Auto ads don't convey right message
WASHINGTON -- One wonders about auto executives who seem intent on destroying the reputations of their companies and products with stupid advertisements.
Study finds tires rarely linked to crashes
The numbers, repeated daily for weeks now in the news media, have been scary:
Honda's CR-V No power trip, but a practical performer
Colleagues and others who drove the Honda 2000 CR-V EX utility wagon complained about a lack of horsepower. I didn't understand this, until I put the CR-V on the highway. There, its lack of oomph became obvious. The vehicle struggled to keep up with traffic that nearly always left it in its wake. Whoosh! A truck sped by. Zoom! A sports coupe disappeared into the distance. Varrooommm! Ah, that was a Porsche. What can keep up with a Porsche?
1967 Chevrolet Malibu
Alan Rademacher of southeast Brainerd purchased this classic 1967 Chevrolet Malibu for only $75 when he was 14.
Reports: Credit Suisse to purchase brokerage DLJ
NEW YORK (AP) -- Credit Suisse Group is reportedly planning to purchase brokerage Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, marking the second time this summer a Swiss banking giant will take control of a Wall Street firm.
ViewMaster production goes to Mexico
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- View-Master amazed a generation of American kids by transporting them into a wondrous three-dimensional world through a cheap plastic machine.
Leading indicators down slightly, another sign of slowing growth
NEW YORK (AP) -- A key measure of U.S. economic activity fell slightly in July for the third time in as many months, the latest sign the economy's growth is slowing, an industry group said Wednesday.
Sun Country optimistic despite growing losses
MENDOTA HEIGHTS (AP) -- Despite a sharp increase in second-quarter passenger traffic, Sun Country Airlines continues to lose money. Nevertheless, officials of the discount carrier remain optimistic about its future.
Stocks are mixed in sluggish trading
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of brokerage companies surged Wednesday following news that Credit Suisse had agreed to buy Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, but the overall market was mixed in lackluster trading.
Major new frequent-flier plan announced
MINNEAPOLIS -- Frequent fliers on six major airlines will be able to exchange the miles they earn to help pay for goods and services from more than 100 online merchants under a program announced Tuesday.
Ford forms online auto-sales venture
DETROIT -- In a bid to extend control of its vehicle sales into the fast-growing Internet retail channel, Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is forming an e-commerce enterprise with its 4,200 dealers so customers can buy Ford cars and trucks online.
Food is now an entertainment product
NEW YORK -- The focus of the food media has changed dramatically since the days when Julia Child first stared into a PBS camera and taught Americans how to boil a live lobster.
Zucchini filled with beans has substance
Feast on summer vegetables by firing up the grill for Grilled Bean-Filled Zucchini.
Bake ice cream puffs for a dreamy summer dessert
Profiteroles, using the dessert's French name, are defined in "The Joy of Cooking" (Scribner) as cream puffs filled with ice cream and cloaked in chocolate sauce. In "Simple French Desserts" (Chronicle Books), Jill O'Connor calls them a Parisian bistro classic.
Serve peach pie for holiday weekend
Labor Day is already here -- a legal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September that marks the last weekend of the season before the kids are back in school.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 850.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 168, a year ago 170.
NISSWA -- Two people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday on Mission Road in Nisswa.
The story on Lloyd "Sonny" Anderson Tuesday should have said funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 6.
VANDALISM -- Tanner Motors reported three vehicle were vandalized over the National Hot Rod Association Nationals weekend. A Dodge Durango and a Dodge Ram were keyed on the drivers side and another Durango was possibly hit.
Something new for stock quotes
Dispatch readers using Stock Quote Hotline services of Extra Access will hear a different message now when checking on their favorite stocks. The system has ben upgraded to report quote in decimals instead of fractions.
Lakes area becomes golf Mecca
For golfers visiting the Brainerd lakes area, and for those who are full-time residents, this truly is a golf Mecca.
Area golf shorts
Country Club Estates broke away from the pack of three to take sole possession of the lead with a 12-0 win over Thelen Heating Thursday in the men's Twilight Golf League at Pine Meadows.
O'Day takes club championship
Sandy O'Day won her fourth straight club championship, her sixth in the last seven years Thursday at Pine Meadows.
