CLC announces fall graduates
Fall graduation ceremonies at Central Lakes College was Tuesday at the Staples Campus and will be Dec. 19 at the Brainerd Campus. The following students are eligible to participate, according to Registrar Sharon Boone:
Washington Middle School honor roll announced
Washington Middle School honor roll for Fall quarter:
Pequot Lakes announces honor students for quarter
The Pequot Lakes honor rolls for Fall quarter:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 266, a year ago 129.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 243, a year ago 126.
SOUTH ST. PAUL(AP) (USDA) -- Monday hog estimate: 1000 includes 400 feeder pigs. Last Monday: 844. Year ago Monday: 1320. Friday actual: 435.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle estimate: 1050. Last Tuesday: 1014. Year ago Tuesday: 425. Tuesday actual: 572.
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Chemical warfare outfit a stifling lifesaver that limits movement in combat
WASHINGTON -- Imagine the heat of the Iraqi desert, then add the bulkiness of wearing five pairs of cotton sweat pants. For U.S. soldiers, fighting the enemy there while wearing a chemical protection suit may feel as uncomfortable.
WASHINGTON -- Tom Ridge's down-home schmoozing made him a star among national Republicans when he was Pennsylvania governor and has given him an easy, 22-year friendship with President Bush, who doesn't care for airs.
Administration presses Saudis to expose terror groups
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is pressing Saudi Arabia to monitor Islamic charity groups to make sure contributions do not fall into the hands of terrorists, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
Bush signs Homeland Security bill, nominates Ridge as its head
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed legislation Monday creating a Department of Homeland Security and nominated former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge as its secretary, officially setting in motion the reorganization of the federal government around an anti-terrorism mission.
Administration to seek elimination of tariffs on goods
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration, trying to energize flagging global trade talks, announced Tuesday that it will seek the total elimination of all tariffs on manufactured goods over the next 13 years.
Bush signs bill to protect insurance industry in future terror attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush signed legislation Tuesday that will "get our economy back on its feet" should another terror attack saddle the insurance industry with catastrophic costs.
Herbal companies try to jump on antihormone bandwagon with pitches to ease menopause symptoms
CHICAGO (AP) -- On television, in magazines, even in doctors' mailboxes, bold promotions for "natural" remedies for menopause symptoms are showing up in the wake of bad news about hormone pills.
CLC expanding criminal justice training site
The Central Lakes College criminal justice program is one of the fastest growing career education programs offered on the Brainerd campus.
LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls' annual Christmas Parade, which includes the arrival of Santa Claus, will be 6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Little Falls.
Cuyuna Range Women's Club to explore holiday traditions
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club will meet at 2 p.m. Monday in the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby.
Campus open house attracts 500
Charlotte Daniels, Central Lakes College director of admissions, said about 500 guests attended Sunday's open house at the Staples campus.
Pawlenty wants regulators to work with farmers
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty told farmers he would work to change the culture within state regulatory agencies from one that too often has a "gotcha" attitude toward farmers.
CLC students plan fine arts event, Freeze Fashion II
The Brainerd campus Student Senate at Central Lakes College will present Freeze Fashion II, a fine arts event that includes a fashion show, essay contest and gallery art exhibit, on Dec. 11.
Lake Shore chef writes book challenging people to learn from Sept. 11
LAKE SHORE -- The entire country stood silent on Sept. 11, 2001, transfixed on the horrific televised images of business professionals jumping to their deaths from the upper floors of the World Trade Center, of firefighters dying while trying to save others, of people running for their lives covered in dust and debris from the terrorist attacks.
Emily students discover dinosaur facts
Emily Charter School's fifth- and sixth-grade class recently took a field trip to the Children's Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids.
'For the Birds' host to speak in Duluth
DULUTH -- Laura Erickson, known for her public radio show "For the Birds," will speak at the Hartley Nature Center's fifth annual auction and membership appreciation event in Duluth.
Staples teen to compete in national scholarship event
STAPLES -- Julia Nytes, 19-year-old daughter of Gary and Betty Nytes of Staples, was selected as one of eight national finalists in the Miss Teen of America Scholarship and Recognition Program, which will run Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Minneapolis.
