DL News Staff
When it comes to goals and accomplishments, you win some, you lose some. Detroit Lakes city department heads met Thursday and Friday for the city's annual strategic planning meeting to go over short-term and long-term goals -- some accomplished, some not yet. "I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want us to grow," Mayor Larry Buboltz said at the start of the meeting. Last year, he said, two or three major items were accomplished, which is good for a city.
If Minnesota lakes are any indication, the state is suffering from global warming and corrective actions are in order. That's the message from the National Environmental Trust, a 12-year-old organization that has studied lake ice statistics maintained by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Jaycek Pruski, Net's Minnesota representative, said Thursday the data indicates that ice on approximately 80 percent of Minnesota's rivers and lakes is melting earlier on average. The center collects ice-on, ice-off data in five states: Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, New York and Wisconsin.
If the Minnesota Legislature's first three days were busy, the next few days probably will be even busier with major bills debated by the full House. "I'm in the mode to vote," House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said Friday. "Let's vote." Among items expected to be on the House floor next week is a bill banning protests at funerals, the bill on the fastest track to passage in light of last week's protest at soldier's funeral in Anoka.
Remember the text book or booklet you read in elementary school that laid out a few neat, clean steps about how a bill becomes law? It is misleading and incomplete. The human factor seldom is discussed in texts. Also often missing are discussions about lobbyists and partisan politics.
Military families should not be the only ones insulated from protesters, a growing number of Minnesota legislators say. Immediately after a Kansas church group protested near a soldier's funeral last week, legislators began introducing bills to ban disruptions of military-related funerals. Now, bills have expanded to ban protests from all funerals. A bill written by Rep.
Rep. Doug Magnus' stocking cap said it all: "Get-R-Done." That was the attitude of many Minnesota legislators Wednesday as they kicked off their 2006 legislative session after two ugly sessions gave them a black eye. Lawmakers' theme of the day was the same as the saying on the hat worn by Magnus, R-Slayton. Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined in trying to find ways to improve the legislative process.
A White Earth man was found guilty of two felony charges by a Becker County jury Tuesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ordered David Bower, 19, held on $18,000 bond, with sentencing March 28. Bower was convicted of one count each of fifth-degree assault and domestic assault of an adult female at a rural White Earth residence. According to court records, Bower was on supervised probation for two separate incidents of assault when he assaulted the White Earth woman.
A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Thursday. District Judge Steve Cahill set bail at $300 against Rolland Basswood, 39, of 1158 Minnesota Avenue. His next court appearance is March 13. Basswood is charged with harassment-violating a restraining order.
The following information was taken from reports at the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Detroit Lakes Police Department. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2:07 p.m., a rural Lake Park residential break-in was reported.
Playhouse 412 and the Historic Holmes Theater will present the latest in their "Sunday Recital Series," a fund-raiser for both the theater's new Yamaha grand piano and Playhouse 412's production and operating expenses, at 2 p.m. today (Sunday). A freewill offering will be collected at each recital with a suggested donation of $5. Performing at this month's recital are MMTA state piano contest winners. *** Lakes Plus will host a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today in the Odd Fellows Hall, Detroit Lakes. Roger Lueth will call tips. All dancers and spectators are welcome. *** U.S.