Scooters go chic with Italian influence
LOS ANGELES -- On a recent morning, Gary Newman set off for work from his Studio City home on his chromed-out Vespa. He tucked his colorful tie into his sweater and strapped on his helmet. As he sped by a local golf course, men turned to watch. When he stopped, they crowded around like young boys to take a look.
Web keeps legends of the road on a roll
If you drive a red car, you are more likely to get cited for speeding than if you drive a white, black or brown car.
Toyota Corolla: Small car with big impact
For a small, mainstream car, the Toyota Corolla sure has racked up records and accolades.
Volkswagen adds new chapter with $96,000 luxury car
WOLFSBURG, Germany -- Volkswagen may mean People's Car in German, but the masses will not be driving the company's new luxury model, Phaeton, which costs $96,000.
Hope is if they build it, priest will come
Nestled among the trees and greens, near the seventh hole of Madden's Pine Beach West Golf Course, is a small church on the verge of permanently closing its doors unless a priest is found.
Park United Methodist Church will have its annual swedish meatball supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28 fea
Rabbi David Ellenson has been inaugurated as the eighth president of the school that trains clergy, educators and others for service in Judaism's Reform movement.
John Paul begins 25th year as pope with prayer for strength to carry on
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II entered his 25th year as pope Wednesday, praying for strength to carry on and changing one of the best known Roman Catholic traditions, the rosary.
Of God and Pepsi, Shakespeare and the Bible: Cyberspace mysteries solved
Is Pepsi Cola deleting God?
Prayers ride along with Washington state police officers
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- Deputy Jason Nunez carries a card with good wishes in the right breast pocket of his Franklin County sheriff's uniform.
Atlanta pastor, four others convicted for whipping two boys in church
ATLANTA (AP) -- A pastor and four members of his church were found guilty Thursday of aggravated assault and cruelty to children for whipping two boys in front of the congregation.
Meditation in the mainstream
WASHINGTON -- In the gathering dusk of a recent Sunday evening, 25 people slipped off their shoes and entered a dimly lit room in a Takoma Park, Md., office building.
You don't have a prayer?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Out of a job, "Snooky" from Maryland turns to a 1-800 number.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 140, a year ago 125.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday hog estimate: 500. Last Thursday: 405. Year ago Thursday: 403. Wednesday actual: 487.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 135, a year ago 168.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimate: 700. Last Wednesday: 612. Year ago Wednesday: 551. Tuesday actual: 1084.
This is the time of year to add apples to your dessert menus
Apples are always in season. Here are some options for the cook when there's a dessert slot on the menu waiting to be filled:
Dessert bar recipes are quick, easy and delicious
Need a couple of delicious, quick and easy pans of bars?
School lunch menus
Area legislator addresses listed
Area legislators and how to contact them.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
A smoke smell at the Chaparral Restaurant on County Road 3 was investigated by the Brainerd Fire Department Tuesday.
Study indicates even light drinking while pregnant can affect children
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Children born to mothers who drink even small amounts of alcohol early in pregnancy are shorter and weigh less at age 14 than children born to mothers who abstain, a study says.
Studies: Lump removal as effective as mastectomies
BOSTON -- For most of the 20th century, mastectomy, or removal of the breast, was the surgery of choice for doctors treating women with breast cancer.
California reports epidemic of autism
An explosion in autism cases in California over the past 15 years is not the result of changes in diagnostic criteria or an improvement in diagnosis, but represents a real epidemic that is sweeping the state, according to a major new study sent to the state legislature on Thursday.
Eco-Domes to expand in 2003
New technology in building will be featured in the second phase of construction at the Water Foundation's Eco-Domes just south of Brainerd.
Yellow wood-sorrel can be a 'favorite' weed
Can any plant really be called a "favorite" weed?
