Auto industry races to add high-tech devices, but stumbles over standards
DETROIT -- The show floor of last week's Convergence 2000 auto electronics convention was awash in gadgets of the future -- from navigation computers that sense traffic jams to systems that can locate a vehicle to within a centimeter.
Yes, it IS a Lexus
Don't be surprised if you have to remind yourself that the new Lexus IS 300 sedan bears a Lexus badge on the grill. The car's wedge shape and short rear deck give it a profile strikingly like that of a BMW.
Canadian trucker pulls big load
Ron Weber of High River, Alberta, drove a unique semi truck and trailer into Brainerd on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 302, a year ago 106.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550.
Early stimulation leads to lifelong capacity to learn
QUESTION: What causes a child to be a "slow learner" -- one who just doesn't learn like other children in the classroom?
S.S. Celebration to undertake second Halloween voyage
BAXTER -- The cruise ship S.S. Celebration, which coincidentally is the size of a church, will sail away in the imagination of all those who enter this alternative Halloween extravaganza Tuesday at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Seasons of life can change quickly
What a beautiful fall season this has turned out to be. In my opinion, we couldn't have hand picked a fall any better than what we have experienced this year.
There will be a seminar at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 8 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2100 Lynwood Drive, Baxter.
For some, Halloween is holiest night of year
Is Halloween more than a goofy night for candy and costumes? Those fundamentalist Christians who bemoan it as a pagan holiday know what they're talking about.
Parents who play scary jokes aren't funny to kids
DEAR ABBY: I just read the letter from "Concerned in Phoenix," about the friend whose husband scares the 2-year-old. Tell "Concerned" to lighten up! This kid isn't getting traumatized. I have been scaring my three kids since they were 6, 3 and 1. The 3-year-old was looking for me and I decided to hide and scare him. Yes, he did turn white and jump a mile -- but the laughter and hugs and kisses that followed more than made up for it. All three kids and my husband joined in the game and have spent the last 10 years scaring me back.
Get the best from pears
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Bartlett pears are in peak season through November. To use them at their best:
Popcorn balls a treat for Halloween
I remember the Halloween parties at school when I was a kid when you could bring homemade treats to share with your classmates for the Halloween party.
Apple lasagna has vegetarian twist
Local fresh apples are on farmers' market stands now, but Apple Lasagna is a dish you can make any season, with apples you will find in the stores around the year. Adjust your choice of greens to what you see are the freshest and best at the time you want to cook.
Enjoy pumpkin in many ways
Few things can compete with pumpkin as the quintessential flavor of fall.
A black bear was found dead Sunday on Highway 371 South about three to five miles south of the bypass, apparently killed by a motor vehicle.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER
THEFT -- It was reported the vehicle of Pete Swift, Brainerd, was stolen from in front of the Log Cabin Restaurant and Lounge.
Out of town
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 500.
Brainerd firefighters worked Wednesday afternoon to free Chad Ross, 25, Brainerd, from the Gilles Water Systems van in which he was trapped.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 156, a year ago 103.
AITKIN -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday on Highway 169 in Aitkin County, five miles north of Aitkin.
Edstrom, Lori A. and Kreg A.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday to a false alarm at Potlatch.
WALKER -- Judge John P. Smith heard the following case Oct. 23 in Cass County Court:
The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 1:24 p.m. Thursday to investigate the smell of gas on Ojibwa Road, off Highway 371, in Unorganized Territory.
Tiger still on top
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour after a six-week break. It didn't take him long to remind the rest of the field at Disney World what they have been missing.
Folic acid rule leading to safer births
WASHINGTON -- In the early 1990s, the federal government recognized that there were clear steps it could take to try to prevent horrific and sometimes fatal birth defects.
Gene therapy controls Parkinson's disease in monkey experiment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gene transferred to the brains of monkeys was able to control symptoms of Parkinson's disease in an experiment that experts say offers "promise" for human patients.
Device used by airlines, casinos raises heart attack survival
An airplane cabin hundreds of miles from the nearest medical facility might seem to be one of the worst places to have a heart attack.
