Leaving not so simple
When one leaves a job, voluntarily or not, it's never as simple as walking out the front door. Financial and lifestyle considerations abound, as these workers discovered.
Digging begins on Nor-son's office building this week
Nor-son's will break ground on its new office building this week.
Some learn lesson from market fall, but others didn't have to
NEW YORK -- Elaine Haddad got involved in the stock market in the heady days of 1995, when just about anything you bought went up in value.
Northwest Airline's alliance means more options for Minnesota travelers
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines' proposed new alliance with Delta Air Lines would open up new parts of the world to easy connections from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Wall Street scores big wins, faces economic hurdles in September
NEW YORK -- Finally, Wall Street is making some progress, with five straight winning weeks that pushed the Dow Jones industrials back above 9,000.
The daily grind
WAITE PARK (AP) -- Think of this next time you power up your computer: the machines that made your chips and circuit boards may have contained precision-ground granite from a Waite Park company.
A new shop in downtown Brainerd is hard to put into words.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Brainerd Dispatch photographer Clint Wood earned a first place and third place in the National Press Photographers Association Region 5 Monthly Newsphoto Clip Contest for June.
Refinancing yet again, when does it make sense?
Q. I refinanced my mortgage a year ago, when rates seemed too good to pass up. Now that they've dropped lower still, is it worth refinancing yet again?
Crow Wing County residents earn higher weekly wage than neighboring counties
Crow Wing County residents earn a higher weekly wage than residents living in Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
Mormons working to develop another historic site to faith
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (AP) -- Always conscious of its past, the Mormon church has opened temples at two important historic sites in recent years and now has made another purchase inspired by faith -- about 25 rural acres contaminated by diesel fuel and other chemicals.
God is our storm shelter
I used to live on an old farm place that had a little concrete building about 50 feet from the house. I think it was about four feet high and slightly dug into the ground.
Franklin Graham pursues verbal war on Islam
Last fall the White House called for interfaith understanding as Americans recovered from the Sept. 11 shock and pondered Islam. But the Rev. Franklin Graham took a contrarian stand.
Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on clergy counseling suit called state intrusion into religion
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit may proceed against a former Seventh-day Adventist minister who married a woman for whom he was a marriage counselor.
Experts: Grand juries unlikely to indict Catholic bishops who supervised abusive priests
As prosecutors turn to grand juries to investigate sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, church observers are wondering whether the ultimate target of criminal charges will be a cardinal or bishop who mishandled molester priests.
Judge allows class action suit by Navy chaplains
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ruled that as many as 1,000 current or former Navy chaplains may take part in a religious-discrimination suit against the military service.
Area artist Jim Lee will perform at an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Malmo Free Church. Lee is known for country-flavored gospel music. He was awarded male vocalist and top new single awards at the Blue Grass Festival in 1996. This will be Malmo Free Church's last outdoor concert this year. Bring a lawn chair.
Youths earn money to help prevent blindness in poor countries
Two years ago Pastor Bob Evans of Temple Baptist Church had a vision. Spurred by what he calls "an accidental suicide" of an area young person, Evans felt the Brainerd area needed an outreach program for youths.
U.S. Catholic bishops disown efforts to convert Jews
Campaigns that target Jews for conversion to Christianity "are no longer theologically acceptable in the Catholic Church," a committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared recently.
Boston priests want to meet with cardinal
BOSTON (AP) -- A group of Boston priests wants Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law to clarify the rights of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children.
The complicated world of grade school
Last year, on a warm morning in early September, I stood in the parking lot of my local elementary school and watched a child tumble out of a school bus.
It's that time again
As parents gather at sultry summer's-end barbecues, the chatter turns from tanking 401(k)s and West Nile virus to the real downer of the moment: the annual autumn anxiety.
Plans will help keep things straight
The parents, authors and organizational experts we talked to had lots of school-year survival tips:
Teddy bear is still lovable a century after its birth
WASHINGTON -- The teddy bear, inspired by the helpless bear a president refused to shoot, turns 100 this fall, still fuzzy-eared, huggable and loved by millions of children around the world.
Water most important plants
Spend precious time and limited natural resources watering the most important plants in the garden: old trees, large shrubs, evergreens and screening plants.
