Lexus ES 300 is a great-looking car
The redesigned Lexus ES 300 is a pretty car from any angle, but whether it's right for you sort of depends on how you look at it.
2002 Ford Explorer wins top rating in class in crash tests
Ford Motor Co. engineers insisted that the redesigned 2002 Explorer would do better than its predecessors in crash tests, and Tuesday their faith was rewarded as the world's most popular sport-utility vehicle won the insurance industry's top rating for high-speed crash protection.
World's rising 65-and-over population will put nations to serious test
WASHINGTON -- The number of people worldwide age 65 and older is projected to more than double to nearly 1 billion in the next 30 years if current trends continue.
2003 Town Car only looks familiar
Ford Motor Co. recently showed off the 2003 Lincoln Town Car, scheduled to go on sale next summer. Although the resemblance to the current model is undeniable, Ford says the frame, steering, brakes and front suspension are all new and that ride and handling are improved. A revised exterior design is intended to have a more formal look.
Toyota Camry evolves into bigger, more stylish sedan
After four straight calendar years as the best-selling car in the United States, the Toyota Camry evolves into a bigger family sedan, with a more-powerful four-cylinder engine and a richer, more upscale-feeling interior.
Car thefts rise for first time in decade; Camry, Accord top targets of thieves
DETROIT (AP) -- Auto theft in the United States rose for the first time in a decade in 2000, with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord remaining the most popular targets of thieves, a report said.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 800.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 250, a year ago 96.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 600.
Fill cookie jars with lively variety of the season's favorite snack
Cookies may be small pleasures individually, but there's no denying they add up to a major strand of the home-cooking traditions of the winter holiday season.
Keep these Freezer Pleasers handy for an easy meal
This week I would like to share with you Freezer Pleasers.
CROSSLAKE -- Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday on County Road 16 and West Shore Drive in Crosslake.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Pillager school board
Senate moderates say Bush package offers pathway to compromise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats expressed a willingness Wednesday to consider President Bush's accelerated income tax cut as part of an economic stimulus compromise as long as the measure also contains a generous Democratic package for the unemployed.
Negotiators OK education bill requiring reading, math tests for millions of students
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators have approved President Bush's top domest
House member wants new casinos to fund stadiums
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Lawmakers discussed a plan Wednesday to build stadiums for both the Twins and Vikings by demanding a $450 million licensing fee from a private gambling company in exchange for permission to build two casinos in the Twin Cities area.
Bush scuttles missile treaty
WASHINGTON -- In a historic break with Russia, President Bush served formal notice Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a move effective in six months. "I have concluded the ABM treaty hinders our government's ability to develop ways to protect our people from future terrorist or rogue-state missile attacks," Bush said.
House approves voting reform measure
WASHINGTON -- Exactly one year after a historic Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for George W. Bush to claim the presidency, the House on Wednesday approved legislation to upgrade significantly the United States' much-maligned election machinery and in other ways improve the voting process.
Bush to withdraw from 1972 nuclear treaty that hampers his missile goals
WASHINGTON -- President Bush told congressional leaders Wednesday he intends to pull out of a 1972 treaty that he has denounced as a relic of the Cold War and a roadblock to mounting a U.S. defense against missile attack.
House DFLers propose road package funded by hike in gas tax
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Talk of raising Minnesota's gasoline tax picked up Thursday, when a group of House Democrats proposed increasing the 20-cent per gallon fee to create a new funding stream for road projects.
Trade deficit in third quarter falls to lowest level in nearly two years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. d
House majority leader to retire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Majority Leader Dick Armey announced his retirement Wednesday, saying the conservative causes he has championed, "peace through strength and supply-side economics," have changed the world for the better.
Nisswa library's grand opening
Siblings Mary Boos and Sam Cote listened Thursday night to the many thanks that were given to them for their $585,000 contribution to the Nisswa Community Children's Library.
Producing the holiday wreaths, company labors toward Christmas
ELMORE (AP) -- Fresh, balsam fir Christmas wreaths adorning Chicago's Miracle Mile shopping district, hanging on businesses in Texas and decorating New York's Times Square may well have started here at Frank Haag's Elmore Wreath Co.
College hosts Bring a Friend to Campus Day to expose people to campus, programs
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, held its fall semester Bring a Friend to Campus Day last Wednesday.
