Bush administration studying proposal to raise SUV fuel efficiency
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Bush administration is considering a proposal that would require sports utility vehicles to be more fuel-efficient, according to a report published Wednesday.
Restyled Toyota Tundra is far from frozen
Toyota updated the styling of its Tundra pickup truck for 2003.
Remember the true meaning of Christmas
With costumes consisting of two scarves, and a set including two stools, a music stand and some tinsel, simplicity is the key for husband and wife acting team Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble.
Jewish committee joins Muslims, others in issuing Thanksgiving Day readings
NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Jewish Committee said it wants to promote the nation's uniqueness and help unite its people through "A Thanksgiving Reader," which is being distributed free in print form and via the Internet.
Evangelical Protestants, Roman Catholics agree to agree, and disagree
Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics form the two major blocs of religiously active Americans, according to University of Akron surveys. But most Catholic ecumenical activity has involved more liberal or "mainline" Protestants.
Thanksgiving 2002 notable for Muslim Americans because it coincides with holy month of fasting
Thanksgiving 2002 is especially notable for America's Muslims. It will mark the last time until 2035 that the semi-secular harvest celebration will fall within Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
A make and take fun activity will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd. This is a children's activity at no cost to the participants. Each child will be given a choice of four projects to make, all having to do with the spirit of the seasons. All young people are invited. Call Elissa Grater at 831-3043 for more details.
Ex-priest who was abuse victim has unique role
CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Bland said he was molested by a Roman Catholic priest as a child, but his love for the church remained and he later became a clergyman.
Philadelphia Catholics conclude first synod involving laity; results withheld
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- More than 240 Roman Catholics concluded discussions at the Philadelphia Archdiocese's first synod since 1934 and the first to involve lay participants.
One often wonders if that which they write and speak will make a difference in a person's life. Will it turn the light on, so to speak, for some soul that has been foundering in the darkness of life? Today I want to speak about that issue of turning on the light.
Religious leaders ask automakers to build more fuel-efficient products
DETROIT -- A group of religious leaders came to the Motor City on Wednesday with a proposition for U.S. automakers: Start producing vehicles that are kinder to God's creation, and we will urge the faithful to buy them.
MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 526, a year ago closed.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 336, a year ago 295.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimate: 650. Last Wednesday: 408. Year ago Wednesday: 78. Tuesday actual: 1014.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 600. Last Thursday: 373. Year ago Thursday: Holiday. Wednesday actual: 780.
Make these dishes part of your Thanksgiving celebration
Thanksgiving has always been special to me. When I was little, we would always go to my grandparents' house for the holiday. Inside their home the food spanned the length of the kitchen. Those traditional flavors and fragrances have made a lasting impression on me.
Potatoes play savory supporting role in Thanksgiving feasting
* When purchasing potatoes, look for clean, smooth, firm-textured skin that has no cuts, bruises or discoloration.
What's the best part of Thanksgiving? LEFTOVERS!
What's the best part of Thanksgiving?
Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition Program for Mississippi Terrace, Oakcrest I and II, and Excelsior Court.
School lunch menus
One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 371 Thursday, four miles south of Brainerd.
ASSAULT -- A 28-year-old Brainerd man was arrested for second-degree assault and terroristic threats Wednesday after assaulting a 20-year-old at a residence in the 1000 block of South 10th Street.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
A new soap opera -- introducing: AUGUSTA
A new soap opera -- introducing:
LATEST IN THE AUGUSTA SAGA: Burk plans another round
WASHINGTON -- Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said Thursday she'll escalate her campaign to have women admitted to Aug
Stay tuned...there's more...
Did you hear? Augusta National isn't an issue anymore. Nancy Lopez just settled it.
Study: Human contact shaped dogs' genes
NEW YORK -- In the genetic journey from wolf to lap dog, dogs developed a unique genius for sensing human intentions, as the interplay of handler and hound shaped the biology of canine behavior in ways that scientists only now are beginning to understand, new research shows.
Building a better wheelchair
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A wheelchair that climbs stairs, shifts into four-wheel drive to scoot up hills and even raises occupants to standing height is a step closer to the U.S. market.
Vaccine may guard against cervical cancer
BOSTON (AP) -- A cervical cancer study with dramatic results is fanning enthusiasm that the disease can someday be routed with the same kind of weapon that turned back diseases like smallpox and polio: a vaccine.
