Increasingly, students are balking at classroom animal dissections
Increasing numbers of students are asking to opt out of the science class ritual of dissecting frogs or fetal pigs, branding the practice cruel and insisting they can learn as much from computer simulations.
Appeals court upholds mandatory student fee system at Wisconsin 'U'
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the way the University of Wisconsin System distributes mandatory student fees to campus organizations is constitutional.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 384, a year ago 136.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle estimate: 950. Last Tuesday: 1189. Year ago Tuesday: 788. Monday actual: 555.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday estimated cattle: 450. Last Monday: 476. Year ago: 263. Friday actual: 625.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 286, a year ago 399.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle broadside collision today at Northwest Sixth and James streets in Brainerd.
Shoulder problems bothering former Warrior golfer
Marni Lundbohm battled shoulder problems as a college sophomore and those same problems have returned.
Pam and Ron Dyson shot a net 31 to win the couples alternate ball event at couples night at Pine Meadows Sept. 27.
Raider men, women advance to national golf tournament
MANKATO -- Melanie Wilson was medalist in the Region 13 and Minnesota Community College Conference state tournaments and helped the Central Lakes College women's golf team win both titles Tuesday at the Mankato Country Club.
Study: Breast self examination does not reduce risk of death
WASHINGTON -- Self examination does not detect tumors early enough to reduce the risk of death from breast cancer and teaching the technique may be a waste of time for doctors and patients, according to a decade-long study of more than 260,000 women in Shanghai.
Researchers map genes of malaria parasite and the mosquito that spreads it
WASHINGTON -- Researchers have sequenced the genes both for the parasite that causes malaria and for the mosquito that spreads it to humans.
Should I take a fall alfalfa cutting?
It is expected that alfalfa hay supplies will be limited this winter because of drought in some parts of the country and flooding and wet conditions in other areas. Farmers who are short of hay for the winter or those who see this as a crop selling opportunity might be giving more thought to taking a fall cutting of alfalfa. There are two major considerations.
Baxter's little secret
BAXTER -- It could be one of Baxter's well-kept secrets.
Pillager School yearbook on sale now
PILLAGER -- Pillager School's yearbook is now on sale.
Information on Minnesota-grown apples available
Fall is apple season in Minnesota, and a publication from the University of Minnesota Extension Service provides details on 22 apple varieties grown in the state.
CROSSLAKE -- A group of women calling themselves Klub Knutson recently raised $1,963.18 for Camp Knutson.
Decisions on farm bill begin
FSA Farm Bill explanation meetings are currently being held in communities across Minnesota. Farm operators and landowners should receive letters identifying dates and locations. Here are some general guidelines that may help to guide some of the decisions that need to be made.
'Holiday Crafting with Dried Flowers' workshop set in Staples
STAPLES -- "Holiday Crafting with Dried Flowers" is a workshop scheduled Oct. 17 in Staples.
It's harvest time -- and farmers are off to a fast start.
Peace officers meet to learn how to improve relationships with Native Americans
Peace officers from Mille Lacs, Pine and Aitkin counties recently joined tribal police in a day confronting and re-evaluating attitudes that interfere with Native American law enforcement.
Pillager High School homecoming royalty included Beth Smith (left); Jessie VanVickle; Jenny Harne, queen; Mark Gaalswyk, king; Robert Babb and Jayson Dinkel. Tristin Long (front left) was princess and Gavin Holsapple was the prince. Coronation was Monday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Love Lights A Tree program in Nisswa planned Nov. 29
The holiday season brings with it the opportunity for people to honor others who have made an impact on their lives.
Man floats plan for Minnesota River near New Ulm
MANKATO (AP) -- Ken Weilage has floated a plan he knows will be met with skepticism, perhaps even ridicule. But he hopes his dream of a large reservoir on the Minnesota River near New Ulm will get people thinking about how to creatively use and protect the river.
Mentally pregnant, with only eight days to prepare for new arrivals
"Have the labor pains started yet?"
CLC students host friends
Central Lakes College students on Sept. 25 introduced friends to campus life in Brainerd and Staples.
Happy homecoming queen
Jenny Harne reacted after being crowned Pillager High School homecoming queen Monday night. Mark Gaalswyk was named king.
Baxter approves park fees
BAXTER -- The debate on park fees for a housing development were settled by the Baxter City Council Tuesday.
