Suzuki Grand Vitara: More seating for less money
Not everyone wants to drive a burly Ford Excursion or Expedition, a macho-looking Dodge Durango or even the no-longer-so-big Chevrolet Suburban.
Consumer groups want national database to find auto lemons
WASHINGTON -- The trouble began soon after Vicki and Joe Parisi bought their used car in 1994. The radio would go out. The power windows stopped working. The gas gauge incorrectly read empty.
1951 Studebaker 2R5 pickup
This 1951 Studebaker Model 2R5 half-ton pickup belongs to local banker Warren Williams of Brainerd. It has a 170 cubic inch six-cylinder original engine which produces 85 horsepower.
NEW YORK -- Sitting in the showroom at Martin's Manhattan Honda, Declan Walsh flipped through a glossy brochure for the Odyssey minivan, noting that it seemed to have everything his family could need. Well, almost everything.
Area artist cuts Christmas CD for church's pipe organ restoration
What started for Nancy Waller as "a little recording" for family and friends snowballed into a professionally produced music CD.
Minnesota church to defy Lutheran ban and ordain lesbian pastor
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A local congregation has voted 176-0 to defy the policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and ordain an openly lesbian minister next April.
Trinity Lutheran Church's confirmands
No 'early edition' required
"What if you knew, beyond a doubt, what was going to happen tomorrow?"
Catholic Diocese builds vocations with Internet
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tapping the new generation raised on the Internet, the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines has unveiled a Web site aimed at helping it recruit men for the priesthood.
Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will present a Christmas concert titled Exultate at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, presented by the Chamber Choir and Orchestra from the Twin Cities.
Prevent discipline problems by spending time with your kids
QUESTION: My husband and I are doing far too much disciplining of our kids. Is there another way to encourage them to cooperate?
Food gifts are full of thought
A gift made at home has a secret ingredient: thoughtfulness.
Spices give this veggie dish flavor
Vegetables are given special presentation in several recipes featured in "Savoring Spain and Portugal" (Time-Life Books, $39.95) by Joyce Goldstein. The book is one of a Williams-Sonoma series.
'Rustic' dessert will please sweet tastes
Rustic Honey Polenta Cake uses cornmeal as an ingredient in the Italian tradition, for a honey-sweet, country-style dessert.
Holiday books: All about everything in the kitchen
"Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Companion: The A to Z Guide to Everyday Cooking Equipment & Ingredients," edited by Chuck Williams (Time-Life, $24.95): It's no coincidence that this paperback boasts a slick cover that wipes clean with ease.
The following recently appeared in Crow Wing District Court:
RANDALL -- Four people suffered injuries in a two-car collision in Morrison County Wednesday. The crash was reported at 12:33 p.m. on Highway 10 at Randall, the State Patrol reported.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 352, a year ago 295.
BURGLARIES -- It was reported the residence of Max Howick, Deerwood, was broken into.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 600.
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County Court: Michael Allen Wendland, 29, Lake Shore, was ordered to serve 120 days on work release for gross misdemeanor DUI. He must pay a $500 fine, a $1,000 DUI penalty and $360 probation fee. Wendland will be on three years supervised probation.
School lunch menus
BRAINERD & PILLAGER
Democratic lawyers resuscitate Gore's court battle
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Democratic lawyers resuscitated Al Gore's dark-horse court battle Thursday when a second election official was forced to concede that she had allowed the state Republican Party to remove flawed absentee ballot applications from her office -- and that her arrangement with the GOP may have violated state law.
Appeals court rejects Bush's request to stop election dispute
WASHINGTON -- The Bush campaign's effort to persuade a federal court to put an immediate stop to the Florida election dispute failed again Wednesday -- the fourth failure in three weeks.
Lewis and Clark judge recount suits
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Trying to block one of Al Gore's last shots at winning the White House, Republicans launched an aggressive attack Wednesday on two lawsuits claiming the GOP hatched a scheme before the election to illegally correct absentee ballot request forms in two conservative Florida counties.
Court cases steamroll to close
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- As four court cases to decide the legality of Florida ballots steamrolled toward conclusion Friday, George W. Bush's team made a last-minute legal maneuver in the Florida Supreme Court.
