DL News Staff
Former White Earth Tribal Chairman Darrell "Chip" Wadena has been placed on probation for five years for his role in laundering titles of salvaged cars through licensing offices in White Earth and Leech Lake. Wadena was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who ordered him to pay an undisclosed amount of restitution to fraud victims, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wadena, 67, of Naytahwaush, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud under an agreement with prosecutors.
Stadium wars begin in earnest Thursday as legislative negotiators sit down to work out a professional sports facilities construction plan. As the serious talks begin, the Vikings were going back to the drawing board on their stadium proposal. Also, a parliamentary glitch left a University of Minnesota football stadium in limbo. The sponsor of the House Twins baseball park bill, Rep. Brad Finstad, said he planned to stand firm against several provisions in a Senate-passed stadium bill.
The Minnesota Northwest Region Square dance for Heart fundraiser April 30 in Waubun was a success, with over $5,000 raised for the American Heart Association. Not only was $5,080 raised, but everyone had a good time dancing, visiting and bidding on the silent auction. Skits provided a break before the buffet, and those who stayed for dinner were well fed, thanks to Phyllis Tilton and her cooking and kitchen crew (Patty Ballard, Lorraine Lehmann, Carol Reitan and Sherry Zweerink). They also donated the turkeys.
A St. Paul man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Tuesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 48-month prison term against Michael Elton, 50, of 1215 Highland Avenue, for first-degree driving while intoxicated-.10 or more. Elton must serve 180 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $5,715 with $3,000 stayed, and was placed on supervised probation for up to seven years. Elton was arrested by two Minnesota DNR conservation officers while he was fishing on Toad Lake in eastern Becker County on Aug. 21, 2005.
A Ponsford man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 15-month prison sentence against Clarence Clark, 29, for theft of property/services. Clark must serve 60 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,097, make restitution of $650 and be on supervised probation for up to five years. Clark was sentenced for stealing a compound miter saw in September 2005. He was also fined $272.50 for misdemeanor public nuisance for a May 21, 2005, incident.
KLEIN -- a girl, Aislinn Grace; born May 2, 2006, weighing 8 lbs. 14 oz. to Darcy and Jamie Klein.
NOLL -- a boy, Kaden Patrick; born May 2, 2006, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. to Gina and Patrick Noll.
LINEBAUGH -- a boy, Christian Shay; born May 3, 2006, weighing 6 lbs. 9 oz. to Elizabeth and Ryan Linebaugh.
With construction wrapping up on its new building, Marine Innovations is making plans to move its production line and spread out a bit. Currently located within the Quantum Manufacturing building, Mike and Lori Botzet own the Frazee-based incline tram company, soon to move to new digs of its own, just across the way. "We are bursting at the seams," remarked Lori Botzet.
In a May 1 letter to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and other congressional members questioned a proposal to make changes to the Farm Service Agency guaranteed farm loan program. "Farmers have enough obstacles to address in all their USDA paperwork," Peterson said.