DL News Staff
50 Years ago Feb. 3, 1956 -- It seems unlikely that two big questions in the slaying of Kenneth Lindbergh, a 44-year-old Thief River Falls banker whose body was found Nov. 26, were answered when a federal grand jury met in St Paul this week. Those questions are: where did Lindbergh spend an hour in Detroit Lakes on Saturday night, Nov. 12, and did he place a long distance phone call to Detroit Lakes before coming here that Saturday? Voters in Detroit Lakes go to the polls Feb. 3 to ballot on a proposed ordinance giving the Consumers Gas Co.
Good snowmobile trail conditions are reported over much of north and west central Minnesota, according to trail condition reports from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Much of northern Minnesota has eight or more inches of snow, resulting in good to excellent snowmobile conditions. Trails are in good shape in the Tower area, said Steve Hennessy, DNR Tower area trails specialist. "We have many miles of riding opportunities and plenty of snow for great riding. There are a few short sections that cross wetlands and are rough because we cannot get the groomers across them.
The Lake Park-Audubon Senior High Knowledge Bowl team performed at the Knowledge Master Open. The results are broken into three categories. Out of the 31 schools of all sizes in Minnesota, LP-A placed 8, scoring higher than DGF and Fergus Falls. Out of the 73 schools the same size as LP-A worldwide, LP-A placed 5. There were 794 schools globally, LP-A placed 150.
Paced by seven three pointers and a 42-point second half, the Perham Yellowjackets rebounded from a slow first half to down the Lake Park-Audubon boys' basketball team 63-49. The Raiders' Lee Knudsvig drained three treys for an 11-point first half to propel LP-A to a 24-21 halftime lead, but the Yellowjackets buzzed back in the second to claim the victory. LP-A was only 9-20 from the free throw line, while Perham was 15-23. Knudsvig led the way for the home team Raiders with 22 points, while Josh Tougas added 18. The Raiders will play at Barnesville Thursday, Feb.
Minnesota's wetlands are disappearing despite rules designed to protect them, according to a report released Thursday by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. A state law passed in 1991 slowed the problem, but loopholes and inadequate enforcement have led to continued degradation of ponds, sloughs and lakes, said Janette Brimmer, MCEA legal director and the principal author of the report. Brimmer said wetlands are important because they provide homes for countless wildlife and serve as recharging points and natural filter systems for groundwater. The MCEA report calls on lawma
A Lake Park woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court, Fargo, to conspiracy to sell meth, cocaine and marijuana in Minnesota and North Dakota. Doreen Safar will be sentenced April 11. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for selling meth between January 2004 and August 2005. Authorities said a confidential informant help officers arrest Safar and Lenore Hilliard, 36, of Frazee. Charges are pending against Hilliard. Search warrants at the homes of Safar and Hilliard turned up cocaine and meth.
A Mahnomen man was sentenced on a serious felony charge in Becker County District Court Feb. 1. District Judge Waldemar Senyk ordered Wesley Warren, 25, of 2700 Highway 200, serve 33 months in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Warren was also fined $137, ordered to make restitution of $1,584.70 and must register as a sex offender. Warren was convicted of raping a 17-year-old female teenager at a Becker County residence in June 2005.
Former White Earth Reservation Tribal Chairman Darrell "Chip" Wadena has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in an interstate vehicle title washing scheme, according to the Associated Press. The news was released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis. Wadena had pleaded not guilty in November, but reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that was filed Jan.
A Fargo man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Tuesday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk stayed imposition against Paul Ferrell, 19, of 3646 15th Street South, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Ferrell must serve 30 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,087 and be on supervised probation for up to five years. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle in Becker County on July 2, 2005, for speeding. Ferrell was a passenger. The trooper smelled marijuana, and then searched the vehicle.
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena is one of six persons who have applied for the Moorhead police chief's position. The other applicants are from North Dakota, Louisiana and Florida. Moorhead Police Chief Grant Weyland is retiring at the end of June, and city officials hope to have a replacement hired by early May. The job pays between $67,679 and $94,751.