Turn home's ceiling fan into an air purifier
If dust, smoke, pollen, mold or pet odors make your indoor life miserable, here's a simple, new idea: Turn your ordinary ceiling fan into an air purifier with the Purifan System from Heartland Technologies in Derby, Kan.
LITTLE FALLS -- Christmas around the world is the theme for this year's holiday season at the Musser and Weyerhaeuser mansions in Little Falls.
Tips to make a hot compost pile offered
Burning all those leaves you raked up used to be a rite of fall. But it's against the law in many places now, and it's also wasteful.
Carpeted stairs are safer, quieter
Stairs leading directly from a living room or central hallway look more attractive and inviting when carpeted.
Tips to choose the best countertop
In this age of high-priced construction, countertops are getting as hard to choose as plumbing fixtures or light fixtures.
History of Wilson School, Barrows
BARROWS -- A historical handbook on schools at the Crow Wing County Historical Society records Wilson School's move to Barrows from another location in Crow Wing Township in 1911. However, the school has 1914 listed below its name.
System solves dilemma of hanging artworks made of cloth
One problem in decorating is hanging artwork made of cloth -- a quilt made by your grandmother, a wall hanging you found at a craft show -- and not destroying it in the process.
Plant now for next year's garlic
It's a little late, but there's still time to plant garlic. Comb farm markets and nursery catalogs and canvas friends for garlic bulbs.
Schools of the past stand as haunting reminders
At dusk, when the light slips away, they stand as silent sentinels with the ability to scare the faint of heart.
Woman makes clocks that rock
Joan LeMon makes clocks that rock from objects frozen in time.
The name of Mark Redemske, principal of the Cuyuna Range Elementary School, was misspelled in a story in Tuesday's Dispatch about the Crosby-Ironton School District's search for a superintendent.
Baxter road may get long overdue upgrade
BAXTER -- Residents along Mapleton Road who've been waiting years for the city to upgrade their road will get their wish.
Two ads for Hackensack's Howes cause political uproar
Both House District 4B candidates said Thursday the political uproar about two advertisements made for Rep. Larry Howes is an argument between the two House party caucuses.
Woman convicted of vehicular homicide gets probation
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minneapolis woman got probation, instead of prison, for killing someone while driving fast and drunk on the wrong side of a freeway.
Kinship Partners Inc. on Thursday announced its participation in the first Give Back Day, an event designed to promote greater philanthropy from all Minnesotans.
Fire north of Twin Cities declared 100 percent contained
WYOMING (AP) -- A fire that burned 8,600 acres inside and near the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday.
Detroit Lakes man dies of rabies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 47-year-old Becker County man who died of rabies at a Fargo, N.D., hospital is the first human case of the illness in Minnesota since 1975 and only the fourth in the past century, state health officials said Thursday.
Man charged in shopkeeper's murder sentenced
AITKIN -- A 20-year-old man originally charged with first-degree murder in the 1998 death of a McGregor area shopkeeper has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.
Planning, zoning commission postpones request for sign on Highway 371 South
The Crow Wing County Planning and Zoning Commission had to postpone discussions on a conditional use permit Thursday.
This was Brainerd
OCTOBER 26 - 40 years ago (1960) - Woolworth's. Tricks and Treats. * Peanut butter kisses, 1 lb. 29 * Masks, 29 * Trick and Treat Bag, 10. Napkins, and party favors, noisemakers.
County board hears about social services proposals association will push before state legislators
The Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators has more legislative proposals than Sue Beck, Crow Wing County welfare director, has seen in a long time.
Man charged with murder in disappearance of Virginia woman
VIRGINIA (AP) -- A former Virginia man has been charged with murder in the disappearance of a woman who has been missing from this Iron Range city since January.
Whither the state surplus?
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Unprecedented surpluses over the past four years were split between tax relief and new spending, according to a report released Wednesday.
Southeast Brainerd woman honored as outstanding volunteer
Cheryl Wilson of Brainerd wanted to keep a low profile, but now it is too late.
Anchorage police arrest fugitive sought for more than a decade
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A man who escaped from a Minnesota jail 21 years ago is back behind bars.
Novelist who targets teen readers to sign copies of his books in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- An award-winning author who specializes in coming-of-age novels geared for middle school readers will discuss his works at a book signing next week in Little Falls.
