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.
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.
2001 Toyota Prius: A hybrid with mass-market appeal
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 206, a year ago 302.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 500.
Confirmands recently gathered at Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Islamic group urges probe of mosque fire
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A North American Islamic group has urged an investigation of a fire that badly damaged the largest mosque in the Vancouver area.
Food for thought: Jesus and leftovers
How much did you eat for Thanksgiving?
Adolescence voyage usually has successful landing
QUESTION: I hear so much about communicating with our children and making sure we stay on the same wavelength. How can I do that during the teen years?
Tell no one
In the Gospels we read a number of stories of Jesus' healing people, and then, strangely, telling them not to tell anyone.
Sudanese priest revives dwindling congregation at Moorhead's oldest church
MOORHEAD (AP) -- Two years ago the Church of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Moorhead turned 100, a milestone the congregation observed but didn't celebrate.
All-day, everyday kindergartners appear to do better
First-grade teachers noticed an improvement in students who participated in all-day, everyday kindergarten at Garfield Elementary School.
Keep holiday homecomings happy
NEW YORK -- The best gift for parents this season is likely the thought that their college-student sons and daughters will soon be home for the holidays and they'll be ready to immerse themselves in family activities, enjoying home-cooked meals and holiday rituals.
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.
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.
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.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER - MONDAY -- B-Cereal, bread, milk. L-Chicken nuggets, parslied potatoes, bagel stick, banana.
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.
BURGLARIES -- Richard Bemis, Milaca, reported his residence on Upper Rabbit Lake broken into.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 410, a year ago 327.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County Court: Richard Thomas Knutson, also known as Richard Miller, 42, Backus, was ordered to serve 45 days on sentence to serve for fifth-degree controlled substance crime (possession).
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle: 600.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
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.
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.
After recheck, Gore declared N.M. winner
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- After a recheck of disputed votes in one county, Al Gore was declared the winner of New Mexico's five electoral votes. In the final count, Gore defeated George W. Bush by 368 votes.
History at high court
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore pleaded their cases in the high-columned solemnity of the Supreme Court on Friday before justices openly questioning whether they should intervene in the nation's contested presidential election.
Recount developments at a glance
Developments Thursday in the Florida presidential election recount:
Cantwell still leads
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- With all but three of Washington's 39 counties reporting, a statewide recount appears to be affirming a narrow Senate victory by Democrat Maria Cantwell over Republican incumbent Slade Gorton.
Bush's lawyers file sweeping response to Gore's contest
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In a new legal filing, lawyers for Republican George W. Bush say they have more than a dozen reasons why a judge should toss out Democrat Al Gore's challenge to Florida's presidential vote.
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.
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.
Anti-tobacco measures linked to less lung cancer in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's tough anti-smoking measures and public health campaigns have resulted in a 14 percent decrease in lung cancer over the past 10 years, the government reports.
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.
Book features hundreds of fireplaces from around the world
A picture-rich new book from British writer Miranda Innes, "The Fireplace Book: Designs for the Heart of the Home" (Viking Studio, 160 pp., $27.95), purports to be a history of the subject.
Find more storage space by organizing closets more effectively
If you're like us, the one thing you always seem to need more of is storage.
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association's holiday party will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Sherwood Forest Restaurant in Lake Shore.
Welcome garden gifts feature utility
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- To please a gardener with a holiday gift, think useful. What can he or she do with it in the garden?
Kale brings some color to the fall garden
The same cold autumn weather that kills most tender plants also brings out the color in flowering kale.
Grand Old House Tour features four homes
The Randy and Connie Christensen home is one of four on the Grand Old House Tour, which benefits the Heartland Symphony Orchestra.
North Brainerd home boasts holiday cheer
The tall and the small line the table tops in a holiday collection of Santas.
Leave rose bushes alone until late winter
Rose bushes should be left alone to harden off for winter. Wait until late winter for their annual pruning.
Big-hearted readers fill needs of elderly listeners
It's been years since Doretta Leider, 84, a resident at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd, has been able to see well enough to read a book or a newspaper. Reading was an activity she loved to do, but her poor eyesight has gotten in the way.
Andy Miller, president of the Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir, performed Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" during St. Joseph's Medical Center's annual Hospice Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony on Thursday. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department, with the city of Brainerd, will host the annual Christmas celebration Dec. 9 at Gregory Park.
Ventura talks of sun, fun, rebate
ST. PAUL - The forecast for next summer is good, Gov. Jesse Ventura said Thursday as state officials projected a massive revenue surplus of $3.01 billion through 2003.
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.
Cass, Leech Lake discuss chemical dependency
CASS LAKE - Cass County and Leech Lake Reservation social services officials agreed Thursday that splitting responsibilities for chemical dependency treatment has worked well since 1988.
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.
Taxation public hearings held in Brainerd and Baxter
State-mandated taxation public hearings in Brainerd and Baxter were uneventful Wednesday.
Ventura's popularity up in pre-XFL St. Cloud State poll
In a survey taken before Gov. Jesse Ventura announced his part-time job as an extreme-football broadcaster, Minnesotans expressed growing fondness toward him.
