DL News Staff
BEMIDJI -- Skyrocketing fuel costs means fewer dollars for students, a Bemidji school official said Tuesday. With the Bemidji School District the size of the state of Rhode Island, Transportation Coordinator Greg Liedl said district buses travel 1.1 million miles a year. "Our buses use 200 gallons of diesel every day -- and as our costs exceed our budget, we have to take the money out of classrooms," Liedl said, as the district must subsidize the state-mandated bus service with funds from elsewhere. That's the kind of "anecdotal evidence" that U.S. Sen.
Stadium debate that continued taking center stage in the Minnesota Legislature Tuesday bumped negotiations on the session's top priority, funding public works projects around the state. A House-Senate conference committee planned to meet Tuesday and start making decisions about what projects to fund, ranging from college repairs to constructing dikes to prevent flooding.
The Clay County Commission on Tuesday shot down a proposal to adopt the Minnesota State Building Code. Becker County in the past has flirted with the idea of adopting the code and hiring a building inspector to enforce it, and the idea still has support among at least one commissioner, Bob Bristlin, who has spoken in favor of it on several occasions. The unanimous decision by Clay County commissioners ends weeks of contentious discussion on a code many Clay County residents said is costly and unnecessary. The state building code sets guidelines for construction.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the city of Hawley's August firing of Police Chief Mark Hanson for violating the city's zero-tolerance alcohol policy. "It is a relief to have this issue behind us," said Lisa Jetvig, Hawley's city clerk/treasurer. Hanson's attorney, Randy Stefanson, said a number of options were being considered, including a lawsuit in District Court. The firing came after Hanson was involved in a minor traffic accident May 24, 2005, while he was on-call and driving a city vehicle. Following department policy, Hanson took a breath test that indicated a blo
Business leaders have an opportunity to get an inside look at Minnesota's changing economy and the issues that will shape its future through Leadership Minnesota. This program is offered exclusively through the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Application deadline is May 19. Nearly 150 business leaders have participated in the first five years of the program. From Detroit Lakes, John Fuglesten and G.L. Tucker, both of SJE-Rhombus, had the opportunity. The seven-month program consists of five, two-day sessions throughout Minnesota.
Wednesday, April 26 at 12:52 p.m., a rural Lake Park fish house was reported broken into and items taken. at 3:56 p.m., a rural Detroit Lakes residential break-in was reported and items taken. at 8:53 p.m., a rural Callaway grass fire was reported. Thursday, April 27 at 12:31 p.m., a semi-truck reportedly struck a Detroit Lakes street light, knocking it over. at 7:33 p.m., a rural Detroit Lakes house was reportedly broken into. at 7:46 p.m., a Detroit Lakes man reported being threatened. Friday, April 28 at 12:15 p.m., unruly customers were reported at a Detroit L
Bemidji State University will host a May 16-17 law enforcement conference addressing current topics and latest techniques for officers and others working in the field. Sessions will cover six essential components of the sexual assault investigation, incident management, recognizing evidence, lessons learned from the Red Lake crisis, vengeance and the psychology of victim rage, crime victim rights and reparations, the Red Cross as partners in emergencies, and peace officer rights. Courses will focus particularly on what law-enforcement officers need to know in rural areas, such as northern
A Palmdale, Calif., man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on two charges Monday stemming from a drug arrest on Feb.
A Callaway woman was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge May 1. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 42-month prison sentence against Monica Niemi, 32, of 28244 County Road 110 for first-degree driving while impaired-.08 or more. Niemi must serve 180 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $4,717 with $3,000 stayed, and was placed on probation for up to seven years. Niemi was charged after testing .16 for alcohol during a traffic stop Jan. 12. According to court records, Niemi has three over DWI convictions.
In May the night sky shrinks at both ends from the relentless onslaught of the climbing sun. But it takes more than that to dim the brilliance of Jupiter, the king of planets. Earth glides straight between Jupiter and the sun on the 4th, an event called opposition because it places the giant planet directly opposite the sun in the sky. At that time Jupiter will be at its biggest and brightest for the whole year.