Lottery luck comes in handy for pair
She works 80 hours a week at two jobs, cleaning Brainerd area offices by 4 a.m. every day and sanitizing hospital beds at St. Joseph's Medical Center until late into the night, in addition to delivering newspapers with her husband on his newspaper motor route on Saturdays.
Crow Wing County plans $4.2 million in road work in 2003
About $4.2 million is proposed in Crow Wing County road work for next year.
County, corrections officer settle sex discrimination complaint
A settlement was reached Tuesday between the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department and Marlene Segler, a corrections officer in the department.
County accomplishes four goals
The Crow Wing County Board can check off four more accomplishments from its list of 2002 goals.
Search finds no clues to Dalquist case
Search efforts for Erika Dalquist, conducted south of Brainerd Tuesday, did not reveal meaningful clues.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 27 - 30 years ago (1972) - The old Brainerd Water Tower and the Headquarters building and shops at the railway yards here have been added to the state inventory of Historic Sites by the State Review Committee for the National Register of Historic places.
Baxter mulls city sales tax
BAXTER -- They're not quite Santa's elves, but the Baxter City Council members met in one of its workshop settings Monday night in the glow of blue lights from a nearby Christmas tree and talked about a local sales tax.
Little Falls Thanksgiving preparations under way
Jan Peterson, cook manager at Little Falls High School, had food items already gathered for the community Thanksgiving. The holiday meal with all the trimmings brings together an average of 400 diners and more than 80 volunteers and has been part of Little Falls for about 20 years.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 26 - 30 years ago (1972) - Veterans in Crow Wing County are receiving more than $1.5 million this year in various government benefits, according to figures released by the Veterans Administration.
Sharon Carlson, local teacher and performer, will help people get into the holiday spirit when she speaks at the Brainerd Public Library as part of the First Thursdays Speaker Series.
Recount over, no change in Koering win seen
Election officials completed the recount of the Senate District 12 contest Tuesday night and neither Republican Paul Koering nor Sen. Don Samuelson expect the outcome of Koering's Nov. 5 election victory to be reversed.
What's open, what's closed
On the Thanksgiving holiday:
Recount expected to finish today
The recount of Crow Wing County votes in the Senate District 12 race is expected to be completed today, Scott Simmons, head recount official, said this morning.
All decked out
Historic mansions in Little Falls are all decked out for the holidays. Look for the story Friday in the Housing section.
Baxter police seek man who tried to lure boy, 13, into vehicle
BAXTER -- Baxter police are seeking information about a man that attempted to lure a 13-year-old boy into his vehicle Friday.
Board supports Mille Lacs area land use project
The Crow Wing County Board made no financial commitment Tuesday to the Mille Lacs Lake area comprehensive planning project.
NEW SEARCH ON
Brainerd police officers today searched an area near the intersection of Highways 371 and Business 371 south of Brainerd for clues into the disappearance of Erika Dalquist.
IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING
LITTLE FALLS -- Every Thanksgiving a man from St. Cloud, known only as Mike, arrives in Little Falls with a single goal -- to mash nearly 200 pounds of potatoes.
Life goes on
A Lake Shore chef has written a philosophical book about life after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. Read more about this story in Wednesday's Neighbors.
Local news briefs
The Brainerd Family YMCA has space available for its Thanksgiving Holiday Day Camp Friday.
Ross announces retirement, introduces Klang to board
Crow Wing County Sheriff Dick Ross announced to the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday that he plans to retire Jan. 6.
'Jackass' star expresses sympathy to family of teen who died trying stunt
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Johnny Knoxville, star of "Jackass," expressed sympathy to the family of a teen who died last week after falling from a moving pickup truck in a stunt possibly inspired by the TV show.
Fired TV medical reporter files suit
CHICAGO (AP) -- A physician fired as medical reporter at WBBM-TV filed suit against the CBS affiliate accusing it of breach of contract and age discrimination.
Consumer confidence rises in November after five months of losses
NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumer confidence rose in November, reversing a five-month trend, thanks to improved expectations about employment and income, a private research group reported Tuesday.
More people get sick aboard cruise ship
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- At least 25 passengers on the Disney cruise ship Magic have contracted a flu-like illness, just days after the ship was scrubbed for hours because 275 people fell ill on an earlier trip.