Homeowners must do homework for improvement projects
It's not just contractors who shoulder a burden of preparation before starting a home improvement job for a customer.
IRONTON -- Malissa Tandeski joined the Ironton office of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Fire group uses Web site to help dispense tips
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 15 out of 16 homes in the United States have at least one smoke alarm.
Use flexible hookups with gas appliances
Natural disasters are all the more devastating when exacerbated by mankind.
Keep leaves out of garden ponds
Prevent leaves from accumulating in garden ponds, where they will sink, rot and degrade the aquatic environment.
Tips to keep saws nice and sharp
Do you have a new hand saw? Do you want to keep it sharp?
Beach condos, townhouses, cabins
NEW YORK -- After losing $700,000 on Wall Street, Steven Style has stopped buying stocks. But he's still investing -- in real estate.
Build your own home
In connection with Christmas in the Park this year in Brainerd a gingerbread house contest is open to individuals, families, organizations and businesses with award categories of amateur, adult, group and professional.
Baxter looks into parking lot problem
BAXTER -- How many parking lots are needed for assisted living homes is the subject of a draft ordinance the Baxter City Council expects to examine.
Claire Gunsbury (left) was helped by her mother, Jenny, as they lighted one of 84 luminaries Thursday representing the number of tobacco-related deaths in Crow Wing County last year. The luminary lighting ceremony, outside the Crow Wing County Health Department offices in Brainerd, was sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Crow Wing County Health Department to commemorate the Great American Smokeout. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
The Brainerd Northside Residents Association will host the following activities for Christmas in the Park (Gregory Park) Dec. 1:
Prep Bowl time
Verndale's Pirates will be going for the Nine-Man championship Saturday in the Prep Bowl. Look for special coverage in Sunday's Dispatch.
Crow Wing area leader in domestic violence
Crow Wing County is leading its five county neighbors in a disturbing category few counties would hope to excel in -- intimate partner violence.
Lake Edward Township steering committee to meet Dec. 3
The steering committee for the Lake Edward Township comprehensive land use plan will meet 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the town hall.
SUV VS. TRAIN: TRAIN WINS
DEERWOOD -- Two people escaped serious injury Thursday after the vehicle they were in collided with a train on Crooked Road, just off North Nelson Road in Irondale Township, southwest of Deerwood.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1982) - Strong back court performances from Mary Lofstrom and Jane Larson, both in ball handling and scoring, helped Coach Roger Nibbe's rangy Brainerd High School Warriorettes to a 38-37 season opening win at Wadena.
News council delivers mixed decision
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota News Council on Thursday denied a complaint that a suburban newspaper was unfair in a July news article about a school board official, but the council agreed the newspaper unfairly edited the official's letter responding to the article.
Clinic teaches families how to navigate court system
Navigating through the family court system can be a complicated and frustrating process, even more stressful because of the highly emotional and personal issues at stake -- divorce, child custody and visitation, and child support.
Home sweet home
Gingerbread house builders say a traditional decoration can be constructed easily with a little help from what's in the cupboards. Look for the story in Friday's Housing section.
Aitkin educator DeSutter dies
AITKIN -- Patrick DeSutter, former Aitkin superintendent, was known for his hard, dedicated work in the Aitkin School District, school officials said this morning.
Communications tower to go up in Irondale Township
A 185-foot communications tower will be visible in Irondale Township soon.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Associated Press erroneously reported Nov. 21 that a medical examiner had determined that Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others killed in a plane crash died from the impact, not the fire.
Judge orders halt to recount
Attorneys for the state of Minnesota this morning were still considering an agreement reached by attorneys representing the two Senate District 12 candidates that would allow the election recount for that race to continue.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 21 - 40 years ago (1962) - Evert Holm, chairman of the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce Christmas Decorations Committee reported that $6,185 had been contributed by 201 Brainerd business and professional firms toward the purchase of 36 new lines of Christmas street decorations.
After defeats, schools face future
Voters in the Pillager and Staples-Motley school districts, which voted down operating levy referenda earlier this month, now have to decide how to proceed.
This bald eagle and crow seemed to distance themselves as they perched above several Canada geese standing near the Mississippi River shoreline at Kiwanis Park Wednesday.
