Grand Marquis rolls on, leaving wiggle behind
LOS ANGELES -- I landed here knowing that I would not fly back home to Virginia. Even with a return ticket in hand, I was determined not to fly back. America has become ugly in the air. But it remains beautiful on the ground, where at least you can hear its music, talk to its people and enjoy its scenery without a prerequisite body search.
Lexus makes the right move with stick shift
Considering its otherwise sporty persona, there was a serious flaw in Lexus' IS 300 when it was introduced in June 2000 as a 2001 model: It wasn't available with a stick shift.
Kids eagerly take back seat in new Saturn
Don't be surprised if youngsters are eager to get into the back seat of the 2003 Saturn L-Series cars.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday estimated cattle: 900. Last Tuesday: 1,012. Year ago Tuesday: 679. Monday actual: 466.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday estimated cattle: 600. Last Wednesday: 498. Year ago Wednesday: 797. Tuesday actual: 342.
MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 213, a year ago 8.
This fall dinner is full of flavor
While I was visiting over the weekend at a friend's house in Rochester, her husband prepared a meal that was fabulous -- Fall Pork and Sweet Potato Bake.
Leg of lamb is tasty, low-fat dish
Harvest leg of lamb is a good low-fat dish to make over the weekend. The garlicky, herb-crusted roast gets overnight seasoning, then takes a couple of hours of slow cooking -- but the succulent result will feed an appreciative crowd.
Tip for using kitchen tongs
For more control when using tongs, grasp the tongs near the tip of the tongs rather than back near the spring.
William D. Cain, 32, and Clarisse B. Nieman, 24, both of Pine River.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
Chris and Sheila (Peck) Atwater, Breezy Point, a boy, Kevin Allen, 7 pounds, 1 ounce, Aug. 20, 2002. Grandparents are Garry and Janet Peck, Nisswa, and Ron and Dolly Atwater, Breezy Point. Great-grandparents are John and Agnes Peck, Nisswa, and Patricia Bennett, Chula Vista, Calif.
Abrego, Trileene M. and Michael S.
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Report: Americans fat and getting fatter
Americans aren't just fat, they're getting fatter, according to a government study that finds about one in every three adults is now obese and nearly two-thirds are overweight in the United States.
Study finds melanoma declines in 20-to-44-year-olds
CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. melanoma deaths dropped significantly in people ages 20 to 44 years over the past three decades, thanks in part to educational campaigns about the dangers of too much sun, researchers say.
Study: Hyperactive children, teens have smaller brains
CHICAGO -- Hyperactive children and teens have slightly smaller brains than those without the disorder, a study shows.
Minnesota researchers may have unlocked key HIV mystery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota researchers may have unlocked another key mystery surrounding HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Food safety workshop set for big game hunters
PINE RIVER -- To help bring hunters up to date on recommended handling procedures of wild game, the University of Minnesota Extension Service-Cass County will conduct a workshop, "On The Wild Side," at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Community Resource Center Meeting Room in Pine River.
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Senior Citizens Club will hold its monthly meeting and potluck at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Cuyuna Range Community Center, Crosby.
Cass to take action against parents who don't pay child support
LEECH LAKE TOWNSHIP -- Cass County will begin suspending occupational licenses of non-custodial parents who fail to keep child support payments current.
Providing homes for bluebirds
EMILY -- Next spring Emily might have a few more bluebirds, thanks to the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Emily Charter School.
Bay Lake man inducted into Scandinavian-American hall
Jon Wefald, who has a home on Bay Lake and was the chancellor of the State University System in Minnesota from 1982-1986 and Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture from 1971-1977, will be inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot, N.D., today.
Jodi Martinson (left) of Baxter and Kevin Kosobud of Lake Shore, employees with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, explained how their engineering profession has challenged and rewarded them.
AGE IS NO BARRIER
Water-skiing began in the United States in 1922, when Minnesotan Ralph Samuelson built the first pair of skis and was towed on them behind an outboard-powered boat.
Minnesota harvest gets stuck in wet and cool weather
Frosty weather has accelerated the maturity of soybeans, but the cool, wet conditions have been making the Minnesota harvest difficult.
DULUTH (AP) -- The big bear yawned and glanced up from his breakfast, which consisted of a mangled sucker pinned between his paws.
Cass seeks law change to appoint commissioner when vacancy created by death of a board member
LEECH LAKE TOWNSHIP -- Cass County has approved an Association of Minnesota Counties legislative position seeking a change to state law to permit county boards to appoint a person to fill a vacancy created by the death of a board member.
