Romance is back
BASE PRICE: $34,965 for deluxe convertible with soft top; $35,965 for premium convertible with soft top; $38,465 for premium convertible with hard top.
SUVs sustain heavy damage in low-speed bumper tests
WASHINGTON -- Six of seven midsize sport utility vehicles suffered significant damage to their bumpers in low-speed crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday.
Museum highlights 'woody' wagons
In the 60s, no surfing safari would be complete without a "woody" (or woodie) station wagon parked on the beach, surfboards lashed to the roof ... setting off good vibrations.
Unemployment rate holds steady at 4.5 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in July as the yearlong hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs slowed and service jobs posted a small gain.
Religious leaders hope to be blessed by rebate recipients
As tax rebate checks began arriving in the mail, religious leaders were campaigning with a flurry of e-mail, letters, fliers and pitches from the pulpit to persuade the faithful to earmark at least a portion of the rebate for God.
Catholic faithful rested Thursday in the plaza in front of the Basilica of Los Angeles after completing their pilgrimage, in Cartago, Costa Rica, 30 kilometers southeast of the capital of San Jose. A million Catholics were expected to make the pilgrimage to visit Costa Rica's patron saint the Virgin of Los Angeles. (AP Photo)
The Brainerd Christian Women's Club will have brunch from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Cost: $10 all inclusive. Speaker: JoAnn Loecken. Feature: A to Z annual auction. Reservations necessary. Cancellations essential. Child care will be provided. Call Paula at 828-2846 or Vivien at 829-0875.
Ad campaign by major Christian publisher provokes lawsuit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gaylord Entertainment Co., which owns the Grand Ole Opry radio show and other interests, has filed a federal lawsuit against Thomas Nelson Inc., a major Christian book and Bible publisher.
We can find wisdom in inner silence
"Now," she said to the group, "I know what insanity is. It is thinking you know what someone else is thinking, having conversations in your head about what you think they are thinking and then acting on those conversations."
It's not always smooth sailing for the physically attractive
QUESTION: What are the prospects for the very pretty (or handsome) child? Does she (or he) usually have smooth sailing all the way?
Three largest U.S. religious denominations criticize stem cell research that destroys human embryos
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United Methodist Church has urged one of its best-known members, President Bush, to maintain a moratorium on government-aided stem cell research using human embryos.
Mormons offer CD-ROM on 1880 census
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has released a CD-ROM of the 1880 U.S. census, a new tool to help people trying to find out about their family roots.
A perennial puzzle: Can God change his mind?
Few Bible verses are as weighty as Genesis 6:6, where due to human wickedness "the Lord was sorry that he had made man on earth, and it grieved him to his heart." The Scriptures then tell of God destroying his creatures through the Flood.
Canadian sect members flee to U.S. over right to spank
CHICAGO -- More than 100 women and children from a fundamentalist church in Canada have fled their homes for rural communities in the Midwest over fears that authorities will seize their children because church members administer spankings with switches and paddles.
Oregon Catholics demand removal of 'Antichrist' billboard
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Roman Catholics are demanding removal of a highway billboard that claims "The Pope is the Antichrist."
Evangelist combines 'a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of Elvis'
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Evangelist Leroy Jenkins sings like Elvis and has the king's hairdo.
Students make slow progress on math, tests show; only one-fourth rated proficient or better
WASHINGTON -- The nation's fourth- and eighth-grade students have made slow, steady progress in math over the past decade, but only one in four is doing math proficiently, a national test found.
Minnesota leads nation in math tests
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's fourth- and eighth-grade students demonstrated a better grasp of math than their peers in any state, according to the results of a national test released Thursday.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The discussion of cultural relativism was still going strong as Mary Berk's ethics class wrapped up on a gorgeous July day. She asked her young students if they wanted to stay late to finish.
Government study estimates that 850,000 children are schooled at home
WASHINGTON -- In the first detailed profile of homeschooled children, a government report reveals that most live in cities and have well-educated parents rearing a handful of children on one income.
