Hyundai Sonata: New entry in an elite group
It was silver with a black velour interior that was more suitable for a coffin than a car. It had a neatly sculpted exterior, enhanced by ellipsoidal headlamps that looked more Mercedes-Benz than Hyundai.
Survey: Cars draw fewer complaints By John O'Dell
The quality gurus say autos are getting better every year, but the people who actually own and drive them still have complaints -- an average of almost four problems per vehicle after four to five years, according to researchers at J.D. Power & Associates.
GM to build first full-size pickup that can run on ethanol
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will build a full-sized pickup truck that runs on gasoline and E85 ethanol fuel.
"Hot hatches." That's what they're calling the growing number of small hatchbacks with sporty handling and more than the usual small-car power.
Superbike event moved up to June 27-30 at CBIR
The annual round in the Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship Series at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway has been moved up.
Senior Citizen Community Concert Choir to perform Sunday
The Senior Citizen Community Concert Choir will give its annual Christmas performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 512 S. Eighth St., Brainerd.
About prayer: Be a child of God
Last week I started talking about prayer: the four prerequisites and three stages.
The Diocese of Minnesota Junior High Youth Event will be this weekend at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with 70 youths expected. On Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent
ACLU sues four Kentucky counties over Ten Commandments displays
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A civil-liberties group sued four Kentucky counties Tuesday to try to stop them from posting the Ten Commandments in courthouses, calling it a government endorsement of religion.
Coffeehouse church draws young parishioners
LAKE ELMO (AP) -- Although it features a coffee cup in its logo, the most important symbol at the Common Ground Church is the cross.
In Jesus' birthplace, it's a somber season after Israeli incursion
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- A white stone monument rises from Manger Square, dedicated to a 17-year-old Palestinian killed on the spot by Israeli weapons fire.
Religious leaders split in response to first reported cloning of human embryo
Roman Catholic and conservative Protestant leaders condemned the first reported cloning of a human embryo, while other Christian and Reform Jewish leaders supported using the procedure to cure diseases.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 650.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 364, a year ago 410.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 194, a year ago 206.
Help available for holiday cooks
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions during holiday preparation times. Here is one of them:
A traditional Swedish recipe for the holidays
Growing up my mother prepared very delicious meals; however, it was my grandmother who instilled in me the love of making traditional Swedish recipes for the holidays.
Try this taste test
Close your eyes, reach into a bag of Apple Orchard Mix jelly beans (from Jelly Belly) and see if you can identity the various flavors. (For the flavor challenged, the mix contains tart Green Apple, red-hot Hot Cider, standard Red Apple and Caramel Apple.)
Use old-fashioned oats in colorful pilaf
The U.S.D.A. dietary guidelines recommend at least six servings of grain a day, including whole grains.
Team shrimp, pasta with herb sauce
The shrimp are central to this dish. They can be fresh or frozen, but if you want to get the meal on the table in about half an hour, remember to have frozen shrimp thawed ahead of time.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
BAXTER -- Two people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Wednesday on Highway 371, five miles north of Baxter.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
ONAMIA -- Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle broadside crash Thursday on Highway 169, one mile south of Onamia.
WALKER -- Criminal charges were filed after bullets struck two vehicles traveling Nov. 20 on Highway 371 north of Pine River.
Budget chief says deficits are back
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House budget chief is blaming the recession and the war against terrorism for the return of annual federal deficits, which he says he expects for at least the next three years.
Senators say they have little confidence in EPA plan to rid office building of anthrax
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmental workers installed chemically resistant pipe and barriers Thursday to fumigate the Senate's Hart Office Building despite a lack of confidence among some senators about the government's broader plan on anthrax.
Government offers help to immigrants who aid war on terrorism, defends military courts to try accused terrorists
WASHINGTON -- Foreigners who give the U.S. government useful information about terrorists could be put on a fast track to American citizenship under a program announced Thursday.
Try natural holiday trimmings
It's special to bring out treasured holiday decorations each year, but it's also fun to have family members cooperate on some new ones to add to the mix.
Cabin was originally a schoolhouse
Hand-hewn logs were cut for the schoolhouse, which included a red pine floor, a brick chimney and potbellied stove.
'Winter' decorations can hang a little longer
NEW YORK -- Putting up holiday decorations is fun. Taking them down is not.
Antiques, decorated items sited
Just sighted: www.wisteria.com
Chlorine bleach will kill bacteria in pet urine
Q. Cindy asks: Could you please tell me what is the best way to get cat urine stains out of a wooden floor?
Filming started in May 2000, ended in June
Mike and Pat Roberts contacted Home and Garden TV regarding their project and the Lake Edward cabin that will be the show's star.
