Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce chief executive officer, was elected to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
NEW YORK -- The recent disclosures of huge pay packages for some of the nation's prominent CEOs raise a question for small businesses as well: How much should the owner or top executives of a small firm be allowed to earn?
Around the watercooler
CORPORATE CONCERNS: Fewer companies are devoting time and resources to corporate social responsibility, a new poll finds.
CROSBY -- The Hallett Community Center was awarded the James Padgett Memorial Award for 2002 by the Minnesota Ice Arena Managers' Association.
Sisters taking the wheel at Lewie's RV
Stepping into the leadership roles in the family business seemed natural to two sisters when they purchased Lewie's RV Center earlier this year.
News service shutting down
ST. PAUL (AP) -- CONUS Communications is shutting down most of its operations, the satellite news service announced Friday.
Earnings warnings, disappointments steal momentum from Wall Street
NEW YORK -- Wall Street has had little working in its favor this year. Now it has given back one of its few assets, its rally from the summer's lows.
Team plots strategy in wake of Potlatch paper mill closing
Elements from Brainerd, Baxter and Crow Wing County, as well as regional economic development groups, combined to create the strategy team in the wake of the Potlatch mill closing.
Catholic bishop: Proposed plenary council needs more review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A proposal by several Roman Catholic bishops to hold an extraordinary church council in response to the clerical sex abuse crisis will not be put to a vote when the nation's bishops meet in November.
Conservative faiths grow in state; mainline churches decline
The rises and falls of religious denominations in Minnesota over the past decade generally tracked national trends, with evangelical churches and the Mormons showing greater percentage gains than the state's overall population.
Vatican official writing on sex abuse says gays should not be priests
NEW YORK -- A staff member of an influential Vatican office has published an article arguing that gays should not be ordained as priests in the wake of the clerical sex abuse scandal.
$10 million settlement in allegations of abuse involving former Boston priest OK'd
BOSTON (AP) -- A $10 million settlement between the Boston Archdiocese and 86 alleged victims of child-molesting priest John Geoghan won final approval Thursday, four months after the church backed out of a much costlier agreement.
Most Americans pray regularly, poll says
BOSTON (AP) -- While less than half of Americans regularly attend religious services, more than 60 percent said they prayed once or more a day, according to a poll by The Christian Science Monitor.
See You at the Pole
In an effort to recognize Jesus Christ in their schools, Brainerd area students gathered around the flagpole at their respective schools to pray and worship the Lord.
Survey of U.S. religions finds growth among evangelicals, Roman Catholics
The Mormon church and evangelical faiths grew during the past decade while more liberal Protestant denominations shrank, according to a new census of U.S. religions conducted by a Roman Catholic research group.
Iron Range Christian Center will host the Rev. Dale Gilmore at 10 a.m. Sunday. IRCC meets at the Irondale Town Hall on County Road 12, Deerwood shortcut. Gilmore is author of the book, "He Is Not Served by Human Hands: A call to recapture our supernatural heritage."
One of city's oldest churches gets face-lift
A project that started as simple roof work turned into a complete face-lift for one of the oldest churches in Brainerd.
Stephanie Petersen, Jessie Klien, Alex Hondl, Jenna Bergin, Mark Bublitz (third row, left), Danielle Arnold, Chris Clabo, Nate Eisland (fourth row, left) and Annie Bahr. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Vocational schools are the smart choice for some students
NEW YORK (AP)-- Amanda Wilson says that a lot of people tried to talk her out of enrolling in a vocational school two years ago. At her old high school in Hamilton, Ohio, she earned a 4.0 grade point average.
Mississippi Horizons students cited
The following 2001-02 Mississippi Horizons students were Presidential Award Recipients from the 2001-02 school year. They received their awards Sept. 13.
He's not an ordinary can of beans
A basic rule of inventory control in a retail setting is to move the old stuff forward and fill in the new order of merchandise behind.
The shoulder kids usually lean on is mom's
"Closeness to Mom Can Delay First Sex Among Younger Teens," the headline read.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 166, a year ago 344.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 850. Last Thursday: 399. Year ago Thursday: 828. Wednesdays actual: 676.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 318, a year ago 301.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 2000. Last Friday: 196. Year ago Friday: 2046. Thursday's actual: 896.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 6:43 p.m. Thursday to a small fire in a metal building on Norwood Street.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Friday.
Meets 7 p.m. Monday
PILLAGER -- Two people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover Friday on 37th Avenue Southwest north of Pillager.
