Property tax plan to be focal point in education debate
ST. PAUL -- Public schools scored big during Gov. Jesse Ventura's first two years in office, enjoying more than $1 billion in new money that was a sharp contrast to the tiny increases they saw through much of the 1990s.
Hanna Flood, the daughter of Robert and Marcia Flood of Aitkin, was selected student of the month for December sponsored by the youth activities committee of the Brainerd Elks Club No. 615.
Funeral consumers alliance buried by orders for kits
DEAR ABBY: I always knew your column was powerful, but perhaps you'd like to hear just how effective it can be. Your October mention of our end-of-life planning kit flooded our offices with 50,000 orders, and they're still coming in! The notes with the orders show how much this idea has clicked with the public:
Dog door damage
Dear Heloise: My DOG SCRATCHED A PANE in my sliding-glass doors. Is there anything I can do to hide the scratches just a little? -- Mrs. B. Jenkins, Lytle, Texas
THEFT -- Steven Mudgett, 4000 Barbeau Road, reported Saturday his 1994 Polaris snowmobile was stolen.
Little Falls man dies in accident
LITTLE FALLS -- A 55-year-old Little Falls man died as a result of a two-vehicle accident reported at 11:12 p.m. Friday on Morrison County Road 47, about two miles east of Little Falls.
LITTLE FALLS -- Two people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident reported at 12:17 p.m. Monday on Highway 238 west of Little Falls.
Hospitals told to treat patients' pain
WASHINGTON -- When you enter a hospital, you have a right to have your pain properly treated.
Hitting the stores
Brainerd lakes area shoppers hit the stores early today in search of bargains -- and to return Christmas gifts that either didn't fit or were just plain awful.
EDINA (AP) -- A man was in critical condition with severe burns after he tried to remove a Christmas tree that had caught on fire in his home here.
Christmas tree recycling offered
Brainerd lakes area residents may recycle Christmas trees from Wednesday through Jan. 13 by dropping off their trees at sites in Pine River, Emily and Brainerd.
DNR chief seeks models for managing timber
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has called a summit meeting on forest management in April where he hopes to bring together environmentalists and lumber interests.
Minnesota seeing boost in winter recreation after several years
ST. PAUL (AP) -- After a three-year absence, the cold, snowy winters Minnesota is famous for have returned, and resorts and shops that cater to winter sports enthusiasts couldn't be happier.
The Dispatch news staff members voted on the top 10 stories of the year 2000. Look for the biggest stories of the year Wednesday in Neighbors.
Family seeks answers in body-builder's death
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Training for her first bodybuilding competition consumed Irene Sherlin's life, and, family and friends suspect, a second-place finish contributed to her emotional decline and death six months ago.
Heading to the sales
Shopping carts were a hot commodity at the Target Store in Baxter this morning as shoppers arrived early for the annual after Christmas sales. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Starting in January, the Crow Wing County WIC office will be going through changes. Participants in the WIC program who pick up in Pequot Lakes will now be picking up at the new family center in Pequot Lakes.
This was Brainerd
DECEMBER 26-80 years ago (1920) -- Some thief robbed the Pillager Pool Hall of $60 in watches attached to a punch board. Pillager people hope the thief will "Do Time" to make up for his misdeeds.
Police summoned after flight to Hawaii delayed over Christmas
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- They expected a Christmas of sun and surf in Hawaii. Instead, 44 would-be travelers got chilly drizzle and two canceled flights -- and a visit from police.
Record number of candidates raise $1 million
WASHINGTON -- The price of admission to the House increasingly exceeds $1 million -- with the number of candidates raising seven figures in 2000 almost doubling from the last time Americans picked a president.
Bush's daughter rushed to hospital for emergency appendectomy
AUSTIN, Texas -- One of President-elect Bush's twin daughters was recovering in a hospital after she had an emergency appendectomy.
Holiday gift from the heavens: A solar eclipse
BOSTON (AP) -- As celestial events go, it was no Star of Bethlehem. But skywatchers in much of North America were treated Monday to a rarity: a partial solar eclipse on Christmas Day.
Despite losing to Colts, Vikings clinch first-round bye
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Once the New York Jets lost, the only scoreboard that mattered to the Indianapolis Colts was at their own RCA Dome.
The final Sunday of the NFL's regular season was a painful one for quarterbacks.
Titans blank Cowboys
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans didn't slap high-fives with fans as they left the field. Most didn't even bother to show off their T-shirts and hats commemorating their first AFC Central title since 1993.
