Ford hopes Escape will capture share of SUV boom
The small sport utility segment is booming, and Ford Motor Co. hopes its 2001 Escape will capture part of the action.
2001 Toyota Prius: A hybrid with mass-market appeal
Ford issues fifth recall on Escape
DETROIT -- For the fifth time in a little over a year, Ford Motor Co. told its dealers to stop selling its new Escape sport utility vehicles while they're checked for safety-related problems.
Northwest says slowdown by mechanics snowballing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines said Wednesday that an alleged work slowdown by mechanics is beginning to snowball as the carrier enters the busy travel period leading up to Christmas.
Personal income drops for first time in nearly two years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' personal income, buffeted by a big swing in federal farm payments, fell by 0.2 percent in October, the first decline in nearly two years. Consumer spending rose by the smallest amount in six months.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 206, a year ago 302.
Friend's boogie on beach raises suspicions
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have just returned from a weeklong vacation at an ocean resort. Another couple, "Al and Gloria," went with us. We booked separate rooms, and for the most part enjoyed each other's company. However, I observed one thing that disturbed me.
$38.3 million offered for heating assistance
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The federal government has released $38.3 million for low-income Minnesotans to pay heating costs, the state Economic Security Department announced Tuesday.
Walnuts, chocolate combine to enrich creamy caramel squares
This is the season for treats. Walnut Caramel Squares, set on a crisp baked crust, are rich with nuts and caramel-browned sugar with an over-the-top topping of drizzled chocolate.
Meatless appetizer full of Mediterranean flavor
This dip with a Mediterranean flavor can be made with canned or cooked dry-packaged chickpeas or navy beans. It's a useful variation on the dip theme to offer as a party spread for those who prefer meatless appetizers.
In winter, try simple meals that taste good
In November and December the days get shorter, but it seems like the hours shrink, too. There seems to be more to do and less time to get everything done that I want to do before the Christmas holidays.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday to a chimney fire at the residence of Alan Mellgren on Five Mile Road in Oak Lawn Township.
BURGLARY -- Total Gas reported a burglary Saturday. Eighteen cartons of cigarettes were taken.
JENKINS -- Four people were injured in a three-vehicle accident at about 3:38 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 371 in Jenkins, the State Patrol reported.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 1100.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 142, a year ago 293.
Woods, Finchem discuss Tiger's issues with the PGA
Tiger Woods and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem had a kiss-and-no-tell session in Los Angeles on Monday, according a terse statement released by the Tour Wednesday. In an article in Golf World magazine three weeks ago, Woods has asserted that the PGA Tour was taking advantage of him and that Finchem only spoke to him when he needed him to do something.
Gore, Bush take fight to Florida court, U.S. Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida state judge announced Tuesday he will order thousands of ballots driven from South Florida to the state capital here under the tight security of state police -- setting up the possible final act in Vice President Al Gore's struggle to capture Florida's electoral votes and wrest the presidency from Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
Stalemate Q. and A.
Lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore exchanged legal briefs and criticism and faced off in two state courtrooms Tuesday. But the dispute over Florida's presidential election remains far from resolution. Here are several questions and answers to help clarify the stalemate.
McCain gaining new allies for campaign reform
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., may have lost his presidential bid this year, but he has gained new allies on his signature issue: campaign finance reform.
French researchers report Huntington's disease success
French researchers have successfully reversed the course of Huntington's disease in three of five patients by implanting fetal brain cells into their brains.
Chronic illness burden rising faster than expected
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of Americans suffer at least one chronic disease, everything from allergies to heart disease -- 20 million more than doctors had anticipated this year, researchers say.
Bowel drug pulled from market
WASHINGTON --A popular drug recently approved for irritable bowel syndrome was pulled from the market Tuesday after sending dozens of people to the hospital and possibly causing the deaths of at least three users.
Drug slows early stage rheumatoid arthritis, study says
BOSTON (AP) -- A drug used to relieve the symptoms of advanced rheumatoid arthritis also appears to slow or stop the progression of the disease when given in its early stages, a study concludes.
Ebola virus may be on verge of being tamed
The lethal Ebola virus -- the scourge of countless science fiction books and movies and a genuine health threat in Africa -- may be on the verge of being tamed.
