Nothing flashy, but Honda Pilot does the job
Honda has spoiled us Americans shamelessly. It rarely misses when it designs a new vehicle, and we've come to expect Hondas to be easy to drive, pleasant to live with and built well, if not always the most exciting things on the road.
GM updates three popular truck models
DETROIT -- In a relentless effort to keep its lineup of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles fresh without carrying out a complete redesign, General Motors recently unveiled new versions of three of its popular truck models, including an SUV with a sliding roof and the biggest Cadillac truck ever.
Chrysler Sebring goes manual
Hard to believe, but the Chrysler Sebring convertible has never been offered with a manual transmission. Until now.
Harley roaring toward second century
MILWAUKEE -- Harley-Davidson is in an enviable position for a U.S. company -- it has a brand and reputation known throughout the world, and orders for its motorcycles well into 2004. And its stock price is holding up even as the overall market plunges.
Grandparents are filling day care void for working parents
WASHINGTON -- Working moms increasingly are relying on their parents to watch their young kids, and more fathers are helping out with child care, too.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 293, a year ago 199.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800. Last Tuesday: 1063. Year ago Tuesday: 720. Monday actual: 363.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 260, a year ago 184.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimate: 300. Last Wednesday: 902. Year ago Wednesday: 441. Tuesday actual: 885.
Free cookbook aims to raise diabetes awareness
NEW YORK (AP)-- A free diabetes-friendly cookbook is now available as part of an educational campaign called, "Take Diabetes to Heart."
Add zest to fish dinner with honey mustard
Fish is an excellent way to add variety to a healthy diet.
Start your morning with coffee cake
One morning Gary and I stopped for breakfast on our way home from visiting friends in Wisconsin.
Helpful tips to clean fruits, vegetables
One of the best things about summer is the chance to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are cheap and good.
Combine butter, rosemary, orange zest for shortbread cookies
Summer may lend itself to healthy, light and fruity desserts, but every now and then nibbling on something buttery is a nice change of pace. This recipe adds rosemary and orange zest to a traditional shortbread cookie, updating an old-fashioned favorite.
BAY LAKE -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday on Highway 18, two miles west of Highway 6.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a car fire reported at 7:42 p.m. Wednesday near the Sawmill Inn in Brainerd.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Dondelinger remains in first place in the men's twilight golf league at Pine Meadows with 27 points.
Master the sand
The sand wedge has the most distinctive design of any club in the bag.
Swing can also affect your health
A poor golf swing usually leads to a high handicap.
Study says being slightly overweight increases risk of heart failure
Cardiologists have long known that obesity increases the risk of death from heart failure, but a new study shows that being even slightly overweight -- as few as four pounds over -- also increases the risk substantially.
Racial divide in vaccinations seen
WASHINGTON -- Black and Hispanic senior citizens are significantly less likely than elderly whites to receive vaccinations against the flu and pneumonia, the government said Wednesday, launching an effort to figure out why and fix it.
Mammograms save lives, long-term study of Swedish women finds
Regular mammography reduces breast cancer deaths by as much as 44 percent, according to a major new study that involved a third of the women in Sweden.
Nefstead awarded Rural Health Hero Award
STAPLES -- Mel Nefstead, Staples, received the Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award at the Minnesota Rural Summit Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care.
Colleges promote fitness centers as ways to draw new students
WASHINGTON -- Climbing walls, racquetball courts or a cool swimming pool with a water slide may be among the student perks that colleges keep behind their ivy-covered walls.
Ready, aim, fire
Members of the South Dakota Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, fired a surface-to-surface rocket training round from one of their Multiple Launch Rocket Systems during the 147th Field Artillery Brigade's annual training Friday at Camp Ripley.
Afternoon Field Day slated Aug. 15 in Staples
STAPLES -- The Central Lakes Ag Center, Staples, will provide a free evening meal at its Field Day on Aug. 15, an event scheduled to run from 2:30 to 8 p.m.
Before moving dirt or harming aquatic plants -- do you have a permit?
What we do on land ultimately impacts the quality of our waters.
War memorial to be unveiled in Long Prairie
Charles W. Lindberg, the last surviving flag raiser of Iwo Jima, and family members of other deceased flag raisers will help dedicate a war memorial at Memorial Park on Main Street in Long Prairie at 10 a.m. Aug. 10.
