New Saturn SUV manages to stand out in crowded market
With more than 50 sport utility vehicles on the market when Saturn added its own this model year, you'd think it would be difficult for the upstart to stand out.
DETROIT (AP) -- Very rarely has the death of a venture elicited as many "told you so's" as when Ford Motor Co. pulled the plug last month on Wingcast LLC, its attempt to give vehicles all sorts of onboard communications capabilities.
NHTSA: 450,000 cases of odometer fraud annually
WASHINGTON -- More than 450,000 people every year buy used vehicles with mileage gauges rolled back, spending thousands of dollars more than they should, according to a federal study of odometer fraud.
Small SUVs are rated 'poor' for crash repair insurance
Buyers of small sport utility vehicles trade roominess and power for price, but they don't get much of a price break when it comes to the cost of repairing low-speed crash damage, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in a recent series of tests.
Solo InC caters to single adults
Two years ago, Lord of Life Lutheran Church pastor Jennifer Wilson discovered a need in her church for a ministry that caters to divorced, widowed and never-been-married adults.
Roseville City Council excuses church from road fee
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- A long-running struggle between church and state ended with the Roseville City Council excusing a small local congregation from a $158,000 assessment for a rebuilt road.
The Rev. and Mrs. Douglas Perkins, missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Church of the Nazarene in Merrifield. They have been specialized assignment missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Mozambique.
Church of England affirms it's happy to be subservient to the Crown
LONDON (AP) -- Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey retires this year, and the Church of England isn't choosing anyone to fill the vacancy. That responsibility falls on Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Minnesota launches faith-based prison initiative to reduce recidivism
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota is launching a faith-based initiative later this month in an effort to save state money by ushering inmates out of prison with a dose of Christianity.
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback converts to Catholicism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a former United Methodist, has converted to the Roman Catholic Church, a spokesman confirmed.
"There is in life a suffering so unspeakable, a vulnerability so extreme that it goes far beyond words, beyond explanations and even beyond healing. In the face of such suffering all we can do is bear witness so no one need suffer alone."
Director of rehab center for priests suspended over sex abuse allegation
BOSTON (AP) -- The director of a rehabilitation center for abusive priests has himself been suspended over sexual abuse allegations dating from the 1970s.
Homosexual minister's ordination could be revoked
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Officials in the Church of the Brethren will meet next month to review the case of a gay minister who could be in danger of being removed from the clergy.
Born to pray?
A high school senior and part-time cashier at a greeting card store, Jessica Gonzales may be part of the next big thing in religion.
Catholics head to meeting on church's woes
Carol Bongiorno and her husband, Joseph, had planned a Vermont vacation this month. But the retired couple from Williston Park, N.Y., recently postponed those plans to join thousands of Roman Catholics who are gathering Saturday in Boston to take back their church.
Winona School Board won't appeal court ruling on levy vote
WINONA (AP) -- The legal battle over a Winona school referendum is over.
LF School Board, superintendent talk about strengths, weaknesses
LITTLE FALLS -- During a retreat Thursday at the Initiative Foundation office in Little Falls, the Little Falls School Board made the first step in trying to foster a better working relationship with the new superintendent.
Little Falls teachers on unrequested leave get jobs
LITTLE FALLS -- Nine teachers resigned and four retired from their positions with the Little Falls School District, creating opportunities for teachers who were placed on unrequested leaves of absence.
Census survey says more schooling translates into higher earnings
WASHINGTON -- If you are a high school student thinking about college, consider this: Someone with a bachelor's degree earns nearly $1 million more over his or her lifetime than a high school graduate.
Daughter takes over 'Dear Abby'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The distributor of "Dear Abby" on Wednesday said the advice columnist's daughter is now the sole author of the newspaper column.
Census: Single mothers doing better financially, but still struggling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Single mother Evelyn Dortch earns a salary that barely puts her family above the poverty level, but she will gladly take that over the welfare checks she collected during the 1990s.
Study says children of working moms slow
The children of mothers who go to work full time before the youngsters are 9 months old have poorer mental and verbal development at age 3 than those with stay-at-home mothers, Columbia University researchers report.