Champion fisherman reveals winning strategies
GRAND RAPIDS -- A month after claiming the richest prize in walleye tournament history, Scott Glorvigen has revealed how he won the first Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship at Green Bay, Wis., in October.
Tree of Lights to be on display in Lincoln
LINCOLN -- A Tree of Lights is being sponsored by the Lincoln-Scandia Valley Lions and will be on display by Staples Sports II on County Road 3 just off Highway 10.
Sister finds her life calling helping young prisoners
RED WING (AP) -- Sister Mary Jude Jun likes to joke, "I have 28 grandsons, and they all go to Harvard."
Farm couples help each other cope with stress
DETROIT LAKES (AP) -- David and Janet Malone gave up their farm dream once in the 1980s and don't want to do it again.
Cass County will offer blood pressure and immunization clinics in December.
Group strives to bring 'poetry to the people' at Crosby coffee shop
CROSBY -- Don't get too worried if you suddenly begin to hear people speaking in rhyme in downtown Crosby.
Multiple sclerosis patients may be winter athletes
WASHINGTON -- For people with multiple sclerosis, winter is a good time for sports.
Open house at Staples campus of CLC attracts 400 people
STAPLES - Four hundred visitors signed the guest book at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College for the open house Nov.19.
Volunteers needed to help others prepare tax forms as part of free program
Anyone interested in helping others with tax form preparation is invited to participate in the upcoming tax aide program.
Duluth's new aquarium attracts visitors, as well as controversy
DULUTH (AP) -- By one measure, the Great Lakes Aquarium is off to a great start: more than 202,000 people have visited since it opened July 29. That puts it halfway toward its first-year goal in less than four months of operation.
Cuyuna Range Women's Club to meet
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club will meet at 2 p.m. Monday in the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library Meeting Room.
C-I graduate lives a dream by performing with Minnesota Vikings' cheerleading squad
CROSBY -- When fulfilling your dreams it doesn't matter whether you're from a small town or a large city. Just ask Erika Geske.
CLC offers workshops, short courses
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, will host the following workshops and short courses through its Business and Industry Center and the Customized Training staff.
Ventura considers lower, broader sales tax
OWATONNA (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura proposed reducing the state sales tax to as low as 5 percent, while at the same time broadening it by taxing some services.
State surplus projected at $3 billion
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesotans are virtually certain to receive a tax rebate for the fifth straight year, as state officials announced Thursday a projected revenue surplus of $3.01 billion through 2003.
Million gallons of sewage spill from pipeline in Duluth
DULUTH (AP) -- Settling ground caused a pipeline to break, sending about 1 million gallons of sewage into a low-lying area of this city and into the St. Louis River, an official said Wednesday.
Attorney general issues opinion on Ventura's gig
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is covered under a state code of ethics regarding outside income, the state attorney general said in an opinion released Tuesday.
No riches for Jerry Shogren
A Brainerd man's chance for $1 million fame ended all too quickly.
Brainerd man to take TV spotlight
A Brainerd man was able to see a popular television game show from the inside and will be able to watch himself in a national spotlight tonight on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
Gibson may challenge Ventura for Independence Party endorsement
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura may face a challenge from within his own party if he runs for re-election in 2002.
Another surplus expected
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesotans are virtually guaranteed another surplus-driven tax rebate.
Ventura says job as football analyst won't affect his role as governor
OWATONNA (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura told high school students Wednesday that he was hired as an XFL analyst because of his wrestling and acting persona, and that it won't affect his ability to govern Minnesota.
Judge postpones trial on Indian graves lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The trial of a tribal lawsuit over eroding American Indian grave sites along the Missouri River was postponed Tuesday after lawyers for both sides asked for more time to try reach a settlement.
Radiothon planned in child abuse fight
The Crow Wing County Child Protection Team, the Cass County and Aitkin County Child Abuse Prevention Councils, WJJY/K101 radio stations and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota will once again sponsor the seventh annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse.
County making progress on E-911 signs
Crow Wing County is seven townships closer to having all the Enhanced-911 signs installed.
Ag firm extends compensation deadline for Starlink corn
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The deadline for farmers to request compensation for problems incurred in marketing genetically modified corn not approved for human foods has been extended indefinitely, the Minnesota Attorney General's office said.
