Greenspan warns about risks in transition to slower growth
WASHINGTON (AP) --Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan expressed satisfaction Tuesday that the rate of economic growth is slowing to a more sustainable pace, but he warned of the dangers posed to the economy from unexpected shocks.
Recession talk gains ground
The dreaded "r" word has returned to the nation's vocabulary, although few experts predict a recession will occur next year despite growing signs that the U.S. economy is slowing.
Delta to seek court order against pilots to force overtime flying
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hoping to end a daily scramble to staff flights, Delta Air Lines says it will ask a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to compel its pilots to resume flying overtime shifts.
Potlatch expects to lay off 60
Potlatch officials announced they expect to lay off up to 60 hourly employees in January between the Brainerd and Cloquet mills.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle: 625.
FAA recommends fine for Alaska Airlines for 'sloppy' maintenance
The Federal Aviation Administration recommended Monday a nearly $1 million fine against Alaska Airlines for sloppy maintenance and flying planes with inoperative equipment that had not been properly repaired.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 192, a year ago 336.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
Math scores still lag behind top-performing nations
American eighth-graders perform above average in math and science compared to their peers in other countries, but still trail far behind students in the top-performing nations, according to an international study released Tuesday.
Children say music, family and sports keeps them from drugs
WASHINGTON -- Asked what keeps them away from illicit drugs, more than 25,000 children replied: music, family and sports.
Mysterious caller reunites seeing eye dog and owner
LOS ANGELES -- Eric Brun-Sanglard and his best friend, a 5-year-old golden retriever named Legion, go everywhere together. Last July, the pair took a European vacation, exploring Amsterdam, Paris and the South of France.
Formal in-laws spoil fun of rustic cabin
1DEAR ABBY: My husband and I were thrilled when his 80-year-old parents decided to transfer ownership of their rustic family cabin to us. We have made many repairs and are responsible for its upkeep. We love it, and because we are teachers, we have the entire summer to enjoy it.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
Wayne and Colleen Cook, Bemidji, a girl, Amanda Marie, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, Nov. 30, 2000. Grandparents are Jerry and Agnes Stevens, Brainerd, and Harlin and Carol Cook, Coon Rapids.
JENKINS -- Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident reported at 10:04 a.m. Monday on Highway 371, just south of Jenkins.
PILLAGER -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident reported at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 210, 1.5 miles east of Pillager.
In the Brainerd School Board's Truth-in-Taxation hearing story on Page 6A Friday, Marv Begin, Fort Ripley, was misquoted. He said he was concerned how his taxes have increased in the past several years.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 750.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 232, a year ago 244.
Tide could turn on legal longshot in two counties
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Publicly, Democrats say they are not even involved in the cases, and Republicans scoff, painting the pair of lawsuits as an emblem of desperation.
Gore makes last-ditch appeal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Al Gore was asking Florida's highest court Wednesday to set aside George W. Bush's certified victory in the state and allow more counting of disputed ballots to settle the "fundamental question" of which candidate got more votes.
Gore enters comfort zone of reliance on courts
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday that he believes he still has a 50-50 chance of winning the presidency but acknowledged that his future rests almost entirely in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.
Major study links colorectal cancer to cigarette smoking
WASHINGTON -- Smoking cigarettes for 20 years or more can increase by more than 40 percent the risk of dying of colorectal cancer, according to a study that blames tobacco use for nearly one in eight such deaths in the United States.
Study: Back belts don't protect backs
Those ubiquitous back belts -- however effective they may look -- do nothing to prevent back injuries, according to a study of Wal-Mart workers.
AMA supports selling 'morning-after' pill over-the-counter
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Stepping into a morally charged debate Tuesday, the American Medical Association called on the Food and Drug Administration to consider making the "morning-after" pill available over the counter.
FDA: New consumer warnings on Accutane, including possible suicide risk
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Patients who take the powerful acne drug Accutane will soon get special warning brochures outlining side effects -- including a possible, but not proven, link to suicide. Patients must then sign a paper certifying they understand those risks, health officials told Congress Tuesday.
Study: Possible link between gas exposures, Gulf War illnesses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pentagon-sponsored study raises the possibility that some of the undiagnosed illnesses reported by Gulf War veterans could be explained by their exposure to low levels of Iraqi nerve gas.
Beef recall likely to expand soon
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The recall of ground beef sold at Cub Foods stores will probably soon expand beyond just the meat produced Nov. 2 and 3 at a meatpacking plant in Wisconsin, according to executives with the store and the meat packer.