CLC robotics student lands lucrative internship at Shoreview company
STAPLES -- A welding torch felt good to Justin Garski three years ago when his summer job placed him where his father Terry worked.
Trip to hear S-M Bell Choir, Jazz Band set
STAPLES -- Staples Motley Community Education will sponsor a coach ride Tuesday to the Mall of America to listen to the Staples Motley Bell Choir and Jazz Band perform in the Rotunda.
Camp Ripley unit serves community in variety of ways
While the 434th Main Support Battalion headquartered at Camp Ripley has the military mission of supporting the 34th "Red Bull" Division, it also provides a wide range of support to the civilian community.
Pequot students donate money, then spend it on Christmas gifts for the less fortunate
PEQUOT LAKES -- With more than $1,000 burning a hole in their pockets, a group of Pequot Lakes Junior High School girls spent a recent afternoon in Brainerd doing what they like to do best -- shop.
Living Legacy Gardens at Staples awarded additional funding
STAPLES -- The Living Legacy Gardens of the Central Lakes College Ag Center, Staples, has received $39,900 from the University of Minnesota Central Region Partnership for the second two-year phase of the botanical garden.
CLC gets $192,000 grant for robotics training
STAPLES -- Central Lakes College will use a $192,084 state grant to train about 140 employees of PaR Systems, Inc., Shoreview.
County approves budget, tax levy
The 2002 budget and tax levy was approved Tuesday by the Crow Wing County Board .
The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd lakes area will host a Christmas potluck from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Public Library.
Baxter's Quinn honored by state traffic safety office
ST. PAUL -- Baxter resident Bill Quinn, retiring after 41 years in law enforcement, was honored in Minneapolis Dec. 5 by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety for his work in the traffic safety field.
School board airs space needs alternatives in five-hour session
Constructing a school in Baxter and closing Franklin Junior High School and Washington Middle School as educational facilities are a few ideas the Brainerd School Board tossed around Wednesday.
Mayor's firm pulls offer to buy land in industrial park
Amid questions of the legality of a city official buying city-owned land, Lakes Area Mailing Inc. today removed its offer to buy land in Brainerd's industrial park.
Brainerd Community Education is sponsoring skating, downhill skiing and swimming activities in December and January.
The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet 3:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Showing exceptional scoring balance with five starters and three subs ranging from six to 13 points by Center Mike Stranski, Coach Mike Morgan's Brainerd High School Warriors whipped the Bemidji Lumberjacks 71-42 on the latter's court.
BAXTER -- Two people were arrested today after an attempted burglary at the Total Gas station in Baxter.
County sticks with health insurance plan
Crow Wing County employees will retain the fully insured health insurance plan.
County giving workers raise of 3 percent
The Crow Wing County Board decided Tuesday to give full-time non-contract employees as well as elected and appointed officials a 3 percent increase in 2002 salaries.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Rep. Don Samuelson, Brainerd, told The Dispatch this noon that he is recommending to his committee that there be no further cuts in state hospital funding.
Food drive at Mississippi Horizons
Mississippi Horizons sixth-graders Jamie Stockert (left) and Bobbie Gibbs arranged their donations to the student council's fifth annual food drive for the Salvation Army in a display case at the school Tuesday. Throughout the school, four grade levels competed, filling four display cases with food.
Building a relationship Baxter city officials, MBNA members huddle to work on communications problems
Communication miscues between the city of Baxter and area builders working in the community were discussed at an early morning meeting today.
Jail administrator's job offered to Jerry Negen
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department may have a new jail administrator by Jan. 2.
Jerry, Rhett and Scarlett
Jerry Brand stopped alongside a buggy with the models of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind" in a Christmas lighting display at his home north of Pequot Lakes. Jerry and his wife, Sharon, created the models, along with a Victorian scene and other displays in their yard.
Videotape shows contented Osama bin Laden savoring Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden contentedly recalled the Sept. 11 suicide attacks against America on a videotape released Thursday by the Pentagon, saying the destruction exceeded his estimates and the event "benefitted Islam greatly."
All seven in van killed in collision with Amtrak train
SHAFTER, Calif. -- An Amtrak train traveling 80 mph slammed into a minivan carrying farm workers Wednesday afternoon, scattering bodies and debris along a half-mile of track. All seven people in the van were killed.
