DL News Staff
There are a number of tax changes for 2006 that can help you to boost your retirement savings. Increased contribution limits higher contribution limits for retirement plans will benefit many taxpayers. The maximum contribution limit for 401(k) retirement plans increases to $15,000 in 2006. The same limit applies to 403(b) and 457 plans. Don't forget that for 2006, taxpayers 50 years or older are also eligible to make an extra $5,000 catch-up contribution to a qualified retirement plan.
A somber tone prevailed over Thursday's telephone press conference from Iraq with a key officer of the Minnesota Army National Guard. "We've come together here as a team of professional soldiers," battalion commander Lt. Col. William Lieder told Minnesota reporters. But June 16 wasn't a good day for the "Wild Battalion" (nicknamed after the Minnesota Wild hockey team), which is the 1st Battalion of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion. Sgt.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Jay Carlson and Mark Hansen to two trial court bench vacancies in the Seventh Judicial District. Carlson, Big Cormorant Lake, is a private practice attorney with offices in Detroit Lakes and Fargo. He represents Lake Eunice, Audubon and Burlington townships and Cormorant Lakes Watershed District. He was appointed to the Todd County position after the retirement of the Honorable Timothy Baland.
Lloyd Case, chief operating officer of Forum Communications Co., has been elected company president by the FCC board of directors. Forum Communications owns Detroit Lakes Newspapers. The promotion, announced Monday, places the 60-year-old Forum Communications Co. veteran in charge of 35 Minnesota, Wisconsin , North and South Dakota newspapers; several radio and television stations; commercial printing operations in North Dakota and Minnesota; and the company's Internet provider services. "He will run the company on a day-to-day basis," said Forum Communications Co.
Ducks Unlimited is selling an exclusive four-print series by wildlife artist Terry Redlin at DU fund-raising events beginning in July. Proceeds from sales of the prints will be put toward DU's efforts to conserve North America's wetlands for generations to come. In 1983, DU named Redlin International Artist of the Year, and U.S. ART magazine named him America's Most Popular Artist for eight consecutive years in a row. In the past, he has donated several of his works to Ducks Unlimited to raise funds for wetlands restoration projects.
At Midway Stadium Saturday afternoon, the Independence Party will stage an event that sounds more like a St. Paul Saints pregame rally than a political convention. It aims to show Minnesota voters that the third political way it offers is accessible, sociable and fun. That's laudable, as far as it goes. But it does not address the question about the Independence Party we'd bet is on more Minnesotans' minds: Is this party offering voters a serious contender for governor, or a spoiler? Is Peter Hutchinson this year's version of Jesse Ventura or Ralph Nader?
It is now officially summer and the roads and trails are beckoning bicyclists throughout the lakes area. But it's also beckoning something else: danger. Thirteen people have died in bicycle/vehicle crashes since 2001 in Minnesota and there are about 1,000 crashes annually. Progress is being made. The number of crashes have declined by 37 percent in the last 10 years.
The Lakes Area Parrot Heads Club has little to do with bird watching, nothing to do with bird flu, and rarely gives crackers when Polly wants one. Parrot Heads are dedicated fans of Jimmy Buffet -- a country-folk-pop crooner who has recorded over 30 album projects since 1970.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was one of the greatest men to walk the face of the earth. Schweitzer was a brilliant German philosopher, physician, musician, clergyman, missionary and writer on theology. At the age of 21, he decided to spend his next nine years in science, music and preaching, then devote the rest of his life to serving humanity directly as a medical missionary. So he went to medical school then went to deepest, darkest Africa with his wife, a nurse, to set up a clinic (built out of a chicken coop) and hospital to serve the natives. That he did for the next 60 years.
This Wednesday I will embark on the biggest adventure of my life. I will be traveling to Europe for a month. Starting in London, I will slowly work my way through the French Riviera and Italian vineyards all the way to the birthplace of civilization, Greece. Frankly I am beside myself with excitement (even though I realize that unpleasant culture shock is probably within my not too distant future). Who wouldn't be? An opportunity of a lifetime is at my feet, and I am about to snatch it up. I believe that traveling is a huge benefit to society.