Florida Legislature getting involved
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Determined to support George W. Bush's pursuit of the White House, Republican leaders announced the Florida Legislature will convene in special session beginning Friday to appoint its own slate of electors in the state's contested presidential race.
Clinton, GOP narrow budget differences
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and congressional leaders are narrowing differences over school spending, immigration and other budget disputes, raising hopes that the contentious 106th Congress could finally adjourn as early as next week.
Senate passes bankruptcy overhaul bill despite promised veto
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defying President Clinton's veto promise, the lame-duck Senate has sent him a bankruptcy overhaul bill that would make it harder for people to erase credit card and other debts in court.
Bush waiting for sign from courts to begin appointments
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- George W. Bush has "pretty much" made up his mind on the makeup of his White House staff and also is working on potential Cabinet appointments.
With time running out, Gore makes his case before Florida high court
Al Gore's lawyer pleaded with a seemingly skeptical Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to order selective manual recounts that could revive the vice president's fading quest for the White House. George W. Bush looked to the state's justices to finally count his rival out.
Glickman says national organic standards coming soon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National standards for organic food will be released soon, and they will make clear that such products aren't safer or more nutritious than conventional products, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says.
For the holidays, try ingenuity on your front door
Before the lights on the tree, before the stockings on the mantel, there's the wreath on the door -- the first welcome sign of the holidays.
Poinsettia wins the popular vote
When Joel Poinsett discovered the plant that would bear his name, in Mexico in the 1820s, he had no way of knowing it would become America's No. 1 potted plant.
BAXTER -- The city of Baxter issued 14 building permits totaling $1,130,850 during the month of November, including the following permits:
Building dream (doll) houses
DEERWOOD -- A Deerwood woman builds a few houses each year, but the houses are the ones where grand pianos can fit in the palm of a hand.
Signs of the season at the White House
WASHINGTON -- Ho ho ho. The ghosts of the Clintons' Christmases Past have all gathered for one last cup of spiked eggnog.
Regulators hear comments about bank merger
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has heard from more than 100 community groups and corporations regarding Firstar Corporation's pending acquisition of U.S. Bancorp.
Bus drivers still on strike
NEW HOPE (AP) --Several hundred people rallied in support of striking bus drivers and maintenance workers who went on strike Wednesday at Robbinsdale Area Schools.
Cass declines Leech Lake Reservation request
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Thursday to decline Leech Lake Reservation's request to exchange land for a 141-acre county site near Northern Lights Casino to enable the reservation to install a sewer system for the larger casino now under construction.
Grant supports redeveloping shops site
A $348,570 redevelopment grant was awarded to the city of Brainerd with expectations of new businesses, jobs and continued efforts to expand a light industrial and warehouse area in the city's center.
On Pearl Harbor day
DEERWOOD -- It's been 59 years ago today since the Japanese Imperial Navy conducted a surprise attack against the U.S. Naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Safe and Sober patrols to target impaired, unrestrained drivers
Nine Crow Wing County law enforcement agencies have started holiday patrols as part of the national Safe and Sober program.
Firing a Pearl Harbor salute
Brainerd American Legion Post 255 Color Guard member Dan Schoonover (foreground) and Brainerd VFW Post 1647 Color Guard member Bob Marsh fired their rifles Thursday during a 21-gun salute at the All Veterans Memorial near the Crow Wing County Courthouse.
Mrs. Minnesota encourages students to help senior citizens
Third-graders at Riverside Elementary School may now have an easier time talking with their grandparents and other senior citizens after a visit from 37-year-old Cyndi-Lee Mack -- Mrs. Minnesota of America of 2000.
Panel mulls $44,000 for gymnastics pit
Gymnasts at Brainerd High School next season may be fearless.
County explains hike in welfare budget
During a Crow Wing County Truth-in-Taxation public hearing Thursday, Ken Kielty, Bay Lake Township, expressed his concern about his property tax increase, including an 8 percent increase in the county portion.
Sanchez testifies in Cally Jo Larson hearing
WASECA (AP) -- A judge set a trial date for March 7 for the man charged in the April 1999 killing of Cally Jo Larson.
