Saturday season finale for flat trackers in Aitkin
Saturday will be the season finale for flat track racing at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds track. The races start at 6 p.m.
Feds investigate possible suspension problem with Ford Expedition
WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating a possible defect in the Ford Expedition's suspension system, the same problem that led to a recall of the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer last winter.
Acura Integra finally earns its letters
BASE PRICE: $19,950 for RSX with manual transmission and cloth seats; $20,850 for RSX with automatic and cloth seats.
Dodge no longer stranger to winning
Whether it was a rule change or just hard work, Dodges are making their mark at the top of the NASCAR circuit for the first time since the heyday of Richard Petty.
Is government going soft on Microsoft?
WASHINGTON -- By choosing to stop pursuing a breakup of Microsoft Corp., the government refocused attention on whether the Bush administration will aggressively prosecute the company for antitrust violations or try to reach a minimal settlement and move on.
'I owe, I owe, so off to work I go'
We just celebrated the national holiday of Labor Day, a day adapted from a French celebration that honored the work and achievements of the working class.
Methodists begin ad campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church this month started its first television advertising campaign to draw new members to the Protestant denomination.
Teens' behavior is strongly influenced by hormones
QUESTION: Many of the struggles of the teen years are attributed to hormones. If that explanation is accurate, then what implications does it have for parents of early adolescents?
Christian coffeehouses are more than a cup of Joe
EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- Henry Sanchez was reluctant to restart his social life after his wife of 27 years, Barbara, died from breast cancer last December.
George Klippenes Jr., church planter and evangelistic speaker, will be bringing a message to the Community Covenant Church in Brainerd on Sunday. He will share in the adult Sunday school class at 9:15 a.m. as well as during worship at 10:30 a.m.
Evangelical scholar says 'Left Behind' novels misinterpret Bible
The huge-selling series of apocalyptic Christian novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins that started with "Left Behind" reaches title No. 10 with the Oct. 30 release of "Desecration." Tyndale House plans a first printing of 3 million copies, and a $5 million budget to promote the series.
Slaying of daughter inspires man to counsel to inmates
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The heavy iron bars clang open, and 80-year-old Paul Stevens strolls calmly into the midst of Kentucky's condemned killers.
Nuns cope behind bars
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- They wear the same green uniforms as the drug offenders and thieves incarcerated with them.
Church's Loyalty Sunday signifies transition into fall
Christ Community Church of Nisswa commemorated the return to school and the renewed ministry activities that comes with autumn by hosting what they call a Loyalty Sunday, centered around an old fashioned church picnic, last Sunday.
Defacing the Ten Commandments
Russ Nordland, a buildings and grounds employee for the city of Fargo, scrubbed an oily substance off the Ten Commandments marker with soap and water Tuesday after it was hit by vandals.
NYC school chancellor proposes ice cream to keep truancy down
NEW YORK (AP) -- You've heard of "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Now, there's "a scoopful of ice cream keeps truants at bay."
Amid criticism, U.S. News & World Report releases ranking putting Princeton ahead of Harvard and Yale
For the second straight year, Princeton University is at the top of the annual campus rankings by U.S. News & World Report, ahead of Harvard and Yale. The list, released Thursday, appears amid growing criticism that it misses the point of college -- learning.
Some experts favor longer internships, closer supervision for new teachers
When Marymount University education professor Shirley Smith was training to be a teacher, she had the usual abbreviated experience in a real classroom -- 12 weeks with a sixth grade in Greensburg, Pa.
Bisexual husband likes secrecy
DEAR ABBY: I am intrigued by women who find phone numbers in their husband's pockets or wonder why they are out late. My advice: Unless you think you're in danger of losing your husband, leave well enough alone.
SOUTH ST. PAUL(AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 450.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 227, a year ago 504.
Bush favors Tex-Mex
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Like his creed and his conversation, President Bush favors the decidedly down-home in his cuisine: spicy meat steaming with the wood-soaked smoke of the fiery pit.
Americans eat their way around the world
When it comes to eating out, as with home cooking, these days Americans are more and more ready to taste their way around the globe.