Home furniture ideas
The basic designs for all furniture already exist -- pieces enabling you to sit, sleep, eat, write, and store things. Yet new versions continually arrive, from designers intent on finding new ways to look at old functions.
Bubble drawing makes your plan search easier
The classic country faade of Design J-93 is radically different from its Mediterranean cousin, Design I-86, a flamboyant, resort-style home I reviewed last year. Yet, the interiors are very similar.
Work under way to save Fallingwater
MILL RUN, Pa. -- Visitors to Fallingwater can now see where Wright went wrong.
Tools hit the spot in gardening gifts
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- In choosing Yule gifts for a gardener, think practical.
Painting door bottoms in place
Got a door that was trimmed off and rehung without getting repainted?
Call an expert to fix hole in fiberglass shower
Q. Olivia asks: What can I do to repair a small hole next to my hot water handle in my fiberglass shower?
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-There is a cheery note for this area. A nationwide readership survey conducted by Snowmobile magazine revealed that the Brainerd area is one of the Top 10 vacation areas in the snowbelt. Responses to the survey came from 33 states and Canada.
Charges expected for standoff suspect
MINNEAPOLIS -- Murder charges were expected to be filed today against a 33-year-old Edina man accused of killing his mother in Edina.
Brainerd woman joined the Navy and saw stars
Erin Tholen joined the Navy to see the world.
Runway input sought tonight
Public comment on a proposed second runway at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport is requested at 7 p.m. today in the Brainerd High School cafeteria.
Council president asked to resign
Disagreements over transportation issues and the airport commission's council liaison appointment has one Brainerd City Council member asking for the resignation of the council president.
School panel hears about reading, math programs
Third- and fifth-graders in the Brainerd School District have scored above the state average on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests for the past three years.
Residents hear pitch for second runway
Proponents of a second runway at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport pitched their plans and findings to the public Thursday at Brainerd High School.
Medical center employees to vote on whether to unionize
Health care employees will have an opportunity next week to vote for or against establishing a union at Brainerd Medical Center.
Drug argument cited in killing
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 33-year-old Edina man told law enforcement officials he killed his mother after an argument about his smoking crack cocaine in her home, according to the Hennepin County District Court criminal complaint filed Thursday accusing him of murder.
Storms pound southern Plains
Storms that pounded the southern Plains with frozen rain and heavy snow began to taper off Thursday as Texas and Oklahoma tried to restore electricity and clear slick roads in the aftermath of the treacherous weather.
Time is running out for taxpayers whose undeliverable federal rebate checks were returned to the Internal Revenue Service
NISSWA -- The Northcountrymen Barbershop Chorus will provide musical entertainment for the Brainerd Lions Club at its 80th anniversary celebration Saturday at the Nisswa Community Center. The program is at 8 p.m.
Lots of snow can be fun, or not
Two snowmobilers cruised down the old railroad grade south of Brainerd on Highway 371 Wednesday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-It's beginning to look a lot like winter throughout the Brainerd area as ice is beginning to form under a light blanket of snow.
The Brainerd Family YMCA will host a dance for sixth- and seventh-graders from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the YMCA.
BAXTER -- The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will meet 3 p.m. Friday at 1151 Highland Scenic Drive in Baxter.
Los Angeles prosecutors oppose Olson's request to change plea
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prosecutors said Thursday that if a judge is considering allowing Sara Jane Olson to withdraw her guilty plea, the former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive should be forced to undergo cross-examination about the decision.
Syphilis cases in U.S. reach all-time low, officials say
The number of syphilis cases nationwide continued to fall in 2000, reaching an all-time low of 5,979 infections, federal health officials said Wednesday.
AIDS epidemic plagues Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union now have the fastest rising rates of HIV infection in the world, with the number of HIV-positive people in Russia growing 15-fold in the last three years, the United Nations reported Wednesday.
Hmong citizenship extension signed into law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's Laotian Vietnam War allies will get an extra 18 months to take the U.S. citizenship test in their native language.
Enron on brink of bankruptcy after Dynegy backs away from $8.4 billion buyout plan
HOUSTON (AP) -- Enron Corp. was pushed to the brink of bankruptcy after the once-mighty energy trading company's credit collapsed and its main rival backed out of an $8.4 billion buyout plan.