Northwest precanceling flights for maintenance
ST. PAUL -- Those planning to travel on Northwest Airlines over the holidays would be wise to check their answering machines often.
Pension plan seeks state bailout
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Leaders of one of the state's largest pension funds want a $27 million annual bailout to make up for some poor predictions.
Cass accepts donation in Pine River Shopping Block
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Thursday to accept Dick Houston's donation of 1,400 square feet in the Pine River Shopping Block.
Residents weary of election that just won't end
In three little words Dee Hondl of Baxter summed up the perspective of many Brainerd area citizens about the 2000 presidential election.
Women faculty reach tentative settlement in St. Cloud discrimination case
ST. PAUL -- Women who claimed they were paid less than men to teach and overlooked for promotions at St. Cloud State University agreed Thursday to a tentative settlement that would allow them to recover more than $830,000.
Cass EDC may receive $36,000 from county
WALKER -- Cass County Economic Development Corporation probably will receive the $36,000 contribution from the county it sought for 2001 rather than the $18,000 the budget committee recommended to the board.
News of early mine shutdown hits hard as Christmas approaches
HOYT LAKES (AP) -- The timing couldn't be worse for the workers of LTV Steel Mining, who expected another eight months on the job.
This was Brainerd
40 years ago (1960) - Fifty-Twosome Dance Club will hold its "Holiday Ball" at the Club LaGuyal. Program dancing will start at 9:30 p.m. to the dancing of Howie Hill's orchestra. A buffet supper will be served at midnight.
In a Page 1A story in Thursday's Dispatch on World War II veteran Bill Johnson of Deerwood, the story should have stated that Johnson flew through the jungles of Africa and over the Amazon River in South America, where he was also stationed for a short time.
Engineering physics students at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will demonstrate experimental devices of scientific merit Tuesday as part of an Engineering Expo.
Ski Gull will open for the winter season at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Number of E.coli cases rises to 30
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The number of people sickened an E. coli outbreak involving ground beef bought at Cub Foods rose to 30 Wednesday, with reports that four more Minnesotans and an Iowa woman were hospitalized with the foodborne disease.
Ventura says it's up to public Governor talks about his moonlighting as football announcer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Addressing a gathering on ethics, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura on Wednesday said his weekend moonlighting job as a football announcer is right out in the public spotlight for people to decide for themselves if it's right or wrong.
Former area man executed for Texas homicide
MOTLEY -- Gary Wentworth, Motley, knew Daniel Joe Hittle was capable of killing his parents, but he couldn't see Hittle going through with it.
Judge: Son is incompetent to stand trial in mother's killing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge has ruled an 18-year-old Minneapolis man is incompetent to stand trial for killing his mother in June.
Crosby man faces charges in fraud case
CROSBY -- A 35-year-old Crosby man was charged with fraud Wednesday by a federal grand jury for using false Social Security numbers and making false statements when he applied for and received about $45,000 in student loans and grants.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - A proposal to reorganize the two junior high schools here became a reality last night, as the Brainerd School Board approved a plan it hopes will save the district $150,000.
LTV closing Hoyt Lakes mine earlier
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LTV Corp. will close its iron mining operation in Hoyt Lakes on northern Minnesota's Iron Range several months earlier than expected.
Companies fined for child labor violations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor announced fines against two companies for violations of child labor laws, including $97,900 against the parent of Cub Foods supermarkets in the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Citing lack of funds, CLC plans to drop auto repair programs
Central Lakes College is recommending the suspension of its auto body and auto mechanics programs at the end of the 2001 spring semester.
The Kixters, the Brainerd High School dance team, competed in AAA dance team competition this past weekend in the Apple Valley Invitational.
Cass board authorizes land exchanges with state
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Thursday authorized land exchanges with the state to transfer all state leased land to county ownership.
GOP drops tax cut plan in latest budget deal offer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are dropping their demands for a tax-cutting package but insist on less spending than President Clinton wants as the two sides test whether they can finally end their yearlong budget war.
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- An Amtrak train carrying 141 people derailed early Thursday after it clipped a tank car that had fallen off a parallel track, injuring about 10 passengers and crew members.