Man hospitalized after being struck by train
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- A Minnesota man was hospitalized with multiple injuries after being struck by a train that he jumped under.
PEQUOT LAKES -- A children's Halloween party, featuring games and treats, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cole Memorial Building (Senior Center) in Pequot Lakes.
TV series on end-of-life issues to be aired at library
Eighty percent of Americans wish to die at home, but of the 2.4 million Americans who die annually fewer than 24 percent actually do.
DNR has modified statewide fire restrictions
The DNR has announced the statewide fire restrictions that took effect Friday were rescinded at 9 a.m. today.
Countywide schools off table for now
ALEXANDRIA (AP) -- A proposal to consolidate school districts into countywide districts as part of the governor's plan to improve K-12 education won't advance for now, said Education Commissioner Christine Jax.
United Way drive is halfway to goal
The Crow Wing County United Way drive is more than halfway to its $385,000 goal.
Residents of Baxter's Parkwood area protest assessments
BAXTER -- Residents of the Parkwood area of Baxter are upset with the assessments to their property.
Hold that tiger!
PILLAGER -- It's a quiet Pillager neighborhood where several residents say they no longer go for walks because they're afraid of a neighbor's pets. Some parents don't allow their children to walk to the school bus stop anymore, either.
Wood industry feels effects of global competition
DULUTH (AP) -- The 2-by-6s that workers sorted at Hedstrom Lumber Co. earlier this month were going to a buyer who paid $270 per thousand board feet. It cost the company $350 per thousand board feet to make them.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Despite a setback from the voters in last month's primary election, a city Dial-A-Ride Bus system is still on the minds of the city council's Transportation Committee members.
Economic pace slows dramatically
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed dramatically in the summer to a 2.7 percent growth rate, less than half the pace of the previous quarter, as American businesses and the federal government cut back on spending and home construction dropped sharply.
Software glitch was at heart of traffic control shutdown
WASHINGTON -- A lone air traffic controller, sitting in the darkened confines of the Palmdale, Calif., Air Route Traffic Control Center, shutdown much of the air traffic across the southwest last week by merely typing in a few too many characters on his computer.
Serial killer sentenced to 408 years
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man who confessed to killing 13 people and one attempted murder tearfully apologized Thursday and asked God to right his wrongs as he was sentenced to 408 years in prison.
Foreign aid bill finances debt relief
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress passed a foreign aid spending bill Wednesday that gives President Clinton the full $435 million he requested to forgive debts of the world's poorest countries. Rep. John Kasich said the support for debt relief was "a historic act of grace."
FDA plans to ban two poultry drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration plans to ban two antibiotics widely used by poultry farmers because of a risk that humans could become infected with germs that resist treatment.
Census dispute could sink Medicare bill
WASHINGTON -- Commerce Secretary Norman Mineta will recommend that President Clinton veto a $28 billion Medicare bill on grounds a last-minute provision could threaten the confidentiality of census data.
Gator eats dog
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) -- An 8-foot alligator crawled out of a pond and ate a 65-pound Labrador retriever after the dog splashed in the water while training with its owner.
Deal near on taxes, minimum wage hike
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and congressional Republicans are signaling a possible tax compromise that would help people pay for long-term health care, save for retirement and give business breaks to absorb a $1 minimum wage increase.
Hackers break into Microsoft's computer network
SEATTLE (AP) -- Hackers broke into Microsoft Corp.'s computer network and may have stolen blueprints to the latest versions of the company's Windows and Office software.
Children safer at school, says new collection of crime statistics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite recent headline-making occurrences of school violence, the number of such incidents is falling and children are more likely to be hurt off-campus, the government reported Thursday.
Republicans defy Clinton on immigration laws
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defying a White House veto threat less than two weeks before elections, Republicans said they would try pushing a spending bill through Congress on Thursday that falls short of President Clinton's demands for liberalizing immigration laws.
Panel says earth to get hotter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The past five years has produced still stronger evidence that human activities are influencing climate and that the earth is likely to get hotter than previously predicted, a U.N. panel of climate scientists says.
