The following area students will graduate from Southwest State University on Dec. 8: Cynthia L. Nathan, Brainerd; Krista Marie Williams, Pequot Lakes; and Randi Rae Agens, Pine River.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a house fire at 10:06 p.m. Friday on Johnson Road, north of Brainerd.
Brenda Braford and Matthew Gosch, Staples, a boy, Nathan Allen, 7 pounds, 5.5 ounces, Nov. 10, 2000.
THEFT -- Sandra Harris, 3000 block of Oak Bluff North, reported Saturday her 1991 Ford Festiva was stolen.
Cass County Board agenda
Meets Thursday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. in Walker
AITKIN -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 6:35 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 169 at Highway 210, eight miles north of Aitkin.
Birdie putt on second playoff hole gives Els victory
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's Ernie Els made a 5-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with England's Lee Westwood to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Love hopes win an omen for next season
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Davis Love III was hungry for any type of victory. He got one, and a $1 million paycheck.
Lame-duck Congress returns
WASHINGTON -- The presidential transition is the first order of business as Congress returns from a three-week recess to confront lingering disputes with the current president and uncertainty about the next one.
Bush assembles ad hoc transition team
WASHINGTON -- Unable to get the keys to the government's transition office, Texas Gov. George W. Bush is relying on the kindness -- and the money -- of friends.
Researchers say drug successfully treats form of leukemia
HOUSTON (AP) -- A leukemia drug that patients say has fewer side effects than aspirin has shown surprising success in early trials, researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center say.
Bus drivers, custodians in Robbinsdale schools poised to strike
ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) -- There is a good chance bus drivers and custodians in the Robbinsdale School District will go on strike sometime this week, a union representative said Sunday.
Baxter Youth Shelter turns 5
BAXTER -- Five years ago, Dan St. Hilarie was relieved to step foot in the Baxter Youth Shelter.
North Dakota communities work to keep grocery stores open
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Once a week, in the name of community service, Laurie Stenson drives to a town about 40 miles away to buy bread. She travels about 35 miles to another town to pick up other groceries. Some weeks, she meets the ice cream distributor on a nearby highway.
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin has proclaimed the month of December to be "Gifts From The Heart" month and encourages all citizens to share hope, love and peace with others, especially during this holiday season.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Aitkin attorney William Hudson said he is "abandoning any further efforts" to appeal the recount which shows Judge Robert Graff as the victor in the County Court Judgeship race by 26 votes.
Siberia, Minnesota become allies in cold war
ST. PAUL (AP) -- It's a cold war, but this time Minnesota and Siberia are on the same side.
Ground beef back on shelves today at two local grocery stores after E-coli outbreak triggers recall
Ground beef returned to the shelves of two Brainerd-Baxter grocery stores this morning after reports of an E. coli outbreak in the state triggered a voluntary recall Friday.
Nora Johnson dies at age 108
Nora Johnson may have been one of the longest living Brainerd residents.
Supervalu expands recall of ground beef
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The parent company of Cub Foods expanded a ground beef recall on Saturday after four people became sick, adding to the 17 ill people announced on Friday.
Test-grading error moves into courts
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The company behind Minnesota's test-scoring blunder heads to court Tuesday to contest claims of fraud, defamation, negligence and other legal avenues pursued by students and families who were victims of the error.
Ramp meters to be less restrictive
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After a nearly eight-week break, Twin Cities highway ramp meters will be turned on again Friday, but they will be less restrictive.
Motley apartment fire
Eastwood Apartment resident Ryan Winter peered from his apartment, located just below the unit that had heavy damage in a Sunday morning fire in Motley. The Morrison County Sheriff's Department reported today the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter and starting the bed on fire. Though the fire was contained to the one room in the apartment, that room was destroyed. The fire was reported at about 11:56 a.m. Sunday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Clamshell Lake project may be delayed
Construction of an 80-room motel, two cabins and a fish cleaning house on Clamshell Lake in Ideal Township may be put on hold until an environmental assessment worksheet is completed.
