The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a grass fire near the bike trail along Quince Street in Brainerd.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday hogs: 700 (includes 300 feeder pigs)
Sorenstam's clutch shots give her LPGA victory
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Annika Sorenstam didn't expect her day would come down to one ''must'' shot. When it did, she was up to the challenge.
Clear-headed Thompson wins State Farm tourney
COLUMBIA, Md. -- Leonard Thompson won the State Farm Senior Classic by combining a marvelous long game with a better-than-average putter.
Allenby beats Price in playoff at Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- As he walked the course at the Western Open, Robert Allenby was called everything from Stuart to Bill to John. Everything, it seemed, but Robert.
Scientists hunt earliest symptoms in race against feared epidemic
WASHINGTON -- Alzheimer's disease is increasing so fast that more than 22 million people worldwide will be affected by 2025, experts warned Sunday. They urged new research to spot the very earliest symptoms -- subtle ones that can emerge a decade before true dementia hits -- and hunt for ways to protect these people's brains.
Weight loss lowers blood pressure more than exercise alone
CHICAGO (AP) -- Combining weight loss and exercise lowers blood pressure more effectively than exercise alone, according to a study.
AIDS expected to cut life expectancy in Africa
DURBAN, South Africa -- The populations of some AIDS-stricken African countries will soon begin to fall as millions die of the disease, and by 2010 life expectancy will plunge to around 30 -- a level not seen in at least a century, according to new estimates.
Viagra seller brings big dollars, scrutiny to Alabama town
CLANTON, Ala. -- Rural Chilton County is an unlikely home for a business that bills itself as one of the world's biggest Web-based sellers of Viagra.
Freedom Day parade
A clown handed out candy to children along the Freedom Day parade route Friday in Nisswa.
Watershed project meeting is Thursday
The seventh annual meeting of the Tri-County Leech Lake Watershed Project will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Salem Lutheran Church meeting room in Longville.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is currently seeking volunteers from throughout central Minnesota to help with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
Ana Sawdey, the daughter of Michael Sawdey of California and Cathy Taylor of Nisswa, was named to the 2000 dean's list at Concordia College.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe to donate rail corridor for trail
COLLEGEVILLE (AP) -- The network of recreational trails in central Minnesota will soon grow by another few miles.
Authorities identify three Illinois men killed in Duluth plane crash
DULUTH (AP) -- Authorities released the names Sunday of three Chicago-area men who died in a plane crash near Duluth International Airport.
DNR to bolster work force with license fee increases, lottery proceeds
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will fill dozens of vacant jobs and improve fish and game habitat with money from hunting and fishing license fee increases and lottery proceeds.
Storm rips through Staples
STAPLES --An apparent tornado ripped through Staples on Saturday night, damaging buildings and knocking out power to much of the city.
Ball accepts job in St. Paul
Brainerd Police Chief Frank Ball has announced he will leave the police department at the end of this month, and that he has accepted a job with the Department of Public Safety in St. Paul.
Thunderstorms, tornadoes cause damage
A series of weekend thunderstorms and a suspected tornado left Minnesotans coping with flooded homes, power outages and washed out roads.
Man pleads guilty in stabbing death of roommate
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- A rural Buffalo Lake man has pleaded guilty to intentional second-degree murder in the March 30 stabbing death of his roommate during an argument over the suspect's girlfriend.
This was Brainerd
30 years ago (1970) - Watercolor paintings by area artist, Homer Dimmick, will be on display at Driftwood Resort on Whitefish Lake July 13 through 22. Dimmick, rural Pequot Lakes resident and artist, has displayed his work throughout the area and has received numerous awards.
Some residents push to split Pine County into two counties
PINE CITY (AP) -- A move is under way to split Pine County in east-central Minnesota into two counties, creating the state's 88th county.
Host families needed for exchange students
The SHARE! High School Exchange Program needs volunteer host families in the Brainerd area to provide a home for students arriving in August from more than
Web site serves as online resource of commercial property
With so many real estate opportunities in the area, the trick can be finding one place for a comprehensive list.
