Government to reconsider motor fuel efficiency rules
The Bush administration will consider applying fuel efficiency standards to extra-large sport-utility vehicles, which currently are exempt, as part of a broad review of fuel mileage requirements for all trucks and SUVs.
Acura rolls but doesn't rock
The 2004 Acura TL will raise no one's blood lust, nor will it send anyone into an eye-lolling frenzy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 119, a year ago 224.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 550. Last Tuesday: 775. Year Ago Tuesday: 146. Monday actual: 501.
Keep your martini perfectly chilled with these special glasses
No more sipping lukewarm Cosmopolitans....
Put your holiday guests to work chopping vegetables, serving beverages
Cooks are rarely alone in the kitchen at holiday time. According to a survey conducted by knife maker CUTO Cutlery Corp., cooks said 85 percent of their guests pop into the kitchen offering to lend a hand with food preparation.
Use leftover doughnuts, sweet rolls for bread pudding
Over the weekend I got a wonderful idea from a person I consider to be one of the finest cooks I know -- Leisha Tietz.
Keith and Iva Keller, Vienna, Austria, a boy, Eric Richard, 6 pounds, 9 ounces, Sept. 1, 2003. Grandparents are Dick and Florence Keller, Brainerd, and Pejo Ravlic, Croatia.
The Brainerd Police Department responded to a three-vehicle accident at 1:33 p.m. Monday at South Sixth and Oak streets in Brainerd.
Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year's Eve New Year's Day
WALKER -- The following recently appeared in Cass County District Court:
Chad and Shauna Kleffman, Baxter, a boy, Cayden James Kleffman, 6 pounds, 9 ounces, Dec. 18, 2003. Grandparents are James and Laura Herman, Nancy Kleffman and Joel Kleffman. Great-grandparents are Bud and Eileen Henderson, Martina Herman and Carl Blomberg.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a car fire at 9:52 p.m. Monday at Highway 25 and Crow Wing County Road 143 in Long Lake Township.
CLC honors Mike Matanich, first director in Staples
STAPLES -- Central Lakes College paid posthumous tribute Friday to its first Staples campus director, Michael J. Matanich, with the installation of a metal photo-etching featuring his likeness.
Remember military families at Christmas
CAMP RIPLEY -- There will be empty chairs at dining tables throughout the Brainerd lakes area tonight and Thursday, a painful reminder to many families that their loved ones are serving abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces this holiday season.
CROSBY -- Forty members and guests of the Crosby-Ironton Senior Citizens Club attended their annual catered Christmas dinner Dec. 13 at the First Avenue Cafe.
Cass County Board sets annual retreat for Jan. 23 at Hope church
WALKER -- The Cass County Board will hold its annual county planning retreat Jan. 23 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker.
VERNDALE -- Two male juveniles were arrested Friday by the Verndale Police Department after breaking into Star Bank in Verndale and taking $900 in coins.
Flu cuts down Choppers' kitchen
Rick Bollum, owner of Chopper's Bar and Grill on Mill Avenue in Brainerd said today he decided to shut down his kitchen Monday afternoon because three of his four cooks came down with the flu.
Ed Martineau of Emily said he already got the best Christmas present he could have possibly received this year -- the survival of his children from a fire.
Two of the three Amity Scholars coming to assist in the world language classes in the Brainerd School District for second semester have host families, but one more host family is needed.
A help to all
The Lakes Area Chaplaincy helps not only police officers and victims of crimes and accidents, but inmates at the county jail. Look for the story Friday in the Religion section.
Phelps OK'd as PUC chief
Tom Phelps will leave behind the title interim superintendent.
LEGISLATORS LOOK AHEAD
Central Minnesota legislators recently polished up their crystal balls and projected an encouraging economic picture for the area in the decade ahead.
THE GREATEST GIFT
EMILY -- Ed Martineau of Emily said he doesn't need any presents this Christmas.
Elk River man dies near Randall in ATV accident
RANDALL -- A 21-year-old Elk River man died as a result of an all-terrain vehicle accident today on 30th Avenue in Morrison County, four miles west of Randall.
Remer Depot to become visitor center
WALKER -- Remodeling the Remer Depot into a visitor center for the community will become reality in 2004.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1983) - Happy Holidays! May you find renewed peace and contentment during this blessed occasion.
Kixters win high kick division
The Warrior Dance Team "The Kixters" won the high kick division in the AAA Rematch of Champions Friday at Bloomington Kennedy High School. Finalists from lasts year's state competition competed in the event sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings.
