Stock cars owned by Jim Thompson (88), Jim Hartley and the late Ed Slip (right), which were raced at a track near the Deerwood shortcut and the Gull Lake-Heywood Airport near Nisswa, sat in the north Brainerd home of Slip's parents in this photo taken in the early 1950s. Thompson's was a 1939 Ford Coupe, Hartley's was a 1936 Ford Coupe and Slip's was a 1934 Ford Coupe.
Improving SUV mileage taking center stage
WASHINGTON -- At first glance, the row of Chevy Suburbans parked near the U.S. Capitol recently looked like race-car wannabes, brightly colored and plastered with sponsor decals.
Jeep takes 'Liberty' with hard-core SUVs
Good-bye, Jeep Cherokee. Hello, Jeep Liberty, and hello controversy.
Crash test, rollover ratings for vehicles; no standard for tire safety
WASHINGTON -- The government has five-star rating systems to determine how vehicles hold up in crashes and how likely they are to roll over. Consumers looking for similar guidance on tires will come up empty because there is no standard to determine which tires are safe and which might fail.
Like father, like son
The number (5) stock car photographed at North Central Motor Speedway Saturday night included in this column and the number 88 in the Vintage Racers photo on 3B belong to a son and his father, John and Jim Thompson.
Vehicle sales remain solid despite slow economy
DETROIT -- U.S. vehicle sales grew 0.3 percent in June from a year ago, as rebates and cheap loans overcame the lethargic economy to keep the industry on track for its third-best year ever, industry executives and economists said Tuesday.
Indian spiritual leader visits N.Y. on hugging tour
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of people lined up at a college auditorium to get a hug from an Indian spiritual leader whose followers say they feel uplifted when they embrace her.
Lawsuits accuse Navy of religious discrimination
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- The Rev. Robert Adair says he was forced out of the Navy because of his religion.
There will be a grand opening at The Basement, a new teen coffeehouse at the Crosby-Ironton Presbyterian Church, on July 25. The band Grave Robber will begin playing at 7:30 p.m. All teens are invited. Call 546-7778 for more information.
Ministers find themselves leading in two worlds
NEW YORK -- The Rev. Floyd Flake steps into the pulpit during the 8:30 a.m. service at the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Queens, ready to deliver the gospel.
Buddhism's scriptures are radically different from Bible
Buddhism is winning converts beyond its traditional heartland but for many Westerners its message remains alien.
Jains seek adherence to ancient faith
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- They avoid eating potatoes, carrots and onions because uprooting them would harm the plant, or damage the micro-organisms living in the soil around it.
Baxter church members will help teach outreach English classes
BAXTER -- Three area women will embark Tuesday morning on a journey to minister to the people of Osaka, Japan.
Roman Catholic bishop groups complete their merger
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference completed their merger and will be known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 200, a year ago 317.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 400.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 308, a year ago 269.
Sister's recipes are for those who enjoy Chinese
This week I would like to share with you a couple of recipes I recently got from my little sister Pam.
Summertime is berry time
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- It's a berry good time of year.
Keep food cool at the beach
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lunchtime at the beach is not always so sunny. Warm drinks and melting tuna salad are less than appetizing additions to an experience that should be as breezy as the summer winds.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Crow Wing sheriff
The Brainerd Fire Department today responded to a report of a fire at North Star Plating in Brainerd. The fire was reported at 8:40 a.m. The fire caused minimal damage.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
The story about the Zoo Man appearing at the Brainerd Public Library that appeared on Page 3T in Thursday's Tempo section should have listed the presentation time at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
House opens door to individuals buying prescription drugs from abroad
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to make it legal for Americans to purchase prescription drugs from foreign countries by mail order or through the Internet, a step that could lead to significant savings for older Americans who use the most prescriptions.
Campaign finance bill slows to stop
WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders say they have no plans to return to campaign finance legislation after a much-anticipated debate on how to reduce the influence of big money in politics fizzled into partisan bickering.
