Wall Street's path ahead quite likely to be rocky
NEW YORK -- For all the talk of bullish market conditions and improving business, it's the same old worries about earnings and the economy that are holding Wall Street back.
Minnesota's exports up slightly
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Exports of goods manufactured in Minnesota inched up slightly in the third quarter, compared with a year earlier, while exports of all U.S. goods dropped dramatically, the Minnesota Trade Office said Friday.
Imation expanding in Wahpeton
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) -- Imation Corp. is expanding in Wahpeton and bringing new jobs to the city just across the border from Minnesota.
An interesting mix
From Dutch chocolate to tuxedos and Norwegian gifts, a new shop on Highway 371 North is aiming to provide eclectic mix of services.
New building going up over the old one
W.W. Thompson concrete is creating a bigger impression on the skyline in south Brainerd.
To a more responsible small investor
NEW YORK (AP) -- We are at the time of year when financial celebrities who were wrong all year long present their market forecasts for the year to come, free of charge, no less.
Some independent retailers find a way to succeed during a tough holiday season
Business is so good at Isle of You, a clothing boutique in Lexington, Ky., that its owner is doing something a lot of big retailers aren't this tough selling season: She's placing re-orders with manufacturers.
Sun Country expects to resume some charter flights this week
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sun Country Airlines expects to resume some charter flying this week as it continues discussions with about half a dozen potential investor groups, spokeswoman Tammy Lee said Friday.
Gannett cancels raises for top execs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gannett Co., the largest newspaper publisher in the country, has canceled next year's raises for approximately 80 of its top executives, following the lead of other major publishers struggling with a difficult business climate for newspapers.
A promise is a promise, but might not be kept
Workers agree that job satisfaction is nice, but money issues are never far from their minds. Sometimes the issues are straightforward, other times not, as evidenced by these inquiries from the workplace.
Brainerd Dispatch photographer Clint Wood won the Sports Feature category in the Minnesota News Photographers Association third-quarter clip contest.
Around the watercooler
NEW FOR 2002?: Soy foods that taste better, dental kits to go and designer makeup are among the products that could surface on retail and grocery shelves in the new year, according to Mintel, a British consumer market research company.
Losing faith and much more
SALT LAKE CITY -- It took 16 months for Suzy Colver and her husband to work up the courage to quit the Mormon church, worried about what would befall them once word of their defection spread through their Mormon-dominated town of Ogden.
Historian finds a few unfamiliar morsels about familiar Nativity story
Probably no writings in history are more familiar than the biblical accounts of Jesus' birth in Matthew and Luke. It might seem there's nothing more to be learned.
Girls win self-confidence through competitive sports
DEAR ABBY: My 14-year-old daughter recently won the national gold medal for teen-age girls in the Gold's Gym-sponsored National Sports Aerobic Championship. While she is petite and shy, I watched her become 10 feet tall on stage, demonstrating self-confidence, strength and real beauty.
Excess is out, frugal is in for Christmas toys
Santa, tell the elves to downsize: Excess is out. Frugal is in.
Site's products may help get rid of moths
Capturing the holdiay spirit in a letter
Last Christmas, Regan Allan sent her first holiday letter to 75 family members and friends.
Tips for holiday letter writers
If you want to show you care, write your holiday letter on beautiful stationery in legible handwriting, using a good pen. No leaky ballpoints!
The little black dress comes out of the closet
In the world of fashionable holiday dressing, we've done splashes of color, flounces and frills. Flamboyant beading, daring ornamentation and even evening pantsuits have made the occasional trendy appearance. And, of course, hemlines have risen and fallen -- and risen again.
Child in need
Kinship Partners is a non-profit mentoring program that matches children with adult volunteers who provide a nurturing, positive influence in their lives. While we get a portion of our operating budget from the United Way, the remainder comes from community support, donations and fundraisers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Friday 295, a year ago 342.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Friday cattle: 1,050. Compared to Thursday, not enough slaughter steers, heifers or Holstein steers to test the market. Slaughter cows and bulls steady. Near 1000 feeders expected for the auction.
