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.
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.
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.
How they ranked
Scores are out of a maximum of 182.
Mormon: Law requiring clergy to report crimes unfair
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Mormon bishop charged with failing to report child sex abuse said it's unfair to expect him to act as a police officer.
Slow down for prayer zones
I have decided to take a new approach to the "School Zone" signs that are prevalent in every community. As I slow down, I will also make it a "Prayer Zone." I intend to get into the habit of saying a quick but sincere prayer for the students and staff of that school. Even if I don't know anyone in that school, remember -- Jesus does.
MusiCity will perform a 10-year celebration/farewell concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Tornstrom Auditorium of Brainerd with guests Majesty Quartet from Des Moines, Iowa. There will be a freewill offering.
New routine on vacation makes kids challenge boundaries
QUESTION: Why is it that children are often the most obnoxious and irritating on vacations and at other times when parents specifically try to please them? On those special days, you'd think the kids would say to themselves, "Wow! Mom and Dad are doing something really nice for us, taking us on this great vacation. We're going to give them a break and be really good kids today." Isn't that reasonable?
Archbishop tells seminarians to learn Spanish
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Harry Flynn, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is asking prospective priests to brush up on their Spanish to better serve the rapidly growing number of Hispanic Catholics.
Classic Car Sunday
CROSSLAKE -- Classic cars looking their Sunday best, including Chevys, Ford pickups and Mustangs, Oldsmobiles, Corvettes, convertibles and seemingly one-of-a-kind makes and models, formed long rows facing the red, A-frame altar last Sunday at Crosslake Lutheran Church's outdoor worship service.
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.
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.
Make the most of fresh garden tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes are at their tasty peak in most parts of the country from now through September.
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.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 450.
THEFT -- Wesley Raasch, 300 block of Southwest Fourth Street, reported the theft of a yellow, 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe from the 1000 block of Mill Avenue.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
A girl suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Highway 371 at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 456, a year ago 227.
SOUTH ST. PAUL. (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 450.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 268, a year ago 267.
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.
Again, Woods is the man to beat at PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- What is green and flat and hotter than a toaster set on burn?
Woods, Dunlap share lead with 66s
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Excuse me, but haven't we seen all this before?
Nicklaus honors mother's pact
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus had a difficult time honoring his mother's request.
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.
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.
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.
Ventilators, fans can cool house from attic
You've probably made the mistake of using your oven to cook on a hot day. Remember standing near the oven and that suffocating heat? Think of your attic as that oven.
Check flowers for disease
Look for botrytis disease on marigolds, geraniums, impatiens and other annuals as well as gray-leafed perennials such as lavender, santolina and artemisia, said Kris Jensen, a garden supervisor with the National Park Service.
Three people join Nor-son, one gains promotion
BAXTER -- Dan Carter, Paul Hirst and Amy Falk joined the staff at Nor-son Inc. in Baxter, while Cory Cronquist gained a promotion.
Crosslake area home tour features unique houses
CROSSLAKE -- Last week, The Dispatch featured the homes of three Ox Lake residents, all brothers.
Bean beetles can be controlled
If the leaves of your bean plants are looking lacy, Mexican bean beetles are at work.
Family and friends alike gravitate to the kitchen, so you had better plan for the invasion.
Trust your own decorating
Tell the style police to buzz off. Designer Marco Pasanella urges you to learn how to trust your own judgment to achieve comfortable, attractive, and personal decor in ''Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind'' (Simon & Schuster, $30 hardcover).
'60s are back
What could be more groovy, man? The '60s, the decade that baby boomers invented and now can't remember, is back -- at least in a design sense, according to Twist magazine (demographic: 'N Sync, Freddie Prinze, Jr.).
Houseplant growth may bring need for repotting
If your houseplants have been growing rapidly during spring and summer, it may be time to repot them into larger containers.