Pentagon, U.S. commanders to confer on terrorist threats
WASHINGTON -- In a sign of heightened concern about terrorist threats against U.S. forces, Pentagon leaders are conferring with U.S. military commanders around the world on "force protection" measures, officials said Thursday.
NBA almost gives Wolves the death penalty
WASHINGTON -- We've become so accustomed to slap-on-the-wrist penalties in professional sports that it's absolutely numbing when the bomb is dropped.
At least we still have the Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota and Tampa Bay know each other as well as any two teams could.
National sports briefs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Brodie, the second-leading passer in San Francisco 49ers history, was hospitalized near Palm Springs following a major stroke.
Timberwolves owner apologizes for agreement
MINNEAPOLIS -- NBA commissioner David Stern called it a "shocking" case of fraud. Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor claims that isn't the whole story.
Strawberry arrested again
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- For the second time in as many months, Darryl Strawberry is required to stand before a criminal court judge.
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- The tightest championship battle in CART's 22-year history winds up Sunday in the Marlboro 500, with five drivers still in the running for the season title.
Packers' wide receiver puts coach on the spot
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Antonio Freeman's flight trouble has put the Green Bay Packers' coach in quite a predicament.
Fans hopeful despite basketball blight
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- If sports go a long way toward defining a state's identity, Minnesotans must be in some pain.
Green, Warner have similar styles for Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams can only hope their new backup quarterback turns out as well as the last one.
'The greatest team in baseball history'
NEW YORK -- Frame the weathered benchwarmer swatting the fresh ball into the dying center field grass.
NBA harshly punishes Timberwolves
NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Timberwolves learned what their penalty is for making a secret deal with Joe Smith, and it's a harsh one. What's more, NBA commissioner David Stern hasn't finished hammering them.
Jeter wins another Sereis and MVP award with it
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter has a Mona Lisa smile, a thin grin that makes him look as if he knows something that you don't.
Two men and a teen charged $100 each and used fake press passes to smuggle baseball fans into Shea Stadium to see the World Series, authorities said. The three suspects approached fans without tickets for Game 3
Yankees' edge is a lot of bullpen
NEW YORK -- A pipe broke in Shea Stadium's visitors clubhouse during Game 4 of the World Series Wednesday night, flooding the room with about a foot of water.
Will it end tonight?
Saturday, Oct. 21
NBC betters Fox's Game 3 ratings
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Frasier" helped NBC deliver a knockout to Fox's coverage of Game 3 of the Subway Series.
Old Yankee O'Neill responds to criticism, stirs MVP talk
NEW YORK -- Not all old New York Yankees in this World Series are ghosts.
Did Valentine leave Leiter in too long?
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets missed the last train out of Queens on Thursday night, and Al Leiter cried.
Leonard F. Bajula
Leonard F. Bajula, 83, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Crosby Care Center.
Mary Ann Drew
RANDALL -- Mary Ann Drew, 68, Randall, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center of Little Falls.
Janet A. Fisher
Janet A. (Dike) Fisher, 74, Wilmington, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, of cancer at Provena St. Mary's Hospital of Kankakee, Ill.
Blanche B. Tanberg
STAPLES -- Blanche B. Tanberg, 74, Staples, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at her home.
BACKUS -- Cecil Fox, 89, Backus, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Woodrest Nursing Home of Walker.
Elizabeth C. Doucette
LITTLE FALLS -- Elizabeth C. Doucette, 90, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Lucille 'Lu' L. Klose
STAPLES -- Lucille "Lu" L. Klose, 87, Staples, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
GARRISON -- Arvin Aeshliman, 82, Garrison, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
Loyle D. Butcher
NISSWA -- Loyle Donald Butcher, 77, Nisswa, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at his home.
Smoking ban - Dispatch Editorial
Restaurant owners have probably seen this coming for sometime now. It's clear that the days when smokers could enjoy a cigarette with a cup of coffee at a public restaurant were numbered.
Political letter deadline nears
With the general election less than two weeks away, Dispatch readers are reminded that 5 p.m. Wednesday is the cutoff time for receipt. No letters on the campaign will be published after Thursday.
