Internet startup offers full-service 'subscriptions' for custom cars
FREMONT, Calif. -- An Internet startup catering to the well-to-do is preparing to lease, license, insure and maintain custom-made automobiles for a flat monthly fee, offering motorists more luxury and fewer headaches.
Rivals share Ford's idea for fuel-efficient SUV fleet
Ford Motor Co.'s plan to increase its fuel-hungry SUV fleet's average gas mileage by 25 percent over the next five years is laudable but hardly revolutionary.
Saturn retakes top spot in J.D. Power sales satisfaction survey
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Saturn has regained its top ranking among automakers for costumer satisfaction during the sales process, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates.
How they ranked
Scores are out of a maximum of 182.
Muscular new Durango worthy of name
The newest addition to DaimlerChrysler's Dodge Durango lineup is a muscle-car-meets-sport-utility-vehicle that's all about showy style and boisterous high performance.
Make the most of fresh garden tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes are at their tasty peak in most parts of the country from now through September.
Broccoli, cauliflower salad a family favorite
We recently went to a family reunion at Gary's sister's cabin on Leaf Lake where lots of good food was served.
Indian seasonings add taste to grilled or broiled chicken
This chicken dish to grill or broil on skewers borrows its spirited seasonings from Indian cuisine. The intriguing flavors will probably distract diners from dwelling on the fact that each serving contains only about 3 grams of fat.
Summery meal can be fixed in no time at all
Donna Hay promises you can produce a summery meal of Corn Cakes With Prosciutto Salad in about 30 minutes. The dish is featured in "New Food Fast" (Whitecap Books, $19.95 paperback), her collection of about 100 recipes that can be prepared in half an hour or less.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle midsession: 700.
A passenger was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday on Highway 47 at Isle.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 450.
BURGLARY -- The Baxter Police Department reported the arrest of an 18-year-old male for attempted burglary at College Square convenience store. The male, along with another suspect, apparently threw bricks at the windows of the store. No access was gained. The attempted burglary fits the description of other burglaries the Baxter Police Department is investigating.
CROSSLAKE -- One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday on County State Aid Highway 66 in Crosslake.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 456, a year ago 227.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 540, a year ago 156.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Deacon's Lodge coming of age -- already
BREEZY POINT -- With the mystic of its designer and the lure of its name, Deacon's Lodge is thriving in its second year of operation.
Country Club Estates takes Twilight lead
Despite a 7-5 loss to Reichert Bus, Country Club Estates gained a one-half point lead over Twisted Rose Saloon in Men's Twilight Golf League action at Pine Meadows Aug. 10.
Nicklaus honors mother's pact
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus had a difficult time honoring his mother's request.
Aces are wild at some area courses
Like a no-hitter in baseball a hole in one is every golfer's dream.
He has been a mythical figure to this generation of golf fans. A virtual recluse since playing his last competitive round in 1971 at age 58, Ben Hogan died three years ago -- two months after Tiger Woods had taken their sport by storm by winning the 1997 Masters at age 21.
Around the courses
Darien DeRocher of Brainerd shot a hole in one on No. 6 at Pine Meadows at Brainerd on Aug. 2. He used a 4 iron on the 150-yard hole.
Another new area course Lower Site Links opens at the high school
It doesn't have the beauty of Pebble Beach nor the history of St. Andrews but it should see just as much action.
Again, Woods is the man to beat at PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- What is green and flat and hotter than a toaster set on burn?
Skin cream manufacturer settles claims of deceptive advertising
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The manufacturer of a topical skin cream has agreed to stop making unsubstantiated claims that the product eliminates pain from disabling joint conditions, crushed vertebrae, herniated disks and other conditions, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.
Study: Even slightly premature births risky
CHICAGO -- Babies born even just a few weeks prematurely run a significantly higher risk of death in their first year, suggesting that inducing early labor is more dangerous than many obstetricians might think, researchers say.
CHICAGO -- Here's some news that could keep middle-aged men awake nights: A lack of quality sleep may contribute to love handles and double chins.
Cloned pigs seen as advance in human organ transplants
WASHINGTON -- The cloned barnyard has a new resident: the pig, a creature researchers say holds promise for growing organs to replace ailing hearts, livers and kidneys in humans.
