DL News Staff
The process of narrowing a jury to hear Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s trial will take up to two months. U.S. District Court Clerk Ed Klecker said the process began last week when an initial jury questionnaire was sent to 1,200 people in 12 southeastern North Dakota counties. Rodriguez, 53, of Crookston, Minn., faces charges in the kidnapping and death of Dru Sjodin.
Wayne Enger, Perham, was one this year's five recipients of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association's Meritorious Service Award. Recognized for his exemplary volunteer spirit and activity, Enger has been involved as an officer and volunteer with the East Ottertail Chapter of MDHA and also served upon the MDHA Executive Board of Directors as state president for five years. "Wayne's dedicated volunteerism on behalf of the East Ottertail Chapter and the MDHA state organization has been a great asset to this organization.
Tuesday, April 11 at 8:54 a.m., a Detroit Lakes woman reported her car was stolen. It was later reported that the car was involved in a gas drive-off at Grand Rapids, Minn. at 2:16 p.m., a Detroit Lakes man reported car vandalism. at 3 p.m., a one-vehicle rollover was reported on County 4, but no injuries.
A Lake Park-Audubon High School instructor is among the 10 finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Terry Teiken, who teachers business education and is the co-athletic director, was selected from a semifinalist group of 27 candidates March 31. The finalists were selected by a panel of 23 individuals involved in business, government and non-profit organizations. The selection panel will meet May 6 to interview each finalist and then select the 2006 recipient.
May Day, May Day! Or should we say, May 15! May 15! What's all the fuss about? The deadline for seniors to enroll in the new prescription drug benefit is coming up in the middle of next month. Don't be put off by all the publicity about too many choices. Help is available to figure out which plan is best for you, and once you are enrolled, the program is running smoothly, and a lot of seniors are saving money. So it's definitely worth taking the time to join up. If you miss Medicare's deadline, you will pay higher premiums.
With talk of downsizing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by the end of 2006, the increased funding of permanent bases continues.
Many of us look back on our childhood as a time when we didn't have a worry in the world. Unfortunately, a large number of Minnesota's children don't have it so easy. These children are victims of maltreatment and neglect. In 2004 in Minnesota, almost 7,800 children were abused and neglected; 39 children suffered life-threatening injuries and 11 children died from maltreatment. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to reflect on what we are doing as a community to support children and families.
The final days leading up to May 15 will almost certainly be chaotic at Medicare offices. That's the deadline for seniors to enroll in the new prescription drug benefit without paying a penalty of higher premiums. Phone lines will be jammed and websites will be clogged. The organizations now helping seniors sign up will be overwhelmed by the last-minute rush to enroll. That's why seniors shouldn't wait until May to pick a plan. The final month of the penalty-free sign-up period is almost here.
I have learned that at a recent local meeting of the Sons of Norway, everybody brought a small container of chili and it was all dumped into one big common pot. Appropriately, this practice is called a "chili dump." None of the chili that was dumped into that pot was quite as delicious as the mix that came out of it. It is never advisable to put all your eggs in one basket, but it certainly makes sense to dump all your beans in one pot. The Norwegians in this area are practical folks who have learned how to work together for the common good and have fun doing it.
It's halftime in the 2006 legislative session, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson returned home here to Willmar for the Easter and Passover recess with words of praise for a fast-paced game in the chamber he leads. The Willmar DFL'er called it "the most aggressive and productive five weeks of a legislative session'' that he has seen in his 28 years as a state legislator. He met with local news media on Thursday. Johnson cited bipartisan votes in the Senate for the approval of bills dealing with some of the major issues of the session.