Bad luck befalls charity cyclist
VIRGINIA (AP) -- Grant Dunstan was looking to do a good deed. Instead, he found a good deal of trouble.
State of Minnesota sued on behalf of 4,200 teachers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A handful of public school teachers filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of thousands of their co-workers against the state and one of its agencies, the Teachers Retirement Association, over a decades-old pension issue.
Natural gas costs to rise for residential consumers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The cost of heating a home with natural gas is expected to increase beginning next month, the result of greater demand for the product, utility officials said.
Authorities arrest man, boy after apparent drive-by shooting
WILLMAR (AP) -- Two people were arrested early Saturday after a reported drive-by shooting at a rural home north of here, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department said.
Clinton wants home heating oil reserve to help deal with Northeast winters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton is establishing a home heating oil reserve for the Northeast, where residents were squeezed financially to stay warm during last winter's severe cold.
U.S. military faces curfew in Okinawa
OKINAWA CITY, Japan -- The U.S. military imposed an indefinite late-night curfew and a drinking ban on all its service members in Okinawa on Monday after several of them allegedly committed crimes that have enraged Japan.
Landmark smokers' trial could hit record verdict
MIAMI -- A jury that blames cigarette makers for sickening smokers could be on the verge of punishing Big Tobacco like no jury ever has punished anyone before.
Dog bakeries sell treats for pets with premium palates
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Is Fifi tired of bland dog biscuits? Does Buster crave more than mushy mystery meat from a can and an occasional greasy table scrap?
Barak in fighting mood after no-confidence votes
JERUSALEM -- His coalition in tatters hours before his departure for the Camp David summit, Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Monday he would not be deterred from the mission of making peace with the Palestinians.
Internet arrives at political conventions
WASHINGTON -- ''Honey,'' the woman nudges her husband at the computer terminal. ''If you point the mouse over there we can see Aunt Betty at the Republican convention.''
Businesses make final push for trade bill
WASHINGTON -- Corporate executives are knocking on the doors of all 100 senators. Other business leaders, with a few clicks of a mouse, are e-mailing their lawmakers.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Rebel sympathizers took advantage of an amnesty for politically motivated crimes to torch a Masonic lodge and occupy a U.S.-affiliated tuna cannery on Monday, a day after a deal was reached to end Fiji's 53-day hostage crisis.
Albright: Barak can make peace despite political woes
WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a Mideast summit, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak can make peace with Yasser Arafat despite Barak's political woes.
Senate nears showdown on Clinton roadless plan
WASHINGTON -- The fight between Western Republicans and environmentalists that has been looming since President Clinton announced a plan to protect 43 million acres of forests is about to begin.
President commutes women's drug sentences
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton has commuted the prison sentences of four women who were convicted of drug crimes but received much harsher sentences than men involved in the cases.
Pirates' Benson outduels Milton Saturday
PITTSBURGH -- Kris Benson isn't going to the All-Star game -- and, the way he's pitching now, he is a little confused why he isn't.
Moss helps hometown, visits with young fans
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss wanted to give something back to his hometown, but it had to be more than just handing someone a check.
Big Unit cools Athletics
The Arizona Diamondbacks finally had an answer for the free-swinging Oakland Athletics -- major league strikeout leader Randy Johnson.
Lawton, Redman lift Twins
PITTSBURGH -- The Minnesota Twins spent last winter regretting their eight-game losing streak that ended the season. They didn't want to take a similar feeling -- and a similar streak -- into the All-Star break.
What kick-starts a kid's dream?
Having just squeezed every drop of significance out of sports in the last century, it seems a little early to start talking up the new one. But here goes, anyway:
All-Star list of casualties grows longer
ATLANTA -- Just call it the All-Scar game.
Comets teach Lynx lesson
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Call it a lesson in experience.
WIMBLEDON, England -- His lips quivering and eyes blinking back tears, Pete Sampras scanned the Centre Court stadium searching for the two people with whom he wanted to share the greatest moment in his tennis career.
William E. Hix
PILLAGER --William E. Hix, 64, Pillager, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Luella B. Williams
AITKIN --Luella B. Williams, 85, Aitkin, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at home.