Minneapolis Grain Exchange gets approval for electronic trading
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minneapolis Grain Exchange said Friday it has received approval from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to begin its electronic trading platform, which it will launch Feb. 15.
Meets 7:30 p.m. Monday
Tuesday -- 7 p.m., Human Rights Commission, commissioners' room.
Fort Myers woman gets two aces in one round
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Norma Menoher couldn't help giggling after leaving the golf course. Two holes-in-one in a single round will do that to a person.
Bush, Daschle push rival views on stimulus bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush argued Saturday that 300,000 potential new jobs will be lost if the Senate won't approve his business investment incentives. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., countered that unemployed Americans need direct help, not "trickle-down" tax cuts.
'Tis the season to watch out for injuries around the home
NEW YORK (AP) -- Along with the hustle and bustle, the holiday season also ushers in the potential of more home injuries.
U.S. is well down list of worldwide aging
WASHINGTON -- For all the talk of the graying American population, the United States places only 32nd among nations ranked according to the percentage of their population that is 65 and older, according to a government report.
Lessons learned staying up all night
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tiptoe through the stacks of any college library -- especially around final exams -- and you'll find them: college students so tired they've fallen asleep.
Demand for new childhood vaccine causes shortage
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- High demand for a new vaccine against childhood pneumonia, meningitis and ear infections has led to a shortage around the country.
Crisis Line-Referral Ser.
Kids' health woes prompt exercise programs
WASHINGTON -- "We're working on our biceps!"
Chemical dependency and AA groups
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 16 - 60 years ago (1941) - Appointment of Richard C. Ebert, Brainerd's Municipal Judge, as Chairman of the Committee in charge of the Crow Wing County American Red Cross War Fund Drive and acceptance of the $5,600 quota set for the county was announced.
The Vikings take on the winless Detroit Lions today. Look for game details in Sports Monday.
The Red Cross has scheduled a bloodmobile for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Thabes Room at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Harrison Elementary School students Libby Chastain (left), Marcus Comstock and Linda Fober helped put the finishing touches on a patriotic Christmas tree that Collette Knoll donated and decorated.
Reassuring the flying public
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- and especially because of the choice of weapon the terrorists used -- airport security has become a primary concern for politician and citizen alike.
Man imprisoned almost 13 years on rape conviction freed after DNA testing
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A man who spent nearly 13 years in prison on a rape conviction has been freed based following new DNA testing.
Pioneering anthropologist Mead's 100th birthday celebrated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- She shocked Americans of the 1920s by suggesting that teen-agers would be better off with the early experience of life, including sex, that was normal for youngsters on a South Seas island.
Forest Service firefighting costs rising
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- When lightning struck the gnarled skeleton of a tree in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness late last summer, it ignited what turned out to be a small fire, 279 acres, but resulted in a big bill -- $2.2 million.
Senate office building expected to be treated again after lingering spores found
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials were planning to pump chlorine dioxide gas into the ventilation system of a Senate office building after tests found trace amounts of anthrax spores remained there.
Lobbyist adds Afghan warlord to list of unusual clients
WASHINGTON -- Self-described "guerrilla lobbyist" Philip Smith, who has worked to defend the rights of Vietnamese Buddhists and Lao freedom fighters, recently took on a high-profile client with a human rights problem of his own: Afghan warlord Rashid Dostum.
Lynne Cheney donates $50,000 book advance to Red Cross
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lynne Cheney donated the $50,000 advance on her new children's book to the American Red Cross on Friday.
Georgia literary magazine features 1940 letter by Faulkner
ATLANTA (AP) -- William Faulkner learned to tell the truth and care for the weak from Caroline Barr, the black woman who raised him and his brothers in Oxford, Miss.
Wisconsin's judicial selection process is inclusive
Depending on the makeup of the White House and Senate, Wisconsin's senators nominate a varying number of people to the 11-person Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission, which helps select federal judges in the state. A breakdown:
Tribal casino may be turning fortunes around
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Growing up on the desperately poor Tigua Indian reservation, Roger Hernandez watched as family members slowly drifted away.
