The safety of students within our schools is a key concern of Brainerd School District parent Steve Smith.
Rethinking the AP and IB
This has been a rough year for Advanced Pl
WHAT DO OUR SCHOOLS NEED?
Education will once again be a lively topic when the 2003 Minnesota Legislature convenes. All 201 legislators are up for re-election as well as many school board candidates this fall so interested voters should get plenty of chances to find out where each candidate stands on education issues.
Law school applications soar, as does interest in other grad programs amid weak job market
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Law school applications are up dramatically -- the biggest increase in at least two decades -- as more young people are deciding the job market out there is just too rough.
The following area students graduated from Bemidji State University: Jessica Isackson, Nisswa, earned a degree with honors in elementary education; Ted Johnson, Backus, social work degree with honors; and Melissa Johnson, Pine River, business administration.
Key issue: Money
School funding is primarily a state obligation Brainerd School Board member Lew Hudson said and Minnesota hasn't invested enough money in education.
How the year is shaping up for area schools
Opens: Sept. 3.
Willy Severson doesn't hesitate when asked what important education issues will face the 2003 Legislature.
Class size cited
Each fall, Jeanne Larson's first math exercise is counting the heads of the eager 5- and 6-year-olds who begin their academic career in her north Brainerd kindergarten classroom.
The hippie look is back in style.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle: 400. Last Monday: 289. Year ago Monday: 499. Friday actual: 244.
MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 286, a year ago 579.
The Brainerd Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at 6:38 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Sixth Street and Oak Street.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to what turned out to be a false alarm at 7:23 a.m. today at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
Game is starting to come together
PGA tee times
Thursday: First Tee; Friday: 10th Tee
Is this August -- or Agusta? Best-ever field gathers for PGA at Hazeltine
CHASKA -- The PGA Championship finally arrived at Hazeltine National Golf Club, and there wasn't a grand slam in sight. Not that it seemed to matter.
Webb captures Women's British Open
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Karrie Webb's latest comeback established a new standard of excellence on the LPGA Tour: the Super Slam.
Minnesota may be suffering from a golf glut
CHASKA (AP) -- While all eyes in the golf world are on Minnesota this week for the PGA Championship, the business of golf in the state is stuck a bunker.
Hail to Hale
BLAINE (AP) -- Hale Irwin is a dominant force on the PGA Senior Tour.
Tiger wins big
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) -- Tiger Woods is hoping a victory at the Buick Open leads to even greater things at the PGA Championship.
No Grand Slam:
CHASKA -- This is one time Tiger Woods can do without the comparisons to Jack Nicklaus.
Exercise makes a difference
Just because your children's school schedule includes regular sessions of physical education doesn't mean they derive any health benefits from them. Not unless they actually do some exercise, rather than stand around for most of the hour, as many kids do.
Anglers in the mist
Two anglers prepared to head out on Gilbert Lake this morning in the fog created by the fall-like weather.
School food price increase approved
School food prices will increase in the Brainerd School District this school year.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 13 - 100 years ago (1902) - Clarence Wheeler, who is starting a new home, has a small garden and a large turkey. The turkey was not disturbed six days of the week but Clarence caught it working the garden Sunday. We helped eat that Sunday turkey.
Memorial reunites Iwo Jima heroes
LONG PRAIRIE -- About 3,000 people from across the United States gathered Saturday in Long Prairie to witness the unveiling of a memorial depicting the first flag raising at Iwo Jima.
Flying the airwaves above Little Falls took on a new perspective from the open cockpit of a 1941-Stearman bi-plane.
As a result of incomplete information provided The Dispatch, the noon Wednesday Senior Coffee Break Bowling League potluck meeting notice in Sunday's What's Doing section should have noted the event will be at the Merrifield Lions Park.
In a Page 12E brief in Sunday's Dispatch, the agenda for the Crow Wing County Board of Adjustment was incorrectly labeled. The board of adjustment will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the Welton Meeting Room at the Elks Building, 200 S. Fourth St. in Brainerd.
Twin Cities crunch affects Brainerd
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carol Stenstrom-Howard had been battling depression for weeks.
Ex-athlete from Pierz calls peeping on naked stepdaughter an addiction
PIERZ (AP) -- Mike Poepping spent four months in jail this spring and summer for watching and videotaping his stepdaughter through a two-way mirror in the bathroom over six years.
Olson removes himself from council committee
Fearing a possible conflict because he has started working with another council member, Brainerd City Council member Bob Olson has removed himself from the Safety and Public Works Committee.
