DL News Staff
Minnesota Department of Health data for National STD Awareness Month shows that a total of 15,785 sexually transmitted diseases cases were reported in Minnesota in 2005. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. "This is the highest number of cases we have ever seen in a single year," said Kip Beardsley, director of the STD and HIV section at MDH. MDH data shows there were 12,187 chlamydia cases reported in 2005 compared to 11,601 cases in 2004. Gonorrhea increased by 18 percent from 2,957 cases in 2004 to 3,481 cases in 2005.
Thousands of medical professionals, manufacturers and mortgage lenders in Minnesota will receive customized workplace training through grants awarded by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program (MJSP).
Consider a series of not uncommon incidents in the last month, all related to trying to get a product or a service handled. I called the local office of the company that owns our office postage meter to get the scale recalibrated. The meter reader indicated that it was time for a service check. Calling to make an appointment, I was informed that scale repair did not occur at that location. Calling back later, I learned the opposite. Just bring it in. My most recent Pacific Bell phone bill arrived without the last page.
Marco would like to welcome new copier technicians Ward Leslie and Bob Holst. Leslie has received his Technical Certification in Sharp Digital Basics and Holst in Sharp Fax and Printing Basics. Dan Pflepsen has also accepted a sales position for Marco's Detroit Lakes location, formerly Modern Business Equipment. Pflepsen joined Marco's corporate office in St. Cloud in June of 2005. He will be relocating to the lakes area in June to provide Marco's customers with integrated solutions for voice, data and video.
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?