Pro offers putting advice
We all know that selecting the proper line of a putt is an inevitable determinant for success.
CLC men's golf team wins tourney
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders men's golf team flexed their golf muscles Wednesday at Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids.
Dahl designs Eagle's Landing
FORT RIPLEY -- He's not Arnold Palmer or Robert Trent Jones Jr., but Jim Dahl may be considered a bigger part of the Brainerd lakes area golf scene than the aforementioned.
Lights, camera action Going inside the intestine with a 'video pill'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli company is ready to start testing its "video pill" -- a tiny video camera that monitors human intestines -- on patients.
Study: Weight training sends more people to hospitals
As more people train with weights, more get hurt -- especially baby boomers and older people who are trying to keep from showing their age, a study finds.
Every calorie counts
For nearly a century, nutrition scientists and dietitians have been estimating their patients' calorie needs based on the individual's sex, size, age, activity levels and even disease and injury states.
Solution to scrub vegetables developed
Procter & Gamble has cleaned practically everything in America, from clothes, floors and dishes to hands, hair and babies' behinds. Now the consumer products giant is tackling a different dirty work: fruits and vegetables.
Exercise aids organ transplant patients
Exercise is good for your organs, even if the organs originally were someone else's.
'Every Woman' handbook available for free
A national group of nurses wants women to leave their next medical appointment about a pound heavier -- the weight of a 300-page glossy magazine.
Area health briefs
Cass County will offer the following blood pressure and immunization clinics.
In war on smoking, all weapons are needed
The latest surgeon general's report on eliminating smoking puts it very clearly: "Preventing tobacco addiction among young people and promoting abstinence ... are the final common denominators ..."
Be careful not to overload your children's backpacks
Overloaded backpacks crammed with books, binders, athletic gear and musical instruments are sending many children to medical professionals with complaints of neck and back pain.
Students' bodies need steady supply of calcium
So, your teen doesn't like to drink milk most days, but occasionally pigs out on dairy products to make up the difference.
Are you eating your veggies?
Unless you've been living inside a Hostess Twinkie for the past decade, you've undoubtedly received multiple messages that you
Program helps farmers prevent erosion
PLAINVIEW (AP) -- Much to John Bedtke's surprise, doing the right thing for his land was also the best thing for his family.
Smoking ad on Little Falls building restored, with personal touches memorializing those who have died from smoking
LITTLE FALLS -- Smoking awareness has come a long way since the turn of the century, and Little Falls teen-agers have found a way to publicly document the history and effects of smoking on people.
River rally, cleanup held along Mississippi River
LITTLE FALLS -- On Saturday morning, Aug. 19, Great River/Great People sponsored a river rally and cleanup along the Mississippi River.
28th annual Little Falls Arts, Crafts Fair set
LITTLE FALLS -- The largest juried arts and crafts fair in the Upper Midwest will be held Sept. 9 and 10 in Little Falls.
Baxter teens show leadership skills as state 4-H leaders
BAXTER -- The 4-H program has proven to be much more than cows and canning for two area teens who made their way to the top, learning great leadership skills along the way.
Tugboats still serve key role in Twin Ports harbor
DULUTH (AP) -- They're the unsung -- often unseen -- heroes of shipping.
Ballot initiatives aim to preserve farmland
WASHINGTON -- The 913 acres of Ohio land that Geoff Mavis farms already are worth as much as $4,000 an acre, he figures, and the land gets more valuable as the suburbs of Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati creep toward it.
Former CLC student's donation initiates Plut Scholarship
Mildred Stave, a former student at Central Lakes College, decided not to wait for anyone else to honor her favorite instructor, Joe Plut.
STAPLES -- Kari Erickson will hold a registration night for a ballet, tap and jazz class from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Staples Community Center.
Lake City has served as home to refugees since Vietnam War
LAKE CITY (AP) -- Svjtlan was a coal mine drafter. Marina was a medical student. Then the war got too close to Tuzla, Bosnia.
Racing side by side
Shawn Wageman (21), Pine River, and Wayne Wooden, Brainerd, raced side by side coming out of the fourth turn in the Wissota Street Stock feature race Saturday night at North Central Motor Speedway.
ATV use on tax-forfeited trails discussed
Public trail systems can be used by everyone.