City financing defended Auditor calls fund decrease mild
There's no question the city of Brainerd's general fund has declined in 2000 and 2001.
Brainerd OKs soccer pairing agreement with S-M
Boys in grades nine through 12 at Staples-Motley School District will have a chance to play soccer with the Brainerd Warriers.
Croatians get a taste of Brainerd
Two college students from Croatia are spending the summer living and working in the Brainerd lakes area as guests of a Brainerd banker, who met the young women while performing volunteer work in war-torn Bosnia.
Malmo man arrested in Aitkin meth bust
AITKIN -- A 26-year-old Malmo man was arrested for his involvement in a methamphetamine lab at a residence in Malmo Aug. 5.
Absentee ballots are now available for the primary election at the courthouse in Brainerd in the auditor's office for Crow Wing County residents, reported Roy Luukkonen, county auditor.
Sex abuse suspect ordered to avoid children, families
LONG PRAIRIE -- A 37-year-old Staples man charged with several counts of sexual misconduct involving underage children has been ordered not to have contact with the children or their families.
Tuesday's sports will feature a look at the University of Minnesota's new athletic director.
CDC chief: West Nile virus could spread to West Coast
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- West Nile virus is an "emerging, infectious disease epidemic" that could be spread all the way to the Pacific Coast by birds and mosquitoes, the director of the Centers for Disease Control said Sunday.
Actor Jason Priestley's spine fractured in race car crash
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- Actor Jason Priestley was in serious but stable condition Monday with a concussion and broken back a day after his race car crashed into a wall at 180 mph.
President is clear in his dislike of trial lawyers
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush doesn't care much for lawyers, and it shows.
After US Airways files for bankruptcy, many wonder if United is next
CHICAGO -- With US Airways now in bankruptcy, many are wondering if United Airlines might be next.
Bush to confront economic challenges
WASHINGTON -- On his mission to buoy the nation's struggling economy, President Bush faces a triple-witching hour of his own this week.
INS breaks reputed child smuggling ring
WASHINGTON -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has arrested five citizens of El Salvador it alleges were involved in a multimillion-dollar ring that smuggled hundreds of Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran children into the United States, officials announced Monday.
Girl feared drowned now feared abducted
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police searched Tuesday for a man who may have abducted a 4-year-old girl from a popular Los Angeles park where authorities thought she drowned over the weekend.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A natural gas explosion leveled a building at a condominium complex early Tuesday, killing two people and injuring seven.
US Airways files for bankrupcty
US Airways Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy reorganization Sunday, becoming the first major U.S. airline to do so since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The airline said its 3,800 daily flights would continue without interruption.
CDC probes deaths in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An investigator with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been in Wisconsin for two weeks looking into the deaths of three men from neurological diseases.
'The Bathroom Man' He teaches students responsibility by having them clean restrooms
AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. (AP) -- In some school bathrooms, Tom Keating discovered it was easier to find the toilet paper hanging from the ceiling than the roll. In others, the toilets were chronically backed up, obscenities were scrawled on the walls and cigarette butts littered the sinks.
American Airlines cuts 7,000 jobs
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines will cut 7,000 jobs by March 2003 and retire its 74-jet fleet of Fokker planes as part of a series of moves intended to boost profits, the company announced on its Web site Tuesday.
Enos Slaughter dies at 86
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Enos "Country" Slaughter, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame who batted .300 in 19 seasons and played in five World Series, died early Monday at Duke University Medical Center. He was 86.
WACO, Texas (AP) -- President Bush assured Americans Tuesday that his administration has a steady hand on the economy after hearing blue-collar workers and blue-chip CEOs voice concern about slower growth and market volatility.
Lawmakers want to hear Bush's case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers say they are waiting for President Bush to make his case for invading Iraq before they endorse it, with evidence that Saddam Hussein is prepared to use weapons of mass destruction the key factor.
Spanish foreign minister calls U.S. attack on Iraq only 'hypothetical'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said Tuesday a U.S. attack on Iraq was only hypothetical at this point and urged that any action to depose President Saddam Hussein be guided by international rules of law.
Expert denies anthrax role
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Fighting suggestions that he may have sent last fall's anthrax-laced letters, a bioweapons expert said he has never handled the toxin and fiercely denied any involvement in the deadly attacks.
Risk of financial crisis eased
The U.S. stock market's turnaround in the past three weeks may have happened just in the nick of time -- not only for the typical mutual fund investor, but for the global financial system overall.