Coach speaks on leadership
Jim Russell, a Central Lakes College basketball and golf coach, spoke Monday, Oct. 7 at Mississippi Horizons School to Brainerd High School students. The leadership group that meets every other week during the lunch hour includes captains of athletic teams and leaders among other extra-curricular activities at BHS. Russell was the latest in a series of speakers addressing leadership as it relates to youth and how it can be nurtured and made to effectively improve lives.
Cass seeks buyer for former health building
LEECH LAKE TOWNSHIP -- The Cass County Board voted Oct. 1 to advertise through Nov. 1 without a minimum bid for prospective purchasers for the former county health services building in Walker.
Students plan Hispanic cultural event
Oct. 26 has been declared "Super Sabado" by students at Central Lakes College who are planning a hands-on, Hispanic cultural event.
Voice of Little Falls athletics
For the past 42 years not much has sidelined Little Falls Flyers public address announcer and former radio play-by-play man Jack Peck.
Cass to pay up to $8,000 to modify garbage dumping chute in new transfer station building
LEECH LAKE TOWNSHIP -- The Cass County Board voted Oct. 1 to pay no more than $8,000 to modify the garbage dumping chute in the new transfer station building to ensure garbage will go into collection semi-trailer trucks and not onto the floor.
Follow correct steps in planting fall garden
Fall is the perfect time to plant, especially trees and shrubs, which get a chance to settle in to their new environs, enjoy cool weather and adequate rainfall.
Cass awards bid to surface CSAH 4 near Boy River
LEECH LAKE TOWNSHIP -- Hawkinson Construction Co. Inc. was low bidder of four to provide new base material and bituminous surfacing on County State Aid Highway 4 between Boy River and CSAH 65.
Meeting Uncle Sam
Students at Riverside Elementary School reacted to Uncle Sam Tuesday as the historical character urged children to vote in their own booth's Election Day Nov. 5. The star spangled actor is visiting each elementary school in the district to promote the program sponsored by Brainerd Community Action and District 181.
Drowning victims' names released
ALEXANDRIA (AP) -- Douglas County authorities have released the names of the two men who died after their boat capsized on Lake Miltona.
Controversy continues on Pine River rail depot
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River City Council rescinded an order that called for the abandoned depot to be torn down, but refused to accept the building.
C-I schools face budget woes
CROSBY -- A change of more than a half million dollars in the general fund balance from the 2000-01 to 2001-02 school years may put the Crosby-Ironton School District in statutory operating debt for the first time.
Carlson Nisswa citizen of year
NISSWA -- Dick Carlson, Nisswa, was selected as the 2002 Nisswa Citizen of the Year, it was announced Tuesday at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce Fall Dinner at Iven's On The Bay.
Agreement reached on Zetah property cleanup
The Crow Wing County Board learned Tuesday an agreement has been reached to resolve a property use dispute.
Fall is a good time of year to decorate the home with items from nature. Look for the story Friday in the Housing section.
Area fans have caught Twins fever, win .... or lose
Surrounded by six televisions and beer and pizza, Randy Schweitzberger and a group of friends sat glued to the big screen television Wednesday night at Shep's on 6th in Brainerd as they watched the Minnesota Twins lose to the Anaheim Angels 6-3 in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
Region 5 changing senior citizen programs
Senior citizens in Crow Wing County and surrounding counties will be seeing some changes next year in senior programs, officials from Region 5 Area Agency on Aging reported Tuesday.
Trip to store for beer leads to beating murder
WALKER -- A 19-year-old Bena woman was charged Tuesday with kidnapping and murder of a Shakopee man in Federal Dam.
This fighter plane made famous during World War II now sits in a museum in its pilot's hometown of Superior, Wis. Look for the story Thursday in Tempo.
Five arrested in meth lab bust
GARRISON -- An attempt to locate a person on an outstanding warrant led to the arrest of five people Saturday for manufacturing of a controlled substance, the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division reported.
Elk test negative
AITKIN -- Fifteen more elk from an Aitkin County elk herd have tested negative for chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Tuesday.
In an obituary for Marcia Goninan on Page 5A Tuesday, a survivor was listed incorrectly. The surviving daughter is Jana Pernula, Brainerd.
WALKER -- Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon K. Anderson said eligible voters who are not pre-registered face an Oct. 15 deadline to pre-register for the Nov. 5 general election.
