Trade gap stays close to record high in October
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's trade deficit stayed close to an all-time high in October at $33.2 billion as imports of crude oil climbed to the highest level on record. The deficits with China and Japan also set records.
Report: American adults better educated
WASHINGTON -- American adults are getting better educated, new Census Bureau estimates show.
Internet in every classroom no longer enough, report finds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Schools connected to the Internet but lacking instant, complete access to its resources will be left behind this century, just as those with dated textbooks were in the last one, a bipartisan panel concludes.
Woman who craves diamond may be bad marriage investment
DEAR ABBY: I'm 28, my girlfriend is 32. We've been dating for three months and care about each other, but there are a few issues I'm afraid spell "trouble ahead."
Eric and Annette Klang, Brainerd, a boy, Josiah Truett, 9 pounds, 12 ounces, Nov. 15, 2000.
One person was injured in a single-vehicle accident reported at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 210, just west of the Deerwood shortcut.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 600.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 144, a year ago 128.
Government provides first national standards for growing and processing organic foods
WASHINGTON -- The government on Wednesday released the first national standards for growing and processing organic food, a decade after Congress ordered the development of uniform rules to ease the marketing of the products.
Members of Congress impressed with Bush's charm
WASHINGTON -- The man who campaigned as a Washington outsider came to Capitol Hill Monday and wasted little time wooing the insiders who have the clout to make or break his presidency.
Electoral College upholds Bush victory
In the end, the Electoral College outcome may have been the one vote in election 2000 that could have easily been predicted -- with a narrow but resounding victory for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
Bush's call to black ministers to meet draws skepticism from some
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush's latest overture to black Americans, an invitation to black ministers to discuss "faith-based solutions" to social problems, ran into skepticism Tuesday from some black clergymen.
Money for everyone
WASHINGTON -- When University of Idaho officials wanted help making their jazz history archive available on the Internet, they turned to their state's congressional delegation.
Bush in familiar terrain in meeting Clinton and Gore
WASHINGTON -- The office was familiar. His father had worked there for four years. So, too, the house that he visited later. His parents had lived there for eight years.
Bush filling key Cabinet posts today
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush was nominating Pennsylvania business executive and former Ford administration budget expert Paul O'Neill as treasury secretary Wednesday, The Associated Press learned. Three other Cabinet positions were to be filled by day's end.
Clinton issuing sweeping new health privacy rules
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton is issuing sweeping new privacy protections that for the first time will sharply limit doctors, hospitals and insurance companies from sharing confidential medical information about their patients.
Coats likely Bush choice for defense chief
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush conducted a parade of private job interviews Monday for potential Cabinet secretaries, including his leading candidate to head the Pentagon.
Powell calls for more minorities in U.S. embassy posts overseas
WASHINGTON -- Colin Powell, the first African-American named secretary of state, called Tuesday for expanding the number of minority Americans in U.S. posts overseas.
Bankruptcy bill vetoed by Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton vetoed legislation Tuesday that proposed the most sweeping changes in the bankruptcy law in 20 years because he said it was unfair to ordinary debtors and working families who fall on hard times.
Powell has end of Saddam in sight
WASHINGTON -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has outlasted five American presidents, and Bill Clinton will become his sixth a month from now. Colin Powell thinks that's enough.
Two more E. coli cases bring sickened Minnesotans to 36
ST. PAUL, Minn.(AP) -- Two more Minnesotans and a Wisconsin man were sickened in the E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef from a Wisconsin meat packer and sold at Cub Foods and other stores, bringing the number of illnesses to at least 43.
Study finds no cell phone, cancer link
CHICAGO -- A study of people who used cell phones for an average of less than three years found no evidence the devices cause brain cancer.
Becoming head coach fulfills goal for Aitkin teacher
AITKIN -- Daryl Smith had a plan, and thanks to the retirement of Cathy Hughes that plan is falling into place.
Think-Off leads to father-daughter friendship
EAST GULL LAKE -- On June 12, 1999, Claude Porter, Traverse City, Mich., was flipping through the television channels when he found himself stopping to watch the Great American Think-Off, broadcast live from New York Mills, on C-Span.
CLC students demonstrate experimental devices
Eight Central Lakes College students stopped traffic in the busy commons area of the Brainerd campus on Dec. 12, attracting a lot of attention with eye-catching experiments.
