Honda Accord: Best-selling car has just gotten a lot better
Last year's best-selling car just got a whole lot better.
Japanese cars rank at top of German consumer survey
Familiarity, it seems, does breed a bit of contempt.
Sanctuary turned into a park-like setting
NISSWA -- Jim Sherwood has brought the outdoors inside at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
New York City defends policy blocking churches from public school rentals
NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawyer for New York City warned a federal appeals court Monday that churches would move permanently into public schools if a Bronx church wins its eight-year fight to rent a middle school near Yankee Stadium for services.
Bush welcomes Muslims to White House for Ramadan celebration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of a White House effort to reach out to Muslims, President Bush on Thursday celebrated a Ramadan break-the-fast meal to thank Muslim countries helping with war on terrorism.
Regarding the death penalty, Scalia picks St. Paul over John Paul
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, a devout Roman Catholic, dislikes the treatment of the death penalty in Pope John Paul's 1995 encyclical, "Evangelium Vitae" ("The Gospel of Life"), and the official catechism of the Catholic Church.
Only one of Canada's Anglican bishops plans go-ahead on homosexual blessings
TORONTO (AP) -- All but one of the Anglican Church of Canada's 30 bishops have agreed to prevent blessings of same-sex unions until a national synod in 2004.
Interfaith Internet site emerges from bankruptcy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Beliefnet.com, an interfaith Internet site, said it has emerged from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection it sought last April, and that October was its first month with a net gain in operating cash flow.
The Deerwood Lakes Lions Clown Club recently entertained youths at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. The clowns gave their rendition of the women of the Bible. At the end of the skit, the children helped the clowns sing "Jesus Loves Me."
Congregation parks in barn as it's between permanent churches
RANDOLPH (AP) -- The church mice at St. Mark's ate the communion wafers in the storage box, so the Rev. Pat Ondarko asked parishioners to bring fresh bread for future Sunday services.
FBI's No. 3 official to become U.S. Catholicism's most important laywoman
WASHINGTON -- Kathleen McChesney, a rare woman in the top echelon of the FBI, is poised to become something equally rare, a laywoman charged with unique powers to monitor U.S. Roman Catholic bishops.
Brainerd school committee to recommend that school board approve budget revisions
The Brainerd School District's unreserved fund balance for June 30, 2003, is expected to be about $6.43 million or about $58,000 less than June of this year.
Mini meatloaves make quick meal
Muffin-sized individual meatloaves have a winning profile. They are a cute version of a tasty favorite -- and also, because of their size, they cook in just 20 minutes, a much shorter time than a traditional meatloaf.
You don't have to hunt to prepare and eat wild meat
Opening day, the beginning of hunting season, is a time of anticipation for many families.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday 400. Last Wednesday: 441. Year ago Wednesday: 1094. Tuesday actual: 881.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 195, a year ago 104.
WALKER -- Stacy Lee Dailey, 31, Pine River, who was arrested March 5 when a search warrant was served on a Pine River Township residence, was sentenced in Cass County District Court recently for a lesser-included felony attempted first-degree controlled substance crime (manufacturing methamphetamines).
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a garage fire Wednesday at a residence on the 700 block of 14th Street Southeast.
School lunch menus
ONAMIA -- A single-vehicle crash reported 11:58 a.m. Thursday on Highway 27 east of Onamia injured the driver of a Dodge car, the State Patrol reported.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 400. Last Thursday: 653. Year ago Thursday: 476. Wednesday actual: 580.
Republican statehouse gains historic
Republicans matched their gains in Congress with a historic showing Tuesday in the nation's statehouses, capturing more state legislative seats than Democrats for the first time in half a century.
Democrats start 2004 campaign on sour note
Democrats are beginning the 2004 political campaign on a sour note after midterm elections that left them weakened in Washington and worried about money, message and who will be their next principal messenger.
Danish study finds no link between childhood vaccine and autism
A study of 500,000 Danish children has found no link between receiving the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and developing the devastating childhood disorder known as autism.
Study: Modest exercise makes cholesterol less damaging to heart
BOSTON -- Need another reason to exercise? Scientists have discovered it makes cholesterol less dangerous.
Car seat and head restraints are reducing neck injuries
New car seat and head restraint designs such as those used by Saab and some General Motors brands are dramatically reducing the frequency and severity of neck injuries caused by rear-end crashes, insurance industry researchers say.
Stop air flow with gasket plugs and switches
If your home is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, read on.
