DL News Staff
About 800 people gathered Friday in Fargo to pay their final respects to a fallen hometown soldier. National Guard Spc. Michael Hermanson, 21, was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade May 23 in Iraq. During Friday's ceremony, nearly everyone who spoke, including North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, called Hermanson a true hero. "Every day we draw a free breath, we recognize we owe that breath to Michael, our hero," Hoeven said. Hermanson was also remembered for his dedication to serving his country. Hoeven said when he thinks of patriotism, he thinks of Hermanson.
Vicki Peterson stood in the parking lot of Fargo's First Lutheran Church on Friday holding an American flag. She was taking one hour of vacation from her job to say goodbye to a soldier she'd never met. "My daughter's sister-in-law's husband was killed in Iraq last July," she said. "When we were in that funeral procession, I know how much it meant to see the people standing and waving flags and showing their support. "I thought, it's not much, but it's something I can do for this family," Peterson said, referring to National Guard Spc.
In preparation for a Fargo soldier's funeral Friday, the Fargo Police Department is boosting its numbers to ensure a peaceful ceremony. Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes said he expects 10 members of a Topeka, Kan., church to line the funeral procession of National Guard Spc. Michael Hermanson, 21, who was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq last week. The Westboro Baptist Church members who are expected to attend believe God is killing American soldiers because they fight for a country tolerant of homosexuality.
Tim Pawlenty stood in front of a calm lake on a sunny, idyllic day, promising four years of keeping taxes low, making government accountable, being fiscally responsible and continuing the record pace of locking up sex offenders and methamphetamine users. And he promised Wednesday to serve out his four-year term if re-elected Minnesota governor. The first-term Republican issued no new proposals during his half-hour lakeside re-election announcement near his Eagan home.
The mayor of Hawley pleaded guilty Wednesday to a burglary charge for entering another man's home and tacking a threatening note to a wall. Davis Jon Blakeway, 30, entered the guilty plea for fourth-degree burglary, a gross misdemeanor, before Judge Michael Kirk in Clay County District Court. Blakeway initially faced stiffer charges of felony second-degree burglary and making terroristic threats. His plea resulted in a sentence of 365 days suspended for two years and a $1,500 fine. Blakeway left the courthouse without commenting.
There was a record turnout in New York Mills for the DFL Senate District 10 Convention Saturday, May 20, when the following candidates were endorsed: Child advocate and adoption provider Maryjane Westra of Fergus Falls was endorsed as the 10A DFL candidate. Westra's interests range beyond children's security and rights to the environment, education, health, access to care, the workplace, small business, and the economy. "Health care access and affordability are not talked about enough, yet it affects so many sectors of our state, from small business to the economy," Westra said. The Ho
Spring rain brings a refreshing change to lawns and gardens, but not to urban lakes and rivers. The water may look clean, but that's not always the case. Nutrients from grass and leaves, pet waste and fertilizers "enrich" lakes-feeding algae blooms and harming fish. Toxic chemicals from hose-and-bucket car washes and household chemical spills add up.
It was a red ribbon day Friday in Pine Point as residents and officials gathered for a grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Chief Corner Store. Daryl and Patricia Moran own and operate the new convenience store, gas station and Laundromat, located near the old Pine Point School. Their daughter, Rachel Jackson Moran, a 1994 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, is manager. Opening a new business in Pine Point is historic, said White Earth Tribal chairwoman Erma Vizenor, recognizing the Morans' commitment to operating the store for years to come. With more homes being built, Pine
Detroit Lakes Library will be hoppin' and boppin' all summer long starting on June 1 at 2 p.m. with a Catch the Beat Kick-off Party. Join us for puzzles, theme related activities, a snack and a chance to check out books. This event is sponsored by Becker County Friends of the Library. This music-themed reading program encourages children to read during the summer months. Research studies have shown that students who do not practice reading skills over the summer actually lose reading abilities they worked so hard to acquire during the school year.
Wednesday, May 31 Open dancing The Fargo American Legion hosts open dancing from 8-11 p.m. This event is sponsored by Victor's Dance Studio. Call 701-293-8362 for info. Thursday, June 1 Library storytime Come into Detroit Lakes Library for Storytime. Kids ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to join us at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and fun activities.