Durable goods orders soar in October
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for costly manufactured goods soared a record 12.8 percent in October, reflecting stronger demand for a wide variety of big-ticket items, from cars to computers.
Military services working together in Afghanistan conflict
WASHINGTON -- Air Force special forces on the ground in Afghanistan call in airstrikes by Navy jets.
Volunteer firefighter charged with killing wife, four children in house fire
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A volunteer firefighter was charged Wednesday with killing his wife and four young children by setting fire to their home in a village in upstate New York.
CIA officer first U.S. combat death in war
WINFIELD, Ala. (AP) -- Johnny "Mike" Spann craved the anonymous grunt work no one else wanted -- covertly serving his country far away from this sleepy town that he called home.
U.S. buying smallpox vaccine for all Americans
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration says it will have enough smallpox vaccine on hand within a year to inoculate every American, but officials have no plans to use it absent a return of the virtually extinct but deadly virus.
DNA from cigarette convicts murderer
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) -- DNA lifted from cigarette butts led to a man's conviction Wednesday in the rape and murder of a young mother nearly 29 years ago.
Criticized clone-experimenting co. received federal grant last month
The Massachusetts company condemned by the Bush administration for its efforts to clone a human embryo received a federal grant last month to conduct biotechnology research.
United States to support U.N. agency's efforts to prevent nuclear-related terrorism
VIENNA, Austria -- Warning anew of the threat of nuclear-related terrorism, the United States on Friday pledged to support the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency's efforts to stop terrorists from obtaining nuclear material.
Fugitive suspected in abortion clinic anthrax hoaxes
WASHINGTON -- A fugitive who is already on the FBI's 10 "most wanted" list is believed responsible for hundreds of anthrax hoax letters sent since Sept. 11 to abortion clinics, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday.
Ford Explorer, Jeep Liberty get poor ratings in bumper tests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Ford Explorer, the world's top-selling sport utility vehicle, suffered extensive bumper damage in low-speed crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday.
Enron to face hearings on its financial woes
HOUSTON (AP) -- As Enron Corp. considers whether it should pursue bankruptcy protection, the embattled energy company faces the prospect of lengthy congressional scrutiny in the wake of its unprecedented collapse.
Problem with Russian supply ship at space station forces delay in shuttle Endeavour launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- With just several hours remaining until liftoff, NASA delayed the launch of space shuttle Endeavour until Friday because of a Russian supply ship that is poorly docked to the international space station.
Former Beatle George Harrison succumbs to cancer
LOS ANGELES -- George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle" who added both rock 'n' roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band's timeless magic, has died. He was 58.
Fed report gives mixed signals
WASHINGTON -- There were signs of a nascent economic recovery in some parts of the country in October and the first half of this month, but they were outweighed by evidence of additional slowing elsewhere, according the Federal Reserve's latest survey of nationwide economic conditions released Wednesday.
Former sheriff and two others charged with killing sheriff-elect
DECATUR, Ga. -- A former sheriff was arrested and charged Friday with the ambush assassination of an anti-corruption crusader who defeated him in an election.
Retailers work hard to prevent long lines, customer outrage when euro comes
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The cashier fumbles with the unfamiliar euro coins. A customer slowly counts the change. The line grows as people grumble. Some walk out in a huff, cursing the store and the new currency.
Georgia Tech to Seattle Bowl
Georgia Tech will play in the inaugural Seattle Bowl, and Boston College is headed to the Music City Bowl.
Eagles capitalize on KC miscues
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles gladly accepted their gifts from the Kansas City Chiefs, and quickly put them to good use.
War has ratched up rivalry
PHILADELPHIA -- In six months, U.S. Naval Academy football player Jeff Gaddy will likely be fighting a war against terrorism. But for now, the only war the senior wide receiver cares about is the one he'll wage against Army on Saturday in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
Clippers commit 25 errors but beat Timberwolves
LOS ANGELES -- U-g-l-y. The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves had no alibi Wednesday night. They were not fantastic. They were not even mediocre.
Any more surprises out there?
One win for Miami, two for Florida -- that's the formula for a national championship game in the Rose Bowl featuring two fierce rivals.
Groups submit bids for Red Sox sale
BOSTON (AP) -- Prospective owners of the Boston Red Sox submitted bids for controlling interest in the team on Thursday with no indication of when or how the winner will be selected.
The one play that turned Redskins' season around
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins are hesitant to admit that one big play turned their season around. Coach Marty Schottenheimer has no doubt that it did.