Boston Archdiocese is ordered to release 11,000 documents on priests accused of molestation
BOSTON -- In a pointed rebuke to Catholic Church officials here, a judge on Monday ordered the Boston archdiocese to release 11,000 previously classified documents pertaining to 65 priests charged with molesting children over a 30-year period.
Huge identity theft ring cracked
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three men have been charged with allegedly running a high-tech scheme to steal credit information from thousands of victims, a crime authorities said represented "every American's worst financial nightmare multiplied tens of thousands of times."
New residents of space station arrive
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The newest residents of the international space station arrived with drinks and bear hugs for the crew they were replacing, and settled in for a four-month stay.
Home improvements headaches top consumer complaints, survey reports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roofs that leak, poor driveway paving jobs and other home improvement headaches were the No. 1 and fastest-growing type of consumer complaint last year, surpassing gripes about car sales and household goods.
Economy grows briskly in third quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy, stuck in low gear in the spring, lurched ahead at a brisk 4 percent annual rate in the summer, a stronger performance than the government previously thought.
Jackpot winners strike it again
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Winners of a $9.7 million Virginia Lotto jackpot 11 years ago, Clyde and Edith Shinault could afford to spend $60 a week on lottery tickets.
Tips for avoiding identity theft
How can you tell if you are a victim of identity theft?
GARDINER, N.Y. -- Dismayed by the practices of large commercial turkey farms, animal-welfare groups are intensifying their appeals to consumers to reconsider their Thanksgiving menus.
North Branch hunter's deer could be fourth largest taken by bow
NORTH BRANCH (AP) -- Mark Peterson knew he had a big buck when he felled a 12-pointer earlier this month. He didn't realize it would be one of the largest ever taken by a bow hunter in Minnesota.
How they stand
National sports briefs
It's no wonder the Boston Red Sox are so comfortable putting the team in the hands of 28-year-old Theo Epstein. After all, the New York Yankees won three World Series after they hired the youngest general manager in the major leagues.
Hobbled Eagles dump 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dozens of players reverently crowded around the cart to offer words of encouragement to Koy Detmer. The game was all but decided, and Detmer's fine play earned admirers in both uniforms.
Ingrid E. Magnuson
SAN DIMAS, Calif. -- Ingrid Elizabeth Magnuson, 80, San Dimas, Calif., formerly of the Brainerd area, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at the Citrus Valley Hospice in Covina, Calif.
Harold L. Sweeney
Harold LeRoy Sweeney, 77, Brainerd, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala.
Ronald W. Zilka
HUDSON, Wis. -- Ronald W. Zilka, 61, Hudson, Wis., died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at his home.
Lula V. Wicht
VERNDALE -- Lula V. Wicht, 90, Verndale, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Virgil L. Rubbelke
Virgil L. Rubbelke, 72, Brainerd, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, of brain cancer at home.
Henritta 'Joyce' Joerger
PALISADE -- Henritta "Joyce" Joerger, 65, Palisade, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at home.
Margaret L. Anderson
McGREGOR -- Margaret L. Anderson, 84, McGregor, died today, Nov. 27, 2002, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Martha E. Schmitt
AITKIN -- Martha E. Schmitt, 89, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
PINE RIVER -- Robert Boone, 82, Pine River, formerly of Pequot Lakes, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
ALEXANDRIA -- Eva Lee, 90, Alexandria, formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002.
William A. Phillips
McGREGOR -- William A. Phillips, 67, McGregor, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at home.
Wayne 'Goldie' H. Goldenstein
COON RAPIDS -- Wayne "Goldie" H. Goldenstein, 74, Coon Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002.
Robert B. Lamson
PALISADE -- Robert B. Lamson, 53, Palisade, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at home.
East Gull Lake's sewer project
In a Nov. 14 Brainerd Daily Dispatch article covering the sewer controversy in East Gull Lake, Mayor Chris Robinson is quoted as saying a "vocal minority" has opposed the treatment system. I am one of the "vocal minority" who has urged affected lakeshore property owners in the edited letter that follows to not sign easement requests and the reasons therefore. It is our opinion the financial consequences of proceeding with the "sewer project" will have an unwarranted financial impact on all citizens of East Gull Lake.
I'm writing in response to the article in the Automotive/Classified section on Nov. 14, "What would Jesus drive?" For starters, why place an article that slams one of the major automotive makers in the country in the automotive section?