BIR ground breaking
Brian Birch of Anderson Bros. Construction, Brainerd; Paul Brown, project engineer for C.R. Meyer, Coleraine; Dick Reineck, track announcer; Dave Brandt, engineer of EVTAK Mining Company, Virginia; and Scott Quick, general manager of BIR. The project will take about two months. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Social Security issues disputed by Wellstone, Coleman
The Social Security issue has turned into a war of words between Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., and his challenger Republican Norm Coleman.
Red Cross chapter names director
Pat Charlson recently was named executive director of the Northern Lakes Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in Brainerd.
Staples woman is an 'Ageless Hero'
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will honor 12 outstanding senior citizens, including a Staples woman, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the fifth annual Ageless Heroes Award Program at the Mall of America.
BAXTER -- Work will begin today on two area culvert projects, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
Officials find state reading scores hard to read
The Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning released the 10th-grade reading and 11th-grade mathematics test results Tuesday. Brainerd school officials have some questions.
Brainerd Schools Youth and Community Services Office is sponsoring two part-time AmeriCorps positions. Sign up now to make a difference in your life and the lives of children and families in the community.
Study: Mille Lacs' quality has improved
GARRISON -- Mille Lacs Lake is "reasonably close" to its original condition, said Dick Osgood, a lake management consultant who recently completed a study of the lake's water quality.
Singing the blues
An up-and-coming blues singer from the Twin Cities will perform this weekend at a lakes area bar. Look for her story Thursday in Tempo.
Gilbert Lake reflections
A back bay of Gilbert Lake was illuminated with the first colors of autumn Tuesday. Central Minnesota is beginning to show signs of a colorful fall.
Consummate cook Mae Kavanaugh dies
EAST GULL LAKE -- Family and food.
Baxter may put hold on big stores
BAXTER -- A moratorium on superstores will be considered in Baxter.
Lincoln students Jacob Trimble (left), Nadia Loving, Taylor Korchari and Samantha McFatridge harvest corn in their garden at the school Monday. The students are part of the Lincoln Ecology club that planted corn, sunflowers and flowers and participated in several environmentally based trips.
Superfan rooting for 'Doug,' team
Courtney Gunderson is such a big fan of Doug Mientkiewicz, that the Minnesota Twins first baseman calls the Brainerd High School junior his "baseball buddy."
Brainerd council rejects frontage road bid
The Brainerd City Council Monday rejected a bid of $141,498 from Anderson Brothers for the extension of the frontage roads along Business Highway 371.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 2 - 60 years ago (1942) - Contributions to the doughnut and coffee fund to be used by the Salvation Army in serving service men at the Brainerd USO Center, had reached a total of $16.30 this noon.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 1 - 20 years ago (1982) - Evert Holm, 70, owner of John M. Bye Clothing Co. in Brainerd selling "quality name brand" men's wear, retired Friday after 52 years in retail sales.
Cost of Iraq war set at $9 billion a month
WASHINGTON -- Fighting a full-scale war with Iraq would cost up to $9 billion a month, congressional budget experts said as the Senate prepared to open debate this week on a resolution authorizing President Bush to wage that war.
Former Enron financial chief Fastow surrenders
HOUSTON -- The former chief financial officer of Enron Corp. was charged Wednesday with securities, wire and mail fraud, money laundering and conspiring to inflate Enron's profits and enrich himself at the company's expense.
Judge shields drug rehab center from probe of Jeb Bush's daughter
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- In a case closely watched by drug counselors nationwide, a judge has ruled that staff members at the drug rehab center where Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter is receiving treatment don't have to answer police questions in the investigation.
Administration suggests assassination for Saddam
WASHINGTON -- Loud and clear, the Bush administration has been putting out signals that there are plenty of ways to get rid of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Homeland security action still stalled
WASHINGTON -- Once on the fastest of tracks to passage, legislation creating the Homeland Security Department remains mired in a Senate stalemate over labor rights.
Milwaukee neighborhood where man beaten to death struggles with crime by juvenile mob
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The confrontation started with an egg tossed by a 10-year-old boy and ended in a mob beating that killed a 36-year-old man, authorities said.
Democrats, Republicans spar over implications of Torricelli's departure
TRENTON, N.J. -- Democrats and Republicans immediately began sparring over the legal implications after Sen. Robert Torricelli's abrupt decision to abandon a race that could affect the balance of power in the Senate.
Assistant to Martha Stewart's stockbroker agrees to testify against her in plea bargain
NEW YORK (AP) -- An assistant to Martha Stewart's stockbroker has decided to plead guilty and testify against the home decorating maven and others in the ImClone Systems scandal, The Associated Press learned Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in September after seven straight months of growth, an industry group reported Tuesday.
