DL News Staff
50 Years ago May 2, 1956 -- Mrs. Dora Kersting, rural Waubun, won $1,000 and a trip to New York City on the CBS television program Name that Tune. Tuesday was May Day, May 1, but as far as our icy lakes are concerned it didn't mean a thing. Jerry Muench, who operates Muench's Beach on Long Lake, drove a pick-up truck holding 1 1/2 tons of sand to sprinkle over the ice on his beach area. Muench was able to drive directly from the shore onto the ice, which is about 25 inches thick.
A Detroit Lakes man had his first appearance on two charges in Becker County District Court Wednesday. District Judge Lisa Borgen set bond at $15,000 against James Swan, 42, of 807 1/2 Washington Avenue. His next court appearance is May 8. Swan is charged with one count each of felony fifth-degree assault and gross misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer with violence. According to the court complaint, Swan was arrested at a Detroit Lakes residence April 24 after he allegedly struck a woman several times and choked her.
The Detroit Lakes Jaycees is sponsoring the Miss Northwest Pageant during the 71st annual Northwest Water Carnival, July 9-16. Girls between the ages of 17-24 that reside from Moorhead to Wadena, East Grand Forks to Alexandria can be part of the pageant. Entry deadline is June 1. For more info, contact Kimberly Bultema at 847-3464 or check out www.dlwatercarnival.com .
A nonprofit group wants to develop 52 acres of north Fargo land into an outdoor mecca of gardens and ponds, complete with a greenhouse, amphitheater and a $10 million-plus glass conservatory. The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society of Fargo recently reached an agreement with the Fargo Park District to begin a three-phase, 30-year project at Yunker Farm near 28th Avenue North and University Drive. The nine-year-old society spent 18 months searching for land to fulfill their "vision" of establishing a botanic garden, arboretum and operating a conservatory in the Fargo-Moorhead area, society
Grizzly Adams. Santa Claus. Or just a sturdily constructed man with a beard. Minnesota District Judge William Walker brought a unique style and expectation to his downstairs courtroom at the Becker County Courthouse. You couldn't help but fixate on the face of this highly learned, well respected arbiter of the law. Judges set the courtroom tone. In Walker's, it was disciplined but sometimes light-hearted, although the latter was reserved for those moments between cases when idle conversation was appropriate. Fair, but stern. Respectful. Intelligent. Credible. Compassionate. Diverse.
Bemidji State University will host a May 16-17 law enforcement conference addressing current topics and latest techniques for officers and others working in the field. Sessions will cover six essential components of the sexual assault investigation, incident management, recognizing evidence, lessons learned from the Red Lake crisis, vengeance and the psychology of victim rage, crime victim rights and reparations, the Red Cross as partners in emergencies, and peace officer rights. The program also features instruction on underwater safety, training and evidence recovery when dive teams are
Nathan Fetting, SJE Rhombus, is chairman of the chamber's 2006 annual banquet meeting which will be held on Tuesday, May 11, at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Nick Bretz, a multi-talented entertainer, will be the evening's featured entertainment. His "Imaginick" Show is full of entertainment and fun! His show will include magic acts, juggling, yo-yo tricks, balloon art and more.
Three cheers to lawmakers, and to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, for working out a deal to reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment by three of the state's largest coal-fired power plants. In what our St. Paul correspondent, Scott Wente, calls a legislative compromise, the three largest plants must upgrade their facilities to cut mercury emissions by 90 percent by 2014. The plan won't please everyone.
If you have one of those little date books that remind you when it's Benjamin Franklin's birthday or National Puppy Week, you may have noticed in passing that April 18th was National Columnist's Day. I'd never heard of the day before, but I noticed it on my calendar on the morning of the 18th. I waited all day for a card, a letter, an e-mail or a call, but not even a politician remembered with a note signed by machine and mailed by a staff member. I doubt if any other columnists heard from anyone, either. It's lonely out here -- and scary. Writing a column is like farming.
The decision made by gasoline refiners to remove methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) from the marketplace has caused many to be concerned about supply and pricing of gasoline this upcoming driving season. Many of the concerns are based on unsubstantiated claims about replacing the refiner-induced elimination of MTBE with ethanol. Myth: High spot market prices for ethanol are driving up the price of gasoline. Fact: More than 85 percent of ethanol sold in the U.S. is done so on long term contracts (6-12 months).