Homeowners seeking less toxic ways to deal with household pests
Q. January and Alan ask: We have an upstairs bathroom floor with termites -- and a history of asthma in the family. A termite inspection has confirmed the need for fumigation, yet we are hesitant due to the onset of asthma in a brother after he had his home fumigated.
Free home education workshop slated
Avoiding homeowner mistakes is part of a free educational workshop 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Brainerd Public Library's large meeting room. Discussion points will include:
Lakes area's great pumpkin
PILLAGER -- When Mike Lease took his largest pumpkin to Crow Wing Recycling to have it weighed, the guys there wondered how many pies they may get out of the deal.
Design K-40 farmhouse could have more livable space
Could we have a bit more porch here? The front porch of Design K-40 is a foot or two shy of being welcoming and easy to furnish. And there's no back porch at all. Porches are a key feature of farmhouse designs. This is not a feature you should skimp on, keeping in mind, though, that porches can darken a home's interior.
A Brainerd School Board story on Page 6A Tuesday should have said Terry Crocker, Dan Hegstad, Doug Hendricks, Kathy Stevens, Paul Bloom and Randy Klinger are on the Nominating Committee for the Community Education Advisory Council.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 17 - 30 years ago (1972) - The new Gibson Store will open shortly in east Brainerd. The present Gibson Store is located on Laurel Street, downtown Brainerd.
Possible union strike faces Pillager schools
PILLAGER -- The Pillager School District may have a strike on its hands, it was learned Wednesday.
'Cows, Bugs and Aardvarks'
Keegan O'Conner (above), 3, sang with musician James Hersch on Thursday morning at Lincoln Elementary School in Brainerd. The free musical presentation, "Cows, Bugs and Aardvarks," was sponsored by Brainerd Community Education. About 100 children attended the performance. Hersch (left), who has been performing for audiences nationwide for 19 years, uses his music to help children realize the importance of reaching outside of themselves to others. (Dispatch Photos by Nels Norquist)
Two men wounded
EMILY -- Two men suffered gunshot wounds after a confrontation at a residence Wednesday night in Ross Lake Township near Emily.
Tree cutting causes outage
BAXTER -- A tree that fell on a power line resulted in about 500 Baxter residents and businesses losing power for about a half hour Thursday.
Session gives county residents say on issues
Work on what Crow Wing County will look like in the next 20 years will begin Saturday.
Area residents appreciate chance to gain insight
Peggy Larson, Brainerd, conceded that she almost stayed home Thursday night to watch "E.R."
Bellecourt makes court appearance
Under tight security, several family, friends and high school students attended the first court appearance of Darrick Bellecourt, the 17-year-old accused in the murder of 15-year-old Zack Peterson.
Former ambassador weighs in on Iraq
When former U.S. Ambassador Robert Flaten agreed to speak at the Rosenmeier Center's forum about Iraq he thought Congress still would be debating the use of force against the Middle Eastern nation.
Cass out-of-home placements down in September
WALKER -- Out-of-home child placements for September were the lowest in number with 74 children and the lowest monthly cost at $156,470 so far this year.
Sun Country lands
About 100 residents boarded a Sun Country jet Thursday at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport for a Nevada trip. Organizers hope the flight will be the beginning of more opportunities. Look for the story in Sunday's Dispatch.
Brainerd High School 2001 graduate Gretchen Patrick cheered on the Brainerd Warriors football team Tuesday night in their game against Bemidji at Bemidji State University. The Warriors won 34-14 to go undefeated for the first time since 1938.
Police looking for gun used in fatal shooting
Brainerd police investigators are searching for the .22-caliber handgun believed to have been used in the shooting death of 15-year-old Zack Peterson.
First snow falls in lakes area
The Brainerd area had its first snowfall of the season today, signifying an early start to winter.
Boy, 15, injured in accidental shooting
CUYUNA -- A 15-year-old boy was injured after accidentally being shot in the neck by a shotgun today in Rabbit Lake Township, northeast of Crosby, Crow Wing County Sheriff Dick Ross reported.
