Nissan grabs for bigger piece of pie with Altima
Nissan wants a bigger piece of the family-car pie and it intends to get it from Toyota and Honda, with a new and larger Altima.
GMC Sonoma Crew Cab: Who needs an SUV?
Don't be so quick to buy a new sport utility vehicle.
2003 Cadillac CTS sedan finds all the right angles
KESWICK, Va. -- Jay Spenchian was standing in front of the room talking about "Cadillac's commitment to leadership." Spenchian is a product brand manager who is paid to say such things. He needn't have bothered.
In Big Sky state, growing concern over alcohol-related deaths on the road
HELENA, Mont. -- Loose laws and a cowboy culture that condones drinking behind the wheel are being blamed for a disturbing fact in Big Sky country: People on Montana's roads are more likely to die in alcohol-related crashes than motorists in almost any other state.
Breath of Life receives Bremer Foundation grant
Christ Community Church, as fiscal agent for Breath of Life Adult Day Service, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to assist with funding to start the adult day service.
Priest who brought 14,000 children from Castro's Cuba to Florida dies
MIAMI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic priest who led Operation Pedro Pan, which brought 14,000 children out of Fidel Castro's Cuba to Florida 40 years ago, has died.
Bin Laden edges Bush in reporters' survey on the top religion newsmaker of 2001
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A survey of North American religion reporters, issued Wednesday, named Osama bin Laden the year's top religion newsmaker, edging out President George W. Bush.
Combing the sheep
Brainerd High School FFA members Sammi Miller (left) held "Possie" the sheep while Sami Engen groomed her before the Living Nativity on Wednesday night at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
Separate sex-ed classes make sense for boys and girls
QUESTION: Our local school board is currently trying to decide whether boys and girls should be segregated for courses on sexuality and "family life." What are your feelings with regard to coed sex-education programs?
Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter will have Christmas Eve services at 3:30, 5 and 9:30 p.m.
New York churches search for the right tone this Christmas
NEW YORK -- It's been a somber few months at All Souls Church.
Tumbling stock market, drop in donations force churches to scale back
When the stock market soared, the worldwide network of United Methodist missionaries thought big.
Wisconsin's first Wiccan prison chaplain says she'll help inmates, not evangelize
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The first Wiccan minister to serve as a Wisconsin prison chaplain says her job is to work with prisoners and volunteers of all faiths, not to convert people to witchcraft.
Southern Baptists hail 'Lord of the Rings'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Some conservative Christians have attacked the movie "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and related books by J. K. Rowling, claiming they foster occult religion. But two Southern Baptist theologians are hailing J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" fantasies.
SMU Latin language students post an Advent calendar on the Internet
DALLAS (AP) -- Southern Methodist University students in Paula Lemmon's Latin classes are counting the days to Christmas, using a twist on the conventional Advent calendar.
What makes you light up?
The unseasonably warm weather has given me the opportunity to decorate my yard this year with lights -- I blame it on the weather because I just got to it Monday.
'Daughter' of First Lutheran Church congregation will be ordained
Heather MacIver Arnold has been a member of First Lutheran Church in Brainerd since she was in second grade. In a ceremony this weekend at the church, Arnold will become an ordained Lutheran minister.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 400.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 229, a year ago 312.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday Cattle close: 400.
Enjoy gathering with family, friends
Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Nutmeg, vanilla give holiday flavor to pots de creme
Delectable as they are, the rich little custards with a French name, pots de creme, can still benefit from a seasonal twist to reach another degree of dessert finesse.
Use cookie kits as stocking stuffer
If you're looking for stocking stuffers, Running Press Book Publishers has a few small suggestions -- mini-fondue, sushi and Joy of Cooking cookie kits.
CASS LAKE -- The State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle accident at 3:57 p.m. Thursday about two miles west of Cass Lake.
Crow Wing sheriff
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
Bush targets two more groups for terrorist blacklist
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush marked the first 100 days of his war on terrorism by trying to choke off money to two more terror groups -- one suspected of giving Osama bin Laden nuclear technology.
Senators back welfare extension
ST. PAUL -- Two DFL senators and more than 110 charities and nonprofit groups hope to delay for three years a planned cutoff in welfare benefits. A recession, they argue, is no time to kick people off public assistance.