Ventura seeks business partnerships in Canada
TORONTO (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura signed autographs, posed for photos and talked business Wednesday to kick off a three-day trade mission to Canada.
Bush energy development plans hit Democratic roadblock in Congress
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's energy development plans are meeting resistance in Congress as Democrats block new drilling in federal monument areas and vow to stymie attempts to develop oil and gas reserves in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and an Arctic wildlife refuge.
Procedural battle stalls campaign finance vote
WASHINGTON -- The House was close to judgment on whether it would rein in runaway spending on federal elections when a last-minute dispute on terms of the debate made it uncertain the legislation would even come to a vote.
Pentagon sets April construction for new missile-defense tests
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon plans to begin construction next April for new tests of a missile defense, which could violate a 1972 treaty banning national missile shields, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Thursday.
House panel weighs action against unscrupulous movers
WASHINGTON -- It's every family's moving nightmare: belongings held hostage for an inflated fee, unnecessary packing materials used to further hike bills, irreplaceable items damaged.
Senate backs Bush's revamped drilling plan for Gulf of Mexico
WASHINGTON -- The Senate embraced President Bush's scaled-down plan for oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico by rejecting an amendment Thursday that would have blocked energy production off Florida's shores.
Oregon absentee voting statute upheld
In a ruling with strong national ramifications, a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday for the first time upheld a state's law mandating voting by mail.
Dayton-funded senior trips to Canada to start up
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday he will restart his "Rx Express" trips to Canada next Monday using his Senate salary, continuing his attention-grabbing trips from last year's campaign.
Atlantis lifts off carrying new door for space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis streaked into orbit Thursday carrying a $164 million front door for the international space station.
Bush offers lawmakers wish list on Medicare revamp
WASHINGTON -- President Bush pledged Thursday to "honor and renew the promise of Medicare" with a stopgap prescription drug discount plan that he said will give way to a broader overhaul of the 36-year-old government health care program.
NASA to send craft out to catch -- and bring back -- solar wind
Hoping to catch a cosmic breeze, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is preparing to launch a new spacecraft to seek evidence of the earliest days of our solar system 4 1/2 billion years ago.
Minnesotans split on Bush's performance
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesotans are split on President Bush's job performance, with men being more positive about him than women, a poll shows.
Report says 23 countries lax in combatting growing problem of trafficking in humans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A State Department report Thursday said 23 countries are not making significant efforts to combat the growing problem in which an estimated 700,000 persons are transported across international borders to work in sweatshops, construction sites, brothels and fields.
Coleman has raised $600,000 for Senate bid
WASHINGTON -- St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, who plans to challenge Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., next year, has raised more than $600,000 in the first six months of this year, his campaign announced Wednesday.
Artificial heart recipient critical but stable following surgery to drain fluid
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The first human recipient of a self-contained artificial heart went back to surgery to drain fluid from his chest, his doctors said.
Study says where you live influences risk of heart attack
People in poor neighborhoods are more likely than those in well-to-do areas to have heart attacks, even when individual differences in income, education and occupation are taken into account, researchers say.
Rate of babies born with syphilis since '97 drops by half, CDC says
After a three-year campaign to eradicate congenital syphilis, the rate of babies born with the disease has dropped by half, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
Furniture taste is eclectic
Americans' taste in furniture has become more eclectic in recent years, reaching for exotic or unusual cultural influences:
Armyworms invade lawns in Northeast
PHILADELPHIA -- An invasion of armyworms is turning lawns throughout the Northeast a sickly brown and baffling experts, who can only guess that the source of the infestation was the winds of Tropical Storm Allison.
The price of a home
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Suppose you and your family live in an eight-room, 2,200-square-foot house in Kansas City, which would be valued on the current market at $185,600.
North American Lily Society offers guidelines when planting lilies
For best results with the variety of colorful lilies, the North American Lily Society has recommended guidelines.