School lunch menus
Work up to better health
Sixty minutes of moderate exercise every day? That latest health recommendation is enough to send the average office worker dashing to the Danish cart in despair.
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The popular over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen may soon bear warning labels that taking too much can cause serious liver damage.
FITTING WORKOUTS INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
The Institute of Medicine recommends an hour of "moderate intensity" exercise each day for good health and keeping your weight stable. Here are some ways to meet that threshold:
Pequot bed, breakfast targets groups interested in activities
PEQUOT LAKES -- A narrow road winds its way uphill away from County Road 17 and toward a stone and wood refuge outside of Pequot Lakes.
House follows new guidelines for healthy indoor air
WOODBURY (AP) -- Chuck Knight was turned on to the "healthy design" concept about 1 1/2 years ago when he was working on the new corporate headquarters for the American Lung Association of Minnesota.
The Brainerd Police Department is launching its Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program with its first landlord-training seminar Oct. 10.
New York City, state to save 400 community gardens
NEW YORK (AP) -- City and state officials announced an agreement Wednesday that preserves about 400 community gardens and designates some 150 open plots for affordable housing.
Horning in on a good thing
Perhaps you shun products tested on animals, get your pets from the pound and admire, grudgingly, the deer that devour your garden.
Design K-36's soaring ceiling will absorb sound
Design K-36 is a formal ranch design that incorporates a number of desirable features -- such as a split bedroom layout, a double garage with a bonus room and screened porch -- into a small package.
Wood deck should clear ground by at least 12 inches
Q. Jack asks: I have a friend who wants to build a 16-foot x 16-foot deck off the back of the house. She doesn't want to attach it to the house, because there is only 7 1/2 inches from ground level to the botto
Pond in a day
Central Lakes College hosted a pond construction workshop Tuesday at the Living Legacy Gardens near Staples, giving participants an opportunity to create a piece of what has become a peaceful oasis dedicated to nature.
Two rob Cub Foods in Brainerd
Two people robbed the Cub Foods grocery store in northeast Brainerd on Friday.
Memorial to be held for lost Brainerd man
A 28-year-old Brainerd man vanished and is believed to have died within view of the city's lights on a cold winter night, but his remains have never been found.
Republican candidate for governor Tim Pawlenty will visit Clow Stamping in Merrifield from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday as part of a three-city campaign swing that day.
The title of Pat Rafferty was listed incorrectly in a Page 1A story Thursday. Rafferty is the former director of the Cass County Economic Development Corp.
Debate was more like casual exchange of information
Call it Minnesota Nice.
EAST GULL LAKE -- Minnesota's four major party gubernatorial candidates squared off and talked health care issues this morning in a debate sponsored by health care and housing professionals at Madden's Resort.
Anderson Cleaners sues city over alley closing
Anderson Cleaners is suing the city of Brainerd over the city council's Aug. 19 decision to close the alley behind the business.
Penny talks at CLC about state budget mess
The state of Minnesota's bleak budget forecast didn't scare off Independence Party candidate Tim Penny.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 20 - 20 years ago (1982) - A proposed trip to Los Angeles, Calif., highlighted a Brainerd school board committee meeting yesterday, as the Brainerd Kixters Danceline group sought approval to compete in the "Miss Drill Team USA" competition.
No little old lady
An 81-year-old Wadena woman protected herself against a man breaking into her bedroom. Look for the story Monday.
Food shelf, landowners to take CWD-tested venison
Venison from deer culled in the Aitkin area for testing for chronic wasting disease will be distributed to landowners and a food shelf after testing is completed.
Pets of the Week
Damian is a St. Bernard mix, believed to be about 3 years old. This mellow dog loves kids.Carrie is an adult white and gray cat who is sweet and playful.
One for the books
You won't see the children sitting in rows while listening to teacher Beth Swenson in her second-grade class at Lincoln Elementary School in Brainerd.
The DNR has contracted with a professor to study the use of spinning wing duck decoys. Look for the story in Sunday's North Country section.
Crow Wing to get disaster aid funds
Crow Wing County will receive money from the federal government through the disaster aid bill for the 2001 tornado, it was learned this morning.
Merrifield boy Tabor featured in national awareness campaign
MERRIFIELD -- Andrew Tabor may only be about 3 feet tall, but the spunky Merrifield boy soon will be larger than life in Times Square.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 22 - 30 years ago (1972) - Bids on a subsidized bus contract for Brainerd, approved by the voters as an amendment on the Sept. 12 primary ballot, will be opened at a public hearing Oct. 2.