Plan your dream kitchen
There's no doubt about it. Kitchen remodels are at the top of the list when it comes to home remodeling. Such projects are for your comfort now, as well as for resale in the future.
Relaxing log cabin den wins best of show
NISSWA -- Johnson's Personality Plus, Nisswa, was awarded first place at the Interior Design Resource Center event at a home and garden show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The United Building Centers announced changes to its Web site for contractors and consumers to browse building plans online.
Christensen is real estate agent of the year
Jo Christensen, real estate agent with Edina Realty Brainerd, recently received the prestigious award of "Realtor of the Year 2002" given by the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors.
Design K-43 needs more personality
Why build a house that looks like a doublewide?
Camp Confidence is seeking the donation of used vehicles of any type before owners trade them in or sell them. Donators can receive the full Internal Revenue Service tax deduction.
The Brainerd Post Office will operate on a holiday schedule Monday in observance of Veterans' Day.
Dave Morrison (left), owner of Cafe Giardino's in Brainerd, served pasta with executive chef Eric Fellegy and Diana Schmidt at the seventh annual March of Dimes Star Chefs Gourmet Chefs Auction on Thursday night at Madden's on Gull Lake. Proceeds from the annual tasting reception and silent auction go to the March of Dimes and its quest to help babies.
Man arrested after chase
A 38-year-old Brainerd man was arrested Wednesday after leading police officers on a chase through north Brainerd.
The Pillager and Verndale football teams each play today in state quarterfinal games. Look for game results Sunday in sports.
City woman missing
Brainerd police officers are looking for a 21-year-old Brainerd woman who has been missing since Oct. 29.
Note to hunters
Cass County hunters should be aware of new laws that make it illegal to erect permanent tree stands for hunting unless they are freestanding. Look for the story Friday.
Paul Bloom receives honor
Brainerd Community Education Director Paul Bloom did not know why he had to give a brief presentation to the Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club Wednesday at Bonanza Restaurant in Baxter, but he fit it into his tight schedule.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 8 - 60 years ago (1942) - A boys' quartet from the high school has been formed which consists of Mike Clark, John Vanni, Leon Tomlinson and Maury Cain. Maury is also practicing to sing a solo number, "On the Road to Mandelay."
Marana again raises Baxter buildings concerns
BAXTER -- Concerns with the Baxter building department again were brought up by a city council member.
Initiative Foundation announces grants
The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation announced 17 community grants in October totaling $61,930.
Foul play not ruled out in Dalquist case
An ongoing investigation of a missing Brainerd woman found she was last seen on foot with a white man with brown hair.
Scott Korwes worked with new roof trusses on the Arbor Glenn apartment building in Baxter Thursday. Kuepers Architects and Builders is building the project.
Isle artist's works celebrate Norway
ISLE -- Suzanne Toftey has visited Norway only once, but in just four years the Isle artist has become so well known for her Norwegian folk art that her work is sold in gift shops throughout Norway and more than 2,500 shops in the United States, including Epcot in Disney World and the Mall of America.
BHS Dance Team gears up for season
The Brainerd High School Dance Team, known as the Kixters, went to work this week to prepare for the 2002-03 season.
Baxter decides to look into televising meetings
BAXTER -- In a flip-flop of a Sept. 3 decision, the city of Baxter has taken a step toward televising its city council meetings.
Rachel Cross named top youth volunteer
Ninth-grader Rachel Cross was named 2002 Youth Volunteer of the Year today at Mississippi Horizons, where Cross is a student.
A new stance on tree stands
At sunrise Saturday morning upward of 200,000 Minnesotans will be suspended in air -- not figuratively, as in cloud nine or the euphoria felt on the arrival of the firearms deer season, but literally.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 7 - 40 years ago (1962) - Purchase of the Cuyuna Oil Company of Crosby was announced today by Carl Benson, 1602 Graydon, who operates a Sinclair Distributing business here.
Olson, other ex-SLA members plead guilty to 1975 murder
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Four graying, middle-aged former members of the Symbionese Liberation Army pleaded guilty to the killing of a bank customer to escape a time warp that has trapped them for a quarter-century, they and their attorneys said.
Bush praises U.N. vote on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Friday heralded the unanimous Security Council vote to force the disarmament of Iraq, promising "the severest consequences" for Saddam Hussein if he fails a final test to comply.