NEWBIES' GUIDE to the STATE FAIR
FALCON HEIGHTS -- We took pickles for granted.
'Behind the Music' marks five years of tracking rise, fall and rise of rock stars
NEW YORK (AP) -- After spending five years chronicling the rise, fall, and redemption of rock's biggest and wackiest stars, "Behind the Music" narrator Jim Forbes admits there are some phrases he gets sick of repeating.
Child in need
With the end of summer already here and the kids heading back to school, the staff at Kinship Partners is preparing for our yearly increase in the number of children on our waiting list.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 250. Last Friday: 380. Year ago Friday: 277. Thursday actual: 331.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 458, a year ago 241.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 300. Last Thursday: 362. Year ago Thursday: 559. Wednesday actual: 522.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 458, a year ago 241.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Crow Wing County Board of Adjustment
NISSWA -- Two people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover Thursday on Highway 371, a half-mile north of Nisswa.
The Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene of a vehicle accident about 2:10 p.m. Friday near Tanner Motors, located along Washington Street, in Brainerd.
Crow Wing County Fair results
Dept. 120 Youth ArtClass 3, Grade 3, School Art
Crow Wing County Board
Allenby in lead at NEC Invitational
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) -- Robert Allenby shot an 8-under 63 in the second round of the NEC Invitational on Friday.
Maine candidate says corporate greed hurts citizens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Citizens believe corporate greed is influencing the high cost of prescription drugs and cutting into people's retirement savings, the Democratic candidate for the Senate from Maine said Saturday in her party's radio address.
Penny names Hutchinson, Dyrstad campaign co-chairs
RED WING (AP) -- Independence Party candidate Tim Penny on Friday named Joanell Dyrstad, a former lieutenant governor, and Peter Hutchinson, former state finance commissioner, as co-chairs of his campaign for governor.
Ventura names acting finance commissioner
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura on Friday named the state's deputy finance commissioner as acting commissioner of the state Department of Finance.
Candidates woo potential voters at State Fair
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Ahhhhhh... the smell of grease, the feel of asphalt and smashed cookies under foot and the sound of politicians trying to sway potential voters.
About 717,000 pounds of beef recalled for possible E. coli
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Minneapolis firm is recalling about 717,000 pounds of frozen ground beef products, which were sold nationwide, because of possible E. coli contamination.
Officials announce first suspected West Nile deaths in Michigan, New York
NEW YORK (AP) -- West Nile virus is suspected in the deaths of an 81-year-old man on Long Island and a 65-year-old man in Michigan, health officials said Saturday.
Brainerd residents' associations stay busy
Brainerd's three neighborhood groups continue to make progress with programs and activities that started in the spring and continue as summer draws to an end.
Twin Cities woman finds her long-lost castle on home tour
DEERWOOD -- Diana Longrie-Kline wondered where the photo she had of herself as a young girl in front of a stone castle was taken.
Design K-32 could be more user-friendly
Design K-32 started life as a boathouse and wasn't intended to meet the needs of a large family. No matter how small, though, a house should afford the basics: privacy, comfort and convenience. It should also be a good match for your lifestyle and physical capabilities.
Nisswa Garden Club survives summer storm
NISSWA -- Work at the Nisswa Garden Club's annual show late last month was conducted by candlelight for a while after a summer storm knocked out electricity.
AITKIN -- Prospective homebuyers are the target audience for a three-part workshop designed to help participants learn the basics of home ownership.
Twin Cities see rapid climb in mortgage foreclosures
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Twin Cities has seen a rapid increase in home foreclosures, especially in Ramsey County, which is on pace to have a 75 percent jump in the total foreclosures compared with last year.
Don't worry, all is not lost with blackened tomatoes
Sometimes the cause and cure for a gardening problem are immediately obvious, such as when tomato fruits have, on their ends, blackened areas that are sunken or flattened -- blossom end rot.
Modern Craftsman has appeal
Traditional Craftsman-style railings, classic shingles, decorative beams below the eaves and an unconventional, modern floor plan make this home, Plan K-32, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, a head-turner. Its floor plan has 1,212 square feet of living space.
Follow these tips to paint stucco
If you're like most folks, your home is the single biggest investment you will make in a lifetime. Therefore, it makes good sense to do everything you can to take good care of it.
