Teen competes in demo derby
Demolition derby racers got a surprise after their compact car class feature at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds Sept. 27.
Lakes area to enjoy explosion of buffets
Lakes area diners could say the current explosion of restaurant choices is making a buffet experience out of Brainerd and Baxter.
Sharp market swings could signal Wall Street's recovery
NEW YORK -- As unpredictable as Wall Street appears these days, there might be some hope behind its whipsaw price moves. Analysts say the volatility might be what's needed for a slow, truly meaningful switch from bearish to bullish sentiment.
Microsoft more than doubles profits
Microsoft Corp. profit more than doubled in the fiscal first quarter as the biggest software firm forced large customers to accept unpopular and more costly multiyear licensing deals or risk paying even more for the future products.
Twins frenzy aside
Ken Schienbein may be just one area business owner who is glad the Twins are not in the World Series this week.
Jeff Chock and Lois Skinner recently joined Trust Mortgage Co. in Brainerd as mortgage consultants.
BAXTER -- Lucie McNeill joined Panache Day Salon and Spa in Baxter as a salon receptionist and gift coordinator.
Child in need
Kinship Partners is always in need of adults to mentor children in the area. These kids range in age from 5 to 14 and have a variety of interests and needs. There are about 50 kids currently on the waiting list.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 141, a year ago 223.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle estimate: 1400. Last Friday: 404. Year ago Friday: 1335. Thursday actual: 669.
Jeffrey and Marcie (Zumach) Krall, Baxter, a boy, Brandon Jeffrey, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, Sept. 13, 2002. Grandparents are Deloris Zumach, Clarissa, and Gary and Betty Krall, Grand Rapids.
Hoch wants something to show for his good play
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- If not for the Ryder Cup, an event Scott Hoch once said was overblown, he doubts he would be in the position he is now.
Scientist kept his eye on flu viruses in hunt for vaccine
How do you get a flu virus to grow?
Direct flight from lakes area
Passengers were lined up at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport security checkpoint waiting to leave the first snowfall of the season for a few days in 80-degree weather in Nevada.
AITKIN -- A benefit fund has been established for a 13-year-old Aitkin boy who was seriously injured in an ATV accident Sept. 19.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 20 - 20 years ago (1982) - Employment in the Brainerd area took a nosedive during the third quarter of this year, dropping 5.2 percent for a loss of 467 jobs.
Looking for a win
The Minnesota Vikings travel today to play the New York Jets where they'll try to notch their second win of the season. Look for details of the game in Sports Monday.
Georgia activists vow to keep fighting Wal-Mart
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Although planning officials in this south Georgia city have approved a Wal-Mart superstore near the historic community of Sandfly, local opponents of the development aren't giving up.
Nation's last major shirt plant closes
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) -- The sewing machines came to a stop Friday at the nation's last major shirt manufacturing plant, whose clothing was worn by Union soldiers and was made famous by the man-with-an-eyepatch logo.
Israel, U.S. may join to disarm Iraqi missiles
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is weighing an Israel proposal for a joint operation in Iraq's western desert to disarm Iraqi missiles before they could be launched against Israel.
Shell casing found in truck; false witness charged in sniper investigation
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Police were examining a shell casing found in a white truck -- the same type of vehicle police have profiled in the sniper case -- as Virginia authorities charged a man with misleading investigators in the probe.
Victims' relatives try to keep faith in justice at clemency hearings
CHICAGO (AP) -- One by one, grieving relatives of murder victims testified last week in clemency hearings being held for nearly all of Illinois' death row inmates.
Former mayor silent during trial in 1969 race riot death
YORK, Pa. (AP) -- On trial in the killing of a black woman during the city's 1969 race riots, the ebullient and garrulous former mayor spoke up only to say that he was "willing" to testify.
Amtrak to end service guarantee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amtrak is ending the "satisfaction guarantee" program it introduced two years ago as a marketing maneuver to lure and keep passengers.
Americans warned on Indonesia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department urged Americans Saturday to put off any planned trips to Indonesia and warned that terrorists there may be plotting more attacks against foreigners.
West Nile spreading to other animals
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Four dogs with encephalitis-symptoms had the West Nile virus, state officials said in one of the first signs the disease may be becoming more widespread in animals.
Road ahead looks rough for bishops as Vatican calls for changes in sex abuse policy
American bishops are rushing to prop up their hard-line clerical sex abuse policy in the face of Vatican criticism, but victims remain unconvinced by some prelates' belief that Rome will be satisfied with minor changes.