Truck that carried ballots up for auction on Internet
After the ballot confetti we now know as chad, the yellow Ryder truck that delivered ballots to a Tallahassee, Fla., court could be the most enduring symbol of this historic election. Now the Chad Chariot can be yours -- in an online auction.
A wet November
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's state engineer says last month was the wettest November in the Devils Lake Basin in the past 10 years, and that does not bode well for spring.
Five Cubans accused of being Castro's eye and ears in Florida
MIAMI (AP) -- Five men accused of spying for Cuba went on trial Wednesday, with a prosecutor charging that they served as Fidel Castro's eyes and ears in Florida for years.
Superfund program marks 20th anniversary
PHILADELPHIA -- When federal officials began cleaning up an abandoned whiskey distillery in south Philadelphia 13 years ago, they found a noxious stew of hazardous waste: toxic chemicals, explosive gases, PCBs, asbestos.
Jobless rate ticks up to 4.0 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent in November as job growth remained weak for a second consecutive month, the latest sign that the red-hot economy is cooling.
Jobless claims fall but still point to labor market cooling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans filing new claims for state unemployment insurance fell last week but still hovered at a level suggesting that the economy's hunger for an ever-increasing supply of workers is easing.
Undersea explorer records evidence Pearl Harbor could have been warned
WASHINGTON -- A midget Japanese submarine rests on the sea floor outside Pearl Harbor, a remnant of America's sudden introduction to World War II and a reminder of missed opportunity.
Woman sues to be Santa
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Donna Underwood believes she can play Santa Claus as well as any man, including any of the male Santas working at the mall where she was fired.
Crews of space station and shuttle finally meet
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- The three residents of the international space station finally greeted their first visitors on Friday, after flying side by side for almost a week.
Pearl Harbor survivors' personal recollections sharp after 59 years
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Denver Gray remembers the carnage created by a bomb dropped at Hickam Air Field.
New panel to focus on aviation gridlock
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton is setting up a special government group to oversee air traffic control in an effort to reduce flight delays.
Town removes, then restores, nativity scene
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) -- A nativity scene is back on public land after four attorneys volunteered to defend the city against possible American Civil Liberties Union action.
Houston attacks smog
AUSTIN, Texas -- The state's environmental agency Wednesday approved an aggressive clean-air plan for the smoggy Houston metropolitan area that includes a 55 mph speed limit and unprecedented reductions in emissions from industrial plants.
Werner Klemperer, Col. Klink on 'Hogan's Heroes,' dies of cancer at age 80
Werner Klemperer, the character actor whose greatest success came in the role of Col. Klink, the German prison camp commandant of TV's "Hogan's Heroes," died Wednesday at his New York home after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.
Oxygen system mix-up suspected in nursing home deaths
BELLBROOK, Ohio (AP) -- A mix-up in an oxygen-delivery system is suspected of causing the deaths of two nursing home residents and the hospitalization of eight others.
Past members hope Up With People rebounds from financial problems
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The curtain is closing for Up With People, but many cast members who toured the world to spread the group's musical message of peace and understanding remained hopeful it would someday rise from financial collapse.
Youngster dead after being hit by hockey puck
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A 12-year-old boy died after being struck on the back of the neck by a hockey puck, officials said.
Spartans beat Florida
Newcomers Marcus Taylor and Zach Randolph made sure the Michigan State-Florida sequel matched the original.
Flawed defense provokes doubts about Vikings
Santa Claus and the Vikings both come from the north, do most of their business through the air and are the subject of much discussion this month. The difference is everyone wants to believe in the former.
Gophers' Hamilton snubbed
HOUSTON (AP) -- When high school linebacker Jamal Reynolds arrived at Florida State, he was moved to defensive end. Like most decisions made by the Seminoles, it was a great switch.
Age shouldn't be a factor for Heisman
What's shaping up as the closest Heisman Trophy race in 15 years will end Saturday night when the winner's name is announced at the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan.
A critical game
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Six weeks ago it was thought the Minnesota Vikings-St. Louis Rams game on Sunday would be crucial in determining the NFC champion. Now the game could mean the unofficial end of one team's season and an early celebration for the other.
Brees wins Maxwell Award
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Purdue quarterback Drew Brees, believed to be an also-ran behind Josh Heupel and Chris Weinke in the Heisman voting, was out in front for the Maxwell Award.
