Ventura's mixed record toward labor unions, frustrates leaders
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is quick to point out that he is a card-carrying union member whenever the topic arises, but union leaders say they want him to act like it not just talk about it.
Five DFL candidates for the seat that then-Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, held for almost 30 years are expected at two forums today. The forums are from 4 to 6 p.m. at Baxter City Hall and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Royal Cafe in Little Falls.
Gram won't run
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three-term Texas Sen. Phil Gramm will not seek re-election next year, several Republican officials said Tuesday.
Bush tell sunions he's worried about unemployed
DETROIT -- Locking James P. Hoffa's Teamsters in a political bearhug as he courted union members on Labor Day, President Bush told workers Monday he knew economic growth was "anemic at best," but he expressed confidence in the nation's economic foundation.
Reality sets in: It's back to school
School is no longer out for summer.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state's largest employees union on Saturday overwhelmingly authorized a strike.
Jeffrey Redmond of Nisswa took the first step as a fifth-grader at Pequot Lakes School this morning.
August was drier than usual
A dry August yielded 1.32 inches less rain than the 10-year-average. August of 2001 saw 2.14 inches of rain compared to the average amount of 3.46 inches.
ONAMIA -- A 29-year-old Eagan woman suffered a cut to her forehead after rocks were thrown at the car she was riding in on Highway 169 near Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Onamia on Friday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Backed by citizen donations totaling $3,579, the special committee working to restore the carillon bells atop the Crow Wing County Courthouse is tentatively planning a "Rededication Concert" in two months.
State agencies prepared Steps taken in case employees go on strike
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state's largest employees union on Saturday overwhelmingly authorized a strike.
'Monster waves' cited in drowning
AITKIN -- A 19-year-old Minneapolis man drowned on Mille Lacs Lake Saturday after the boat he was in capsized.
Jerry Lewis raises record $56.8 million in telethon
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jerry Lewis, headlining his 36th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, raised a record $56.8 million to fight neuromuscular diseases.
Older drivers Aging population needs more protection to survive and avoid highway crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As baby boomers age and swell the elderly population, auto insurers would like to see vehicles and roadways that make more allowances for brittle bones and poor eyesight, including limits on seat belt and air bag forces and road signs that are easier to read.
Second man shot at campground
VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) -- A campground standoff ended in its fifth day Tuesday with a second man fatally shot by police after allegedly pointing a weapon at an officer.
Michigan campground owner fatally shot after standoff
VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) -- An FBI agent fatally shot a campground owner who allegedly fired at a news helicopter and a police plane during a four-day standoff that began after he started burning buildings and reportedly telling neighbors "all hell was going to break loose."
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) -- Wind-driven flames forced evacuations in a small, wooded development west of Glacier National Park, in the latest setback for firefighters battling the persistent fire.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A Russian man was killed by a shark as he and his girlfriend swam in shallow waters near the North Carolina shore, the latest in a rising tide of shark attacks and the second deadly one of the weekend.
Hewlett-Packard buying Compaq for $25 billion
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- High-tech giant Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying rival Compaq Computer Corp. for about $25 billion in a blockbuster merger that should shake up the struggling computer industry.
St. Louis rookie pitches no-hitter
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Bud Smith came to the right place to throw an unlikely no-hitter.
NFL teams scramble to shore up offenses
The quarterback shuffle replaced the scramble as teams moved to shore up their offenses before the NFL's regular-season openers.
Davenport vs. Serena Williams headline match at Open today
NEW YORK (AP) -- Quality players produce quality tennis, so Tuesday night's U.S. Open quarterfinal between third-seeded Lindsay Davenport and No. 10 Serena Williams should be a dandy.
Bonds hits 58th home run in loss
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jason Jennings made one big mistake, and Barry Bonds made him pay.
McGREGOR -- Robert Paul Swanson Sr., 78, Shamrock Township near McGregor, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at the Wood Haven Nursing Home in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Eugene P. Insley, 75, Aitkin, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby.
Dorothy Peterson, 82, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
CROSBY -- Mildred E. "Pinky" Brennan, 87, Crosby, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at Cuyuna Care Center, Crosby.