Mary Ann Olson
STAPLES -- Mary Ann Olson, 66, Staples, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at her home.
Margaret Ruud, 96, Brainerd, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Marvin D. Mundell
TAMARACK -- Marvin Dale Mundell, 65, Tamarack, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
James Stanley Wilson
REDWOOD FALLS -- James Stanley Wilson, 37, Redwood Falls, died July 6, 2000, at his home.
PINE RIVER -- Della Kempton, Pine River, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at home.
E. Blanch Fraser
ORR --E. Blanch Fraser, 97, Orr, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Littlefork Medical Center of Littlefork.
LASTRUP -- Myrtle Kapsner, 76, Lastrup, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at home.
Denvy E. Doty
PALISADE -- Denvy E. Doty, 76, Palisade, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
John E. Rushmeyer Sr.
FORT RIPLEY -- John E. Rushmeyer Sr., 87, Fort Ripley, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Buchanan's absence a gift for Bush
WASHINGTON--Why is Bush doing so well? Of the dozen reasons adduced, most have to do with Al Gore--his biweekly change of persona, his recurring investigative troubles, his sheer unattractiveness. Some explanations have to do with Bush himself--the steadiness of his performance since the primaries, and, perhaps ominously for Republicans, the fact that he does best in the polls when he is out of sight (he was never more popular than when he was almost completely unseen in 1999).
Is the annexation issue proving to be good and/or bad for both Brainerd and Baxter? I believe the city council of Brainerd and the city cou
This is an unusual Congress in that the Democrats, led by the president, have been able to set much of the agenda even though the Republicans have the majority and are in nominal control. The Republicans have spent much of the year on the defe
Mexico's vote for hope
Two pairs of legs stretched below the voting booth's hanging white plastic sheet with black letters proclaiming: "TU VOTO ES LIBRE Y SECRETO" (Your vote is free and secret). Was this a case of Mexican voting fraud?
Three midseason champs determined
Severe weather cut Saturday's racing program short as three of the four divisions crowned midseason champions.
Nobody forgot Irwin
LOUDON, N.H. -- Kenny Irwin is gone, but not forgotten.
Two days after Irwin's death it was racing as usual
LOUDON, N.H. -- It was almost as if it never happened, at least outwardly.
Forest stops Gulls Saturday
John Forest of the St. Cloud River Bats came on in relief in the sixth inning to shut down the Brainerd Mighty Gulls and record the save in a 5-4 win in the first game of a scheduled double-header on Saturday at Mills Field.
Gulls, Bats split Sunday doubleheader
Big innings and timely hitting won games for both the Brainerd Mighty Gulls and the St. Cloud River Bats in a double-header Sunday.
Streiff leads Braves
The Brainerd Braves began their quest for a Class C amateur baseball title Saturday -- and Brad Streiff did everything he could to get them started correctly.
Brainerd Legion wins Fargo tournament
FARGO, N.D. -- The Brainerd Legion baseball team scored 48 runs in four games this weekend as it swept the competition and took home first place in the round-robin Fargo Tournament.
Tonight -- Partly cloudy. Lows upper 50s. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast.
Weather drawing by Burrell Flanagan in the Lincoln School second-grade class of Ms. Kobes.
Storms stalk northern tier
Thunderstorms clustered over the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley early Monday as a low front slung across the nation's northern tier. Temperatures in the south soared.
Around the nation
Albany,N.Y. 73 66 .16 cdy
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Eagle Don Henley is enjoying life in the slow lane now that he has left Los Angeles and returned to his native Texas.
Leave encoded message on answering machine
Dear Heloise: Here is a clever hint for answering machine messages. Use a code word or phrase so that friends, family and members of organizations that you might belong to will know when you are out of town.
Don't hesitate to reach out to friend who needs help
DEAR ABBY: The letter about depression and suicide prompts my own letter. Only one in five people who suffer from a mental illness seeks help. As some of those with a history of mental illness stated in their letters, reaching out for help is often a task that seems insurmountable. And broaching the subject with a loved one can be difficult for many reasons. Fear of being told to ''mind your own business'' can be a big impediment to friends and families who would like to extend a helping hand.
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