Side air bags perform well in crash test
WASHINGTON -- Crash tests of side impact air bags show they can help prevent serious head injuries, even in collisions between passenger cars and high-riding light trucks, insurance industry researchers report.
PT Cruiser: Square peg fits round hole
When Bryan Nesbitt was designing the Chrysler PT Cruiser, he needed something that would define the car's personality. And he found it in a dog.
Ford, Toyota engaged in own fight over standards -- for SUV space
America's politicians haven't been the only ones with trouble over numbers and rule interpretations : Automotive giants Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are battling over measuring standards that determine whose sport-utility vehicle has the most utility.
Hybrid technology works well in Prius
Slowly but surely, Americans are getting the opportunity to choose hybrid vehicles, those fuel-efficient cars that use both gasoline and electricity.
Volvo agrees to divest truck line
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volvo has agreed to a Justice Department requirement that the company divest itself of a line of heavy-duty trucks to proceed with its proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of Renault.
New air pollution rules approved for heavy-duty trucks
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration has approved new regulations that are expected to cut air pollution from heavy-duty trucks and buses by more than 90 percent over the next decade.
Cruiser inspires fan club
Lorraine St. James-Alessandro says her PT Cruiser reminds her of the cars "my parents and grandparents had when I was small, and the hot rods people used to make from old frames."
As big-vehicle sales soar, gas mileage hits 20-year low
WASHINGTON -- America's love affair with gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles and pickups is keeping national fuel economy at a 20-year low, the government says.
Roger Locken of Deerwood is the proud owner of this unrestored 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop with 91,000 actual miles on its 348 cubic inch motor.
Investor fears pound stocks down again
Stocks plunged Wednesday in one of the heaviest trading days ever, as investors registered deepening fears about the economy's course and the Federal Reserve's willingness to right it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 312, a year ago 103.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle: 550.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed sharply to an annual growth rate of just 2.2 percent in the summer, the weakest performance in four years, the government said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday.
I'll be home for Christmas
The year was 1943. America was in the middle of World War II. Husbands were separated from their wives and children, sons and daughters did not know if they would ever see their folks again as all of them served their country valiantly.
You can't avoid not liking your kids once in a while
QUESTION: Are there times when good, loving parents don't like their own kids very much?
The secret to a happy holiday (and life)
Everywhere I go now, people are offering one another a "Merry Christmas!" and a "Happy New Year!"
Having a real Christmas
In the midst of the busyness of the Christmas season, does your life feel a bit empty?
Richard Sigmund, who started preaching at age 7, will minister at healing and miracle meetings at 7 p.m. Dec. 29-30 at the Ramada Inn, and at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Faith Hope and Love Church. Call 825-7347 for more information.
Decorated triad of trees in Baxter church expresses a rich spiritual meaning
BAXTER -- The white church with the blue roof, as its pastor and parishioners commonly refer to the Baxter church, has a special display in its interior this Christmas season.
Quilters rattled by raffle try to do the right thing
DEAR ABBY: We have a unique problem and hope that you can help us. We are members of a quilt-making club. The quilts we make are well thought of. Once a year, we raffle off one of them, and therein lies our problem.
A father's death leads to the rebirth of a temple
NEW YORK -- According to tradition, the festival of Hanukkah was born when Maccabean Jews in 165 B.C. fought off Syrian-Greek armies and began to restore their desecrated temple. They only had enough oil to light their lamps for one night, but by some miracle the light burned for eight days.
COCHITI PUEBLO, N.M. -- For the past year, Snowflake Flower has kept a lone candle burning on a makeshift altar in her adobe home. Beside the flame, her daughter smiles impishly from an old photograph.
Looking for identity, 'half Jews' interact on the Web
NEW YORK -- Hanukkah candles or Christmas stockings? Easter or Passover? Bagels and lox or a ham sandwich?
Holiday refreshers range from fruity punch to hot chocolate
You can compile quite a menu of refreshers for the festive season, serving up a range of drinks to suit the occasion.
Try Swedish Meatballs on Christmas Eve
I love to serve traditional foods on Christmas Eve that my mom would serve.
Christmas cookbooks focus on traditional dishes
The following short list of titles suggests what is available if you want cookbooks specifically focused on the traditional Christmas. They are all nicely illustrated in glossy color, and would make ideal gifts for those who like looking at food as much as cooking it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 91, a year ago 91.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
A Waubun woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover reported at 8:10 a.m. Thursday at Highway 25 and County Road 49, north of Brainerd, the State Patrol said.