Schulz's children say their dad would have loved Snoopy display
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two of cartoonist Charles Schulz's children and two of his grandchildren toured the city where he grew up, and said he'd love the Snoopy statues scattered around town this summer.
'Mystery of Mascot' is theme for Friends of Library event
HACKENSACK -- "Mystery of Mascot" is the theme for a drive-yourself tour Friday, Aug. 25, sponsored by Friends of the Brainerd Library.
Teens explore many aspects of agriculture at CLC camp
LONG PRAIRIE -- A dozen Minnesota teen-agers took a close look at the many aspects of agriculture last week, some getting their first out-of-city experience.
Two northside Brainerd siblings spent part of the summer making friends with colorful neighbors that use their feet to taste their food.
Cass EDC director begins work from his East Gull Lake home
EAST GULL LAKE -- Patrick Rafferty, Cass County Economic Development Corp. director, will coordinate economic development programs from his southern Cass County home office.
Youth garden gets boost with help from Minnesota Conservation Corps
The Minnesota Conservation Corps Summer Youth Program has been hard at work laying the foundation for a flower garden designed and built by youths at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Urban agriculture becomes increasingly difficult task for Hmong farmers
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Stop by most local farmers' marke
Homemaker education program honored
The Central Lakes College-based Meta 5 Displaced Homemakers Program has been honored by a coalition of 108 organizations.
Deep Portage preparing for change of seasons
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve is looking ahead to fall. Winter staff members will arrive soon as the change of seasons brings different activities to the reserve.
Merrifield Marathons to sponsor dinner
MERRIFIELD -- Merrifield Marathons, Inc. will sponsor a sloppy joe and corn fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Merrifield Marathon's Community Center, 21135 Highway 25 N., Merrifield.
Cass social services budget on pace
WALKER -- Cass County spent and received 57 percent of anticipated social services revenue through 58 percent of the year at the end of July this year, said Melanie Wolfe, social services fiscal agent.
Weather woes mean Cass must decide what to do with Hope Lutheran Church building
WALKER -- Weather damage likely will drive the Cass County Board to decide this fall rather than in 2001 whether to demolish the former Hope Lutheran Church building for added parking or repair the facility.
Nebraska couple offers land for city gardeners
NORFOLK, Neb. -- They provide the land and the well water; all you need is a packet of seeds and a desire to work in the mud.
Wet summer welcomed in Boundary Waters Canoe Area
A wet summer in northeastern Minnesota has been a relief to firefighters who were bracing for a bad fire season in and around the storm-damaged Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Unsolved mystery of monarchs
An unsolved mystery is how monarchs find the overwintering sites each year.
Rusty crayfish invading area lakes, Remer man maintains
WALKER -- Rusty crayfish are the next exotic (non-native) species to destroy native ecology in Minnesota lakes, Tom Held, a Remer commercial fisherman, told the Cass County Board on Tuesday.
Cass finds it can't enforce noise ordinance because it doesn't have equipment
WALKER -- Cass County should watch more closely whether county staff is equipped and trained to enforce ordinance provisions before enacting them, Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks advised the county board Tuesday.
Morrison County awarded grant to reduce secondhand smoke exposure
LITTLE FALLS -- The Morrison County Public Health Department has received a two-year grant for $120,386 from the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco, an independent non-profit foundation dedicated to reducing the harm caused by tobacco.
Cass board hopes to meet with Leech Lake Tribal Council on list of issues
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to meet with the Leech Lake Tribal Council from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Cass Lake Bingo Palace and Casino meeting room.
At the track
Standing only feet away from a race car as it takes off and reaches speeds more than 100 mph at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway is as big of a rush to a wide-eyed spectator like myself as it is to the adrenaline junkie seated inside the race car.
Vento to marry Aug. 31
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Rep. Bruce Vento announced he will marry a schoolteacher, Susan Lynch, of Chatfield, Aug. 31.
Baxter comments upset several Brainerd officials
A Brainerd City Council member and the Brainerd mayor are upset with comments Baxter City Council members made at Tuesday's Baxter City Council meeting.
