DL News Staff
Minnesota's wetlands are disappearing despite rules designed to protect them, according to a report released Thursday by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. A state law passed in 1991 slowed the problem, but loopholes and inadequate enforcement have led to continued degradation of ponds, sloughs and lakes, said Janette Brimmer, MCEA legal director and the principal author of the report. Brimmer said wetlands are important because they provide homes for countless wildlife and serve as recharging points and natural filter systems for groundwater. The MCEA report calls on lawma
A Lake Park woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court, Fargo, to conspiracy to sell meth, cocaine and marijuana in Minnesota and North Dakota. Doreen Safar will be sentenced April 11. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for selling meth between January 2004 and August 2005. Authorities said a confidential informant help officers arrest Safar and Lenore Hilliard, 36, of Frazee. Charges are pending against Hilliard. Search warrants at the homes of Safar and Hilliard turned up cocaine and meth.
A Mahnomen man was sentenced on a serious felony charge in Becker County District Court Feb. 1. District Judge Waldemar Senyk ordered Wesley Warren, 25, of 2700 Highway 200, serve 33 months in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Warren was also fined $137, ordered to make restitution of $1,584.70 and must register as a sex offender. Warren was convicted of raping a 17-year-old female teenager at a Becker County residence in June 2005.
Former White Earth Reservation Tribal Chairman Darrell "Chip" Wadena has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in an interstate vehicle title washing scheme, according to the Associated Press. The news was released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis. Wadena had pleaded not guilty in November, but reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that was filed Jan.
A Fargo man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Tuesday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk stayed imposition against Paul Ferrell, 19, of 3646 15th Street South, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Ferrell must serve 30 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,087 and be on supervised probation for up to five years. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle in Becker County on July 2, 2005, for speeding. Ferrell was a passenger. The trooper smelled marijuana, and then searched the vehicle.
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena is one of six persons who have applied for the Moorhead police chief's position. The other applicants are from North Dakota, Louisiana and Florida. Moorhead Police Chief Grant Weyland is retiring at the end of June, and city officials hope to have a replacement hired by early May. The job pays between $67,679 and $94,751.
Old Man Winter has long produced obstacles for travel. But resourceful humans have not only developed machines to traverse snow-covered fields for practical purposes, they've created recreational vehicles to make tundra living downright fun. In today's world, Minnesota snowmobilers have more than 20,000 miles of trails to travel, groomed by sophisticated machinery on a weekly basis. Akeley icon and snowmobile pioneer Frank Brean would be proud -- and likely astounded. In the early 1920s, Brean was among the first to build a vehicle that would move over snow on runners.
Seaberg Power Sports has announced the addition of Gary Mosher to their sales staff. Mosher brings 14 years of direct sales experience to his new position with Seabergs, most recently working for Tire Associations Warehouse in Mankato.
A Detroit Lakes woman received consecutive sentences on two felony charges in Becker County District Court Feb.
A Park Rapids man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Jan. 31. District Judge Waldemar Senyk ordered Shane Pfeifer, 25, of 36313 County Highway 36, serve 81 months in prison, with credit for time served. He was also fined $137. Pfeifer was convicted of first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance. Becker County law enforcement searched his rural residence on Jan. 11, 2005, and discovered assorted items and materials used for the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as a quantity of meth.