End of season
Tourists in Nisswa share their stories on why they vacation in the area. Look for the story in Sunday's Dispatch.
As another summer starts to wind down, resorters reflect on season
This time of year, tourism in the Brainerd lakes area cools down along with the temperature.
Assistant county attorney faces DWI charge
NISSWA -- Crow Wing County Assistant County Attorney John Sausen was arrested Aug. 8 by a Nisswa police officer and charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
Life goes on
Find out in Monday's Dispatch how a rural Brainerd husband and wife, both former Potlatch workers, are expanding their home-grown business of growing grapes and berries after the demise of the paper mill.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 25 - 80 years ago (1922) - Thirty-six pairs of ladies white pumps and oxfords, special for Friday and Saturday $1.65 at Oberst & Durham's.
Cass cities talk about forming their own association
PINE RIVER -- Officials from seven Cass County cities attended an organizational meeting Thursday night to form an Association of Cass County Cities.
Pillager fuel oil spill into river being contained
PILLAGER -- A fuel oil spill into the Crow Wing River in Pillager on Wednesday is being contained, a spokesman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reported.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 23 - 60 years ago (1942) - "The Fleet's in" can be said of four Brainerd sailors who are now home on furlough. Paul Fallquist and Billy LeNeau, Ralph Williams and Howard Hill.
BAXTER -- The 20th annual Brainerd Trades and Labor picnic will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 2 at Baxter City Park.
Why vacation here?
NISSWA -- With so many places to vacation in Minnesota, two families from Chicago piled in a mini van and pickup truck and headed for the Brainerd lakes area.
A special way to remember
Jeremy John Zemke loved to fish.
Court won't change ruling against Columbine memorial tiles
DENVER (AP) -- The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to reconsider its decision allowing school officials to ban religious themes on tiles painted by families of two students killed in the Columbine High School massacre.
Jury finds Gorton guilty in 1991 slaying
DETROIT (AP) -- A jury found Jeffrey Gorton guilty of murder in the 1991 rape and slaying of a Northwest Airlines flight attendant.
Delta, Continental, Northwest agree on partnership
NEW YORK (AP) -- Delta Air Lines will join Continental and Northwest in a broad new partnership aimed at protecting revenue from a proposed rival alliance, several newspapers reported late Thursday.
Jeb Bush goes on offensive against Democratic underdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After a summer of campaigning against his Democratic opponents by pretending they don't exist, Gov. Jeb Bush is suddenly on the offensive.
Publicist pleads guilty in crash that injured 16
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Lizzie Grubman, a New York publicist with a star-studded roster of clients, pleaded guilty Friday in a hit-and-run crash that injured 16 people outside a Hamptons nightclub.
Portland police use pepper spray on anti-Bush protesters
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Riot police used pepper spray and struck some demonstrators with batons after ordering hundreds of people to leave a protest near a hotel where President Bush attended a fund-raiser.
Shock jocks fired for too big a shock
NEW YORK (AP) -- Opie and Anthony are over and out, but their former bosses may still be hearing from the Federal Communications Commission.
Administration appeals court ruling that rejected some new wiretap rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Setting up the next showdown over anti-terrorism powers, the Bush administration appealed a court ruling that forced Attorney General John Ashcroft to change new guidelines for FBI terrorism searches and wiretaps.
Judge rules Moussaoui can't see classified information
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Since he pledges allegiance to Osama bin Laden and prays for destruction of the United States, Sept. 11 conspiracy defendant Zacarias Moussaoui should not have access to classified information, a judge says.
Wisconsin McDonald's employee dies from hepatitis A infection
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) -- A McDonald's restaurant employee infected with hepatitis A along with her son and another child died Thursday evening, authorities said.
FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) -- A second man has pleaded guilty to evidence tampering in the shooting death at Jayson Williams' mansion and agreed to testify against the former NBA star.
Bush raises political cash, looks to campaign season
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Positioning himself for the soon-to-begin battles of the fall, President Bush was wrapping up a three-day Western tour with a fresh push for both his policy agenda and his political friends.
Anti-malaria drug cited in Fort Bragg probe
WASHINGTON -- The Army is sending a team of specialists to Fort Bragg, N.C., on Sunday to investigate common factors among four soldiers accused of killing their wives, including possible side effects from an anti-malaria drug prescribed to soldiers who fought in Afghanistan.