A tasty tomato dish
While I was at the Magney residence over the weekend purchasing tomatoes to make salsa, Christine gave me a recipe she likes to prepare for Tomato Dumplings using fresh canned tomatoes.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Cass County court
WALKER -- Former Hiram Township treasurer Suzanne Marie Curo, 44, Waite Park, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Cass County Court to felony theft and theft by swindle charges.
THEFT -- Mitchell Hanson, Brainerd, Wednesday reported the theft of $5,000 in tools while at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway.
School lunch menus
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
A 24-year-old Brainerd woman involved in a two-car collision Tuesday remains in fair condition in St. Cloud Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said today.
Bush to invoke executive privilege to keep documents secret
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prepared to invoke executive privilege for the first time, President Bush is moving toward a showdown with a GOP-led House panel over whether lawmakers are entitled to see documents about prosecutors' decision making.
GAO says it may sue White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The General Accounting Office said Friday it may sue over the Bush White House's refusal to identify the business leaders who met with Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential aides to help formulate the administration's energy plan.
President bends on Mexican immigration issue, will consider deal
WASHINGTON -- Answering a relentless lobbying campaign by Mexican President Vicente Fox, President Bush said Thursday for the first time publicly that he is willing to consider a immigration deal that includes permanent residency for at least some of the more than 3 million Mexicans living illegally in the United States.
Bush administration no longer interested in breaking up Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration, reversing the Clinton White House legal strategy against Microsoft, told the software manufacturer Thursday it no longer seeks to have the company broken up.
Number of welfare cases continues to decline, pace slows Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- The government reported on Wednesday a continued but modest decline in the number of new welfare caseloads, five years after Congress enacted a program to move recipients from welfare to work.
Shrinking surplus clouds prospects for farm bill
WASHINGTON -- The shrinking surplus has clouded prospects for passage of legislation this year that would provide tens of billions of dollars annually for crop subsidies and other farm programs.
Bush, party leaders stand by Social Security pledge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush reaffirmed to the House Democratic leader Friday his promise to avoid tapping Social Security's surpluses, despite the suggestion by one top senator that diverting some of the money might make sense.
A preview of the District 12B primary
For 29 years DFLers in District 12B never had to worry about who they'd chose to represent them in the general election. Steve Wenzel was elected to the Legislature in 1972, proved popular with Democrats and won re-election handily in the next 14 elections.
Ex-senator Danforth named peace envoy to Sudan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush named former Senator John Danforth Thursday as a special envoy to help broker a peace agreement in Sudan's civil war, injecting the United States into one of Africa's most gruesome conflicts at a time when the administration has stepped back from high-level involvement elsewhere in the world.
Judge halts Bush prescription drug discount plan
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday denounced a judge's decision to temporarily halt a Bush administration plan to promote private prescription drug discount cards under Medicare.
Administration, tobacco industry break off suit talks
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and cigarette makers stand so far apart in efforts to settle a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry that the Justice Department has shelved further negotiations for now, a senior department official said Wednesday.
Audit: HUD wasted $1.1 million in anti-drug funds for self-esteem boosts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government wasted $1.1 million on a program that told public housing tenants which gemstones, types of incense and clothing colors would best improve their self-esteem, an internal audit found.
Heartburn drug intended for adults was promoted for children, says lawyer in suit
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) -- A heartburn medication approved for use by adults was promoted by its manufacturer as a children's remedy, say lawyers for 155 plaintiffs who are suing the drug manufacturer for $1.2 billion.
Study: Light drinking may fight stroke, but also shrink brain
DALLAS -- Moderate drinking may reduce the risk of certain types of stroke and scarring in the core of elderly people's brains, a study found. But alcohol may also promote shrinkage of the brain -- a condition seen in Alzheimer's patients.
Promising results from monkey experiments raise hopes for AIDS vaccine
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For 600 days and counting, monkeys given an experimental new AIDS vaccine have survived with no signs of illness despite exposure to lethal doses of virus, raising hopes that scientists may be headed at last toward an effective vaccine for people.
