DL News Staff
I just read about the latest outrage in New York City. The New York school system with 1.1 million students has banned all cell phones in the schools. To prevent students from bringing them in they use metal detectors and pat downs. Have school officials forgotten that students have right too? The ban is creating an uproar among students and parents alike. Parents have written angry letters and emails, have staged rallies, called news conferences and even threatened to sue.
Maybe Nebraska is right. The only state with a one-chamber legislature may have the answer to reducing some of the Minnesota Legislature's partisan rancor. Nebraska senators (that's what Cornhuskers call all legislators) say a key to their success is allowing legislative committee members to elect their chairmen by secret ballot. Senators say that system produces the most capable chairmen, which produces the best possible bills. While Nebraska lawmakers do not run with party affiliations, most people know if they are Republicans or Democrats.
The Senate immigration reform bill now being debated in the senate would allow for up to 193 million new legal immigrants -- a number greater than 60 percent of the current U.S.
With memories still fresh of the 1999 windstorm that knocked down millions of trees in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson and Jim Oberstar voted this week for a bill to speed up logging and replant-ing in forests decimated by storms and wildfires. The issue is complex, and Oberstar and Peterson do deserve praise. But not necessarily for their votes in favor of the bill or ending up on the winning side. The lawmakers are due adulation for being willing to break party lines and vote in opposition to most of their fellow Democrats.
Bill Marcil, publisher of The Forum and president of Forum Communications Co., was caught by surprise Thursday when he became the subject of a news story by receiving North Dakota's most prestigious award. Marcil was lured to the company's new commercial printing plant in northwest Fargo for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be capped by a speech by Gov.
Question 1: At our local gas station there is a sign on the pump that says those who drive off without paying for the gas, if caught, will lose their driver license. Is that a state law or federal law? Answer 1: It is a state law, Minnesota statute 171.175 sb 1, the commissioner of public safety shall suspend for 30 days the license of any person convicted of theft of gasoline under section 609.52 sb 2 (1). The statute does not say can, should or may, it says "shall" suspend the license for 30 days.
The Lodge on Lake Detroit, a new lakefront lifestyle hotel and spa, celebrated its first day of operation with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by owners Scott Mehlhaff and Chris Holland-Mehlhaff and John and Kathy Holland, Mayor Larry Buboltz and numerous community leaders including Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce President Dave Hochhalter and ambassadors. Come for the sunsets, stay for the experience. All 55 spacious, luxurious rooms and suites are lakefront to capture the dramatic sunsets.
"The Go-Getters," headed by captain Dennis Guck, raised a total dollar figure of nearly $3,900 for the 2006 MS Walk, held May 7 in Fergus Falls. The team consisted of members from Detroit Lakes, Perham, Dent, Wadena and Henning. The Fergus Falls Christopher & Banks MS Walk, sponsored by Rebif smashed its record high for the springtime walk. An end-of-walk estimate showed that more that $26,000 was raised to fight the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. The new record represents a $7,000 increase over the previous record, set at the 2005 MS Walk.
Animal health experts from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba are working together to prevent the occurrence of anthrax. University, state and provincial veterinarians, along with federal veterinarians from the U.S. and Canada, have developed basic unified recommendations for the three states and Canadian province. 2005 was a bad year for anthrax in the upper Midwest and Manitoba. The disease killed more than 500 animals in the region.
During the 2005 growing season, Fusarium head blight caused huge losses in small grains across the Upper Midwest region. In particular, Minnesota wheat producers sustained an estimated $86 million in losses because of the disease. Many growers used the online FHB Epidemic Risk Forecasting System at http://mawg.cropdisease.com/ and applied fungicide to crops at early heading (barley) and at early flowering (wheat) to help protect crops from one of the most severe FHB epidemics in a decade. While fungicide application reduced losses, FHB was still very much a production issue in the state.