DL News Staff
The Constitution Party of Minnesota, along with the Green Party and Libertarian Party, are supporting a state initiative allowing local control of elections for municipalities. Specifically, State Senate File 642 would allow Minnesota cities to adopt alternative voting methods, such as Instant Runoff Voting, or Approval Voting. The bill has passed a Senate committee, but supporters fear it will fail in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Growing herbs for medicinal purposes can be a very rewarding outdoor activity. By growing their own medicinal herbs, people can feel more connected to the medicine they take while participating in an age-old hobby - gardening. "People are growing herbs now more for pleasure, kind of like growing vegetables," says Chris Hafner, LAc, an associate clinic faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn.
The U.S. Geological Survey has released Pesticides in the Nation's Streams and Ground Water, 1992-2001, a ten-year survey of the contamination caused by pesticide use in agriculture and urbanized areas. Every year, nearly one billion pounds of pesticides, many of which are linked to cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders, and environmental impacts, are used in the U.S., much of it ending up in our nation's waterways. When pesticides are applied on fields, gardens, parks and lawns, a percentage of the chemicals end up drifting or running off the treated site.
Park Rapids resident Carol Ashley is fairly certain she knows the cause of her sickness, but may never know for sure. Ashley says about once a year, she is bedridden with illness, she believes from drifting pesticides used on fields near her home. But she has been met with resistance when trying to determine exactly what chemicals she's sensitive to. "RDO has been pretty good with me about individual pesticides on individual days," she said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an additional $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for FY2006. Minnesota's share will be over $29 million, according to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in a press release. In a separate press release, U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) was pleased Congress approved the funding earlier this month, but is disappointed that it will not be enough to cover every eligible Minnesotan.
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for March 24, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. It has been a calm pleasant winter week in the northwest, with no weather events other than clear skies, light winds and spring sunshine.
Friday, March 31 at 9:03 a.m., a Detroit Lakes motel reported room vandalism. at 10:40 a.m., a Detroit Lakes business reported a forged check. at 11:48 a.m., a rural Callaway resident reported money was taken from a bank account. at 3 p.m., a Detroit Lakes resident reported two sheds were broken into. at 8:42 p.m., a fight was reported at the Becker County Jail. at 10:09 p.m., an electrical pole was reported on fire in Audubon. Saturday, April 1 at 12:25 a.m., a Callaway woman reported being assaulted at a Ponsford residence. at 12:33 a.m., a Detroit Lakes dome
A felony complaint was filed against a Fargo man in Becker County District Court Friday. Timothy Gigler, 20, of 1818 5th Street North, is accused of first-degree burglary-dangerous weapon and second-degree burglary of a dwelling. His first court appearance is April 17. According to the court complaint, a rural Becker County homeowner reported Dec. 16, 2005, that his residence had been broken into sometime within the previous two weeks. He said a number of items had been taken. A Becker County sheriff's deputy searched a rural Becker County residence Dec.
Fargo MeritCare's Youth Medical Experience Program is accepting applications for the 2006-07 school year. The program provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore a wide variety of careers in health care under the guidance of MeritCare professionals. Students who will be juniors and seniors in high school during the 2006-07 school year are eligible to apply. To be considered, applicants must commit to attend program sessions at MeritCare on the first and third Monday nights of each month from Oct. 2006 through April 2007.
The Subcommittee on Mental Health of the State Advisory Council on Mental Health is seeking applicants for a vacant position on the subcommittee. The open position is for a present or former consumer of adolescent mental health services. The subcommittee advises the State Advisory Council on Mental Health on children's mental health policies, programs and services.