Don't put fragile plants under spreading maple
WASHINGTON -- Beware of a silver or a red maple rising over your flower bed. Some annuals and perennials under the leafy crown of one of these fast-growing trees may slow down and yield only a few blooms. Then the following year, some of the hardy perennials may not come back.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers bike 500 miles
Three area women raised more than $5,300 for the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
Don't overlook soil pH for yard, garden plants
If you want to grow robust plants in your yard or garden, don't overlook soil pH. A soil test will tell the pH of the soil, said Carl Rosen, soil scientist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Brainerd Daily Dispatch headlines: -- Brainerd School District voters reject one mill levy
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.
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.
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.
Poiriers lash out at Blom; sentence is life
CARLTON (AP) -- Pam Poirier got under the skin of the man convicted of killing her daughter. And it felt good.
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.
Corrections / clarifications
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly spelled a word in Barbara Carlisle's Aug. 15 Open Forum letter criticizing a recent column by Associate Editor Mike O'Rourke. It should have read "He whined on and on -- basically pleading time and space limitations, and invoking news judgment!"
Deputies aim to keep track secure during weekend
The best deterrent is an unseen presence.
Judicial candidate wants rule changes to discuss the issues
Claiming judicial elections "are a lot of bull," Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Greg Wersal waved at passers-by Thursday in front of the Crow Wing County Courthouse as he stood next to a replica of a cow he's named Bessie.
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.
Computerized accounting classes set for September
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will be the site for two computerized accounting classes in September. Class size is limited.
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.
In Thursday's Tempo section, a photo on Page 1T should have identified Paul Brutscher as the actor portraying the agent in the Hole in the Day Player's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" in Little Falls.
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.
Four Owatonna brothers cited for war roles
OWATONNA (AP) -- Four Owatonna brothers, Hans, Earl, Robert and Herbert Ulrich, stood up in the second row as state Sen. Dick Day called their names Thursday.
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.
Campers roll in for race weekend
Campers at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway come here for the national race weekend for a variety of reasons -- the people-watching, the fun, the food -- oh, yeah, and most come for the racing as well.
The identity of a body found Friday in Brainerd has been released.
Moorhead police arrest suspect in tobacco shop shooting
MOORHEAD (AP) -- A man was fatally shot Thursday morning at a tobacco shop here and a suspect was arrested following a chase, authorities said.
U.S. Senate candidate Ciresi pledges to help families find prosperity
BREEZY POINT -- As U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi sees it, Americans have an historic opportunity in this prosperous era. They can pursue their own self-interest or they can invest in the common good.
STAPLES -- Where there is Hope, there is hope.
Crow Wing County Fair results
MOTLEY -- The third annual Motley Rodeo, produced by Bill Wyffels and ranked among the top 25 rodeos in the state, begins today at the Motley fairgrounds.
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.
Regional water treatment addressed
BAXTER -- Looking for a regional solution to wastewater treatment gained verbal support Thursday.
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.
Career guidance workshops offered at CLC
The Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker program will hold a series of six progressive, career guidance and personal skill development workshops in September at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
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.
Contaminated water may have sickened workers
RENVILLE (AP) -- Contaminated water from high-power sprayers may have caused 14 industrial workers to get sick at a sugar beet cooperative here, health officials said.
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.
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.
Zebra mussel eradication kills 75,000 fish at Prairie Island nuclear plant
RED WING (AP) -- At least 75,000 fish were killed this week as Northern States Power Co. used a chemical to eradicate zebra mussels that threatened to clog the cooling system at its Prairie Island nuclear plant.
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.
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.
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.
Four face trial in 10-year-old's death during therapy
GOLDEN, Colo. -- A judge ruled Thursday there is enough evidence to try four people charged with child abuse in the death of a 10-year-old girl who stopped breathing when she was wrapped in a sheet during 'rebirthing' therapy.
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.
California firm recalls 1,440 swivel rocker chairs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 1,440 Echo swivel rocker chairs being recalled after the manufacturer received reports that the chairs can crack.