PILLAGER -- Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident reported at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 210, just east of Pillager.
Bush nominates John Ashcroft for attorney general
AUSTIN, Texas -- President-elect Bush nominated defeated Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft to be attorney general on Friday, choosing a conservative Republican who lost his re-election bid to a dead man.
Insider Paul O'Neill to become Treasury secretary
WASHINGTON -- Paul H. O'Neill may not have been familiar to most Americans before he was tapped Wednesday by President-elect George W. Bush to be the nation's 72nd Treasury secretary. But he seems to know almost everybody who has -- or will have -- power in the new administration.
Racicot turns down chance to be Bush's attorney general
It will be one of the most powerful jobs in the Bush administration, so the question was direct.
To White House criticism, Bush defends economic pessimism
WASHINGTON -- Faced with escalating White House criticism, President-elect Bush is defending his pessimistic assessment of the nation's economic outlook. Some Democrats denounced it as an attempt to exaggerate the slowdown to improve chances of passing a $1.3 trillion tax cut.
Bush rolls Up his sleeves to tackle agricultural issues
Just days after the federal government declared his drought-ravaged home state of Texas an agriculture disaster area, President-elect George W. Bush and his designate for Agriculture Secretary, Ann Veneman, are meeting with farm groups and state agriculture officials in Austin Friday to discuss the steps necessary to stabilize the ailing farm economy.
Vaccine eases memory problem in mice with Alzheimer's-like condition
Taking what could be an important step toward preventing Alzheimer's, scientists found that an experimental vaccine can largely ward off memory loss in mice stricken with a similar disease.
Fight continues over diet drug ephedra's safety
WASHINGTON -- A report issued Wednesday by a leading dietary supplement organization says dieters can take as much as 90 milligrams per day of the controversial herbal stimulant ephedra without significant adverse effects.
Case study blames hospital staffer for hepatitis in patients
A medical technician with a cut on his finger accidentally infected five hospital patients with the dangerous hepatitis C virus in the first documented case of its kind, German researchers say.
Woman sues Green Bay meatpacker over illness
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A woman sickened by eating hamburger purchased at a Cub Foods Store accused a Green Bay meatpacker of negligence for selling food "not fit for human consumption," according to a lawsuit.
Chad Schwendeman joined Tower Real Estate, Brainerd, as a real estate professional.
Mistletoe is an enchanting, mystical plant of the forest
It appears as if by magic in late autumn when leaves fall away to reveal the naked gray limbs of tall trees.
Ducting a clothes dryer will reduce mildew
Remember the time you painted the bathroom and about a month after it was finished, the mildew started to show up again on your freshly painted ceiling?
Houseboat design linked to carbon monoxide deaths
PHOENIX -- The Dixey brothers had been swimming under and around their family houseboat when 8-year-old Logan lost consciousness and 11-year-old Dillon went into convulsions. Both sank and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
You can find matches for hand-crafted tiles
Ceramic tiles are a beautiful accent in many old homes. Whether decorative or plain, the richness of this material commonly lends an air of grace and charm to old entranceway floors, baths and fireplaces.
A Christmas house
At the Smithburg house in northeast Brainerd, it takes nearly three days to get all the ornaments on the Christmas tree.
Bush ranch dressed up for the holidays
The holiday garland of red bandannas that kept showing up behind President-elect George W. Bush at photo ops in the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin last week heralded an unmistakable message: Yippee! Texas style is back.
Utility agrees to $1.4 billion pollution settlement
WASHINGTON -- A major electric utility, Cinergy Corp., has agreed to a $1.4 billion settlement of a lawsuit over alleged illegal pollution from its coal-burning power plants, the Clinton administration says.
AT&T must shed Time Warner stake
WASHINGTON (AP) -- AT&T failed to comply with conditions attached to its summer cable merger and now must shed its stake in Time Warner Entertainment, federal regulators concluded Thursday.
Computer glitch snarls Mesaba
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A computer outage forced the cancellation of about 170 Northwest Airlink flights operated by Mesaba Airlines on Thursday, including those at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport.
Lighting up the holidays
There's no need for a long, drawn out recount of ballots cast for The Dispatch's annual areawide Christmas lighting contest.