Blom gets life for killing of Poirier
VIRGINIA -- Donald Blom was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday in the killing of Katie Poirier, after a chaotic sentencing hearing that led the judge to briefly empty the courtroom.
The identity of a body found Friday in Brainerd has been released.
Baxter to pay all costs to rebuild Kentwood Drive
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday agreed to pay all costs to rebuild Kentwood Drive and install a stormwater drainage system in an attempt to correct flooding problems along the roadway.
Cass voters have mail ballot deadline
WALKER -- Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon K. Anderson reminds voters in the mail ballot precincts of Cass County that their ballots for the primary election to be held on Sept. 12 will be mailed on or about Aug. 23.
The Brainerd School Board story on Page 6A Tuesday contained errors regarding resigning employees. Cindy O'Grady resigned Aug. 10 in the food service area and Lisa Trout resigned as a secretary at Lincoln Elementary School effective Aug. 25.
Residents will decide whether Brainerd can issue more liquor licenses in the city.
Task force, citizens tackle problems, remedies of area's aging population
Minnesota's rapidly aging population is a problem that won't go away and one that will cost a lot of money.
Blom's confession was key
VIRGINIA (AP) -- In the end, it may have been Donald Blom's own words -- a recanted confession -- that sealed a guilty verdict in his trial for the death of Katie Poirier, legal experts said.
Chapter of Ventura's new book released on Internet
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura casts a wide net of blame on people he believes are trying to hurt his political career in the first chapter of his new book.
Baxter council approves plats
BAXTER -- Baxter City Council members Tuesday approved the final plats of two subdivisions in the city.
Diplomas denied to fewer seniors because of test than estimated
ST. PAUL (AP) -- About 50 high school seniors were denied diplomas because of a scoring error on a high-stakes math test, state education officials said Tuesday, a small fraction of their original estimate.
Cook's foot is burned
For a burn victim who is enjoying his last days of summer before heading off to his first year of college, the last thing he wants to do is spend his time driving to and from St. Paul for checkups.
Jeff Shelstad, who retired to his lake home north of Brainerd last June, was appointed to an assistant professor of education by St. Mary's University of Minnesota School of Graduate Studies in education.
United Way Chili Cook-Off slated Sept. 20 at mall
The Crow Wing County United Way is getting ready for the Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 20 in the Westgate Mall.
Jury resumes deliberations in Blom trial
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- Jurors began a second day of deliberations Wednesday morning in the Donald Blom kidnapping and murder trial following a month of testimony.
Pacesetters gear up for 2000 United Way drive
The employees of Acrometal, Clow Stamping and Riverwood International are getting ready to set the pace for the 2000 United Way Drive. The Pacesetter Campaign begins the week of Sept. 5-19.
Crash survivor phoned for help
After nearly 13 hours of being stranded in a crashed airplane in stormy weather, two survivors directed rescue efforts with the help of a 911 call on a cell phone Tuesday in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Deputies aim to keep track secure during weekend
The best deterrent is an unseen presence.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Voters in the Brainerd School District will go to the polls tomorrow to decide the fate of the District's one-mill discretionary levy. The bill, if approved, will raise $135,482 locally, matched by an additional $332,088 in state funds.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Terry Holm of Brainerd finished first overall yesterday in the 35 to 45 year old division in the Ski Hut Bike and Run Competition at Spirit Mountain.
Baxter putting merger to city vote
BAXTER -- Baxter voters will decide for themselves whether they want to spend money to study if the city should merge with Brainerd.
Pequot Lakes man's conviction is upheld
WALKER -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the Cass County drug possession conviction of Warren Calvin Wasson, 48, Pequot Lakes.
State law guides framing of ballot question
If the Brainerd City Council is to issue additional liquor licenses, voters will need to approve it in an election.
OSHA inspection may bring changes
WALKER -- The Occupational Health Safety Agency inspected the Cass County Social Services building Aug. 1, Administrator Robert Yochum reported to the county board Tuesday.
He's a Legionville fixture
For the past 52 years and more than 90,000 campers later, Legionville has become almost like a second home for Bob Miller.
Crow Wing County Fair results
Cass board backs East Gull Lake bridge plan
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to support East Gull Lake's application to the state for a variance for the Birch Island bridge design, but without any county costs for that application.