West Coast docks trouble hard on Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) -- With memories of past shutdowns at West Coast docks still vivid in her mind, Masako Naito has made sure she has an abundant supply of toilet paper in case a lengthy work stoppage disrupts the shipment of goods to Hawaii.
Ports still shut, presence of armed guards stalls talks
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- West Coast ports weren't the only thing shut down Wednesday. So were contract talks between dockworkers and their employers after efforts to bring in a federal mediator collapsed.
Day after huge gains, stocks fall as investors take profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks retreated Wednesday morning as wary investors followed a now-familiar pattern of locking in profits after a huge rally. An earnings warning from Dow Chemical gave them another reason to sell.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A passenger slashed the throat of a Greyhound bus driver as the bus traveled down a California freeway, causing it to careen out of control, authorities said. Two people died and dozens were injured.
One of nation's hottest House races lands in court over freshman congressman's radio ad
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- One of the nation's hottest House races has landed in court over Rep. Felix Grucci's allegations in a radio advertisement that his Democratic opponent was lax in pursuing rape allegations as a college provost.
Sept. 11 inquiry looks at sharing of intelligence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A July 2001 FBI memo warning that al-Qaida may be training terrorist pilots in the United States was not turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration until well after the Sept. 11 attacks, a congressional investigator said Tuesday.
Louisiana braces for second storm in week as Lili bears down
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) -- Packing 110 mph wind, Hurricane Lili gained strength and churned Wednesday toward the Gulf Coast, where residents braced for the second major storm in a week.
Famed publisher, philanthropist, envoy Annenberg dies
PHILADELPHIA -- Walter H. Annenberg, who parlayed America's love affair with television into a fortune by launching the national TV Guide magazine and later served as ambassador to Britain, died Tuesday. He was 94.
MIAMI (AP) -- The former caregivers of Rilya Wilson, whose disappearance exposed disarray in Florida's child welfare agency, were arrested Wednesday on fraud charges.
Drought hurting Midwest economy
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Drought in Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, along with overall weakness in the national economy, is hurting business in the Midwest, according to an economist who surveys company officials in a nine-state region.
GAO report says Labor Department should focus on enforcing child labor laws in high-risk jobs
WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department needs to improve its enforcement of child labor laws in jobs where teenagers face a high risk of injury and death, according to a congressional audit.
White House wants Justice Department officials to coordinate Amber Alerts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the parents of still-missing Elizabeth Smart looking on, President Bush was adding some federal muscle to the nation's patchwork of Amber Alert systems that speed information about abducted children to the public.
Judge throws out $800 million cell phone-brain tumor suit
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The federal ruling that tossed out an $800 million lawsuit against cell phone manufacturer Motorola could hinder other lawsuits filed by wireless users who claim their phones gave them brain cancer, an attorney said.
'Hazel' mom Whitney Blake, 76, dies
Whitney Blake, the versatile actress who portrayed comedienne Shirley Booth's housewife employer on the long-running television series "Hazel" and also co-created the edgier sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died. She was 76.
Democrats go to court to replace Torricelli
TRENTON, N.J. -- Taking their fight for continued control of the Senate to the state Supreme Court, Democrats told the state Supreme Court Wednesday that it isn't too late to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli's name of the ballot.
Homeland security measure in jeopardy as negotiations to break impasse continue
WASHINGTON -- The odds against creation of an anti-terrorism Homeland Security Department grow greater by the hour, with some lawmakers saying a labor rights dispute could sink the measure for the year.
Bush: Don't tie my hands
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush expressed deep reservations Tuesday about an alternative congressional measure authorizing force against Iraq, and demanded that the United Nations "put some calcium in the backbone" as it works up its own resolution on disarming Baghdad.
President, House leaders agree on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Unswayed by a new U.N. plan for arms inspections, President Bush and House leaders agreed Wednesday on a resolution for dealing with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein "diplomatically if we can, militarily if we must."
Rate of child pedestrian deaths nearly cut in half in 1990s
WASHINGTON -- The number of children hit and killed by automobiles was cut nearly in half during the 1990s, according to a report released Tuesday that said the decline is due to fewer kids walking to school and better traffic safety.
Bonds wants to change history
ATLANTA -- Barry Bonds enjoys waxing nostalgic about baseball history, reveling in the accomplishments of his godfather, Willie Mays, and fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson.