Parents, kids define quality time differently
ATLANTA (AP) -- Working moms and dads and their children talk a lot about the need for more "quality time" together. But parents often don't agree with the kids on what constitutes quality time, a study says.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday estimate: 350. Last Wednesday: 679. Year ago Wednesday: 367. Tuesday actual: 613.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 104, a year ago 370.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 350. Last Thursday: 514. Year ago Thursday: 378. Wednesday actual: 378.
Cookbooks offer ideas for healthy eating for diabetics
NEW YORK (AP) -- The difficult business of keeping lively variety in a diet constrained by special needs is eased by the constant flow of cookbooks catering to those needs.
Turkey kabobs are low-fat option for the grill
Cooking on the grill is a staple of summer entertaining, but many barbecue favorites, like hamburgers and hot dogs, aren't always low in fat.
Peanut butter gives sauce special flavor
A favorite ingredient often can be used in many ways.
Stock up on tomato recipes as they ripen
Every summer my dear friend Chuck brings me a huge cherry tomato plant to hang on my deck.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
A three-vehicle accident Thursday backed up traffic on Washington Street near the Washington Street Bridge.
Woods opens British Open with a 70
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) -- Tiger Woods began the day by hitting an iron deep into the knee-high rough of the Muirfield links. He ended it knowing he will have to putt better if he is to have a chance at golf's Grand Slam.
Monty ties course record
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) -- Colin Montgomerie led a charge of Europeans toward the top of the leaderboard as a wet and slightly breezy Muirfield invited low scoring Friday in the second round of the British Open.
Tiger Woods's pursuit of the British Open crown at Muirfield starting Thursday could be absolutely thrilling. If he's in the lead, or even in the hunt, the sports world will be glued to the TV. If he wins, then the PGA Championship next month at Hazeltine will be even more riveting than the British Open.
Studies: Heart-healthy lifestyle prevents Alzheimer's
LONDON (AP) -- You've heard it before: If you want to remain healthy, eat more fruit and vegetables and less red meat. But scientists now say such a diet also may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
FDA approves Minnesota company's date-rape drug to treat rare disease
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government approved the notorious date-rape drug GHB to treat a rare but dangerous complication of the sleep disorder narcolepsy. But it will be sold under some of the most severe restrictions ever imposed on a medicine.
Breast-feeding lowers woman's cancer risk
Breast-feeding is a major factor that helps to reduce a woman's lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new analysis of research data from 30 countries.
Add color to kids' rooms
When it comes to decorating kids' rooms, color is key.
Home has handsome facade
A trio of dormers and a columned front porch with room enough to entertain visitors contribute mightily to this home's appealing facade. This home is found in Plan K-27, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network. Its floor plan has 2,088 square feet of living space.
Blowing your clothes dryer's nose
We recently purchased an electric clothes dryer. When it stopped drying properly after less than a year, we were surprised. The first thing we checked was the 220-volt power outlet. A dryer can fool you; even though the drum is turning it might not be getting enough power to properly dry a load of clothes.
Home with a view
BAXTER -- Water sparkles from the fountain and flows down a tiny waterfall before resting in a garden surrounded by stones and flowers at a Baxter home.
Clean a hardwood floor with soft cloth, warm water
Q. Sharon asks: We used to clean our wood floors with Murphy's oil. About six months ago we had them refinished with water-based polyurethane. Now the floors are starting to peel.
Rain can lead to yard, garden diseases
This summer's rainy weather means "easy living" for diseases in yard and garden plants.
Brainerd Manor adds gazebo for residents
Volunteer labor and bake sales revenues are funding a gazebo for Brainerd Manor residents.
Eldorado, N.M., is the nation's solar-home capital
ELDORADO, N.M. (AP) -- It's sizzling outside in the desert heat, yet Fred and Barbara Raznick are nice and cool inside their solar-powered adobe home without air conditioning or ceiling fans.
Strategies help reduce spider numbers in homes
Although spiders spark fear in some people, the eight-legged creatures are generally harmless. They are usually only a nuisance, said Jeff Hahn, entomologist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
A match made at Ruttger's
When Jolanta Nowicki boarded an airplane in June 1998 in Lithuania, she didn't know it would be the last time she would see her family and friends for five years.