STAPLES -- Those wishing to register for a snowmobile safety class may call Staples-Motley Community Education at 894-2497.
A vehicle involved in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday was misidentified in a Page 5A story Wednesday. Vehicles driven by Roxanne Soukup, 47, Pequot Lakes, and Robin Larson, 38, Pequot Lakes, collided. Larson's vehicle was a car registered to Viking Coca Cola.
Homeless numbers up again in state
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Homelessness in Minnesota is continuing to increase, according to preliminary reports from a survey of the state's 188 shelters by the Wilder Research Center.
Experts on Santa tell all
People who want to lose weight may want to try Santa Claus' magic.
Natural gas bills climb even more with frigid temperatures
Collette Moriarty knew it was coming. She'd heard the news reports of soaring prices for home heating fuel and did what she could to keep heat from leaking out of her older home in St. Paul.
Little Falls School Board agrees to give superintendent $8,000 compensation pay
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School Board voted 5-1 Monday to pay the superintendent an additional $8,000 for compensation pay for performance for the 2001 school year as long as he meets the goals the board set.
Aitkin woman receives honor for her work with Minnesota Women of Today
AITKIN -- Jodie Johnson, Aitkin, received a U.S. Medallion from the U.S. Women of Today national organization for her work as Minnesota Women of Today state president.
Harpist plays Christmas music with Paraguayan touch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Musicians who try to give familiar Christmas tunes a fresh sound face long odds. Nearly every carol has been done in nearly every style.
Rayme Edwards of Staples and Derek Dilly of Henning are the first recipients of the Joseph Plut Scholarship offered by the Central Lakes College Foundation.
State senator protests football on Christmas Eve
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A state senator who is also a Lutheran pastor -- and a football fan -- wants to stop NFL games being played on Christmas Eve.
They didn't shake hands, but governor will send Ventura lobsters anyway
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Angus King didn't make a formal wager with his Minnesota counterpart Jesse Ventura over which state would have better voter turnout Nov. 7.
Christmas Around the World
Second-graders at Lincoln Elementary School learned part of a familiar Christmas carol in German on Wednesday, singing "O Tannenbaum" instead of "Oh, Christmas Tree."
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1980) - An armed robber with a peculiar sense of the holiday spirit stole $250 in cash from the Frances Shoppe last night. However, he did stop to say, "You have a Merry Christmas now" as he left the store.
Countywide transportation system on hold
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Transit has put the brakes on Crow Wing County's efforts toward a coordinated countywide system of transportation.
MAPLEWOOD (AP) -- Hill-Murray, a private Catholic school in this St. Paul suburb, is $1 million richer after receiving the largest single donation in school history, officials announced.
ALMELUND (AP) -- A 32-year-old man died after his snowmobile crashed into some trees in east-central Minnesota.
Self-enforcement key to success of no-smoking ordinance, Duluth officials say
DULUTH (AP) -- So there's a smoking ban here. So what?
Kennedy promises attention to rural issues
WILLMAR (AP) -- The 2nd District's incoming congressman is pledging to keep focused on rural issues.
Governor writes poem, offers tips for Christmas
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Well, wouldn't you know it. Turns out the governor is also a poet.
Woman dies of crash injuries
One person died as a result of a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning at the south junction of the Highway 371 bypass, the first fatality on the new highway since it opened Aug. 9.
Baxter's bypass sign
Workers completed the Welcome to Baxter sign on the C. Elmer Anderson Memorial Highway this week. The wooden motif sign greets motorists as they travel north into the city. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
Deck the halls
Hundreds of decorations are placed with care each year on the Smithburgs' Christmas tree. Look for the story about the Rice Lake holiday house in Friday's Housing section.
Two Warrior athletic events postponed
Two Brainerd Warriors home events scheduled for tonight have been postponed because of the forecast of bitter cold temperatures.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 21 - 40 years ago (1960) - Over 40 Brainerd girls, all members of Job's Daughters, spent yesterday evening caroling in the halls and wards of the Brainerd State School & Hospital.<
Five arrested in drug busts
Seven search warrants were executed and five people were arrested Wednesday in drug busts in Cass and Crow Wing counties, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported.
Ventura backs high speed rail
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura on Wednesday threw his support behind a plan for high speed trains that could cut travel time from Minneapolis to Chicago by nearly a third.