Senate, House to decide separately on same-sex benefits
ST. PAUL -- A bipartisan panel voted 7-5 Thursday to allow the House and Senate to decide for themselves whether legislative employees should be extended the same-sex benefits negotiated in a union contract for state workers.
House passes economic stimulus package that faces probable failure in the Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle proclaimed a House-passed package of tax cuts and unemployment aid dead on Thursday, saying the Republican-written plan will not make it through the Senate in this session.
Senate kills farm bill for 2001, pushing issue into election year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has given up trying to agree on an overhaul of farm programs before Christmas, which pushes the issue into an election year in which control of the chamber is at stake.
Congress wraps up medley of bills, adjourns
WASHINGTON -- Congress has adjourned for the year after wrapping up a $20 billion anti-terrorism package and a medley of other bills, but lawmakers exited pointing fingers over the economy and other unfinished business.
Congress nearing final approval of anti-terrorism, defense, schools, foreign aid bills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is ready to give its final blessing to a trio of compromise bills directing billions to the battle against terrorism, the newly passed education overhaul and foreign aid.
Design J-96 has a past
What does today's Christmas tree have in common with Design J-96? Both are Victorian vernacular.
Emily Habitat sponsors chili fund-raiser
EMILY -- Emily Habitat for Humanity sponsored its second annual Habitat for Humanity Chili Cook-off and Live Auction on Dec. 8, raising funds that will help the group continue to build homes for families in need of decent, affordable housing.
Removing snow, ice may not benefit trees
The snow and ice that winter brings to Minnesota can damage trees and shrubs. But trying to remove the snow and ice isn't always a good idea.
Brainerd project receives $303,000 housing fund
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, a private nonprofit committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in outstate communities, will provide $303,000 to support a Brainerd housing project.
Help prepare a parent's home for winter weather
Winter -- particularly the icy, snowy part of winter -- is worry for every adult child who must care for elderly parents who live alone.
Master Gardener program benefits Cass County
The University of Minnesota Extension Service-Cass County Master Gardener Program has completed more than 1,231 hours of volunteer services for the 20002001 fiscal year.
Lighting display veterans share advice on decorating yards
This holiday season the biggest icicles hanging from house eaves are fueled by an electrical current.
Banish winter by bringing joy of gardening indoors
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Whether you're an expert in the greenhouse or just a window sill guy, indoor plants expand the joy of gardening through the year. And new cultivars add the thrill of discovery.
First-time homebuyer program has school ties
Below market-rate interest home loan funds are available for first-time homebuyers who buy or build homes in one of the three school districts in Crow Wing County -- Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes.
If you've got a bubble in a plastic laminate countertop it's not a good thing. This material is used on the majority of countertops in the world and usually provides years of service without complaint.
Brainerd man built display 65 years ago
For nearly 65 years, 85-year-old Bror Erickson of Brainerd has placed a homemade church on his front lawn.
The reorganizational meeting for the Brainerd School Board has been scheduled for noon Jan. 2 at the school district offices at 300 Quince St.
Deerwood man, 84, dies after head-on collision
DEERWOOD -- An 84-year-old Deerwood man died Thursday after the vehicle he was driving and another vehicle struck head-on.
Verndale man hurt in train, pickup collision
VERNDALE -- A 21-year-old Verndale man was injured after the pickup he was driving was struck by a train in Verndale.
There's still chance for white Christmas in lakes area
Staff and wire reports
Winners named in Area Holiday Lighting Contest
Bob and Melodee Hagel of Brainerd have repeated as winners of the Area Holiday Lighting Contest.
Pierz school superintendent Hahn resigns
PIERZ -- Pierz School District Superintendent James Hahn has handed in his resignation letter to the Pierz School Board.
Woman attempts gunpoint robbery
GARRISON -- The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of an attempted armed robbery in Garrison at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In the spirit
You could say Christmas has sort of exploded in Rick Shatka's yard, falling down around his house at 1913 Graydon Ave. in Brainerd in a burst of more than 24,000 twinkling lights, Christmas displays and 40 motor-operated characters.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-The Brainerd Senior High School Choir and Brainerd Community Chorus will present the third annual performance of Handel's "Messiah." Soloists to be featured are Linda Eder, Doris Anderson, Wayne Huso and Axel Theimer.
