DL News Staff
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for June 16, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. We seem to be starting on a dry summer as little rain has fallen in the northwest so far. As I put the report together, there is a forecast of possible storms in the coming hours and days, but no sign of them yet. Young birds are appearing everywhere in almost every species that is known to nest here.
The following information was taken from reports at the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Detroit Lakes Police Department. Thursday, June 15 at 12:49 p.m., a Detroit Lakes man reported that he had loaned his shotgun to a person who then pawned it. Friday, June 16 at 12:50 a.m., a two-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 10 near Highway 59.
The Lake Park Garden announces the Yard of the Month for June is Sheila and Sherwood Nelson, 3007 3rd St., Lake Park. There will be no meeting in June. The Lake Park Garden Club is working with Sunnyside Care Center to redo their large flowerbed.
Question 1: A friend claims that when entering an interstate highway that cars on the interstate are required to move over as the car entering has the right of way unless there is a yield sign posted on the entrance ramp. Is this really true? Answer 1: No, it is not! While it is courteous to move over when possible it is not required. Traffic on the interstate has the right of way and the entering vehicle has to yield. The entering vehicle will have to reach freeway speed and signal to safely merge into the flow of traffic.
College graduation is a time to celebrate and dream about what the future holds, but current college graduates are also fearful of the debt they have accrued to learn. According to a study done by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, during the past five years tuition at Minnesota's community and technical colleges has increased 62 percent. At the most "affordable" two-year institutions the average student is now paying $4,282. As tuition rises, student debt is becoming more of a concern. In fact, Minnesota's students borrow more than students in other states.
Following through on Governor Tim Pawlenty's announcement earlier this year of a statewide program to track down non-compliant predatory offenders, agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, county sheriff's offices and local police departments recently conducted a statewide sweep. Law enforcement officers personally contacted 315 offenders, bringing 219 into compliance, arresting 35 offenders and forwarding 90 cases for possible criminal charges for failure to register. A total of 636 unregistered predatory offenders were targeted during the sweep.
Minnesotans are encouraged to sign up for Wireless AMBER Alerts, now available through the Minnesota AMBER Alert Plan in an effort to aid in the search for abducted children. In conjunction with National Missing Children's Day, May 25, a new public service advertising campaign will highlight this service. "We encourage all Minnesotans with cell phones to sign up to receive the wireless AMBER Alerts," said Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion.
A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance on two felony charges in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge David Battey released Andrew Olsen, 29, of 135 Shorewood Drive, on his own recognizance. His next court appearance is July 3. Olsen is charged with one count each of theft by check and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. According to the court complaint, Olsen allegedly issued checks on a closed bank account to area businesses between Oct.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 17-month prison sentence against Justin Feldt, 25, of 21688 County Highway 37, for check forgery. Feldt was credited for serving 180 days in jail, was fined $1,047 and ordered to make restitution of $904.50. Feldt forged nine checks totaled $434.25 between June 1, 2004, and Sept. 29, 2004.
Rep. Matt Entenza, the DFL candidate for attorney general, officially stepped down Monday in Dilworth, passing the leadership reins to Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis. "I know she's going to be a great leader," Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, said at an afternoon news conference. Kelliher and Entenza, along with Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, also blasted Republicans for policies they say hurt rural Minnesotans. Despite promises, Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and the Republican-controlled House failed to deliver property tax relief this session, Marquart said.