Syphilis in retreat but gonorrhea on rise
U.S. syphilis rates reached an all-time low in 1999, suggesting that it may be possible to eradicate the disease from the American scene, but gonorrhea rates reversed a two-decade trend by rising 9 percent, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
EPA phasing out popular ant and roach poison
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement for the phaseout of a widely used pesticide, diazinon, because of its potential health risks to children, agency sources said Tuesday.
Rager excelled in the classroom, as well as on wrestling mat
PINE RIVER -- With the academic scandal surrounding the University of Minnesota men's basketball team making headlines, a story of a college athlete finding success in his sport as well as in the classroom is welcome.
State religious leaders speak on environmental issues
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A group of religious leaders from Minnesota and elsewhere want churches to address the spiritual and moral dimensions of taking proper care of the Earth.
Enrollment for new students opens at CLC
As fall semester finals week approaches at Central Lakes College, the landscape becomes increasingly studious. Students in composition class taught by Jan Bedard took a little hallway floor space to critique their work in advance of culminating exams scheduled
Second-graders get college education
Steve Long, a retired Central Lakes College biology instructor, often returns to the Brainerd campus to introduce others to community higher education. Last Friday he explained the relationship of anatomical shapes with species functions, as second-graders from Lowell Elementary School in Brainerd toured the CLC campus with instructor Alice Larson.
MnSCU chancellor candidates offer a study in leadership styles
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The three finalists to succeed Morrie Anderson as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system bring widely differing leadership styles to the table, as evidenced by a series of interviews.
WALKER -- The Cass County Council on Aging will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 18, at the Whistle Stop Senior Center in Walker for the Christmas potluck luncheon.
Lesson on instruments
While Dave Roll (far left) played a synthesizer, Peter Phippen, ethnic flutist from Eau Claire, Wis., presented an array of anthropological wind instruments to Central Lakes College students last Fr
Area Athletes of the Week
PIERZ -- Pierz Pioneers wrestler Craig Luberts gained 22 pounds since last year, but the extra weight hasn't slowed him down.
Wrestler hopes to continue success -- as coach
PINE RIVER -- Like a war veteran, Randy Rager left his home in Pequot Lakes only to return a decorated hero.
Farming isn't any safer than it was a decade ago, experts contend
BISMARCK, N.D. -- On a cold, late-November day in 1990, Jeff Malm was digging post holes on his farm when his coat sleeve became entangled in the machinery. In an instant, his left arm dangled by a few tendons below the elbow, and his spinal cord was bruised.
Sophomore Rollins turning into another weapon for PR-B
PINE RIVER -- For the last couple of years the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls' basketball team has used great defense and one scorer to win games.
Hobby of carving German toys turns into huge business for Glen man
GLEN -- When Josef Knox was 17, he wanted an electric guitar but couldn't afford one.
Injured survivor of Cole attack to visit family in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A sailor injured in the terror bombing of the destroyer USS Cole will return to the Twin Cities this week in time for the holidays.
New Ulm youths have a place to go for graffiti
NEW ULM (AP) -- Abdulaziz Al-Salim, 15, shakes a can of spray paint, then aims the canister at a wall, making a giant red letter. In a matter of seconds, Al-Salim has crafted a small piece of art, which he proudly wants others to see. Nearby, Tony Helget is busy creating his own rendition of graffiti art.
Baxter council addresses concerns of residents about snowmobiles
BAXTER -- A snowmobile ordinance may be in the works for the city of Baxter.
Finding the perfect tree
Carol Tschida (left) smiled after finding the perfect tree with Amelia Watson at the Balsam Lane Tree stand at the East Brainerd Mall Tuesday. After searching the entire selection of John Anderson's trees, Tschida, Watson and her mother Lizz Watson settled on this tree for their home northwest of Brainerd . (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Fire at wood products plant forces power shut-off in Mountain Lake
MOUNTAIN LAKE (AP) -- Residents of this southwestern Minnesota city were without power during Tuesday's frigid weather after a fire broke out at the Conestoga Wood Products plant.
Union responds to Potlatch layoff announcement
Potlatch local union representatives today issued a response to the Tuesday announcement of layoffs at the Brainerd and Cloquet mills.
The Brainerd Post Office is expanding lobby counter service hours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16 for the convenience of Christmas mailers.
Ventura pledges truce with state funding for public radio, television
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura called a truce Tuesday over state funding of public broadcasting stations during a live radio interview on Minnesota Public Radio.