Wrapping for the holidays
On Thursday, Brainerd Moose Club members Connie Murray (left), Jane Stucke and Arleen Elliot packaged stuffed toys into gift boxes that will be given to 22 families with 63 children.
STAPLES -- The Staples campus of Central Lakes College reports two donations of equipment valued at more than $47,000. The donations, both made this month, will be used in career education programs in Staples.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Matthew Fust, son of Walter and Joyce Fust of Brainerd, was recently named "Student of the Month" by the Brainerd Exchange Club.
About 50 gather for final hearing on 371 expansion
BAXTER -- About 50 residents and public officials attended a final public hearing Wednesday on the Highway 371 four-lane expansion project at the Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Baxter.
School bond vote in March
The Brainerd School District is planning a March referendum to ask taxpayers to approve a $59.9 million bond for new construction and renovations.
This year the Brainerd Kixters adopted two families for Christmas and bought gifts for eight children and three adults. The girls donated $400 of their own money and $800 came from their Christmas show Dec. 10.
Consumer spending falls as economy shrinks
WASHINGTON (AP) --Consumers, after shopping up a storm in October, cut back on their spending in November by 0.7 percent. Incomes fell for the third straight month as the nation's unemployment rate climbed to a six-year high.
Debate brewing worldwide over safety of popular 'energy drinks'
Bar-goers mix them with vodka to stay up and party longer. Students drink them to help pull all-night study sessions. And some athletes down them to boost performance.
Terror suspect Moussaoui appears in court, still held without bail
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A prosecutor told Zacarias Moussaoui, the first man indicted in the
Saudi radiologist worries about those still detained after Sept. 11 attacks
SAN ANTONIO -- Al-Badr Al-Hazmi was among the first Muslim men detained by the FBI after the Sept. 11 attacks, and during his 12 days behind bars, whispers from investigators all but convicted him of being a foot soldier in Osama bin Laden's terror brigade.
Payout plan for terror victims announced
NEW YORK (AP) -- The government announced an aid program that would give families of victims of the terrorist attacks an average of $1.65 million -- a plan that some families say doesn't go far enough.
Florida man, allegedly drag racing, hits another car with his own mother in it; she dies
DONA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- A man who was allegedly drag racing hit a car driven by his own mother, killing her and another passenger.
After three months, fires finally going out at World Trade Center site
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fires that raged at the World Trade Center site for more than three months have been reduced to scattered hot spots under the debris.
U.S. undecided what to do with American Taliban
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft has discussed with President Bush some options for prosecuting American Taliban John Walker Lindh but no final decision has been made, officials said Thursday.
Pockets of poverty persisted in boom
WASHINGTON -- While the nation overall benefited from the prosperous 1990s, the booming economy still left large pockets of poverty. A third or more of the residents in dozens of mostly rural counties in the South and Midwest still lived below the poverty level in 1998.
AT&T agrees to create massive cable TV company through $52 billion deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T and Comcast Corp. have reached a $52 billion deal to merge their cable television operations, creating a cable behemoth that will have more than 22 million customers.
Anthrax vaccinations begin as officials struggle to explain process
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government scientists are fanning out to counsel some of the thousands of people weighing whether to get three shots of anthrax vaccine, more antibiotics -- or to call it quits and hope their bodies are free of the bacteria.
Many questions persist over Sept. 11 victims fund
NEW YORK (AP) -- Much of Theresa Riccaradelli's economic future now rests with Kenneth Feinberg.
Military announces plans to resume testing of V-22 Osprey
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon announced Friday it will resume testing of the V-22 Osprey, which has been grounded since last year following two crashes that killed 23 Marines.
Tyson Foods accused of smuggling immigrant workers
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The nation's largest meat producer has been indicted on federal charges that it tried to cut costs in its poultry factories by smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico and giving them fraudulent work papers.
Jury convicts Illinois woman of murdering her three children
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) -- A mother who fed her three children drug-laced peanut butter then smothered them in their beds could face the death penalty now that a jury has convicted her of first-degree murder.
Osama bin Laden names some Sept. 11 hijackers in videotape, according to more thorough translations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Osama bin Laden speaks fondly of several Sept. 11 hijackers on the videotape released by the U.S. military, asking Allah to "accept their action," according to a more thorough translation of the tape by a government-hired Arabic expert.