Roger K. Anderson, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Margaret C. Willard, 92, Brainerd, formerly of New Germany, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- James Witt, 74, Pine River, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
PIERZ -- Emogene P. Langer, 74, Pierz, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
In a pinch
As has typically been the case, Gov. Jesse Ventura took the opportunity recently to take credit for the state tax rebate Minnesotans are receiving in the mail this month. He also warned state residents to be vocal if local government entities attempt to reduce the double-digit property tax cuts passed by the Legislature this year.
It's hard to put many details in just 300 words.
A gilded jail
CRAWFORD, Texas -- For two centuries, the White House in Washington has been the great destination and golden prize of American politics.
Vacation's over for Bush
WASHINGTON -- It is good that President Bush had a long vacation at his Texas ranch, because this autumn is going to be sheer hell for him. After a relatively tranquil shakedown cruise, he is about to learn how tough his job can be.
Burton survives wild Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ward Burton survived a bad qualifying run, a 37th-place start and enough accidents to make Darlington Raceway look like a junkyard. Then NASCAR gave him one last obstacle to dodge at the Southern 500.
Rain canceled the season championship race at North Central Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Dixon extends Top Fuel points lead
CLERMONT, Ind. (AP) -- Larry Dixon won the Top Fuel division and extended his NHRA Winston points lead at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Man, 75, dies in crash near Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- A 75-year-old Fergus Falls man died after the Oldsmobile he was driving rammed a Chevrolet wagon.
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- A man apparently drowned in Lake Agnes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Monday afternoon while fishing near his campsite.
State jobless fund shrinking
Recent layoffs and increased benefits have dwindled funds in Minnesota's unemployment trust fund.
Training CD helps officers bust meth labs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police officers throughout the state are busting more methamphetamine labs than ever before, partly because a compact disc is giving them enough training to recognize the telltale signs of the drug.
Automated system speeds claims
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesotans no longer have to wait in line to claim unemployment benefits thanks to the state's innovative filing system.
Firms invest in housing for employees
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Two years ago, the state began a pilot program to entice businesses to invest in affordable housing.
Duluth gaining reputation for openness to gays
DULUTH (AP) -- A Twin Cities magazine recently rated Duluth as the top weekend spot for vacationing gays, but don't expect Mayor Gary Doty to roll out the red carpet.
Group raising money to create local 'innocence project'
ST. PAUL (AP) -- There have been at least 82 cases overturned in the United States and Canada using DNA testing, and a group of Minnesotans wants to create a local project to help overturn convictions here.
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Buckman Class C runner-up
MIESVILLE -- The Watkins Clippers denied Buckman its second state title in three years by rallying to defeat the Billygoats 6-5 in the Class C state amateur baseball championship game Monday.
Questionable call costs Raiders
The sky is blue. Grass is green. American football has four downs.
Vikings name four players to practice squad
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings announced four players that will start the season on the practice squad.
Vikings sign Birk to contract extension
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings signed Pro Bowl center Matt Birk to a seven-year, $30 million contract extension Monday, according to his agent.
Prentice happy to be out of Dawg house
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Running back Travis Prentice wasn't excited about the prospects of another year of losing in Cleveland.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s northeast to the lower 90s southwest.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms ending southeast this morning...Otherwise mostly sunny. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms black hills. Highs in the upper 80s east to near 100 west. Tonight...Mostly clear. Isolated evening thunderstorms black hills. Lows in the 60s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Sunny. Highs from the lower 80s to around 90.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly sunny with highs in the 70s.
Jumping back to school
Weather drawing by Jared Roth in the Nisswa kindergarten of Mrs. Lykins.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the middle 60s far northeast to the middle 80s west.
Visits to strip clubs aren't as harmless as man claims
DEAR ABBY: The letter from the man who can't stay out of strip clubs reminded me of my husband. He goes two, three, sometimes four times a week. For a long time he tried to hide it. Now he goes openly. He says he won't change, and if I don't like it -- too bad.
Names and faces
PARIS (AP) -- No filmmaker left more hearts in throats than the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, and now, 20 years after his death, one of Paris' leading museums helps you trace the roots of his work.
Cancer patients face painful uncertainty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The patients will never know for sure. And it is an agony.
State Fair attracts record attendance
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Thanks to Monday's 136,242 fairgoers, the Minnesota State Fair broke its attendance record.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Stone-throwing Protestants confronted parents and children going to a Roman Catholic elementary school for a second day Tuesday, frightening some girls who retreated in tears.
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