds up birthday vacation in Maine
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- President Bush played one last round of golf Monday in the early morning mist of the Maine coast before returning to Washington for a week of ceremony and political challenge.
Mum is the word
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two subpoenaed former executives of WorldCom Inc. will refuse to answer questions Monday from a House committee that is opening an investigation into allegations the huge telecommunications company defrauded investors of billions.
Pesticides, parasites both may play role in frog deformities, study says
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Scientists debating whether high rates of deformities in frogs are the result of parasites or pollution may both be right, a study suggests.
Residents allowed to return home as huge Arizona forest fire is finally fully contained
PHOENIX (AP) -- The last of the 30,000 people forced to evacuate because of Arizona's massive wildfire are returning home -- but not to their normal lives.
Disney animator Kimball dies
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Animator Ward Kimball, who became one of Walt Disney's trusted "Nine Old Men" and helped develop or refine such characters as Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket, died Monday. He was 88.
MIAMI (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's stepson has been deported to New Zealand after being detained on immigration violations when he arrived at a Florida flight school attended by one of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
Bush urges crackdown on boardroom scandals
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Bush called for stiff new penalties for corporate criminals and a crackdown on boardroom scandals Tuesday, promising in a speech on Wall Street that his administration would "end the days of cooking the books, shading the truth and breaking our laws."
Business scandals push Bush toward action
WASHINGTON -- Mounting public concern about the new wave of business scandals is forcing President Bush and congressional Republicans to consider a more intrusive government role in monitoring the private sector than they have been willing to accept.
2 killed in sewer pipe rupture
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A sewer pipe ruptured Monday at a construction site, killing two workers and injuring 10 others, fire officials said.
O'Connor's key vote
On Independence Day, a few citizens may have paused between burgers and beers to consider the United States' long struggle against the pernicious practice of one-person rule.
Bush adamant on his goal to oust Saddam Hussein
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday renewed his administration's commitment to ousting Saddam Hussein as the leader of Iraq, but he left open the prospect that something short of a second Persian Gulf War could achieve that goal.
Texas waters slowly recede
BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) -- As murky water lapped against sandbags piled in front of restaurants, motels and gas stations, residents hoped desperately it wouldn't rise.
Frustration felt by immigrants after FBI raids dozens of jewelry stores
PHILADELPHIA -- Customers usually enter Tariq Hussain's jewelry store browsing for diamonds or gold rings. Recently, he was visited by people looking for something much more sinister.
Heads of Coast Guard, other agencies oppose proposed split
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of key law enforcement agencies slated to become part of the new Homeland Security Department urged Congress on Tuesday not to split them into pieces, as some lawmakers have suggested.
Texas governor says flooding costs could reach $1 billion
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry said losses from a week of severe flooding could add up to $1 billion, a bleak estimate that came as waters continued to rise in some areas.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The starting pitcher felt as if he were playing in a cemetery. It was so eerily quiet he could hear the beer and peanut vendors in the stands.
MILWAUKEE -- Final memories tend to leave a lasting impression. Many in baseball are outraged at what appears to be Williams's final controversial memory.
All-Star troubles brewing in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- These surely aren't the sweet sights and sounds Bud Selig wanted for his All-Star game.
Jeter helps Weaver win in Yankees debut
Derek Jeter helped out his jittery new teammate, while Carlos Pena gave his new team something to get excited about.
Hewitt drops just six games, wins Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Don't blame Lleyton Hewitt.
MILWAUKEE -- With a packed house, a closed roof and lightning flickering through the open outfield windows, the setting could have been a scene from a latter-day version of "The Natural." Jason Giambi knows as well as anyone that the most natural thing in baseball is people's love for home runs.
Curtis J. Heikkenen
BAXTER -- Curtis J. Heikkenen, 62, Baxter, died Friday, July 5, 2002.
Dale H. Erdman
Dale H. Erdman, 80, Deerwood, died today, July 8, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
In the Mildred R. Bennewitz obituary on Page 5A Sunday, the name of a sister who died earlier was spelled incorrectly. Violette Spilman died earlier.
Douglas W. Johnson
BAY LAKE -- Douglas W. Johnson, 84, Bay Lake, died Sunday, June 28, 2002, at home.
Edith 'Edie' M. Hedahl
LITTLE FALLS -- Edith "Edie" M. Hedahl, 102, Little Falls, formerly of Bismarck, N.D., died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Donald 'Don' G. Lasher
CALDWELL, Idaho -- Donald "Don" G. Lasher, 79, Caldwell, Idaho, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at home.
Irene J. Davis
DEERWOOD -- Irene J. Davis, 79, Deerwood, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Curtis J. Heikkenen
BAXTER -- Curtis Joseph Heikkenen, 62, Baxter, died Friday, July 5, 2002.
Pearl I. Woodworth
CROSSLAKE -- Pearl I. Woodworth, 83, Crosslake, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Burton 'Burt' Larson
BAXTER -- Burton "Burt" Larson, 85, Baxter, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at home.
