DL News Staff
Like their philosophical division, fans and foes of a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage found themselves physically split on Tuesday. With more observers than open seats in the Capitol's largest hearing room, backers and opponents of an effort to let voters weigh in on the definition of marriage were directed to separate overflow rooms to listen as a Senate panel considered - and later voted down - a proposal to protect the traditional definition of marriage in Minnesota. After the nearly three-hour debate the two groups remained at odds over the contentious social issue, but they
Sept. 3, 1930-April 5, 2006 Verna M. Busche, 75, of Dilworth, Minn., died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Verna May Eggert, the daughter of Pete J. and Emma Eggert, was born on Sept. 3, 1930, in Fargo. She grew up in the Page, N.D., area. Vema married Gerhardt H. Busche on July 19, 1948 in Detroit Lakes. They lived in Dumont, Minn., until 1955, then moved to Fargo, where they lived for 11 years. Verna worked at the Moorhead Holiday Inn until 1966, when she and Gerhardt bought a farm near Detroit Lakes.
March 11, 1913-April 5, 2006 Dominick Capilongo, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at his home. Dominick Capilongo was born to Natale and Marianna (Iesu) Capilongo on March 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He grew up and attended school at P.S. 17 in Brooklyn. He traveled to Italy in 1929 with the Sons of Italy, and graduated from Boys' High School in Brooklyn in 1931. Dominick attended Ohio University, graduating in 1935. While at Ohio University, he was president of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta.
Aug. 4, 1920-April 4, 2006 Harold S. "Bud" Fisher, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo. Bud Fisher was born to Henry and Mable (Twaddle) Fisher on Aug. 4, 1920 in Derrick, N.D. As a young boy, he moved to Frazee, where he attended school. He then served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He served at Iwo Jima and Guam. Following his discharge in 1945, he moved back to Frazee.
Jan. 3, 1943-April 3, 2006 Former White Earth resident James E. Big Bear, 63, of McIntosh, Minn., died Monday, April 3, 2006 at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen. James Emmanuel Big Bear was born to Charles and Catherine (Rock) Big Bear on Jan. 3, 1943 in White Earth. He was a lifetime resident of the White Earth-Ponsford area. During his working life, he was a welder, mostly working for railroads.
The Constitution Party of Minnesota, along with the Green Party and Libertarian Party, are supporting a state initiative allowing local control of elections for municipalities. Specifically, State Senate File 642 would allow Minnesota cities to adopt alternative voting methods, such as Instant Runoff Voting, or Approval Voting. The bill has passed a Senate committee, but supporters fear it will fail in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Growing herbs for medicinal purposes can be a very rewarding outdoor activity. By growing their own medicinal herbs, people can feel more connected to the medicine they take while participating in an age-old hobby - gardening. "People are growing herbs now more for pleasure, kind of like growing vegetables," says Chris Hafner, LAc, an associate clinic faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn.
The U.S. Geological Survey has released Pesticides in the Nation's Streams and Ground Water, 1992-2001, a ten-year survey of the contamination caused by pesticide use in agriculture and urbanized areas. Every year, nearly one billion pounds of pesticides, many of which are linked to cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders, and environmental impacts, are used in the U.S., much of it ending up in our nation's waterways. When pesticides are applied on fields, gardens, parks and lawns, a percentage of the chemicals end up drifting or running off the treated site.
Park Rapids resident Carol Ashley is fairly certain she knows the cause of her sickness, but may never know for sure. Ashley says about once a year, she is bedridden with illness, she believes from drifting pesticides used on fields near her home. But she has been met with resistance when trying to determine exactly what chemicals she's sensitive to. "RDO has been pretty good with me about individual pesticides on individual days," she said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an additional $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for FY2006. Minnesota's share will be over $29 million, according to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in a press release. In a separate press release, U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) was pleased Congress approved the funding earlier this month, but is disappointed that it will not be enough to cover every eligible Minnesotan.