DL News Staff
Minnesotans probably will notice few changes resulting from the 2006 legislative session. Sure, many middle-income families may find they owe less state income tax. Sports fans will be able to watch University of Minnesota football and Twins baseball games in new stadiums. State college and university students will use improved classrooms. Minnesotans won't have to worry that the government will take away their land only to sell it to a shopping center developer.
A year after they stumbled out of St. Paul following a special session and partial government shutdown, lawmakers left the Capitol this week touting their accomplishments from the past 12 weeks. A nearly $1 billion public works construction bill, two sports stadiums, improvements to the environment, middle-class income tax breaks, private property protections - legislators said there was much to like about the 2006 session. "We did get a lot of things done," said Rep.
A Detroit Lakes man was ordered to prison during sentencing in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge John Pearson sentenced Dwain DeWitt, 39, of 10125 Bucks Mills Drive, serve 57 months in prison, with credit for time served, for felony first-degree driving while impaired. DeWitt was also fined $125. This was DeWitt's 12th conviction for DWI. He was stopped by a Becker County sheriff's deputy June 17, 2005, for erratic driving and arrested after refusing to test for alcohol.
There is no way around it, Minnesota legislators failed to live up to one of their pre-session promises -- lower Minnesota property taxes. "We missed a huge chance to do something this year," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, told his colleagues early Sunday. "2006 will be known as the stadium session, but it's also going to be known as the do-nothing session for property tax relief." Property taxes have risen an average 11 percent statewide.
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With the onset of warm weather and increased fuel costs driving travelers to alter-natives, public safety officials urge vigilance and attention on roadways as Minnesotans reclaim the outdoors. Of the 563 fatalities last year, there were 60 motorcycle operator/passengers, 46 pedestrians, and six bicyclists killed -- nearly 20 percent of total traffic deaths. Notably, with more than 185,000 motorcycle registrations -- an increase of 64 percent over 10 years -- Minnesota is at an all-time high in motorcycle ownership. Motorcycles crashes are also on the rise.
Lake Agassiz Regional Library offers an online database to help customers easily troubleshoot and repair vehicles. The Auto Repair Reference Center contains the complete automotive repair manuals that were originally published in the Chilton Total Car Care Series. The content includes more than 150 easy-to-read, illustrated auto repair manuals on all auto repair procedures for about 21,000 vehicles, more than 56,000 Technical Service Bulletins; wiring diagrams and labor time estimates.
Wednesday, May 24 Open dancing The Fargo American Legion hosts open dancing, 8-11 p.m. sponsored by Victor's Dance Studio. 701-293-8362 for info. Nickel Creek performs The contemporary folk band Nickel Creek, with special guest Ricky Votolato, performs at the Fargo Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster outlets or the Fargo Theatre Box Office during business hours. Charge by phone at 701-235-7171 or visit www.ticketmaster.com . Prices: $29.50 in advance or $30 day of show; all seats reserved, all ages welcome. Spring Fling dinner The Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave.
Question: With the open water boating season now upon us how can my driver's license be affected if I am arrested for BWI (boating while impaired)? Answer: According to statute 169A.07 if you do not have a prior offense on your record then you are not subject to the loss of your driver's license. Of course, you will be subject to criminal penalties such as a fine and possible jail sentence.
Within the next 10 years, the number of registered all-terrain vehicle riders in Minnesota is expected to soar by more than 250 percent.