Decision whether to charge Sausen with DWI passed to Itasca County
The decision on whether to file charges stemming from Crow Wing County Assistant County Attorney John Sausen's arrest for misdemeanor DWI in Nisswa will be made in Itasca County.
State Rep. Dale Walz, R-Brainerd, said the relief provided at Thursday's special legislative session for areas devastated by flooding last spring will bring much-needed relief to northwestern Minnesota.
The Baxter City Council will hold a workshop at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to address various city issues.
Administration announces drought-relief package worth $752 million
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While farmers wait to apply for their share of the Bush administration's $752 million in drought relief, members of Congress facing fall elections are in a race to take credit for the aid.
Mom whose beating was caught on tape to turn herself in
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) -- A weeklong search appears over for a mother who punched, shook and slapped her 4-year-old daughter in a beating captured on a department store videotape and televised around the country.
Congress promises quick vote on Iraq; Bush tries to sway Russia to back U.S.
WASHINGTON -- As Congress promised a quick vote on using military force against Iraq, President Bush on Friday pressed a campaign to swing Russia behind the tough American stance against President Saddam Hussein.
Police seek woman caught on videotape beating child
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) -- A woman who was angry after leaving a department store was caught on a surveillance tape looking around as she helped her young daughter into a vehicle and then brutally beating the child for about half a minute, authorities said.
Bush draws congressional fire for withholding farm conservation spending
WASHINGTON -- The White House has agreed to supply less than 20 percent of the money requested by the Agriculture Department to support a major expansion of two farm conservation programs, prompting alarm from conservation groups and some influential members of Congress.
California port operators call off threatened lockout
LOS ANGELES -- A threatened lockout at the nation's busiest port complex was apparently averted after dock operations were fully staffed at the end of a week in which most activity had been frozen.
Waagner indicted for mailing anthrax hoax letters
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man who once said he was on a mission from God to kill abortion providers was charged with mailing anthrax hoax letters to women's clinics around the country last fall.
Brother of missing former NBA player found but remains in coma
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man sought in the disappearance of his former NBA player brother Bison Dele -- last seen on a South Pacific sailing trip in July -- lay in critical condition Friday after being found in a coma.
Bush aide: Clinton left no plan for al-Qaida
"We were never given a plan," Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said in testimony before the Joint Intelligence Committee. "There were some briefings the transition got, but it was not a plan."
Tranquilizer Rohypnol cited in date rape cases
The powerful tranquilizer Rohypnol or "Roofies," much stronger than Valium,
Florida congresswoman touts Democrats' prescription drug plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats in Congress say they have a better plan than the Republicans do for lowering prescription drug costs.
Bush now has detailed military plan for attacking Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has received a detailed Pentagon plan containing military options for deposing Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a senior defense official said Saturday.
Hurricane Isidore heads toward western tip of Cuba and Gulf of Mexico
HAVANA (AP) -- Hurricane Isidore buffeted Cuba's small Isle of Youth with strong winds and drenching rains early Friday as it moved slowly toward the western tip of the main island and the Gulf of Mexico.
PETA revives anti-milk 'got beer?' campaign despite criticism, targets party schools
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Got controversy?
Serial killer Yates convicted of two more slayings
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Robert Lee Yates Jr. made a deal to spare his life two years ago when he confessed to murdering 13 prostitutes. But it may not be enough to keep him off death row.
Kentucky governor admits to inappropriate relationship with woman
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Paul Patton said he decided during a sleepless night to confess and make a public apology for what he had previously denied -- an affair with a woman who is suing him for sexual harassment.
Lawmakers examine why hijackers weren't stopped after 2000 meeting in Malaysia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States missed many opportunities to pursue two of the Sept. 11 hijackers after they had been spotted at an al-Qaida meeting in Malaysia 18 months before the attacks, a congressional investigator told lawmakers Friday.
Bush outlines strategy of pre-emptive strikes, cooperation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush served notice on Friday that the U.S. will shift its military strategy away from the deterrence that characterized the Cold War and toward pre-emptive action against terrorists seeking weapons of mass destruction.
Judge orders millions for breast implant expenses
DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge has authorized a $9.8 million settlement between Dow Corning and the federal government for medical expenses stemming from breast implant-related injuries.
