DL News Staff
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.
ST. PAUL - Catching a live fish by hand might be easier than working out a deal to fund a new conservation initiative. A Minnesota House-Senate panel began public discussions Wednesday on a compromise proposal to constitutionally dedicate funding for the outdoors and the arts. Major disagreements surfaced, including differences on how natural resources projects would be paid for and selected. "Everybody wants this done," Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, said. "The question is how we put it together." Sams and Republican Rep.
Adventist Community Service Center The Adventist Community Service Center (clothing distribution center) in Detroit Lakes seeks volunteers. Call 847-0067 or 847-8758. Golden Manor of DL Volunteers needed at Golden Manor of Detroit Lakes, an assisted living residence for seniors, to play bingo and/or do simple exercises with residents. Interested individuals may contact Nancy Peterson at 218-844-3300. Hospice of the Red River Valley Open your heart to hospice by becoming a volunteer for Hospice of Red River Valley.
Support programs Help us help you. Submit your listing for support groups to Pippi Mayfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Non-offending parents group Lakes Crisis & Resource Center is offering a support/informational group for non-offending parents of sexually abused children. The focus will be supporting the parents, or any other significant person in that child's life, as well as providing information as to what they may be experiencing due to the victimization. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 starting March 21. Registration is required.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd is offering a new course "Spanish for Medical Personnel" from May 15-26. This class is designed for anyone who may be asked to communicate in an emergency or critical medical situation with a person who only speaks Spanish. No Spanish language skills are needed to enroll. Victoria Montes-Kapitzke, a CLC instructor who serves as a translator in emergencies, said this course is designed for nursing students, practicing nurses, doctors, missionaries, school nurses, and others in the medical field. "This is an immersion course," said Montes-Kapitzke.
MeritCare is offering a new class in Fargo to help parents better communicate with their babies. The Baby Signs workshop shows parents how to use sign language to "talk" with their babies. Several dates have been set for the following sessions: n Baby Signs Parent Workshop: Cost is $40. This class is intended for expectant parents and parents of newborns up to 24 months old. The workshop shows you how to use basic sign language and includes materials to help get started. n Sign, Say & Play - Baby Signs Play Groups: Cost is $80.
The Detroit Lakes Area of Retired Educators seeks applicants for their annual college scholarship. Qualifications include at least one year of college and a major in Education. Deadline is June 15. For more information or an application call Connie at 847-1935.