DL News Staff
Key legislators agreed on public works spending Wednesday, an important step before lawmakers can finish for the year next week. Behind-the-scenes negotiations on other major issues, such as constructing stadiums, also were reported to be progressing well. "We are still poised to finish early," Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, told Mary Lahammer on Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac: At the Capitol." Ironically, Johnson and House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, were together on the show for one of the few times in recent days. Usually, Johnson, Sviggum and Gov.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Since April 19, 1987, Betty and Roger Sundgaard have wondered what happened that night - the night their daughter-in-law, Vicki, disappeared from Alexandria. "We have never heard anything in 19 years," Roger said Monday from his home in Nelson. But last week, the Sundgaards finally heard something -- someone has been named in possible connection with her disappearance. Michael Dale Benson, the convicted rapist who escaped from the Minnesota Security Hospital in St.
Last week, a student at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria admitted to developing a "hit list." Law enforcement authorities and the student's family were contacted immediately, as well as staff members and parents/guardians of students who were named on the list, according to Ric Dressen, School District 206 superintendent. He noted that the student who wrote the list is currently not in school, pending a complete investigation.
Slow beginnings don't necessarily mean slow endings. The Lakers -- ranked No. 5 in the state -- overcame the sluggishness during their DL Invite Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club, defending their own turf by winning the 19-team meet with a score of 305. DL also had a new lowman in sophomore Adam Thielen, who shot a three-over par 74 to finish tied for second overall with Moorhead's Aaron Wheeler and behind medalist Justin Jenkins of Oak Grove who shot even par. For several Lakers players, though, the first tee box and even a few beyond were not all that nice.
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.