Court upholds designation of national monuments in West
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court upheld former President Clinton's orders protecting 2 million acres of federal land in five Western states through creation of national monuments.
Fighter jet crashes; four missing
POINT SUR, Calif. (AP) -- A Coast Guard search was under way for four aviators missing after two Navy fighter jets crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.
U.S. seeks to encourage N.Korea not to spread weapons technology
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration hopes diplomatic pressure on North Korea will persuade Pyongyang to refrain from spreading nuclear weapons technology and to continue abiding by a self-imposed moratorium on test firing missiles.
High drug prices return as issue that stirs voters
To celebrate another victorious year, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America last March played a videotape featuring one of the drug industry's archenemies, Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.
Shipping lines balk at giving feds documents that they say prove dockworker slowdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After promising last week to produce proof of a dockworker slowdown at West Coast ports, shipping companies embroiled in a labor dispute with longshoremen again delayed filing the documents with federal prosecutors.
Judge rules passengers taken off plan can sue airline
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A federal judge has refused to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit by two men who were removed from a Continental Airlines flight on New Year's Eve when a passenger complained about "brown-skinned men."
Energy prices are rising
NEW YORK -- The Energy Department's announcement that fuel prices are expected to rise this winter has some consumers scrambling to find ways to cut home heating costs.
New Internet marketing tool combines both leading annoyances
NEW YORK -- As if junk e-mail and pop-up ads weren't annoying enough on their own, now there's pop-up junk e-mail.
Stadiums boost security as feds warn of terrorist danger
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal security officials rejected major league baseball's request to completely restrict airspace during the World Series, saying they will allow some banner-towing aircraft to fly over the ballparks.
Tampa Bay has Seattle's approval to interview Piniella
SEATTLE (AP) -- Lou Piniella wants to stay home. The Seattle Mariners are giving him that chance.
The long World Series wait is over -- bring on Bonds
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- As a boy and later as a big leaguer, Barry Bonds never saw much of the World Series.
Scioscia got push from father in early Pennsylvania years
MORTON, Pa. - When they were kids living in a development called Stony Creek, a place of solid brick houses and the smell of garlic and onions and sausages in the air, Mike Scioscia and his buddies built a small ballpark.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- This World Series is turning into a real zoo.
NO MORE LOW SCORES: Too many low scoring games in the NFL? Not this year.
Sniper forces D.C. area high school teams to take long road trip
HERNDON, Va. (AP) -- High school football coach Tommy Meier spent Friday trying to organize a "home" game that will take place 100 miles away.
Mildred G. Jensen
Mildred G. Jensen, 90, Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Louise L. Krueger
Louise L. Krueger, 85, formerly of Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at the Northridge Care Center in New Hope.
Richard A. Chouinard
McGREGOR -- Richard A. Chouinard Sr., 70, McGregor, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at the Masonic Home in Bloomington.
AITKIN -- Stella M. Halbert, 93, Aitkin, formerly of Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Edith V. De Rocher
Edith Valeria De Rocher, 99, Brainerd, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
FLENSBURG -- David Sobiech, 85, Flensburg, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, at the Lutheran Care Center.
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The G.I.'s voice
Historian Stephen E. Ambrose, who died last Sunday, had a remarkable rapport with the World War II veterans he wrote about so memorably in a series of best-selling books.
How fortunate we are in this area to have Sen. Don Samuelson serve as president of the Senate. Brainerd and Northern Minnesota need the honesty, fairness, dedication, hard work and the important seniority that Samuelson gives us.
Effort made to save grassland
KASOTA (AP) -- Take a walk down the path tha
Youths like Ripley hunt
CAMP RIPLEY -- Cold temperatures and stiff winds the weekend of Oct. 12-13 greeted 87 youths who took part in the first Youth Archery Hunt at Camp Ripley.
Area meat processors have few concerns about CWD
Chronic wasting disease might be prominent in the news, but it's no concern among area meat processors.
CWD again crosses Divide
HAYDEN, COLO. -- Colorado Division of Wildlife officials have confirmed that another deer on the Western Slope has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Grouse hunter Larry Olson could be a certified 'grouseologist'
BACKUS (AP) -- There's no such thing as a grouseologist.
Wild game handling workshop scheduled in Pine River
With the 2002 Minnesota deer season just weeks away, preparation for the coming hunt needs to include information about safe handling and proper preservation of harvested animals. To hel
University of Minnesota offers tests for deer
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The University of Minnesota's veterinary diagnostic laboratory has offered to test brain stem samples for chronic wasting disease from deer harvested during this fall's firearms season.