Ravens upset Broncos 34-23
BALTIMORE -- The longest play in NFL history began with Chris McAlister standing still in the back of the end zone, looking like he had no intention of doing anything but holding onto the football.
Out they go
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Detroit Tigers shared the worst record in the majors this season.
Defending champions beaten in every way
PHOENIX (AP) -- Was it a flashback or a preview?
Mets fire Valentine
NEW YORK (AP) -- Manager Bobby Valentine was fired by the New York Mets on Tuesday after a last-place finish in the NL East.
Yankees third-base coach Willie Randolph will interview for the Detroit Tigers' manager vacancy on Wednesday.
Giambi is showing he's a winner
NEW YORK -- He knows what the standards are here. He knows these October moments matter more than all those April to September
Bonds takes aim at World Series
From the start of spring, Barry Bonds has insisted he has only one goal -- and it's not the career home run record.
Average attendance in the major leagues dropped 6.1 percent this year, its second straight decline and the biggest decrease since the season after the 1994-95 strike. This year's average of 28,168 was the majors' lowest since 1996 and was down from 30,012 last year.
Cliff Ronning and Filip Kuba each scored two goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-1 Tuesday night in St. Paul.
Mae Kavanaugh, 78, East Gull Lake, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Theda Miller, 52, Aitkin, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at home.
Esther Vos Dickhausen-Solarz
Esther Vos Dickhausen-Solarz, 70, Pine River, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, of cancer at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. -- Amelia Ciatto, 67, Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Brainerd, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at Pasco-Hernando Hospice Care Center in Dade City, Fla.
PINE RIVER -- Phyllis Humphrey, 84, Pine River, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Staples Care Center in Staples.
Larry Tusler, 62, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at home.
Dorothy (Leabo) Jensen
PERHAM -- Dorothy Helen (Leabo) Jensen, 90, Perham, formerly of Battle Lake, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at the Perham Memorial Home in Perham.
Dennis D. Doucette
LITTLE FALLS -- Dennis David Doucette, 59, Little Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, in Ripley Township.
Sonja D. Thelander
LITTLE FALLS -- Sonja D. Thelander, 99, Little Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Larry Tusler, 62, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at home.
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A 9/25 Open Forum letter writer is frustrated about the amount of coverage that the Warriors are getting. Well as I see it, she and I must not be reading the same Br
What's in a name? Let's not forget people when we name our public buildings
Congratulations should go out to the two third-graders and two adults who submitted the name that was selected for the Brainerd School District's new middle school in Baxter -- Forestview Middle School.
You've heard Gov. Jesse Ventura say that Minnesota government spending doubled over the past decade.
An Iraq endgame at the United Nations
This editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
Easing the line on North Korea
This editorial appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times:
Five years ago when our friend died and left two boys, we wondered who would step in and fill the big shoes of their father. Eric Klang stepped in with confidence and love and has been a faithful father and friend. He'd do the same as Crow Wing County Sheriff.
Art and Pearl Gensmer, Pine River, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the couple's home, 36567 Lily Pad Point, Pine River. No gifts please.
Activists focus on abortion issue
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Abortion activists from both sides of the issue have plenty of fodder in this fall's governor's race -- and they plan to use it.
One dead after boat hits island on Crane Lake
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- A St. Paul man died after the boat he was in struck an island at night in heavy fog on Crane Lake in far northern Minnesota.
A bear killed by a car in central Minnesota last month wasn't the one that attacked a researcher a few hours earlier.
Eden Prairie backs away from widespread ban on smoking
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Eden Prairie City Council has backed away from a broad smoking ban in all indoor public spaces after several restaurants and other businesses objected.
After semi-car collision, victim extricated by doctor
MAPLE GROVE (AP) -- A car collided with a semi-truck Tuesday afternoon, severely injuring the car's driver and forcing rescuers to fly a doctor to the scene.
Abbey settlement sets up board for future claims of sexual abuse
COLLEGEVILLE (AP) -- St. John's Abbey pledged to seek out and offer help to any future victims of sexual abuse by its priests and monks under a legal settlement that resolves about a dozen claims, some of them decades old.
Investigation confirms officer, suspect killed each other
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Investigators have determined that a Minneapolis police officer and a suspect killed each other in an exchange of gunfire at a public housing tower, Hennepin County Sheriff Pat McGowan said Monday, declaring the case closed.