Cass leads state in welfare fraud prevention
WALKER -- Cass County has successfully identified nine welfare fraud cases this year and prevented 125 other people who were not qualified from receiving benefits.
Cass Social Services on track with budget
WALKER -- Cass County Social Services expenditures were running at budget projection levels as of the end of November, Health and Human Services Director Dorothy Opheim told the county board Tuesday.
Pillager's Carlson shows all-around ability on court
PILLAGER -- Nacole Carlson has always been an offensive threat for the Pillager Huskies girls' basketball team, but now she's added other dimensions to her game.
CLC students help community as class project
Twenty-three Central Lakes College students recently directed their energy toward bettering their community in the spirit of giving.
Cass County's investment returns higher than projected again
WALKER -- Cass County's return on investments continued to exceed budget projections through the end of November.
Washburn Lake residents complain about beaver dams, land loss
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday referred to the land department advisory committee the issue of beaver dams on Daggett Brook raising water levels in Washburn Lake.
Cass offices to close on Christmas, New Year's
WALKER -- The Cass County Courthouse and other county offices will close Monday and Jan. 1 for holidays.
Cass wins another employee health benefit case
WALKER -- A second state arbitrator in less than a month has found in favor of Cass County on employee health benefit issues.
City continues work on sewer system
WALKER -- Federal Dam likely will become the first of an expected several small cities to adopt county zoning and subdivision ordinances and have the county administer those for them.
Carved Santas, needlepoint Santas fill Hackensack home
HACKENSACK -- Ann and Al Bradshaw grew up in Hackensack and graduated from Hackensack High School before it consolidated with Walker.
Aitkin wrestler Tibbetts on track to notch 100 wins
AITKIN -- Aitkin's Chris Tibbetts is 20 wins away from 100, and if he continues wrestling like he has he should reach that milestone.
Arctic Cat to send 50 cleaner, quieter sleds to Yellowstone
THIEF RIVER FALLS (AP) -- Arctic Cat Inc. says it is building 100 snowmobiles with cleaner, quieter four-stroke engines, including 50 that will be available for public use in Yellowstone National Park this winter.
The Brainerd Public Library will be closed Saturday, Monday and Jan. 1 during the holiday season.
Wellstone pressures State Department for report on priest's death in Kenya
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., criticized the State Department on Monday for failing to turn in a report on its investigation into the death of an American Roman Catholic priest in Kenya.
Lots of Santas
A rural Hackensack couple's home is filled with 100 carved wooden Santas, as well as 13 needlepoint Santa tree decorations. Look for the story Wednesday in Neighbors.
Cass County levy will jump 9 percent in 2001
WALKER -- The Cass County Board set the 2001 property tax levy Tuesday at $10,780,000 after receiving an anticipated $1,223,754 state homestead and agricultural credit.
C-I board will wait until November for levy vote
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton School Board agreed Monday to wait until November to have residents consider another levy referendum.
This was Brainerd
80 years ago (1920) - The real Victrola (unexcelled) for a Christmas gift! We say real for there is but one Victrola although lots of talking machines. The Victrola is the high grade instrument which brings the best artists of the world to your home and costs you no more than ordinary talking machines. H.F. Michael Co.
XFL ads featuring Ventura on TV now
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A TV ad promoting Gov. Jesse Ventura's role as a color commentator with the XFL football league might have violated his contract with the league.
The Brainerd Dispatch incorrectly transcribed a sentence in a letter to the editor by Jenny Gunsbury in the Dec. 12 paper. The sentence, which referred to a previously published
Zoning officer kept busy
Dennis Myers walked into the job Oct. 27 as Crow Wing County's zoning enforcement officer and has been trying to catch up with the number of complaints ever since.
Woman's civil suit against ex-officer, motel dismissed
A civil suit filed in Crow Wing District Court by a Brainerd woman against former Brainerd Police Officer Bruce Burke and Davis Properties Inc., which formerly operated the Brainerd Holiday Inn, has been dismissed.
C-I game postponed
The Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' basketball game against Greenway tonight has been postponed until Jan. 29.
Senior gets grant from auxiliary
The Lakes Area Senior Activity Center received $400 from the Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary Unit 255 to be used to help purchase a new doughnut-making machine for use when the center moves to its new facility at the former Kingwood Court building.
