DL News Staff
It's halftime in the 2006 legislative session, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson returned home here to Willmar for the Easter and Passover recess with words of praise for a fast-paced game in the chamber he leads. The Willmar DFL'er called it "the most aggressive and productive five weeks of a legislative session'' that he has seen in his 28 years as a state legislator. He met with local news media on Thursday. Johnson cited bipartisan votes in the Senate for the approval of bills dealing with some of the major issues of the session.
Legislators came to St. Paul last month with two orders from their constituents: Get things done and get along. They say they are accomplishing the former because they are doing the latter. "I think it is a different tone," said Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, R-Andover, one of the leaders of a get-along movement. Few would argue that a different tone was needed after a 2004 session that ended with little accomplished and a 2005 session that stretched an extra two months beyond the constitutional adjournment deadline, producing a partial state government shutdown.
A felony complaint was filed against a White Earth man in Becker County District Court Thursday. Anthony Villebrun, 27, is accused of escape from custody from the Becker County Minimum Security Facility in Detroit Lakes Monday. Villebrun was in jail on three charges, two felony counts of first-degree driving while impaired and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. Villebrun was being held on $14,000 when he escaped.
Larry Lovold guarantees his passion for the outdoors will not stop now that he has retired as President of Lund Boat Co. in New York Mills. After 28 years of dedicated service to the Lund Boat organization, Lovold retired as president and Andrew Klopak will take over his duties. Klopak spent the last four years as President of Lund Canada. He has been with Lund Canada for 17 years in various sales and marketing roles, including VP of Sales & Marketing for four years. He now has the responsibility for all Lund activities in both the U.S.
A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced in Becker County District Court on two charges Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed imposition of a prison sentence against Shawnee Basswood, 19, of 1158 Minnesota Ave., for felony motor vehicle theft. She was credited for time served, fined $597 and placed on supervised probation for up to five years. Basswood was also fined $702 for gross misdemeanor third-degree driving while impaired. Both charges stem from a Dec. 30, 2005, incident in Detroit Lakes. Basswood was arrested after a vehicle she had stolen became stuck in snow.
It was back to the classroom for area law enforcement departments in more ways than one last week. The Minnesota State Patrol hosted a scenario training session at the former Callaway Elementary School, with officers and deputies entering the building to defuse a hypothetical situation. MSP Lt.
NOEL -- a boy, Hunter David; born March 25, 2006, weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. to Valerie Hendrix.
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for April 7, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Spring has indeed come to the northland. Rivers are free flowing now, and even some lakes are starting to open up. Migrants are flooding in and in addition to raptors and waterfowl, now there are passerines appearing. Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported April 1 that red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, American kestrel, eastern bluebird and American robins have returned to the county while common redpolls are still being seen.
It is sad, indeed, when it is time to take that pet to the veterinarian that last time. Putting a faithful four-legged hunter to rest is, to say the least, a traumatic experience. Here a hunter, his wife and kids too, end a relationship that was joyous and rewarding over a span of usually a decade or more. A labrador retriever is a joy in many ways. First, of course, the dog had a great deal of heart and endless stamina. It was patient around kids.
Myspace.com is an online social network with over 56 million users -- and it's growing every day. Founded in July 2003 by Tom Anderson, the MySpace network has grown from a David into a digital Goliath. As of February 2006, Myspace.com was the world's seventh most popular English language website. In the world of online networking, prior to Myspace.com there were two big names, Livejournal and Friendster. Since its inception, Myspace has surpassed both websites in traffic and revenue. Myspace.com is a free website, and creating a profile takes no more than 15 minutes.