DL News Staff
Life has been a struggle on the swamp in front of my house this spring. Mama and Papa Swan returned on schedule in April and were inseparable during mating season, performing dances and rituals and swimming in poetic tandem around the pond. The two successfully fought off any other swans who attempted to land, flapping their wings and splashing until the intruders moved on. Canadian honkers were also unwelcome, as Ma and Pa jealously reserved space for their upcoming brood. In mid-May, Ma Swan apparently laid some eggs on top of the muskrat house.
The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the West Central Initiative in Fergus Falls have extended through 2011 their joint efforts to increase philanthropic resources, further economic development, and address social needs in nine counties in west central Minnesota. McKnight has pledged up to $7.2 million to West Central Initiative to support its programs, administration, and fundraising over the next five years. West Central Initiative is one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations founded in 1986.
At first glance, it would seem that Becky Lourey's Minnesota Democratic primary election challenge hurts Mike Hatch's chances to beat Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. After all, a fight within the party is bound to drain resources from the Hatch gubernatorial campaign. And if the two candidates are fighting each other, Hatch would not be able to fully concentrate on beating Pawlenty.
I read the headline article regarding the decision by our city management, the powers to be, to make Mr. Renner and his construction company pay for something that may benefit another contractor in the future. I applaud him with his decision not to proceed. The mayor, Alderman Bruce Imholt and their council cronies have always attempted to discourage growth in our city. In one session they write off the $1.4 million to the Community Center and in the next, stifle growth for $7,500. I was one of those who supported the sales tax to pay for the community center in the first place.
The rumor mill surrounding the suspension/firing of Bemidji Public Safety Director Bruce Preece remains in full force. But, unfortunately, the facts may never be told. Preece, whose position puts him in charge of both the police and fire departments, was put on paid administrative leave April 25 by then-City Manager David Minke, who was only days away from leaving his post for another job. Through most of the process, Preece has maintained he doesn't know the reason for the action. Minke is gone, and those in in-terim charge aren't saying anything.
A question that preoccupied some Minnesota politicos for 12 months -- is it a fee, or a tax? -- has been answered in statute. Henceforward, the "health impact fee" on cigarettes is, technically speaking, a tax. As of June 1, so are a host of other governmental charges that have traditionally been called fees. Under a new definition enacted by the 2006 Legislature, if the government charge imposed on a private transaction is not optional, it's a tax.
X-Men: The Last Stand (PG-13) NNNN (out of 5) Starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine Halle Berry as Storm Ian McKellen as Magneto Famke Janssen as Jean Grey/Phoenix Anna Paquin as Rogue Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast Rebecca Romijn as Mystique James Marsden as Scott Summers Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier Studio: 20th Century Fox Directed by: Brett Ratner By KEVIN CARR I've been a comic book fan all my life, but I was always a DC guy.
This past week, I went down to the University of Minnesota to do my freshman orientation. At first, I was quite overwhelmed. I was in a strange place with strange people and was feeling a little scared. Walking around campus, I felt as small as an ant. With all the information being thrown at me, and having to work out my class schedule, I found myself wondering I really could do the whole college thing. However, throughout the day I started to become comfortable with my surroundings.
What do you call an event that hosts 51 bands and goes to over 45 cities? Besides a good time its called The Warped Tour 2006. The closest venue to Detroit Lakes is in Minneapolis at the Metrodome June 18. The Warped Tour is the biggest alternative music tour to date and this is its 12th year running. This year some of the headliner bands are NOFX, The Spill Canvas, From First To Last, Thursday and Minneapolis's own Motion City Soundtrack. From First To Last just released its newest CD entitled, "Heroine." The band most likely incorporated tracks from "Heroine" into its new set.
"Nothing" is what many children have when summer vacation begins and they lose their meal of the day - school lunch. Community members can do something about nothing by contributing at Bremer Bank to fight hunger during Nat'l Hunger Awareness Week, June 5-11. For every $1 donated, North Country Food Bank can distribute $9 of groceries to the Detroit Lakes community.