DL News Staff
ST. PAUL -- It might not have the support of most of Minnesota's youth, but lawmakers are debating whether the school year should be extended by up to five weeks. Willmar school Superintendent Kathy Leedom said a longer school year would help improve the state's education system. "With extended time, we can take the next step in increasing our learning across the board," Leedom told the Senate Education Committee. In order to compete globally in the 21st century, local kids need to spend more time in class to learn new skills, said Sen.
Lawmakers are close to finalizing reforms to the state's eminent domain laws, which dictate when governments can take private property. The Minnesota House on Thursday voted 115-17 to place new limits on governments' ability to take private land from one owner so it can be used for a private economic development project. That follows the Senate's approval of its own changes to the eminent domain statutes. "The question is, are we willing to sacrifice one of the most fundamental rights of our neighbors so we have a better place to shop?" said Rep. Jeff Johnson, R-Plymouth.
The Becker County Humane Society has the following animal that was recently found: adult male black dog, wearing a collar, rescued from Little Loon Lake off County Road 22. To claim this pet or if interested in adoption, call 218-847-0511 and leave a message.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Wednesday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 12-month prison sentence against Larry Johnson, 43, of 1220 8th Street Southeast, for check forgery. Johnson must serve six months in jail with credit for time served, was fined $647, must make restitution of $1,492.90, and will be on supervised probation for up to five years. Johnson was charged with issuing a number of forged checks on another man's bank account in June 2005, exceeding $250.
A Fargo, N.D., man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Thursday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk stayed execution of an 18-month prison sentence against Jonathan Stodola, 20, of 4227 9th Avenue Southwest, for violation of a protection order. Stodola must serve 90 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,217 and be on supervised probation for up to five years. Stodola was arrested outside a Lake Park residence on Nov. 3, 2005, by a Becker County deputy.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is imposing burning restrictions in 18 counties beginning Friday, April 14. The counties include Becker, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Wadena. Beginning that day, burning permits will not be issued until green-up. The decision was announced April 5. A number of grass fires were reported to the Becker County Sheriff's Department Thursday. The DNR had previously restricted the issuance of burning permits in 18 central Minnesota counties.
A former Frazee man made his first appearance on two charges in Becker County District Court Thursday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk set bond at $250,000 against Clifford Welsh, 49, of 3521 Ranier Rue, Fargo.
By BRIAN WIERIMA firstname.lastname@example.org Baseball 101 didn't go as well as planned for the revamped Detroit Lakes baseball team in its season-opener in Fergus Falls Thursday. The Otters found DL's pitching to their liking, going for a total of seven extra-base hits to pace a 19-hit onslaught in a 16-8 victory over the Lakers. But the young DL squad made things a bit more interesting than the 10-1 deficit they started with.