Rick Skogen (left) of Cragun's Resort; Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce chief executive officer; and Connie Christensen of the Brainerd School District, unveiled repairs to Paul Bunyan Tuesday on the chamber lawn. The trio replaced Paul's broken arm.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 9 - 40 years ago (1962) - Carole Johnson, Washington High School senior, was crowned homecoming queen for 1962. Miss Johnson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Johnson, 1503 Pennsylvania, Brainerd.
Fate of proposed motocross track goes back to planners
The fate of a proposed motocross race track in Crow Wing Township goes back to the Crow Wing County Planning Commission.
Lacy Thesing, daughter of Dan and Janelle Thesing, Brainerd, exhibited the reserved champion commercial cow/calf pair at the 2002 Minnesota State Fair 4-H beef show.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 10 - 20 years ago (1982) - With much reluctance, Crow Wing County Commissioners agreed to turn over five 40-acre parcels of land to the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport Commission for further expansion of the airport.
Lawmakers skeptical about Freeh claims on FBI data sharing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says the bureau has worked closely with intelligence agencies and local officials in fighting terrorism. But some lawmakers aren't convinced.
West Coast port workers return to docks crammed with cargo
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With shouts of "We want to work!" West Coast longshoremen returned to ports crammed with cargo after a lockout that cost the U.S. economy up to $2 billion a day and ended only after the president intervened.
Leonard Nimoy dropped from Seattle Jewish fund-raiser for naked images in photo book
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has dropped Leonard Nimoy from its Oct. 23 fund-raiser because of images in the former "Star Trek" star's art photography book of naked and partially dressed women, some with Jewish ritual items.
Female serial killer Wuornos executed
STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- Serial killer Aileen Wuornos was executed Wednesday, more than a decade after she murdered six men along central Florida highways while working as a prostitute.
Fire kills actress Teresa Graves
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress Teresa Graves, who starred as a sassy undercover cop in the 1970s television police drama "Get Christie Love!", died Thursday in a fire at her home. She was 54.
CIA: Iraq unlikely to strike first
WASHINGTON -- CIA Director George Tenet's suggestion that Iraq is unlikely to strike the United States first does not undercut President Bush's warnings that Saddam Hussein would attack America, the White House spokesman said Wednesday.
Man fatally shot at Virginia gas station; investigators not sure of link to sniper slayings
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- Police hunting the Washington-area sniper searched Thursday for a white minivan seen leaving the scene of a seventh fatal shooting in the past week.
West Coast ports open again after court action
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Faced with a judge's order to reopen West Coast ports, longshoremen and shipping companies now confront the mammoth task of heaving billions of dollars worth of idle cargo -- from auto parts to bananas -- back into the nation's economy.
Daschle backs Bush on Iraq war resolution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a show of gathering support for President Bush's Iraq war resolution, the Senate voted 75-25 on Thursday to end delaying tactics and open the way for final expected approval of the measure. The strong bipartisan vote came after Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle announced his support for the president.
Supreme Court takes up copyright case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court debated Wednesday whether Congress was wrong to block public access to Mickey Mouse and other classics.
Iowa prosecutor seeks to cancel request for pregnancy records sought in investigation of dumped baby
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A prosecutor Wednesday asked the Iowa Supreme Court to let him withdraw his subpoena demanding a Planned Parenthood clinic's pregnancy test records, which authorities hoped would lead them to the mother of a dead baby boy.
Appeals court OKs secret deportation hearings
The U.S. government may legally hold secret deportation hearings for individuals targeted in the sweeping post-Sept. 11 terrorism investigation, a divided federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday.
Jury recommends death for man convicted of killing three tourists in Yosemite National Park
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A jury said a man already serving a life sentence for beheading a nature guide should be executed for killing three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999.
Only one of 'Lackawanna Six' terror suspects gets bail
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Calling them a threat to public safety, a federal judge on Tuesday refused to grant bail to five local men who attended an al-Qaida training camp several months before the attacks on the World Trade Center.
'I AM GOD'
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Investigators searching for a sniper terrorizing the Washington suburbs found a Tarot card with the words, "Dear policeman, I am God," near a bullet casing outside the school where a 13-year-old boy was critically wounded, a source familiar with the investigation confirmed Wednesday.
