DL News Staff
Kids from around the area competed Saturday in Frazee Elementary School for Spelling Bee honors. Becker County winners are first place, Katie Anderson, Roosevelt Elementary; second place, Montana Johnson, Rossman elementary, and third place, Ashley Anderson, Frazee-Vergas School.
Cheers to the Detroit Lakes City Council for taking the first step toward extending hours for live music in the summertime. The council has approved the first of two readings of an ordinance changing the city's noise cutoff from 10 p.m.
Sometimes I think this feeding birds business is for the birds, pardon the pun. Niger thistle seed, which attracts the prettiest birds -- the redpolls and the finches -- isn't cheap. From my two feeders, the gluttonous critters gobble three dollars worth per day. The finches keep bringing their friends. It's like a teenage keg party spun out of control. I haven't called the cops, but I am going to start rationing the thistle to limit the crowds.
We are writing letters to many of the community and regional newspapers in West Central Minnesota this month to remind the citizens of these communities about a wonderful resource they have in their schools. We are talking about your school counselors. The week of Feb. 6-10 is National School Counseling Week.
Minnesotans have paid almost $1 billion in additional fees and surcharges since Gov. Tim Pawlenty took office. A study recently released shows that fees for everything from parking tickets to marriage licenses to telephones will be almost $1 billion more now than when Gov. Pawlenty took office.
There's nothing wrong with Gov.
State Sen. Cal Larson (R-Fergus Falls) and State Rep. Dean Simpson (R-New York Mills) invite residents of District 10B to attend upcoming town meetings. The meetings will be held in locations throughout the district and will be an opportunity for residents to express their ideas and concerns to their legislators. "These town meetings have always been a good way for us to meet and discuss issues with local residents," Larson said.
A maple syrup making clinic will be held in New York Mills on Monday, Feb. 13. The clinic is hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The program will offer something for both beginners and experienced producers, says Carl Vogt, Extension forest resources specialist. The cost is $7.50, and can be paid at the door, but persons are asked to pre-register. The clinic will be at the Government Services Building in New York Mills at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Vince Crary, 218-385-3000.
Sex offenders no longer will be able to find a sanctuary on tribal reservations. Five of the state's 11 American Indian tribes announced Tuesday they have signed an agreement with the state to plug a loophole that allowed tribal members convicted of sex offenses to live on reservations without notifying law enforcement officials. Five other tribes are close to doing the same, while the remaining reservation, Red Lake, is policed by federal officers and doesn't need to make changes. "It was like opening up the gates of hell," Leech Lake band Chairman George Googleye Jr.
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is seeking firsthand information on the impact of higher energy prices, particularly natural gas, on Minnesotans. The senator is holding a hearing in St. Paul Friday.