AAL, Lutheran Brotherhood raise $10.7 million for Sept. 11 aid
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood, which are in the process of merging, said Friday they have raised $10.7 million to assist the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Government busts smugglers accused of using babies to bring drugs into country
CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal officials broke up a sophisticated drug-smuggling ring in which the suspects allegedly used baby formula cans and sometimes even rented babies to sneak cocaine and heroin into the country.
Police: Small-town theater director killed four family members, himself
LOWELL, Ind. (AP) -- A small-town theater director fatally shot his wife and infant daughter as she was bathing the child, then drove to his parents' home and killed them before taking his own life.
Two Chicago-area Muslim charity groups raided by federal agents, assets frozen
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Federal agents armed with search warrants scoured the offices of two suburban Chicago Muslim organizations that government officials said are suspected of funding terrorist activities.
Conservative Christians like the president personally, watching his policy decisions
WASHINGTON -- Conservative Christians say their support for President Bush remains strong, based more on the president's personal religious background than any outspoken stands or policies on their top social issues.
Rockets' Taylor suspended for violating drug policy
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Rockets forward Maurice Taylor received a five-game suspension from the NBA on Friday for using marijuana in violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Nebraska riding lucky wave into Rose Bowl
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska's first national football championship was as much a result of other teams losing as it was the Cornhuskers winning.
Mets trade Justice to Oakland for Mark Guthrie
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- If David Justice's first year with the Oakland Athletics turns out to be his last in the majors, he intends to make it a good one.
More misery for Heat, Sixers at bottom of Atlantic Division
Hard to tell who was more upset -- the coach of the Miami Heat or the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lions losing ways could make them infamous
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Athletes often talk about wanting to leave a mark, a lasting legacy.
Avalanche's streak ends against Sharks and Nabokov
The Colorado Avalanche's unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt against a team they usually beat -- and a goalie they had always defeated.
Friends Ross, Friedgen back O'Leary's integrity
ATLANTA (AP) -- Longtime friends and colleagues of George O'Leary were quick to support the former Georgia Tech coach after lies in his resume led to his sudden resignation from Notre Dame.
Sources: ABC/ESPN close to taking NBA TV deal from NBC
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC is on the verge of losing its third major sport since 1998, with the NBA close to leaving its longtime TV partner in favor of ABC and ESPN, The Associated Press learned.
Ex-Cowboy to remain in jail on drug charges
DALLAS (AP) -- Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton will spend the holidays in a federal prison at Seagoville in southeast Dallas County until drug-trafficking charges against him are resolved, a judge decided.
Laettner breaks leg, out at least a month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Wizards forward Christian Laettner fractured his left leg during the first quarter of Friday night's game against the New York Knicks.
Francis 'Bud' Gagnon
FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Francis "Bud" X. Gagnon, 77, Frankfort, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at St. James Olympia Fields Hospital, Olympia Fields, Ill.
Adele M. Bush
AITKIN -- Adele M. Bush, 82, Aitkin, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.
Paul D. Barnett
WADENA -- Paul D. Barnett, 78, Wadena, formerly of Verndale, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Shady Lane Nursing Home.
Madge (Rutz) Roland
LITTLE FALLS -- Madge (Rutz) Roland, 67, Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center.
Daisy B. Storry
Daisy B. Storry, 74, Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Helen Kyar, 87, Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Michael David Ondris
PILLAGER -- Michael David Ondris, 82, Pillager, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
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Glimpse of evil - Dispatch Editorial
It was eerie to watch Osama bin Laden discuss the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the videotape released Thursday by the U.S. government.
This could be the year of the electronic Christmas and not just because of soaring DVD sales.
I respectfully disagree with the Dispatch's editorial position supporting an airport runway expansion. I strongly feel that now is not the time to be moving forward with adding an additional 6500-foot runway for a number of reasons.
They don't deserve a break
"They didn't just rob your Uncle Bernie's corner deli, senator!"