Passengers who won't give up seat to pregnant woman not first class
DEAR ABBY: What is this world coming to? I live in an affluent suburb of Boston, and commute by subway to my job in the city. This morning I boarded a full train and took the last empty seat. Just as the doors were closing, a blind woman and her guide dog got on. I waited about 10 seconds (count it, Abby - it's a long time). No one offered the woman a seat, so I gave her mine. She graciously accepted.
Schizophrenia patients tell it like it is to doctors' group
DEAR ABBY: Several years ago, you asked readers who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia to write and describe their experiences with the mental health system for the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry. We received hundreds of candid, thoughtful and provocative letters, and while their treatment and reactions were diverse, many shared similar experiences.
Beating heat marks
Dear Heloise: Thank you for the advice on removing heat marks from furniture. It worked -- in seconds!
Report finds more fatalities in backyard playgrounds than public facilities for children
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More children die in accidents on backyard playgrounds than public ones, according to a government report that recommends safety measures for parents.
Dear Heloise: Please repeat the proportions of salt and soda for the tooth-brushing powder. I've used it for a long time but have misplaced the "recipe." I really enjoy your helpful hints. -- Lula Kennedy, Indianapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 199, a year ago 348.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 400.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 300.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 208, a year ago 199.
Tips to make homemade salsa
Most salsa recipes contain low-acid foods like onions and peppers combined with acid foods like tomatoes, said Debbie Stolpa and Marilyn Herman, who respond to the public's food questions for the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Art imitates culinary life in Napa
NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- "Active Ingredients" is the inaugural contemporary art exhibition planned for Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts.
Breakfast bakes while you enjoy the company
This week's recipe is a simple but elegant way to make breakfast fast.
Chefs to gather to cook for a cause
SEATTLE (AP) -- Chefs from around the country will come to the Northwest this fall to prepare their signature dishes at a March of Dimes benefit.
Summertime brings blueberry dessert days
Fresh blueberries are in season and their plenty suggests summery desserts -- light, fruity and simple.
LITTLE FALLS -- Paul Hart, 32, Fort Hood, Texas, suffered head injuries in a one-vehicle accident at 2:18 a.m. Thursday on Highway 115, a half mile from Camp Ripley's main entrance, reported the State Patrol.
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a gas leak on Greenwood Street in Baxter after a punctured gas line was reported about 1:26 p.m. Wednesday.
BACKUS -- An 18-year-old Pine River man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover Wednesday on Highway 371 one mile north of Backus, the State Patrol reported.
Melissa Birdsall and Jake Uselman, Brainerd, a boy, Damian Don Uselman, 3 pounds, 8 ounces, July 23, 2001. Grandparents are Twila and Terry Smude, Pine Center, and the late Don Birdsall, and Bob and Sue Barry, Baxter, and Roger Uselman, Brainerd.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) -- Karrie Webb began with three birdies and ended with three bogeys and a 2-over par 74 at the Women's British Open on Thursday.
Legislator pushes change in law, uses it in custody fight
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kim Stacy, who has battled to keep custody of her three children for the past two years, faces a new challenge -- a change in Kentucky custody laws that was prompted by her ex-husband, a state legislator.
Wellstone raises nearly $1.7 million
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Paul Wellstone raised just under $1.7 million in the first half of the year and finished the period with $1.26 million in campaign funds, giving him an early head start over Republican Norm Coleman.
House members so far claim $61,696 in expenses for special session
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota House members have claimed $61,696 so far in daily expense allowances, lodging and mileage reimbursement for the 19-day special legislative session last month.
Poll gives Bush high personal marks, low policy score
President Bush reaches the summer break in his first White House year buoyed by high personal approval but facing broad public doubts about his overall agenda and key policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll supplemented by face-to-face interviews with voters in four battleground states.
Pentagon to propose a single round of base closings for 2003; no bases exempt from review
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is proposing to Congress that an independent commission meet in 2003 to conduct a round of military base closings and consolidations, officials said.
White House backs away from promise to ban land mines
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has backed away from a promise, made by the Clinton White House, that the United States will eventually comply with an international treaty banning land mines because it believes U.S. forces may need to use the weapon, official correspondence indicates.
Senate committee defeats Bush nominee for Consumer Product Safety Commission
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday voted against President Bush's choice to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, dealing the new administration its first serious nomination setback.