Leonard 'Bud' E. Holm
Leonard "Bud" E. Holm, 79, Brainerd, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Donald W. Johnson
Donald W. Johnson, 85, Brainerd, mortician and former owner of Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
LeRoy 'Duke' Girtz
PIERZ -- LeRoy "Duke" Girtz, 74, Pierz, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Cecil A. Holton Olson
Cecil A. Holton Olson, 101, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Celia M. Mount
IRONTON -- Celia Margaret Mount, 82, Ironton, died today, Nov. 29, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Edward T. O'Brien
OWATONNA -- Edward Thomas O'Brien, 67, Owatonna, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at his home.
Anna J. Super
FLENSBURG -- Anna J. Super, 86, Flensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Zena 'Z' Osberg
LITTLE FALLS -- Zena "Z" Osberg, 52, Little Falls, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at her home.
Keith A. Dupre
HACKENSACK -- Keith Anthony Dupre, 74, Hackensack, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at his home.
Rodney Borders, 57, Brainerd, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Cecil Ann Olson
Cecil Ann Olson, 101, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Celia M. Mount
IRONTON -- Celia Margaret Mount, 82, Ironton, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
Dorothy J. Littman
ONAMIA -- Dorothy J. Littman, 76, Onamia, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Mille Lacs Hospital in Onamia.
Why not cloning?
A Massachusetts firm has announced the first successful cloning of human embryos. The company believes that cloning human cells will accelerate the development of new treatments for Parkinson's disease, ALS, diabetes, AIDS, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and numerous other maladies.
Ventura's popularity declines
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's approval rating dipped sharply in a St. Cloud State University poll that also documented a drop in the percentage of voters who say they would support him for re-election.
Riding the rails
Just when we thought the art of political hyperbole was dead, Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., came up with a beauty this week. The topic was a federal report backing a controversial expansion of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad.
Public backs president's view that military tribunals are needed
Don't drop off unwanted pets in the country. I was reminded of the cruelty of doing that over the Thanksgiving weekend we spent at our l
On Nov. 28, 2001, someone stole some of the Christmas lights from in front of our house.
Vox pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
FDR set the example for Bush
As I watch such liberal leading lights as Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy denounce President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft for detaining certain aliens to stem future terrorist atrocities against
Gordon goes for a ride
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeff Gordon got a bit of a scare during his visit to New York City for Friday's night's NASCAR Awards.
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Gordon's win a happy note for tragic season
NEW YORK -- Jeff Gordon is the champion of stock car racing, and for the first time in nearly a year, everything finally seems to make sense in the sport.
2001 race schedule and winners
Date Race Winner
Final 2001 points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 5,112
What will factor into 2002 race?
NEW YORK -- A year ago, Jeff Gordon and car owner Rick Hendrick sat near the back of the main ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during the NASCAR Awards Banquet.
St. Cloud trucking entrepreneur Anderson dies
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Harold E. Anderson, who started with two trucks and built it into the nearly $300 million Anderson Trucking Service Inc., has died. He was 85.
Dryer fire crimps production at Winnebago ethanol plant
WINNEBAGO (AP) -- A dryer fire has put a crimp in production at an ethanol plant in southern Minnesota.
Ventura criticized for halting grants
ST. PAUL -- Democrats and nonprofit groups howled Wednesday over news that the Ventura administration has halted about $200 million in promised grants in an effort to cope with an expected budget shortfall.
Students decide to keep selling tobacco on Twin Cities campus
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota students will still be able to buy cigarettes and other tobacco in campus stores.
Minnesotans continue to dig out
Minnesota skies should be snow-free for at least a short while, but that's not a great deal of consolation for 13-year-old Mitch Thorp of Willmar.
Wisconsin man accused of Minnesota beer thefts
STILLWATER (AP) -- A beer truck driver has been accused of helping take cases of beer from his employer's truck while making deliveries last month.
Woman seriously injured when pinned by hospital elevator
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A woman was seriously injured when the elevator she was boarding suddenly went up several feet and pinned her half in and half out of the elevator car.
Voyageurs National Park bays reopening to snowmobiles
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- Snowmobiles will again be allowed on 11 bays in Voyageurs National Park, now that a study has found no link between human use and wolf activity in those areas.
New Flyer bus maker lays off 106 St. Cloud workers
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Bus manufacturer New Flyer USA announced it will lay off about 100 workers at its plant here.
Frontier won't bid for Sun Country
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Citing a shaky airline industry, Frontier Airlines has decided not to bid for Sun Country Airlines, the chief executive of the Denver-based company said Thursday.