Tip of the week
Here's how CDs can save plants and trees. Drill a hole in the edge of each disk and thread thin wire, twine or dental floss through the hole. Hang them on your fruit trees. The silvery, flashy surface will scare birds away. You can protect low-lying fruit plants and vegetable gardens too by hanging these digital scarecrows on coat hangers (bent into hooks) and sticking them in the ground.
How to keep rabbits away
Ripening tomatoes are attractive to garden pests, including rabbits, squirrels and deer. To fend them off, take a roll of 5-foot-wide chicken wire and form a circular fence around each plant.
Painted furniture spells pure fun
Interesting furniture pieces, either from grandma's attic or a flea market or new ones from an unfinished furniture source, are pure fun because of their versatility. These days, you can pair them with nearly any other pieces of furniture and accessories in any room of the house, and they fit right in.
Wraparound front porch greets guests
A wraparound porch graces the front of this two-story farmhouse, Plan J-81, by the HomeStyles Designers Network. Its floor plan provides 2,245 square feet of living space.
Acquire shade by building a trellis
Shade is a precious commodity for any home. Besides preventing nasty sunburn, a thoughtfully placed tree or shade structure has many benefits beyond beautifying your back yard. It can lower the interior temperature of your home substantially, thus improving comfort and lowering your utility bill.
Upgrade the secondary entrance to Design J-81
Design J-81 -- a country home with a wraparound porch and elaborate front door -- greets guests in a big way. It's the family entrance through the laundry room that is a let down.
Would you like to save money, while protecting your family's health? Would you like to protect your drinking water and lake water quality?
WASHINGTON -- Jackie Chong is nine years into retirement, and her home is still bustling with kids.
Going for the green
First came AstroTurf, artificial grass that made sports fields look like putting greens.
Q. The door latch side of my door frame is broken. Would you tell me how to replace it?
She battles crusade nobody wants to talk about
It is news most women fear.
A special closed Brainerd School Board meeting has been scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss pending litigation.
Sex bias complaint filed
Sexual discrimination complaints have been filed by three women against the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, citing job discrimination based on gender.
The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, have announced that 12 radio and television professionals are joining 26 men and women previously honored as pioneer broadcasters in the new Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in October.
Roberts, Montgomery running for school board
Bernie Roberts filed for another term on the Brainerd School Board this week, noting key decisions on the long-term planning process begun two years ago are coming to a conclusion in the year ahead.
Bloodmobile stops slated
To help boost blood supplies for those in need, the American Red Cross has scheduled bloodmobiles in the Brainerd lakes area.
Pivotal years ahead seen by candidate
Kent Montgomery filed for a second term on the Brainerd School Board today, saying coming years promise to be pivotal ones for the district.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Two brilliant catches by end Brad Loch, stellar running by junior back Tim Veith and excellent play by his rebuilt offensive line are highlights pointed out by Coach Ron Stolski of his Brainerd Warriors' 20-6 triumph over Totino Grace.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will be offering an American Heart CPR course. This course includes CPR for infants, children and adults. Class will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the YMCA.
Expanded Dial-a-Ride service to include weekends as part of trial program
Dial-A-Ride will be expanding bus services to include weekends beginning Saturday, part of a six-month test program.
Public hearing planned on health plan update
The Crow Wing County Community Health Service Advisory Committee and the Health Department will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in the conference room of the Health Department building, 219 Laurel St. in Brainerd, to discuss the proposed community health services plan update, including the maternal child health special project.
Depot restoration group being formed in Pine River
The first goal of the new organization will be to secure funding fo
What's fashionable with students today? Take a look at People Plus in Sunday's Dispatch.
Lisa Thundershield and Josh Blais, both of Brainerd, spent a quiet moment together on the edge of the Gregory Park Fountain Wednesday night. Warm weather gave the couple a chance to enjoy the weather together in the park.
Costs for sewer and water and road construction of County State Aid Highway 14 at Pine River were incorrectly reported in Wednesday's Neighbors section.
Following his arrest, Greg Spofford drops out of race for legislative seat
One day after his arrest for disorderly conduct, Little Falls tobacco opponent Greg Spofford dropped out of the race Wednesday for the House District 12B seat.
