DL News Staff
Grizzly Adams. Santa Claus. Or just a sturdily constructed man with a beard. Minnesota District Judge William Walker brought a unique style and expectation to his downstairs courtroom at the Becker County Courthouse. You couldn't help but fixate on the face of this highly learned, well respected arbiter of the law. Judges set the courtroom tone. In Walker's, it was disciplined but sometimes light-hearted, although the latter was reserved for those moments between cases when idle conversation was appropriate. Fair, but stern. Respectful. Intelligent. Credible. Compassionate. Diverse.
Bemidji State University will host a May 16-17 law enforcement conference addressing current topics and latest techniques for officers and others working in the field. Sessions will cover six essential components of the sexual assault investigation, incident management, recognizing evidence, lessons learned from the Red Lake crisis, vengeance and the psychology of victim rage, crime victim rights and reparations, the Red Cross as partners in emergencies, and peace officer rights. The program also features instruction on underwater safety, training and evidence recovery when dive teams are
Nathan Fetting, SJE Rhombus, is chairman of the chamber's 2006 annual banquet meeting which will be held on Tuesday, May 11, at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Nick Bretz, a multi-talented entertainer, will be the evening's featured entertainment. His "Imaginick" Show is full of entertainment and fun! His show will include magic acts, juggling, yo-yo tricks, balloon art and more.
Three cheers to lawmakers, and to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, for working out a deal to reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment by three of the state's largest coal-fired power plants. In what our St. Paul correspondent, Scott Wente, calls a legislative compromise, the three largest plants must upgrade their facilities to cut mercury emissions by 90 percent by 2014. The plan won't please everyone.
If you have one of those little date books that remind you when it's Benjamin Franklin's birthday or National Puppy Week, you may have noticed in passing that April 18th was National Columnist's Day. I'd never heard of the day before, but I noticed it on my calendar on the morning of the 18th. I waited all day for a card, a letter, an e-mail or a call, but not even a politician remembered with a note signed by machine and mailed by a staff member. I doubt if any other columnists heard from anyone, either. It's lonely out here -- and scary. Writing a column is like farming.
The decision made by gasoline refiners to remove methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) from the marketplace has caused many to be concerned about supply and pricing of gasoline this upcoming driving season. Many of the concerns are based on unsubstantiated claims about replacing the refiner-induced elimination of MTBE with ethanol. Myth: High spot market prices for ethanol are driving up the price of gasoline. Fact: More than 85 percent of ethanol sold in the U.S. is done so on long term contracts (6-12 months).
May 1 all the illegal aliens in America are going to try to shut down America. They say they will not buy anything, won't go to work, and don't spend any money, and are going out to demonstrate. They said they will close the L.A. airport and the L.A. loading docks. Also on May 1, the government of Mexico is pushing for a boycott of all American businesses in Mexico. The estimates of illegal aliens in this country are from 11 million to 20 million people. I believe the chances are great of having some effect. To counter this, all Americans should slow down buying things until May 1.
Partisan critics have recently attacked our dedication to education. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, between the two of us we have authored 46 education related bills during the current biennium alone. The scope of these bills range anywhere from assisting local childcare providers to our state's higher education system. Education is not a partisan issue and we are disappointed that some people have chosen to try to make it one. We work very hard with our colleagues on both sides of the isle to do what is best for our students and public education system.
Energy was the nation's number one story last week, with everyone from President Bush to gas station customers talking about rising prices. The situation also birthed a number of solutions on the political front, not only from the White House and Congress, but from energy producers as well. In separate press conferences with Minnesota reporters, U.S. Sens.