St. Paul shopping center store robbed
ST. PAUL (AP) -- St. Paul police were looking for the man who held up a clothing store in a strip mall Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Abbott Northwestern Hospital announced plans Thursday to build a new heart hospital on its campus in south Minneapolis.
Brainerd girls run win streak to 3 games
Like a puck on the ice, the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team is rolling along with little holding it back.
Leaders show Raiders way to 5-0 start
In almost any sport, coaches understand the importance of having one player emerge as a leader.
Local sports shorts
Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball coach Jim Russell will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Friday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
Verndale girls open season with victory
VERNDALE -- Raya Kern and Kayla White each knocked in 25 points to help the Verndale Pirates girls' basketball team to a season-opening 72-63 win over the Henning Hornets Thursday.
A book on Minnesota basketball history
Christmas is just 27 days away, which means there are 26 days before I begin shopping.
Burress vs. Moss They're equally enigmatic and talented
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- They are talented yet enigmatic playmakers who sometimes act as if they really don't want to play.
It's in the court's court now Twins await high court action
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Baseball's contraction plans could hinge on the Minnesota Supreme Court's willingness to hear an appeal out of turn.
Culpepper expects to play despite strained knee
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Daunte Culpepper doesn't miss games, so nobody expects him to on Sunday.
6-0 win for Wild as Florida struggles
Florida 0 0 0 -- 0
Vikings' secondary is slowly jelling
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings secondary came into the 2001 season branded with a huge question mark.
Squeeze play is a bad call
WASHINGTON -- Next Thursday, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig, Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota and, perhaps, someone from the players' union will testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Incoming mayors offer stadium plans
ST. PAUL (AP) -- United in their desire to save the Minnesota Twins, the leaders of Minneapolis and St. Paul are split on which city should be the team's home.
Limping Culpepper faces test
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, still bothered by a sprained left knee, was scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday but said he expected to be ready for the team's game Sunday at Pittsburgh.
'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' dominates Thanksgiving box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" conjured up $82.4 million over the long holiday weekend to easily retain its top spot at the box office for a second straight week.
Las Vegas' newest hotel aims to cater to younger crowd
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The only new resort to open in Las Vegas this year, the Palms hotel-casino thinks a younger, smaller approach will mean success in a tough tourist economy.
'Our Town' auditions scheduled
Auditions for "Our Town" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Backus area author gives up sailboat this winter to stay home and write sequel to his first published novel
BACKUS -- David Corbett normally spends the winter months aboard his 41-foot sailboat, cruising the hidden atolls and isolated lagoons of the Bahamas.
BHS alum Schmid to leave New York for Los Angeles
In 1998, Tom Schmid abruptly abandoned a promising legal career for the New York stage, relying on his rich baritone voice and youthful good looks to launch his theatrical pursuits.
'Spy Game' is entertaining diversion from today's real war games
"Spy Game" is one of those films that may have lost its bearing in the post-Sept. 11 world of international intrigue.
Student play explores life with disability
Seventeen students at Central Lakes College will stage a play about living with a disability. The student actors are from the school's program for people with disabilities.
Second time around: Schirmer wins fine arts honor again, this time for TV production work
The adage, "If one's good, two's better," applies to Josh Schirmer, who has earned his second nomination as Fine Arts Student of the Week.
The sixth annual Grand House Tour to raise funds for the Heartland Symphony Orchestra is set Saturday.
C-I students to present 'Caught In The Act'
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Drama Club's cast of 17 will present their fall play, "Caught In The Act," at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Crosby-Ironton School's Mayberry Auditorium.
Aitkin Middle School choirs to present Christmas concert
AITKIN -- The four Aitkin Middle School choirs, directed by Kelly Blake and Bryan Johnson, will present their annual concert of Christmas music at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Aitkin High School auditorium.
'Messiah' soloist is Staples-Motley graduate
STAPLES -- When central Minnesota singers and instrumentalists present Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Auditorium in Staples, it will be a meaningful occasion for tenor soloist Steve Hoemberg.
CLC instructor to share her experience in Israel
Virgin Mary's tomb, the church where Christ was born and the one in which he was executed and buried are part of the next Cultural Thursday, a free public event at Central Lakes College.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra to perform familiar and little known Christmas music
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra's holiday concert, "Oh Joyous Song," will include both familiar and little known Christmas music.