Undecideds should decide to stay home
With polls indicating something close to a tie, it is by now frighteningly clear that the presidential election will be decided by people who've told pollsters they're still undecided.
A dangerous world
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times.
Facing up - Dispatch Editorial
Yugoslavs took a big step forward in world opinion when they ousted dictator Slobodan Milosevic, but there's still a long way to go.
The Dispatch's editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Councilman MacDonald complained of mistreatment at the last P & Z meeting.
Part of the job
CHICAGO -- In Michigan, a candidate quietly curses yet another terrifying landing by the same pilot, but flies on. In Virginia, another candidate emerges from the wreckage of one small plane and within hours is airborne in another. In Chicago, reporters refuse to fly in a campaign plane after two emergencies in as many days. The plane takes off without them.
What can a small business owner do when faced with an arbitrary law that costs you thousands of dollars each year?
The other deficit
Vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman has taken to using God as a campaign surrogate to bless his and Al Gore's policies. That some Republicans have done this is no justification for Democrats doing it. This cynical tactic has been rightly denounced by liberals when religious conservatives try to co-opt God for their agendas.
Nesheim points to progress city has made
After 12 years on the Brainerd City Council, incumbent at-large candidate Lucy Nesheim still enjoys the challenges that come with public office.
Kinkel seeking ideas that will help district
PARK RAPIDS -- Leadership and devising new ideas to solve problems are what Sen. Tony Kinkel, DFL-Park Rapids, hopes will draw support to his campaign for re-election this November.
Walters sees need for merger study
BAXTER -- As a mayoral candidate of Baxter, challenger Gary Walters views one issue as his highest priority -- the merger study between Baxter and Brainerd.
Races in area counties
Hasskamp retains enthusiasm for job
CROSBY -- After a dozen years on the job, Rep. Kris Hasskamp's enthusiasm for her legislative post is still strong.
Youthful Taylor feels youths should be heard
At 27, challenger Matt Taylor is the youngest candidate in the at-large race for the Brainerd City Council, and he hopes age will be an issue in this year's election.
Koering feels people know now he's serious
FORT RIPLEY -- When District 12 Senate candidate Paul Koering goes door-knocking this fall he finds that many people are quicker to recognize him in his second campaign for the Minnesota Senate.
Area city races
The following candidates have filed for election to a city council in Cass or Crow Wing counties:
Sams focuses on helping rural needs
STAPLES -- It's no wonder that rural issues are at the forefront of Sen. Dallas Sams' concerns for the next legislative session.
Samuelson feels experience helps area
Sen. Don Samuelson, running against an opponent who was 3 when the veteran lawmaker was first elected to the Legislature, sees his political longevity as a quality that has been an immense help to the people of his district.
Howes advocates laws that are fair
HACKENSACK -- When Rep. Larry Howes, R-Hackensack, considers state legislation he looks for fairness and balance.
Sluss points to his record of leadership
BAXTER -- Terry Sluss, the incumbent District 3 commissioner, is running for re-election on a campaign theme of proven leadership.
MacDonald wants to control expenses
Incumbent Baxter City Council candidate Craig MacDonald is running for one of two open seats on the city council for the same reasons he ran in 1996 -- as a contractor and developer he feels he has a lot to offer the citizens of Baxter.
Wenzel hopes he can ease farmers' woes
LITTLE FALLS -- Helping farmers pull themselves out of a sluggish agriculture economy and making sure the district's transportation needs are met are two of the issues Rep. Steve Wenzel hopes to tackle if he's re-elected Nov. 7.
Wells sees need for touch-up projects
BAXTER -- Like an uncompleted painting, Baxter City Council incumbent candidate Barb Wells sees much that needs to be done in Baxter, and that is why she is seeking a third term on the council.
Taxpayers group contends Dayton's proposals would cost $228 billion a year
WASHINGTON -- The National Taxpayers Union, a conservative group that promotes lower taxes, claims in a report released Wednesday that DFL candidate Mark Dayton's proposal will cost $228 billion a year, compared to GOP Sen. Rod Grams' proposals, which would save $13 billion a year.
Brainerd voters face questions on liquor licenses, safety building
Brainerd voters will be asked two city referendum questions on their Nov. 7 ballots.