Bush uses radio to lobby Democrats for Homeland Security agency to his liking
WASHINGTON -- President Bush opened a fresh push to steer Democratic senators in his direction on the creation of a Department of Homeland Security, arguing days before crucial votes that the still-looming threat of terrorism trumps other concerns.
Although you met him at school, a party or through friends, there's no safety guarantee. Knowing your date does not protect you from date rape.
Study: Many drug prisoners are minority, low-level offenders
WASHINGTON -- More than half of convicted drug offenders at state prisons have no history of violent crime or serious drug offenses, and a disproportionate number of them come from poor, minority communities, a study to be released Friday has found.
Attack of Royals coach raises new security fears
CHICAGO (AP) -- The concern is always somewhere in the back of athletes' minds, a whisper of a worry that a drunk or angry fan might cross the line.
Bob Hayes knew about winning gold medals and Super Bowls
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- His form made track coaches glance at their stopwatches and think: "That can't be right."
Dodgers narrow wild-card race
From now on, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are on their own.
Rangers fall again
VIRGINIA -- Brandon Laffin scored the lone touchdown for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers on a 1-yard plunge, but the Virginia Blue Devils came away with a 35-7 Sea Range Conference victory Friday.
Royals coach attacked on field by two fans
CHICAGO (AP) -- With his eyes on home plate and his back to the seats, Tom Gamboa never saw them coming.
U.S. wins doubles to stay alive against France
PARIS (AP) -- James Blake and Todd Martin came back to beat Mickael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro in five sets Saturday, allowing the United States to stay alive in its Davis Cup semifinal against defending champion France.
Cardinals clinch NL Central, Giants open two-game wild-card lead
The Cardinals are in the playoffs, the Diamondbacks are close and the Giants are starting to put some distance between themselves and the Dodgers.
Rookie's big day washed out
DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Ryan's big splash in the majors was washed out.
Mets deny 'rampant' marijuana use by players
NEW YORK (AP) -- In perhaps the worst moment of a miserable season for the New York Mets, general manager Steve Phillips stood in front of a microphone and answered questions about widespread drug use on the team.
Isabelle M. Crosson
PEQUOT LAKES -- Isabelle M. Crosson, 89, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
ROYALTON -- Blaise Sufka, 91, Royalton, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Jacqueline 'Pat' Sjostedt
ANOKA -- Jacqueline "Pat" Sjostedt, 80, Anoka, formerly of McGregor, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Dorothy M. A. Dahl
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dorothy Margaret Anderson Dahl, 86, Minneapolis, formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in Minneapolis.
Dorothy M. Dahl
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dorothy Margaret Dahl, 86, Minneapolis, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002.
Brandon L. Burich
EAGAN -- Brandon L. Burich, 50, Eagan, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, as the result of a car accident.
Myrtle E. Olson
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Myrtle E. Olson, 100, Eden Prairie, formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis.
Shantel E. Hansen
LITTLE FALLS -- Shantel Elice Hansen, 5 months, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Gerald D. Hulke
PINE RIVER -- Gerald David Hulke, 46, Pine River, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at home.
Von D. Raymond
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Von David Raymond, 38, Anchorage, Alaska, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Anchorage.
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Abolish death penalty for youth
Three U.S. Supreme Court justices have said that the court should consider abolishing the death penalty for people who committed their offenses as minors, setting up the juvenile death penalty as the newest frontier in our nation's debate over capital punishment.
In years past this newspaper has resorted to outright pleading when it appeared that no one was interested in filing for city, county or school board offices.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
When it comes to the issue of abortion, the race for the U.S. Senate between Norm Coleman and Paul Wellstone is very clear.
Greed run amuck
Little need be added to the Los Angeles Times' stinging rebuke in Wednesday's Other Opinions of the fortunes received by corporate executives. But to throw in our two cents worth, we are equally amazed at the CEOs' straight-faced acceptance of such bottomless largesse and even more at the incredible irresponsibility of company board rooms that allow it.
To the party that abandoned the beagle and her three newly weaned pups outside Deerwood, I would like to ask what you were thinking?
Sports Afield, the oldest U.S.-based outdoors magazine, rises from the ashes
Sports Afield, the venerable outdoor magazine that has been gracing sportsmen's coffee tables since 1887, has once again risen from the ashes.
Wisconsin angler wins PWT Championship
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Thousands of walleye fishing fans cheered when Keith Kavajecz netted just enough walleyes to win the Professional Walleye Trail championship Sept. 14 on the Missouri River.