Turning Franklin school into arts center suggested at meeting
Turning Franklin Junior High School into a performing arts center was one idea that kept surfacing at a community meeting Thursday at the school.
Samuelson's attorneys seek court order
Attorneys for Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, sought a court order today that would require state election officials to adhere to rules relating to recounts.
Man dead of apparent suicide
PEQUOT LAKES -- A 24-year-old man was found in a vehicle on Cullen Woods Trail Thursday, dead of an apparent suicide.
The Brainerd and Nisswa police departments have been awarded a $23,000 grant to fund the Safe and Sober traffic safety programs for those two cities in 2003.
Council rejects rezoning along Clearwater
BAXTER -- Baxter City Council heard from Kirkwood area residents and developers Tuesday before deciding against rezoning to allow more commercial areas.
Because of incorrect information provided The Dispatch, the obituary for Richard Kruse on Page 5A Thursday should have read survivors include three sisters and three brothers.
Jobless claims plunge to lowest level since late July
WASHINGTON (AP) --New claims for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in four months, providing a dose of encouraging news for workers who have been feeling the strain of the uneven economic recovery.
Drunken driving deaths up last year
WASHINGTON -- The number of drunken driving deaths in the United States rose last year after holding steady during most of the 1990s, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said Thursday.
Organized labor launches offensive against Wal-Mart
Organized labor on Thursday launched a major offensive against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the United States' largest retailer and an emphatically nonunion employer, by staging rowdy protests outside 400 stores across the country.
Jury convicts N.J. rabbi in wife's killing
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) -- The same jury that convicted a New Jersey rabbi of hiring two men to kill his wife so he could carry on an affair must now decide if he should be executed for the 1994 murder.
Third volume of Caro's Lyndon Johnson series receives National Book Award
NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Martin, comedian and best-selling novelist, is known as a well-read guy. But as host of the National Book Awards, he sometimes feels a little stumped.
107th Congress nears end after two years focused on economic, anti-terror bills
WASHINGTON -- The 107th Congress has delivered a giant new agency to intensify anti-terror efforts, deep tax cuts and revamped corporate ethics and campaign spending laws.
EPA eases clean air requirements
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration will ease clean air rules, allowing power plants and refineries to avoid new pollution controls when expanding operations, administration sources said Friday.
McDonald's sued on behalf of fat children
NEW YORK (AP) -- Are Big Macs hazardous to children's health?
'Amish road' will make travel safer for buggies
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) -- An "Amish road" designed so horse-drawn buggies can avoid dangerous traffic on U.S. 33 is nearly ready for use after two years of planning.
United wins crucial labor concessions
CHICAGO -- Mired in an industry-wide slump, United Airlines has extracted an unprecedented $5.8 billion in tentative labor concessions from its employees.
Alleged al-Qaida mastermind captured
WASHINGTON -- U.S. authorities said Thursday that they have captured a top al-Qaida leader who allegedly masterminded the 2000 attack on the USS Cole and is a suspect in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.
Shuttle cleared for Friday liftoff
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- With a final check complete, NASA cleared space shuttle Endeavour for a Friday liftoff and said its damaged robot arm would be safe to use for space station construction.
Deadlocked Congress offers rude holiday surprise to jobless
WASHINGTON -- In one of their first outings on a major economic issue since sweeping this month's midterm elections, the Bush White House and congressional Republicans managed a deadlock that -- unless broken -- will result in nearly 1 million jobless Americans losing their unemployment benefits just three days after Christmas.
Leading indicators flat
NEW YORK (AP) -- A gauge of U.S. economic activity was flat in October after four straight months of declines.
Boeing: Another 5,000 job cuts necessary next year
SEATTLE (AP) -- Boeing Co. said it will cut 5,000 more jobs next year as the global aviation slump continues to exact a harsh financial toll on airlines.
Badgers can still salvage bowl berth
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy giving to the winner of the longest-running rivalry in major college football, has a little extra flavor this year.
Colorado back heads list
DALLAS (AP) -- Colorado's Chris Brown, the nation's leading rusher, is one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's top college running back.
Miami continues winning ways
MIAMI -- The 17th-ranked University of Pittsburgh football team came to the Orange Bowl seeking respect. Instead, the Panthers spent Thursday night seeking Miami running back Willis McGahee -- and usually locating him after the damage was done.