Man charged with his brother's death
AITKIN -- A 34-year-old Finlayson man has been charged in Aitkin County District Court in the death of his brother.
Board opposes Hudson casino
HUDSON (AP) -- The St. Croix County Board passed two resolutions intended to stop a tribal casino from being established at a financially struggling dog track.
Chippewa County added to federal disaster declaration
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- Chippewa County has been added to the presidential disaster declaration that now covers 17 Minnesota counties, because of damage from the July 25 storm that hit this city.
Crash survivor tells of nightmare
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- As the powerless twin-engine jet descended through the most intense lightning storm he had ever seen, George Peck held on tight as strong turbulence jolted him in his seat.
Moorhead police search for murder suspect
MOORHEAD (AP) -- One person was shot and killed Thursday morning at a business here, WDAY-AM of Fargo, N.D., reported.
Estimated cost of laser to monitor nation's nuclear arsenal soars
WASHINGTON -- Development of the world's most powerful laser to monitor the nation's nuclear arsenal without testing -- a project already dogged by cost overruns and delays -- could cost nearly three times its original $1 billion price tag, congressional auditors say.
State Farm says it warned Firestone about tire problem in '97
The United States' largest auto insurer said Tuesday that it began complaining three years ago to Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. about an unusually high accident rate involving its Firestone brand tires and took its concerns to the government last year but never got a response.
Consumer inflation edges up 0.2% in July
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer inflation edged up a tame 0.2 percent last month, as prices for gasoline and natural gas eased after soaring in June, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.
Consumers should heed warnings in tire recall
WASHINGTON -- There are many consumer Do's and Don'ts related to Bridgestone/Firestone's belated recall of its troubled P235/75R15 ATX, ATX II and Wilderness truck and sport-utility vehicle tires.
More troops sought as wildfires break million-acre mark
HELENA, Mont. -- Some 86 raging wildfires ripping through forest, brush and grass across the West have burned more than 1 million acres -- and show no signs of slowing.
Two dead, three injured in wall collapse
WOODLAWN, Md. -- The deafening boom at a business park construction site didn't come as much of a surprise to construction worker Rickey Samuel.
Global warming could worsen hay fever problems, study finds
WASHINGTON -- Allergy sufferers, beware: Global warming could bring more hay fever, according to government research that shows ragweed produces significantly more pollen as carbon dioxide increases.
A bad way to go out
ORLANDO, Fla.-- F. Lee Bailey has made many a compelling courtroom argument for clients during his 40-year legal career, but he may have to save his most persuasive defense for himself.
Suspended over a swamp in a wrecked car, 83-year-old woman survives for three days
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- For three days, 83-year-old Tillie Tooter kept it together.
Firestone recall creates nationwide shortage, tire replacement delays
DETROIT -- Owners of the 15-inch Firestone tires under recall may have to wait several weeks for replacements because the recall apparently created a nationwide shortage.
Montana wildfires may prompt statewide disaster declaration
HAMILTON, Mont. -- Choking wildfire smoke in southwestern Montana prompted more evacuations as the governor prepared to declare the state a disaster area.
Seniors' scores on college entrance test hit plateau
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average ACT scores held steady for a fourth year in a row, suggesting student performance on the college-entrance exam may have hit a plateau after improving steadily during most of the 1990s.
Flood evacuees returning to their homes
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- Most of the hundreds of residents who were forced out of their homes by floods were able to return Wednesday as the water receded.
Boys' presence in softball tournament stirs concerns, anger
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- The Little League Softball World Series is in an uproar this year because boys who joined a girls team are playing in what has traditionally been an all-girls event.
Green, Culpepper pleased as they leave Mankato camp
MANKATO (AP) -- The biggest question seemingly answered, Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green was feeling good Wednesday as the team broke camp from Minnesota State, Mankato.
Meadows hurls Royals 9-3- victory over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Since coming to the Kansas City Royals in a July trade, pitcher Brian Meadows has carved out a niche in the team's starting rotation.
Agressive Bennett controls 800 freestyle
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Brooke Bennett has a job to do in Sydney: defend her Olympic gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle.
Cone wins second straight after eight losses in a row
Maybe Yankees' fans can start taking those Coneheads out of the closet.
