DL News Staff
Ron Ryan, commander of the Metro Gang Strike Force, said many Minnesotans don't realize the magnitude of the gang problem in the state. "A lot of people say, 'We don't have a gang problem in our area,' but then they also say that their meth problem is up," he said.
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 with
ST. PAUL - Catching a live fish by hand might be easier than working out a deal to fund a new conservation initiative. A Minnesota House-Senate panel began public discussions Wednesday on a compromise proposal to constitutionally dedicate funding for the outdoors and the arts. Major disagreements surfaced, including differences on how natural resources projects would be paid for and selected. "Everybody wants this done," Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, said. "The question is how we put it together." Sams and Republican Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Republican House leaders want to cut income taxes beginning in 2008, they announced Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, a House committee advanced a Vikings stadium construction plan. And a Senate panel passed a University of Minnesota stadium, setting up a full Senate debate on three stadium bills. House members probably will vote next week on the newest tax plan if the Taxes Committee finishes work on it today.
ST. PAUL - A meeting that began with promise of quickly resolving the Minnesota Legislature's main task ended amid confusion Wednesday night when Senate negotiators failed to return after a recess. Five House members and five senators met for the first time Wednesday to work out differences in a public works funding bill. Rep. Dan Dorman, R-Albert Lea, had recessed the meeting late Wednesday afternoon, asking senators led by Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, to return at 7 p.m. ready to vote on a House public works project funding proposal - or to present a Senate offer.
For the first time this season, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team had to play under gloomy skies, but even the soggy weather couldn't dampen the season the Lakers are having. The weekend results -- second place in Bemidji Friday and third in Grand Rapids Saturday -- secured the top overall slot in the Minnesota girls' golf rankings, while senior DL linkster Christine Herzog is rated No. 1 in the state individually, as well. The Lakers tied their section-contending foe Bemidji Friday, with each of the squads tying for second at 346.
By PAUL DUFFNEY Detroit Lakes Newspapers The Frazee Hornets used an affective arsenal of consistent scoring and good pitching to defeat The West Central Area Knights 11-1 Tuesday. Frazee scored in every inning, and pitcher April Wendt was too much for West Central. "We played well in most aspects of the game, it was not our best game but it was up their," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. The Hornets kicked things off in the bottom of the first inning with Jessica King leading off the game with a base hit.
Five Lakes Area Boxing Club youth fighters will be taking part in the last competitive tournament of the season when they box in the Minnesota State Junior Olympic Tournament, which is Saturday and Sunday at the Naytawash Sports Complex. The tournament is staged for 16 years old and under boxers in several different age categories and weight divisions. Representing LAB will be Jason Griego (9-10 years old, 110 pounds), Erik Moltzan (11-12, 90), Casey Holt (11-12, 85), Ed Beaulieu (11-12, 180) and Michael Lucero (15-16, 112).
Daggett does well in 'Elite' meet Frazee junior trackster Drew Daggett finished with a pair of third-place and a seventh in the Hamline Elite Meet Friday in St. Paul. The new meet was developed this year where coaches had to submit entries and only the top nine entries in the state (each Class 1A and 2A) would be accepted. Daggett ran a 15.4 in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing third. He ran a personal best time of 41.06 in the 300 hurdles to tie for a bronze. The Hornet wrapped up the meet with a seventh-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 6-1.
The Detroit Lakes Middle School boys' golf team hosted a meet with Moorhead Tuesday, April 25. Gaining medalist honors was Tanner Lane of DL with a 33. Trevor Murphy was second with a 35, followed by a pair of 36s by Charlie Smith and Joe Thompson. The Lakers took part in the Blueberry Pines meet Friday, finishing first with a score of 349 and were led by Tanner Lane with an 83 -- good for medalist honors. Joe Hanson of DL was third overall with an 84.