DL News Staff
A Becker County jury deliberated for approximately 90 minutes on Friday before finding a White Earth man guilty of two felonies. Todd Bellanger, 40, will be sentenced July 12 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felony and second-degree assault. Bellanger was accused of pointing a .22-caliber rifle at Craig Jackson, Jr., Ogema, and ordering him off rural Ogema property owned by Jackson's aunt, Cheryl Jackson, on Aug. 8, 2005. Bellanger was convicted in 1997 of felony terroristic threats.
An Adams, Minn., man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed imposition of a prison term against Michael Gerber, 26, of 65424 140th Street, for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Gerber must serve six months in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,087 and will be on supervised probation for up to five years.
An entire athletic career can sometimes be summed up in one race. For Detroit Lakes senior Hanna Grinaker, that one race was her last in a Laker uniform. Although she was disappointed in her own finish -- a third-place effort in the Class 2A state 3,200-meter race -- it was the way Grinaker got to that point in time which typifies her brilliant high school running career. Grinaker bested her Section 8-2A 3,200 time by 25 seconds for third place (10:52.14) in the state meet, held at Hamline University Friday and Saturday.
During the week of July 23, some 120 youths and an adult staff of 34 will participate in the 16th annual STORM (Service To Others in Rural Minnesota) Camp based at Northern Pines Assembly Grounds in Park Rapids. Over the last 16 years, STORM Campers have volunteered time and some materials to serve more than 1,000 families and individuals in an area that cover communities in an approximate 45 mile radius of Park Rapids. The group has served people in Park Rapids, Ponsford, Lake George, Nevis, Walker, Emmaville, Menahga, Sebeka, Hubbard, Deer Creek, New York Mills, Wadena, Frazee, Detroit L
Tree and shrub identification is the next topic of Woodland Advisor classes to be offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The class will be held at the East Otter Tail County Extension Service in New York Mills on Thursday, June 22, 4-7 p.m. The class cost is $20.
A low-interest state loan of $956,750 has been awarded to Park Rapids to pay for a new 400,000-gallon elevated water storage tank. The expected completion date for the water storage tank is the summer of 2007. City Administrator Brian Weuve said the tank will provide back-up water storage for all city residents, ensuring an adequate supply in the event of damage to a central water main.
Three Detroit Lakes natives graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School Friday, May 5. They are Marit Thorsgard from the Hennipin County for internal medicine, Phil Imholte from Duluth for family practice and Becky Koshnick from Abbot Northwestern for internal medicine. Kathleen Watson, MD, associate dean for students and student learning, called the presentation of medical students. She is a Detroit Lakes High School, Class of 1969, graduate. The new doctors will begin residency in July.
Those looking for a relaxing Minnesota vacation or unique dining experience will find everything they need at their fingertips with the 2006 Destination Minnesota: Where to Stay & Dine guide. Those searching for a memorable camping opportunity will find their destination with the 2006 Minnesota Campgrounds and RV Parks guide. Free copies of both of these directories are now available.
Are you one of the many Minnesotans who live on a lake, own a boat or routinely visit one of our picturesque lakes over the summer months? If so, the coordinators of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizen Lake Monitoring Program would like your help. MPCA needs folks to monitor water quality weekly during the summer on several Minnesota lakes.
Beautiful summer weather has come to the northwest this week. Warm temperatures have brought out the bugs, and with them the flycatching birds are much in evidence. Young birds are starting to appear, and flowers are showing up everywhere. The orchids are blooming in the bogs; large yellow Lady's Slippers are in bloom now, and in a week or two we will see the Showy Lady's Slippers along the roadways. Susan Wiste reported 15 turkey vultures behind her house west of Alexandria June 3.