Thibodeaux has big plans for '00
MANKATO (AP) -- Keith Thibodeaux isn't one to rush off the Minnesota Vikings' practice field and make a beeline for the cafeteria.
War horse looks for one last comeback
BOSTON (AP) -- At this point, John Roethlisberger figured he'd be collecting more material for his scrapbook and making travel plans for Sydney. Instead, he's struggling for his Olympic life.
Helton closes in on .400, but Mets sweep
Just imagine what could happen to Todd Helton in his next game.
Van Dyken happy with second berth
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Amy Van Dyken exceeded her own meager expectations and now has her sights set on Inge de Bruijn at the Sydney Olympics.
Panel to examine state of college sports
MIAMI (AP) -- The Knight Commission will meet after a four-year hiatus to see if recommendations it made have helped solve some of the problems that have plagued college athletics.
Hostetler would listen if Browns call
Jeff Hostetler is everything the Cleveland Browns need in a No. 2 quarterback. He's got 15 years of NFL experience, a willingness to teach Tim Couch and he won a Super Bowl.
Milton wins 4th in a row
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Eric Milton knows exactly where the Minnesota Twins are in the standings, and he's pitching like it bothers him.
Vikings won't sign waivers for Twins' outdoor games
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings aren't happy about being dragged into the debate over whether the Twins should be allowed to play some games outside next month.
James 'Swany' A. Swanson
BAXTER -- James "Swany" A. Swanson, 70, Baxter, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at home.
LITTLE FALLS -- George Sobiech, 73, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
GRAPHIC COMMUNITY, Ark. -- Clifton Kruckow, 92, Graphic Community, Ark., formerly of Pine River, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, in Van Buren, Ark.
Theodore P. Amyotte
JENKINS -- Theodore Peter Amyotte, 51, Jenkins, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ronnie Swanson, 40, Little Falls, died today, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
Wayne E. DeVriendt
SAUK CENTRE -- Wayne E. DeVriendt, 57, Sauk Centre, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at St. Michael's Hospital, as the result of a motorcycle accident.
Eugene W. Hadley
McGREGOR -- Eugene W. Hadley, 77, McGregor, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital of Minneapolis.
Franklin 'Frank' Bertheau
HACKENSACK -- Franklin "Frank" Bertheau, 70, Hackensack, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Hackensack.
Sulo I. Maki
Sulo I. Maki, 76, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale.
MINERAL WELLS, Texas -- Herbert Davis, 68, Mineral Wells, Texas, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Florin 'Dutch' C. Bailey
CROSBY -- Florin "Dutch" C. Bailey, 87, Crosby, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Riverwood Healthcare Center of Aitkin.
Alan D. Siggers
Alan D. Siggers, 40, Brainerd, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at home.
Kenneth R. Hall
ROBBINSDALE -- Kenneth R. Hall, 75, Robbinsdale, died Monday, July 17, 2000.
Karen Jo Smith
Karen Jo Smith, 57, Brainerd, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at North Memorial Hospital of Robbinsdale.
Theodore P. Amyotte
JENKINS -- Theodore Peter Amyotte, 51, Jenkins, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, in Brainerd.
Jerry Walseth - Dispatch Editorial
Brainerd School District residents who are interested in learning more about their schools owe a thank-you to Superintendent Jerry Walseth.
HHH would understand
LOS ANGELES -- Democrats and the media are waxing nostalgic about the last convention they held here in 1960. But the better comparison would be 1968 in Chicago.
C. Elmer Anderson - Dispatch Editorial
Reminders of our past serve no purpose if no one ever sees them. That's why the project to memorialize Gov. C. Elmer Anderson with a bronze bust in Brainerd City Hall and a display at Brainerd High School is a grand idea.
There has been a big push lately by the environmentalists to get Crow Wing County to close all 103,00 acres of county managed lands to Off Road Vehicles unless posted as open. Their argument is that simply posting signs
Joe Lieberman's debut
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Hillary moves ahead
LOS ANGELES -- There is no tabloid headline to sum up Hillary Rodham Clinton's weekend in L.A.
The Wednesday "Open Forum" contained an article entitled "No Smoking Allowed". Give me a break.