North Country calendar
To spin or not to spin That is the question to be answered in the 2002 waterfowl season
The future of spinning wing decoys in Minnesota is at stake when the waterfowl season opens Sept. 28.
Walleye dispute Mille Lacs harvest overrun could lead to mediation between state, bands
The state and Chippewa bands could be headed for mediation to settle a dispute over walleye kill overruns on Mille Lacs.
Georgia may get hunting season on alligators
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A state proposal to allow a limited alligator hunting season next year spurred south Georgia residents to inquire this week into the effects of such a hunt on Georgia's largest reptile.
RETURN TO THE WILD
BEAVERHEAD, N.M. (AP) -- Mike Miller watched from a rocky bluff as the female went down. The dart pierced her hip, its sedative seeping into her bloodstream. A half-hour later, after a pursuit along the canyon wall, he saw the gunner clip the male in the neck.
The DNR will use trail hounds in an attempt to destroy a black bear that attacked a 24-year-old wildlife researcher at the Four Brooks Wildlife Management Area Sept. 15.
The Fall Walleye Classic and the one that got away
Seventeen teams squared off Sunday, Sept. 15 in the first Minnesota Walleye Alliance Fall Walleye Classic on Gull Lake.
Grouse population near bottom, but will rise again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's grouse population is nearing the bottom of a natural cycle and wildlife officials expect a smaller-than-usual harvest this hunting season, a state wildlife official said.
Walking sticks provide another mystery to unravel during the bliss of autumn
"Guess what I've got?" chimed Robert as he came in the back door.
Shannon Smith and Allen Nelson were married Aug. 17, 2002, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus with Pastor Jeff Broom and Pastor Dwight Warden officiating.
Warren and Eleanor Posthumus, Deerwood, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. No gifts please.
The VFW Post and Auxiliary wish to thank the Riverside Elementary School for inviting us to their 9/11 program. It was an excellent program.
Five generations recently gathered were Alyson Freberg, daughter, Duluth; Mindy Hallgren, mother, Duluth; Dennis Hallgren, grandfather, Duluth; Bonnie LeDoux, great-grandmother, Brainerd; and Herbert Haugland, great-great-grandfather, Brainerd.
Maria Thiede and Phil Laube were married April 13, 2002, at St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes with Father George Zeck officiating.
Kerry L. Marquardt and Steve J. Lahti announce their engagement. Parents are Bob and Stephanie Marquardt, Pequot Lakes, and Duane and Barb Lahti, Iron River, Wis. An Oct. 12 wedding is planned at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
Four generations recently gathered in Brooklyn Center include Kyle Keran, son; Kevin Keran, father; Doug Keran, grandfather; and Charlotte Keran, great-grandmother.
Jody Ryan and Dave Fischer were married Aug. 3, 2002, at Madden's Resort on Gull Lake with Pastor Randy Ahlberg officiating.
There will be a farewell coffee party for Elna Deyo from 2-4 p.m. today at Mississippi Terrace. She has been a resident since 1988 but will be moving to Austin at the end of September.
Merry and Larry Osvold, Brainerd, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Monday. They were married Sept. 23, 1967, in Brainerd.
Five generations recently gathered were Ronald M. (R.J.) Frink IV, son; Ronald M. Frink III, father; Ronald M. Frink II, grandfather; Ronald M. Frink, great-grandfather; and Elizabeth Frink, great-great-grandmother.
Many thanks to Richard Geike, owner of Fritz's Resort in Nisswa, who hosted a group of Kinship Partners youth and mentors on Sunday, Sept. 8. Along with h
Victoria Lynn Simon and Michael Jon Tepley were married July 6, 2002, on a beach at a lake home in Brainerd with Pastor Roger Olsen officiating.
Trudy Renee Walock and Jeffery Konen were married June 29, 2002, at Dead Colt Creek in Lisbon, N.D.
Four generations recently gathered were Asa Loukota, son, Ideal Corners; Jacob Loukota, father, Ideal Corners; Leonard Loukota, grandfather, Nisswa; and John Loukota, great-grandfather, Illinois.
Four generations recently gathered were Dominik Jeffers, son, Princeton; Shanna Velasco, mother, Princeton; Joy Velasco, grandmother, Ramsey; and Jan Fraune, great-grandmother, Brainerd.
Lyle and Bev (Eliseuson) Krueger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd. The event is hosted by their children and grandchildren. They were married Sept. 30, 1952, in Brainerd.