Dinner table is not the place for battle of wills
QUESTION: Should a parent try to force a child to eat?
New franchise opens in Brainerd
BAXTER -- Assist-2-Sell, a national discount real estate brokerage company, announced the opening of its newest franchise on Evergreen Drive in Baxter.
What to do when electrical circuit is overloaded
Q. Betty asks: Our home is 40 years old. In my bedroom bath we have a four-way lamppost light fixture that holds four 60-watt bulbs. I was blow-drying my hair using a 1,500-watt dryer and I heard a pop. All electric in the bath cut off sharply and now nothing comes on and the light switch seems looser. No other part of the house was affected. Could you tell me what happened and what we can do?
Think before growing wisteria
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Wisteria, one of the most beautiful plants on earth, can last for 50 years and more. It can also, and has a reputation for doing so, drive you and your heirs nuts.
Here's an affordable solution to testing paint before buying buckets of it
Designers always advise testing several paint colors before committing to gallons. But even a few experimental quarts -- typically the minimum amount sold -- add up, especially if you're using a premium brand.
White is a versatile color in flower garden
White flowers and leaves are not the first things that come to mind when planning a colorful garden. Nonetheless, they can really spruce up a flower bed.
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Furnishings for clothes
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- From simple pin rails to chests of drawers to elaborate carved wardrobes, furniture is an adjunct to clothing.
Avoid the 'while you're at it' syndrome with contractors
Here's a malady homeowners want to avoid: The "while you're at it syndrome."
Lilies are popular, and colorful, perennials
A north Brainerd home's perennial treasures are barely glimpsed from the front yard.
The values of the marketplace now rule at home
When kids are young, moms and dads boast about sleep deficits. ("When I finally got her back to sleep, it was getting light outside!")
Annual Log Home and Cabin Tour set in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- The Log Home and Cabin Tour, sponsored by the Crosslake Area Historical Society, will be July 26 and 27.
Bogus offer charges taxpayers for rebate information
Government agencies are warning taxpayers about a "bogus" offer to calculate -- for a fee -- the amount they will receive in tax-refund checks.
Public's help sought in search for Allen Daniels
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding Allen Daniels, missing since Tuesday and presumed drowned in the Mississippi River in Brainerd.
Bob Olson, Brainerd City Council alderman-at-large, is hosting a public access cable TV show called, "What's Bob About? Bob's About the People."
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-High winds blasted the Brainerd area Friday night, knocking out electrical power to half of Brainerd and telephone reception to the entire city.
The 2001 Crow Wing County Outstanding Senior Citizen will be named July 19 at the senior citizen's picnic.
First 'King Bean' returns
PEQUOT LAKES -- It's been a long time since Max Garten, Sun City, Ariz., has had a mouthful of Pequot Lakes' famous baked beans, but they tasted as good as he remembered them.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-The yard of Mr. and Mrs. Russell LaCourse located at 709 North Fourth Street, has been chosen as July "Yard of the Month," by the Brainerd Garden Club.
Foundation awards area projects in June
The Initiative Foundation awarded 13 community grants totaling $102,500 in June.
Time to say goodbye
She's hired a housekeeper for her husband and the neighbors promised to take care of her garden and watch protectively over her 16-year-old son, John.
Daniels' body found
The body of 27-year-old Allen Daniels was recovered Thursday from the Mississippi River, ending a two-day search for the missing Brainerd man.
Annoying itch can rub swimmers wrong way
It's the bane of a day at the beach, the unwelcome result of too much summer fun in the water.
Toxic gas release sends 95 workers to hospitals
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A valve on a chemical tank blew off and released toxic gas, sending 95 workers to hospitals with breathing problems and nausea.
BABY'S DEATH LEADS TO SAFETY WARNING
DALLAS (AP) -- Sometimes, a child gets left in a sweltering car while Mom or Dad stops for a quick errand. Other times, the child is briefly forgotten, strapped into a car seat.