Bryant, Jamison each score 51 points
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Shortly before the final minutes of their breathtaking, historic duel, Kobe Bryant leaned over to Antawn Jamison and winked.
Lemieux ending retirement
Mario Lemieux overcame a debilitating back injury and Hodgkin's disease to become one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history. Shaking off the rust of three years' retirement should be a breeze.
Mavs' coach to begin treatment
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson, while not putting off treatment for prostate cancer, still has optimistic plans for late April.
Wild continue to dominate Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Alpo Suhonen is just about ready for his players to get mad.
Wolves may get one of their forfeited draft picks back
NEW YORK (AP) -- There is a chance the Minnesota Timberwolves will get back one of the five first-round draft picks they forfeited for signing an illegal secret contract with Joe Smith.
Sooner QB on receiving end of College Player of Year award
NEW YORK (AP) -- Whenever No. 1 Oklahoma needed him, Josh Heupel came through.
Garnett propels Wolves to victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett dominated both ends of the court against the Washington Wizards.
O. Helene Scheper
CROSBY -- O. Helene Scheper, 88, Crosby, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center of Crosby.
Dorothy E. Thomas
Dorothy E. Thomas, 90, Brainerd, formerly of Golden Valley, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Miriam Bresnahan, 95, Davenport, Iowa, and formerly of Pekin, Ill., died Nov. 16, 2000, at Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.
Herbert H. Kern
LITTLE FALLS -- Herbert Henry Kern, 90, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at the Lutheran Care Center of Little Falls.
Mildred M. Wise
Mildred M. Wise, 93, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Trillium Assisted Living Home of Brainerd.
Gilbert L. Berg
DEERWOOD -- Gilbert Louis Berg, 73, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
John S. Johnson
AITKIN -- John S. Johnson, 63, Aitkin, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at home.
Irene Morton Butler
DEERWOOD -- Irene Morton Butler, 84, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at her home.
Sister Mary Stella Fussy
LITTLE FALLS -- Sister Mary Stella Fussy, 65, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at home in St. Francis Convent.
Frances C. Doucette
Frances C. Doucette, 93, Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
Oveline Cummings, 97, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Oveline Cummings, 97, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
Harriet Lee, 85, Brainerd, died today, Dec. 7, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village of Brainerd.
BACKUS -- Howard Ganz, 86, Backus, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at his home.
PINE RIVER -- Wayne Swift, 86, Pine River, died today, Dec. 7, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
MERRIFIELD -- Victoria Hoffman, 57, Merrifield, died today, Dec. 8, 2000, at her home.
PINE RIVER -- Wayne Swift, 86, Pine River, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at Greater Staples Hospital.
Gilbert L. Berg
DEERWOOD -- Gilbert L. Berg, 73, Deerwood, died today, Dec. 7, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center of Brainerd.
Death of Gore's dream
WASHINGTON -- The final rounds of Al Gore's fight to recount the votes in Florida have an eerie resemblance to the eleventh-hour
Two different yet related items appeared in the Dec. 5 edition of the Dispatch. First, there was a front page article regarding Kris Hasskamp's traumatic defeat by Dale Walz an
Whistleblowers - Dispatch Editorial
A case in point is the recent controversy exposed at the Army Corps of Engineers, a relatively obscure but vast agency, with a $12 billion annual budget, that is responsible for flood control and other water projects sought by Congress.
Doing the right thing
The scene is one of those ``green rooms'' where people who are about to go on television salute each other. My companion is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Jim Nicholson.
Florida tally is nothing to count on
Americans have a beastly time accepting that some things are simply unknowable.
The recent recall of ground beef from the shelves at Cub Foods stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago, and Indianapolis due to probable E. coli contamination should serve as a wake-up call to those who still consume unhealthy, bacteria-laden meat products.
OTHER OPINIONS Stadium posturing
It's no wonder Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs is a billionaire. Not only does it take hard work to acquire so much wealth, but it obviously takes timing and a penchant for opportunism. Witness the latest chapter in McCombs' push for a new stadium.
On weekends, lawyer turns sled racer
Gary Gengel of Eden Prairie may be one of the few lawyers in the state who has a grip exerciser on his desk.