What you need to know about chronic wasting disease
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurodegenerative illness of deer and elk. It is characterized by accumulations of abnormal prions -- forms of proteins -- that differ in shape from normal prions, which occur naturally in the brains of deer and elk.
Cuyuna Range Whitetails to host meeting on CWD
The Cuyuna Range Whitetails chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is sponsoring a public information meeting on chronic wasting disease at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Beth Erickson and Douglas Larsen announce their engagement. Parents are Mary Jo and Glen Erickson, Ashby, and Judy and Ed Larsen, Pequot Lakes. A Dec. 7 wedding is planned in St. Cloud.
Hazel Amic, Brainerd, recently celebrated her 75th birthday with her family. She was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Pillager.
The Golden Glove season begins on October 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harrison School. We had a great season in 2002 and I'd like to thank the organizations that donated money to the non-profit youth boxing club: Steve Lastovich Law Office, Derik of Northland Auto, Eagles Club of Brainerd, JB Westernwear, St. Cloud Boxing Team.
Fallace Mead, Brainerd, will celebrate his 90th birthday from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27 at his home.
Five generations recently gathered were Sawyer Engholm, son, Mora; Jeffrey Engholm, father, Mora; Larry Engholm, grandfather, Little Falls; and Robert Engholm, great-grandfather, Brainerd.
Shanti Lakhan and Craig Hanson announce their engagement. Parents are Koresh and Jill Lakhan, Duluth, and Dennis and Beverly Hanson, Merrifield. A wedding is planned Saturday at the Greysolon Plaza Ballroom in Duluth.
Lorene Vaars will celebrate her 96th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the main dining room at Woodland Acres. No gifts please.
Irving and Betty Morrissette recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family. They were married Sept. 27, 1952, in Pierz.
Jody Wiersgalla and Shane Swehla announce their engagement. Parents are Rick and Kathy Wiersgalla, Baxter, and Rhonda Swehla, Crosby. A wedding is planned Saturday in Brainerd.
Willis P. and Charlotte M. Anderson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family in Lutsen. They were married Oct. 24, 1952, in Hutchinson.
Kristine Gish and Jason Kolhoff announce their engagement. Parents are Myrun and Cynthia Gish, Pequot Lakes, and Richard and Linda Kolhoff, St. Louis, Mich. A Dec. 5 wedding is planned in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Christy Schlosser and Chad Cronquist were married June 15, 2002, at St. Nicholas Church in Belle River with Father Jeff Ethen officiating.
John "Jack" Sisterman recently celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends. He was born Oct. 17, 1922.
Kristy Dobson and Loren Brownell announce their engagement. A wedding is planned Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.
Nichole Jacobsen and Shane Petersen announce their engagement. Parents are Lynn and Ernie Jacobsen, Brainerd, and Myron and Patti Petersen, Stewartville. A winter wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Tim and Nancy Bogenschutz recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 15, 1972, in Albert Lea.
John and Arlene (Hansen) Bloom, Maple Grove and Little Lake Hubert, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a luncheon with family and friends at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove. They were married Nov. 8, 1952, in Brainerd.
Clara Jenkins will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27 at her home at the intersection of Highway 371 S. and Sleepy Hollow Road, Fort Ripley. She was born Oct. 31, 1912.
Danelle Symiczek and Channing Johnson were married May 25, 2002, at Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls, Wis., with Pastor Rick Hoyme officiating.
Labor Day auto race no longer at State Fair
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- The Minnesota State Fair Board has unanimously voted to stop the fair's annual Labor Day auto race, ending nearly 100 years of tradition at Fairgrounds Speedway.
Newman takes Martinsville pole
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- By the time Ryan Newman made his qualifying laps at Martinsville Speedway, the crowd had all but given the top starting spot to Jeff Gordon.
Puckett's attorney says he's treated differently because he's famous
MINNEAPOLIS -- Prosecutors filed two criminal charges against baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, accusing him of dragging a woman into a restaurant bathroom and groping her.
Moore, IP's Senate candidate, to produce one TV ad
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Don't blink if you hope to see Jim Moore's Senate advertising campaign. The banker-turned-Independence-Party candidate has one commercial, and he's still trying to persuade a station to run it.
More Minnesotans buckling up
About 80 percent of Minnesotans use a seat belt, the highest percentage since the state began keeping track in 1982, according to a new study.
Bush campaigns in Rochester for GOP
ROCHESTER -- President Bush made his fourth swing through Minnesota Friday since taking office, promoting Minnesota's slate of Republican candidates.