Widow of World Trade Center attack victim commits suicide
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A woman who was widowed in the World Trade Center attack committed suicide this week, and a friend said she had "just lost her will to live."
Moussaoui described as chatty, stubborn but not threatening
NORMAN, Okla. -- During the months he spent at Airman Flight School, Zacarias Moussaoui became known for three things: his chattiness, his linebacker looks and his stubborn refusal to repeat lessons when he failed.
Talks resume amid new optimism on stimulus plan
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats were back at the bargaining table Thursday after concessions by both sides reinvigorated negotiations over economic stimulus legislation to grant broad benefits to the unemployed and cut taxes for individuals and businesses.
Many believe 11th Fed rate cut will be last
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the Federal Reserve driving a key interest rate to its lowest level since John F. Kennedy was president, many analysts are betting that the central bank has finally reached the end of its aggressive credit easing.
Ron Santo to have leg amputated
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ron Santo, once one of baseball's best third basemen, will have his right leg amputated below the knee because of problems caused by diabetes.
U.S. has good shot of winning conspiracy case, experts say
WASHINGTON -- Although Zacarias Moussaoui was in jail when the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out, legal experts say the government has a strong case for winning a conspiracy conviction against him that could lead to a death sentence.
Enron warned of 'possible illegal acts,' accounting CEO says
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm told a congressional panel Wednesday that his firm warned Enron Corp. directors early last month that the company might be guilty of "possible illegal acts" for withholding critical financial information from Andersen auditors.
Dozens of workers at Salt Lake City airport arrested, charged with lying to get jobs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Dozens of illegal immigrants have been charged with using fake documents to get jobs that gave them access to restricted areas at Salt Lake City International Airport.
Retail sales plunge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retail sales plunged a record 3.7 percent in November as consumers, buffeted by huge job losses, terrorist attacks and a recession, got the holiday sales season off to a dismal start.
Man whose flying lessons raised suspicion before Sept. 11 indicted in terror attacks
WASHINGTON -- The government's first indictment in the Sept. 11 attacks details Osama Bin Laden's alleged decade-long quest to kill Americans and sets the stage for a public trial with only one defendant.
Air Force B-1B bomber crashes in Indian Ocean, all four crew members rescued
The four-member crew of an Air Force B-1B bomber was pulled from the Indian Ocean Wednesday during a dramatic, nighttime rescue after the jet crashed on its way to bomb targets in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said.
Lawmaker says tape is bin Laden 'smoking gun'
WASHINGTON -- In a videotape seized in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden describes how he tuned in radio news on Sept. 11 in anticipation of the attacks planned that day, and he identifies Mohammed Atta as the leader of the deadly hijackings, according to intelligence officials and members of Congress who viewed the tape on Tuesday.
FBI prepares to interrogate American Talib John Walker Lindh
WASHINGTON -- A team of FBI counter-terrorism agents has been deployed to a Marine camp in southern Afghanistan to find out what John Walker Lindh knows about Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network, its ongoing operations and its plans for future attacks against the United States, government officials said Wednesday.
Leader of Cuban spy ring receives life sentence
MIAMI (AP) -- Moments after denouncing his trial as a "propaganda show," the leader of a Cuban spy ring received a life sentence for his role in the infiltration of U.S. military bases and in the deaths of four Cuban-Americans whose planes were gunned down five years ago.
Health care giant Aetna to slash 6,000 jobs
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Health insurer Aetna Inc. has announced plans to slash 6,000 jobs, or 16 percent of its work force, saying it did not need as many employees given lower membership levels.
Jewish extremists are charged in alleged bomb plot
LOS ANGELES -- The chairman and a member of the Jewish Defense League are accused of plotting to bomb the office of an Arab-American congressman and a prominent Los Angeles mosque.
Red Sox make deal for Everett as winter trades continue
BOSTON (AP) -- While the New York Yankees were set to add Jason Giambi to their loaded roster, their biggest rival got rid of its most difficult problem.
Yankees ready to sign Giambi
NEW YORK (AP) -- Minutes after his team lost the World Series, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner made it clear that losing was not acceptable.
Little League rules tightened
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Call it the Danny Almonte Rule.
Don't look for any baseball players on the needy list
BOSTON (AP) -- Baseball's average salary broke the $2 million barrier for the first time this season, and the New York Yankees led the major leagues with an average of nearly $4 million.