Brainerd man helps prevent possible spread of exotic species into state waters
Mike Hall didn't like what he saw on the hull and lower unit of the 22-foot Bayliner he pulled into his shop July 9.
Old Wadena Rendezvous slated Aug. 11
STAPLES -- The Old Wadena Rendezvous will be staged Aug. 10 and 11 at the Old Wadena County Park, six miles north and west of Staples.
Crops feel relief
Widespread rains and slightly cooler temperatures gave temporary relief to crops that had been stressed by recent heat and a lack of moisture, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service.
Beardsley lukewarm on its status as Minnesota's hottest town
BEARDSLEY (AP) -- Residents of this town of 262 people are lukewarm, at best, about their status as Minnesota's hottest community.
Snowbirds stick together up north and down south
As a Brainerd lakes area "snowbird," Liz Curren felt her life had become too fragmented.
Benton County officials hope for disaster assistance
FOLEY (AP) -- Benton County officials expect to learn this week whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency will declare the county eligible for disaster assistance.
Sharon Rohl (left), Jan Loftis and Kalie VanVickle rode in the Security State Bank parade entry in Pillager.
Thompson crowned Miss Aitkin, wins talent
AITKIN -- Kari Thompson was crowned Miss Aitkin recently at the Miss Aitkin Scholarship Pageant in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
Gardening with Friends kids' day at Staples
STAPLES -- Children are invited to participate in the Gardening with Friends kids' day Aug. 16 at the Living Legacy Gardens in Staples.
Lakewood, Freshwater earn health team award
STAPLES -- Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District of Staples were awarded the outstanding Rural Health Team Award at the Minnesota Rural Summit 2002 sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care.
The benefits of our declining urban forests
Living in a generally rural area, most of us probably don't give a lot of thought to urban forests. But as development expands the value of these resources to the environment will increase.
Celebrate Crosslake Days events set Aug. 3-11
CROSSLAKE -- Celebrate Crosslake Days are slated Saturday-Aug. 11, with the annual Chili Cook-off Aug. 10.
Landmark Volunteers help build patio at Camp Confidence
EAST GULL LAKE -- Camp Confidence is among 65 locations in 19 states to host a two-week program for the 14- to 18-year-old Landmark Volunteers.
This was Brainerd
JULY 31 - 60 years ago (1942) - A bus service between Brainerd and Camp Ripley for the accommodation of soldiers at the camp, will be inaugurated today by the Brainerd bus lines, Ray and George Evenson, operators of the line, announced today.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will offer a Red Cross lifeguard training class starting Monday.
Emerson drops out of sheriff's race
Crow Wing County sheriff's candidate Keith Emerson today dropped out of the race citing personal and job commitments that have arisen since his July 12 filing.
Planned Parenthood offers reward in clinic shootings
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota is offering a $10,000 reward for information directly leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shootings at two Planned Parenthood clinics in Brainerd and Grand Rapids this month.
Exotic and unusual bathrooms were one feature of the 12th annual Crosslake Log Cabin and Home Tour. Look in Friday's Housing section for details.
Little Falls is preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. Look for what's planned Thursday in Tempo.
Five girls hung on for dear life while being pulled around a lake on a 6-foot yellow torpedo. Though two of the five girls couldn't see where they were going, they grinned, anticipating a wrong turn might lead to a dip in Rice Lake.
GARRISON -- Audrey Boelter from the Mille Lacs Lake Lions was awarded the Certificate of Sponsorship bearing the name of the international president.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - Actor Paul Newman has competed in just about every form of sports car racing there is, but he'll be trying a new series on for size this weekend in the Brainerd round of the Pepsi/CRC Chemicals Trans Am.
A soggy July was punctuated with today's .45-inch rainfall in Brainerd as the DNR reported 11.77 inches of rain this month compared to the 10-year-average of 4.02 inches.
2 police officers cleared in fatal crash
Two Brainerd police officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in a crash that claimed the life of a 28-year-old Crosby man June 11 in Baxter.
She's been there Megan's wish of going to Disneyland fulfilled
Brainerd High School homecoming queen Megan Whalen finally got to go to Disneyland.
Farms in the Brainerd lakes area were among dozens in the state that were recognized by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau as 2002 Century Farms.
Foothold in history
Nobody cared much about the condition of Walt Straka's or Henry Peck's feet 60 years ago -- at the start of the Bataan Death March. Certainly not their Japanese captors who forced the two Brainerd area men and hu
Ex-raceway bookkeeper sentenced for embezzling
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A former bookkeeper at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway was sentenced to four months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000.