Empty chairs at Christmas tables will be a painful reminder that loved ones are serving in the armed forces. Read more about how to help military families in Wednesday's Neighbors.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 23 - 60 years ago (1943) - The fire department was called to Sixteenth and Pine Street this morning when the front end of a yellow cab caught fire from alcohol boiling over on the manifold.
A swan exercised its wings on the Gull River near the Gull River Dam Monday. The swans are frequent visitors, year after year, near the beginning of the Gull River near the southeast corner of Gull Lake.
Norbert J. Athman
Norbert J. Athman, age 89, a resident of Lastrup, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Pierz Villa.
Beverly Y. Goodrich
AITKIN -- Beverly Y. Goodrich, age 73 of Aitkin, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
WILLITS, Calif. -- Russell Jennison, age 91, Willits, Calif., formerly of Kimberly, died at Ukiah, Calif., Dec. 5, 2003. He was born in Kimberly, Minn., Oct. 19, 1912. He worked many years at the Royal Clothing Store in Aitkin before moving to California.
Fayola P. Reeve
WALKER -- Fayola Phyllis Reeve, age 70, of Walker, Minn., died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at North Country Hospital in Bemidji, Minn.
ROYALTON -- Beverly Siegel, 62, Royalton, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at her residence.
Irene Marion Eschenbacher, age 74, of rural Brainerd, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Cecilia (Squires) Brown
STAPLES -- Cecilia (Squires) Brown, age 102, of Staples, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at the Staples Care Center. Services will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Picconatto officiating. Burial will be in the Motley Public Cemetery. Relatives will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Home of Staples.
Beverly 'Bev' Siegel
ROYALTON -- Beverly "Bev" Siegel, age 62, a resident of Royalton, Minn., passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at her home.
CROSBY -- Pearl Nordin, age 88, of Crosby, died on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins.
Pearl M.S. Nordin
CROSBY -- Pearl Marian Sofia Nordin, 88, Crosby, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins.
ROSEMOUNT -- Shannon Fyten, 38, Rosemount, formerly of Buckman, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at his residence. Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Home in Pierz, Minn.
ELK RIVER -- Michael D. Blaisdell, 21, of Elk River, Minn., formerly of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, as a result of injuries received in a four-wheeler accident in Parker Township, Morrison County.
Evea M. Williams
Evea Mae Williams, age 90, of Brainerd, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
AITKIN -- Carolyn Margaret Weber, age 82, of Aitkin, died on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003 at the Cuyuna Regional Ca
Irene Eschenbacher, 74, Brainerd, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
ONAMIA -- Borghild Olsen, 95-year-old resident of Onamia, Minn., passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, in Onamia. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Bethan
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Dorothy J. (Swehla) Blakesley
AITKIN -- Dorothy Janet (Swehla) Blakesley, age 81, of Aitkin, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in
Thomas Herron, 73, resident of Legionville Road North, rural Brainerd, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003. Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
LITTLE FALLS -- Frank Ellenbecker, 87, a resident of Little Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 24 at St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Brenny Simonet East Chapel.
AITKIN -- Carolyn Weber, age 82 of Aitkin, died on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Thomas H. Herron
Thomas H. Herron, 73, resident of Brainerd, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003. Thomas was born in Brainerd on Feb
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Filmore Z. Pfeifle
COKATO -- Filmore Zenas Pfeifle, formerly of Pillager, Minn., passed away Dec. 18, 2003, at the Ridgeview Medical Center following a brief illness.
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Amish keep it simple on Christmas
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. -- Come Christmas Day, Daniel Esher, an Amish widower and woodworker won't shower his 15 grandchildren with presents from the outlet mall. Instead, Esher and his family will attend a three-hour religious service, filled with German hymns, prayer and Bible readings.
Radio stations raising money for ten years for child abuse. Thousands of dollars but the abuse goes on. To end this we need to punish the people responsible. Sad for kids, but better than being abused again.
Jesus rules in the sequel
My son, Lucius, is bored with bedtime stories. He's sick of the sequels, Rumpelstiltskin II, etc. So he sketches an alternative: Jesus and his best friend, Santa Claus, travel to Asia to fight their enemy -- the Eastern Temple Worms.
Crapo wins again; 'Superman' flies again
Hill City -- Shaun Crapo scored his second consecutive Pro Stock win and Blair Morgan returned to victory circle in the third round of the World Snowmobile Association Snocross Worldwide Championship Sunday at Quadna.
WADENA -- Brandon Currie had two goals to help the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 5-2 Mid-State Conference boys' hockey victory over Park Rapids Tuesday.