Youth as Resources funds Cuyuna Skate Park
Youth As Resources of Crow Wing County announced funding for the Cuyuna Skate Park, requested by a group of Crosby youth.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - The oldest church building in Brainerd, the First Congregational Church located at Fifth and Juniper streets, will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
Pawlenty brings his day-old campaign to Brainerd
House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty brought his day-old gubernatorial campaign to Brainerd Thursday arguing he's better suited than incumbent Gov. Jesse Ventura to lead Minnesota in the coming years.
Jobless rate jumps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate soared to 4.9 percent in August, the biggest one-month jump in more than six years, as the slumping economy continued to hammer the labor market.
In Miami, flood of Latin American immigrants are diluting Cuban dominance
MIAMI -- There's a neighborhood here where Honduran, Dominican and Salvadoran restaurants are kept busy, a marquee promotes an upcoming performance by a Nicaraguan ballet and customers line up at a deli that only sells products from Spain.
Census offers more proof of Internet's rapidly increasing presence in U.S. homes
WASHINGTON -- America is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of homes wired to the Internet, Census figures show, as the demand grows for quicker communication -- from shopping to e-mail to instant messaging.
Court reinstates suit by prison inmate wanting to father child by mail
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated Wednesday a civil rights suit by a man serving a life prison sentence who wants to artificially inseminate his wife.
Fatboy Slim wins six MTV awards, 'N Sync four; "Lady Marmalade" takes top prize
NEW YORK -- Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" video was the big winner at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, winning six of the nine awards for which it was nominated, but it was the sexy video "Lady Marmalade" that took home the year's top trophy.
Police searching for gunman who kills three people, wounds two at suburban Los Angeles home
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- The suspect sought in the slayings of an elderly woman and two children in a peaceful Los Angeles suburb is an ex-boyfriend of a woman who lives in the house, authorities said.
Michael Jackson celebrates 30th anniversary of solo career with star-studded concert
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's hard to find a celebrity who wasn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert Friday night.
Fox promotes immigration overhaul in speech to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mexican President Vicente Fox pressed his case for immigration overhaul to Congress on Thursday, urging greater trust between neighbors as the basis for "a new partnership in North America."
Report: DNA tests show hair found in car came from long-vanished Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa
DETROIT (AP) -- A hair from Jimmy Hoffa was found in a car that a longtime friend was driving the day the former Teamsters president disappeared 26 years ago, The Detroit News reported Friday.
Gates: Internet access too costly
REDMOND, Wash. -- High-speed internet access for computer users is too expensive and threatens to limit the adoption of some powerful new services that will be available over the next few years, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday.
Georgia woman, single mother of five, returns $120,000 that fell from armored car
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Wanda Johnson, a mother of five, was driving to pawn her television for $60 to pay her electric bill when temptation fell from the back of an armored car.
Air traffic controller accused of holding up banks couldn't meet his expenses
SAN FRANCISCO -- In the tower at the San Francisco airport, Rick Lee Davis was the master of his airspace, directing a stream of jumbo jets and smaller planes to smooth takeoffs and landings on fog-shrouded runways. It was a job requiring intense focus and steely nerves.
Florida commission votes to ban dives where tourists swim with sharks; food used as lure
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- After a summer of highly publicized shark attacks, Florida officials voted to ban all shark-feeding, saying it could be teaching sharks to seek out people.
Navy honors USS Cole crew who rescued wounded, prevented bomb-damaged destroyer from sinking
NORFOLK, Va. -- In the chaotic aftermath of the terrorist bombing that crippled the USS Cole and killed 17 crew members, its sailors worked frantically to save their wounded shipmates and prevent the Navy destroyer from sinking.
Wildfires in Northern California, Yosemite park burn homes and force residents to evacuate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A fast-moving wildfire burning on 3,000 acres in Butte County destroyed at least eight homes, forced the closure of part of a highway and sent residents fleeing Friday.
