DL News Staff
The deadline to enroll in the Medicare prescription drug benefits program is Monday. But Minnesota's two U.S. senators are among those in Congress seeking to either postpone the deadline or extend it for an unspecified amount of time. At the same time, however, U.S. Sens.
Landowners worried about government seizure of their property will likely welcome a legislative proposal that would restrict such takings. A 10-member panel of senators and representatives agreed Wednesday on a plan to nearly prohibit local governments' ability to take private property for economic development use.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College president Ann Valentine announced the appointment of Chuck Chadwick as the executive director of the Moorhead and Detroit Lakes foundation. Chadwick previously served as the president of the Moorhead Technical College Foundation and the general manager of Kmart in Moorhead. Chadwick will provide leadership to the foundation and the resource development program.
Gasoline providers who jack up fuel prices would face criminal penalties under the latest legislative proposal announced in light of rising costs at the pump. Sen. Steve Murphy on Thursday touted his plan to make so-called gas price gouging a crime.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on two separate felony charges Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder issued concurrent prison sentences of 17 and 18 months against Gary Merrill, 26, of 30397 U.S. Highway 10. Merrill received credit for time already served. He was fined $294. Merrill was sentenced for escape from custody and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Merrill failed to return to the Becker County Jail after being out on work release Feb. 2.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced in Becker County District Court Wednesday on a felony charge. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of 13 months in prison against Paul Gerving, 43, of 408 East Main, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Gerving must serve six months in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,097 and will be on supervised probation for up to five years. Gerving was arrested in Frazee July 2, 2005, for driving while under suspension, and was found to have methamphetamine in his possession.
Former White Earth Tribal Chairman Darrell "Chip" Wadena has been placed on probation for five years for his role in laundering titles of salvaged cars through licensing offices in White Earth and Leech Lake. Wadena was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who ordered him to pay an undisclosed amount of restitution to fraud victims, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wadena, 67, of Naytahwaush, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud under an agreement with prosecutors.
Stadium wars begin in earnest Thursday as legislative negotiators sit down to work out a professional sports facilities construction plan. As the serious talks begin, the Vikings were going back to the drawing board on their stadium proposal. Also, a parliamentary glitch left a University of Minnesota football stadium in limbo. The sponsor of the House Twins baseball park bill, Rep. Brad Finstad, said he planned to stand firm against several provisions in a Senate-passed stadium bill.
The Minnesota Northwest Region Square dance for Heart fundraiser April 30 in Waubun was a success, with over $5,000 raised for the American Heart Association. Not only was $5,080 raised, but everyone had a good time dancing, visiting and bidding on the silent auction. Skits provided a break before the buffet, and those who stayed for dinner were well fed, thanks to Phyllis Tilton and her cooking and kitchen crew (Patty Ballard, Lorraine Lehmann, Carol Reitan and Sherry Zweerink). They also donated the turkeys.
A St. Paul man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Tuesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 48-month prison term against Michael Elton, 50, of 1215 Highland Avenue, for first-degree driving while intoxicated-.10 or more. Elton must serve 180 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $5,715 with $3,000 stayed, and was placed on supervised probation for up to seven years. Elton was arrested by two Minnesota DNR conservation officers while he was fishing on Toad Lake in eastern Becker County on Aug. 21, 2005.