Olson faults city for annexation inaction
Twenty-three years removed from his last term on the Brainerd City Council and 10 years removed from his term as mayor, challenger Robert Olson is making a bid for one of two at-large council seats up for election Nov. 7.
The following are statewide candidates for either the Minnesota Supreme Court or the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Hoffert says people want a good listener
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- If companies across the country start to notice a dip in productivity some afternoons, they can blame NFL Films.
Election Central to keep tabs on results
Once again The Brainerd Dispatch will serve as the site of Election Central on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when the general election votes are counted. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Missouri Senate race still close despite death of Carnahan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Senate race between the late Gov. Mel Carnahan and Republican Sen. John Ashcroft remains extremely close little more than a week after Carnahan's death in a plane crash.
Poll: Bush, Gore in tight race; Dayton holds big lead over Grams
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A new poll confirms Minnesota's tight presidential race, and shows Green Party candidate Ralph Nader cracking double digits.
Scheeler gets taste of running for office
Having served two years on the Brainerd City Council, Ward 3 incumbent Gary Scheeler is running in his first election.
Lawrence wants to see tax decrease
BEMIDJI -- When Republican-endorsed Bill Lawrence sees state surpluses, year after year, he figures it's time that Minnesota's taxes are reduced. For starters, he'd reduce property taxes.
Otremba not about to let rural areas down
LONG PRAIRIE -- Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, takes pride in the constituent services she provides for her House District 11B residents.
Walz encouraged he's better known now
After 16 years in law enforcement Dale Walz is ready for another type of public service. The Baxter Police Department captain is making his second bid to represent the people of House District 12A in the state Legislature.
Olson wants to make sure policies followed
BAXTER -- There are two reasons challenger Darrel Olson decided to run for one of the two Baxter City Council seats up for election Nov. 7.
Hill sees need for balancing strategy
GARRISON -- Jim Hill had been a public servant his entire professional life but his 1996 candidacy for the District 1 Crow Wing County Board was his first bid for elective office.
Dayton promises to release FBI files
HOPKINS (AP) -- DFL Senate nominee Mark Dayton promised to release documents on Friday that the FBI collected on him during the Nixon administration.
Elections are set in two Cass districts
WALKER-- There will be county commissioner elections in two of five Cass County Districts this year. District 2 covers the cities of East Gull Lake, Lake Shore, Pillager and surrounding townships. District 4 covers the cities of Remer, Walker and surrounding townships.
Swing voters lean toward Gore, not convinced
WASHINGTON -- Almost one-fourth of voters haven't finally decided on a candidate in this presidential election, polls suggest. That group tends to be more Democratic, more supportive of Al Gore and overwhelmingly of the opinion that he's the most qualified.
Goedker: City is growing toward bypass
The decision to run for another four-year term on the Brainerd City Council was an easy one for at-large incumbent Gene Goedker.
Lieberman tests his popularity by conducting dual race
HARTFORD, Conn. -- It would be hard to find a politician more beloved in this state than the man many voters call "our Joe," Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. But with his apparent decision to let pass Friday's deadline for withdrawing from his Senate re-election campaign, the Democratic vice presidential candidate is sorely testing that affection, at least among many party leaders here and in Washington.
CROW WING COUNTY REFERENDUM
Crow Wing County residents will decide Nov. 7 if the county will provide annual funding to the Northland Arboretum.
GOP leaders say they will be helped if Clinton vetoes tax, immigration bills
WASHINGTON -- Republicans warn that if President Clinton delivers on his promise to veto a tax-cut package and a spending bill that revamps immigration laws it will hurt Democrats' prospects in the Nov. 7 elections.
Democrats say Nader is threat, could cause Bush win
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In a bid to woo back voters, presidential candidate Al Gore will hold a rally in Minneapolis on Saturday, DFL Party officials said Wednesday.
Koep seeks return to public service
The past four years were a little different for Mary Koep. For the better part of the last 30 years she has been a member of either the Brainerd City Council or the Crow Wing County Board.
Tautges sees need for common sense
Dewey Tautges has lived in Crow Wing County virtually his entire life. Six years spent as a truck driver in the Twin Cities taught him where he didn't want to live.