Latest Windows versions vulnerable to unusually serious hacker attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is urging customers to quickly install a patch to repair serious flaws in the newest version of Windows, which was marketed as the most secure ever.
It's the nuclear equivalent of boxcutters. No atom-splitting required. It's called a "dirty bomb," assembled from TNT and radioactive material.
Marshall captures wild bowl victory
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Memo to the fans who left at halftime: You missed quite a show.
Oklahoma State player becomes quite a listener
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton didn't like it when Maurice Baker scored all 22 of his points in the first half of the Cowboys' last game.
Bonds, Boone accept arbitration
Barry Bonds' 73 home runs led to just one known offer, a market that convinced him to stay with the San Francisco Giants.
Notre Dame urged to hire a black football coach
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson believes Tony Dungy and Dennis Green have left no doubt that blacks can coach at the highest levels, and it's time Notre Dame let someone else prove it, too.
Jordan is a Wizard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Instead of playing the sidekick, Michael Jordan torched an old one.
$660 million deal Red Sox partners agree to sell team for record sum
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox, controlled by the Yawkey family and its trust since 1933, could be turned over as soon as January to a Florida financier and a New York television executive in a record-breaking $660 million deal.
A special Olympic moment
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mario Lemieux and Ashley Barrasso are linked by cancer, hockey and -- after Thursday morning -- the Olympic torch.
Nomo returns to Dodgers
Johnny Damon closed in on a $30 million, four-year contract with Boston, David Wells neared a deal with Arizona and Hideo Nomo returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Grand Valley State paces Little All-America Team
Record-setting quarterback Curt Anes, who passed for 3,086 yards and 48 touchdowns, was among a trio of players from Grand Valley State selected to The Associated Press Little All-America Team on Wednesday.
Stadiums raise a cup to civil fans
Some NFL stadiums are raising a cup to good behavior.
PIERZ -- Albert Pence, 80, Pierz, died today, Dec. 20, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Mary T. Sanoski
LITTLE FALLS -- Mary T. Sanoski, 89, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Albert Pence, 80, Little Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Robert Swartout, 56, Spokane, Wash., formerly of Brainerd, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001.
Mary T. Sanoski
LITTLE FALLS -- Mary T. Sanoski, 89, Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Louis L. Savor
EVANSTON, Wyo. -- Louis L. Savor, 61, Evanston, Wyo., formerly of the Pillager area, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in Evanston.
Mary S. Roden
AITKIN -- Mary S. Roden, 95, Aitkin, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
STAPLES -- Darlene Cizek, 74, Staples, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
FORT MEYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Neher, 77, Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly of Hackensack, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in Fort Meyers.
Nicholas J. McDermott
HILLMAN -- Nicholas J. McDermott, 91, Hillman, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Rose T. Pella
PIERZ -- Rose Theresa Pella, 87, Pierz, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Pierz Villa.
WILLMAR -- Sally Erickson, 84, Willmar, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Rice Care Center in Willmar.
AITKIN -- Clinton Anderson, 90, Aitkin, died today, Dec. 20, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Clinton E. Anderson
AITKIN -- Clinton E. Anderson, 90, Aitkin, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
HILLMAN -- Nicholas McDermott, 91, Hillman, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Berton F. Manske
DEERWOOD -- Berton F. Manske, 84, Deerwood, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Orlyn I. Larson
HACKENSACK -- Orlyn Ida Larson, 84, Hackensack, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
MOTLEY -- Fred Duell, 78, Motley, died today, Dec. 21, 2001, at home.
STAPLES -- Darlene Cizek, 74, Staples, died today, Dec. 20, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Last week as I watched the evening news on TV, it seemed like every night there was depressing news about huge employee lay-offs, companies filing bankruptcy and a huge state budget deficit. Really, it sounds like this cou
News council can help readers
The Minnesota News Council is an independent organization that examines citizens' complaints alleging inaccuracy, unfairness or unethical conduct by the media.
The recent spate of projectile-throwing incidents at NFL games is a sad reminder that a small minority of fans can quickly ruin an otherwise fun event.
The world's other tinderbox
This editorial appeared in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times:
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
National Boozecasting Co.
Some estimates peg the number of alcoholics in the United States between 15 million and 30 million (7 to 15 percent of the population). NBC apparently views them and other problem drinkers --and potential new drinkers --as a lucrative advertising demographic.