Autopsy shows Duluth woman died of beating, strangulation
DULUTH (AP) -- A woman whose body was found near Lake Superior College died of a severe beating an
James Sarff faces life in prison
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- James Sarff faces a potential sentence of life in prison after a jury convicted him of kidnapping his estranged wife and taking her to Mexico.
Schools fight federal ruling
The Brainerd School District is one of 300 Minnesota school districts that asked a court Wednesday for shelter from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which wants them to compensate employees who accepted less money for retiring at an older age.
Perpich memorial to be unveiled in Chisholm
CHISHOLM (AP) -- A memorial to Gov. Rudy Perpich is set to open next month at the Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm, reflecting Perpich's childhood and early adulthood on the Iron Range and his time in public service.
Holding on for the first day
Drey Loge hanged on to the arm of his mother, Kathy Loge, this morning as they headed into Riverside School for kindergarten orientation. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Ventura at fair
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) --Expect crowds to get a little heavy Friday around lunchtime at the Independence Party's State Fair booth. Gov. Jesse Ventura plans to spend a little time shaking hands at 12:30 p.m.
Getting a jump on holiday travel is starting earlier these days
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesotans once again are getting an early start on their Labor Day travels, both to savor last long weekend of summer and to beat the traffic, resort owners say.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 31 - 100 years ago (1900) - Wm. Moore had a house raising on the 25th and did his duty handsomely by setting up a nice lunch and oh! horrors, a keg of harmless beer, but it's all right, Billy, do it some more.
School board gives OK to Nisswa library project
NISSWA -- Residents and children here will be seeing changes at the Nisswa School early next year.
Wind clocked at 100 mph in city
Heavy rain and gusts of at least 60 mph -- possibly as high as 100 mph in one official's observation -- tore through Brainerd early this morning, causing power outages and damaging trees and other structures.
College reports enrollment gains
Central Lakes College has opened the academic year with about 250 more students than last year on the first day of classes.
Glitch could snarl Twin Cities phone bills
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Twin Cities customers of Qwest Communications should check their telephone bills very carefully for the next few months.
Morey's recalls smoked trout
A Minnesota company is recalling 260 pounds of smoked trout because it may be contaminated with salmonella, which can cause serious infections in certain people.
Minnesota firefighters heading back from Black Hills
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota firefighters who were shipped to the Black Hills to protect homes from a huge forest fire headed back home Wednesday.
Former St. Mary's student pleads guilty to bookmaking
WINONA (AP) -- A former St. Mary's University student has pleaded guilty to running a sports bookmaking operation out of his dorm room.
Man pleads guilty in 2 murders Ebinger linked to deaths in Cass, Wright counties
WALKER -- Michael Richard Ebinger pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County Court to second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 4 death of 92-year-old Carrie Nagel of Hackensack.
Jenkins woman held in stabbing
A 38-year-old Jenkins woman was arrested Wednesday following a stabbing incident at Jenkins residence, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
Lottery sales set record
ROSEVILLE (AP) -- The Minnesota State Lottery set a record in the 2000 fiscal year, with sales totaling $397.2 million, a 1.8 percent increase over the previous year.
One person was killed and five others injured in a two vehicle accident at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 169, at County Road 11 in Mille Lacs County.
Minnesota SAT scores continue to rank above average
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota high school students who take the Scholastic Aptitude Test continue to score above the national average.
Minnesota fire crews helping with Black Hills blaze
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota fire crews from 12 rural communities are helping battle the Black Hills blaze at the request of South Dakota's governor, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.
Article irks DNR chief Access cut for Star Tribune for outdoors reporter
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Employees at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are being instructed by the agency's chief to deny interviews to a Star Tribune of Minneapolis reporter unless they get to read his articles before publication.
Cost of fighting wildfires expected to top $1 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal cost of fighting wildfires across the West soon will exceed $1 billion with Congress likely to dip into the treasury again this year to pay the final tab, federal officials said Wednesday.
Rain brings hope to fire-stricken states
BOISE, Idaho -- A series of weather systems moving from the Pacific toward the Northwest Wednesday brought the promise of weekend rain and blessed relief to thousands of weary firefighters, but officials said it was too early to predict an end to the most costly fire season ever.