NFL playoff picture
Saturday, Dec. 30
Rams collected on an old debt
Old-school adages updated just in time for the 2000 NFL playoffs:
Boston College dumps Arizona State in Aloha Bowl
HONOLULU (AP) -- If Tom O'Brien decides to leave, the Boston College Eagles certainly gave him a rousing sendoff.
Rams, Colts get the breaks they need
Before they won, the Rams needed help from the Bears. They got it.
CROSSLAKE -- Rudy Koksma, 78, Crosslake, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at his home.
ROYALTON -- Flossia Armstrong, 86, Royalton, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at St. Otto's Care Center, Little Falls.
Marjory G. Landrus
Marjory G. Landrus, 74, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids.
Margaret 'Marge' Smith
BACKUS -- Margaret "Marge" Smith, 66, Backus, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at SCCI Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Clarence Skurka, 73, Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at his home.
PINE RIVER -- Josef Harant, 84, Pine River, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Abbott-Northwestern Medical Center, Minneapolis.
Helen M. Vadnais
Helen M. Vadnais, 98, Brainerd, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
LITTLE FALLS -- Pauline Plante, 104, a resident of St. Otto's Care Center, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, on her birthday.
Mildred B. Kraemer
AITKIN -- Mildred B. Kraemer, 77, Aitkin, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at her home.
James H. Converse
MOTLEY -- James H. Converse, 100, Motley, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Greater Staples Care Center.
Those spendthrift Republicans
Republicans have made some political hay in recent years by accusing Democrats of being the tax-and-spend party. Ronald Reagan rode into town on a dual platform of cutting taxes and reducing spending, along with the size of government. He managed to reduce taxes but he failed to slay the spending beast.
Bush's grim comments cause unease
WASHINGTON -- Maybe it's the stark contrast with the praise that people have been lavishing on the American economy for almost a decade. Maybe it's that the economy seems so vulnerable that it doesn't need another shove. Maybe it's just the old rule about not yelling fire in a crowded theater.
On Thursday, Dec. 21 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., while eating supper at Rafferty's, my 7-year-old son lost his Limited Edition Pokemon Color Gameboy hand held game with a game in it.
Obsession - Dispatch Editorial
While grudgingly admitting that the United States, as the last superpower, is the engine that makes the whole world run, Europeans seem to take consolation in assuming they are culturally and morally superior to Americans.
Kathleen Lorenz of the Brainerd Warriors scored a 7.95 in the uneven bars event at the Brainerd Invitational on Saturday. (Dispatch Photos by Clint Wood)
Apple Valley's Christmas 'gift'
Annalisa Aakhus won the beam competition and Molly Smith finished first in the vault. But the truly amazing thing about the seven-team Brainerd Invitational gymnastics tournament Saturday was how the team event ended.
Ice, sleet, snow make a winter nightmare
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dreams of a white Christmas turned into a winter nightmare in Oklahoma as an ice storm made roads throughout the state treacherous for holiday drivers.
The Weather Elsewhere
Temperatures indicate Monday's high and overnight low to 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
Minnesota State Forecast
Minnesota State Forecast
Today...Partly cloudy north. Mostly cloudy with flurries this morning in the central and south...Then decreasing cloudiness. Highs in the single digits north and teens south.
Winds ravage Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Strong winds wreaked havoc on parts of Southern California on Monday, fanning wildfires, knocking out power and forcing highway officials to post warnings for Christmas Day travelers.
Me and my snowman
Weather drawing by Kayla Kraemer of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
Names and faces
NEW YORK (AP) -- "What a Girl Wants" singer Christina Aguilera knows exactly what to ask for.
BEIJING -- A fire swept through a central China shopping center, where a top-floor disco was packed with Christmas revelers, trapping hundreds and forcing many to try to escape out windows. At least 309 people were killed, state media reported Tuesday.
Israelis, Palestinians weigh peace plan
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday debated a U.S. peace proposal that would require each to give ground on emotional issues like control over holy sites and the right of Palestinian refugees to return.
Russians regain contact with Mir
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian ground controllers lost contact for nearly 20 hours with the Mir space station before re-establishing communication Tuesday, allaying fears the accident-prone, 140-ton vessel might have spun dangerously out of control.
Hopes for peace persist amid Christmas celebrations in world's hot spots
LONDON -- From Bethlehem to the camps of NATO troops in Bosnia, Christians in some of the most violence-shattered corners of the world celebrated this year's Christmas with prayers for future peace.
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