A Page 1A story Wednesday regarding the Baxter City Council's discussion of a temporary certificate of occupancy should have said Baxter City Council member Mary Marana had a portable toilet and hand wash capabilities inside her home for use during the graduation party.
There will be a party in support of Brainerd City Council candidate Ed Shaw from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Northwest Pizza, Boardwalk Bread and Bagel.
Giant pumpkin? Well, big anyway. A Pillager gardener grows one that tops the scales. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
EPA tells Leech Lake residents Superfund site is still a concern
CASS LAKE (AP) -- Federal officials have told residents on the Leech Lake Reservation that the St. Regis Superfund site has tested positive for elevated levels of dioxin and may still be a health hazard.
Shooting victim still in critical condition
A 39-year-old man shot in the head Wednesday remained in critical condition today.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 18 - 30 years ago (1972) - Two new industries have established headquarters on the five-acre site the Ironton Commercial Club purchased some time ago. A third plans to locate there shortly.
Three arrested in drug bust on Norwood Street
One person was arrested for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and two others were arrested on outstanding warrants as part of an ongoing drug investigation at a residence in the 1200 block of Norwood Street Thursday.
Baxter power substation project in works because of city growth
BAXTER -- Power outages that disrupt everything, including computers at Baxter City Hall, to peak outages in the city were listed as a concern behind a proposed transmission line upgrade.
All farmers and ranchers in Crow Wing and Cass counties can participate in the election of the county's Farm Service Agency Committee.
Ex-Enron executive pleads guilty to rigging California electricity markets during power crisis
SAN FRANCISCO -- A former top Enron Corp. executive pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal conspiracy charge of rigging California's electricity markets during the power crisis, giving the state powerful new ammunition in its claim for $9 billion in refunds from energy companies.
Sniper shooting witness gave fake story, police say
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Prosecutors were investigating whether to file charges against a witness accused of intentionally misleading investigators by falsely claiming he saw a sniper open fire with an assault rifle and flee in a cream-colored van.
CIA, FBI chiefs warn of more terrorist attacks
WASHINGTON -- Terrorists could try to strike again soon in the United States, FBI Director Robert Mueller says, while offering little assurance the agency can thwart the next attack. CIA Director George Tenet says the current situation is comparable to the summer before Sept. 11.
Authorities crack down on white supremacist gang Aryan Brotherhood
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seeking to halt the expanding influence of a prison-based white supremacist gang, prosecutors indicted 40 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood on racketeering charges.
Hippie guru, longtime fugitive Ira Einhorn guilty of 1977 slaying
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ira Einhorn, the onetime counterculture guru who fled the country and spent nearly 17 years on the run in Europe, was convicted of bludgeoning his former girlfriend and stuffing her corpse in his closet a quarter-century ago.
Prison board gives Olson longer sentence in SLA bombing case
CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) -- Former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson must serve an additional five or more years in prison for her role in a 1975 conspiracy to blow up Los Angeles police cars, the state's Board of Prison Terms ruled Wednesday.
Social Security recipients will get smallest rise in four years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Social Security recipients will get a 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly checks next year, the smallest increase in four years, reflecting a slowdown in inflation caused by the weak economy. The increase will mean an extra $13 a month for the typical retiree.
Congress, White House in tiff over veterans' benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just weeks before the midterm elections and with a war against Iraq on the horizon, the Bush administration is locked in an unwelcome dispute with veterans' groups over benefits for disabled veterans.
Judge throws out conviction of two Florida boys in father's murder
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Calling the murder case against two teenage brothers "unusual and bizarre," a judge tossed out the boys' convictions in their father's beating death. He ordered prosecutors and the defense to try to resolve the case in mediation.
California water deal is key step to resolving Colorado River dispute
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- A tentative agreement to transfer millions of gallons of water from desert farmers to fast-growing San Diego County is being hailed by state officials as key to keeping the state's share of Colorado River water flowing.