Marana feels she has real-world experience
BAXTER -- Baxter City Council member Mary Marana figures she's spent time in the real-life trenches of business and government and can offer her experience to voters in House District 12B.
Dehen sees growth as biggest challenge
After running unopposed in 1996, Incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Jim Dehen is again running for re-election to the Brainerd City Council in the November election without a challenger.
Area school board races
There are several races in Brainerd lakes area school board elections.
Muehlhausen cites cautions in planning
BAXTER -- As a 23-year resident of Baxter, incumbent Baxter mayoral candidate Gary Muehlhausen has seen a lot of growth in the city, and it is an issue he would like to keep working on for the next four years.
Frank favors doing long-term solutions
NEVIS -- A desire to look at the big picture and long-term solutions prompted resort owner Floyd Frank to run for the House District 4B seat.
Nygard favors changing council's action
BAXTER -- Believing there is a need for change in the way the city conducts business and seeing no challengers to the incumbents, challenger Glen Nygard decided to throw his name on the ballot for one of two seats on the Baxter City Council.
Ferarri sees need for more field officers
CROSBY -- His nickname may be "Jinx" but John Ferrari of Crosby has been anything but jinxed at the ballot box in Crow Wing County politics.
AREA SCHOOL REFERENDUMS
Four area school districts will ask voters to approve either excess levy or building bond referendums this year.
Blashack worries about government role
BERTHA -- Republican John Blashack of Bertha recognizes there are many needs throughout the state but he also is concerned about citizens' growing dependence on government.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Now that Buddy Lazier has won the Indy Racing League title, perfection is his next goal.
Former Super Bowl winner Gibbs finds NASCAR tougher than NFL
Super Bowls? Hah.
Warriors outlast S-M
Big school vs. little school.
Cards advance in state tennis
MINNEAPOLIS -- The unbeaten and sixth-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals rolled to a 5-2 victory over fifth-ranked Pine City in the quarterfinals of the Class A girls' team tennis tournament Wednesday at the Nicollet Tennis Club.
Flyer runners win meet
BEMIDJI -- The Little Falls Flyers boys' cross country running team qualified for next week's Class AA state meet by winning the Section 8AA race Thursday.
The captain sets the example
For four years Katie Lykins has been one of the leaders of the Brainerd Warriors girls' swimming and diving team. This season the senior captain has scored a team-high 238 points.
S-M boys' team qualifies for state
NEW LONDON -- The Staples-Motley boys' cross country team won its fifth straight Section 6A championship Thursday while Wadena-Deer Creek's Adam Asfeld won the boys' individual title.
Banners come down for Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS -- First, the banners came down. Then the state's top prospect announced he had chosen Arizona.
MOORHEAD SPUDS (7-2)
Card netters place third
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the United South Central Rebels 4-3 to claim third place in the Class A state girls' tennis meet Thursday at the Nicollet Tennis Club.
Wildcats, Gophers not used to Big Ten's top half
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Try to think of the last time Northwestern and Minnesota played. That's not hard -- it was last year.
Verndale advances to section final
VERNDALE -- The Verndale Pirates shut down the Underwood Rockets 43-6 in the Section 4, Nine-Man football semifinals Thursday and advance to play Hillcrest Academy of Fergus Falls for the championship Wednesday at the Fargodome.
Local sports shorts
ELK RIVER (AP) -- Champlin Park senior Riza Mahmoud has quite a highlight film from the state high school football playoffs.
Raiders already working on 2001 football season
The Central Lakes College Raiders football team pulled the curtain on its season with a thrilling 15-13 overtime victory over Minnesota West last Saturday.
Local sports shorts
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- South Dakota State University outside hitter Rose Ebnet of Pequot Lakes has earned North Central Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Pine River-Backus spikes Aitkin
PINE RIVER -- The second-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers defeated the No. 7 Aitkin Gobblers 15-6, 15-7, 15-3 in the quarterfinals of the Section 7AA volleyball tournament Thursday.
Raiders win state volleyball opener
ROCHESTER -- The Central Lakes College Raiders improved to 22-6 overall with a 15-5, 15-2, 15-9 triumph over the Minnesota West Bluejays in the opening round of the Minnesota Community College state tournament Thursday.