Temps can join unions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many of the nation's 35 million temporary workers will be able to join company unions, putting them in a position to bargain for medical benefits and other compensations, as a result of a ruling Wednesday by the National Labor Relations Board.
Group says improvements needed in rural education
WASHINGTON -- Eight Southern states and the Dakotas lead an advocacy group's list of troubled rural K-12 public education. The current national debate on school quality isn't addressing the problem, the group contends.
Head of CNN domestic operations to leave
NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of CNN's national operations, Rick Kaplan, is departing as the cable news network struggles to turn around sagging ratings. The company a
Minorities make up majority in California now
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's black population grew at a faster rate in the 1990s than that of almost any other state, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
'Going postal' called a myth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Going postal" is a myth, according to a commission formed to study violence at the post office. The panel found postal workers are no more likely to face violence on the job than workers in general, and only one-third as likely to be murdered there.
Judge tells Ford he's prepared to order recall in ignition woes
DETROIT (AP) -- A California judge is prepared to order a recall of up to 2 million Ford Motor Co. vehicles over concerns that the vehicles are prone to stalling, the company said Wednesday.
Parched Kansas soils threaten more than harvest
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Sizzling heat has already withered most of the Kansas soybean crop. Across the state, farmers rush to harvest their deteriorating corn and sorghum fields -- baked by triple-digit temperatures and no rain.
Lane's wife said husband hit, choked her before shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Fred Lane's wife told a 911 operator that her husband choked and hit her and said her baby wasn't his child before she fatally shot the NFL running back in their home, according to a police recording released on Tuesday.
Forecast of rain helps fuel optimism on lines
RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) -- There was something unusual on Montana fire lines early Wednesday: optimism, brought on by cooler temperatures, relatively light wind and forecasts of rain.
Ramseys say new questioning does little to help their case
ATLANTA -- Expressing confidence that they had aided the investigation of their daughter's murder, John and Patsy Ramsey said they nonetheless doubted that two days of questioning had lifted the "umbrella of suspicion" shrouding the couple since JonBenet was found dead nearly four years ago.
Lee could be freed Friday, judge rules
A federal judge in New Mexico ruled Tuesday that physicist Wen Ho Lee can be released on $1 million bail Friday under tight restrictions and following a thorough FBI search of his home.
Rafter, Kuerten upset in U.S. Open
NEW YORK (AP) -- Patrick Rafter was back in the spotlight in Arthur Ashe Stadium with his high-kicking serve, crisp volleys and bouncing ponytail. It was just the place and time for Galo Blanco to shine.
American jumpers offended by Aussie's remarks
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- U.S. long jumpers Melvin Lister and Savante Stringfellow were deeply offended Wednesday by racial remarks made by an Australian long jumper, with Stringfellow comparing the comments to the offensive ones made by John Rocker.
Rolling with the punches
Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez (left) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays batter Gerald Williams tussle after Martinez hit Williams with a pitch in the first inning Tuesday, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Williams charged the mound and a bench-clearing brawl ensued.
Even with baggage, Blazers think Kemp might be missing piece
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Even if Shawn Kemp never soars again like he did as a high-flying 20-year-old, the Portland Trail Blazers think he can help them get past the Los Angeles Lakers and into the NBA Finals.
Mets, Braves remain tied
About the only positive for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was that they played equally bad.
Royals bake Twins
DP--Minnesota 2, Kansas City 2. LOB--Minnesota 8, Kansas City 6. 2B--Coomer (25), JMaxwell (5), THunter (9), Koskie (26), JJones (18), Damon (35), MJSweeney (27), Quinn (27). 3B--Randa (4). HR--Hocking (4), Quinn (19). SB--CGuzman (24).
Sweeney delivers clutch hit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mike Sweeney delivered a special introduction and a clutch base hit all in one day.
Wild open rookie camp
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The first players to skate in a Minnesota Wild uniform hit the ice Friday when the team opens a four-day rookie training camp.
Twins, Salt Lake Buzz may part company
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins and their Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Buzz, could end 15 years together when their contract expires at the end of the season.
Culpepper is in control
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Daunte Culpepper, whose next NFL pass will be his first, didn't back down from the appraisal.
Center gets his first start as well
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Starting Sunday, this young, new and highly-praised starter for the Minnesota Vikings will get his hands on the ball on every snap he's in the game.