House approves oil drilling in refuge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush proclaimed victory Thursday as he met with congressional Republicans to savor House passage of major parts of his energy development plan including oil drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge.
Rice says Russia could get U.S. technology, even NATO membership, in new relationship
WASHINGTON -- Russia might share defense plans with the United States and buy American missile technology if a new strategic framework is worked out in talks that open in Washington next week, President Bush's national security adviser says.
White House, Norwood broker deal on patients' rights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House and House GOP leaders raced Thursday to put the finishing touches on a patients' rights bill based on an 11th-hour compromise between President Bush and the lead Republican author of a version Bush had threatened to veto.
Ventura's actions, comments fuel rocky relationship with unions
ST. PAUL -- On the 1998 campaign trail, Jesse Ventura boasted of being the only card-carrying union member among the leading candidates for governor.
Republicans lose battle, promise to win the war over Mexican trucks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans say they and President Bush will prevail this fall when the battle resumes over whether Mexican trucks entering the United States should meet strict new safety standards.
Bush can thank organized labor for Arctic drilling victory
WASHINGTON -- As President Bush savors his come-from-behind victory on Arctic oil exploration, he can thank organized labor for helping him get the job done.
Democrats give in to veto threat, Senate OKs $5.5 billion House-passed farm aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic-controlled Senate caved in to a White House veto threat and approved a House-passed package of special farm assistance Friday that provides $2 billion less than Democrats wanted.
House approves Bush-crafted patients' rights legislation
WASHINGTON -- Rallying behind President Bush, House Republicans passed patients' rights legislation that scaled back lawsuits against HMOs that the Senate-passed version would allow.
Study says surgery is better option for epilepsy Treatment
Surgery is much more effective than drugs for treating epilepsy and should no longer be considered the treatment of last resort, according to the first clinical trial to compare the two approaches.
Study: Low cholesterol leads to higher death rate for elderly
A low total cholesterol level, a major objective in preventing cardiovascular disease, may be associated with higher death rates in people over 70, researchers report in a study that flies in the face of prevailing medical wisdom.
Doctors say artificial heart an 'overwhelming success'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man slipping toward death a month ago has shown a renewed zest for life since getting an artificial heart and might even be able to go home someday, his surgeon says.
You could work from home with Design J-76
If you crave a classic farmhouse and also want to work at home, Design J-76 just might fit the bill. The living room would make an efficient home office, especially if shelving or storage were added.
Log Home and Cabin Tour highlights impressive homes in Crosslake area
CROSSLAKE -- Finally, a chance to see how other people live.
From towels to coasters, stripes are in again this summer
From awnings to beach towels, stripes come naturally to hot weather accessories.
New line of grills offers large cooking surfaces
Are you outgrowing your grill?
Tip of the week
"Courtesy" calls literally driving you through the wall? To the point where you've punched a big hole in one?
Create your very own kitchen style
It may be a place to make lunches, finish a homework project or plan an elegant dinner party. But a kitchen also reflects your style.
Q & A
Q. Kirby asks: The roof on my home -- built in the mid '20s -- needs to be replaced. It was originally wood shakes or wood shingles. Sometime in the past it was covered with composition shingles. The rafters are at 32-inch centers with 1- by 6-inch slats on them. I'm wondering how to go about removing all the old roofing and installing a new fireproof composition roof.
Nominees for horticulture awards sought
Do you know a gardener or gardening organization making outstanding contributions to the greening efforts in Minnesota?
Home designed for families
With a family room, a children's parlor and four bedrooms, this traditional home, Plan J-76, by the HomeStyles Designers Network, is family-friendly. Its floor plan has 2,399 square feet of living space.
Report: HUD doesn't ensure property owners make repairs
WASHINGTON -- The government frequently grants clean bills of health to buildings that provide federally subsidized housing for the poor despite the landlords' failure to make badly needed repairs, congressional investigators said.
Sweet fern smells just like summer
A rich aroma fills the hot summer air in some locales, emanating not from a flower, but from the leaves of sweet fern.
