DL News Staff
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.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of May 12-18. Minneapolis spring wheat, July contract; Friday $4.59 1/4; Monday $4.54 3/4; Tuesday $4.59; Wednesday $4.78 1/2; Thursday $4.73 1/4. Chicago corn, July contract; Friday $2.58 1/4; Monday $2.60; Tuesday $2.59; Wednesday $2.63; Thursday $2.60 1/4. Chicago soybeans, July contract; Friday $6.13; Monday $6.04 1/2; Tuesday $6.02 3/4; Wednesday $6.04; Thursday $5.98. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $77.40; Monday $77.85; Tuesday $77.65; We
Minnesota milk production in April totaled 709 million pounds, up 1 percent from a year ago. The per cow average was 1,575 pounds in April, up 35 pounds from April 2005. There were 450,000 cows on Minnesota farms, down 5,000 head from a year ago. California led all states in April with 3.3 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 2005. Wisconsin produced 1.96 billion pounds, up 3 percent.
Eleven people have been elected to the Minnesota Dairy Research and Promotion Council. Twenty-one persons serve on the board. The newly elected members include Gary Bergan, Hawley, for District 3, and Dan Grunhovd, Gary, for District 1. They will serve two-year terms.