County fields opinions on trails, tax-forfeited land
More than 65 people filled the Elk's Club meeting room Tuesday to weigh in their opinions with the Crow Wing County Board about how trails should be posted on tax-forfeited land.
Legislators, school officials take up issues
The Brainerd School Board's Legislative Committee met with area legislators Wednesday to share comments concerning results it would like to see in the next legislative session.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Walt Doran, a veteran of volunteer work in the Brainerd area has been selected by a 16-member committee as 1980 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
A north Brainerd home, decorated for Christmas, will be featured in a holiday home tour Saturday. Look for the story Friday in the Living section.
The winter storm that blew across Minnesota Tuesday night and into this morning dropped about 3-5 inches of snow in the area and created icy road conditions for motorists.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department, with the city of Brainerd, will host the annual Christmas celebration Dec. 9 at Gregory Park.
Bring your Christmas wish lists and your appetite to the 35th annual Brunch with Santa from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday at the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
This was Brainerd
NOVEMBER 30 - 40 years ago (1960) - Head coach and No. 1 assistant for 12 seasons, the combination of Fred Kellett and Bob Miller has been an all powerful one for the Brainerd Warriors in basketball. In the dozen campaigns, the Warriors have won 216 of 280 games played and have finished 1-2-3 in state tournaments.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A school bus driver was sentenced to 2 1/2 months in jail after admitting he drove a bus while under the influence of drugs.
Man pleads innocent in 1979 Stearns County jailbreak
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The man accused of escaping from the Stearns County jail 21 years ago pleaded innocent to an escape charge. Authorities allege that David Hodel used a hacksaw to cut his way out of the old jail in 1979. He was recently found at a homeless encampment in Alaska and extradited back.
Taxation public hearings held in Brainerd and Baxter
State-mandated taxation public hearings in Brainerd and Baxter were uneventful Wednesday.
LTV workers to get $2.16 million in state aid
HOYT LAKES (AP) -- LTV Steel employees will receive $2.16 million in state aid to help them find work after the taconite producer here shuts down next summer.
Mark Turner of Peterson Towing hooked a chain to the frame of a Triangle Oil Co. tanker that rolled Wednesday night on Pine Beach Peninsula Road in East Gull Lake.
Ready for Christmas
With the initials LJM on the outside of a small child's trunk, Laura Jane Musser would have packed for the annual trip abroad. The original case filled with clothes is the same one used by Musser, who later deeded the Weyerhaeuser and Musser Houses to the city of Little Falls. This year's theme for Musser House tours is "Christmas around the World." Tours continue daily until Dec. 10.
Prince posters don't fly in Sin City
LAS VEGAS -- It might be Sin City, but a nude poster of Prince and his guitar didn't fly at McCarran International Airport.
United Way rates state first for quality of life
A study by the United Way ranks Minnesota No. 1 in the nation for quality of life.
Recount in the 2nd District congressional race to be done by hand
BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) -- Florida can do whatever Florida wants. But Minnesota's recount of one of the tightest congressional races in the nation will be done by hand, a judge decided Tuesday.
New Mexico ticket wins Powerball
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) -- A ticket sold somewhere in New Mexico matched all six numbers drawn in Wednesday night's huge Powerball drawing.
Starbucks stores vandalized as Seattle readies for protests
SEATTLE -- Authorities are hoping demonstrators marking the anniversary of last year's riotous World Trade Organization protests -- known as the "Battle in Seattle" -- don't go beyond peaceful marches and teach-ins.
Houseboat exhaust cited in poisonings
PHOENIX (AP) -- Carbon monoxide poisonings have caused nine deaths and 102 injuries at a lake straddling Arizona and Utah, leading investigators to fear houseboat exhaust may be sickening people across America.
South Dakota governor touts egg plant
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Janklow touted a proposed $10.6 million egg production plant for Moody County on Tuesday, and an Arizona egg ranch signed an agreement with a farmer cooperative to buy and market the eggs in stores between South Dakota and that state.
Surgeon gets 20 years to life for wife's murder
NEW YORK (AP) -- A plastic surgeon convicted of killing his wife 15 years ago and dropping her body into the ocean was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years to life in prison.