Shark attack captures attention of boy's Mississippi hometown as they hope for his recovery
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- When the discussion at Mississippi's Sea Camp turns to sharks this week, some of Jessie Arbogast's classmates will be learning about an animal that has already provided them with a glimpse of its savage nature.
Suspicious car prompts partial evacuation of West Wing of White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The West Wing of the White House was partially evacuated for about an hour Thursday after a car parked on the driveway nearby raised suspicions. Authorities checked for explosives and found none, and the building was reopened.
Experts: Ill-fated firefighting squad had too many rookies
SEATTLE (AP) -- The mop-up crew that was overtaken by a quickly spreading forest fire, killing four, had twice the number of rookies as experts recommend, authorities said.
Torture victim says record settlement shouldn't end fight against police brutality
NEW YORK -- Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant sodomized with a broomstick in a precinct house bathroom four years ago, said the record settlement that concluded his case should not signal the end of the fight against police brutality.
Polaroid to explore sale or merger to dig out from debt
BOSTON (AP) -- Polaroid Corp. said Wednesday it would explore a merger or sale and said it received a reprieve from lenders, as the the camera and film maker tries to dig out of debt.
Families sue over mercury in vaccine
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Four Oregon families who say their children were harmed by mercury contained in vaccines filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 12 companies that make drugs or distribution them.
Dry pine needles, rising heat and wind turned wildfire ferocious
WINTHROP, Wash. -- From the air, it wasn't much more than a wisp of smoke reported by a pilot flying over the Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests. Snuffing it out was supposed to be a quick job for the 21 firefighters sent in.
Ashcroft takes steps to rein in FBI
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft took his first concrete steps Wednesday to reign in the FBI after months of turmoil, giving Justice Department watchdogs greater power to investigate allegations of misconduct at the embattled law enforcement agency.
Worker missing after offshore gas rig explodes
FREEPORT, Texas (AP) -- An explosion rocked an offshore gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico early Friday, and one worker was missing.
Microsoft's decision to change licensing agreements likely to have little impact
SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft's Corp.'s decision to change its licensing agreements with computer manufacturers appeared likely to have little impact as computer makers seemed hesitant to change their policies.
Private plane crash kills all five aboard
CARTERVILLE, Mo. -- A private plane carrying at least five people crashed into a garage early Friday, killing everyone aboard.
Human ancestor remains older than 5 million years found
Remains of what may be humanity's earliest direct ancestor -- a chimp-sized creature that walked the cool, wooded highlands of East Africa more than 5 million years ago -- have been discovered in Ethiopia, an international team of researchers announced Wednesday.
Oklahoma appellate court refuses to dismiss case against Terry Nichols
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appellate court ruled Wednesday that trying Terry Nichols on state murder charges for the Oklahoma City bombing does not violate his right against being tried twice for the same offense.
Court delivers mixed decision in Tampa right-to-die case, keeping woman on life support
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A woman whose husband and parents are battling over whether to let her die must be kept alive at least temporarily, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Napster planning to appeal ruling keeping it offline
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Napster plans to appeal a crushing decision handed down by a federal judge that the company remain off-line until it can perfect its song-swapping system.
Wholesale prices drop by largest amount in 28 months
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prices at the wholesale level plunged 0.4 percent in June as record declines in residential electricity and natural gas prices and a big drop in gasoline costs gave the country the best performance on wholesale inflation in more than two years.
Five tied for seniors lead
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ray Floyd liked the look of the leaderboard after the opening round of the Senior Players Championship.
Capitals acquire Jagr
WASHINGTON (AP) -- That Internet guy in Washington really knows how to land a big name.
CHICAGO -- Fred McGriff hasn't said yes. Then again, he hasn't said no yet, either.
