DL News Staff
The Becker Soil and Water Conservation District continues to raise funds for the Area II Envirothon, to be held May 2 at Fergus Falls. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District gave Becker SWCD $100 earlier this month.
A rural Menahga man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Friday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed imposition of sentence against Chase Olmsted, 22, of 320 1st Street Northeast, on the charge of second-degree burglary. Olmsted must serve 90 days in jail, with credit for time served, was fined $1,097 and must make restitution of $4,066. Olmsted was accused of breaking into an Osage residence Oct. 1, 2005, and stealing a number of items, including cash.
The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council and the City of Mahnomen have unanimously reached an agreement for Fee for Services once the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center is placed into trust status. The Shooting Star Casino, located on fee land, paid almost $1 million in property taxes in 2005 and almost $9 million since the Casino was built.
Though the trial ended weeks ago, TEAM Industries and Edward LaBonte were back in court Friday. Judge Jay Mondry presided over a hearing Friday afternoon to determine whether the age discrimination case LaBonte brought against TEAM last summer deserves a new trial. LaBonte, 62, claimed he was wrongly fired during a round of layoffs in early 2003, in which many of the 32 terminated employees were over the age of 50.
Playhouse 412 and The Historic Holmes Theater is pleased to announce the final installment of this season's Sunday Recital Series, featuring local Christian vocalist, Robert Kohler. Kohler will be performing at the theater on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. A freewill offering will be collected to support the theater's new Yamaha grand piano and Playhouse 412's operating expenses. Kohler will be joined by Deb Bruns on back-up vocals and acoustic guitar, Linda Grefsrud on back-up vocals and piano and Randy Nubson, drums.
Rep. Tom DeLay says he is resigning from Congress and bowing out of a reelection race because it would be too "nasty." That's choice. DeLay wrote the book on nasty, and most members of the GOP caucus in the House went along with him. It's a good thing the DeLay era is coming to an end; Congress and American democracy will be the better for it. Power was DeLay's goal; whether it was power for its own sake or, as he maintains, power in service to heartfelt Christian and conservative goals, only DeLay knows.
About this time of year, I ask myself: What is an allegedly grown man like myself doing getting butterflies over Opening Day of baseball season? What mature person would waste time watching a bunch of spoiled millionaires throw around a ball? Who cares if Johan Santana's change-up is working? What does it matter if Joe Mauer goes four-for-four? Well, I care and it does matter. In this crazy world, baseball is a stable ritual, as inevitable as the seasons. It starts every April, just when the clocks move forward.
Anyone who writes for public consumption understands that there are those who might only take small bites, if any, and won't care for the offering. And that's quite allright. If the presentation happens to be one in the polarized political arena, well then right from the start at least half of your consumers won't care for the product. That's a given, and that's allright too. Disagreement is the natural byproduct of public discourse. It is inevitable. Nevertheless, one should always try to focus on facts and substance.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month, sexual assault programs in Minnesota and across the nation are working to focus public awareness on the epidemic of sexual violence and encouraging all Americans to become part of the solution. Sexual assault has reached epidemic proportions. In the United States, sexual assault occurs every 2 minutes. Rape and sexual assault affect women, children, and men of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Last year alone Lakes Crisis & Resource Center assisted 70 victims of sexual assault.
When United Airlines beckoned "Come fly the friendly skies," travel by air indeed was friendly. No more. The "friendly skies" of every major air carrier have become downright unfriendly, uncomfortable and, for most travelers, little more than a teeth-grinding necessity. The airlines are getting away with treating customers like commodities -- bodies to fill seats, period. The airline industry has become one of a handful of businesses (oil companies, for instance) that need not honor the "service" in "customer service." The deterioration of the quality of the flying experience is ubiquitous.