Sometimes a well-turned phrase can cut through vague and obscure public discussion on an issue and quickly illuminate a key point.
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Not too long ago someone stole a deer that we had sitting at my brother's grave. We had it there for two years and no one seemed to mind, then one day somebody got the urge to steal it from there.
Extending CBIR launching pad makes sense to Schumacher
NHRA Top Fuel pilot Tony Schumacher described the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway's possible extension of its quarter-mile dragstrip's concrete launching pad as "huge."
State plan could cut aid to 9,000 students
ST. PAUL (AP) -- State grants to more than 9,000 public- and private-college students in Minnesota would be eliminated or reduced if the agency in charge of financial aid carries out a 10 percent budget-reduction plan.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Police arrested a man Thursday night in the thefts of at least two and as many as five Salvation Army stands and kettles in the St. Paul area.
Owner of money-transfer company wants frozen funds back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The owner of a Somali money-transfer company met with U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger to try to retrieve money frozen by the federal government in its war on terrorism.
Indictment against father in son's car death dismissed
ANOKA (AP) -- The Anoka County attorney's office dismissed the second-degree manslaughter indictment against a Minneapolis man whose infant son died after being left in a sweltering minivan while his father was at work.
Court orders new trial for man in St. Cloud murder
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a man serving a life sentence for the St. Cloud beating death of his girlfriend.
Tribal leaders suggest fixes to government trust account system
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- Minnesota tribal leaders on Thursday suggested ways to fix the government's embattled Indian trust account system and raised concerns about the Interior Department's proposed restructuring of it.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Police were looking for a suspect they've identified in the thefts of five Salvation Army stands and kettles here and in Roseville.
Anti-smoking group complains about Hibbing's lobbyists
HIBBING (AP) -- The Minnesota Smoke Free Coalition criticized the city of Hibbing for hiring lobbyists who also work for a tobacco company.
Ventura nixes traditional cookie mixer
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Holidays at the state Capitol this year won't include a traditional coffee and cookie gathering in the Rotunda for state employees.
Watkins man found guilty in death of 14-month-old son
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A Stearns County jury on Thursday found a Watkins man guilty in the October 2000 death of his 14-month old son.
Sartell defeats Flyers in gymnastics
SARTELL -- The Little Falls Flyers dropped a Central Lakes Conference gymnastics meet to the Sartell Sabres by a 139.625 to 130.75 score Thursday.
The Brainerd Warriors junior varsity gymnastics team defeated Alexandria 130.25 to 86.05 Thursday night.
Pierz wrestlers improve to 6-1
PIERZ -- The Pierz Pioneers defeated Eden Valley-Watkins 42-28 in Central Minnesota Conference wrestling action Thursday.
Roberts scores 1,000th career point
SWANVILLE -- Lee Roberts may not have reached 1,000 yards passing in football this season, but he reached the 1,000-point mark for a career in a non-conference boys' basketball game Thursday.
Flyer boys edge Sabres
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers scored in each of the first two periods to defeat the Sartell Sabres 2-1 in a Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey game Thursday.
Warriors enter own meet with unbeaten record
Different opponent, same results.
Scull discovers first hand about C-I's rivalry with Aitkin
CROSBY -- Tyler Scull saw his first action in the Aitkin Gobblers and Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys' basketball rivalry and passed the test with flying colors.
River Lakes skates past Flyer girls
RICHMOND -- The River Lakes Stars girls; hockey team opened up a close game with two goals in the third period and skated past the Little Falls Flyers 3-0 Tuesday night.
Pequot Lakes girls pummel McGregor
McGREGOR -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots improved to 4-2 overall with a 69-47 non-conference victory over the McGregor Mercuries on Thursday.
Going for the puck
Brainerd senior forward Kirk Flanagan (20) battled for position with an Alexandria player in Thursday's game. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Brainerd Invitational attracts state's top teams
Earlier this month, the Star Tribune touted the Brainerd Invitational gymnastics meet as the "first big meet of the season."
Little Falls wrestlers coast to victory over Brainerd
After the first match of the night in the Brainerd Warrior wrestling team's dual meet with the Little Falls Flyers Thursday, the Warriors looked like they were ready to roll.