Leona Kern, St. Martin, formerly of Aitkin, celebrated her 85th birthday with her family in Aitkin and Brainerd.
New tire dirties white banks of Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- The white banks of Dover have never looked so dirty, and that's fine with the drivers on the front row for Sunday's race.
BIR drag racers claim honors at NHRA Division 5 finals
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Forty-four bracket drag racers from Brainerd International Raceway competed at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., last weekend in the NHRA West Central Division.
NASCAR has a wide-open race
DOVER, Del. -- As a driver who's won one championship and lost another by just 10 points, Bill Elliott is keenly familiar with the elements of late-season success.
4-year-old Coon Rapids boy's death ruled a homicide
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The death of a 4-year-old boy who was seriously injured while in the care of a 12-year-old child was ruled a homicide Friday.
DNR to warn bird hunters of risk
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources is expected to release recommendations soon urging the state's approximately 400,000 bird hunters to use rubber gloves when cleaning game birds as a precaution against contracting the West Nile virus.
Minnesota communities rush to honor aging veterans
LONG PRAIRIE -- Under a clear blue sky on Main Street in this central Minnesota town, soldiers fight, bleed and die again in a battle fought 57 years ago on the other side of the world.
Poll: Most business leaders are ethical
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Regard for business leaders in the eyes of Minnesotans has been diminished by reports of alleged wrongdoing involving Enron and other corporations, according to a poll released Friday.
With first TV ad, 6th Congressional District race gets nasty
ST. PAUL -- Suggesting a bruising fall campaign lies ahead, the first TV commercial in the 6th Congressional District race portrays U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy as a "greedy corporate executive" at the center of an accounting scandal.
Group fights to keep snowmobiles out of Voyageurs
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- A local group has asked for court action to once again prohibit the use of snowmobiles in 11 bays within Voyageurs National Park.
Report: Power failure threatened eight surgery patients
EDINA (AP) -- Fairview Southdale Hospital lost power last month after the hospital's backup generators failed because they were overloaded while eight patients were in surgery, hospital officials said.
CONUS news service to stop most operations
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nearly two decades after pioneering the use of satellites for sharing news among television stations, CONUS Communications is shutting down most of its operations, the victim of cutbacks in the industry.
International Falls teachers walk picket line
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- Public school teachers walked picket lines here Friday, staging the first strike by teachers in Minnesota since educators in the same city struck for nearly a month 10 years ago.
Report: Puckett accused of sexual assault at restaurant
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Former Minnesota Twins great Kirby Puckett is a suspect in an alleged sexual assault earlier this month, Puckett's attorney said Friday.
Draw feels like a win for Americans
EDINA (AP) -- Sometimes playing to a draw feels more like winning. The Americans surely can relate after an exciting opening day at the Solheim Cup.
Boy arrested for threatening to bomb Capitol
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy was in custody Thursday after allegedly calling in a series of bomb threats and telling 911 operators that an explosive device had been placed in the State Capitol.
West Nile victims being asked about blood donations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- State health officials are asking Minnesotans who have the West Nile virus whether they had recently received or donated blood.
Ventura signs bills for flood aid, tax changes
ST. PAUL -- Help is on the way to flood victims in northwestern Minnesota after Gov. Jesse Ventura on Friday signed a $31.8 million flood relief package.
Senate candidates play 'word games'
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Senate candidates engaged in a semantic battle Friday, clashing over whether a plan to let younger workers invest part of their Social Security taxes in stocks is the same as "privatizing" the system.
International Falls teachers go on strike
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- Public school teachers walked off the job Friday morning in their first strike here in a decade, and officials canceled classes and activities.
State finds some dislocated workers starting businesses
ST. PAUL (AP) -- There may be a silver lining in the dark cloud of unemployment that has hovered over Minnesota since the economy began slowing early last year, according to the state Department of Trade and Economic Development.
Mall of America to hold terror training exercise
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- The Mall of America and local authorities on Sunday night will conduct a large-scale emergency response exercise based on the idea that a bomb planted by terrorists exploded at the mall.
Pierz outlasts Holdingford
HOLDINGFORD -- Kari Block had 15 kills and 24 set assists to help the Pierz Pioneers to a 15-7, 15-10, 9-15, 12-15, 15-6 Central Minnesota Conference victory over Holdingford Thursday.
Brainerd bows at Willmar
WILLMAR -- Willmar defeated the Brainerd Warriors 15-13, 15-4, 15-5 in Central Lakes Conference volleyball Thursday.