Senator criticizes ephedra; FDA cracks down on illegally promoted product
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senator chided the Food and Drug Administration for not taking some action to block the sales of diet supplements containing ephedra, an herb that has been linked in many reports with heart attacks, high blood pressure and even death.
Weak retail sales point to difficult holiday shopping season
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers, spooked by stock market plunges, the prospect of war in Iraq and a weak job market, held tight to their pocketbooks in September, leaving stores with dismal sales and indicating a difficult holiday season could be ahead.
Bonds overshadows all other NLCS storylines
ST. LOUIS -- Kirk Rueter, the Giants starter in Game 1, hails from nearby Hoyleton, Ill., and always has prospered at Busch Stadium; the Cardinals remain uncertain about Scott Rolen; Dusty Baker may be in his final days as Giants manager; the Cardinals carry uniform No. 57 into battle as if it were a flag, keeping alive the memory of Darryl Kile; Tino Martinez is at the threshold of the World Series, and the Yankees aren't; and the last time the Giants played in the World Series, Tony La Russa was in the opposing dugout.
National sports briefs
The Detroit Tigers hired former star shortstop Alan Trammell as manager, hoping he can turn around a franchise that has endured nine straight losing seasons. Trammell, who becomes Detroit's fifth manager since Sparky Anderson's 17-season tenure ended in 1995, was San Diego's first base coach the past three seasons.
National sports briefing
Felipe Lopez scored all 15 of his points in the second half Tuesday night, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Milwaukee Bucks 88-82 in the exhibition opener for both teams in the Fargodome.
Giants win heated NLCS opener
ST. LOUIS -- With 15 runs and 22 hits Wednesday night in the opener of the National League Championship Series, the sound of ball hitting wood was repeated over and over.
Mary Jane Stewart
BACKUS -- Mary Jane Stewart, 84, Backus, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Dr. 'Buzz' F. William Sutcliffe
NISSWA -- Dr. "Buzz" F. William Sutcliffe, 66, Nisswa, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at home.
Edward R. Hill
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- Edward R. Hill, 73, New Richmond, Wis., formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Holy Family Hospital in New Richmond, Wis.
June E. Johnson
PINE RIVER -- June Elizabeth Johnson, 87, Pine River, formerly of Hackensack, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
Donald G. McCalvy
Donald G. McCalvy, 92, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at home.
Edmund P. Kaiser
LITTLE FALLS -- Edmund Phillip Kaiser, 83, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at home.
Clifford A. Tornow
EMBARRASS -- Clifford Arthur Tornow, 59, Embarrass, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Leisure Hills Nursing Home in Hibbing.
Lydia L. Novick
Lydia Lenore Novick, 92, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Betty I. (Nichols) Smith
LITTLE FALLS -- Betty I. (Nichols) Smith, 77, Little Falls, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Mary 'Jane' Stewart
BACKUS -- Mary "Jane" Stewart, 84, Backus, formerly of Pelican Lake, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Donald G. McCalvy
Donald G. McCalvy, 92, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at home.
Lydia L. Novick
Lydia Lenore Novick, 92, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Ernest P. Colas
AITKIN -- Ernest P. Colas, 87, Aitkin and formerly of St. Paul, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
LONGVILLE -- James Engstrom, 64, Longville, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
PINE RIVER -- June Johnson, 87, Pine River, formerly of Hackensack, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
HILLMAN -- Edward Langer, 83, Hillman, died today, Oct. 10, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
John L. Leckscheid
AITKIN -- John L. Leckscheid, 67, Aitkin, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
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Closer to the middle
President Bush's sober address Monday night showed an encouraging hint of restraint cloaked in tough declarations about the United States' new role in the post-9/11 world. As he took his case for confronting Saddam Hussein directly to the American people, Bush also acknowledged that questions about going to war were legitimate, rather than anti-American.
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"Terror" is a word Americans have heard and used a lot in the last 13 months. It means intense fear. And that, even on this opposite coast, is what the Washington-area sniper has unleashed this last week. Eight people -- six dead, two wounded, one of them a boy going to school -- were methodically picked off by an unseen villain using bullets designed to splinter and maim.
Should you think that your vote will not count, here are a few thoughts that you might consider, and talk about among friends.
I would publicly like to thank Sen. Samuelson for his dedicated and untiring work to protect and further the best interest of this area and its people.
Mother Nature picks winner
SABIN -- Mother Nature had the final say in Tommy Murray's quest for the Interstate Dragways junior dragster points championship Sunday.