Mets snare Alomar, trump Yankees
BOSTON -- The Mets jumped into the game in a big way early Tuesday with the announcement that Roberto Alomar was theirs. Before Tuesday, the Mets weren't even in the game.
Luckless Lions are staring at history
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The star-studded Detroit Red Wings are the best team in the NHL. The surprising Detroit Pistons stand atop the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Edwin Baier, 84, Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Dorothy A. Anderson
IRONTON -- Dorothy Ann Anderson, 70, Ironton, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at home.
Isabel R. Ehresman
STAPLES -- Isabel Ruth Ehresman, 79, Staples, formerly of Motley, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at her home.
Frances 'Frankie' Schwartz
LITTLE FALLS -- Frances "Frankie" Schwartz, 81, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Dorothy R. Getty
Dorothy R. Getty, 76, Brainerd, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
STAPLES -- Isabel Ehresman, 79, Staples, formerly of Motley, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001.
DuWayne 'Andy' A. Anderson
AKELEY -- DuWayne "Andy" A. Anderson, 73, Akeley, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at North Country Medical Center in Bemidji.
In defense of drinking
A while back, I shared some observations about busybodies who are out to rid the world o
Sen. Don Samuelson's actions during the past special election for state representative in House District 12B were disappointing. He
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If you enjoy Christmas scenes you won't want to miss the Brands' -- two miles north of Pequot Lakes and then 3/4-mile north of A-Pine Restaurant on old 371.
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post:
The U.S. as a trade leader
WASHINGTON -- The 215-214 vote by which the House of Representatives last week passed the bill restoring to President Bush broad authority to negotiate international trade agreements was as significant as it was dramatic. Never have I seen more lobbyists lined up outside the House chamber and on the sidewalk to the Capitol. Never have I seen a vote held open for more than the extra 23 minutes it took the Republican leadership to corral a reluctant handful of representatives and reverse a looming defeat.
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If members of Congress want to puncture the widespread cynicism with which they are sometimes regarded their first task should be to drastically reduce their grandstanding and political posturing.
Dispatch editorial views
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Almost all workers receive pay raises but when government workers get a salary hike it's a matter of public record and it's usually reported in the newspaper.
Snocross race at fairgrounds won't be held this winter
Area snocross racers will have to wait until next winter if they want to race at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
State employee contracts have same-sex benefits
ST. PAUL (AP) -- New contracts that extend benefits to same-sex partners of state employees will go into effect Dec. 21, after a legislative subcommittee that could have revoked them instead reached a tie vote Tuesday.
Minnesota gets indifferent reviews in ethics overview
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota receives indifferent reviews in a 50-state report that looks at the oversight of government ethics, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Flu season arrives
The outside thermometer may not read it, but the first confirmed case of the flu in Minnesota is a creeping sign of winter.
Hibbing man sentenced again to life in Keewatin killings
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A Hibbing man was sentenced to his second consecutive life sentence for killing a Keewatin couple.
Minneapolis Fed forecasts little growth in region in 2002
MINNEAPOLIS -- Overall employment is expected to drop between 1 percent and 2 percent in Minnesota, North Dakota and Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 2002 as the unemployment rate increases throughout the Ninth Federal Reserve District.
IRRRB approves initial funds for power plant at Hoyt Lakes
EVELETH (AP) -- The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board decided Tuesday to provide $1.5 million in initial funding for the Mesaba Energy Project, a proposed power plant at the site of the closed LTV taconite operation in Hoyt Lakes.
Inver Grove Heights man pleads guilty in stopping dog beating
HASTINGS (AP) -- An Inver Grove Heights man was given probation for the reckless use of a rifle while trying to stop another man from beating a dog with a sledgehammer.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Three Norman Rockwell paintings stolen from a Minnesota art gallery 23 years ago have been recovered and will be returned to their owner, the FBI announced Wednesday.
Northwest reduces number of pilots to be furloughed by 300
EAGAN (AP) -- Northwest Airlines said Wednesday it reduced the number of pilots it plans to furlough by 300, to a total of 550, but is speeding up the furlough schedule.
Minnesota first lady volunteers in New York
ST. PAUL (AP) -- First lady Terry Ventura joined a group of Minnesota residents this week in New York to help the Salvation Army with relief efforts stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Elk River schools plan to go to four-day week
ELK RIVER (AP) -- Elk River has become the second Twin Cities suburban school district to decide to adopt a four-day week to save money.
