DL News Staff
A Becker County District Court judge is deciding whether to dismiss a case against Moorhead Police Chief Grant Weyland and the city alleging police officers must fulfill monthly quotas for traffic citations. Judge Thomas Schroeder said Wednesday at a hearing in Clay County that he'll consider a motion filed by attorneys representing Weyland and the city that claims the lawsuit doesn't have standing. In June Moorhead's police union filed a civil suit against Weyland and the city alleging officers are required to attain monthly quotas for traffic and drunken driving citations or face disciplin
Authorities have identified the 10-year-old boy who died in a freak accident Sunday when he was struck by a milk can at his father's home in Erskine. The boy was Nicholas Sevigny of Lancaster, according to a news release from the Polk County sheriff's office.
The state of the state is, it appears, political. Tim Pawlenty rattled off 16 "major accomplishments" in his first three years as governor Thursday during a 40-minute State of the State speech that challengers said was a preview of his re-election campaign. The Republican governor patted himself on the back for completing "the biggest financial turnaround in Minnesota history, going from a $4.5 billion deficit to a billion surplus." He said his proposal to pay teaches based on performance means Minnesota "regained our status as the nation's innovators in education." And he promoted "the larg
A unanimous Minnesota House on Thursday banned funeral protests. "I am asking my colleagues to join me in walking through a minefield ... on behalf of soldiers who walked through and died in real minefields," Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, said before his colleagues voted 133-0 to keep protesters at least 1,000 feet away from funerals, funeral processions, burial ceremonies and related activities. Smith said 1st Amendment free speech rights were the minefield he hoped to avoid.
A Wednesday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to the John Stram home in the Deadshot Bay area south of Detroit Lakes. No one was hurt in the blaze, which started in the attic or roof area and caused damage in excess of $75,000, according to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson. The house was built in the 1970s and has been added onto several times. It includes a double attached garage. Stram was home at the time of the fire, Swanson said. Mutual aid was provided by firefighters from Audubon and Frazee. The fire was reported at 5:05 p.m.
The Vergas Fire Department was called to a fire Wednesday afternoon, only to find it had lost one of its own antique trucks in the blaze. Fire Chief Jeff Zitzow said a shop at the Steve Bruhn turkey farm, located about two miles east of Vergas, burned down. It stored an antique fire truck used by the fire department in parades. The fire also destroyed four tractors, one payloader and two generators that had been stored in the shop. Zitzow said the damage was estimated at $200,000. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Three cheers (softly, now) to the City of Detroit Lakes for pushing ahead with plans for a locomotive whistle-free quiet zone to go with the Highway 10 realignment project. The zone will stretch from the Wine Lake Road crossing near Wal-Mart to the County Road 54 crossing near Hidden Hills. While most Burlington Northern Santa Fe engineers are professionally judicious in their use of the horn, which is required at intersections, a merry few seem to delight in long, loud blasts while going through town. In a quiet zone, the horns aren't blown, because the crossings are designed with safet
June 3, 1948-March 5, 2006 John Tabbut, 57, of Pelican Rapids, died on Sunday, March 5, 2006 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. John Thomas Tabbut, the son of Thomas O. and June Marjorie (West) Tabbut, was born June 3, 1948, in Pelican Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed at Scambler Union Church in rural Pelican Rapids. In 1966, John graduated from Pelican Rapids High School. He attended North Dakota State University, receiving a degree in agriculture engineering. While at NDSU, John was a member of the Gold Star Marching Band.
Aug. 6, 1927-March 3, 2006 Raymond J. Warren, 78, of White Earth, died Friday, March 3, 2006 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Raymond John Warren was born to John and Isabelle (Bellecourt) Warren on Aug. 6, 1927 in White Earth, where he was raised and educated. He served with the Merchant Marines and later, with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Following his discharge, Raymond returned to White Earth, where he sold encyclopedias. He then moved to Kenosha, Wis., where he worked for American Motors during the 1950s.