Minnesota man fakes robbery at St. Croix casino but is caught on tape
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- It's a good thing John Robert Broos Jr. doesn't write how-to books on faking robberies.
From ag to insurance
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - Rick Nolan, the Brainerd area native, who declined to seek a fourth term as Sixth District representative to Congress, will return to Brainerd. Nolan is going to operate a small farming operation and also is the chief operator of a business that is involved with exporting food and agricultural supplies.
Baxter to keep working on wastewater project
BAXTER -- Baxter will continue pursuing the regional wastewater treatment study funding despite Brainerd not meeting until after the grant application deadline.
MnSCU picks leader
ST. PAUL -- A Pennsylvania chancellor survived a speedy and public selection process to be unanimously named Tuesday as the next chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Fire broke out early Wednesday at the Decathlon Hotel and Athletic Club, the home of college hockey's Hobey Baker Award.
Brainerd seeks to broaden scope of wastewater treatment study
While in support of a study, Brainerd city officials said Monday a regional wastewater treatment study needs to be larger in scope than proposed.
City names panel for mobile home park closing situations
Members were named to a manufactured home park closing subcommittee by the Brainerd City Council Monday.
What started as a hobby of carving German toys has grown into a business near Aitkin called Whittle Works. Look for the story Wednesday in Neighbors.
Ordinance amends city liquor code
The Brainerd City Council Monday adopted an ordinance amending the city code pertaining to liquor, reducing the number of strictly bars and the number of bars allowed downtown.
Little Falls to let public decide smoking issue
LITTLE FALLS -- Whether smoking in Little Falls restaurants will be allowed will be decided by city residents.
Crow Wing Lake completes septic system project
The Crow Wing Lake Association was the fourth lake association in Crow Wing County to complete a septic system upgrade inventory.
New laws coming One closes loophole on hunting by the disabled
ST. PAUL -- Healthy hunters who in the past have cheated the system by applying for special deer hunting permits for the disabled should think twice before asking their doctors for a signature next year.
What are the odds?
Lightning can strike twice.
Bus drivers go on strike Robbinsdale schools closed for the day
ROBBINSDALE (AP) -- The 14,000 students in the Robbinsdale School District stayed home Wednesday after bus drivers and custodians went on strike.
The Civil Air Patrol recently announced several staff changes or honors.
E. coli spreads to Wisconsin; company was investigated in previous outbreak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An E. coli outbreak that sickened 22 people in Minnesota has spread to Wisconsin, where three people on Tuesday were confirmed sick with the infection, Wisconsin health officials said.
Hasskamp to work as lobbyist
Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, has started a consulting firm and will lobby for various interests during the 2001 legislative session.
Report says future flooding could be severe in area
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- An international commission says future Red River flooding could be more severe than the 1997 disaster that swamped this city, and it urges officials in the United States and Canada to work on prevention.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 5 - 80 years ago (1920) -- Mrs. P.T. Anderson of 901 Fifth Avenue picked pansies in her flower garden on December 1.
The Dispatch is experiencing WeatherLine software problems, including the posting of inaccurate temperatures.
Court sides with district
LITTLE FALLS -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the Little Falls School Board's decision to terminate the employment of Chuck Herdegen, former finance director.
Ruling leaves Gore struggling, Bush confident
Al Gore struggled for survival in the nation's overtime presidential election on Tuesday, while George W. Bush, projecting confidence about a victory, said he hoped to "seize the moment" after taking office.
Lieberman says Florida high court to be 'final arbiter'
WASHINGTON -- Dispatched to Capitol Hill by Al Gore, Joseph Lieberman stood Tuesday with supportive Democratic lawmakers and declared the Florida Supreme Court would be "the final arbiter" of the election dispute.
Gore pins last hope on Florida Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Al Gore's struggle for the White House has been reduced almost entirely to the hope that the Florida state Supreme Court can navigate between skeptical courts above and below it to order further hand recounts of thousands of disputed ballots.
Newspapers: Army finds soldiers killed unarmed refugees in Korean War
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Army investigation has found that American soldiers panicked and fired into a group of unarmed refugees near the hamlet of No Gun Ri in the early days of the Korean War, but it did not find conclusive evidence that they had orders to kill the civilians, a newspaper reported.
Bush senior at Mayo for hip replacement
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Former President Bush had his left hip replaced Tuesday morning at the Mayo Clinic, and the clinic reported that things went well.
Facing power shortages, California's Christmas could be cold, dark
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Gray Davis was in the holiday spirit when he lit the Christmas tree at the state Capitol, but he quickly pulled the plug as part of a statewide effort to conserve energy.
