Italy's Fiat 500s still prowl the streets
Harry Austin had the edge when it came to guessing last week's mystery vehicle but he was still off by two years.
Whitman wins Best of Show
Leo and Rosie Whitman's 1941 Plymouth Coupe won Best of Show, Driver's Choice and People's Choice Sunday at the first VFW and Sound Connection's Show on Wheels in the Gander Mountain parking lot. Whitman's car has a 360 cubic inch Mopar eight cylinder engine, a 1940 DeSoto bumper and Hudson taillights.
Welliver's wild weekends
Nate Welliver definitely fulfills his need for speed.
ATLANTA -- Rusty Wallace's retirement tour has been far from ceremonial this season. Wallace sits fourth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points standings after a second-place finish last Sunday at Pocono.
Hyundai Sonata grows larger, more powerful
Thank goodness there's a sizable Hyundai badge on the front grille of the 2006 Sonata.
Nextel Cup drivers face grueling schedule
ATLANTA -- The grueling NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule includes 38 events in a 41-week span.
The Unknown 10: People who keep NASCAR's wheels rolling
ATLANTA -- Of all the things Mark Dyer's been able to slap NASCAR's name on, his favorite might be a potato.
Crow Wing County Fair Mills Free Stage schedule
Parade of Colors, 6-7 p.m.
Chuck Klosterman hits the road to examine death and rock 'n' roll
In 1965, Roger Daltrey sang, "I hope I die before I get old."
Topping the charts
roGer lead singer and rhythm
roGer lead singer and rhythm
Circus coming to town
George Carden Circus International will present Circus Fiesta 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd. This marks the first stop in Brainerd for the troupe based out of Missouri.
'Flipnic' spins pinball in odd new ways
With traditional pinball machines, keeping the silvery ball from rolling out of play is enough of a challenge.
Babyface's latest CD seems old-fashioned
Babyface, "Grown & Sexy" (Arista)
On Thursday, start with the soothing folk music of Dennis Warner and Darlyne Cain (7 p.m., Gregory Park, Brainerd) before heading downtown for the most out-of-the-ordinary band you're likely to see this year, the funky Hydrophonics (above, 9 p.m., the Rail, Brainerd).
Woodworth's work to be exhibited at GRAA Center
Woodworth, a longtime Little Falls resident, died in January. In addition to his paintings and drawings, the exhibit also will feature memorabilia from Woodworth's life as an opera singer and hat and dress designer.
Band of sisters
Minnesota's rock scene boasts an impressive band of brothers in roGer. Next week, meet country music's talented band of sisters: The Hewitt Sisters are on their way to WE Fest.
Great cast provides a big 'Upside'
"The Upside of Anger" -- A great cast led by Joan Allen and a surprisingly goofy Kevin Costner helped make this domestic comic drama one of the year's indie-film successes. Allen plays a woman who turns bitter and boozy after her husband vanishes, presumably with another woman, leaving his wife to tend to their four feisty daughters (Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Evan Rachel Wood and Alicia Witt). Costner plays an ex-ballplayer who becomes Allen's unlikely drinking buddy and bedroom partner. Allen and writer-director Mike Binder, who also co-stars, team for commentary, and the DVD has deleted scenes and a making-of featurette. DVD, $27.95. (New Line)
Warner, with new CD and book, to perform
Clearwater singer-songwriter Dennis Warner will perform 7 p.m. Thursday at Gregory Park in Brainerd in the summer's last Performance in the Park.
'Bears' remake strikes out
"Bad News Bears" -- In pitching parlance, this would be a change-up. It looks like it's coming at you hard and fast but it holds something back on the delivery, and by the time it crosses the plate, it's surprisingly inert. That same off-speed tempo unfortunately permeates the entire film -- though that probably wasn't director Richard Linklater's intention. The pacing stops and starts, the energy comes and goes, and never reaches the all-encompassing hilarity of Linklater's "The School of Rock." Some solid laughs pop up here and there, but even the best parts serve as a reminder of how inferior and needless this remake really is. And while ALL remakes are needless, this one is especially. "The Bad News Bears" is a comedy classic, one that still holds up beautifully nearly 30 years later. Here, Billy Bob Thornton does a lackadaisical version of his sad-sack character from "Bad Santa" as ex-ballplayer Morris Buttermaker. PG-13, for rude behavior, language throughout, some sexuality & thematic elements. 114 min. One and a half stars out of four.