Tax on athletes might be 'golden goose'
The thought of public assistance to build a baseball stadium for the Twins' billionaire owner goes against the grain of many taxpayers.
Bonds, McGwire homer in losses
Moving up the homer list wasn't enough to put Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire in the win column.
NCAA changes BCS, basketball seeding
Changes are afoot for two major events in college sports: the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the Bowl Championship Series.
Report blasts U.S. track officials for faulty doping procedures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the end of the Sydney Olympics, with the C.J. Hunter controversy still fresh, USA Track & Field was criticized for the way it handled positive drug tests.
BASEBALL APPEARS HEADED FOR ANOTHER LABOR WAR
It was strictly an exhibition, and topics ranged from the weighty to the whimsical.
Second half starts Let the races -- and trades -- begin
SEATTLE -- Cal Ripken's victory lap at Safeco Field gave baseball a great reason to smile. Now, it's time to get serious.
Source says deal is in McGriff's hands
CHICAGO (AP) -- One word, and Fred McGriff goes from the worst team in baseball to the best in the NL.
Rose Marie Bilyard
PEQUOT LAKES -- Rose Marie Bilyard, 81, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Rose Marie Bilyard
PEQUOT LAKES -- Rose Marie Bilyard, 81, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
AITKIN -- Darold Schneller, 72, Fleming Lake community, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Thomas M. Nelson Jr.
HILL CITY -- Thomas Michael Nelson Jr., 40, Hill City, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at home.
Vernon G. Haagensen
McGREGOR -- Vernon G. Haagensen, 78, McGregor, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at his home.
John C. Wright
AUSTIN, Texas -- John C. Wright, 67, Austin, Texas, a summer resident of Garrison, died Monday, July 9, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Robert R. Alderman
MINNETONKA -- Robert R. Alderman, 79, Minnetonka, formerly of Brainerd, died today, July 13, 2001, at Auburn Manor in Chaska.
DONNA, Texas -- Charles Hoffman, 82, Donna, Texas, formerly of Aitkin, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas.
Steven F. Lickteig
LITTLE FALLS -- Steven F. Lickteig, 53, Little Falls, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Gradon 'Gary' E. Hines
Gradon "Gary" E. Hines, 48, Brainerd, died Monday, July 9, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
James W. Purdon
James William Purdon, 91, Brainerd, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Richard 'Dick' Christoffersen
LITTLE FALLS -- Richard "Dick" Christoffersen, 56, Little Falls, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Wilhelmine Lulu Saastamoinen
Wilhelmine Lulu Saastamoinen, 87, Brainerd, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Philip S. Sundquist
Philip S. Sundquist, 88, Brainerd, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Max E. Maas
CROSSLAKE -- Max Edwards Maas, 69, Crosslake, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Election changes were good ideas
Minnesota lawmakers made the right decisions about election reform this past legislative session.
Wondering aloud about death penalty is a start
Just by noting that "serious questions are being raised about whether the death penalty is being fairly administered," Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor signaled how the questions might be answered. As she told a Minneapolis meeting of women lawyers, "The system may well be allowing some innocent defendants to be executed." Those statistics show that 90 people have been released from death row since 1973, she said.
Two weeks ago, I came home to visit my parents who have lived on Lake Edward for over twenty years. I grew up on this lake as well, and often brag about its crystal clean water and sandy bottom. However, this visit I was shocked when I v
O'Connor and death penalty
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told the Minnesota Women Lawyers last week of her concern that the death penalty is unfair and that it's possible innocent people have been executed. She offered no evidence to support her statement, something a lawyer arguing before her would never be allowed to get away with. She did say that six death row inmates were freed last year and 90 have been exonerated by new evidence since 1973.
Mueller wise choice to head FBI
President Bush and the attorney general have chosen wisely in nominating Robert Mueller to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They have picked a man of great integrity, a demanding but fair administrator, and a person who is well known and well respected within the law enforcement community. Mueller will build upon the good work done by outgoing Director Louis Freeh, who has been the subject of much unjustified criticism in his departure, and make the FBI truly deserving of the American people's respect.