BRAINERD SUMMER: BEFORE ...
A strong thunderstorm moved through the Brainerd area this morning, but did little damage.
3 sentenced in deer-for-fish scheme
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Three men involved in a poaching scheme were sentenced by a federal judge for trading Montana deer tags for walleye from Minnesota.
Bush again faces questions about Harken links
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and the White House on Wednesday again fended off questions about whether his record as a director of an oil company undermined his administration's push for corporate reform.
Biden: United States must consider many ramifications as it weighs whether to seek the ouster of Saddam
WASHINGTON -- The United States should weigh whether the people of Iraq would benefit from new leadership before moving to topple Saddam Hussein, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Thursday.
Administration pressed to take action against herbal supplement ephedra
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A leading senator took the Bush Administration to task Wednesday for its failure to act on the potentially dangerous food supplement ephedra.
Baton Rouge on edge after police connect three slayings to a serial killer
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Women in Louisiana's capital were on edge Tuesday, a day after police confirmed three unsolved slayings were the work of a serial killer.
Senators accuse White House of weakening corporate law Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- One day after President Bush signed legislation cracking down on corporate wrongdoing, the administration was accused Wednesday of weakening a provision of the law providing new protections to corporate whistle-blowers.
Army officer slain in another Fort Bragg homicide
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The wife of an Army Special Operations officer has been charged in his shooting death, the latest in a string of domestic violence incidents that have shaken Fort Bragg.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Robert Torricelli, already locked in a competitive re-election campaign in New Jersey, now must ask voters to look beyond the fact that he has been "severely admonished" by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Prescription drug bill fails in Senate
WASHINGTON -- A much-heralded drive to provide the elderly with prescription drug coverage died in the Senate Wednesday, likely putting the legislation on hold until the fall elections determine whether either party can gain the upper hand in shaping policy after 2002.
Nearly 5 million uninsured children are eligible for help
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 5 million children are eligible for government-funded health insurance but remain uninsured, five years after the government created a program for kids in working poor families to complement Medicaid.
Helicopter crash brings number of West firefighters killed to 15
LYONS, Colo. (AP) -- A helicopter crashed while doing mop-up work on a wildfire northwest of Denver, killing the pilot, while firefighters on the other side of the state scrambled to protect archaeological treasures from a fast-moving blaze.
Wisconsin governor's election campaign seems to be one wrong turn after another
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott McCallum hopped on a school bus at the start of July to tour the state and woo voters. An aide promptly backed the bus into a tree, knocking it over and doing $1,164 in damage.
Democrats gaining traction in election-year effort to halt corporate relocations to Bermuda
WASHINGTON -- Republicans are scrambling for a response to U.S. companies moving their headquarters to foreign tax havens after Democrats scored political points with voters by painting the exodus as yet another example of corporate irresponsibility.
Federal court rules foreign nationals held in Guantanamo Bay have no right to access U.S. courts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that suspected Taliban and al-Qaida fighters held in Cuba do not have a right to U.S. court hearings, allowing the military to hold them indefinitely without filing charges.
Engineer saw misaligned track before derailing
KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) -- Less than a minute before an Amtrak train derailed outside Washington this week, the engineer spotted an area of track that was misaligned, a transportation official said.
Lawmakers push reluctant Rumsfeld to expand Afghanistan peacekeeping
WASHINGTON -- Leading lawmakers voiced concern Wednesday that Afghanistan could again become a haven of chaos and terror unless the United States expands its peacekeeping role -- a proposal Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld firmly resisted during Congressional testimony that included several testy exchanges.
Chicago corner where two men were killed was 'powder keg,' some say
CHICAGO (AP) -- Those who live near the street corner where a mob yanked two men from their van and fatally beat them following a traffic accident say the area was the scene of frequent skirmishes.
AOL Time Warner under criminal probe
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the accounting practices of AOL Time Warner Inc., focusing on the business deals of its Dulles. Va.-based online division, officials familiar with the matter said.
Two teenage girls kidnapped at gunpoint in Southern California
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- A man kidnapped two teenage girls at gunpoint early Thursday from a lovers' lane in a remote area, authorities said.
Ashcroft says one-third of terror groups also traffic drugs
WASHINGTON -- The United States has determined that about one-third of foreign terrorist organizations are trafficking in narcotics on a large scale, providing authorities with "shocking" insight into how two of the nation's most serious threats are connected, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Tuesday.