Track in good shape for sled race
The track for the 13th annual International Race of Champions Snocross at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds this weekend will be the best in the event's history.
Minnesota women lose in NCAA volleyball tournament
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Minnesota Gophers women's volleyball team lost to the University of California-Santa Barbara in the NCAA West Regional semifinal Thursday night, 3-1.
LF prevails in mat meet
SARTELL -- Matt Boser pinned two opponents and remained undefeated to help the Little Falls Flyers wrestling team to victories over Sartell 51-9 and Sauk Rapids 57-15 at the Sartell Triangular Thursday.
Pine River-Backus girls bounce back for win
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River-Backus Tigers girls' basketball team recovered from its loss to Pequot Lakes to trample the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 70-35 in non-conference action Thursday.
Frazee outscores Wadena Deer-Creek gymnasts
FRAZEE -- Kristi Wood took home first place on the balance beam and won the all-around but it wasn't enough as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gymnastics team lost to the Frazee Hornets 119.5 to 115.05 Thursday.
Home-schooler leads hockey girls
Erin Holznagel is a home-school student who studies the same subjects as youths who attend public school, like algebra, science, government, economics and language.
Sebeka girls outscore Pillager
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies shot just 28 percent from the field in a 64-31 loss to the Sebeka Trojans in Park Region Conference girls' basketball Thursday.
Gophers beat Marquette in OT
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Minnesota entered Thursday's game with a reputation as a 3-point shooting team, yet the Golden Gophers had to work inside -- in overtime -- to beat Marquette Thursday night.
Brainerd uses depth to beat Alexandria
The Alexandria Cardinals had the marquee gladiators but the Brainerd Warriors won the war.
Brainerd gymnasts erupt in opener
LITTLE FALLS -- The Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team opened its season on a rousing note with a 138.35 to 116.2 Central Lakes Conference win over the Little Falls Flyers Thursday.
The Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association will host a girls' 12 and under tournament beginning Saturday.
Burton leads S-M boys
STAPLES -- Bobby Burton led 11 Staples-Motley Cardinals scorers with 19 points in an 86-44 rout of the Park Rapids Panthers 86-44 in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball Thursday.
Warriors blank inexperienced Sartell 7-0 in girls' hockey
The Brainerd Warriors welcomed the Sartell Stormin' Sabres girls' hockey team to the Brainerd Area Civic Center for the first time Thursday.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center director, family remembered
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Regional Cultural Center in this small west-central Minnesota town is stutter stepping back to normal this week following the death of its executive director over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Jazz group to play at Coco Moon
The jazz group Recount will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Coco Moon in downtown Brainerd.
Only about 30 tickets remain for Kottke concert
LITTLE FALLS -Tickets for the Leo Kottke concert in Little Falls may be hard to find by show time at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
She just likes to perform
ST. CLOUD -- By anyone's measure, Ann Michels could be considered a Renaissance Woman.
Woman tires of fulfilling boyfriend's blond ambition
DEAR ABBY: I am a 45-year-old single woman. My significant other and I have been together for five years. He's eight years older than I am, and he brings me great joy.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
MTV's, Rolling Stone's top 100 pop songs since 1963 listed
A list of the 100 greatest pop songs since 1963, as determined by experts at MTV and Rolling Stone magazine.
Quindlen's 'Short Guide' long on wisdom
"A Short Guide to a Happy Life" (Random House, 112 pages, $12.95) is Anna Quindlen's nonfiction version of her inspirational best-selling novel, "One True Thing."
LOS ANGELES -- And the nominees for best actor are: Adam Sandler for "Little Nicky," Sylvester Stallone for "Get Carter," John Travolta for "Battlefield Earth," the submarine in "U-571" and the radioactive reptile from "Godzilla 2000."
Community Christmas Celebration to feature Staples area choirs
STAPLES - The Central Minnesota Boys Choir will debut this weekend during the Community Christmas Celebration at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
Thanksgiving lull occurs at box office
LOS ANGELES -- With little more than Thanksgiving leftovers to pick from, moviegoers again let the Grinch steal the box office during a traditionally slow weekend for Hollywood.