Ex-hospital CEO Koerper dies
James Koerper, the former president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph's Medical Center who died Tuesday in Michigan, was remembered by one former co-worker here as a quiet, analytical man.
Study shows ramp meters curb accidents, speed traffic
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Freeway entrance-ramp meters reduce the number of crashes, speed up traffic and make travel times more consistent, according to preliminary findings from the eight-week shut-off experiment that ended earlier this month.
Light-rail total grows $50 million
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The price for the Hiawatha Avenue light-rail line has grown from $625 million to $675 million, Metro Transit reported.
More fugitives charged in embassy bombings
A federal grand jury in New York indicted five more fugitives Wednesday in the fatal 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, expanding the total number of defendants in the case to 21.
Report faults polling coverage of election
WASHINGTON -- The polling organization responsible for the biggest blunder in television history on election night was plagued by a series of errors that distorted the Florida vote all night long, a confidential report concludes.
Florida election bill hits $6 million
MIAMI -- The five-week battle for Florida's decisive presidential votes may have served as a riveting civics lesson, but it did not come cheap. The Sunshine State is adding up the bill: an estimated $6 million and rising.
Wedding day for Madonna
DORNOCH, Scotland (AP) -- Reversing the formula that made her an international star, Madonna commanded maximum attention with the most minimal exposure on her wedding day.
Special delivery to Madonna: Wedding papers
DORNOCH, Scotland -- Apparently as star-struck as everyone else in Dornoch, the government did its bit Thursday to shield Madonna and her husband-to-be from public attention on the eve of their wedding.
House fires set by arsonist against Phoenix sprawl, police suspect
PHOENIX -- A luxury home that burned to the ground this week marked the eighth such blaze in the area in three years, a trend investigators suspect is the work of an arsonist with environmental motives.
Board of Higher Education abruptly decides to keep UND nickname
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota should keep its "Fighting Sioux" nickname, the Board of Higher Education abruptly decided Thursday.
Congress scales back low-power radio plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The movement to create low-power community FM stations is running into some static.
Peltier's clemency case seems sunk
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton appears ready to reject convicted killer Leonard Peltier's bid for clemency, but the debate over the American-Indian activist's future has inflamed already tense relations between the White House and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, officials said Wednesday.
Political columnist Germond retiring, blames election
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jack Germond is retiring as a political columnist for The (Baltimore) Sun, saying this year's presidential election pushed him over the edge.
Misty-eyed President-elect Bush resigns as Texas governor
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- President-elect Bush resigned as governor of Texas with an emotional farewell on Thursday, saying there was "only one thing that would cause me to leave early," and that is the White House he will take over in 30 days.
Double family tragedy
BETHEL, Pa. -- A man dived into a backyard pond to save his 10-year-old brother, but both died in the freezing, murky water.
Sandra Bullock unhurt in crash
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A plane carrying actress Sandra Bullock and three other people missed a runway and crashed at the Jackson Hole Airport early Wednesday. Authorities said no one was hurt.
Incomes up; spending grows at slowest pace in years
WASHINGTON -- Americans' personal incomes rose solidly in November, while spending grew at its slowest pace in more than two years as stock market volatility, lower consumer confidence and higher energy costs dampened buyers' psyche.
Oil companies pledge to act against human rights abuses
WASHINGTON -- Prodded by the U.S. and British governments, five leading oil companies agreed Wednesday to a new code of conduct, pledging to discourage police and private security companies from abusing people who live near their oil fields.
Rockefeller Center sold, cutting family ties to landmark
NEW YORK -- Rockefeller Center has been sold to two minority shareholders for $1.85 billion, severing the Rockefeller family's last remaining ties to the historic city landmark, the buyers announced Friday.
Reacting to power crisis, California clears way for higher electric bills
SAN FRANCISCO -- The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday cleared the way for higher electricity bills affecting 24 million Californians, moving to end a rate cap that had accompanied the state's experiment with deregulation.
Extent of slowdown catches Fed off guard
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve officials clearly were surprised by the speed of the deterioration in the outlook for the U.S. economy, which caused them this week to acknowledge they may have to soon cut interest rates to help bolster growth.
Federal plan to save salmon avoids breaching Snake River dams
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A final federal plan to save endangered and threatened salmon species in the Columbia Basin will focus on restoring habitat in tributaries and estuaries but does not rule out breaching Snake River dams.