Document-fraud suspect with alleged links to Sept. 11 hijackers flees U.S.
PATERSON, N.J. -- The search for a man accused of providing fake identification to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers has spread to the Middle East, where authorities are watching airports in hopes that they'll intercept him.
Ex-Rep. Traficant gets eight-year sentence
CLEVELAND -- James A. Traficant Jr. already made history by being expelled from Congress. Now he will try to become the first person since the 18th century to win his seat back from behind bars.
Bishops' panel accused of lax enforcement of new policies on priests' sexual abuse
WASHINGTON -- A panel set up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests held its first meeting Tuesday and was immediately accused of failing to make its policies as tough in practice as they are on paper.
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Manufacturing grew more slowly, construction spending fell to its lowest level in almost two years and new claims for jobless benefits went up, signs that the economy's road to recovery is hitting a rough patch.
White House rejects plea to delay tough new anti-pollution rules for long-haul diesel trucks
WASHINGTON -- The White House Wednesday rejected a plea from House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and other lawmakers to postpone a tough new anti-pollution standard for long-haul diesel trucks that will provide stiff penalties for companies that don't meet the deadline for compliance.
Commuter train continued to make regular stops despite passenger's heart attack
BOSTON (AP) -- An assistant conductor on a train that continued to make regular stops after a passenger suffered a heart attack said it would have been dangerous to rush through stations without stopping.
Senate poised to pass $355 billion defense bill
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is supporting Senate passage of a $355.4 billion defense bill for next year, even though it falls short of the amount he's seeking for the war on terrorism and other military programs.
Former WorldCom execs could face charges
Two former executives at WorldCom Inc. may face criminal charges as early as Thursday for their role in allegedly manipulating the company's books, sources close to the investigation said Wednesday.
Biden presses administration to think about aftermath of potential Iraq invasion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged the Bush administration Wednesday to better explain how it plans to deal with the aftermath of a military campaign in Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein.
More scandal for a sport that is on thin ice
Was the arrest of a reputed Russian crime figure on charges he attempted to fix the outcome of the Olympic pairs and ice dancing competition at Salt Lake City merely another dip into the judging cesspool exposed in February by French figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne?
It's about time for progress in labor talks
News: Baseball owners and players are meeting every day now and there's even a little optimism leaking out.
Like old times: Bonds homers in return
Barry Bonds returned to the lineup and picked up right where he left off -- hitting a home run.
Progress is made on salaries
Negotiators for baseball's owners and players narrowed differences on the minimum salary and benefit plan Wednesday while leaving their respective analysts to work over revised numbers on the central issue of revenue sharing.
Grand slam Leslie is first woman to dunk in pro game
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Five years had passed since Lisa Leslie last tried to dunk in a WNBA game. She had waited long enough.
Contenders tweak their rosters at trade deadline
The New York Mets made a pair of deals and got pitchers Steve Reed and John Thomson while the Boston Red Sox made one last swap before the non-waiver trading deadline.
Another change of address finds Floyd in Boston
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Cliff Floyd is weary of all these trades and wants to settle down.
Dan Tobiason and Susan Tobiason
PRIOR LAKE -- Dan Tobiason, 41, and Susan Tobiason, 40, both of Prior Lake, died Monday, July 29, 2002.
Alice A. Maddux
EMILY -- Alice A. Maddux, 102, Emily, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
HOPKINS -- Rosemary Thesing, 72, Hopkins, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Delphie A. Schultz
ST. PAUL -- Delphie A. Schultz, 90, St. Paul, formerly of Pillager, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, in St. Paul.
Walter G. Quaas
MERRIFIELD -- Walter G. Quaas, 61, Merrifield, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at home.
Garner Gallant Sr.
TACOMA, Wash. -- Garner Gallant Sr., 82, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at his home.
Margaret M. Reem
AITKIN -- Margaret M. Reem, 93, Hazelton Township, Aitkin, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at home.
Dorothy A. Lachowitzer
Dorothy A. Lachowitzer, 80, Brainerd, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at the Cloquet hospital.
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Fishing on Mille Lacs
Headlines of "Something's fishy at Mille Lacs" and a cutline stating "You can't fish for walleye on Mille Lacs" in The Brainerd Dispatch, Sunday, July 21, 2002, has prompted my viewpoint of the Mille Lacs fishery.