Sheriff's department investigates death
EMILY -- The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 31-year-old Emily woman.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Brainerd will offer a family education course in Brainerd beginning Aug. 14 to help parents, spouses, siblings, friends and significant others deal with the issues of living with a loved one who has been diagnosed with one of the major mental illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
This was Brainerd
JULY 18 - 40 years ago (1962) - A two million dollar expansion that will add 30 to 40 new jobs here, was announced today by Northwest Paper Co. Phil Budd, manager of the Brainerd Mill, said that a new addition approximately 70x300 feet, will be constructed.
Outstanding service brings honors for two county seniors
A Crosby woman who has knitted thousands of hats for area newborn babies and a Breezy Point man who drives cancer patients to their chemotherapy appointments have been selected as Crow Wing County's Outstanding Senior Citizens of the Year.
In a Page 6A news brief Tuesday, the name of the Alex and Brandon Safety Center was listed incorrectly.
A Baxter couple uses their love of the outdoors to make their home more enjoyable during the summer months. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
A group of community theater players has stepped into the breach created by Central Lakes College's recent decision to scale back its stage production schedule.
Asplund won't be charged
Crow Wing County sheriff's investigators have concluded their investigation into Brainerd City Council member Frank Asplund's traffic accident with a Brainerd squad car last week.
In a Page 1A story Wednesday, the contested Crow Wing County commissioner race with Gil Dewes, Byron Eliseuson and Gary Walters should have stated the race is for District 4. And Aitkin Mayor Mark Wedel's candidacy should have listed the District 3 Senate seat.
This was Brainerd
JULY 19 - 40 years ago (1962) - The Brainerd City Council has said that the old Post Office Building will be given away free of charge to anyone who will move it from the present site within 30 days.
Meth, cash seized with search warrant
BREEZY POINT -- Methamphetamine and about $36,500 in cash were seized in a search of a Breezy Point residence Tuesday resulting in two arrests here and one in Wisconsin.
Take a look at the Lake Mille Lacs fishing controversy Sunday.
Walters seeks county board post to help lead
In seeking a seat at the Crow Wing County Board, Baxter resident Gary Walters said he was running for the office because many people in leadership positions are not doing their jobs.
Buxton is presented with Ginger Brauer breast cancer support award
Kathy Buxton was awarded the second annual Ginger Brauer Breast Cancer Support Award at the Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure earlier this month.
City council member's vehicle collided with police squad car
A collision between a Brainerd City Council member's car and a city police squad car damaged both vehicles a week ago, it was learned today.
Child abduction prevention meeting Monday in Baxter
BAXTER -- Baxter Police Capt. Dale Walz, along with Crow Wing County Sheriff Dick Ross, will host a child abduction prevention meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Baxter City Hall.
County program seeks to reunite families with children in out-of-home placement
Parents with children 8 or younger in out-of-home placement in Crow Wing County will receive more help this fall to get their children back home.
Police officers, including one who was videotaped punching teen, indicted by grand jury
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A white police officer caught on videotape pummeling a handcuffed black teenager has been indicted on assault charges, less than two weeks after a beating that has drawn comparisons to the Rodney King case.
Moussaoui has week to think about guilty plea
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Zacarias Moussaoui, now a self-described al-Qaida loyalist, has a week to decide whether he still wants to plead guilty to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers.
Despite grim news, child abductions by strangers rare
From San Diego, Salt Lake City and Stanton, Calif., the grim news reports suggest an epidemic of child abductions. Yet experts say kidnapping by strangers -- the crime so dreaded by so many parents -- has always been rare and is probably on the downswing.
Bush's popularity remains robust
WASHINGTON -- The American public continues to rally around President Bush in public opinion polls even as they grow more anxious about the economy, more uncertain about administration policies and more worried about the country's direction.
Panel votes to expel Rep. Traficant
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For only the second time since the Civil War, members of the House are faced with the decision of whether to expel one of their own. This time, it's Ohio Rep. James Traficant, who has sworn his innocence of ethics violations and vowed not to resign.