Rape suspect's home searched for missing Oregon girls
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- FBI agents were given authority to search the home of a rape suspect for evidence related to the disappearance of two neighbor girls.
AT&T receives subpoena related to New York State investigation of financial analysts
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- State investigators are looking into whether a top analyst for Citigroup Inc. upgraded his rating of AT&T's stock to help land the bank a role advising on a $10.6 billion deal for the telecommunication giant, a source familiar with the matter said.
Researchers find evidence of space rock smashing Earth nearly 3.5 billion years ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A huge asteroid slammed into the Earth nearly 3.5 billion years ago, when the planet was just a billion years old, and created a global blizzard of glass droplets and giant waves that raced around the world, researchers say.
Court freezes accounts of relatives of former Enron executive Fastow
HOUSTON (AP) -- Prosecutors have drawn closer to Enron's former chief financial officer, freezing brokerage accounts belonging to his family members a day after a trusted aide pleaded guilty, a person familiar with the case said.
Carry-on coffee in, security questions may be out at airports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline passengers soon may be able to board a plane without being asked whether they have kept a close watch on their bags. And starting right away, they can take drinks through security checkpoints.
ON THE LABOR FRONT
The baseball players' union failed to respond to the owners' latest revenue-sharing proposal during a series of collective bargaining sessions Thursday, but the sides -- in a positive perspective -- agreed they have plenty of time to resolve the remaining issues before the union's Aug. 30 strike date.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- After several days of hitting nothing but grounders, Ryan Griffin practiced on hitting the ball hard and high.
Former NFL linebacker dies in car accident
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- Former NFL linebacker Wayne Simmons, a starter on the Green Bay Packers' 1997 Super Bowl championship team, was killed early Friday when his car crashed and burst into flames. He was 32.
Worcester, Louisville set for another pitchers' duel
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Worcester's Ryan Griffin certainly got Louisville manager Troy Osborne's attention with his game-ending home run against Harlem.
Nebraska hopes for good start
Nebraska hopes to start the new season season on a better note than it ended 2001.
Brady, Patriots shut down Panthers
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady finally found the end zone. The Carolina Panthers are still seeking their first win in nearly a year.
Rookie puts A's in first place
Josh Bard capped off an unforgettable 24 hours with a dramatic home run that altered the AL West standings.
Late field goal lifts No. 25 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- So this is what life is like after David Carr.
Gary L. Bock
MOUND -- Gary L. Bock, 52, Mound, formerly of the Brainerd area, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at his home.
Richard 'Rick' L. Fossum
SAN ANTONIO -- Richard "Rick" L. Fossum, 54, San Antonio, formerly of Brainerd, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002.
Elmer G. Eklund
ISLE -- Elmer G. Eklund, 90, Isle, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at the Foley Nursing Home.
Chronic wasting disease is a problem that can't be ignored
Wisconsin is preparing to kill 25,000 deer in an effort to eradicate chronic wasting disease, a wildlife ailment that has the state worried it might lose millions of dolla
Fences between the genders
The other day one of those cable stations designed to make you feel good about couch time because you learn something had a story about the differences in the brains of men and women.
Write to the news council
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Serial killers - Dispatch Editorial
Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He has admitted killing 13 women, but his actual toll is probably dozens. In 1982 he plea-bargained a 60-year prison sentence, and prosecutors hoped he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars. But, thanks to a quirk in the Texas legal system, he could be released in 2006.
The innocent pleasures of summer are gone forever. When I was a boy, I played in the sun from morning until dusk, my skin burning dutifully on Memorial Day and turning a dark
Over the past several months, I have become very interested in the workings of city council, as well as, the committees which make recommendations to it. At times, I've applauded the system at work. Other times, I've "fumed" over it.
Recently Mike Hatch took money away from Eat Smoke Free Coalitions for good reason. Richard Hurt and his group of prohibitionists have campaigned to outlaw smoking in
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The DNR is proposing special regulations for northern pike on 75 Minnesota lakes.
North Country calendar
From saltwater flats, and cypress and hardwood trees to marine life and flowers, Delta is popular place to explore
SPANISH FORT, Ala. -- With ecotourism on the rise, veteran kayaker Jeff Evans and fishing guide Craig Key have found the Mobile Delta's watery wilderness to be a profitable showplace.