Absentee ballots available
WALKER -- Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon K. Anderson said absentee ballots are now available.
Investigation finds credible allegations against eight Crosiers
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota-based Roman Catholic religious order announced a strengthened sexual misconduct policy on Wednesday and named eight priests and brothers who have been removed from public ministry for abuse and are living under restrictions.
Campaign finance board makes decision on Republican TV ads for Pawlenty, but isn't telling
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure board ruled Wednesday in a complaint over Republican Party TV ads for gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty, but board members won't yet say what they decided.
Bass virus found for first time in Minnesota
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A virus that has killed thousands of largemouth bass in the South has reached Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Minneapolis FBI agent alleges ground zero theft
WASHINGTON -- An agent in the FBI's Minneapolis office has alleged that an evidence recovery team stole a Tiffany crystal globe from the site of the World Trade Center collapse.
SWIMMING and DIVING
Willmar Cardinals (2-4)
Meschke's go 1-2 in subsection
PINE CITY -- Senior Ashley Meschke and younger sister Valerie Meschke don't like to play tennis against each other.
Warriors, Sartell finish 1-1
BAXTER -- As the Brainerd Warriors boys' soccer team gears up for the upcoming playoffs, coach David Devine was happy to see what his team was, or rather wasn't doing on the field in Tuesday's 1-1 tie with the Sartell Sabres.
Kelcie Parrish lone bright spot for Brainerd
GRAND FORKS -- Kelcie Parrish recorded the only win for the Brainerd Warrior tennis team in the North Subsection 8, Class 2A individual tennis tournament Wednesday at the Grand Forks Tennis Center.
Brainerd's season ended by Otters
GRAND FORKS N.D. -- The Fergus Falls Otters knocked out the Brainerd Warriors 7-0 in North Subsection 8, Class 2A tennis Tuesday.
S-M marches on in subsection
PARK RAPIDS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals lost only one match all day and No. 1 singles player Jacque Peterson didn't surrender a single set as she paced the Cardinals past Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0 and Park Rapids 6-1 in South Subsection 8, Class 1A tennis Tuesday.
PINE RIVER -- Travis Bristow of Pine River-Backus repeated as the Birch Tree Conference boys' cross country medalist finishing in a time of 16:03 Tuesday.
Raiders fall to Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS -- Valorie Diedrich knocked down 21 kills and Abby Leach added 40 set assists, but the Central Lakes College Raiders fell to Fergus Falls Wednesday in a crucial North Division volleyball game.
Jorgenson's two goals lead Flyers
BELLE PRAIRIE -- Little Falls Flyer Ben Jorgenson scored two goals with both assisted by Brandon Staab as the Flyers and the Alexandria Cardinals played to a 2-2 tie in Central Lakes Conference boys' soccer Tuesday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Krista Rauen's week was a busy success story.
Local sports shorts
A "power puff" flag football tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Brainerd High School lower fields.
Roberts wins girls race, Flyers' boys take team title
ST. CLOUD -- Brainerd's Jenna Roberts beat her nearest competitor by five seconds to win the St. Cloud Tech cross country invitational with a time of 15:13 Tuesday.
Brainerd battles back
For five Brainerd Warrior senior volleyball players, Tuesday night couldn't have gone any better.
Warriors tangle with Willmar
The Brainerd Warriors will be heavy favorites for the second straight week when they entertain the Willmar Cardinals 7 p.m. Friday at Adamson Field.
Game 1 box
Koskie delivers in key moment for Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Corey Koskie broke out of his slump at just the right time for the Minnesota Twins.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Series swings on one inning
MINNEAPOLIS -- Touched by an Angel.
Twins fans have plenty to cheer about
Minnesota Twins fans cheered and waved homer hankies during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Anaheim Angels Tuesday at the Metrodome.
Gophers ready for chance to go 6-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Antoine Burns already is starting to think a bit beyond Minnesota's home game against Northwestern on Thursday night, to about what another victory would mean to the Gophers.
Reed ready for Game 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Reed flirted with the notion of pitching for a team other than the Twins in 2002.
Vikings' Carter knows Lions QB
EDEN PRAIRIE -- At least one Minnesota Viking isn't surprised by the success of Detroit rookie quarterback Joey Harrington.
Angels frighten Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- A banner hanging from the second deck informed the Anaheim Angels that the "Thunderdome is a scary place to visit."