Brainerd boys drop wild one
All that was missing was a ringmaster and a few animals to complete the freakish atmosphere at the Brainerd Area Civic Center Thursday night.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Vince Sellnow has been wrestling since kindergarten and says he has always been the little guy. Despite being a senior he still weighs 103 pounds, the lightest weight in the high school ranks.
A case of misguided priorities
An epidemic is spreading throughout the world of sports. The epidemic has infiltrated the high school and college ranks as well as the professional levels, contaminating all sports in its path.
Boys' ski team finishes 2nd
BIWABIK -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' alpine ski team finished second while the girls' team was fifth in the Mesabi East Invitational at Giants Ridge Thursday.
Alexandria swims past Brainerd
ALEXANDRIA -- In what can be considered a great swimming rivalry, the Alexandria Cardinals edged the Brainerd Warriors 95-91 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday.
Sebeka defeats LRCS boys
SEBEKA -- The Lake Region Christian School boys' basketball team dropped a close game to Sebeka, 39-33, Tuesday night.
Vikings' Carter hedges on retirement plans
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter once again hedged on his retirement plans Wednesday, leaving open the possibility of playing for another team next season.
NFL fines Moss $10,000 for taunting
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Vikings receiver Randy Moss faces another fine from the NFL -- this time a $10,000 penalty for taunting during last Sunday's 27-24 loss at Detroit.
Twins moving ahead like normal -- somewhat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins, still unsure if they'll even exist next season, mailed out contracts Thursday to all 28 unsigned players on their 40-man roster.
Culpepper to have arthroscopic surgery
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair his sprained left knee.
Wolves fall in OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After blowing a 19-point lead and missing five of eight free throws, the New Jersey Nets found themselves in overtime with Minnesota.
Publishers Weekly best sellers
Across the country, fans line up for 'Lord of the Rings' premiere
LOS ANGELES -- From hard-core fans to some who couldn't read past the first pages of the books, people flocked to theaters like hobbits on a pilgrimage to Middle-earth to see the much-anticipated debut of "The Lord of the Rings" early Wednesday.
Cruise's 'Vanilla Sky' bumps 'Ocean's Eleven' from No. 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tom Cruise bested a band of crooks as "Vanilla Sky" opened atop the box office, sending "Ocean's Eleven" to No. 2.
Less selection, tougher economy, but CD box sets still selling this holiday season
NEW YORK (AP) -- Music sales have been down this year, and anticipated blockbusters from top-selling artists are sitting on the shelves. Not exactly the best market for multi-disc box sets, big-ticket items that can cost more than $100.
Aitkin man to show his extensive collection of Japanese block prints at Aitkin gallery
AITKIN -- For the past several months, Barden Heft's extensive art collection has been sitting in storage, awaiting completion of the retired military officer's lakefront dream home.
Music General dancers to give Holiday Show
The Music General dancers will perform their 22nd annual Holiday Show at 7 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Three Brainerd area residents are participating in a student sculpture exhibit in Gallery X on the Bemidji State University campus, according to the college press office.
Finger-style guitarist to perform in Staples
STAPLES -- Centennial Auditorium's performing arts season resumes in early January with folk-pop artist Steve Cloutier, billed as a "one-man guitar orchestra."
As editor-in-chief, Henkensiefken enjoys preserving memories in Brainerd High School yearbook
If your contributions are glorified in the 2001-2002 Brainerd High School yearbook, give some credit to Ryan Henkensiefken, the big enchilada at the Brainonian.
Christmas, New Year's events listed
Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission.
What's new in books includes what's old, too
The latest crop of new hardcover books includes an old one, too.
Great River Strings Ensemble to present 'Messiah'
CROSBY -- The Great River Strings Ensemble, composed of string musicians from the Aitkin, Isle, Emily, Crosby-Ironton, Garrison and Deerwood communities, will present Part One of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby.
Iowa state forecast
Winter storm watch far northwest saturday...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 20s north to the upper 30s south.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 30s northeast to the 40s west.
Pulling the sleigh
Weather drawing by Amy Leikvoll of Mrs. Ahlers' third grade class at Lincoln school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 30s to upper 40s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of freezing drizzle west and central this morning with a chance of light snow this afternoon. Highs 20 northe
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Partly cloudy east. Highs from the mid 30s west to 20 to 25 east.