Brainerd will work on noise ordinance
The Brainerd City Council Monday approved repealing the city's Jake brake ordinance in favor of drafting a noise control ordinance.
Baxter working on stoplight emergency systems with state
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved an agreement between the city and the state to provide emergency systems at more stoplights in the city.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 3.1 percent, a half-percentage point higher than the same month last year, the Minnesota Department of Economic Security reported Tuesday.
Pequot Lakes rejects school plan
PEQUOT LAKES -- The $27.85 million bond referendum for the Pequot Lakes School District failed by nearly 400 votes.
Civility 2000 leaders feel their group made difference in campaigns
Leaders of Civility 2000 believe their message encouraging fair campaigns resonated with the public this fall.
WALKER -- Cass County will begin a countywide inventory of feedlots, using a $15,600 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency grant to pay for the study.
Message of the three trees
Greg and Margaret Rosenberg created and decorated three trees, which represent the birth, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baxter.
New MnSCU chancellor to receive $230,000 salary
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Pennsylvania educator chosen to lead the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System will receive a starting salary of $230,000 under a three-year contract approved Tuesday.
State leads in voter turnout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Although hundreds of votes in Florida separated the fates of George W. Bush and Al Gore, more than 105 million Americans cast ballots in the presidential election.
Christina Sanow let out a yell and kicked at the same time Wednesday night during a halftime performance of the Kixters at the Brainerd High School girls' basketball game. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Goedker given Tower Award
Council member Gene Goedker served in his final Brainerd City Council meeting Monday.
Cass officials get pay boost
WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday set county commissioner and elected official pay rates for 2001.
Gun threat leads to lockdown at school
PINE RIVER -- The threat of a possible gun in the building led to the lockdown of Pine River-Backus High School Monday afternoon.
EVELETH (AP) -- The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board approved a $750,000 incentives package to attract at least 60 new jobs to Hoyt Lakes, where about 900 jobs are expected to be lost with the closure of LTV Steel Mining Co.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 19 - 100 years ago (1900) -- Justice Skillings is making special prices to those wishing to get married during the holidays.
Mall of America expansion takes a step forward
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- The long-planned expansion of the Mall of America that would more than double its size took a big step forward with the approval of an environmental-impact statement.
Questions arise in Brainerd police chief selection process
Questions have surfaced in the search for a Brainerd police chief.
State publishes first list of lagging schools
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state reported Wednesday that 56 Minnesota grade schools, including one that has attracted high praise, are not performing up to par.
St. Paul police investigate 16-year-old girl's death
ST PAUL (AP) -- A 24-year-old man was being held for questioning in the death of a 16-year-old girl found in a garage Sunday night, police said.
Salvation Army bell ringers nearing goal
The ringing of bells, a red pot and a smiling face are familiar sites during the holidays.
Housing code draws city panel's study
The Brainerd City Council Monday approved the creation of a committee to study the Brainerd housing code.
Baxter bans snowmobiles from city trails
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council Tuesday adopted an ordinance making it unlawful for snowmobiles to drive on most city trails.
MacDonald comments on council term
BAXTER -- The Baxter City Council meeting Tuesday was the last for council member Craig MacDonald.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Isolation, fear of gossip and worries over who will feed the livestock are all obstacles for rural women trying to flee domestic violence.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A third and final man was sent to prison Tuesday for the random murder of Tony Basta. Jonathan McNeill, 19, apologized before being sentenced to 25 1/2 years.
Crow Wing trims levy increase to 9.2 percent
The Crow Wing County Board gave final approval, after making a few changes, to its 2001 budget and tax levy Tuesday.
Baxter sign takes shape
Baxter's entrance sign at Isle Road and the C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway north of County Road 48 started to take shape this morning.
Mexicans watch active volcano with newfound fear
SANTIAGO XALITZINTLA, Mexico (AP) -- Villagers near Popocatepetl volcano abandoned their homes for shelters, soldiers patrolled deserted streets to ward off looters, and radio stations broadcast warnings to stay far away from the shower of fire and debris.
Investigation finds asylum seeker is an impostor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman awarded political asylum, after claiming she would face genital mutilation if returned to her African homeland, has been found to be an impostor and her story a hoax, an investigation has found.
UPS mega-facility copes with year's busiest day
HODGKINS, Ill.-- Not counting Santa's workshop, or maybe Macy's on Christmas Eve, it would be tough to find a busier place during the holidays than UPS's mammoth package-processing plant outside Chicago.