Kind hosts show they have a mean streak
MINNEAPOLIS -- So this, the Anaheim Angels have learned, is what is known as "Minnesota Nice."
Bud was there
MINNEAPOLIS -- The threat of contraction in the offseason. A possible players' strike in August.
Judging by the loud boos Gov. Jesse Ventura got at the Metrodome Wednesday, it might be a good thing he's not seeking a second term.
Anaheim starting pitcher Kevin Appier (left) and catcher Bengie Molina discussed their strategy on the mound.
Former Twins 'clown' revisits Dome
MINNEAPOLIS -- In six seasons with the Twins, from 1981-86, Mickey Hatcher earned notoriety as one of the biggest flakes in franchise history.
No sign of distress on Mays' day
MINNEAPOLIS -- The slider was sliding, the curve was curving, his changeup was changing, every pitch was tickling the corner of the plate, leaving the Angel hitters tied up in knots and wishing for the New York Yankees to come back.
Rodriguez more than man in the middle
MINNEAPOLIS -- It is a joy to watch Francisco Rodriguez pitch.
Rangers even league mark
PARK RAPIDS -- Devan Preimesberger delivered 24 set assists and Brianna Wynn knocked down eight kills to lead the Rangers to a 15-8, 4-15, 15-5, 15-6 Mid-State Conference volleyball victory over Park Rapids Tuesday.
In the dugout
Twins Torii Hunter (left) and Doug Mientkiewicz turned their caps into "rally caps" as they sat in the dugout in hopes of a comeback against the Angels in the ninth inning Wednesday.
A GREAT START
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mays had something to prove after his previous playoff start lasted less than four innings and ended in a 9-1 defeat to Oakland.
Music General dancers attend intense workshop
Music General dancers attended the "Adrenaline" dance workshop Sept. 21 and 22 at the Dancin' On Broadway studios in Brooklyn Park.
Audiences hunger for Hannibal
LOS ANGELES -- Hannibal the Cannibal took a smaller bite of the box office this time.
ABC orders full season for '8 Simple Rules,' 'Life With Bonnie'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- ABC Television has extended the run of its two Tuesday night sitcoms, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" and "Life With Bonnie."
Is it just me, or does television really reek this season?
I feel like I have been lured to an out-of-the-way spot by "The Sopranos" and whacked.
Cities offering pumpkin and scarecrow fests, Oktoberfest
This is the Explore Minnesota events report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
Ruttger's ready to celebrate Oktoberfest
DEERWOOD -- Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge is gearing up for its 17th annual Oktoberfest celebration, scheduled Oct. 18-20 at the Deerwood area resort.
Wisconsin museum is home to famous World War II plane flown by 'ace of aces'
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- The fighter plane made famous by America's "ace of aces" during World War II has finally come home to roost.
Little Falls students to stage fairy tales
LITTLE FALLS -- This year's all-school play in Little Falls will challenge the assumptions of five classic fairy tales.
Award-winning bluegrass band to stage show
The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association is showcasing one of its most prolific award-winning bands in a local concert next week.
Lamberson to receive Arts Access Award
Dennis Lamberson, Central Lakes College theater instructor, will receive one of four statewide awards given to individuals for their accomplishments in making the arts accessible to people with disabilities.
Borders enjoys photography as a hobby
When Brainerd High School senior Jaimie Borders started taking photographs for The Brainonian in eighth grade, she was not sure about the work.
For week of Oct. 10-16; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Children show creative sides
The Flip Side Arty Party on Oct. 5 at The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd was packed with more than 100 people attending, including more than 60 children.
The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts season opens Saturday with the Children's Theatre Co.'s touring one-man show, "Snowflake."
Heartland Poets' monthly meeting Friday will feature a discussion on "line breaks," led by member Charmaine Donovan, who attended a recent workshop on the subject.
Sketching classes offered at Jabberwocky's in Crosby
CROSBY -- Jabberwocky's, Glorious Nonsensical Art and Activities, at 122 W. Main St. in Crosby, will offer beginning sketching classes starting this month.
Twin Cities a cappella quintet to perform tunes from all across the musical spectrum
The Lakes Area Concert Association performing arts season opens Oct. 19 with Dare to Breathe, a Twin Cities-based a cappella quintet that has won widespread critical acclaim for its eclectic style.
Emily students participate in bike-a-thon
EMILY -- After the early dismissal of school last Wednesday, Emily Charter School conducted its annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's "Wheels For Life" Bike-A-Thon.
