DL News Staff
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) will seek a ninth term in office. Announcing his decision Monday, Peterson listed a wide range of issues he has addressed during more than 15 years in Congress, including rural economic development, education, health care and transportation. But his number one issue has been agriculture, which has elevated the former state senator and certified public accountant to the ranking member position on the U.S.
The newly released Alternative Shoreland Standards and Healthy Lakes will be the themes for North Central Minnesota Lakes Stakeholder meeting to be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Friday, April 21, at the Hubbard Community Center in the village of Hubbard. Russ Schultz from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Garry Johanson, from Naterra Land Company, will start off the meeting with a talk about the science and reason behind the new Alternative Shoreland Standards.
The Menahga School Board will not be renewing high school principal Mary Merchant's contract after she refused to resign. The board voted unanimously April 7 for non-renewal of her contract, which expires June 30.
The Groundwater Foundation announces City of Detroit Lakes, Rossman School and Holy Rosary Catholic School entered the Groundwater Guardian program. Groundwater Guardian is a program of The Groundwater Foundation that encourages citizen involvement in groundwater protection at the local level. Groundwater Guardian began in 1994 with eight pilot communities. Detroit Lakes has participated since 1996, Rossman School since 2001, and Holy Rosary since 2002. A complete description of Groundwater Guardian is available at www.groundwater.org .
Keeping sex offenders and other dangerous criminals off the streets would get more than a third of Minnesota's new spending, the Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday night. About $70 million of $204 million in new spending would go to state hospitals to house an increasing number of sex offenders as well as mentally ill and dangerous people being committed. The Senate's budget proposal also would send $32 million to schools and spend $20 million to begin cleaning up the state's streams and lakes. Also, child-care providers would get $14 million more. Senate Finance Chairman Dick Cohe
Four-letter words ricocheted off the gloss-finished hardwood floor, echoing around the high ceiling of the Perham High School commons April 10. Was it lunch time for mouthy, smart-talking Yellowjacket upper class-people? No. This was an evening Perham-Dent school board meeting. Books were the subject. At issue: Literature that might be interpreted as pervasively vulgar, explicitly sexual, or lacking any educational or academic value.
Businesses owned by former Otter Tail County couple are the subject of an FBI investigation. Paul McCabe of the Minneapolis FBI office confirmed that three Federal warrants were executed on Tuesday, April 4 as part of an ongoing white collar crime investigation. Documents, records, computers and other related items were seized at 115 Main Street in Underwood, 320th Street also in Underwood and Hawes Beach Road in Ottertail. At the center of the wire and mail fraud investigation are Robert and Janelle Loots of Underwood. Documents filed in U.S.
About 60 people mainly from New York Mills and Perham attended an informational meeting April 6 about a proposed countywide smoking ban. The meeting was held at the County Offices building in New York Mills. The Otter Tail County Community Health Services Advisory Board has recommended language for an ordinance that would ban smoking throughout Otter Tail County in public places, places of work with two or more employees, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows, and ventilation intakes of those places.