Police: O.J. involved in tiff with motorist
MIAMI (AP) -- O.J. Simpson was involved in an altercation with another motorist who claimed the former football great grabbed his glasses and scratched him, police said.
Spacewalkers take break as NASA approves plan to fix space station's right wing
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- Astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour enjoyed some time off Wednesday after a 6 1/2-hour spacewalk that completed power connections for the international space station's electricity-producing solar wings.
GOP mixed over budget compromise bid
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans gave their leaders a mixed reaction Tuesday to the effort to strike a budget compromise with President Clinton, a battle over school spending, immigration and other issues that forced a lame-duck Congress to return to the Capitol this week.
29 more deaths reported in Firestone investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twenty-nine more deaths have been reported in the government's investigation into the safety of Firestone tires, including four fatalities that occurred in accidents since the tire-maker's August recall.
Lottery used to relieve N.Y. airport congestion
NEW YORK -- It's the airport with the most delays in the nation.
Pentagon finds Army Corps of Engineers rigged data to justify lock expansion
WASHINGTON -- Top Army Corps of Engineers officials rigged data to justify a proposed $1 billion lock expansion on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, according to a blistering Pentagon report released Wednesday.
Price of sending letter to increase one cent on Jan. 7
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The price of sending a letter will go up a penny -- to 34 cents -- on Jan. 7.
Correction / clarification
WASHINGTON -- A Washington Post article about the resignation of a senior diplomat over the case of a missing laptop computer incorrectly said that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had dismissed Nancy C. May, former acting executive director of the bureau of intelligence and research. In fact, Albright has ordered May's suspension. May plans to contest the decision. Also, the article neglected to mention that last year Mary A. Ryan, currently assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, became the 38th person ever named "career ambassador."
Victims in Wisconsin plane crash identified
MILLTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota man and his instructor died when their twin-engine plane crashed in a wooded area in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday, authorities say.
Jean Carnahan appointed to husband's Senate seat
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Roger Wilson has appointed Jean Carnahan to become Missouri's next U.S. senator in place of her husband, Mel Carnahan, who posthumously won the Nov. 7 election.
No suspects in jockey Antley's death
PASADENA, Calif. -- Two days after two-time Kentucky-Derby winning jockey Chris Antley was found dead in the hallway of his home, an acquaintance pleaded not guilty to drug charges stemming from an earlier incident at the house, officials said.
Florida speaker raises possibility of no special session
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Unable to win agreement with his Senate counterpart, Florida's Republican speaker indicated Monday the courts might make it unnecessary for lawmakers to intervene in the disputed presidential race.
Jeb Bush, Florida GOP may face backlash
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's Republican Gov. Jeb Bush has indicated in recent days that he is prepared to help his brother, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, emerge with the state's 25 electoral college votes. The question is whether such an aggressive posture will come back to haunt him two years from now.
Autopsy finds actor was shot in back by police
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A policeman who killed an actor holding a toy gun at a Halloween party shot the man from behind, an autopsy concluded.
Randle closes in on another 10-sack season
EDEN PRAIRIE -- John Randle was in a talkative mood Monday.
Just blame Turner when all else fails
Eddie Murray missed two field-goal attempts, Brad Johnson threw two interceptions, Stephen Davis netted 29 yards in 12 carries and Washington lost at home to the New York Giants, 9-7.
The Minnesota Vikings can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by winning Sunday at St. Louis.
Mailman delivers, moves past Wilt
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Karl Malone found it easier to look ahead than behind after a historic night.
Georgia fires football coach
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Jim Donnan won more than two-thirds of his games as coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. He lost his job Monday largely because he didn't win the ones that mattered most.
NBA will suspend Timberwolves owner Taylor
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Tuesday night that he has agreed to be suspended by the NBA for his role in a secret deal with former player Joe Smith that violated salary cap rules.
Gophers are still looking for test
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota may face its toughest test of the season this week -- at practice.
Struggle shows Wolves need more practice
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves pride themselves on being a great practice team. They're not nearly as happy with the way they play in games.
Rockie$ $ign Neagle
DENVER (AP) -- After Darryl Kile's problems at Coors Field in 1998-99, some doubted the Colorado Rockies would be able to sign another high-profile starting pitcher.
Elvis should have left the field
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Elvis Grbac had one of his best games of the season against the New England Patriots.
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Rado Rancik scored 17 points and Alan Persinger had 15 on Monday night as St. Cloud State beat Minnesota-Morris 86-59. Four players scored in double-digits for the Huskies (6-0).