Waving from the back of a horse drawn carriage, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus greeted spectators who crowded downtown Brainerd Saturday night. (Dispatch Photos by Steve Kohls)
Bush plans surgery
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Former President Bush is scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in this southeastern Minnesota city.
NASA evaluating options to complete unfurling of solar wings
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- NASA officials were assessing their options early Monday about when to finish unfurling the international space station's newly attached set of powerful solar panels.
Leading indicators decline 0.2 percent
NEW YORK (AP) -- A key gauge of future economic activity fell 0.2 percent in October, suggesting further slowing for the U.S. economy in the new year.
2 students sentenced for role in mascot's torture
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two high school students have been sentenced for their roles in the theft and torture of a rival high school's canine mascot.
Experts say Cheney's long-term health prospects are quite good
The long-term prospects for vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney's health appear to be quite good, especially if he improves his cardiac risk profile by losing weight, exercising more and taking the right drugs. And, his return to full-time work after suffering a small heart attack 12 days ago poses no particular hazard.
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks dies
CHICAGO (AP) -- Gwendolyn Brooks, who promoted an understanding of black culture through her candid, compassionate poetry and became the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, has died of cancer. She was 83.
Supreme Court issues recount ruling
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set aside a state high court ruling that permitted selective manual recounts in Florida's contested presidential election, and sent the case back "for further proceedings."
PepsiCo agrees to buy Quaker Oats for $13.4 billion in stock
NEW YORK -- PepsiCo Inc. has agreed to acquire Quaker Oats Co., the maker of Cap'n Crunch cereal, Aunt Jemima pancake products and Gatorade, in a deal worth $13.4 billion in stock.
BCS mess is result of system failure
The Bowl Championship Series was created three years ago to produce an undisputed national title game and halt the process in which nitwit football writers and conniving coaches independently adorn champions.
Denver sweep puts North Dakota on top of WCHA
Denver knocked off No. 7 Minnesota twice over the weekend, giving the once-struggling Pioneers their first sweep of the season and putting them one game below .500.
Houston's 37 points beat Wolves
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston couldn't remember the last time he felt so confident. In fact, he wasn't sure if he had ever felt so good.
Terrapins hold off feisty George Washington for title in BB&T Classic
WASHINGTON -- A winning weekend enabled No. 13 Maryland to overcome doubts created by an unpleasant start to a season of lofty expectations.
Unbeaten Oklahoma No. 1 in final regular-season football poll
Oklahoma is still perfect, and still No. 1 in The Associated Press final regular season poll.
Kansas City plans to throw against Pats' secondary
FOXBORO, Mass. -- There was some mystery about who would play quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs in their game against the New England Patriots.
Goalie's return helps Kings get past Wild
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that Stephane Fiset is back from a sprained left knee, the Los Angeles Kings have two No. 1 goalies again.
It's official: Oklahoma to play Florida State in BCS title game
So far, so perfect for No. 1 Oklahoma.
Everything was in position for a record-setting day on the ground.
Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Antley found beaten to death
PASADENA, Calif. -- Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Chris Antley, whose colorful career was marred by recurring struggles with drugs and frantic efforts to keep his weight down, was found dead in his Pasadena home Saturday night, the victim of an apparent beating, police said Sunday.
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Julia 'Judy' M. Hammond
STAPLES -- Julia "Judy" Mary Hammond, 90, Staples, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Nora E. Johnson
Nora E. Johnson, 108, Brainerd, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Joseph J. Skaj
AITKIN -- Joseph J. Skaj, 90, Aitkin, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at home.
BREEZY POINT -- Darlene McCollum, Breezy Point, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at home.
Alphonse E. Konen
PIERZ -- Alphonse E. Konen, 94, Pierz, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Earl J. LeBlanc
CROSBY -- Earl J. LeBlanc, 83, Crosby, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at home.