It's still Clinton's party
LOS ANGELES -- Bill Clinton delivered his swan song to the Democrats Monday night, but it's still his party.
Democrats and the DLC
LOS ANGELES--Nancy Pelosi and Ellen Tauscher are colleagues in the California congressional delegation, fellow-Democrats from districts that almost border each other on opposite sides of San Francisco Bay. Both are ardent feminists who made successful careers in the business world before coming to the House--Pelosi in 1987 and Tauscher a decade later.
Gore comes to Los Angeles to claim prize
LOS ANGELES -- Al Gore, the Democrat-in-chief now, is telling voters "you ain't seen nothing yet" as he seeks to take over President Clinton's lease on the White House with a promise to lead America to even better times.
Lieberman vows to break down barriers
LOS ANGELES -- Offering his life as a parable of America's promise, Joseph I. Lieberman accepted the Democratic vice presidential nomination Wednesday night with a vow to "break down the barriers" that limit the nation's possibilities.
Convention protest marked by cooperation, conflict
LOS ANGELES -- At the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart station Wednesday, a morning march had all the earmarks of a serious confrontation: Hundreds of demonstrators vented at the police, blocked the entrance to the building and were led away in handcuffs.
Coping with danger
Nancy Andretti didn't need much time to see the downside of marrying a race driver.
Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals
WHAT: 19th annual Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals, the 16th of 23 events in the $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.
New crew chief helps Dixon Things looking up for CBIR defending champion
After enduring 11 first-round losses last season, Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite drag racing team are back on track.
Police Force? NHRA points leader ready for the CBIR 'beat'
John Force's dream to be a policeman didn't transpire, but he's still dodging bullets every week.
The National Hot Rod Association, winners (TF--Top Fuel; FC--Funny Car; PS--Pro Stock; PM--Pro Stock Motorcycle; PT--Pro Stock Truck) in parentheses, and driver point standings:
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Warriors senior offensive tackle Trevor McCulloch is a member of the first Rivals.com preseason all-state football team.
Local sports shorts
Tommy Murray of Brainerd took second place in the Jr. Dragster Shoot-out at Thunder Valley in Marion, S.D., on Saturday.
Gere, Ryder fail to ignite any chemistry in 'Autumn in New York'
"Autumn in New York" starts with such a difficult-to-believe premise that the rest of the movie matters little to most of the audience.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
'Eating Naked' might be just what therapist ordered
The reader facing a personal crisis might find perspective, and even a solution, in "Eating Naked" (Henry Holt, $23).
Concert in the Park to feature band Corridor
LITTLE FALLS -- Corridor, a classic rock band of four musicians that includes three from Little Falls and one from Freeport, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park in downtown Little Falls as part of the free Concerts in the Park series.
'How to Read and Why' preaches to a small choir
"How to Read and Why" (Scribner, $25) is intended for only the most advanced readers -- and they probably have a good idea of how and why to read.
Two area residents performing with Up With People in Rome
Two lakes area residents are performing with the Up With People cast that is appearing this week in an international music event in Rome.
'Hollow Man' edges Eastwood film at box office
LOS ANGELES -- "Hollow Man," the latest retelling of the invisible man story, kept a loose grip on the top spot at the box office, edging Clint Eastwood's astronaut tale "Space Cowboys."
'Survivor' stays on top, with 'Millionaire' following right behind
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Survivor" remained the top prime-time show again last week as college student Colleen Haskell was voted off the island, according to Nielsen Media Research figures released Tuesday.
Students to perform piano recitals
The following students will perform in a student recital Aug. 24 in the Franklin Junior High School auditorium.
WE Fest and Spirit Fest promoters said this week that both outdoor music events at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes were a big success.
'Bless the Child,' 'Replacements' reviewed
"Bless the Child" -- Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits star in this movie about Satan worshippers that's chock full of over-the-top religious symbolism and bad dialogue.
Special effect steals the show
LITTLE FALLS -- The Hole in the Day Players of Little Falls have created an entertaining version of "Little Shop of Horrors," complete with toe-tapping music, good acting and singing, and a special effect worthy of the musical's off-Broadway roots.