Pentagon has a detailed plan to inoculate U.S. troops against smallpox, but no go-ahead yet
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has readied a plan for vaccinating some U.S. troops against smallpox and is awaiting White House approval before giving the first shots, according to a senior defense official.
Gephardt quits leader role
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt is stepping down after eight years as House Democratic leader, looking ahead to a possible run for the White House and leaving behind a succession struggle in a party jolted by midterm election losses.
Cheney would be 2004 running mate, Bush says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush says he wants Vice President Dick Cheney to join him for any 2004 re-election run, a prospect Cheney has already said he would relish.
Economists: Rate cut may not be enough to jump-start recovery
WASHINGTON -- After the Federal Reserve tried boosting the wheezing economy with an interest rate cut for the first time this year, private economists offered mixed opinions on whether more may be needed.
Frustration grows in probe of rapper's death
NEW YORK (AP) -- The search for the masked gunman who fired a single bullet to the head of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay has been hampered by silence from the hip-hop world and the streets where he grew up, rap industry notables and police say.
Woman, 113, is oldest American
SAN PABLO, Calif. (AP) -- She's strong-willed and had a taste for Twinkies and KFC dinners well past her 110th birthday. She is113-year-old Mary Christian, a California woman now believed to be the oldest American.
Election not seen as factor in foreign policy, Iraq
The rest of the world is likely to discern little change in U.S. foreign policy after Tuesday's Republican gains in Congress, including the GOP takeover of the Senate, since President Bush already enjoyed bipartisan support on leading issues, analysts and political leaders said Wednesday.
Train fire destroys U.S. family
NANCY, France -- A fire on an overnight train in eastern France filled a sleeping car with deadly smoke Wednesday, killing 12 people -- including five Americans from the same family -- and driving panicked passengers to smash windows and jump to safety.
Muhammad makes first court appearance in Virginia, where sniper suspects could face 'ultimate sanction'
MANASSAS, Va. -- Looking unshaven and unkempt, John Allen Muhammad made his first appearance in Virginia state court Friday, and a judge told the sniper suspect he would appoint a lawyer for him.
Ryder convicted, but won't do time
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Winona Ryder has been convicted of felony theft charges for her now-famous shopping excursion at a Saks Fifth Avenue store, but that doesn't mean the actress will spend any time behind bars.
Bush urges Homeland Security action
WASHINGTON -- President Bush summoned GOP congressional leaders Friday to press for swift passage of his proposed Department of Homeland Security, trying to erase doubts by the incoming Senate Republican leader that a lame-duck session can accomplish that.
Bush calls Putin on eve of expected U.N. vote on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush consulted Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the eve of an expected United Nations vote on a resolution demanding that Iraq disarm. The White House reported no commitment from Putin on the tough measure the United States seeks.
Productivity grew briskly in summer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Productivity, a crucial ingredient in the economy's long-term vitality, grew at a brisk annual rate of 4 percent in the summer. It was the strongest showing since the beginning of this year.
More indictments returned against sniper suspects
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- With another set of indictments returned against the sniper suspects, Attorney General John Ashcroft said officials are weighing who has the best evidence to deliver the "ultimate sanction" -- death.
Rep. Harold Ford offers for House minority leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Harold Ford, saying House Democrats crave "a clean break" from the party's legislative and political strategy, on Friday threw his name into the mix of candidates vying to succeed House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt.
Need for mental health workers cited in Fort Bragg slayings report
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Mental health workers must be assigned to combat units if the military is to head off problems like those that led to five marital murders this summer, an Army report says.
McDonald's makes cuts
CHICAGO (AP) -- McDonald's Corp. announced a series of cuts Friday, saying it will trim up to 600 jobs and pull out of three foreign countries altogether.
Alan Jackson cleans up at Country awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alan Jackson is looking for a change of pace after winning a record five Country Music Association awards, including single and song of the year for his Sept. 11-themed song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."
Fortunes of Rams, Chargers have switched
At the start of the season, it seemed far more likely that when San Diego visited St. Louis to start the second half of the season, the Rams would be 6-2 and the Chargers 3-5.
Cardinals' La Russa, Angels' Scioscia receive recognition
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anaheim Angels manager Mike Scioscia's job was reportedly in jeopardy last April following the team's worst start in its 42-season history.
The Minnesota state high school volleyball tournament, held Nov. 7-9 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:
Big in Japan: 'Godzilla' plans to take his show on the road
TOKYO (AP) -- Godzilla. The nickname is perfect for Hideki Matsui.