Latest Plum mystery offers bounty of laughs
Yes, there is a murder mystery buried in Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum novel, "Eleven on Top," but it's of secondary interest. Readers will be too busy laughing at the comic misadventures of Stephanie, her friends and family.
roGer, on the rise
roGer lead singer Justin Ploof is often said to have "good stage presence." That description isn't technically accurate, though. While Ploof certainly enjoys bouncing and running around the stage, he also enjoys stepping onto the dance floor, or onto chairs or tables perched next to the stage, winding the mic cord behind him to get up close and personal with his fans -- particularly those of the female persuasion.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
McCarthy's violent meditation on mankind along the Tex-Mex border
Cormac McCarthy's 1992 novel "All the Pretty Horses" was a best-seller and winner of the National Book Award. In addition, it catapulted McCarthy -- a favorite of critics and writers but with little popular acclaim or sales -- to literary fame.
Louie sleepwalks his way to laughs
By now, Louie Anderson and Jeff Cesario could probably do their acts in their sleep. That's almost what happened during the comedians' Tuesday night show at the Rail in downtown Brainerd.
At birthday parties, ice cream increasingly takes the cake
Ice cream cakes are one of the most popular ways to celebrate birthdays, especially in summer.
Bridal brunches are fresh and tasty
My baby brother recently was married in Lake Tahoe. We celebrated the wedding at their reception a couple of weeks ago.
Stir a little heat into cold soup
Try these recipes to jump-start any jaded palates around your table.
Mike Gindorff was an imposing defensive lineman in college and now hopes his Crosby-Ironton Rangers football team will be just as imposing.
After his elk farming business was eliminated, Gary Tank was forced to make a mid-life career change. Turns out animals are still the Pillager farmer's main gig.
THEFT -- Ryan Hartwig, 800 block of North Ninth Street, Monday reported the theft of a bicycle valued at $500.
Fishers of Men
A Minnesota Fishers of Men bass tourney is coming to the Whitefish chain of lakes. Fishers of Men uses fishing as a way to hook anglers to Christianity.
The Brainerd Fire Department at 5:01 p.m. Tuesday responded to a minivan fire on Highway 371 north of Baxter, near Crow Wing Cabinets.
The Brainerd Fire Department at 8 a.m. Wednesday responded to a cut gas line in the 6000 block of Mary Street in Baxter. Firefighters remained at the scene as a safety precaution while crews from Xcel Energy fixed the broken gas line.
Contact your federal lawmakers
Sen. Mark Dayton
Daniel A. Ocker, 26, and Lisa R. Mengelkoch, 26, both of Brainerd.
Commissioners again address public lake accesses
PINE RIVER -- The Cass County Board met Monday night to hear views from planning commission, board of adjustment and environmental services committee members on public lake accesses in plats and other water quality control-related issues.
CLC student Chatpaitoon receives $1,000 honor scholarship
Pinchat Chatpaitoon of Pillager, a Central Lakes College student, received a $1,000 scholarship from the international two-year college honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
Camp ET fun
The Aug. 1-5 Central Lakes College engineering day camp for grades 8-12 will conclude with friendly combat among teams of robot builders. Brian Kohn, CLC engineering and physics instructor, joined a crowd of parents and spectators to enjoy the 2004 showdown that proved worthy of videotaping. Kohn said up to 20 participants can be accommodated at $125 each and will receive lunch during the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. camp period. Deadline to register is Thursday to email@example.com or 855-8172.
Aitkin County Fair slated Aug. 3-6
AITKIN -- The 115th Aitkin County Fair will run Aug. 3-6 at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds.
'Kittens' make stop at nature learning center
One bobcat kitten and two lynx kittens were the recent attraction at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center.
CROSBY -- An Unlimited Learning program, "Who Gets the Drumstick?" will offer ways to manage the stress of hosting family get-togethers at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby.
Mail boat runs again
IDEAL TOWNSHIP -- For people spending the summer at their cabins or family resorts along the Whitefish Chain as far back as the 1930s to late 1960s, the late Ben Knebel's wooden mail boat was a lifeline to the outside world.
Maintaining bonding helps county cash flow
WALKER -- Cass County has tried to maintain an even amount of bonding through the last decade, even in years when there was not a building project under way.
Courthouse building expansion needs aired
WALKER -- Cass County Board members shifted their courthouse building expansion focus from Ah-Gwah-Ching property back to the main courthouse site in downtown Walker during a board work session last Wednesday on capital improvements.
CLC student Thomas wins $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarship
Katherine "Kat" Thomas of rural Aitkin, a Central Lakes College student, received a $1,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola.
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack will conduct naturalist programs from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 17.
Inmate charged in $100,000 swindle
A St. Cloud area man described as a career swindler is facing criminal charges in Crow Wing County after he allegedly stole in 2004 more than $100,000 from two Brainerd area residents, including a jail chaplain's mother.
