DL News Staff
Nov. 2, 1950-March 28, 2006 Merrill J. Richter, 55, of Lake Park, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at his home. Merril John Richter was born to Orville and Bernice (Guenthner) Richter on Nov. 2, 1950 in Hazen, N.D. He was a 1968 graduate of Riverdale (N.D.) High School and attended Wahpeton School of Science at Whapeton, N.D. studying diesel mechanics. Merrill served with the U.S. Marines in Viet Nam, where he earned the Viet Nam Service and Campaign Medals, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Feb. 24, 1935-March 29, 2006 Ruth M. Briese, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died at her home on Wednesday, March 29, 2006, under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Ruth Marilyn Baird was born to Donald and Caroline (Eastman) Baird on Feb. 24, 1935 in Estherville, Iowa. She graduated from St. James High School in 1953 and married Donald Briese on April 10, 1954 in Stillwater, Minn. Until 1955, they lived in Fairmont, Minn., where Ruth was a nurse's aide and Don worked for the Forest Service.
June 20, 1918-March 28, 2006 Harold F. Lenius, 87, of Frazee, died at his home on March 28, 2006, after a short bout with leukemia, while under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Harold Frederick Lenius, son of Albert and Agartha (Flatau) Lenius, was born June 20, 1918 in Perham. He grew up and attended school in Hobart Township, Ottertail County. Harold farmed with his parents until 1947, then spent one year in California, returning to the Frazee area in 1948. On Oct. 24, 1949 he married Mathilda (Tillie) Reyelts near Frazee.
Cheers to Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, who is sponsoring a bill to protect native wild rice. The issue is important to the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, including the White Earth Band.
It caught my attention last week when I read that North Dakota State University has been selected by the Department of Defense to offer a master's degree in military logistics. No other college or university in the country will have this program. The efficient application of logistics has been essential to military success ever since battles were fought on the backs of camels, horses and mules. The last push to victory in Europe in World War II started months and months before D-Day on June 6, 1944.
A White Earth man was sentenced on two felony charges in Becker County District Court Thursday. District Judge Jack Pearson issued concurrent sentences against Wilmar Hanks, 33, for second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges stemmed from an Oct. 1, 2005, shooting in White Earth. A court trial is pending against a second individual who allegedly fired a single round from a rifle at a man.
An Osage woman was sentenced on two felony charges in Becker County District Court March 20. District Judge John Pearson stayed imposition of a prison sentence against Mona Gjerde, 37, of 41858 Highway 34. Gjerde was charged with two separate counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Gjerde must serve 90 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,174 and placed on supervised probation for up to five years. Gjerde was arrested July 23, 2005, in Detroit Lakes after a police officer found .4 grams of methamphetamine in her possession.
As spring approaches in the Red River Basin, so does the threat of flooding. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reminds residents that they can minimize pollution risks to their homes and businesses by following a few simple steps before floodwaters arrive. Store all paints, pesticides, cleaners or other possible pollutants in waterproof containers, if possible in a secure outbuilding. Fuel oil is lighter than water so your oil tank may float, tip and spill during a flood.
The chief of police of Lake Park pleaded guilty Thursday in Clay County District Court to fourth-degree DWI. Timothy V. Hoag, 46, admitted he was driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 percent when he was stopped by the Minnesota State Patrol on Oct. 4 near Glyndon. "I'm guilty, and I apologize," Hoag told Judge Steven Cahill.