DL News Staff
Lt. Colonel Gregg Parks says Minnesota Army National Guard members are leaving "our mark throughout the area of operations." Parks, who commands the 2nd Battalion 136th Infantry, which is assigned with the 1st Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division in Iraq, spoke to Minnesota reporters Thursday about the first two months of deployment. He revealed that three soldiers were injured Monday when an improvised explosive device exploded and damaged the patrol vehicle they were riding in. Two soldiers were treated for minor injuries and returned to a duty.
The City of Callaway will begin replacement of its water treatment plant, water lines and water tower this year. The estimated $3.2 million project is able to move forward thanks to state and federal grants and loans that are covering a large portion of the cost. City officials learned last month that Callaway had been approved for assistance. Mayor Gretchen Stalboerger labeled it welcome news. "There is no way we could have done that project without the grants attached to the loans.
Energy continues to be one of the big issues being wrestled with by the U.S. Senate. But there is also immigration, and last week President Bush took up that matter in a national address while the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate remained divided on border security. While the two chambers were split on such matters as to how long a fence to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border -- the U.S. House wants 700 miles, the U.S. Senate 370 miles -- President Bush told an Arizona audience Thursday that the fence issue should be decided by the U.S. Border Patrol. U.S. Sen.
Take a bow, Minnesota. Clink two bottles together.
I just read about the latest outrage in New York City. The New York school system with 1.1 million students has banned all cell phones in the schools. To prevent students from bringing them in they use metal detectors and pat downs. Have school officials forgotten that students have right too? The ban is creating an uproar among students and parents alike. Parents have written angry letters and emails, have staged rallies, called news conferences and even threatened to sue.
Maybe Nebraska is right. The only state with a one-chamber legislature may have the answer to reducing some of the Minnesota Legislature's partisan rancor. Nebraska senators (that's what Cornhuskers call all legislators) say a key to their success is allowing legislative committee members to elect their chairmen by secret ballot. Senators say that system produces the most capable chairmen, which produces the best possible bills. While Nebraska lawmakers do not run with party affiliations, most people know if they are Republicans or Democrats.
The Senate immigration reform bill now being debated in the senate would allow for up to 193 million new legal immigrants -- a number greater than 60 percent of the current U.S.
With memories still fresh of the 1999 windstorm that knocked down millions of trees in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson and Jim Oberstar voted this week for a bill to speed up logging and replant-ing in forests decimated by storms and wildfires. The issue is complex, and Oberstar and Peterson do deserve praise. But not necessarily for their votes in favor of the bill or ending up on the winning side. The lawmakers are due adulation for being willing to break party lines and vote in opposition to most of their fellow Democrats.
Bill Marcil, publisher of The Forum and president of Forum Communications Co., was caught by surprise Thursday when he became the subject of a news story by receiving North Dakota's most prestigious award. Marcil was lured to the company's new commercial printing plant in northwest Fargo for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be capped by a speech by Gov.
Question 1: At our local gas station there is a sign on the pump that says those who drive off without paying for the gas, if caught, will lose their driver license. Is that a state law or federal law? Answer 1: It is a state law, Minnesota statute 171.175 sb 1, the commissioner of public safety shall suspend for 30 days the license of any person convicted of theft of gasoline under section 609.52 sb 2 (1). The statute does not say can, should or may, it says "shall" suspend the license for 30 days.