DL News Staff
Elected state officials should select board members of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to restore the health insurer's accountability to premium payers, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch said. Hatch said the Minnesota Blues' administrative expenses have soared and the nonprofit has funneled at least $11 million into for-profit ventures that don't directly benefit policyholders. "It does not make sense for a health insurance company whose sole statutory requirement is to keep premiums down," Hatch said Monday during a Fargo news conference.
Deep divisions over abortions delayed part of the Minnesota Senate's budget. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party senators could not produce enough votes to turn back a proposal to ban all state-funded abortions Monday night, so the party's leaders pulled the health and human services budget provisions until they can round up enough votes to pass it.
The man killed over a graffiti-related incident in south Minneapolis has been identified by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as Duane Meat, a Harvard University student whose family is from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, according to people familiar with the victim. According to the article, Meat, 24, and another man went to "tag" the house Wednesday morning by spraying what appeared to be gang graffiti on the duplex in the 2000 block of East 34th Street. They were allegedly responding to earlier taunts from alleged gang members there.
Passersby north of Fryburg, N.D. will see the sight of the century: A man in a space suit dragging a red wagon. The odd image is not something one expects to encounter in southwestern North Dakota. In fact, it almost seems like some sort of student prank.
A Waubun man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on two charges Wednesday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 15-month sentence against Pete Thompson, 23, of 39114 County Road 158, for felony third-degree assault. Thompson must serve seven months in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,087, make restitution of $1,785.50, and be on supervised probation for up to five years. Thompson was also ordered to serve 90 days in jail for misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. Both charges stem from a Jan.
A Rothsay man was found innocent by a Becker County jury on a felony charge. The jury returned the verdict Thursday in the case involving Douglas LaCrosse, 25, after deliberating for several hours. LaCrosse was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, stemming from his arrest Oct. 7, 2003, while driving in Becker County. There was an outstanding warrant for LaCrosse's arrest at that time. When his vehicle was searched, Becker County sheriff's deputies allegedly found 5.4 grams of methamphetamine, according to the court complaint.
An Ogema man received concurrent sentences Wednesday on two charges stemming from a 2005 incident in Becker County. District Judge John Pearson ordered Ross Dodd, 26, of 32204 County Highway 34, serve eight months in jail with credit for time served for felony fleeing a police officer. Pearson stayed a 12-month jail sentence on that charge, along with staying 48 months for felony first-degree driving while impaired-.10 or more.
AARP Minnesota and North Dakota are sponsoring a safety seminar for seniors Thursday, May 18 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Registration and information booths will open at 8 a.m. Speakers will begin at 9:30 a.m.and finish at 3:30 p.m. Moorhead Fire Marshall Rich Duysen will discuss fire safety for seniors.
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 To Prune Young Shade Trees" covers the best ways to make a pruning cut, how to prune for form, and how maintain a tree's health by removing trouble spots, how to hold a pair of pruning shears and make cuts at the proper angle. For your free copy,
Bemidji Director of Public Safety Bruce Preece will be on paid administrative leave for a total of 21 days, according to Finance Director and Interim City Manager Ron Eischens. However, Eischens would not comment on what will happen once the 21 days are up. Preece, who was placed on leave April 25, maintained on Wednesday that he still does not know the reasons behind the city's decision. He said his lawyers have requested a copy of his personnel file earlier this week, but he has yet to see it. Eischens said that information has been sent to the city's legal counsel and will be dealt