Venus Williams signs richest endorsement deal with Reebok
NEW YORK (AP) -- In April, when her five-year, $12 million endorsement deal with Reebok expired, Venus Williams was struggling with a wrist injury, and the company was consolidating.
Lights, cameras Clippers
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers waited more than three years to play before a national television audience and Lamar Odom made sure they took home a victory.
Average baseball salary up 18 percent
NEW YORK -- Y2K just missed being baseball's Y2MIL.
Stanford upsets No. 1 Duke
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The biggest shot of Casey Jacobsen's life clinched one of the biggest victories in Stanford's history.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- At least 13 football players misused a University of Minnesota long-distance telephone access code and will be suspended until they repay about $420 in charges, the school said Wednesday.
Raines back from retirement
Tim Raines doesn't think he's finished playing baseball.
Southern Miss pulls upset
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Southern Mississippi delivered a message to a Conference USA newcomer: Get ready for a wild ride.
Promoters sue NCAA over proposed basketball changes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A group of college basketball promoters filed a suit against the NCAA on Thursday over potential legislation designed to end preseason tournaments.
Wild fights to 2-2 tie with Ottawa
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Darby Hendrickson and the Minnesota Wild are causing trouble for some of the NHL's best teams.
UNLV takes the Vegas Bowl
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The last two years have been sweet for coach John Robinson at UNLV. Jason Thomas could make the next two years even better.
Culpepper's status still in question
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings pushed the timetable on the Daunte Culpepper decision back to Friday.
Illinois beats Missouri in overtime
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After a slow start, Frank Williams was strong at the finish.
Twins say they won't try to sign Coomer again
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins will discontinue their efforts to re-sign first baseman Ron Coomer after failing to reach an agreement with him, general manager Terry Ryan said.
AITKIN -- William Just, 75, Aitkin, died today, Dec. 22, 2000, at his home.
PIERZ -- Luella Schlegel, 66, Pierz, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at her home.
HARDING -- Luella Schlegel, 66, Harding, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at her home.
Rudolph W. Schmaltz
Rudolph W. Schmaltz, 69, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at his home.
Albert 'Lee' Olson
IDEAL TOWNSHIP -- Albert "Lee" Olson, 68, Ideal Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at his home.
James E. Koerper
WARREN, Mich. -- James E. Koerper, 52, Utica, Mich., former administrator of St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at St. John Hospital of Macomb in Warren, Mich.
Robert P. Marshall
HEMET, Calif. -- Robert Patterson Marshall, 75, Hemet, Calif., died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at his home.
Sister Mary Cortona Bentler
LITTLE FALLS -- Sister Mary Cortona Bentler, 83, St. Francis Convent in Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at the convent.
Michael B. Acker
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Michael B. Acker, 51, Gresham, Ore., formerly of Brainerd, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at Mount Hood Community Hospital in Gresham.
People might recall that last year Yugoslavia had their first Democratic election. The longtime dictator and war criminal Milosevic was on the ballot. The people, by majority, elected his opponent despite ballot box stuffing and vote count tampering. Though the majority chose his opponent Milosevic had his courts who were controlled by him (just as the U.S. Supreme Court is majority Republican) try to disqualify the votes ( just as many votes in our own election have been disqualified by Republican election officials in Florida.)
A special time
The year was 1971. It was a few days before Christmas in southern California. This was a confusing time to many in our country. For some it meant an ending to needless deaths in Asia and for others it meant civil rights for all. However, the Christmas of 1971 meant something entirely different to me.
A reassuring choice for the Treasury post
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:
Justice Thomas' silence
Here's how the life of a black conservative goes in America as the year 2000 draws to a close.
Tax cut makes no sense
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Los Angeles Times:
Happy trails - Dispatch Editorial
Those groomed snowmobile trails that Crow Wing County residents and visitors alike enjoy each winter don't just happen by accident. They are the product of an annual effort by the Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association.
Just a quick note to the Baxter City Council which has now managed to again pull a fast one on the residents of Knollwood Drive. When this trail was constructed amid much protest and concern, residents were absolutely assured that it would be non-motorized!
Moe's folly - Dispatch editorial
If ever there were a trial balloon that deserved to be shot down it was the one floated earlier this month by Sen. Roger Moe, DFL-Erskine, calling for the use of a presumed $924 million state rebate to be used as an endowment for one-time needs.