Crow Wing County is planning construction work on Crow Wing County State Aid Highway 10 from Highway 18 north to CSAH 14 for more than six miles.
"I know the folks back on Earth must feel pretty good right now."
Making officers high-tech carries hefty cost
Soon, a law enforcement officer could stop a suspicious car in Crow Wing County and receive information on the vehicle, see a mug shot of the registered owner and view a criminal history of the driver all by simply touching a computer screen.
This was Brainerd
JULY 28 - 100 years ago (1905) - The population of Brainerd is now 8,134 and for the county 16, 653. The increase for the city is 610 and in the county 2,403. The closing down of the mill last year resulted in many people moving elsewhere.
'Hungry Cyclist' visits Brainerd
He spent two days staying with a religious cult in upstate New York and slept Monday night in a tent alongside the Mississippi River near Aitkin.
North Dakota works on sex offender problem
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota task force is exploring tougher penalties and more stringent supervision for convicted sex offenders, including the possibility of a mandatory life prison sentence, without parole, for violent sex crimes.
This was Brainerd
JULY 27 - 20 years ago (1985) - Thanks to two "curious" youngsters, a $2,000 computer stolen from the Brainerd Public Library last weekend is back where it belongs. The youngsters, on a stroll near Franklin Junior High School, came upon the computer in an unused storage building.
State-mandated review of sex offenders creates budget woes
The Crow Wing County Jail budget is stretched as prisoners are boarded in jails outside the county and medical expenses for inmates increase, but it was costs associated with sex offenders that had the county board incensed.
Ex-union leader saw split coming
For 40 years Ken Zelinske's work ethic and a union job helped him take home a respectable paycheck.
Seminar shows land can be designed
NISSWA -- Landowners, planners, developers and real estate agents were introduced to conservation design Tuesday at the Nisswa Community Center.
County backs down on surveys
After nearly 100 people turned out to address the county's recent requirement, the Crow Wing County Board voted Tuesday to establish an immediate moratorium on its newly enacted ordinance requiring surveys for permits in the shoreland zone.
A July picnic no doubt
This great blue heron waited for unsuspecting prey Wednesday in the shallows of the Mississippi River near Kiwanis Park in Brainerd.
Parkinson's sidelines Walz
Dale Walz wants to set the record straight.
Your antique's worth could surprise you
Do you have an item you believe is an antique and worth something?
Change leaves county seniors with a problem
An unexpected change in a state program aimed at senior citizens could leave them with just a few weeks to seek new places to live.
More like football weather
Riley Fussy (left) was among fans dressed for the unseasonably cool weather Tuesday as they watched the Baxter team compete in the Cal Ripken baseball Midwest Plains Regional tournament at Oscar Kristofferson Park in Baxter. See Sports for game story and more photographs.
Civil Air Patrol cadets from as far as Missouri attended a weeklong Minnesota Wing Flight Academy in powered or glider flight in Mankato.
Bunyan Bowl's lanes no-smoking areas until 6 p.m.
BAXTER -- Michael McFarland, owner of Paul Bunyan Bowl in Baxter, announced Tuesday his bowling lanes will be smoke-free until 6 p.m.
How does your garden grow?
A large crowd attended the Nisswa Garden Club's annual garden show Wednesday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Hundreds of flower exhibits were judged. The event also included gardening seminars, a bake sale and a flower sale.
Baxter's plans for Cypress discussed
Two Crow Wing County Board members said it is clear Baxter is moving ahead with its Cypress Drive connection through the former golf course and that may be the best solution after all.
County board studies making Myers P & Z director
Crow Wing County commissioners asked for more information Tuesday after they were asked to raise Dennis Myers' salary.
House committee passes 'Dru's Law'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sex offenders could spend five years in prison for failing to register with local authorities under legislation approved Wednesday by a House panel, which also approved a plan named after slain student Dru Sjodin.
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Frances C. Anderson
Frances Cecilia Anderson, 88, lifetime resident of Brainerd, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Pierz Villa. Frances was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Fort Ripley to Eugene and Rosie Grimes. She had been a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church and guild.
Eva E. Struthers
Eva E. Struthers, age 92, of Brainerd, died Monday, July 18, 2005, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rory Swenson officiating.
NEW SALEM, N.D. -- Martin William (Carkhuff) Messerschmidt, 57, New Salem, N.D., died Thursday, July 21, 2005, in a Bismarck hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, July 25, 2005, at Perry Funeral Home, Mandan, N.D. Burial will take place at a later date.
Wendy Jo Van Vorst
PINE RIVER -- Wendy Jo Van Vorst, age 52, of Pine River, passed away Monday, July 25, 2005, at her home. She was born June 2, 1953, in Minneapolis to Glenn and Donna (Ernst) Wiggins.