Crimson Tide back among Top 25
The way last season went for Alabama, being ranked in the Top 25 wasn't even a consideration.
Earl J. LeBlanc
CROSBY -- Earl J. LeBlanc, 83, Crosby, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at home.
Stephen E. Hollenhorst
POLK COUNTY, Wis -- Stephen Edward Hollenhorst, 44, Roseville, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, as the result of an airplane crash in Polk County, Wis.
BREEZY POINT -- Darlene Kolley McCollum, 66, Breezy Point, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at home.
Earl J. LeBlanc
CROSBY -- Earl J. LeBlanc, 83, Crosby, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at home.
Gary Lee Turner
IRONTON -- Gary Lee Turner, 58, Ironton, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Clearbrook Good Samaritan Care Center of Clearbrook.
IRONTON -- Gary Turner, 58, Ironton, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at the Clearbrook Good Samaritan Care Center of Clearbrook.
Leonard M. Vierzba
DETROIT LAKES -- Leonard Michael Vierzba, 76, Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Helen 'Peg' M. Kangas
DEERWOOD -- Helen "Peg" M. Kangas, 84, Deerwood, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
Mildred M. Wise
Mildred M. Wise, 93, Brainerd, died today, Dec. 6, 2000, at Trillium Assisted Living Home.
Beautiful northern lights or a monster in disguise? Twenty years ago we would not have been deceived by a picture such as this because the sour
A national migraine headache
WASHINGTON--One of the few benefits that may derive from the Florida vote-counting mess is a serious effort to examine and improve election procedures in this country. For a nation that loves the latest in recreational and communications technology, the antiquated machinery by which we choose our elected officials is an embarrassment.
Time to concede - Dispatch Editorial
It's time for Vice President Al Gore to concede the U.S. presidential election.
This election provides an excellent case study of competing cultural philosophies colliding in a power struggle for leadership of a nation.
Now Mexico's Fox must govern
In 1513, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about how difficult and dangerous it was for a leader to introduce a new canon. That is precisely the challenge that President Vicente Fox is facing now in trying to introduce new rules into the political game.
Revenue surplus - Dispatch Editorial
Surpluses and rebates are always welcome news but they certainly don't guarantee a quiet 2001 legislative session. Legislators who've served in recent sessions could attest that a state surplus brings out a host of arguments about how divvy up the wealth.
Running out of chances
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Plain language, finally
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A century ago a sarcastic commentator famously observed that the Supreme Court follows the election returns. Rival brigades of lawyers are now trying to make the reverse happen -- not only with one Supreme Court but two, America's and Florida's.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Dudley Moore says a rare brain disorder similar to Parkinson's disease has left him with a "short and uncertain future."
Detroit Lakes trips up Warriors
DETROIT LAKES -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team squandered a 2-0 lead and wound up losing 4-3 in overtime in a non-conference game against the Detroit Lakes Lakers Tuesday.
Maybe we should send Steinbrenner to the space station
George Steinbrenner is no George Bailey. Like everyone else in North America, I've been bombarded by nearly continual broadcasts of Mr. Bailey's movie each year during the holidays. So, I know George Bailey and I can tell you, George Steinbrenner is no George Bailey.
Aitkin outwrestles Ogilvie
OGILVIE -- The Aitkin Gobblers wrestling team recorded eight pins to defeat the Ogilvie Tigers 51-18 Tuesday.
W-DC wins in area girls' basketball
WADENA -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines girls' basketball team defeated the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 50-42 in non-conference action Tuesday with the help of Kerby Johnson, who scored 26 points.
Gross scores 1,000th point in win over C-I
Coleraine -- Karli Gross scored 36 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark for her career in a 57-49 non-conference girls' basketball win in overtime against the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Monday.
Pequot Lakes girls continue their dominance over PR-B
PEQUOT LAKES -- Going into their game against the Pine River-Backus Tigers the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team hadn't lost at home in 2 1/2 years and had beaten the Tigers 18 straight times.
Pine River-Backus wonders if this is the night it beats Pequot Lakes in girls rivalry
The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls' basketball team will attempt to do something it hasn't done in years -- beat the Pequot Lakes Patriots.
Warrior girls place fifth in nordic ski opener
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Warriors placed fifth in Saturday's season-opening Montebello Relays.