Ruth A. Heidelberger
ONAMIA -- Ruth A. Heidelberger, 97, Onamia, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
Robert W. Johnson Sr.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Robert W. Johnson Sr., 75, Pequot Lakes, died Saturday, July 7, 2002, at home.
Richard L. Zablocki Sr.
LITTLE FALLS -- Richard L. Zablocki Sr., 71, Little Falls, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
LeRoy 'Tom' LeDoux
WRENSHALL -- LeRoy "Tom" LeDoux, 85, Wrenshall, died Friday, July 5, 2002, in the Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital Convalescent Nursing Care Section.
CROSSLAKE -- Pearl Woodworth, 83, Crosslake, died today, July 8, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Dale H. Erdman
DEERWOOD -- Dale H. Erdman, 80, Deerwood, died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Alphonse 'Peanuts' Stumpf
LITTLE FALLS -- Alphonse "Peanuts" Stumpf, 71, Little Falls, formerly of Park Rapids, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
David E. Murdock
WADENA -- David E. Murdock, 96, resident of Shady Lane Nursing Home, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Shady Lane Nursing Home.
Barbara Boline, 65, Mission Township, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at her home.
AITKIN -- Alvin Nickaboine, 67, Aitkin, died Thursday, July 4, 2002, at his home.
After Serena Williams had reduced her to on-court cluelessness, thereby setting the stage for Saturday's All Williams All England women's final at Wimbledon, semifinal loser Amelie Mauresmo pronounced it "a little bit sad for women's tennis. . . . I think people are going to get bored by it. I'm not counting how many people since yesterday told me, 'We don't want a Williams final.' "
To use violence against violence is not the answer in this battle with domestic terrorism. The shooter was wrong to put a bullet through the PP window.
I applaud the county's formation of an ATV task force to address the issue of ATV damage to our ditches and driveways. I
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The quiet country
The vast fields sit there like time itself, stretching from county to county and state to state from the Great Lakes clear and flat to the Rockies. This is the expanse many Americans sleep, read or watch movies over while transiting six miles above. Occasionally, pockets of lights glow below-small towns that, according to emerging census data, are getting even smaller as farms get bigger.
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Hornish steaming after second late-lap loss
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A green flag had Sam Hornish Jr. seeing red.
Waltrip 'in a good place' after this Daytona victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When Michael Waltrip said he was in a good place, he wasn't just talking about Victory Lane.
Anderson repairs car in time to win heat
The skies threatened as a sudden downpour fell over North Central Speedway just before the gates opened on L&M Steel Night Saturday. Fortunately, the rain was short-lived and a hot and steamy night of racing got under way.
Farm country reels after latest floods
ADA (AP) -- The owners of Ada Feed & Seed here, like many who live in farm communities throughout northwest Minnesota, are on edge.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Northwest Airlines chief executive John Dasburg has filed a lawsuit against the airline to recover nearly $430,000 in pension benefits.
Flood produces fish kill along Roseau River
ROSEAU (AP) -- The flooding in northwest Minnesota has damaged more than homes, businesses and roadways, biologists are investigating what appears to be a major fish kill in the lower part of the Roseau River.
Firefighters battle blaze
BELGRADE, Minn. (AP) -- A fire, possibly sparked by lightning, engulfed a grain elevator at a feed mill here Sunday night.
U turns toward biotechnology
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Under its departing president, the University of Minnesota has moved its research into the marketplace, resulting in closer ties to business and industry.
Body of Minnesota glider pilot recovered in Tetons
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) -- A Minnesota man was killed last week when his glider crashed into the northeast face of the 13,770-foot Grand Teton.
Teen sentenced to 12 years for strangling sister
HASTINGS (AP) -- Sixteen-year-old Scott Tomlinson wanted to watch "The Simpsons." His 13-year-old sister, Megan, wanted to watch the Disney Channel. He strangled her as they fought over the remote control.
Woman carries child for sister who lost others in car wreck
WILLMAR (AP) -- A Willmar woman's love for her sister recently brought new life and hope to a family shattered by tragedy.
Democrats sound off on corporate oversight
ST. PAUL (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone usually gets an earful on issues along holiday parade routes, but he took special note last week when people offered their two cents on the mounting allegations of corporate wrongdoing.
Hamm's Bear celebration delayed
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A local club's plan to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Hamm's Bear was put on hold after objections from Miller Brewing Co., which owns the Hamm's beer label.
State health care spending climbs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Health care spending in Minnesota increased faster during the 1990s than in all but five other states, according to a government study released Tuesday.
Sentences handed down in wide-ranging fraud scheme
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The former president of a Pipestone-based pork operation was among seven people sentenced for fraud and corruption by a judge who wished the government had tougher prison sentences for white-collar criminals.
Dwindling prairie butterfly population alarms wildlife experts
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Dakota skipper, a small butterfly found on the prairies of western Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas, may be heading for the national endangered species list.