Challenged kids get chance to shine through dancing
DEAR ABBY: Let me tell you about a wonderfully rewarding experience I was involved in this past year. I began dancing when I was 3. Now, at age 20, I am sharing my love for the art of dance through teaching. The owner of the studio, my second mother, Joanne Zavisa, was approached to participate in a unique project. We began a free class on Saturday afternoons for children with sensory deprivation disorder.
Heartland Symphony needs string players
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will begin rehearsing Sept. 7 for the upcoming concert season and needs string players, including violin, viola, cello and bass, and double reed players, including bassoon and oboe.
Art club members happy with high turnout for show
CROSSLAKE -- Mary Scholl of the Crosslake Art Club predicted lots of variety and a large turnout for the annual art show last weekend, and she was right.
Lakes area briefs
PEQUOT LAKES -- On Saturday, Aug. 26, the Pequot Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its first Pequot Lakes Community Clean Up Day.
Lakes area events
Turtle Races, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, downtown Nisswa.
Indian leader from Federal Dam tries business world
FEDERAL DAM (AP) -- Dennis Banks' life has been one of political action: He helped found the nation's best-known American Indian activist organization and once organized a takeover of U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs offices.
Move to family center will mean more space for more programs for Pequot Lakes Community Education
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes School's division of Community Education is looking forward to the move to larger quarters in the Lakes Area Community Family Center.
Wells Fargo donates $5,000 to family center
PEQUOT LAKES -- Jim Kraft, president of WellsFargo Bank-Minnesota's Pequot Lakes office, recently gave Pequot Lakes Community Education Director Dan Frank a check for $5,000 toward the match from the McKnight Foundation for the Lakes Area Community Family Center.
Weather drawing by Jessen Holloway of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Tonight...Mostly clear with patchy fog developing. Lows near 50. North wind around 10 mph becoming light.
Tonight...Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the middle 50s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Rain chance is 70 percent.
Water the flowers
Weather drawing by Kayelee Gill of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Mmm, fresh-baked bread
Dear Heloise: Here's a hint that's been a lifesaver for me. Whenever a friend is sick, comes home from the hospital or is just down in the dumps, I fire up my trusty BREAD MACHINE and bring over a fresh loaf of honey cinnamon whole-wheat bread.
Names and faces
DENVER (AP) -- Rock star and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent suggests in his new book that students could have stopped last year's Columbine High massacre by rushing one of the two gunmen.
August campout of the Rollin' Rangers will be Aug. 21-25 at Royal Oaks in Bemidji. Hosts will be John and Florence Nelson, Don and Rose Leuch and Len and Karen Oseland. Please bring articles for the silent auction.
'Personal' sex ad just a laugh for octogenarian
DEAR ABBY: Last month, your column carried a letter about people receiving advertisements for weight-loss products with supposedly "personal" Post-It notes attached, advising the recipient to "Try it, it works!" The notes are never signed with more than an initial. I immediately wrote to thank you for running that letter because I received one of those ads two years ago, and it was hurtful.
Signs grow that massive blast shattered sub
MOSCOW -- Underwater rescue capsules fighting to reach 118 seamen trapped on a Russian nuclear submarine failed again Thursday as new evidence suggested a massive explosion shattered large areas of the vessel and many sailors had no time to escape.
Rescuers inch toward crippled Russian sub
MOSCOW -- Rescuers in an underwater escape capsule inched through swirling sand and strong currents Wednesday, fighting to reach a crippled Russian nuclear submarine on the sea bottom with 116 sailors trapped inside.
Colombia breaks up counterfeiting ring
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian authorities working with the U.S. Secret Service have captured 10 leaders of a counterfeiting ring that exported millions in fake currency from Colombia to the United States, the country's secret police said Wednesday.
Britain seeks to contain swine fever outbreak as U.S. joins ban
LONDON (AP) -- Agriculture officials working to contain an outbreak of swine fever and water down a European Union ban on British pigs investigated reports Thursday that cases of the disease had been found in a new area of the country.
Britain, France insist Concorde isn't dead
PARIS -- Officials in Britain and France insisted Wednesday that the Concorde is not dead, despite the action of aviation authorities to revoke the aging supersonic jet's airworthiness certificate.
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