Kientzle keys Hornets' victory
BAXTER -- Behind 14 points from Ashley Kientzle the Lake Region Christian School Hornets girls' basketball team defeated Fourth Baptist 54-17 Monday.
Local sports shorts
The Minnesota Twins winter caravan will stop in Aitkin, Little Falls and Brainerd on Jan. 15.
Warrior hoops notes
The Brainerd Warriors will play in the Winona High School boys' basketball holiday tournament Monday and Tuesday.
Pequot races into title game
AITKIN -- With funny car speed and an endless supply of fuel the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team revved into the championship of the Aitkin Quarterbacks Holiday Tournament.
Crosby Ironton 8, Squirt White/BMC 1
W-DC second at Morris
MORRIS -- The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gymnastics' team placed second at the Morris Invitational Saturday.
Mowers' 18 points spark Lake Region Christian
BAXTER -- Ben Mowers' 18 points sparked the Lake Region Christian Hornets to a 59-32 boys' basketball victory over Fourth Baptist Monday.
Santa is a Johnnies' football fan
Sports Santa's red suit doesn't reflect the fact his face is usually pretty shiny this time of year from consuming too many Tom and Jerry's.
Pillager hangs on to beat Aitkin
AITKIN -- For as good as the Pillager Huskies boys' basketball team played Monday, it was equally as bad.
C-I drops PR-B
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Pine River-Backus Tigers 73-33 in Mid-State Conference boys' basketball action Tuesday.
Gobblers beaten by late shot
AITKIN The team that just wouldn't go away.
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton ties Warriors
CLOQUET -- Cloquet-Esko-Carlton scored two goals in the final 12 seconds of regulation and salvaged a 6-6 overtime tie against the Brainerd Warriors in a Section 7, Class 2A boys' hockey game Tuesday.
BHS places third in meet
In a measuring-stick type of a meet over the weekend, the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team pulled off its best performance of the young season.
Warriors finally find winning ingredients
The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team suffered through a brutal stretch of three games to open the season.
Stoll pours in 44 points
AITKIN -- Ben Stoll missed 10 shots Tuesday in the championship game of the 21st annual Aitkin Quarterbacks boys' basketball tournament.
Tom Herron taught more than boxing
Tom Herron, who was synonymous with Golden Gloves in Brainerd, died Monday at 73, but not before leaving a boxing legacy in the Brainerd area.
STAPLES -- Michelle Honek scored 15 points and Kendell Spar added 14 for the Staples-Motley Cardinals in a 54-46 overtime victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers in Mid-State Conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
MILACA -- The Class 1A second-ranked Pierz Pioneers defeated the Sartell Sabres 39-18 and lost to the Milaca Wolves 37-20 in a triangular wrestling meet Tuesday.
Tops on the tube
"Well, maybe it wasn't so bad after all."
CLC singers perform 'Chicago'
Taking a break from finals week, the Central Lakes College Choir recently sang Christmas carols for more than 100 residents of the Woodland Good Samaritan Village nursing home and assisted living facility in Brainerd. The fall term at CLC ended Dec. 19 and the spring semester starts Jan. 7.
Adams' 'Love is Hell' contains songs that are dark, ruminative confessions
Ryan Adams is so prolific he records albums between albums.
'Christmas Story' celebrates 20 years
Take a triple-dog dare and watch all 24 hours of TNT's airings of "A Christmas Story." The marathon of back-to-back showings begins on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the cable network.
For week of Dec. 24-Dec. 30; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
The sun rose over fish houses on Round Lake. -- Steve Kohls
Representatives to share scenic byway news in the new year
Since its official beginning in June 1998, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association has been supported and appreciated by the many jurisdictions through which the route passes.
Weather drawing by Nadia Spencer of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly cloudy becoming mostly sunny in the morning east...Mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs from around 30 northeast...To the upper 40s west.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the 30s east to the low 50s southwest.
State forecast for north dakota
.Today...Sunny. Highs around 30 northeast to the upper 40s southwest.
State forecast for iowa
.Today...Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning north. Highs in the
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy. Dry west central and southwest with a chance of light snow or flurries elsewhere. Highs in the 20s to low 30s.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Mostly cloudy northeast...Clear to partly cloudy southwest
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Sunny. Highs from the low 20s northeast to the mid 40s
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Partly cloudy. Highs from the lower 20s north to around 30
State forecast for minnesota
.Today...Mostly sunny. Highs from the mid 20s far east to the
Oh, Christmas tree
Weather drawing by Briana Thorkelson of Mrs. Wig's third grade class at Garfield school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Patchy fog early northwest. Scattered flurries this morning far north. Highs in the 20s.
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