After 64 years, sweethearts tying the knot
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- Sixty-four years after they went their separate ways, high school sweethearts Donna Baldwin and Rene Hall are tying the knot.
Troubled Dynegy energy marketer ends trading business; executive resigns; layoffs coming
HOUSTON -- Dynegy Inc., damaged by the fallout from the Enron scandal and the California power crisis, announced Wednesday that it is getting out of the energy trading business.
Passenger who stormed cockpit gets two years in prison
MIAMI (AP) -- A Uruguayan banker was sentenced to two years in prison for going on a psychotic rampage and smashing through a cockpit door on a flight from Miami to Argentina.
CIA chief defends pre-9/11 intelligence efforts
WASHINGTON -- CIA Director George Tenet defended his agency's counterterrorism efforts Thursday, detailing its secret successes against al-Qaida while acknowledging that it could have better handled some information on two future Sept. 11 hijackers.
U.S. backs away from tough Iraq resolution
UNITED NATIONS -- France and Russia were considering a new U.S. compromise for a Security Council resolution on Iraq, with Moscow saying for the first time Friday that it might agree to military action if Baghdad fails to cooperate with weapons inspections.
Arthur Andersen firm gets probation, fine
HOUSTON -- The rubble of once-proud Arthur Andersen LLP endured one last parting shot from the Justice Department.
Trade deficit swells in August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit swelled to a record $38.5 billion in August, reflecting Americans' hearty appetite for foreign-made clothes, cars and TVs.
The suddenness and shock of sniper attacks make eyewitness accounts unreliable
WASHINGTON -- The suddenness of the sniper attacks terrorizing suburban Washington and the shock of seeing people killed are why witnesses have been unable to come up with a solid description of the attacker, experts say.
U.S. pinpoints top financiers of Al-Qaida, mostly Saudis
WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence has identified about a dozen of al-Qaida's principal financial backers, most of them wealthy Saudis, and a top financial investigator is headed to Europe seeking a unified front to freeze their assets in the hope of crippling the terror network, senior administration officials said Thursday.
NEW YORK -- More Americans are calling out sick for reasons that have nothing to do with being ill, a study shows.
Consumer inflation up in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer prices rose a moderate 0.2 percent in September despite the biggest jump in energy costs in five months.
Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter sentenced to 10 days in jail
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was led away in handcuffs Thursday after a judge sentenced her to 10 days in jail for violating the terms of her drug treatment program.
Three airlines post losses; Southwest ekes out profit
Three more airlines posted third-quarter losses, totaling $114 million, while low-fare leader Southwest Airlines again eked out a modest profit amid a grim travel slump. But even Southwest said Thursday it might suffer its first loss in a decade during the current quarter.
Space shuttle returns to Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of six returned to Earth on Friday and ended a 4.5 million-mile journey that entailed major construction work at the international space station.
Phony heiress convicted in theft case
NORRISTOWN, Pa (AP) -- A woman accused of posing as a wealthy heiress to con friends and businesses out of tens of thousands of dollars was convicted of theft by deception and writing a bad check.
Housing construction soars,industrial output falls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Housing construction rebounded with gusto in September, soaring by 13.3 percent to the highest level in 16 years. But the nation's industrial sector stumbled for the second straight month.
Everyone has a chance to make a name
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- To J.T. Snow, it was almost a routine play. To many others, it was much more -- and that made the San Francisco first baseman laugh.
THE WORLD SERIOUS
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The last time two California baseball teams met in a World Series, a deadly earthquake rocked Northern California.
National sports briefs
Alex Rodriguez was selected player of the year in a vote by members of the players' association and John Smoltz received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
Bakers, Scioscia share 'being forced out' by Dodgers
Who knows, says Mike Scioscia, when and where a managerial opportunity is going to arise?