Brainerd, Moorhead meet again
Until last season the Brainerd Warriors had never beaten the Moorhead Spuds in nine previous football games.
High School Volleyball
Leo Kottke fans should take note: Tickets for his Little Falls concert in December have just gone on sale.
'Meet the Parents' holds top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Comedy reigned at the nation's theaters as "Meet the Parents" remained the top movie by taking in $16 million.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra picks Milwaukee conductor as its music director
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra named Andreas Delfs of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as its new music director, the fifth director in the group's 41-year history.
Springfield, teen music idol from '80s, to perform concert at Grand Casino
ONAMIA -- A pop-rock star who blazed to glory in the 1980s as a teen-age music idol and daytime television actor is coming to the lakes area for a one-night stand Nov. 3.
Crossing Arts Alliance continues to grow
The Crossing Arts Alliance, Brainerd's newly formed umbrella organization for arts advocacy, continues to make progress in its formation.
Diiro plans major changes to Brainerd High School yearbook
Kelly Diiro is a hard-charging senior who has promised to leave her imprint on the school's yearbook.
BHS choirs to present first concert of year
Members of the Brainerd High School choirs are putting the final touches on their upcoming Fall Concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School in Brainerd.
Art club changes name to reflect wide area its artists represent
The Brainerd Art Club, which has been in existence since the 1960s, has been changed its name to the Lakes Area Art Club to better represent the home locations of its members.
'Amahl and the Night Visitors' to be staged in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes community theater season opens Nov. 4 with "Amahl and the Night Visitors," a musical that has become a Christmas favorite across the country.
Indian folk singer from Cass Lake takes unique path to success
CASS LAKE (AP) -- There are advantages to living in a home without electricity and running water, but this isn't one of them. Annie Humphrey steps out of the A-frame cabin she built with her own hands on her native Leech Lake Reservation, clutches her toothbrush, moves her bare feet briskly across the frost-free, leaf-covered path ... and spits.
Granary Girls to do show in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- Patty Kakac and Jodi Ritter, otherwise known as the Granary Girls, will perform for the House Concert Series in Little Falls on Friday, Nov. 3, at Jerry's Supper Club.
Folk duo to give concert in Nisswa
NISSWA -- A popular Minnesota folk duo, Neal and Leandra, will return to the Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a concert at the Nisswa Community Center.
Heartland Symphony seeks young artists
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will hold its 19th annual Youth Auditions.
Weather drawing by Emily Holland of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
Weather drawing by David Hillstrom of Mrs. Baker's third grade class at Nisswa school.
Clouds and some sun.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver in critical condition
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a sister of President Kennedy, was in critical condition with a postoperative infection, her family said Friday.
Wealthy sister keeps score, other won't play
DEAR ABBY: My older sister "Jane" and I used to be close. She married 10 years ago, and her husband has done very well.
There will be a benefit for Doug Hesch at noon Sunday at the Old Waterfall in Brainerd.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.
First bodies recovered from sunk sub Kursk
MURMANSK, Russia -- Nearly two dozen sailors survived the powerful explosions that ripped through the nuclear submarine Kursk, a note found in one seaman's pocket showed Thursday.
Palestinian detonates explosives near Israeli army post
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian on a bicycle detonated explosives Thursday at an Israeli army outpost in the Gaza Strip, killing himself in what army commanders said was an attack by the militant Islamic Jihad group. An Israeli soldier was lightly hurt, the army said.
Peru's Fujimori leads search for ex-spy chief
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Looking like a general directing his troops into battle, President Alberto Fujimori shouted orders to members of an elite police force, deploying them in a manhunt for his feared former intelligence chief.
Hotel housing U.S. Cole attack investigators receives bomb threat
ADEN, Yemen -- Security was tightened Thursday around the hotel housing U.S. investigators looking into the attack on the USS Cole after a bomb threat was received, Yemeni officials said.
At least 83 dead in crash of Russian military plane in Georgia
BATUMI, Georgia (AP) -- At least 83 people were killed when a Russian military plane crashed into a mountain in western Georgia, Russian military officials said Thursday.
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