I look forward to reading the various articles compiled from your network of sources in the "religion section" of Friday's edition. This past week, I was amused with the story by Richard N. Ostling, the Associated Press's Religion Writer. He took as his point of departure the recently published volumes by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, "The Bible Unearthed", and William Dever, "What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?"
Andrea Yates. The name meant nothing to us a month ago. But now it's a household curse and one that will live on in infamy. We will always know her as the woman who systematically drowned her five young children in a bathtub one morning after her husband left for work. We'll remember her as the woman who, after dispatching four of her brood, calmly wrapped them in a sheet and placed them neatly, side by side in bed, as if asleep. The fifth she left floating in the tub, face down; perhaps so as not to see the dead, unblinking eyes staring up at her, frozen in their last frantic gaze of horror and disbelief.
What do you think?
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Stand up, Congress
All those members of Congress who supported campaign finance reform in past years with considerable righteousness should now stand up and be counted. The climactic debate that opened in the House Tuesday may well be the final discourse on this issue for years to come.
Little E outraged by talk of Daytona fix
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is angry and hurt at a time he should be happy.
Body found in bay may be that of murder victim
DULUTH (AP) -- Authorities were trying Friday to determine if a body found in St. Louis Bay is that of a missing Duluth man who was murdered in January.
Allina spent $300,000 on 'crisis' consultants
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Court documents indicate Allina Health System responded to a state investigation into its spending on executive perks and outside consultants by hiring additional "crisis" consultants this spring.
'U' regents consider 13.3 percent tuition increase
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota students would see an average 13.3 percent tuition increase next year under a plan being discussed Thursday by the school's Board of Regents.
Boundary Waters to ban all campfires
DULUTH (AP) -- State, federal and Canadian officials are imposing far-reaching fire restrictions in response to dry conditions in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and other areas along the border.
Man will lose arm after farming accident
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota farmer who chose his life over his left arm learned Thursday that doctors would not be able to reattach the appendage.
Blatz names redistricting panel
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's top judge appointed a five-judge panel Thursday to handle current and future redistricting conflicts in the state.
Nuke plant problems surface
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into safety problems reported earlier this week at two nuclear power plants owned by Xcel Energy Inc. of Minneapolis, a commission spokesman said.
Benton County tickets four exotic dancers in Rice
RICE (AP) -- Benton County sheriff's deputies ticketed four exotic dancers at Sugar Daddys here Wednesday for allegedly violating the county's new ban on public nudity.
Police: Father forgot baby was in van
BLAINE (AP) -- A man whose 4-month-old baby was found dead inside a minivan with the windows closed on a hot afternoon told investigators he forgot the child was there when he went to work, police said Wednesday.
MnSCU weighs tuition increase
BLOOMINGTON, (AP) -- A day after the University of Minnesota approved a 13.3 percent tuition increase for next year, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials were taking public testimony on a similar hike.
Born announces 70 job cuts
WAYZATA (AP) -- The job cuts continue for Born, a computer consulting firm known for offering generous perks to its employees, with the announcement that it's laying off 70 workers in three offices around the country.
State renegotiating college reciprocity
ST. PAUL -- The state of Minnesota is re-examining its reciprocity policy that pays tuition subsidies for students who attend college in surrounding states.
Twin Cities home market sets record
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Twin Cities median home price in June climbed to a record of $173,545, a 12 percent increase over the same month last year.
Mashers stop Gulls
MANKATO -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls continued to struggle in the second half of the Northwoods League season as they were defeated 9-4 by the Mankato Mashers Wednesday at Franklin Rogers Park.
Brainerd Bronco, Pony classics Sunday
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Bronco and Pony league Midseason Classics at Bane Park Sunday.