Schilling first in majors to win 19 games
PHOENIX (AP) -- Curt Schilling became the season's first 19-game winner, pitching seven scoreless innings Sunday as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 9-2 victory.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Much of Darrell Porter's life after baseball was filled with delivering anti-drug messages.
Dilfer out indefinitely with MCL sprain
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Trent Dilfer is out indefinitely because of a sprained ligament in his right knee.
PLAYERS BACK OFF SETTING STRIKE DATE
CHICAGO -- For now, baseball players are holding back on setting a strike day.
Fishing industry reeling
DENVER (AP) -- Drought and searing summer heat have dropped rivers and reservoirs to dangerously low levels, dealing a serious blow to fish populations and forcing wildlife officials to order anglers off rivers.
Keith F. Lund
PEQUOT LAKES -- Keith F. Lund, 57, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, in Brainerd.
Phyllis (Meacham) Hensley
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Phyllis (Meacham) Hensley, 73, formerly of Iron Hub, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Ruth C. Olson
Ruth C. Olson, 85, lifetime resident of Brainerd, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Elsie C. Post
LITTLE FALLS -- Elsie C. Post, 92, Little Falls, formerly of the Randall area, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
SOBIESKI -- Edward Waltman, 52, Sobieski, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at his home from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Alan G. Tretter
LITTLE FALLS -- Alan George Tretter, 56, Little Falls, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at St.Cloud Hospital.
Jean Kay Van Dorn
Jean Kay Van Dorn, 61, Brainerd, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at her home.
Mary Jeanette Sauer
BREEZY POINT -- Mary Jeanette Sauer, 83, Breezy Point, died Aug. 3, 2002.
Frieda Elizabeth Olson
SWANVILLE -- Frieda Elizabeth Olson, 69, Swanville, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Richard C. Ernst
Richard C. Ernst, 69, Brainerd and formerly of Marine on St. Croix, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002.
WHITE BEAR LAKE -- Nancy L. Heroff, 58, White Bear Lake, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at home.
McGREGOR -- Frances "Lavern" Otterson, 97, Wealthwood Township, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at her daughter Ann's home in McGregor.
Dorothy A. Manlick
LITTLE FALLS -- Dorothy Agnes Manlick, 85, Little Falls, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Philip Roth, 84, Brainerd, died today, Aug. 12, 2002, at his home.
Philip L. Roth
Philip L. Roth, 84, Brainerd, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- Elsie Post, 93, Little Falls, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
NISSWA -- Dorothy Eigenheer, 73, Nisswa, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
LITTLE FALLS -- Dorothy Manlick, 85, Little Falls, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Kevin C. Piekarski
FLENSBURG -- Kevin C. Piekarski, 39, Flensburg, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at his home.
ISLE -- Marian Gallion, 90, Isle, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia.
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The battle for the environment is never easy. The struggle to clean the air and water and preserve wild lands for our children and our children's children was tested in the 1980s by the attacks of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. Fortunately, public outrage stymied Watt.
Gestapo alive and well in Minnesota, disguised as the DNR Trails & Waterways Division.
Giaffone holds off Hornish for first IRL victory
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- The battle for the Indy Racing League championship is almost as close as Felipe Giaffone's victory over Sam Hornish Jr.
A headline for an Open Forum in Monday's paper listed the wrong day for a meeting on the Riverside Drive project. The meeting is11 a.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Why doesn't the letter in defense of Planned Parenthood in your July 24 issue mention that she is the public affairs assistant in its Minneapolis office? Is she ashamed to be associated with the "noble work" she espouses?
Cell phones 911 speed-dialing feature a headache for law enforcement
This the age of instant communication.
Stewart wins at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. The worst part of winning was the wait.
Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
DNR closing overnight camping at 24 state parks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Overnight camping at 24 state parks will be shut down after Labor Day, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.
Governor's wife helps get hay for flooded farmers
ROSEAU (AP) -- While Gov. Jesse Ventura refused to call a special session to help the state's flood victims, his wife arranged for hay and other feed to be donated to Roseau County beef producers, dairy farmers and horse owners.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A group of retired Minneapolis teachers has filed a federal lawsuit against one of its investment advisers on claims its practices were "excessively risky."
Three arrested in meth bust
BERTHA -- Three people were arrested Aug. 6 in connection with a methamphetamine lab bust in Bertha.
Crosier priest cleared again
ANOKA (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest has been cleared for the second time of a sexual misconduct allegation made more than a decade ago.
DES MOINES (AP) -- The Episcopal Diocese of Iowa announced the finalists for the ninth bishop of Iowas. The list includes the Rev. Jerry Clay Doherty is rector of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Stillwater.