One resident airs concerns over school share of taxes
One resident attended the Brainerd School Board's Truth-in-Taxation public hearing Thursday to state concerns about his property taxes.
Manual recount of ballots begins in state's 2nd District
SHAKOPEE -- The recount got off to a low-key start in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District on Thursday, with few of the fireworks that have accompanied the presidential recount in Florida.
MnSCU panel narrows search for chancellor to three
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The list has been narrowed to three finalists in the search for the next Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system chancellor, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday.
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.
Threat from oil spill lessens at Mississippi River wildlife refuge
NEW ORLEANS -- A timely wind shift pushed a half million-gallon oil spill away from a Mississippi River wildlife refuge and cleanup crews progressed quickly in containing the spill.
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.
Lighting the Tree of Life
Virginia Christle of Brainerd lighted one of five bulbs on the St. Joseph's Medical Center Hospice Tree of Life in memory of her deceased family members during the center's annual Celebration of Life Lighting Ceremony on Thursday. Christle was among several people who donated $5 for each bulb they lighted. Last year, 308 bulbs were lit. Money raised through this fund-raiser is used to provide care and supplies to hospice families who aren't covered by insurance. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
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.
Lake Shore council says Bukovich must resign chief's job to join body
LAKE SHORE -- Police Chief John Bukovich of Lake Shore has a decision to make.
Consultants say Profile needs overhaul
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state's graduation standards skimp on the teaching of basic facts in key subjects because they put a higher priority on how students learn than what they learn.
New boundaries could shape congressional delegation
ST. PAUL -- On this much the experts agree: Minnesota is almost certain to hold on to its eight seats in Congress.
Dayton says he may need Senate salary after all
ST. PAUL -- Sen.-elect Mark Dayton says he spent so much money on his election, he may have to backtrack on his campaign pledge to take only a $1 annual salary.
School bus driver arrested, suspected of DUI
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A school bus driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after driving about 40 students to school.
Indian land trust program explained
CASS LAKE - The Leech Lake Tribal Council asked the Cass County Board on Thursday to stop routinely filing objections to reservation applications to place land in trust for the tribe.
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.
Improved communications sought
CASS LAKE - The Cass County Board and Leech Lake Tribal Council met Thursday in Cass Lake in an effort to improve communications and consider issues that might bring benefits to both their constituencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Judge Robert Graff, the loser in the Nov. 3 General Election, now leads a recount of that contest by 26 votes. Initially Hudson's margin of victory was 29 votes.
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.
No riches for Jerry Shogren
A Brainerd man's chance for $1 million fame ended all too quickly.
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.
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.
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.
Weeping Yosemite murderer apologizes to victim's family
FRESNO, Calif. -- In a gripping and apparently spontaneous courtroom outburst, a weeping Cary Stayner turned to face the family, friends and fiance of Joie Armstrong on Thursday to say he was sorry for killing the Yosemite naturalist and to beg for forgiveness.
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.
A tree just too big
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A giant Christmas tree was a little too big for the Pennsylvania state Capitol.
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.
United cancels over 100 flights, blames mechanics
CHICAGO (AP) -- United Airlines canceled more than 100 flights Thursday for the second straight day in an escalation of operational turmoil it blames on its contract-seeking mechanics. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers denies responsibility.
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.
Fox to lead Mexico into new era of democracy
MEXICO CITY -- A new government took office at midnight, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination and beginning a day that some Mexicans have hoped for -- and others have feared -- for generations.
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.
Another bleak day on Wall Street triggers recession fears
Wall Street suffered another major rout on Thursday, driving key stock indexes down sharply in the second-heaviest trading volume ever.
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.
WTO protest anniversary takes ugly turn at end
SEATTLE -- They marched, they danced and chanted -- then it got ugly.
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.
Bomb found before Wellstone visit in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Police discovered a roadside bomb outside a town hours before a U.S. senator and U.S. ambassador were to visit, a Colombian police commander said Friday.
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.
Endeavour lifts off with wings for space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour thundered into the night with massive solar wings needed to energize the international space station.
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.
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.
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.
Vikings' Birk strives for simple pleasures
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Matt Birk got into real estate soon after joining the Minnesota Vikings.
Mussina and Yankees all but agree to contract
NEW YORK (AP) -- It looks like Mike Mussina will be putting on the pinstripes next season.
Coyotes blank Wild
PHOENIX (AP) -- Robert Esche. Not exactly a household name.
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.
A catch to remember for Cris Carter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cris Carter's dreams don't always come true.
Warner is back behind center
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It's official: Kurt Warner is back.
Mussina signs with Yankees; dealing starts
The addition of Mike Mussina to a New York Yankee rotation of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Orlando Hernandez obviously makes the rich even richer.
Lou 'The Toe' Groza dies
CLEVELAND (AP) -- He was known simply as "The Toe."
Burnout gets the best of Badgers' coach
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dick Bennett believes his reasons for retiring as Wisconsin's basketball coach would have been clear pretty soon.
LaFrentz regains touch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The return of Raef LaFrentz to Denver's starting lineup sparked a rare road victory for the Nuggets.
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.
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.