Casting for bass
An angler cast for bass or northern pike as he and his partner worked the shoreline of the Crow Wing River near the Pillager bridge Friday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame selects Bollig, Genz
WALKER -- The Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame has announced the selection of two prominent Minnesota anglers as the 2002 inductees into the Legend's Hall.
DNR to seek ban on deer feeding
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources on Friday said it would seek a ban on the feeding of deer in Minnesota, a step aimed at reducing the spread of chronic wasting disease.
What you can do
The best way for humans to protect themselves from HGE is to avoid grassy, brushy and wooded areas from May through July. But if you venture forth anyway, take the following precautions:
BRAINERD/NISSWA - Shiner minnows and redtail minnows are producing walleyes on Gull Lake and Round Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water.
Tick, tick, tick...
Mosquitoes and ticks, two common outdoor pests, usually are regarded as mere annoyances. We slap the mosquito, flick off the tick and continue down the wooded path.
Slip bobber rigs are effective
Fishermen often over-analyze a situation, make techniques and approaches too complex. We end up outsmarting ourselves.
Angela Carol High and David Adam Sprau were married June 1, 2002, at Pleasant Hill Church in Pequot Lakes with Pastor Eveland officiating.
Lynn Mary Geisenhof and Gary Raymond Brau were married April 27, 2002, in the Camp Ripley Chapel at Camp Ripley.
Anne Huber and Wiljo Tuomi II
Anne Huber and Wiljo Tuomi II announce their engagement. Parents are Archie Katchie, Brainerd, and Ione Katchie, Menahga, and Wiljo and Phyllis Tuomi, Brainerd. An Oct. 12 wedding is planned at Christ Community Church in Nisswa.
Candice Weber and Trevor Swift were married Dec. 29, 2001, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Zelienople, Pa., with Pastor William Brewer officiating.
LeRoy and MaryAnn Gulden
LeRoy and MaryAnn Gulden, Pierz, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 1 with a meal to follow at the Pierz Bar. They were married Sept. 3, 1952, in Pierz.
Dallas and Phyllis Young
Dallas and Phyllis Young, Baxter, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 9:15-10 a.m. today at the coffee hour between worship services at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Jessica "J.J." Steinhorst and Tim Larson
Jessica "J.J." Steinhorst and Tim Larson announce their engagement. Parents are Marlo and Marvel Steinhorst, Alexandria, and David and Violet Larson, Brainerd. A Sept. 21 wedding is planned in Alexandria.
Earle Johnson will celebrate his retirement with an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 1 at 516 Memorywood Drive N., Baxter.
Keri Larson and Toby Wooden
Keri Larson and Toby Wooden announce their engagement. Parents are Jan Larson, Nisswa, and the late Leonard Larson Jr., and Janice Viet, Brainerd, and Wayne Wooden, Brainerd. An Aug. 31 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Hank and Edna Lemm
Hank and Edna Lemm, Brainerd, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today at their daughter Ginny's home. They were married Sept. 6, 1952.
Marc and Peggy Serani
Marc and Peggy Serani, Baxter, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Apostle Islands, Wis. They were married Aug. 20, 1977, in Brainerd.
Jennifer Stevens and John Gilles were married July 13, 2002, at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth with the Rev. David Tushar officiating.
Spencer paces Food City 250
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- The last time Jimmy Spencer raced at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was bumped back to second place.
Winless Gordon seizes pole position
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jeff Gordon is getting a little tired of talking about his slump.
Businessman anxious to pursue dreams again
MINNEAPOLIS -- Garad Jama doesn't want to talk about the lows he hit in the 10 months after his business was shuttered and he was accused of having ties to terrorists.
Temporary homes to be taken to Roseau
ROSEAU (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers this week will begin delivering manufactured homes for use by residents who are displaced while repairs are made to their flood-damaged houses and apartments.
Independence Party must hold another convention for 6th District
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The Independence Party will hold another local convention in the 6th Congressional District next week after party rules were violated during its first vote.
MnDOT complaint against Start Tribune denied
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota News Council on Thursday dismissed five complaints by the Minnesota Department of Transportation against the Star Tribune of Minneapolis over a story about the handling of some road construction contracts.