Mankato edges Gulls in 15 innings
MANKATO -- Chris Klemm's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 15th inning Thursday lifted the Mankato Mashers to a 5-4 win over the Brainerd Mighty Gulls in a four-hour Northwoods League game at Franklin Rogers Park.
Girls teams to appear in state tournaments
Two Brainerd teams will compete in the Minnesota Sports Federation state slow-pitch softball tournaments for 16 and under and 18 and under girls this weekend in Brainerd.
Studer adjusting to Northwoods pitching
One man's misfortune can be another man's opportunity.
Local sports shorts
WHITE BEAR LAKE -- Marni Lundbohm of Pine Meadows in Baxter won her second-round match in the Minnesota Women's State Match Play Championship at the White Bear Yacht Club Wednesday.
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Local sports shorfs
WHITE BEAR LAKE -- Marni Lundbohm of Pine Meadows in Baxter won the second flight of the open division in the Minnesota Women's State Match Play Championship Thursday at White Bear Yacht Club.
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Twins blast Brewers 13-5
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Despite a recent power surge, the Minnesota Twins aren't going to abandon their game plan.
Faultline to play first Concert in the Park in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- A young foursome called Faultline will be the featured act at 4 p.m. Sunday at Concerts in the Park at Maple Island Park in Little Falls.
Comedy Central cable television network today began taping "Let's Bowl," the half-hour game show featuring Brainerd alum Steve Sedahl, at a White Bear Lake bowling alley.
Music lovers jammin' in Walker
WALKER -- The 10th annual Moondance Jam picks up a head of steam today with the Blues Travelers and the Wallflowers before charging into the weekend with a lineup of classic rock and roll superstars.
'Cats & Dogs' paws its way to box-office victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pets ruled at the box office, with "Cats & Dogs," a tale of feuding canines and felines, debuting as the No. 1 weekend film with $21.7 million.
Kuala Lumpur: A city full of joyful, happy, friendly people
Sometimes the sense of aloneness and introspection can come without a written invitation and at unexpected times.
Programs to be presented at Crow Wing State Park
Crow Wing State Park and the Crow Wing County Historical Society will host a series of programs highlighting the natural and human history of the state.
Pequot Lakes to stage summer play
PEQUOT LAKES -- For the first time, Greater Lakes Performing Arts will stage a light comedy in the summer.
Hawaii-based singer to perform in August in downtown Brainerd cafes
Hawaii based singer-songwriter Darlyne Cain will stage concerts in August at two downtown Brainerd locations.
Julia Roberts speaks out about breakup with Benjamin Bratt
NEW YORK (AP) -- Actress Julia Roberts says her breakup with actor Benjamin Bratt was anything but tumultuous.
Comedy-mystery 'Scooby Doo!' to be staged in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- A Little Falls community theater troupe is bringing one of television's most popular cartoon series to life in the stage version of "Scooby Doo! Where Are You?"
'Kiss of the Dragon' is nothing more than a really bad martial arts film
"Kiss of the Dragon" is Hong Kong superstar Jet Li's latest attempt to cash in on America's thirst for martial arts action films. But he'll have to try again.
Senior reading project topic of library talk
"Our aging bodies need good food and exercise to flourish -- and so do our brains."
Fiddler to perform fund-raising concert
GRAND RAPIDS -- Natalie MacMaster, a fiddler, will perform a concert Aug. 29 in a joint fund-raiser between KAXE and the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.
Works by painter, sculptor Degas now on display at Minneapolis Institute of Arts
MINNEAPOLIS -- Art historian and critic Robert Hughes predicted that the 1988 retrospective of Edgar Degas' works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York would be the last of its kind.
Lakes Area Artists to host exhibit, sale
NISSWA -- Lakes Area Artists will host the fourth annual 2001 Exhibition and Sale July 20-22 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Schimpps are promoting their first CD as Ruby Boots
STAPLES -- A trio of sisters is breaking out with its own folk and country music act after building an area reputation as members of The Schimpp Family Singers, a southern gospel group fronted by their parents.