Emmy nominations show enthusiasm for innovative, daring TV dramas
LOS ANGELES -- "Six Feet Under," "The Shield" and "24" rode a wave of Emmy enthusiasm for innovative and daring television dramas in nominations announced Thursday.
House panel finds Traficant violated ethics rules, could be expelled
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House panel found flamboyant Ohio Rep. Jim Traficant guilty Thursday of ethics violations stemming from his conviction on bribery, tax evasion and fraud.
Head of new transportation security agency resigns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Magaw resigned as head of the new agency that protects the transportation system from terrorists, leaving his successor to meet looming deadlines for tighter security at airports.
Two officers plead innocent in videotaped arrest of teen
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two police officers charged in the videotaped arrest of a handcuffed teenager pleaded innocent in a case that has reignited racial tensions and anti-police feelings in the Los Angeles area.
Trade deficit swells to record $37.6 billion in May
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States trade deficit ballooned to a record $37.6 billion in May, reflecting Americans' ravenous appetite for foreign-made cars, TVs and clothes.
Bush likes anti-terror price tag
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers heeded President Bush's demands that they restrain the price tag of a compromise anti-terrorism bill by limiting its cost to $28.9 billion, a White House spokesman said Friday.
Report: Gun safety programs don't work
Gun safety programs aimed at young people do not work and have done little to reduce the 20,000 children killed or injured by guns in the United States every year, according to a foundation report released Thursday.
Bush reaffirms his faith in Cheney
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, faced anew with questions stemming from his administration's close ties to big business, said Wednesday he expects Vice President Dick Cheney to be cleared by a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the accounting practices of the Texas company Cheney once led.
AOL Time Warner CEO resigns under pressure
AOL Time Warner Inc. on Thursday shook up its top management ranks, a concession that the biggest merger ever between technology and entertainment has fallen short of its hype.
Stocks struggle amid concerns about AOL Time Warner's accounting
NEW YORK (AP) -- Concerns about AOL Time Warner's accounting practices pressured Wall Street Thursday, giving already hesitant investors another reason to avoid making new commitments to the market. Stocks were narrowly lower.
Congress ready for pay raise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers appear ready to give themselves another pay raise, their fourth in four years.
Army Corps of Engineers leaders ready for reform
WASHINGTON -- The embattled leaders of the Army Corps of Engineers have concluded that their analyses of potential water projects have eroded to "unacceptable" levels, damaging their ability to make credible recommendations to Congress.
FBI official says he believes bin Laden is dead
WASHINGTON -- The FBI's top counter-terrorism official spoke out Wednesday about the fate of Osama bin Laden, saying he believes the nation's most-wanted terrorist is dead.
Army boss grilled over his Enron past
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats, continuing their offensive against the Bush administration's close ties to big business, grilled Army Secretary Thomas White on Thursday on his role at Enron Corp. before the company collapsed in scandal.
Draft House measure to include key Bush priorities for Homeland Security
WASHINGTON -- Despite resistance from key lawmakers, President Bush would win approval of several major pieces of his proposed Homeland Security Department under legislation unveiled Thursday in the House.
Osbourne says her cancer has spread
NEW YORK (AP) -- After having a foot of her colon surgically removed this month, Sharon Osbourne has learned that her cancer has spread.
Sheriff to girl's killer: 'We're coming after you'
STANTON, Calif. -- As authorities searched for the man who snatched and murdered 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, the sheriff issued a warning to the suspect: "Don't sleep, don't eat, because we're coming after you."
Stunned witnesses watch firefighting plane crash in flames near Denver
LYONS, Colo. (AP) -- Bystanders and firefighters looked on in horror as an air tanker disintegrated into flames and crashed while battling a 1,200-acre wildfire near Denver, killing both crew members.
Ex-officer to be retried again in Abner Louima case
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Abner Louima torture trial saga isn't over yet.
Museum crews unearth mammoth tooth near where tusk was found
DENVER (AP) -- Crews unearthed a fist-sized wooly mammoth tooth and a piece of jaw bone Thursday in the same housing development where an 18-foot-long tusk was found three days earlier.
Cheney Q. and A.
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney has not publicly discussed his actions as chairman and CEO of Halliburton Co. since it came under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and became the target of multiple lawsuits for its accounting practices.