Economic growth slows sharply
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The high-flying U.S. economy has come back to earth, growing at an annual rate of just 2.4 percent in the summer, the slowest pace in nearly four years.
Actor David Spade attacked at home
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- David Spade was attacked with a stun gun in his home by an employee who was apparently attempting to rob him, police said.
Report: Depressurization probably caused crash that killed golfer Payne Stewart
Offering little to better explain the mysterious plane crash 13 months ago that killed golfer Payne Stewart and five others, federal investigators on Tuesday confirmed long-held suspicions that the accident probably was caused by a loss of cabin pressurization.
Florida Legislature close to intervening in election
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A committee of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature called Thursday for lawmakers to meet in special session "as soon as practicable" to consider appointment of electors in the state's contested presidential election.
Bipartisan task force recommends easing Cuban embargo
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States should ease the Cuban embargo to help the island's transition to a post-Castro era and reduce chances of U.S. military intervention, a Council on Foreign Relations panel recommended Wednesday.
Gore, Bush engage in furious battle for public opinion as clock ticks
WASHINGTON -- Al Gore is waging a furious public relations effort for his claim that he is "trying to preserve democracy" with his courtroom quest for the White House -- with the legal and political clocks both running down.
Economy cools as consumer confidence plummets
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy appears to be slowing more suddenly than previously thought. The slowdown increases chances that the high-flying economy's long-sought "soft landing" could turn hard, driving up unemployment and forcing the Federal Reserve to reverse course and slash interest rates.
Ballots by truckload add to 'amazing' Florida election battle
The contested ballots are moving and the legal wheels are in motion, too, in a presidential election so unimaginable that George W. Bush and Al Gore give every appearance of conducting parallel transitions to power.
Cohen orders probe of system on military absentee ballots
WASHINGTON -- Amid a continuing GOP outcry over the exclusion of military absentee ballots in Florida, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen ordered the Pentagon Tuesday to investigate the shortcomings of the military postal system.
NBC latest to pledge not to project election winners until state's polls close
NEW YORK -- In the face of criticism from Capitol Hill, NBC became the third television network to promise not to project election-night winners in a state until all the state's polls are closed.
Wisconsin's winter sport thrives in face of threats
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin may have lost its milk production crown to California and its cheese production lead may be slipping, but there's still plenty of the white stuff.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tony Hall once fasted for 22 days to draw attention to U.S. hunger and endured a torrent of hate mail for suggesting Congress apologize for slavery.
Seminole County recount case could be ticking time bomb for Bush hopes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Vice President Al Gore is still talking about counting votes in south Florida counties, but the real ticking time bomb for Gov. George W. Bush's presidential campaign may be a different lawsuit, which could toss out 15,000 absentee votes in Republican-leaning Seminole County and sweep Gore to victory.
Rowdy protests force Netanyahu to cancel lectures in Bay area
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled both of his remaining speeches in the San Francisco Bay area on Wednesday, a day after hundreds of rowdy protesters forced him to cancel a lecture in Berkeley.
FBI searching Los Alamos landfill for missing tapes
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Using a bulldozer and a large floodlight, FBI agents scoured a snow-covered county landfill for tapes containing nuclear weapons data from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Hispanic trailblazer Rep. Henry Gonzalez dies
SAN ANTONIO -- To many in San Antonio, former Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez will be remembered as a trailblazer.
Crews trying to contain oil spill in lower Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Cleanup crews are working to contain a half-million gallons of crude oil that spilled from a tanker into shellfish beds and bird sanctuaries along the lower Mississippi River.
Mr. Selig goes to Washington Anxious D.C. people told business issues come first
WASHINGTON -- Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that Major League Baseball must first put its economic house in order before he will consider allowing a franchise to relocate to Washington, Northern Virginia or any other city.
Duke beats Illinois by 1
Mike Krzyzewski's patience is stretched as thin as top-ranked Duke's victory margins.
Sooners' offense not a concern
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma's 12-point effort against Oklahoma State last week represented the fewest points in Bob Stoops' two years as coach. It also continued a three-week run in which the top-ranked Sooner offense wasn't its normal, high-scoring self.
Former North Stars player wins round in case
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Former Minnesota North Stars player Mario Thyer won a round in his fight to make the relocated NHL franchise compensate him for an injury related to the puck he took to the right eye in a 1992 game.