Lifting strap snaps again as Navy tries to lift sunken Japanese fishing boat
HONOLULU -- A giant strap split as it was lifting a sunken Japanese fishing vessel, thwarting for the third time in two weeks the Navy's unprecedented efforts to recover the ship sunk by a U.S. submarine.
Army retiring about 1,000 Vietnam-era copters
WASHINGTON -- The Army is accelerating the retirement of its Vietnam-era attack and utility helicopters and will use the savings to improve the readiness of the remaining fleet.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Larry Bowa isn't surprised the Philadelphia Phillies are in contention for a playoff spot. He's stunned by the way they're responding to it.
New prosecutor pressing case against Nichols
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The city's new district attorney is pressing ahead with state murder charges against bombing conspirator Terry Nichols -- and is seeking the death penalty -- despite Nichols' federal conviction and the high cost of prosecuting him.
Replacement zebras everywhere
NFL players could test the replacements and the rules when the season starts Sunday without the regular officials.
Another night of magic and memories
NEW YORK -- After more than two decades of playing each other, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have a peculiar entanglement, not exactly a friendship and not exactly a rivalry, either. It's more of a looking-glass war. One is what the other is not.
BONDS HITS No. 60
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There was a word for 60 home runs when Barry Bonds was growing up: impossible. Only Babe Ruth and Roger Maris had done it in those days.
NFL refs reject offer Replacements to open season
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL referees' union rejected the league's latest contract offer on Thursday, and replacement officials will work at least the opening weekend of the regular season.
Roddick loses cool, match
NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick's forehand landed on the far sideline, and suddenly and inexplicably, chair umpire Jorge Dias stirred from up high late in the fifth set in the wee hours Friday and made a pronouncement from his vantage point. He overruled the winner.
School spirit, pride lost in needless death of player
There's nothing left for me to cheer. As much as I despised the hypocrisy of NCAA football and detested the poll-based awarding of championships, I always got a little charge out of watching my school, Northwestern, win a game.
Roger K. Anderson
Roger K. Anderson, 95, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
LeRoy 'Roy' Pearl
MERRIFIELD -- LeRoy "Roy" Pearl, 80, Merrifield, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Richard T. Millner
PIERZ -- Richard T. Millner, 89, Pierz, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at home.
EMILY -- Michael Skiff, 44, Emily, died today, Sept. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Florence L. Caughey
MAPLE PLAIN -- Florence Lillian Caughey, 93, Maple Plain, formerly of Bemidji and Perham, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at Haven Homes Nursing Home in Maple Plain.
LITTLE FALLS -- Ed Rudek, 75, Little Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
RANDALL -- Eleanor Hines, 81, Randall, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Ila H. Holcombe
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ila Hazel Holcombe, 99, Minneapolis, formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001.
Henrietta L. Stafsberg
SHAKOPEE -- Henrietta L. Stafsberg, Shakopee, died today, Sept. 7, 2001, in Shakopee.
Florence L. Caughey
MAPLE PLAIN -- Florence Lillian Caughey, 93, Maple Plain, formerly of Bemidji and Perham, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at Haven Homes Nursing Home in Maple Plain.
MERRIFIELD -- LeRoy Pearl, 80, Merrifield, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Marvin A. Trees
PEQUOT LAKES -- Marvin Arne Trees, 78, Pequot Lakes, formerly of Forest City, Iowa, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at home.
Jeanine 'Jinny' M. Hoffman
ST. ONGE, S.D. -- Jeanine "Jinny" M. Hoffman, 42, St. Onge, S.D., formerly of Brainerd, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Mountrail County, N.D.
Jason C. Sadlo
LITTLE FALLS -- Jason C. Sadlo, 27, Little Falls, formerly of Browerville, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Mary E. Johnson
COON RAPIDS -- Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 85, Coon Rapids, formerly of Randall and Little Falls, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Park River Estates Care Center in Coon Rapids.
I would like to let the people in District 12B know what a qualified candidate for state representative they have running for this job -- Debra Copa Nagel. I am another elected official who has known Debbie for about eight years.