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.
Kennedy cousin ordered to stand trial in 1975 killing
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Juvenile Court judge found sufficient evidence Thursday to try Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor girl, but ordered an investigation into whether the 39-year-old man should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.
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.
U.S. trade deficit widens to record $30.6 billion in June
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit widened to a record $30.6 billion in June as U.S. imports of industrial supplies and crude oil increased.
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.
Man sentenced to life in missing atheist case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for extorting money from missing atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair and her family and for his role in what prosecutors called an elaborate robbery and murder scheme.
Montana fire erupts, threatening major power line to Pacific Northwest
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A fire burning in the ranching country north of the Missouri River headwaters made a major run during the night, burning over ranches and threatening a major power line to the Pacific Northwest early Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lansing doesn't start, provides big finish
Mike Lansing wasn't in the lineup for the first time in 18 games since he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 27. The Boston Red Sox second baseman still provided quite a finish.
For winless Vikings this exhibition is important
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green has always played up the importance of a good preseason record to pave the way for a positive start when the games actually count.
BYU coach to step down after this season
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- LaVell Edwards developed one of college football's most innovative offenses, groomed some of the game's top quarterbacks and won a national title.
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.
McCarty powers KC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals obtained David McCarty for his glove.
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.
Mets blast Rockies 13-2
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Hampton impressed the Colorado Rockies in a brief outing.
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.
As Roethlisberger falters, others poised to take his place
BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Hamm's legs were going a mile a minute, scissor-kicking back and forth while he held the rest of his body high off the floor with his hands. The experts call it Wow Gymnastics.
Wildlife folks growl back at Minnesota Wild
OTTAWA (AP) -- The NHL expansion Minnesota Wild don't play their first game until October. They are already in their first confrontation, however, and it's against an unlikely opponent -- the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
STAPLES -- Catherine Sklenicka, 89, Staples, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Kenneth R. Hall
ROBBINSDALE -- Kenneth R. Hall, 75, Robbinsdale, died Monday, July 17, 2000.
GRAPHIC COMMUNITY, Ark. -- Clifton Kruckow, 92, Graphic Community, Ark., formerly of Pine River, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, in Van Buren, Ark.
LITTLE FALLS -- George Sobiech, 73, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Theodore P. Amyotte
JENKINS -- Theodore Peter Amyotte, 51, Jenkins, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, in Brainerd.
Sulo I. Maki
Sulo I. Maki, 76, Brainerd and Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dolores Cossette, 77, Spokane, Wash., died Saturday, July 29, 2000, in Spokane, Wash.
BACKUS -- Wayne Roman, 69, Backus, died today, Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Sulo I. Maki
Sulo I. Maki, 76, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale.
Lawrence D. Cole
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Lawrence D. Cole, 73, Florissant, Mo., died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at his home.
LITTLE FALLS -- George Sobiech, 73, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ronald Swanson, 40, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
GRAPHIC COMMUNITY, Ark. -- Clifton Kruckow, 92, Graphic Community, Ark., formerly of Pine River, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Van Buren, Ark.
Eugene W. Hadley
McGREGOR -- Eugene W. Hadley, 77, McGregor, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital of Minneapolis.
The Wednesday "Open Forum" contained an article entitled "No Smoking Allowed". Give me a break.
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.
Joe Lieberman's debut
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
We have now, and only now, the opportunity to preserve the most beautiful entrance into the Brainerd/Baxter Lakes Area. Driving on the new C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway is like going back 50 years, driving through pristine forests, and crossing our beautiful Mississippi River.
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.
In many criminal cases, STS is a commendable collaborative effort between jails and the community. Those behind bars have an opportunity to learn new
Gore didn't skip the details
LOS ANGELES--In tone and substance, Vice President Al Gore's acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention was like nothing I have heard in 40 years of covering both parties' quadrennial gatherings.