Red Sox down Devil Rays
After hitting Gerald Williams, Pedro Martinez started working on a no-hit bid.
Anthony 'Tony' Jelacie
NISSWA -- Anthony "Tony" Jelacie, 43, Nisswa, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at his home.
Donna M. Jones
Donna Mae Jones, 69, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at home.
Evelyn 'Evie' Multz
PINE RIVER -- Evelyn "Evie" Multz, 84, Pine River, and formerly of St. Paul, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Lakewood Care Center of Staples.
Donna M. Jones
Donna Mae Jones, 69, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at home.
Duane 'Frenchy-Dewey' Doucette
Duane E. "Frenchy-Dewey" Doucette, 69, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, at home.
PIERZ -- Joseph Heberlee, 65, Pierz, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Veteran's Administration Hospital of Minneapolis.
Albert L. Manker
MERRIFIELD -- Albert Lee Manker, 85, Merrifield, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
Cora J. Evenson
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Cora Josephine Evenson, 86, Grand Forks, N.D., died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Altru Hospital of Grand Forks.
Joyce M. Bellefeuille
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Joyce M. Bellefeuille, 64, Eden Prairie, and formerly of Little Falls, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at home.
Daniel 'Dan' C. Carper
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- Daniel "Dan" C. Carper, 42, Jacksonville, N.C., and formerly of Little Falls, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at home.
Eva S. Westling
AITKIN -- Eva S. Westling, 91, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Aicota Health Care Center of Aitkin.
LITTLE FALLS -- Robert Unzen, 88, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Little Falls Care Center.
Judith L. Daily
PARK RAPIDS -- Judith Lynn Daily, 46, Park Rapids, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at home.
Minnesota News Council
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Let Nader in - Dispatch Editorial
Political parties are unusual creations. They're formed because like-minded people have a passion for certain ideas and principles. In a party's early days the members often rage and rail against the status quo. They'll labor in the political fields, achieve some success and one day they become the status quo.
The long awaited 371 bypass and bridge has finally come to pass, at the price of several millions of tax dollars. The Herculean task of coordinating, engineering, construction, environmental studies, and public meetings, etc. has been accomplished. MnDOT was charged with this responsibility by the Minnesota Legislature and they rose to the task.
The debate debate
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Battle lines forming over Bush, Gore comments on military
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush's claim that the next president will inherit a military "in decline" is producing a political tug of war among former and present Pentagon commanders.
Brainerd incumbents, Baxter mayor enter races
Three Brainerd City Council incumbents and Baxter's mayor filed for re-election as filings opened for city posts Tuesday. Filings close Sept. 12.
Ventura jabs at Wellstone, suggests he's mulling run
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said on nationwide television that he thinks U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone has gone back on campaign-finance and term-limit pledges he made to Minnesotans.
Dayton figures persistence is paying off
Two years ago Mark Dayton finished a disappointing fourth in the DFL gubernatorial primary.
Two more enter races
All of the Brainerd City Council incumbents have now filed for re-election but no challengers have surfaced yet. And in Baxter two of three council incumbents are in the race.
Ventura tells lawyers that thin skin is his biggest fault
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura says his biggest fault is that he doesn't always take criticism well.
Look who's being accused of distortion himself
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura, who frequently accuses the media of distortion, is being accused of the same thing because of his new book.
Gore embraces three debates; Bush says he'll 'pick and choose'
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- George W. Bush is dispatching aides to meet with major television network executives and a special commission to decide on times, places and formats for presidential debates that Al Gore accuses him of trying to duck.
Bush spends as much money to reach voters as Gore does for primaries
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush spent more than $40 million trying to reach voters through advertising and by mail and telephone, nearly as much as Al Gore doled out for his campaign during the presidential primaries, an analysis of campaign spending records show.
Forum set on health care
A candidate's forum to discuss current health care issues will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Mississippi Horizons Middle School in Brainerd.
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:
What's on tap in auto racing this weekend
NASCAR WINSTON CUP
NHRA slate includes CBIR
The Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway has been set for Aug. 16-19, 2001.
Mayfield working on safer car
Jeremy Mayfield got back in his car without worrying about the crash that sidelined him with a concussion.