National sports briefs
The Montreal Expos will play 22 of their 81 home games in Puerto Rico next year, and the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will start the season with the major leagues' second opening in Japan.
Backup QBs thriving
Who knew Marc Bulger was a hero-in-waiting? Or that Chad Pennington was ready to ace his first test in the NFL? Or that Tommy Maddox was able at last to cash in on his misspent potential?
115-2 game raises sportsmanship questions
DETROIT (AP) -- Walkerville 115, Lakeshore 2.
Addie L. Mulholland
Addie L. Mulholland, 65, Brainerd, died Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Lorraine L. Erickson
Lorraine L. Erickson, 82, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
AITKIN -- Patrick DeSutter, 66, Aitkin, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at home.
Richard C. Kruse
Richard C. Kruse, 57, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at home.
Calvin C. Hunt
ST. CLOUD -- Calvin Coolidge Hunt, 76, St. Cloud, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
William M. Joenks
RUTLAND, Iowa -- William Merton Joenks, 68, Rutland, Iowa, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Addie Mulholland, 65, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
ST. CLOUD -- Calvin Hunt, 76, St. Cloud, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Lorraine L. Erickson
Lorraine L. Erickson, 82, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
I wish the person who stole my grandson's $160 portable deer stand could feel the pain and hurt they caused this young, 12-year-old, first year hunter.
NATO's success story
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Washington Post:
News council is the media's watchdog
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
Bush, CIA are out of sync on Iraq
President Bush has said he will decide on the basis of "the best intelligence" whether to make war on Iraq. He has gone on record assuring the nation that "we've got the best intelligence, thanks to the men and women of the CIA."
Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura will be out of a job next Jan. 6, when Republican Tim Pawlenty takes the reins of state government.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Submissions are limited to 100 words. To call
In the near-legendary 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven," gunslinger Yul Brynner gathered a small band of fighters with the special skills to take on an army of Mexican bandits. They were played by a group of actors with the special talent to become stars, including Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn, who died Monday at age 74.
Today's teens ignorant about war
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," proclaimed Franklin D. Roosevelt decades ago. But he may as well be addressing teen-agers today.
A little bit of that feeling is probably shared by many new candidates who take office and privately wonder what they've gotten themselves into.
Mass is everyone's top rookie
Dave Mass of Brainerd has earned rookie of the year honors in every Wissota class he has raced before this season, Wissota Super Stock and Wissota Street Stock.
DNR issues ice danger alert
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources issued an ice danger warning for parents Thursday following the deaths of two brothers who fell through thin ice on a pond behind their home.
Duluth zoo investigating penguins' deaths
DULUTH (AP) -- Lake Superior Zoo officials hope to learn more within a few weeks about the recent deaths of five Humboldt penguins.
89-year-old hunter gets probation and fine for shooting horse
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An 89-year-old deer hunter cannot use a gun for a year after accidentally shooting a horse that was being ridden by a 12-year-old girl in western Minnesota.
Impact of plane crash called cause of Wellstone's death
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Sen. Paul Wellstone died from the impact when his plane crashed last month, not from the fire that engulfed it afterward, a medical examiner said.
Couple devastated by sons' deaths
ROBBINSDALE (AP) -- The parents of two boys who died after they fell through thin ice into a pond are devastated and their relatives are praying for the couple's youngest son to recover, the boys' grandmother said.
Minnesota's drunken-driving deaths down last year
ST. PAUL -- The number of drunken driving deaths in Minnesota fell last year, bucking a national upsurge in traffic fatalities involving liquor.
Cass firms improve on tobacco refusals
WALKER -- Businesses selling tobacco products in Cass County have improved on refusing to sell tobacco products to minors in the last three years since the county began compliance checks.
Charges unlikely against trooper shooter
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A prosecutor said criminal charges are unlikely against a hunter who apparently shot a Minnesota state trooper by accident.
A Minnesota manufacturing company plans to move to Lennox, S.D., next spring and open a plant that is expected to employ 125 people within three years.
Recount has Austin legislative race tied with 17 ballots missing
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Election officials in Austin were looking for 17 missing ballots Friday in a state Senate race that was tied after a recount in two of the three counties with voters in District 27.
Firm working on problems with PR transfer station
WALKER -- Eagle Construction is working this week to correct deficiencies found in welds at the new county garbage transfer station facility north of Pine River, Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks reported Tuesday to the county board.
