DL News Staff
Long-term solutions are needed to wean Americans from being dependent on foreign oil, and that won't come overnight. "There is no silver bullet solution," Carl Kuhl, regional representative to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., said Tuesday while in Bemidji meeting with people on the plight of high fuel costs. Coleman has several bills in the hopper, with provisions to strengthen efforts for renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel which are Minnesota specialties.
Come one, come all to Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge Saturday. A special dedication will be held at the refuge office at 11 a.m.
The Richwood Union Church needs a new roof, and supporters are looking for donations. They don't need much, perhaps $700, as volunteers will do the shingling themselves. It may seem an unusual request, especially since the church isn't well known and the last known worship service inside this humble structure was about a half century ago. A lot of years have passed since the bell was last rung and worshippers crossed the threshold to seat themselves in the dozen pews. The pump organ -- facing the wall in the left front corner -- awaits the expert fingers and feet of an organist. The
Following a course charted last month by a joint committee, the Detroit Lakes City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to Becker County to construct a parking facility in the Washington Square Mall parking lot, owned by the city. Last month, a Detroit Lakes-Becker County committee dropped plans for a $2.5 million parking garage and instead endorsed a $1.5 million parking ramp in the same location. The ramp will have 125 to 135 parking spaces and will follow the footprint of the existing parking lot as it slopes downhill.
Those who care about trees will find advice on pruning and related topics in The National Arbor Day Foundation's free booklet, "How To Prune Young Shade Trees." From pruning in the early years of a tree's life, to learning how to strengthen trees by removing branches, this illustrated, easy-to-follow guide offers timely and practical tips. "How a tree is pruned in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its lifespan," said Arbor Day Foundation President John Rosenow.
House Republicans turned aside efforts to permanently cut property taxes Tuesday, saying the money they have available is only available this year. Nineteen Democrats joined all but one Republican in voting 86-47 in favor of one-time rebate checks for all Minnesota homeowners. The average check would be $185 and arrive in early October, Rep.
The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee is seeking contributions for the hanging flower basket project. The baskets, which are being provided by Bergen's this year under a bid process, are placed at various locations around town. The committee notes that 97 baskets were displayed in 2005. Contributions of $27 will refill existing baskets, while an $80 donation will provide replacement baskets and brackets for hanging.
Bruce Preece insists he still doesn't know why the city has decided to place him on paid administrative leave from his position as Bemidji director of public safety. "It's very frustrating," he said. "I wish I knew more about what is going on, but I don't." Preece was placed on administrative leave on April 25 while he was in St. Cloud attending a state police chiefs' conference. He said he learned of the decision via a telephone call from former City Manager David Minke. "I absolutely don't know any more now than I did on Tuesday," Preece said in an interview Monday afternoon.
A White Earth man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge May 1. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 12-month sentence against Matthew Larson, 23, of 39432 County Road 34 East, for fifth-degree assault. Larson must serve 60 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,097, make restitution of $766 and be on supervised probation for up to five years. Larson was convicted of assaulting a relative at a Becker County residence on Nov.