Randolph Hearst, father of Patty, dies at 85
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Randolph Apperson Hearst, the newspaper heir whose daughter Patricia was kidnapped by the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, died Monday at a New York hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 85.
Utility rate hikes loom in California as crisis worsens
More than 20 million California consumers can soon expect to be hit with bigger electricity bills, Gov. Gray Davis acknowledged Tuesday as the big utilities increased pressure on state and federal officials to rescue them from the ravages of a runaway energy market.
Bush meets with Clinton, plans to meet later with Gore
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush greeted the man he will succeed on Tuesday, saying as he met with President Clinton "I'm here to listen." The outgoing Democratic chief executive said his only advice to the Republican was "to get a good team and do what you think is right."
It'll be a white Christmas in South
ATLANTA -- Wet, slushy snow fell across the East Coast on Tuesday, disrupting rush hours and providing a welcome novelty for kids who got the day off from school.
Workers begin removing chemicals
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Emergency workers wearing gas masks removed burned chemicals from a boxcar Monday and promised residents the work could be finished by Tuesday, clearing the way for them to return home.
WASHINGTON -- In singling out design and manufacturing issues as root causes of disastrous Firestone tire failures on Ford Explorers, Bridgestone/Firestone and Ford Motor Co. are trying to convince federal regulators and their congressional overseers that their investigation need go no further.
Nichols loses bid for new trial
DENVER (AP) -- Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols lost his bid for a new trial after a federal appeals court ruled the FBI did not withhold crucial evidence.
Caught on tape Northwest Airlines workers spotted tossing holiday season packages
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Northwest Airlines officials said Tuesday they may punish baggage handlers who were caught on tape by a television news crew throwing around holiday season packages as though they were basketballs.
Ford, Firestone defend scope of tire recall
WASHINGTON -- Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s findings that design and manufacturing problems caused failures in 6.5 million recalled tires show the current recall "was more than adequate to protect the public," chief executive John Lampe said Tuesday.
Study: Most Americans prefer mall crowds to online shopping
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- Exhausted after three hours at the mall, Steven Finegan dropped six shopping bags on the floor as his friend dashed off to find a Rugrats clock.
Housing starts rise 2.2 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Housing construction rose a solid 2.2 percent in November, the biggest jump in nine months, as builders broke ground on more new apartments and condos but fewer single-family homes.
Federal Reserve's new policy prompts anticipation of January rate cut
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve's new policy -- focused on the rapidly slowing economy and making sure it doesn't stall -- is prompting economists to predict that an interest rate cut is likely in January.
Gospel, rhythm-and-blues singer Pops Staples dead at 85
CHICAGO -- Roebuck "Pops" Staples, patriarch of the gospel and rhythm-and-blues group the Staple Singers, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Coast Guard saves panicked sailors
The winds blew harder and the waves soared higher as the Coast Guard helicopter crew flew toward a ship in trouble off the Virginia coast.
John V. Lindsay, former NYC mayor, dead at 79
NEW YORK -- John V. Lindsay, the shirt-sleeved Ivy Leaguer who led New York City as mayor through the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, is dead at 79.
E. coli aftermath
WALKERTON, Ontario -- Outside Paul Rossignol's store, a billboard suggests a $175 purified-water cooler makes a wonderful Christmas gift. Inside, dog dishes with purified-water tanks are on prominent display.
Coroner rules woman jumped from plane
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Sacramento County coroner ruled Monday that a Hewlett-Packard Co. employee who plunged to her death from a corporate plane committed suicide.
A new Monday ritual: The NFL's Phil Beck hour
Anyone who watches football knows you need total concentration, so I told my wife Monday night it would be a good time for her to go out and buy my Christmas present.
Vikings seek answers
EDEN PRAIRIE-- The mood among the Minnesota Vikings already was low Monday. And then Daunte Culpepper walked in with a cast on his right foot.
Cowboys, Aikman facing major decisions on the future with Cowboys
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Sometime next week, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and quarterback Troy Aikman will discuss a topic they've been avoiding all season: the future.
Rookie leads Warriors past Timberwolves
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Playing two years in Europe helped prepare rookie Marc Jackson for the NBA.
Spartans cruise to victory
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The only thing wrong with the Jimmy V Classic was that No. 2 Michigan State didn't play No. 14 Virginia.