North Dakota State AD on leave after arrest
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota State University's athletics director is on administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of lewd conduct at an Omaha, Neb., park.
Lions all banged up heading into Vikings game
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- There are probably worse things in the NFL than playing the Minnesota Vikings with a beat-up defensive backfield.
Vikings' Birk strives for simple pleasures
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Matt Birk got into real estate soon after joining the Minnesota Vikings.
Timberwolves enjoy Wally's World
CHICAGO (AP) -- In Wally's World, there's a treat every night. Up close, he gets to watch teammate Kevin Garnett and his vast array of basketball skills.
Warner is back behind center
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It's official: Kurt Warner is back.
Riley shares Big Ten's best defensive lineman honor
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) -- Purdue quarterback Drew Brees was named Tuesday the Big Ten offensive player of the year and placed atop the All-Big Ten team chosen by coaches and a media panel.
Lou 'The Toe' Groza dies
CLEVELAND (AP) -- He was known simply as "The Toe."
Sharks' goalie notches victory
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Darryl Sutter expects his team to benefit while Steve Shields and Evgeni Nabokov compete for the job as the San Jose Sharks' starting goalie.
Lindros wants to play but needs a team
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) -- Eric Lindros isn't getting away from the Philadelphia Flyers just yet.
LaFrentz regains touch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The return of Raef LaFrentz to Denver's starting lineup sparked a rare road victory for the Nuggets.
Miffed Pac-10 might end relationship with BCS over Oregon State snub
The Pacific 10 Conference, tired of being virtually snubbed by the major college football bowls other than the Rose for the last 15 years, is threatening to pull out of the Bowl Championship Series after its contract expires in 2006 if the Fiesta Bowl does not select Oregon State.
Michigan State shows some impressive balance
On the way to the national championship last season, a victory by Michigan State usually meant the offense came from Morris Peterson and Mateen Cleaves.
Packers' Dotson lost for season
The Green Bay Packers' hopes of reaching the playoffs under first-year coach Mike Sherman are all but over.
Simmons' clutch freebies lift Gophers to triumph
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Terrance Simmons scored 19 points, including four free throws in the final minute, to lead Minnesota to a 76-71 win Wednesday over Florida State in men's college basketball.
Mussina and Yankees all but agree to contract
NEW YORK (AP) -- It looks like Mike Mussina will be putting on the pinstripes next season.
Harry E. Jacobson
PALISADE -- Harry E. Jacobson, 75, Palisade, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at his home.
Robert Jerome Zimmerman
EAGAN -- Robert Jerome Zimmerman, 73, Eagan, died today, Nov. 30, 2000, at his home.
Robert 'Bird' Nordean
AITKIN -- Robert "Bird" Nordean, 65, Aitkin, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at his home.
Richard V. Eimer
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS -- Richard Vernon Eimer, 70, Columbia Heights, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000.
Charles V. Johnson
McGREGOR -- Charles V. Johnson, 61, McGregor, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at St. Mary's Medical Center of Duluth.
Elaine G. Mueller
STAPLES -- Elaine G. Mueller, 75, Staples, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at her home.
Bernard 'Ben' Rastetter
PIERZ -- Bernard "Ben" Rastetter, 96, Pierz, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Vernon George Drake, 75, rural Brainerd, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at his daughter's home.
Alma K. Roe
FERTILE -- Alma K. Roe, 87, Fertile, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, in the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
Lorna (Zaffke) Hamilton
WILSON, N.C. -- Lorna (Zaffke) Hamilton, 82, Bailey, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Wilson, N.C.
Pauline Gabrielson Smith
NISSWA -- Pauline Gabrielson Smith, 76, Nisswa, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000.
DULUTH -- RoseMarie Ginter, 69, Duluth, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at the Franciscan Health Center of Duluth.
Myrtle Moratzka, 93, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Dorothy L. Runberg
Dorothy L. Runberg, 91, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital of Rochester.
Elaine G. Mueller
STAPLES -- Elaine G. Mueller, 75, Staples, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at her home.
Mildred E. Folsom
BLOOMINGTON -- Mildred E. Folsom, 86, Bloomington, and formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at NC Little Hospice of Edina.