Little Falls author finds 'on-demand' publisher
LITTLE FALLS -- Tired of rejections from traditional publishers and literary agents, first-time novelist Dave Schwinghammer took matters into his own hands.
Zoo Man to appear at Brainerd library
At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wolfin' Down with the Zoo Man will be presented at the Brainerd Public Library, sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in last week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Morning showers central...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms west and north central. Highs 75 to 85.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered showers ending this morning southwest. Becoming sunny or partly sunny elsewhere. Highs from the middle 70s to lower 80s.
The Weather Elsewhere
The Weather Elsewhere
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Out in nature
Weather drawing by Michelle Gossett of Mr. Meyer's second grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s to around 90. Cooler near the great lakes.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to middle 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...A chance of showers and thunderstorms west and central this morning...Spreading to the northeast by this afternoon. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers or thunderstorms west and central. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
Lily pad and fish pond
Weather drawing by Amanda Nord of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Isolated thunderstorms west and south central. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Sunny northeast. Partly cloudy southwest. Highs upper 70s north to lower 80s south.
'The Sopranos' leads Emmy nominations with 22
LOS ANGELES -- "The Sopranos" will take aim again at the elusive Emmy for best drama series while reality programs try claiming their first-ever honors in September.
The Gull Area Lakes Association (GALA) will be hosting its annual membership on Saturday at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake. The meeting is open to all members and any interested non-members. Fishing populations, tournaments and stocking are among some of the topics of interest. There will also be a forum for asking questions of our board members and Cass County, Crow Wing County and MN DNR Enforcement Officers. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with coffee, rolls and juice served. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Dear Heloise: After having my knee replaced, my physical therapist suggested using 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol to make a cold pack and put it in a labeled, plastic zipper-top freezer bag.
Young abuse victims should reach out
DEAR ABBY: You printed a column from stepchildren in loveless homes. Both letters were signed, "No Name, No Address, No Phone." I hope you'll convey this message to the teen-ager in high school:
91/2 table, Mitchell movement. North-South: Walt and Betty Moynagh, 1
Dear Heloise: You recently wrote in your column about keeping fresh-cut flowers fresh by adding something to the water. I can't find the article. Could you please tell us again what this is? Thanks. -- Betty Rhode, Salem, Ore.
Eager mom jumps gun on wedding
DEAR ABBY: I am 19 and have been in a relationship with "Joe" for several years. His mother, "Roxie," is pushy and manipulative. I've seen her blow things out of proportion with other people.
Regulators gear up to monitor fertility clinics, official says
WASHINGTON -- Fertility clinics will come under closer scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration, with plans under way to require the clinics to register and to get federal approval for some medical procedures.
Experimental fertility technique could give couples babies without sperm
CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian researchers say they have pioneered in mice a potentially revolutionary technique that fertilizes female eggs without the need for male sperm.
Names and faces
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Harrison Ford starred in a search-and-rescue sequel for a missing Boy Scout in a forest just south of Yellowstone National Park.
Touring Israelis reminded to mind their manners
JERUSALEM -- To hear them tell it, Israelis have a terrible reputation as tourists in other countries. Stories of rude Israelis who trash hotels and insult waiters are legion.
China awarded the 2008 Olympics
MOSCOW (AP) -- Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics on Friday, winning the games for the world's most populous country for the first time despite criticism of its human rights record.
S. Korea freezes military exchanges with Japan over textbook dispute
SEOUL, South Korea -- Angered by Japan's refusal to revise controversial history textbooks, South Korea on Thursday ended military exchanges and canceled a planned visit to Tokyo by a top defense official.
Most tourists not worried as Jamaica's political violence calms
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The politically charged violence that killed 25 people in four days made no difference to the vacation plans of Texan Brett Balmarez.
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