A night for milestones for Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- On a night when the Minnesota Vikings celebrated 40 years of football, their quarterback broke a record almost as old.
Robert Jerome Zimmerman
EAGAN -- Robert Jerome Zimmerman, 73, Eagan, died today, Nov. 30, 2000, at his home.
Richard V. Eimer
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS -- Richard Vernon Eimer, 70, Columbia Heights, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000.
Vernon George Drake, 75, rural Brainerd, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at his daughter's home.
Bernard 'Ben' Rastetter
PIERZ -- Bernard "Ben" Rastetter, 96, Pierz, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Pauline Gabrielson Smith
NISSWA -- Pauline Gabrielson Smith, 76, Nisswa, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000.
Elaine G. Mueller
STAPLES -- Elaine G. Mueller, 75, Staples, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at her home.
Robert 'Bird' Nordean
AITKIN -- Robert "Bird" Nordean, 65, Aitkin, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at his home.
Harry E. Jacobson
PALISADE -- Harry E. Jacobson, 75, Palisade, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at his home.
Dorothy L. Runberg
Dorothy L. Runberg, 91, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at St. Marys Hospital of Rochester.
Myrtle Moratzka, 93, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Alma K. Roe
FERTILE -- Alma K. Roe, 87, Fertile, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, in the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
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.
The ultimate entitlement
Most people associate liberal Democrats with entitlement programs, but Vice President Al Gore has claimed the ultimate entitlement: the office of President of the United States.
AIDS crisis - Dispatch Editorial
World AIDS Day arrives today with the richest countries under the impression that the worst of the epidemic is over. This is one reason, according to a U.N. report Tuesday, that AIDS is worse than ever.
Open Forum policies
The Dispatch encourages readers to contribute to the Open Forum.
Wastewater study - Dispatch Editorial
So naturally, efforts to keep those waterways clean must cross borders, requiring cooperation between different units of government.
Let federal law rule elections
Go look up Rutherford B. Hayes.
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.
A truly bad idea
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post:
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.
VP Al Gore: Give it up! You and Clinton ridiculed the Republicans in the last election with the phrase, "It's the Economy, Stupid!"
Brainerd High grad Rofidal heads the M Club
Harvey MacKay's book, "Swimming with the Sharks," convinced Bob Rofidal to become a volunteer.
Road Crew takes a pair of victories
DEER RIVER -- The Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus Road Crew swept a pair of victories in a wrestling triangular held in Deer River Thursday.
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.
Sartell edges LF
ST. CLOUD -- Rachel Carson finished with a hat trick but it wasn't enough as the Little Falls Flyers girls' hockey team fell to the Sartell Sabres 4-3 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd High School graduate Chad Nelson scored 22 points in Bemidji's State's 90-77 men's basketball win over Valley City, N.D., on Monday.
XFL could be a nightmare
I always have nightmares after holidays. I suspect it has something to do with eating too much holiday fare.
Warrior girls gain 1-1 tie with Apollo
ST. CLOUD -- Erin Holznagel's goal in the second period helped secure a 1-1 tie for the Brainerd Warriors girls hockey team in Central Lakes Conference action against the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Thursday.
W-DC girls defeated
PELICAN RAPIDS -- The Pelican Rapids Vikings scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to overcome the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 41-30 in a non-conference girls' basketball game Thursday.
Families can get discount tickets for last performances of 'A Christmas Carol'
Families get price break for "Christmas Carol" at CLC
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.
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.
'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.
Crosslake Art Club to host Christmas Party
CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Art Club will hold its annual Christmas Party at noon Monday at Norway Ridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
Family films led by 'Grinch' help set holiday record
LOS ANGELES -- Plots for tots became Hollywood's golden rule over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Weather drawing by Toni Hanson of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
Cold, clouds, some sun.
Weather drawing by Evan Grinde of Mrs. Zaffke's third grade class at Nisswa school.
Movie disclaimer might provide reality check
DEAR ABBY: Everyone seems to complain about violence in movies and television. Perhaps filmmakers would agree to put a disclaimer in the credits (similar to "No animals were injured in the making of this film"). It could read:
Names and faces
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks lead nominees for the People's Choice Awards.
North-South: Ray Norrgard and Ed Abt, 87; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 80; and Chris Leininger and Gladys Norrgard, 76.5. East-West: Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 86; Joyce Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 83.5; and Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 77.
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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.
U.S., Russia team to pressure Taliban regime
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States and Russia are joining forces to ban weapons sales to Afghanistan's Taliban regime in an effort to close terrorist training camps in that country and flush out Saudi militant Osama bin Laden.
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.
More food aid sought for North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A combination of droughts and typhoons has caused yet another round of food shortages in North Korea, prompting a U.N. agency to issue an appeal for more than 800,000 tons of food to nourish 8 million people.
Immigrants flowing from South America
BUENOS AIRES -- Passport agencies in Argentina are swamped with economic refugees desperate to leave a nation suffering its worse recession in a decade. The U.S. Embassy in Colombia is so overwhelmed by visa applications that the earliest appointments for interviews are in March 2002. In Ecuador, an estimated 500,000 people -- 4 percent of the population -- have quit the country in the past 24 months.
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