Baker leaving as manager of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dusty Baker felt unwanted. The San Francisco Giants didn't think their manager wanted to return.
Thome meets with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jim Thome walked into Philadelphia's clubhouse and saw a Phillies jersey with his name and No. 25 hanging in one of the lockers.
Unique lefty Zito takes home first Cy Young Award
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- In jeans, loafers, a stone necklace and a concert T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Barry Zito received his first Cy Young Award in the same way he pitches: with his own unique, inimitable style.
Michigan bans itself from NCAA tourney for 1 year
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan punished the men's basketball program Thursday, ordering a one-year postseason ban, forfeiting victories for certain years and removing championship banners from Crisler Arena as a result of the scandal surrounding a former booster.
Cubs: Chicago, Baker ready to connect
CHICAGO (AP) -- If Dusty Baker needs an enormous challenge after his successful 10-year run with the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs appear willing to provide it.
NFL Injury Report
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Football League injury report for this week's games as provided by the league:
PHOENIX (AP) -- Shane Doan has been right in the middle of the Phoenix Coyotes' turnaround.
Willingham has been the perfect fit for Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Audrey Jones Spencer has lived in this quintessential college town her entire life, yet, until recently, had never stepped inside one of its most famous landmarks -- Notre Dame Stadium. She was not a fan of football or of the university itself.
Royals coach accepts apology of teen who attacked him
CHICAGO (AP) -- Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa said he accepts the apology of a 15-year-old fan who attacked him on the field during a game and hopes the boy learns from his "tragic mistake."
Marvin A. Shipman
BAXTER -- Marvin A. Shipman, 79, Baxter, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Marvin A. Shipman
BAXTER -- Marvin A. Shipman, 79, Baxter, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Edna M. Sanders
DULUTH -- Edna M. Sanders, 84, Duluth, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Viewcrest Nursing Home in Duluth.
Benedict 'Ben' Heurung
PIERZ -- Benedict "Ben" Heurung, 88, Pierz, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at the Pierz Villa.
William Vadnais, 85, Brainerd, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Donald R. Swanson
Donald R. Swanson, 74, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Theresa F. Prozinski
FLENSBURG -- Theresa F. Prozinski, 88, Flensburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at home.
Helmi A. Lien
DULUTH -- Helmi A. Lien, 84, Duluth, formerly of Lawler, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
Donald D. Anderson
NISSWA -- Donald D. Anderson, 74, Nisswa, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Harold B. Carlson
AITKIN -- Harold B. Carlson, 72, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
William Vadnais, 85, Brainerd, died today, Nov. 7, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Louise R. Stofferahn
AITKIN -- Louise R. (Villenewe) Stofferahn, 98, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Lee R. Nelsen
WILLMAR -- Lee R. Nelsen, 55, Willmar, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester of complications following a bone marrow transplant.
Helen M. Tongue
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Helen Marie Tongue, 83, Superior, Wis., formerly of Crosby, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at St. Francis Nursing Home in Superior.
STAPLES -- Richard Hegre, Staples, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Fairview South Hospital in Minneapolis.
Whether Minnesotans' political sympathies are with the Democrats, Republicans, Independents or Greens, there is one aspect of the 2002 election that should please everyone -- the state's voter turnout figures.
Winona Ryder may be a Hollywood movie star, but that's no reason why her shoplifting case had to be the big production it became.
I am a Potlatch employee in Idaho and was very glad to see that there were some strong-willed people in your community that were willing to go to great lengths to get the Potlatch Paper Mill in Brainerd re-opened.
I went to vote Nov. 5 but was told since I moved across river I had to vote at Lincoln School, not Riverside.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words.
Bush gets a second chance on judges
The following editorial appeared in Friday's Washington Post:
Ruth Heinzel, Brainerd, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. No gifts please. The event is hosted by her two daughters and their spouses. She was born Nov. 8, 1912, in Brainerd.
New Jeff Gordon living life to fullest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On a recent, rainy night of qualifying, Jeff Gordon didn't wait for NASCAR to suspend on-track activities.
Speedway to host two Kids Nights next season
North Central Speedway, located five miles south of Brainerd on Business Highway 371, will host not one but two Kids Nights next season.
First woman elected sheriff in Minnesota
AUSTIN (AP) -- Terese Amazi has become the first woman to be elected county sheriff in Minnesota.