Craven looks forward to first time as defender
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Ricky Craven needed more than 10 years and 211 Winston Cup races before he earned the right to return to a track as defending champion.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Washburn: Angels' big game hunter
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Instead of hunting big game this October, Jarrod Washburn is pitching in one.
Iowa State seeks to end a trend at Oklahoma
For No. 9 Iowa State, Saturday's game at Oklahoma is an opportunity to make a statement, a proclamation that just because the Cyclones have beaten the Sooners only once in 40 years it doesn't have to stay that way.
Focus on Bonds and no one else
SAN FRANCISCO -- Stares follow Barry Bonds these days like no other player in the big leagues. They last longer; they're more intense. More than any other player in his game and more than nearly every player in the others, Bonds is conspicuous by his presence.
Autry remembered fondly by Anaheim players, fans
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- For all the millions he made in the movies and as a businessman, Gene Autry never saw his baseball team win a title.
Glenn W. Muncy
LITTLE FALLS -- Glenn W. Muncy, 80, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at Lutheran Care Center.
Myra J. Mohler
ST. PAUL -- Myra J. Mohler, 76, St. Paul, formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at home.
Geraldine M. Scinto
Geraldine Mary Scinto, 88, Brainerd, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Erick Nygard, 92, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Theodore A. Borgheiinck
RANDALL -- Theodore A. Borgheiinck, 86, Randall, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Edith V. De Rocher
Edith Valeria De Rocher, 99, Brainerd, died today, Oct. 18, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Bernard J. Schmitz Jr.
AITKIN -- Bernard J. Schmitz Jr., 78, Aitkin, formerly of St. Paul, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at St. Cloud Veterans Hospital.
Loren A. Jacobs
PILLAGER -- Loren Alden Jacobs, 78, Pillager, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at home.
Geraldine M. Scinto
Geraldine M. Scinto, 88, Brainerd, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Robert E. Rider
GARRISON -- Robert Edward Rider, 72, Garrison, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
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If you haven't taken in the On Stage Community Theatre production of "Annie", you should do so this week before the opportunity passes. The quality of acting, singing, costumes, and direction is outstanding.
Keep it open
The Baxter City Council spent the last portion of Tuesday's meeting on the controversy relating to a possible permit violation by a council member.
Minnesota News Council can settle disputes
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
War is still not the way
The Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) firmly opposes war against Iraq, a country which has not attacked the U.S. War would be illegal (violating the UN charter), immoral (killing many thousands of innocent people), unnecessary (Iraq is not threatening the U.S. and inspectors are free to enter), dangerously destabilizing, and expensive ($100 billion, $200 billion, more?).
Congrats to Steve Kohls on that touching photograph of the grieving children on the front page of Tuesday's paper! You should be quite proud of yourself. In one photograph you have immortalized their sadness for the entire town to witness, disrupted their grieving, all the while refusing their requests to leave them alone.
The Paul Wellstone-Norm Coleman U.S. Senate campaign now has yet another reason for voters to shake their heads and tune it out. And that is most unfortunate because this is a contest of vital importance to the future of the state and the country.
CLC -- Planning for the future
All organizations should periodically review their mission and set strategic goals for the future. Central Lakes College currently is preparing a strategic plan for the years 2003-2006.
Endorsement letters are limited to 50 words
The Dispatch encourages readers to contribute to the Open Forum.
Snyder forced to 'dirt-track' it on asphalt
SAUK CENTRE -- Trent Snyder of Ironton resorted to "dirt tracking" his Chevrolet Monte Carlo (putting it in a four-wheel slide around the corners) to still finish 13th in the Planet Pages Mid-West AllStar Racing Series Late Models 100 lap feature at the October Nationals at I-94 Raceway Sunday.
Report: Minnesota children doing better, still face challenges
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's children are faring better academically in school and financially at home, but they still struggle with suicide attempts and alcohol and marijuana, according to a Minnesota Department of Planning report.