It's important to use right sandpaper
Sandpaper probably is one of the most important tools you can have in your workshop. It can be used to refinish furniture, brighten old brass, smooth your wood project, remove rust -- and more. We typed sandpaper into the search engine of our Web site and got 85 matches. That's a lot of projects.
Mosquitoes are out in force, and may spread diseases, including West Nile virus. Police your yard for standing water that can provide a breeding ground: Remove or turn vessels that hold water, including wheelbarrows, unused pots and trays beneath containers.
Home Stretch class to begin in Brainerd
Home Stretch workshops, where professional community volunteers cover a variety of information on home ownership from mortgage qualification to home repairs, is offered in three sessions starting Wednesday.
City clouts homer as Hap Dumont host
Brainerd has once again made the grade as a tournament destination, successfully playing host to the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 16-under World Series.
Fort Ripley boy, profoundly deaf, has hope of regaining ability to hear
FORT RIPLEY -- Each Saturday you're sure to find 3-year-old Zachary Denny at North Central Motor Speedway cheering on his favorite racecar drivers -- his cousin Dave Mass, his uncle John Kruchten and Kevin Yeager, a cousin's boyfriend.
Participants sought for Camp Confidence's Canoe with Confidence event
About 30 people with 15 canoes will head down the Crow Wing River on Sept. 21-23 for the eighth annual Canoe with Confidence.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - Officials at the Crow Wing County Fair called Tuesday's attendance "the largest ever," estimating 26,000 fairgoers.
Ericson refutes alleged comments on Dumont
Brainerd Parks and Recreation director Bruce Ericson Thursday refuted the accuracy of his alleged comments and responded to the fallout from a column by Brainerd Dispatch sports writer Jim Grossman even though Ericson says he has never read the article.
The Crow Wing County Fair opens next week. Look for a preview and a calendar of events Sunday.
About 30 people with 15 canoes will head down the Crow Wing River on Sept. 21-23 for the eighth annual Canoe with Confidence.
Rep. Stephen Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, is turning in his resignation from the Minnesota House this afternoon.
County doesn't want to donate lots
The Crow Wing County Board decided Tuesday to stick to its previous decision regarding tax-forfeited land.
Cool scene on a warm summer's day
Josh Wagley, Burnsville, dunked his grandmother's neighbor, Hannah McAllister of Merrifield, in the Highway 371 bay of North Long Lake Thursday. This weekend's projected highs in the low 90s could cause area lakes to be busy with activity. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
The Crosslake Historical Society's annual Log Home and Cabin Tour showcased six homes in the area. Look for the story Friday in the Housing section.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - A Brainerd School Board Committee recommended a draft plan setting up one of the most wide ranging citizen advisory committees in school history. It will also, the committee was told, cost between $23,000 and $30,000 to implement.
Two dead, four missing, 22 rescued after speed boat smuggling Cubans into U.S. capsizes
MIAMI (AP) -- Coast Guard crews searched the rough seas off Key West Thursday for a woman and three young children who were thrown into the water when a speedboat smuggling Cubans into the United States capsized.
Tentative OK reached for mostly black school to join white athletic league
CHICAGO -- Officials have reached a tentative agreement that could bring an end to the long wrangle over admitting a predominantly black school into a mostly white athletic league.
Flood-damaged sewer systems send raw sewage into streams in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Sewer systems damaged by last month's floods have yet to be repaired, allowing thousands of gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the state's rivers.
Levy tip points FBI to Virginia military base Washington Post
The FBI is checking out a tip that the body of missing intern Chandra Levy is buried in a parking lot on a military base in Virginia, Washington D.C. police said Wednesday.
Factory orders fall 2.4 percent in June
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories fell in June, led by a big drop in demand for airplanes used by the military. Demand for cars, computers and industrial machinery also slackened.
Suspect admits three killings in crime spree
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) -- A man described as a master of disguise admitted killing three strangers during a weeklong crime spree, authorities said Wednesday.
Teen birth rate falls across nation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Teen birth rates continue to vary widely across the country, even as they fall in every state.
Carpenter nailed in the head, but gets lucky
When the carpenter walked into the emergency room, only the head of the 3-inch nail could be seen against the red inside surface of his lower eyelid. The eyelid was pinned open.
