DL News Staff
On Tuesday, March 7, Tri-State Manufacturers' Association is sponsoring a half-day workshop entitled, "Minnesota AWAIR Act: Reality vs. Mythology." Participants will learn about the origins of the Minnesota AWAIR Act, the role of AWAIR in a safety program, the five indicators that must be covered in an AWAIR plan, and more. Scott Huberty, loss control supervisor for Meadowbrook Insurance Group, will lead the workshop from 1-5 p.m.
West Central Minnesota Housing Partnership (WCMHP) and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) have $658,000 in loan funds available through the HOME Rental Rehabilitation Program (HRRP). These funds are for the renovation of rental property in the counties of Clay, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin and the city of Detroit Lakes. HRRP funds under $100,000 are available on a match basis with WCMHP/MHFA providing up to 75 percent of the rehabilitation cost with the remainder of the cost the responsibility of the property owner.
Support programs Help us help you. Submit your listing for support groups to Pippi Mayfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Non-offending parents group Lakes Crisis & Resource Center is offering a support/informational group for non-offending parents of sexually abused children. The focus will be supporting the parents, or any other significant person in that child's life, as well as providing information as to what they may be experiencing due to the victimization. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 starting March 21. Registration is required.
When it comes to goals and accomplishments, you win some, you lose some. Detroit Lakes city department heads met Thursday and Friday for the city's annual strategic planning meeting to go over short-term and long-term goals -- some accomplished, some not yet. "I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want us to grow," Mayor Larry Buboltz said at the start of the meeting. Last year, he said, two or three major items were accomplished, which is good for a city.
If Minnesota lakes are any indication, the state is suffering from global warming and corrective actions are in order. That's the message from the National Environmental Trust, a 12-year-old organization that has studied lake ice statistics maintained by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Jaycek Pruski, Net's Minnesota representative, said Thursday the data indicates that ice on approximately 80 percent of Minnesota's rivers and lakes is melting earlier on average. The center collects ice-on, ice-off data in five states: Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, New York and Wisconsin.
If the Minnesota Legislature's first three days were busy, the next few days probably will be even busier with major bills debated by the full House. "I'm in the mode to vote," House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said Friday. "Let's vote." Among items expected to be on the House floor next week is a bill banning protests at funerals, the bill on the fastest track to passage in light of last week's protest at soldier's funeral in Anoka.
Remember the text book or booklet you read in elementary school that laid out a few neat, clean steps about how a bill becomes law? It is misleading and incomplete. The human factor seldom is discussed in texts. Also often missing are discussions about lobbyists and partisan politics.
Military families should not be the only ones insulated from protesters, a growing number of Minnesota legislators say. Immediately after a Kansas church group protested near a soldier's funeral last week, legislators began introducing bills to ban disruptions of military-related funerals. Now, bills have expanded to ban protests from all funerals. A bill written by Rep.
Rep. Doug Magnus' stocking cap said it all: "Get-R-Done." That was the attitude of many Minnesota legislators Wednesday as they kicked off their 2006 legislative session after two ugly sessions gave them a black eye. Lawmakers' theme of the day was the same as the saying on the hat worn by Magnus, R-Slayton. Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined in trying to find ways to improve the legislative process.
A White Earth man was found guilty of two felony charges by a Becker County jury Tuesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ordered David Bower, 19, held on $18,000 bond, with sentencing March 28. Bower was convicted of one count each of fifth-degree assault and domestic assault of an adult female at a rural White Earth residence. According to court records, Bower was on supervised probation for two separate incidents of assault when he assaulted the White Earth woman.