Target, Pottery Barn recall faulty Halloween decorations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two weeks before Halloween, Target Corp. and Pottery Barn are separately recalling holiday decorations that could pose a fire hazard to consumers.
40 taken to hospital after chlorine spill in Willmar
WILLMAR (AP) -- Forty employees were taken to a hospital Friday after a chlorine spill at the Jennie-O/Turkey Store plant here.
MnSCU board approves downsized budget request
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is downsizing its budget request for the next two years because of the state's budget crunch, but still expects only modest tuition increases.
Money-wiring businesses express frustration to U.N. officials
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Frustrated business owners are giving an earful to United Nations officials, who are in the Twin Cities this week to promote the Somali-run system of sending money to their homeland.
Northwest loses less than analysts expected
MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $46 million, or 55 cents a share, as it continues to grapple with depressed business travel and the drop in passengers 13 months after the terrorist attacks.
Puckett charged in sex case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett was charged Friday with dragging a woman into a restaurant bathroom last month and fondling her.
Minnesota Republicans geared up for Bush visit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush will talk about security and the economy during a campaign rally in Rochester, Minn., for U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman, gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty and other GOP hopefuls.
Coach who yelled at son says his free speech violated
ELK RIVER (AP) -- A father accused of grabbing and yelling at his son during a game says his right to free speech was violated.
95 charged in voter fraud scheme
Dakota County prosecutors charged 95 people Wednesday in an alleged scheme to rig elections in the small town of Coates for the benefit of a strip club that officials have long been trying to shut down.
NRG Energy misses bond payment again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- NRG Energy Inc., the debt-strapped wholesale power generating unit of Xcel Energy Inc., announced Thursday it did not meet the deadline to pay $25 million in principal and interest to owners of some of its bonds.
Ventura signs order recognizing Indian bands
RED WING -- Joined by the state's American Indian leaders, Gov. Jesse Ventura signed an unprecedented executive order Wednesday recognizing the state's government-to-government relations with Indian tribes.
Minnesota schools cancel D.C. trips because of sniper
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Some Twin Cities middle schools have canceled sightseeing trips to Washington, D.C., because of the sniper attacks.
Boy River girl dead following accident
BOY RIVER -- A 12-year-old Boy River girl is dead following a single-vehicle rollover Thursday on Cass County Road 4, east of Boy River.
Senate candidates talk snipers, meat packing
ROCHESTER -- In the third Senate debate in a week, candidates mostly kept the gloves on as they differed on issues ranging from farm concentration to corporate reforms.
Raiders set for playoffs
Bring on the playoffs.
Tigers' ground game chews up Bears
CLEARBROOK -- Pine River-Backus' Luke Grindahl rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns, including touchdown runs of 54 and 43 yards, to help the Tigers down the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears 46-14 Wednesday night.
Pirates end season unbeaten
UNDERWOOD -- Casey Finck's 92 yards rushing and two touchdowns guided the Verndale Pirates to a 36-19 win over the Underwood Rockets and an undefeated season in Pheasant Conference play Wednesday.
Rangers lose in four games
DEER RIVER -- Brianna Wynn had 12 kills for Crosby-Ironton and setter Devan Preimesberger dished out 28 set assists as the Rangers fell to the Deer River Warriors 12-15, 15-8, 15-7, 15-12 in non-conference volleyball Tuesday.
Warriors get top seed in football section
The top-seeded Brainerd Warriors will host winless and No. 8 St. Cloud Apollo in the quarterfinals of the Section 8, Class 5A football playoffs 7 p.m. Tuesday at Adamson Field.
Cardinals complete unbeaten tennis season with section title
COLLEGEVILLE -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals, powered by a sweep of all four singles matches, won the Section 8, Class 1A team championship with a 5-2 tennis victory over the Crookston Pirates Wednesday.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS
BEMIDJI -- Years from now, names like Luke Furda, Alex Hondl and Fred and Chad Weiss may become as legendary as those of Gene Bierhaus and Byron Veillette.