Mueller is confirmed as FBI director
WASHINGTON -- From Ruby Ridge to Wen Ho Lee, a decade of blunders and missteps by the FBI have left the agency's image in tatters. The job of rebuilding it belongs to Robert Mueller, a former federal prosecutor who promises a new era of introspection and accountability.
Ron Townson, singer in pop group The 5th Dimension, dies at age 68
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Ron Townson, the portly centerpiece singer for the Grammy-winning pop group The 5th Dimension, has died. He was 68.
Study: EEOC helps few disabled workers win benefits for discrimination claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While President Bush wants the nation's primary disability law to be strengthened, a study concludes that a U.S. enforcement agency rarely wins benefits for disabled workers filing discrimination claims and allows most cases to "grow stale."
Tropical Storm Barry heads for Louisiana after soaking Florida
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Barry weakened slightly in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday as it headed toward Louisiana after drenching parts of Florida with as much as 8 inches of rain that flooded streets and homes.
EPA endorses Clinton plan to dredge Hudson River for PCBs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has endorsed a Clinton administration proposal to dredge PCBs from the Hudson River but plans to implement the plan in stages, a spokesman for the agency said Wednesday.
Firefighters prepare to contend with more wind, dry weather at Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Firefighters struggling to tame a 2,300-acre wildfire that closed the park's east entrance faced the prospect of even more dry weather and erratic wind.
Storm pounds Chicago with four inches of rain
CHICAGO -- Floodwaters began receding and power was restored to tens of thousands of Chicago residents who were plagued by a storm that pummeled some areas of the city with more than 4 inches of rain.
Senate votes for arsenic-in-water standard
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to require the Environmental Protection Agency to put into effect immediately a new, stricter standard for arsenic in drinking water, and direct local water systems to tell their customers how much of the toxic substance is flowing from their taps.
Federal agency receives more complaints of safety problems with Cherokee
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal safety agency investigating possible problems with gear shifts in Jeep Grand Cherokees has received dozens more complaints and a report of one death, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
Schmidt, Bonds stagar as ex-Pirates beat Bucs
Jason Schmidt needed only a couple of days to join the club -- former Pittsburgh stars beating the Pirates.
McGwire ties Killebrew with 573rd homer
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire tied former Minnesota Twin Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the career list Wednesday, connecting off Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves.
Armstrong takes his bows at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK -- "Ladies and gentlemen," Bob Sheppard, the voice of big-time American sport, intoned, directing attention to the pitcher's mound where Lance Armstrong stood nervously with baseball in hand.
Rookie pitcher shuts down Tigers
Joel Pineiro got the better of fellow rookie Adam Pettyjohn to give the Seattle Mariners their 78th victory in 108 games.
Unresolved doping case leaves track boycott threat intact
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- In what has become an all-too-familiar scenario at a major track and field event, a lingering drug test is turning into a distraction as the world championships open Friday.
Longtime Rockets star leaving for Canada
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets are having a hard time realizing that the Hakeem Olajuwon era is over.
NFL players even more aware of health safety now
The death of Minnesota Vikings tackle Korey Stringer from heat exhaustion has prompted many of his NFL peers to re-examine how they pace themselves during practice at training camp.
Roderick D. Keith
BAXTER -- Roderick Donald Keith, 87, Baxter, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at home.
Harold L. Jares
STAPLES -- Harold Louis Jares, 79, Staples, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud.
STAPLES -- Alice Kubitza, 95, Staples, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at home.
PINE RIVER -- Clarence "Arnold" Rasmussen, 88, Pine River, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Gertrude E. Endres
Gertrude E. Endres, 93, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Jean A. Kaspar
LAKE SHORE -- Jean Ann Kaspar, 53, Lake Shore, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Thomas D. Poland
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- Thomas Dale Poland, 47, Jefferson City, Tenn., formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at home.
Father Leo W. Kapphahn
PHOENIX -- Father Leo W. Kapphahn, OSC, 87, Phoenix, died Monday, July 30, 2001.
George Schuster, 74, Brainerd, died today, Aug. 3, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan apartments.