In 1981 Presidents Nancy and Ronnie Reagan proposed deregulation of the nursing home industry. After pressure was exerted by the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, the public, and Congress, the Reagan administration backed down. It is one of the very few times Democrats in that era showed any backbone.
I could not believe what I was reading in the paper. "A ton of fun" to shoot pigeons thrown into the air from a tower near Nisswa. If our children did this with a sling shot we'd not only punish them but would wonder where their lives were headed. "Bring several boxes of shells," the hunt manager advised.
West Nile Virus
A little planning goes a long way.
Like any other good quality, leadership sometimes needs a little prompting and assistance in order to flourish.
High gas prices don't justify political action
This editorial was published in Wednesday's Fairmont Sentinel.
As I sit today, a little over one week since our dear friend, C.J. Wicktor, Jr. passed away, I am filled with many mixed feelings.
Betcha can't sue just one
Leave it to lawyers to combine the two favorite American pastimes: eating and suing. In various states, lawsuits have been filed or are being planned against the fast-food industry. Lawyers who recently received windfalls in fees from tobacco lawsuits are now eyeing fast food as the next opportunity for super-size awards.
Area racers are Baja Rally-ready
Lonnie Murray wanted to make a race venue that pits the racer against the track.
New laws that take effect Thursday
Among the new laws that take effect in Minnesota Thursday:
PUR Water shutting down Brooklyn Park plant that employs 270
BROOKLYN PARK (AP) -- PUR Water Purifications Co. has notified its 270 workers at its Brooklyn Park plant that the factory will shut down within the next 18 to 24 months.
U of M-Crookston receives $1 million gift
CROOKSTON (AP) -- The University of Minnesota-Crookston has received $1 million from an alumnus for academic scholarships, making it the largest monetary gift in school history.
Candidates' pitch starts with dress
ST. PAUL -- As the four candidates for governor head this week into a series of debates and forums, they may be saying as much with their garb as with their gab.
Woman accused of threatening justice found incompetent
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A woman charged with making death threats against Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz was found incompetent to stand trial and must undergo further psychiatric examination.
4th DWI becomes a felony now
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Beginning Thursday, Minnesota's drivers could face hard time in prison if they get a fourth or subsequent drunken-driving offense in 10 years.
Two conservation organizations purchased 1,080 acres in northwestern Minnesota in the first phase of a 2,800-acre project to establish wildlife corridors in threatened areas of outstate Minnesota.
Ventura talks about Penny candidacy
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said he hinted to Tim Penny that the job of Minnesota governor might soon be available weeks before he officially announced he wouldn't be seeking re-election.
Coleman woos outdoors crowd
Republican Senate candidate Norm Coleman began a two-day tour of the state Tuesday to gather support from hunters, anglers, snowmobilers and other outdoors recreational groups.
Debate season opens in governor's race
ST. PAUL -- Two of the four major candidates for governor said in the first televised debate Wednesday night that they would use the state's multibillion-dollar investment funds as leverage to hold corporations accountable.
Ventura proclaims 'Christian Heritage Week' by mistake
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Family Council considers it providence. Gov. Jesse Ventura's office says it was a mistake. Whatever the case, Minnesota's staunchly secular governor has proclaimed Oct. 13-19 "Christian Heritage Week."
Five horses in state confirmed to have West Nile
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Tests confirm that five horses in Minnesota have been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, an illness that was first detected in Minnesota a week ago.
Women's conference set Aug. 8-9 in Onamia
ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Corporate Commission will host a conference for women Aug. 8-9 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center.
First lady calls livestock food drive a success
ST. PAUL (AP) -- First lady Terry Ventura's "Save the Animals" food drive brought in 36 tons of feed and 300 bales of hay for livestock farmers in flooded areas of northwestern Minnesota.
Home school records in Minnesota are an open book
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Report cards for public school students in Minnesota are generally private -- something between students and their teachers and parents.
It's Kansas against Nebraska
The Omaha Patriots and Wichita Cardinals advanced to the championship game in the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 14-under World Series in Brainerd.
Northwoods League Baseball
Bushwhackers wind up in 4th place
The Brainerd Bushwhackers' ride through the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 14-under World Series ended Wednesday, but not before the Bushwhackers made some waves in the tournament.