New estimate lessens impact of property tax changes
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Property tax cuts approved last summer were big, but apparently not as big as anticipated.
Sun Country talks with bankers, investors, ponders routes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sun Country Airlines was in a holding pattern Tuesday as it continued to talk with bankers, potential investors and groups interested in using the carrier's planes on new charter routes.
Ventura vows a four-year fix for budget
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura promised Tuesday to fix the state's budget for four years instead of simply applying a two-year patch as required under the state constitution.
Lawsuit in St. Cloud school drowning heads to court
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old Apollo High School student who drowned in the school's pool is headed for trial next month after court-ordered mediation failed.
The St. Paul Cos. to exit medical malpractice sector, cut jobs
MINNEAPOLIS -- The St. Paul Cos. said Wednesday it will stop writing medical malpractice insurance, a move that the American Medical Association said would create havoc for doctors trying to get insurance.
Field boosted for Paul Bunyan meet
Brainerd High School
Pequot Lakes beats W-DC in boys' hoops
WADENA -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team beat the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 64-60 in non-conference action Tuesday.
Pierz wrestlers finish 2nd
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Pierz Pioneers upset defending Class 1A state runner-up Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale via criteria and went on to finish second in the New York Mills dual meet wrestling tournament Friday.
Local sports shorts
The Huskies Boosters Club is offering 2001 Pillager football memory books.
Brooklyn Center/Fridley/Columbia Heights 5, Minneapolis Washburn 3
Brainerd Warriors wrestling coach Bob Brakke will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
Victory sheds light on Flyers' skill
LITTLE FALLS -- Every once in a while a player or play comes along that shows just how simple the game of basketball actually is.
Pierz's Stegora scores 1,000th career point
PIERZ -- Sheila Stegora became the seventh Pierz Pioneers girls' basketball player to score 1,000 career points as the Pioneers thumped the Big Lake Hornets 98-55 in Central Minnesota Conference action Tuesday.
Park Rapids handles S-M wrestlers
PARK RAPIDS -- The Staples-Motley Cardinals won only three matches in a 51-13 Mid-State Conference wrestling loss to Park Rapids Tuesday.
Warrior athletes give back to community
For most high school students, Saturdays are a time to put aside homework, relax and unwind from the previous week's hectic schedule and maybe work a few hours.
Skiers find snow
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd warriors boys' and girls' nordic ski team finally found snow in Bemidji and they both finished third in a makeshift event Wednesday.
Hibbing wrestles past Aitkin
HIBBING -- The Aitkin Gobblers wrestling team dropped a 45-15 decision to the Hibbing Bluejackets Tuesday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Give J.P. Platisha's friends an assist for helping convince the Brainerd High School senior to play for the Warriors boys' hockey team this winter.
Apollo thumps Flyers
LITTLE FALLS -- The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles defeated the Little Falls Flyers 9-1 in a Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey game Tuesday.
Little Falls senior guard Mark Hartwig (10) eyed the basket as Mike Burtzel of the Rocori Spartans defended in their game at Little Falls Tuesday night.
The Bowl Championship Series is almost upon us and once again the powers that be have muddied the waters, ensuring that a cloud of controversy will hang over which team is crowned national champion.
Delay deal sought
BOSTON (AP) -- A proposed compromise between players and owners that would delay eliminating teams until at least 2003 is on hold, with more meetings scheduled Wednesday.
Wolves find 'groove'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are on such a roll that Kevin Garnett didn't want to take any chances on jinxing the team with a positive comment.
Wolves' strategy pays
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Minnesota's strategy against Utah was simple. Wait until the second half, then put Kevin Garnett on Karl Malone.
Anderson getting only a few kicks
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- In Minnesota's 12 games, Gary Anderson has attempted just 12 field goals.
Crouch, Grossman top 2001 AP All-America team
Quarterbacks Eric Crouch and Rex Grossman added a new twist to the AP All-America team -- the Heisman Trophy winner and runner-up are both on it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings fined receiver Randy Moss $15,000 last month after he verbally abused a group of corporate sponsors on a team bus, according to a published report. The Vikings were prep
Culpepper probable for this week's game
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings are splitting the snaps in practice this week between their top two quarterbacks, but Daunte Culpepper is expected to return Sunday after missing last week's game with a sprained knee.