Bernice A. Kimball Barrow
FARGO, N.D. -- Bernice Aileen Kimball Barrow, Fargo, N.D., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, near her home in Fargo, N.D.
Therisa L. Finneman
Therisa LaVonne Finneman, 51, Brainerd, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at home.
Jacqueline M. Brown
Jacqueline M. Brown, 64, Brainerd, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Patrick T. McMahan
PHOENIX -- Patrick T. McMahan, 46, Phoenix, formerly of Pine River, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.
Eugene L. Warner
TAMARACK -- Eugene L. Warner, 80, Tamarack, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Jean Ann Kaspar
LAKE SHORE -- Jean Ann Kaspar, 53, Lake Shore, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
OTHER OPINIONS Sewage treatment needs state's help
Forget about buzz words such as "economic development" and "attracting tourism dollars." There are communities around Minnesota just asking for state help to finance a better way to handle human waste.
Israel's Ministry of Health has declared a moratorium on fluoridation, even though that nation's parliament just passed a bill in 2000 forcing every public water supply to be fluoridated!
"People looked for excuses to vote 'no.'" These were the words Deb Hallbeck, Pequot Lakes School Board member, was quoted saying recently when the referendum for the Pequot Lakes School failed for the second time.
Thanks for printing Jim Grossman's important piece on the front page of Monday's paper. Only "we the people" can preserve good manners, civility, decency and respect for each other.
OTHER OPINIONS - A hot car can kill in a few minutes
Rumsfeld's defense strategies
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld seems to long for the good old days when the Soviet Union was our single adversary and defense strategy was more ``tidy.''
North Central Motor Speedway standings through July 28
Unlike most famous drivers, Jeff Gordon can pursue his favorite hobby in near solitude 125 feet under water.
Win at Brickyard would mean the world to Andretti
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Gordon has won the Brickyard 400 twice, and Tony Stewart joins him as a favorite in Sunday's race.
Evernham trying to build NASCAR dynasty
INDIANAPOLIS -- After Ray Evernham's cars dominated the NASCAR circuit for a few years, he looked around for an even bigger challenge.
Boy dies after being shot in head while riding bicycle
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 16-year-old died after being shot in the head while riding his bicycle with a group of boys, and three teen-agers were in custody, police said Friday.
Census: Housing gap remains among minorities
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A wide gulf still separates homeownership rates between whites and minorities in Minnesota, although rates among Asians and American Indians surged since 1990, according to new 2000 census data.
St. Paul police have photos of controversial arrest
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Photographs indicate police officers did nothing wrong when they arrested an 18-year-old man during a disturbance downtown, the city's police chief said.
Income tax on Indians living off reservation upheld
ST. PAUL (AP) -- American Indians who live off tribal lands are subject to Minnesota income taxes, the state Supreme Court decided Thursday in upholding a lower court's ruling.
St. Cloud officials warn against bats after rabid animal bites man
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Health officials in the St. Cloud area are cautioning the public to avoid contact with bats after a rabid bat bit a person.
Fitch issues Minneapolis AAA bond rating
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two out of three isn't bad.
Two men charged in shootout with Minneapolis police
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hennepin County prosecutors have charged two suspects in a gunbattle with police in which a 15-year-old Minneapolis boy was killed and a police officer wounded.
Jamie Nelson of Grand Rapids fed one of her newborn goats Wednesday during the first day of the St. Louis County Fair in Chisholm. (AP Photo)
Baby who died after day-care trauma identified
CHASKA (AP) -- Carver County authorities on Wednesday released the name of the 6-month-old boy who died several weeks after being injured while in the care of a day-care provider.
Attorney for dancers charged in nudity ban requests formal complaints
FOLEY (AP) -- Four exotic dancers charged with violating Benton County's anti-nudity ordinance didn't show up for their scheduled court appearance, but their attorney requested formal complaints charging the dancers with public indecency.
Ventura to fly to New York to pay off bet
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is making good on a bet -- a hefty one that will require some taxpayer money.
Impasse declared in state/AFSCME contract talks
ST. PAUL -- The largest state employees union in Minnesota has reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the state and is threatening a strike, officials said Thursday.