Pequot Lakes blanks Wolverines
WADENA -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots cruised past the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 7-0 Thursday in Mid-State Conference tennis.
Solinger, Talberg pace Pierz
KIMBALL -- Pierz's Eli Solinger and Jamie Talberg each placed first at the Kimball Invitational cross country meet Thursday.
Little Falls swims past Rocori
COLD SPRING -- The Little Falls Flyers swimming and diving team won seven events and defeated Rocori 109-76 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Pine River-Backus defeated 24-6
PINE RIVER -- It's said that football games are won in the trenches.
ST. CLOUD -- The unbeaten and eighth-ranked Brainerd Warriors were concerned about letting their guard down against winless St. Cloud Apollo Friday.
Flyers' offense soars in loss
COLD SPRING -- Bo Corrow racked up 236 yards on nine catches, including two touchdowns, for the Little Falls Flyers as they fell to the Rocori Spartans 28-18 in Central Lakes Conference football Friday.
High School Football
Wolverines suffer tough break
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek football season took a turn for the worse Friday as starting quarterback Tyler Neu broke his leg in the first quarter in the Wolverines' 23-15 loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave.
Jordan wins big race
Like most aspiring athletes, Troy Jordan grew up dreaming of winning the big one.
AREA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
CROSBY -- Kim Beaman is another in a long lineage of quality Crosby-Ironton cross country runners.
Warriors break free for 3-2 victory
BAXTER -- With three tie games under its belt already, the Brainerd Warriors boys' soccer team wanted to do anything to avoid getting its fourth.
Pierz drops tennis meet
PIERZ -- Emily Stumpf and Becky Korf recorded the only win for the Pierz Pioneers tennis team, who fell to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Friday 6-1.
Holdingford edges Pioneers in fourth quarter
HOLDINGFORD -- Pierz's Craig Luberts rushed for 120 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a 95-yard punt return, but it wasn't enough as the Holdingford Huskers scored 12 fourth-quarter points in an 18-14 Central Minnesota Conference victory Friday.
The Brainerd Explosion slow-pitch softball team won the Minnesota Sports Federation 16-under fall state tournament Sept. 15 at Elk River.
Swimming like a butterfly
Christina Roberts swam the butterfly leg for the Brainerd Warriors' 200 medley relay team in Thursday's meet.
Mistakes hurt Huskies
PILLAGER -- Turnovers and penalties.
Apollo overwhelms Flyer girls
BELLE PRAIRIE -- Little Falls Flyers goaltenders Holly Hoheisel and Jessie Olson stopped 23 shots but the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles coasted to a 5-0 victory in Central Lakes Conference girls' soccer Thursday.
Apollo outscores Flyer boys
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls' Sheffield Goodrich scored the only goal for the Flyers as they were defeated by the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 6-1 in boys' soccer Thursday.
Peterson hopes outing helps team find itself
This weekend, the Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team will be in search of some caffeine as it travels to Mankato to take part in the Bethany Lutheran College tournament.
Staples-Motley remains unbeaten
PARK RAPIDS -- The Adam Johnson-Tyler Frisk connection hooked up three times in the first half to help lead the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a 50-14 victory over Northern Lakes Conference foe Park Rapids Friday.
Finck leads Verndale to blowout
FERGUS FALLS -- Casey Finck ran for three touchdowns to help the sixth-ranked Verndale Pirates to a 43-0 Pheasant Conference blowout over the Hillcrest Lutheran Comets Friday.
Hinckley-Finlayson shuts out Aitkin
AITKIN -- The Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars shut out the Aitkin Gobblers 12-0 in Great River Conference football action Friday.
Dunphy knows about team support
Emily Dunphy is one of many members of the Brainerd Warriors girls' swimming and diving team who doesn't hold anything back.
The great Warriors team of '62 that still remembers the loss to C-I
It may have been the greatest Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team never to make the state tournament.
Local sports shorts
Because of the change in starting time for the Sept. 28 game between the Twins and Chicago White Sox, the fan appreciation bus sponsored by the Central Lakes College Student Senate will leave at 9 a.m.
Behind strong blockers, Baumann uses speed to excel
PEQUOT LAKES -- Pure speed and a host of blockers.
Willmar netters defeat Brainerd 6-1
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals swept all four singles matches and went on to post a 6-1 victory over the Brainerd Warriors on Thursday.