Duluth rugby clubs reinstated after member's death
DULUTH (AP) -- The University of Minnesota-Duluth has reinstated its rugby clubs, eight months after a club member's death.
'Ocean's Eleven' worth seeing for stars, as well as the script
"Ocean's Eleven" uses a clever script and a constellation of star power to knock off Harry Potter at the top of the box office heap.
Staples-Motley students to give Christmas concerts
STAPLES -- The traditional candlelight procession accompanied by strains of Ralph Vaughn Williams' setting of "For All The Saints" will begin the Staples Motley High School Christmas concerts at 8 p.m. today and Monday at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
BHS holiday concert to be staged twice Sunday
"We Need A Little Christmas" will be the theme song for Brainerd High School's holiday concert Sunday afternoon at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Holiday festivities abound across state
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Handel's 'Messiah' to be performed in Crosby
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Community Chorus accompanied by the Great River Strings Orchestra, directed by Rich Aulie, will present a public performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at St. Joseph's Church in Crosby.
Auditions for comedy 'Sylvia' set in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES -- Auditions for the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre winter production of "Sylvia," a comedy by A.R. Gurney, will run 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 21, in the Pequot Lakes School auditorium.
'Ocean's Eleven' bumps Harry Potter from No. 1 box office spot
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Slick Las Vegas crooks swiped Harry Potter's crown this week as a wave of big box office swept "Ocean's Eleven" into the top spot.
Baxter man helps organize sale of Resnick painting at Christie's of New York
A newly formed Greek Orthodox Christian parish is the beneficiary of a New York art sale that involves an anonymous donor, unnamed buyer and one of the world's best-known auction houses.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Erin Fossum is using the requirements of her advanced placement art class to document the personalities of her closest friends.
Book tells how Jesse James gang bandits had ties to Brainerd, Wadena, Staples
Northfield wasn't the only Minnesota town that figured into the life and times of the famous James-Younger outlaw gang.
Emily Charter School to present holiday program
EMILY -- Emily Charter School will present its annual Christmas holiday program at 7 p.m. Monday.
The Five Wings Arts Council has awarded more than $30,000 to area schools, arts organizations and individuals in its latest round of grant making.
Kixters take third in kick category at Big Chill contest
The Brainerd High School Kixters took third in the kick category at Saturday's Big Chill Dance Team Competition at Brainerd High School.
Pillager students to give Christmas concerts
PILLAGER -- The Pillager School music department will present two Christmas concerts Monday in the school performance center.
'Minnesota Book of Days' includes quirky facts about Minnesota history
Did you know that on this day in 1882 the Northwestern Telephone Exchange opened for business in Faribault, with 40 customers?
Aitkin High School to perform 'Choirs at Christmas'
AITKIN -- The Aitkin High School choirs will perform their annual Christmas concert, "Choirs At Christmas," at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium.
Rippleside students to present Christmas program
AITKIN -- Rippleside Elementary School students in grades one through four will perform a program titled "Searching For The Secret" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the new gymnasium.
Thirteen Cass County residents attended the shoreland volunteer training Nov. 17 in Little Falls.
Crosslake kicks off holidays
Dozens of residents and visitors united at the bonfire Saturday, enjoying a cup of cider, s'mores and hot dogs. All proceeds from the food sales benefited the Crosslake Community School.
Pine River Watershed Protection Foundation raising funds
CROSSLAKE -- The Pine River Watershed Protection Foundation recently announced its Partners in Stewardship Campaign to protect and preserve the waters in northern Crow Wing and central Cass counties.
Lessons in sugar cookies -- nobody's perfect
A woman says to a bored 9-year-old boy, "How about we make some cookies?"
Iowa state forecast
Today...A chance of light rain or snow northwest. Occasional light rain or drizzle elsewhere. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Chance of light snow southeast...With areas of light rain or snow far southeast corner. Partly sunny west. Highs mainly from 25 to 35.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Becoming partly cloudy west. Partly cloudy central with some patchy fog until mid morning. Clearing skies east...Then partly sunny this afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s west...And in the upper 20s to upper 30s east.