Drag racing briefs
GLENDORA, Calif. -- The National Hot Rod Association released its 2001 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series schedule recently.
LA Kings player gives boost to Warriors' hockey program
If such an award existed the Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team would probably crown Rob Blake king for a day.
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Gobblers jumped out to a 21-9 lead after one quarter and held on for a 51-45 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in non-conference girls' basketball action Thursday night.
MOOSE LAKE -- Kati Galovich of Crosby-Ironton scored her 1,000th career point in a 60-46 loss to Moose Lake-Willow River in non-conference girls' basketball action Tuesday.
Alexandria puts a dent in BHS record
The two-time defending Class AA state champion Alexandria Cardinals swimming and diving team came into its dual meet Thursday with the Brainerd Warriors after having lost a dual meet for the first time in five years.
Park Rapids downs W-DC
PARK RAPIDS -- The Park Rapids Panthers outshot the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 38-10 on their way to a 6-0 Mid-State Conference boys' hockey game Tuesday.
Second-ranked B-H-V flattens Alex in wrestling
ALEXANDRIA -- The second-ranked Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders won by pin at four weight classes on their way to a 44-22 dual meet victory over the Alexandria Cardinals Thursday.
Sellnow thrives in 103 class
As a sophomore Vince Sellnow was often a wrestler without a weight class, wrestling at 112 pounds and at other times moving up to 119.
Brown stands out in Pillager's setback
PILLAGER -- The Pillager Huskies fell 64-50 Thursday night to an undefeated Cass Lake-Bena Panthers boys' basketball team.
Outside influences force Pequot coach to resign Future of Patriots' boys' basketball program up in air
Five games into this season Pequot Lakes High School is searching for a new head and assistant boys' basketball coach.
Brainerd gymnasts win
ALEXANDRIA -- The fifth-ranked Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team won three events against Alexandria to claim a 138.5 to 130.6 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Cardinals Thursday.
Road Crew wrestles past OTC by lone point
HENNING -- Josh Bresnahan's pin of Phillip Risbrudt helped overcome a five-point deficit and helped the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew to a 34-33 win over Ottertail Central in non-conference wrestling Tuesday.
Gophers' players repay school for calls, get reinstated to team
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The University of Minnesota football players who improperly used an athletic department long-distance access code have repaid the school for the phone calls and are back on the team, officials said Thursday.
The Pequot Lakes School District is looking for a new head boys' and an assistant boys' basketball coach.
Gophers: Insults fading after 9-1 start
MINNEAPOLIS -- The jokes are becoming fewer. The insults are less hurtful.
Top gymnasts to appear here
All eyes in the state gymnastics community will be focused on Brainerd as the Warriors host some of the state's powers in a seven-team invitational at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Brainerd boys win Mesabi alpine ski meet with four leading way
BIWABIK -- Placing four skiers in the top 10, the Brainerd Warriors boys' alpine skiing team won the Mesabi Invitational Thursday with 273 points.
ST. CLOUD -- The Little Falls Flyers fell to the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 5-1 in a Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey game Thursday.
Charlie Brown's Christmas soars in ratings after Schulz's death
NEW YORK (AP) -- In its first broadcast after the death of creator Charles M. Schulz, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soared in the ratings on CBS last week.
At the movies: Capsule reviews of films showing in area
"Vertical Limit" -- This action flick may be a bit oxygen-deprived when it comes to character development, but it compensates with stomach-churning feats of death defiance on the slopes of the world's second-highest mountain.
Music General's Holiday Show is today
The Music General Dancers will present their Holiday Show 2000 at 6:30 p.m. today at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
Here are gift books that might have been missed
You've been looking for a gift book, but the travel titles don't move you, the fashion books aren't your style, and the ones about art or photography -- well, there's just something wrong with the picture.
'Art at Work' exhibit failing to draw many viewers in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- A traveling exhibit sponsored by the Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota has failed to attract the public's attention during its stay in Little Falls.
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
'Vertical Limit' is a nail biter that leaves viewers gasping
If you're afraid of heights, "Vertical Limit" is not the movie for you.
Old favorites remain most popular when it comes to holiday music
NEW YORK -- The Christmas album is a staple for many artists trying to provide some holiday spirit to the masses -- and cash in during the biggest music-buying season of the year.