Minnesota Supreme Court orders review of DNA method
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower court to review the scientific acceptance of a widely-used DNA test.
Neighbors erupt after boy hit by ricochet police bullet
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dozens of people shouted at police, smashed windows and assaulted members of the media late Thursday after a 10-year-old boy was wounded by a bullet that ricocheted from a police officer's gun.
Bullet in officer's death wasn't from police gun
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis police officer Melissa Schmidt was killed from the bullet of a .38-caliber handgun, the Hennepin County Sheriff's office said Thursday, trying to dispel rumors the officer died from friendly fire.
Minnesota Zoo struggles with declining revenue
APPLE VALLEY (AP) -- Minnesota Zoo visitors could pay more for less under plans being discussed by officials trying to cope with declining attendance and a 9 percent cut in state funding.
Riders reunite to recall joy, pain of 'orphan train'
LITTLE FALLS (AP) -- They share no blood relation, but a common experience makes them family.
Sheriff: Lax jailer blamed for inmates' escape
LE CENTER (AP) -- Le Sueur County Sheriff Dave Gliszinski says a jailer who was supposed to check cells twice per hour failed to do so a week ago when two inmates escaped from the county jail.
Mayor appeals for calm after melee that followed police shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mayor R.T. Rybak appealed for calm Friday, the day after a black boy was injured by a bullet that ricocheted from a police officer's gun, sparking a violent rampage in a north Minneapolis neighborhood.
Butterflies attract lots of attention at fair
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Marty Mammel comes to the Minnesota State Fair each year to play with butterflies.
Governor's residence in St. Paul reopens to tourists
ST. PAUL (AP) -- By the time the new staff of the governor's residence reopened the building, about 20 people already had gathered outside the gates.
Judge denies Blom's request for new trial
CARLTON (AP) -- A judge has rejected Donald Blom's request for a new trial in the kidnapping and killing of Katie Poirier.
S-M girls second at Jamestown meet
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals girls ran the best average time in team history on their way to a runner-up finish at the season-opening Jamestown Invitational cross country running meet Friday.
FOLEY -- The Foley High School football field will be renamed Darien DeRocher Field in ceremonies Sept. 13.
ST. PAUL -- Three area teams competed in the Minnesota Golf Association Four-Championship Aug. 19-21.
Raiders pin hopes on strong defense
A common saying throughout football is that offense wins games but defense wins championships.
Bar Harbor wins Masters tournament
Bar Harbor went undefeated to win the Masters year-end slow-pitch softball tournament in Brainerd this season.
Meschke secures 100th career victory
PERHAM -- Senior Ashley Meschke of Pequot Lakes recorded her 100th career victory as the Patriots competed in the Perham quadrangular Thursday.
PEQUOT LAKES -- There are certain milestones in high school athletics that can define an athlete's career, like scoring 1,000 points in basketball, winning 100 wrestling matches or rushing for 1,000 yards in a season.
Memorable moments before a possible strike
Five days remain until Major League Baseball's drop-dead date for a strike, the ninth work stoppage in about 20 years.
Warriors open net season with runner-up finish
The Brainerd Warriors girls' tennis team opened its season with a second-place finish in its 5-team invitational Friday.
Randy Ratio appears to be clicking
MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Moss appears ready for the regular season, and so does the rest of Minnesota's offense.
CLASS B STATE TOURNAMENT
Kuppe, Carter anchor Gophers' offensive line
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The offensive line was and probably still is Minnesota's biggest concern heading into this season.
Players could pull major PR coup by averting strike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- So there's a strike date coming up that the Major League Baseball players have set, threatening to walk off the job again if they can't agree with the owners by then on a new collective bargaining pact.
Gophers release men's basketball schedule
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's 2002-03 men's basketball schedule includes seven appearances on national TV.
Twins have most to lose in strike
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No team has more on the line in the next week of labor negotiations than the Minnesota Twins.
Banged-up Titans remember lopsided loss to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Good games were in short supply for the Minnesota Vikings last year, but one of their best efforts was a drubbing of the Tennessee Titans -- a team that endured an equally disappointing 2001.