Brainerd Legion on a roll heading into district play
District 6 Tournament
Wichita, Omaha teams battle to finals
They've come from far and near to take part in the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 14-under World Series in hopes of going home with national bragging rights.
Anyone who looks up in the stands at a youth baseball game in Brainerd likely will see Sharon Lepel cheering on the players.
Bemidji defeats Little Falls in Legion tourney
ST. CLOUD -- Catcher Chris Conway hit a 2-run homer to spark Bemidji past Little Falls 9-3 in the opening game of the District 6 American Legion baseball tournament Wednesday at Faber Field.
Iowa team stops Bushwhackers
All the Brainerd Bushwhackers needed was a hit or two and things may have been different as they took on the Carroll, Iowa, North Stars Tuesday afternoon at Adamson Field.
Gulls dispute call that sealed their fate
Nothing is more exciting than a baseball game coming down to one big play late in the game.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors varsity football program has scheduled an equipment distribution day Aug. 9.
NBC 'Hap' Dumont 14-under World Series
Adamson and mills fields, Brainerd
Baxter team going to Georgia
After sweeping their way through the state tournament, the Baxter Viking Coca Cola Stingers 12-under slow-pitch softball team headed to LaGrange, Ga., today for the national tournament, which begins Thursday.
Wednesday, July 31
Omaha rallies in the fifth to beat Memphis
In front of a small, but raucous Nebraska crowd, the Omaha Patriots rallied for all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth, upending the Memphis Travelers 3-1 in the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 14-under World Series at Mills Field in Brainerd.
Local sports shorts
Because of the overwhelming response to the British Soccer camp sponsored by the Brainerd Family YMCA and Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department, registration will remain open until the start of camp Monday.
Area tournament schedule
Aug. 2 -- Camp Sertoma Fundraiser -- Vintage at Staples
Northwoods League Baseball
Gulls enjoy 11-2 victory
After dropping their last three games by a combined total of four runs, the Brainerd Mighty Gulls were going to claw and fight for every run they could get against the Wisconsin Woodchucks Wednesday night at Mills Field.
Mays looks sharp
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins can make a strong case for having one of the best pitching staffs in the majors.
Chisox blank Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox wish their play against the Minnesota Twins meant more in the standings.
Vikings get a cool suprise
MANKATO (AP) -- Finishing their pre-practice stretches before Wednesday afternoon's workout, the Minnesota Vikings got a welcome surprise.
The Boss is back
In those first chaotic, fear-filled days of post-Sept. 11 America, Bruce Springsteen proved himself an artist of the highest order, when he delivered the moving "My City of Ruins" to open the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon.
The Paul Bunyan Playhouse's 52nd summer professional theater season is winding down in Bemidji with a weekend run of the romantic comedy "Sylvia" and the season-concluding production of "The Wizard of Oz" Aug. 7-23.
Cartoonist gets eight-page comic strip published
A born storyteller, Erik Burnham has found a niche among the legions of writers, illustrators and cartoonists who congregate on the Internet.
Soul Asylum frontman turns down the volume for solo debut
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dave Pirner has gone from one end of the Mississippi River to the other. And just like his new home in New Orleans, his first solo album is a spicy gumbo of musical influences.
City to celebrate 75th anniversary of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight
LITTLE FALLS -- Charles Lindbergh's hometown is pulling out all the stops next week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous aviator's history-making transatlantic flight.
Northcountrymen Barbershoppers keeping busy
The Northcountrymen Barbershop Chorus has had a busy schedule.
Bon Jovi to help kick off NFL season
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York will help start the NFL season with a huge party in Times Square featuring Bon Jovi and other stars.
St. Francis Music Center to offer show choir day camp
LITTLE FALLS -- St. Francis Music Center will offer a two-week day camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-8 and 12-15 for students ages 12-15.
Tickets for Burt Reynolds' one-man stage show at Grand Casino Mille Lacs will go on sale Aug. 9, at $29. They will be available at the casino's Convention Center or by calling (651) 989-5151.
Grand Rapids Players auditions set for October one-act plays
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Grand Rapids Players will hold auditions for their October performances of three one-act comedies: "The Glover's Mange Cure Caper," "Caf a la Ionesco" and "Two Wives and a Dead Guy."
Spiritual poems from Brainerd area poets sought for free poetry contest
The Texas Poetry Alliance is offering a $1,000 grand prize in its annual spiritual poetry contest that is open to the public. There is no entry fee and everyone is invited to submit a poem.