DFL selects legislative leaders
ST. PAUL -- Clinging to their slimmest majority ever, Senate DFLers on Thursday elevated their No. 2 to majority leader -- the most important Democratic voice in an otherwise Republican state government.
With Mondale, Moe losses, Humphrey era ends in Minnesota
ST. PAUL -- For a moment in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, Sen.-elect Norm Coleman called former Sen. Dave Durenberger to the stage -- and the two men who ended the Hubert Humphrey era in Minnesota politics hugged each other.
Investigation finds drug use killed abuse suspect
HIBBING (AP) -- Complications from illegal drug use killed a man who died in the custody of Hibbing police in July, a medical examiner said.
Bruininks named lone finalist for University of Minnesota presidency
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Interim President Robert Bruininks was named lone finalist to become president of the University of Minnesota on Thursday.
Yudof praises nomination of Bruininks for U of M presidency
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota regents were poised Friday to replace the high-profile style of former President Mark Yudof with an intense, affable insider in Robert Bruininks, Yudof's old lieutenant.
Minnesota's Republican agenda gets massive boost
MINNEAPOLIS -- Riding a tidal wave of Republican fervor, Tim Pawlenty plunged into Wednesday with a new title -- governor-elect -- and a strongly Republican Legislature to back his initiatives over the next two years.
Survey: State voter turnout tops nation
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Voter turnout in Minnesota was the highest in the nation this year, just ahead of South Dakota, according to a survey by a Washington-based research organization.
Coleman plots beginning as Mondale calls an end
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's new senator-elect, Norm Coleman, plotted how to maximize the start of his national political career Wednesday as Walter Mondale declared a final end to his, capping the pair's unprecedented one-week Senate contest with a gracious concession.
BRAINERD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Chris Klabo went from participating in 28 plays as a junior to being one of the most complete quarterbacks in Brainerd Warriors football history.
SWIMMING and DIVING
Warriors go elk hunting
In four of the last five Section 8, Class 2A swimming and diving championship meets the Elk River Elks have prevailed.
For the past five years, Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball coach Jim Russell leaned on veteran assistant John Pecarich for his wealth of basketball knowledge.
Local sports shorts
Goaltender Kate Bjornson has been named most valuable player of the Brainerd Warriors girls' soccer team.
SWIMMING and DIVING
Local, state sports shorts
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Torii Hunter was named the 2002 winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award, given annually to the Minnesota Twins' most valuable player.
New coach, no problem: Gopher women have high hopes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- New coach? No problem.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- New coach, same results.
Garnett's hot fourth quarter bucks Milwaukee
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves just in time to see Kevin Garnett match the best rebounding performance of his career.
Tice challenges struggling secondary
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Just like the pass yardage total given up by his young secondary, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice's frustration is growing.
Monson excited about Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota coach Dan Monson is "guardedly optimistic" about this year's team.
Gophers looking to take back Jug
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The question arises just about every year for Minnesota, but it can't be avoided until the Golden Gophers take back the Little Brown Jug.
BHS orchestras to give fall concert
Orchestral works from America, Italy, Austria and several other countries will be performed Tuesday during the Brainerd High School Chamber and Sinfonia orchestras' fall concert in Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School in Brainerd.
For week of Nov. 7-13; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Klapperich likes being on stage
Brainerd High School senior Paul Klapperich worked behind the scenes in plays in fifth grade and took up acting two years later.
Eclectic string ensemble to perform in Brainerd
From Carnegie Hall, the Plaza Hotel and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City comes the unusual quintet, The Abaca String Band.
Great River Strings Ensemble to perform 'My Favorite Things'
CROSBY -- The Great River Strings Ensemble will present "My Favorite Things" this weekend in Aitkin and Onamia.
If you missed The Children's Theatre Co. touring production of "Snowflake" during its recent run in Pequot Lakes, you have a second chance to catch the one-man show Sunday in Staples. Centennial Auditorium is hosting the show, starting at 2 p.m.
Folk musician to perform in Nisswa
NISSWA -- Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground, beginning with a stirring rendition of "Tammy" at age 4 around a neighborhood bonfire.
Community Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble to perform
The Central Lakes College Instrumental Music Department will present its fall concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
Pillager students to give choir, band concerts
PILLAGER -- The Pillager School music department will begin its concert season with two concerts Monday featuring the junior and senior high school bands and choirs.
Author of 'The Pact' to speak with library book club members
Walter Roers, author of "The Pact," will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Brainerd Public Library as part of the First Library Book Club.