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OTHER OPINIONS Nursing home pay
Minnesota has passed a law curbing the amount of pay temporary nursing agencies can pay nurses who work part time to fill in the gaps in nursing home schedules.
Did you say change?
One of the sorriest aspects of Washington's political culture is that bold attempts to solve national problems are so often treated as naive and politically unsophisticated.
How to contact your Minnesota legislators
Area legislators and how to contact them.
We are extremely fortunate in Minnesota and Wisconsin to have truly first-rate research universities.
I have a simple yet hopelessly optimistic plan for Northern Ireland and Israel: Catholics -- stop calling yourself Catholics, Protestants -- no longer refer to yourselves as Protestants. Palestinians and Jews -- consider yourselves middle-easterners. Turn your places of worship into art galleries or laundromats or something else useful.
Football is our war
In recent weeks, a professional, a collegiate and a 14-year-old prep football player have died on the practice field.
Special to the Los Angeles Times
Danielle Richmond and James Shaw announce their engagement. Parents are Walt and Cheryl Richmond, Pillager, and Larry and Judy Shaw, Pillager. A wedding is planned at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Saturday.
Sale of speedway is pending
Jim Nelson, owner of the North Central Motor Speedway for the last 13 years, may have locked the speedway's front gate bars for his last time last Saturday night.
Ventura declines direct role in state contract talks
GRANITE FALLS (AP) -- A handful of union members confronted Gov. Jesse Ventura here Thursday, urging him to play a role in the contract dispute that threatens to put thousands of state workers on the picket line.
2 children die in Newport fire
NEWPORT (AP) -- Two children in a foster home placement died in a house fire in this St. Paul suburb early Wednesday morning.
Minneapolis ranked among top 10 U.S. cities in people living alone
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis ranks among the top 10 major U.S. cities in people living alone, while its suburban counties have some of the nation's highest proportions of married couples with young children, according to a U.S. Census Bureau analysis.
Girl, 6, dies of complications associated with E.coli
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 6-year-old girl died Wednesday from a type of kidney failure commonly associated with E. coli 0157, a type of food-borne bacteria.
Boy, 16, in custody for school knife brandishing incident
CASS LAKE -- A 16-year-old boy is in custody after threatening another student with a knife at Cass Lake-Bena High School Wednesday.
Former homecoming queen charged in killing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A former homecoming queen has been charged in the killing and dismemberment of a Minneapolis man, whose torso was found partially buried in Wisconsin.
State denies sewer system grant
WALKER -- Craig Gilbertson, Cass County environmental services deputy director, reported Tuesday to the county board the city of Federal Dam will not receive a $100,000 Minnesota PCA grant to complete the community sewer system.
Cass to auction cabin, land
WALKER -- The Cass County Board set 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the courthouse meeting room in Walker to auction a hunting cabin and land in Thunder Lake Township.
S-M boys, girls win at Eveleth-Gilbert
EVELETH -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' and girls' cross country teams won the Eveleth-Gilbert Invitational Tuesday.
Raiders runners-up in Rochester meet
ROCHESTER -- The Central Lakes College Raiders men's golf team lost in a playoff hole with Riverland to finish second at the Rochester Invitational Wednesday.
With new grandstand, Little Falls awaits invasion of Warriors
Flyer Field in Little Falls will more than double its capacity Friday when the Brainerd Warriors play the Flyers in a 7 p.m. Central Lakes Conference football game.
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
A meeting of the board of directors of the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club is scheduled 6:30 a.m. Monday at Northwest Bread and Bagel on Washington Street in Brainerd.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Playing quarterback on a high school football team apparently runs in the Zauhar bloodlines.
ST. PAUL -- Laura Bogenschutz of Baxter collected 34 set assists and knocked down seven kills as the Wisconsin-Stout volleyball team defeated Macalester 30-19, 30-26, 30-13 Tuesday.
Apollo defeats Warriors in tennis with 6-1 victory
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' tennis team fell to 1-2 in Central Lakes Conference play with a 6-1 loss to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Thursday.
Warrior swimmers show they are driven
Brainerd Warriors girls' swimming and diving coach Dan Anderson was worried about his team this season.