Gov. Jesse Ventura is disengaging from his job. He's making the rounds of state offices, thanking state workers for their efforts. On Friday he broadcast his final "Lunch with the Governor" radio program. In Sunday's Star Tribune Ventura wrote an opinion piece summing up his four years in office by stating, "We had a blast."
While key security agencies will continue to work hard to thwart terrorism against the U.S. the experts figure it will be up to a year before the department is fully operational. Huge government bureauc
Results of the February poll delivered to the East Gull Lake City Council confirmed that 99 percent of all affected property owners, 48 percent of whom responded, are against connecting to the central treatment facil
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Wife: Husband innocent of terrorism charges
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The wife of a Minnesota man charged in an alleged plot to provide weapons to the al-Qaida terror network said her husband loves America and told her he's innocent.
Third brother dies as a result of ice accident
ROBBINSDALE. (AP) -- Two-year-old Mark Ostendorf died Monday when he was taken off of life support, seven days after an ice accident that killed two of his brothers, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Victim of East Bethel fire identified
EAST BETHEL(AP) -- Kathryn McCoy was the woman who died in a fire in her home in East Bethel, the Anoka County coroner's office said Monday.
The fall harvest in Minnesota is nearly complete.
Coleman supports Wellstone chemical dependency bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen.-elect Norm Coleman says he will support legislation pushed by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone to make chemical dependency treatment more accessible.
Teen hunter saves man pinned against tree
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A Clay County commissioner who was stuck between a tree and the hitch of his tractor has a calm and collected teenage hunter to thank for his survival.
Albert Lea woman guilty of taking $525,000
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A former Albert Lea office manger pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $525,000 from a steel fabrication company.
Lawsuit accuses archdiocese of defamation, infliction of emotional distress on her
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A lawsuit filed Monday by a woman who said she was sexually abused by a priest accused the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of defamation and intentionally causing emotional distress.
Anatomy of a debacle
ST. PAUL -- In hindsight, their first mistake may have been holding a memorial service in a big basketball arena.
Shooting of girl gang-related, police report
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The fatal shooting of an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet as she did schoolwork inside her home was probably gang-related, Chief Robert Olson said Monday.
UnitedHealth raises earnings forecast
MINNETONKA (AP) -- UnitedHealth Group has raised its earnings forecast slightly for next year, saying its per-share profits in 2003 should be 20 percent higher than this year.
Spuds skate past Warrior boys in opener
MOORHEAD -- The Moorhead Spuds scored two goals late in the first period and went on to a 3-1 victory over the Brainerd Warriors in the opening game for both boys' hockey squads Tuesday.
Mesabi East outscores Grizzlies
CROSBY -- Mesabi East's Eric Michaelski recorded two goals and two assists as the Giants spoiled the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies boys' hockey home opener Tuesday with a 9-1 victory.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd's Sue Kieffer, Brady Prince and Darrin Prince have attained national rankings in the top 10 of their respective age brackets.
Austin shines in first start
Julie Austin would have made her father proud Tuesday night.
A look at the top area girls' hoops teams
This year's Staples-Motley Cardinals girls' basketball team has a tough act to follow.
Sophomore girls lose to Sartell
Sartell defeated the Brainerd Warriors 43-38 in junior varsity girls' basketball Tuesday.
Brainerd center Maria Swanson (left) drove the lane and into a Sartell Sabre during their game Tuesday night.
Warrior girls start feasting early
With Thanksgiving this week, the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team decided to start feasting early, beating the Little Falls Flyers 10-0 Tuesday night at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Tigers handle Gobblers
AITKIN -- Chelsa Schwegel scored 20 points and the Pine River-Backus Tigers held off a fourth-quarter surge by the Aitkin Gobblers and won 48-40 in non-conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
S-M, league get message from Pequot
STAPLES -- Pequot Lakes head girls' basketball coach Bill Larson is on a mission to prove his team belongs in the Mid-State Conference.
Sports boosters will not meet Thursday
The Brainerd Sports Boosters Club will not meet Thursday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Hannah Frericks of the Sartell Sabres (10) drove into defensive pressure by Brainerd's Erica Nelson (33), Maria Swanson and Breanna Olson in their game Tuesday night.