Plane crash sets house afire
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- A small plane crashed in this Kansas City suburb just after takeoff, killing the pilot and passenger and burning part of a house, fire officials said.
Authorities narrow search for Samantha Runnion's killer
STANTON, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities served four search warrants and narrowed their search to several people as they scour the state for a man who kidnapped and killed 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, officials said early Friday.
Schilling keeps on winning
A matchup between Curt Schilling and Mike Hampton was once highly anticipated. When they faceoff these days, fans usually see Schilling win and Hampton struggle.
Baseball has had its moments
Baseball's list of "most memorable moments" is missing a few.
HACKENSACK -- Robert Juneau, Hackensack, died today, July 19, 2002, at home.
Judith 'Judy' K. Longfellow
Judith "Judy" K. Longfellow, 58, Brainerd, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
William 'Bill' Richard Rice
ALLIANCE, N.C. --William "Bill" Richard Rice, 72, Alliance, N.C., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002.
Norman C. Berger
LITTLE FALLS -- Norman Charles Berger, 82, Little Falls, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
CHANNING, Mich. -- Josephine Halverson, 79, Channing, Mich., formerly of Nisswa, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Rosemount.
Marie A. TeVogt
PIERZ -- Marie Agnes TeVogt, 98, Pierz, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at the Pierz Villa in Pierz.
Wayne Charles Kopp
PARK RAPIDS -- Wayne Charles Kopp, 79, Park Rapids, formerly of Wadena, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at his home.
Frances D. Schneider
RANDALL -- Frances Dorothy Schneider, 97, Randall, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at St. Otto's Nursing Home in Little Falls.
Jacob 'Jack' Lundgren
LONGVILLE -- Jacob "Jack" Lundgren, 78, Longville, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Ruth E. Nutter
LITTLE FALLS -- Ruth E. Nutter, 86, Little Falls, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
PINE RIVER -- Jane Jones, 47, Pine River, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at home.
Frances D. Schneider
RANDALL -- Frances D. Schneider, 97, Randall, died today, July 18, 2002, at St. Otto's Nursing Home in Little Falls.
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Paul Wellstone portrays himself as an environmentalist. Well let's examine his votes. He recently voted not to allow nuclear plant waste in the repository in Nevada. What this would do is force the Prairie Island Nuclear plant to keep storing waste on an island in the Mississippi.
After attending Wednesday's public forum on the proposed superstore moratorium, I came away both impressed and offended. Impressed by the courage of Bob Olson and Gary Scheeler with their defense of the capitalist free-enterprise system.
Mr. Olson in the last council meeting voted no for some $200,000 in TIF financing. Isn't that money used to help a business build in Brainerd? What is he worried about? I don't remember Brainerd being hurt on TIF financing.
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Wanted for the University of Minnesota athletic department: A tough-minded individual who is fair and honest in his dealings with people, has a love for all sports at the college level, yet an understanding that difficult financial decisions face the program.
Support for Bush from a distance
WASHINGTON -- Many House Republicans, increasingly concerned that President Bush is out of step with voters on brewing controversies, are distancing themselves from him on several fronts, most notably by racing ahead in efforts to rein in wayward corporations.
Dismore to be at Menard's
Mark Dismore, a 2002 Indy Racing League racer, is scheduled to visit Mega Menards in Baxter Monday.
Younger Waltrip reaching icon status
The biggest names in NASCAR -- Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte -- each drew a roar from the sellout crowd at Chicagoland Speedway, even if the ovations for Gordon and Stewart were mixed liberally with boos.
Hendrick to assist in launching minority-owned Winston Cup team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Sam Belnavis and Tinsley Hughes sat in a conference room at Hendrick Motorsports going through a stack of paperwork that set the groundwork to making them owners of a Winston Cup race team.
Former city official pleads guilty in bank robbery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A former city council member from Alta, Iowa, pleaded guilty in federal court here Wednesday to the armed robbery of five banks in Minnesota.
Tornado drops, does minor damage in Owatonna
OWATONNA (AP) -- A relatively small, slow-moving tornado touched down briefly near here Thursday and caused minor damage in a cornfield.