Flyers swim past Apollo
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers dominated the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 136-48, winning all but one event in a Central Lakes Conference meet Thursday.
Rocori defeats Warriors in volleyball
COLD SPRING -- The Rocori Spartans defeated the Brainerd Warriors 15-7, 15-12, 15-13 in Central Lakes Conference volleyball Thursday.
Staples-Motley remains perfect in tennis
STAPLES -- A perfect season rolled on for the Staples-Motley Cardinals who improved to 9-0 with a 7-0 victory over the Park Rapids Panthers Thursday.
Pillager outlasts Pequot Lakes in area volleyball competition
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies edged the Pequot Lakes Patriots 15-8, 15-12, 7-15, 8-15, 15-10 in Park Region Conference volleyball Thursday.
Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving coach Dan Anderson will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Elks Lodge. Quarterback Mike Zauhar, the Warrior Athlete of the Week, will be honored.
Brainerd breezes past Little Falls
BAXTER -- Whether it's soccer or football, a team wants the wind at its back whenever possible.
Carlson helps Flyers win swimming triangular
ALBANY -- Julie Carlson won two events and was a member of two first-place relays to help the Little Falls Flyers to victory in a swimming and diving triangular Tuesday against Albany and Sauk Centre.
Warren's 'disappearing act' is magic for Raiders
Central Lakes College running back Roderick Warren's dream of a perfect play is a defensive back's worst nightmare.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
CLC beats Fergus in volleyball
FERGUS FALLS -- Dana Dickinson's 19 kills helped the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 30-16, 30-27, 30-19 North Division volleyball win over the Fergus Falls Spartans Wednesday.
Twins support Mays in 12-2 romp
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- At long last, Joe Mays got support from his Minnesota teammates.
Weinke returns to Minnesota to make first pro start
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Chris Weinke, a rookie at least by NFL guidelines, will make his first pro start Sunday when the Carolina Panthers visit the Minnesota Vikings.
Rangers compound Minnesota's misery
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- For Alex Rodriguez, three 42-homer seasons represent nothing more than consistency.
Finley sharp for Indians
The Cleveland Indians are hoping that Chuck Finley was giving them a glimpse of October.
Author plans book-signing event
"From my first breath in this world, all I wanted was a good set of lungs and the air to fill them with; given circumstances, you might presume, for an American baby of the twentieth century."
Retailers hope releases from Gray, Creed, Spears and others will boost lackluster sales
NEW YORK (AP) -- For music retailers, autumn can't come fast enough.
Area group travels to Spain
Travelers from six area communities have completed a Central Lakes College international travel-study tour called "2001: A Spain Odyssey."
Review: "Rock Star" is no fun
Back in the day, Mark Wahlberg was just a troubled kid from South Boston who went by the name Marky Mark, chilled with his posse, the Funky Bunch, and peddled Calvin Klein undies.
'Sagwa" matches fine animation with strong lessons for children
From Amy Tan's children's book, "Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat," a PBS children's cartoon series has sprung. Created by Montreal's CineGroupe and Sesame Workshop, it has landed not only on soft little cat feet, but with a surprising thud of weighty good intentions.
Walsh opens exhibit
Brainerd artist Gail Walsh today opens an exhibit that will be on display through October at the Brainerd Public Library.
Thousands to visit LF arts fair
LITTLE FALLS -- This Mississippi River town of 7,500 is poised to receive an estimated 100,000 visitors this weekend for the annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair.
Annual crafts fair set this weekend in LF
If you love to shop, the place to be this weekend is the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, where 950 vendors will hawk their wares Saturday and Sunday in downtown Little Falls.
Reception planned in Brainerd for St. Paul artist
The Crossing Arts Alliance is sponsoring a reception for Tary Flemino, sculptor of the C. Elmer Anderson bronze bust that will be dedicated on Sept. 28.
Guitarist Pat Donohue opens concert season
NISSWA -- Pat Donohue, a "masterful guitarist and talented singer-songwriter of blues, folk, and jazz" (Los Angeles Times), opens the fall season of the Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Nisswa Community Center.