Vancouver holds off furious Wild rally
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Trevor Linden helped the Vancouver Canucks out of another jam.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Michael Bennett's chances of playing this weekend are "50-50" because of an ankle he sprained Sunday against New England.
Here we go again Vikings say 'U' stadium site won't work
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The campus site eyed by the University of Minnesota for a shared football stadium with the Minnesota Vikings doesn't work for the NFL club because it's too small, a conclusion that stalls both parties' push for a new place to play.
Adrian 56, Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster 37
State sports briefs
If it comes down to it, Purdue will win out over Minnesota to play in the Sun Bowl, with Wisconsin bumping both teams if available, the bowl's chairman said.
No-huddle offense analyzed
EDEN PRAIRIE -- The Minnesota Vikings' offense has found a spark in each of its last two games by going without a huddle.
Smith likes being band's anchor
Brainerd High School senior Matt Smith played the trombone and the clarinet better than the other instruments he tried in sixth grade.
Old Tyme Radio Show to feature area media personalities
Two area media personalities will be featured in the Rhythm of the Rails Old Tyme Radio Show, hosted by Peter Johnson and Jody Crowe, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Franklin Junior High School auditorium.
A true house concert
LITTLE FALLS -- If you long to hear the music you really long to hear, take matters into your own hands.
Communities across state ready to light up for holidays
This is the Explore Minnesota Events Report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
For week of Nov. 28-Dec. 5; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Christmas in the Park will be all day Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., in Gregory Park in Brainerd, featuring a gingerbread house contest display, carolers in the Gregory Park Bandstand, holiday crafters selling crafts, Boy Scouts selling wreaths and garland, face painters, Santa and a parade and fireworks after the parade.
Auditions set for CLC production of 'Brother Truckers'
Auditions for Central Lakes College Theatre's production of the comedy "Brother Truckers" are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy...With areas of light snow or flurries central and northeast through mid-morning...Then decreasing clouds. Highs in the 20s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Snow likely south quarter. A chance of snow central. Partly sunny north. Highs in the 20s.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Mostly cloudy. Chance of light snow north. Highs in the 20s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs 25 to 35.
Powerful wind rakes Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wind gusted to 50 mph across California for a second day Tuesday, causing power outages from the San Francisco Bay area to San Diego.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered lake effect snow showers near the great lakes... Otherwise partly sunny. Highs in the 20s to around 30.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the low to mid 30s.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy with flurries west and south. Mostly sunny northeast. Highs 15 to 25.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly sunny. Highs from the mid 20s to the mid 30s.
Weather drawing by Mikinzee Salo of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers west. Highs from the upper 20s far east...To the lower 40s much of west. Tonight...Mostly cloudy...Becoming partly cloudy east. A chance of snow around the black hills. Lows 15 to 20 east and south...To the lower 20s central and northwest.
Weather drawing by Brianna Brown of Mrs. Bieganek's fourth grade class at Whittier school.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Partly to mostly sunny. A few flurries in the southwest this morning. Highs mainly in the 20s.
Names and faces
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Pro wrestling star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on Monday pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge for hitting his wife last summer.
Concerned Iraq may be importing military equipment, U.S. tries to tighten purchasing rules
UNITED NATIONS -- Concerned that Saddam Hussein may be trying to buy equipment for war, the United States wants to add additional items such as communications equipment and nerve gas antidotes to a U.N. list of goods which cannot be automatically imported by Iraq.
Reversing course, Austrian rightist Haider says he'll stay in office after all
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Throwing Austrian politics into fresh turmoil, far-rightist Joerg Haider announced Tuesday he would stay on as a provincial governor and Freedom Party member, hours after vowing to resign when the party was thrashed in weekend elections.
Six arrested near Paris in connection with shoe bomber plot
PARIS (AP) -- French anti-terrorism agents have arrested six suspected Islamic militants in connection with a failed plot by a British man to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight last year with explosives hidden in his shoes, police officials said Tuesday.
Teams ready to hunt for mobile labs, underground sites in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.N. inspection teams are ready to chase down any mobile bioweapons labs, detect underground weapons sites with radar and investigate the "aluminum tubes" Washington says might help Iraq build a nuclear bomb, team leaders said Tuesday.
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