Defense lifts Raiders to win
The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team (8-6 North Division, 12-11 overall) found its defense this week and it couldn't have come at a better time with the Minnesota Community College Conference state playoffs coming up.
Mason's four scores leads Huskies to victory
PILLAGER -- Tony Mason rushed 24 times for 161 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Pillager Huskies past the New York Mills Eagles 39-7 in a Park Region Conference game Wednesday.
Second quarter scoring dooms Aitkin
AITKIN -- Braham's Troy Auger found his way into the endzone three times, twice in the second quarter, as the Class 2A's second-ranked Bombers defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 34-6 Wednesday in a Great River Conference game.
Patriots romp past Bagley
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots ended their regular season with a 44-14 win over Bagley Wednesday night.
Local sports shorts
The Brainerd Warriors sophomore football team ended its season Tuesday with a 48-34 win over Little Falls to end the season with a 6-2 record.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Corrow, Backhaus score in Flyers' loss
FERGUS FALLS -- The Fergus Falls Otters scored 28 points in the second half en route to a 34-12 victory over the Little Falls Flyers in non-conference play Wednesday.
Achievement is slow to sink in for Warriors
BEMIDJI -- The 2002 Brainerd Warrior football team's unbeaten regular season appears to be the fifth in school history.
Cardinals defeat Perham
PERHAM -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals beat the Perham Yellowjackets 48-26 Wednesday night.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
When Jenna Roberts finished 13th in the Section 8, Class 2A cross country meet last season the Brainerd Warriors coaching staff knew she possessed the potential to be a standout.
Slumping Spartans host surging Gophers
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's season was supposed to be special, but it's in shambles.
WILD REMAIN UNBEATEN
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Manny Fernandez is playing with the confidence that often eluded him last season.
'Red Dragon' withstands barrage of new movies to remain No. 1
LOS ANGELES -- Hannibal Lecter stood out in a crowd of new movies.
Legacy Chorale has fewer singers than expected, but is ready for debut concerts
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota has met or exceeded its founder and director's highest expectations.
Take in brilliant colors across state
In general, all areas of the state currently offer beautiful shades of bright orange, rich red and brilliant yellow foliage.
Pianist to perform on behalf of long-term care center
NISSWA -- Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center is turning to music to heighten public awareness of long-term care issues.
Actor with area ties opposes rule curtailing fee-based acting workshops
California's labor commissioner is cracking down on a long-established film and television casting practice that has launched countless acting careers, including one with Brainerd connections.
CLC cast rehearses for 'Macbeth'
The cast for the Central Lakes College Theatre production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" includes 16 students from throughout the region.
CLC theater director Lamberson one of four to receive state arts award
Dennis Lamberson, a 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.
For week of Oct. 17-23; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Heiko Langel made his first trip to the United States from Germany to attend Brainerd High School as a foreign exchange student for the 2002-03 school year.
Sniper attacks prompt 20th Century Fox to delay 'Phone Booth'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With a deadly sniper terrorizing the suburbs of the nation's capital, 20th Century Fox has decided to delay the release of a thriller about people being pinned down in a phone booth by a gunman they can't see.
Bluegrass aficionados will tell you that Monroe Crossing is one of the leaders of the pack in the root music scene.
St. Cloud State University is offering an evening watercolor class for painters of all levels, according to a school news release.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy west and south. Cloudy elsewhere. Scattered light rain or light snow northeast half...Mainly in the morning. Cold with highs in the 40s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Breezy and warmer. A chance of light rain northeast third this morning...And a chance of showers late southeast. Partly to mostly cloudy with a high in the mid 50s north to the upper 60s south.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy...With decreasing clouds south late. Breezy or windy statewide. Chance of afternoon showers north. Highs from the mid 40s northeast to the mid 60s south.