Weather drawing by Spencer Michals of Miss Kobes' second grade class at Lincoln school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...A few flurries northeast early. Cloudy east...With clearing central and west. Highs in the 30s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Cloudy statewide. A few flurries central and west. Partial afternoon clearing far west. Temperatures remaining steady or falling into the teens.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Morning flurries possible southeast and northeast... Otherwise decreasing clouds most areas. Highs from near 20 far north to middle 30s southwest.
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The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Cloudy. Rain likely this afternoon southwest. A chance of rain southeast...A chance of rain or snow north. Highs from the upper 30s north to the mid 40s south.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Scattered rain or snow showers early...Then becoming partly cloudy this afternoon from the west. Highs from the upper 20s northwest to near 40 southeast early...Then steady or slowly falling temperatures...Mainly east.
Weather drawing by Sarah Sanders of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Rain or a rain and snow mixture likely southeast. A chance of light snow or flurries elsewhere. Cloudy statewide. Temperatures falling into the teens northwest...Highs in the upper 20s to near 40 over the rest of the state.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Increasing clouds west. Partly to mostly cloudy east. A few flurries or sprinkles west and central. Highs from the lower 20s northeast to near 35 southwest.
Study: Group therapy helps breast cancer patients feel better, not live longer
Group therapy can help breast cancer patients feel better, but it won't help them live longer, a study found.
Names and faces
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A company that designs and builds swimming pool fountains is suing hotel queen Leona Helmsley, saying she hasn't paid for work done at her Greenwich mansion.
Post office gearing up for the year's busiest mail day
WASHINGTON -- Instead of a sleigh, they arrive in red-white-and-blue trucks, brown vans and vehicles splashed with purple and orange.
Study: American kids are getting fatter at an alarming rate
CHICAGO -- American children are getting fatter at an alarming rate, with the percentage of significantly overweight black and Hispanic youngsters more than doubling over 12 years and climbing 50 percent among whites, a study shows.
A sticky situation
Dear Heloise: I have lots of envelopes that have sealed due to dampness, as well as greeting cards whose envelopes are stuck.
Names and faces
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The fight between former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith and her stepson over her late husband's fortune went to federal court Tuesday, with lawyers arguing whether the Texas oilman intended to leave her a $474 million inheritance.
Obesity may soon kill more than cigarettes
WASHINGTON -- The nation's obesity epidemic has gotten so bad it soon may overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable deaths, the surgeon general said Thursday. He called for changes in policies -- from schools to the fast-food industry -- to trim Americans' waistlines.
Half of postmenopausal women have undetected bone loss
CHICAGO -- Almost 20 million American women, or nearly half of those past menopause, have thinning bones and don't know it, one of the largest osteoporosis studies to date suggests.
Bread-winning wives enjoy happy partnerships at home
DEAR ABBY: I must respond to "Confused Young Woman in Love," who wonders whether a relationship can work between a man and a woman who earns significantly more than he does.
Disrespect sours spirit of gift-giving
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are in serious debt -- college tuition payments, property tax, car repairs, etc. I would like to tell my husband's grown children and grandchildren we can't afford to give them gifts this year. My husband says we HAVE to buy them gifts. (I am usually stuck doing all the gift shopping alone.)
New attacks launched on trapped al-Qaida forces
TORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- Backed by intensifying U.S. airstrikes, Afghan tribal fighters launched a new assault Thursday against trapped al-Qaida forces. Commanders said key terrorist leaders had likely fled Osama bin Laden's besieged mountain base for neighboring Pakistan.
U.N.: Sex trade in children growing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The multi-billion dollar worldwide sex trade in children is growing, with more than one million youngsters trafficked every year for the purpose of sexual exploitation, the United Nations Children's Fund said Wednesday.
Four Palestinians killed in Israeli helicopter strikes in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Despite a U.S. peace envoy's
Violence shatters truce effort, Israel cuts contact with Arafat
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel severed all contact with Yasser Arafat on Thursday, launching airstrikes and sending troops to Palestinian towns after a bus ambush that killed 10 Israelis. Arafat's spokesman called the moves "an official declaration of war."
Gunmen storm India's parliament, leaving at least 12 dead in shootout
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- At least five gunmen stormed the Indian Parliament on Thursday, killing seven people with grenades, AK-47 rifles and a human bomb in an unprecedented assault on the seat of the world's largest democracy. Security forces killed the attackers during a 90-minute gunbattle.
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