Rain wipes out Bronco games
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department said today's Bronco League games at Jaycees Park have been postponed because to the field conditions caused the recent heavy rains.
Northwoods League Baseball
Hoglin pitches Rebels past Braves in playoff opener
FORT RIPLEY -- The Fort Ripley Rebels were powered by Tim Hoglin's one-hit, complete game as North Division top seed Fort Ripley defeated the fourth-seeded Brainerd Braves 9-0 in the opening round of Victory League amateur baseball playoffs Sunday.
Bees take two of three
The Brainerd Bees blanked Sartell 7-0 Sunday as they won two of three games in three days.
Brainerd has own midseason classic
Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department Midseason Classics for Bronco and Pony baseball leagues are scheduled Sunday at Bane Park.
Twins skipper visits area to see son play
With Major League Baseball having its All-Star break, many players, coaches and managers who aren't participating in the festivities in Milwaukee scatter to catch a little rest and relaxation before the second half of the season.
Northwoods League Baseball
Gulls perched in first place
Crunch time is officially on.
Rutman, Fussy, Bricks pace Feet for Fools race
Brady Rutman, Ellen Fussy and Lucas and Kandi Brick won titles in the Feet for Fools Run July 4 in Brainerd.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- For one glorious set on the world's most famous tennis court, Serena and Venus Williams set aside whatever qualms they might harbor about trying to beat a sister and just played.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Family YMCA and Brainerd Parks and Recreation are still accepting registrations for the British Soccer Camps.
Sweeney, Lee pace second Whipple Wave
Mike Sweeney of Cottage Grove and Anne Lee of Wayzata were the first male and female finishers in the second annual Whipple Wave Triathlon Sunday in Baxter.
Mighty Gulls blank Mankato, tie for lead
MANKATO -- Ryan Hamilton left the Mankato MoonDogs howling.
Legion gains split
The Brainerd American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader with Grand Rapids Monday at Adamson Field.
Two Olerud home runs sink Twins
SEATTLE (AP) -- John Olerud thinks he has as much bat speed now as he did when he hit .363 as the American League batting champion with Toronto in 1993.
Maturi is drawn to challenges of AD job
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Assuming he becomes the University of Minnesota's athletic director, Joel Maturi says he won't play any favorites among the recently merged men's and women's departments.
The 73rd All-Star Game
MILWAUKEE -- Eddie Guardado, Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski walked into the Grand Ballroom at the Pfister Hotel Monday, looked around at the likes of A-Rod, Ichiro and Nomar, and suddenly felt very out of place.
Twins at the break: Not half bad
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Halfway into a season they almost didn't play, the Minnesota Twins hold the biggest lead in any of the three divisions of the American League.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Mostly cloudy east this morning becoming partly to mostly sunny this afternoon. A slight chance of thunderstorms extreme southeast and over the black hills. Highs from the mid 80s north to the mid 90s southeast.
Storms pound on Montana, Wisconsin
Thunderstorms pounded Montana with hail the size of golf balls and knocked out power to thousands of customers in Wisconsin. It even rained on baseball's All-Star Home Run Derby at Milwaukee because the ballpark roof leaked.
A whale of a time
Weather drawing by Tony Anderson of Mrs. Sedlachek's second grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Patchy morning fog south and east...Otherwise mostly sunny. Highs in the low to mid 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from near 60 northwest along lake superior to the mid 80s southwest.
Flowers liked the rain
Weather drawing by Haley Hanson in the Lowell second grade of Mrs. Sedlachek.
Wisconsin state forecast
Flood watch parts of northwest and west central today...
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch for parts of the northeast this morning...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Occasional showers and thunderstorms northeast. Scattered showers and thunderstorms through mid-morning west and central...Redeveloping again late this afternoon. Partly cloudy southeast. Highs 85 to 95.
State forecast for North Dakota
Flood watch tonight through wednesday morning southeast...
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch for parts of west central minnesota tonight through wednesday morning...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms southeast. Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s
Iowa state forecast
Today...Continued humid with a chance of mainly afternoon thunderstorms. Partly sunny with highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s.
The Crow Wing County Enhanced 911 Technical Committee will meet 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd.
Bull run turns dangerous
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- Bulls turned a sprint into an agonizingly slow, messy and dangerous jaunt at the San Fermin festival Tuesday, goring three Americans and injuring five others.
Foreign help sought in probe
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Hamid Karzai's government Monday asked international peacekeepers to help track down the killers of a vice president gunned down over the weekend in the heart of the capital.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian gunman opened fire on Israeli police officers just outside the walled Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, wounding one, and a passer-by was killed in the ensuing gunbattle, police said.
Russian pilot received contradictory instructions before crashing into cargo jet
BERLIN (AP) -- A Russian pilot received contradictory instructions before crashing into a cargo plane over Germany last week, German investigators said Monday after reviewing voice recorders from the two jets.
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