W-DC girls' goalie makes 19 saves to record shutout at home
WADENA -- Wadena-Deer Creek goalie Jenna Johnson saved 19 shots on her way to a shutout as the Wolverines girls' hockey team defeated the Detroit Lakes Lakers 2-0 in Mid-State Conference action Tuesday.
Running back Matt Kern and defensive back Chris Bramer, both of Verndale, have been named to the all-state football team selected by Nine-Man coaches.
Skating anyone? Baxter skating rinks open Friday
BAXTER -- Baxter's city skating rinks will open 3:30 p.m. Friday. Hours will be 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Hanson to speak to boosters club
Brainerd Warriors boys' nordic skiing coach Chris Hanson will speak to the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting noon Thursday at the Moose Lodge.
CLC men fall in North Dakota
Wahpeton, N.D. -- The Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball team had a three-game win streak snapped with a 94-72 loss Tuesday to the North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats.
Willmar shuts out LF boys
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals shut out the Little Falls Flyers 6-0 Tuesday night in a Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey game.
Sophomore boys open with victory
The Brainerd Warriors sophomore boys' basketball team opened its season Tuesday with a 56-42 win over Hibbing. Bryce Cloutier had 20 points, Tim Severson 11 and Darin Eller 10 for the Warriors.
Raider women lose to Moorhead State JV
MOORHEAD -- Jeanna Baratto scored 20 points but the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team fell 61-53 to the Moorhead State University junior varsity Tuesday.
PRINCETON -- Colleen Roach won two events and the all-around to lead the Little Falls Flyers to a 114.85 to 111.95 non-conference gymnastics win over Princeton in a season-opening meet Monday.
Schiller sparks W-DC boys
FRAZEE -- Matt Schiller's 37 points sparked a 59-50 win for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines over the Frazee Hornets Tuesday.
Warriors' girls pin 8-0 loss on Alex
ALEXANDRIA -- Erin Holznagel had two goals and three assists to lead the Brainerd Warriors to an 8-0 Central Lakes Conference girls' hockey win over the Alexandria Cardinals Tuesday.
Warriors score Hardy win Agressive play spells doom for Hibbing
Adam Hardy blossomed this fall, rushing for 880 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns for the Brainerd Warriors football team.
Delicate hoarfrost adds an icy new layer to winter
Tiny drops of moisture cling to tree branches and pine needles and glitter in the headlight beams. The sparkle reminds me of a tiny snow village displayed on gleaming cottony snow.
Helicopters becoming more competitive in some logging operations
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- High-priced helicopters are getting a second look for removing fallen trees from the Routt National Forest because they do less damage than new roads and their cost is becoming more competitive.
Report says global warming could mean big changes for the Great Lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Lagging water levels and disappearing pine trees are among possible results of climate change in the Great Lakes region by the end of the century, scientists say.
Snow for the snowman
Weather drawing by Allyson Patton of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
Weather drawing by Madison Smith of Mrs. Baker's third grade class at Nisswa school.
Brisk and cold, with flurries.
Faces of winter
Peter (front) and Eryn Dahl slide down the sledding hill at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with the family dog, Gator, in hot pursuit.
Home remodeling crumbling couple's marital foundation
DEAR ABBY: I was married three months ago and still do not live with my husband. We have been remodeling the farmhouse that he has lived in for the last three years. Before I came along, he lived in filth and clutter.
Dear Heloise: I have a problem that I hope you can help with. When I make plain gelatin, the BOTTOM ALWAYS GETS RUBBERY and is not really good to eat.
The Aitkin Riverboat Reelers will be square dancing from 8-10 p.m. Thursday with plus at 7:30 p.m. at the Aitkin VFW, one mile north of the stoplight. Mike McGuire will be the caller. Potluck will be served. This is a Christmas dance for new dancers. Everyone is welcome.
Names and faces
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) -- Geraldo Rivera and his estranged wife have sold their seven-acre estate and the weekly newspaper they published.
Senior envoy quits over Albright's action
WASHINGTON -- J. Stapleton Roy, one of the nation's two most senior foreign service officers and a three-time U.S. ambassador, has resigned in protest after Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright suspended his deputy without pay and fired two other long-time State Department officials over a missing top-secret laptop computer.
Russia sentences U.S. businessman to 20 years on espionage charges
MOSCOW -- Ailing American businessman Edmond Pope was found guilty of espionage Wednesday and sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison for illegally obtaining classified blueprints for a high-speed torpedo, his lawyer said.
'Buy me, buy me'
LONDON -- In toy stores from Birmingham to Boston to Beijing, a small robotic toy dog silently begs, "Buy me, buy me."
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