Protecting water quality sparks watershed campaign
The Pine River Watershed Protection Foundation recently announced its "Partners in Stewardship" campaign to support the goals of its strategic plan and its work to protect and preserve waters in northern Crow Wing and central Cass counties.
DNR explains Mille Lacs creel survey methods at Aitkin meeting
AITKIN -- In response to questions from the Mille Lacs Input Group, the DNR hosted a public meeting Thursday to explain how it conducts creel surveys.
New gear for a new ice fishing year
Jokes aside, the "Jaba Hut" has design characteristics that make a lot of sense.
Trips to Rochester afford plenty of wildlife viewing
In the past month I've made three visits to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. As usual when I'm on the road, I bring binoculars and a camera in case I see wildlife along the way. Yesterday was no exception.
Ice fishermen remain anxious for solid ice
Balmy weather this early winter has pleased many who aren't ready for arctic blasts. But it's aggravated ice fishermen anxious for solid ice.
Long debate nears an end
A process that began almost three years ago took a big step toward completion last week when the DNR announced it will propose lowering the crappie limit from 15 to 10, the sunfish limit from 30 to 20 and the lake trout limit from three to two. The five-fish catfish limit would allow for only two flatheads and one flathead or channel catfish longer than 24 inches.
ALBERTA, Canada -- After 36 years atop the Pope and Young Club's typical record book, the Illinois buck arrowed by Mel Johnson might have been bounced into second place.
BRAINERD/NISSWA - All the small lakes and bays are froze, but walking is the only means of travel at this point. Caution is advised, but there are people fishing here.
Donald and Carol Walker
Donald and Carol Walker will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise open house from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 23 at First Baptist Church, 2110 Fairview Road, Baxter. The event will be hosted by their children.
Valerie Anne Prindle and Christopher Andrew Gaul were married Nov. 17, 2001, at the Staples Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Myron Gaul officiating.
Nancy Hillman and Terry Nielsen were married July 7, 2001, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis with Pastor Kurt P. Kalland officiating.
David and Kathy Barrett
David and Kathy Barrett, Brainerd, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 15, 1956.
Four generations recently gathered were Jason Dearborn, son; Kelly Dearborn, daughter; Sharon Dearborn, mother; Richard Eaton, grandfather; and Jessie Troutner, great-grandmother.
Candice Weber and Trevor Swift
Candice Weber and Trevor Swift announce their engagement. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ritter, Callery, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Weber, Caller, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Swift, Brainerd. A Dec. 29 wedding is planned at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Zelienople, Pa.
Tom and Sharon Hermel
Tom and Sharon Hermel, Upper Whitefish Lake, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married Dec. 17, 1966, in Deephaven.
Stacy Hajek and Curt Brown were married Sept. 29, 2001, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Randy Ahlberg and Jonathan Wiggans officiating.
Amy Matter and Kent Hines were married Sept. 8, 2001, in an outdoor ceremony at Central Lakes College in Brainerd with the Rev. Kathy Blake officiating.
Curt and Bonny Norwood
Curt and Bonny Norwood will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Friday. They were married Dec. 21, 1961, in Brainerd.
Katy O'Reilly and Troy Rushmeyer were married Nov. 17, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Julie Sutton-Deem officiating.
Kim Lindner and Robert Slagter were married Nov. 2, 2001, at the Ivy Room in Brainerd with Pastor Randy Ahlberg officiating.
Four generations recently gathered were Mackenzie RoseAnn Stockinger, daughter, Brainerd; Jennifer L. Stockinger, mother, Brainerd; Jean M. Kraus, grandmother, Backus; and Millie Geislinger, great-grandmother, Waite Park.
Voyageurs must wait to open bays closed to protect wolves
INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- A snag has stalled plans by officials at Voyageurs National Park to let snowmobilers ride on 11 bays that had been closed to protect the park's wolves.
Teacher, student wanted to get out of school to shop
BAGLEY (AP) -- A high school teacher was released on her own recognizance Friday after she and a student were charged with making a bomb threat that resulted in the evacuation of Clearbrook Junior-Senior High School.