"Razzle Dazzle: The Miss Little Falls Pageant" may change a few ideas about the traditional beauty contest. Eight contestants will compete for the crown at 8 p.m. Friday in Charles Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Drizzle this morning east. A chance or rain north and east late. Highs in the 30s to mid 40s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Rain diminishing to drizzle southeast half. Cloudy with a chance for rain or snow central. Light snow possible northwest. Highs from the lower to mid 30s northwest...To the 40s southeast.
The Weather Elsewhere
Weather drawing by Kaylianna Mathison of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Snow likely northeast with additional accumulations up to an inch. Chance of snow southeast...Possibly beginning as sleet. Mostly cloudy west with a few snow showers this morning. Highs in the upper 20s and 30s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Cloudy with flurries west. Light snow developing east. Highs 25 to 30.
Weather drawing by Caylea Franzen of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Light snow developing this morning northwest and west central. Cloudy east and south with a chance of afternoon snow. The snow could be mixed with rain in the south. Highs from the middle 20s northwest to the middle 30s southeast.
Names and faces
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Residents and officials are fired up about Eminem's plans to burn down a house during the filming of his untitled movie.
Names and faces
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Reflecting on his career, media mogul Ted Turner said one of his biggest regrets was not buying Time Warner so that he could "have fired Jerry before he could fire me."
Study: U.S. teen birth rate drops, but still trails leaders
Despite a steadily dropping teen birth rate, the United States still lags behind such Western counterparts as France and Sweden when it comes to reducing teen pregnancies, births and abortions, according to a study released Thursday by the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
New husband objects to old boyfriend's Christmas visit
DEAR ABBY: Twelve years ago, our 16-year-old daughter, "Heather," began dating "Johnny," a nice boy from a troubled home. During the three years they went together, Johnny became almost like a foster son to us. We provided emotional support he didn't get at home, and he even lived with us for a year before going to college.
Vitamins may help combat risk of heart attack
Vitamins may greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks and the need for further surgery in people with coronary artery disease, according to new research released Wednesday.
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New trophy life
Dear Heloise: Do you know of any organization that can reuse old sports trophies. I have about 15 trophies to get rid of soon and hate the idea of just throwing them away.
School lunch menus
Lucky teens live to tell sobering story
DEAR ABBY: I am a 14-year-old girl, and I'd like to offer my fellow teen-agers some advice: DO NOT RIDE WITH DRUNK DRIVERS! Getting into a car with a drunk driver and driving drunk are two of the stupidest mistakes anyone can make.
Parents choose traditional names for their newborns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most mothers and fathers are sticking to tradition when picking names for their babies -- more so when it comes to sons.
Ray's Promenaders will square dance from 8-10 p.m. Friday at Baxter Elementary School with Myron Hollatz calling. Potluck follows with Jay and Terry Orton hosting.
Noose tightens on Kandahar; Bonn talks snag
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Tribal fighters said they captured 80 Taliban soldiers Friday near the airport at Kandahar as anti-Taliban forces closed in on the southern stronghold. U.S. warplanes bombed Taliban defenses near the airport.
Queen Elizabeth, former President Bush join service for Britons killed on Sept. 11
LONDON -- With roses, hymns and tears, hundreds of friends and relatives of the Britons killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks mourned Thursday at Westminster Abbey, where the nation has come for centuries to grieve and celebrate.
U.S. envoy says he's determined to end fighting in Middle East
JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's special Mideast envoy said Friday that violence will not derail his mission of restoring calm and restarting peace talks, and that he will stay in the region "as long as it takes to make that happen."
Afghan factions near agreement on running country
KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) -- Afghan factions meeting to work out a post-Taliban government moved Thursday toward agreement on a interim administration to run the country, and the northern alliance agreed to allow an international security force to secure peace there.
Top al-Qaida figure reported captured
WASHINGTON -- Anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan have apparently captured their biggest known trophy to date, a top al-Qaida operative who is the son of an extremist Muslim cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up New York landmarks, U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday.
U.N. OKs 'smart' sanctions against Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council agreed unanimously Thursday to adopt new American-backed trade sanctions on Iraq next June after a final six-month extension of the current system of controls.
Senior northern alliance commander says his forces are entering Kandahar
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A top commander of the northern alliance said Thursday that his forces were moving into Kandahar, the only city the Taliban still control in Afghanistan. Reports indicated heavy U.S. bombardment of the city.
Sharon says he won't budge from truce conditions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a tough speech ahead of his U.S. trip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday he will not budge from a demand for a week without Palestinian attacks as a condition for carrying out a U.S.-backed truce deal.
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