Jelacie remembered for his love of hockey
Tony Jelacie, who died suddenly this week at the age of 43, was one of Brainerd's first big-time hockey players.
Pierz finishes second
AITKIN -- The Pierz Pioneers finished second in the Aitkin Quadrangular tournament Wednesday with a team score of 13.
Coon Rapids to battle Warriors in football opener
The Brainerd Warriors and Coon Rapids Cardinals will kick off the high school football season 7 p.m. Friday at Adamson Field.
Pequot loses volleyball opener
Wadena -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines defeated the Pequot Lakes Patriots 15-7, 15-6, 12-15, 16-14 in a non-conference volleyball opener Tuesday. Missy Speed had 30 kills in the match for W-DC.
Studer likes Braves' outlook in state amateur baseball tourney
To say this group of Brainerd Braves knows how to win is an understatement.
Cross Country Running
Brainerd tennis team falls to Willmar
The Willmar Cardinals defeated a young Brainerd Warrior girls' tennis team 6-1 in a Central Lakes Conference season-opening meet Tuesday.
Local sports shorts
The Cellular 2000 Chargers of Brainerd claimed the beat the Class C over-35 state amateur baseball championship last weekend.
Asfeld, W-DC girl runners second
MORRIS -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Adam Asfeld was runner-up in the boys' meet and the Wolverine girls' team was second at the Morris cross country invitational Tuesday.
U adds rowing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota is adding women's rowing to its sports lineup, helping balance the men's and women's sports programs as required under Title IX.
Winning changes everything at Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Not since 1991 have the Minnesota Golden Gophers been in this position.
Pierz defeats C-I in tennis
Pierz 5, Crosby-Ironton 2
Local sports shorts
An informational meeting and equipment issue for Brainerd seventh-grade football players is scheduled after school Tuesday at Franklin Junior High.
Hollywood makes a run at the holidays with mixed offerings
The darkening 10 weeks between the end of summer and the start of the holiday bonanza, Hollywood's two seasons of excess, make up a slender but often flavorsome slice of the American movie pie. The fall always delivers a few prestigious offerings: last year's "American Beauty," the big Oscar winner, for example.
Excerpts from 'Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress'
A couple I've waited on before comes in with their baby girl and sits down at one of my tables. There is dread in my heart. ... "You remember us, right? Greg and Kate? And this is our little Annalisa. Your name's Brenda, isn't it?"
Target Stores of Minnesota has donated $3,000 to the Heartland Symphony Orchestra to underwrite the cost of several school oriented programs, the Great River Arts Association announced this week.
'The Crew' doesn't really tickle the funny bone
"The Crew" is one of those comedies that tinkles rather than gushes with humorous relief.
Award-winning poet-park ranger draws inspiration from cave
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, Ky. -- Even before it can be seen, Mammoth Cave beckons.
Guest instructors teach dance to more than 100 students
Music General's 2000 Summer Dance Camp was held Aug. 14-17 at the Music General studios in Brainerd with more than 100 dancers from the Brainerd lakes area, as well as students from Alexandria and South Dakota, attending.
Blues festival set this weekend at park near Park Rapids
PARK RAPIDS -- The first Park Rapids Blues Festival will get under way Saturday and Sunday at Silver Star Festival Park, featuring a lineup of regional and local blues groups.
If you missed other 'Godzilla' movies, go see this one
"Godzilla 2000" is the feel-good comedy of the summer, and it may not even mean to be.
For week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Back-to-school books great for children
Students, from preschoolers to adults, are getting ready for the new school year.
'Bring it On' on top at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cheerleaders were more popular than spies at the box office over the weekend, with the pep squad spoof "Bring It On" debuting as the top film with $17.4 million.
Modern Library makes short history
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Modern Library Chronicles has launched a new series of short histories written by prominent historians and aimed at the general reader.
Documentary shows true Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was one of the giants of American popular cultu
Leibovitz's photo exhibit celebrates women
PHOENIX -- The images cover everything from the real and mundane to the glamorous and bizarre.
Kottke, Mixed Blood Theatre to highlight Great River Arts Association's season
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association's performing arts season, which slides into view in September, offers a little of this and a little of that in a bold appeal for a broad audience.