Though he's never been nominated for an Oscar, Martin agrees to host show
HOLLYWOOD -- Which films will be chosen for this year's Academy Awards is anybody's guess, but at least one Oscar question has been answered: Steve Martin was chosen Monday to host the 73rd annual Academy Awards on March 25 -- the first time the comic actor, director and author has handled that duty.
Beatles are big again, this time in their book
In their heyday, the Beatles were the biggest thing in music. Now, 30 years after their last recording together, their book is among the biggest things on bookshelves.
'Moon Pearl' is a gem of a novel about cultural expectations of Chinese women
"The Moon Pearl" (Beacon Press, 316 pages, $24) by Ruthanne Lum McCunn is a charming novel with characters that are well-drawn and sympathetic.
Scrimshaw hopes to continue her musical success as music teacher
As a percussionist in the Symphonic Band, Jessica Scrimshaw marches to a beat that emphasizes perfection.
Auditions set for 'Harvey' in Pillager
PILLAGER -- Pillager Community Theatre will hold auditions for Mary Chase's comedy "Harvey" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 9 and 10 in Room 358 (ITV room) at Pillager School.
After 35 perky years, Up With People is coming to an end
What was Up With People, exactly?
Despite another change in directors, Jaques Art Center in Aitkin continues to thrive
AITKIN -- The Jaques Art Center is forging ahead with a full slate of exhibits and activities, despite the sudden and unexpected resignation of its executive director this fall.
1. "Roses are Red" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
What movie-goers want: Gibson in romantic comedy
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson has stolen the top box office spot from the Grinch.
Fyder to kick off House Concerts in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- Ted Fyder will be the first musician to perform in the 2001 Little Falls House Concert Series.
Pop music in 2000 features a few winners, as well as losers
Some winners and losers in pop music in 2000:
The Great River Arts Association has scheduled its annual meeting for 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Morrison County Historic Courthouse, downtown Little Falls.
Winter weather advisories northwest this morning and across the south and east for most of today...
Cold front brings in first official day of winter
A cold front strengthening over the Great Lakes inched toward the Appalachians and mid-Atlantic early Thursday, the first official day of winter. Clear skies dawned over much of the West.
Three killed as ice coats roads across Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Freezing rain coated roads and bridges across much of Alabama early Thursday, causing wrecks that were blamed for three deaths including two people whose car slid into a lake.
Temperatures and weather conditions during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. EST today.
More winter weather worries
CHICAGO -- Airline labor trouble and bad weather have raised the chances of travel headaches during the holiday rush that builds to a peak Friday.
Regional evening temperature table
People try to cope with weather
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesotans piled on coats and hats -- again -- as nostril-stinging conditions and strong winds combined Thursday to drop wind chills to 60 below zero on the first official day of winter.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Wednesday's high and overnight low to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Weather drawing by Jordynn Beckman of Mrs. Sedlachek's second grade class at Lowell school.
Weather drawing by Amanda Nord of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
North-South: Gordon Becker and Don Rasmussen, 100.5; Gladys Norrgard and Clif Johnson, 87.5; Mark Anderson and Clayton Haglin, 87.5; and Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 86.5. East-West: Chris Leininger and Marion Benest, 97; Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 94.5; Joyce Roemer and Marcella Jensen, 94; and Al and Carol Kline, 87.5.
Dear Heloise: I was just wondering what you put on the RUNNERS OF WOODEN DRAWERS to make them slide out smoothly and prevent them from sticking. -- Jessica Cavallaro, Via E-mail
Names and faces
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Sandra Bullock says she prayed as her plane crash-landed in a blizzard at Jackson Hole Airport.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Girl feels young date won't rate with her friends
DEAR ABBY: I am a teen-age girl, and there is this guy at my school. He asked me out on a date. I don't know what to say. I really want to go, but I'm afraid that my friends and others will make fun of us because he's a year younger than me.
Tentative deal reached on U.N. budget after Turner agrees to help pay U.S. share
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations reached a tentative agreement Friday to cut the U.S. share of the U.N. budget after media mogul Ted Turner came forward and offered to pay for a $34 million shortfall the cut created, diplomats said.
Chile high court intervenes on Pinochet
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Chilean Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out an indictment issued this month against former dictator Augusto Pinochet, but the court also ordered a special magistrate to interrogate the general within 20 days.
Three American teens convicted of murder in highway stonings
DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) -- Three American teen-agers were convicted Friday of murder for dropping stones onto passing cars from a highway overpass, killing two women and injuring four.
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