Ventura answers five questions from the media
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura, facing one of the worst budget shortfalls in memory, the potential demise of the Minnesota Twins and a plunging approval rating, sat for a brief interview Friday with The Associated Press.
For the first time in 28 years, the crack of wood bats may be heard at amateur baseball parks next season instead of the ping of aluminum bats.
Rockford deals Pierz girls first loss
ROCKFORD -- The Pierz Pioneers girls' basketball team was administered its first loss of the season Friday, falling 77-62 to the Rockford Rockets in Central Minnesota Conference action.
CLC men record win against Anoka-Ramsey
ANOKA -- Nearly every player on the Central Lakes College men's basketball team scored as the Raiders defeated Anoka-Ramsey 81-74 Friday.
Herman adds scoring threat for Little Falls hockey team
LITTLE FALLS -- Peter Herman's jersey number is 22, but his favorite number might be five.
Paul Bunyan wrestling
Three Brainerd wrestlers reach Paul Bunyan semifinals
Three Brainerd Warriors wrestled their way into the semifinals of the 36th annual Paul Bunyan Wrestling Invitational following Friday's opening round at Brainerd High School.
Pequot defeats rival PR-B
PEQUOT LAKES -- If you ask Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball fans the last time they beat archrival Pine River-Backus, you are likely to get different answers.
C-I boys win first game of season
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers picked up their first win of the season with a 65-53 triumph over the Park Rapids Panthers in Mid-State Conference action Friday.
Detroit Lakes skates past C-I-A boys
DETROIT LAKES -- The Detroit Lakes Lakers boys' hockey team defeated the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Rangers 13-2 in Mid-State Conference action Friday.
CLC women fall 87-50
ANOKA -- The Anoka-Ramsey women's basketball team handed the Central Lakes College Raiders an 87-50 loss Friday.
Rocori boys outscore Brainerd
COLD SPRING -- The Brainerd Warriors were defeated 52-47 by the Rocori Spartans in their first Central Lakes Conference boys' basketball game of the season Friday.
Tabaka provides solid leadership for Tigers
PINE RIVER -- To build a quality program in high school you need a leader.
Brainerd gymnasts defeat Apollo
ST. CLOUD -- Any time a team is ranked No. 1 or occupies the top spot in a poll, it's easier for opponents to be motivated and gear up to try and knock that team from its lofty perch.
Timberwolves' success: Playing by the rules
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the season fresh off a fifth straight first-round exit from the playoffs and lacking a high draft choice or much salary-cap room to improve their roster.
Vikings' Culpepper won't play
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper won't play this weekend and may be out for the season because of his sprained left knee, according to news reports late Friday.
Denver blasts Mankato 6-1 in hockey
MANKATO (AP) -- Ryan Caldwell had one goal and one assist to lead Denver to a 6-1 victory over Minnesota State, Mankato on Friday.
St. Cloud eases by Bemidji
BEMIDJI (AP) -- Mark Hartigan had two goals and two assists to lead St. Cloud State to a 4-2 victory over Bemidji State on Friday.
Wild regroup, breeze by Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild made a fundamental mistake early in the week -- never embarrass your coach in the town where he was a star.
Vikings and Lions need a win, for different reasons
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Minnesota needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. Detroit needs a victory to stay sane.
Timberwolves check Kings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are taking full advantage of their home court now in the hopes they can do the same in the spring.
Minnesota at Detroit
MINNESOTA (5-7) at DETROIT (0-12)
Regents form committee to study UM athletic budget
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota regents formed a three-person committee to study the budget troubles of the athletic departments on the Twin Cities campus.
Now outpacing VCRs, digital versatile disc player sales skyrocket
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Never mind that Sean Walton already owns 150 movies on videotape. The movie enthusiast is quickly building a new collection -- this time, on DVD.
Protect computers by keeping them free of dust
Like most home electronic equipment, computers are magnets for dust and other tiny particles. To keep them clean and running better, it's a good idea to keep some supplies on hand and use them regularly, according to Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Dell Dimension 4300
Once upon a time, the rule was that you couldn't go wrong buying IBM. But, of course, you paid a premium for that security.
