DL News Staff
Legislators have spent their time since adjourning for the year patting themselves on the back after a marathon Saturday-Sunday session. Was it a successful legislative session? "Extremely so," said Senate Majority leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar.
A Dent man made his first appearance on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge Lisa Borgen released Ricky Green, 35, of 302 Dat Street, on his own recognizance. Green's next court appearance is June 5. Green is charged with issuance of dishonored checks. Green allegedly issued bad checks in 2005 and 2006 totaling $4,405.98 on two Detroit Lakes bank accounts. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
A Ponsford man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a prison sentence against William Butcher, Jr., 19, of 49420 280th Street, for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Butcher must serve 222 days in jail, was fined $137 and make restitution of $13,437. Butcher was sentenced for assaulting another man with a baseball bat at a Becker County residence on Aug.12, 2005. The victim was hospitalized in Robbinsdale, Minn., with facial and head injuries.
Tuesday, May 16 at 8:12 a.m., a Detroit Lakes woman reported being harassed. at 8:15 a.m., a fire was reported in an abandoned mobile home fire in rural Frazee. Arson is suspected. at 5:02 p.m., a Detroit Lakes business reported a car drove too fast through their parking lot. at 9:20 p.m., a rural Detroit Lakes storage shed fire was reported. at 10:32 p.m., a disturbance was reported at a Detroit Lakes bar.
Minnesotans probably will notice few changes resulting from the 2006 legislative session. Sure, many middle-income families may find they owe less state income tax. Sports fans will be able to watch University of Minnesota football and Twins baseball games in new stadiums. State college and university students will use improved classrooms. Minnesotans won't have to worry that the government will take away their land only to sell it to a shopping center developer.
A year after they stumbled out of St. Paul following a special session and partial government shutdown, lawmakers left the Capitol this week touting their accomplishments from the past 12 weeks. A nearly $1 billion public works construction bill, two sports stadiums, improvements to the environment, middle-class income tax breaks, private property protections - legislators said there was much to like about the 2006 session. "We did get a lot of things done," said Rep.
A Detroit Lakes man was ordered to prison during sentencing in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge John Pearson sentenced Dwain DeWitt, 39, of 10125 Bucks Mills Drive, serve 57 months in prison, with credit for time served, for felony first-degree driving while impaired. DeWitt was also fined $125. This was DeWitt's 12th conviction for DWI. He was stopped by a Becker County sheriff's deputy June 17, 2005, for erratic driving and arrested after refusing to test for alcohol.
There is no way around it, Minnesota legislators failed to live up to one of their pre-session promises -- lower Minnesota property taxes. "We missed a huge chance to do something this year," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, told his colleagues early Sunday. "2006 will be known as the stadium session, but it's also going to be known as the do-nothing session for property tax relief." Property taxes have risen an average 11 percent statewide.
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With the onset of warm weather and increased fuel costs driving travelers to alter-natives, public safety officials urge vigilance and attention on roadways as Minnesotans reclaim the outdoors. Of the 563 fatalities last year, there were 60 motorcycle operator/passengers, 46 pedestrians, and six bicyclists killed -- nearly 20 percent of total traffic deaths. Notably, with more than 185,000 motorcycle registrations -- an increase of 64 percent over 10 years -- Minnesota is at an all-time high in motorcycle ownership. Motorcycles crashes are also on the rise.