Residency flap flares
ST. PETER (AP) -- Minnesota Republicans want to know where Sen. John Hottinger lives and are asking a court to make a determination.
Aug. 31 -- Deadline for postseason rosters.
Roger Hopkins of Walker lifted the front wheels of his ATV off the ground as he attempted to churn through the finish-line mud puddle during the ATV Buddy Races at Ski Gull Sunday.
Gulls hog league awards
Heading into their fifth season in the Northwoods League, and after having made the playoffs the last three years, the Brainerd Mighty Gulls and field manager Kyle Crookes were looking for ways to improve upon the team's success.
Local sports shorts
Kyle Tholen of Brainerd won his weight division at the Nisswa Crazy Days weightlifting competition Saturday.
Ultimate eliminates Bees
COLD SPRING -- Ultimate Sports of Waite Park defeated the Brainerd Bees 5-2 in the losers' bracket of the Region 7B amateur baseball tournament Saturday to eliminate the Bees.
Northwoods League Baseball
Northwoods League Baseball
Rally helps build confidence
It may not have been pretty, but the Brainerd Mighty Gulls will take any win they can as they try to build momentum with the Northwoods League playoffs right around the corner.
Buckman wins Region 8C title
AMATEUR BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Mighty Gulls win second half
ST. CLOUD -- Having already wrapped up home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs and the second-half North Division crown, the Brainerd Mighty Gulls lost to the St. Cloud River Bats Sunday 2-1 in Northwoods League action.
Vikings' defense gets mixed review in preseason debut
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With at least seven new starters, the Minnesota Vikings' defense can't expect to be drastically better this season.
Mabika sparks LA past Lynx
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mwadi Mabika had 16 points as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 69-58 Sunday.
Browns' win over Vikings costly
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jamir Miller's season is over, leaving the Cleveland Browns without one of their captains, spiritual leaders and only Pro Bowler.
Martinez stymies Twins Saturday
BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez extended his career-best scoreless streak to 31 innings, blanking Minnesota through the eighth and pitching the Boston Red Sox past the Twins 2-0 Saturday.
Maturi likes the positives he sees
MINNEAPOLIS -- With more than 700 career victories, Bob McDonald is the most successful coach in Minnesota high school basketball history.
Float like a butterfly
BOSTON (AP) -- Tim Wakefield got his 100th major league victory, thanks to his elusive knuckleball.
Iowa state forecast
today...Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms south and east this morning...With a chance of thunderstorms southeast this afternoon. Becoming partly sunny north and west. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy and cooler west. Scattered showers east with scattered morning thunderstorms southeast. Highs in the upper 60s west to the low to mid 70s east.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Showers and thunderstorms north and west this morning... Spreading east during the day. Some may be severe with heavy rainfall. Highs in the upper 70s northwest...To upper 80s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy southeast with scattered showers. Partly to mostly sunny elsewhere. An isolated shower possible northwest this afternoon. Highs in the 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...A chance of showers northwest...Mainly this morning. Showers and thunderstorms likely southeast. Some heavy rain possible far southeast. Highs mainly in the 70s.
She gets a boot out of soccer
Weather drawing by Paige Elyea in the Lowell first grade of Sharon Jendro.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Showers and thunderstorms. Highs mainly in the mid 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy west with scattered showers. A chance of morning showers northeast and scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms southeast...Mainly through early afternoon. Breezy and cooler. Highs in the 70s...With some upper 60s far northwest.
Weather drawing by Taylor Jourdan of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly cloudy. More showers and thunderstorms likely south and east. Highs in the lower 70s northwest to near 80 southeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy skies and highs in the 70s...A few lower 80s southwest.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage married Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, during a romantic Hawaiian Island ceremony witnessed by family and close friends, publicists confirmed.
Nisswa Legion plans Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony
NISSWA -- American Legion Post 627 announced plans for a Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at noon that day at the Nisswa American Legion.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq are over, the nation's information minister said Monday in the clearest rejection yet of American and U.N. demands to allow inspectors to resume their work after a four-year standoff.
Israel's Supreme Court temporarily blocks expulsions of relatives of terror suspects
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Supreme Court temporarily blocked the expulsion of relatives of Palestinian terror suspects from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, as troops demolished the homes of two Palestinian militiamen.
Europe in grip of floods
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- The Vltava River spilled its banks and threatened medieval architectural treasures in the Czech capital Tuesday as the prime minister declared a state of emergency and thousands of Prague residents fled to higher ground. Floods roared through many European cities after near-record summer rains, killing at least 76 people.
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