DL News Staff
College graduation is a time to celebrate and dream about what the future holds, but current college graduates are also fearful of the debt they have accrued to learn. According to a study done by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, during the past five years tuition at Minnesota's community and technical colleges has increased 62 percent. At the most "affordable" two-year institutions the average student is now paying $4,282. As tuition rises, student debt is becoming more of a concern. In fact, Minnesota's students borrow more than students in other states.
Following through on Governor Tim Pawlenty's announcement earlier this year of a statewide program to track down non-compliant predatory offenders, agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, county sheriff's offices and local police departments recently conducted a statewide sweep. Law enforcement officers personally contacted 315 offenders, bringing 219 into compliance, arresting 35 offenders and forwarding 90 cases for possible criminal charges for failure to register. A total of 636 unregistered predatory offenders were targeted during the sweep.
Minnesotans are encouraged to sign up for Wireless AMBER Alerts, now available through the Minnesota AMBER Alert Plan in an effort to aid in the search for abducted children. In conjunction with National Missing Children's Day, May 25, a new public service advertising campaign will highlight this service. "We encourage all Minnesotans with cell phones to sign up to receive the wireless AMBER Alerts," said Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion.
A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance on two felony charges in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge David Battey released Andrew Olsen, 29, of 135 Shorewood Drive, on his own recognizance. His next court appearance is July 3. Olsen is charged with one count each of theft by check and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. According to the court complaint, Olsen allegedly issued checks on a closed bank account to area businesses between Oct.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 17-month prison sentence against Justin Feldt, 25, of 21688 County Highway 37, for check forgery. Feldt was credited for serving 180 days in jail, was fined $1,047 and ordered to make restitution of $904.50. Feldt forged nine checks totaled $434.25 between June 1, 2004, and Sept. 29, 2004.
Rep. Matt Entenza, the DFL candidate for attorney general, officially stepped down Monday in Dilworth, passing the leadership reins to Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis. "I know she's going to be a great leader," Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, said at an afternoon news conference. Kelliher and Entenza, along with Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, also blasted Republicans for policies they say hurt rural Minnesotans. Despite promises, Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and the Republican-controlled House failed to deliver property tax relief this session, Marquart said.
The creation Monday of a Native American Commission in Fargo will give American Indians a louder, stronger presence in the community, supporters said. Fargo city commissioners voted unanimously to form the mayor-appointed body.
BISMARCK--North Dakota parole and probation officials want to have 25 to 35 sex offenders in the state monitored with a global positioning system by the end of this year, a parole officer told a state commission on Tuesday. Parole officer Terry Grumbo, who coordinates the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's GPS program, said nine sex offenders are currently being monitored: five in Bismarck, two in Jamestown and one each in Fargo and Grand Forks.
A Nevis couple pleaded guilty June 14 to charges stemming from two attacks on County Road 86 involving their Rottweilers. Wynetta Eskelson, 48 has pleaded guilty to dog bite, a misdemeanor, from an incident Feb. 8 in which her six Rottweilers attacked a passing jogger, Nevis resident Brittany Boe-Neidviecky, and allegedly killed her Llasa Apso dog, which has not been found. Eskelson was also charged with public nuisance and harm caused by dog from that incident. Gregory Eskelson, 54, has pleaded guilty to harm caused by dog, also a misdemeanor, resulting from a Feb.
LENOIR -- a girl, Robyn Leigh; born June 9, 2006, weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz. to Elizabeth and Robin Lenoir.