DL News Staff
Minnesota legislators return to the Capitol today with a little fiscal breathing room, but a court decision could erase the modest surplus. The state Finance Department released a budget forecast Tuesday showing an $88 million surplus in the current two-year, $31.2 billion budget.
Park Rapids Council members were as surprised as anyone when they learned this week that a dispute between mayor Ted Godfrey and city attorney John Masog had gone as far as the FBI. With prodding from mayor Ted Godfrey, the council talked about check collection procedures Masog was using in the summer and fall of 2003. Council members thought the matter had been laid to rest shortly after the city turned check collections over to the Retailers Protection Agency (RPA) in August 2003. But Godfrey wasn't satisfied. "They thought it went away, but I thought it ought to be investigated by a
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has posted on his Web site a list of 84 trips he has taken since assuming office in January 2003. The list indicates Coleman has traveled extensively throughout the United States and to several foreign countries, including Israel, South America, Cuba, Africa, Mexico, Jordan and Europe, as well as Hong Kong. It also shows the cost of most of the trips, who paid for it and the trip's purpose. Coleman decided to publish the list following the lobbying scandal and conviction of Washington, D.C.
Whether you are planning to meet a mission or a program goal, this workshop will held you clarify that path to success. Openings remain in an upcoming course offered through the Northwest Minnesota Foundation's Nonprofit Training Series. This series gives northwest Minnesota residents an outstanding learning experience at a reasonable cost, without the time and expense of traveling long distances. Strategic Planning will take place in Crookston on March 14 and in Bemidji on March 15.
The Detroit Lakes Pee Wee A team clinched a berth in the Regional Tournament by winning four of five games in the District playoffs. The Lakers beat Alexandria twice, then toppled Little Falls and Brainerd in bracket play. DL dropped the title game 5-4 to Moorhead for runner-up honors. The Regions will be played in Proctor this weekend, Friday-Sunday.
"No news is good news," said state Finance Commissioner Peggy Ingison as she announced Tuesday that, in a $30 billion state budget, an extra $88 million in revenue is now expected to appear by June 30, 2007. She's right: That's small change. But behind it are two big developments -- one positive, one worrisome. The positive is that the state fiscal mess, from the 2001 recession and the 2002-03 accounting gimmicks and drawdown of reserves, has nearly been cleaned up. Gov.
Should we or shouldn't we build a 70-mile ATV trail? That is the question our county commissioners must answer. First let me tell you where my view comes from. I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, snowshoeing and yes, ATV riding. I have lived in the Detroit Lakes area my entire life, and feel it and Becker County offer some of the most beautiful country anyone could live in. In recent weeks we have seen many letters to the editor in our newspaper by people who oppose this trail system, we have heard them on the radio and even had a glimpse of their views on TV.
DL Newspapers recently reported events regarding administrative changes in the Detroit Lakes School District that makes one wonder if local school district administrators might not be taking lessons from the "Old Boys Club." Lowell Niklaus resigned from his superintendent position, but first created himself a new position so he can, he said, "finish my career in education doing what I really want to do." Niklaus is even willing to forfeit his old salary and benefits of about $135,000 a year, work only 217 days a year and not have to be paid for vacation and holidays at his new job.
As the Twins head to spring training, it is clear that baseball is changing -- and not all for the better. Oh, Twins fans will still get to see Johan Santana baffle hitters with his change-up. We'll watch Joe Mauer's sweet swing and gawk when Torii Hunter goes over the wall to pull back a home run. But if reading the big papers in the Twins Cities is any indication, the real story is whether the team has "chemistry" in the clubhouse. Is everybody happy? Is there love all around?