Things aren't so super for Rams
TAMPA, Fla. -- Last gasp.
Bagwell stays with Astros
NEW YORK (AP) -- On another busy day for baseball, even the Baltimore Orioles made some free-agent moves.
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- If the Minnesota Vikings could explain why free safety Orlando Thomas keeps breaking his shoulder bone, they would feel better about letting him play again.
Judge blocks Raiders
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A judge dismissed the Raiders' fraud claim against Oakland and Alameda County, preventing the team from seeking punitive damages in its $1.1 billion lawsuit.
Lemieux not predicting when he will be Mario of old
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The huge sign hanging outside the Pittsburgh Penguins' practice rink said so. So did the 500 fans crowded into the stands -- for an off-day workout, no less. So did the determined look on his face.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- From A to Z, Salt Lake bid deputy Dave Johnson kept exhaustive files on IOC members when bidding for the 2002 Winter Games.
LITTLE FALLS -- Margaret Sweeney, 86, Little Falls, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Mattie M. Moose
AITKIN -- Mattie M. Moose, also known by her Indian name of A shi ta wi gi shig go gwe, 71, Aitkin, and formerly of the East Lake area near McGregor, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, near East Lake.
Douglas E. Lasher
CROSBY -- Douglas Edward Lasher, 55, Crosby, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
Mary K. Voss
BLOOMINGTON -- Mary K. (Ramola) Voss, 93, Bloomington, and formerly of Brainerd, Montrose and Minneapolis, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at Bloomington Health Care and Rehab.
PINE RIVER -- Kristine Fuhrer, 32, Pine River, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, as the result of an motor vehicle accident.
AITKIN -- Catherine Howe, 88, Aitkin, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Douglas E. Lasher
CROSBY -- Douglas Edward Lasher, 55, Crosby, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
Albert C. Olson
PEQUOT LAKES -- Albert C. Olson, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at home.
Donald P. Dobrzynski
BAXTER -- Donald Peter Dobrzynski, 65, Baxter, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at Bethany Good Samaritan Home in Brainerd.
It's not that we haven't seen this before when Republicans have won the White House. Candidates for the losing Democrat side -- in this case Gore-Lieberman, but in previous elections, Mondale-Ferraro and Dukakis-Bentsen, -- say that the winning Republicans should abandon the issues on which they ran and adopt the positions of the people they defeated.
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
In response to "Don't Point Fingers", this letter states that if people made responsible decisions and held accountable for our actions, we wouldn't even get to a point where one has to decide whether or not to terminate a preg
Community centers - Dispatch Editorial
The first mark of a good politician is the ability to listen. Preconceived ideas of what "the people" want has ruined more political careers than economic recessions or illicit romances.
Looking ahead - Dispatch Editorial
As 2000 winds down and the real millennium approaches Brainerd residents have reasons to be hopeful about the future of their city.
Colin Powell's message
The following editorial appeared in Monday's Washington Post:
It's really too bad that our country that was founded on the Word of God, has such a difficult time acknowledging the true meaning of Christmas. It is the birth of a savior, Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh coming down to earth in the form of a human baby to save the world from sin.
Rangers, Gobblers clash anew
The storied rivalry between Crosby-Ironton and Aitkin heats up 7:30 p.m. Friday when the Rangers' boys' basketball team travels to Aitkin for a non-conference game.
Aitkin wrestlers defeat Pierz 36-20
PIERZ -- The Aitkin Gobblers defeated the Pierz Pioneers 36-20 in non-conference wrestling Tuesday night.
Brainerd girls skate past River Lakes 4-2
RICHMOND -- The Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team defeated River Lakes 4-2 Tuesday night in Central Lakes Conference action.
Cardinal boys silence Thunder
STAPLES -- In an early season battle of unbeaten teams, the Staples-Motley Cardinals defeated the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 58-54 Tuesday night.
Alexandria pressure stops Warriors
First Lisa Renneke turned an ankle, then the Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball team turned the ball over. And, before you knew it, the Alexandria Cardinals had turned a close contest into a relatively comfortable 58-48 victory Tuesday night.
