DL News Staff
Following a course charted last month by a joint committee, the Detroit Lakes City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to Becker County to construct a parking facility in the Washington Square Mall parking lot, owned by the city. Last month, a Detroit Lakes-Becker County committee dropped plans for a $2.5 million parking garage and instead endorsed a $1.5 million parking ramp in the same location. The ramp will have 125 to 135 parking spaces and will follow the footprint of the existing parking lot as it slopes downhill.
Those who care about trees will find advice on pruning and related topics in The National Arbor Day Foundation's free booklet, "How To Prune Young Shade Trees." From pruning in the early years of a tree's life, to learning how to strengthen trees by removing branches, this illustrated, easy-to-follow guide offers timely and practical tips. "How a tree is pruned in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its lifespan," said Arbor Day Foundation President John Rosenow.
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.