Residents of Swift Falls won't miss destroyed propane refurbishing plant
SWIFT FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- After years of complaining about the smell and appearance of a plant where propane cylinders are refurbished, residents expressed no sorrow by its destruction in a fire over the weekend.
Two charged in stabbing death of Hanley Falls man
MONTEVIDEO (AP) -- Prosecutors charged a man and his brother Tuesday in the stabbing death of a Hanley Falls man over the weekend.
Albertville outlet mall sold
ALBERTVILLE (AP) -- A New Jersey-based real estate group that specializes in upscale outlet malls is buying two outlet centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin in an $89.5 million deal.
Warrior swimmers continue unbeaten ways
The Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team continues to submerge its opponents.
Apollo girls edge Brainerd in overtime
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles came away with a hard-fought 4-3 overtime victory over the Brainerd Warriors in Central Lakes Conference girls' soccer Tuesday.
Rangers squeak by Aitkin
CROSBY --The Crosby-Ironton Rangers girls' tennis team swept all four singles matches en route to a 4-3 victory over the Aitkin Gobblers in a non-conference matchup Monday.
Brainerd loses in final home tennis meet
A 6-1 loss to St. Cloud Tech didn't spoil the final home tennis meet for three Brainerd Warrior seniors and captains Tuesday.
C-I's Radinovich wins again
BECKER -- Joe Radinovich, ranked fourth in Class 1A, captured top honors at the Big Lake/Becker Invitational with a time of 16:39 Monday.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Freshman Mike Zauhar of Brainerd was a big contributor Saturday in St. John's University's 59-20 victory over St. Olaf Saturday. Zauhar returned three punts for 54 yards, including one for 45 yards. On defense, Zauhar had six total tackles, including two solo tackles.
C-I sweeps Pequot in volleyball
CROSBY -- Devan Preimesberger set the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 15-6, 15-7, 15-5 Mid-State Conference volleyball victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots Tuesday.
Brainerd spikes Flyers
LITTLE FALLS -- Haley Bower knocked down 16 kills and Brooke Rollins had 12 to propel the Brainerd Warriors to a 6-15, 15-10, 15-1, 15-10 Central Lakes Conference volleyball victory over Little Falls Tuesday.
Throw away records. Forget the past. When the Pine River-Backus Tigers square off against the Pequot Lakes Patriots emotion takes over.
Last-minute goal dooms Flyers
ST. JOHN'S-- Little Falls' Joey Cotton collected a goal and an assist, but St. John's scored a goal with 30 seconds left in the game to edge the Flyers in a 4-3 heartbreaker Monday night.
Warrior bowlers split
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warriors opened the bowling season Saturday at Granite Bowl by defeating St. Cloud Cathedral 3-2 and losing to Sauk Rapids 3-2.
Flyer girls lose to Willmar
BELLE PRAIRIE -- Naomi Stumpf scored for the Little Falls Flyers, but the Willmar Cardinals scored six times in the ffirst half on their way to an 8-1 Central Lakes Conference girls' soccer victory Tuesday.
PR-B's Bristow wins again
LONGVILLE -- Travis Bristow of Pine River-Backus won his third straight cross country meet thanks to a victory at the Chippewa Invitational Tuesday.
Apollo blanks Warriors
BAXTER -- Both St. Cloud Tech and Apollo boys' soccer teams have built the programs that Central Lakes Conference teams strive to emulate.
JV volleyball team wins
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity volleyball team defeated the Little Falls Flyers 15-4, 8-15, 15-10.
Brainerd senior forward Jason Roberts kicked the ball away from Jeremiah Becker of the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in their game Tuesday in Baxter.
Second half does in Flyers
BELLE PRAIRIE -- Little Falls' Andrea Ploof scored the lone goal for the Flyers but the 26-9 shots-on-goal margin in favor of St. John's Prep was too much to overcome as the Johnnies posted a 5-1 victory Monday.
Tigers claw past Aitkin
AITKIN -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers eased past the Aitkin Gobblers 15-10, 15-8, 15-8 in a non-conference volleyball matchup Monday.
LF drops Rocori
LITTLE FALLS -- Maggie Cotton blanked Allison Decker at No. 3 singles, helping the Little Falls Flyers sweep the Rocori Spartans 7-0 for their fifth win of the year in Central Lakes Conference tennis Tuesday.
Police ticket Moss for marijuana possession
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A week after Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss' run-in with a traffic officer, police added a charge for the marijuana they found in his car.