Sources: new grand jury to probe Clinton in Lewinsky scandal
WASHINGTON -- Independent Counsel Robert Ray is signaling that the Monica Lewinsky scandal is far from over, assembling a new grand jury to investigate the president's conduct, legal sources say.
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.
After the speech
LOS ANGELES -- The stakes were high but expectations were low when Al Gore mounted the podium to give his acceptance speech: The fate of his campaign might hang in the balance, but no one expected him to be as eloquent as William Jennings Bryan.
Gore vows to build 'better, fairer' America
LOS ANGELES -- Al Gore, facing an unsettled party and a doubting public, stepped forward Thursday night as "my own man" and pledged to use this time of plenty to build a "better, fairer, more prosperous America."
Tipper Gore wasn't only one left breathless by 'The Kiss'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This was no peck on the cheek.
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.
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.
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.
Toliver gears up for another battle with Force
WWF Funny Car pilot Jerry Toliver hasn't been in a good mood since not qualifying for the last national event in Sonoma, Calif., where he relinquished the Winston Funny Car points lead to Castrol GTX's John Force.
Crew chief finds time for fishing, too
As a crew chief for more than 20 years, Larry Frazier has tuned several NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel pilots.
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:
Midget wrestlers Pint of Dynamite and Pee Wee Little have been added to the Ultimate Championship Wrestling card 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Nisswa Ballpark.
Bjerkness' hitting sparks Braves
A leadoff batter's objective is to get on base any way possible, whether it's getting a hit, getting hit by a pitch or drawing a walk. He hopefully sets the table for those who follow.
Baseball keeps player's mind off other battle
Ray Austin estimates he has been through amateur baseball wars on Sunday afternoons with the Fort Ripley Rebels for at least 12 seasons.
Waterville and Arlington will be the opposition when the Brainerd Braves and Fort Ripley Rebels play in the Class C amateur baseball state tournament Saturday in Sleepy Eye.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Warriors senior offensive tackle Trevor McCulloch is a member of the first Rivals.com preseason all-state football team.
'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."
'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.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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).
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.
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.
'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.
Tonight...Clear and cool. Lows in the middle 40s. Light and variable wind.
Tonight...Mostly clear with patchy fog developing. Lows near 50. North wind around 10 mph becoming light.
Weather drawing by Jessen Holloway of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Weather drawing by Patrick Mangan of Mrs. Pelto's third grade class at Baxter school.
War on fire ants
Dear Heloise: Here in the South, we wage war with pesky FIRE ANTS every summer. I can usually see their hills when I mow grass but found that I had a hard time finding them again later when I went back to treat the mounds.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Unfenced pool can be accident waiting to happen
DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced mother with a 3 1/2-year-old son who visits his father on weekends. My son is taking swimming lessons, but as of now does not know how to swim. Six months ago, his father moved to a house with an unfenced swimming pool. My ex has promised for months to put up a fence; it hasn't happened. I've even offered to pay for it.
Names and faces
CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey settled her court fight with two photographers on Wednesday, agreeing to share the rights to pictures that appeared in a fitness book she wrote.
Brainerd American Legion Bar Bingo is at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Meals served every week. Breaded chicken sandwich, potato salad and beans, $3. Bingo is 100% payback up to $99, regulary games up to $150 on black. More players, higher payouts. For more information, call 829-2249.
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.
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.
Hopes grow dimmer for sub crew
MOSCOW -- Hopes grew dimmer and efforts to rescue 118 sailors trapped aboard a sunken Russian nuclear submarine grew more desperate Thursday amid fears that its supply of oxygen had decreased to critical levels.
Russian rescue capsule reaches submarine, but cannot link up
MOSCOW (AP) -- A rescue capsule reached one of the escape hatches on a sunken Russian nuclear submarine for the first time Friday but was unable to gain access because it was so badly damaged, a navy official said.
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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