Will Superman sans cape and tights still fly with fans?
Superman doesn't need that phone booth anymore. For 63 yea
Piloting takes flight as career option for women
When I board a plane and discover that there's a woman in the cockpit,
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy and much cooler with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 70s northwest to 85 southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the lower 60s northwest to the upper 70s southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs in the 60s.
Weather drawing by Caylea Franzen of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
State forecast for south dakota.
Added missing saturday precipitation
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms west. Partly to mostly cloudy east. A few morning sprinkles southeast. Highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal climate experts say a weak version of the El Nino climate phenomenon may be forming in the Pacific Ocean.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a good chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the 80s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the lower to mid 70s northwest to the mid 80s east.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A chance for showers and thunderstorms west half. Highs around 80.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms...Becoming more numerous this afternoon. Humid with highs in the 70s to around 80.
Weather drawing by Donovan Wallin of Mrs. Timmons' second grade class at Riverside school.
The Weather Elsewhere
The September meeting for the Rollin' Rangers will be Monday through Wednesday at Doty's Campground in Pine River. Hosts will be Lawrence and Helen Bock and Buster and Elaine Borders.
Tiny change in flu virus can switch it from merely sickening to deadly
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tiny change in a virus that causes flu can turn it from an unpleasant annoyance to a killer, a team of researchers has found.
Pastor does lots more than say a few words
DEAR ABBY: I had to respond to the letter from the writer who didn't think a minister should receive compensation for "saying a few words" at the funeral of a parishioner he has known for 20 years.
There will be a bake and vegetable sale at 4 p.m. Sunday with a potluck supper to follow. Sponsored by Lake Hubert Grange. Take Highway 371 north of Brainerd to Sportland Corner, CR 13 east two miles to Rice Lake Road, and 1/4 mile north on left side (old school house).
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted LeAnn Rimes' former bodyguard and personal trainer on an extortion charge.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bob Hope was released from a hospital Thursday after a 12-day stay to treat what doctors said was a mild case of pneumonia.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Study finds HMOs making greater effort to control high blood pressure, cholesterol
WASHINGTON (AP) -- HMOs have made record gains in treating high blood pressure and trying to lower cholesterol levels, two easily neglected conditions that could lead to heart disease and other deadly ailments, an annual study of health insurance plans says.
Dear Heloise: You have mentioned suggestions on marking programs recorded on the VHS label. A much simpler method is one I have done for many years.
Zimbabwe agrees to abide by plan to stop violent takeovers of white-owned farms
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Zimbabwe pledged Friday to abide by an internationally brokered deal to stop violent takeovers of white-owned farms, but denied all responsibility for the bloodshed.
Japan's economic gloom deepens
TOKYO -- Japan's gloom deepened Friday as the government reported that the economy contracted at a rate of 3.2 percent a year, the worst performance in this troubled country since late 1999.
Iraq accuses five of spying for U.S.
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq has accused five U.N. officials of spying for the United States and ordered them expelled from the country.
Top Russian official seeks extension on deadline to destroy chemical weapons
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top Russian official said Thursday that Moscow had previously stalled on destroying the nation's chemical weapons stocks, but said the government has proved its commitment to the effort and deserves a 5-year extension of the internationally-set deadline.
Delegates at racism conference debate compromise language over Mideast and slavery
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Delegates to the U.N. racism conference struggled to bridge their deep divisions Friday on how to address the Middle East conflict and the legacy of slavery before the conference's scheduled end Friday evening.
Thousands evacuated as workers try to drain volcano
BOTOLAN, Philippines (AP) -- A stream of muddy water trickled out of Mount Pinatubo on Thursday as workers finished a narrow canal to drain a rising crater lake and avert flash floods. Thousands of nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.
Flying Tigers return
BEIJING -- They were the model of U.S.-Chinese friendship -- the Flying Tigers, young American pilots who fought for China in World War II.
N. Korea agrees to S. Korean talks proposal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea accepted a South Korean proposal Thursday to hold talks next week, clearing the way for a resumption of the stalled reconciliation process on their divided peninsula.
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