Unhappy with children's books, former Pillager woman writes her own
MILACA -- Janene Paxton Rahm was so unimpressed with the children's literature she shared with her 8-year-old son she decided to do something about it.
International Choral Festival in Twin Cities to feature 60 performances; many are free
MINNEAPOLIS -- Choral music takes center stage this weekend as thousands of conductors, singers and composers from around the world descend on the Twin Cities for a nine-day symposium on their art form.
Summer drama camp offered in Wadena
WADENA -- Spaces are still available in the Madhatter Community Theater Summer Drama Camp at Memorial Auditorium in Wadena.
Antique, classic wood boat show winners listed
CROSSLAKE -- Following are the winners of the 2002 Whitefish Chain Antique and Wood Boat Classic Rendezvous held last weekend at Moonlite Bay on Cross Lake.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The 29th annual Pequot Lakes all-class reunion will be Aug. 11 at the high school.
Cass County seniors can take bus to State Fair
The Cass County Council on Aging will sponsor a bus trip for senior citizens who want to attend the State Fair on Aug. 29.
Weather drawing by Jordan Rohde of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Minnesota state forecast
Severe thunderstorm watch for west central and central minnesota until 9 am...
Iowa state forecast
This afternoon...Partly to mostly sunny. Hot and humid. Highs 90 to 100.
Time to swing
Weather drawing by Shane Larsen of Mrs. Lykins' kindergarten class at Nisswa school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Thunderstorms likely northwest. Some storms may contain damaging winds and heavy rains. Partly sunny...Hot and humid elsehwere with a chance of showers or storms. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny and breezy. A chance of morning showers and thunderstorms central and east. Much cooler with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Severe thunderstorm watch far southeast until 900 am cdt...
Iowa state forecast
Wind advisory this morning for extreme northwest iowa...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Thunderstorms early north...Then cooler and less humid northwest. A chance of mainly afternoon thunderstorms central and south. Still hot and humid central and south. Highs ranging from the 70s northwest to the 80s central and 90 to 95 southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Cooler and less humid. A chance of thunderstorms north this morning and during the day southeast. Partly cloudy and windy southwest. Highs from the lower 70s northwest to the middle 80s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Wind advisory this morning east...
State forecast for South Dakota
Severe thunderstorm watch far northeast until 9 am cdt...
Names and faces
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- "Survivor: Marquesas" contestant Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien didn't take home the $1 million prize, but the experience changed her life in ways she didn't expect.
Retiree day set for Aug. 10
CAMP RIPLEY -- The first Armed Forces Retiree Activity Day will be 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Training and Community Center at Camp Ripley.
Bush lines up with Israel in anger over attack at Hebrew University
WASHINGTON -- President Bush mourned the deaths of five Americans in a Jerusalem bombing as he met Thursday with King Abdullah of Jordan on how to move the Mideast peace process forward. "I am just as angry as Israel is. I am furious," he said.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of believers sang, cheered and sobbed along Mexico City streets Wednesday, exploding in a flurry of yellow-and-white flags and balloons as Pope John Paul II passed by on his way to canonize the Roman Catholic Church's first Indian saint.
5 Americans killed in Israel
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, once a student at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, denounced Palestinian terror attacks and laid a wreath at the school Thursday after a bomb detonated by a cell phone killed seven people -- five of them Americans.
U.N. report rejects Palestinian claim of a massacre at Jenin
UNITED NATIONS -- A long-awaited U.N. report rejects Palestinian claims that Israeli forces carried out a massacre in the Jenin refugee camp, but it criticizes both sides for putting civilian lives at risk, Western diplomats said.
Some bin Laden bodyguards in custody
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's bodyguards have been in U.S. custody since February at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials say.
Pope winds up three-country trip, beatifying two Mexican Indians
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- With hundreds of thousands of Mexicans celebrating in the streets in a show of affection, a frail Pope John Paul II winds up a grueling pilgrimage Thursday with the beatification of two Mexican Indians.
Reputed Russian mobster charged in Olympics skating vote fix
NEW YORK -- A reputed Russian mobster eager to win a French visa has been charged with fixing a pair of figure skating events in a scandal that tainted the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, prosecutors said.
Bomb blast kills seven at Hebrew University
JERUSALEM -- A bomb exploded Wednesday in a crowded Hebrew University cafeteria frequented by Jewish, Arab and foreign students, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 70.
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