As ballet company enters 20th year, Stroia admits he'd still like to tour professionally
LITTLE FALLS -- At 45, Carlos Stroia pines for the days when he was the toast of European ballet theater, a dazzling refugee from behind the Iron Curtain.
Teen book club to meet Nov. 14 at Brainerd library
The Teen Extreme Book Club will meet 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Brainerd Public Library. The group is open to anyone ages 12 to 18.
C-I bands to present Golden Oldies Night
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Junior High School bands, directed by Bruce Femling, will present Golden Oldies Night at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the school's Woock Gym.
BHS to present marching band concert
The Brainerd High School bands will present their "Indoor" Marching Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
The Children's Theatre Co. of Minneapolis returns to the area this weekend with its one-man touring comedy, "Snowflake," starring actor-writer Gale LaJoye as a Red Skelton-like character.
International dances will be taught at CLC
The Spanish Club at Central Lakes College will present two hours of international folk dance demonstration and instruction Nov. 19.
'Lucky Stiff' to run one more weekend in Pequot
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts fall musical-comedy show, "Lucky Stiff," again runs this weekend at the Pequot Lakes School auditorium.
St. Francis to host Christian-based play
St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd is sponsoring a professional Christian-based theater event, "A Misfit Christmas," at 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s northwest to lower 70s far south.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from the upper 30s north to the lower 60s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from 55 to 65.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s north to the mid 60s south.
Share the harvest
Weather drawing by Ms. TeHennepe's fourth grade class at Backus school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny. Highs in the 60s to lower 70s.
It's fall again
Weather drawing by Alyssa Kasper of Mrs. Redshaw's second grade class at Garfield school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the mid 40s north central...To around 60 southwest.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Sunny and warmer. Highs in the 60s north and far east to the lower 70s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 45 to 50 far north to mid 60s south.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny south and west. Mostly cloudy northeast with a chance of light showers. Highs from the lower 40s northeast to near 60 southwest.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy north. Mostly sunny south. Warmer statewide. Highs from the upper 40s northeast to mid 60s southwest.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Are they or aren't they? Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck won't say, but it sure looks like they're engaged.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 67.5; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 65. East-West: Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 62; and Chris Leininger and Marion Benest, 59.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Country music legend Merle Haggard believes he may have been one of the patients who received unnecessary procedures at a Redding hospital, which FBI agents raided last week.
Top suspect in Bali bombings arrested
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The top suspect in the Bali bombings has admitted that he knows the two alleged leaders of an al-Qaida linked terror network and has confessed to taking part in a string of terror attacks in Indonesia, officials said Friday.
Colombian drug kingpin goes free despite U.S. and Colombian efforts
TUNJA, Colombia (AP) -- The former head of the cartel that dominated the world's cocaine trade walked free from prison after serving only half his sentence, despite frantic efforts by U.S. and Colombian authorities to find new charges against him to block his release.
TOLOCHENAZ, Switzerland -- Two golden Oscars highlight the Audrey Hepburn Pavilion -- an exhibition devoted to the doe-eyed star of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- in this quiet village overlooking Lake Geneva.
About 1,000 more Americans headed to hunt for al-Qaida in and around Horn of Africa
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is sending an estimated 1,000 more Americans to help track down al-Qaida around the Horn of Africa, where the yearlong war on terrorism has produced few visible results so far.
Selection of new China leadership expected
BEIJING (AP) -- His retirement at hand, President Jiang Zemin moved to cement his legacy at a historic party congress Friday, outlining a sweeping blueprint for tomorrow's China that he says will offer its people a more comfortable life in a blended system of socialism and the profit motive.
GOP victories concern Europe
LONDON -- The Republican victories in U.S. midterm elections drew expressions of concern Wednesday from many foreign countries that a triumphant and less-fettered Bush administration will have a full green light to wage war against Iraq.
U.N. passes tough Iraq resolution
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council unanimously approved a tough new Iraq resolution Friday, aimed at forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences" that would almost certainly mean war.
Luxembourg plane crash kills 20
NIEDERANVEN, Luxembourg (AP) -- Families of the 20 people who died in a plane crash visited the site on Thursday as experts investigated why the flight from Berlin went down in heavy fog.
U.S. special forces in Afghanistan kill attacker
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. special forces shot and killed a gunman who fired on them near the central Afghan town of Deh Rawod, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday.
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