Agnes 'Agie' E. Mulholland
FORT RIPLEY -- Agnes "Agie" E. Mulholland, 81, Fort Ripley, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Big money and politics
ST. PAUL -- Bob Westfall got unwelcome exposure this fall to a new brand of legislative campaigning precipitated by a ruling that untied the hands -- and opened the wallets -- of political parties and caucuses.
The FBI in Yemen
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post:
Statewide elections this year kept in place a system that, to the surprise of many, worked well in its first two years: A three-sided government in St. Paul.
He was born to be the president, the cards will tell; those pesky ballots, from which the chad fell. Tom, Dan and Peter, the wise big three, saw his star in the East, you see. They all told him he had won. Why, he had won before the count had even begun. But the dumb machines just don't count right -- you must hold those ballots up to the light. And if George Bush would roll over and play dead, then he would soon be way out ahead. And no matter how you spin it, he plans to win it, and the recount is begun.
HEAD:College men Sunday's Scores EAST Drexel 82, Delaware 70 UNC-Greensboro 79, St. Peter'
DULUTH -- Trevor John of Crosslake powered his Polaris to a third-place finish in the Pro Open feature race in the opening round of the World Snowmobile Association's Minnesota Regional Snocross Championship at Spirit Mountain on Sunday.
Raider women give state's top-ranked team run for money
To listen to her, you might have thought the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team had just pulled off the biggest upset of its young season, instead of finishing on the short end of an 86-69 score to Minnesota's top-rated community college team.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale wrestlers win Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational
WADENA-DEER CREEK-- The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders wrestling team won the Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational on Saturday with 189.5 points.
Pierz's Luberts named outstanding wrestler at Litchfield Invitational
LITCHFIELD --The Pierz Pioneers placed fourth in a seven-team field at the Litchfield Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Brainerd nordic boy skiers fifth in opener
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' nordic ski team raced a 3-person relay at Bemidji in its season opener Saturday.
Little Falls second at Monticello meet
MONTICELLO -- The Little Falls Flyers opened their wrestling season by placing second behind Dassel-Cokato at the Monticello Invitational Magic Classic Wrestling Duals on Saturday.
Raider men stun Division II foe
The Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team proved Saturday afternoon that scholarships aren't enough to win in basketball. You still have to play the game.
C-I/A skates past Red Lake Falls
Red Lake Falls -- The Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies boys' hockey team defeated the Red Lake Falls Eagles 5-3 Saturday.
Sellnow, Zelinske win at Blue Earth; Warriors fourth
BLUE EARTH -- Vince Sellnow and Tom Zelinske of the Brainerd Warriors came home with individual championships at the Blue Earth wrestling invitational Saturday.
Weather drawing by Chris Moon of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Fixed income freezes holiday cheer for couple
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are senior citizens living on a fixed income. It has become harder and harder to purchase gifts or give money (which we have done in the past) to all our beloved family members. Recently a grandson called to inform us they are expecting their first child. Instead of being happy for them, we were filled with dread, because now there will be another gift to buy!
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Before "The Simpsons" came "Life in Hell" for Matt Groening.
Utilize answering machine
Dear Heloise: I've been a fan forever and even have all of your mother's books. Honestly, I don't think I could function without your hints.
Eritrea, Ethiopia to sign formal peace deal
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Eritrea and Ethiopia have reached a deal that would end a two-year border war that has cost tens of thousands of lives on both sides, a spokesman for the Eritrean president said Monday.
Pakistan makes significant Kashmir peace offering to India
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan made a new offer in its long and bitter dispute with India over Kashmir, saying for the first time that it will not oppose one-on-one talks between Kashmiri separatists and the Indian government.
Heavy gun battles rage in Bethlehem; gunmen may have tried to seize shrine
JERUSALEM -- Heavy gunbattles raged overnight in what the Israeli army said was an apparent attempt by Palestinian gunmen to take over a holy shrine in Bethlehem.
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