Mold problems to force closure of school in Crystal
CRYSTAL (AP) -- Robbinsdale will join other Twin Cities school districts this fall in closing a school because of mold problems.
Dilworth Wal-Mart employees' tip leads to meth bust
DILWORTH (AP) -- A tip from Wal-Mart employees who noticed suspicious buying patterns led to drug charges against four people found outside the discount store in this western Minnesota town.
Vento's son withdraws from race for Congress
ST. PAUL -- Peter Vento on Thursday withdrew from the race for the U.S. House seat long held by his father.
State auditor questions spending by Brooklyn Park
ST. PAUL -- A special investigative report released Wednesday questions about $200,000 in spending by the city of Brooklyn Park from 1999 through 2001.
Abortion foe sued in Internet dispute
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Some of the most-high profile consumer and media companies in the nation are suing a South St. Paul man to stop him from using their trademarks to direct people on the Internet to anti-abortion Web sites.
MnDot names ponds after 'The Simpsons'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation was having trouble keeping track of its several hundred drainage ponds at highway interchanges. So it has named some of them Bart, Barney, Milhouse and Cletus.
New chairman discusses changes at Red Lake
Eight years after leaving as head of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Gerald "Butch" Brun has been re-elected to lead the state's second-largest American Indian band out of economic trouble.
Republicans fume at campaign stunt
State Republicans have taken to the airwaves to say there is nothing funny about a longtime environmental lobbyist's attempt to bamboozle conservatives by running as a "No New Taxes" candidate in the 2nd Congressional District.
It's back to work for Ventura
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura came back to work Wednesday -- and back to his tightlipped treatment of reporters -- after a hospital stay for a blood clot in his lung.
Slovenian reaches St. Cloud in Mississippi swim
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Slovenian marathon swimmer Martin Strel sped into St. Cloud on Wednesday at an average 4.1 mph, his fastest day since embarking on a 66-day, 2,340-mile swim down the Mississippi River.
Campaign signs not permitted along highway
As political campaigns for September primaries and November elections begin in earnest, campaigners are reminded of restrictions on where political signs can be placed.
Venomous snakes becoming more common pets
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Animal control officers and pet shop owners say the recent of news of a pet African cobra biting its owner in Duluth might not be the last snake-bites-man story in Minnesota.
WALKER -- The 20th annual Walker-North Country Marathon, two-person Marathon and 10k Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21.
Gulls lose marathon to Woodchucks -- 4-3 in 12
WAUSAU, Wis. -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls were edged out by the Wisconsin Woodchucks, 4-3, in a 12-inning, four hour marathon game Thursday night.
Local sports shorts
ST. CLOUD -- Behind a 3-for-5, four RBI performance by Kevin Ericson, the Brainerd Bees baseball team evened their record to 13-13 with a 11-7 win over Ultimate Sports Wednesday.
State softball tourney opens here Saturday
With the Minnesota Sports Federation 14-under and 12-under girls' slow-pitch softball Junior Olympic state tournament coming to Brainerd this Saturday and Sunday, one area team will be looking to explode on to the scene and take the championship hardware, along with a trip to nationals.
Wiese heads for rodeo nationals
PEQUOT LAKES -- Sherry Wiese had an advantage going into the state rodeo championships against other competitors from around the state.
Northwoods League baseball
Northwoods League baseball
BALLPARK PLAN DIES IN ST. PAUL
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins' push for a new stadium appears headed back to the Legislature after St. Paul leaders pulled the plug on a tax referendum that might have brought the team here.
Pistons sign Billups; Wolves have themselves to blame
MINNEAPOLIS -- A few months ago, just after being swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, Timberwolves guard Chauncey Billups told a group of reporters that he hoped to stay in Minnesota.
Hunter sparks Twins' rally
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Apparently, Torii Hunter wasn't satisfied with just throwing a ball at Danys Baez.
Vikings change camp routine
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Vikings announced several changes for coping with heat at training camp, include the on-field presence of a doctor during all practices.