Pequot girls beat Aitkin by 40
PEQUOT LAKES -- With four players scoring in double digits, the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team handed the Aitkin Gobblers a 77-37 defeat in non-conference action Tuesday.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Brainerd High School graduate Chris Bjorklund scored a game-high 18 points while Brandon Beeson added 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Cal Poly to a 95-72 men's college basketball win over California-Riverside Sunday afternoon.
Flyer wrestlers defeat Brainerd Sellnow runs record to 7-0
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers wrestling squad bettered the Brainerd Warriors 38-19 in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday.
Brainerd bumps off Alexandria
It appears the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team has borrowed a few defensive ideas from Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire who made the neutral-ice trap famous when he directed the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup.
Brainerd's Kacie Herman (25) was pressured by Alexandria's Chelsea Hendricks as she drove up the court during their game Tuesday night. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
The Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team has unquestionably beefed up its schedule this season by adding Hibbing, Greenway, Armstrong, Cloquet, Forest Lake and Grand Rapids.
MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Stout freshman Laura Bogenschutz of Baxter shared the hustle award with teammate Rachel Eidet this season.
Courtside cheering section
Lisa Renneke, Brainerd's leading scorer, sat on the sidelines and cheered on the Warriors during Tuesday's loss to Alexandria. Renneke left the game midway through the second quarter after hurting her ankle and a quadriceps muscle. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Gophers' safety suspended; he'll miss game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's leading tackler, Delvin Jones, won't play in the Micronpc.com Bowl because he has been suspended from school for a semester, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday.
C-I-A boys open with first-period flurry
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin Grizzlies scored a pair of first-period goals and went on to register a 3-1 non-conference victory over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder in boys' hockey action Tuesday night.
Park Rapids girls edge Wadena-Deer Creek 2-1
WADENA -- The Wadena Deer-Creek Wolverines girls' hockey team was defeated by the Park Rapids Panthers 2-1 in a Mid-State Conference game Tuesday night.
Every Christmas tree is beautiful and unique
Last year's Christmas tree was a small and spindly pine chosen from the woods behind our home. It was truly a "Charlie Brown Christmas" tree.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Eclipse Teen Center, located in the Lakes Area Family Center in Pequot Lakes, is a supervised place where students in seventh grade and older can hang out with friends, play pool and other games, check e-mail and surf the Internet.
Archaeologists find evidence of possible bison hunting site near Itasca State Park
LAKE GEORGE (AP) -- Archaeologists examining property for sale in northern Minnesota say they found evidence suggesting people used a site there about 9,000 years ago.
Snow emergencies keep Twin Cities hopping
A second storm in three days disrupted travel and school schedules across much of Minnesota on Monday, three days ahead of the official start of winter.
Weather drawing by Mary Higgins of Mrs. Holbrook's fourth grade class at Lowell school.
Georgia, much of 'sunny' South jolted by snow blanket, which also covers Midwest
This is the sunny South?
Sister-in-law's high life makes husband feel low
DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law "Charlotte's" lifestyle is extravagant. She has an annual income of $500,000, plus "perks." She is in her 40s, divorced for 10 years, and lives in a Park Avenue condo with her live-in boyfriend. Everything Charlotte does is "first class" -- restaurants, vacations, clothing, entertainment, etc.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A collaboration between Britney Spears and LL Cool J is in the works.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Arizona man was sentenced to prison for extorting money from "Family Feud" host Louie Anderson by threatening to tell tabloids that the comic asked him for sex.
In Israel election twist, Netanyahu says -- for now -- he won't run
JERUSALEM -- Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he would not run for his old post despite a commanding lead in opinion polls. Netanyahu said he did not want the job if the current gridlocked parliament remains in place.
Putin wins agreements in Canada, except on U.S. missile defense plan
OTTAWA (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin got most of what he wanted in Canada -- agreements on closer cooperation and support for a bid to join the World Trade Organization -- but could not persuade Prime Minister Jean Chretien to reject a proposed U.S. missile defense plan.
Afghanistan reacts harshly to harsh U.N. sanctions
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The ruling Taliban militia responded Wednesday to harsh new U.N. sanctions, pulling out of U.N.-mediated peace talks on ending Afghanistan's civil war and refusing any handover of terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden to the United States.
Mexican volcano erupts
SANTIAGO XALITZINTLA, Mexico -- The volcano that towers over Mexico City "lit up like a Christmas tree," spewing red-hot rocks into the air and sending residents who had refused to evacuate its slopes fleeing for shelter Tuesday.
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