Auditions for Prairie Fire Theatre staging of 'A Christmas Carol' slated in Crosby
CROSBY -- Auditions for Prairie Fire Theatre's original musical productions of the Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" will at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Mayberry Auditorium at Crosby-Ironton High School.
NBC, ABC have something to be thankful for in sweeps
NEW YORK -- While ABC cruised to another weekly ratings win on the strength of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," NBC executives were smiling about the performance of some old reliables.
C-I schools to present Christmas concert
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton vocal music department will present its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Mayberry Auditorium at Crosby-Ironton High School.
Billboard Music Awards a dream for teen-agers
LAS VEGAS -- It was a teen-ager's dream: 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and 98 Degrees -- all together in the one place known for bringing out the adolescent in everyone.
MTV, Rolling Stone say 'Yesterday' is top pop song
NEW YORK -- "Yesterday," the wistful Beatles ballad that has been recorded more than 3,000 times by other artists, was chosen the greatest pop song since 1963 by MTV and Rolling Stone magazine.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Pose a philosophical question in Graham Lampa's presence and he'll leap at the chance to extrapolate his point of view.
Auditions for 'Hello, Dolly!' set at CLC
The Central Lakes College Theatre Department will hold auditions for the musical "Hello, Dolly!" at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 in the John Chalberg Theatre.
Area romance novelist Wendy Rosnau reports her first novel, "The Long Hot Summer," has received a four-star rating by Romantic Times magazine.
Capsule reviews of the films 'Unbreakable,' 'Proof of Life'
Capsule reviews of films:
TV catches holiday spirit with new and old holiday specials
LOS ANGELES -- 'Tis the season to gather around the TV set and receive our holiday cheer electronically.
Work of Monet topic of painting session in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE -- Jean Rauen, a member of the Crosslake Art Club, will host a study of the work of Monet, followed by a painting session at 11 a.m. Monday at the Crosslake Community Center.
It's getting cold
Weather drawing by Megan Griggs of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
A fun time to sing
Weather drawing by Jacque Doucette of Mrs. Bieganek's fourth grade class at Whittier school.
Names and faces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The actor who plays the president of the United States on television's "West Wing" is asking his real-life counterpart for help.
Dear Heloise: The other day, I was watching a show on television, and the handyman gave a recipe for unclogging drains. It flashed off the screen before I could get my pen and write it down. Do you have a formula for unclogging drains? Thank you. -- R. Kelly Jr., Helena, Ark.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
There will be a senior dance Saturday at Waukenabo. Music by the Buckaneers.
Woman has pretty hard time getting praise from hubby
DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years. My husband never tells me I look pretty. I know some women reading your column will think, "Who cares what somebody else thinks of you?" He tells my daughter she looks pretty -- and the girls in his office -- so I know he knows how to give a compliment.
Castro attends Elian Gonzalez's seventh birthday celebration
CARDENAS, Cuba -- Fidel Castro took turns on the stage with clowns and a children's drama troupe Wednesday as Cuba celebrated the seventh birthday of Elian Gonzalez, the castaway whose custody battle ended with a victory by the communist president over his enemies in Miami.
Protests greet start of EU summit
NICE, France (AP) -- Leaders of the European Union's 15 nations kicked off a crucial summit Thursday in hopes of revamping their organization to make room for young democracies from Eastern Europe.
Estrada impeachment trial begins
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Prosecutors began the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada on Thursday, calling the political champion of poor Filipinos a "thief" who used kickback money to finance a lavish lifestyle, including mansions for several mistresses.
Russian panel advises pardon for U.S. prisoner
MOSCOW -- Russia's presidential pardons commission recommended on Friday that President Vladimir Putin free U.S. prisoner Edmond Pope, who was convicted of spying earlier in the week and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
N. Korea hit with worst food woes since famine, U.N. official says
KYOTO, Japan (AP) -- North Korea is suffering its worst food shortages since a famine killed tens of thousands of people in 1996-97, and more aid is needed to prevent another crisis, a U.N. official said Thursday.
Report says globalization has created unparalleled human rights problems
UNITED NATIONS -- Globalization has brought opportunity, wealth and millions of jobs. But the opening of borders and markets has also created new human rights problems, according to a report released Thursday.
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