Teen's beating raises fears of racism in Duluth
DULUTH (AP) -- The beating of a black teenager in Duluth has raised concerns about racism in the Twin Ports, though police said the attack didn't appear to be racially motivated.
Legislative auditor's office faults Iron Range rehabilitation agency
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Agency has been cited for "questionable and excessive costs" by the legislative auditor's office.
Local sports shorts
Megan Arns of Brainerd High School has been named to the girls' preseason top 100 player list in the November issue of Minnesota Basketball News.
From 0-8 season to the Prep Bowl finals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Clay Anderson remembers when his Norwood-Young America team won its first game in 2000, a season after going 0-8.
Warrior boys state academic champs
The Brainerd Warriors boys' soccer team has won the Class 2A academic state championship with a 3.61 average grade-point average.
Verndale supports its Pirates
Not many schools would consider five years between state championship games a drought.
Get ready for new league alignments
The fall sports season for the Brainerd lakes area ends 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Former Warriors ignite Dragons
MOORHEAD -- In today's knockdown world of college football, it's important to have a few standup guys.
Tigers trip up Warriors
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Warrior girls' hockey teams' fast start in conference play came to an abrupt end Thursday as the St. Cloud Tech Tigers steamrolled the Warriors 6-1.
Dupuis sparks Wild
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington coach Bruce Cassidy had a simple explanation for the Capitals' loss to Minnesota.
Vikings' defense gets big boost from Biekert
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Willie Shaw paused to ponder where the Minnesota Vikings' defense would be this year without its middle linebacker, Greg Biekert.
Wolves down Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) -- Troy Hudson and Rod Strickland make for a pretty good point guard.
Gopher football: Too bad for 'U'
It was a slightly warmer-than-normal November afternoon when I waltzed into the Bierman Athletic Complex for coach Glen Mason's Tuesday news conference for the Minnesota football team4.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Rhythm of the Rails old-time radio show to include audience participation
The Rhythm of the Rails board of directors has embarked on an off-season venture.
Heartland Symphony to stage two winter concerts
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will perform its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium at Little Falls Community High School.
Ashanti leads American Music Awards nominees with five
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- R&B newcomer Ashanti, whose singles "Foolish" and "Happy" transformed the 22-year-old singer into a soul sensation this year, received a leading five American Music Award nominations Tuesday.
Vacationland Figure Skating Club starts competitive season
Eight figure skaters representing the Vacationland Figure Skating Club attended the Granite City Competition and Test Session earlier this month in St. Cloud.
C-I students to stage comedy
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton High School Drama Department will present the comedy, "You Can't Be Too Careful," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Mayberry Auditorium, C-I School.
Crossing Arts Alliance at a crossroads
The Crossing Arts Alliance is weathering an unexpected change in leadership and a worsening financial pulse, drained of vitality by overhead and the lack of a benefactor, according to the group's spokeswoman.
Aitkin to host World Famous Fish House Parade
This is the Explore Minnesota Events Report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
For week of Nov. 21-27; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Grand Rapids Players host encore performance
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Grand Rapids Players will host an encore performance of three one-act comedies -- "Two Wives and a Dead Guy" by Cynthia and Roy C. Booth of Bovey, "The Glovers Mange Cure Caper" by Louise Bottrell of Walker and Roy C. Booth, and "Caf a la Ionesco" by Roy C. Booth.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra hosting Young Composers Competition
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra's 2003 Young Composers Competition deadline is Feb. 1, 2003.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra seeks applications for annual youth auditions
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will hold its 21st annual youth auditions for area students Feb. 8, 2003. All applications must be received by Jan. 3, 2003.
Fine Arts Students of the Week
Brainerd High School seniors Andrew Christensen and Rusty Caughey have had their share of deadlines and stress.
Twin sisters' music centers on relationships and politics, from their perspectives
LITTLE FALLS -- The Schroerlucke twins seem as delicately feminine as porcelain dolls, but their music reflects some sterner stuff.
Celtic traditions will be on display Friday in Brainerd's Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School when Northwind Crossing and the Cara Feile Irish Dancers take the stage, starting at 7 p.m.