Dorothy L. Runberg
Dorothy L. Runberg, 91, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at St. Marys Hospital of Rochester.
Charles 'Chuck' H. Russell
VERO BEACH, Fla.-- Charles "Chuck" H. Russell, 75, Vero Beach, Fla., and formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.
PIERZ -- Bernard Rastetter, 96, Pierz, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital of Little Falls.
The unending election
Everyone else is floating theories on the meaning of the election that will not end. Here is mine.
Wastewater study - Dispatch Editorial
So naturally, efforts to keep those waterways clean must cross borders, requiring cooperation between different units of government.
A truly bad idea
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post:
Cheney's health: Legitimate issue
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
Bush should push for election reform
So is George W. Bush the president-elect? His aides say he still wants to be called "governor," but he's edging toward the Oval Office.
Why Gore must soldier on
There may come a day very soon when Al Gore must show the fine breeding from which he certainly must have benefited and concede the presidential election.
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Late charges - Dispatch Editorial
Since 2000 will be remembered as the political year that wouldn't end, we'll revisit one unsettling campaign issue -- the subject of last-minute political charges.
Yes the election this year is all SNAFU. Abolish the Electoral College, this is a Catch-22 situation. As it is now one state can control who becomes president.
France steps down as NASCAR president
Bill France Jr. stepped down Tuesday as president of NASCAR, the racing circuit his father founded in the backwoods of the South that has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry.
Girls pile up penalties
Six penalties were whistled in the first period of Tuesday's girls' hockey game between the St. Cloud Tech Tigers and Brainerd Warriors.
Turkey hunters have until Friday to apply for 2001 wild turkey licenses at any of the 1,700 Electronic Licensing System point of sale agents.
XFL could be a nightmare
I always have nightmares after holidays. I suspect it has something to do with eating too much holiday fare.
St. Cloud girls beat Brainerd in OT
For almost two periods the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team maintained a 2-0 edge against the St. Cloud Tigers.
Sauk Rapids edges LF boys in hockey action
LITTLE FALLS -- The Sauk Rapids Storm scored with less than one second remaining in the third period to defeat the Little Falls Flyers 8-7 in non-conference boys' hockey Tuesday.
AITKIN -- Brooke Rollins scored 20 points to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls' basketball team to a 68-34 non-conference victory against the Aitkin Gobblers Tuesday.
Movie studios, theaters consider revising R rating
WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from Congress and federal regulators, movie studios and theater owners are contemplating a proposal to reform the 32-year-old film-rating system to give parents more information about the content of R-rated movies.
VH1 launching music awards show
NEW YORK -- VH1's sister channel, MTV, holds a successful awards show each September that is better known for the flamboyant antics of music stars than for the meaning of its trophies.
Families can get discount tickets for last performances of 'A Christmas Carol'
Families get price break for "Christmas Carol" at CLC
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
First-time novelist from Pierz publishes book via the Internet
PIERZ -- The new frontier of electronic publishing is attracting many first-time novelists, including Ron Fyten of Pierz.
Danielle Steel's 50th novel, 'Journey,' a diverting trip
Only five months after "The House on Hope Street" was published, the phenomenally prolific Danielle Steel offers another novel -- her 50th -- in "Journey" (Delacorte, 336 pages, $26.95).
Family films led by 'Grinch' help set holiday record
LOS ANGELES -- Plots for tots became Hollywood's golden rule over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Vacationland Figure Skating Club starts competition
Six figure skaters representing the Vacationland Figure Skating Club attended the Granite City Competition on Nov. 10-12 in St. Cloud.
Tourism events around Minnesota
Some of the tourism events around the state of Minnesota this week, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
Music General hosts New York City instructors
The Music General Dancers had the opportunity to take master jazz classes with guest instructors Kelli Barclay and Joe Istre of New York City.
Crosslake Art Club to host Christmas Party
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Art Club will hold its annual Christmas Party at noon Monday at Norway Ridge.
Close is simply mesmerizing in '102 Dalmations'
NEW YORK -- You'll see plenty of cute dogs in "102 Dalmatians" and even a macaw that thinks it's a dog. But the best reason to see this movie at all is a single human: Glenn Close.