HIBBING -- Nine Brainerd area residents are competing in the 83rd annual World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament through Aug. 11 at the Hibbing Memorial Building.
Northwoods League Baseball
Area girls to compete in hockey tourney
With the summer heat and humidity deflating everyone's spirits, 14 girls found the relief they needed as well as a chance to show off their hockey skills.
Mighty Gulls appreciate victory
Everything from pizzas to T-shirts to golf and bowling passes to sandwiches were given away by the Brainerd Mighty Gulls on Fan Appreciation Night Wednesday at Mills Field.
VFW claims district championship
Brainerd sophomore VFW baseball coach Joel Lofstrom hopes next week will mark the beginning of another magical ride for his team in the state tournament at Mankato.
National BMX event unfolds in Brainerd
Many of us ride bicycles to improve cardiovascular fitness or to take a little spin with our families.
Big crowd turns out to see Gulls tumble
MADISON, Wis. -- The Madison Mallards put on a show for their largest crowd of the season as they romped to an 8-0 win over the Brainerd Mighty Gulls in Northwoods League baseball Thursday at Warner Park.
Bees take opener
COLD SPRING -- Josh Smith's run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Brainerd Bees a 7-6 win over Coon Rapids in the opening game of the Region 7B amateur baseball tournament Thursday.
Road to the championship
A moment the boys of summer dream about
When the Northern Reign of Edmonds, Wash., won the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 16-under World Series Wednesday they dedicated their victory to two alumni who will never again have the pleasure of stepping onto a baseball diamond.
Brainerd Legion comes up short
They say every dog has his day.
Vikings practice as state investigates Stringer death
MANKATO (AP) -- As the Minnesota Vikings resumed training camp without Korey Stringer, grief prevailed over guilt.
Vikings announce altered training camp schedule
The Minnesota Vikings' adjusted training camp schedule in light of the death of offensive tackle Korey Stringer:
Larger men, like Korey Stringer, at increased risk of heatstroke
At 336 pounds, Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer was a massive presence on a football field, but the size that helped him become All-Pro last year put him at great risk of heatstroke during intensive summer workouts.
Minnesota high school rules restrict activities in extreme weather
BROOKLYN CENTER (AP) -- Rules prohibit Minnesota high school football teams from practicing or playing in the kind of weather conditions that led to the death of Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer.
Reed wins first start for Twins
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays got plenty of hits against Rick Reed. Runs were much harder to come by.
Vikings prepare to play on without Stringer
MANKATO -- The mourning Minnesota Vikings resumed practice Thursday, a day after training camp shut down over the heat-related death of offensive tackle Korey Stringer.
Stringer's body slowly gave out through the day
MANKATO (AP) -- At times it looked to doctors like Korey Stringer's condition was improving. But something always happened to make them worse.
Twins drop 5th straight
TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay didn't let a demotion to Class A derail his career.
It's time for the code to go silent
If there was a moment that provided any hope at all in the disturbing aftermath of Minnesota Viking lineman Korey Stringer's death, it came when teammate Randy Moss put his head down and cried.
'Code Red' takes hold on almost 150,000 computers, but outbreak apparently not as severe as predicted
WASHINGTON -- The viruslike "Code Red" worm infected computers around the world Wednesday, although the outbreak wasn't as severe as predicted.
Minnesota singer-songwriter Ann Marie Lubovich is the featured artist at Sunday's Concerts in the Park series in Little Falls. Show time is 4 p.m. in Maple Island Park downtown.
Alumni of Brainerd a cappella choirs to give summer performance Sunday
Brainerd High School's A Cappella Alumni Association will present its first Alumni Summer Chorale performance at 3 p.m. Sunday in Nisswa's Lutheran Church of the Cross.
Despite troublesome week, WE Fest will open Friday
DETROIT LAKES -- WE Fest has sustained a couple of heavy body blows in recent days but will open Friday on schedule, according to a festival spokesman.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Junior high band students to give recital
Instrumental music students from Mississippi Horizons and Franklin Junior High schools will perform in a Summer Recital at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 6 and 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Franklin Junior High School auditorium.