Falling leaves of fall
Weather drawing by Nathan Blum of Mrs. Redshaw's second grade class at Garfield school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Snow advisory for parts of northeast north dakota until 10 am this morning...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. A chance for light snow north and light rain or snow south. Highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s.
Minnesota state forecast
snow advisories across parts of the north through today...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds west during the day. Isolated to scattered rain or snow showers northeast through mid morning. Highs from the mid 40s east to the mid 60s southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Snow or mixed rain and snow central to north...Changing over to all rain. An inch or two of accumulation possible in the far north. Rain likely south. Highs upper 30s far north to mid 50s far south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Light rain and snow showers east this morning. A chance of rain or snow showers northwest and north central. Highs from the mid 30s northeast to near 60 far southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Areas of light snow and flurries this morning spreading from west to east. Some light rain possibly mixed with the snow in the west. Mostly cloudy this afternoon. Highs from the middle 30s to middle 40s.
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The theft trial of Princess Diana's butler resumed in London Thursday with a new jury and an edict from the judge that some evidence can be suppressed to protect the late princess's sons, William and Harry.
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A judge dismissed a drug charge Wednesday against actress Winona Ryder and rescheduled her trial for Oct. 24 on three remaining felony counts from her shoplifting arrest.
Make A Difference Day to be celebrated with two events
Crow Wing County will celebrate the 11th annual Make A Difference Day with two events.
Truce raises Ivory Coast peace hopes
YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast -- Hopes for peace in Ivory Coast rose Friday as rebels and the government agreed to a truce after a month of fighting that killed hundreds. The government asked that French troops monitor the cease-fire.
Israeli tanks fired artillery shells and machine guns after coming under attack by anti-tank missiles, killing five Palestinians and wounding more than 40 in the southern Gaza Strip, the army and Palestinian witnesses said.
Sharon returns to Israel as U.S. starts diplomatic push
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned from Washington early Friday as the United States embarked on a diplomatic effort to stop two years of Palestinian-Israeli violence and move toward peace.
Indonesian police focus bomb inquiry on eight suspects; anti-terror decree backed
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian police focused the inquiry into the Bali nightclub bombing on a group of eight suspects, officials said, while the president won crucial parliamentary backing Thursday for an emergency anti-terrorism decree.
Vatican rejects U.S. clerical abuse policy
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican rejected the U.S. Roman Catholic Church's new sexual abuse policy Friday, saying the sweeping zero-tolerance crackdown needed to be revised because elements conflict with universal church law.
North Korea admits having nuclear arms
WASHINGTON -- The North Korean government has acknowledged for the first time that it has been secretly developing nuclear weapons for years in violation of international agreements -- and that it possesses "more powerful" weapons, as well -- Bush administration officials said Wednesday night.
Indonesian militant leader suspect in year 2000 bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- In a sign Indonesia is clamping down on Islamic militants after deadly bombings in Bali, officials said Friday a hardline Muslim cleric was a suspect in bombings two years ago and may be arrested after he is questioned.
Bombs in southern Philippines kill five, injure 144
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) -- Two bombs exploded at midday Thursday in downtown Zamboanga in the violence-wracked southern Philippines, killing five people and injuring at least 144 others, officials said.
Bus bomb blast in Manila kills three
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A bomb ripped through a bus in suburban Manila late Friday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, police said.
Yemen finally acknowledges blast in French tanker was a terror attack
SAN'A, Yemen (AP) -- Finally acknowledging what French and U.S. officials have been saying for days, Yemen said that an Oct. 6 blast on a French oil tanker was caused by an explosives-laden boat that rammed the vessel.
Australia grieves after Bali bombing tragedy
SYDNEY, Australia -- Craig Salvatori's phone call was the hardest he would ever make, said his family. From a phone in Bali on Tuesday, he got his two small daughters on the line, Eliza, 6, and Olivia, 9.
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