For career waitress, patience has its rewards
An old proverb says that all things come to those who wait. It took Debra Ginsberg 20 years to realize that waiting was worthwhile.
'Survivor' rewrites the summer ratings book
NEW YORK -- The finale of "Survivor" drew 51 million viewers last week, ranking as the most-watched summertime television show since at least 1987, according to Nielsen Media Research.
'Grant' is another notch in Max Byrd's literary belt
With "Jefferson" and "Jackson" to his credit, Max Byrd has written another outstanding historical novel in "Grant" (Bantam, $23.95).
Oil painter Felippo to show works at Matthies Gallery
An oil painter with a flare for vibrant color and lively figures will exhibit at the Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery in Brainerd, starting Friday.
'Ali: An American Hero' a solid TV-movie biography
Fox's "Ali: An American Hero," scheduled to be aired Thursday night, is a solid, respectable biopic focusing on the religious convictions of the living legend.
Folk artist Hinojosa to open Grassroots season
The Grassroots Concerts fall season opens Sept. 8 with Tish Hinojosa, whose ballads with multicultural themes have made her a star on the national folk circuit.
Eliminate poison ivy, poison oak
Tortured by poison ivy all summer and looking for some payback?
Lakes area briefs
PEQUOT LAKES -- The sixth annual Pequot Lakes Arts and Crafts Fair and A Taste of Pequot will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Bobberland Park on the corner of Highway 371 and County Road 11.
Pequot family center to receive $100,000 matching grant from McKnight Foundation
PEQUOT LAKES -- They did it!
Lakes area events
Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Golf Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9.
Nisswa resident graduates from acting school
NISSWA -- Daren Blanck, Nisswa, recently graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, England, with a post-graduate diploma in acting and musical theatre, as well as from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a master of science degree in education and instruction.
Farmers' Almanac sticks with 'secret formula' in predicting mild winter
LEWISTON, Maine -- Keep those mittens, snowblowers and heavy coats in storage: We might be in for a balmy winter.
Weather drawing by Thomas Frak in the Baxter third grade of Mrs. Pelto.
Minnesota extended forecast
Saturday...A chance of thunderstorms west and south...Dry northeast. Lows from from near 50 northeast to the middle 60s south. Highs from near 70 northeast to near 90 southeast.
First hint of Autumn
of Brainerd Tuesday. The first hints of fall color have begun to show in central Minnesota. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Once again, showers skirt thirsty fields in central Minnesota
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Most of Minnesota's fields have had enough rain, although once again the showers skirted the central part of the state where rain is most needed, the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday in its weekly crop report.
Experimental classes offered across the United States
In this age of experimentation in education, here are some offbeat schools, old and new, offering unusual programs:
Schools hope to teach pushy parents a lesson
For a production of "Free To Be ... You and Me," the music teacher worked hard so that every second-grader had a speaking part. But that wasn't good enough. Some parents counted their child's lines and, deciding they were too few, complained to the teacher. And complained. And complained.
Friends who lent helping hands must learn to loosen their grip
DEAR ABBY: I am 50 and have been divorced for two years after a 29-year marriage that was, at times, physically and emotionally abusive. I work full time and attend college full time.
Executrix vows to withhold inheritance from her sister
DEAR ABBY: My wife is concerned about potential problems with her older sister. In January, they lost their father. Their mother is still alive. Her sister is executrix of the estate. She has told my wife to her face that she hates her.
Thousands attend Mass for slain priest in Kenya
LOLGORIAN, Kenya (AP) -- Making his final trip to his mission church on the Serengeti plains, the Rev. John Kaiser was eulogized Thursday as a champion of the poor and a martyr to the crusade for social justice in Kenya.
Clinton vows to fight drug war but rules out escalation
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- President Clinton swooped into this troubled country Wednesday to showcase American determination to face down leftist rebels and drug traffickers. But he pledged that aiding Colombia will not embroil the United States in a military escalation echoing the Vietnam War.
Clinton visits Colombia to support anti-drug plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton headed to Columbia Wednesday with $1.3 billion in U.S. aid earmarked for propping up the South American nation's fight against drugs and insurgents.
Thousands attend Mass for slain American priest
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Thousands of Kenyans, including legislators and human rights activists, gathered Wednesday to pay their respects to an outspoken American priest shot dead last week.
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