Pillager students to stage play in improved arts area
PILLAGER -- Twenty-seven years after it was first produced at Pillager High School, a high school cast again will stage "The Night of January 16," written by Ayn Rand.
Two Higgins Clarks write one new mystery novel
There's good news for fans of Mary Higgins Clark, and good news for fans of Carol Higgins Clark.
Area actor seeks extras for video to be shot in downtown Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- If you've ever yearned to be in pictures, here's an invitation you can't resist.
'The 6th Day' a typical Schwarzenegger slick action thriller
"The 6th Day" features a double dose of Arnold Schwarzenegger and that might be enough to rescue this otherwise formulaic action-adventure tale.
Senior Citizen Community Choir goes public this Christmas
They began harmonizing in 1997. Since then, they've become so popular they're going public this holiday season.
Central Minnesota Boys' Choir ready for its first performance
STAPLES -- The holiday concert season gets under way in early December with the newest entry on the lakes area's music menu.
'Art at Work' traveling exhibit to stop in Little Falls next
LITTLE FALLS -- The "Art at Work" traveling exhibit will set up shop next week at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.
Folk guitarist Kottke coming to Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts Association's 2000-2001 performing arts season resumes Dec. 9 with "An Evening With Leo Kottke," the legendary folk guitarist.
Performer shares why he continues to participate in children's benefit concert
PEQUOT LAKES -- When Brad Wallace was asked why he continues to participate in the Christmas Toys for Children benefit concert in Pequot Lakes year after year, he said:
Giving directions just isn't as easy as it used to be
Early sailors stayed close to shore and followed known landmarks. The Phoenicians and Polynesians learned to use positions of stars and planets to guide them. And the Three Wise Men followed the Star of Bethlehem.
Study finds Web sites on health influence care decisions
WASHINGTON -- When Elise Roelands wanted to find out why her husband had kidney stones and how he could avoid them, she searched health sites on the Internet rather than going to a doctor.
Those who sew learn how to create items with fleece
WALKER -- Fleece, once a name reserved for wool sheepskin with fur on it, now also commonly means a fuzzy knit polyester fabric, said LeAnn Evans, Wadena County extension educator.
Cold, clouds, some sun.
Weather drawing by Mary Gendron of Mrs. Surma's third grade class at Baxter school.
Weather drawing by Toni Hanson of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Opinionated woman in company of men does her gender an injustice
DEAR ABBY: The other day, a female co-worker and I were talking about friendship. She informed me that she prefers the company of men. When I asked her why, she said that women were small-minded and boring.
Christmas party for the Rollin' Rangers Camping Club will be at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the VFW Club in Brainerd. Please bring items for the Food shelf in place of gift exchange.
Names and faces
BOSTON (AP) -- Looking to reel in a good catch?
Plastic-coated toaster oven!
Dear Heloise: Please help me with a big problem! I have a chrome toaster oven, and I had a loaf of bread (wrapped in plastic) on the top when I was heating an item. The PLASTIC MELTED ON THE CHROME, and I can't get it off. -- Shirley Spear, Springfield, Va.
Woman who took son to Cuba is crime suspect
MIAMI -- A Florida woman who took her 5-year-old son to Cuba against his father's wishes left the United States amid suspicions she had embezzled as much as $150,000 from her employer.
Prophet or evil genius?
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- When he first ran for office a decade ago, many Haitians called him a prophet and backed him with religious fervor.
With early elections, Barak's future, Mideast peace on the line
JERUSALEM -- In the midst of a bloody conflict with the Palestinians, Israel has been plunged into political turmoil by an overwhelming parliament vote to hold new elections, two years ahead of schedule.
European Commission proposal aimed at stopping mad cow disease
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission proposed a six-month ban on meat and bone meal in fodder Wednesday as a way to eradicate mad cow disease and restore consumer confidence in European beef.
Russian prosecutor demands maximum sentence for accused U.S. spy
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian prosecutor on Wednesday demanded the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250 million fine for Edmond Pope, a U.S. businessman accused of espionage, the defendant's lawyer said.
China, U.S. agree to more military exchanges
BEIJING -- China and the United States tentatively agreed Thursday to more exchanges between their militaries, helping bring a semblance of stability to often rocky ties between the distrustful defense establishments.
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