Health and Safety Fair set Saturday in Pine River
PINE RIVER -- The second annual Health and Safety Fair will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pine River-Backus High School commons/cafeteria in Pine River.
Nisswa Area Women of Today announce ways to win at fashion show
There will be three ways to win at the Nisswa Area Women of Today's 15th annual fashion show, "An Evening in Paradise," Tuesday at Breezy Point.
Emily students foster togetherness with group activities
EMILY -- Emily Charter School has a program called CARE, Creating A Respectful Environment.
EMILY -- An Early Childhood Opportunities Open House is planned 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Emily Charter School.
Savannah Portage State Park
Savannah Portage State Park.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Clouds and a few sprinkles early far south...Then partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the low 50s north to mid 60s south.
Weather drawing by Bayley McGillis of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. A slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms central. Highs from near 60 northeast to near 70 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered morning showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 60s to low 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy east. Increasing clouds west. Highs mainly in the 50s...With a few lower 60s far southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance of late afternoon thunderstorms southeast. Highs 60 to 65 east to 70 to 75 west.
State forecast for South Dakota
Dense fog advisory central and northeast until late morning...
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Patchy morning fog south central and east...Otherwise mostly sunny and mild. Highs 65 to 75.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Scattered morning showers northeast. Partly to mostly sunny. Warmer with highs in the 70s.
Drops of rain
Weather drawing by Nathaniel Raper of Mrs. Kobes' second grade class at Lincoln school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 55 to 65.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly sunny north and mostly cloudy south and west. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- David Letterman had a little problem at the home office in Manhattan: A thief made off with $4,000 from a desk inside the Ed Sullivan Theater, police said.
As part of "Let's Talk" month, the Crow Wing County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will hold a parent session at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Three win chemistry Nobel
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- American, Japanese and Swiss scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for inventing techniques used to identify and analyze proteins, advances that revolutionized the hunt for new medicines.
At least six killed in Philippines bomb attack
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A bomb exploded in a crowded bus station in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding two dozen others in what a military official called a terrorist attack.
U.S. militant suspect deported from Malaysia, headed for United States
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia deported a suspected American Islamic militant to the United States on Thursday to face charges of conspiring to fight with the al-Qaida terror organization in Afghanistan.
Tape provides evidence bin Laden's top aide still alive
WASHINGTON -- A taped monologue by Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman Zawahiri, broadcast this week threatens new attacks against the United States and provides the first evidence Zawahiri may still be alive, officials said Wednesday.
Suicide bomber blows himself up at bus stop near Tel Aviv; elderly woman killed
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- An Israeli bus driver and a doctor pinned a Palestinian suicide bomber to the ground Thursday after spotting his bomb belt, then fled with other bystanders before the man detonated the explosives. The assailant and an elderly woman were killed, and four people were injured.
Officials say recent attacks evidence al-Qaida remains dangerous, decentralized
WASHINGTON -- U.S. counterterrorism officials pointed to the shootout in Kuwait and a bombing in the Philippines as potential examples of how a decentralized al-Qaida is operating a year after its base in Afghanistan was destroyed.
Kuwait detains 30 in attack that killed Marine; U.S. investigates al-Qaida link
KUWAIT -- U.S. officials said Wednesday they were investigating whether al-Qaida had any links to two gunmen who killed a U.S. Marine and wounded a second before they were shot dead by American troops. Kuwaiti officials detained more than 30 people in a search for the attackers' accomplices.
Two Americans win Nobel in economics
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Two Americans won the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Wednesday for using psychological research and laboratory experiments in economic analysis.
3 Marines injured in apparent accidental explosion in Kuwait
KUWAIT (AP) -- An apparent accidental explosion injured three U.S. Marines on Thursday, two days after gunmen opened fire on Marines in a terrorist attack elsewhere in Kuwait.
Charity's leader charged with bankrolling bin Laden
CHICAGO -- A Chicago-based Islamic charity leader was charged with bankrolling Osama bin Laden and his followers as federal officials stepped up their drive to shut off the flow of money to terrorists.
Hungarian wins Nobel in literature
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian who survived Auschwitz as a teenager, won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for writing that "upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history."
Moroccan arrested in Hamburg linked to Sept. 11
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities arrested a Moroccan man Thursday on suspicion that he provided logistical support to the Hamburg cell of Sept. 11 plotters believed to have been led by Mohamed Atta, German federal prosecutors said.
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