CLC choirs to perform free concert Tuesday
The Central Lakes College Vocal Music Department will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered flurries ending this morning...Then partly sunny or becoming partly sunny. Highs mainly in the 30s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs from the mid 50s southwest to the mid 30s northeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy to cloudy. Scattered light snow or rain east third. Becoming windy with highs in the upper 30s far northeast to near 50 southwest.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. A chance of light rain or light snow. Snow showers possible in the lake superior snowbelt. Highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s.
Turkey day getting close
Weather drawing by Chelsey Williams of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny central and west. Cloudy and windy east. Highs in the mid 30s northeast...To the lower 60s southwest.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s northeast to the upper 40s southwest.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Chance of afternoon rain or snow east. Highs around 40 east to the mid 50s southwest.
Weather drawing by Emma Kellander of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow or rain north in the afternoon. Highs from around 30 northeast to the lower 40s southwest.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s east...To the 60s central and west. Tonight...Mostly cloudy west and north with a slight chance of rain or snow showers. Partly cloudy southeast. Lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Mostly cloudy. Windy southwest. Scattered flurries or snow showers. Highs from around 30 northeast to near 40 far south.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Mark Anderson and Joe Heal, 80.5; Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 76.5; and Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 76. East-West: Chris Leininger and Bruce Eastman, 88.5; Dale Dickie and Paul Klaverkamp, 78; and Warren and Betty Nelson, 78. Play at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Brooke got a broken heart but Helene got engaged in the final showdown of the hit romance-reality series "The Bachelor."
Red Cross: About 100 killed in religious rioting sparked by Miss World article
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Mobs of Christian youths retaliated against Muslims on Friday in the third day of riots triggered by a newspaper article about the Miss World pageant. Red Cross officials said about 100 had died and 500 more were seriously injured in the violence.
Putin tells Bush U.S. should not wage war alone against Iraq
PUSHKIN, Russia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Bush Friday that the United States should not wage war against Iraq on its own and suggested more needs to be done first in the fight against terrorism.
After opening door to the east, NATO to build links with Central Asia
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- After agreeing to expand their alliance deep into the former Soviet bloc, NATO leaders reached out Friday to the Central Asian nations whose assistance proved vital in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
Suicide bomber kills 11 Israeli bus passengers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian man wearing a bomb belt blew himself up Thursday on a Jerusalem city bus packed with high school students and soldiers, killing 11 passengers and wounding dozens in a morning rush hour attack.
Police chief says militant has confessed to Bali bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's national police chief said Friday that a ringleader in the Bali blasts that killed nearly 200 people has confessed and admitted involvement in other bombings in the past two years.
Police arrested an alleged mastermind of the Bali bombings that killed nearly 200 people last month, Indonesia's chief of intelligence said Thursday.
Kuwait official: Saudis arrest policemen who shot American soldiers
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Saudi Arabian authorities on Friday arrested a Kuwaiti police officer accused of shooting and seriously injuring two American soldiers, a Kuwaiti official said.
Two U.S. soldiers wounded in Kuwait highway shooting
KUWAIT CITY -- A Kuwaiti traffic policeman shot and seriously wounded two U.S. Army soldiers Thursday on a highway south of here, the Kuwaiti government said. The incident was the latest in a string of attacks on American troops as the United States prepares for a possible war in Iraq.
Israeli forces reoccupy Bethlehem in retaliation for suicide bombing
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli troops reoccupied Bethlehem on Friday, searching homes and deploying tanks outside the Church of the Nativity after 11 bus passengers, including four youngsters, were killed in a Jerusalem suicide bombing.
Bush wins backing of NATO allies against Iraq
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Prodded by President Bush, the 19 NATO leaders demanded Thursday that Iraq "fully and immediately" comply with a U.N. resolution to disarm. Even staunchly anti-war Germany joined the alliance in threatening "serious consequences" for Iraqi defiance.
U.N. official from Britain killed in clash in Jenin refugee camp
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior U.N. official from Britain was shot and killed Friday during an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, doctors and witnesses said.
American missionary killed in Lebanon
SIDON, Lebanon (AP) -- An American missionary was shot and killed Thursday morning at a Christian center that provides medical care and aid to Palestinian refugees in southern Lebanon.
NATO leaders hail historic transformation inviting seven ex-communist countries to join alliance
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- In a historic eastward shift, NATO agreed Thursday to expand its membership into the territory of the former Soviet Union, and at the behest of President Bush, demanded that Iraq "fully and immediately" disarm.
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