Guzman extends hit streak to 21 games as Twins win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Cristian Guzman is pain-free and worry-free. It's no wonder his hitting streak has reached 21 games.
Parents, coaches struggle with skyrocketing participation fees
Marvin Douglas, the athletic director at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Center, frets daily about skyrocketing activity fees.
Guzman continues to have hot bat
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Raul Ibanez robbed Cristian Guzman of a chance at getting into the Minnesota Twins' record books.
Online peeping provides an Ivy League lesson
It's fun to watch the rich and famous air out the laundry in public. Especially when they're two fabulously wealthy institutions dedicated to the very highest academic and community ideals.
Wireless networking looms large
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There's high-speed Internet in the air.
Creating your own Web site is easier than ever
Do you have something to tell the world?
Don't blame 'Net hogs
Does eating the groceries you buy at the supermarket make you a "food hog"?
The answer for moving day on a PC
NEW YORK -- I think my mother must have had the original computer. Or at least pieces of it.
Iowa state forecast
Rest of today...Becoming partly sunny. A chance of late afternoon showers and thunderstorms northeast. Highs 80 to 85.
State forecast for North Dakota
Dense fog advisory south central this morning...
State forecast for South Dakota
Flood watch through early this evening for lawrence county...
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Iowa state forecast
Flood watch for portions of east central and southeast iowa through this afternoon...
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly sunny north and east. Partly sunny south. A chance of late afternoon thunderstorms far southwest. Highs in the 80s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Flood watch this afternoon and evening for lawrence county...
Minnesota state forecast
Dense fog advisory until midmorning southeast...
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Partly sunny. Isolated showers or thunderstorms west. Highs in the 70s to low 80s. Cooler near lake michigan.
Storms in Northeast and Great Lakes; dry, sunny in the West
A stationary front draped across the eastern third of the country Friday brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast, most of the Ohio River Valley and much of the Midwest.
On the lake
Weather drawing by Riley Thramer of Mrs. Hines' third grade class at Baxter school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Patchy morning fog. Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms far east. Highs in the upper 60s northeast to the lower 80s northwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory this morning southeast and south central...
Weather drawing by Mikayla Cerney in the Nisswa School kindergarten class of Mrs. Lykins.
The Brainerd American Legion will be serving cranberry chicken, baked potato, veggie and a roll beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Cost: $6.50.
The Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals is over for another year, allowing us to t
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Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest thriller from Michael Jackson: Word is he has a third child.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Eldon Hegstrom and Gus Schlick, 127.5; Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 126.5; Phyllis DeRosier and Clif Johnson, 123.5; and Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 123. East-West: Bud and Jean Forsberg, 130; Joyce Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 129; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 119.5; and Mona Gorham and Tony Vornbrock, 117.5.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Armitage in Pakistan wraps up South Asia mission
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Amid reports of fresh violence in Kashmir, a top U.S. diplomat said Saturday it was up to Pakistan and India to find a solution to the long-standing crisis over the disputed Himalayan region.
Flood threat in China forces more than 250,000 from their homes
YUEYANG, China (AP) -- More than 250,000 people have been evacuated from areas around a rain-swollen lake in central China, a government official said, as farmers patrolled atop dikes to check for leaks.
Jailed American GIs eat steak and cake, prompting complaints of special treatment
TOKYO (AP) -- In one cell block, dinner is a heaping plate of steak, potatoes, dessert and fruit. In the others, it's rice, miso soup and boiled fish -- and about half the calories.
Israelis kill two Palestinians who tried to attack settlement
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Three armed Palestinians disguised as Israeli soldiers tried to infiltrate a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip on Friday, and troops killed two of the attackers, the army said.
U.S., Russia cooperate in nuclear material seizure
U.S. and Russian officials whisked away 100 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from an aging nuclear reactor in Yugoslavia Thursday in a dramatic, military-style operation described as the first of a series of pre-emptive strikes against the danger of nuclear terrorism.
Colombian president opens way for peace agreements
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- President Alvaro Uribe says he will support local leaders' efforts to negotiate regional peace agreements to stem rebel violence in their regions.
Russian, North Korean leaders meet for talks focusing on economics
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday took time out from his round of visits to factories, military units and stores in Russia's Far East to discuss economics and international affairs with President Vladimir Putin.
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