Hunter fires back after getting hit
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Torii Hunter knows he's going to get hit again real soon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ann Wauters scored 14 points and the Cleveland Rockers used a 10-0 run in each half to beat Minnesota 58-48 Wednesday night, the Lynx's sixth straight loss.
They came, and they jammed
The Gin Blossoms took the Moondance Jam stage at 7 p.m. last Thursday, performing their hit "Hey, Jealousy" among others. It was estimated up to 10,000 people attended the Jam that night. Also performing were Styx and Meat Loaf and Friends.
The George Maurer Trio will appear Sunday in Little Falls' Concerts in the Park series, starting at 4 p.m. in Maple Island Park downtown.
'Spider-Man' spins its way to home video, DVD in November
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Spider-Man" will creep into home video just after Halloween.
Capsule reviews of films showing in area
"Eight Legged Freaks" -- The "B" in B movie means "bad" in this case. The title and mutant-spider plot promise a fun, unpretentious throwback to campy giant-bug flicks of the 1950s and '60s. This one h
Galligan appointed CEO of Ordway
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The board of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has voted to hire David Galligan, formerly second-in-command at the Walker Art Center, as their new president and chief executive officer.
Brainerd man turns to writing after being diagnosed with grave disease
For Buck Ream, fiction writing is the perfect antidote to a long-term debilitating illness.
Let's Harmonize title of barbershop show
Let's Harmonize is the name of the annual show the Northcountrymen Barbershop Chorus will present Aug. 3 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Nguyen to speak at Brainerd library
Dr. D.B. Nguyen, Ph.D., will be the next speaker in the "Brown Bag Lunch" summer speakers series at the Brainerd Public Library.
Rhythm of the Rails performances on tap over next two weekends
Rhythm of the Rails performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, as well as July 25-27 at the group's outdoor stage at 307 Front St. in downtown Brainerd.
'Men in Black II' retains No. 1 spot at box office
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Hanks was outgunned by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.
This is the season for area art club exhibits and sales, with a couple getting under way over the next week and others in the August wing.
Originals by wildlife artist Kouba on display at Aitkin center
AITKIN -- When the Jaques Art Center in downtown Aitkin needed a boost during its formative days, wildlife artist Les Kouba lent a helping hand.
Weather drawing by McKenzie Veith of Mrs. Frank's second grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny north. A chance for morning showers and thunderstorms south. Highs from the mid 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Patchy morning fog...Otherwise mostly sunny. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms southwest. Highs from the upper 80s east to the mid 90s west.
We all love baseball
Weather drawing by Jasmine Hayes of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms likely southwest...A chance elsewhere. Highs from the mid 70s to the upper 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs from the 80s northeast to the 90s elsewhere.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms northwest. Highs from the midd
Minnesota state forecast
Flood watch for parts of northwest minnesota today...
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s northeast to mid 90s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms... Mainly in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny north. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms south. Highs in the mid to upper 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny and humid. Chance of thunderstorms west. Highs from the upper 80s northeast to near 100 southwest.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Angelina Jolie confirms that she has split with her actor-husband Billy Bob Thornton in an interview with Us Weekly, saying that she hasn't spoken to the Oscar winner in at least a month.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 154; Walt and Betty Moynagh, 142.5; Gus Schlick and Eldon Hegstrom, 141; and Clif Johnson and Don Rasmussen, 140.5. East-West: Bill and Marijane Pearce, 166.5; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 162; Jo Bonestroo and Joyce Schuk, 146.5; and Bud and Jean Forsberg, 143.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- As shrewish Alexis Carrington, she wreaked havoc on the 1980s nighttime soap "Dynasty."
LONDON (AP) -- Family doctor Harold Shipman, Britain's worst serial killer, murdered 215 of his patients in 23 years as a trusted small-town practitioner, a public inquiry reported Friday.
Israeli stops easing restrictions after double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- A double suicide bombing, the second deadly Palestinian attack in as many days, prompted a freeze Thursday on any further easing of the tight restrictions the Israeli army has placed on Palestinians in the West Bank.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police announced a major breakthrough Thursday against the elusive and rabidly anti-American November 17 terrorist gang, saying that three members confessed to bombings and other killings, including the murders of military attaches from the United States and Britain.
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