Local sports brief
Brainerd Warriors girls' soccer appreciation night is scheduled 5 p.m. Thursday at the Southdale Fields in Baxter.
Area events Saturday
Stock car racing
PAUL BUNYAN BOWL
Turnovers and poor pass defense have been the biggest culprits in the Minnesota Vikings' second consecutive 0-2 start.
Small increase in ticket prices for 2003 regular season
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins announced a small increase in ticket prices for the 2003 regular season.
Gophers reschedule games to Thursdays
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Gophers home football games against Illinois and Northwestern -- both originally scheduled for Saturdays -- have been moved to Thursday nights to accommodate potential Twins playoff games.
Wild, Mighty Ducks open with a tie
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Rickard Wallin scored on a power play early in the second period and Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves as the Minnesota Wild skated to a 1-1 tie with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Friday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Vikings vs. Panthers capsule
CAROLINA (2-0) At MINNESOTA (0-2)
Reed's early exit leads to 10-2 loss for Twins
CHICAGO (AP) -- With rain falling and most fans taking shelter on the concourse, Chicago White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand stood on the field signing autographs.
Vikings' pass defense gets test
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A revitalized Rodney Peete is the next veteran quarterback to test Minnesota's porous pass defense.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds. A slight chance of afternoon showers southwest. Highs in the 60s to low 70s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of sprinkles or light rain everywhere but the far south. Highs from 65 to 75.
Storms, tornado rake parts of Indiana and Ohio
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Severe storms, and at least one tornado, ravaged parts of Indiana and Ohio, destroying homes and businesses, flipping cars and blowing off rooftops. Ten people were injured at a harvest festival where lights toppled onto a crowd.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy south with a few showers this morning...Then becoming partly sunn
State forecast for South Dakota
Frost advisory tonight most of western south dakota...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Windy west and a chance of afternoon showers north. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of morning fog otherwise scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s to middle 70s.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly sunny and windy. Highs in the lower 60s northwest to around 70 southeast.
In the boat
Weather drawing by Nathanie Raper of Mrs. Kobes' second grade class at Lincoln school.
Weather drawing by Dillon Solid in the Lowell School first-grade class of Sharon Jendro.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny central and east. Becoming mostly cloudy west. Highs from the upper 60s far northwest...To the upper 70s south.
Frost expected to come early this year
Cover up the plants and unpack the sweaters, the first frost of the year could arrive in Minnesota this week.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy southeast with scattered showers. Partly to mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs from the mid 60s north to the upper 70s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of showers east. Highs in the lower 70s.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Walt and Betty Moynagh, 137.5; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 129.5; Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 123; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 113.5. East-West: Bud and Jean Forsberg, 151.5; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 124; Betty Carmon and Marv Falk, 117; and Ed Abt and Bob McClellan, 107.
Names and faces
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Johnny Carson, retired king of late-night television, has emphysema, but says it isn't causing any major problems.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
The Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace film and video series will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday and the Brainerd Public Librar
Israeli troops blow up three buildings in Arafat's compound after suicide bombings
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli soldiers blew up three buildings in Yasser Arafat's compound Friday, rocking the office where he was holed up and sending huge clouds of smoke into the air. The assault with tanks and bulldozers came in retaliation for a Tel Aviv bus bombing that killed six people.
Oil buyers, sellers spar over reliability of Middle East oil supplies
OSAKA, Japan (AP) -- Energy producing and consuming nations opened a conference to improve relations with a fierce debate Saturday over OPEC's refusal to increase its output.
Explosion heard in wing of Arafat's main office building
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Explosions rocked Yasser Arafat's compound Saturday, including one that showered him with debris, as the Israeli army systematically blew up or bulldozed nearly every building around him in the Palestinian Authority's headquarters.
Renegade soldiers hold two cities after loyalist forces quell coup attempt in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- Rebel troops held two Ivory Coast cities, where residents said mutineers were shooting and handing out guns and uniforms to new recruits Friday -- a day after the government said it quelled a bloody coup attempt.
Report says terrorists targeted Singapore
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Eighteen Muslim extremists arrested recently had plotted to bomb Singapore's airport, defense ministry and water pipelines in the hope of igniting a holy war in Southeast Asia, Singapore authorities said Thursday.
Middle East news again overshadows U.N. debate on AIDS, Africa
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- As world leaders wrapped up their annual session at the United Nations, it was clear that the U.S.-Iraq standoff had stolen the show despite much-lauded plans to focus on African development, the AIDS epidemic and education.
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