Shuttle steers international space station away from space junk before heading home
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- A Russian rocket launched 30 years ago gave space shuttle Endeavour an extra task before undocking from the international space station Saturday.
The Gateway 300C series offers a good trade-off: a bit of extra power without a huge price tag.
A computer buyer's shopping list
WASHINGTON -- The home computer market has gotten a little depressing over the past year.
The first Harry Potter console game
This video game enrolls players as the magical prodigy himself, busy with studies at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Jeff Bezos offers a holiday report card on Amazon.com
NEW YORK -- This is Amazon.com's seventh holiday season, and the bellwether of the Internet industry faces another test: The company has promised Wall Street pro forma profitability for the fourth quarter, even in the face of an overall consumer spending slowdown.
Compaq Presario 5000T
Sheathed in a hypnotic, swirled-gray front casing, the Compaq Presario 5000 looks flashier than it is. In reality, it's a fairly pedestrian computer with few interesting extras.
Low prices don't buy PC innovation
A lot of personal computers have begun to show up with a new feature this year: a fine coating of dust, accumulated after too much time spent on store shelves.
Hewlett-Packard Pavilion BT938
The sharpest-looking Pavilion system to date, the 1.3-gigahertz Athlon-based BT938 comes dressed in black and muted-chrome plastic accents. A soft blue glow illuminates the base of the Internet and volume controls on the oversized keyboard.
Sony Vaio RX550 Digital Studio
For those of you addicted to digital media -- photos, CDs, DVDs, MP3s or any combination -- Sony's Vaio aims to please, offering a set of tools to capture, create, edit and manipulate audio and video.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Cloudy and breezy statewide...With patchy drizzle south. Highs from the 30s north to mid 40s south. Tonight...Cloudy with a chance of light snow north and light rain south. Lows from 20 northwest to the mid 30s southeast. Sunday...Cloudy with a chance of light rain or snow statewide. Decreasing clouds in the afternoon far west. Highs from the mid 20s northwest to upper 30s southeast.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy with some light snow west...And a chance of light snow south central. Highs in the 30s north and west...And 40 to 45 southeast. Tonight...Decreasing clouds west. Cloudy with a chance of light snow central and east. Lows of 10 to 20 west and in the 20s east.
Weather drawing by Brandy Roach in the Lowell School fourth-grade class of Mr. Barber.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s to low 40s.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy south... Cloudy north with patchy drizzle northeast. Highs 40 to 50.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Mostly cloudy with a few flurries west. Cloudy with areas of fog east. Highs 25 to 35.
Northwest struck by wintry storm; icy rain, scattered snow moves into New England
A blustery storm dumped more than a foot of snow on mountains in the Pacific Northwest on Friday, closing schools and stranding drivers. The Midwest and New England were also hit by rain and scattered snow.
January programs include Jan. 9, Pat Johnson, "Kinship Partners;" Jan. 16, Scott Foster, "Human Rights Commission;" Jan. 23, committee meetings; and Jan. 30, Margie Young, "Eating Disorders." All retired persons are welcome to our meetings held at the New Senior Center at 803 Kingswood in Brainerd on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts, fellowship, great programs.
We would like to give a big thank you to Rick at Brainerd Electric for going above and beyond the call of duty. After increasing our Christmas ligh
Israeli forces enter two Gaza towns
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops and tanks searching for militants charged into Palestinian areas at the northern and southern ends of the Gaza Strip before dawn Saturday. Five Palestinians were killed, dozens were injured and several were arrested, Palestinians said.
Last pocket of al-Qaida resistance appears to crumble
TORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- The last major pocket of al-Qaida resistance in Afghanistan appeared to be crumbling Saturday as groups of fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden were captured or fled and others debated over two-way radios whether to surrender.
Al-Qaida prisoners taken in fighting at Tora Bora
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Information gathered from abandoned al-Qaida positions in Afghanistan has led to several arrests of alleged terrorists in other countries, a U.S. official said Saturday.
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