TWINS' STORY for '02: 'Contraction to Champions'
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Grateful running backs have been known to buy their linemen jewel-encrusted wristwatches or boots made from exotic animal skins. It isn't unheard of for a golfer to win a car and give it to his caddy.
Twins prefer BART
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, is the way to go for the Twins. Most Minnesota players and coaches opted for public transportation Tuesday, and it was a good move.
Wells left off roster
Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire was distressed that he had to leave right-hander Bob Wells off his playoff roster.
How A's, Twins match up
A look at the best-of-five American League division series between the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics:
Twins prepared to face strong pitching
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins' lefty-laden lineup has, predictably, had trouble hitting left-handed pitching this year.
Twins get the early jump on A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- This was Rembrandt spilling paint on his shoe. This was Martin Luther King Jr., behind a microphone, losing his train of thought. This was Mikhail Baryshnikov tripping over his own feet.
EDEN PRAIRIE -- The Minnesota Vikings gave themselves a thorough self-examination on Monday.
Gophers hope to bounce back against Illini
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After failing their first real test of the season during last week's 28-15 loss to Purdue, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are anxious for another shot.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy and cooler with occasional rain west...And scattered showers developing east. Highs in the 40s west to the 70s extreme southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy north. Some patchy dense fog northeast this morning. Increasing cloudiness south with a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the middle 50s northwest to the upper 70s southeast.
Ready to swing
Weather drawing by Devon Hutchison of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered showers and thunderstorms south. Mostly cloudy north with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 50s north...And 60s south.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Showers and thunderstorms likely south this morning... Spreading north by afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s northwest to mid 80s southeast.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Becoming partly sunny southwest and south central...Partly sunny north and east. Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Occasional showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 50 northwest to the upper 70s southeast.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Becoming mostly sunny north in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy south. Showers likely south. A slight chance of showers central. Highs in the mid 40s north to lower 50s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon...Mainly across the south. Some storms may produce very heavy rains. Highs from the mid 60s north...To the low 80s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...A chance of showers west and south this morning...And east this afternoon. Highs 45 northwest to the mid 50s southeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy north and cloudy south. Occasional rain southeast into south central. Light snow gradually tapering off with an inch or less additional accumulation black hills. Rain or snow likely this morning southwest plains. Highs in the 40s west to near 50 central and east.
Starting to fall
Weather drawing by Salyna Murray of Mrs. Kobes' second grade class at Lincoln school.
September was rainier than usual
A wet September, with 2.76 inches of rain, followed a wetter than normal summer this year, DNR Forestry office officials reported today. The 10-year-average for September rainfall is 2.52 inches.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson are close to an agreement on custody of their two sons, lawyers told a judge Tuesday.
Musical presentation for all ages set for Oct. 17
Brainerd Community Education will sponsor "Cows, Bugs and Aardvarks," a free musical presentation for all ages from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Lincoln Elementary School gym. Seating is from 9:30-9:50 a.m.
Public participation sought in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- Public input is needed to help define the policies and goals for land use, growth management and community facilities in and around Crosslake.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Model Kate Moss has given birth to her first child, a daughter, British newspapers reported Monday.
Body found believed to be kidnapped boy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- An 11-year-old heir to a centuries-old family-owned bank was believed to be dead Tuesday, four days after the boy was kidnapped and despite the payment of a $990,000 ransom.
Former Bosnian Serb leader pleads guilty to crimes against humanity at Yugoslav tribunal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Bosnian Serb wartime leader Biljana Plavsic, one of the highest-ranking suspects at the U.N. war crimes tribunal, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of crimes against humanity.
Senegal's president promises those responsible for ferry disaster will be prosecuted
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- President Abdoulaye Wade promised criminal prosecution in Africa's deadliest ferry disaster Tuesday, as fishermen and villagers won permission to bury the rapidly decaying bodies they find washing up to shore.
Blast outside army base kills American soldier, Filipino in southern Philippines
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) -- An explosion outside a bar frequented by troops from a nearby base killed an American soldier and a Filipino and wounded at least 14 people Wednesday night, officials and witnesses said.
Hurricane Lili lashes Cuba
HAVANA (AP) -- Hurricane Lili dumped heavy rains on western Cuba on Tuesday and 127,000 people fled their homes in fear of the storm that ripped roofs from buildings in the Cayman Islands and killed seven in Jamaica and St. Vincent.
France lifts ban on British beef
PARIS (AP) -- France lifted its six-year-old ban British beef imports on Wednesday, ending a bitter dispute that has strained relations with London.
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