State Fair to renovate the grandstand
FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Minnesota State Fair officials have approved $5.5 million toward the renovation of the 93-year-old grandstand, a project that could eventually cost about $30 million.
Elk River business charged with illegal disposal of hazardous waste
ELK RIVER (AP) -- Two men who worked at a solid waste disposal company here were charged Friday with illegally disposing of hazardous materials.
Bemidji State seeks to recruit, retain Indian students
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Recruiting and retaining American Indian students is the top priority of a new American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University.
Postal Service warns Twin Cities residents about mail thefts
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Postal Service will send alerts to a million Twin Cities area homes this week on how to guard against the growing problem of mail thefts.
Governor race a statistical dead heat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With just over two weeks before election day, a new poll shows Minnesota's three leading candidates for governor in a statistical dead heat.
Firefighters endorse Wellstone
ROCHESTER (AP) -- The state's firefighters union has endorsed U.S Sen. Paul Wellstone, calling him trustful and dependable.
Local sports shorts
The Staples-Motley doubles team of Rose Milless-Jacque Peterson qualified for the Class 1A state tennis tournament and will take on Natalie Scanlon-Alyssa Palen of Rochester Lourdes 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Nicollet Tennis Club.
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Area events Saturday
Finck's play intimidating
VERNDALE -- Verndale's Casey Finck could be the poster boy for Halloween.
The cast of characters
They featured a cast of characters with colorful nicknames like "Pinky," "The Battering Ram," "Frog," "Fat," and "Porky."
Leach adapts to role of setter
With the departure of two-time All-American setter Katie Bell, Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball coach Jane Peterson came into this season having to find a setter capable of leading her fast-paced, high octane offense.
Talberg keeps improving
PIERZ -- Last year Jamie Talberg realized how good she was. She hasn't stopped improving since.
Vikings frustrated with lack of productive receivers
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- In trying to decide who'll start at the No. 2 receiver spot, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice is running out of factors to weigh.
Birk questionable for Vikings' game against Jets
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Matt Birk, the Minnesota Vikings All-Pro center, was downgraded to questionable with a sprained knee Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ron Mercer and Jermaine O'Neal each scored 16 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 88-83 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Forces are conspiring against Moss
Oliver Stone should get a load of this:
Controlling Moss is critical for beleaguered Jets defense
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Rarely does an NFL game come down to one critical element, one significant matchup. Sunday's Vikings-Jets game seems to fit that category.
Minnesota, New Hampshire tie 5-5
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A goal by Lanny Gare at 6:14 in the third period gave New Hampshire a 5-5 game with Minnesota on Friday.
A touch of reality slows auto racing fun
Video games' constant push for realism is ruining my fantasy driving life. There I was, dying to race the Dodge Viper, but could afford only the Fiat Pinto.
Competition lowers rates
Before you buy a cell phone, you might first want to invest in a calculator and a magnifying glass.
Tech job loss rate may be slowing
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The number of U.S. tech jobs fell by 113,000 in the first six months of 2002, but the rate of job loss appears to be slowing, a new report says.
AOL trying to bounce back
DULLES, Va. -- During the Internet love fest that crowned their company's heyday, America Online Inc.'s executives prided themselves on erecting multimillion dollar ad deals and mergers.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Becoming partly sunny. A chance of light snow or rain showers north and central. Highs in the 40s to near 50.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the 30s north to the middle 40s south.
Time to rake
Weather drawing by Baylie Stoltman in the Lincoln School third-grade class of Mrs. Ahlers.
Iowa state forecast
Freeze warning for extreme southeast iowa tonight...
Here's the scoop on measuring snow
If we had an inch of rain and the weather was colder, how much snow would that be?
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. Highs from the mid to upper 30s northeast to the lower 50s southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Mostly cloudy north and partly cloudy south. Highs from the lower 40s far northeast to the mid 60s southwest.
Victims of clergy abuse
Chemical dependency and AA groups
1. Call to order
Ireland voters will decide fate of enlarged Europe
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- The future of the European Union hung in the balance Saturday as Ireland voted for the second time in less than 18 months on the EU's plans for eastward expansion.
Israeli troops wounded during operation to arrest Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Four Israeli soldiers were wounded Saturday when the bomb they were placing at the front door of a Palestinian's home to force it open exploded prematurely, the army and Palestinian witnesses said.
Philippine president calls for calm after deadly bus bombing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The president of the Philippines said Saturday her country would not be bullied by terrorists, a day after yet another deadly bomb blast in the country.
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