C. Louise Westbrook
C. Louise (Falde) Westbrook, 88, Brainerd, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2005, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Lions look for gambling site
Just ask any gardener. Once the faucet's turned off the water slows down to a trickle and eventually dries up.
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What does it take to be qualified to serve on the highest court in the land? Just take a look at the resume' of Judge John Roberts, President Bush's selection to replace the retiring Sandra Day O'Connor.
Open Forum: Legislator learned a lot in first session
The 2005 Legislative Session was a highly successful one. In my first year as a legislator, I authored 15 pieces of legislation. Many of them were either approved by the Minnesota House of Representatives or signed into law by Gov. Pawlenty.
Extend daylight saving
There was a time, in our agrarian past, when ending daylight-saving time early in the fall made sense. But like the three-legged milk stool and bucket, there is no practical use for light mornings and dark evenings.
During a recent council meeting I listened to Mary Koep present a passionate case favoring the granting of a variance to a northeast resident allowing him to park his recreational vehicles in his yard. I thought Koep pleaded on behalf of the resident thinking she might be friends with him until I drove past Koep's home and noticed she has two boats parked on her property which now allows me complete understanding why she argued to grant the variance. Granting the variance would've meant she could be exempt from the ordinance also. Koep represents her own interests and nobody else's.
Marathon game is one for the record book
Little did the players for the Lastrup Lakers and Pierz Brewers amateur baseball teams know that when they arrived at the ballpark last Saturday they were about to make history.
Erasing the indecision
What do you do when that "in-between" yardage comes into play?
Tower Mortgage on top at Legacy Courses again
Tower Mortgage regained the top spot of the men's golf league July 21 by knocking out Thelen Heating 30.5 to 13.5 at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
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Golfers leave Pine Meadows for greener pastures
Pine Meadows Golf Course sits in Baxter like a scorched desert, baked yellow from the sun and lack of maintenance.
Athletes interested in participating in fall sports at Pillager High School, and the parents, are asked to attend a meeting 7 p.m. Monday in the high school gym. All forms will be provided.
In the Brainerd Lakes area:
Baxter dispatches North Dakota team
The Tradition Mortgage Baxter 10-and-under team returned to old habits Tuesday morning as it defeated the Dickinson, N.D., Mustangs 15-2 in a four inning blowout.
Blue Thunder fall in extra innings
EAU CLAIRE, WIS. -- It took extra innings but the Eau Claire Express captured the program's first three-game winning streak at the expense of the Brainerd Blue Thunder Wednesday in Northwoods League baseball.
Blue Thunder split with Duluth
A half game was all that separated the Brainerd Blue Thunder from the second place Duluth Huskies in the North Division as both teams entered a key doubleheader Tuesday at Mills Field.
The Pillager Sports Boosters golf tournament is noon Aug. 7 at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
Baxter falls in final
In a match up of familiar foes, Tradition Mortgage Baxter's championship run came to a halt Tuesday morning when the Sikeston, Mo., All-Stars defeated the hometown team 10-0 in the championship game of the Midwest Plains Regional 10-and-under tournament.
The Brainerd Youth Athletics Association is looking for a part-time, salaried football coordinator to handle BYAA football registrations and season responsibilities.
Staying active keeps 'No. 1 fan' going
Nearly every day all summer, Mary Cade rides her red electric scooter from her home at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd across the street to the Buffalo Hills Park to watch children play ball.
Fergus Falls grad signs at CLC
Derek Harris, captain of the Fergus Falls High School boys' golf team, on Monday signed a national letter of intent to play for Central Lakes College in Brainerd, which won the national championship in June.
Blue Gills win two to remain unbeaten
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Blue Gills American Legion baseball team batted around the order and then some in the sixth inning to score seven runs and beat Cold Spring 12-2 Thursday at Farber Field in the second round of the District 6, Division 1 tournament.
State forecast for North Dakota.
Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs from the lower 80s west to
State forecast for Minnesota
Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s northeast to
Wisconsin state forecast
Thursday...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms north and central. Highs in the lower 70s north to lower 80s south. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Increasing clouds with a slight chance of showers and
Weather drawing by Gabe Rague in the Nisswa kindergarten of Mrs. Lykins.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for Iowa
Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to upper 80s.
Rain helps the flowers
Weather drawing by JoAnna Miles in the Lowell fifth grade of Mrs. Gardner. (Is this case maybe it should be "Gardener.")
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms...
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Clear skies becoming partly cloudy north. Mostly sunny south. Areas of fog early southwest. Slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms north. Highs 75 to 85.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...A few sprinkles central and south early...Otherwise partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s.
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