Minnesota state forecast
winter storm watch saturday into saturday night from southwest through central into northeast minnesota...
Minnesota state forecast
today...Partly cloudy. A few morning flurries eastern arrowhead region. Highs in the 20s to middle to upper 30s south. Tonight...Partly cloudy east with increasing clouds west. Lows from zero extreme north to the teens south.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Cloudy west with a chance of light snow northwest. Partly to mostly cloudy east. Highs from the 30s west to the mid 40s far southeast. Temperatures falling west in the afternoon.
The Weather Elsewhere
Weather drawing by Allison Gebhard of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Winter storm watch northwest mainly saturday afternoon and saturday night...
Anthrax attack spoils annual push for sending soldiers holiday mail, so 'Dear Abby' and military turn to the Web
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With lingering worries over anthrax in the mail, "Dear Abby" and the military are turning to the Internet to make sure holiday letters get to U.S. troops.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV has reached a deal with Johnny Knoxville to develop a feature film version of his prank show "Jackass," which brought the cable channel some of its biggest ratings -- and biggest criticism.
Court rules Florida girl can sue her mother for injuries suffered as a fetus
MIAMI (AP) -- A 7-year-old girl who was permanently injured in a car accident while still a fetus can sue her mother for negligence, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.
With the military
Air Force Airman Christopher A. Jabs, son of Alan Jabs, Brainerd, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
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Ibuprofen neutralizes aspirin's heart-protective effects, study says
BOSTON -- The popular pain reliever ibuprofen blocks the heart-protecting effects of aspirin, according to a study that sounds a warning for people who take both medicines.
North-South: Cliff Johnson and Gordon Becker, 65.5; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 65; and Mary Jane Janacek and Betty Swart, 62.5. East-West: Ed and Sheri Abt, 58.5; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 53.5; and Dale and Helen Dickie, 52.
Use wits to keep friends from driving drunk
DEAR ABBY: We've all heard the statement, "Friends don't let friends drive drunk." My question is this: To what extent should a friend go in order to prevent someone from driving drunk?
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Heather Mills said she isn't just marrying Paul McCartney for his money. If she were, she said, she would have found someone richer.
Alarm pitched too high for hearing-impaired man
DEAR ABBY: National Fire Protection Association President John M. Buckman III urged families to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when changing their clocks back to standard time.
Dear Heloise: How do I clean the inside of my dishwasher? -- G. Schaffer, Lohman, Mo.
Shootout leaves five wounded when Palestinian police try to arrest Hamas leader
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- In a test of Yasser Arafat's ability to crack down on militants, hundreds of Palestinian police surrounded the hide-out of a fugitive Hamas leader Thursday but failed to arrest him when his supporters opened fire.
Peacekeepers move into Kabul to safeguard hoped-for rebirth of shattered Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A convoy of 80 British Royal Marines entered the Afghan capital Friday, the first contingent of multinational peacekeepers launching a six-month mission to protect the new interim government.
Hamas calls off suicide bombings in Israel, boosting chances for truce to take hold
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Islamic militant group Hamas on Friday announced a suspension of suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel, boosting chances for a U.S.-brokered truce to take hold. In internal Palestinian fighting, five people were killed when a militant's funeral turned into a gunbattle.
Political crisis grows in Argentina as economic minister resigns
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Truncheon-wielding police on horseback scattered hundreds of demonstrators outside President Fernando De la Rua's office in a second day of protests that threatened his government. The economic minister resigned and a judge prohibited him from leaving the country.
India to recall ambassador, terminate rail, road links with Pakistan
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India said Friday it would recall its ambassador from Pakistan and shut down rail and bus links between the nations in response to a suicide attack on Parliament that it blames on Pakistan-based militants.
Afghan official says peacekeepers will be restricted; troops pursue al-Qaida escapees
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Only one-third of the international peacekeepers arriving in Afghanistan will have an actual peacekeeping role and even they won't have authority to make arrests or disarm Afghans, the nation's incoming defense minister said Thursday. Across the border, Pakistani forces battled an insurrection by Afghan war prisoners that has left as many as 18 dead.
Argentine unrest forces president to resign
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Driven from power by a devastating economic crisis and deadly riots, Argentina's outgoing President Fernando de la Rua returned to his offices for a last time Friday, lifting a state of emergency as he awaited the handover to a caretaker government.
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