St. John's lands Petheo show
ST. CLOUD -- In his 66 years, artist Bela Petheo has created a large body of work that resonates with his passion for discovery -- and for revealing his findings "as a treat for the eyes."
Too hot? Take in a movie
"Original Sin" -- At least seven deadly sins of rotten filmmaking are at work in writer-director Michael Cristofer's thrill-less romantic thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie: Grating melodramatics, bad dialogue, t
Costumes, casting, acting are best parts of 'Planet of the Apes'; brace yourself against film's messages
If you can somehow insulate yourself from the social and political commentary (er, gibberish) of its makers, you might find something of interest in "The Planet of the Apes."
1. "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
Photography extravaganza to feature Blacklock
Renowned, award-winning photographer Craig Blacklock will be the featured speaker at a photography extravaganza Aug. 18 hosted by The Crossing Arts Alliance.
Music General dancers tour New York City
Forty-eight Music General dancers and their parents visited New York City from July 7-12.
Summer festivals in full swing across state
Tourism events around the state of Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
All types of critters -- friendly and deadly -- are found in Cape Hillsborough Natural Reserve
I hate snakes. People tell me they are not slimy and many are beautiful in color. Doesn't m
Success of this year's rock and roll festival prompts Bielohs to commit to three more years
WALKER -- Moondance Jam's faithful can breathe a sigh of relief: The popular outdoor rock and roll festival is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.
Crosslake Art Club's annual show to include informal demonstrations, formal presentations
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Art Club's annual exhibit and sale promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to the group's publicity chair.
Heartland Symphony gets Target grant
Heartland Symphony Orchestra recently received a $3,000 grant from Target Stores thanks to the local branch in Baxter.
Burton's new 'Apes' rules the box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The updated "Planet of the Apes" outstripped the record for a non-holiday debut, taking in $68.5 million in its first weekend.
Crosslake Artisans' Fair to feature more than 30 artists demonstrating, selling their wares
CROSSLAKE -- The ninth Artisans' Fair with more than 30 artisans will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Crosslake Historical Museum grounds across from the Corps of Engineers campground in Crosslake, sponsored by the Crosslake Area Historical Society.
Band shell mural covered because it showed Elvis and religious symbols
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A mural intended to preserve an old band shell in a city park has been painted over because it depicted Elvis Presley surrounded by religious symbols.
State forecast for south dakota
Heat advisory central to far southeast this afternoon and over central and east through saturday...
Flower garden dog
Weather drawing by Amanda Nord of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny northwest to mostly cloudy southeast. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing far southcentral and southeast. Highs in the 90s west to the mid 80s east.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Areas of morning fog giving way to partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs in the 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today....Morning fog across the north giving way to partly sunny skies. Scattered showers and thunderstorms south...Mainly this morning. Some storms will produce heavy rain. Highs in the 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory until 9 am south...
A summer day
Weather drawing by Cory Gleason of Mr. Meyer's second grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
A heat advisory continues today for the extreme south through east central...
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated thunderstorms early this morning and again late this afternoon. Highs 80 to 90.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated morning thunderstorms northwest. A slight chance of thunderstorms northeast. Highs from the middle 80s northeast to 90 south.
Iowa state forecast
Dense fog advisory portions of eastern iowa this morning...
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Sunny...Hot and humid. Highs in the 90s.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing" TV series, said he used cocaine and smoked marijuana before his April drug arrest despite assertions by friends that it represented a one-time lapse.
Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition Program at Mississippi Terrace. Call 824-5052 between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for next day's lunch.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger has signed a deal to produce his first solo album in eight years.
Duplicate bridge played an 8 1/2 table Mitchell Movement.
Car bomb explodes near London railway station, injuring six
LONDON (AP) -- Glass littered a west London street and smoke poured from the mangled wreck of a car early Friday after a bomb shattered a busy area of pubs and cafes and injured six people.
Russia frees American student Tobin
ROSSOSH, Russia (AP) -- American Fulbright scholar John Tobin was released from a Russian prison Friday after serving half of a one-year drug sentence and winning parole, ending a high-profile case that had strained U.S.-Russia relations.
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